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12th October 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Lawsuit causes German-Iranian consultant to resign from pro-Iran group

Benjamin Weinthal

The Lawfare Project announced on Wednesday that a controversial German-Iranian business consultant, who works to boost trade with Islamic Republic of Iran, resigned his position on the board of the umbrella organization for Shi’ite Muslims in Germany--an entity that has a strong presence...

12th October 2018 - FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Congress Again Puts Hezbollah and Its Partners in Its Crosshairs

Tyler Stapleton

Despite Congressional measures to push Hezbollah out of the formal banking sector in Lebanon, Hezbollah has continued to thrive in Lebanon through illicit finance channels and has received funding through its patron Iran. To counteract this, Congress last night unanimously approved the...

12th October 2018 - FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

IMF and World Bank Predict Economic Slowdown in Iran

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The IMF and World Bank this month released data predicting Iran’s economy will shrink over the next two years. This data follows U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement in May to leave the Iran nuclear deal and to re-impose U.S. sanctions. The first round of renewed sanctions took...

12th October 2018 - FDD Policy Brief - Co- authored by John Lechner

Khashoggi Crisis Holds a Mirror to Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi has gone missing after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, sparking a diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The Turkish government alleges that a Saudi “assassin team” arrived in Istanbul to murder and dismember Khashoggi,...

11th October 2018 - Forbes

Seeking Sanctions Resistance Through Blockchain Technology

Yaya J. Fanusie

Policy experts can argue about the appropriateness of various sanctions policies. Some voice concerns that the U.S. overuses sanctions tools while others convey that the U.S. must increase targeted sanctions to hinder the financiers that enable terrorists and corrupt regimes. But there has...

10th October 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Boycott-Israel activists disrupt Holocaust film in Berlin

Benjamin Weinthal

Berlin – Two activists from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign disrupted the presentation of an Israeli Holocaust film in Berlin last week, prompting Israeli security officials to evict the protesters as the audience booed the stoppage caused by the BDS people.

10th October 2018 - FDD Research

SWIFT Sanctions: Frequently Asked Questions

Mark Dubowitz

In 2012, Congress adopted legislation authorizing the president to impose sanctions on persons that provide financial messaging services to the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) or any other designated Iranian financial institution. This legislation led to the disconnection of the CBI and other...

10th October 2018 - Axios

U.S. and India headed toward clash over Iranian oil sanctions

Behnam Ben Taleblu

India, a country the Trump administration has called “a key security and economic partner,” will soon test U.S. resolve on Iran. Two Indian firms are reportedly seeking to purchase Iranian oil in November. Should the imports go through, they would contravene the stated U.S. aim of...

10th October 2018 - The Washington Times

Trump’s new counterterrorism strategy

Clifford D. May

“We remain a nation at war.” President Trump’s new National Strategy for Counterterrorism (NSC) begins with that simple statement of fact. The 21st century is an age of conflict. That’s unlikely to change any time soon.

10th October 2018 - FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Treasury Targets North Korean Sanctions Evaders in Turkey

Mathew Ha

The U.S. Treasury Department last week sanctioned a Turkish company, two Turkish individuals, and a North Korean individual for violating UN sanctions on Pyongyang. These sanctions came just before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s fourth trip to North Korea in preparation for an...

9th October 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

New Aid Package for Bahrain Signals Trouble

Varsha Koduvayur

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait will provide a $10 billion aid package to cash-strapped Bahrain, building on a deal originally announced in June. Coming on top of a $10 billion injection already pledged by Gulf states in 2016, the deal is a further sign of Bahrain’s...

9th October 2018 - JNS - Co- Authored by Asaf Ramirowsky

For Merkel, Israel’s security is negotiable

Benjamin Weinthal

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Jerusalem last week for a joint German-Israeli cabinet meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, she reiterated her government’s commitment to the security of the Jewish state and noted the dangers of the Iranian regime in the...

8th October 2018 - FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Iranian Parliament Approves Terror Finance Bill with Loopholes for Hamas and Hezbollah

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Toby Dershowitz

The Iranian parliament passed a bill this week that authorizes the country to join the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism (CFT), one of several prerequisites for Iran’s removal from the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) blacklist of states that...

8th October 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

German politician who said Israel executes Palestinians urged to resign

Benjamin Weinthal

Berlin– German politicians on Monday accused Bremen’s Senator of the Interior Ulrich Mäurer of antisemitism and urged him to resign after he said Israel executes Palestinians on the Gaza-Israel border.

5th October 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Silencing of Critics Threatens to Undermine Saudi Reform Efforts

Varsha Koduvayur

Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist known for his criticisms of the Saudi government and the crown prince, disappeared Tuesday after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. With still no contact from him, his friends and fiancée fear the worst.

5th October 2018 - FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

U.S. and UN Sanction Libyan Militia Leader Ibrahim Jadran

Romany Shaker

On September 12, the United States and the United Nations sanctioned Libyan militia leader Ibrahim Jadran for his role in spearheading multiple attacks on oil facilities. The move marks the second round of U.S. sanctions – and the first in coordination with the UN – on those responsible...

5th October 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Controversial Cultural Attaché Leaves Algeria

Romany Shaker

On September 22, Iran’s cultural attaché in Algeria Amir Mousavi announced he would leave his position after almost four years in the country. The announcement followed accusations by Algerian activists and former officials against the Iranian diplomat over his alleged role in recruiting...

4th October 2018 - FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

New U.S. Sanctions on China Should Send Turkey a Message

Boris Zilberman

On September 20, the Trump administration sanctioned a Chinese agency and its director for conducting significant transactions with Russia’s defense sector. The designations – imposed pursuant to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA) –...

4th October 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

German Bank Transferred Nearly $44,000 to Terrorist Group Hamas

Benjamin Weinthal

ERLIN- A bank in Germany’s most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia sent $43,720 to the Islamic terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Germany’s best-selling paper Bild reported on Thursday that the bank, which was not named, sent the money in February to the US- and...

3rd October 2018 - FDD Research

Kim Jong Un’s ‘All-Purpose Sword’

Mathew Ha, David Maxwell

North Korea pledged to “cease all hostile acts … in every domain” as part of the Panmunjom Declaration, which Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae In signed in April. When Kim met U.S. President Donald Trump in June, the North Korean leader committed to “build a lasting...


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