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9th October 2018 - VOA

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Olli Heinonen

FDD's Olli Heinonen discusses North Korea's nuclear program.

8th October 2018 - War on the Rocks - Co-Authored by John Lechner

Turkey’s Walking Dead: Zombie Companies Lurk Around Every Corner

Aykan Erdemir

Following Turkey’s failed coup attempt in July 2016, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan imposed a state of emergency, curtailing not only political but also economic freedoms, including a ban on corporate bankruptcies. When the Turkish government lifted the state of emergency two years later,...

4th October 2018 - Quoted by Dan Boylan - The Washington Times

Treasury targets Hezbollah financial networks with fresh sanctions

Tony Badran

U.S. officials on Thursday launched their latest effort to “expose and disrupt” Hezbollah’s financial networks, announcing sanctions on a Lebanese national and seven companies linked to the Iranian-supported militant group based in Lebanon.

3rd October 2018 - Quoted by The Tower

Merkel Slated to Hold Talks with Netanyahu Despite Differences over Palestinians, Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to arrive in Israel on Wednesday evening for a two-day bilateral meeting between German and Israeli officials, The Times of Israel reported. Government-to-government meetings of the type Merkel is scheduled to take part in highlight the close...

3rd October 2018 - Quoted by Jacob Siegel - Tablet Magazine

Iran Looms Over Merkel’s Israel Visit

Benjamin Weinthal

A week after Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience at the U.N. that “Europe and others are appeasing Iran,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the unofficial leader of Europe and head of its most powerful state, will arrive in Jerusalem tonight on a scheduled visit. Iran is virtually certain...

2nd October 2018 - Quoted by The Jerusalem Post

Merkel and Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to begin a two-day visit to Israel on Wednesday, and her country’s perturbing policy on Iran is likely to top the agenda in her meetings with Israeli leaders. In a video podcast last week, Merkel stressed that Germany and Israel share a unique...

1st October 2018 - Quoted by Nancy A Yousef, Gordon Lubold- The Wall Street Journal

On Iran, White House Criticism Grows, but U.S. Military Posture Recedes

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration has been steadily ramping up its rhetoric on the threat posed by Iran this year. But the U.S. military has scaled back its presence in the Persian Gulf region, say officials and military experts, removing ships, planes and missiles that would be needed in a major...

28th September 2018 - Quoted by Mosaic

Germany’s Hypocritical Commitment to Robust Economic Relations with Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

Immediately after the nuclear deal was concluded in 2015, German companies sprang at the opportunity to trade with the Islamic Republic.

27th September 2018 - The American Interest

The Dark Side of Malaysia’s Democratic Fairy Tale

Varsha Koduvayur, Mathew Ha

Like Cinderella, the Malaysian opposition has seemingly transformed itself overnight from a downtrodden victim into the belle of the ball. In a stunning upset at the polls in early May, the Alliance of Hope, led by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed, toppled corrupt incumbent Najib...

27th September 2018 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Netanyahu: Iran deal forged Arab-Israeli friendships

Jonathan Schanzer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touted "new friendships" his nation has formed throughout the Arab world on Thursday, calling it an “unintended consequence” of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. “By empowering Iran, it brought Israel and many Arab states closer together than ever...

27th September 2018 - Quoted by Felicia Schwartz, Micharl R. Gordon - The Wall Street Journal

Israeli Leader Alleges Iran Is Secretly Housing Materials for Nuclear Arms

Olli Heinonen

UNITED NATIONS—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of secretly housing nuclear materials and equipment, in his bid to persuade the international community that Tehran maintains its goal of developing atomic weapons despite its pledge otherwise.

27th September 2018 - Quoted by Helen Partz

US House Passes Bill for Task Force to Combat Crypto Use by Terrorists

Yaya J. Fanusie

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on September 26 that would establish a crypto task force to combat terrorist use of cryptocurrencies, public records indicate. House Resolution (H.R.) 5036, which represents an amended version of the bill proposed by Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) to the...

26th September 2018 - Quoted by ABC News

Trump administration turns ire toward Iran, alienating allies at UN

Behnam Ben Taleblu

One year after threatening to destroy North Korea and mocking Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man,” President Donald Trump and his top officials have turned their ire on a new target at this year’s United Nations General Assembly: Iran.

26th September 2018 - Quoted by Tom Rogan- Washington Examiner

Why the world ignores America on Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

Chairing a United Nations Security Council meeting on Iran on Wednesday, the president found himself alone among the 5 permanent Security Council members in supporting harsher policies toward the Islamic Republic.

25th September 2018 - Quoted by Farnaz Tassihi, Laurence Norman - Wall Street Journal

Europe’s Payment Channel to Salvage Iran Deal Faces Limits

Mark Dubowitz

The European Union’s announcement that it would establish a special payments channel to maintain economic ties with Iran sent a clear message to Tehran and Washington: Europe is intent on trying to save the 2015 nuclear deal.

25th September 2018 - Quoted by Alan Goldsmith - The Hill

Trump should hit Iran on human rights at the UN

Tzvi Kahn

Last week, the United Nations General Assembly opened its annual session, and on Wednesday, President Trump will chair a meeting of the United Nations Security Council. Unsurprisingly, the notoriously impulsive president keeps changing his mind about whether to focus on more general topics...

25th September 2018 - Quoted by Farnaz Fassihi, Laurence Norman - The Wall Street Journal

Europe’s Payment Channel to Salvage Iran Deal Faces Limits

Mark Dubowitz

The European Union’s announcement that it would establish a special payments channel to maintain economic ties with Iran sent a clear message to Tehran and Washington: Europe is intent on trying to save the 2015 nuclear deal.

24th September 2018 - Quoted by Kylie Atwood - CBS News

Palestinians give Trump the cold shoulder ahead of peace plan rollout

Jonathan Schanzer

Last year at the United Nations general assembly (UNGA), President Trump and Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, met face to face and spoke cheerfully about an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Abbas said Palestinians had met with Trump administration officials more than...

21st September 2018 - Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Islamism and Jihadism: The view of one Muslim — and former CIA analyst

Clifford D. May, Yaya J. Fanusie

Yaya Fanusie is the director of analysis at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF). He spent seven years as both an economic and counterterrorism analyst in the CIA, where he regularly briefed White House policy makers, U.S. military...

21st September 2018 - Quoted by Sarah DiLorenzo - Associated Press

Brazil arrests man linked to Hezbollah on crimes in Paraguay

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Brazilian police arrested a fugitive Friday who is alleged by U.S. authorities to be Hezbollah’s financier and who has repeatedly been accused of illegal activity in a lawless border area where three South American nations meet.


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