Analysis & Commentary


3rd December 2016 - Quoted by Joyce Karam - Arab News

Congress and Trump agree to turn the heat up on Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

In Washington, where Democrats and Republicans are bracing for a showdown on a set of healthcare and economic issues, increasing sanctions on Iran appears to be the one legislative item where the two parties and the new President-Elect Donald Trump have found consensus.

2nd December 2016 - Quoted by Nick Wadhams - Bloomberg

Shredding Iran nuclear deal could prove harder than Trump thinks

Mark Dubowitz

As a candidate, Donald Trump called the six-nation accord with Iran to halt its nuclear program “one of the dumbest deals ever” and said dismantling it would be a top priority. Now, he’s finding that ripping it up after he becomes president may not be so easy.

2nd December 2016 - Quoted by Riyadh Mohammed - CNBC

Hot trend in 2017: Rise of Islamic banks on Main St. USA

Jonathan Schanzer

In the United States a quiet financial revolution is going on under the radar of the public eye. It's the rise of Islamic financial institutions — ranging from small community banks in the Midwest to nationwide investment banks and brokerage firms.

2nd December 2016 - Quoted by Dan De Luce - Foreign Policy

Congress Issues a Warning to Iran and a Rebuff to the Obama Administration

Mark Dubowitz

The Senate’s vote to renew sanctions against Iran for another 10 years has delivered a symbolic warning to Tehran and a bipartisan snub of the White House, which worries the move could raise tensions with Iran.

2nd December 2016 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Senior Tehran Cleric Calls for ‘Retaliation’ After US Senate Backs Extension of Iran Sanctions Act

Behnam Ben Taleblu

“Now is the time for retaliation,” a senior Iranian cleric told worshippers in Tehran on Friday, following the US Senate’s unanimous approval of a ten-year extension of the Iran Sanctions Act.

2nd December 2016 - Quoted by Dave Clark - Agence France-Presse

US allies hope for best as they reach out to Trump

John Hannah

America's closest partners are putting a brave face on Donald Trump's surprise election win while reaching out to try to shape his worldview and to preserve traditional alliances.

2nd December 2016 - Quoted by Geoff Dyer - Financial Times

Trump team looks at new non-nuclear sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump transition team is examining proposals for US sanctions on Iran separate from its nuclear programme in a move likely to draw a furious reaction from Tehran.

1st December 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Former IAEA Deputy Director Criticizes Nuclear Agency’s Iran Investigations

Olli Heinonen

The former deputy director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency has criticized the agency for “reduc[ing] the level of transparency and details in its reporting” on Iran’s nuclear program, making it “practically impossible” to confirm that Iran is complying with the...

1st December 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Obama Administration: Enabling Sales to Terror-Linked Airline is Consistent with U.S. Foreign Policy

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama administration has determined that enabling the sale of aircraft and other materials to an Iranian airline sanctioned for ferrying weapons on behalf of Iran's military does not undermine its foreign policy goals, according to communications with Congress obtained exclusively by The...

1st December 2016 - Quoted by Jessica Schulberg - Huffington Post

The Senate Vote To Extend Iran Sanctions Is A Symbolic Move That Could Antagonize Tehran

Mark Dubowitz

The Senate voted unanimously on Thursday to extend U.S. sanctions on Iran for 10 years. Lawmakers hailed the 99-0 vote as a critical step in ensuring that the U.S. would keep its ability to quickly reimpose sanctions if Iran violates the nuclear agreement reached last year. But the Obama...

1st December 2016 - Quoted by Howard LaFrachi - The Christian Science Monitor

Why Iran’s nuclear program is back on US agenda

Mark Dubowitz

One of the major aims of the nuclear deal the US and other world powers signed with Iran last year was to eliminate the sharp confrontation over Iran’s nuclear program and to stall what at times appeared to be a march to another military conflict in the Middle East.

30th November 2016 - Quoted by Dov Lieber - Times of Israel

Opening night of much-hyped Seventh Fatah Congress a perplexing snooze

Grant Rumley

The opening night of the Seventh Fatah Congress — which was hyped as the event that would usher in a new age for the Palestinian party currently ruling the West Bank, and perhaps see a possible successor to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas crowned — was both mystifying and...

30th November 2016 - Sinclair Broadcast Group

Homegrown extremism is the ‘most prevalent threat’ says DHS secretary

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Monday terror attack at Ohio State University has once again focused national attention on the growing and increasingly complex threat of homegrown violent extremism.

29th November 2016 - Quoted by Mitch Smith, Rukmini Callimachi, Richard Perez-Pena - The New York Times

ISIS Calls Ohio State University Attacker a ‘Soldier’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the attack at Ohio State University, calling the student who drove his car into pedestrians and then slashed people with a butcher knife a “soldier” of the terrorist group.

29th November 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Democratic Senators Fire Back at Iran for Retaliation Threat Over Sanctions Renewal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Senate Democrats are ripping Iran over threats issued by top Iranian officials to retaliate if Congress extends sanctions that the Obama administration has said are permitted under last summer's nuclear deal, according to conversations with lawmakers conducted by The Weekly Standard.

29th November 2016 - Quoted by Sophie McNeill - ABC News

Palestine’s Fatah party holds first congress in seven years; talk of appointing deputy for President

Grant Rumley

It has been quite a few years in the waiting, but this week 1,400 handpicked Fatah party faithfuls gathered in the West Bank capital Ramallah for the movement's seventh congress.

29th November 2016 - Quoted by Peter Baker, Rami Nazzal - The New York Times

Mahmoud Abbas, Re-elected as Fatah Leader, Moves to Solidify Power

Grant Rumley

Under fire at home and abroad, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority moved on Tuesday to solidify his decade-long hold on power with a party conference that had already been purged of most of his opponents.

28th November 2016 - Quoted by Joshua Mitnick - The Los Angeles Times

The Palestinians’ political future could change this week. Here’s why

Grant Rumley

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ political party, Fatah, opens its first party congress in seven years on Tuesday amid swirling speculation about who will succeed the 81-year-old at the helm of the Palestinian Authority.

28th November 2016 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Iran Analyst: Top Tehran Regime Officials Trying to ‘Blackmail’ US Into Making Further Concessions

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Top Iranian officials — including Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — are currently seeking to test President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump and extract further concessions from the US, an expert on the Islamic Republic told The Algemeiner on Monday.

27th November 2016 - Quoted by Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor - Arab Times

Armies should be tools of defence, not oppression

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Armies fall into two loose categories. There are those whose prime objective is to defend their soil and people from foreign aggression and others that prioritize defence of the leadership and state institutions against civil uprisings. Some will willingly use lethal force against...


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