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30th June 2015 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

The Iranian Nuclear Talks Just Went Into Overtime — and Here’s the Real Deadline for Obama

Mark Dubowitz

Negotiators in Geneva are set to blow past their latest deadline in the ongoing discussions surrounding Iran's nuclear program.

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Rosie DiManno - The Toronto Star

Qatar: Loyal Ally for West, or ‘Club Med for Terrorists’?

David Andrew Weinberg

With one hand they took: The Taliban Five. That was a political favour to the United States, accepting a quintet of high-ranking Guantanamo detainees, after President Barack Obama authorized a grossly imbalanced prisoner swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only American soldier still held...

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Michael Singh - The Wall Street Journal

Can We Trust How Iran Would Spend Funds From a Nuclear Deal?

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The deadline in the Iran nuclear negotiations has just been extended. But if an agreement is ultimately reached, Tehran is expected to receive a substantial financial windfall. Critics have argued that an influx of funds will permit Iran to expand its destabilizing regional activities.

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iran Nuke Talks Deadline Extended to July 7

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. and Iranian negotiators in Vienna on Tuesday agreed to extend a deadline for an agreement on Iran's disputed nuclear program until July 7, as sticking points remained.

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

As Iran Deadline Approaches, Skeptics Draw Dueling Red Lines

Mark Dubowitz

In nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers, it’s deadline time, and skeptics on both sides are laying out red lines in a bid to shape a final deal.

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Iran Talks: Moral Equivalence and the Concession Frenzy

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

In a written statement, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) observed, “It’s outrageous that a senior U.S. official pointed out that if the United States wouldn’t allow weapons inspectors full access to its military installations, Iran shouldn’t either. The United States is the chief defender of...

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Barin Kayaoğlu - Al Monitor

Turkish Corruption Suspect Awarded Business Prize

Jonathan Schanzer

Iranian-born Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab received his country’s top exporter award June 21 from the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM), a pro-government business group. Zarrab received the award in the field of jewelry on behalf of his company, Volgam Gida. In the general exporters’...

29th June 2015 - Quoted by Jordan Fabian - The Hill

White House Confident Final Iran Nuclear Deal is in Reach

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration’s effort to reach a final nuclear agreement with Iran is expected to slip past its deadline Tuesday, though U.S. officials expressed confidence a deal is within reach.

29th June 2015 - Quoted by Terry Atlas - Bloomberg

Iran’s Economic Boost From Nuclear Deal Projected to Come Slowly

Iran may not see a rapid economic rebound from a potential nuclear deal that would lift the international sanctions now imposed on the country, according to new projections by Roubini Global Economics.

29th June 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Is ISIS’s Capital City Under Threat?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ISIS is in trouble: Kurdish forces have advanced to within 35 miles of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State's capital.

29th June 2015 - Interviewed by Boaz Bismuth - Israel Hayom

‘As an Iranian, I Would Be Pleased With the Emerging Deal’

Mark Dubowitz

Iran expert Mark Dubowitz believes there will be a nuclear agreement between Tehran and the West because the U.S. views no deal as worse than a bad deal • The Iranians are brilliant negotiators, but we must not lose hope, he says.

27th June 2015 - Quoted by Pamela Dockins - Voice of America

Iran Nuclear Negotiators Face ‘Tough Issues’

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Secretary of State John Kerry said Iran nuclear negotiators are hopeful they will be able to reach an agreement but still need to work through some “very tough issues.”

26th June 2015 - Quoted by Max J. Rosenthal - Mother Jones

Here’s What We Know About the Terrorist Attacks That Hit Tunisia, France, and Kuwait

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Dozens of people were killed on Friday in Tunisia, France, and Kuwait in what authorities in all three countries are calling terrorist attacks. Here's what we know so far.

26th June 2015 - Quoted by Dexter Filkins - The New Yorker

Why Aren’t We Asking Iran for More?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Last January, on a visit to Beirut, Lebanon, Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, laid a wreath of white flowers on the tomb of Imad Mughniyeh.

26th June 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Vulnerabilities Exposed, Islamic State is Evolving Again

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Once bent on advancing at all costs to establish its self-declared caliphate, the terror group known as the Islamic State has increasingly been willing to cede territory in battles with Kurdish forces and Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias.

25th June 2015 - Quoted by The Economist

Coalition Dreaming

Aykan Erdemir

THE inauguration of Turkey’s new parliament on June 23rd was a heady day for this wobbly democracy. Pious Muslim women were able to take the oath with their heads covered for the first time without being harassed by secular dinosaurs.

25th June 2015 - Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar and Sangwon Yoon - Bloomberg

A $500 Billion Maybe: Why Iran’s Big Moment Could Be Years Away

Mark Dubowitz

For every investor who sees opportunity in a post-sanctions Iran, there are others who see the same old legal morass.

25th June 2015 - Quoted by Shane Kavanaugh - Vocativ

Modest In Terrain, Kobani Still A Win For ISIS

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State's attack on the Syrian city appears to be as much about doing damage control as it is about gaining strategic ground.

24th June 2015 - Quoted by Bill Gertz - The Washington Free Beacon

Report: Islamic State Winning Propaganda War Against U.S.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The U.S. government is losing the propaganda war to Islamic State terrorists who are recruiting jihadists and inspiring more lone-wolf attacks, according to a report by a crowd-sourced global consulting group.

24th June 2015 - Quoted Matthew Philips - Bloomberg

How Iranian Oil Tankers Keep Syria’s War Machine Alive

Mark Dubowitz

It’s no secret that Iran provides critical support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The trouble comes in trying to figure out how much Iran spends and what that support actually looks like.


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