Analysis & Commentary

23rd June 2012 - Quoted by The Economist

Dollar Power

Mark Dubowitz

America's chokehold on Iran’s oil trade is tightening. New sanctions that come into force on June 28th attempt to turn off Iran’s $95 billion-a-year oil trade, and stop the flow of funds into its nuclear programme.

23rd June 2012 - Quoted by Dugald McConnell and Brian Todd, CNN

Egyptian Lawmaker Met US Officials Despite Affiliation with Terrorist Group

Clifford D. May

The State Department is reviewing its approval of a visa for a visiting Egyptian lawmaker after questions surfaced about whether he was invited to meet with administration officials despite belonging to a group accused of ties to terrorism.

22nd June 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Congress Tries to Lead on Iran; Obama Clings to Failed Diplomacy

Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration won’t take no for an answer. The Iran talks yielded no progress again this week, and yet the Obama administration desperately clings to the charade.

22nd June 2012 - Quoted by David Lerman, The Wall Street Journal

Threats From Cyber to Terror Supplant Cold War’s Dangers

Mark Dubowitz

The U.S. is searching for ways to deter, defend against and respond to ever-increasing cyber attacks and more diverse terrorist threats, even as it tries to cut spending and finance weapons conceived during the Cold War.

21st June 2012 - Quoted by Wayne Ma and Brian Spegele, The Wall Street Journal

Beijing’s Oil Imports From Iran Rebound

Mark Dubowitz

China's oil imports from Iran continued to sharply rebound in May to nearly match 2011 levels following a steep drop-off earlier this year, figures showed Thursday...

20th June 2012 - Quoted by Geoff Dyer, Financial Times

Iran Faces Fresh US Sanctions Push

Mark Dubowitz

The US Congress is considering imposing tougher sanctions on Iran after the latest round of diplomatic talks over Iran’s nuclear programme ended in Moscow without substantive progress.

19th June 2012 - Cited by Gal Beckerman, Forward

Forward 1, Hungary 0

Elie Wiesel announced today his decision to renounce a Hungarian state award he received in 2004. Hungary has been “whitewashing” its fascist history during World War II, Wiesel said.

19th June 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Iran Talks Fail, Of Course

Mark Dubowitz

The Times of Israel reports: “Iran became more adamant Monday that the world must remove the sanctions that are choking off its oil sales before it will curb activities that could be used to make nuclear weapons, diplomats said.

18th June 2012 - Quoted by Brett Schaefer, NRO

Good Journalism at the UN?

Claudia Rosett

With all the corruption at the United Nations, you might think that the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) would have better things to do than pick a fight with a single reporter. But you would be wrong.

18th June 2012 - Quoted by Jonathan Leff, Reuters

Oil Market Shrugs At Imminent Iran Tanker Insurance Ban

Mark Dubowitz

In less than two weeks, Iran's biggest oil buyers will lose access to the London-based insurance market that protects 95 percent of the world's tanker shipments against oil spills or catastrophic collisions.

18th June 2012 - Cited by Seyward Darby, Transitions Online

The Pristina-Damascus Connection

A few weeks ago, three Syrian opposition activists arrived in this small Balkan capital for a short visit. The trio stayed in a hotel downtown – “nothing fancy,” according to one of the activists.

17th June 2012 - Quoted by Matt Bradley, The Wall Street Journal

Two Villages, Two Egyptian Views

Only nine miles of rutted pavement separates the villages of Mubasher and Edwa, but the ideological division they represent has nearly split Egyptian politics in two during this weekend's presidential vote.

17th June 2012 - Quoted by Justyna Pawlak and Steve Gutterman, Reuters

Iran Nuclear Talks Resume in Nervous Atmosphere

Emanuele Ottolenghi

World powers will seek to avert a collapse of diplomacy over Iran's nuclear programme at talks starting in Moscow on Monday, hoping to win concessions from Tehran and forestall a potential new war in the Middle East.

17th June 2012 - Cited by Hilary Leila Krieger, The Jerusalem Post

Clinton: We Need a Stable, Sovereign Lebanon

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made calls to Lebanese leaders in recent days to emphasize the American commitment to stability as upheaval in Syria threatens its neighbor.

16th June 2012 - Quoted by Rhonda Parker,

Syria: Civilians in Homs Trapped While UN Runs, Rebel Leader Says Help or Leave

"Let us go, in God's name!" is the desperate appeal by Christian families and Sunni Muslims still trapped in the old town of Homs in the wake of Saturday’s U.N. pull back announced yesterday by observers in Syria.

15th June 2012 - Quoted by The Philadelphia Inquirer

What Will It Take to Convince Putin to Change Course?

This week - just as new revelations emerged of Syrian regime massacres of women and children - Moscow ordered the harshest measures against its own political opposition since Vladimir Putin first took power.

14th June 2012 - Cited by Jonathan Spyer, The Jerusalem Post

Arab World: Feigning Concern?

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week expressed concerns regarding new Russian supplies of helicopter gunships to the Assad regime in Syria.

13th June 2012 - Quoted by Zach Noble, Washington Free Beacon

Iran, North Korea, Sudan Rack Up Millions By Trading UN Carbon Credits

Claudia Rosett

The U.N. is funneling millions of dollars worth of tradable carbon credits to corrupt nations worldwide, including Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Uzbekistan in an attempt to encourage clean energy projects in the developing world.

12th June 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Obama Outfoxed by Putin

Jonathan Schanzer

The Associated Press reports: “The Obama administration said Tuesday that Russia is sending attack helicopters to Syrian President Bashar [al-]Assad’s regime and is warning about a dramatic escalation in the Arab country’s 15-month conflict.

12th June 2012 - Quoted by Wayne Ma, The Wall Street Journal

China’s Imports of Iranian Crude ‘Legal and Reasonable’ -Foreign Ministry

Mark Dubowitz

China's foreign ministry said Tuesday that the country's imports of Iranian crude oil were "entirely legal and reasonable" and that its position on the matter has been made clear to the U.S.


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