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16th October 2013 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Iran Stalls, Centrifuges Spin

Clifford D. May

First the Iranian foreign ministry learned how to tweet; now we are told their negotiators are using PowerPoint. Can peace in our time be far off?

16th October 2013 - Quoted by Jeffery Goldberg, Bloomberg

America’s Plan to Reward Iran, Without Lifting Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

One of the several dilemmas facing Obama administration officials in their chess match with Iran is this: At what point do they meet serious Iranian nuclear...

15th October 2013 - Quoted by Nicholas Kulish, The New York Times

Investigation Moves Slowly in Kenyan Mall Siege

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The crater of rubble where the mall collapsed is still so hot that investigators are having a hard time examining it for clues. None of the bodies of the militants killed...

15th October 2013 - Quoted by Ariel Zirulnick, Christian Science Monitor

Iran Sanctions: How Much are They Really Hurting?

Mark Dubowitz

As world powers meet with Iran in Geneva today, their main bargaining chip is an easing of sanctions, the most painful of which have cut Iran off from the...

15th October 2013 - Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Iranian Official Wants Year to Resolve Nuclear Issue

Mark Dubowitz

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif offered Tuesday to take a year to resolve Iran's nuclear standoff with world powers. That is probably...

15th October 2013 - Quoted by The Tower

EU Investigators: Corruption Behind “Significant Shortcomings” in Allocating Billions In Palestinian

Jonathan Schanzer

Endemic Palestinian Authority (PA) corruption long ago reached the point where top PA figures were suing each other over the issue. Literally dozens...

14th October 2013 - Quoted by Yitzhak Benhorin, Ynet News

‘Iran Plays Brilliant Chess Game, West Will Fold’

Mark Dubowitz

Iran and the world powers will start negotiations on Iran's nuclear plan Tuesday, and Mark Dubowitz, an expert on the sanctions on Iran, claims the Islamic...

13th October 2013 - Cited by James Lyons, The Washington Times

From Sanctions to Checkmate

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama’s “hat-in-hand” approach to Iran’s new president, Hasan Rouhani, over Iran’s nuclear-weapons program is not only degrading for America...

13th October 2013 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Has Islamism Peaked in the Middle East?

Jonathan Schanzer

Almost every day there is news about a new attack by al-Qaida or another radical Islamic group, yet events since the summer demonstrate that there is...

12th October 2013 - Quoted by Alaa Shahine, Bloomberg

Iran Central Banker Says He’s Undoing Ahmadinejad Credit Policy

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s central bank Governor Valiollah Seif said he’s reversing policies introduced under former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that led to a surge in money...

11th October 2013 - Quoted by Mark Landler, The New York Times

On Iran Talks, Congress Could Play ‘Bad Cop’

Mark Dubowitz

When Iranian diplomats sit down in Geneva next Tuesday with the United States and five other world powers for a new round of talks about Iran’s nuclear...

11th October 2013 - Quoted by Fred Fleitz, Newsmax

Showdown Looms Over Nuclear Iran

Clifford D. May

Are we on the cusp of a major diplomatic break on Iran’s nuclear program at talks scheduled to open in Geneva next week? The mainstream news media thinks so.

10th October 2013 - Quoted by The Tower

Hamas Facing Political Crisis, Leadership Fight After Diplomatic Missteps Send Group Into Tailspin

Jonathan Schanzer

Khaled Meshaal, the head of Hamas’s political bureau, had until recently never visited the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Over the years there had been many...

9th October 2013 - Quoted by Abdalle Ahmed, Spencer Ackerman, and David Smith, The Guardian

How the US Raid on al-Shabaab in Somalia Went Wrong

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As a mother of young children, Fadumo Sheikh is used to rising early. Last Saturday she was due to prepare their breakfasts before they went to the local madrasa.

9th October 2013 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Iran’s Dangerous Doubletalk

Clifford D. May

The Obama administration will sit down to talk to Iran’s representatives next week in Geneva. We must remember that these are emissaries of Iranian Supreme...

9th October 2013 - Quoted by Guy Taylor and Kristina Wong, The Washington Times

Drone Strikes Plummet as US Seeks More Human Intelligence

Thomas Joscelyn

The number of drone strikes approved by the Obama administration on suspected terrorists has fallen dramatically this year, as the war with al Qaeda...

9th October 2013 - Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar & Yeganeh Salehi, Bloomberg

Bags of Cash Show Iran Currency Squeeze Behind Nuclear Thaw

Mark Dubowitz

When Mohammad-Reza needed parts for his heater company in Iran last month, he carried a bagful of 500-euro notes on a plane to Dubai and paid...

8th October 2013 - Quoted by İlhan Tanır, BBC Turkey

‘ABD Geleneksel Müttefiklerini es Geçiyor’

Tony Badran

ABD Dışişleri Bakanı John Kerry'nin, kimyasal silahlar anlaşmasına uyduğu için Suriye Cumhurbaşkanı Beşar Esad'ın övgüyü hak ettiğini söylemesi, Washington...

8th October 2013 - Quoted by Kristina Mastropasqua, Joan Shorenstein Center

Al-Shabab, Chaos in Somalia and International Terrorism

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On October 5, 2013, American commandos raided a base of the Islamic militant group al-Shabab in southern Somalia. According to media reports...

8th October 2013 - Cited by Andrew Malcolm, Investors Business Daily

New Study of Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Quest Urges Harsher Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

Relax. This isn't another column about the shutdown -- of the American government. It is about the attempted shutdown of Iran's economy in a bank-shot bid...


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