Analysis & Commentary

8th October 2017 - Quoted by Peter Ryan - ABC Australia

Money launderers remain ahead of authorities by using ‘sophisticated methods’, US expert says

John Cassara

Money launderers are using more sophisticated methods to remain one step ahead of law enforcement, says one expert — so how do countries stop them?

28th September 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Yaya J. Fanusie

Yaya Fanusie, director of analysis at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance, joins the John Batchelor show to discuss Hezbollah’s successful global narco-terrorism activities.

31st August 2017 - Quoted by Chuck Ross - The Daily Caller

Turkey-Owned Bank Implicated In Money Laundering Case Hires Trump-Connected Lobbying Firm

Aykan Erdemir

A bank controlled by the Turkish government that has been implicated in a massive money laundering scheme has hired a Florida-based lobbying firm with close ties to the Trump White House.

23rd August 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

IS Using Front Companies to Support Terrorism

Alex Entz

A recent FBI affidavit unveiled a worldwide, now-defunct network of Wales-based front companies controlled by an IS sympathizer, and demonstrates IS’s capacity to pursue complex financing strategies.

23rd August 2017 - Citado por La Prensa

Advierten que Hezbollah se mantiene totalmente activa en la Triple Frontera

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Emanuele Ottolenghi, miembro destacado de la Fundación para la Defensa de las Democracias (FDD), dijo que la organización "tiene un presupuesto en dramático crecimiento por su presencia continua en la guerra de Siria".

21st August 2017 - Citado por James Aparicio - Metro Libre

Un 20% de los ingresos de Hezbolá vienen de operaciones ilícitas en la Triple Frontera

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Los recientes atentados terroristas en Barcelona, España y en Turku, Finlandia, se suman a decenas de ataques armados, con bombas o atropellos en Europa, Asia y también África

7th August 2017 - Quoted by JD Supra

High-Profile Spanish Money Laundering Investigation of Chinese Bank Raises Questions

Juan Zarate

As widely reported, the Spanish police raided last year the Madrid offices of the Chinese state-run Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (“ICBC”), the world’s biggest bank by assets.

7th August 2017 - Citado por Infobae

Cómo llegan las antigüedades saqueadas por ISIS a coleccionistas de EEUU y Europa

Yaya J. Fanusie

Verdaderas reliquias sustraídas de Siria e Irak son compradas en Occidente, parte de un engranaje ilegal que se espera continúe funcionando aún tras el ocaso del Estado Islámico

6th August 2017 - Quoted by Benoit Faucon, Georgi Kantchev and Alistair MacDonald - The Wall Street Journal

The Men Who Trade ISIS Loot

Yaya J. Fanusie

A stream of plundered antiquities flowing out of Syria and Iraq to Western art collectors is dependent on men like Muhammad hajj Al-Hassan.

9th March 2017 - Quoted by Eileen F. Toplansky - American Thinker

ISIS Trading in Antiquities and People

Yaya J. Fanusie

With the Jewish holiday of Purim approaching, it is incumbent upon all decent people -- whatever their religious persuasion -- to fully understand that ISIS jihadists are the lineal descendents of the cruel and ancient Amalekites with their bestial destruction of people.

24th June 2016 - Quoted by Louis Charbonneau - Reuters

Money laundering body keeps Iran blacklisted, freezes some steps

Mark Dubowitz

An international group that monitors money laundering worldwide decided on Friday to keep Iran on its blacklist of high-risk countries but welcomed Iranian promises to improve and called for a one-year suspension of some restrictions on Tehran.

23rd June 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Experts to Global Finance Watchdog: Be Vigilant Toward Iranian Corruption, Money Laundering

Mark Dubowitz

More than 30 former government and military officials wrote an open letter on Tuesday urging the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global watchdog supported by more than 30 Western countries focused on ensuring the integrity of the international financial system, to “remain vigilant...

17th June 2016 - Forbes

What ISIS Is Banking On

Yaya J. Fanusie

As jihadist groups gain control of cities across the Middle East and Africa, preventing their access to the global financial system is increasingly critical to regulators.

9th June 2016 - Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

The Iran Deal, One Year In: Economic, Nuclear, and Regional Implications

John Hannah, Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear deal posed a simple trade: In exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit its nuclear capabilities, economic sanctions would be lifted. But the devil is in the details concerning, for example, a role for missiles on the nuclear side of the equation and state sponsorship of...

19th May 2016 - CSIF Policy Brief

Service-Based Money Laundering: The Next Illicit Finance Frontier

John Cassara

Just a few months before the summer Olympic Games in Brazil, a far-reaching anti-corruption battle is threatening to bring down powerful Brazilian businesses and political elites, including the current and former presidents. The scandal might bring even down the government.

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Edwin Mora - Breitbart

Islamic State Committing ‘Cultural Genocide’ by Selling Priceless Antiques to Westerners

Yaya J. Fanusie

Expert witnesses, while testifying before a House panel about the unprecedented level of looting and destruction of priceless antiques by jihadist groups across the Middle East, identified collectors from Europe and the United States as top buyers of ancient artifacts illegally sold by the...

15th April 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Center for Illicit Finance

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Iranian Central Bank Governor Valiollah Seif is in Washington this week to attend summits at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, make the rounds at think tanks, and meet with U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew.

6th April 2016 - Quoted by Eric R. Mandel - The Jerusalem Post

Legitimizing Iran: The US administration’s Middle East agenda

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Last year, while lobbying the American people to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, President Barack Obama repeatedly reassured undecided members of Congress that the deal was only about ending the Iranian nuclear program.

6th April 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Panama Papers Shed Light on Iranian Sanctions Busting, Illicit Financing

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The massive leak of documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, otherwise known as the Panama Papers, has shed light on the role the company played in enabling Iranian sanctions busting.

19th February 2016 - WINA

The Schilling Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses ISIS finance and the recent ISIS fortune destroyed by US airstrikes.


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