Analysis & Commentary

18th January 2018 - Quoted by John Hudson - BuzzFeed

How Rex Tillerson Thinks He Can Avoid Mission Creep in Syria

Mark Dubowitz

The US's top diplomat has called for an indefinite US troop presence in Syria to stanch Iranian expansion. But in an interview he said that doesn't mean the US will fight Tehran – unless Iran shoots first.

18th January 2018 - Quoted by Mark Swanson - Newsmax

Report: House Conservatives to Intro Bill That Toughens Iran Deal Read Full Article Here House Cons

Richard Goldberg

House conservatives and staunch Iran hawks are expected to introduce a bill Thursday that would put ironclad restrictions on the country's nuclear or ballistic missile programs, Axios reports.

18th January 2018 - Quoted by Jonathan Swan - Axios

Exclusive: the House Republican plan to toughen the Iran deal

Richard Goldberg

I've got my hands on a copy of the bill that House Republicans will drop Thursday to amend the Iran deal. Conservative Iran hawks tell me they are going to rally around this bill — spearheaded by Reps. Peter Roskam, Liz Cheney and others — because they don't like what they're hearing...

17th January 2018 - Quoted by Jake Godin - Newsy

What We Can Learn From Listening To Iran’s Protest Slogans

Behnam Ben Taleblu

In just a few weeks, protests have swept across Iran. Some in the streets chant death to the country's president and, perhaps more surprisingly, to its supreme leader. The words are important. Listen, and they reveal what the protests are about and what the people want. So we scoured dozens...

12th January 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Designates Iranian Chief Justice

Annie Fixler , Behnam Ben Taleblu

The U.S. Treasury Department designated Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani today under non-nuclear authorities for his role in the human rights violations in Iran. As Iran’s chief justice and head of the judicial branch since August 2009, Larijani has for nearly a decade overseen the Islamic...

11th January 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Germany Permits Iranian Regime Mass Murderer to Flee the Country

Benjamin Weinthal

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi – considered a successor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei – fled Germany on Thursday for Iran amid criminal complaints filed against him for crimes against humanity, after the cleric received medical treatment for a brain tumor.

11th January 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

At Least Five Iranian Protesters Die in Regime Prisons

Tzvi Kahn

At least five Iranians arrested during the ongoing protests have reportedly died in the regime’s notorious prisons.

11th January 2018 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Trump’s Policy Should Focus on Iran’s People, Not Its Centrifuges

Richard Goldberg

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, like others in Western Europe, is worried once again that President Donald Trump will blow up the Iran nuclear deal.

10th January 2018 - The Washington Times

Europe’s Silence

Clifford D. May

It’s tempting to say that Europe’s leaders lack the courage of their convictions. But that would imply that they have convictions. The evidence suggests those days are gone.

9th January 2018 - Politico

On Iran, Trump Should Be Like Reagan

Richard Goldberg

In just three days, President Donald Trump must once again decide what to do about the much-debated Iran nuclear deal.

8th January 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

German Politician Files Criminal Complaint Against Iranian Ayatollah for Mass Murder

Benjamin Weinthal

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, considered to be a successor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, faces protests and possible criminal prosecutions in Germany for his widespread executions of Iranians, which took place while he was the country’s justice minister.

7th January 2018 - Fox News

Germany urged to abandon its support of Iran’s mullah regime

Benjamin Weinthal

While tens of thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets in protest, the German government is taking heat for what some are calling its pro-regime policy in Iran, and its decision to allow sanctuary and medical treatment for an alleged mass murderer from the Islamic Republic.

4th January 2018 - The Hill Times

How Canada should respond to the Iranian protests

Sheryl Saperia

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians are protesting in cities across the country. At the time of writing, Iranian security forces have killed at least 21 protesters, and hundreds have been arrested.

4th January 2018 - The Atlantic

The Biggest Sanctions-Evasion Scheme in Recent History

Jonathan Schanzer

Yesterday, Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla was found guilty in a Manhattan courtroom for a range of financial crimes.

4th January 2018 - The Wall Street Journal

The Secular Republic of Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Coverage of the recent tumult in the Islamic Republic of Iran has focused on how economic frustration is affecting the country’s politics.

4th January 2018 - The Weekly Standard

The Crack-up of Theocracy

Reuel Marc Gerecht

It is odd to hear Westerners, hopelessly permeated with Marxism, dissect the nationwide Iranian protests as primarily an economic eruption, the suggestion being that the demonstrators are not that dyspeptic about the nature of the Islamic Republic.

1st January 2018 - Quoted by Voice of America

LIVE BLOG: Iranians Take to the Streets in Massive Protests

Behnam Ben Taleblu

A university student attends a protest inside Tehran University while a smoke grenade is thrown by anti-riot Iranian police, in Tehran, Iran

28th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Top Iraqi-Shiite cleric endorses incorporation of PMF into the state

Iraqi-Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani announced his support of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and "requested that all weapons come under government's control."

22nd December 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

David Asher

FDD's David Asher discusses the derailment of Project Cassandra on The John Batchelor Show.

22nd December 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Tehran Upholds Death Sentence Against Iranian Academic

Tzvi Kahn

A group of United Nations human rights experts on Wednesday called on Iran to annul its death sentence against a leading Iranian academic, citing major failures of due process during his trial. The case of Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian national and a Swedish permanent resident, joins a long...

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