Analysis & Commentary


14th May 2015 - Quoted by Oren Dorell, Kim Hjelmgaard - USA Today

Russian Comments Cast Doubt on Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

A major difference between Washington and Moscow over a key term of any deal to curb Iran's nuclear program was underlined when a Russian official rejected the plan to immediately restore sanctions if Tehran violates the as-yet-unsigned agreement.

14th May 2015 - NOW News

Salman’s Absence, Netanyahu’s Shadow

Tony Badran

If you’re keeping score in the contest between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu, then chalk up a win for the Israeli prime minister this week. President Obama is convening his summit with representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states at Camp David today.

13th May 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah discusses ISIS, Iran, and the GCC Camp David summit.

13th May 2015 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

Congress Has Little Chance of Influencing Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran deal may not be done, but bids by its opponents to shape it are all but buried.

12th May 2015 - Quoted by JPost Staff - The Jerusalem Post

Sale of Planes to Iran Points to Crack in Iran Sanctions Regime

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A nuclear deal with Iran has yet to be signed but the sanctions regime against the Islamic Republic appears to be crumbling already.

12th May 2015 - The Washington Times

The Fine Line Between Free Speech and Provocation

Clifford D. May

Rights are like muscles. If not exercised, they atrophy. Freedom of speech, a right guaranteed by the First Amendment, is the most fundamental of rights. Without it, how do you even defend your other rights?

11th May 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Defying Sanctions, Iranian Airline with Terror Ties Buys New Planes

Emanuele Ottolenghi

An Iranian airline that has been sanctioned due to ties with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has purchased nine planes in violation of existing sanctions, the Financial Times reported today. According to the report, the airline, Mahan Air, purchased the planes from European...

11th May 2015 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

With Plane Delivery, Iran Sanctions Collapsing Already

Emanuele Ottolenghi

With a deadline to end nuclear negotiations less than two months away, the crippling sanctions against Iran are already beginning to collapse. The latest evidence came over the weekend when nine used commercial airliners arrived in Iran to bolster the fleet of Mahan Air.

11th May 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Claudia Rosett

FDD Journalist-in-Residence Claudia Rosett discusses Iran and her latest article in Forbes.

11th May 2015 - Quoted by Irwin Cotler - The Jerusalem Post

Defending Human Rights Prisoners of Tehran

Mark Dubowitz, Ali Alfoneh

Canadian parliamentarians from across the political spectrum joined together to launch the fourth annual Iran Accountability Week in order to sound the alarm on the toxic convergence of threats posed by the Iranian regime: the nuclear threat, terrorism, incitement to hatred, and particularly...

10th May 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

U.S. Commission Criticizes Iran for Persecution of Religious Minorities

Benjamin Weinthal

A report issued by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has shown that religious minorities in Iran continue to suffer persecution under President Hassan Rouhani. Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, reported Friday for Fox...

10th May 2015 - Quoted by Sharona Schwartz - The Blaze

Hezbollah Says Its Mission Is to Eliminate Israel. It Sure Has Strayed Far From That Goal.

Jonathan Schanzer

Hezbollah’s commander of special ops was reportedly killed in Syria along with dozens of his fighters Friday, during a fierce battle between the Lebanese Shiite group and Sunni rebels aiming to remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from power.

8th May 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Admiral Shamkhani, Rohani’s Iron Fist in an Iron Glove

Ali Alfoneh

President Hassan Rohani’s appointment of Rear Ad­miral Ali Shamkhani as secretary of Iran’s Su­preme National Security Council (SNSC) in September 2013 was initially seen as an attempt by Tehran to mend fences with the Is­lamic Republic’s Sunni Arab neigh­bours, Saudi Arabia in...

8th May 2015 - FOXNews.com

Bi-Partisan Report Blasts Iran for Human Rights Violations as US Continues Negotiations

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran insists it doesn't punish people for their beliefs, but its prison population - and a scathing new report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom - say otherwise.

8th May 2015 - Forbes

Iran Shipping Sanctions Run Aground?

Claudia Rosett

Officially, the Obama administration remains committed to enforcing sanctions on Iran’s main merchant shipping fleet, the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, also known as IRISL. But in practice, since the Iran nuclear talks began early last year, many of IRISL’s cargo ships appear...

7th May 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama and Power, AWOL on Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

In an interview with Charlie Rose, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and human rights advocate, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power intoned that the problem of the Islamic State in Syria could not be dealt with unless Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was removed.

7th May 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Does Reported Strike on Khartoum Reveal Sudan’s Secret Iran Dealings?

Jonathan Schanzer

The reported Israeli drone strike on Sudan Tuesday may have revealed the extent of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s double gaming – playing nice with the Gulf states by joining the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen while at the same time quietly cooperating with Tehran and serving as a...

7th May 2015 - Foreign Policy

Will the Fallout from the Iran Deal Make the Middle East Less Stable?

John Hannah

Let’s stipulate that any effort to reach a nuclear accord with a rabidly anti-American theocracy like the Islamic Republic of Iran is by its nature a risky enterprise. That’s especially the case given the mullahs long track record of lying, cheating and deception when it comes to their...

6th May 2015 - The Weekly Standard

How Hezbollah Sees the Iran Nuclear Deal: We Win, You Lose

Tony Badran

Last week, the Israeli Air Force struck a cache of long-range missiles belonging to Hezbollah and put the Shia militia on notice. As air force chief Major-General Amir Eshel explained, "Our ability today to attack targets on a large scale and with high precision is about 15 times greater...

6th May 2015 - Quoted by Natalie Obiko Pearson and Siddarth Vikram Philip - Bloomberg

India Companies to Improve Iran Port Despite U.S. Pleas

Mark Dubowitz

The Indian government agreed to let the nation’s companies upgrade facilities at a port in Iran, despite U.S. warnings not to rush into investments in the country before a nuclear deal is completed.

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