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10th October 2016 - WSJ Video

Opinion Journal

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses how the Obama administration continues to undermine sanctions on Iran.

7th October 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Former Top Treasury Official: Banks Still Don’t Want to Do Business with Iran

A former top Treasury Department official told The Weekly Standard Thursday that major international firms still do not want to do business with Iran, despite efforts by the Obama administration to persuade foreign banks and businesses to reengage there.

5th October 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Obama Admin Gutted Iran Ballistic Missile Embargo

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration gutted an international ballistic missile embargo on Iran as one of several concessions made when the Islamic Republic released four American prisoners in January, Iran experts tell The Weekly Standard. This has triggered criticism that the administration misled...

5th October 2016 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

The Iran deal has Obama ‘held hostage’ while the Middle East descends into chaos

Jonathan Schanzer

On October 18, 2015, the US, the EU, China, Russia, and Iran adopted the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ensuring that Iran's nuclear program would be peaceful for at least a decade, and enshrining a signature achievement of the Obama administration's foreign policy.

30th September 2016 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Iran Scandal Deepens: US Signed Secret Deal Lifting Sanctions The Same Day Hostages Released

Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration secretly helped lift UN sanctions on two Iranian banks, on the exact same day four American hostages were released, The Wall Street Journal reports.

30th September 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

WSJ: U.S. Secretly Removed Sanctions From Iranian Banks to Free American Hostages

Mark Dubowitz

The United States signed a secret agreement to lift United Nations sanctions on two Iranian banks that were designated for financing their country’s ballistic missile program on the same day that Tehran freed four American hostages, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

26th September 2016 - Quoted by the Office of House Speaker Ryan

Why does the White House oppose bipartisan Syrian sanctions?

Mark Dubowitz

Last week, Speaker Ryan called out the Obama administration for pressuring House Democrats to abandon a bipartisan bill to sanction the Syrian regime.

25th September 2016 - Quoted by Kristina Peterson - The Wall Street Journal

Calls to Expand U.S. Sanctions on Syria’s Assad Grow Louder

Mark Dubowitz

Momentum is growing on Capitol Hill for new sanctions against supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, as many lawmakers’ patience with the Obama administration’s approach wears thin following the collapse of the latest cease-fire agreement.

29th July 2016 - Jewish Journal

One year on, the Iran deal is still bad

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Annie Fixler

A decade of nuclear negotiations with Iran were meant to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, force Iran to reveal its past clandestine activities and impose permanent restrictions on Iran’s civil nuclear program.

27th July 2016 - NPR

All Things Considered

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses why the U.S. shouldn't be making concessions in Iran.

25th July 2016 - The Hill

Will Iran wordsmith its way off our terrorism list? It certainly is trying

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran is on a diplomatic offensive to persuade global illicit finance regulators to accept that Hezbollah is not a terrorist group. It may be just a matter of time before the international body in charge of protecting the global financial system succumbs to pressure from businesses on a gold...

20th July 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Obama Administration Imposes Sanctions on Iran-Based Al-Qaeda Members After Denying Cooperation

Thomas Joscelyn, Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration has sanctioned three senior al-Qaeda members operating in Iran just weeks after dismissing reports of cooperation between the global terror organization and the Islamic Republic, deepening criticism from experts and lawmakers that the administration is seeking to...

15th July 2016 - Quoted by Indira Lakshmanan - Politico

Inside the Plan to Undo the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

For Barack Obama, July 14, 2015 marked the greatest diplomatic triumph of his presidency: Amid flags and flashbulbs in Vienna, his secretary of State, John Kerry, announced a historic, UN-backed nuclear accord to defuse the global security threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.

14th July 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

German government agency involved in violation of Iran sanctions

Benjamin Weinthal

A German government quality control agency and a private certification agency that works with it both violated EU sanctions and the federal agency’s policy by providing certificates to Iranian banks, constructions companies and energy firms, a joint investigation by The Jerusalem Post and...

14th July 2016 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

One year on, Obama’s Iran nuclear deal still hangs in the balance

Mark Dubowitz

Like the opening to Cuba, the Iran nuclear deal is a landmark initiative that President Obama wants to safeguard, not just as part of his legacy of engagement with adversaries but also as established United States foreign policy.

14th July 2016 - Quoted by Ryan Browne - CNN

Iran nuclear deal at anniversary not the rallying cry GOP sought

Mark Dubowitz

In the months leading up to the signing of the Iran nuclear deal one year ago Thursday, Republican critics galvanized opposition to push back against the agreement.

13th July 2016 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Year after nuclear deal, 6 ways Iran is more assertive

Mark Dubowitz

One year after Iran and world powers reached a historic nuclear accord, a potential showdown was averted and Iran’s economy is in recovery, but its hardliners continue to expand their anti-American agenda.

13th July 2016 - Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Names 2 Russians as Terrorists

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said it designated two men from Russia as terrorists, and imposed sanctions on them.

12th July 2016 - Quoted by Josh Wood - The National

Hizbollah sanctions back Lebanon’s banks into a corner

Jonathan Schanzer

When a bomb went off during iftar, residents in Beirut feared a return of the familiar. Was it another suicide bomber from ISIL or Al Qaeda bent on killing innocent civilians, or the assassination of a Lebanese politician?

12th July 2016 - MarketWatch

Opinion: Why Boeing shouldn’t do business with Iran

Jonathan Schanzer, Amir Toumaj

A little more than a year ago, it would have been unthinkable for major U.S. corporations to do business with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Yet, here we are. With the signing of last year’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal, businesses are lining up to...


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