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15th August 2017 - CNN

CNN Newsroom

Anthony Ruggiero

FDD senior fellow Anthony Ruggiero talks about North Korea on CNN Newsroom

15th August 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Senior VP Jonathan Schanzer talks about the US's response to North Korea on Happening Now.

15th August 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Report: Iran And Russia Violated UN Weapons Sanctions

Benjamin Weinthal

German media and state intelligence agencies revealed how Russia and Iran bypassed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear accord.

15th August 2017 - Quoted by Aresu Eqbali and Asa Fitch - The Wall Street Journal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Threatens to Back Out of Nuclear Deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani threatened to revive his country’s nuclear program within hours if the U.S. continues to pile on sanctions, a warning that Iran was prepared to tear up a deal that he championed.

14th August 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio join The John Batchelor Show to discuss how AFRICOM is playing catch-up against al-Shabaab in Somalia.

14th August 2017 - Quoted by Lorraine Caballero - Christian Daily

Hungary could save Iranian Christian actress facing deportation from Sweden

Clifford D. May

An Iranian Christian celebrity who is at the risk of deportation from Sweden to Iran could be saved from prison, abuse, and possibly death, by the Hungarian government, which has announced that it is ready to offer refugee status to her.

14th August 2017 - ABC (Australia)

AM with Sabra Lane

Grant Rumley

FDD research fellow Grant Rumley talks about Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's crackdown on journalists in the West Bank on AM with Sabra Lane.

14th August 2017 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

US Obliterates Top Contender To Lead Afghan ISIS Chapter

Bill Roggio

The leading candidate to take the helm of the Islamic State’s affiliate in Afghanistan was killed in a U.S. air-strike on August 10th, U.S. forces Afghanistan announced Sunday.

14th August 2017 - Quoted by Rachel Frommer - The Washington Free Beacon

University of Chicago Considered Aggressive Response to ‘Watch Lists’ of Anti-Israel Students

Jonathan Schanzer

University of Chicago administrators considered an aggressive response to "watch lists" of anti-Israel students posted online and in flyers distributed on campus by pro-Israel groups, according to a recently released memo.

14th August 2017 - Quoted by CAMERA

The Washington Post and The Case of the Missing Abu Jihad

Grant Rumley

The Washington Post continues to neglect internal Palestinian affairs. Six-months after he was appointed deputy to Fatah head and Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, a man named Mahmoud al-Aloul has yet to be featured in the pages of The Post. Fatah is the dominant movement...

14th August 2017 - The Hill

Blockchain technology may give Russia its next Sputnik moment

Yaya J. Fanusie, Boris Zilberman

14th August 2017 - Quoted by Aaron Magid - Jewish Insider

Can the Trump Admin Prevent Another Gaza War?

Grant Rumley

Within a span of six years, Israel and Hamas have fought three bloody resulting in thousands of casualties. Gaza remains one of the most sensitive and explosive areas dividing Israelis and Palestinians. A senior Israeli military official noted in April that the severe electricity crisis...

14th August 2017 - Quoted by Catherine Herridge - Fox News

Al Qaeda’s propaganda magazine Inspire calls for train attacks in US, Europe

Thomas Joscelyn

The new edition of Al Qaeda's online propaganda magazine, known as Inspire, calls on its followers to target trains in the US and Europe, identifying three methods of attack: the train's compartments, derailments or assaults on stations.

14th August 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

IRGC Commander: Iran Will Never Allow Inspections of Military Nuclear Sites

14th August 2017 - FDD Research Memo

Iran’s Compliance with UNSCR 2231: Alleged Violations Must Be Addressed

Behnam Ben Taleblu

UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2231 implements the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran and imposes missile- and arms-related restrictions. Little-noticed biannual reporting by the UN Secretary General alleges that Iran is repeatedly violating these non-nuclear provisions. Thus far, the...

13th August 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

US, Kuwait continue mediation over Qatar crisis but resolution to dispute is remote

Aykan Erdemir

As the crisis seems likely to drag on for a while, Doha has sought ways to circumvent the sanctions it faces.

13th August 2017 - Quoted by The Washington Times

Statue not an immigrant beacon

Clifford D. May

In “Not everyone can join the American nation” (Web, Aug. 8) Clifford May argues that CNN’s Jim Acosta was wrong to say that Emma Lazarus’ poem, “The New Colossus,” inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, set a U.S. policy of admitting immigrants considered the “wretched refuse”...

13th August 2017 - Politico Europe

Turkey’s economy: The next casualty of Erdoğan’s state of emergency

Aykan Erdemir

For the past year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has exploited his country’s state of emergency to rule by decree, purging government ranks, imprisoning political dissenters and crushing independent media. But for all the attention paid to Turkey’s slippage in democratic norms,...

12th August 2017 - Quoted by Sharon Huff - Registrar Journal

N. Korea Halting Tests Best Signal for Talks

Anthony Ruggiero

Indeed, North Korea's response can politely be described as "defiant". The sanctions are expected to cause harm to the North Korean economy.

12th August 2017 - Quoted by Bitcoin News

US Foreign Sanctions Bill Mandates That Governments Monitor Cryptocurrency

Yaya J. Fanusie

The value of the shadowy digital currency known as bitcoin has jumped to record highs this month, sending shock waves through America's defense and intelligence agencies, which fear its growth signals a surge in use by terrorists, drug kingpins, white-collar criminals and Russian...

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