Bombs Away! America’s Latest Misguided Strategic Fad


by James A. Russell You know you’re in trouble when a group of State Department diplomats (of all people) join the hawkish consensus calling for an open-ended commitment to start blasting away at Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. Somehow they think… Continue Reading  

Will FATF Acknowledge Iran’s Progress on Its Financial Sector?


by Tyler Cullis Later this month, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)—an intergovernmental body that sets and promotes standards for combating money laundering and terrorist financing—will issue a new public statement regarding jurisdictions with deficient anti-money-laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing… Continue Reading  

Hill Update: Following the Money in Iran


by Lara Friedman [As we have over the last year, LobeLog is posting excerpts from the Legislative Round-up published weekly when Congress is in session by the inimitable Lara Friedman of Americans for Peace Now about what Congress is up to… Continue Reading  

The Crude Marxism of the Wall Street Journal


by Jim Lobe Tevi Troy and Lanhee Chen are two very smart individuals. But, for self-described “staunch conservatives,” they sure are Marxist in their explanations of partisan affiliation. In an op-ed published in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal titled “The Mystery… Continue Reading  

The Horror of Orlando


by Graham E. Fuller  The mind cannot quite take it in—the wantonness of the Orlando events that now rank as the worst murder spree in US history. The longer range repercussions cannot yet be calculated, but if the past is any… Continue Reading