Future of JCPOA In Hands of GOP Indebted To Billionaire Iran Hawks

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by Eli Clifton President Donald Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), appears to have fallen in line with the views espoused by several of his top donors. These funders… Continue Reading  

Trump Ignores Advisers on Iran Deal, Follows Money

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by Eli Clifton and Jim Lobe Although much of the Washington commentariat has depicted Trump’s extraordinarily bellicose speech Friday against Iran and the nuclear deal as the latest example of his determination to undo the legacy of his predecessor, meeting… Continue Reading  

Five Reasons Why Trump Is Moving Towards War With Iran

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by Trita Parsi Make no mistake: We do not have a crisis over the Iran nuclear deal. It is working and everyone from Secretary Mattis and Tillerson to the US and Israeli intelligence services to the International Atomic Energy Agency… Continue Reading  

Are Billionaire Donors Driving Trump’s Iran Policy?

Home Depot co-founder

2004-08 Giving* $351 million

Legacies of the Marcus Foundation include Atlanta's $290 million aquarium, the Marcus Institute for children with disabilities and learning disorders, Autism Speaks (a national autism organization), and a state-of-the-art bioterrorism unit at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. The foundation does not have an endowment, but receives its funding annually from Marcus, who says he wants to give away his wealth while he's alive.  

*Based on public records and interviews with donors
Data: BusinessWeek, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University

by Eli Clifton President Donald Trump’s latest denunciation of the Iran nuclear deal (also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) at the United Nations was hardly a surprise. Indeed, attacking the agreement was a mainstay of… Continue Reading  

The Bomb Iran Lobby Gears Up for 2016

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by Sina Toossi In a recent TV ad, a van snakes its way through an American city. As the driver fiddles with the radio dial, dire warnings about the perils of a “nuclear Iran” spill out of the speaker from… Continue Reading