U.S. Prosecution of “Global Terrorist” Ends in Guilty Plea for Shipping Chickens

by Gareth Smyth For many years the United States Treasury, plus some ‘experts’ and media outlets, have assured us that Kassem Tajideen is a “terrorist financier.” In 2009 the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) named the Lebanese businessman,… Continue Reading  

How “Maximum Pressure” Can Yield Economic Prosperity for Iran

by Karim Sharara “People talk about smart sanctions and crippling sanctions. I’ve never seen smart sanctions, and crippling sanctions cripple everyone, including innocent civilians, and make the government more popular.” – Mohammad al-Baradei, former Director General of the IAEA. All… Continue Reading  

Averting the Middle East’s 1914 Moment

By the International Crisis Group Today’s standoff between the U.S. and Iran is reminiscent of tensions on the eve of World War I. A small incident could blow up into region-spanning conflict. Third-party mediation is urgently needed to begin de-escalation… Continue Reading  

22 European Security Experts Call on US to Rejoin Iran Deal

A European Joint Call on the US to Reconsider its Approach to the JCPOA One year ago, on 8 May 2018, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would cease compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the… Continue Reading  

Cardin Bill “Good Starting Point for Discussion:” Administration Official

by Jim Lobe A senior administration official told LobeLog Thursday night that the just-introduced Cardin bill, “The Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015,” offers a “good starting point for a discussion” with Congress, although the White House doesn’t agree with… Continue Reading