The Limited Utility of the Iran Sanctions

By Kenneth Katzman The objective of any sanctions regime is not to punish the target country or weaken its economy as an end in itself. Rather, a sanctions campaign—including the Trump Administration’s policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran—is meant to… Continue Reading  

Trump Pours More Misery On Iranians He’s Claiming To Support

By Tyler Cullis The Trump administration has sounded the death knell for humanitarian trade with Iran. By designating Iran a jurisdiction of primary money laundering concern and imposing additional restrictions on foreign banks maintaining accounts for Iranian financial institutions, the… Continue Reading  

You’ve Been De-Banked! How An Unknown Counterterror Law Is Crippling The Movement Of Money & Humanitarian Aid

By Rasha Elass As a law-abiding U.S. citizen, I never thought I would suffer the consequences of U.S. Counterterrorism measures. But when I reported to duty as a correspondent in Beirut for a U.S. media company to cover the war… Continue Reading  

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