OFAC’s Summer of Surprises

via LobeLog by Samuel Cutler The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is primarily known for its role as the agency charged with enforcing Iran sanctions. This summer, however, the agency came out with a series of actions… Continue Reading  

The Politics of AIPAC’s Anti-Iran-Diplomacy Letters

by Marsha B. Cohen Mitch McConnell did it, Harry Reid didn’t. Elizabeth Warren did it, Bernie Sanders didn’t. Al Franken did it, Tom Coburn didn’t. I’m referring to the signing of the latest letter, crafted by the American Israel Public… Continue Reading  

Why Have An Intelligence Community When AIPAC Knows Better?

by Jim Lobe I guess that’s one of the things that occurred to me when I received this Press Release and the letter to the president (reproduced below my post) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) yesterday. All but one… Continue Reading  

A Modest Proposal Concerning the Rights of the Inhabitants of Persia

by Peter Jenkins In 1729, two years after the publication of Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, wrote a scathing satire on the English elite’s indifference to the plight of Ireland’s rural poor. The “modest… Continue Reading  

NORPAC: The Mission and the Message

by Marsha B. Cohen Today hundreds of buses packed with what organizers claim are about a thousand citizen advocates departed from various pick-up points in and around New York and  New Jersey for Washington, DC. They represent NORPAC (not an acronym… Continue Reading