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How to Keep the Financial Pressure on Iran and its Proxies

April 13, 2015  •  Huffington Post Blog

"...Our concerns will remain with respect to Iranian behavior so long as Iran continues its sponsorship of terrorism, its support for proxies who destabilize the Middle East, its threats against America's friends and allies -- like Israel," President Barack Obama said, immediately after lauding Washington's new nuclear framework agreement with Iran.

"So make no mistake," he added. "We will remain vigilant in countering those actions and standing with our allies."

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Despite nuclear deal, can Iran be trusted?

April 3, 2015  •  New York Daily News

After grueling negotiations in Switzerland that stretched on for more than a week — two days beyond the initial deadline — Iran has negotiated permanent sanctions relief in exchange for temporary constraints on its nuclear activity.

President Obama claims the deal is a victory for the United States and our allies overseas most threatened by Iran's nuclear advances — namely Israel and the Gulf Arab states. But the leaders of these countries, not to mention critics here at home, will rightly note that Iran has managed to retain most of the major components of its nuclear infrastructure, and it will continue to conduct research and development on centrifuges (it will continue to enrich uranium with more than 5,000 of them).

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If a Palestinian Minister Falls and No One Is Around to Hear It…

April 2, 2015  •  Foreign Policy

Big news stories are a dime a dozen these days. Between the Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the war in Yemen, it's an ideal environment for making an important announcement and barely making any headlines.

Perhaps that's what Mohammed Mustafa, the powerful deputy prime minister and economy minister of the Palestinian Authority (PA), was hoping for when he unexpectedly resigned yesterday morning at a regular meeting of the cabinet. A longtime confidant of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Mustafa was once rumored to be the frontrunner for prime minister after the exodus of celebrated reformer Salaam Fayyad in 2013. But you wouldn't have known it, given the lack of reaction to yesterday's news.

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Why the Media Always Get Israeli Elections Wrong

March 18, 2015  •  Politico Magazine

The era of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [is] coming to an end," read one Reuters headline. Similarly, Slate declared Netanyahu to be "Israel's Sore Loser," explaining that "he has botched his re-election the same way he has botched everything else." Hundreds of other news items and analytical articles in recent weeks prophesied the demise of Israel's embattled prime minister.

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Turkey's Secret Proxy War in Libya?

March 16, 2015  •  The National Interest

Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni accusedTurkey last month of sending weapons to his Islamist rivals who seized the Libyan capital of Tripoli last year. "Turkey is a state that is not dealing honestly with us," he told Egyptian television. "It's exporting weapons to us so the Libyan people kill each other."

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