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The Biggest Sanctions-Evasion Scheme in Recent History

January 4, 2018  •  The Atlantic

Yesterday, Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla was found guilty in a Manhattan courtroom for a range of financial crimes. His dramatic trial revealed that tens of billions in dollars and gold moved from Turkey to Iran through a complex network of businesses, banks, and front companies.

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How Trump can repair the damage from Obama's narcoterror fail

December 18, 2017  •  New York Post

The Obama White House systematically dismantled a top-secret government initiative called Project Cassandra, which was designed to target Hezbollah's $1 billion in annual drug proceeds. The gripping story, by Politico's Josh Meyer, lays bare the details of the Lebanese terrorist group's cocaine and crime schemes, and suggests Obama allowed the activities to continue so as to not upset Iran, Hezbollah's patron, amidst nuclear negotiations.

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The Qatar Quarrel Benefits the U.S.

December 13, 2017  •  Wall Street Journal

It is no secret that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been at odds with President Trump on a range of issues. One of them is the U.S. response to the spat that erupted in early June between Qatar and four other Arab states.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt all accuse Qatar of funding extremists and fomenting instability in the Middle East. Mr. Tillerson has stated repeatedly that he views this fracas—in which Qatar has found itself increasingly isolated, politically and economically—as counterproductive to U.S. interests. The White House, by contrast, seems to be tacitly encouraging the Saudis and their allies to keep up the pressure.

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Jerusalem Is Already Israel's Capital. Trump Just Made it Official.

December 7, 2017  •  Fortune

Unrest is spreading across the Middle East. Anti-American protests have erupted in Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, Turkey, the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and beyond. The State Department has issued a worldwide warning for U.S. citizens. And it's all because U.S. President Donald Trump said he intends to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump has really stepped in it this time, pundits warn. But has he?

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US Treasury takes on terrorism: Non-kinetic warfare that works

November 6, 2017  •  The Hill

America's foreign policy challenges are mounting. From North Korea and Iran to ISIS and Russia, the news cycle churns with reports of new threats and new concerns.

President Donald Trump has called for an increase in defense spending. Congress went even further than Trump expected, in recognition of the challenges that lie ahead. But somehow, Congress and the administration may be poised to cut funds from an office on the front line of America's most important battles: the U.S. Treasury.

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