Benjamin Weinthal Articles


A Dangerous Combination

In Algeria, a restive population and a failing strongman.
Feb 01, 2016

Two weeks ago, al Qaeda-linked jihadists attacked the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso and murdered 28 people, including an American missionary. It was the work of al Qaeda’s Algerian franchise, one of the world's deadliest jihadist groups, albeit one less known to Westerners. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is led by the one-eyed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a charismatic terrorist who has evaded death and capture numerous times and in the process transformed AQIM into a major threat across West Africa. It's time we paid more attention to Belmokhtar and his jihadist gang—as well as to the troubled country that produced them.

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Iran Made Illegal Purchases of Nuclear Weapons Technology Last Month

12:48 AM, Jul 10, 2015

The question is not whether Iran can be trusted to uphold the nuclear deal now being negotiated in Vienna (it can’t), but whether the Obama administration and its P5+1 partners can be trusted to punish Iran when it violates the agreement? 

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German Spiegel Magazine Declares George H.W. Bush Dead

9:19 AM, Dec 30, 2012

Berlin
The German magazine Der Spiegel’s online edition today posted an obituary for George H.W. Bush. It was titled “The Better Bush.”  Here is a screenshot of the obituary headline and text:

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An Unholy Alliance

8:55 AM, Dec 05, 2012

Germany appeared over the past several months to have finally fallen in line behind European Union efforts to stiffen economic sanctions against Iran. But in late October a group of German parliamentarians dealt a blow to the campaign to isolate Iran’s rulers. Bundestag Members Bijan Djir-Sarai of the Free Democratic Party, Thomas Feist of the Christian Democrats and Angelika Graf of the Social Democratic Party traveled to Tehran for a five-day visit.

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EU Passes New Iranian Sanctions

11:48 AM, Oct 18, 2012

The European Union passed a new round of Iran sanctions on Monday, targeting the Islamic Republic’s vulnerable financial, shipping, and bank sectors.

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House Foreign Affairs Chair Calls on EU to Ban Hezbollah

4:20 PM, Aug 17, 2012

Berlin
On the eve of al Quds day, when supporters of the Iranian-led resistance bloc plan to march throughout European cities, U.S. representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has written a letter to José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, urging the EU to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

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Switzerland Snubs Obama’s and Europe’s Iran Sanctions

3:26 PM, Jun 27, 2012

Berlin
As the Obama administration and U.S. allies seek to punish Iran for making no concessions in the latest round of negotiations over its nuclear activities, Switzerland has snubbed them by refusing to take part in the European Union’s sanctions efforts.

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards Cracks Down on Christians

8:50 AM, Jun 13, 2012

As the U.S. and its allies prepare to return to the negotiating table with Iranian representatives, hoping to reach a deal on their nuclear ambitions, the Islamic Republic has significantly ratcheted up its efforts to repress religious minorities in the country.

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Beating the Tin Drum Against Israel

Germany’s Nobel Prize winner defends Iran.
7:05 AM, Apr 05, 2012

Berlin
One of Germany’s most famous novelists penned a pro-Iranian regime and anti-Israel poem Wednesday in German and Italian daily newspapers, declaring the Jewish state the greatest threat to global security and denying the existence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program.

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Al Qaeda’s Network in Iran

Revelations from a German courtroom.
Apr 02, 2012

 

Koblenz, Germany
An al Qaeda cell slated to take part in one of the final plots ordered by Osama bin Laden made use of an Iran-based terror network that, according to the Obama administration, operates “under an agreement between al Qaeda and the Iranian government.” That revelation has emerged from legal proceedings in Germany, including the trial of Ahmad Wali Siddiqui, an al Qaeda recruit who took the stand for the first time last week in Koblenz.

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German Chancellor Candidate Calls Israel an ‘Apartheid Regime’

4:14 PM, Mar 15, 2012

Berlin
While Iran’s terrorist proxies in the Gaza Strip fired rockets on Israeli cities, the head of Germany’s Social Democratic Party called Israel an “Apartheid regime.”

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Can Israel Take Out Iran’s Nuclear Facilities?

4:01 PM, Feb 22, 2012

Berlin
In the past week, competing analyses have appeared in the German daily Die Welt and the New York Times, supporting vastly different conclusions about how much the Israeli military might be able to set back Iran’s nuclear drive.

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Can Iran Be Contained?

12:16 PM, Feb 08, 2012

Berlin
The Munich Security Conference, a who’s who of global security officials and diplomats, has long been a platform to promote bizarre dialogues with the Iranian regime—and this year was no different. Its current head, former German ambassador to the United States Wolfgang Ischinger, seemed eager to capitulate to an Iranian nuclear weapon.

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The United Kingdom Bans Iran’s Media Outlet

3:19 PM, Jan 24, 2012

Berlin
The Guardian reported on Friday that Press TV, the English-language news outlet operated by Iran’s clerical regime since 2007, was stripped of its license for violating broadcasting regulations.

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Syria Wages War Against Dissidents in Europe

11:24 AM, Jan 05, 2012

Berlin
While Bashar al-Assad’s regime continues to suppress and slaughter pro-reform Syrians at home, his security forces have intensified a campaign to intimidate and decimate any Syrian opposition in Europe.

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The EU’s Fragmented Iran Policy

2:08 PM, Nov 23, 2011

Berlin
The European Union is stumbling through a new Iran sanctions discussion, as member states wrestle with conflicting policies to thwart Iran's quest to obtain nuclear weapons.

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Europe's Attachment to Iran's Regime

3:17 PM, Nov 04, 2011

Berlin
The Iranian regime’s plot to murder the Saudi ambassador to the United States, which could have killed dozens of Americans in Washington, has not deterred Europe’s governments from continuing to embrace the leaders of the Islamic Republic.

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Germany Adds Insult to Injury?

2:23 PM, Jun 24, 2011

Berlin—On Tuesday, federal prosecutors in New York brought charges against Arid Uka, a radical Islamist who killed two U.S. servicemen and wounded two more in Germany’s Frankfurt International Airport in March.

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Congress Members Confront French Company Over Iranian Weapons

4:20 PM, Jun 01, 2011

Berlin—In separate efforts, Republican congressmen Mike Conaway and Peter King have confronted the world's third largest shipping company—the French-owned CMA CGM—for enabling Iranian arms to be smuggled aboard container ships.

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Germany Snubs America's Intelligence Agencies over Targeted Killings?

9:00 AM, May 26, 2011

Berlin—Since President Obama ordered the special forces strike that killed mass murderer Osama Bin Laden earlier this month, the German government has grown increasingly reluctant to help Washington find terrorists who are fighting U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Europeans Blame Israel for Murders Committed by Islamists

7:50 AM, Apr 26, 2011

Berlin—Many European reactions to the recent murders by radical Islamists of pro- Palestinian Israeli filmmaker Juliano Mer-Khamis and Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni replicate the typical recurrence of the same: Shift the blame to Israel in an a priori fashion without delving into existing empirical evidence.

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Why Is Germany's Angela Merkel Strengthening Enemies of Israel and the West?

2:02 PM, Apr 08, 2011

Berlin

Only hours before German chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Berlin on Thursday, her government did a deal worth billions with the greatest threat to Israel’s existence.

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Kiss’s Gene Simmons Stands Up for Israel and Arab Democracy Movements

5:04 PM, Mar 23, 2011

Gene Simmons, a cofounder of the rock band Kiss, recently returned to his native Israel, after a 52-year hiatus. Unlike other entertainers who have boycotted the Jewish state, such as Elvis Costello, the Pixies, and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Simmons expressed his support for Israel.

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Israel Seizes German-Owned Vessel, Aiming to Arm its Enemies

9:21 AM, Mar 16, 2011

Berlin

Yesterday, Israel seized another German-owned vessel containing Iranian weapons on its way to the terrorist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

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