Sanctions Articles

Beat Iran Back

4:04 PM, Nov 29, 2011

The attack on the British embassy in Tehran came just days after the Iranian “parliament” voted to expel the British ambassador, and therefore reeks of official complicity. The attack—complete with an invasion of the grounds, looting, and a brief hostage-taking—is an always useful reminder of the nature of the regime in Tehran. These are thugs, whatever their religious titles.

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The EU’s Fragmented Iran Policy

2:08 PM, Nov 23, 2011

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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'President Obama Is Not Even Leading from Behind on Iran'

1:40 PM, Nov 23, 2011

The Washington Post has a hard-hitting editorial on the Obama administration's "half-measures" on Iran:


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What Obama Could Do About Syria

12:30 PM, Sep 02, 2011

WEEKLY STANDARD contributors Reuel Marc Gerecht and Mark Dubowitz write in today's Washington Post that as in the wake of Libya, President Obama appears to have grown more comfortable projecting American power. As such, "Syria will be his real test. The arguments for supporting Syrian protesters are easily as strong as those mustered to save the people of Benghazi."

The authors note that the strategic conditions in Syria are favorable for U.S. action:

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Treasury Dept. Announces Syria Sanctions

1:16 PM, Aug 10, 2011

Josh Rogin reports that the Treasury Department has announced new sanctions of Syria:

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Sanction Syria?

1:28 PM, Aug 04, 2011

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies has compiled a report on "Syria's Energy Sector."

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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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Hitting Iranian Mullahs Where it Hurts — Oil Prices

5:05 PM, May 31, 2011

In today's Wall Street Journal Reuel Marc Gerecht and Mark Dubowitz discuss a novel approach to sanctions on Iran:

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U.S. to Sanction Syria's Assad

12:23 PM, May 18, 2011

After hundreds of deaths of protesters at the hands of Bashar al-Assad's forces in Syria, the U.S. "will impose sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad for human rights abuses on Wednesday," Reuters reports.

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Iran’s Shadow Banking: How Iran Is Using Friends and Allies of the U.S. to Circumvent Sanctions

4:10 PM, Apr 26, 2011

As Iran continues to flout United Nations Security Council resolutions on nuclear proliferation, policy­makers in United States and Europe have come to view tough economic and financial sanctions as perhaps the last peaceful means of bringing the Islamic Republic into line.

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

2:02 PM, Apr 08, 2011


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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How the Obama Administration Can Get Serious About Iran Sanctions

And stop Iran from getting nukes.
10:00 AM, Mar 31, 2011

The Obama administration made the correct decision earlier this week to impose sanctions on Belarusneft, a subsidiary of the Belarusian petrochemical company Belneftekhim, for doing business with Iran. But it’s small beer – Belarusneft is hardly a major player in Iran’s energy industry. And this latest announcement of sanctions suggests to some in Congress that the administration is not really that serious about enforcing sanctions on Iran after all.

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Underreported News: The Venezuela and Iran Alliance

12:06 PM, Feb 25, 2011

It got lost amid the remarkable dispatches from Egypt and the broader Middle East, but last week Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela revealed some big news about Hugo Chávez and Iran. Speaking to a House subcommittee on February 15, he said the U.S. government is investigating whether Venezuela recently defied American sanctions by sending gasoline to the Islamic Republic.

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