Why Bibi’s Speech Matters

Benjamin Netanyahu

The emerging nuclear deal with Iran is indefensible. The White House knows it. That is why President Obama does not want to subject an agreement to congressional approval, why critics of the deal are dismissed as warmongers, and why the president, his secretary of state, and his national security adviser have spent several weeks demonizing the prime minister of Israel for having the temerity to accept an invitation by the U.S. Congress to deliver a speech on a subject of existential import for his small country. These tactics distract public attention. They turn a subject of enormous significance to American foreign policy into a petty personal drama. They prevent us from discussing what America is about to give away.

Iran Smuggles in $1 Billion of Bank Notes to Skirt Sanctions

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LONDON/ANKARA/NEW YORK (Reuters) – At least $1 billion in cash has been smuggled into Iran as it seeks to avoid Western sanctions, a bigger figure than previously reported, Iranian officials and Western intelligence and diplomatic sources say.

Obama Administration Eases Sanctions on Sudan

Families displaced by fighting in South Sudan / AP

The Obama administration’s decision to loosen certain sanctions on Sudan’s government—which is accused of genocide and supporting terrorism—is drawing sharp criticism from some who say that the sale of communications hardware and software to the country will enable government surveillance of citizens.

UMass Amherst Reverses Decision to Ban Iranian Students

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The University of Massachusetts Amherst reversed a decision to ban Iranian students from participating in programs related to nuclear science and other engineering fields following massive pressure from Muslim community groups, according to a statement released by the school.