Iran vs. America’s Crisis of Moral Confidence

April 20 2015

Comparing current U.S. negotiations with Iran to American dealings with the Soviet Union from the 1950s through the 1980s, Natan Sharansky notes a key difference: during the cold war, the U.S. was willing to walk away from the table in response to Soviet aggression, demanded substantive concessions from Moscow, and took a stand for the human rights of Soviet citizens. When it comes to Iran, not so:

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Understanding Hizballah’s Sprawling South American Crime Syndicate

July 29 2021

Sunday marked the 27th anniversary of Hizballah’s bloody bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which demonstrated to the world the long reach of the Lebanon-based terrorist group. But its presence in Latin America goes far beyond plotting attacks: located on the continent is the heart of its global criminal empire, which Hizballah uses to supplement the income it receives from its masters in Tehran. Emanuele Ottolenghi, drawing on detailed and extensive research, explains the inner workings of the group’s illicit operations, and its recent attempt to relocate networks disrupted by the U.S. and Europe to the tri-border area (TBA), where Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil meet.

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More about: Crime, Drugs, Hizballah, Iran, Latin America