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  • U.S. sanctions hit Iran oil firm

    October 4, 2010 | 12:01 pm

    A subsidiary of Iran’s Swiss-based national oil company is the latest firm to be sanctioned under new U.S. measures.

    On Sept. 30, the United States sanctioned Naftiran Intertrade Company under the Iran Sanctions Act passed by Congress earlier in the year.

    Companies that reportedly...

  • Iran Contracting Act of 2010 (AB 1650)

    By Sam Yebri

    October 1, 2010 | 11:18 am

    30 Years After applauds Governor Schwarzenegger for signing the Iran Contracting Act of 2010 (AB 1650) into law yesterday.  The law would preclude all public entities in California from renewing or entering into contracts with companies that have substantial business in Iran’s energy...

  • Reflections From The White House

    By Sam Yebri

    July 6, 2010 | 7:22 am

    REFLECTIONS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE

    July 5, 2010

    By Sam Yebri

    Thank goodness for frequent flyer miles.  When I received word that I was invited to the White House to witness President Obama sign the new Iran sanctions legislation, I scrambled to find a last-minute flight. ...

  • Strong majorities in both Houses press Obama on sanctions

    April 15, 2010 | 8:03 am

    More than three quarters of the members in both Houses of Congress wrote to President Obama urging him to unilaterally sanction Iran.

    The U.S. House of Representatives letter, initiated by Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) and Mike Pence (R-Ind.) garnered 363 signatories; the Senate...

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  • UN Security Council reaffirms Iran sanctions

    October 1, 2008 | 10:04 pm

    The U.N. Security Council reaffirmed existing sanctions against Iran but did not expand them.

    The resolution, adopted unanimously Saturday, called on "Iran to comply fully and without delay" with three earlier resolutions imposing sanctions until Iran cooperates fully with U.N....

  • Jewish groups gear up for Ahmadinejad’s trip to N.Y.

    September 16, 2008 | 7:25 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA) -- With hundreds of world leaders, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, slated to come here next week for the annual opening of the U.N. General Assembly, Jewish groups will be campaigning both privately and publicly against the Iranian regime.

    The...

  • McCain and Obama campaigns focus on sanctions as Iran threat looms

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 16, 2008 | 6:47 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The mounting anxiety over Iran’s nuclear program is sparking campaign chatter over a possible Israeli strike and prompting a bipartisan effort to revive long-stalled sanctions legislation in the U.S. Congress.

    Time is running out, say advocates of new...
  • Briefs: Drumming up support for Iran divestment, Pali High students win B’nai B’rith scholarship

    July 9, 2008 | 10:47 pm

    Drumming Up Support for Divestment From Iran

    Nearly a dozen L.A.-area Iranian Muslim news media outlets packed a room at UCLA's Covel Commons on June 29 for a press conference held by freshman state Assemblyman Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon) regarding new Iran divestment legislation he...

  • Plenty of theater at the UN, but Iran nuclear issue still unresolved

    By Ben Harris

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The high political theater surrounding Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to New York this week triggered plenty of protests, headlines and debates. But it remains unclear if, even after all the exertions this week, the international community has inched any closer to...
  • Briefs: U.S. House approves Iran divestment; Olmert real estate deals probed; Barghouti seen leading

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    House Votes to Sanction Iran

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to toughen sanctions against Iran. The Iran Counter-Proliferation Act bans American firms from using foreign subsidiaries to bypass current sanctions against Iran's energy sector; bans...

  • Israeli police want to charge Katsav for rape; U.S. funding Hamas opponents

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli police want to charge Katsav for rape Israeli police recommended indicting President Moshe Katsav on charges of rape and sexual harassment. Katsav rejected calls to resign, and his attorney said Monday morning that he will quit only if an indictment is submitted....
  • Anti-Israel UTLA committee gets sent to the corner for a time out

    By Marc Ballon

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The United Teachers Los Angeles committee that came under intense criticism for planning to host a gathering calling for economic sanctions against Israel, including a boycott and divestment, has shut down its Web site and agreed to undertake a monthlong "self-evaluation." The move...
  • United Teachers Los Angeles just says ‘no’ to Israel divestment push by union commitee

    By Marc Ballon

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Under a tidal wave of pressure from the local Jewish community, the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) has decided to deny use of its headquarters to a UTLA committee planning to host a meeting to discuss the launch of a local boycott of sanctions against and divestment from Israel....
  • Old-Fashioned Solution to Iran Problem

    By Saul Singer

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    John McCain, Republican senator from Arizona and presidential hopeful, is absolutely right about the gravity of the threat from a nuclear Iran.

    But does anyone notice something strange?

    McCain strongly backed President Bush in toppling Saddam Hussein and is an unabashed hawk in...

  • To Bomb or Not to Bomb Iran?

    By Leslie Susser

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The extreme Islamist president of Iran has lobbed all sorts of verbal bombshells at Jews and Israel in recent weeks: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeatedly reiterated his desire to wipe Israel off the map, and he implied that the Holocaust is a myth.

    All of this was bad enough, but...

  • U.S. Must Act on Iran Nuclear Threat

    By Rep. Brad Sherman

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Outrageous statements by Iran's president calling for Israel's destruction put Iran back on the front page for a few days in October. Such belicose rhetoric should surprise no one; the destruction of Israel has been Iranian state policy since the 1979 revolution.

    What should be...

  • Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Daniel Pearl's Father Honored

    The father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl said he is working to "turn tragedy into life-affirming" experiences. Judea Pearl made the comment Monday in New York as he was honored by the American Jewish World Service. Along with his wife, Ruth, Judea...

  • Bush Slaps Several Sanctions on Syria

    By Matthew E. Berger

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    President Bush has imposed sanctions on Syria, heeding the call of lawmakers and American Jews who wanted the Bush administration to get tougher on Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    The president imposed several sanctions Tuesday, banning U.S. exports to Syria, except for food and...

  • Bush Expands Mideast Agenda

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With the death toll mounting in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian "road map" plan in tatters, the Bush administration and Congress want to put out other Middle East fires before they get out of control.

    Administration officials and lawmakers recently launched initiatives to sanction...

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