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  • Israel calls for international action on Iran

    November 9, 2011 | 10:51 am

    Israel on Wednesday called on the world to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, after the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Tehran appeared to have worked on designing an atomic bomb and may still be conducting secret research.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said an International...

  • Experts: IAEA report makes case for tightened Iran sanctions

    November 8, 2011 | 4:16 pm

    The international nuclear watchdog has spoken on Iran, and although its report does not have the smoking gun some had anticipated, it makes a cumulative case damning enough for the Obama administration to ask for increased sanctions.

    JTA canvassed Washington Iran-watchers on Tuesday...

  • 30 Years After Applauds California’s Enforcement of Iran Divestment Legislation

    By Sam Yebri

    October 13, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    30 Years After, an Iranian-American Jewish civic organization, applauds the State of California’s vigorous enforcement of the Iran Contracting Act of 2010, authored by Assemblymembers Mike Feuer and Bob Blumenfield.  Pursuant to the new law, California recently published a list of...

  • Koch Industries bypassed Iran sanctions

    October 4, 2011 | 5:20 pm

    Koch Industries went to great lengths to bypass U.S. laws banning dealings with Iran until 2007, according to a report.

    Koch’s practice, revealed this week in a Bloomberg News report, was to use overseas subsidiaries. Other U.S. companies, notably General Electric, used the same...

  • How close is Iran to the bomb? Depends who you ask

    September 28, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Either Iran could build a nuclear bomb in a matter of months or it is unlikely to get such a weapon any time soon—depending on which Western expert you talk to.

    The differing estimates show the difficulty in trying to assess how long it could take Iran to convert its growing uranium...

  • Turkey issues apology ultimatum to Israel

    September 1, 2011 | 9:39 am

    Turkey’s foreign minister gave Israel one day to apologize for its 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla ship or the country would “resort to Plan B.”

    Ahmet Davutoglu said he would not agree to any more delays in the release of the United Nations-authored Palmer Report...

  • Bipartisan congressional initiatives target Syria

    August 8, 2011 | 10:48 am

    Both parties and both houses in Congress launched bids to tighten Syria sanctions.

    A letter sent Aug. 5 and spearheaded by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), its top...

  • Israeli bill sanctioning boycotters expected to pass

    July 11, 2011 | 10:40 am

    The Knesset is expected to adopt a bill that would sanction individuals or organizations calling for a boycott of Israel or its settlements.

    Lawmakers, who are addressing the Knesset plenum on the bill, are scheduled to vote later Monday evening. The measure has passed its first...

  • Israel approves new Iran sanctions

    June 27, 2011 | 11:25 am

    Israel’s government approved expanded economic sanctions against Iran.

    The sanctions, which reportedly bring Israel in line with sanctions being imposed by other governments, were approved unanimously by the Cabinet at its regularly scheduled meeting Sunday.

    The sanctions include...

  • Senators introduce enhanced Iran sanctions bill

    May 27, 2011 | 10:34 am

    U.S. Senators introduced an enhanced Iran sanctions bill matching one recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    The crux of both bills is a ban on business with any entity that does $1 million in a single trade with Iran’s energy sector, or $5 million over one year....

  • EU expands Syria, Iran sanctions

    May 23, 2011 | 12:38 pm

    The European Union expanded its sanctions against Syria and Iran.

    The new sanctions imposed Monday target Syrian leader Bashar Assad and other top Syrian officials, and designate an additional 100 Iranian individuals and entities believed to be fronting for Iran’s nuclear weapons...

  • Obama signs executive order sanctioning Syrians involved in government crackdowns

    April 29, 2011 | 1:36 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday imposing new sanctions against two relatives of President Bashar Assad, Syria’s intelligence agency and its director, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force in response to their part in crackdowns on...

  • U.S. plans sanctions on Syria in wake of brutal crackdowns

    April 25, 2011 | 8:19 am

    The Obama administration may level sanctions against Syria as punishment for President Bashar Assad’s government’s violent crackdown on protesters, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

    The U.S. is currently drafting an executive order that will empower President Obama to...

  • EU approves Libya sanctions

    February 28, 2011 | 11:52 am

    The European Union approved wide-ranging sanctions against Libya as world leaders urged Moammar Ghadafi to step down.

    Sanctions levied Monday following a meeting in Geneva include an arms embargo, a visa ban and a freeze on Libyan assets.

    Hundreds and perhaps thousands of...

  • Obama talks Iran with Security Council envoys

    December 14, 2010 | 9:51 am

    President Obama emphasized containing Iran’s nuclear ambitions in a meeting with envoys to the United Nations Security Council.

    Obama “underscored the importance of continued Security Council support for non-proliferation, building on the strong work that has been done to hold North...

  • China agrees to look into sanctions busting

    October 20, 2010 | 10:25 am

    China agreed to investigate U.S. findings that some of its companies were assisting Iran in its efforts to develop nuclear weaponry.

    “We did provide some information to China on specific concerns about individual Chinese companies, and the Chinese assured us that they will...

  • 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


    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...

  • 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.


  • 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...

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