Congressman Sherman to Introduce Tougher Sanctions on Iran and Support for Iranian Opposition Groups
Washington, DC – At a May 21 Washington Institute for Near East Policy luncheon on Iran and Iraq, William Samii, senior regional analyst for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, argued that Tehran is trying to destabilize Iraq. The Iranian government is trying to pull the U.S. into a quagmire to bring about America’s failure in Iraq, Samii said, but claimed Tehran cannot realistically expect a Shia state to take over in Iraq.
Washington, DC< Three prominent figures on the Middle East spoke before a group of congressional staffers at a luncheon Friday, May 9 on Capitol Hill. Guy Dinmore, and Gary Sick offered thoughts on the current political climate in Iran, especially after the Iraq war. The luncheon, held for Congressional staffers, was sponsored by the Atlantic Council, the Middle East Institute, the Middle East Policy Council, and the Stanley Foundation. Makins, president of the Atlantic Council, moderated the event.
Washington, DC – Monster.com, the world’s largest online job search and career management company, will eliminate the word “Iran,” along with the names of six other countries—Burma/Myanmar, Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria—from the educational and address section of its standard format for resumes. According to the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, the U.S. government has not encouraged Monster to make this decision and does not find it necessary.
Congress is considering imposing sanctions on Syria, which some analysts fear can indicate a return to the “sanctions frenzy” of the mid 1990’s when sanctions were imposed on Iran. On September 18, the House International Relations Committee held a hearing on the Syria Accountability Act. Some pundits believe that the Syria sanctions principal target is not Syria, but Iran. NIAC’s Congressional correspondent, Hiromi Hayashi reports from the hearing.