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An Iranian man shops at a drugstore at the Nikan hospital in Tehran on September 11, 2018.

How Europe Could Blunt U.S. Iran Sanctions Without Washington Lifting A Finger

If the EU gives its special purpose vehicle for Iran trade a humanitarian focus, the Trump administration won’t be able to stop it without trampling longstanding U.S. exemptions.

A road sign points towards an Airbnb apartment, located in the Esh Kodesh outpost, near the Jewish settlement of Shilo and the Palestinian village of Qusra in the West Bank on November 20, 2018.

If the U.S. Government Won’t Act, Airbnb Will

While the White House rubber-stamps Benjamin Netanyahu’s every move, the online rental company is cracking down on Israel’s illegal settlements.

An Iranian traveler arrives at a bus terminal in Tehran on Jan. 13. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

The App Destroying Iran’s Currency

Iranians are using the messaging app Telegram to spread fake news about the rial—and make a profit for themselves.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shrugs during a press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran on Sept. 7. (Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

Trump Waives Iran Sanctions for Turkey

How Erdogan could use the exception to outsmart the United States, again.

A man shows off a gold stone at a gold mine in El Callao, Venezuela, on Feb. 25, 2017. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Fool’s Gold in Venezuela

New sanctions on exports of the natural resource will punish Ankara more than Caracas.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a meeting in Helsinki on July 16. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

What’s Bad for Trump Is Worse for Putin

The Kremlin can expect more sanctions and more investigations from a Democratic House.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in the White House on May 8. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How Trump Should Prepare for Iranian Escalation

Once sanctions are back in full force, the United States needs to be ready for the worst.

A gas pump nozzle is seen at a gas station in Miami on April 9. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Trump Can’t Put ‘Maximum Pressure’ on Tehran and Keep Gas Prices Low

Something’s going to have to give, and it will probably be the sanctions.

An Iranian tanker and a South Korean tanker docking at the platform of the oil facility in the Khark Island, on the shore of the Persian Gulf on March 12, 2017.

The Road to Tehran Runs Through Oslo

Norway—and Oman—can help end the impasse over Iran sanctions by creating an externally-managed and guaranteed oil fund.

Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) march during a military parade in Tehran on Sept. 22.(STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Tougher U.S. Sanctions Will Enrich Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

As the economic noose tightens on the Iranian economy, smugglers will thrive and the IRGC will be the first to profit.

A health worker shouts slogans demanding fair and higher wages during a protest of the lack of medical supplies and poor conditions in hospitals, in front of a line of police  in Caracas on Aug. 16. (Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Ramps Up Pressure on Venezuela, But Maduro Keeps Hanging On

The United States has announced new sanctions on Venezuela and may threaten further action—but there’s little sign that will bring the regime down anytime soon.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he talks with Igor Sechin, the CEO of oil giant Rosneft, following his meeting with Italy's Prime Minister in Sochi on May 17, 2017. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

New Sanctions Won’t Hurt Russia

Washington thinks punitive measures will change Moscow’s calculus, but the Russian economy is doing just fine.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on May 31. (Valery Sharifulin/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Report Details How North Korea Evades Sanctions

But a feud between Russia and the U.S. has kept the document from being published.

People attend a demonstration against Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Sept. 16 in Budapest as the European Commission considered disciplinary action against Orban's policies. (Laszlo Balogh/Getty Images)

The End of Viktor Orban’s Peacock Dance

As the European Union takes long overdue measures to punish the Hungarian regime, the prime minister appears to be moving from rhetorical to real repression.

A Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system is displayed at the exposition field in Kubinka's Patriot Park outside Moscow on Aug. 22, 2017. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington Warns of Sanctioning India Over Russian Missile System

The world’s two largest democracies have a burgeoning defense relationship. Moscow could play spoiler.

Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech under portraits of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, on  June 3, 2014. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Rouhani’s Path to Becoming Supreme Leader

Facing death threats at home, he has one trump card left to play to stay in the race.

Iranians walk past a mural in Tehran on Aug. 8. (Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Here’s How Trump Can Bring Iran Back to the Table

Maximum financial pressure might be enough to force new nuclear talks.

A man withdraws Iranian rials from an ATM in Tehran on July 31. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Ordinary Iranians Will Suffer, but Regime Insiders Will Profit

On our podcast: Journalist Jason Rezaian recalls life in Iran under sanctions.

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