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The timely implementation of the Iran deal and Tehran’s full compliance with its various provisions to date should not be viewed as just an accomplished goal, but as a continuing process that could take several years to determine its viability
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Given Iran’s domestic political volatility and regional ambition, Tehran should not be expected to choose a single strategy to advance its national interests.
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Iran perceives itself as the most significant regional power by virtue of its rich culture and long history extending over four millennia in one of the most geostrategic locations in the world. Iran has a huge pool of natural resources and a multi-faceted economy with an industrious population of nearly 80 million people (larger than the combined Sunni population in the Gulf), and a landmass bigger than the entire Arabian Peninsula.

Notwithstanding the Iran deal, Tehran remains determined to acquire nuclear
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As such, Tehran feels it has not only the inherent right to be the region’s
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This explains why the lifting of sanctions and the billions of dollars now at its disposal will not change Iran’s behavior neither domestically nor in relation to other countries. In fact, it might even further embolden Tehran to intensify its direct and indirect involvement in the countries in which it has a unique strategic interest:

Syria: Iran will join the conference on January 25 to find a political solution to Syria’s civil war as long as it can maintain its influence in Syria with or without President Assad. For Iran, Syria provides a contiguous crescent extending from the Mediterranean to the Gulf, making Syria indispensable to Tehran’s regional ambition which is at odds with Saudi Arabia, who wants to deprive Iran from maintaining a foothold in Sunni-dominated Syria.

Iraq: Since the start of the Iraq war, Saudi Arabia and Iran have been engaged in a proxy war between the Iraqi Sunni minority and the Shiite majority,Custom NFL Jersey in which the stakes for both countries are extremely high because they see it as a fight for the soul of Islam. Although ISIS poses a threat to both Iran and Saudi Arabia, and they have a common interest in defeating it, they do not view ISIS as an existential threat having any effect on the intrinsic Sunni-Shiite conflict, which is one of the main sources for continuing regional instability.

Yemen: The civil war in Yemen provided Iran a momentous opportunity to interject itself into the Arabian Peninsula by supporting the Houthis (a religious group affiliated with the Zaydi sect of Shiite Islam), who are fighting against the Women’s Nike Custom Made New Orleans Saints Elite Black Team Color NFL Jersey Sale Saudi-backed Sunni government of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. With tens of billions of dollars in its pocket, Iran will likely increase its financial support for the Houthis in an attempt to bleed the Saudis.

Lebanon: For Iran, Hezbollah in Lebanon is an indispensable Shiite force which Tehran supports financially and militarily, even more so at this juncture as the group is fighting on Assad’s side in Syria. Iran also views Hezbollah as the conduit to threaten Israel from the north. Once the civil war in Syria ends and ISIS is defeated, Hezbollah may well move to implement its long-term plans to establish (with the support of Iran) an Islamic state in Lebanon, which is bound to further destabilize the entire region.

As long as the mullahs in Tehran view their revolution as still in the making, and with more money at their disposal, they will undoubtedly continue to export terrorism and increase their support of Islamic extremists such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad to further advance their revolutionary agenda beyond their country’s borders.

The Obama administration, which championed the Iran deal, speculates that once the sanctions are lifted,Custom Saints Jersey Iran might become a prominent and constructive player on the global stage. This in my view is far-fetched; even though Iran aspires to become such a power, its revolutionary and religious zeal will trump even its lofty aspirations. For this reason, the US, along with its allies, must stand fast in dealing with Iran by:

Taking whatever action necessary, including military, if Iran is caught cheating on the nuclear deal; enforcing UNSC resolutions that forbid Iran from research and development of ballistic missiles; imposing tough new sanctions (as President Obama has just done, albeit more forcefully and immediately); Youth Nike Custom Made New Orleans Saints Elite Black Team Color NFL Jersey Sale,tracking Iran’s subversive activities and making it clear that there will be serious consequences should it continue to support extremist groups and terrorists; requiring Iran, through quiet diplomacy, to end its public acrimony against Israel; and pressuring Iran to help mitigate the Sunni-Shiite conflict, knowing full well that this is not a conflict that either side can win.

Regardless of how Iran pursues its foreign policy objectives, the greatest danger the regime faces is from within. Whereas the government will spend a considerable amount of money to improve the economic conditions of ordinary Iranians, that in and of itself will not stifle the public’s cry for freedom of speech and press, respect for human rights, and an end to draconian laws.

Indeed, the lifting of the sanctions will encourage the public, especially the young, to voice their discontent as they will no longer feel the need to rally behind their government, which was battling the West over the sanctions. This is the Achilles’ heel of the regime. The 2009 Green Revolution will not be an aberration; a new uprising may now become inevitable. I believe the question will be only when.

Sadly, with or without sanctions, as long as the mullahs are in power, they are unlikely to change their messianic mission, which will remain a source of major concern to Iran’s enemies and is the recipe for regional destabilization and violent conflicts.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert has officially knocked the rust off.

Gobert had 18 points, 18 rebounds and five blocked shots, helping the Utah Jazz cruise to a 109-82 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.Customized Steelers Women’s Jersey  The 7-foot-1 center, one of the NBA’s top shot blockers, is working his way back to his regular form after missing 18 games with a MCL sprain. The knee was not an issue against lowly Los Angeles, and Gobert’s endurance seemed to return.

”I’m feeling better every game,” Gobert said. ”My teammates are looking for me.
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”The more I touch the ball, the better I feel. If there’s some periods I don’t touch the ball, I can get a little rusty. … I just feel better. My legs are stronger.Personalized Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey My cardio was better this game, I didn’t get really tired. That was a good thing.”

The Jazz used a 26-5 spurt in the first quarter, including three baskets by Trey Burke, to run away with the game. The Lakers’ last lead came at 7-4.

Gobert recorded his first double-double since returning from his knee injury.Men’s Nike Personalized Pittsburgh Steelers Elite Away White NFL Jersey for Sale. The points and rebounds were season highs.

Gordon Hayward added 14 points for Utah, and Trey Lyles finished with 17 points and nine rebounds. Trey Burke scored 16 points.

”We did a good job of putting it away early,” Burke said.

Lou Williams led the Lakers with 20 points andD’Angelo Russell added 13. Kobe Bryant played 15 minutes and scored five points.

”I thought we just didn’t come out to play,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. ”I thought that team,Custom NFL Jersey that after losing the last two games and they are in the hunt for that eight spot, and they came out like a desperate team.

”I thought we came out like we won 10 in a row, it was just more laid back.”

Bryant tweaked his lingering Achilles injury and received treatment at halftime.

”Jamming it up a little bit, pushing off the toe in an explosive manner sometimes does it,” Bryant said. ”I just tweaked it and couldn’t shake it lose tonight.”

The Lakers have lost six of seven since a season-high three-game win streak.
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The Jazz broke a two-game losing streak.

”Our players are getting used to playing with (Gobert),” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ”He’s a unique player.Custom Steelers Jersey You have to play to his strengths.

”We’ve got to get used to Rudy and Rudy’s got to continue to get used to just the tempo of the game and playing.”


Lakers: Bryant passed John Stockton for seventh on the NBA career minutes list. … Larry Nance, Jr. left in the first quarter with a sore right knee. … The Lakers shot just 34.4 percent from the field.

Jazz: Trevor Booker (concussion) and Derrick Favors (back) did not play. Favors missed his 13th straight game. The Jazz played stretches with no power forward or with 7-foot Jeff Withey alongside Gobert. … The Jazz signed 6-7 forward JJ O’Brien to a 10-day contract. … The Jazz scored at least 28 points in the first three quarters.


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Bryant also talked about his body not being able to keep up with his mind before the game.

”It’s strange,” Bryant said. ”If I could describe it, it’s like you don’t have the energy in the legs that you used to have. That’s the best way to describe it. It’s the energy, it’s the explosiveness, it’s the continual motor. Those things are always taken for granted. I could run at a high speed and play hard for the entire game. Now I can run all day from a stamina perspective, but the legs don’t have the same amount of energy so you find that you’re having to figure other things out. That’s the thing.”

Custom NFL Jersey Harden scores 25 to lead Rockets past Grizzlies, 107-91

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Once the Memphis Grizzlies caught Houston in the fourth quarter, the Rockets took off on one more major push.

Fueled by James Harden and Terrence Jones, the Rockets broke open a tie game with a 16-2 rally,Custom NFL Jersey eventually built an 18-point and beat the Grizzlies 107-91 on Tuesday night.”Our guys didn’t give in,” Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said, later adding: ”(Our) guys didn’t lose their composure. They kept competing and kept playing.”

Harden led the Rockets with 25 points, while Jones had 10 of his 20 points in the fourth.

Dwight Howard finished with 17 points, converting all five of his free throws,
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The Rockets limited Memphis to only eight points after the teams were deadlocked at 83-all.

Jones made 4 of 6 shots in the second half, including a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth.

”If he’s open, he’s going to shoot it,” Bickerstaff said.

”It’s because of repetition and confidence,” Jones said. ”My teammates believe in me to shoot the open 3, and I just want to go out there and make us better.”

Marcus Thornton had 16 points,Custom Seahawks Jersey and Trevor Arizafinished with 10 for the Rockets.

Marc Gasol led Memphis with 20 points, while Tony Allen added 17. Courtney Lee finished with 16.

The Rockets connected on 18 of 35 from outside the arc compared to only 7 of 18 for Memphis. Houston dominated the boards 42-31, including 18 from the Men’s Nike Seattle Seahawks NFL Elite Away White Custom Jersey Cheap offensive glass. That led to a 28-12 advantage in second-chance points.

”It seemed like every time they got an offensive rebound, it was a 3-pointer and not just a put-back,” Memphis coach Dave Joerger said.

Memphis, which trailed 51-44 at the break,Customized Seahawks Women’s Jersey opened the second half with a 13-2 rally to erase the Rockets lead.

The Grizzlies couldn’t maintain the advantage as the Rockets controlled the boards and capitalized on Memphis turnovers, six of them in the fourth quarter.

Vince Carter tied the game at 83 on a three-point play with 7:35 remaining. But the Memphis offense stalled as Jones and Harden carried the Rockets.

Allen, who guarded Harden most of the night, said Houston made hustle plays and others provided strong supporting efforts for the Houston offense.
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”Guys like Terrence Jones, Thornton, those guys definitely played a big role in those guys getting the win,” Allen said. ”.We have to be able to match their intensity, and I thought we did a bad job of that down the stretch.”


Rockets: Howard recorded his 17th double-double of the season. . Houston had lost the first two games in the season series. . Rockets G Ty Lawson did not play, serving the last game of a three-game suspension by the league. . Howard took a total of only 13 shots in the first two games between the teams this season.Women’s Nike Seattle Seahawks Personalized Elite Alternate Gray Football Jersey Shirt.He took 10 Tuesday night. . Houston’s 18 3-pointers matched the most in a game by a Grizzlies opponent this season.

Grizzlies: Memphis played without starting G Mike Conley, who missed his fourth straight game with sore left Achilles,Personalized Seattle Seahawks Jersey and F Matt Barnes, who sat out his first with a right thumb injury. . Randolph moved past Larry Bird (8,974) into 50th place on the career rebounding list in the third quarter. . Allen’s 17 points were a season high.


Memphis forward Jeff Green, who started the game, did not play in the second half. Joerger said he was not injured. ”That’s my decision for various reasons, but I’m not going to go into it,” Joerger said of Green not playing. ”It wasn’t a disciplinary thing at all.”

Customized Broncos Jersey Youth 5 Things We Hope to Hear in the President’s State of the Union Speech

President Obama has said that his final State of the Union address on Tuesday,
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In the run-up to the president’s address, we at the Anti-Defamation League asked members of our staff and some of our offices across the country for some insights on which issues deserve priority treatment during the president’s
Men’s Nike Personalized Denver Broncos Elite Alternate Navy Blue NFL Football Shirts address. Our completed list follows. ADL’s priorities for the president include: 1) Fighting prejudice and discrimination 2) welcoming asylum seekers and refugees while protecting national security 3) safeguarding religious freedom 4) Reinforcing a commitment to Iran sanctions, and 5) Supporting a strengthened Israel-U.S. relationship.

One caveat: I should note that while we have numbered these, they are each separate and distinct issues and not ordered by importance.Personalized Denver Broncos Jersey We believe each of these issues deserves priority treatment by the administration at this unique time in American history when we are faced with myriad challenges and opportunities.

Let’s hope the president takes on some of these issues as he heads into his final year in office.

Fighting Prejudice, Extremism and Discrimination

Last week’s reaffirmation of federal education anti-discrimination laws, coming at a time of escalating prejudice and violence against specific populations – refugees, immigrants, and the Muslim community – was a needed, welcome reminder for schools. The Department of Justice also has used its authority under the 2009 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act of 2009 very effectively, but much more training and outreach for local police is needed. A 21st century policing model should include incentives for departments to ensure they are reporting credible hate crime data to the FBI.Cheap Custom Football Jersey Criminal justice reform, including legislation now moving through Congress, must promote initiatives to interrupt the school to prison pipeline and efforts to build police-community relations. And the President should use SOTU to further explain his new gun violence prevention initiatives, Men’s Nike Customized Denver Broncos Elite Away White NFL Football Jersey Shirt which were announced the same day ADL released a new report documenting that 2015 was the deadliest year for domestic extremist violence in the past 20 years, with firearms, overwhelmingly, the extremist weapon of choice in 2015 – as in virtually every year. Finally, we hope the President will press for essential legislation to restore crucial voting rights protections eliminated by the Supreme Court’s 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision. If Congress fails to act, the November elections will be the first Presidential election in 50 years without the robust protections of the Voting Rights Act.

Welcoming Asylum-Seekers and Refugees AND Protecting National Security

Some Members of Congress have recently called for blocking President Obama’s plan to resettle up to 10,000 Syrian refugees. This is unfortunate on so many levels and inconsistent with our principles as a country whose origins and evolution are so bound up with generations of immigrants and refugees. The SOTU is an opportunity for the President to urge Congress to oppose efforts to halt U.S. refugee resettlement or to restrict funding for refugees, including Syrian refugees. We hope that the President will reiterate that America can keep its borders safe and, at the same time, welcome refugees that are fleeing the brutality of ISIS. The American screening process for refugees works – it is the single most difficult way to enter the United States. America must not turn its back on its fundamental commitment to refugee protections.

As thousands of men, woman, and children have fled horrific realities of brutal violence and extreme poverty and hunger in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras,
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The President should also use the SOTU to encourage Congress to recommit to
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Protecting Religious Freedom, LGBT Equality and Reproductive Rights

The President should commit to continuing his administration’s support for vigorous religious freedom advocacy on the federal, state and local levels, including opposing organized prayer. At the same time, the administration should continue to demonstrate leadership on issues of importance to the LGBT community – which have resulted in positive, systemic changes in protections and equal rights for LGBT people – by making it clear that measures couched as supporting religious freedom that permit businesses to evade anti-discrimination laws and refuse service to people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity are not acceptable. On the issue of reproductive rights, we understand that all eyes will be on the United States Supreme Court this year as it considers restrictions on Texas women’s clinics that we think are unnecessary and unconstitutional, but we hope the President will underscore his opposition to the Texas legislation and other similar initiatives.

Reinforcing America’s Commitment to Enforcement of Iran Sanctions

Iran continues to take actions promoting policies and human right violations that profoundly conflict with core American values. As we move closer to “implementation day,” when the IAEA would certify that Iran has met the requirements under the nuclear agreement to lift international sanctions, Iran’s ongoing human rights violations and its external aggressions must be taken into account when considering the prospect of normalized relations. The United States cannot look away from the institutionalized discrimination facing ethnic and religious minorities in Iran, including Baha’is, Christians, Jews, and Sunni Arabs. Their treatment ranges from quiet intimidation to systematic imprisonment. LGBT citizens fare far worse. The Iranian regime continues its decades-long support of terrorism against Israel and other countries, and routinely promotes fantastical anti-Israel and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,
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The U.S. should be vigilant in using existing sanctions targeting these practices and explore new tools that might be needed to target both human rights violations and JCPOA violations.

We hope the President will send a strong message Tuesday night to Tehran that there will be consequences to testing both the boundaries of the nuclear agreement and continuing its nefarious behavior in the region, and repressive policies toward its own people.

Supporting a Renewed U.S.-Israel Relationship

Congress and the Administration recognize the unique security threats and challenges facing Israel and the President should reaffirm the unshakeable U.S. commitment to Israel and its security in the SOTU. Negotiations between the U.S. and Israel are underway for a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to ensure Israel is able to maintain its qualitative military edge over its adversaries. The current MOU provides $30 billion in assistance to Israel over a 10-year period and is set to expire in 2017.

As he enters his last full year in office, President Obama clearly has a full plate. He also has the opportunity to work with Congress to institutionalize changes, altering the landscape – domestically and internationally – in ways that will endure well beyond his presidency. We and the nation will be paying close attention.

Follow us live @ADL_National during the State of the Union Tuesday night at 9 PM EST for our take on the speech.