Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Vishnu Kannan
Thursday, June 6, 2019, 2:42 PM

The U.S. is pursuing an arms deal with Taiwan worth over $2 billion, Reuters says. The sale reportedly includes tanks, as well as anti-tank and anti-aircraft munitions.

The U.S. has gathered classified intelligence that purchases from China enabled Saudi Arabia to build its first ballistic missile factory, according to CNN.

The United Arab Emirates will present the findings of an investigation into the recent tanker attack to the UN Security Council, according to Sky News Arabia, reports Reuters.

In May, the U.S. military shadowed two commercial vessels in the Persian Gulf, on which officials saw Iranian forces loading missile launchers. Though the launchers were ultimately unloaded, the event was a catalyst for escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran, according to the Wall Street Journal.

YouTube is instituting a new policy which bans extremist and discriminatory content on its platform, the New York Times writes. In a blog post, the company said it will bar, “videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion,” from its platform.

Senior intelligence officials in Australia believe the Chinese government is responsible for stealing 19 years’ worth of personal data from Australian National University. Officials fear the data can be used to cultivate students as informants before they enter public service, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

A bipartisan group of Senators will introduce 22 separate resolutions to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies, according to the Hill.

Some U.S. lawmakers are drafting bills baring students and scholars with ties to Chinese military from entering the country or requiring more disclosures from institutions about funds received from China, Reuters writes.

Thousands of lawyers in Hong Kong marched to protest the city’s controversial extradition bill, the Hong Kong Free Press reports.

Huawei has agreed to develop a 5G network in Russian with the Russian telecoms company MTS, according to The Guardian.

Trump has threatened to raise tariffs on China by another $300 billion, NBC says.

The Sri Lankan government will introduce a bill to address hate speech and fake news in the wake of a terrorist attack on Easter that left more than 250 people dead, according to the Associated Press.

Mexican armed forces and migration officials blocked hundreds of migrants crossing the country’s southern border, detaining dozens, Reuters reports.

Due to federal laws regarding elections, 2020 presidential candidates face complications to acquire adequate cybersecurity tools, details the the New York Times.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Shibley Telhami describes how Trump’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ignores history and the human dimension of the conflict.

Hilary Hurd and Nathaniel Sobel reviewed the administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran.

Jeremy Gordon and Hadley Baker compiled a tracker of border wall litigation.

Preston Lim released the first installation of his new column on Canadian national security.

Jen Patja Howell shared the most recent episode of Rational Security, in which Tamara Cofman Wittes, Shane Harris, Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes discussed the special counsel’s statement, the attorney general’s new declassification authorities, ad Jared Kushner’s Middle East peace plan.

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