Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Hadley Baker
Monday, June 17, 2019, 5:01 PM

Iran announced that it will violate the 2015 nuclear deal unless it receives assurances from European nations that they will help Iran circumvent the effects of United States sanctions, reports the New York Times. This would open up the possibility of an unlimited rise in Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium.

A Hong Kong official said that Beijing will not allow the city’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, to step down amid protests over a controversial extradition law—according to Reuters—and added that Lam’s decision on Saturday to delay the law effectively means withdrawal of the bill.

Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi died in court, suffering a heart attack while on trial in an espionage case according to Egyptian state-run media, reports CNN.

President Trump walked back his previous comments saying that he would probably accept derogatory information about a political opponent from a foreign adversary without reporting it to the FBI, and is now claiming that he would alert the FBI only after reviewing the incriminating information on political opponents, writes POLITICO.

The U.S. government has increased and strengthened its cyber incursions into Russia’s electric power grid and has reportedly deployed U.S. code into it, according to the Times. Russian officials say their grid is safe and that they are not concerned about possible disruptions, says The Moscow Times.

The Supreme Court ruled that First Amendment constraints on speech do not bind certain private platforms, says The Verge. Although the decision concerns a nonprofit operating public access channels, there was concern about what the ruling could have meant for social media companies.

U.S. chipmakers, including Qualcomm and Intel, have lobbied in favor of easing restrictions on sales to Huawei, reports Reuters.

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Nathaniel Allen, Michael Marcusa and Lawrence Rubin analyzed the spread of violent extremism and argued that the U.S. needs to adopt a broader strategy of addressing the periphery of fragile states, rather than focusing solely on individual-level recruitment, in order to effectively combat the issue.

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