Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Vishnu Kannan
Monday, June 24, 2019, 2:40 PM

U.S. Cyber Command carried out cyberattacks on Thursday against an Iranian intelligence organization believed to be responsible for recent attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, Yahoo News reports. The attack was meant to respond to the shooting down of a U.S. drone last week. The New York Times reports that Cyber Command also targeted for Iranian missile control systems. According to a separate Times report, U.S. military and intelligence officers are working to develop similar operations as part of a strategy that will deter Iranian aggression without further escalating tension. The Trump administration also imposed new economic sanctions on Iran on Monday,  the Times writes.

On Saturday, President Trump announced that he would delay planned deportations of families of undocumented immigrants that had been due to begin on Sunday. The president gave Congress two weeks to revise U.S. asylum laws before he would reinstate the plans, NPR reports.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s favored candidate conceded defeat in a repeat of the Istanbul mayoral election, the Times writes. His Justice and Development Party, abbreviated AKP in Turkish, suffered a landslide loss that ended its 25-year rule over politics in the country’s largest city.

Protests against Hong Kong’s proposed extradition law continue today as 100 people blocked the entrance to a government building demanding that Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam withdraw the bill from consideration entirely. The protestors plan to take to the streets again on Wednesday to raise awareness of the issue in advance of the G20 summit, according to Reuters. The Chinese government has said that it “will not allow Hong Kong issues to be discussed” at the G20, per CNN.

On Sunday night, over 200,000 people marched in Prague calling for the resignation of Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis, the Times writes. The discontent stems from allegations that the prime minister had misused European Union subsidies; a police recommendation that he face fraud charges; and the conclusions of an audit by the European Commission that Babis’ impartiality over the distribution of EU funds was fundamentally compromised. Babis vowed to fight the charges.

Facebook communications chief Nick Clegg, who previously served as deputy prime minister of the United Kingdom, denied that there was any misuse of the platform or Russian interference during the Brexit vote, the Guardian reports. Faced with criticism on its role promoting violence, the company emphasized its efforts to contain hate speech in Sri Lanka and Myanmar in a blog post last Thursday.

Cybersecurity researchers at the University of Colorado found that the system that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) uses to distribute warnings to cell phones about emergencies is vulnerable to spoofing, allowing fake alerts to be sent, the BBC reports.

A bipartisan bill looks to make companies disclose how firms use consumer data and how much money they make from it, according to the Post.

The Financial Action Task Force, a global organization dedicated to combating money laundering and terrorism financing, issued recommendations for the regulation of cryptocurrencies, Reuters says.

The Trump administration added four Chinese companies and a research institute to an export-control list, preventing them from buying U.S. components without government approval, according to the Times.

Huawei filed a lawsuit against the Commerce Department after the firm’s equipment was seized in Alaska, Reuters reports.

 

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Jesse Morton and Mitchell D. Silber argued that the Trump administration’s combating violent extremism (CVE) policies could be more effective if they prioritized early interventions and prevention of recidivism.

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