Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Hadley Baker, Vishnu Kannan
Monday, July 15, 2019, 2:17 PM

A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that the country would remain committed to the 2015 nuclear deal so long as the other signatories do the same, after weeks of Iran’s statements saying that it was prepared to violate the deal, according to Reuters.

The European Union approved a $9.6 million counterterrorism support package to Sri Lanka, following the Easter Sunday attacks which killed over 250 people, the Associated Press reports.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission approved a $5 billion settlement with Facebook over the company’s management of user data and privacy concerns, Reuters informs. It is the result of the agency’s investigation into Facebook’s privacy practices related to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Japan set up a working group to assess the impact of Facebook’s cryptocurrency project on monetary policy and financial regulation, in advance of a G7 finance leaders gathering, Reuters says.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted a resolution opposing ransom payments to hackers, the Wall Street Journal writes. Twenty-two cities were targeted by ransomware this year, The Verge adds.

Companies and researchers have been compiling images of people’s faces from social networks, dating services and cameras—without their knowledge—to further the development of facial recognition systems, according to the New York Times.

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Jacques Singer-Emery and Patrick McDonnell assessed recent developments at the military commission in United States v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, et al.

Matthew Waxman remembered the 1854 U.S. Navy bombardment of Greytown, present-day Nicaragua, and the following federal court case.

Jen Patja Howell shared the latest episode of the Lawfare Podcast, the third edition of Fault Lines, in which contributors from the National Security Institute at George Mason University discussed U.S. foreign policy issues.

Vishnu Kannan and Margaret Taylor summarized Friday’s oral argument in Trump v. Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Hilary Matfess analyzed a recent series of assassinations in Ethiopia, warning that these may derail the government’s path to reform sought by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

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