Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Matthew Kahn
Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 8:20 AM

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam agreed to withdraw legislation that would allow mainland China to extradite Hong Kong residents for trial, reports the New York Times. The legislation sparked three months of protests to preserve broader democratic norms and institutions in the island territory.

According to evidence obtained in an Irish data-privacy inquiry, Google uses secret webpages to provide users’ personal data to advertisers in possible violation of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, the Financial Times reports.

British Conservative Party members of parliament supported a measure that would delay Brexit until 2020 after Prime Minister Boris Johnson tried to force a departure from the EU without a formal deal at the end of October, reports the Times. In response, Johnson threatened to call snap general elections.

The State Department levied new sanctions against Iran’s space agency, alleging that the government bureau is developing ballistic missiles under the auspices of a satellite program, reports the Washington Post.

The government of Bangladesh is ending cell-phone access for more than 700,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees who fled violence and ethnic cleansing in neighboring Myanmar in 2017, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad, the chief U.S. negotiator in Afghanistan, said on Monday that the United States would withdraw 5,000 troops within 135 days of a deal signed with the Taliban, according to the Journal.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Jen Patja Howell posted Tuesday’s Lawfare Podcast, in which Lawfare Senior Editor Margaret Taylor interviews former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler about the security challenges of 5G.

Paul Rosenzweig dissected reports that the president has offered pardons to government officials who unlawfully seize land to build a wall along the southern border.

Bobby Chesney analyzed new information about the June 2019 U.S. Cyber Command operation targeting Iran.

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