Iran Has Options and It’s Starting to Use Them | Defense One


For almost a year, Iran looked set to hunker down and take the Trump administration’s repeated punches—the withdrawal from the nuclear deal, the escalating sanctions, the intensified threats. But now Iran is punching back.

On Monday, Tehran announced a clear and rapid plan to start breaching the nuclear deal—which Iran and all the original signatories have stayed in without the United States—unless certain conditions were met.

If the administration’s assumption was that its “maximum pressure” campaign would force Iranian capitulation at no cost to the United States or its allies, that assumption is proving mistaken.

Source: Iran Has Options and It’s Starting to Use Them – Defense One

Will the G-20 provide the urgent leadership needed on climate action?


In two weeks, G-20 leaders will meet in Osaka to take up a range of pressing global issues, after which a set of key U.N. summits in September will convene world leaders to take stock of and chart forward progress in three vital areas: the 2030 Agenda, climate action, and financing for development.

The U.N. Climate Summit will test the willingness of world leaders, including G-20 countries, to scale up ambitions to tackle the urgent threat of climate change. Accounting for more than 80 percent of global emissions, the role of the G-20 is pivotal.

Source: Will the G-20 provide the urgent leadership needed on climate action?

New blow to Boeing from engine delay, Airbus long-range rival takes off | Reuters


Boeing suffered a fresh setback at the opening of the Paris Airshow on Monday as the U.S. planemaker’s engine supplier revealed a delay affecting its all-new 777X jet, while Airbus targeted the middle of the market with a rival plane.

GE Aviation said it had found unexpected wear in a component for the GE9X engine it is making for Boeing’s 777X, the world’s largest twin-engined jet, forcing a delay of several months while it redesigns and tests the part.

The aerospace industry’s biggest annual event, which alternates with Britain’s Farnborough Airshow, is traditionally a slugging match between Airbus and Boeing in the $150 billion a year commercial aircraft market.

Source: New blow to Boeing from engine delay, Airbus long-range rival takes off – Reuters

U.S. Air Force landlord falsified records to boost income


Balfour Beatty, among the U.S. military’s largest housing providers, systematically falsified its Tinker Air Force Base maintenance logs for years, Reuters found through a review of company records, Air Force reports and interviews with former workers.

The fake entries made the company appear responsive to tenant complaints and unsafe conditions, helping it secure millions in “performance incentive fees” for good service that it otherwise often would not have qualified for. The efforts left families in harm’s way and persuaded Air Force brass to ignore warnings of trouble raised by military base employees.

For years, Balfour Beatty kept two sets of maintenance books at Tinker, Reuters, working in partnership with CBS News, found.

Source: U.S. Air Force landlord falsified records to boost income: documents

The Rebalancing That U.S. Trade Policy Actually Needs


President Donald Trump likes trade wars because he thinks they are “easy to win,” as he infamously put it, and because he thinks they will help improve the trade balance. Trump claims past American presidents have been weak, allowing other countries to take advantage of the United States in trade negotiations. As evidence, he points to the large American trade deficit.

But any economist worth her salt will tell you that the deficit doesn’t reflect what Trump thinks it does.

Instead, it simply reflects the propensity of Americans to spend more than they save and invest.

Source: The Rebalancing That U.S. Trade Policy Actually Needs

Boeing: Paris Air Show 2019


The 53rd International Paris Air Show takes place June 17 to 23, 2019, at Paris-Le Bourget Airport.

The show is an opportunity for Boeing and other global aerospace companies to meet, showcase their latest innovations, form and strengthen partnerships, and collaborate to drive industry safety.

The Paris Air Show is just one of the ways Boeing is building the future together.

Source: Boeing: Paris Air Show 2019

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Climate Deniers Beware: A Tsunami of Public Opinion is Coming to Wipe You Out

President Trump and his fellow climate change deniers will not lose sleep over the testimony of former EPA administrators, but they may not be able to ignore for long the growing tide of public opinion. Recent polls indicate elevated concern about climate change among independents and moderate and conservative democrats.

Climate change is now the top concern of over 80% of Democratic voters – higher priority even than healthcare.

Nothing focuses the mind on climate change quite as much as extreme weather events. When scientists first began warning about the impacts that greenhouse gas emissions might have on the climate, the threat was theoretical.

Not anymore. Voters are seeing the impact of climate change in real time.

Source: Climate Deniers Beware: A Tsunami of Public Opinion is Coming to Wipe You Out | Opinion

Huawei CEO: U.S. ban chews into company’s revenues | FierceTelecom


During the close two-hour presentation, which Huawei streamed, Ren said that Huawei’s revenue would be down 30%, and that revenue would come in at an estimated $100 billion.

Source: Huawei CEO: U.S. ban chews into company’s revenues | FierceTelecom

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Trump Official Goes Rogue, Says Climate Change May Cause Next Financial Crisis | Vanity Fair


Rostin Behnam, who sits on the powerful five-member Commodity Futures Trading Commission, told the New York Times in an interview Monday that the financial risks from climate change are akin to those posed by the mortgage meltdown that caused the 2008 financial crisis.

“If climate change causes more volatile frequent and extreme weather events, you’re going to have a scenario where these large providers of financial products—mortgages, home insurance, pensions—cannot shift risk away from their portfolios,” Behnam said. “It’s abundantly clear that climate change poses financial risk to the stability of the financial system.”

Source: Trump Official Goes Rogue, Says Climate Change May Cause Next Financial Crisis | Vanity Fair

The Brief – Why Poland puts its chips on America | EURACTIV.com


Poles like to be reminded of the one time they came to America’s rescue.

On the occasion of state visits, leaders of both countries like to wax lyrical about General Tadeusz Kosciuszko, the Polish military commander who joined George Washington’s army in 1776 and drew up the military defense strategy for the two Battles of Saratoga, the turning point of the American Revolution.

His slogan “For your freedom and ours” became one of Poland’s unofficial mottos in the years to follow, long after he returned to lead an insurrection against Russia.

It is partly due to the historic memories like this that Warsaw’s foreign policy is built around its close relationship with Washington.

Source: The Brief – Why Poland puts its chips on America – EURACTIV.com