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?

Qatar sends technical experts to Israel, eyeing new Gaza power line | Reuters


A Qatari technical delegation held talks in Israel and the Gaza Strip this week about helping pay for a proposed new power line between them, officials on both sides said on Tuesday, marking a potential expansion of Doha’s aid efforts for Palestinians.

Qatar has in recent years funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into relief projects in Hamas-controlled Gaza, which it views as helping stave off privation and fighting with Israel.

Source: Qatar sends technical experts to Israel, eyeing new Gaza power line – 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

SC to hear on Tuesday plea for safety, security of doctors at government hospitals | The Economic Times

The Supreme Court on Monday said it will hear on June 18 a plea seeking safety and security of doctors in government hospitals across the country.

A vacation bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant agreed to list the matter for Tuesday after the counsel appearing for the petitioner, advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, sought urgent hearing.

The plea was filed on Friday in the wake of protests by doctors in West Bengal against assault on their colleagues allegedly by the relatives of a patient, who died on June 10 at a Kolkata hospital.

Source: SC to hear on Tuesday plea for safety, security of doctors at government hospitals – The Economic Times

Doctors in India strike over violent attacks by patients’ families | The Guardian

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About 800,000 doctors across India went on strike on Monday to demand better working conditions, following years of complaints about violent attacks from patients’ families.

A brutal assault on a junior doctor in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, appears to have been the final straw. Paribaha Mukhopadhyay was walking down a corridor at NRS hospital with a colleague when a group of men attacked them.

Source: Doctors in India strike over violent attacks by patients’ families | World news | The Guardian

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

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