Democrat Nancy Pelosi has claimed that President Donald Trump "went rogue" with his move to end the Iran nuclear deal, as members of Trump's Cabinet seek to downplay his opposition to the agreement signed between Tehran, the U.S. and Europe under Barack Obama.The Democratic House minority leader said in an interview on This Week with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, "This week, the week of Friday the 13th, is the week that President Trump went rogue."Pelosi, a representative of California, said Trump's decision on Iran, along with Trump's executive order on health care and his tax plan, were based on "things that are not based on evidence."On Friday, Trump announced that he will decertify, but not outright cancel, the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement because "Iran is not living up to the spirit of the deal." Trump is kicking the accord to Congress, indicating it should consider imposing sanctions.The pact—signed between the United States, Iran, China, Russia, the United … [Read more...] about Trump Is Only Person in the White House Who Wants Iran Deal Scrapped
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SHENZHEN, China - Chinese tech giant Huawei will survive a U.S. trade blockade, its chief executive said, but may need two or three years to overcome the damage the sanction has caused. In an interview at Huawei headquarters in southern China, Ren Zhengfei said the U.S. ban has had a "pretty big impact" on the company, forcing it to scramble to redesign products to try to eliminate U.S. parts. He said Huawei is now producing telecom network equipment without U.S. chips or components, and has shipped such gear to more than 40 telecom companies, including some in Europe. Huawei has also reduced U.S. parts in its cell phones, he said. "Based on the current situation, I think there is no problem that we cannot survive," Ren, 75, said from a grand reception hall decorated with Grecian statues and columns, where Huawei typically receives foreign customers and guests. The Trump administration banned most U.S. technology sales to Huawei in May, after labeling the company a security threat. … [Read more...] about China’s Huawei may need two to three years to recover from U.S. trade ban, CEO says
By Javier Blas, Dinesh Nair and Matthew Martin The chairman of the world’s biggest oil company was about to lose his temper. At a meeting in Riyadh on a sultry October evening, Achintya Mangla, one of JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s most senior bankers, had told Yasir Al-Rumayyan there was no way international investors were going to value Saudi Aramco -- just weeks away from an initial public offering -- at $2 trillion. Al-Rumayyan, who’d risen in just a few years from head of a mid-sized investment bank in Riyadh to one of the most powerful jobs in the global economy, erupted. He unleashed a torrent of expletives in Arabic and English that shocked the roomful of battle-hardened bankers. The chairman was probably worried about telling his boss, the crown prince who locked up many of the nation’s wealthiest people in a five-star hotel just two years ago. In the three and a half years since Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman first proposed an initial public … [Read more...] about The Wall Street bankers who burst Aramco’s $2 trillion bubble
Russia responded on 5 January to an attack by a swarm of drones targeting a Russian airbase in north-western Syria and a naval station on the Mediterranean Sea. The multi-drone attack, which is suspected to have been launched by militants, is the first of its kind, representing a new threat from terrorist groups. The use of a swarm attack demonstrates a militant capability, which was previously limited to states, to simultaneously control and coordinate several commercial drones at one time using a GPS unit. This development may send viewers of the science-fiction series Black Mirror into hiding, but it should prompt professional militaries to double down on countermeasures, specifically the creation of electronic jamming tech. Swashbuckling drones operated by rebels and militants have been shoring up the frontlines of conflict internationally, in some cases braving the choppy waters off the coast of Yemen, and in others crowding the skies over Syria and Iraq. The Lebanese militant … [Read more...] about How do we thwart the latest terrorist threat: swarms of weaponised drones?
These countries want to be big players in the hacking and cyber espionage field Nation-state backed cyber groups have been responsible for major incidents over the last decade. And now more countries want the same power. The continuing rise of state-backed hackers has been one of the most dramatic cybersecurity developments of recent years. And now it seems a new set of countries are keen to use the same tactics as some of their larger and more powerful rivals. Security 2020 is when cybersecurity gets even weirder, so get ready FBI recommends that you keep your IoT devices on a separate network A decade of malware: Top botnets of the 2010s How to prevent a ransomware attack (ZDNet YouTube) Best home security of 2019: Professional monitoring and DIY (CNET) How to control location tracking on your iPhone in iOS 13 (TechRepublic) Cyber espionage has been going on pretty much since the dawn of the web, with Russia, China, Iran and North Korea generally seen as the countries … [Read more...] about Hacking and cyber espionage: The countries that are going to emerge as major threats in the 2020s