Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByGardiner Harris May 13, 2018 WASHINGTON — While many hands gripped the sword that undercut the Iran nuclear deal, no one outside the Trump administration was a more persistent or effective critic than Mark Dubowitz, the chief executive of a hawkish Washington think tank. But rather than publicly celebrate President Trump’s decision Tuesday to jettison the accord, he is mourning its demise, saying he genuinely wanted to fix the agreement and worries that its unraveling could be dangerous. That lament, though, has enraged the pact’s supporters, who never saw a fix as remotely palatable to Mr. Trump and blame Mr. Dubowitz above all others for providing the intellectual foundation for its passing. They now say he is trying to distance himself from the potentially catastrophic results. “I am being … [Read more...] about He Was a Tireless Critic of the Iran Deal. Now He Insists He Wanted to Save It.
Criticisms of the new deal
Derek Hawkins, The Washington Post Published 5:21 am, Wednesday, May 9, 2018 President Donald Trump's decision Tuesday to pull the United States out of the nuclear deal with Iran may escalate the risk of confrontation of another kind: in cyberspace. Withdrawing from the Obama-era pact designed to curb Iran's nuclear program and reinstating sanctions on the country could lead Tehran-backed hackers to retaliate against the West after several years of relative quiet, former government officials and security experts say. Michael Daniel, who was President Barack Obama's White House cybersecurity coordinator, said Iran may have fewer qualms about using its cyber capabilities without the diplomatic agreement in place. "Now that the level of enmity between the United States and Iran is going to only increase, that does free them to carry out cyber operations against the United States," Daniel said. Recommended Video: Now Playing: Obama Calls Trump's Decision on Iran Nuclear … [Read more...] about The Cybersecurity 202: Now that Trump’s out of the nuclear deal, Iran may flex cyber muscle
The Geopolitics of Europe has been seriously shaken since when in April last year refugees and other migrants started to cross en masse the external borders of the so called Schengen area. The last episode of the migration drama, the agreement concluded on 18 March 2016 between the leaders of the EU and Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu, might seriously reshape the relationship between the Union and Turkey, between Turkey and Greece, and possibly even between Turkey and the Republic of Cyprus.It took three meetings of the European Council with the Turkish prime minister to finalize a deal promoted by Chancellor Angela Merkel in November 2015 to slow the flow of refugees entering the EU through the ‘Balkan road’ from Turkey to Germany: Turkey would help keep migrants from crossing to Greece; the EU in exchange would offer money to fund programs for the refugees in Turkey; the visa requirement would be suppressed for Turks entering the Schengen area for three … [Read more...] about Closure of the ‘Balkan Road
On December 12, 2013, the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) for the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) released a long awaited report analyzing the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) administration of the EB-5 Regional Center program.Please see previous posts about the investigation here, here and here.The report contains four recommendations of which USCIS concurred with three.Recommendation #1: “Update and clarify the Federal regulations to: provide the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services with the authority to deny or terminate EB-5 regional center participants at any phase of the process when identifying known connections to national security and/or fraud risks without compromising any ongoing or potential investigation;make explicit that fraud and national security concerns can constitute cause for revocation of regional center status under 8 CFR § … [Read more...] about The Office of the Inspector General Releases Report Critical of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Administration of the EB-5 Regional Center Program
New African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina chose last week’s World Economic Forum at Davos for the official launch of the Bank’s New Deal on Energy for Africa, along with a Transformative Partnership for Energy in Africa (TPEA). While a candidate for the AfDB president position a year ago, Adesina placed energy at the top of his list of priorities for the bank and continent. Now as president he is acting on his promises and positioning the AfDB to play the leading role on energy expansion and access in Africa.The New Deal aims to reach universal access of power for Africans by 2025. Today, nearly 660 million Africans lack access to reliable power. To achieve the New Deal’s goals, Adesina says Africa needs to add 160,000 MWs of on-grid power (about 800 new power plants) for 130 million new connections. In addition, off-grid power solutions will provide another 75 million connections. The AfDB, and other donors, are … [Read more...] about African Development Bank President Launches “New Deal on Energy in Africa”