The Evening: Iran Sanctions, China Hypersonic, Alexa and More
August 7, 2018
It's Tuesday, August 7th.
Companies doing business with Iran will be barred from the United States, President Trump said today, as new U.S. sanctions took effect despite pleas from Washington’s allies, as Reuters’ Babak Dehghanpisheh and Peter Graff report.
Also, see “Poor Iranians bear brunt of sanctions as food prices soar,” by the FT’s Najmeh Bozorgmehr and Monavar Khalaj.
Dive Deeper : “The Return of U.S. Sanctions on Iran: What to Know,” by CFR.
“Could Oil Prices Skyrocket to $200 a Barrel...or More?” by the Washington Institute’s Simon Henderson.
China claims to have successfully tested its first hypersonic aircraft, a big step forward in aerospace technology that could intensify pressure on the U.S. military, as CNN’s Jessie Yeung reports.
Dive Deeper : Examine China’s military on CSIS’s interactive micro website, China Power.
Zimbabwe’s Human Rights Violations
U.S. and European Union ambassadors in Zimbabwe today condemned “serious human rights violations” in the aftermath of last week’s elections, after security forces allegedly beat up and harassed dozens of opposition supporters, as the Wall Street Journal’s Gabriele Steinhauser and Bernard Mpofu report.
Dive Deeper : “Critical Questions: What’s Next for Zimbabwe?” by CSIS’s Alexander Noyes.
Canada Saudi Row
The State Department today urged Canada and Saudi Arabia to use diplomacy to resolve their dispute over the arrest of activists in the Arab kingdom, as Reuters’ Lesley Wroughton and Daphne Psaledakis report.
Meanwhile, Canada plans to seek help from United Arab Emirates and Britain to defuse an escalating diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia, as traders revealed the Arab state would no longer buy Canadian wheat and barley.
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In That Number
Brent crude, the global benchmark, rose 1.4% to $74.76 a barrel today after President Trump said on Twitter his government will strictly enforce renewed sanctions on Iran, including those aimed at choking off Iran’s oil exports. Source: WSJ
“Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States.”
— President Trump
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(Photo credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images). Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks to reporters today at the Pentagon.
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This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS at 10:30 a.m. for a discussion on the Trump Administration’s new Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) export policy, featuring keynote remarks from Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Tina Kaidanow.
And at 9:30 a.m., the United States Institute of Peace will hold a conversation on the outcomes of the Pakistani election, the shape of the next government, and the challenges for expected Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Today, CSIS hosted a discussion with former U.S. ambassador to Guatemala Todd Robinson on the economic impact of fighting corruption in the country. Watch the full event here.
On the latest episode of Energy 360°, CSIS experts discuss key issues on government formation in Iraq following the country's May 2018 parliamentary elections. They also discuss prospects for the energy sector and how disputes with the Kurds are affecting oil production.
I experienced music this morning in a way I’ve never before. You see my wife Amy now has us wired at home with our very own Alexa.
“Ask Alexa to play any song you want,” Amy said.
“Okay,” I said, only half believing Alexa was going to deliver. “Alexa, play Dixie Chicken by Little Feat.”
And Alexa did! Just like that. So I asked Alexa to play “Taxman,” by the Beatles. Then “Funky Miracle,” by the Meters and “Fiyo on the Bayou” by the Neville Brothers. Alexa didn’t miss a note! I quickly realized that just as we can walk the earth with an endless portable juke box in our pockets in the form of an iPhone, we can now ask our new buddy Alexa to play us just about any song we want to hear at home or in the office.
I know that I’m by no means the first person to discover Alexa. In fact, one in six Americans now own a smart speaker and most of those people own an Amazon Alexa device. I sure am glad that I’m now acquainted with Alexa!