President Joe Biden has told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call that he must “take action” against cybercriminals acting in his country and that the U.S. reserves the right to “defend its people and its critical infrastructure" from future attacks. The warning to Putin on Friday was largely a repetition of the tough rhetoric Biden had used during their meeting in Geneva last month, when he warned that there would be consequences for continuing cyberattacks emanating from Russia. Since then, a new ransomware attack linked to the Russia-based REvil hacking group has caused widespread disruption, placing Biden under growing pressure to this time marry the warning with actions — though none were immediately announced.
Just two months ago, Indonesia was coming to a gasping India’s aid with thousands tanks of oxygen. Today, the Southeast Asia country is running out of oxygen as it endures a devastating wave of coronavirus cases and the government is seeking emergency supplies from other countries, including Singapore and China. A shipment of more than 1,000 oxygen cylinders, concentrators, ventilators and other health devices arrived from Singapore on Friday, followed by another 1,000 ventilators from Australia, said Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the government minister in charge of Indonesia’s pandemic response.
A United Nations human rights investigator is being called anti-Semitic for remarks made Friday against Israel at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Critics say this is just another long line of anti-Israel bias stemming from the world body as it seeks to rewrite history.
Haiti has requested the United Nations send troops to help secure the country, in particular key infrastructure, after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, according to a letter from the prime minister's office to the UN offices in Haiti reviewed by Reuters. The letter dated July 7 - the day Moise was shot dead in his home - said the aim was "to support the efforts of the national police aiming to restablish security and public order in the whole territory". The 15-member U.N. Security Council would need to authorize a deployment of U.N. peacekeepers or police to Haiti.
“Conglomerates benefit from the infrastructure paid for by taxpayers. … Shouldn't they help pay for all this?”
“Placing the burden for infrastructure improvements on those who use the facilities is the traditional way.”
“The world’s investors are offering America a cheap line of credit … and there’s no real reason to turn them down.”
“The carbon tax has unique advantages … It’s the obvious way forward.”
“A focused bill that repurposes unspent Covid funds is the best option.”