Hard Numbers

27: On Tuesday, the world marked the 30-year anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Thousands were killed and hundreds were arrested. The last known person held in prison, Miao Deshun, was reportedly released in October 2016 after 27 years behind bars. His crime? He threw a basket at a burning tank. His original sentence was death, later commuted for good behavior.

90: A new study published by the African Child Policy Forum, an Ethiopian think tank, finds that 60% of children across Africa don't eat often enough and that 90% don't meet the World Health Organization's standard for a minimally acceptable diet. According to the report, hunger has stunted the growth of one in three African children, a startling stat at a time of strong economic growth across much of the continent.

46: In Denmark, a nation that juts into the North and Baltic Seas, polls now show that 46 percent of voters rank climate change as their top concern, up from 27 percent just two years ago. The issue helped the center-left Social Democrats win the most seats in this week's national elections.

95 and 94: On Thursday, two D-Day veterans — Harry Read (aged 95) and John Hutton (aged 94) — parachuted back into Normandy with help from members of the Army's Parachute Regiment display team, the Red Devils.

Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick joins That Made All the Difference podcast to discuss how his career as a surgeon influenced his work as an educator, administrator and champion of underserved communities, and why he believes we may be on the cusp of the next "golden generation."

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When hundreds of thousands of protesters in Ethiopia brought sweeping change to their government in 2018, many of them were blaring the music of one man: a popular young activist named Hachalu Hundessa, who sang songs calling for the liberation and empowerment of the Oromo, the country's largest ethnic group.

Earlier this week, the 34-year old Hundessa was gunned down in the country's capital, Addis Ababa.

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As the United States celebrates its Independence Day on July 4th, we thought we'd take a look at two places in the world that have emerged from the colonial rule of Uncle Sam, and a third that may do so in the future.

Liberia: The West African nation of Liberia was never formally a US colony, but from 1816 to 1847 it was administered by the American Colonization Society — founded to return freed American slaves to Africa. Liberia in 1847 became the first independent republic in Africa (and just the second Black republic after Haiti). Its first president was Joseph Jenkins Roberts, a former slave from Virginia. With a similar flag and a US-modeled Constitution, Liberia has remained independent despite several periods of extreme turmoil, including two civil wars. Its current president is former soccer star George Weah...whose son plays for the US national soccer team.

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As the coronavirus continues to sweep across the United States, hospitals around the country are seeing a crush of COVID-19 patients requiring urgent care. In recent weeks, medical professionals in a number of states have said that they were unprepared not only for the number of infected people that would require treatment, but also for the length of time patients would need to stay in the hospital. Many cities and towns are now facing the possibility of massive hospital bed shortages. Here's a look at hospital bed occupancy rates, state by state.

The Wall Street Journal says that it's partisan to compare the US pandemic response to Europe. In this episode of The Red Pen — where we do our best to keep op-eds honest — Ian Bremmer and Eurasia Group's Scott Rosenstein point out some flaws in the WSJ's argument.

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