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Hard Numbers: Bloomberg is getting face time with America

Hard Numbers: Bloomberg is getting face time with America

1: After nearly two decades of painstaking negotiations, Namibia has become the first African country to export red meat to the US, the world's largest per-capita red-meat consumer. This is a boon for the southern African nation's economy, where farming and cattle raising contribute to the incomes of about two-thirds of the population.


3,000: A herd of three-thousand camels has been urgently evacuated from Tripoli, Libya's capital, after the port where they were stationed came under heavy fire from anti-government forces. The camels, imported from Australia, had just arrived when they had to be immediately marched from the port to the city center.

2/3: Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is getting good face time on American TV: two-thirds of all registered voters in the US have now seen a Bloomberg television ad, according to a Yahoo News-YouGov poll. Bloomberg has spent a staggering $338 million on advertising since entering the Democratic presidential field in November.

9: A gunman with suspected far-right links killed nine people in Hanau, Germany, in an overnight rampage that appeared to target the city's Turkish community. The massacre, coming just months after a deadly rampage in the town of Halle targeted Jews, has raised questions about whether Germany is doing enough to address the resurgence of rightwing extremism.

Khant Thaw Htoo is a young engineer who works in Eni's Sakura Tower office in the heart of Yangon. As an HSE engineer, he monitors the safety and environmental impact of onshore and offshore operations. He also looks out for his parents' well-being, in keeping with Myanmar's traditions.

Learn more about Khant in the final episode of the Faces of Eni series, which focuses on Eni's employees around the world.

On his first day as president, Joe Biden signed a remarkable series of executive orders. Boom! The US rejoins the Paris Climate Accord. Bang! The United States rejoins the World Health Organization. Pow! No more ban on immigration from many Muslim-majority countries. Biden's press secretary reminded reporters later in the day that all these orders merely begin complex processes that take time, but the impact is still dramatic.

If you lead a country allied with the US, or you're simply hoping for some specific commitment or clear and credible statement of purpose from the US government, you might feel a little dizzy today. The sight of an American president (Barack Obama) signing his name, of the next president (Donald Trump) erasing that name from the same legislation/bill, and then the following president (Biden) signing it back into law again will raise deep concerns over the long-term reliability of the world's still-most-powerful nation.

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10: Violent protests against new coronavirus restrictions have erupted in at least 10 regions in the Netherlands, which recently imposed the country's first nationwide curfew since World War Two. Protesters clashed with police and looted stores — and police say that a far-right anti-immigrant group has taken advantage of the discontent to exacerbate tensions.

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One result of the law enforcement crackdown on pro-Trump Capitol rioters following the events of January 6 is that many right-wing extremists have left public social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter for encrypted apps like Telegram and Signal. But renowned tech journalist Kara Swisher isn't all that concerned. "The white supremacist stuff, it's like mold. They thrived in the light, actually." Now that these groups no longer have such public platforms, their recruiting power, Swisher argues, will be greatly diminished. Plus, she points out, they were already on those encrypted apps to begin with. Swisher's conversation with Ian Bremmer was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Renowned tech journalist Kara Swisher has no doubt that social media companies bear responsibility for the January 6th pro-Trump riots at the Capitol and will likely be complicit in the civil unrest that may continue well into Biden's presidency. It's no surprise, she argues, that the online rage that platforms like Facebook and Twitter intentionally foment translated into real-life violence. But if Silicon Valley's current role in our national discourse is untenable, how can the US government rein it in? That, it turns out, is a bit more complicated. Swisher joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World.

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