Hard Numbers: China hits zero, Iran prisoner pardon, Americans on the brink, and Mexican justice

10,000: Iran's supreme leader will pardon 10,000 prisoners, including political ones arrested during anti-government rallies, as a goodwill gesture in honor of Iran's Nowruz New Year. That's on top of the 85,000 prisoners the government recently released to stem the spread of the coronavirus.


29: Our nerves are shot right now, and many Americans believe the end is near. A YouGov survey conducted in late February found that 29 percent of American adults believe there will be an apocalyptic disaster in their lifetime. Some 17 percent say they have an apocalyptic plan in place for their families. Phew!

43: A Mexican judge has issued an arrest warrant for a senior official at the Attorney General's office who oversaw the infamous case of 43 college students who disappeared in 2014. The judicial pursuit of the high-level official believed to have participated in the gruesome crimes (and who is now on the run) is a big deal considering that over 90 percent of all crimes in Mexico go unpunished.

0: As much of the world is battling the coronavirus outbreak, China reached a significant milestone Thursday. Granted Chinese statistics aren't always reliable, the government reported no new locally transmitted infections for the first time. But many worry about what would happen if a second wave hits China, because many of the rigorous measures implemented by Beijing to curb the disease's spread aren't sustainable in the long term.


How will our cities and lives change in the future? What about a structure with a roller skating rink above a swimming pool, made out of transparent solar panels that power the entire park? This was the innovation invented by Eni's young researchers based on Luminescent Solar Concentrators, developed through Eni's research.

Watch the latest episode of Funny Applications, Eni's video series that imagines new uses for technology.

For 30 years, citizens of Hong Kong have gathered in Victoria Park on the evening of June 4 to honor the peaceful protesters massacred in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on that date in 1989. It has been the only public Tiananmen commemoration permitted on Chinese soil.

This year, the park was surrounded by barricades to keep people out. The officially stated reason for the shut-down? Crowds spread coronavirus. (In this city of more than 7 million, COVID has so far killed four people.)

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In an interview with GZERO World host Ian Bremmer, Hong Kong lawmaker Dennis Kwok, an outspoken pro-democracy advocate, expresses his concerns that the current "draconian" laws China's leadership is forcing upon his city has expedited the end of the "one country, two systems" policy established in 1997.

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Big news, of course, that former Secretary of Defense Mattis comes out with a public statement basically calling Trump's rule, his actions, unconstitutional and unfit for office, more divisive than any president he's ever seen.

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French protests over racial injustice: The George Floyd protests in the United States have sparked solidarity demonstrations around the world, with people flocking to US embassies in Berlin, London and elsewhere to express their outrage. But they have also inspired other countries to reexamine racial justice within their own societies. In France, where street demonstrations are practically a national pastime, thousands of people have gathered in support of the family of Adama Traoré, a 24-year old black man who died in police custody back in 2016. At least 20,000 Parisians demonstrated Wednesday, despite coronavirus bans on public gatherings. Protesters adopted similar language to the Floyd protests, demanding accountability for the officers who violently pinned down Traoré during a dispute over an identity check, leading to his death. Renewed focus on this case, which has become a potent symbol of police brutality in France, comes as coronavirus lockdowns have recently stoked tensions between the police and the mostly-minority residents of Paris' banlieues (low-income suburbs).

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