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Hard Numbers: EU crowdfunds vaccines, Afghans beaten at the border, Venezuelan prisoners "massacred"

Hard Numbers: EU crowdfunds vaccines, Afghans beaten at the border, Venezuelan prisoners "massacred"

7.4 billion: European leaders have pledged a collective 7.4 billion euros to help develop and distribute a vaccine for COVID-19. Brussels opted for a novel online crowdfunding platform to raise the funds, with France and Germany pledging 500 and 525 million euros towards the vaccine hunt, respectively.

50: Some 50 Afghan migrants were beaten and thrown into a river by Iranian border officials who prevented them from crossing the frontier into Afghanistan. At least half are known to have died. Thousands of Afghans who fled war to find work in neighboring Iran are now trying to go home as their adopted country battles one of the worst COVID outbreaks in the world.

130: More than 130 migrants traveling in small boats tried to reach the UK from France in the past 24 hours alone, many originally seeking refuge from Iraq and Iran. Some 559 migrants reached the UK by sea in March, a record for a single month.

40: At least 40 inmates were killed during an uprising at a Venezuelan prison near the city of Guanare. Prisoners were protesting the scarcity of food and water at the prison when guards cracked down on the unrest in what families say was a "massacre."

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Back in 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump presented his vision for an "America First" foreign policy, which symbolized a radical departure from the US' longtime approach to international politics and diplomacy.

In electing Donald Trump, a political outsider, to the top job, American voters essentially gave him a mandate to follow through on these promises. So, has he?


"A continuing rape of our country."

On the 2016 campaign trail, candidate Trump said that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a 12 country trade deal pushed by the Obama administration — would "rape" America's economy by imperiling the manufacturing sector, closing factories, and taking more jobs overseas.

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In an op-ed titled "Iran Arms Embargo Reckoning," the Wall Street Journal editorial board argues that ending the UN arms embargo on Iran was a major flaw of the 2015 nuclear deal and questions whether Biden could do anything to contain Iran at this point. Ian Bremmer and Eurasia Group's Henry Rome take out the Red Pen to explain why this discussion misrepresents the importance of the embargo and the consequences for its expiration.

So, the US presidential election is now just days away, and today's selection is focusing on a specific aspect of foreign policy that will certainly change depending on who wins in the presidential contest—namely America's approach to Iran.

You've heard me talk before about the many similarities between Trump and Biden on some international policies, like on China or on Afghanistan. But Iran is definitely not one of those. Trump hated the JCPOA, the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, put together under the Obama administration, and he walked away from it unilaterally. Joe Biden, if he were to become president, would try to bring it back.

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It almost didn't happen — but here we are again. President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden face off tonight in the final presidential debate of the 2020 US election campaign.

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Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, US President George W. Bush demanded that Afghanistan's Taliban government surrender Osama bin Laden and end support for al-Qaeda. The Taliban refused.

On October 7, US bombs began falling on Taliban forces. NATO allies quickly pledged support for the US, and US boots hit the ground in Afghanistan two weeks later.

Thus began a war, now the longest in US history, that has killed more than 3,500 coalition soldiers and 110,000 Afghans. It has cost the American taxpayer nearly $3 trillion. US allies have also made human and material sacrifices.

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