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Hard Numbers: Greta gives up her prize, Trump sends in the feds, grim find in Turkish lake, US blacklists Chinese firms

Hard Numbers: Greta gives up her prize, Trump sends in the feds, grim find in Turkish lake, US blacklists Chinese firms

100,000: Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg will donate most of a 1 million euro prize she recently won to charity, including 100,000 euros for a Brazilian NGO working to fight coronavirus outbreaks in the Amazon. Indigenous communities in the Amazon have been ravaged by COVID-19, but Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has cut them off from access to public health care.


150: US President Donald Trump plans to send around 150 federal security agents to Chicago, where 12 people were killed by gunfire over the weekend. This comes after the Department of Homeland Security deployed heavily armed units to crack down on anti-government protestors targeting federal buildings in Portland, and Trump himself threatened to expand this extreme law enforcement strategy to other big US cities like New York.

60: The bodies of at least 60 migrants have been recovered three weeks after the boat carrying them capsized in a Turkish lake. The lake is a regular crossing point for migrants from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan to enter Turkey, where early this year authorities were intercepting record numbers of migrants… until the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

11: The US Commerce Department has added 11 companies to its list of almost 50 Chinese companies barred from doing certain types of business with American firms over alleged human rights violations in China's Xinjiang region. Washington accuses the blacklisted entities of supporting Beijing's campaign of using forced labor to subjugate the Uighur minority ethnic group.

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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?

Trade

"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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