GZERO Media logo

Hard Numbers: India vs Rihanna, the loneliest girl in America, Iran caves on South Korean ship ransom, cost of a Glock in Congress

Hard Numbers: India vs Rihanna, the loneliest girl in America, Iran caves on South Korean ship ransom, cost of a Glock in Congress

286,000: Pop superstar Rihanna's "Why aren't we talking about this?" tweet referring to the months-long Indian farmer protests had been retweeted more than 286,000 times by Wednesday at 2pm EST. India's government has lashed out against Rihanna, Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, and other celebrities who have voiced support for the #FarmersProtest.


532: As of February 3rd, a nine-year-old girl from El Salvador has spent 532 days alone in US immigration detention facilities after being separated from her parents while trying to cross the border. This violates a rule limiting the detention of minors to only 20 days, and comes as the Biden administration takes executive action to overturn former president Donald Trump's harsh policies to stem the influx of Central American migrants.

7 billion: Iran has agreed to free the crew of a South Korean tanker impounded for allegedly causing environmental pollution in the Persian Gulf. Following this "humanitarian" gesture, Tehran expects Seoul to cough up over $7 billion in Iranian funds frozen by South Korea's banks under US sanctions over Iran's nuclear program.

5,000: US representatives caught carrying a firearm on the House floor will now have to pay a minimum fine of $5,000. Speaker Nancy Pelosi approved the new rule to ensure the safety of all members in the wake of the recent Capitol insurrection and one GOP lawmaker's pledge to take her Glock to Congress.

Wales, early 19th century: During breaks from his law studies, William Robert Grove indulges in his passion for science to become an inventor. On his honeymoon in Europe, he learns about the new energy source everyone's talking about: electricity. After learning that electricity allows water to be broken down into its two components, hydrogen and oxygen, his intuition leads him to an idea that ends up making him a pioneer of sustainable energy production.

Watch the story of William Robert Grove in Eni's MINDS series, where we travel through time seeking scientists.

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele is an unusual politician. The 39-year old political outsider boasts of his political triumphs on TikTok, dons a suave casual uniform (backwards-facing cap; leather jacket; tieless ), and refuses to abide by Supreme Court rulings.

Bukele also enjoys one of the world's highest approval ratings, and that's what helped his New Ideas party clinch a decisive victory in legislative elections on February 28, securing a close to two-third's supermajority (75 percent of the vote had been counted at the time of this writing).

His triumph will resonate far beyond the borders of El Salvador, Central America's smallest country, home to 6.5 million people. Now that Bukele has consolidated power in a big way, here are a few key developments to keep an eye on.

More Show less

Now that millions of high-priority Americans have been vaccinated, many people in low-risk groups are starting to ask the same question: when's my turn? Dr. Anthony Fauci, America's top infectious diseases expert, has an answer, but probably not the one they're hoping for: "It probably won't be until May or June before we can at least start to get the normal non-prioritized person vaccinated." On GZERO World, Dr. Fauci also addresses another burning question: why aren't schools reopening faster? And while Dr. Fauci acknowledges that reopening schools must be a top priority, he has no quick fixes there, either. In fact, that's kind of a theme of the interview.

Watch the GZERO World episode: Dr. Fauci's Pandemic Prognosis

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

I thought I would talk today, I haven't spoken much about former President Trump since he's no longer president and I intend to continue that practice. But given this weekend and the big speech at CPAC and the fact that in the straw poll, Trump won and won by a long margin. I mean, DeSantis came in number two, but he's the Governor of Florida, CPAC was in Orlando, so that's a home court bias. In reality, it's Trump's party. And I think given all of that, it's worth spending a little bit of time reflecting on what that means, how I think about these things.

More Show less

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Hi, everybody. Ian Bremmer here, and as we head into the weekend, a Quick Take on, well, the first bombing campaign of the new Biden administration. You kind of knew it was going to happen. Against some Iranian-backed militias in Syria, looks like a couple of dozen, perhaps more killed, and some militia-connected military facilities destroyed. I think there are a few ways to look at this, maybe three different lenses.

More Show less
The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.

GZEROMEDIA

Subscribe to GZERO Media's newsletter: Signal

Biden strikes Syria. Now what?

Quick Take