Hard Numbers: Israel's bonfire breakup, China's second wave, Tequila's pandemic boom, UK economy's collapse

320: Police in Israel arrested 320 worshippers of a 2nd century Jewish mystic after they rioted against a coronavirus-related prohibition on visiting his tomb. The annual Lag Ba-Omer festival usually draws thousands of people for days of praying and dancing around bonfires. This year, it drew people to jail.


13: China's northeastern Jilin region, which borders North Korea and Russia, has emerged as the potential source of a second wave of COVID-19 infections in the country. With 13 locally-transmitted cases reported, partial lockdowns have already been imposed

60: As Americans drink up while locked down, Mexico's tequila distillers are toasting to a huge export boom: US sales of the spirit jumped 60 percent in April. The industry, which employs 70,000 people, is a rare bright spot for Mexico – the IMF says this year the country will suffer the biggest GDP hit of any large Latin American economy except Venezuela.

5.8: The British economy shrank by 5.8 percent in March, the sharpest decline since the government started tracking monthly data in 1997. With the economy paralyzed by lockdowns, the Bank of England forecasts an overall contraction of 14 percent this year, the largest annual drop since 1701.

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As protests over the police killing of George Floyd raged across the country, there have been more than 125 instances of journalists being shot with rubber bullets by police, arrested, or in some cases assaulted by protesters while covering the unrest.

Foreign news crews from Germany and Australia have been caught up in the crackdown. Australia's Prime Minister has even called for an investigation. Some of these journalists have simply been caught in the crossfire during surges of unrest, but video and photographic evidence reveals cases where police have deliberately targeted reporters doing their jobs.

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600,000: French authorities said 600,000 residents downloaded its new coronavirus contact tracing up within the first few hours of its release. The app, which aims to prevent a second wave of infections in that hard-hit country, has stirred controversy in France amid concerns that the data it gathers could be abused by the government to surveil people.

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As anti- racism protests rocked US cities in recent days, thousands of people gathered in cities around the world in solidarity. In some instances, demonstrators assembled outside US embassies — in Berlin, London, Paris, and elsewhere — to condemn the police killing of George Floyd. In others, crowds inspired by the Floyd demonstrations gathered to protest systemic racial injustice in their own societies. Here's a look at where demonstrators have taken to the streets in recent days.

This week, Ian Bremmer is joined by analyst Michael Hirson to take the Red Pen to an op-ed by New York Times Opinion columnist Bret Stephens.

Today, we're marking up a recent op-ed by New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, entitled "China and the Rhineland Moment." And the subheading here is that "America and its allies must not simply accept Beijing's aggression." Basically, Bret is arguing that US-China relations are at a tipping point brought on by China's implementation of a new national security law for Hong Kong. And he compares this to Hitler's occupation of the Rhineland in 1936, describes it as the first domino to fall in Beijing's ambitions.

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