Hard Numbers: Narendra Modi is big in...Texas?

2.3 trillion: About 90 global companies with a collective market capitalization of more than 2.3 trillion have pledged to significantly slash their greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The question is, if these goals come into conflict with "maximizing shareholder value," which will win out?


16: Killings by police officers in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro rose by 16 percent in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2018, reaching a 20-year high. Worth noting that the country's president, Jair Bolsonaro, has called for criminals to be killed "like cockroaches."

50,000: Around 50,000 people attended a "Howdy Modi!" rally in Houston, Texas, on Sunday to welcome India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was the largest ever reception for a foreign leader in the US. The second-fiddle at the event was a little-known guy named Donald Trump.

19: Nineteen years after the World Health Organization declared the country free of the disease, the Philippines has declared a polio outbreak, an illness that primarily affects children. The country is grappling with a range of epidemics, including measles and dengue fever, as vaccination rates there continue to plummet.

Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick joins That Made All the Difference podcast to discuss how his career as a surgeon influenced his work as an educator, administrator and champion of underserved communities, and why he believes we may be on the cusp of the next "golden generation."

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When hundreds of thousands of protesters in Ethiopia brought sweeping change to their government in 2018, many of them were blaring the music of one man: a popular young activist named Hachalu Hundessa, who sang songs calling for the liberation and empowerment of the Oromo, the country's largest ethnic group.

Earlier this week, the 34-year old Hundessa was gunned down in the country's capital, Addis Ababa.

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As the United States celebrates its Independence Day on July 4th, we thought we'd take a look at two places in the world that have emerged from the colonial rule of Uncle Sam, and a third that may do so in the future.

Liberia: The West African nation of Liberia was never formally a US colony, but from 1816 to 1847 it was administered by the American Colonization Society — founded to return freed American slaves to Africa. Liberia in 1847 became the first independent republic in Africa (and just the second Black republic after Haiti). Its first president was Joseph Jenkins Roberts, a former slave from Virginia. With a similar flag and a US-modeled Constitution, Liberia has remained independent despite several periods of extreme turmoil, including two civil wars. Its current president is former soccer star George Weah...whose son plays for the US national soccer team.

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As the coronavirus continues to sweep across the United States, hospitals around the country are seeing a crush of COVID-19 patients requiring urgent care. In recent weeks, medical professionals in a number of states have said that they were unprepared not only for the number of infected people that would require treatment, but also for the length of time patients would need to stay in the hospital. Many cities and towns are now facing the possibility of massive hospital bed shortages. Here's a look at hospital bed occupancy rates, state by state.

The Wall Street Journal says that it's partisan to compare the US pandemic response to Europe. In this episode of The Red Pen — where we do our best to keep op-eds honest — Ian Bremmer and Eurasia Group's Scott Rosenstein point out some flaws in the WSJ's argument.

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