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Hard Numbers: Political Parties Everywhere Are Manipulating Social Media

7 billion: A new trade deal between the US and Japan will open Japanese markets to about $7 billion worth of American farm goods annually. Experts say the deal, which covers beef, pork and wheat, could provide some reprieve for US farmers who are losing market share in China as a result of the US-China trade war.

1,900: In the week since protests erupted against Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's government, at least 1,900 people have been arrested, according to the Arab Network for Human Rights Information. Demonstrators are protesting government corruption and a broad crackdown on dissent – an extremely risky move in Egypt's police state.

70: Political parties in 70 countries are now engaging in social media manipulation to undermine political opponents, according to a new study by Oxford University. That number has doubled in the past two years, with Facebook remaining the top social network for disinformation.

800,000: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo will target over 800,000 children in a nine-day emergency vaccination program after a measles outbreak that's killed 3,500 people in that country this year. WHO says this epidemic is the world's fastest moving and has killed more people this year than Ebola.

Khant Thaw Htoo is a young engineer who works in Eni's Sakura Tower office in the heart of Yangon. As an HSE engineer, he monitors the safety and environmental impact of onshore and offshore operations. He also looks out for his parents' well-being, in keeping with Myanmar's traditions.

Learn more about Khant in the final episode of the Faces of Eni series, which focuses on Eni's employees around the world.

Over the weekend, some 40,000 Russians braved subzero temperatures to turn out in the streets in support of imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. More than 3,000 protesters were arrested, and Navalny called on his followers to prepare for more action in the coming weeks.

But just who is Alexei Navalny, and how significant is the threat that he may pose to Vladimir Putin's stranglehold on power in Russia?

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take (part 1):

Ian Bremmer here, happy Monday. And have your Quick Take to start off the week.

Maybe start off with Biden because now President Biden has had a week, almost a week, right? How was it? How's he doing? Well, for the first week, I would say pretty good. Not exceptional, but not bad, not bad. Normal. I know everyone's excited that there's normalcy. We will not be excited there's normalcy when crises start hitting and when life gets harder and we are still in the middle of a horrible pandemic and he has to respond to it. But for the first week, it was okay.

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Russian opposition leader Navalny in jail. Hundreds of thousands demonstrating across the country in Russia over well over 100 cities, well over 3000 arrested. And Putin responding by saying that this video that was put out that showed what Navalny said was Putin's palace that costs well over a billion dollars to create and Putin, I got to say, usually he doesn't respond to this stuff very quickly. Looked a little defensive, said didn't really watch it, saw some of it, but it definitely wasn't owned by him or owned by his relatives.

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Even as vaccines roll out around the world, COVID-19 is continuing to spread like wildfire in many places, dashing hopes of a return to normal life any time soon. Some countries, like Israel and the UK for instance, have been praised for their inoculation drives, while still recording a high number of new cases. It's clear that while inoculations are cause for hope, the pace of rollouts cannot keep up with the fast-moving virus. Here's a look at the countries that have vaccinated the largest percentages of their populations so far – and a snapshot of their daily COVID caseloads (7-day rolling average) in recent weeks.

The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.


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