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.

Paper was originally made from rags until the introduction of cellulose in 1800. Since then, it has transformed into a "circular" industry, with 55% of paper produced in Italy recovered. It no longer just comes from trees, either. Some companies produce paper with scraps from the processing of other products like wool and walnuts.

Learn more about this rags to riches story in Eni's new Energy Superfacts series.

Donald Trump can still win re-election in November, but foreign governments read the same polls we do. They know that Joe Biden heads into the homestretch with a sizeable polling lead — both nationally and in the states most likely to decide the outcome. Naturally, they're thinking ahead to what a Biden foreign policy might look like.

They're probably glad that Biden gives them a half-century track record to study. (He was first elected to local office in 1970 and to the US Senate in 1972.) The six years he spent as ranking member, then chairman, of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, his term as co-chairman of the Senate's NATO Observer Group, and his eight years as Barack Obama's vice president tell them that he's essentially a "liberal internationalist," a person who believes that America must lead a global advance of democracy and freedom — and that close cooperation with allies is essential for success.

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On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer explores the escalating tension between the world's two biggest geopolitical and economic players—the US and China. With guest Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, Bremmer discusses the modern history of China after the fall of the Soviet Union and why another Cold War might be inevitable.

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On the GZERO World Podcast, Ian Bremmer explores the escalating tension between the world's two biggest geopolitical and economic players—the US and China. With guest Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, Bremmer discusses the modern history of China after the fall of the Soviet Union and why another Cold War might be inevitable.

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