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Hard Numbers: Promising vaccine, Romanian waste in Malaysia, Zimbabwe lockdown arrests, Cuban dollar stores

Hard Numbers: Promising vaccine, Romanian waste in Malaysia, Zimbabwe lockdown arrests, Cuban dollar stores

1,077: An experimental coronavirus vaccine jointly developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University is showing promising results after early trials on 1,077 human patients. The UK, one of several countries involved in the global race to find a vaccine for COVID-19, has already ordered 90 million doses.


110: Malaysia discovered 110 containers of hazardous metal waste from Romania bound for Indonesia, the country's largest-ever seizure. Both Indonesia and Malaysia have (unwittingly) become two of the world's main dumping grounds for waste from other nations, after China banned all imports of scrap metals in 2017.

100,000: More than 100,000 people have been arrested in Zimbabwe for violating pandemic-related lockdown rules since March. Activists say the government is manipulating the crisis to put its critics behind bars, and have called for nationwide protests to demand the resignation of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

62: The Cuban government is allowing 62 stores across the island to sell food and hygiene products in US dollars, as the socialist regime needs hard currency to offset major losses from the tourism industry due to the coronavirus pandemic. The last time Cuba opened US dollar stores was following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.

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Back in 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump presented his vision for an "America First" foreign policy, which symbolized a radical departure from the US' longtime approach to international politics and diplomacy.

In electing Donald Trump, a political outsider, to the top job, American voters essentially gave him a mandate to follow through on these promises. So, has he?

Trade

"A continuing rape of our country."

On the 2016 campaign trail, candidate Trump said that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a 12 country trade deal pushed by the Obama administration — would "rape" America's economy by imperiling the manufacturing sector, closing factories, and taking more jobs overseas.

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In an op-ed titled "Iran Arms Embargo Reckoning," the Wall Street Journal editorial board argues that ending the UN arms embargo on Iran was a major flaw of the 2015 nuclear deal and questions whether Biden could do anything to contain Iran at this point. Ian Bremmer and Eurasia Group's Henry Rome take out the Red Pen to explain why this discussion misrepresents the importance of the embargo and the consequences for its expiration.

So, the US presidential election is now just days away, and today's selection is focusing on a specific aspect of foreign policy that will certainly change depending on who wins in the presidential contest—namely America's approach to Iran.

You've heard me talk before about the many similarities between Trump and Biden on some international policies, like on China or on Afghanistan. But Iran is definitely not one of those. Trump hated the JCPOA, the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, put together under the Obama administration, and he walked away from it unilaterally. Joe Biden, if he were to become president, would try to bring it back.

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It almost didn't happen — but here we are again. President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden face off tonight in the final presidential debate of the 2020 US election campaign.

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Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, US President George W. Bush demanded that Afghanistan's Taliban government surrender Osama bin Laden and end support for al-Qaeda. The Taliban refused.

On October 7, US bombs began falling on Taliban forces. NATO allies quickly pledged support for the US, and US boots hit the ground in Afghanistan two weeks later.

Thus began a war, now the longest in US history, that has killed more than 3,500 coalition soldiers and 110,000 Afghans. It has cost the American taxpayer nearly $3 trillion. US allies have also made human and material sacrifices.

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