Hard Numbers: US Guns are Fueling Violence Abroad

33 billion: Indonesia has finally unveiled the site of its proposed new capital city: Borneo. The cost of relocating the nation's capital there from overcrowded, polluted, sinking Jakarta, is projected to be $33 billion.


86: A weekend of intensifying violence in Hong Kong, which saw the police use water cannons and live ammunition against protesters for the first time, resulted in the arrest of 86 people on a range of charges, including a 12-year old child.

200,000: According to a New York Times investigation, more than 200,000 guns are trafficked into Mexico from the US each year. That's part of a broader outflow of small arms from the US that is fueling violence across Latin America, the most murder-prone region in the world.

9,272: Mounting insecurity and violence across Central and West Africa have caused 9,272 schools to close across the region over the past two years, according to a new UNICEF report. That's three times the number that had closed at the end of 2017.

Paper was originally made from rags until the introduction of cellulose in 1800.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.

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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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