Hard Numbers

2,000,000: Bangladesh needs to create roughly 2 million new jobs every year to keep pace with an expanding population. But job growth in the country’s most important industry, textiles, is getting clobbered by automation. As robots get better at light industrial tasks like apparel manufacturing, whole swaths of the developing world are about to get stretched tight.


92: Some 92 percent of Brazilians are worried about the inability to discern fake news from real news online, according to a poll done late last year. That is the highest percentage of any country surveyed. Germany, as it happens, is the only country where a majority of citizens are not worried about this problem. The Brazilian government is currently cobbling together a strategyto fight fake news ahead of the country’s pivotal presidential election this fall — but is it too little too late?

81: The US government tried to influence democratic elections in other countries 81 times between 1946 and 2000, according to a recent study from a Carnegie Mellon professor. The tally for the Soviet Union and Russia is just 36 over the same period, though that count is certainly incomplete. #glasshouses #stones

61: Although Turkey’s ruling AKP party is often characterized as an Islamist party, 61 percent of its members say Turkey should be a secular state with no official religion, and an astounding 80 percent revere Kemal Ataturk, the ruthlessly secular founder of modern Turkey. A reminder that in Turkey Islamism, conservatism, and nationalism may overlap, but they aren’t the same thing.

33: About a 33 percent of Italian voters are still undecided ahead of pivotal elections in two weeks. Whether those voters end up siding with Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, the anti-immigrant Lega Nord, or the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, will ultimately determine who plays the role of political kingmaker. Into the wolf’s mouth with all of them…

Ferrera Erbognone, a small town in the northern Italian province of Pavia, is home to one of the most cutting-edge computing centers in the world: Eni's Green Data Center. All of the geophysical and seismic prospecting data Eni produces from all over the world ends up here. Now, the Green Data Center is welcoming a new supercomputing system: HPC5, an advanced version of the already powerful HPC4. Due to be completed by early 2020, HPC5 will triple the Green Data Center's computing power, from 18.6 to 52 petaflops, equivalent to 52 million billion mathematical operations per second.

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What changes now that the U.S. softened its position on Israeli settlements?

Well, I mean, not a lot. I mean, keep in mind that this is also the administration that moved the embassy to Jerusalem, from Tel Aviv. Everyone said that was going to be a massive problem. Ultimately, not many people cared. Same thing with recognition of Golan Heights for Israel. This is just one more give from the Americans to the Israelis in the context of a region that doesn't care as much as they used to about Israel - Palestine.

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Bolivia's polarizing interim president: After Bolivian president Evo Morales and his deputies were pushed out of office for rigging last month's presidential election, little-known opposition Senator Jeanine Añez took office as interim leader. Añez has promised to guide the country toward a "national consensus" ahead of new elections in January, but she's already risked deepening political divides. On day one, she lugged a giant bible into office, in a perceived swipe at Morales, who had elevated popular indigenous traditions that the ultra-conservative Ms. Añez once called "satanic." She's also abruptly reoriented the country's foreign ties toward Latin America's conservative governments. On her watch, at least eight pro-Morales protesters have been killed by the authorities. Morales himself, exiled in Mexico, says he's the victim of a coup and wants to run in the elections. Añez says he's barred, but his MAS political party still controls both houses of congress and has to be a partner for any smooth transition. Some compromise is necessary, but things don't seem to be going that way.

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2,887: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has now broken a century-old record to become the longest serving PM in Japan's history, at 2,887 days. It's a stunning feat for a premier who made a political comeback after quitting in 2007 due to a series of embarrassing scandals.

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