HARD NUMBERS

18,016: So far this year, 18,016 migrants have arrived to Spain across the Mediterranean, outpacing the numbers for Italy and Greece. Could Spain be the next flash point in Europe’s ongoing political saga over migration?


200: Chinese government-affiliated outlets print or broadcast their content in at least 200 foreign publication around the world, according an investigation from the Financial Times. The reach of China’s global propaganda machine rivals that of almost all of the world’s largest news organization.

149: A recent attack on an election rally in Pakistan killed 149 people, making it one of the deadliest in the country’s history. That has only heightened tensions as the country gears up for an election next week that heralds only the second democratic transition of power in its history.

137: More than half of workers in Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, amounting to at least 137 million people in total, could lose their jobs because of automation within the next two decades, according to a report from the International Labor Organization.

2: France’s thrilling World Cup victory has done wonders for national morale— with 62 percent of those polled the day after the final saying they’re now optimistic about the future, up from 53 percent last year. French President Emmanuel Macron, on the other hand, has seen the percentage of those saying he’s a “good” president slip by 2 points since Les Bleus brought home the win.

How much material do we use to send a package? Too much. Does recycling help? Yes – but not really. Packaging material often accumulates as waste, contributing to its own "polluting weight." To solve our packaging dilemma, Finland came up with RePack: a "circular" solution for the reuse of material.

Learn more about RePack in Eni's new Energy Superfacts series.

A steady increase of violence in the Sahel region of Africa over the past eight years has imposed fear and hardship on millions of the people who live there. It has also pushed the governments of Sahel countries to work together to fight terrorists.

The region's troubles have also captured the attention of European leaders, who worry that if instability there continues, it could generate a movement of migrants that might well dwarf the EU refugee crisis of 2015-2016.

But is Europe helping to make things better?

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In a new interview with Ian Bremmer for GZERO World, former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden says that the single most important step to reopening schools in the fall is to control infection in the community. But as of now, too many communities across the United States have lost control of the Covid-19 virus. Opening schools will only become a possibility once a majority of people start practicing the "Three 'W's" ("Wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance") and local and federal governments enforce stricter protective policies. The full episode of GZERO World begins airing on US public television on Friday, August 7, 2020. Check local listings.

2,500: Google has deleted around 2,500 YouTube accounts linked to a coordinated misinformation campaign about Hong Kong, Chinese regime critics and China's coronavirus response. It's been a busy week for social media platforms cracking down on fake news, after Facebook and Twitter censored a post from US President Donald Trump for containing misinformation about COVID-19, and Brazil's Supreme Court ordered Facebook to block accounts tied to allies of President Jair Bolsonaro for spreading lies about judges.

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Jim Geraghty argues in a National Review op-ed that we shouldn't blame Trump for the fact that the US has one of the highest coronavirus death rates in the world. But though he's right that not everything is Trump's fault, Ian Bremmer and Eurasia Group analyst Scott Rosenstein take out The Red Pen to show that the evidence he cites to let Trump off the hook doesn't hold water.

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