Hard Numbers

65 and 18: The average age of Sub-Saharan Africa’s leaders is 65. The average age of the region’s citizens is 18.

70: The lower house of India’s national parliament sits for only 70 days a year. That compares with 131 days in the US House of Representatives, 142 days in the UK’s House of Commons, and 150 days in Japan’s Diet.

12: Democrats have outperformed their Republican opponents by an average of 12 points more than predicted by the partisan split in the special elections that have been held since Trump’s election victory. #TrumpEffect

1/3: More than one-third of Puerto Rico is still without power three months after Hurricane Maria.

6,700: At least 6,700 members of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority were killedduring the first month of the government’s crackdown, according to Doctors Without Borders. The government claims there have only been 400 casualties.

80: Iran and its allies now provide 80 percent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s fighters, according to an estimate from officials in the Trump administration.

Kevin Sneader, global managing partner of McKinsey & Company, answers the question: Are CEOs getting real about climate change?

The answer, yes. Why? One, it's personal. Many have watched with horror the wildfires that took place recently. Others have even been evacuated. And for some, the snow set in Davos, they experienced incredibly mild temperatures that laid all to quip that climate change really has arrived. But the other reasons are a growing understanding of the nature of climate change.


Welcome to the eleventh parliamentary elections in Iran's 40-year history.

Want to run for a seat? You can…if you're an Iranian citizen between the ages of 30 and 75, hold a master's degree or its equivalent, have finished your military service (if you're a man), and have demonstrated a commitment to Islam. Check all these boxes, and you can ask permission to run for office.

Permission comes from the 12-member Guardian Council, a body composed of six clerics appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and six jurists that Khamenei appoints indirectly. If the Council says yes, you can win a seat in parliament. If they say no, you can't.

This parliament, also called the Majlis, does have real power. It approves the national budget, drafts legislation and sends it to the Guardian Council for approval, ratifies treaties, approves ministers and can question the president. The current Majlis represents a wide range of values and opinions.


As the head of a leading management consulting firm, global managing partner of McKinsey & Company Kevin Sneader has an inside view into the challenges facing the world's top executives. Every Thursday, Sneader will address questions about key issues like attracting and retaining talent, growing revenue, navigating change, staying ahead of the competition, and corporate responsibility – all in 60 seconds.

GZERO's Alex Kliment interviews New Yorker correspondent and author Joshua Yaffa. The two discuss Yaffa's new book, Between Two Fires, about what life is like for Russians today. They also sample some vodka at a famous Russian restaurant in NYC, of course!