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179,000: An analysis by the Trade Partnership, a consultancy, predicts that higher prices for steel and aluminum under the Trump administration’s new tariffs will create 33,000 jobs in industries that produce these metals, but destroy as many as 179,000 jobs in industries that consume them. Trade policy is always a trade-offs policy: which blue-collar votes does Trump value more — those of steel makers or, say, auto makers?


98: The USA has supplied major arms to 98 states since 2013, according to SIPRI. Exports to governments in the conflict-torn Middle East accounted for half of those exports, by volume. More broadly, the Middle East accounted for a third of all global arms imports during that period. While cyberwarfare looks like the biggest challenge of the future, conventional weapons are still wreaking plenty of havoc in the world’s deadliest region.

73: Per capita GDP in Russia rose by 73 percent between the beginning of Putin’s first term as president in 2000 and 2016. This, coupled with his forceful reassertion of Russia’s global role, accounts in part for Putin’s high popularity as he heads for re-election this Sunday. But most of those economic gains were achieved more than a decade ago, and Putin has still failed, so far, to achieve his objective of matching average incomes in Portugal.

50: In China, by contrast, the economy has grown by more than 50 per cent, to $13.1tn, since President Xi Jinping took power five years ago. Some 66 million new urban jobs were created, and 68 million people left poverty during that period. Now that Mr. Xi is preparing to stick around for a while, can he continue to deliver the economic Chinese Dream that he has promised?

8.9: If Ghana hits a projected growth rate of 8.9 percent this year, it could be among the fastest growing economies in the world, outpacing tech-giant India and eclipsing Ethiopia as Africa’s economic star. But there are big questions about whether the tiny West African nation’s dependency on commodities (oil and cocoa) are a boon or a burden for sustainable growth and job creation.

Wales, early 19th century: During breaks from his law studies, William Robert Grove indulges in his passion for science to become an inventor. On his honeymoon in Europe, he learns about the new energy source everyone's talking about: electricity. After learning that electricity allows water to be broken down into its two components, hydrogen and oxygen, his intuition leads him to an idea that ends up making him a pioneer of sustainable energy production.

Watch the story of William Robert Grove in Eni's MINDS series, where we travel through time seeking scientists.

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Hi, everybody. Ian Bremmer here, and as we head into the weekend, a Quick Take on, well, the first bombing campaign of the new Biden administration. You kind of knew it was going to happen. Against some Iranian-backed militias in Syria, looks like a couple of dozen, perhaps more killed, and some militia-connected military facilities destroyed. I think there are a few ways to look at this, maybe three different lenses.

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Listen: The country's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, joins Ian Bremmer to talk vaccines, school re-openings, and when—and how—the pandemic could finally come end. He was last on GZERO World just weeks before the pandemic hit in the fall of 2019 and he described at the time what kept him up at night: a "pandemic-like respiratory illness." This time, he talks about how closely that nightmare scenario foreshadowed the COVID-19 pandemic. He also offers some guidance about what public health measures vaccinated Americans should continue to take in the coming months (hint: masks stay on).

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Afghanistan frustrated nineteenth-century British imperialists for 40 years, and ejected the Soviet army in 1989 after a bloody decade there. And though American and NATO forces ousted the Taliban government in 2001 over its support for al-Qaeda, there's no good reason for confidence that nearly 20 years of occupation have brought lasting results for security and development across the country.

But… could China succeed where other outsiders have failed – and without a costly and risky military presence? Is the promise of lucrative trade and investment enough to ensure a power-sharing deal among Afghanistan's warring factions?

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Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, shares his perspective from Stockholm on Europe In 60 Seconds:

Is there a military coup ongoing in Armenia?

Well, it isn't a military coup as of yet, but it's not far from it either. This is the turmoil that is resulting from the war with Azerbaijan, which Armenia took a large death loss. What happened was that the head of the armed forces asked for the prime minister to resign. That was not quite a coup, but not very far from it. Now, the prime minister sacked the head of the armed forces, there's considerable uncertainty. Watch the space.

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