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180,000: Although ISIS has been removed from most of its strongholds in Syria and Iraq, the group — which at the height of its power ruled over vast reaches of oil-rich territory — still rakes in $180,000 daily from selling crude, according to industry sources.


100: At Pyongyang’s better-known bespoke tailors a decent men’s suit startsat around $100. That’s a small fortune in North Korea, but it reflects the rise of a class of well-heeled elites in the capital city. Keeping these people both happy and in check is an important consideration for Mr. Kim, who has pledged to raise living standards.

77: A new study reveals that 77 percent of Americans consider members of opposing political parties to be less evolved humans than themselves. Yes, read that again: less evolved humans. A new low in the deepening morass of America’s toxic and tribal politics.

37: In 1981, Salvadoran troops armed and trained by the US massacred hundreds of civilians including women and children in a remote town in El Salvador. Now, 37 years later, after an earlier amnesty was reversed, a local judge has ordered a trial of the generals accused of overseeing the slaughter, which was the worst in Latin America’s modern history.

22: In 2017, Colombians’ confidence in their national government fell to a record low of 22 percent. After a first round of presidential elections that saw the first-ever selection of a left wing candidate, Colombia heads for a potentially divisive runoff next month that could determine the fate of the landmark peace accord with FARC guerrillas.

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It almost didn't happen — but here we are again. President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden face off tonight in the final presidential debate of the 2020 US election campaign.

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Back in 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump presented his vision for an "America First" foreign policy, which symbolized a radical departure from the US' longtime approach to international politics and diplomacy.

In electing Donald Trump, a political outsider, to the top job, American voters essentially gave him a mandate to follow through on these promises. So, has he?

Trade

"A continuing rape of our country."

On the 2016 campaign trail, candidate Trump said that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a 12 country trade deal pushed by the Obama administration — would "rape" America's economy by imperiling the manufacturing sector, closing factories, and taking more jobs overseas.

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In an op-ed titled "Iran Arms Embargo Reckoning," the Wall Street Journal editorial board argues that ending the UN arms embargo on Iran was a major flaw of the 2015 nuclear deal and questions whether Biden could do anything to contain Iran at this point. Ian Bremmer and Eurasia Group's Henry Rome take out the Red Pen to explain why this discussion misrepresents the importance of the embargo and the consequences for its expiration.

So, the US presidential election is now just days away, and today's selection is focusing on a specific aspect of foreign policy that will certainly change depending on who wins in the presidential contest—namely America's approach to Iran.

You've heard me talk before about the many similarities between Trump and Biden on some international policies, like on China or on Afghanistan. But Iran is definitely not one of those. Trump hated the JCPOA, the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, put together under the Obama administration, and he walked away from it unilaterally. Joe Biden, if he were to become president, would try to bring it back.

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Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, US President George W. Bush demanded that Afghanistan's Taliban government surrender Osama bin Laden and end support for al-Qaeda. The Taliban refused.

On October 7, US bombs began falling on Taliban forces. NATO allies quickly pledged support for the US, and US boots hit the ground in Afghanistan two weeks later.

Thus began a war, now the longest in US history, that has killed more than 3,500 coalition soldiers and 110,000 Afghans. It has cost the American taxpayer nearly $3 trillion. US allies have also made human and material sacrifices.

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