Hard Numbers

90,000: Special “conquest” prayers were held in all of Turkey’s 90,000 mosques over the weekend to lend support to the government’s recently launched military offensive into Syria. Once a bastion of state-enforced secularism, Turkey under Erdogan has embraced a new Islamic nationalism.


390: 390 women are planning to run for the House of Representatives, more than at any other point in US history. Hillary’s loss, Trump’s win, and the spread of #MeToo have galvanized what could be a sea change in female political participation.

97: According to a recent poll, 97 percent of Brazilians believe their government caters to a small, powerful elite. Look for an outsider to gain traction ahead of the country’s high-stakes October presidential election.

70: Almost 70 percent of female Chinese university students say they have experienced sexual harassment, with fewer than 4 percent reporting them to the police. #MeToo goes global. #WoYeShi

40: In countries with recently ended civil wars, there’s a 40 percent chance of lapsing back into conflict. The risk falls by 1 percent for each subsequent year of peace.

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.

Anyone with a pulse and a smartphone probably knows by now that the US-China rivalry is heating up these days, and fast. (If you know anyone who doesn't, get them a Signal subscription.)

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Fashion has always gone hand-in-hand with global politics, and mask-wearing during the COVID-19 era is no different. Ian Bremmer investigates on GZERO World.

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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Ian Bremmer's QuickTake:

It's Monday, coronavirus still going on. Plenty to talk about.

I mean, I guess the biggest news in the United States is the fact that we still don't have any stimulus going forward. I mean, now, keep in mind, this is on the back of an exceptionally strong initial US economic response, over 10% of GDP, ensuring relief for small businesses, for big corporations, and most importantly, for everyday American citizens, many of whom, large double digit numbers, lost their jobs, a lot of whom lost them permanently but didn't have to worry, at least in the near term, because they were getting cash from the government. Is that going to continue?

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