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.

America's internet giants are being pulled into political fights right and left these days. Speech – what can be said, and who can say it – is increasingly at the center of those controversies. Consider these two stories from opposite sides of the world:

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Italy's prime minister resigns – Giuseppe Conte, the caretaker prime minister appointed to mediate an uneasy governing alliance between Italy's anti-establishment 5Star Movement and the right-wing Lega party, resigned on Tuesday. Rather than wait for a no-confidence vote triggered by the rightwing Lega Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, Conte stepped down on his own terms. Salvini, who's popularity has been rising, had hoped that by triggering snap elections he could get himself appointed prime minister, will now have to wait for Italy's president, Sergio Mattarella, to decide what comes next. While Lega and smaller right-wing allies want a new vote, center and left-wing parties are apparently working to see if they can form a majority coalition – perhaps including 5Star -- that would allow Mattarella to appoint a new government without fresh elections. We're watching to see how the dust settles in Europe's third-biggest economy.

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300: The US tested a new medium-range cruise missile on Sunday that flew more than 300 miles. This marks the first time the US has tested a weapon that would have violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a Cold War era pact that was officially abandoned three weeks ago, sparking fears of a new global arms race.

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