Fareed Zakaria GPS – CNN 12-20-15

Fareed Zakaria said:

The enemy is radical Islam, so the fight must be against the ideology itself and can only be done by Muslims.

WHO cites New Delhi as the worst city for pollution that poses the greatest health risks.

Angus Deaton at Princeton said:

Despite broadly improving life expectancy in the rich world, middle-aged, white, non-Hispanic Americans are killing themselves in record numbers: caused by rising suicides, accidental poisonings, and alcohol and drugs. The situation is much worse for those with a high school education or less – those who 20 to 40 years ago could expect to get a good job in the factory that has now gone in Cambodia or Vietnam.

Black mortality rates are higher than white mortality rates in middle age, but have been falling rapidly.

Ipsos-MORI says:

People overestimate the number of nonreligious people in their country,

People overestimate the percentage of wealth owned by the wealthiest 1%: Britons are the most inaccurate, guessing 59% versus actual 23%.

People overestimate the percentage of immigrants in their country. Argentinians guessed 30% versus actual 5%. Americans guessed 33% versus actual 14%.

People overestimate the average age of their citizens. Brazilians guessed 56 versus actual 31.

Overall, Mexico was deemed to be the most ignorant, followed by India.

South Korea was deemed the most accurate,. The US ranked fifth accurate.

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Fareed Zakaria GPS – CNN 12-13-15

Fareed Zakaria said:

Muslims in America are well-assimilated, unlike in Europe.

New America reports that the number of Americans killed by Islamist terrorists on US soil since 9/11 is 45, or 3 people a year, versus 11,000 killed in gun homicides in 2015.

Left-wing populist governments, in power for over a decade in Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil (which total 66% of South America’s population) have all suffered serious setbacks because they have run their economies into the ground as the huge boom in commodities ended.

WSJ expects Argentina to grow less than 1% in 2015. FT expects Brazil to decline 3% in 2015, and which is having its worst recession since the 1930s. Venezuela is expected to decline 10% in 2015 despite sky-high inflation and bare market shelves.

Ian Bremmer at Eurasia Group

The Paris and San Bernardino attacks drew the most divisive responses in a developed state to a national cataclysm that I have ever seen in my 30 year career.

The US will get another more centrist US president in 2017.

The world considers Trump a clown, but clowns have been elected. Trump winning the nomination is very unlikely. The extraordinary antipathy towards the establishment of all stripes is new to America and is not going away.

Berlusconi in Italy and Jeremy Corbin in Britain are not considered serious actors.

The transatlantic relationship that has underpinned the global order for many decades is falling apart.

David Millibrand at Intl Rescue Committee said:

Populism is strong when the center left and right are weak. Centrists Trudeau, Merkell and Cameron are strong, but centrists in France and the US are weak.

Trump’s clownish behavior is dangerous because it feeds the narrative of the clash of civilization and aggrandizes those who would threaten society’s religious. Trump still has only one-third of the 20% of Republican voters: the majority of the minority does not make a majority.

The only way to fight anger is with answers, which all politicians seeking power need. To run in the slip stream of extremism only feeds it.

Bernard-Henri Levy said:

The French National Front’s big result on the first round will not be consolidated in the second round. The reactionary trend (to the attacks) is not as strong as people say.

Trump does not embody the Republican Party, the American dream, the shining city upon the hill in any way. Jihadists, Putin, Iran, all enemies of America all pray for Trump winning the primary and the presidential election.

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Fareed Zakaria GPS – CNN 12-06-15

Fareed Zakaria said:

The majority of terrorist attacks in the US are committed by white male Christians (Source FBI).

If you assumed that 50 different Muslims were involved in planning each of the 30,000 deaths from terrorism in 2014, that would total less than 0.1% of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims.

The Polish economy has grown the most of any EU country since the fall of communism, yet it, like Hungary, appears headed toward illiberal democracy: where people have the right to vote, but civil liberties and the rule of law are far from guaranteed.

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