Speaking to AFP News Carnegie's Paul Salem explained that politics in Iraq today are mobilized according to religious and ethnic communities. With the upcoming U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, Salem reflected on U.S. efforts to build democracy in the country and the challenges that Iraq now faces. Washington "made very grave mistakes" and even worsened the country's situation, Salem contended. He explained that the United States is not familiar with deeply divided societies and power sharing systems, so it failed to establish a prosperous and safe democracy in Iraq. Despite this failure to build a stable state, he argued that the situation is not a total lost cause, because the Iraqi people have an opportunity to build from what they already have and move forward.
of the Chinese general public
believe their country should share a global leadership role.
of Indian parliamentarians
have criminal cases pending against them.
charter schools in the United States
are linked to Turkey’s Gülen movement.
thousand tons of chemical weapons
are in North Korea’s possession.
of import tariffs
among Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru have been eliminated.
trillion a year
is unaccounted for in official Chinese income statistics.
of GDP in oil-exporting Arab countries
comes from the mining sector.
of Europeans and Turks
are opposed to intervention in Syria.
of Russian exports to China
are hydrocarbons; machinery accounts for less than 1%.
of undiscovered oil
is in the Arctic.
U.S. government shutdowns
occurred between 1976 and 1996.
want an “international economic union” with the EU.
million electric bicycles
are used in Chinese cities.
of the world’s energy supply
is consumed by cities.
of today’s oils
require unconventional extraction techniques.
of the world's population
will reside in cities by 2050.
of Syria’s population
is expected to be displaced by the end of 2013.
of the U.S. economy
is consumed by healthcare.
of Brazilian protesters
learned about a massive rally via Facebook or Twitter.
million cases pending
in India’s judicial system.
1 in 3
now needs urgent assistance.
contested India’s last national elections.
of Egypt's labor force
works in the private sector.
of oil consumed in the United States
is for the transportation sector.
of Chechnya’s pre-1994 population
has fled to different parts of the world.
of oil consumed in China
was from foreign sources in 2012.
billion in goods and services
traded between the United States and China in 2012.
billion in foreign investment and oil revenue
have been lost by Iran because of its nuclear program.
increase in China’s GDP per capita
between 1972 and today.
billion have been spent
to complete the Bushehr nuclear reactor in Iran.
of Iran’s electricity needs
is all the Bushehr nuclear reactor provides.
were imprisoned in Turkey as of August 2012 according to the OSCE.
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