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Hard Numbers: Bolsonaro abandons indigenous communities, WTO's leadership race is on, US jobless benefits running out, Poles back to polls

Hard Numbers: Bolsonaro abandons indigenous communities, WTO's leadership race is on, US jobless benefits running out, Poles back to polls

850,000: Amid the country's surging coronavirus crisis, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro vetoed parts of a law that required the government to provide protections — including clean drinking water and access to hospital beds — for the country's indigenous population of around 850,000. Data shows that COVID-19 has been disproportionately ravaging these communities, in part because they have limited access to healthcare.


8: Who wants one of the toughest jobs in the world right now? Eight candidates — from countries including Nigeria, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia — have thrown their names in the ring to become the next Director General of the World Trade Organization. Whoever gets the gig will have to steer the world out of the worst global economic crisis in decades.

1.3 million: At least 1.3 million Americans filed jobless claims last week, bringing the total number of people receiving unemployment benefits in the US to 18 million. Meanwhile, federal unemployment benefits are set to run out later this month and Congress hasn't agreed on a subsequent aid package.

2: Poles head back to the polls on Sunday to decide between the two remaining presidential candidates — ultra-conservative incumbent president Andrzej Duda who's aligned with the ruling Law and Justice party, or Rafal Trzaskowski, the liberal mayor of Warsaw. Poland's bellwether election is seen as a crucial test of populism in Europe amid the worst global economic downturn in decades.


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this piece erroneously stated that the leadership race was on for the World Health Organization (WHO) rather than the World Trade Organization. We regret the error.

Empathy and listening are key to establishing harmonious relationships, as demonstrated by Callista Azogu, GM of Human Resources & Organization for Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), an Eni subsidiary in Abuja. "To build trust is very difficult. To destroy it is very easy," says Callista, whose busy days involve everything from personnel issues to union relationships. She sees great potential for her native Nigeria not only because of the country's natural resources, but because of its vibrant and creative people.

Learn more about Callista in this episode of Faces of Eni.

Saturday will mark the beginning of an historic turning point for European politics as 1,001 voting members of Germany's Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, hold an online conference to elect a new leader.

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Does Cuba belong back on the US's State Sponsors of Terrorism list? The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board showed their support for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's decision on this issue in a recent opinion piece, "Cuba's Support for Terror." But in this edition of The Red Pen, Ian Bremmer and Eurasia Group analysts Risa Grais-Targow, Jeffrey Wright and Regina Argenzio argue that the WSJ's op-ed goes too far.

We are now just a few days away from the official end of Donald Trump's presidency, but the impacts of his latest moves in office will obviously last far beyond Joe Biden's inauguration. There's the deep structural political polarization, the ongoing investigations into the violence we saw at the Capitol, lord knows what happens over the next few days, there's also last-minute policy decisions here and abroad. And that's where we're taking our Red Pen this week, specifically US relations with Cuba.

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Watch Jon Lieber, who leads Eurasia Group's coverage of political and policy developments in Washington, lend perspective to this week's historic impeachment proceedings.

Impeachment. President Trump became the first president ever to be impeached twice this week. And the question on everybody's mind is will he be convicted in the Senate? And I think the answer right now is we just don't know. I'd probably bet against it. There was a really strong Republican vote against impeaching him in the House, with only 10 of the over 100 Republicans breaking with the President and voting to impeach him. And the question now is in the Senate, is there more support for a conviction? Senate Majority Leader McConnell has indicated he's at least open to it and wants to hear some of the facts. And I expect you're going to hear a lot of other Republicans make the same statement, at least until the trial begins.

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They call it Einstein. It's the multibillion-dollar digital defense system the US has used to catch outside hackers and attackers since 2003. But it was no match for what's looking like one of the biggest cyber breaches in US history. Ian Bremmer breaks it down.

Watch the GZERO World episode: Cyber attack: an act of espionage or war?

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