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Hard Numbers: Brazilians don't blame Bolsonaro, Somalia under attack, no good options for US president, India restores (some) internet in Kashmir

Hard Numbers: Brazilians don't blame Bolsonaro, Somalia under attack, no good options for US president, India restores (some) internet in Kashmir

47: Almost half of Brazilians — some 47 percent — think that President Jair Bolsonaro bears "no responsibility" personally for the government's botched handling of the pandemic, which has led to more than 100,000 deaths in the country, the world's second highest toll behind the US. Despite Brazil's worsening outbreak, Bolsonaro's approval rating has in fact jumped five percentage points since June.

16: At least 16 people were killed in an attack in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Sunday, with the extremist group Al-Shabab later taking credit for the carnage. Militants set off a powerful car bomb before storming a beachfront hotel, leading to a three-hour standoff with government forces.

25: A quarter of all US adults surveyed (25 percent) say neither Donald Trump nor Joe Biden would be a "good president" were they to clinch the presidency in November.

2: The Indian government has restored high-speed internet in two districts (out of 20) in Muslim-majority Kashmir on "a trial basis." The disputed area has mostly been shut off from the outside world since India revoked Kashmir's autonomous status last August, implementing lockdowns and communication "blackouts."

Wales, early 19th century: During breaks from his law studies, William Robert Grove indulges in his passion for science to become an inventor. On his honeymoon in Europe, he learns about the new energy source everyone's talking about: electricity. After learning that electricity allows water to be broken down into its two components, hydrogen and oxygen, his intuition leads him to an idea that ends up making him a pioneer of sustainable energy production.

Watch the story of William Robert Grove in Eni's MINDS series, where we travel through time seeking scientists.

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Hi, everybody. Ian Bremmer here, and as we head into the weekend, a Quick Take on, well, the first bombing campaign of the new Biden administration. You kind of knew it was going to happen. Against some Iranian-backed militias in Syria, looks like a couple of dozen, perhaps more killed, and some militia-connected military facilities destroyed. I think there are a few ways to look at this, maybe three different lenses.

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Iran rules out nuclear talks… for now: Iran has reportedly rejected an offer to join direct talks with the US and EU over its nuclear program, saying it won't start the conversation until sanctions on Iran's economy are eased. To be clear, this does NOT mean that prospects for reviving the Iran nuclear deal are dead. Europeans and the Biden administration want a return to the 2015 nuclear agreement, and Iran certainly needs the economic boost that would come from a removal of sanctions. But Tehran is going to try to maximize its leverage before any talks begin, especially since this is a sensitive election year in in the country. Iran's leaders are going to play hard to get for a while longer before edging their way back to the bargaining table. Still, it's high stakes diplomacy here between parties that have almost no mutual trust — and one misstep could throw things off track quickly.

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18: A week after threatening protesters with a severe crackdown, Myanmar's ruling junta killed at least 18 people across the country in the bloodiest day of clashes since the generals staged a coup last month.
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The country's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, joins Ian Bremmer to talk vaccines, school re-openings, and when—and how—the pandemic could finally come end. He was last on GZERO World just weeks before the pandemic hit in the fall of 2019 and he described at the time what kept him up at night: a "pandemic-like respiratory illness." This time, he'll talk about how closely that nightmare scenario foreshadowed the COVID-19 pandemic. He'll also offer some guidance about what public health measures vaccinated Americans should continue to take in the coming months (hint: masks stay on).

The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.


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