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Later this month, Greece will exit its third and final bailout and can again borrow money from markets. Yet, unemployment remains at 20 percent. Among young people, it’s 40 percent.

56:A monthly poll of public attitudes in 28 countries found that 56 percent of respondents felt their countries were on the wrong track, with unemployment and poverty/inequality topping the list of complaints. Brazil and Peru scored the worst of the 28 nations surveyed, while citizens of China and Saudi Arabia had the most confidence in the direction their countries were headed.

 

1,100:

After the return of sanctions against Iran this week, the list of people and companies sanctioned by the US governmentruns more than 1,100 pages. That’s a lot of Iranians, Turks, Russians, Venezuelans, terrorists and other assorted persona non grata that US companies can no longer do business with.

2.6 million:

Some 2.6 million Syrian civilians could soon be in the firing line as President Bashar al-Assad’s troops close in on the last major remaining rebel stronghold of Idlib, near the country’s Turkish border. The country’s six-year civil war has displaced roughly 12 million people, with half of them seeking shelter overseas.

9 billion:

China spent over $9 billion on public security in Xinjiang province last year, up more than 10-fold since ethnic riots erupted across the sprawling, predominantly Muslim region, leaving hundreds dead. That’s eight times the growth rate of China’s total public security budget.

Khant Thaw Htoo is a young engineer who works in Eni's Sakura Tower office in the heart of Yangon. As an HSE engineer, he monitors the safety and environmental impact of onshore and offshore operations. He also looks out for his parents' well-being, in keeping with Myanmar's traditions.

Learn more about Khant in the final episode of the Faces of Eni series, which focuses on Eni's employees around the world.

Over the weekend, some 40,000 Russians braved subzero temperatures to turn out in the streets in support of imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. More than 3,000 protesters were arrested, and Navalny called on his followers to prepare for more action in the coming weeks.

But just who is Alexei Navalny, and how significant is the threat that he may pose to Vladimir Putin's stranglehold on power in Russia?

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The United States has never been more divided, and it's safe to say that social media's role in our national discourse is a big part of the problem. But renowned tech journalist Kara Swisher doesn't see any easy fix. "I don't know how you fix the architecture of a building that is just purposely dangerous for everybody." Swisher joins Ian Bremmer to talk about how some of the richest companies on Earth, whose business models benefit from discord and division, can be compelled to see their better angels. Their conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take (part 1):

Ian Bremmer here, happy Monday. And have your Quick Take to start off the week.

Maybe start off with Biden because now President Biden has had a week, almost a week, right? How was it? How's he doing? Well, for the first week, I would say pretty good. Not exceptional, but not bad, not bad. Normal. I know everyone's excited that there's normalcy. We will not be excited there's normalcy when crises start hitting and when life gets harder and we are still in the middle of a horrible pandemic and he has to respond to it. But for the first week, it was okay.

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Russian opposition leader Navalny in jail. Hundreds of thousands demonstrating across the country in Russia over well over 100 cities, well over 3000 arrested. And Putin responding by saying that this video that was put out that showed what Navalny said was Putin's palace that costs well over a billion dollars to create and Putin, I got to say, usually he doesn't respond to this stuff very quickly. Looked a little defensive, said didn't really watch it, saw some of it, but it definitely wasn't owned by him or owned by his relatives.

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