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70: Next week Raul Castro will step down as president of Cuba. Some 70 percent of the Cuban population has never known a Cuba led by anyone other than a Castro. Without the dynastic and revolutionary mystique of the Castro family, can the incoming president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, establish his authority and meet the expectations of Cuba’s people?


63: When the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against the village of Khan Sheikhoun last April, President Trump responded with a volley of cruise missiles as punishment just 63 hours later. At the moment, the clock is ticking on his response to the alleged chemical attack on the village of Douma over the weekend. Trump said on Monday he’d decide in 24 to 48 hours.

38: Latin America suffered 38 percent of the world’s criminal homicides last year, despite accounting for just 8 percent of the world’s population. Rapid urbanization, corruption, drug trafficking, and a huge influx of US guns all contribute.

25: Some 25 percent of soybeans in Iowa, always a critical swing state in presidential elections, end up in China, meaning that Iowa’s farmers are being kept afloat in part by China’s growing middle class. If a trade war hits those exports, Trump’s road to re-election in 2020 could get a lot rougher.

15: Freshly re-elected Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s secret pleasure is spaghetti westerns, according to a new biography. He claims to have seen Once Upon A Time in the West — which concludes with Charles Bronson gunning down villain Henry Fonda and cramming a harmonica into his mouth — fifteen times. With the EU set to respond to Hungary’s political deterioration, Orban’s got a harmonica or two in store for Brussels.

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.

On his first day as president, Joe Biden signed a remarkable series of executive orders. Boom! The US rejoins the Paris Climate Accord. Bang! The United States rejoins the World Health Organization. Pow! No more ban on immigration from many Muslim-majority countries. Biden's press secretary reminded reporters later in the day that all these orders merely begin complex processes that take time, but the impact is still dramatic.

If you lead a country allied with the US, or you're simply hoping for some specific commitment or clear and credible statement of purpose from the US government, you might feel a little dizzy today. The sight of an American president (Barack Obama) signing his name, of the next president (Donald Trump) erasing that name from the same legislation/bill, and then the following president (Biden) signing it back into law again will raise deep concerns over the long-term reliability of the world's still-most-powerful nation.

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Renowned tech journalist Kara Swisher has no doubt that social media companies bear responsibility for the January 6th pro-Trump riots at the Capitol and will likely be complicit in the civil unrest that may continue well into Biden's presidency. It's no surprise, she argues, that the online rage that platforms like Facebook and Twitter intentionally foment translated into real-life violence. But if Silicon Valley's current role in our national discourse is untenable, how can the US government rein it in? That, it turns out, is a bit more complicated. Swisher joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World.

"There needs to be a dramatic and deep reduction in the amount of debt on the poorest countries. That's clear." As the world's poorest nations struggle to recover from a devastating pandemic, World Bank President David Malpass argues that freeing them of much of their debt will be key. His conversation with Ian Bremmer is part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Listen: Renowned tech journalist Kara Swisher has no qualms about saying that social media companies bear responsibility for the January 6th pro-Trump riots at the Capitol and will likely be complicit in the civil unrest that may continue well into Biden's presidency. It's no surprise, she argues, that the online rage that platforms like Facebook and Twitter intentionally foment translated into real-life violence. But if Silicon Valley's current role in our national discourse is untenable, how can the US government rein it in? That, it turns out, is a bit more complicated. Swisher joins Ian Bremmer on our podcast.

The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.

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