The 2011 “Arab Spring” uprising that inspired the rebellion against the Syrian regime had already taken down leaders elsewhere. Many predicted that President Assad would be next. Instead, by brutally crushing dissent, he has confounded his critics and clung to power.
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Brazil’s government has initiated its COVID vaccination campaign. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) has discovered that Pfizer employed “high-level bullying” against Brazil and Argentina during negotiations to acquire vaccines, including requesting the nations put sovereign assets as collateral for payments.
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