The weekend’s top news stories, with Georgina Godwin and regular Monocle 24 contributor Stephen Dalziel. Plus: a check-in from the Balkans.
America’s pandemic-driven measures granting relief on mortgages and rent arrears will soon expire, and millions of people are in danger of losing their homes.
The Netherlands’ history of slavery is often overlooked; a new exhibition goes to great lengths to confront it. And how Marmite’s love-it-or-hate-it reputation represents an unlikely marketing coup.
Five stories to know for July 29: $1 trillion infrastructure bill, Federal workers, Big Tech, COVID-19, Tunisia
1. A roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure investment bill advanced in the U.S. Senate, passing a key milestone that moves the emerging legislation toward formal debate and possible passage.
2. President Joe Biden is expected to announce that all civilian federal workers will need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or face regular testing, social distancing, mask requirements and travel limits, a source said.
3. Twitter is shutting its reopened offices in the U.S., while other big tech companies are making vaccination mandatory for on-campus employees, as the highly infectious Delta COVID-19 variant drives a resurgence in cases.
4. Australia’s military will help enforce a lockdown in Sydney after the city of 6 million posted a record daily rise in COVID-19 cases and state authorities said the outbreak was likely to get worse.
5. Tunisia’s president said he was addressing the dire economic and COVID-19 situation and probing widespread corruption after invoking emergency powers to seize control of government in a move his foes called a coup.
We discuss the creation of a “mini-Schengen” common-travel area in the Balkans. Plus: we analyse what the expansion of China’s nuclear arsenal means for the rest of the world and why the US is persevering with its travel ban on most foreign citizens.
We discuss what’s on the agenda as US secretary of state Antony Blinken arrives in India. We then get the lowdown on Russia’s recent talks with the Taliban and assess the Kremlin’s intentions in the region.
Plus: the latest action from Tokyo 2020.