The legislation includes a new round of $1,400 stimulus checks, an increase and extension of unemployment benefits, an increase in the minimum wage and hundreds of billions of dollars for schools, vaccine production and distribution, testing and more.
Ten years ago, the Arab world erupted in jubilant revolt against its dictatorial regimes. Today, the hopes awakened by the protests have vanished — but the underlying conditions that drove the unrest are as acute as ever.
Hundreds of millions of full-time jobs disappeared last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by the International Labor Organization. But the wealthiest people got even richer, according to Oxfam.