Events


Globally


RT: Wheat prices surge on Ukraine harvest concerns – media

Wheat prices have soared to two-month highs this week amid fears that Russia’s military operation may jeopardize this year’s planting and harvesting season in Ukraine, several media outlets have reported, citing traders.

Common Dreams: Report Details ‘Brutal Violence’ Endured by Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Women

A first-of-its-kind Human Rights Watch report published Tuesday exposes the discrimination and violence that lesbian, bisexual, and queer women and nonbinary people face in over two dozen countries around the world.


Europe


TeleSUR: EU Economy Set To Avoid Recession but Headwinds Persist

Oh, the delusional trappings of GDP. What a grand and intoxicating innocence.

People’s Daily: Interview: U.S. blowing up Nord Stream pipelines “economic war” against European allies: Swedish expert

“Nord Stream (was) of course blown up by the U.S. and NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) allies,” said Jan Oberg, director of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, in a recent interview with Xinhua.

People’s Daily: Finland plans rehab measures for eastern areas bordering Russia

Finland’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment on Monday published a development blueprint for the eastern part of the country, which has suffered from the closing of the border with Russia and the end of cross-border cooperation and tourism.

lol. lmao even.

RT: Soaring energy costs drive Swiss inflation higher

TeleSUR: Doctors Go on Strike in France

TeleSUR: Portuguese Clergy Might Have Sexually Abused Over 4,000 Minors

RT: Serbians back nonexistent Kosovo ‘proposal’ – survey

A new poll published on Tuesday showed that 57% of Serbians favor accepting a proposal floated by Paris and Berlin. The only catch is that respondents said that the proposal can’t involve recognizing the breakaway province of Kosovo as independent or giving it a seat in the UN – which it does.

While the misleading topline made headlines across the pro-Western press in Belgrade, the rest of the poll showed no change in Serbia’s position on the breakaway province. Asked if they would support the proposal if it included de facto recognition and the UN seat – as it does – 80% said no and only 9% were in favor.

When asked if they knew what was in the proposal, only 21% said yes, while 61% of respondents said no. The pollster, Faktor Plus, based its findings on a survey of 1,100 respondents.


East Asia and Oceania


WSWS: Sri Lankan health services “heading for total breakdown”

RT: Russia ready to help India with tanks

People’s Daily: New Zealand declares national state of emergency in response to Cyclone Gabrielle


Central Asia and the Middle East


MEMO: Israel to lift all restrictions on construction of illegal Jewish settlements

Al Jazeera: ‘Strongly opposed’: European powers denounce Israel settlements

MEMO: Israel loads first crude oil shipment from contested oil field

MEMO: Israel is struggling to maintain a coherent position on Russia and Ukraine

MEMO: Raisi in China in first such visit by Iran leader in 20 years

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi today launches a three-day visit to China, in what is the first state visit by an Iranian leader to the country in almost two decades.

China continues to be Iran’s largest business partner, according to the state news agency IRNA, with cooperation mostly in the areas of energy, transit, agriculture, trade and investment.

RT: Türkiye thanks other nations for earthquake assistance

I keep having to change RT headlines because they’re so bad. By 2025 they’ll be “Country does thing” and you’ll have to click to see what country and what thing.

The assistance Türkiye has received from the global community following devastating earthquakes once again proves how important international solidarity is, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. He addressed the participants of the World Government Summit in a video message on Tuesday.

The president stressed his country “will not forget the helping hand extended in difficult times,” as he thanked all of those who assisted in relief efforts after Türkiye was rocked by the disaster last week.

“Some states sent rescuers to Türkiye, some showed solidarity by initiating campaigns to collect aid. Some states have issued statements of support for Ankara,” noted Erdogan.

TeleSUR: Several Earthquake Survivors Rescued After Over 204 Hours


Africa


MEMO: Egypt increased death sentences in 2022, says rights group

MEMO: EU expects Egypt to deliver high volumes of LNG

MEMO: Tunisia labour union to launch protests against Saied’s measures

Africa News: South Africa declares disaster after floods in seven provinces


North America


People’s Daily: 7 U.S. big cities have lost half of their populations: 24/7 Wall St.

Seven U.S. cities once among the country’s biggest metropolises “have become shadows of their former selves,” as they have lost more than half of their populations, U.S. news portal 24/7 Wall St. reported Sunday.

The seven “very well known” cities are Flint, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Youngstown, St. Louis, and Detroit, the news outlet said, after it compared historical editions of the U.S. Census Bureau’s decennial census, starting with 1950, to the recent population figures.

“We listed all seven cities that were within the 100 most populous cities in the U.S. in 1950 and have lost more than half of their populations as of July 2021,” it said.

Reasons for population decline in these cities are various, including job losses, housing discrimination, and racial economic inequality, the media said.

Common Dreams: Secretary Buttigieg Must Overhaul Rail Safety Regulations, Reinstate Upgraded Brake Requirements For Freight Trains

RT: US to tap oil reserves to offset Russian production cut

The administration of US President Joe Biden said on Monday that it will go ahead with a scheduled sale of 26 million barrels of crude oil from the country’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The move comes on the heels of Russia’s announcement that it will curtail output by half a million barrels per day next month.

I’ve never seen a country so utterly and completely unable to take the L. But if they wanna keep draining the SPR, then I’m sure OPEC will be very upset about that when it reaches critically low levels and cannot be used to manipulate global markets, and America has to pay exorbitant prices to refill it.


South America


TeleSUR: 300+ Fires Remain Active in Chile, With 425,000 Hectares Burned


The Ukraine Proxy Conflict


Moon of Alabama: Ukraine War - The Upcoming Duel Of Speeches

On February 21 the president of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin will hold his State of the Nation Address in the Federal Assembly.

While Putin will be speaking U.S. president Joe Biden will be in Poland where he will also hold a major speech.

I’m sure the comparisons made by the media will be sane and sensible.

Anti War: Two Cheers for Matt Gaetz’s Ukraine War Resolution

What a world.

MEMO: Iran smuggles advanced drones to Russia forces using boats, airlines

According to the Guardian newspaper, which cited inside sources familiar with the sale of the Iranian drones and their manufacture and capabilities, Tehran has been supplying Moscow with more advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in recent months by transporting them through less conventional means.

The majority of the UAVs are reported to have been secretly picked up from a base on the coast of the Caspian Sea by an Iranian vessel before being transferred at sea to a Russian naval boat, while others were transported on a state-owned Iranian airline.

And literally anybody should give a shit about this… because…?


Analysis

Retrospectives, History, Theory, and Technology


Common Dreams: Forensic Probe Confirms Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda Was Poisoned After Pinochet Coup

Current Affairs: ‘American Democratic Socialism’ Has a Proud, Diverse, and Inspiring History

Gary Dorrien’s sweeping history of American democratic socialism weaves personal, intellectual, and spiritual narratives together in a book that reminds us of the great potential of the socialist movement.

Monthly Review: Capitalism in Black and Blue

Naked Capitalism: Slavery and the British Industrial Revolution

Naked Capitalism: The Gold Standard

People’s Daily: Evil under the sun – the U.S. history of unethical human experiments


The Left and the Right


Jacobin: We Can’t Understand Islamophobia Without Recognizing Its Roots in Imperialism

Anti-Muslim racism has become a central theme for right-wing demagogues in Europe and the US. Islamophobia isn’t just a bad set of ideas: it’s a product of imperialism and the destructive wars waged by the US and its allies in the Middle East.

Jacobin: Lula Knows How to Fight the Far Right. We Should Listen.

Brazilian president Lula da Silva knows the dangers of the far right all too well, and during his visit to the US last week he laid out exactly how to defeat such reactionaries: not by striving for a false unity but by confronting the foes of democracy head-on.


Inside the Imperial Core


Naked Capitalism: Shining a Light on Canada’s Much-Ignored Role in Peru’s Internal Conflict

Canada’s influence on mining is felt in Latin America more than in any other region of the world.

More than half of the country’s mining investment abroad is in [the] region, with 80 large projects.

It is perhaps inevitable that, given the number of mining projects, Canada is a lightning rod for criticism directed at mining in general.

But expectations were different when Canadian miners landed in the 1990s.

“Canadian mining came riding a discourse of clean mining and development aid,” Cesar Padilla, spokesman for the Observatory of Mining Conflicts in Latin America (OCMAL), an NGO critical of multinational mining companies, told BBC Mundo. “And ultimately they didn’t keep most of the promises and commitments they made”.

“Some Canadian mining companies have been characterized by large and long conflicts with communities, which bears little relation with the projected image of responsible modern mining…”

Responsible Statecraft: We don’t have to engage in hysterical crusades against Russia and China

Debates about the Ukraine war, and more recently Chinese balloons, show how little tolerance there is for anything but a hawkish response.

Obviously RS isn’t going to have an overall take that deviates too far from the main, but I do have at least a smidgen of respect for any major thinktank and its authors that fight back on the mass hysteria and nationalism overtaking America.


Outside the Imperial Core


Valdai Club: What Africa Expects From Russia

The Russian-African partnership is the core for a new multipolar world order that would be more fair and just for all. Africa expects a lot from Russia. Historical cooperation between the two and the huge capabilities that Russia possesses confirm its ability to meet these expectations and move forward together to the future, writes Valdai Club expert Nourhan ElSheikh.