Wednesday’s news links – Feb. 9, 2022

Canada: The Real Enemy for Truckers is Covid-19

Statement by François Laporte, President of Teamsters Canada

Rep. Cori Bush isn’t backing down on “defund the police” slogan Axios

‘They Are Firing the Entire Committee!’ Memphis Workers Say Starbucks Targeting Union Organizers Common Dreams

‘Our raises have been pennies’: US cake-makers strike for fair deal as company makes billions Guardian

Rents are up more than 30 percent in some cities, forcing millions to find another place to live Washington Post

Rising LNG Exports Are Becoming A Problem For Biden OilPrice

Few people noticed when energy reporters wrote in early January that the United States had become the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Now, a group of U.S. senators has noticed and say those exports may be driving up heating and electricity costs for their constituents.

US military faces crisis in Hawaii after leak poisons water AP

Yemen

US to Deploy F-22 Jets in UAE, Move a Guided Missile Destroyer to Help Ward Off Threat From Houthis Sputnik

Nicaragua

El Salvador Breaks into Nicaragua’s Maritime Space Resumen

Argentina

China Steps Up Pressure on UK to Relinquish Control Over Falklands, Citing UN Charter Sputnik

U.S. war drive

Russia, Ukraine And The US: The Background They’re Not Telling You Phil Wilayto

Propaganda and Evidence Patrick Lawrence

US gunning for nuclear edge in military satellite race Asia Times

Reduction in Russian Gas Supply Would Be Difficult to Replace – S&P Global Ratings Sputnik

Biden-Scholz Talks: Energy Expert Explains Why Germany Will Never Join US in Ending Nord Stream 2 Sputnik

Sergey Karaganov: It’s not really about Ukraine

Professor Sergey Karaganov, honorary chairman of Russia’s Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, and academic supervisor at the School of International Economics and Foreign Affairs Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow

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The security system in Europe, built largely by the West after the 1990s, without a peace treaty having been signed after the end of the previous Cold War, is dangerously unsustainable.

There are a few ways to solve the narrow Ukrainian problem, such as its return to permanent neutrality, or legal guarantees from several key NATO countries not to ever vote for further expansion of the bloc. Diplomats, I assume, have a few others up their sleeves. We do not want to humiliate Brussels by insisting on repudiating its erroneous plea for the open-ended expansion of NATO. We all know the end of the Versailles humiliation. And, of course, the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

But the task is wider: to build a viable system on the ruins of the present. And without resorting to arms, of course. Probably in the wider Greater Eurasian framework. Russia needs a safe and friendly Western flank in the competition of the future. Europe without Russia or even against it has been rapidly losing its international clout. That was predicted by many people in the 1990s, when Russia offered to integrate with, not in, the continent’s systems. We are too big and proud to be absorbed. Our pitch was rejected then, but there is always a chance it won’t be this time.

UK supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons Guardian

The fatigue factor: the ongoing marathon of European diplomacy is a useless distraction Gilbert Doctorow

The whole issue of reducing the Russian troop numbers was dealt with by Macron and his spokesmen as if that by itself would reduce the chances of armed conflict breaking out at any moment. The issue of the 150,000 Ukrainian forces massed at the border with Donbas and armed to the teeth with new Western toys for the boys was not addressed in any way by Mr. Macron, whereas it is precisely that which explains the Russian troop concentrations on their side of the border

Slovaks protest defense treaty with US as lawmakers debate AP

Waving national flags and banners such as “Stop USA Army,” the protesters gathered in Bratislava in front of Parliament, where lawmakers were debating the Defense Cooperation Agreement.

#COVID19

We’re Not ‘Back to Normal’. And why acting as if we are is so detrimental to those who have been the most underserved during this pandemic. An interview with Dr. Julia Raifman.

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