Thursday’s news links – Feb. 17, 2022

Renters across US face sharp increases – averaging up to 40% in some cities Guardian

Investors bought a record share,of homes in 2021. See where. Washington Post

Gasoline Prices Just Hit An All-Time High In California Julianne Geiger

Here comes $7 gas prices, warns oil strategist in dire outlook Yahoo Finance

Why Isn’t U.S. Shale Production Soaring? OilPrice

Ukraine

Kiev forces shell nine Donbass settlement areas DAN News

DPR militia returns fire following massive strikes by Ukraine at Donetsk People’s Republic DAN News

Kremlin points to high probability of Kiev unleashing military attack on Donbass TASS

Donbass Republic’s Intel Says Ukrainian Army Continues to Prepare for Combat Actions Sputnik

U.S. war drive

Biden Is Reportedly Requesting Over $770 Billion for Defense for 2023 Truthout

Biden’s $770B Pentagon Budget Proposal Denounced as ‘Absurd’ Common Dreams

NATO Commanders to Draw Up Plans for New Battlegroups in Eastern Europe Dave DeCamp

101st Airborne Soldiers Head to Europe as US Amasses 6,000 Troops to Deter Russia Military.com

Central Europe still remains tied to Russia’s gas pipeline network IntelliNews

Canada

How the ‘Battle of Billings Bridge’ attracted hundreds of volunteers, trapped convoy for hours Regina Leader-Post

Stephen Gowans: The Battle of Billings Bridge refers to direct action last weekend by Ottawa’s citizens to block a convoy, seeking to reinforce a far-right occupation, from entering the downtown core of their city. Police wouldn’t act, so the people did.

Canadian truck drivers distance themselves from ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests Washington Post

From Canada to Brazil, rich right-wing elites are astroturfing ‘trucker’ protests M/P

Trucker protests: Ottawa police ask residents to not take part in counter-protests Global News

Police hugging convoy members in Coutts, Alberta Twitter

Mexican president says Biden is using avocado ban as a political weapon against his country Daily Mail

D.C. police lieutenant suspended over alleged ties to right-wing group Washington Post

Activists have long complained that D.C. police enjoyed a cozy relationship with the Proud Boys, pointing to fist-bumps seen between members, officers posing for photos with Proud Boys and some police turning away as members destroyed Black Lives Matters signs.

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