Saturday’s news links – Feb. 26, 2022

Protesters say Utah’s transgender sports bill is an act of legislative ‘violence’ Salt Lake Tribune

Covid Has Led to Surge in Orphaned Children, Lancet Study Says

More than 5 million children worldwide have lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19, according to a study published today in The Lancet. Children aged 10 to 17 accounted for two-thirds of the grim total, the researchers reported. “We estimate that for every person reported to have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, one child is left orphaned or loses a caregiver,” lead author Dr. Susan Hillis said. “That is the equivalent of one child every six seconds facing a heightened risk of lifelong adversity unless given appropriate support in time.” They said the data did not include deaths from the recent Omicron wave.

NYC Councilwoman Kristin Richardson Jordan blames Ukraine for Russian invasion NYPost

Indigenous Peoples

In the shadow of an arena: How one hockey-loving, oil-rich Canadian city is again displacing Indigenous people Toronto Star

Kansas governor, indigenous leaders demand state education commissioner resign over offensive comment The Hill

German soldiers are going to load tank howitzers for transport to Lithuania at the Bundeswehr army base in Munster, northern Germany.

U.S./NATO war

A Brief Guide On The Situation In Ukraine Black Alliance for Peace

Within large sectors of the U.S. left, including many elements of the Black left, there is widespread confusion related to the Ukraine “crisis.” Years of anti-Russia propaganda from the U.S. and its NATO allies, and the tendency to abstract the current Ukrainian situation from its historical and geo-strategic context, have created a climate of confusion. This climate has played into the hands of state propagandists and Democratic Party activists eager to use the Ukraine situation to deflect attention from Biden’s disastrous domestic agenda.

How the US instigated the Ukraine crisis Rick Sterling

US Stokes Tensions With Russia by Building Military Base 100 Miles From Border Truthout

Facebook is reversing its ban on posts praising Ukraine’s far-right Azov Battalion, report says Business Insider

Russian state media denies its military attacked Kyiv and even claims Ukraine shot down its own plane there Business Insider

Photo shows Israeli air strikes in Gaza, not Russia attack on Ukraine AP

CIA-trained Ukrainian paramilitaries may take central role if Russia invades Yahoo News

The CIA is overseeing a secret intensive training program in the U.S. for elite Ukrainian special operations forces and other intelligence personnel, according to five former intelligence and national security officials familiar with the initiative. The program, which started in 2015, is based at an undisclosed facility in the Southern U.S.

Op-Ed: The CIA has backed Ukrainian insurgents before. Let’s learn from those mistakes LA Times

NATO Activates Response Force for First Time as US Readies More Troops

Germany to provide troops, air defense systems, warships to NATO Anti-bellum

Turkey’s Erdoğan: NATO should take direct role in Ukraine conflict Anti-bellum

Georgia won’t join West in sanctioning Russia over Ukraine RT

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