China and Russia see the West’s actions in both eastern Europe and Taiwan as the West working against their ambitions, writes Vijay Prashad.
Amid escalating tensions between United States/NATO and Russia, all eyes are on Ukraine. But Nord Stream 2, a pipeline built to bring Russian gas under the Baltic Sea directly to Germany, is an integral part of the story, writes John Foster.
The accelerated drive to militarization and war by the United States and its allies that is dramatically unfolding with the crisis in Ukraine might very easily escalate to the point that it could threaten global humanity. In their mad drive to advance their geostrategic interests to the detriment of everyone else—the Democratic Party version of “America First”—the Biden administration willfully violates all of the core principles of international relations and law, says Ajamu Baraka.
Mali's popular demonstrations in January may constitute the beginning of a real departure for the French colonialist from West Africa, while Russia's profile in the region rises, writes Kribsoo Diallo.
Markets do not solve the problem of energy pricing. What is required is planning and long-term investments in infrastructure, writes Prabir Purkayastha.
Ukraine would be devastated by a NATO-Russia war, which Moscow has been preparing for as diplomatic talks go nowhere. Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden's latest remarks indicate the United States may be inviting Russia to make a move into Ukraine, writes Nikola Mikovic.