NATO and Russia are both imperial powers. NATO wants to expand into Eastern Europe, and Russia wants to stop NATO from capturing Ukraine. Neither imperial power is virtuous. Neither one deserves our support.
Yet another surge of COVID-19 has people wondering if this pandemic will ever end. It cannot end as long as disease is structured into the global chain of production. Until that changes, community lockdowns, vaccines, and travel restrictions can only slow viral spread, giving new variants time to emerge.