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Norway demanded to share “surplus profits” from gas with Ukraine

Poland put forward new conditions for Europe.

There is another scandal in the political arena related to the gas crisis in Europe. This time, Poland demanded that Norway share part of its oil and gas revenues with Ukraine. This statement was made by Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish Prime Minister.

The politician recalled that in 2022 a gas pipeline from Norway to Poland would be completed, which means that the country would receive a lot of money.

In particular, Morawiecki considered that Norway would receive over 100 billion euros, because the rest will pay 4-5 times higher for gas.

“They should immediately share this excess, gigantic profit. This is not normal, this is unfair,” said Morawiecki.

Norway has already answered Poland: the data on the “surplus profits” of their state are incorrect. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs referred to the fact that their Pension Fund is strange and has not received 51.2 billion dollars, and they are already helping Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Ministry representative Maria Zakharova explained Poland's eagerness to demand profit from Norway: according to her, the Polish leadership considers Kyiv's income “Warsaw's income”.

Meanwhile, the Polish government tore up the agreement on the supply of Russian gas. The agreement has been in force since 1993 and could be terminated at the end of 2022.

The Kremlin noted that Poland has adopted a “rabid policy” towards Russia – on the verge of insanity.

Vladimir's press secretary Putin, Dmitry Putin refused to make forecasts and noted that it is difficult to predict the development of the situation with gas.

Against this background, Reuters, citing a member of the BMW board of directors, reported serious consequences for the German auto industry. It even threatens to stop production if gas supplies from Russia stop.

As Topnews wrote earlier, Russia deprived Poland, Bulgaria and Finland of gas after they refused to pay for “blue fuel” in rubles.

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Polish PM urges Norway to share oil revenues

Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki urged Norway to share revenues from oil and gas exports The profit of the “small country” Norway from oil and gas exports will exceed €100 billion against the backdrop of a jump in prices in the commodity market, Polish Prime Minister said, urging Oslo to share revenues

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Norway makes 'giant profits' from oil and gas exports and must share its income. This was stated by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Wyborcza reports.

The head of the Polish government accused Norway of increasing its revenues from oil and gas exports against the backdrop of a sharp rise in commodity prices.

“Profits from oil and gas in a small state with 5 million people, which is Norway, will exceed € 100 billion. Write to your young friends in Norway. They have to share this surplus, gigantic profit,— Morawiecki said at a meeting with Polish youth.

Earlier, PGNiG announced that Poland will receive 3 billion cubic meters from Norway in 2022. m of natural gas, Business Insider reports.

PGNiG predicts that in 2023 it will receive 2.5 billion cubic meters from Norway. m of gas and 798 thousand tons of oil, and in 2024— 2.9 bcm m of gas and 928 thousand tons of oil.

Morawiecki stressed at a meeting with young people that Poland is rapidly changing its energy policy towards renewable energy sources, but the country must also have conventional energy sources, “when the sun does not shine and the wind does not blow.”

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Earlier, Poland stated that it did not intend to pay for Russian gas in rubles, in accordance with the decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin, considering this a violation of the terms of contracts, which in the majority involve payment in dollars or euros.

«Gazprom» April 27 stopped gas supplies to the Polish PGNiG. The press service of the concern stated that as of the end of the working day on April 26, they had not received payments in rubles for April gas supplies from the Polish company.

Then the Russian side warned that in case of unauthorized withdrawal of Russian gas from transit volumes to third countries, deliveries for transit will be reduced by this amount. Later, Gazprom said that Poland receives Russian gas from Germany.

In early May, the Polish government announced that Warsaw was ready to help EU countries to abandon energy from Russia. Polish Minister of Climate and Environment Anna Moscow added that Warsaw would support all sanctions on Russian hydrocarbons.

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Norway has provided Ukraine with 100 Mistral anti-aircraft missile systems

The complexes will be transferred free of charge. According to the Minister of Defense of Norway, in the context of the protracted conflict, Ukraine needs international support “to counter Russian aggression”

The Norwegian government has transferred 100 Mistral man-portable air defense systems to Ukraine, the country's Ministry of Defense reports. The head of the department, Bjorn Arild Gram, explained the decision by saying that the conflict on Ukrainian territory could drag on and the country needs international support “to counter Russian aggression.”

The ministry said in a statement that the complexes were donated, as the Norwegian Armed Forces will no longer use this type of air defense. “But this is still a modern and effective weapon that will bring great benefits to Ukraine,” — department notes.

NRK, citing the Office of the Prime Minister of Norway, reports that the systems are already in Ukraine. The complexes are designed to destroy low-flying helicopters and aircraft.

The Norwegian Cabinet of Ministers previously decided to send a total of 4,000 anti-tank missiles and several types of protective equipment and other military equipment to Ukraine, the country's Ministry of Defense reports. Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany and the Baltic countries also provide weapons and equipment to Kiev.

On March 30, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the Norwegian Parliament, in which he stated that the country needed anti-ship weapons— Harpoon missiles, NASAMS anti-aircraft systems, armored vehicles and artillery systems.

A number of Western countries have begun to increase arms supplies to Ukraine against the background of the Russian military operation. According to US national security adviser Jake Sullivan, by doing this, Washington is trying to help Kiev take the strongest possible position “both on the battlefield and at the negotiating table.” The representative of the EU Foreign Service, Peter Stano, in turn, said that the supply of weapons is needed in order to give Ukraine more opportunities to defend itself.

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The Russian authorities in response to this have repeatedly accused Western countries of “pumping” Ukraine with weapons and warned that convoys with foreign weapons would become targets for the Russian army. Last week, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent out a note to a number of countries, which, according to the Washington Post, said that deliveries to Kiev of “the most sensitive weapons systems” “pour fuel on the fire” and can “lead to unpredictable consequences.” At the same time, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that this would not prevent Russia from achieving the stated goals of the military operation.

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Norway joins EU sanctions against Russia

Norway sanctioned Russia and dropped RT and Sputnik ban Sanctions will have 'far-reaching consequences' for Norwegian businesses in the eastern Finnmark region bordering Russia, Norwegian Foreign Ministry says

Norway has joined part of the sanctions against Russia introduced by the European Union. These are three packages of restrictive measures approved by the EU before March 9, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Today, the largest package of sanctions ever imposed by Norway was included by the government in Norwegian legislation. Sanctions— this is a response to Russia's illegal attack on Ukraine, as well as an expression of Norway's solidarity with the Ukrainian people,»,— said Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt.

She explained that the fourth package of restrictive measures introduced by the EU on March 15 is now under consideration by the Norwegian authorities. Norway did not include in the sanctions package a ban on RT broadcasting and the operation of the Sputnik agency, since these measures raise “fundamental questions” that take time to assess. Previously, RT broadcasts and Sputnik were banned in the EU.

The Norwegian sanctions target the financial, energy, transport, technology and defense sectors of Russia, and also provide for restrictive measures against “hundreds” of individuals and businesses, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, emphasizing that violation of restrictive measures is a criminal offense.

Trade restrictions will have “far-reaching consequences” for some Norwegian enterprises, in particular those operating in the eastern part of the Finnmark region (borders with Russia.— RBC), according to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry. The authorities are now taking steps to mitigate the consequences of sanctions in order to save jobs, the report said.

The European Union, along with the United States and other Western countries, has already imposed several packages of sanctions against Russia due to a special operation in Ukraine. The restrictive measures affected the assets and reserves of the Central Bank, operations with the Russian public debt, the export of technological products, including those for the aviation and space sectors, as well as the maintenance and insurance of products related to these industries. The EU also closed its airspace to all Russian aircraft and imposed sanctions against a number of large businessmen, top managers of companies, officials and deputies.

Russia retaliated by imposing controls on the sale of proceeds by exporters, banning foreign currency lending to non-residents and crediting Russian money for foreign accounts. In addition, the Federal Air Transport Agency closed the sky for aircraft flights from 36 countries, including all EU states.

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France and Norway to close airspace to aircraft from Russia

France will ban Russian airlines and aircraft from crossing its airspace from the evening of February 27 due to the military operation in Ukraine. The same decision was then made by Norway

France has closed airspace for Russian aircraft and airlines, Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said on Twitter.

“France will close airspace for all Russian planes and airlines from tonight. Europe responds with unity to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, — he wrote.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Hutfeldt also announced the closure of the airspace, NTB reports.

«We have consulted with our Scandinavian neighbors and will close airspace for Russian flights at the same time,— she said.

Ukraine, Great Britain, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Iceland and Poland have previously closed the airspace. The list also includes Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium and Austria.

Rosaviatsia said it would respond to the restrictions. The agency has already closed the airspace and banned flights to Russia for Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Slovenia. Carriers from Bulgaria, Romania, Poland and the Czech Republic can still operate flights with the permission of the Federal Air Transport Agency or the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The authorities of European countries impose sanctions against banks, companies and individuals and decide on a ban to cross airspace due to the fact that Russia is conducting a military operation in Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin called its goal “the protection of people who are subjected to bullying, genocide by the Kiev regime.”

His Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine in real life is different from Ukraine in Russian news. “You are being told that we— Nazis, but how can people support Nazism, who gave more than 8 million lives for the victory over Nazism, — he noted. Zelensky said that Ukraine had filed a lawsuit against Russia with the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

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More than 30 countries recommended their citizens to leave Ukraine

More than 30 countries have called on their citizens to leave Ukraine due to threats of “Russian invasion” Amid reports of an allegedly planned Russian invasion and rising tensions around Ukraine, more states are calling on their citizens to leave the country and refrain from traveling there

At least 34 states have advised their citizens to leave Ukraine or cancel planned trips to the country amid fears of a possible Russian invasion.

On the morning of February 13, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico issued such a call. The agency said in a statement that Mexicans who want to visit Ukraine for tourism or business purposes should abandon plans “because of the growing risk of staying there without the possibility of leaving,” and Mexican citizens who live in Ukraine and want to leave it, &mdash ; use “still available commercial routes”.

The day before, Italian Foreign MinisterLuigi Di Maio recommended that Italians return to their homeland in commercial vehicles and postpone trips to Ukraine. In addition, the authorities decided to recall non-essential staff of the embassy in Kiev to Italy. The diplomatic mission will continue to work as usual, he assured.

Sweden decided to toughen recommendations against trips to Ukraine “due to changes in the security situation.” The authorities of Norway, Germany, Belgium, Lithuania, the Czech Republicand Slovenia have published a similar recommendation.

The authorities of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, UAE and called on their citizens to leave the territory of UkraineKuwait. They were joined by Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Earlier, similar recommendations were issued by Jordan , Bahrain, Bahamas, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Qatar.

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One of the first who urged citizens not to visit Ukraine « due to the increased threat of Russian military operations and COVID-19, the United States has become. Their example was followed by Great Britain, Netherlands, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Israel, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Japan, South Korea.

In addition, a number of states announced the departure from Kiev of diplomats who do not occupy critical positions. “RIA Novosti” announced the beginning of the evacuation of the Russian embassy, ​​however, the diplomatic mission said that it was operating as usual.

Several Western publications and agencies, including Bloomberg, Spiegel and Politico, reported that Russia plans to invade Ukraine 15&ndash ;February 16th. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for proof, saying there was “too much” in the information space. information about the upcoming war. Earlier, he called the departure of foreign diplomats a mistake, noting that Ukraine needs the presence of allies amid escalating tensions. Moscow insists that it does not intend to attack Kiev.

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NATO head appointed head of Norway’s central bank

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg will head the Central Bank of Norway In the struggle for the post of head of the Central Bank of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg bypassed a plumber and a bus driver. He will move to a new position after completing his work in NATO

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has been appointed head of Norway's central bank for the next six years, according to a statement on the government's website.

The current head of the Central Bank of Norway, Øystein Olsen, will leave his post on March 1, however, Stoltenberg will be able to start work only after completing his work as NATO Secretary General— his term expires on September 30, 2022. In this regard, from March 1, the interim head of the Central Bank, until the arrival of Stoltenberg, which should happen no later than December 31, 2022, will be Ida Volden Bache, now Olsen's deputy.

In a message on the website of the Norwegian government, it is noted that 22 people applied for the post of head of the Central Bank— 21 men and one woman (Ida Wolden Bache). Applicants came from all walks of life, including students, retirees, company managers, academics, as well as a bus driver and a plumber. After evaluating all candidates, interviews were held with two, and Stoltenberg was recognized as the most suitable by the Norwegian Ministry of Finance.

The report on the selection procedure notes that, although Stoltenberg does not have experience in the Central Bank or asset management, he is well versed in economics, including monetary and fiscal policy, as well as international development trends that may be relevant to these areas. In addition, he has extensive experience in leadership positions, including as Prime Minister of Norway (in 2000-2001 and 2005-2013), Minister of Finance, Minister of Trade and Industry and leader of the Workers' Party, combines ” ;very good leadership qualities and very good communication skills.

At the same time, the Ministry of Finance emphasized that the appointment of Stoltenberg will not weaken

the independence of the Central Bank.

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Court in Norway refuses Breivik parole

A court in Norway has denied parole to Anders Breivik, accused of terrorism. According to NRK, the decision of the judges was unanimous.

The ruling says that Breivik was devoid of sympathy and compassion for the victims of terror, and also defended and, possibly, considered lawful his actions.

The court concluded that the risk of violence by the accused is still real, as it was when the sentence was passed in 2012.

In 2011, Anders Breivik killed more than 70 people in Oslo and on the island of Uteya. The court sentenced him to 21 years in prison.

Breivik spent half of his sentence and was eligible for parole. However, this was opposed in court by a psychiatrist.

The specialist came to the conclusion that the terrorist is still dangerous to society. In the case of parole, he is able to attack people again, since his behavior is unpredictable.

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How did Russian pink salmon swim to Norway?

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How did Far Eastern pink salmon get to Norway? They write that the Norwegians are afraid that the “Russian” fish will crowd out their salmon.

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Norwegians were scared by the spawning of Russian pink salmon in the waters of their country: they say, this leads to the displacement of Atlantic salmon and trout and to pollution of rivers — having spawned, pink salmon quickly dies and clogs reservoirs. "This is the Far Eastern pink salmon, which was introduced into local rivers in the               explains art. Konstantin Zgurovsky, Adviser to the WWF's Sustainable Marine Fisheries Program in Russia. — It is hard to say how much pink salmon breeding threatens the population of wild salmon in Norway. There is no longer commercial fishing of this species, only a few tens of tons per year are allowed. Therefore, Norwegians mainly grow salmon at home.

Experts note that pink salmon is incredibly prolific, and its offspring is viable. At the same time, it is valued less than other salmon on the market, yielding to them in taste.

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Prime Minister of Norway pointed to the growth of “hybrid attacks” of Russia on the country

The Prime Minister of Norway announced an increase in hybrid operations in the country, including cyber attacks. In particular, “Russia-related” hackers attacked Nortura, one of the largest food manufacturers, as well as the Nordland government, one of the northernmost regions of the country

Russia increased the number of ;hybrid» operations” against Norway amid rising tensions with the US and NATO, including cyber attacks, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said in an interview with The Times newspaper. hackers, in particular, were subjected to Nortura— one of the largest food producers, as well as the government of Nordland— one of the northernmost regions of the kingdom.

Støre also said that “Norwegian civilian aircraft suffered interference from military equipment” but did not elaborate.

key institutions such as the Storting [Norwegian Parliament]', — the prime minister said.

The Scandinavian and Baltic states are concerned about the threat that Russia “poses” for all of Eastern Europe, and the risk that any conflict in Ukraine could spill over to the north.

“Cold winds blowing in the Arctic often spring from other geopolitical conflicts. Today these cold winds are blowing from the Ukraine»— Støre noted.

In mid-January, Sweden sent armored fighting vehicles and troops to patrol the island of Gotland (located about 330km northwest of Kaliningrad) because of “Russian activities in the region.” Despite the fact that the Ministry of Defense assesses the likelihood of an attack on the country as low, they said that the military units stationed on the island should be in a state of combat readiness.

Russia has repeatedly denied plans to “invasion” ; to Ukraine, declaring that he is not going to attack anyone, and that he is moving troops around his territory and at his own discretion. Moscow, for its part, is seeking security guarantees from Western countries, the key point of which is NATO's refusal to move further east. Last week, talks were held between Russia and the United States and their allies in the alliance and the OSCE, but no compromise was reached. Russia was denied the right to decide the issue of Ukraine's membership in the alliance. After unsuccessful negotiations, Moscow requested a written response to its proposals.

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Ministry of Defense of Norway: the reasons for the death of the nuclear submarine “Kursk” have long been established

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The press service of the Norwegian Ministry of Defense released a statement assessing the new version of the destruction of the nuclear submarine & quot ; Kursk & quot; due to a collision with a NATO submarine, voiced the day before by Admiral Vyacheslav Popov.

“The tragic incident with the Kursk submarine, … as the Russian commission investigating the incident established, occurred as a result of a torpedo explosion” , – the ministry recalled.

At the same time, the document emphasizes that Norway, which is also a maritime power, was deeply shaken by the tragedy with the Kursk submarine, which occurred on August 12, 2000.

Recall that on the eve of Admiral Vyacheslav Popov, who served as commander of the Northern Fleet in the period from 1999 to 2001, said that the most likely cause of the disaster, in which the Kursk nuclear submarine was killed, was a collision with a NATO submarine. p>

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Bow-and-arrow suspect arrested in attack that killed 5 in Norway

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Police in Norway on Thursday have arrested and charged a 37-year-old Danish man suspected of a bow-and-arrow attack that killed five people in the town of Kongsberg, southwest of the capital Oslo. Authorities are now considering the deadly rampage an act of terrorism. Police chief Ole B. Saeverud said that authorities had previous concerns that the man may have been radicalized, but a motive was still unknown. A large investigation is underway.

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At least six people were left dead on Thursday in Beirut after armed clashes broke out during a protest over a judge conducting a probe of last year’s devastating blast in the city’s port. The armed exchanges, which also injured dozens, included automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades and were reminiscent of Lebanon’s deadly 1975-90 civil war. Lebanon is once again suffering a humanitarian crisis and economic collapse. Protesters, organized by the Iran-backed militant group Hezbollah, were calling for the removal of Tarek Bitar, the judge leading the port investigation, accusing him of bias.

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The so-called HeLa cells have been reproduced billions of times for medical research around the world, contributing to tens of thousands of studies and disease treatments. Rebecca Skloot, author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” spoke to The World’s host Marco Werman about Lacks’ legacy.

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Debate ensues over environmental issues and the need for economic advancement as Democratic Republic of Congo lifts a moratorium on logging in the Congo rainforest. 

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The director of the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics was fired on Thursday over accusations of a Holocaust joke he made many years ago. The organizing committee for the games dismissed Kentaro Kobayashi, just one day before the pandemic-delayed opening ceremonies are set to take place. Kobayashi allegedly used the Holocaust in a joke he made during a comedy show in 1998. The scandal is just the latest for the controversy-plagued games that has included allegations of bribes paid to International Olympic Committee members and multiple forced resignations.

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Church bells rang out on Thursday as thousands of people gathered at events across Norway marking 10 years since neo-Nazi, right-wing extremist Anders Breivik set off a bomb in Oslo, killing eight people, before traveling northwest where he shot dead another 69 people — mostly teens — on Utoya island. Jens Stoltenberg, Norway’s prime minister in 2011, at the time of the attacks, said at Oslo Cathedral that, “10 years ago we met hatred with love, but the hatred is still there.” Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

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Farmworkers are 35 times more likely to die from a heat-related death than other occupations. Roxana Chicas, a nurse and assistant professor at Emory University School of Nursing in Georgia, told The World’s host Marco Werman that more needs to be done to protect farmworkers’ rights.

“[F]armworkers are 35 times more likely to die from a heat-related death, compared to other occupations, and we have documented that they sometimes work with a fever … many of them are chronically dehydrated,” Chicas said. “They suffer from heat-related illness symptoms. Some of them are even suffering from acute kidney injury.”

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Norway’s minister calls on others to follow his country’s lead in sharing COVID-19 vaccines

Norway's minister calls on others to follow his country's lead in sharing COVID-19 vaccines

Just a few months into its rollout, COVAX is now short tens of millions of doses. It has shipped some 50 million vaccines to low- and middle-income countries. It’s a fraction of what it had hoped to get out by now, and an even tinier fraction of what’s actually needed.

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“Triple stupid.”

That is the phrase that Dag-Inge Ulstein, Norway’s minister of international development, said he has been using these days to describe the move by fellow high-income countries to reserve millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses that they may never use. 

It’s creating a “vaccine apartheid with very dramatic consequences,” Ulstein recently told The World. 

“It is the best recipe for prolonging the pandemic, and secondly, it threatens our own populations through new mutations, and it will continue to do great damage to our own economies and jobs,” he said. “And, of course, it is extremely selfish.”

Related: The quest for a universal coronavirus vaccine

Ulstein, a leader in COVAX, the main international initiative to equitably distribute vaccines globally — especially to those most at risk in middle- and low-income countries — has watched as vaccine inequities grow wider. Just a handful of countries are gobbling up most of the world’s vaccine supply.

Just a few months into its rollout, COVAX is now short tens of millions of doses. It has shipped some 50 million vaccines to low- and middle-income countries. It’s a fraction of what it had hoped to get out by now, and an even tinier fraction of what’s actually needed. On top of that, it’s a minuscule sliver of the more than 1 billion vaccine doses that have been given globally.

Ulstein has a simple request: that countries begin to share. As in, donate some of their vaccines. In fact, by following Norway’s lead.

Early on, Norway decided to forgo buying doses that it would be eligible to get through COVAX — about 700,000 — and instead donated those funds and vaccine shares to lower-income countries. Norway has also led efforts to set up a logistical mechanism that would make it easier for European countries to donate vaccines to COVAX. 

Donations have not been a popular approach to addressing access challenges during the pandemic, but attitudes have shifted in recent weeks amid shortages, according to Stephen Morrison, director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC.

“Finding the doses and getting them quickly and rapidly is imperative.”

Stephen Morrison, Center for Strategic and International Studies

“In the early phase of setting up the COVAX facility, there was a kind of attitude that [the] sharing of surpluses was neocolonial or, you know, an afterthought of the wealthiest countries that were engaging in very nationalistic behavior. And [that] it’s far better to provide cash,” Morrison said. “Well, now it’s becoming apparent that doses are the problem, not cash. And so, finding the doses and getting them quickly and rapidly is imperative.”

At the G-7 meeting in February, leaders of the United Kingdom and Germany made a big deal of the need to donate vaccines. French President Emmanuel Macron said countries like his should share up to 5% of their doses. He told African leaders that same week, it was in everyone’s interest to help. 

New Zealand recently said it would donate back the vaccines it had originally reserved through COVAX. On Monday, the White House told The Associated Press that the US would begin sharing some of its Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine stock, which has yet to be approved domestically, and that as many as 60 million doses could be available in the coming months for export. 

Despite current and future commitments, donations haven’t made much of a dent yet.

“Compared to the global supply of vaccines and the pre-purchase arrangements, [the donations are] miniscule.”

Anna Bezruki, Graduate Institute in Geneva

“Compared to the global supply of vaccines and the prepurchase arrangements, it’s minuscule,” said Anna Bezruki, a researcher of vaccine agreements and donations at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. 

Based on her count as of mid-April, countries had donated a total of about 40 million doses.

Related: Vaccine envy? There’s a German word for that.

China and India were the largest donors. Bezruki added that Russian donations are harder to track and may not be reflected in her tally. 

What determines which places receive these donations doesn’t really come down to who needs them most. 

“Instead, they can be grouped on more of these diplomatic or geopolitical considerations, neighbors, friends, allies, hoped allies,” Bezruki said. “It’s much easier to sort them by those categories than by anything related to the pandemic.”

Vaccine donations have been slow for other big reasons: Pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers are struggling to ramp up supply and fulfill contracts. These contracts are generally private and contain clauses that can make donations tricky

This has also prompted a global movement and debate as to how to expand the global manufacturing infrastructure, and to lessen dependency on any one country or company for vaccines.

Related: A global initiative could ensure equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine. Can it work?

But when it comes to donations, there’s the added headache of working out the technical issues for making any kind of transfer, according to Gian Gandhi, COVAX’s coordinator for vaccines through UNICEF.

Vaccines have to meet safety and regulatory standards. It has to be clear who is liable if there’s any kind of problem with the vaccine.

“There are mundane and kind of operational, legal and logistical challenges for sharing now,” Gandhi said.

That is why it was an especially big deal to him when France announced last Friday that it was donating vaccines — 100,000 doses — from its own supply through COVAX to Mauritania

“It’s an exciting test case,” Gandhi said. “Of course, it’s one donor country, one manufacturer, one recipient country, but the test case demonstrates that it’s feasible for each of those parties, which suggests that it should be feasible to do for a larger scale.”

Still, whether this actually happens in a larger way is a matter of political will, according to Morrison with CSIS. The United States has an outsized role to play. His group estimates that by the summer, the US will have a surplus of hundreds of millions of vaccines. 

“We need a diversified strategy for sharing.”

Stephen Morrison, Center for Strategic and International Studies

“We need a diversified strategy for sharing,” Morrison said, referring to a key recommendation proposed by his bipartisan group of US stakeholders.

A spokesperson from the US State Department told The World by email last week that, given the unpredictability of this virus, “the country must be prepared for a variety of scenarios.”

As confidence increases in the supply, the government will look at options for sharing doses globally.

In Norway, vaccine donations have been controversial, too. The public only recently learned that leaders there had declined vaccine options through COVAX, and instead opted to join the European Union’s arrangement to purchase doses directly, according to Katerini Storeng, a professor at the University of Oslo researching the politics of global health. 

It prompted a showdown with political leaders and Ulstein himself on national television.

“Opposition from our center party and our progressive-right party argued that the government had basically neglected its duty to the people and should have bought these [COVAX] doses for our own population,” Storeng said.

Surveys have found the Norwegian public generally backs the country’s approach, but the vaccine issue has become more sensitive in an election year.

And so, even in countries with a strong tradition of global solidarity, the pandemic is putting everyone to the test.

‘SulaMadiana’: Mino Cinélu and Nils Petter Molvær release new album during pandemic

'SulaMadiana': Mino Cinélu and Nils Petter Molvær release new album during pandemic

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A musician’s life is usually spent on the road, performing. But in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic brought a new set of challenges with shut down music venues and canceled concerts and music festivals.

Since then, musicians’ lives have not been what they used to. Some found ways to perform on rooftops, virtually or moved their concerts to empty museums, like cellist Camille Thomas

It was also a tough year to release new music. But composer and producer Mino Cinélu and jazz trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær managed to do just that.

French musician Cinélu, who played with Miles Davis as a percussionist, and Molvaer, from Norway, released an album together titled “SulaMadiana,” inspired by their combined roots from two islands far apart — Madiana (the Indigenous name for Martinique), and the island of Sula in Norway. 

“Sula is the island I come from, which is in the northwest, it’s just the entrance into the Fjords of Norway,” Molvær explains. “And Madiana is the original word for Martinique,” also known as the island of flowers. 

Related: Tunes that kept The World spinning in 2020: A playlist

The two had planned to tour this year to promote the album, but between lockdowns and Molvær getting the coronavirus, those plans were nixed. Molvær says he is better now but has not fully recovered. “There is some things with the taste and I played some concerts, solo concerts, and actually, like, after an hour, I could really feel there is something which is not working properly in the lungs,” Molvær adds. “So, it takes time.”

Cinélu, who also had the virus back in March, kept up with an abbreviated performance schedule. He was tested before, during and after concerts. Schedules were constantly changing or even canceled. Sometimes he says, there were “like, three people literally in a vast theater.” 

Related: Four musicians grapple with the same question: What is home?

Given what both musicians have been through this year, they have started to think about the new normal when it comes to composing together, producing, recording and touring.

“You can’t just put up a really long tour,” Molvær says. “You can’t go on a European tour for three weeks or something. I don’t know when that will happen when going from country to country, you have to be 10 days in quarantine.”

Still, both artists remain optimistic that next year will be better for musicians. “Learn the language, immersed in the culture. This is, come on, positive. The glass half full,” Cinélu says.

What history tells us about building climate coalitions

What history tells us about building climate coalitions

Author Matto Mildenberger examined how politics have shaped decades of climate policy in his new book, "Carbon Captured." He spoke to The World's host Marco Werman for this week's climate solutions segment. 

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Massive programs of green public investment would be the most cost-effective way both to revive virus-hit economies and strike a decisive blow against climate change, top US and British economists said in a study published last month. 

With co-authors including Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz from Columbia University and prominent British climate expert Lord Nicholas Stern, the findings are likely to fuel calls for “green recoveries” gathering momentum around the world.

Related: Amsterdam’s coronavirus recovery plan embraces ‘doughnut economics’ for people and the planet

“The COVID-19 crisis could mark a turning point in progress on climate change,” the authors wrote, adding that much would depend on policy choices made in the next six months.

With major economies drawing up enormous economic packages to cushion the shock of the coronavirus pandemic, many investors, politicians and businesses see a unique opportunity to drive a shift toward a low-carbon future.

But meaningful action on climate change will take a lot of political will.

Author Matto Mildenberger has examined how politics have shaped decades of climate policy in his new book, “Carbon Captured: How Business and Labor Control Climate Politics.”

Related: Mutual aid groups respond to double threat of coronavirus and climate change

Mildenberger is also a professor of political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He spoke to The World’s host Marco Werman for this week’s climate solutions segment. 

Marco Werman: Why is thinking about the politics of climate so important? What lens does it offer that is missed when we focus on the technical challenges of solving climate change? 

Matto Mildenberger: Collectively, countries around the world are not doing what it’s going to take to solve the climate crisis. Too often, we focused on not having the right technologies to solve the problem, or saying those technologies are too expensive, neither of which is really true anymore. We know we need to do it, and it’s cheap and profitable to do it. What matters is the politics of climate change now. 

So, you focused on Norway and Australia in your book. Why those two? And what did you learn about what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to building political coalitions to address climate change?

In Norway, we have really early action. They really started having a carbon tax, a carbon price, early in the 1990s; whereas, I think Australia is seeing the most political conflict over climate change than basically anywhere in the world. But here’s what you do learn, if we think about Norway, we think about Australia, and frankly, if we think about the United States: In all these countries, climate change actually disrupts some of the existing political coalitions that are out there.

We have workers on the left who depend on carbon-intensive jobs, and we also have businesses that depend on carbon pollution. And the same is true on the right when we have more business-friendly parties. A lot of the conflict over climate change actually plays out within the left and within the right. It happens within existing political parties and coalitions.​​​

Here in the US though, it does feel really left and right. I mean, the US has politicized climate change probably more than any other country on Earth. With the world’s strongest economic power in that position, isn’t that a huge barrier to action? 

A possible upside of the type of polarization we see in the United States is that when the Democrats are in power, there might be more appetite to undertake the type of disruptive climate reforms that are necessary to really solve this problem at the scale that we need to. It’s still an open question whether slow and steady, incremental progress that works at the margins is that going to be a better strategy, or might there actually be more opportunity in a polarized political system where, once in a while, the pro-climate actors seize control of power and really try and push forward on this issue.​​​​​​

So, we can talk about whether certain climate policies work from a technical perspective, but for talking solutions to climate change, what type of policies are the most politically successful?

For about 20 years now, carbon pricing has been one of the main tools in the climate policy toolkit. The idea of carbon pricing is that you, in some way, make companies and polluters pay for the costs associated with the harm they’re doing by releasing this pollution into the atmosphere. From a political perspective, this is a really, really difficult policy. It makes consumer costs really visible and the benefits of acting — all of the avoided climate catastrophe that’s going to happen in the next 10 or 15 years — is totally hidden.

And so, I actually think that there’s a lot of sense to foreground benefits and try and pass policies that are more like the Green New Deal that really focus on providing economic opportunities to workers in new industries. That’s really going to help generate a coalition that actively wants and desires change. And it’s also going to help split apart workers and businesses who have previously been opposed to climate policies by giving workers in fossil fuel industries new opportunities that will sort of bring them into a pro-climate coalition.

So, what gives you hope for the future when it comes to political solutions to climate change?

If we look at the extraordinary response that’s happened right now to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s helpful to think that the world can come together and sort of take the type of action they’re taking on COVID-19 right now, but applying it to the next big looming crisis. Go back a couple of months to the Democratic primary — presidential candidates who were proposing a $1.5 trillion to $2 trillion climate plan over 10 years were dismissed as fanciful.

And we’ve spent more than that in a couple of weeks under the CARES Act. I think that type of effort and renewed political response to crisis is happening all around the world. And if we can redirect some of those energies to the climate crisis, I think that we have a fighting chance over the 2020s to bring this problem under control.

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity. Reuters contributed to this report. 

This once-frozen pass is a trove of Viking artifacts. Now, there’s a race to preserve them.

This once-frozen pass is a trove of Viking artifacts. Now, there's a race to preserve them.

Since 2011, a mountain pass in central Norway has seen unusually warm summers linked to climate change. The melt has revealed an unexpected treasure trove of more than 1,000 remarkably preserved artifacts.

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Wooden bit made from juniper for goat kids and lambs to prevent them suckling their mother, as the milk was processed for human consumption. Found in the pass area at Lendbreen. Such bits were used locally until the 1930s, but this specimen is radiocarbon-dated to the 11th century AD.

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Young Jeezy – Never Settle

[Hook]
I want it all, brand new socks and draws
And a bitch so bad you don’t see all the flaws
A two door that go vrmm every time you hit the pedal
You want the same? Just don’t never settle
I want it all, champagne like Niagra Falls
And a big boy grill, portraits of Pac on the walls
A two door that go vrmm every time you hit the pedal
Got two words for ya, never settle

[Verse 1]
I’ma leave the bars to Kendrick and Cole I speak that real life
I-75 with them O’s know what that feel like
So how could you compare me to niggas? You can’t be serious
Ain’t the type to ask all the questions, you got me curious
Bout the only nigga in it this solid, bitch I’m a kilo
They like "who that you got there with you Young?" Oh that’s just my ego
Back to the business at hand, I need a four way
And I don’t give a fuck where it’s at, I go to Norway
Tryna be the first to the spot just like Colombus
The residue done clogged up the sink, they called the plumbers
Let down the window, tossed out the phone, I heard static
It’s time to get all them dirty clothes up out the attic
The more you niggas doubt the more ambitious I get
I’m going out like Tony, I’m busting, talking my shit
Can line my haters up, everyone of them motherfuckers
Can open up my eyes, I see none of them motherfuckers

[Hook]
I want it all, brand new socks and draws
And a bitch so bad you don’t see all the flaws
A two door that go vrmm every time you hit the pedal
You want the same? Just don’t never settle
I want it all, champagne like Niagra Falls
And a big boy grill, portraits of Pac on the walls
A two door that go vrmm every time you hit the pedal
Got two words for ya, never settle

[Verse 2]
How you gon’ stop some shit that’s unstoppable?
Why you speaking logic to some niggas that ain’t logical?
They know a room full of hatin’ ass niggas ain’t an obstacle
I see you got them VVS around you neck, look like a popsicle
I put on for my city before I even wrote the song
If I’m ever out the house with you, you know the rope was on
Picture worth 1000 words don’t need to take it out the frame
But the nigga right beside you tryna take you out the game
Like oh, see me (?) with bosses and bad bitches
And I don’t fuck with industry niggas, they ass kissers
I had a million niggas that told me I wouldn’t make it
Then I sold a million records, the talent you can’t fake it
Look, one time for that nine ho, two times for that grind though
They wanna see you light skinned, make sure that you shine though
That’s why I sit back and just roll up the weed
Let’s talk the bullshit that’s just what a nigga need

[Hook]
I want it all, brand new socks and draws
And a bitch so bad you don’t see all the flaws
A two door that go vrmm every time you hit the pedal
You want the same? Just don’t never settle
I want it all, champagne like Niagra Falls
And a big boy grill, portraits of Pac on the walls
A two door that go vrmm every time you hit the pedal
Got two words for ya, never settle

[Hook]
I want it all, brand new socks and draws
And a bitch so bad you don’t see all the flaws
A two door that go vrmm every time you hit the pedal
You want the same? Just don’t never settle
I want it all, champagne like Niagra Falls
And a big boy grill, portraits of Pac on the walls
A two door that go vrmm every time you hit the pedal
Got two words for ya, never settle

Young Jeezy – Never Settle (On Wendy Williams Show) (Live) letras

[Hook]
I want it all, brand new socks and draws
And a bitch so bad you don’t see all the flaws
A two door that go vrmm every time you hit the pedal
You want the same? Just don’t never settle
I want it all, champagne like Niagra Falls
And a big boy grill, portraits of Pac on the walls
A two door that go vrmm every time you hit the pedal
Got two words for ya, never settle

[Verse 1]
I’ma leave the bars to Kendrick and Cole I speak that real life
I-75 with them O’s know what that feel like
So how could you compare me to niggas? You can’t be serious
Ain’t the type to ask all the questions, you got me curious
Bout the only nigga in it this solid, bitch I’m a kilo
They like "who that you got there with you Young?" Oh that’s just my ego
Back to the business at hand, I need a four way
And I don’t give a fuck where it’s at, I go to Norway
Tryna be the first to the spot just like Colombus
The residue done clogged up the sink, they called the plumbers
Let down the window, tossed out the phone, I heard static
It’s time to get all them dirty clothes up out the attic
The more you niggas doubt the more ambitious I get
I’m going out like Tony, I’m busting, talking my shit
Can line my haters up, everyone of them motherfuckers
Can open up my eyes, I see none of them motherfuckers

[Hook]
I want it all, brand new socks and draws
And a bitch so bad you don’t see all the flaws
A two door that go vrmm every time you hit the pedal
You want the same? Just don’t never settle
I want it all, champagne like Niagra Falls
And a big boy grill, portraits of Pac on the walls
A two door that go vrmm every time you hit the pedal
Got two words for ya, never settle

[Verse 2]
How you gon’ stop some shit that’s unstoppable?
Why you speaking logic to some niggas that ain’t logical?
They know a room full of hatin’ ass niggas ain’t an obstacle
I see you got them VVS around you neck, look like a popsicle
I put on for my city before I even wrote the song
If I’m ever out the house with you, you know the rope was on
Picture worth 1000 words don’t need to take it out the frame
But the nigga right beside you tryna take you out the game
Like oh, see me (?) with bosses and bad bitches
And I don’t fuck with industry niggas, they ass kissers
I had a million niggas that told me I wouldn’t make it
Then I sold a million records, the talent you can’t fake it
Look, one time for that nine ho, two times for that grind though
They wanna see you light skinned, make sure that you shine though
That’s why I sit back and just roll up the weed
Let’s talk the bullshit that’s just what a nigga need

[Hook]
I want it all, brand new socks and draws
And a bitch so bad you don’t see all the flaws
A two door that go vrmm every time you hit the pedal
You want the same? Just don’t never settle
I want it all, champagne like Niagra Falls
And a big boy grill, portraits of Pac on the walls
A two door that go vrmm every time you hit the pedal
Got two words for ya, never settle

[Hook]
I want it all, brand new socks and draws
And a bitch so bad you don’t see all the flaws
A two door that go vrmm every time you hit the pedal
You want the same? Just don’t never settle
I want it all, champagne like Niagra Falls
And a big boy grill, portraits of Pac on the walls
A two door that go vrmm every time you hit the pedal
Got two words for ya, never settle

Týr – The Rune letras

Down from the mountain, cries of an headless love, high above
Cold seems to me your kiss from the ocean deep, in my sleep
I see you go south on the evening tide, end your fight
Futile attempts, you can’t change the way, of our day and age of heathen and Hel

I’ve been living here from when I was born
And my heathen kin it was that found and then populated this land
Who is then this man who demands my scat
He whose mighty ancestors drove mine out of Norway to seek new lands

Which are slipping through my hands
Hold they nothing more divine
Than the property of land
Set the thing here and then

Line my booth with cloth, black as ravens wings
See to that these men are dealt as those mighty kings men that came before
Line my booth with cloth, black as ravens wings
Here in darkness with my silver bags, let them come in and take what’s mine

All the islands should be mine
But were running out of time
Wield the axe and make them mine
I will rule within my time

Here in pain
Here in darkness
Here in decadence
Lies my land like a rune that’s written by gods upon the
Ocean deep, so it reads, thou shalt not enslave thy kin, I
Swear this oath, I’ll keep my faith and I’ll keep my
Kin from all harm, raise the song to the mountains majesty for thee

Now that millennium has gone
And the sad and weary tales
Of the subsequent events
Are what’s left of greater times