Ukraine war: How Russia uses social media to steal sunflower seeds (BBC)

BBC: Ukraine war: How Russia uses social media to steal sunflower seeds. “The BBC has seen significant evidence that Russian forces in occupied areas of Ukraine have been systematically seizing not only Ukrainian grain, but also sunflower seeds from local farmers. We have spoken to farmers who have lost their crops, and tracked messages in private and public social media groups showing how the seeds are transported from southern and eastern occupied parts of Ukraine to Russia.”

Arms exports control: launch of online database increasing transparency on EU arms exports (European Union External Action)

European Union External Action: Arms exports control: launch of online database increasing transparency on EU arms exports. “Today the European External Action Service has launched an online database on its website that will allow everyone to consult and analyse the data on Member States’ arms exports in a user-friendly manner. The database contains information on the value, destination and type of arms export licenses and actual exports from Member States, covering the years 2013-2019. The database will be updated on an annual basis.”

New York Times: As Meat Plants Stayed Open to Feed Americans, Exports to China Surged

New York Times: As Meat Plants Stayed Open to Feed Americans, Exports to China Surged. “Smithfield Foods was the first company to warn in April that the coronavirus pandemic was pushing the United States ‘perilously close to the edge in terms of our meat supply.’ Tyson Foods also sounded the alarm, saying that ‘millions of pounds of meat will disappear’ from the nation’s supply chain as plants were being forced to close because of outbreaks. That same month, Smithfield sent China 9,170 tons of pork, one of its highest monthly export totals to that market in the past three years. Tyson exported 1,289 tons of pork to China, the most since January 2017.”

Washington Post: U.S. sent millions of face masks to China early this year, ignoring pandemic warning signs

Washington Post: U.S. sent millions of face masks to China early this year, ignoring pandemic warning signs. “U.S. manufacturers shipped millions of dollars of face masks and other protective medical equipment to China in January and February with encouragement from the federal government, a Washington Post review of economic data and internal government documents has found. The move underscores the Trump administration’s failure to recognize and prepare for the growing pandemic threat. In those two months, the value of protective masks and related items exported from the United States to China grew more than 1,000 percent compared with the same time last year — from $1.4 million to about $17.6 million, according to a Post analysis of customs categories which, according to research by Public Citizen, contain key PPE. Similarly, shipments of ventilators and protective garments jumped by triple digits.”