Below, I am passing on some links to background reading for this Sunday's Austin Rainbow Forum (email firstname.lastname@example.org for information), whose discussion topic is "The War in Ukraine: Start of World War III?."
David Brooks - Globalization Is Over. The Global Culture Wars Have Begun
Thomas Friedman - Putin Had No Clue How Many of Us Would Be Watching
Yuval Harari - What’s at stake in Ukraine is the direction of human history