When compiling these newsletters, we take a variety of factors into consideration. We seek to provide a mix of content from across the global network of The Conversation and to highlight the broad range of academic research expertise that can enlighten and explain events and discoveries.

We also generally want to avoid leading on the same subject in consecutive emails. However, occasionally an issue is so topical, important and central to our coverage that it feels it would doing you, our readers, a disservice not to have it up top. Today is one of those days. All week, tensions have been ratcheting up in Ukraine. And we have commissioned on the matter extensively. All our coverage in English can be accessed here

But across the editions we have been looking at issues as diverse as disputes involving musicians and how climate change could hit coffee crops. And, we've answered a question from a curious kid on what would happen if mosquitoes vanished

Stephen Khan

Executive Editor, The Conversation International

A statue commemorating the Ukrainian famine, in which millions died. Ukrainian Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Famine, subjugation and nuclear fallout: How Soviet experience helped sow resentment among Ukrainians toward Russia

Emily Channell-Justice, Harvard University; Jacob Lassin, Arizona State University

Ukraine was once known as the breadbasket of Europe, yet it suffered a devastating famine as a result of collectivist plans. That and other Soviet-era grievances have bred resentment toward Russia.

Albarn has apologised ‘unreservedly and unconditionally’ to the US singer Taylor Swift after claiming she didn’t write her own songs. Shutterstock/Alamy

Taylor Swift v Damon Albarn: why the idea of the lone songwriter is outdated

Helen Reddington, University of East London

Anyone involved in the creation of a song is a songwriter.

Mansa Musa, the king of Mali, approached by a Berber on camelback, from The Catalan Atlas, 1375. Attributed to Abraham Cresques/Bibliothèque Nationale de France/Wikimedia Commons

Book review: how Africa was central to the making of the modern world

Lauren van der Rede, Stellenbosch University

Born in Blackness by Howard W. French is a towering work. It argues that, because of gold and slavery, Africa is central to creating the modern world.

We are facing a settler colonial crisis, not an Indigenous identity crisis

Celeste Pedri-Spade, Queen's University, Ontario

Indigenous Nations have always maintained their citizenship orders. They have always retained the right to determine who does and does not belong. We know who we are.