FROM Ben Taub
The Fight to Train Doctors under Siege in Syria The regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad has systemically destroyed hospitals and assassinated doctors thought to sympathize with rebels. In the process, entire families have died from the lack of care. We hear about David Nott, a British surgeon who's risked his own life teaching desperate people how to give medical treatment. Dr. David Nott A young medical worker in Syria works on a man who's been shot in the throat and the stomach…learning how to perform surgery from a doctor in Britain who's coaching him over the phone. That scene begins "The Shadow Doctors: The underground race to spread medical knowledge as the Syrian regime erases it," Ben Taub's unforgettable article in this week's New Yorker magazine.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?