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.
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?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.