Dangers of NATO’s intervention in refugee crisis

first_imgThe intensity and dangers of the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa have caused hundreds of thousands of refugees to flee from their homelands in desperation every month.NATO warship in the Aegean Sea.European television and YouTube show who is fleeing: infants; toddlers; children; pre-teens; women, some in the last stages of pregnancy; people with disabilities who are in wheelchairs or on crutches; and men of all ages, from the young and fit to the elderly and frail. They are coming off the boats on the Greek islands or are piled up in Athens ferry terminals, public parks or are under tents in the rain and mud at Idomeni on the Macedonian-Greek border.  According to figures released by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), 38 percent of the arrivals since Jan. 1 are children, 21 percent are adult women and 41 percent are adult men. These percentages didn’t change much from 2015.They are not people who would spend a lot of money — sometimes all they have — to take the risk of suffering a serious accident or dying to travel long distances under harsh and nasty conditions, if there were any safe, realistic alternatives.The number of migrants who entered Europe in 2015 through the Aegean Sea’s Greek islands — many of which are extremely close to Turkey — is slightly over 1 million; 92 percent came from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Nearly 450,000 migrants landed on the Greek island of Lesbos last year.  As of March 23, some 149,208 migrants have entered Greece this year. The European Union’s decision to send all refugees who land in Greece back to Turkey if they came after March 20 has created chaos.Oxfam denounced this development as “an offense” to Europe’s values. Other nongovernmental organizations said that the mass expulsions that they foresee happening violate international law. The NGOs have to get permission from the police to enter the new detention centers that Greece has set up for the migrants.The UNHCR, Doctors Without Borders (Medicins sans Frontieres), Save the Children, Oxfam and other well-known NGOs have withdrawn their operations in Greece and the Aegean Islands, or they plan to do so soon.  Adding to the complexities and confusion around the migrant issue, Turkey’s government indicated it would cancel the deal if its citizens do not get the right to travel to the EU without visas by the end of 2016, an arrangement which was part of its deal with the EU.The Greek Communist Party (KKE) issued a statement on March 8 that pointed to the causes of this crisis: “the wars and interventions unleashed by the USA, NATO and the EU in the wider region of the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa.” The KKE says “The victims of wars, interventions and reactionary regimes have the right to seek a safer life in other countries.” (inter.kke.gr) The anti-imperialist statement says that the only permanent solution to these crises is the overthrow of the exploitative system that creates them. The KKE sees NATO’s intervention in the Aegean Sea as “using the refugee issue as a pretext” to prepare for other interventions in the area, in Syria and in other countries, which “will sharpen the problem of the refugee flows.” It could also, says the KKE, open up the possibility of abolishing Greece’s sea borders.As long as the misery and suffering that U.S. and European interventions create throughout the world intensify, the flow of refugees to what they see as “safe havens” will continue. Mass expulsions and the closure of borders will direct human migration into different directions — but besieged people will continue to seek safety, as is their human right.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

A Nobel incubator

first_imgIn real estate, they say the key is location, location, location.At Harvard, the same could perhaps be said of the Nobel Prize. A single floor in a single building housed the research laboratories of three Nobel laureates. Six more were trained there, going on to receive the coveted honor after leaving Harvard. A 10th researcher followed the same path, although he was on the floor above.The place? The third floor of the Bio Labs on Divinity Avenue.Walter Gilbert, who won the 1980 Nobel Prize in chemistry, worked on the third floor as he developed ways to work out the sequence of genetic building blocks in DNA. Thirteen years earlier, in 1967, George Wald won the Nobel in medicine or physiology for his research into the biochemistry of vision; and in 1962, James D. Watson, one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA, was awarded the prize in medicine or physiology.George Wald worked closely with Ruth Hubbard (pictured), whom he married in 1958. In 1973, Hubbard was the first woman to be promoted to the rank of tenured professor in biology at Harvard. Courtesy of Radcliffe Archives, circa 1967Mario Capecchi, a co-winner of the Nobel in physiology or medicine in 2007 for discovering a method to create mice in which a specific gene is turned off, studied for his Ph.D. with Watson. Robert Horvitz, who studied with Watson and Gilbert, won the same category in 2002 for his research on the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans. Jack Strominger’s laboratory produced Richard Roberts, who won the physiology or medicine prize in 1993 for co-discovering introns in eukaryotic DNA and the mechanism of gene-splicing. The Strominger lab also hosted Roger Kornberg while he was a Harvard Junior Fellow; Kornberg became the 2006 winner in chemistry for his studies of the molecular basis of eukaryotic transcription. Martin “Marty” Chalfie, the 2008 winner in chemistry for the discovery and development of green fluorescent protein, did research on the third floor while he was an undergraduate, and Craig Mello, the 2006 co-winner in physiology or medicine for the discovery of RNA interference, did his Ph.D there. The fourth floor produced Sidney Altman, a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Matthew Meselson. Altman shared the 1989 Nobel in chemistry for his work on the catalytic properties of RNA.A group photo from 1962 with Mario Capecchi (MC), Jim Watson (JW), and Wally Gilbert (WG), 1962 on one of the rhinos that graces the Bio Labs entrance. Also in the photo Fred Goldberg, Alfred Tissieres, and David Eisenberg. Courtesy of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory ArchivesToday, Richard Losick, Maria Moors Cabot Professor and of Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, has his office in Room 3032. In breaks from his studies on the development of the spore-forming Bacillus subtilis, he’s researched the third-floor phenomenon.Losick remembers his neighbor Wald saying of the female praying mantis, a cannibalistic lover who eats her partner after mating, “He who loves and runs away lives to love another day,” and recounts Watson’s blunt assessment of his most famous colleague: “I have never seen Francis Crick in a modest mood.” He writes about Capecchi’s childhood starving on the streets of northern Italy while his mother sat in a Nazi jail; Horvitz’s realization that, “If you could survive a Harvard group meeting, you could survive anywhere”; and Mello’s competitive drive that led him to front a lab team in the Rhinos Club volleyball competition.Part history, part memoir, you can click here to read Losick’s story.The 2018 Nobel Prize announcements will begin Oct. 1.last_img read more

Anthem stands firm in Duke of York

first_imgAnthem Alexander could get her season under way in the Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York next Wednesday. Eddie Lynam’s speedy filly won the Queen Mary from Tiggy Wiggy at Royal Ascot last year and hasn’t raced since chasing that rival home in the Cheveley Park at Newmarket in September. Her stablemate Gathering Power also in contention for a trip to North Yorkshire. Press Associationcenter_img The unbeaten Lightning Moon could make his Godolphin debut on the Knavesmire. Still in training with Ed Walker, the four-year-old is one of 18 remaining entries for the Group Two over six furlongs. Muthmir, Music Master and the improving Naadirr are likely to be among the main protagonists. The Tim Easterby-trained Mattmu the only other three-year-old engaged. Caspar Netscher, Astaire, who finished runner-up last year, Lucky Kristale and Jack Dexter also remain in the mix. Gammarth also may turn out for French handler Henri-Alex Pantall. Among those taken out were Sole Power, G Force, Hot Streak, who heads to France this weekend, and Aidan O’Brien’s Due Diligence. last_img read more

Dodgeball is coming

first_img Latest posts by admin (see all) Bio This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 BAR HARBOR — The MDI High School Model United Nations is looking for teams of six to compete in their annual Model United Nations Dodgeball Invitational, scheduled for Saturday, April 11 at the YMCA in Bar Harbor. This event will begin at 10 a.m. The registration fee is $15 for each member of the six-member team ($90 per team). Teams can register up until 9 a.m. the day of the event. The cost for late registration is $100. Registration forms can be picked up at the high school main office. This is a double elimination tournament. All proceeds go to support the Model U.N.’s trip to the New York conference in May. Call 288-5011 ext. 116. Latest Postslast_img read more