World View: Violence in Odessa Revives Memories of Nazi Massacre of Jews

This morning's key headlines from

  • As immigrants surge into Greece, 22 die on Aegean Sea
  • U.S. considers helping Nigeria find its abducted girls
  • Pakistan travel restrictions urged to stop spread of polio
  • Violence in Odessa Ukraine revives memories of Nazi massacre of Jews

As immigrants surge into Greece, 22 die on Aegean Sea

At least 22 people drowned, including several children, and 10 more are missing when a dangerously overloaded yacht overturned as it was traveling from Turkey to Greece through the Aegean Sea. There were some 65 immigrants on the 30-foot yacht. The survivors were from Syria, Somalia, and Eritrea. 

As we reported in 2012, Greece has been building fences and posting border guards along the Evros river that separates Turkey from Greece. Since then, the number of immigrants making the dangerous trip across the Aegean sea has increased substantially to about 1,000 immigrants per month. However, by April, the number has surged further to 1,500. Kathimerini and Greek Reporter (4/12)

U.S. considers helping Nigeria find its abducted girls

The evidence is mounting that the administration of Nigeria's president Goodluck Jonathan and the army have done little or nothing to find and recover the 276 or so schoolgirls, aged 16-18, who were abducted by the terror group Boko Haram on April 16. Reports indicate that nothing was done even when leads to the location of the girls had been provided. This had led to charges of ineptness or incompetence or worse -- accusations that the government supports the terrorist abductors.  On Monday, Boko Haram released a video bragging about the abduction and threatening to sell the girls, usually for around $10-20 apiece. (This leads me to wonder, why doesn't the government just "buy" them and return them to their parents?) 

United States Secretary of State John Kerry pledged that the U.S. will do "everything possible" to help return the captives to their families. However, it's not clear what kind of help is being proposed. Any sort of military help has been excluded, and presumably this would prohibit the use of American drones to search for the girls. CS Monitor

Pakistan travel restrictions urged to stop spread of polio

There was a time, several years ago, when the World Health Organization (WHO) thought that polio could be exterminated completely worldwide. This goal took a major turn backward in 2011 when the Obama administration bragged that a polio vaccination program in Pakistan was used as a cover to locate and capture Osama bin Laden. Since then, the Pakistani Taliban have been murdering health care workers in Pakistan involved in polio vaccination, with the result that polio is spreading in Pakistan and being exported to other countries, particularly China and the Mideast. 

According to WHO, polio has begun to spread rapidly in 2014, particularly in Pakistan, Cameroon, and Syria. WHO is recommending, at the highest priority, that these countries implement immediate polio eradication strategies and ensure that all travelers leaving the country receive a dose of polio vaccine before leaving. WHO and Dawn (Pakistan)

Violence in Odessa, Ukraine revives memories of Nazi massacre of Jews

Jews living in Odessa are considering an emergency evacuation under the expectation that violence will grow considerably next week. Jews haven't been directly affected by the violence so far, but the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews have prepared a fleet of 70 buses and are considering renting a holiday camp to house 600 Jews away from Odessa next weekend. 

During World War II, the Nazi army and their Romanian allies massacred some 30,000 Odessa Jews and Russians, beginning in October 1941. Feeling on all sides have been polarized by last week's violence in Odessa, especially because this week marks the defeat and surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945. Ukrainian nationalists had collaborated with the Nazis in fighting the Russians. From the point of view of Generational Dynamics, this kind of polarization is most likely to recur around the time that the survivors of the previous massacre have disappeared (retired or died), which would be about now, and so the Jews are right to be concerned about the possibility of violence in Odessa. Russia Today

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Greece, Turkey, Aegean Sea, Evros River, Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, Boko Haram, John Kerry, Pakistan, World Health Organization, WHO, Cameroon, Syria, Osama bin Laden, China, Ukraine, Odessa, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Nazi Germany, Romania 

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