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Warga miskin Indonesia diperkirakan sekitar 97.5 juta orang, ini PR bagi kita semua yang mempunyai kelebihan harta, kepedulian kitalah yang akan meringankan mereka. Memang kita tidak tahu kesalahan dimana negri yang makmur ini bisa melahirkan kemiskinan yang segitu banyak, padahal ada lagu tahun 70an yang berbunyi “bukan lautan hanya kolam susu kail dan jala cukup menghidupimu tiada badai tiada hujam kutemui ikan dan udang menghampiri diriku”  bahkan katanya tongkat kayu dan batu jadi tanaman, mari sebagai anak bangsa paling tidak kita bantu memikirkan dan jalan keluarnya bagi saudara-saudara kita tercinta.

WARGA MISKIN INDONESIA
Selamat para pembaca Blog pbsstainmeto.blogspot.com ini, kali ini admin akan memposting artikel mengenai Contoh Karya Tulis Ilmiah/Makalah tentang Bahaya Merokok. Artikel ini berguna untuk melengkapi Tugas Sekolah atau Kuliah teman-teman semua. Semoga artikel ini dapat membantu.
 
 
 
 
BAB I
PENDAHULUAN
 
1.1.LATAR BELAKANG
Sangat ironis memang bahwa manusia sangat memperhatikan keseimbangan alam akibat proses pembakaran bahan bakar oleh industri yang mengeluarkan polusi, tetapi dilain pihak orang-orang dengan sengaja mengalirkan gas produksi pembakaran rokok ke paru-paru mereka.
 
Kebiasaan merokok telah menjadi budaya diberbagai bangsa di belahan dunia. Mayoritas perokok diseluruh dunia ini, 47 persen adalah populasi pria sedangkan 12 persen adalah populasi wanita dengan berbagai kategori umur. Latar belakang merokok beraneka ragam, di kalangan remaja dan dewasa pria adalah faktor gengsi dan agar disebut jagoan, malahan ada salah satu pepatah menarik yang digunakan sebagai pembenar atas kebiasaan merokok yaitu `ada ayam jago diatas genteng, ngga merokok ngga ganteng`. Sedangkan kalangan orang tua, stres dan karena ketagihan adalah faktor penyebab keinginan untuk merokok.
 
Berbagai alasan dan faktor penyebab untuk merokok diatas biasanya kalah seandainya beradu argumen dengan pakar yang ahli tentang potensi berbahaya atas apa ditimbulkan dari kebiasaan merokok baik bagi dirinya sendiri, orang lain dan lingkungan. Harus diakui banyak perokok yang mengatakan bahwa merokok itu tidak enak tetapi dari sekian banyak pamflet, selebaran, kampanye anti rokok, sampai ke bungkus rokoknya diberi peringatan akan bahaya kesehatan dari rokok, tetap tak bisa mengubris secara massal berkurangnya kebiasaan merokok dan jumlah perokok
 
1.2.RUMUSAN MASALAH
Dari latar belakang yang telah kami uraikan maka masalah yang akan kami bahas:
1. Apa dampak dari merokok?
2. Zat apa yang terkandung di dalam dan yang paling berbahaya?
3. Upaya apa yang dilakukan bagi perokok di sekolah?
4. Apa aktor penyebab perilaku merokok pada remaja?
 
1.3.TUJUAN PENELITIAN
-Untuk mengetahui Bahaya merokok.
-Untuk mengetahui faktor – faktor penyebab perilaku merokok pada remaja.
-Untuk mengetahui apa itu rokok.
 
1.4.METODE PENELITIAN
Metode yang kami gunakan adalah:
-Deskriptif
-Kajian pustaka dilakukan dengan mencari literatur di internet da buku – buku panduan
 
1.5.SISTEMATIKA PENULISAN
BAB I PENDAHULUAN
1.1.Latar Belakang Masalah
1.2.Perumusan Masalah
1.3.Tujuan Penelitian
1.4.Metode Penelitian
1.5.Sistematika penulisan
 
 
 
BAB II
KERANGKA TEORI
2.1.Pengertian Rokok
2.2.Dampak dari merokok
2.3.Faktor penyebab merokok pada remaja
2.4.Upaya mengatasi rokok
 

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CONTOH KARYA ILMIAH TENTANG BAHAYA MEROKOK

MAKASSAR, Saco-Indonesia.com — Menyusul serangan bom bunuh diri di depan Markas Polres Poso, Sulawesi Tengah, Kepolisian Daerah Sulawesi dan Sulawesi Barat (Polda Sulselbar) memperketat pengamanan di perbatasan kota dengan melibatkan anggota TNI.

Kepala Bidang Hubungan Masyarakat Polda Sulselbar Komisaris Besar Endi Sutendi yang dihubungi Senin (03/06/2013) mengatakan, pascabom tersebut, polisi langsung memperketat pengamanan di daerah perbatasan. Di lokasi itu, aparat melakukan razia senjata api, bahan peledak dan senjata tajam.

"Jajaran polres di Sulawesi Barat langsung berkoordinasi di TNI, yakni kodim setempat, untuk memperketat pengamanan di daerah perbatasan. Jelas kewaspadaan harus ditingkatkan. Jangan sampai kejadian serupa terjadi di daerah kita yang dekat dengan Poso," kata Endi.

Selain itu, lanjut Endi, untuk mengantisipasi kejadian serupa di Sulselbar, seluruh jajaran juga melakukan razia di wilayah masih-masing. Tentunya upaya itu bisa mencegah aksi teror. "Tindakan preventif, kita melakukan pendekatan dan penyelidikan adanya teroris. Sedangkan tindakan preventif, kita menggelar razia-razia di jalanan," jelasnya.

Bom bunuh diri terjadi di antara pos jaga Mapolres Poso dan masjid, Senin (3/6/2013) pukul 08.03 Wita. Pelaku awalnya memasuki halaman Mapolres Poso menggunakan sepeda motor seorang diri. Tak lama setelah itu, bom meledak.

 
Editor :Liwon Maulana
Sumber:Kompas.com
Pasca Bom Bunuh Diri, Diperbatasan Poso Dijaga Ketat

Jakarta, Saco-Indonesia.com, Menko Perekonomian Hatta Rajasa mengatakan, pemerintah menyiapkan anggaran Rp 1 triliun untuk merelokasi rumah sebanyak  2713 KK dari total 4.590 KK untuk pembangunan proyek Bendungan Jati Gede, Jawa Barat. Demikian dikatakan Hatta Rajasa di Jakarta. 

Hatta mengatakan, Bendungan Jati Gede  adalah bendungan kedua terbesar setelah Bendungan Jatiluhur yang volumenya di atas Rp 1 miliar kubik dan bisa mengaliri sawah hingga  90.000 hektar ditambah  adanya distrik serta membangun aktivitas perekonomian lainnya. 

Hatta menambahkan untuk menyelesaikan persoalan relokasi dan ganti rugi terhadap 2.713 kk itu maka pemerintah mengeluarkan Perpres dan membentuk tim yang akan mengkaji Perpres termasuk juga memastikan kementerian-kementerian untuk mengalokasikan dana untuk Waduk Jatigede itu.

Karena, ujar Hatta, pada bulan Oktober 2013 Bendungan Jatigede harus sudah diisi air dan 2014 proyek Jatigede harus tuntas.

Editor:Liwon Maulana

Sumber:Elshinta.com

Pemerintah Akan Siapkan Rp 1 Triliun untuk Relokasi Warga

Bekasi, Saco-Indonesia.com — Dengan adanya Badan Kerja Sama Antarprovinsi dinilai belum efektif. Lembaga ini diharapkan mampu menyelesaikan persoalan Jakarta dan sekitarnya, seperti banjir dan kemacetan. Kenyataannya, belum ada hasil signifikan setelah selama lebih dari tiga dekade terbentuk.

Badan Kerja Sama Antarprovinsi (BKSP) terdiri dari Pemprov DKI Jakarta, Banten, dan Jawa Barat. Lembaga ini diketuai gubernur secara bergiliran dan dijalankan kepala sekretariat eselon II-B. Wakil Gubernur DKI Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama menilai, mereka yang duduk dalam BKSP seharusnya memiliki kewenangan lebih.

”Selama ini, mereka yang duduk di sana merasa menjadi orang buangan. Saya pikir lebih efektif jika persoalan antarwilayah diselesaikan dengan membentuk panitia sementara yang dikoordinasi Menteri Pekerjaan Umum,” kata Basuki, Rabu (15/1), di Jakarta.

Dia mengusulkan agar badan seperti ini ditiadakan saja. Sebab, selain memboroskan anggaran, badan ini juga tidak efektif menyelesaikan persoalan besar Jakarta dan sekitarnya. Pada perjalanannya, BKSP juga tidak mampu menjawab persoalan sektoral di setiap wilayah. Buktinya, pemerintah daerah yang tergabung dalam lembaga itu belum satu visi, terutama dalam penanganan banjir.

Sebelumnya, Direktur Jenderal Sumber Daya Air Kementerian Pekerjaan Umum Mohammad Hasan mengatakan, kerja sama antara Kementerian Pekerjaan Umum langsung dan daerah tertentu, seperti DKI, cukup membuahkan hasil. Kerja sama seperti pembagian tugas dalam normalisasi sungai, pihaknya menjalankan proyek fisik dan DKI membebaskan lahan, berjalan cukup lancar.

DKI juga dianggap proaktif menjalankan tugasnya, seperti perbaikan situ/waduk. Akan tetapi, nasib situ/waduk di daerah lain hingga kini masih mengenaskan. Masalah ini menjadi perhatian Hasan meskipun ia susah berbuat banyak karena revitalisasi situ/waduk berada di tangan pemerintah daerah.

”Namun akan tetap kami upayakan agar situ/waduk di sekitar Jakarta tetap berjalan baik revitalisasinya,” kata Hasan.

Ultimatum warga bantaran

Terkait tersendatnya normalisasi kali, Basuki memberi ultimatum kepada warga yang tinggal di bantaran sungai. Setelah satu tahun ke depan, warga harus bersedia meninggalkan tempat tinggalnya. Sejalan dengan itu, Pemprov DKI mempercepat pembangunan rumah susun sewa di sejumlah wilayah.

”Ini tahun terakhir. Mohon maaf kepada orang yang tinggal di pinggiran sungai, saya pasti gusur Anda. Kami selama ini menahan karena tidak ingin dianggap melanggar HAM (hak asasi manusia). Nanti kami lakukan relokasi, silakan jika masih dianggap melanggar HAM,” kata Basuki.

Untuk mengurangi dampak banjir, Pemprov DKI bekerja sama dengan pemerintah pusat mulai normalisasi Kali Pesanggrahan, Angke, dan Sunter. Namun, program ini terkendala pembebasan lahan. Warga yang tinggal di bantaran kali tidak bersedia pindah dengan alasan yang beragam.

Sampai akhir 2013, pembebasan lahan di Kali Pesanggrahan, Jakarta Selatan, belum berjalan lancar. Pembebasan lahan baru bisa dilakukan di empat dari sembilan kelurahan. Di empat kelurahan tersebut terdapat sembilan bidang tanah seluas 24.969 meter persegi yang sudah dibebaskan. Nilai tanah yang dibebaskan itu Rp 42,821 miliar.

Lahan yang belum dibebaskan di Kali Pesanggrahan sepanjang 28 kilometer. Adapun pembebasan lahan di Kali Angke dan Sunter masih tahap pematokan lahan dan negosiasi harga.

Jalin kerja sama

Pemerintah Kabupaten dan Kota Tangerang berinisiatif melakukan kerja sama dalam antisipasi, menanggulangi, dan merencanakan desain daerah bebas banjir. Langkah itu diambil mengingat kerja sama Jabodetabek hingga saat ini belum ada realisasinya.

”Kerja sama ini baru terjalin antara Kabupaten dan Kota Tangerang. Sejauh ini kerja sama dengan Tangerang Selatan belum dijajaki. Ke depannya, kami akan menjajaki kerja sama dengan Tangerang Selatan dan Pemprov Banten,” kata Bupati Tangerang Ahmed Zaki Iskandar, Rabu.

Sementara itu, meskipun telah dilarang berjualan di tepi dinding Kanal Barat, sejumlah pedagang tetap nekat memasang tenda. Ratna Kumala (37), warga RT 014 RW 004, Petamburan, Jakarta Pusat, misalnya, Rabu, mendirikan tenda. Saminem, warga RT 001 RW 007, Kelurahan Bendungan Hilir, Pejompongan, Jakarta Pusat, berharap ia dibolehkan lagi membuka warung nasi di tepi dinding Kanal Barat.

Sumber : kompas.com

Editor : Maulana Lee

Ibu Kota Jakarta, Banten, dan Jawa Barat Tak Satu Visi Tangani Banjir

BALTIMORE — In the afternoons, the streets of Locust Point are clean and nearly silent. In front of the rowhouses, potted plants rest next to steps of brick or concrete. There is a shopping center nearby with restaurants, and a grocery store filled with fresh foods.

And the National Guard and the police are largely absent. So, too, residents say, are worries about what happened a few miles away on April 27 when, in a space of hours, parts of this city became riot zones.

“They’re not our reality,” Ashley Fowler, 30, said on Monday at the restaurant where she works. “They’re not what we’re living right now. We live in, not to be racist, white America.”

As Baltimore considers its way forward after the violent unrest brought by the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died of injuries he suffered while in police custody, residents in its predominantly white neighborhoods acknowledge that they are sometimes struggling to understand what beyond Mr. Gray’s death spurred the turmoil here. For many, the poverty and troubled schools of gritty West Baltimore are distant troubles, glimpsed only when they pass through the area on their way somewhere else.

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Officers blocked traffic at Pennsylvania and West North Avenues after reports that a gun was discharged in the area. Credit Drew Angerer for The New York Times

And so neighborhoods of Baltimore are facing altogether different reckonings after Mr. Gray’s death. In mostly black communities like Sandtown-Winchester, where some of the most destructive rioting played out last week, residents are hoping businesses will reopen and that the police will change their strategies. But in mostly white areas like Canton and Locust Point, some residents wonder what role, if any, they should play in reimagining stretches of Baltimore where they do not live.

“Most of the people are kind of at a loss as to what they’re supposed to do,” said Dr. Richard Lamb, a dentist who has practiced in the same Locust Point office for nearly 39 years. “I listen to the news reports. I listen to the clergymen. I listen to the facts of the rampant unemployment and the lack of opportunities in the area. Listen, I pay my taxes. Exactly what can I do?”

And in Canton, where the restaurants have clever names like Nacho Mama’s and Holy Crepe Bakery and Café, Sara Bahr said solutions seemed out of reach for a proudly liberal city.

“I can only imagine how frustrated they must be,” said Ms. Bahr, 36, a nurse who was out with her 3-year-old daughter, Sally. “I just wish I knew how to solve poverty. I don’t know what to do to make it better.”

The day of unrest and the overwhelmingly peaceful demonstrations that followed led to hundreds of arrests, often for violations of the curfew imposed on the city for five consecutive nights while National Guard soldiers patrolled the streets. Although there were isolated instances of trouble in Canton, the neighborhood association said on its website, many parts of southeast Baltimore were physically untouched by the tumult.

Tensions in the city bubbled anew on Monday after reports that the police had wounded a black man in Northwest Baltimore. The authorities denied those reports and sent officers to talk with the crowds that gathered while other officers clutching shields blocked traffic at Pennsylvania and West North Avenues.

Lt. Col. Melvin Russell, a community police officer, said officers had stopped a man suspected of carrying a handgun and that “one of those rounds was spent.”

Colonel Russell said officers had not opened fire, “so we couldn’t have shot him.”

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Lambi Vasilakopoulos, right, who runs a casual restaurant in Canton, said he was incensed by last week's looting and predicted tensions would worsen. Credit Drew Angerer for The New York Times

The colonel said the man had not been injured but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Nearby, many people stood in disbelief, despite the efforts by the authorities to quash reports they described as “unfounded.”

Monday’s episode was a brief moment in a larger drama that has yielded anger and confusion. Although many people said they were familiar with accounts of the police harassing or intimidating residents, many in Canton and Locust Point said they had never experienced it themselves. When they watched the unrest, which many protesters said was fueled by feelings that they lived only on Baltimore’s margins, even those like Ms. Bahr who were pained by what they saw said they could scarcely comprehend the emotions associated with it.

But others, like Lambi Vasilakopoulos, who runs a casual restaurant in Canton, said they were incensed by what unfolded last week.

“What happened wasn’t called for. Protests are one thing; looting is another thing,” he said, adding, “We’re very frustrated because we’re the ones who are going to pay for this.”

There were pockets of optimism, though, that Baltimore would enter a period of reconciliation.

“I’m just hoping for peace,” Natalie Boies, 53, said in front of the Locust Point home where she has lived for 50 years. “Learn to love each other; be patient with each other; find justice; and care.”

A skeptical Mr. Vasilakopoulos predicted tensions would worsen.

“It cannot be fixed,” he said. “It’s going to get worse. Why? Because people don’t obey the laws. They don’t want to obey them.”

But there were few fears that the violence that plagued West Baltimore last week would play out on these relaxed streets. The authorities, Ms. Fowler said, would make sure of that.

“They kept us safe here,” she said. “I didn’t feel uncomfortable when I was in my house three blocks away from here. I knew I was going to be O.K. because I knew they weren’t going to let anyone come and loot our properties or our businesses or burn our cars.”

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United’s first-class and business fliers get Rhapsody, its high-minded in-flight magazine, seen here at its office in Brooklyn. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

Last summer at a writers’ workshop in Oregon, the novelists Anthony Doerr, Karen Russell and Elissa Schappell were chatting over cocktails when they realized they had all published work in the same magazine. It wasn’t one of the usual literary outlets, like Tin House, The Paris Review or The New Yorker. It was Rhapsody, an in-flight magazine for United Airlines.

It seemed like a weird coincidence. Then again, considering Rhapsody’s growing roster of A-list fiction writers, maybe not. Since its first issue hit plane cabins a year and a half ago, Rhapsody has published original works by literary stars like Joyce Carol Oates, Rick Moody, Amy Bloom, Emma Straub and Mr. Doerr, who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction two weeks ago.

As airlines try to distinguish their high-end service with luxuries like private sleeping chambers, showers, butler service and meals from five-star chefs, United Airlines is offering a loftier, more cerebral amenity to its first-class and business-class passengers: elegant prose by prominent novelists. There are no airport maps or disheartening lists of in-flight meal and entertainment options in Rhapsody. Instead, the magazine has published ruminative first-person travel accounts, cultural dispatches and probing essays about flight by more than 30 literary fiction writers.

 

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Sean Manning, executive editor of Rhapsody, which publishes works by the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, Amy Bloom and Anthony Doerr, who won a Pulitzer Prize. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

 

An airline might seem like an odd literary patron. But as publishers and writers look for new ways to reach readers in a shaky retail climate, many have formed corporate alliances with transit companies, including American Airlines, JetBlue and Amtrak, that provide a captive audience.

Mark Krolick, United Airlines’ managing director of marketing and product development, said the quality of the writing in Rhapsody brings a patina of sophistication to its first-class service, along with other opulent touches like mood lighting, soft music and a branded scent.

“The high-end leisure or business-class traveler has higher expectations, even in the entertainment we provide,” he said.

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Some of Rhapsody’s contributing writers say they were lured by the promise of free airfare and luxury accommodations provided by United, as well as exposure to an elite audience of some two million first-class and business-class travelers.

“It’s not your normal Park Slope Community Bookstore types who read Rhapsody,” Mr. Moody, author of the 1994 novel “The Ice Storm,” who wrote an introspective, philosophical piece about traveling to the Aran Islands of Ireland for Rhapsody, said in an email. “I’m not sure I myself am in that Rhapsody demographic, but I would like them to buy my books one day.”

In addition to offering travel perks, the magazine pays well and gives writers freedom, within reason, to choose their subject matter and write with style. Certain genres of flight stories are off limits, naturally: no plane crashes or woeful tales of lost luggage or rude flight attendants, and nothing too risqué.

“We’re not going to have someone write about joining the mile-high club,” said Jordan Heller, the editor in chief of Rhapsody. “Despite those restrictions, we’ve managed to come up with a lot of high-minded literary content.”

Guiding writers toward the right idea occasionally requires some gentle prodding. When Rhapsody’s executive editor asked Ms. Russell to contribute an essay about a memorable flight experience, she first pitched a story about the time she was chaperoning a group of teenagers on a trip to Europe, and their delayed plane sat at the airport in New York for several hours while other passengers got progressively drunker.

“He pointed out that disaster flights are not what people want to read about when they’re in transit, and very diplomatically suggested that maybe people want to read something that casts air travel in a more positive light,” said Ms. Russell, whose novel “Swamplandia!” was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.

She turned in a nostalgia-tinged essay about her first flight on a trip to Disney World when she was 6. “The Magic Kingdom was an anticlimax,” she wrote. “What ride could compare to that first flight?”

Ms. Oates also wrote about her first flight, in a tiny yellow propeller plane piloted by her father. The novelist Joyce Maynard told of the constant disappointment of never seeing her books in airport bookstores and the thrill of finally spotting a fellow plane passenger reading her novel “Labor Day.” Emily St. John Mandel, who was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction last year, wrote about agonizing over which books to bring on a long flight.

“There’s nobody that’s looked down their noses at us as an in-flight magazine,” said Sean Manning, the magazine’s executive editor. “As big as these people are in the literary world, there’s still this untapped audience for them of luxury travelers.”

United is one of a handful of companies showcasing work by literary writers as a way to elevate their brands and engage customers. Chipotle has printed original work from writers like Toni Morrison, Jeffrey Eugenides and Barbara Kingsolver on its disposable cups and paper bags. The eyeglass company Warby Parker hosts parties for authors and sells books from 14 independent publishers in its stores.

JetBlue offers around 40 e-books from HarperCollins and Penguin Random House on its free wireless network, allowing passengers to read free samples and buy and download books. JetBlue will start offering 11 digital titles from Simon & Schuster soon. Amtrak recently forged an alliance with Penguin Random House to provide free digital samples from 28 popular titles, which passengers can buy and download over Amtrak’s admittedly spotty wireless service.

Amtrak is becoming an incubator for literary talent in its own right. Last year, it started a residency program, offering writers a free long-distance train trip and complimentary food. More than 16,000 writers applied and 24 made the cut.

Like Amtrak, Rhapsody has found that writers are eager to get onboard. On a rainy spring afternoon, Rhapsody’s editorial staff sat around a conference table discussing the June issue, which will feature an essay by the novelist Hannah Pittard and an unpublished short story by the late Elmore Leonard.

“Do you have that photo of Elmore Leonard? Can I see it?” Mr. Heller, the editor in chief, asked Rhapsody’s design director, Christos Hannides. Mr. Hannides slid it across the table and noted that they also had a photograph of cowboy spurs. “It’s very simple; it won’t take away from the literature,” he said.

Rhapsody’s office, an open space with exposed pipes and a vaulted brick ceiling, sits in Dumbo at the epicenter of literary Brooklyn, in the same converted tea warehouse as the literary journal N+1 and the digital publisher Atavist. Two of the magazine’s seven staff members hold graduate degrees in creative writing. Mr. Manning, the executive editor, has published a memoir and edited five literary anthologies.

Mr. Manning said Rhapsody was conceived from the start as a place for literary novelists to write with voice and style, and nobody had been put off that their work would live in plane cabins and airport lounges.

Still, some contributors say they wish the magazine were more widely circulated.

“I would love it if I could read it,” said Ms. Schappell, a Brooklyn-based novelist who wrote a feature story for Rhapsody’s inaugural issue. “But I never fly first class.”

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In Newark, two underlings of Gov. Chris Christie were arraigned on charges that they were in on the truly deranged plot to block traffic leading onto the George Washington Bridge.

Ten miles away, in Lower Manhattan, Dean G. Skelos, the leader of the New York State Senate, and his son, Adam B. Skelos, were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on accusations of far more conventional political larceny, involving a job with a sewer company for the son and commissions on title insurance and bond work.

The younger man managed to receive a 150 percent pay increase from the sewer company even though, as he said on tape, he “literally knew nothing about water or, you know, any of that stuff,” according to a criminal complaint the United States attorney’s office filed.

The success of Adam Skelos, 32, was attributed by prosecutors to his father’s influence as the leader of the Senate and as a potentate among state Republicans. The indictment can also be read as one of those unfailingly sad tales of a father who cannot stop indulging a grown son. The senator himself is not alleged to have profited from the schemes, except by being relieved of the burden of underwriting Adam.

The bridge traffic caper is its own species of crazy; what distinguishes the charges against the two Skeloses is the apparent absence of a survival instinct. It is one thing not to know anything about water or that stuff. More remarkable, if true, is the fact that the sewer machinations continued even after the former New York Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, was charged in January with taking bribes disguised as fees.

It was by then common gossip in political and news media circles that Senator Skelos, a Republican, the counterpart in the Senate to Mr. Silver, a Democrat, in the Assembly, could be next in line for the criminal dock. “Stay tuned,” the United States attorney, Preet Bharara said, leaving not much to the imagination.

Even though the cat had been unmistakably belled, Skelos father and son continued to talk about how to advance the interests of the sewer company, though the son did begin to use a burner cellphone, the kind people pay for in cash, with no traceable contracts.

That was indeed prudent, as prosecutors had been wiretapping the cellphones of both men. But it would seem that the burner was of limited value, because by then the prosecutors had managed to secure the help of a business executive who agreed to record calls with the Skeloses. It would further seem that the business executive was more attentive to the perils of pending investigations than the politician.

Through the end of the New York State budget negotiations in March, the hopes of the younger Skelos rested on his father’s ability to devise legislation that would benefit the sewer company. That did not pan out. But Senator Skelos did boast that he had haggled with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, in a successful effort to raise a $150 million allocation for Long Island to $550 million, for what the budget called “transformative economic development projects.” It included money for the kind of work done by the sewer company.

The lawyer for Adam Skelos said he was not guilty and would win in court. Senator Skelos issued a ringing declaration that he was unequivocally innocent.

THIS was also the approach taken in New Jersey by Bill Baroni, a man of great presence and eloquence who stopped outside the federal courthouse to note that he had taken risks as a Republican by bucking his party to support paid family leave, medical marijuana and marriage equality. “I would never risk my career, my job, my reputation for something like this,” Mr. Baroni said. “I am an innocent man.”

The lawyer for his co-defendant, Bridget Anne Kelly, the former deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, a Republican, said that she would strongly rebut the charges.

Perhaps they had nothing to do with the lane closings. But neither Mr. Baroni nor Ms. Kelly addressed the question of why they did not return repeated calls from the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., begging them to stop the traffic tie-ups, over three days.

That silence was a low moment. But perhaps New York hit bottom faster. Senator Skelos, the prosecutors charged, arranged to meet Long Island politicians at the wake of Wenjian Liu, a New York City police officer shot dead in December, to press for payments to the company employing his son.

Sometimes it seems as though for some people, the only thing to be ashamed of is shame itself.

Finding Scandal in New York and New Jersey, but No Shame

UNITED NATIONS — Wearing pinstripes and a pince-nez, Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations envoy for Syria, arrived at the Security Council one Tuesday afternoon in February and announced that President Bashar al-Assad had agreed to halt airstrikes over Aleppo. Would the rebels, Mr. de Mistura suggested, agree to halt their shelling?

What he did not announce, but everyone knew by then, was that the Assad government had begun a military offensive to encircle opposition-held enclaves in Aleppo and that fierce fighting was underway. It would take only a few days for rebel leaders, having pushed back Syrian government forces, to outright reject Mr. de Mistura’s proposed freeze in the fighting, dooming the latest diplomatic overture on Syria.

Diplomacy is often about appearing to be doing something until the time is ripe for a deal to be done.

 

 

Now, with Mr. Assad’s forces having suffered a string of losses on the battlefield and the United States reaching at least a partial rapprochement with Mr. Assad’s main backer, Iran, Mr. de Mistura is changing course. Starting Monday, he is set to hold a series of closed talks in Geneva with the warring sides and their main supporters. Iran will be among them.

In an interview at United Nations headquarters last week, Mr. de Mistura hinted that the changing circumstances, both military and diplomatic, may have prompted various backers of the war to question how much longer the bloodshed could go on.

“Will that have an impact in accelerating the willingness for a political solution? We need to test it,” he said. “The Geneva consultations may be a good umbrella for testing that. It’s an occasion for asking everyone, including the government, if there is any new way that they are looking at a political solution, as they too claim they want.”

He said he would have a better assessment at the end of June, when he expects to wrap up his consultations. That coincides with the deadline for a final agreement in the Iran nuclear talks.

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Whether a nuclear deal with Iran will pave the way for a new opening on peace talks in Syria remains to be seen. Increasingly, though, world leaders are explicitly linking the two, with the European Union’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, suggesting last week that a nuclear agreement could spur Tehran to play “a major but positive role in Syria.”

It could hardly come soon enough. Now in its fifth year, the Syrian war has claimed 220,000 lives, prompted an exodus of more than three million refugees and unleashed jihadist groups across the region. “This conflict is producing a question mark in many — where is it leading and whether this can be sustained,” Mr. de Mistura said.

Part Italian, part Swedish, Mr. de Mistura has worked with the United Nations for more than 40 years, but he is more widely known for his dapper style than for any diplomatic coups. Syria is by far the toughest assignment of his career — indeed, two of the organization’s most seasoned diplomats, Lakhdar Brahimi and Kofi Annan, tried to do the job and gave up — and critics have wondered aloud whether Mr. de Mistura is up to the task.

He served as a United Nations envoy in Afghanistan and Iraq, and before that in Lebanon, where a former minister recalled, with some scorn, that he spent many hours sunbathing at a private club in the hills above Beirut. Those who know him say he has a taste for fine suits and can sometimes speak too soon and too much, just as they point to his diplomatic missteps and hyperbole.

They cite, for instance, a news conference in October, when he raised the specter of Srebrenica, where thousands of Muslims were massacred in 1995 during the Balkans war, in warning that the Syrian border town of Kobani could fall to the Islamic State. In February, he was photographed at a party in Damascus, the Syrian capital, celebrating the anniversary of the Iranian revolution just as Syrian forces, aided by Iran, were pummeling rebel-held suburbs of Damascus; critics seized on that as evidence of his coziness with the government.

Mouin Rabbani, who served briefly as the head of Mr. de Mistura’s political affairs unit and has since emerged as one of his most outspoken critics, said Mr. de Mistura did not have the background necessary for the job. “This isn’t someone well known for his political vision or political imagination, and his closest confidants lack the requisite knowledge and experience,” Mr. Rabbani said.

As a deputy foreign minister in the Italian government, Mr. de Mistura was tasked in 2012 with freeing two Italian marines detained in India for shooting at Indian fishermen. He made 19 trips to India, to little effect. One marine was allowed to return to Italy for medical reasons; the other remains in India.

He said he initially turned down the Syria job when the United Nations secretary general approached him last August, only to change his mind the next day, after a sleepless, guilt-ridden night.

Mr. de Mistura compared his role in Syria to that of a doctor faced with a terminally ill patient. His goal in brokering a freeze in the fighting, he said, was to alleviate suffering. He settled on Aleppo as the location for its “fame,” he said, a decision that some questioned, considering that Aleppo was far trickier than the many other lesser-known towns where activists had negotiated temporary local cease-fires.

“Everybody, at least in Europe, are very familiar with the value of Aleppo,” Mr. de Mistura said. “So I was using that as an icebreaker.”

The cease-fire negotiations, to which he had devoted six months, fell apart quickly because of the government’s military offensive in Aleppo the very day of his announcement at the Security Council. Privately, United Nations diplomats said Mr. de Mistura had been manipulated. To this, Mr. de Mistura said only that he was “disappointed and concerned.”

Tarek Fares, a former rebel fighter, said after a recent visit to Aleppo that no Syrian would admit publicly to supporting Mr. de Mistura’s cease-fire proposal. “If anyone said they went to a de Mistura meeting in Gaziantep, they would be arrested,” is how he put it, referring to the Turkish city where negotiations between the two sides were held.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon remains staunchly behind Mr. de Mistura’s efforts. His defenders point out that he is at the center of one of the world’s toughest diplomatic problems, charged with mediating a conflict in which two of the world’s most powerful nations — Russia, which supports Mr. Assad, and the United States, which has called for his ouster — remain deadlocked.

R. Nicholas Burns, a former State Department official who now teaches at Harvard, credited Mr. de Mistura for trying to negotiate a cease-fire even when the chances of success were exceedingly small — and the chances of a political deal even smaller. For his efforts to work, Professor Burns argued, the world powers will first have to come to an agreement of their own.

“He needs the help of outside powers,” he said. “It starts with backers of Assad. That’s Russia and Iran. De Mistura is there, waiting.”

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HOBART, Tasmania — Few places seem out of reach for China’s leader, Xi Jinping, who has traveled from European capitals to obscure Pacific and Caribbean islands in pursuit of his nation’s strategic interests.

So perhaps it was not surprising when he turned up last fall in this city on the edge of the Southern Ocean to put down a long-distance marker in another faraway region, Antarctica, 2,000 miles south of this Australian port.

Standing on the deck of an icebreaker that ferries Chinese scientists from this last stop before the frozen continent, Mr. Xi pledged that China would continue to expand in one of the few places on earth that remain unexploited by humans.

He signed a five-year accord with the Australian government that allows Chinese vessels and, in the future, aircraft to resupply for fuel and food before heading south. That will help secure easier access to a region that is believed to have vast oil and mineral resources; huge quantities of high-protein sea life; and for times of possible future dire need, fresh water contained in icebergs.

It was not until 1985, about seven decades after Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen raced to the South Pole, that a team representing Beijing hoisted the Chinese flag over the nation’s first Antarctic research base, the Great Wall Station on King George Island.

But now China seems determined to catch up. As it has bolstered spending on Antarctic research, and as the early explorers, especially the United States and Australia, confront stagnant budgets, there is growing concern about its intentions.

China’s operations on the continent — it opened its fourth research station last year, chose a site for a fifth, and is investing in a second icebreaker and new ice-capable planes and helicopters — are already the fastest growing of the 52 signatories to the Antarctic Treaty. That gentlemen’s agreement reached in 1959 bans military activity on the continent and aims to preserve it as one of the world’s last wildernesses; a related pact prohibits mining.

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But Mr. Xi’s visit was another sign that China is positioning itself to take advantage of the continent’s resource potential when the treaty expires in 2048 — or in the event that it is ripped up before, Chinese and Australian experts say.

“So far, our research is natural-science based, but we know there is more and more concern about resource security,” said Yang Huigen, director general of the Polar Research Institute of China, who accompanied Mr. Xi last November on his visit to Hobart and stood with him on the icebreaker, Xue Long, or Snow Dragon.

With that in mind, the polar institute recently opened a new division devoted to the study of resources, law, geopolitics and governance in Antarctica and the Arctic, Mr. Yang said.

Australia, a strategic ally of the United States that has strong economic relations with China, is watching China’s buildup in the Antarctic with a mix of gratitude — China’s presence offers support for Australia’s Antarctic science program, which is short of cash — and wariness.

“We should have no illusions about the deeper agenda — one that has not even been agreed to by Chinese scientists but is driven by Xi, and most likely his successors,” said Peter Jennings, executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and a former senior official in the Australian Department of Defense.

“This is part of a broader pattern of a mercantilist approach all around the world,” Mr. Jennings added. “A big driver of Chinese policy is to secure long-term energy supply and food supply.”

That approach was evident last month when a large Chinese agriculture enterprise announced an expansion of its fishing operations around Antarctica to catch more krill — small, protein-rich crustaceans that are abundant in Antarctic waters.

“The Antarctic is a treasure house for all human beings, and China should go there and share,” Liu Shenli, the chairman of the China National Agricultural Development Group, told China Daily, a state-owned newspaper. China would aim to fish up to two million tons of krill a year, he said, a substantial increase from what it currently harvests.

Because sovereignty over Antarctica is unclear, nations have sought to strengthen their claims over the ice-covered land by building research bases and naming geographic features. China’s fifth station will put it within reach of the six American facilities, and ahead of Australia’s three.

Chinese mappers have also given Chinese names to more than 300 sites, compared with the thousands of locations on the continent with English names.

In the unspoken competition for Antarctica’s future, scientific achievement can also translate into influence. Chinese scientists are driving to be the first to drill and recover an ice core containing tiny air bubbles that provide a record of climate change stretching as far back as 1.5 million years. It is an expensive and delicate effort at which others, including the European Union and Australia, have failed.

In a breakthrough a decade ago, European scientists extracted an ice core nearly two miles long that revealed 800,000 years of climate history. But finding an ice core going back further would allow scientists to examine a change in the earth’s climate cycles believed to have occurred 900,000 to 1.2 million years ago.

China is betting it has found the best location to drill, at an area called Dome A, or Dome Argus, the highest point on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. Though it is considered one of the coldest places on the planet, with temperatures of 130 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, a Chinese expedition explored the area in 2005 and established a research station in 2009.

“The international community has drilled in lots of places, but no luck so far,” said Xiao Cunde, a member of the first party to reach the site and the deputy director of the Institute for Climate Change at the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences. “We think at Dome A we will have a straight shot at the one-million-year ice core.”

Mr. Xiao said China had already begun drilling and hoped to find what scientists are looking for in four to five years.

To support its Antarctic aspirations, China is building a sophisticated $300 million icebreaker that is expected to be ready in a few years, said Xia Limin, deputy director of the Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration in Beijing. It has also bought a high-tech fixed-wing aircraft, outfitted in the United States, for taking sensitive scientific soundings from the ice.

China has chosen the site for its fifth research station at Inexpressible Island, named by a group of British explorers who were stranded at the desolate site in 1912 and survived the winter by excavating a small ice cave.

Mr. Xia said the inhospitable spot was ideal because China did not have a presence in that part of Antarctica, and because the rocky site did not have much snow, making it relatively cheap to build there.

Anne-Marie Brady, a professor of political science at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and the author of a soon-to-be-released book, “China as a Polar Great Power,” said Chinese scientists also believed they had a good chance of finding mineral and energy resources near the site.

“China is playing a long game in Antarctica and keeping other states guessing about its true intentions and interests are part of its poker hand,” she said. But she noted that China’s interest in finding minerals was presented “loud and clear to domestic audiences” as the main reason it was investing in Antarctica.

Because commercial drilling is banned, estimates of energy and mineral resources in Antarctica rely on remote sensing data and comparisons with similar geological environments elsewhere, said Millard F. Coffin, executive director of the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in Hobart.

But the difficulty of extraction in such severe conditions and uncertainty about future commodity prices make it unlikely that China or any country would defy the ban on mining anytime soon.

Tourism, however, is already booming. Travelers from China are still a relatively small contingent in the Antarctic compared with the more than 13,000 Americans who visited in 2013, and as yet there are no licensed Chinese tour operators.

But that is about to change, said Anthony Bergin, deputy director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. “I understand very soon there will be Chinese tourists on Chinese vessels with all-Chinese crew in the Antarctic,” he said.

 

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