Here And There with Dave Marash

AP's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter MItch Weiss revealed in March how Federal, State and local law enforcement had ignored years of reports of physical, psychological, and economic abuse of converts to the Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, North Carolina.  Among the charges, worshippers are overworked, underpaid and kept virtual prisoners.  Now, Mitch has a follow-up report, showing that the religious cult has been bringing young Brazilians to their compound and treating them even worse.  Now, the Feds, state and local officials are definitely on the case. 

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The San Luis Valley of southern Colorado is beautiful, a hammock between 2 major ranges of the Rocky Mountains, and prosperous, with some ranching but more farming of potatoes and...--this is the 21st century-- quinoa.  But it has a problem: not enough water.  The Rio Grande can only supply so much and underground aquifers are dropping.  The solution, the Golden Rule of Nursery School -- learning to share.  Kelsey Cody of the University of Colorado, Boulder, has been keeping a scholarly eye on the life-lessons and political-lessons being learned in the shadow of the Rockies. 

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Yemen may be the most unfortunate country on earth, beset by civil war and devastating air attacks, a famine that could starve millions, and the worst cholera outbreak ever reported...up to half a million already infected.  And things are getting worse: land and air attacks are more frequent than ever, and the coalitions that comprise the 2 sides are coming apart and still more people are being killed.  Oh, and the US is firmly on the side of the Saudi and Emirati invaders, the people UN officials call the worst child-killers on earth.  AP Cairo Correspondent Maggie Michael has been covering the story from the beginning. 

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The Islamist radicals of ISIS have been almost entirely expelled from the Old City of Western Mosul.  But the costs of this military victory have been enormous…as many as 40,000 civilians killed, an estimated one million people made homeless, and between a quarter and a half of buildings reduced to rubble.  How to help Mosul recover, the RAND Corporation analyst Shelly Culbertson has put in a year refining a plan.  It starts with supplying basic needs…food, shelter, security…and then considers restoration of police and health care and other public services, and allowing displaced people to return to their homes. 

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When the Iraqi-led allied assault on the city of Mosul, Iraq, to expel the Islamic State from its biggest base city began, predictions were, it would take 3 or 4 months.  But after it took 5 months just to take East Mosul, and the casualty count among Iraqi forces was reaching unsustainable levels, the strategy for taking West Mosul was changed.  American-supported Air strikes and Iraqi ground force shelling with artillery and mortars was stepped up, and damage to property and civilians soared.  Photo-journalist Ivor Prickett covered the story in depth.

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NM Gov. Susana Martinez says the way to grow jobs is to cut corporate taxes and cut back on environmental law enforcement.  That’s exactly the opposite from what’s happening in the neighboring state of Colorado.  Guess which state shows rapid economic growth, and has tough laws regulating methane…and which state has the worst methane plume in the western hemisphere.  Well, at least it’s easier to identify NW NM from space….even if our economy is still in the ICU.  Rebecca Moss of the Santa Fe New Mexican gives us the story.

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Are you in deep trouble with your people, because your economy is disintegrating and criminal violence is amok on your streets and your clumsy political manipulations are as stupidly obvious as they are anti-democratic?  Want fast relief?  Get Donald Trump to threaten you and become a global martyr in waiting.  AP Andean bureau chief Joshua Goodman on the big favor America’s President did for Venezuela’s dictator, Nicolas Maduro..and why the Trump scarecrow might not save Maduro’s political future. 

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The pattern is all too clear.  The Federal Department of Justice files criminal charges against some of the biggest brand name financial institutions on Wall Street, and winds up settling for money taken from innocent shareholders, while letting the people who dreamed up or passed along the scams that helped crash the economy go unpunished.  Pulitzer Prize winner Jesse Eisinger’s new book The Chickenshit Club shows – this injustice is no accident.  The toughest time for white collar criminals was when George W Bush was President…under Barack Obama prosecution became negotiation and bosses and their companies got more protection than citizens. 

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In 2016 voters in New Mexico emphatically rejected Donald Trump, and by giving Democrats majorities in both houses of the State Legislature, rejected Republican Governor Susana Martinez’ 6 years of economic austerity.  In Kansas, in 2017, Republican Governor Sam Brownback’s hard-line austerity program was rolled back by opposition from within his own party.  Analyst Kim Rueben of The Brookings Tax Policy Center at the Urban Institute explains what happened…and what it might say about a newly developing mindset among American voters…paying taxes for services you want and need may be acceptable, after all. 

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What one investigative reporter can do.  Thomas Brennan of The War Horse.com broke the story of the widespread cyber-stalking of female US Marines, by male US Marines and revealed a command that had been asleep at the switch.  Our guest Elliot Ackerman, who fought alongside Thomas Brennan as Marines in Fallujah, Iraq, has taken Thomas’s reporting a big step further: the need to tame the so-called “battle of the sexes” to protect the integrity and effectiveness of the men and women of the armed service uniquely focused on the literal battlefield. 

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It’s back-to-school time, and after a summer of budget cuts, job cuts and new assignments, school teachers, staff and administrators will have a tough time matching the bright first-day smiles on their students faces.  But Dr. Veronica Garcia, Superintendent of Schools in Santa Fe says she’s looking forward to the academic year ahead.  Her big investment, in the face of cuts elsewhere, student health.  In the era of Trumpcare, in-school nurses and aides go from being valuable to vital. 

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It was a mislabeled container of radioactive materials, sent by Los Alamos Labs to the WIPP site in Carlsbad, whose danger was covered up in Los Alamos, before the barrel of waste blew up underground, exposed a dozen workers to radiation and forced the WIPP site to close for 3 ½ years and counting.  Patrick Malone of the Center for Public Integrity says both the errors and the dishonesty are parts of a malign pattern of mismanagement inside the national nuclear weapons industry.  Firing the Los Alamos management is supposed to change that…but why did it take 3 years before the fired managers left their jobs? 

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When it comes to experience with immigration policy and the inner workings of ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service, reporter Marcelo Rochabrun of Pro Publica says the team assembled by now former Secretary of Homeland Security Gen. John Kelly may be the most qualified ever.  But together they’ve created an indiscriminate deportation machine.  Fewer immigrants are crossing the border to the US, but families and lives are being destroyed in the process.

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When China took control of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom in 1997, Deng Xiaoping promised the island would always be run by Hong Kong people.  But veteran Hong Kong journalist Steven Vines says the promise has been bent if not broken. The Hong Kong people running the island territory take their orders from Beijing, and dissenters from Mainland control, like 6 members of the Hong Kong Legislative Council get nbunced from their jobs. 

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What happens when Takata, one of the biggest manufacturers of airbags for the auto industry, is revealed to have spent 2 decades putting unsafe “safety devices” into the world’s automobiles?  Legal expert Chuck Tatelbaum on why owners of 2001, 2 and 3 Hondas and Acuras are being told, get your air bags replaced before you drive another mile.  This is a mess the auto industry says will take years to set right, after 16 linked deaths and close to 200 linked injuries.

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What benefits did Obamacare bring to New Mexico, and what could be the effects of the Republican attempt to destroy it?  Colin Baillio of Health Action NM on what happens when you remove the fine for not insuring, and replace it with incentives to buy the cheapest policies insurors will sell.  What are the public health consequences of low premiums and very high deductibles in one of the poorest states in America? 

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In 1946 William Perry enlisted in the US Army and was sent to Japan.  There he lived the grunt’s life of collaborative survival and saw first-hand, the horrors of nuclear war.  Both experiences shaped his career as an entrepreneur and Secretary of Defense, building better homes for non-commissioned officers and helping disarm the weapons of the cold war.  The latter feat was achieved through co-operation with Russia…amost inconceivable, he admits unhappily, today. 

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