Here And There with Dave Marash

Everywhere you look in New Mexico water rights and water usage are turbulent issues.  Members are quitting the Interstate Stream Commission over a political push for the expensive and dysfunctional plans for the Gila River…while local residents are angry over proposals to take water out of aquifers under the Augustin Plains and the East Mountains to sell it to customers hundreds of miles away..  Laura Paskus of the NM Political Report brings us up to date.  

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600,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee Myanmar in the just past 2 months.  Award-winning photojournalist Paula Bronstein has covered the exodus, and temporary resettlement of the refugees in camps in Bangladesh.  Myanmar’s political leader, the tarnished Nobel peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi says they can come home, but the government won’t extend citizenship and is taking all their lands. 

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Newsman Tony Cheng of CGTN, the Chinese English-language TV newschannel has just watched American-supported fighters, led by units of the Kurdish YPG, expel the Islamic State from its Syrian capital Raqqa.  He also covered the re-taking of the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS.  Again Kurds helped win the battle there.  But now Iraqi government forces, and Iran-trained militia units are expelling Kurds from the oil-0rich areas around Kirkuk.  Will the US defend its once-valued Kurdish allies?  

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For 3 years, AP Investigative Reporter Martha Mendoza and her Pulitzer Prize-winning team have been revealing the slave labor that infects the global seafood industry.  In her latest scoop, she and her colleagues have documented workers from North Korea who process salmon filets that wind up for sale in American Wal-Marts.  The North Koreans work in terrible conditions in northeast China, under constant surveillance, and 70% of their sub-market pay goes straight to the government in Pyongyang. 

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Both in terms of lives lost and property damaged, the wine country wildfires in northern California have been the worst in state history.  Edward Struzik, an award-winning Canadian writer and photographer, and the author of the new book FIRESTORM says our future will be full of record-setting wildfires.  Climate change, hotter, drier weather, and increasing human penetrations of forested areas are, he says, only 2 of the reasons why. 

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Glen Canyon was once one of the most beautiful places in the American Southwest.  And it contained petroglyphs, pottery and other remains of a vanished Native American community.  Now it’s all underwater, just an arm of the huge Lake Powell reservoir.  Krista Langlois of High Country News on a movement to disable the Glen Canyon Dam, and drain Glen Canyon. 

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It’s called pay-to-play,,,you wanna do legitimate business with the State, you gotta pay for the privilege.  This corruption was rampant in NM 9 years ago…the echoes continue today.  Reporter Tripp Stelnicki of the Santa Fe New Mexican brings us up to date on the latest charges.

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Your money or your life, that theatrical old bandit’s choice is real for the Navajo Nation, which has to choose between saving jobs and a big investment in coal, and endangering the long-term health of their members in the 4 Corners area of the Reservation.  AP Correspondent Susan Montoya Bryan on the potentially devastating cost of clearing NM’s skies.

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Two big differences between the Trinity atomic bomb test in NM and the later series of tests in Nevada.  The Nevada tests were public displays, the Trinity test was a secret, and while downwind people made sick by the Nevada tests have gotten federal money, the Trinity downwinders haven’t.  Santa Fe investigative reporter Dennis Carroll updates the story.

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For 141 years, the Buenos Aires Herald was the one English-language newspaper in Argentina.  It closed this summer, better loved than read, in the words of its last editor.  But Joe Goldman who covers Latin America for ABC News, the Herald proved to be well-remembered for its heroism in reporting government crimes during Argentina’s infamous “dirty war” of the 1970s.  Some of its reports on civilians “disappeared” shamed the government into letting them reappear alive. 

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