Here And There with Dave Marash

President Donald Trump shocked the world, and particularly America’s military leadership, when he announced the sudden withdrawal of US forces from Syria.  Even Republican analysts say Trump has ceded victory to Russia.  And why not, says the head of the Carnegie Center in Moscow, Dmitri Trenin, Putin’s Syria strategy was already winning.

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Here’s to crossroads cities; places where lots of people are always passing through and lots of different kinds of people choose to stick around.  Like New Orleans, whose 300 years attracted a historian’s delight of characters and complications.  Jason Berry takes full advantage in his delightful new book The City of a Million Dreams

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Every day in America close to 200 people die of a drug overdose, most of them from an opioid, and more and more of a particular street opioid, fentanyl.  How people in pain got hooked, and how – even as thousands of dead bodies testified to the crisis,  -- government was largely paralyzed, is what Chris McGreal’s new book, American Overdose is all about.  How did a pharmacy in Kermit, WV population less than 500 sell millions of doses of Percocet, Vicodin and oxy-contin? 

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There’s a lot to be learned about President Donald Trump from the women in his life: the 2 who made and shaped him, his mother and Grandmother Trump.  Then came 3 wives and now made and shaped in some measure by Donald Trump, his daughter Ivanka. Nina Burleigh’s new book Golden Handcuffs has enough dish and plenty of dash, it also is studded with good reporting and even better perspective.  It may explain the more transient relationships, tabloid-ready or not, and the indecorous, compulsive verbal attacks Trump makes on women.

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 People who’ve been briefed on the evidence say there’s no doubt Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Kashoggi.  President Trump’s continued backing for MbS, says former top CIA analyst Emile Nakhleh, Director of the Global and National Security Institute at the University of New Mexico is bad for America’s reputation and the safety of Americans in the Middle East.  And then there’s Yemen, where America’s complicity is deeper and the negative impact in the region, even bigger.

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Poor Pakistan, desperately begging for financial relief, a bailout loan from the IMF, and better repayment terms from its international creditors.  Top of that list, China, but Kathy Gannon of the Associated Press Islamabad bureau says, so far Beijing hasn’t shown any signs of re-writing the contract.

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Donald Trump says he doesn’t believe in climate change.  Here’s how much he knows about it – he’s handed over global leadership on one of the defining issues of our time to China.  So, Barbara Finamore asks in her new book Will China Save the Planet? Few are better qualified to answer her own question.

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Amazon wins again! But the way it’s framed is that Long Island City, Queens, NY and Arlington, VA won the competition to become Amazon HQ cities. But, Bryce Covert asked in the NY Times, is this a win-win for the cities or just -- Amazon wins again!

 

 

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Somalia is a place most Americans would like to forget about.  The disastrous mission there in the 1990s left many Americans and many times more Somalis dead and little accomplished.  Dan Joseph, the chief of the Africa desk at Voice of America has co-authored a book, Inside Al-Shabaab following governance in Somalia is went from bad to worse to today’s stalemate.  2 things have changed in the past 15 years, more American drones in the sky and more American Special Forces boots on the ground.

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The present state of America’s diplomatic romance with North Korea seems to have both sides playing hard to get.  Although there is still talk of another Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit, just getting second-level diplomats in the same room is off the table for now.  What does this mean?  Bruce Bennett of the RAND Corporation, one of America’s top Korea-watchers has lots of insights, if no clear answer to the what’s next question. Meanwhile, Bennett says evidence suggests the North Koreans are stalling while they make their nuclear arsenal even stronger.

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It was called America’s Main Street, the Mother Road and the Will Rogers Highway, US Route 66, the highway that ran from Chicago to Santa Monica, from NM’s eastern border with TX to its western edge at AZ.  It was well-traveled and well known, but it took singer pianist Nat King Cole to put Route 66 on more than just roadmaps.  Photographer Terrence Moore traversed Route 66 many times, took his pics, got his kicks and shares the pleasures with us.

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