Here And There with Dave Marash (general)

I call it family separation with Chinese characteristics.  First Chinese authorities put Muslim Uighurs into “re-education” centers, then they take their children away and put them into special “orphanages” where, their parents fear, they’ll be stripped of their cultural identities.  Yanan Wang of the Associated Press Beijing Bureau broke the story.

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It’s one of the biggest crimes against human rights in the world today – the government of China’s crackdown on the Uighur minority, and other Muslim groups in Western China.  Scholar Rian Thum has visited Xinjiang, but said, he couldn’t be seen talking with anyone lest he put them in danger of detention.

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Over her 20 years covering Afghanistan for the Washington Post, foreign correspondent Pamela Constable has seen a lot of positive changes: a better economy, more opportunities for education and new freedoms spread by smart phones and the internet. What hasn't changed is the endless bloodshed. 

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Economically, Yemen has barely any value; politically, it has historically been among the most ungovernable places on earth. So why are Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates destroying the place in a war they may never win, and why is the US working so hard to help them? Trevor Johnston follows Yemen for the RAND corporation and will explain. 

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A distraught mother reports her 3 year old son missing, probably kidnapped by his father.  The child has epilepsy and could die without medication.  The FBI tracks the father for months and doesn’t intervene until long after the child has died for a seizure for which his medication was withheld.  Why did the FBI wait so long?  Could it be they were building a case against suspected terrorists and child abuse didn’t seem as important. John Miller of the Taos News has followed the story since sheriff’s deputies finally intervened on August 3. 

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The fastest-growing phenomenon in American retail right now is the Dollar Store, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar General.  There are more Dollar General stores than there are McDonalds.  Low prices.  Low overhead.  Low wages for few workers.  2 struggling towns in Kansas decide if they want one. Chris McGreal of The Guardian with the story.

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A tough year for Brazil to choose a new President.  The economy’s terrible, violent crime is rampant, and the man who led all the polls, former President Lula was tossed from the race.  Then the new poll leader, right-winger Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed and now confusion reigns.  AP Rio de Janeiro Bureau Chief Peter Prengaman sorts out the story.

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A California jury has ordered Monsanto  to pay a high school groundskeeper named Dewayne (Lee) Johnson $289 million, because Monsanto never warned Johnson that the weed-killer Roundup could give him cancer. Carey Gillam wrote the investigative book Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science.

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It’s called the Regional Coalition of Los Alamos National Laboratories Communities, a harmless group that offers community platforms and Washington lobbying in behalf of the Labs.  But Steve Terrell, the Statehouse Reporter and Columnist for The Santa Fe New Mexican, says it does the little it does on our dime, and that’s just the beginning of the scandal.  The Coalition’s former chief executive is running for the State Legislature in spite of what was at best sloppy bookkeeping and at worst a waste of taxpayers’ money.

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The standard measurements all show the US economy doing well.  So how come so many Americans are doing so badly?  And can an economy live off by skimming the fat off the top, while down below, major cities are awash in people living in homelessness and hunger and small towns are fading away?  Financial journalist Nomi Prins, the author of Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World sees signs of trouble ahead in America and in emerging markets like Turkey, Brazil and Mexico, and perhaps for the banks that invested there. 

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