Here And There with Dave Marash (general)

Today on HERE AND THERE our guest is AP's Caracas correspondent Hannah Dreier.  The crash in oil prices has hit the Venezuelan economy hard, while the government of President Nicolas Maduro is under siege -- as usual by the free-market opposition, but from some old-line supporters of Hugo Chavez as well.

Direct download: HereAndThere_02172015_Hannah_Dreier.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm MDT

Today on HERE AND THERE our guest is Milan Simonich, Roundhouse reporter for the New Mexican.  We'll talk about an Alice in Wonderland "debate" on gun law, and whether a Republican majority in the House and a Democratic majority in the Senate = political posturing and legislative paralysis.

Direct download: HereAndThere_02172015_Milan_Simonich.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm MDT

Today on HERE AND THERE our guest is Ukrainian journalist Maxim Eristavi.  He says the ceasefire seems to be holding, but what made it possible is that Vladimir Putin has already accomplished his goal of destabilizing Ukraine.  The more important war there, he says, is to end corruption in government and across the society.

Direct download: HereAndThere_02162015_Maxim_Eristavi.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm MDT

Today on Here and There, a conversation with the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Robert Jackson.  With Al Qaida affiliates still operating in Mali and Somalia, and with Boko Haram taking its Islamic State-like warfare beyond  Nigeria, Terrorism is a big issue on his plate.  But so are AIDS and Malaria reduction and the economic competition from China.

Direct download: HereAndThere_02122015_Robert_Jackson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm MDT

Today on Here and There, a conversation with Albuquerque lawyer and businessman Brad Cates.  As a Reagan-era Justice Dept official Brad helped implement newer, tougher procedures for civil forfeiture.  Now he'd like to see civil forfeiture abolished.  Despite some public mis-impressions Atty Gen Eric Holder has done much less than that.

Direct download: HereAndThere_02102015_Brad_Cates.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm MDT

Today on Here and There, a conversation with correspondent Gopal Ratnam of Foreign Policy magazine and foreignpolicy.com about last week's well-orchestrated Washington campaign to escalate American arms shipments to the military in Ukraine.  Whose campaign is this and how was it managed?  The effects have been felt in Washington, America, Ukraine and Europe from London to Moscow.

Direct download: HereAndThere_02092015_Gopal_Ratnam.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm MDT

Today on Here and There --12 years ago Recep Tayyip Erdogan looked like the best thing that had happened to Turkish politics in decades.  Today he looks like the poster-boy for Lord Acton's famous maxim, "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely."  The inside story from respected Istanbul journalist Cengiz Aktar.

Direct download: HereAndThere_02052015_Cenzig_Aktar.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm MDT

Today on Here and There we talk with reporter Jacob Kushner, who has spent recent months and years in Haiti, where the President now rules by decree...the Parliament has passed its re-elect-by date and gone home, where hundreds of thousands are still homeless, and disputes over who owns land threaten to paralyze economic development.

Direct download: HereAndThere_02042015_Jacob_Kushner.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm MDT

Today on Here and There we talk with David Isenberg, one of the first and still among the best analysts of the use of private contractors by the military and CIA.  How private contractors pocketed millions of dollars for running the CIA's torture program, and got permanent immunity from prosecutions for what many call war crimes.

Direct download: HereAndThere_02032015_David_Isenberg.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm MDT

Today on Here and There we talk with University of New Mexico law professor Nathalie Martin about payday loans...the most hyper-expensive way to borrow.  Prof. Martin has documented cases in NM of annual rates of interest aboVE 1000%.  How can this happen? -- there's no law against it.  But there are bills presently before the State Legislature to cap the cost of payday borrowing.

Direct download: HereAndThere_02022015_Nathalie_Martin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm MDT