Here And There with Dave Marash (general)

For years, the housing authority in Alexander County in southern Illinois, let their public housing properties deteriorate.  By the time the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development took over, the buildings were too far gone to repair.  So HUD shut them and left hundreds of families looking for affordable places to live in a market that has little to offer.  Many residents have had to relocate hours away from the places they lived for decades. Molly Parker of The Southern Illinoisan and Pro Publica has the story.

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Amazon pays its warehouse workers more than some competitors, and they offer medical benefits, which is unusual.  But, critics say, the company’s close digital monitoring of everything from productivity rates to bathroom breaks make it an oppressive workplace.  And why were ambulances on stand by at 2 Amazon warehouse where workers were fainting from the high heat before the company put in air conditioning? Reporter Nina Shapiro of the Seattle Times went to an Amazon warehouse and has the story.

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Experts say, there has never been a voting system that was not vulnerable to hacking.  Investigative reporter Kim Zetter of VICE News’ Motherboard says, with election day less than 3 months away, those vulnerabilities remain largely unaddressed.  Will Putin play spoiler in the American elections again?  Suspected Russian spoofing of American power grid controls has been spotted.  Does this mean the Kremlin is shifting targets away from the election, or just that they’re expanding their hacking techniques? 

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Dona Ana County in southern NM is at the heart of what’s expected to be the closest contest among the state’s 3 Congressional races.  In the past, low voter turnout has limited the county’s influence on such political decisions, but this year, Heath Haussamen of NM Politics.net says, county election officials are determined to change that.  It’s a non-partisan effort to get out the vote, but it could have an impact on a very partisan election.

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Israel tells Russia, a 60 mile buffer zone between Iranian forces and the Syrian-Israeli border is a non-starter; we want Iran out of Syria.  Russia’s answer –no can do…and when asked about Russian attitudes towards further Israeli airstrikes against Iranian and Hezbollah bases in Syria, his answer is, It’s not for us to say. So should Israel see this as a green light, a yellow light or a red light for future bomb and missile attacks?  Andrew Parasiliti of the RAND Corporation on the implications. 

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Russia and Germany are working together to build the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea, which will further solidify Russia as the energy supplier for Germany and much of Europe.  President Trump says this will give Russia political domination over Germany.  Keith Johnson of Foreign Policy calls that an exaggeration.  But Keith agrees with the White House that there’s no exaggerating the negatives in the new pipeline for Ukraine, both in terms of national income and energy security. 

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Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, AMLO for short, finally won the Presidency of Mexico on his 4th try, and he did it by an overwhelming majority vote.  He’s also got strong majorities in both houses of Congress to tackle his promises to reduce historic levels of crime and violence and uproot endemic corruption.  And Victoria Gaytan of the think tank Global Americans reminds us, AMLO also has to deal with Donald Trump, who has publically called him “a terrific person.” 

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Twelve Thai schoolboys, aged 11 to 16 and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave for more than a week before they were found alive, after which it took more than a week to bring them to safety.  It was, for its time, the biggest news story in the world.  What an event! What a media event! How did it affect politically divided Thailand and what happens next for the kids and their soccer coach?  Tassanee Vejpongsa, Bangkok-based reporter for the Associated Press has been covering the story

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The migration of mostly middle-class, often well-educated and skilled refugees from the war in Syria has stirred lots of hostility and conflict in Europe.  So why has an equally large migration of similar people fleeing the police state in Venezuela gone so much more smoothly across Latin America?  Could it be because Europeans cling to tribal identities while Latin Americans see themselves as a single community?   Demetrios Papademetriou of the Migration Policy Institute explains. 

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