Here And There with Dave Marash (general)

Today on HERE & THERE: we cross the porous, colonially-designed border from Afghanistan to Pakistan to talk with the Washington Post's longtime bureau chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan Pamela Constable.  President Trump has threatened punishment because he says Pakistan lacks the will to seal the border and suppress its own terrorist groups.  But others wonder if there's an actual way for the Islamabad government to accomplish these tasks.  The fear in Pakistan is that the Trump Administration will double-down of the Obama Administrations escalated use of drone attacks against suspected terrorists inside Pakistan. 

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Will Everett, who first came to Afghanistan as a back-packing tourist and returned again and again over a decade or more, as a journalist and as a manager of USAID projects, will look at the likely impact of the Trump war effort on the Afghan civilians. Their present unhappiness, he says, is easily seen in the flows of refugees fleeing the country.  Only Syria has more citizens in global flight. Trump’s “No more nation-building,” is bad news to them. 

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Some reality-testing of President Donald Trump’s recently announced plans for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Military analyst Matthew Hoh, who served with the Marines in Iraq and worked for the State Department in both Iraq and Afghanistan, says, too often America's diplomatic and military efforts in Afghanistan, like the Obama-era "surge,"  were ill-conceived and worse-executed.   He predicts, the projected Trump escalation will only produce more disappointment, death and destruction and not, as the President claims, "victory." 

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For Labor Day, a holiday treat, a conversation about baseball the author of Mickey and Willie, The Last coach and Clearing the Bases and other best-sellers about sports, Allen Barra, -- We talk about the disappearance of African-Americans as players and as fans of what we used to call "the national pastime."  What’s caused the Black retreat from baseball, and what is being done or can be done about it by Major League Baseball? 

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AP's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter MItch Weiss revealed in March how Federal, State and local law enforcement had ignored years of reports of physical, psychological, and economic abuse of converts to the Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, North Carolina.  Among the charges, worshippers are overworked, underpaid and kept virtual prisoners.  Now, Mitch has a follow-up report, showing that the religious cult has been bringing young Brazilians to their compound and treating them even worse.  Now, the Feds, state and local officials are definitely on the case. 

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The San Luis Valley of southern Colorado is beautiful, a hammock between 2 major ranges of the Rocky Mountains, and prosperous, with some ranching but more farming of potatoes and...--this is the 21st century-- quinoa.  But it has a problem: not enough water.  The Rio Grande can only supply so much and underground aquifers are dropping.  The solution, the Golden Rule of Nursery School -- learning to share.  Kelsey Cody of the University of Colorado, Boulder, has been keeping a scholarly eye on the life-lessons and political-lessons being learned in the shadow of the Rockies. 

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Yemen may be the most unfortunate country on earth, beset by civil war and devastating air attacks, a famine that could starve millions, and the worst cholera outbreak ever reported...up to half a million already infected.  And things are getting worse: land and air attacks are more frequent than ever, and the coalitions that comprise the 2 sides are coming apart and still more people are being killed.  Oh, and the US is firmly on the side of the Saudi and Emirati invaders, the people UN officials call the worst child-killers on earth.  AP Cairo Correspondent Maggie Michael has been covering the story from the beginning. 

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The Islamist radicals of ISIS have been almost entirely expelled from the Old City of Western Mosul.  But the costs of this military victory have been enormous…as many as 40,000 civilians killed, an estimated one million people made homeless, and between a quarter and a half of buildings reduced to rubble.  How to help Mosul recover, the RAND Corporation analyst Shelly Culbertson has put in a year refining a plan.  It starts with supplying basic needs…food, shelter, security…and then considers restoration of police and health care and other public services, and allowing displaced people to return to their homes. 

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When the Iraqi-led allied assault on the city of Mosul, Iraq, to expel the Islamic State from its biggest base city began, predictions were, it would take 3 or 4 months.  But after it took 5 months just to take East Mosul, and the casualty count among Iraqi forces was reaching unsustainable levels, the strategy for taking West Mosul was changed.  American-supported Air strikes and Iraqi ground force shelling with artillery and mortars was stepped up, and damage to property and civilians soared.  Photo-journalist Ivor Prickett covered the story in depth.

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NM Gov. Susana Martinez says the way to grow jobs is to cut corporate taxes and cut back on environmental law enforcement.  That’s exactly the opposite from what’s happening in the neighboring state of Colorado.  Guess which state shows rapid economic growth, and has tough laws regulating methane…and which state has the worst methane plume in the western hemisphere.  Well, at least it’s easier to identify NW NM from space….even if our economy is still in the ICU.  Rebecca Moss of the Santa Fe New Mexican gives us the story.

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