Here And There with Dave Marash (general)

Let’s face it, American healthcare is a mess.  It costs us more and gives us less than most citizens get in every other First World country. And most of what’s been proposed by President Trump and the deadlocked Republicans in Congress will only make things worse.  NBC News Chief Business Correspondent and MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi sorts through the bad ideas and the consequences.  The next big decisions by the President and our legislators are only days away, and they could cost you your money or your life.

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Over almost 40 years of service, the SEVA Foundation has cured more than 3 million cases of blindness – most of them in poverty-stricken places in India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Guatemala and Paraguay.  They also work in 3 places in the United States, all of them serving Native Americans.  Optometrist Dr. Lindsey Marvel talks about restoring sight in India and the Kewa/Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico, where the SEVA program starts with curing visual problems and goes on to train local people to work with them, and help create a self-sustaining medical facility. 

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After a commando raid in Yemen which cost the American military one of its most expensive airplanes and, much worse, the life of Navy Seal “Ryan’ Owens, the White House called it a success.  But award-winning reporter Iona Craig sneaked into that dangerous country and trekked 1000 miles to see the target village and talk with survivors of a raid that killed more than 2 dozen civilians.  A success is not what she calls it.  As for the war itself, no one is winning, but Yemen’s civilians, killed by the thousands by American-supported Saudi and Emerati bombing, are now facing famine.

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President Trump’s persistent denigration of American journalists may aggravate us folks in the profession here in the United States, but Joel Simon, the Executive Director of The Committee to Protect Journalists says, when the “leader of the free world” knocks journalists it licenses dictators around the world to do much worse things, including threatening, jailing and even killing their most honest reporters.  Already, CPJ’s global surveys show, the practice of journalism has never been more dangerous.

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After initially shrugging off the Sarin gas attack on Syrian civilians, almost certainly by forces of President Bashar al-Assad, with the comment, “I’m not the world’s policeman, US President Donald Trump retaliated with 59 Cruise missiles against a Syrian Air Force Base.  Left unanswered, the all-too-familiar question --“And then what?  Journalist and author Charles Glass, one of the world’s real experts on Syria, and a frequent and recent visitor there helps us sort out some possible answers, as repercussions echo from Damascus to Washington to Moscow. 

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At the University of New Mexico, several of the key trends are turning downward.  Financial support from the dead-broke State are down, and so are enrollments.  Acting UNM President Chaouki Abdallah says many parts of his system are “broken” and in need of fixing.  One example – the University’s heavy dependence on part-time teachers known as adjuncts. Thy can fill many holes, Dr Abdallah says, but there are important roles on campus they cannot play.

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A President’s public decisions and his private fortune are supposed to be kept strictly separated.  But several credentialed ethicists say even President Trump’s inadequate promises are already bing abandoned.  There are decisions with ethical implications being made every day at the Trump White House.  Investigative reporter Justin Elliott on why so many of them are so controversial.  Is the President “draining the swamp,” of swamping the Washington drain with too many wrong choices? 

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The battle for Mosul, Iraq.  Correspondent Tony Cheng is just back from the front lines of the months-long allied campaign to expel the Islamic State, ISIS, from its most important city. American air power has been crucial in this fight, but has also been the cause of many civilian casualties, which are starting to run into the thousands.  And Tony also explains why reporters covering today’s wars always try to keep their feet and their vehicles on pavement.  

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First there was BREXIT, then the election of Donald Trump, and pundits were saying, the world is going hard right.  Then the Dutch hyper-nationalist identity politician Geert Wilders was upset, going down in flames in national elections. Now votes are coming up in Germany and France with mainstream parties and politicians under sharp pressure.  James Kirchick of Foreign Policy looks at those elections, and the role being played in them by millions of dollars in imported right-wing American money. 

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When a fired public employee becomes a whistleblower, reporters can check out the he said-they said charges by checking the public record.  But what happens when an arm of a public university says it is a separate non-profit and everything it does can be kept off the books? Daniel Libit of nmfishbowl.com says, that’s when you have to sue them.  He’s asked the University of New Mexico Foundation about selling naming rights for the school’s iconic basketball arena, and gotten no answers…yet. 

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