Here And There with Dave Marash

What will Iraq be like 100 years after the American invasion of 2003?  That’s the question, Iraqi author Hassan Blasim asked 10 of his fellow writers to address in short stories or a book called Iraq + 100.  One of those Iraqi writers is Anoud al-Anoud.  Like most of her colleagues,  Anoud predicts an Iraq still dominated by foreigners. Especially American foreigners.  Again, like almost all her colleagues, Anoud al-Anoud finds today’s Iraq an uncomfortable place to write in and lives as an expatriate.

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The American Southwest is full of animal species struggling against extinction.  The chances of survival of the jaguar, the ocelot and the Mexican Grey Wolf will almost certainly be made worse by President Trump’s planned 1954 mile wall on the US-Mexico border. Bryan Bird of the organization Defenders of Wildlife explains why the wall and its service roads and regular patrols will make migrations necessary to species survival all but impossible, and what might be done to mitigate this problem. 

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Even the former head of New Mexico’s Department of Corrections admits, he found 2 days of solitary confinement to have been a devastating experience, but most days hundreds of prisoners in state and county lock-ups are kept in solitary for weeks and months at a time.  Exactly how many, the Department won’t say.  Investigative reporter Jeff Proctor of NM In Depth and the Santa Fe Reporter has more, including the story of one man, put into segregation, probably wrongly, and then kept there for months beyond his term, who still shows the effects more than a year after his release into society.

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Northwest New Mexico is marked by the biggest methane plume in North America.  The Obama Administration’s EPA enacted rules to make oil and gas producers reduce their emissions of methane into the atmosphere, but now Laura Paskus of the New Mexico Political Report tells us the Trump EPA is eradicating the evidence and  rolling back the rules.  The effects on climate change could be dramatic, because methane is among the worst chemical contributors to global warming. 

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A cult is defined as an isolated or at last separated community with a charismatic leader.  America is full of them, some good, some bad.  Pulitzer Prize-winning AP investigative reporter Mitch Weiss reveals how one religious congregation, The North Carolina-based Word of Faith fellowship was turned into an abusive cult, ruled by an erratic tyrant and run like a totalitarian prison camp.  There had ben whistleblowers in the past, but they were defeated by local prosecutors turned cult enablers. 

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President Dwight Eisenhower used his farewell Address to warn Americans about what he called “the military-industrial complex.”  65 years later, the warning still sounds prescient, even though the complex has grown, and now includes thousands of private military contractors who author David Isenberg says have been “systematized, legalized, normalized, and, in all important aspects, accepted.”  But are these contractors and the costs they add to the military budget, under control? 

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President Donald Trump wants to build a wall on the US-Mexico border to keep out “bad dudes” and worse narcotic drugs.  Albuquerque Journal investigative reporter Mike Gallagher has done a 6-part series on the international market for illegal drugs called The Cartels Next Door and says a wall won’t even slow down the cross-border traffic in cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and the fentanyls.  Almost all of them, he says, are smuggled through legal Ports of Entry, the gateways through the wall. 

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Dan Habib was an award winning newspaper photographer.  Then his second son Samuel was born with cerebral palsy and Dan became his son’s advocate, and a maker of stunning video documentaries about children with special needs and how public school systems deal with them.  The first was called Including Samuel.  The second, Who Cares About Kelsey, tells the story of a teenager with ADHD and one school’s attempt to get her through graduation.

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Apparently the burden of creating “alternative facts” has grown too great.  The Trump Administration has returned to its simpler signature: no facts.  But now the President has opened the door to Congressional fact-finding – usually quite a carnival in its own right -- about his un-verified charge that he was wire-tapped by President Obama.  Recently retired NBC Political Correspondent Steve Handelsman helps us sort out phony facts and fancy fictions about Mr. Trump’s alleged Russian connections and the investigations into them.

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On New Year’s Day 2017 in Brazil, a savage gang war inside a major regional prison killed 57 inmates, and insurgent mayors were sworn in to run the 2 biggest cities in the country.  In the days following, there were more riots, and fresh evidence of widespread corruption at the top of government and the private sector.  AP’s Rio Correspondent Mauricio Savarese got exclusive access to the Compaj prison, and helped lead the coverage of the latest revelations from the so-called CarWash prosecution of politicans and business executives.

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