Here And There with Dave Marash

It’s easy to believe a foreign war is over when the American troops come home, but life today in Iraq, almost 8 years after full-scale combat ended is far from peacetime.  AP Baghdad correspondent Philip Issa on the daily reality of Iraq and why President Trump’s statement that the real reason we keep forces in Iraq is to keep watch on Iran, hasn’t gone down well with the Iraqi government.  And the Iraqis are worried about the American base along the Syrian border at Al-Tanf. 

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President Trump’s fantasy “National Security Emergency” on our Southern border has been taking a beating recently.  The top military commander for homeland defense sys he sees no military threat from Mexico, and experts on the drug trade say the wall is largely irrelevant to stopping the flow of narcotics.  AP’s star reporters Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke have broken several big stories about the treatment of detainees, especially children.  They reveal the reality at our southern border.

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As the Trump White House shows its contempt for immigrants, perhaps the President should think about Joseph Pulitzer…a 17 year old fleeing from poverty in Hungary…brought to America to be cannon-fodder in the Civil War.  He taught himself English and revolutionized journalism, publishing in New York City the most popular newspaper in the world. His formula for success: The facts; the color; the facts.  Robert Seidman co-wrote and co-produced a new American Masters film: Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People.

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Antisemitism is very much in the news….with recent accusations against and an apology from Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar… and headline political statements denouncing hatred against Jews in the United Kingdom and France. What better time to talk with Deborah Lipstadt, author of the new bookAntisemitism: Here and Now.  One of America’s top academic monitors of antisemitic rhetoric and bigotry in action examines attacks on Jews and Israel from the alt-right and the Old Left…are they all examples of antisemitism?

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Hepatitis C is now a curable disease, but the cure demands months of regular treatments.  How convenient that so many of New Mexico’s Hep C patients are in prison, where follow-up treatments can be administered.  Or could be.  But of 3000 cases, only 46 are getting medical care. Investigative reporter Ted Alcorn of NM In Depth on medical neglect that may be unconstitutional.  NM’s Corrections Department is fearful of a court ruling and the potential medical bill.

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It’s tax-paying time again in America and what better time for America’s Money Answers Man, Jordan Goodman, to sort through the changes taking effect right now from President Trump’s tax law of late 2017?  What was promised before the bill was passed? Capital investment and job creation?  What’s happened since? Not much of either. Who won? Who Lost? And what do you need to pay attention to as you prepare to file?  Tax answers from an expert.  

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Dead of winter seems a fine time to think about the ever-growing threat to lives and property from wildfires.  In part because of the ever-growing influence of climate change, we in NM are just 3 months shy of fire season.  A very well-made reminder is Alex Jablonski’s documentary WILDLAND, which follows a team of young forest-fire-fighters as they are trained in Oregon and then go to California to face their first real, big wildfire. Alex had to take the fighter-fighter’s training to get to make his movie.

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Emmanuel Macron won the Presidency of France promising to bring new ideas to a more people-connected government.  But his rule has been called regal, distant, stuck with old-school trickle down economic ideas and tone-deaf to the people.  And that was before he went to diplomatic war with Italy and got himself crosswise with his chief European ally, Angela Merkel.  And did anyone mention the economic threats from Brexit? AP Paris Buro Chief Angela Charlton brings us up to date on the story.

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The County Commission in poor, underpopulated Mora County in Northeastern New Mexico voted to ban fracking.  Their ordinance was overturned in Albuquerque Federal Court, but one Commissioner who lost his seat for backing the ban says, Mora County set an example that’s been more successfully adapted in states like Maryland and New York.   David Luis Leal Cortez made a film, Drilling Mora County about the issue. It’ll be shown in Santa Fe on Sunday…and it should be noted, even without the ban, no fracking, no energy development at all, has taken place in Mora County. 

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After a couple of decades as a community leader and advocate in Oakland, California, Sister Simone Campbell went national, establishing the NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice and travelling the country as part The Nuns on the Bus.  She recently spent a week in New Mexico, listening to poor people in the cities, Albuquerque and Las Cruces, and especially in rural areas of the state.  She’ll tell us what she learned about, the need for the SNAP – food stamps – program without political restrictions on eligibility.  Why not, she asks, just assure that no Americans go hungry?

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