Here And There with Dave Marash

When Eric Prince sold Blackwater he said he was getting out of military and paramilitary contracting forever.  He even said this to his new partners.   But it turned out he was fibbing.  David Isenberg, one of the first and still among the foremost analysts of Private Military and security Companies on what the one-time Blackwater Boss has been up to.  Turning crop-duster planes into potential weapons of war was just the beginning.  Accusations he’s been laundering South Sudanese oil money through Chinese banks might cause the end of a super-mercenary’s career.   The CIA reportedly suspects behind the Chinese money deal stand the Chinese intelligence service.

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Financing a Presidential campaign $27 at a time.  Ned Resnikoff of the International Business Times on how the Bernie Sanders campaign did it” matched Hillary Clinton’s campaign dollar for dollar without taking a dime from Super PACS, and how that might be a “game-changer” for American politics.

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Andrew Lustig gave up his video production business in New York and moved to New Mexico to become an EMT.  Now he’s a naturapathic doctor leading Global Outreach Doctors on health care missions around the world.  Most recently he and his team served Syrian refugees living – for who knows how long – in a huge camp in Jordan.  His mission had 2 components – medicine and caring.  It was an experience he says he’ll never forget…even though he intends to repeat it, again and again, in places of need around the world.

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Monitoring the fates of unaccompanied minor border-crossers, today we present the second of 2 encores…this one featuring investigative reporter Garance Burke of the Associated Press (AP)…on how, in absolute defiance of State and Federal law, hundreds of immigrant children are being denied access to public schools.  These are kids who have followed American law and are awaiting court dates to ask for asylum or temporary or permanent legal residence.  But while they wait, their futures are being crippled by school districts that refuse to accept them into classes.  

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Monitoring the fates of unaccompanied minor border-crossers…we present 2 encores:  Today, Tyche Hendricks of KQED radio’s California Report on the so-called “worst” of these young people…the undocumented immigrants who wind up in juvenile detention centers…some for just weeks, some for a year or more of being shuttled from center to center, cell to cell.    Who decides to separate out these teenagers, and on what basis do they make the decision?  No one from ICE, DHS of the Office of Refugee Re-settlement will say. 

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One of the sillier controversies of the 2016 Presidential campaign occurred after Donald Trump pointed to one man in a crowd at a rally and shouted out, “Look, there’s my African-American.”  This in the usually inflated language of CNN created a “massive firestorm.”  Ridiculous said, Gregory Cheadle, the African-American in question, who says he’s not even sure he’ll vote for Trump.  Which makes this doubly-ridiculous according to John Gibbs of TheFederalist.com, one of “the Donald’s” few real African-American supporters.  He makes a strong defense of his choice.

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There’s been a song and a short movie on how a bill becomes a law on Capitol Hill.  Now there’s a radio program, featuring Jason Plautz of The National Journal, on how one bill, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act got through the House and Senate and was signed into law by President Barack Obama.  One of the heroes is NM Sen. Tom Udall, a liberal Democrat who joined with a conservative Republican, Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, to see chemical regulation reform from concept to statute.

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So the United Kingdom has chosen BREXIT. But what does the vote to leave the European Union tell us about the British electorate, and how might it permanently dis-unify what’s been a single sovereign state since 1801?  American pollster and marketing strategist John Zogby has some answers and some thoughts on whether the BREXIT vote might have echoes in America. 

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Diplomatic alliances are meant to last as long as they serve the interests of the allies.  And the United States certainly has interests that are served by our alliance with Egypt.  But happens when you wake up in bed with a monster?  What’s a White House to do when the President of Egypt Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi seems bent on turning the clock back 70 years, to a time of brutal tyranny in Cairo? Top diplomat turned policy analyst Michele Dunne sorts through those hard questions.

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It’s back, persistent abuse of the  Federal Government’s H1-b program which allows certain professional workers to come to the United States as guestworkers in newly created jobs.  It’s not supposed to allow Americans long in their jobs top be tossed aside because the new imports are cheaper.  Patrick Thibodeau of computerworld.com has been THE reporter way ahead on this story. He still is, as reports on  IT workers at some of America’s best-known companies.  Embarrassed once, some companies vowed they’d do better.  But have they?

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