Here And There with Dave Marash

The so-called “frozen war” in Eastern Ukraine suddenly got hot in a small town called Avdiivka.  The Ukrainian government and its pro-Russian secessionist adversaries each blame the other.  No on is surprised about that, but the reaction, or lack of one from the Trump administration seems to have shocked President Poroshenko.  Meanwhile Trump’s long-time personal lawyer receives a secret peace plan that would legalize Russian control of the Crimean territory it seized 3 years ago. Former US Ambassador Steven Pifer on what all this may mean. 

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Another European country in political turmoil.  This time it’s Italy, where the populist 5-Star Movement is now the second-most-popular political group in the polls.  PBS News Hour special correspondent Christopher Livesay, who’s been based in Italy for half a decade, on the political magnetism of the movement and its leader, comedian Beppo Grillo.

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As the Iraqi-American battle to toss the Islamic State out of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, continues, thousands of refugees have been fleeing the city, some in need of shelter, some of medical care as well.  Santa Fe naturopath Dr. Andrew Lustig and his Global Outreach Doctors have been there dispensing comfort and care.

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Here in Albuquerque, for the second time in weeks, a bomb threat was phoned into the Jewish Community Center, the kind of threat that’s been made dozens of times across America since Donald Trump’s election.  Investigative reporter A C Thompson of Pro Publica says hateful threats and actual hate crimes are on a sharply pointed spike, including, he was saddened to learn, in his own Northern California neighborhood.  Religious, racial and sexual minorities are the targets, sometimes of simple rhetorical spew, but sometimes of deadly violence.

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In his latest national poll, Shibley Telhami of the University of Maryland found 70% of Americans with favorable views of Muslims.  So how to explain a later poll’s finding that President Trump’s Executive Order stopping immigration of refugees and people from 7 Muslim-majority countries was approved by a 48% to 41 margin?    Over the course of 4 polls taken between November 2015 and October 2016, Democrats and Independents grew more and more tolerant of Muslim and Islam.  Republicans?  Not so much. 

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Today’s political fight for hearts and minds has shifted from the battlefield to the internet, and the US military has an on-line program to win over potential recruits to Islamic State terrorism.  But AP investigative reporter Richard Lardner says the CENTCOM Web Ops program isn’t doing that well.  Why not?  He says 3 reasons are ignorance, incompetence and cronyism.  One example: poor language skills has America’s persuaders criticizing, not the Palestinian Authority, but the Palestinian salad.

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Shortly after Donald Trump started his Presidency, the market for dystopian fiction went crazy.  George Orwell’s 1984 shot to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list, with the American classic It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis close behind.  UNM English Professor Gary Scharnhorst talks about these literary warnings against the threat of authoritarian or even totalitarian political takeovers.  What are the elements writers like Orwell, Lewis, Nathanael West and Jack London say turn populism into something much worse?

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Remember the Rev. Thomas Malthus?  He’s the guy who said, around the turn of the 19th century…there will eventually be not enough Earth for a growing population.  Many people have said the same about water in the Southwest, there’s not enough for all the people.  Author and UNM Professor John Fleck on why those folks are as wrong as Dr. Malthus.  The answer in his recent book Water Is for Fighting Over is a flow-chart…from consciousness to collaboration to adaptation to resilience…how our region is surviving even is a drying climate.

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You might think of Bayer in terms of aspirin and Alka-Seltzer, but the company is huge in agri-chemicals…and it has a plan to get much bigger, by merging with Monsanto.  What will this mean for farmers who fear less competition and higher prices for seeds and pesticides…and wonder why President Trump has been boosting the merger.  Justin Elliott of Pro Publica looks at President’s unprecedented hands-on approach to a big anti-trust issue, one where he might have an undisclosed conflict of business interest. 

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With wars on-going in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and volatile and shifting alliances among the countries across the region, the Middle east has never been more dangerous or unpredictable.  For decades, that began during the Presidency of George Bush the elder, and continued through that of Barack Obama, Amb. Dennis Ross has played a crucial role in the formation of American policy.  We’ll ask him for his best guesses on what’s next under Donald Trump?  The President says he wants to ally with Vladimir Putin’s Russia in the fight against the terrorism of the Islamic State?  Can he?

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