Here And There with Dave Marash

Last year, the Justice Department received 10,250 proposed corporate mergers.  It approved all but 7 of them.  In the self-entitled world of Big Business this is called getting tough.  Helping these mergers alone, and getting very rich doing it, reports Pulitzer Prize winner Jesse Eisinger of Pro Publica , are a small group of academic economists, whose assurances that making big companies even bigger is going to work out for everyone are sometimes very, very wrong.

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It’s the oldest trick in the book, bait a tyrant and make him discredit himself in responding.  2 cheeky pro-independence legislators in Hong Kong baited the Xi Jinping Government in Beijing and succeeded in advancing their cause with the Hong Kong public when the Chinese Government threw them out of the jobs that voters had just given them.  NY Times contributor Joseph Lian says the political tide is running against Beijing, especially as young voters come of age, but for now an authoritarian crackdown is continuing.

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2 Princeton economists discovered the statistical evidence – over the past decade, White Americans, men and women, have been dying unnaturally young in the United States, especially in poor, rural and small town America.  The Washington Post has commissioned a series of articles detailing the human lives behind the numbers.  Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Ellis Nutt went to Durango, Colorado, where suicides among middle-aged White women have been surging.  The death rates are high even by the standards of the Rocky Mountain slice of America known as The Suicide Belt. 

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BREXIT is headline code for the British exit from the European Union…a move of such potentially enormous significance that, when it passed in a national referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron handed in his resignation.  Now his successor Theresa May has the job of making it happen, and it’s not going to be easy.  Brits have been on a buying and borrowing spree, anticipating a big jump in inflation in 2017.  AP’s London Buro Chief Gregory Katz says the vote itself is not the last BREXIT surprise in store for the UK. 

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Lt Gen Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s choice as National Security Adviser is frequently called, “the best intelligence officer of his generation.”  But what does that mean?  His revolution in how intelligence is gathered and processed changed the American war against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Gareth Porter of Truthout says Flynn’s methods raised the enemy body count, but, he reported 5 years ago in Afghanistan, many of the killed were not legitimate targets.  Drone video and cell phone intercepts can’t always tell you who is in your gunsights.  

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It’s bad enough that the people being stopped for alleged traffic offenses like failing to signal a turn or having a busted brake-light in Santa Fe, TX are disproportionately African-American.  It’s worse that they’re often kept in jail for weeks at a time, because they have No money to pay their fines.  Investigative reporter Patrick Michels of the Texas Observer on the return of debtors’ prisons, of the sort supposedly banned by the US Constitution.  A couple of lawsuits say it’s not just Santa Fe, but 15 jurisdictions in the Lone Star State which are locking people up for being poor.   

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At America’s southern border, the number of would-be refugees from Honduras and El Salvador is rising sharply again, notwithstanding the fact that the migrant trail from Central America to the US Border has only gotten more difficult and dangerous.  Investigative reporter Joseph Sorrentino on how a crackdown pressed by both the US and Mexican governments isn’t stopping the flow of desperate people.  2 reasons why: the failure of the governments of Honduras and El Salvador to stop the murders and forced recruitments of children by criminal gangs. 

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Ever since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defeated an attempted coup, he’s been purging not just alleged-coup-plotters from the military, but tens of thousands of government workers and public school teachers. Istanbul-based journalist and novelist Elliot Ackerman on the chill descending on what was once a Turkish democracy, but is moving towards dictatorship.  More than a hundred news media outlets have been closed; more than 100 journalists have been jailed, and now, Erdogan wants President-elect Trump to help him extradite the man Erdogan claims was behind the failed coup. 

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For the second time in as many months, the Government of Colombia has signed a peace agreement with the FARC rebels. The first agreement was narrowly defeated in a referendum. But Joshua Goodman AP Bureau Chief in Bogota reports, putting the second agreement to the Congress, skipping a popular vote could mess up everything.

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When last we heard from Libyan journalist Mustafa Fetouri, his homeland was paralyzed between 2 competing, mutually hostile pseudo-governments.  Now, he says there are 3 and the paralysis is worse …and what about the big battle to expel the Islamic State from the city of Sirte.  It’s going slowly, very slowly. Literally, block by block. Meanwhile the city’s 80,000 former residents are now refugees, scattered around the xountry and hoping the fighting leaves them homes to go back to. 

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