Here And There with Dave Marash

Just as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been accumulating more and more political power, the Turkish one percent has been accumulating more and more wealth.  One occasion for displaying both Presidential power and private wealth is a wedding.  Scholar-journalist Pinar Tremblay of Al-Monitor on wedding bells, and wedding videos and even new religious wedding jobs in Turkey.  Polls suggest young voters, coming of age for the 2019 national elections are not amused. 

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Way out in the wilds of southwestern New Mexico, a paramilitary religious cult set up shop in desert country 60 miles from the nearest town.  The Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps was in flight from court judgments in California stemming from charges of psychological intimidation and child abuse.  Albuquerque-based AP correspondent Russell Contreras reports, new charges now accuse cult leaders of repeating past crimes, including in this case the alleged rape of a disabled immigrant girl. 

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It’s the Donald Trump era and hatred is washing over America.  Where do groups like the Charlottesville Neo-Nazis and their Antifa antagonists come from, and where are they, and we, headed?  Brian Levin of California State University, San Bernardino studies the movements and tracks their activities.  He’ll share some in-depth thoughts on why an Antifa cell that’s been active in Portland, OR for 12 years has suddenly gotten much more violent.

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The medical miracle of gene therapy promises to save the lives of many people suffering from rare cancers.  But Gina Kolata of the NY Tines says the asking price for these literally one-of-a-kind medications may be more than patients or our national healthcare system can afford.  $475,000 for a one-dose cure for one type of childhood leukemia?  $900,000 to prevent blindness?  Drug companies say the prices are both fair and necessary.  Not everyone agrees. 

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The United States and Mexico are on the brink of a major agreement on the sharing of water from the Colorado River Basin.  UNM water expert John Fleck calls the agreement a win-win and another great step forward in the rational allocation of the American Southwest’s most necessary resource.  In the face of a 17 year drought, dented only a bit by a wetter 2017, more people in the southwest, city-dwellers and farmers, have learned to use less water.  

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De-confliction…keeping Russian and American forces from fighting each other, even as their proxy warriors battle on in Syria has been working pretty well.  But as endgame in the war against the Islamic State gets nearer, James Sladden of the RAND Corporations says, de-confliction is getting harder to sustain.  The Euphrates River, once a dividing line, has been crossed by Russian allies, and US allies are both complaining and fighting back.

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