Here And There with Dave Marash

One day, President Donald Trump says the US is ready to destroy North Korea; the next, he says, we’re ready to negotiate.  One week, China is a currency manipulator, the next, trade imbalances are all America’s fault.  Norman Ornstein the respected political analyst from the American Enterprise Institute and co-author of the new book, One National After Trump tracks the zigs and zags looking for a way to make them add up to anything more than White House confusion. 

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Can’t anyone get along?  Some Catalonians want out of Spain, while some in Lombardy and Veneto want to re-negotiate their deal with Italy.  Some Flemings want to bolt Belgium, some Corsicans seek an exit from France…and then there’s BREXIT.  Amb. Charles Ries of the RAND Corporation on what’s driving these divisions and where BREXIT may be headed.  If you guessed nowhere, that BREXIT might never happen, Amb. Ries isn’t ruling it out, because so many aspects make no economic sense. 

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New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment…and the Land of Pay-to-Play.  Political corruption in the era of Democratic Governor Bill Richardson has been under investigation and litigation for years, but now, investigative reporter David Sirota of International Business Times connects some dots, he says, tie $1.2 million in contributions to Republican Governor Susana Martinez’s political campaigns to more than $14 million worth of money management contracts with the State

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At a time when President Donald Trump is doing his best to dismantle Federal Government regulation of big banks, brokers and businesses, author CareyGillam’s new book WHITEWASH details how one mega-corporation Monsanto has overwhelmed pre-Trump regulators to keep it’s herbicide Roundup, and the GMO seeds protected against it on top of the agriculture world.  Does Roundup’s main ingredient cause cancer?  One top UN agency says it probably does. 

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They call North Korea, the Hermit Kingdom, because it has, for the whole 70 year Kim family dynasty, kept to itself and kept visitors out.  Recently, though, in the midst of its nuclear weapons squabble with the US, some American journalists were invited in.  Carol Giacomo of the NY Times was one.  She’ll tell us about her trip, and why the current war of words between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, the man Trump calls Little Rocket Man, scares the heck out of her. 

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 Ever since the 1952 armistice which ended the Korean War without a peace treaty, relations between North Korea and the United States have oscillated between complicated diplomatic negotiations and frightening  crises and threats.  Bruce Bennett of the RAND Corporation has been involved in negotiations with Pyongyang in the past, and is just returned from Seoul.  Japan’s leaders say they’ve never felt more threatened by North Korea than now…what’s the anxiety level in South Korea? 

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Everywhere you look in New Mexico water rights and water usage are turbulent issues.  Members are quitting the Interstate Stream Commission over a political push for the expensive and dysfunctional plans for the Gila River…while local residents are angry over proposals to take water out of aquifers under the Augustin Plains and the East Mountains to sell it to customers hundreds of miles away..  Laura Paskus of the NM Political Report brings us up to date.  

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600,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee Myanmar in the just past 2 months.  Award-winning photojournalist Paula Bronstein has covered the exodus, and temporary resettlement of the refugees in camps in Bangladesh.  Myanmar’s political leader, the tarnished Nobel peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi says they can come home, but the government won’t extend citizenship and is taking all their lands. 

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Newsman Tony Cheng of CGTN, the Chinese English-language TV newschannel has just watched American-supported fighters, led by units of the Kurdish YPG, expel the Islamic State from its Syrian capital Raqqa.  He also covered the re-taking of the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS.  Again Kurds helped win the battle there.  But now Iraqi government forces, and Iran-trained militia units are expelling Kurds from the oil-0rich areas around Kirkuk.  Will the US defend its once-valued Kurdish allies?  

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For 3 years, AP Investigative Reporter Martha Mendoza and her Pulitzer Prize-winning team have been revealing the slave labor that infects the global seafood industry.  In her latest scoop, she and her colleagues have documented workers from North Korea who process salmon filets that wind up for sale in American Wal-Marts.  The North Koreans work in terrible conditions in northeast China, under constant surveillance, and 70% of their sub-market pay goes straight to the government in Pyongyang. 

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