Here And There with Dave Marash

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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Talk about your high-risk occupations, the leaders of pro-Russian secessionist militias in Eastern Ukraine have been surviving the dangerous battlefield, only to be  murdered one after the other far from the front lines.  NY Times Moscow correspondent Andrew Kramer on who’s been killed, how and why?  Who dunnit?  Still an unanswered question, but the top suspects are the Ukrainian Security Services, the Russian security services, rival rebel commanders and the paramilitaries’ own rank and file.

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The news from Venezuela goes from bad to worse.  Inflation may be the worst in the world, and people are going hungry, because food and other household goods are not available in the stores, and people can’t afford them.  Associate Press Bogota Bureau Chief Joshua Goodman has been in Caracas watching the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro drive off the proverbial cliff.

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In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pressing forward with his plan to re-write the Constitution and give himself greater powers.  So far, he’s used a so-called coup his own National Security Advisor says he penetrated and set off pre-maturely to make it fail, as the justification for 40,000 arrests and more than 100,000 firings of government workers.  Meanwhile, Al-Monitor columnist Pinar Tremblay says the Turkish economy is in free fall.  Erdogan’s just cutting a deal to build fighter planes with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, but how will he pay for it? 

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Becoming a so-called “sanctuary city” is a moral, political and, if President Trump has his way, financial choice.  Santa Fe, NM Mayor Javier Gonzales spells out the values behind his hometown’s decision not to co-operate with Federal Immigration authorities, except when a suspect is wanted on felony charges, and why he thinks Trump’s threats are mostly hot air.  The Mayor says the President is creating false fears of immigrant criminals committing violent crimes and even terrorism, when studies show sanctuary cities are actually safer than non-sanctuaries. 

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The National Football League insists, the economics of its 32 franchises is a 2-way street. The teams get grants from their host cities, and tax breaks.  But the League says it more than pays off in generated business, tourism and prestige.  Most economists disagree, saying football’ contributions don’t balance municipal expenditures. Ken Belson of the NY Times tells the story of one owner, Arthur Blank of the Super Bowl Atlanta Falcons who is investing a lot of his own money making his new stadium’s surrounding neighborhoods better places to live

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The official estimate from the Russian Ministry of the Interior is that 40% of all violent crimes in Russia occur in a family setting.  You won’t be surprised that the Russian Parliament is working furiously to change the laws on domestic violence.  But their effort is to make the laws LESS protective to women, children and the elderly who are the usual victims.  If a beating doesn’t send someone to the hospital, the new law says, it’s not a crime.  A government poll says most Russians approve these changes.  Nataliya Vasilveya of the Associated Press Moscow bureau has been covering.

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