Here And There with Dave Marash

Here in the United States, a disproportionate number of women – whether they were last hired or not – have been the first fired from jobs undermined by the Covid-19 pandemic.  In the developing world, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East where the pandemic has come late and hit hard, the impact of the crisis has been even harder on women.  Jacqueline Paul is the Senior Gender Advisor for the World Food Program, helping women feed their families.  They do 70% of the work of feeding.

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Everything about the Covid-19 pandemic seems unfair.  Why should the health of men be more endangered by the disease than women’s health?  And why does the pandemic seem to target the poor and the non-White?  And why and how do the social and economic aspects of the global outbreak work so selectively against women.  Economist Matthias Doepke of Northwestern University was one of the first scholars to ask those questions, about women’s extra burdens at home and from job losses in the workplace.

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In the olden days, before the coronavirus pandemic, most talk about national security focused on military and intelligence matters.  Now, hopefully, we know better: The key to national security, both in the military and psychological sense is national health. Joseph Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund, one of Washington’s clearest strategic analysts considers the many ways in which the pandemic has changed security thinking.

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The Camp Fire that burned 90% of the town of Paradise, CA was just the latest – and the worst – of a series of wildfires started by equipment from Pacific Gas and Electric (PGE’s) power grid. No one thinks it will stay the worst, as future fires are stoked by climate change.  Dani Anguiano of The Guardian co-wrote the new book Fire in Paradise. The town and the working-class people who lived there were part of her growing up. 

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Damaso Reyes is a world-class photo-journalist who also teaches media literacy.  He moved to Spain in the midst of a massive Covid-19 lockdown and has watched the country move towards re-opening.  He says Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez’s media messaging has been clear, including his admissions of early mistakes that slowed the national response and took a deadly toll on medical personnel. 

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Can investigative reporters move Governors?  After Jeff Proctor started writing about the lack of Covid-19 testing in New Mexico’s prisons and jails, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham – aided by an infusion of Federal funding – has put testing of inmates and corrections personnel into high gear. Tests that could be counted on your fingers has quickly moved to the thousands.

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Has the novel coronavirus pandemic produced any winners?  Political scientist Cas Mudde columnist/ contributor for The Guardian says when it comes to authoritarian politicians like Viktor Orban in Hungary and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey, the answers seems, for now at least, to be yes.  And in the US, has the plague made Donald Trump stronger or do benefits only come to competent autocrats, and does that exclude trump and Bojo of Britain?

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A new Bay of Pigs in Venezuela?  Despite misleading headline, Joshua Goodman Latin America Correspondent for the Associated Press, the reporter who broke the story, says it’s more like The 3 Little Pigs lost in a political jungle.  How 3 former Green Berets created a propaganda victory for the dictator Nicolas Maduro, and why the Bay of Pigs label is likely so inappropriate, unless you think knowledge of a crime makes you responsible for it.

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With all our eyes turned inward, on the watch for the coronavirus, who’s minding the world?  Former CIA senior analyst Emile Nakhleh, Director of the Global and National Security Institute at the University of New Mexico, says when it comes to US interests in the Middle East and Africa, the Trump Administration often seems to have closed it eyes. Perhaps, he says, that’s because traditions of foreign policy and intelligence processes have been put to sleep.

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So now we know, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin killed people by getting them infected with the coronavirus while voting in person.  The robed Republicans overruled the Democratic governor’s attempts to the state’s Primary turn to mail-in ballots.  In New Mexico, the Supreme Court has gone in a slightly different direction as University of New Mexico political science professor and election expert Lonna Atkeson explains. The NM primary is set for June.

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With traditional campaigning dead in its tracks and President Trump bullying daily from his coronavirus pulpit, what’s a Democratic Presidential candidate like Joe Biden to do, other than begin his search for the best candidate for Vice President.  I ask The Nation’s national correspondent John Nichols if – other than the Veep hunt -- Biden’s best strategy is to do as little as possible while the President erodes his own reputation.

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Even a global crisis like the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t stop the world from spinning and its bad actors from acting bad.  Take Chinese President Xi Jinping, for example, While you’ve been watching the viral menace, he’s been crushing democracy and dissent in Hong Kong, arresting civic leaders and changing basic laws to cement Beijing’s control.  NY Times commentator Joseph Yi-Zheng Lian has the latest on the story.

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