Here And There with Dave Marash

It is America’s blessing and its curse – we haven’t known real war on our soil since 1865. Rajan Menon, professor of international relations at the City College of New York says the resulting ignorance of war’s horrors that makes it easy for US Presidents to conduct them beyond our borders.  When the US military gave up drafting soldiers, it made war-making even easier by limiting the bloody burden to mostly people from communities of poverty and color.

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If you think Donald Trump is an idiot, Vladimir Putin probably agrees with you, only he, like several former top US intelligence officials would call him “a useful idiot.”  Useful for the Russians that is. Craig Unger’s new book American Kompromat, traces Trump’s ties to KGB influence back more than 40 years to his first marriage and then, a strange purchase for his then-newest hotel. He needed 1000 TV sets…so why buy 200 from a dealer who supplied consumer goods to Russian diplomats and spies? 

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Remember Clinton campaign boss James Carville’s famous exclamation – “it’s the economy, stupid.” Well, when it comes to brain damage from playing football, the analogous revelation would be – “it’s the practices that can make you stupid,” especially those first practices before the game-playing season even begins. Ken Belson of the NY Times on making that medical observation into a player-protective imperative for colleges and high schools.  The pros and their player unions have already taken action. 

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The first priority of the new Biden Administration has been to change American policies to combat the coronavirus pandemic.  A second priority has been to shift America’s foreign policies, most dramatically in the Middle East.  Re-negotiating nuclear weapons restraints on Iran, disconnecting from Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen are just 2 examples.  Elizabeth Hagedorn of Al-Monitor is covering those stories and how President Biden is redefining US policies in Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Israel.

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One of the glories of American democracy is the variety of voices one can choose from for information about current events. Even as ownership of radio and television and online sources consolidated into an oligarchy of hyper-rich corporate entities, there were all those newspapers, locally-owned, and locally-run and independent of one another.  That’s changing. And here’s the really bad news … the new owners are hedge funds with no background in journalism, interested primarily in growing their own profits. Rick Edmonds of the Poynter Institute tells that story.

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Defying logic and honesty, Republicans in statehouses around the country are proposing fixes for the American electoral system which is not broken.  Matt Vasilogambros of Stateline.org on how many GOP legislators are embarked of a voter suppression campaign aimed at many of the folks in actually voted them into office last November. One idea on the docket in several legislatures would require photo ID to apply for and use mail-in ballots.  Huh?  How’s that supposed to work? 

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The dissident politician Aleksey Navalny had become such an aggravation to Russian President Vladimir Putin that evidence suggests he had his security services try to kill him.  But Navalny not only survived his poisoning, but he escaped Russia, only to return as an even more popular symbol of political discontent with the Putin regime. Protests against Navalny’s re-imprisonment are the largest Russian political demonstrations in decades. Andrew Kramer, Moscow correspondent for the New York Times has the story.

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 Ethanol was offered as one of the world’s first “green” products, a gasoline additive meant to make the environment cleaner and climate change slower.  In the small town of Mead, Nebraska, investigative reporter Carey Gillam found for The Guardian, waste products from the ethanol manufacturing process were making the town smell bad and feel even worse.  But the worst news is how little laws and regulations and people to enforce them have done to remedy the stinky and potentially dangerous situation. 

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When editor-publisher Steve Kettmann produced his quick-turnaround volume Now What? Essays on Life After Trump, he and our guest, contributor Michael Powell of the New York Times knew the transition to a Biden Administration might be bumpy…but who knew how difficult the months between November and January 20 would be.  Now What? indeed. 

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So much of the American Southwest depends on the waters of the Colorado River Basin.  For 100 years calculations apportioning those waters to the 7 states covered by the Colorado Basin Compact have been based on a gross overestimation.  Now climate change is reducing the flow still further even as Ben Ryder Howe reported in the NY Times, big-money bidders are trying to buy up water rights.  Who will win a fight between rural farmers and suburban developers? 

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The Trump-fired assault on the US Capitol January 6 – was it a fiasco or a triumph for the far-right?  And what remedies would one of America’s pioneer scholars of terrorism suggest to combat the rise of racist, nativist, armed groups.  Brian Michael Jenkins of the RAND Corporation on how America fought foreign enemies like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.  Are there lessons applicable to domestic terrorism? And how the fight redefine our concepts of privacy and freedom of speech?

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Even as figures tracking the toll from Covid-19 grow in size and accuracy, they reveal striking racial and social disparities.  Nina Martin led a Pro Publica team to examine, death by death, who was falling victim to the pandemic. They found dramatic excesses in death of young African-American men. 

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