Here And There with Dave Marash

BP says it is stopping exploration for extractable oil and gas in favor of developing alternative sources of energy like wind and solar. And GM, Volvo and other car-makers say, they’re going to switch from gasoline to electric-powered engines.  What does this mean for the energy industry and the Land of Enchantment. Janie Chermak energy economist at the University of New Mexico has some ideas. Some good news, NM is as rich in wind and power as it is in oil, gas and coal.  Does this mean a bright future?

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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s hopes for a new law legalizing recreational use of cannabis failed again in the 60-day session of the State Legislature.  But passage was so close, the Governor has declared a “do over,” a Special Session. Andy Lyman of NM Political Report on why what some thought was a slam dunk got ree-jected, and why it might get ree-vived.

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The movie Hotel Rwanda made a hero of Paul Rusesabagina, and there were plenty of witnesses who confirmed its story.  So why is Rusesabagina on trial as an accused murderer and terrorist in Rwanda? And why does he say the real criminal is Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame? Joshua Hammer covered the Rwanda genocide in 1994 and briefly stayed in Rusesabagina’s hotel.  He’s also been covering the trial. 

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Alderman Ben Lewis was an up and comer in Chicago politics.  The first Black Democratic Committeeman — the real office of power — ever on the city’s West Side. More than 50 years after the fact, the murder that ended his career is still unsolved.  Investigative reporter Mick Dumke of ProPublica Illinois says that in itself should tell you something not so good about Windy City law enforcement… and politics.

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Tomorrow in Israel it will be Election Day, but if it feel like Groundhog Day to Israeli voters, it’s because this is the 4th time they’ve gone to the polls in less than 2 years.  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is in perhaps his toughest fight yet to hold onto power.  Covid-19’s presence and Donald Trump’s absence may work against him. But the profusion of his rivals may help. AP’s Jerusalem Bureau Chief Josef Federman has the story

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It’s probably fair to say, all parties want to find a way for a nuclear weapons control agreement with Iran to succeed.  But, typically, neither the US nor Iran wants to seem too anxious for diplomacy to work.  Joseph Cirincione of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft on how to get talks on a new JCOA started and how to bring them to a successful conclusion. This diplomatic dance needs both music and choreography.

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When it comes to domestic politics, President Joe Biden has surprised some people by becoming an agent of progressive change.  When it comes to foreign policy, especially policies affecting the Middle East, Dalia Dassa Kaye of the Wilson Center and the RAND Corporation says, necessary changes have been noticeably absent. The murderous Saudi Crown Prince has gone unpunished, and nuclear weapons negotiations with Iran haven’t gotten re-started. 

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It’s being called a “storm of the Century,” but actually the Big Freeze that hit Texas the day before Valentine’s Day was just a bit bigger than two winter storms that hit Texas in the last decade.  So why were power providers so unprepared, leaving the Lone Star State all alone in the cold and dark? A blame game currently underway – it started with Gov. Greg Abbott falsely blaming “green energy” -- , may not be the answer. Jeremy Schwartz of The Texas Tribune and Pro Publica tackles the story.

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There have been a lot of books about the war in Iraq and its aftermath, but few of them are told from the Iraqi point of view. Margaret Coker’s new book, The Spymaster of Baghdad tells the story of a hero of the Iraqi intelligence service and how he built his very effective anti-ISIS unit, the Falcons. Hard on the publication of the book, the hero Abu Ali al-Basri was suddenly demoted. His great success against Sunni terrorist targets like the Islamic State may have been used against him by his new boss, and former intelligence service rival Prime Minister Mohammed al-Kadhimi.

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How did a career con-man, serial misogynist, and fake business success get to be President of the United States?  And why are Donald Trump’s totally refuted lies still poisoning politics?  One answer is the new era of online manipulation that sold racism and greed to America and the disaster of Brexit to the dis-uniting Kingdom? Who’s benefiting from this info-scam and how are they making it work for them? Katie Joseff of the University of Texas has been tracking this.  

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Dark money refers to political contributions given anonymously, usually through non-profit political committees.  Gray money is money whose anonymous source is kept doubly secret through the use of pass-through structures that keep voters from seeing the connections between the protected giver and his or her beneficiary politician. Bryan Metzger of NM in Depth has been digging into hidden private contributions affecting NM political issues. 

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Transparency is one of the essential elements of democracy.  Governments most open to examination and most willing to let investigative results reach their citizens offer the highest levels of political freedom.  So why has the United States fallen to 25th place on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index? TI’s Scott Greytak explains the pandemic has put all nations to the transparency test, and the misdirected money in America’s Covid-19 recovery program shows how we’re failing. 

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The essence of investigative journalism is to right personal wrongs and call out institutional failures. It’s a hard job to pull off, made even harder when the wrongs and failures have happened to you. Kenneth R. Rosen’s new book Troubled tackles abuses visited on him and dozens of other sources by institutions marketing the formula of “tough love” to straighten out troubled teens. From “adventures” in the wilderness to lockdowns in what are in everything but name, juvenile prisons.

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One of the first acts of the Biden Administration was the revival of an Obama-era policy abandoned by former President Donald Trump – no more contracts for private companies managing Federal prisons. Katherine Hawkins of the Project on Government Oversight says the new-old policy will take years to have an effect.  And what about ICE detention centers heavily criticized for their treatment of wannabe immigrants? Hawkins reports they are not covered and will remain largely privately-run.

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