Here And There with Dave Marash

Over the past few weeks, the biggest iceberg yet calved off the coast of Antarctica and splashed into the ocean.  Also, a death knell was sounded for a huge sheet of ice still attached to Greenland.  This could put a literal damper on the boom in beachfront real estate in Australia and the USA. You can't cut any ice in New Mexico, but our ever-heating and drying climate creates related problems. Laura Paskus of of NM Public TV's Our Land and the online news site Capital and Main tells the climate story.

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First a Florida municipal waterworks, the the Washington DC Police Department, then the enormous Colonial Pipeline, all victims of malicious hacking and in the last-named case, multi-million dollar ransomware scheme. A lot of this is coming from Russia and China, but where is it headed? Nicole Perlroth cyberwar reporter for the New York Times has the story.

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An uneasy peace is holding in Libya, but progress towards a more enduring civil society is halting.  Libyan journalist Mustafa Fetouri says the biggest stumbling block is the presence of 25,000 or more armed foreign fighters in the country.  Turkey says, its forces -- mostly Syrian mercenaries -- were invited in by the Libyan government and so they -- alone-- should be allowed to stay. None of the other troop suppliers -- like Russia, Egypt and the UAE, are buying that. 

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One lie is bad enough, but a consistent policy of lying is even worse,  especially when its purpose is to protect individual and institutional irresponsibility. Investigative reporter Thomas Brennan of The War Horse documents how the US Marine Corps, and all the American military services routinely lie about the misdeeds of its officers.

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 The farming industry goes from green to green, green fields to greenback dollars for their produce. But what about the people in between, the ones working the fields for very few dollars? And what if their lives are caught between a home in Mexico and a daily crossing to the job in Arizona? They benefit from a special visa program, but the farming industry benefits a lot more. Esther Honig reported in The Nation on The Story of Your Salad. 

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 Try to hold the New York City Police Department -- the fabled NYPD -- to account and you're in for a lot of resistance.  Investigative reporter Topher Sanders of Pro Publica says both the Department's Inspector General and the Civilian Complaint Review Board file reports about it, but the chokehold --- allegedly banned since 1993 -- still shows up on both officers' and bystanders' videos. One former NYPD top cop dismisses his critics as people who've never done my job telling me how to do it.  

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As so many of Afghanistan's brightest and best people  head for the exits, as the US and its allies remove their troops and reduce their commitments to a country under threat,  Afghan journalist Ilias Alami of Kabul Insider sees the exodus and says he gets it, but he's sticking around, even though at least a dozen of his colleagues have fled in just the last month. Hear why Alami still believes in Afghanistan and its growing audience for news.

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What does it mean when one side of a negotiation is spreading happy talk and the other isn't saying anything.  That's been the early pattern in the negotiations between Iran and the US over restoration or improvement of the nuclear arms agreement Donald Trump tore up. Iranian diplomats have been leaking hints of progress. Iran scholar Trita Parsi of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft will help us figure out what's really going on.

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Of life, it is said, the Lord giveth and taketh away.  The same is true of the New Mexico legislature when it comes to transparency.  Marjorie Childress of NM in Depth on how accountability for capital outlay allocations was reformed and how some other public expenditures somehow stayed secret -- from you and me. Capital outlay reform took 5 years, cutting a new loophole took about a week.  Childress reports, they're both NM law now. 

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Washington and Kabul are both awash in the first 4 stages of Grief over the death of the US plan to make Afghanistan into a modern democracy.  Loud shouts of denial and anger, insistent demands for more bargaining for a better outcome are heard in both capitol cities, and depression is sinking in.  But Rajan Menon of The City College of New York says it's time to move to acceptance of the Afghan reality, which may not include total victory for the Taliban. 

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Covering the war in Bosnia, I found American diplomats ready to rat out the local Mafias behind Serb aggression.  They were much less forthcoming about the Mafiosi fighting on the Bosniak and Croatian sides and how criminal connections among all 3 groups kept the war profitably going. Harvard scholar Danilo Mandic's new book Gangsters and Other Statesmen says this wasn't just a Balkan phenomenon. Mobsters can start and stop wars everywhere from Mali to Georgia and from Libya to Kosovo.

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Who were those men and women who staged an insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6?  And what should be done to and for them to better secure America's future?  An experienced, but now reformed neo-Nazi shared with Ryan Brown, senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation his answers to those and related questions, including why veterans of the US military were over-represented in the Trump-inspired mob. 

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