Here And There with Dave Marash (general)

The mob that sacked the US Capitol on January 6 represented a broad slice of America.  But Carl Segerstrom of High Country News says a lot of the impetus for the assault on the Federal Government coms from rural West and a movement called The Sagebrush Rebellion. Now many of its leaders may be called to account. But will prosecuting the ringleaders of the mob attack bring their movement under control…or just fan the flames of a rural, White Supremist opposition. 

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The point’s been made many times: we all live in one world, one political, one economic, one human, one natural world, and anything that affects a part of the world, eventually affects much if not all of it. Right now, the world is at a turning point for climate and energy, and New Mexico, a leading oil and gas and potentially a leading wind and solar power state is right at the crossroads.  Jerry Redfern has reported on environmental issue around the world, and now his home state—The Land of Enchantment. 

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It took more than 60 years for the heroism of Chaplain Fr. Emil Kapaun to be recognized with a Congressional Medal of Honor.  People who shared the hardships of a North Korean prison camp are among those now campaigning for Fr. Kapaun’s canonization.  NY Times reporter Joe Drape’s excellent new book is The Saint Makers. Reporting and writing it changed Drape’s life, which is a key part of the story, fulfilling Fr. Kapaun’s goal of “sincere prayer.” 

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Brian Levin has worked as a criminologist and civil rights attorney.  Now he’s a Professor at California State University at San Bernardino specializing in analysis of hate crime, terrorism and the law. We talk about the backstory behind the mob attack on Congress and strategies for future civility.  Where the rioters come from and how they can be brought back to “normal.” 

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Frank Huyler has for 25 years worked in emergency medicine at the University of New Mexico Medical Center, and his new book, White Hot Light is a gripping and poetic account of the realities of that difficult service.  We talk about how the ER and the rest of the hospital have been changed by the Covid-19 pandemic and how medical customs have changed over the decades since his first, acclaimed book The Blood of Strangers

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When it comes to American’s foreign relations there is much that president Donald Trump has torn down that President Joe Biden wants to rebuild.  High on that agenda is the agreement restraining Iran from developing nuclear weapons.  Trump pulled America out of the deal, and now Iran is escalating both the amount and quality of the nuclear materials in its stockpile. Emile Nakhleh is a former CIA analyst and Director of the Global and National Security Policy Institute at the University of New Mexico.  

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Among the arts, few have been so dominated by men and a mannish culture than jazz.  But that hasn’t stopped 3-time Grammy Award-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington.  2 things have helped her, some generous male musician-supporters like the great trumpeter Clark Terry and family values, including the pre-emptive advantage of having parents and grandparents who were well-known and respected in the Boston jazz community. A successful jazz career and how Terri Lyne Carrington built it…

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When American diplomats in Cuba started reporting strange noises and subsequent health effects, two questions immediately arose – what’s going on who’s responsible.  Then the same pattern repeated in the American consulate in Guangzhou in southern China. Ana Swanson of the New York Times says we may be getting closer to answers to both questions.  The chief suspect is Russia, an idea the Trump Administration has conspicuously rejected. 

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After six years of monitoring and mentoring by the US Department of Justice to cure a sick culture of too aggressive and too frequent uses of force, the Albuquerque Police Department remains unreformed.  Federal Monitor James Ginger says 6 years have left the APD and the Federal monitors “in more trouble here right now today than I’ve ever seen.” Elise Kaplan has been covering the story for the Albuquerque Journal. What to do? There are a lot of proposals, some of which seem to hinder other solutions.

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Society as a whole is having a hard enough time adjusting to the new reality – women are entitled to all the legal protections and civil and social courtesies extended to men.  Recognizing and acting on this concept has been even harder for military organizations like the US Marines to deal with. Thomas Brennan of The War Horse tells us the sad story of one female Marine that illustrates the problem.  The mostly-male Marine brass say they’re on the case, but progress remains slow and unsteady. 

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 It’s being called the greatest feat of espionage in the still-short and still-developing history of cyber warfare – the penetration by hackers of at least 40 government agencies and think tanks and non-government organizations and as many as 18,000 corporate digital networks. Eric Tucker has been covering the story for the Associated Press and fills us in on what the hack has revealed. One longtime CIA expert says it signals “an age of perpetual cyberconflict.”  That’s going to be expensive. 

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When President Franklin Roosevelt created his New Deal coalition to dig America out of the Great Depression in the 1930s, he united union workers and small businesspeople and farmers. Stacy Mitchell said in The Nation, Joe Biden needs to cure rural and small town America of its fear of progressive policies if he’s to save America from the ruin of the 21st century post-pandemic economic crisis. 

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For Attorney General William Barr it seemed a perfect bookend to his Federal career and a resuscitation of a reputation his service to Donald Trump has tarnished.  Barr oversaw the first indictments for terrorism in the downing of Pan Am 103. 32 year after the bombing he announces a third indictment, but award-winning Libyan journalist Mustafa Fetouri has his doubts.  For one thing, the new suspect was on the CIA’s watchlist months before the Pan Am terrorism…but his name never appeared in the trial of the first two suspects, only one of whom was convicted. 

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 The biggest drug bust in US-Mexico history blows up: the accused the former Mexican Defense Minister is released and charges are dropped, even though no US prosecutor has said he doesn’t believe Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos helped a drug cartel get drugs to the United States.  Mary Beth Sheridan has reported the story deeply in an investigative series for the Washington Post, called Losing Control…she’s talking about the Government of Mexico. 

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Continuing our pre-holiday week survey of 2020 books we liked, Evan Osnos of the New Yorker has written a primer on the President-elect called Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now. It helped in writing the book that Osnos had already interviewed Biden many times over the years. What’s changed, or has Biden remained pretty much the same?

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If sometimes, it’s hard to see the forest for the trees, it’s a lot harder to see when some trees in a forest start to migrate somewhere else.  Zach St. George’s recent book we liked: The Journeys of Trees: A Story About Forests, People and the Future looks at how climate change is affecting our forests and what mother nature and a lot of interested humans are doing to save them. Some are planting seeds in new areas, others are introducing “counterpests” in old forest zones.

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We want our college football and basketball, just as we all want essential services like groceries and hospitals to stay open through the Covid-19 pandemic.  But Craig Garthwaite of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University says all those demands put unfair burdens on unpaid athletes and poorly-paid workers of color to serve a richer, Whiter clientele.  For college athletes, at least, Garthwaite says, change does seem to be on the way.  

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When a small town hospital shuts its doors, a lot of things change, from the healthcare options of local residents to the economy and real estate values in the town. Sarah Jane Tribble of Kaiser Health News on the many changes wrought in Ft Scott, KS, by the closing of Mercy Hospital.  Not all of them were for the worse. But, It’s a troubling trend across much of rural America and the Covid19 pandemic has made everything about it more dangerous. 

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. You’ve seen the moive and remember the close-ups.  But how did the real Butch Cassidy fit into the reality of the American West at the end of the 19th Century? Charles Leerhsen’s book Butch Cassidy: the True Story of an American Outlaw answers the question. Which means not just who was Butch and what was it like out west in 1890, but what was the law and what did it mean to be outside it? As we head to gifting season, this is the first of a series of 2020 books we like. 

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In the Presidential Election of 2016, or so the story goes, psy-war encouragement to potential Trump voters, delivered through social media, influenced, if it didn’t tip, the results. Jeremy Merrill of Pro Publica kept close watch on Facebook to figure out – as precisely as possible – who was being targeted with what disinformation in the year before Election Day 2020. 

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Dineh Benally let everyone in the Navajo Nation know he was growing industrial hemp and maybe wink-wink, some pot, on his farm near Shiprock. But when his farming spread from 30 to over 400 acres and fences went up that hid what was going on, things took a darker turn. Ed Williams broke the story in Searchlight NM … and then watched it grow.

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 I call ‘em para-militias,  because no Constitutional Scholar would call them “well-regulated.”  They’ve been bringing guns to anti-mask rallies and State Capitols, but fortunately they and their guns heeded President Trump’s advice to “Stand Down” on Election Day  But for how long will they “Stand By?” Frank Smyth, author of The NRA: An Un-Authorized History on the militias and their roots in the NRA, especially the alarmist myth, from any regulation of guns will go straight to the Holocaust, Joseph Stalin and Pol Pot.

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Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart … the oligarchs of the gig economy bet $200 million selling Californians on Prop 22, keeping their employees from getting the benefits most employees get.  Call ‘em contract workers and tell ‘em to take less for the work.  Californians bought the deal and Uber and Lyft stock went up by $20 billion. Greg Bensinger of the New York Times Editorial Board on how voters awarded other people’s labor negotiation to management. 

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He tried to warn us.  He tried to warn his fellow-pollsters. John Zogby said the Biden-Trump vote would be a lot closer than  people predicted.  What made him so sure and what did his professional colleagues and competitors miss?  Did their collations tilt too much towards Democrats? Did voters lie to the poll-takers? And what about the demise of the telephone land line? The Presidential election what happened beyond the numbers?  

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They once was lost, but then they were found.  Several ceremonial shields, sacred to the Native Americans of Acoma Pueblo were stolen in the 1970s, but a few years ago, one of them re-appeared, up for sale at a Paris gallery.  Elena Saavedra Buckley of High Country News tells us how the shield and its people were reunited.  It wasn’t quick nor was it easy, but eventually the shield made it back to Acoma’s Enchanted Mesa.

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So far, the Trump White House has commissioned $10 Billion worth of contracts to build walls along our southern border with Mexico.  $9 Billion of the contracts have gone to just 4 politically-connected construction companies.  A good deal for them, but Jeremy Schwartz, investigative reporter for the Texas Tribune and Pro Publica says, not such a bargain for taxpayers.  Every time the President declares an emergency, environmental standards go away and wall-building costs go up.

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At the Pentagon, it is clear, lame-duck President Donald Trump is in full Apprentice “You’re fired” mode, having removed Defense Secretary Mark Esper and several top national security specialists. Could the same fate await FBI Director Christopher Wray.  CNN analyst Josh Campbell, author the book Crossfire Hurricane: Inside Donald Trump's War on the FBI says he hopes notMorale at the top Federal law enforcement agency, Campbell says, is already near rock-bottom. 

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The sub-Saharan country of Mali is in trouble.  Once home to one of the history of Africa’s greatest empires, Today Mali is beset by Islamist terrorists, long-standing tribal conflicts, and a corrupt government recently overthrown in a military coup. Amb. Vicki Huddleston served in Mali more than a decade ago, but she still personally knows many of today’s significant players.  She’ll suggest why Mali matters and what the US can do to help it.

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A man convicted of a street killing in Brooklyn protests his innocence…and after 20 years is finally granted a re-hearing of his case.  Then the Judge starts to show symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease Joe Sexton of Pro Publica with a tragic human story that shows a serious systemic flaw in our criminal justice system. Who’s to say, and how to prove a sitting judge is cognitively impaired…and then ..what can be done about it?

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Along with the intended benefits of oil and gas harvested by ordinary drilling and even more so by fracking, there are even larger amounts of what are called waters of production.  They are toxic, and often they spill into New Mexico fields, gullies and ground water.  Kendra Chamberlain of the NM Political Report on the latest efforts by the State and the industry to deal with poisoned waters from the oil and gas industry. 

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Remember the ‘Seeds from China scare?”  Thousands of packets of unidentified seedling objects sent from China to homes across America.  Don’t plant them! Was the government’s advice – widely ignored by hundreds of home gardeners.  So far, so what?  Nothing bad has happened from the seeds, planted for dumped. But what if this was just a test? Jason Koebler, of VICE Media’s Motherboard has the story.

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Pope Francis made news when a documentary showed him endorsing legal civil unions for same-sex couples.  But the statement had been censored and buried by the Vatican for a year.  John Thavis, author of The Vatican Diaries was a working journalist covering the Vatican for decades.  He’ll explain the meaning of the Pope’s statement and its delayed release. 

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Caitlin Dickerson is fast becoming a reporting star at the New York Times.  3 of her recent reports have covered the unnecessary, uninformed surgeries performed on detained women at an ICE detention center, condition for refugees waiting in Mexico for their asylum cases to be heard…and the more than 500 migrant children still separated from their parents.  

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 Most of the national polls show Democrat Joe Biden running well ahead of President Donald Trump, but, as we learned election day after election day, the national vote may not matter, if state votes turn the electoral college against the people’s choice.  Pollster John Zogby warns Biden fans, the national vote may be closer than they think and several key swing states are still up for grabs. As are more than enough Senate races to cloud the outcome. 

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President Trump commissioned a series of investigations or re-investigations of his political rivals, clearly hoping they would produce an October surprise to boost his chances of re-election.  National Security correspondent Shane Harris of the Washington Post says the surprise is – no surprises, all the investigations turned up nothing.  One more crack at the Clintons…nothing there … a fresh look at a standard practice – “unmasking” – nope.  No crimes, no violations and for a desperate President, no help. 

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Even before members of the Kentucky Grand Jury were allowed to speak out, it was clear that Attorney General Daniel Cameron had been trying to steer the jurors away from indicting the officers who killed Breonna Taylor in a botched Louisville police raid. Radley Balko of the Washington Post says this sad story is not unique to or for the city.  An academic study found 3 years ago, several of the flaws in the raid are standard operating procedure for the Louisville PD.  

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Hunger has always been a persistent problem in the impoverished State of New Mexico, but as with so many things, hunger has been made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic, especially hunger among NM’s children.  Elizabeth Miller of NM in Depth has been reporting on the hunger problem and how public school systems and volunteer organizations have been trying to solve it.  She says, raising past limits on who can get free food, how much and where and how they can get it may point towards future directions for America’s social safety net. 

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 The civil war in Libya has become a proxy war, dominated by weapons and support from outside the country.  Award-winning Libyan journalist Mustafa Fetouri of Middle East Monitor wonder how adding a third governing force to the 2 already stalemated will make things any better. He explains why Russia, Turkey, Egypt, the UAE and Qatar have all become active kibitzers in this murderous conflict.

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Many have judged the schools supervised by the Bureau of Indian Education to be the worst in America.  Alden Woods has reported for the Arizona Republic and Pro Publica that coping with the coronavirus pandemic has made the worst schools even worse and the BIE is to blame.  Native kids with no classrooms, no computers and damn little homework or teaching to make up for these failures add up, says one expert, to “a terrible tragedy.” 

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Back in March and April, Italy was both the first- and worst-hit country in Europe by the novel coronavirus pandemic.  Prime Minister Conti admitted, he’d been too slow off the mark, and that government mistakes had cost lives. But, then he implemented a tough lockdown.  It worked from May until halfway through the vacation and tourism month of August.  CBS News Rome Correspondent Christopher Livesay on how Italians are dealing with a second wave. One answer – much better than the Spanish, French, Dutch and British.

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President Trump has simultaneously talked down the power of Covid-19 while trying to push up the release date for a vaccine against the coronavirus. This dissonance has turned many Americans against taking a vaccine once one is developed. Peter Pitts of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest says for a vaccine to sharply reduce infections of Covid-19, 60% or more of Americans must take it. Anything less, he says, could mean big trouble.

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So far, Federal judges have stopped the Trump Administration’s attempts to act against the apps TikTok and WeChat, which the President calls “national security threats” from China. Joseph Yi Zheng LIan, Asia analyst for the NY Times, says – in these cases – the President is right.  Lian says the fact that the more you use the apps, the more you could be revealing about yourself to Chinese intelligence.  Think Cambridge Analytica with Chinese characteristics.  

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What do we know about the coronavirus pandemic, and what don’t we know about how it spread across the United States?  And why do we lack so much important information?  Justin Lessler of Johns Hopkins University is on the cutting edge of epidemiology and has been followed Covid-19 since the first reports our of China.  And what do we now know about them? 

Computer models say the last 3 months of 2020 may be the worst yet for the Covid-19 outbreak in America.  Lessler puts the prediction in perspective. 

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Journalists who read the whistleblower complaint about how detainees were being treated at a privately-run ICE prison in rural Georgia saw their headline on page one – negligent care produced dozens of infections of Covid -19.  But Jerry Lambe of lawandcrime.com read past page 18 and found a bombshell accusation – unnecessary hysterectomies performed on detainees without their informed consent.  Subsequent investigations suggest, hysterectomies are part of a wider pattern of medical abuse of ICE detainees at the Irwin County Detention Center.  

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If Donald Trump had his way, you would never hear his name and Covid-19 in the same sentence.  The fact that people are talking about his undisclosed foreign debts, his long-hidden underpaid taxes, and his,  er, un-Presidential debate performance may be seen at the White House as preferable distractions.  Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston helps us do the impossible – get to the bottom of Donald Trump and his disruptive re-election campaign.

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Among all the fractions of these United States, the Native American tribes, especially the tribes and pueblos of New Mexico have been especially hard hit by Covid-19.  One area of loss is economic and that’s the American Indian casinos.  Closing them down shrank tribal revenues and idled thousands of workers.  Now, slowly they are re-opening and the tribes ae hoping, without kicking off a second wave of coronavirus infections. Katherine Lewin of the Santa Fe Reporter has the story

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Remember the caravans, the mass movements of thousands of desperate poor people from Honduras and Guatemala who walked the length of Mexico to the American border?  Guest Nick Quested was with Sebastian Junger the producer-director of a new documentary, Blood on the Walls that shows how the caravans succeeded and how they failed the people who took part.  

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David Weiss, the chair of the Journalism Department at the University of New Mexico, was teaching a sabbatical year at the fabled Charles University in Prague when the coronavirus pandemic hit the Czech Republic.  He hunkered down through the flow and ebb of the outbreak there and then came home to ABQ and worse Covid-19 trouble than he’d seen abroad. From a hoped for American future to a past hometown different from the one he’d always known.

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When Michael Caputo, the man Donald Trump put in charge of corrupting scientific information about Covis-19 flipped out on Facebook, he spewed a conspiracy theory about Biden backers staging a coup after an election loss to Trump.  Sasha Abramsky wrote in the Nation, a similar scenario, with the roles reversed, haunts the American left.  The fear there is that Biden wins and Trump refuses to accept the results and the result is violence. 

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With so much of the West Coast beset by wildfires, New Mexico has only been burdened with the smoke.  But both are tokens of what climate change is doing to the Land of Enchantment and the West.  Laura Paskus of NM Public Television has written a new book: At the Precipice: New Mexico’s Changing Climate.  Losses in water from snowpack, rivers and streams a below ground aquifers are just the symptoms of the problem here. 

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For the Native Americans living in tiny settlements scattered across the vast reaches of the Navajo Nation, getting an education isn’t easy, but it is an opportunity guaranteed to them by American laws and treaties.  Alden Woods of the Arizona Republic and Pro Publica notes, providing that schooling isn’t easy for the Bureau of Indian Education.  But that’s no excuse for BIE’s many failings, which include often-poor academic standards and an addiction to extreme un-transparency.

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Hagia Sophia, the 6th century architectural masterpiece at the heart of Istanbul, Turkey was built as a Roman Catholic cathedral.  It has, over 1500 years, been devoted to the Eastern Orthodox Church, Islam and the Turkish secular state.  Now, it’s been reclaimed for Islam and the political interests of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the re-opening of the mosque has been celebrated by selected Muslims and selected political supporters. Pinar Tremblay of Al-Monitor has the story.

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So much depends on getting a correct count of residents of America for the 2020 census, so why is the Trump Administration trying so hard to mess with and shorten the process of counting?  Julia Sclafani of Searchlight NM went to a small southern New Mexico town to show what’s at stake.  There is money, of course, Federal aid is often shaped by the Census count, and there is dignity, too.  The census underscores that everyone living in America matters. 

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There was shock in New Mexico that a clash over a statue and over two different views of history could end in a shooting.  The shooter was defending a statue of Juan de Onate, an historic hero to many New Mexico Hispanics.  His victim supported protests by the Native American community who remember Onate as a mass murderer. Stan Alcorn reported the story for Reveal and NM in Depth and discovered a neo-Nazi at its heart.

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 CBS News correspondent Christopher Livesay and his video team were rushed to Belarus in mid-August to report on the rebellion against the apparently fixed re-election of long-time dictator Aleksander Lukashenko.  Then, his cameraman and producer were both detained and deported. But he snuck by, and covered the story.  How he did it and what he found in a country trying, in a civil way to overthrow a most un-civil government. 

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Spain followed Italy as the European country worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic.  And, like Italy, months of tight lockdown restrictions seemed to have Covid-19 on the ropes, and the country re-opened.  Too soon and too fast is today’s hindsight.  Journalist and documentarian Diane Sylvester has watched as Spain re-claimed the unwanted title – worst Covid-hit country in Europe. Schools are still set to open in the teeth of a rampant resurgence of disease.

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Almost every society claims to honor and protect its elders.  The global pandemic of Covid-19 has put that claim to the test and shown it to be false, in developed countries with national systems of nursing homes and elder care and in traditional societies like the Navajo Nation, neglect and despair are the old folks’ unwanted portion.  Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi of Searchlight NM sought out elders living alone and left behind.

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The recent agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel is a game-changer in many ways… bringing Israel and a leading Arab state closer together while driving supporters and scorners of an eventual Palestinian state farther apart. AP’s Jerusalem Bureau Chief Josef Federman on what comes next.  Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has suspended his controversial plan to annex the West Bank. Is that the end of it? 

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 Lebanon was already in political and economic crises before a massive explosion blew up the port of Beirut and killed an estimated 200 people, injured 6000, and damaged the homes of 300,000.  Jeffrey Feltman of the Brookings Institution was American Ambassador to Lebanon from 2004 to 2008.  He ponders how best to re-weave a national basket case, with a dysfunctional government and a dis-connected population.  

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When Alfred Sloan and Charles Kettering, the geniuses of General Motors joined DuPont in the leaded gasoline business, they had loads of evidence leaded gas could kill.  The tobacco industry executives who worked to make cigarettes more addictive knew about the connections to lung cancer.  So, how could they do it? Barbara Freese tackles the question in her book Industrial-Strength Denial. How could anyone defend slavery or toxic mortgage packages?

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One of the worst things that can happen to you is to have your country caught up in a proxy war – a war created, stoked and sustained by outside governments, strictly in their own interests.  More and more they are being fought by private military contractors from outside the country. Researcher and writer David Isenberg on who’s killing whom in Libya and in whose national interests. Old story – fight to control oil in Libya; new story fight over natural gas rights somewhere else.

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A toxic culture of sexual harassment and impropriety at McDonald’s, from the CEO to the aisle between the counter and the griddles and deep-fryers, offensive sexual aggression is reported and tolerated up the management fast-food chain. When the CEO admitted to an affair with a subordinate he got a golden handshake worth $37 million.  Now there’s evidence he had 3 more in-house affairs and Mcdonald’s wants its money back. Bryce Covert reported the story for The Nation. 

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 The word for Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy was “Demagogue: which happens to be the title of Larry Tye’s excellent new biography.  The context in which Tye sees the anti-Communist crusader and bully is clear in the book’s sub-title: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy.  That 75 year old shadow, Tye says, is on today’s White House. 

The key moment of McCarthy’s demise wasn’t when he was challenged by lawyer Joseph Welch, but when the audience at the Army-McCarthy hearings cheered Welch on.  

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Even accurate numbers can only tell the outlines of a story, but when it comes to facts and figures about healthcare workers in America sickened or killed by Covid-19, the numbers are inconsistent and often incomplete.  Investigative reporter Nina Martin of Pro Publica dug deeper to see the truth behind the statistical confusion and found other amateur detectives on the same quest. The casualty count is more reliable for nursing home residents and staff, but only because Congress passed a law demanding an accurate record. 

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By its government’s official count, Mexico is one of the world’s worst-hit hot spots of Covid-19, 6th in the number of positive tests for the novel coronavirus, 3rd – behind just the much larger Brazil and the United States – in Covid-19 deaths.  But journalist Joseph Sorrentino living in the Mexican pueblo of San Gregorio Atlapulco, says the reality is much worse. According to Mexico’s best collated statistics on deaths among healthcare workers, Mexico is, by quantum leaps, the worst in the world. 

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 In the context of a coming Presidential election, the selection of a Vice presidential nominee is only rarely crucial… but The Nation’s national politics correspondent John Nichols says 2020 could be an exception.  Whoever runs with Joe Biden could signal the direction of the Democratic Party for Decades…just as FDR did when he picked Harry Truman in 1944.  How that happened, and how it changed American history is the subject of Nichols’ new book The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party.

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The coronavirus pandemic has infected America’s electoral processes.  The need to socially distance is leading a lot of people to plan to mail in their ballots rather than go to the polls to vote.  The first run-through of primary votes showed some hits and a lot of misses/ Matt Vasilogambros of Stateline.org on how states are planning to do better in November, even as President Trump tries to undermine mail-in voting, if not the credibility whole election itself.  A sore loser gets a head start on being sore? but will his discontents prove contagious? 

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 The real estate called Gallup, NM is located along the border of the Navajo reservation.  The huge outbreak of Covid-19 on “the rez” showed residents of Gallup how closely tied they are to the Native Americans, and how precarious their own public health situation is. Weston Phippen of Searchlight NM has the story.

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Hop-scotching the world in search of a Nobel Peace prize-winning diplomatic triumph, President Donald Trump has tried muscle and sanctions in Iran and sweet talk and promises with North Korea.  No luck.  So about peace between Serbia and Kosovo.  Former UN diplomat and scholar Ed Joseph says the grand plan for a White House summit blew up when the Kosovar President was indicted as a war criminal.  Most Kosovars were glad to see the summit disappear, though many dispute President Hashim Thaci’s indictment.

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A North Dakota construction magnate, backed by a far-right Steve Bannon-linked foundation, built 3 miles of border wall along the Rio Grande in Texas at no expense to the government.  Then he cashed in his $50 million investment in a $1.7 billion wall building contract.  But his “free gift” wall – even before it was flooded by Hurricane Hanna -- seems to be slipping into the river. Jeremy Schwartz of the Texas Tribune and ProPublica broke the story.  

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They’re called P-foss, spelled in capital letters PFAS.  They’re a family of chemicals used to seal off surfaces. Teflon and Scotchgard are 2 brand name products – among many -- made with PFAS.  It’s found in the blood of 99% of Americans.  It’s not good for us, and the official Defense Department list of New Mexico places with PFAS to worry about has quietly grown from 2 to 6.  Laura Paskus of NM Public TV and the Santa Fe Reporter, broke the story.  

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The Covid-19 pandemic has stopped the clock for most of the world’s commercial and social life, but agriculture doesn’t go by the clock.  It goes by the calendar, which hasn’t stopped for the pandemic.  What that’s meant for Doug Fine – author the new book American Hemp Farmer – and for his multiply-useful agricultural product and its once-fast-growing markets is today’s story.

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Typical of our times, the issue of policing in the wake of the George Floyd death in Minneapolis has been dominated by the extreme options of de-funding or reinforced funding.  But Matt Vasilogambros of Stateline.org says there’s another option, turning over some present police tasks to community service workers.  It’s worked for 31 years in Eugene, Oregon, and it’s about to be tried in Denver, San Francisco and right here in Albuquerque. 

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 Is America prepared to deal with 2 health crises simultaneously?  Well, Chris McGreal of the Guardian US says we better be, because the Covid-19 outbreak has rekindled our national problem with opioid addiction and overdose, especially in the worst-hit opioid state West Virginia.  As devastating as the coronavirus outbreak has been, McGreal shows, the scale of the opioid problem is about as big and deadly. 

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Just 2 to 3 years ago, America’s boom towns were the ones that hosted colleges and universities.  The coronavirus pandemic has changed all of that, emptying academic institutions and devastating college-town economies.  Making the situation even worse is the fact that 2020 is a Census year.  John Austin of the University of Michigan and the Michigan Economic Center explains the story.

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NM has 2 big holes in the ground that create jobs and make lots of money…and only one of them, the WIPP site is filled with nuclear waste.  The deal that created the WIPP site limited the kinds of radioactive waste WIPP can take, how much and for how long.  Now, the Trump Administration wants to change all that. Some are calling that idea – a classic bait and switch. Aria Alamalhodaei of the NM Political Report has the story.

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 If the base starts to crumble, the whole building is in trouble, which is a fair summation of the present situation in the campaign to re-elect President Trump.  Polls show big defections of 2016 Trump voters who are under 30 and over 65… and a weakening of support among non-college educated women under 40.  William Galston of the Brookings Institution has been analyzing the data.  

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 Last week, millions of students in China took the annual academic test called the gaokao.  How they did can literally shape the whole rest of their lives.  And the test and the educational system it sums up may have shaped the near-perfect compliance of Chinese citizens with lockdown and mask-up orders from the State during the Covid-19 outbreak. Paul Willis is the author of the new book Being Modern in China.

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Most of America’s soybean farmers have been using a herbicide called Dicamba, made to protect specific genetically-modified seeds.  But Dicamba is volatile and drifts across fencelines, killing neighboring soybean crops not seeded for Dicamba. And now, evidence suggests, the Dicamba is also killing many trees across the Midwest, from the Dakotas to Arkansas. Johnathan Hettinger of the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting has the story.

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New Mexico’s Otero County Corrections Facility has a Federal wing and a state wing.  As Covid-19 was penetrating the Federal side, the state was moving prisoner into and out of the state prison.  In-coming, sex offenders…shipped out for safer keeping, non-sex-offender prisoners, including some “bad” former police officers. Now, close to 90% of the sex-offenders at the Otero prison have tested positive for the virus.  Investigative reporter Jeff Proctor broke the story and explains what it shows.

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The 1860s may well have been the bloodiest decade in New Mexico history.  First there was Jefferson Davis’ pet project, a Confederate invasion of the territory… and then, after the rebels had been defeated, the Union Army turned on Native Americans with resultas as cruel as they were ineffectual. Megan Kate Nelson, author of The Three-Cornered War: The Union, The Confederacy and Native People in the Fight for the West tells the story in depth on HERE & THERE.

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Two names have been dominating recent headlines from the American justice system… Chief Justice John Roberts of the Supreme Court and Attorney General William Barr, President Trump’s own supreme garden slug.  Roberts’ decisions have been varied and interesting.  The Slug’s bumbling moves have been, as usual, appalling. Justice Correspondent Elie Mystal has been covering both for The Nation.  

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 Institutionalized neglect and avoidable amputations are ruining the lives of many people – most of them poor and African-American -- in rural Mississippi.  Investigative reporter Lizzie Presser of Pro Publica found one local doctor trying to improve diabetes care and save lots of legs, feet, and toes.  He knew there was a problem when he saw too many shacks with home-built ramps and rails and someone trapped in a wheelchair sitting nearby.

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Former Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton fought a House subpoena to give testimony for President Trump’s impeachment.  The stories he didn’t tell he did sell -- for a $2 million book advance.  Bolton’s book was published despite a White House suit to stop it.  So what?  National Security correspondent Shane Harris of the Washington Post on what parts of Bolton’s accusations matter and why… and how one of them may explain why Trump or Attorney General Barr fired the US Atty for the Southern District of NY. 

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One reason America’s suddenly looking at zero-sum choices between defunding and reinforcing police department budgets has been a long-term legislative failure to mandate reforms.  And one reason for that, the NY Times’ Farah Stockman reports, is strong resistance from powerful police unions. Now, there is a new Republican proposal before the US Senate, while the Democratic majority in the House is going in a different direction. Which could mean, once again, the result is reform goes nowhere.

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The Trump White House keeps pressing for a faster pullout of American forces from Afghanistan. Even though a UN investigation and America’s top military commander in the region say, the Taliban is failing to meet the basics of its withdrawal deal with the US. Afghan journalist Ilias Alami on a still-paralyzed Kabul government trying to manage the American President’s itch for a quick exit and an ongoing Covid-19 explosion at the same time.  This is not a pretty picture.

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The old 3 card-monte dealer was been at it again.  While President Trump has been calling your attention to Antifa, and branding them as a leading opponent of his domestic policies on race and gender, he’s also, more quietly, been busy trying to roll back every protection he can reach that covers the environment.  Air, water, wetlands, coal, oil methane…poison the former, shield the latter.  NM environmental reporter Laura Paskus has been tracking the President’s all-but-hidden anti-Green campaign. 

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Antifa, Antifa… President Trump and Attorney General Barr insist it’s a terrorist group behind the violence during demonstrations against the police killing of the African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis.  But experts say, Antifa’s an ideology, not a group and the FBI says it’s found no evidence tying Antifa, in thought or deed, to the violence.  Ken Klippenstein of The Nation broke the story of the FBI’s rejection of the President. 

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 If the Navajo Nation, 350,000 people strong, were counted as a separate state, only a few could come close to it in the intensity of its outbreak of Covid-19.  Caseloads and death counts are slowing, and Searchlight NM journalist Sunnie Clahchischiligi says, a lot of that is due to how hard and well the Navajo have fought back against the coronavirus.  

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The coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic has set off an economic crisis in America, and the US Congress has responded.  Too bad so much if their response has focused on getting great gobs of ash or credit to rich companies of people who really don’t need the help…and scanting smaller businesses – like,z to take just one example – rural hospitals --and poor people who do.  Jesse Drucker, investigative reporter for the NY Times has been on top of the story.

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In the 2018 elections, the state of New Mexico was among the bluest, electing Democrats for all statewide offices on the ballot.  Now, it’s 2020, and in the recent state primary, another wave hit the Democrats, as senior members of the state legislature, conservatives on state spending and on access to abortion, lost their seats. Trip Jennings of NM in Depth has the story.

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The coronavirus was late to arrive in Bolivia, which gave anthropologist Hillard Kaplan time to implement a self-protection program for the 16,000 members of the Tsimane indigenous group.  So far, although the outbreak is raging in the nearest town to Tsimane country, their self-imposed quarantine seems to be working. 

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When last we looked at the Presidential campaign, Joe Biden was videocasting from his basement and President Trump was holding daily Covid-19 briefings on national TV.  Trump’s performances, critics said, made Biden’s relative silence golden.  But now everything has changed.  Political pollster and analyst John Zogby re-focuses the picture.

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 Patrick Cockburn has been called “the world’s greatest foreign correspondent,” and that’s no stretch, especially when it comes to reporting on the Middle East, his beat for decades.  His new book is War in the Age of Trump, -- the destruction of ISIS, the abandonment of the Kurds and the assassination of an Iranian General…what do they add up to?  And how has Trump policy deepened our involvement in the Sunni-Shi’ite split. 

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The day-by-day of the global price of oil looks a prize fight starring Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa… it’s hit! It’s cut, it’s staggered, it’s down!  But not out, NO!  Oil, like Rocky, is getting back on its feet.  $40 a barrel oil, -- break-even or better for some American producers -- is in sight. But will it last? And what does this mean for state revenues for gas and oil dependent New Mexico?  Oil economist Janie Chermak of UNM sorts it out in depth.

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We are now in fire season in New Mexico, and in this year of the Covid-19 pandemic, everything about fighting wildfires has become more difficult and more dangerous.  Reporter Elizabeth Miller of NM in Depth on how officials are changing the way forest fires will be fought, and how the firefighters will live through the season of ever-new threats. One new policy – a moratorium on controlled burns to get rid of undergrowth in the forests – may protect neighboring communities from smoke, but could amp up the danger for fire-fighters.

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 Rarely has the world experienced a bigger game-changer than the mobile phone. This device is the fastest-selling technological advance in world history, changing the way human beings communicate and do a lot of their daily business.  All of which makes especially pertinent the question asked by Queens College scholar Richard Maxwell in his new book How Green Is Your Smartphone?  Are cellphones safe to use?  And are they safe to throw away when you buy a new one?

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One of the real revelations of the coronavirus pandemic is how many nursing homes neglect the health and safety of their elderly residents. Ed Williams of Searchlight NM has reported on how this scandal has hit the Land of Enchantment, and how a no-bid, single-source state contract may have made the problem worse.

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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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