Albuquerque-based Journalist Peter Katel, on the youth gangs terrorizing Central America, sending children fleeing to the US border. Their leaders honed their gangland skills in Los Angeles, were deported home, and then, the real trouble began.
Reknowned global journalist Christian Caryl of Foreign Policy.com’s Democracy Lab…on the plight of the world’s largest nation without a state…the Kurds of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Will Kurdish fighters from Syria and Iraq lead the fight against the Islamic State?
NM In Depth investigative editor Trip Jennings on the wound that will not heal: the NM Behavioral Health Services “scandal” scandal. The real scandals are the inflated charges, the pre-mature judgments and the glacial progress of getting to the truth.
David Rothkopf, CEO and Editor of The FP Group, Foreign Policy Magazine and the foreignpolicy.com website says when it comes to the foreign policies of the Obama Administration, he is no fan. But he says the National Security processes of the Obama White House might be even worse.
AP Caracas Correspondent Hannah Dreier on how crashing oil prices are hitting the Venezuelan economy hard, while the government of President Nicolas Maduro is under political siege. His critics include the usual suspects from the free-market opposition, but more recently some old-line supporters of Hugo Chavez have turned against him, as well.
Milan Simonich, NM Statehouse reporter for the New Mexican talks about an Alice in Wonderland “debate” on gun law, and whether a Republican majority in the House and a Democratic majority in the Senate can get beyond political posturing and legislative paralysis.
Ukrainian journalist Maxim Eristavi says the ceasefire seems to be holding, but what made it possible is that Vladimir Putin has already accomplished his goal — destabilizing Ukraine. The more important war there now, he says, is to end corruption in Ukrainian government and across society.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Robert Jackson: with Al Qaeda affiliates still operating in Mali and Somalia, and with Boko Haram taking its Islamic State-like warfare beyond Nigeria, Terrorism is a big issue on his plate. But so are AIDS and Malaria reduction and the economic competition from China.
Albuquerque lawyer and businessman Brad Cates: as a Reagan-era Justice Dept official he helped implement newer, tougher procedures for civil forfeiture as part of the War on Drugs. Now he’d like to see civil forfeiture abolished. Despite some misleading public statements by Attorney General Eric Holder, he’s actually done much less than that.
Correspondent Gopal Ratnam of Foreign Policy magazine and foreignpolicy.com on last week’s well-orchestrated Washington campaign to escalate American arms shipments to the military in Ukraine. Whose campaign is this and how was it managed? The effects have been felt in Washington, America, Ukraine and Europe from London to Moscow.
Respected Istanbul journalist Cengiz Aktar with the inside story of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 12 years ago, he looked like the best thing that had happened to Turkish politics in decades. Today he looks like the poster-boy for Lord Acton’s famous maxim, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
] Reporter Jacob Kushner, who has spent recent months and years in Haiti, where the President now rules by decree, the Parliament has passed its re-elect-by date and gone home. Among the issues still unsolved: where hundreds of thousands of homeless people are live and how they are to support themselves, and disputes over land ownership that threaten to paralyze economic development.