In Ukraine, the big questions are, how long will the secessionist war, halted by the Minsk 2 Agreement in February, stay frozen, and are the forces on either side of the cease-fire line preparing for more war of a cold peace? Carnegie Endowment scholar Balazs Jarabik is in Eastern Europe where the real answers are anything but an academic abstraction.
When Pope Francis recently ended a Vatican investigation into the largest organization of American nuns, many celebrated what they saw as a healing gesture. But journalist and author Sarah Posner of Religion Dispatches and Al Jazeera America reports that many religious feminists, nuns and their supporters, call the Pope’s action a reassertion of male authority in the Roman Catholic Church.
Intel’s 35 years in Rio Rancho have had their ups and downs, but through it all, Intel has been the economic heart of the town. But, Dennis Domrzalski of the Albuquerque Free Press says the trend for the last 5 years has been down, Domrzalski predicts, 5 years from now Intel may be out of Rio Rancho. Everyone wonders what could take it place.
A lot of journalists in Iraq have been falling into the rough hands of the Islamic State. But how many? And what’s been happening to them? The answers were vague until Oday Hatem did an investigation for The Committee to Protect Journalists…CPJ Mideast Program Director Sherif Mansour tells us what Hatem found out. It’s not a pretty picture.
2 of the most powerful financial institutions on Earth, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund held their annual meeting this past weekend in Washington. What did they discuss? What did they decide? Al Jazeera America’s economics anchorman Ali Velshi gives us an I-was-there report.
Over the past decade, Oklahoma has gone from a couple of earthquakes a year, to a couple a day, and almost all geologists agree on the cause: deeply buried deposit wells for waste waters that come up with oil. Rivka Galchen documented the case in the New Yorker magazine.
It’s clear now, it’s not just an oil price drop, but an oil price war, being waged by Saudi Arabia. Among the targets: the new generation of NM shale oil drillers that have made the United States at least temporarily energy-sufficient. Economist Daniel Fine of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy has a petroleum battlefield report.
In Panama, last weekend, an event and a handshake that President Obama called “historic.” The event — the Summit of the Americas, the handshake — with Cuban leader Raul Castro, and the result, most at the Summit agreed could be a more productive Western Hemisphere. David Ariosto of Al Jazeera America tells what he saw and sensed at the Panama Summit.
Tunisia is the one place where the ideals of the Arab Spring of 2011 are still very much alive. But a recent terrorist attack that killed 21 tourists in Tunis is challenging both Tunisia’s political ideals and culture of civility. IS says it did the attack, but many doubt the claim. Tunis-based journalist Eric Reidy discusses the threats to the freest country in the Islamic world.
His long-time partner in news and activism, Rory O’Connor talks about Danny Schechter, a man of his time, a fighter for civil rights in America and a biographer of Nelson Mandela. Danny was the epitome of the cutting-edge journalism of the 1960s, and a pioneer of the new and old media of the 21st century. T
Ever see, read or hear Les Miserables? Well, Max Villatoro is living it. A beloved Mennonite Minister and community leader, Villatoro was seized by agents of the Immigration Agents and swiftly deported to Honduras. He has a wife and 4 US Citizen children, but on today’s HERE AND THERE, Grace Meng, of Human Rights Watch says Villatoro could be separated from his family forever. HERE AND THERE, right after the 5 o’clock news.
Over the past decade, Oklahoma has gone from a couple of earthquakes a year, to a couple a day, and the magnitude of the quakes keeps going up. Almost all geologists agree on the cause: deeply buried deposit wells for waste waters from fracking for oil. Rivka Galchen documented the temblor epidemic and politically-enforced intellectual nullification that helps enable it. Hamm-fisted Harold is much involved.