The Island State of Hawaii is such an agricultural paradise, that the industries who make agricultural chemicals think that makes it a perfect laboratory. But Al Jazeera America’s Jacob Ward says many local residents feel like the kind of lab rats who don’t always survive.
In the short-term, the global price of oil has been dropping sharply again for the past month, but in the long-term the oil and gas industry and its financial partners may be facing even more serious problems. UNM oil economist Janie Chermak says this might be good news for Chaco Canyon.
People call the conflict in Ukraine a “frozen war,” but former US Amb. John Herbst says Russia’s Valdimir Putin is trying to heat things up and the US and the West should step up military and financial aid for the still struggling government in Kiev. Reform in Ukraine is progressing, he says, but not fast enough.
It’s a series of circular problems for New Mexico: the more people litter fields with household garbage, and dump big items like mattresses, and refrigerators into arroyos and stream-beds the more other people add to the mess. Reporter Margaret Wright of The New Mexican has looked at the mess, and the inadequate state, county and municipal budgets that leave it to volunteers to clean things up.
It’s called the Trans Pacific Partnership, and President Obama sees it as part of his legacy. But analyst Rick Rowden, who writes for foreignpolicy.com says, TPP’s is likely to be more riches for the rich, more job losses for American workers, less regulation of multi-national corporations, and a free pass for them around laws passed by Congress.
A deep look into a dark period of American history, the internment of Japanese residents and citizens alike, during World War 2. Author Richard Reeves’ new book INFAMY, details how more than 4500 so-called alien enemies wound up in a concentration camp in Santa Fe, even as hundreds of Japanese-American volunteers were heroically fighting against Germany and Japan.
Investigative reporter Douglas Gillison of the online newsgroup 100 Reporters, tells us about a pair of persistent problems at the United Nations. One involves rapes committed by UN peacekeepers against the very vulnerable people they have been assigned to protect, the other is what happens to whistleblowers who try to get the UN to end the wrongdoings.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipris went to the people for a mandate to hang tough against European demands for still more economic austerity. He got it, but days later, caved to even tougher demands, saying the alternatives were even worse. Al Jazeera America’s Patricia Sabga has been in Athens watching the diplomacy play out and the popular dismay build.
Long-time Vatican journalist John Thavis on the new Pope Francis and his statements on physical, environmental and moral issues “How we treat each other reflects in how we treat our environment.”
RAND Corporation analyst Rick Brennan on the pressure on the Obama White House to articulate a strategy to defeat the Islamic State.
The multi-party talks over Iran’s nuclear future are headed to another supposed deadline, with much more than Iran’s use of nuclear technology at stake. Business and Economics Correspondent Ali Velshi, host of Al Jazeera America’s nightly On Target has been watching the diplomacy and its effects on the Iranian people from Tehran
Dave talks with investigative producer Daffodil Altan about the sexual assault of undocumented immigrants.