Homelessness, the rise and fall of temporary tent cities, the inadequacies of more permanent shelters and programs are old stories in cities like Albuquerque and Las Cruces, but what about in the small towns of New Mexico? Tom McDonald, the founding editor of the Gazette News Service tells the story.
10 years ago Sunday, New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Katrina. The immediate damage was devastating and the long-term changes to the city were dramatic. New Orleans critic, novelist, screenwriter and passionate lover of his hometown Tom Piazza on what’s gone, and what remains in the New New Orleans.
Does anyone remember the goal of Gulf War 2? It was to create a stable, democratic government for Iraq. Now, pressured by the US, and by mass demonstrations around the country, the Baghdad government says it’s ready to reform. Amman-based analyst Kirk Sowell says real reform is difficult but possible.
First the Chinese economy starts to sputter, then the domestic Chinese stock market crashes, and finally China devalues its currency and for the first time in years, lets the market replace the government in setting the value of the Renminbi. Al Jazeera America’s economics correspondent Patricia Sabga helps us sort things out, on HERE AND THERE.
Remember the whistleblower who revealed that the famed FBI Lab was botching lots of cases and wrongly sending people to jail? Stephen Kohn, the lawyer, who helped Frederick Whitehouse tell his story, says making it safer for insiders to spill the beans helps protect all of us. Unfortunately, he says, one whistleblower who has no protection is Edward Snowden.
Even in a year of drought-busting rains like this one, there’s a lot of land lying fallow in south-west NM…but what if some native grasses that grow wild there could be commercially cultivated as animal fodder and human food. Gwyneth Jones of the Silver City Press on 2 ideas both agronomists and lfarmers think could be win-win-winners.
Start with Fentanyl — a DANGEROUS, ADDICTIVE drug. Then offer it in a new SPRAY-under-your tongue version that makes it even more DANGEROUS, and ADDICTIVE. And sell it with a crew straight out of Charlie’s Angels. Sound good to you? Wall St loved it. Roddy Boyd of The Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation, tells the story.
National Security Correspondent Shane Harris of The Daily Beast, with the story of a Sunni millionaire from Iraq who says, if Uncle Sam has the money, he has the army to stop the Islamic State. His one condition: he wants nothing to do with the Iraqi Government. Is Mudhar Shawkat the real thing, or just the second coming of Ahmed Chalabi.
A report from the front lines of sectarian war in Iraq. ABQ photo-journalist Jim Spiri, just back from Eastern Iraq, reports, Iranian-influenced Iraqi Shi’ite militiamen are ethnically-cleansing Sunni families from their long-time homes, despite the fact, it was Sunni fighters who stopped the 2014 advance of the Shi’ite-killing troops of the Islamic State.
As New Mexico schoolchildren head back to classes, reporter Xanthe Ackerman tells us about hundreds of public schools in Turkey where secular teaching is being dumped in favor of Sunni Islamic religious training. Parents and students have protested, but Turkish President Erdogan insists Turkish students should be educated exactly as he was
Santa Fe investigative reporter and documentarian Dennis Carroll has the story of the Trinity Downwinders…the people caught unwarned and unawares when the world’s first above-ground nuclear weapons test showered their area with radiation. The bomb being tested was the prototype for the one dropped 70 years ago yesterday on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.
Dave talks with Santa Fe immigration lawyer Allegra Love the holding centers for undocumented child immigrants.