Thursday 9/29 - Marc Lynch - Backwash of the Arab Spring

Thursday 9/29
Marc Lynch
Backwash of the Arab Spring

KLM, Royal Dutch Airline recently announced it was phasing out its service to Egypt. Flights between Amsterdam and Cairo will end January 8. KLM said it was doing this for “economic reasons,” and blamed devaluation and other currency restrictions. It didn’t mention another, probably more important factor, that demand is disappearing. Few European tourists or businesspeople want to fly to Egypt these days. There’s something basically unattractive about a government famed for its corruption and repression and a populace in…

Tuesday 9/27 - Lee Ellis, ethicist - Wells Fraudo and the banking culture of cheaters

Tuesday 9/27
Lee Ellis, ethicist
Wells Fraudo and the banking culture of cheaters

If I understand the suits at Wells Fargo Bank correctly, it was 5 years ago that they first noticed that they had a problem with employees who were stealing bonuses from the company, by gaming and fabricating sales of various Wells Fargo financial services. The bank’s solution? Every year, they say, they fired about 1% of their workforce, about 2500 people. Since just a fraction of the Wells Fargo workforce is actually involved in marketing or selling accounts and services,…

Thursday 9/22 - Lilo Stainton -

Thursday 9/22
Lilo Stainton
"Amerimama" birth tourism in NJ

Mom’s Russian, Baby’s an American citizen. Birth tourism in the Garden State: Investigative reporter Lilo Stainton of NJSpotlight broke the story and tells us about it. At Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in northern New Jersey they have a program that they call AmeriMama. The program has been aggressively advertised to pregnant women in Russia as a healthy way to give birth that, for fees that can top $25,000, also gives your child American citizenship papers, a passport, and travel visas…

Wednesday 9/21 - Rachel Conn - Cleaning up the Gold King mine spill

Wednesday 9/21
Rachel Conn
Cleaning up the Gold King mine spill

Last August the San Juan River ran a shocking yellow after 3 million gallons of waste water loaded with 440 tons of toxic metals, including cadmium, arsenic, and lead were accidentally released at the abandoned Gold King Mine, near Silverton, Colorado.  Rachell Conn of Amigos Bravos  brings us up to date since the clean-up became a Federal Superfund project. The abandoned Gold King mine was like a toxic boil on the face of southwestern Colorado. Officials could see the build-up…

Tuesday 9/20 - Steve Handlesman - Campaign update. What me worry?

Tuesday 9/20
Steve Handlesman
Campaign update. What me worry?

NBC News Political Correspondent Steve Handlesman watches Clinton and Trump stumble through Campaign 2016 Do you want more of the same or something different? For most human beings, that’s a question as loaded as a crooked gambler’s dice. We are a curious race, so we usually bend towards novelty over repetition. But not usually in our political choices. When it comes to something as serious as national leadership, most citizens tend to go with safety and security, the known over…

Monday 9/19 - Bob Jordan - The Bridgegate trial begins

Monday 9/19
Bob Jordan
The Bridgegate trial begins

The Bridgegate trial opens.  Veteran NJ journalist Bob Jordan considers — Will an intentional traffic jam end Gov. Chris Christies’s career? It’s one of the greatest curtain lines in the movies, “is this the end of Rico?” asked by Little Caesar, Rico Bandello, as played by Edward G Robinson, one of the screen’s first and greatest “tough guys.” Today, in Newark, NJ, a trial began in Federal Court with many observers asking, “is this the end of Christie?” as in…

Wednesday 9/15 - Seema Yasmin - Dallas Morning News - Zika on the Move

Wednesday 9/15
Seema Yasmin
Dallas Morning News
Zika on the Move

In 1947, researchers first discovered a new virus in a rhesus monkey in the Zika Forest of Uganda in East Africa. 5 years later, the same virus, now called Zika, was isolated in humans in Uganda and next-door Tanzania. Over the next 40 years, Zika viruses turned up across Equatorial African and Equatorial Asia, spread mostly through a common and hardy mosquito labeled Aedes Aegypti. At the time, it seemed as though Zika could be serious and could cause a…

Tuesday 9/13 - Joshua Goodman - Venuzuela Worse and Worser

Tuesday 9/13
Joshua Goodman
Venuzuela Worse and Worser

Sometimes, the famed psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud admitted, “a cigar is only a cigar.” But sometimes real and familiar phenomena can achieve greatly enhanced status by becoming important and powerful symbols. That’s how it was, back in the 1970s when 5 legendary leaders of what was, back-then, called the third of Underdeveloped World formed the Non-aligned Movement. This large-scale collaboration show-cased the ambitions of such global political stars as Nehru of India, Sukarno of Indonesia, Nasser of Egypt, Nkrumah of Ghana…

Monday 9/12 - Jason Leopold, AP - Vice News 9/11 New Details

Monday 9/12
Jason Leopold, AP
Vice News 9/11 New Details

Secrets are among the most corrosive elements known to man. The longer secrets are kept, the more dangerous they become, because, once they are finally revealed, they not only lose all their value, but they beg a set of dangerous questions, like — why were they kept hidden for so long, from whom and for whose benefit? Shared secrets are also very expensive, and their cost is measured in nothing less than shifts in power. Most political secrets are shared…

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