At America’s southern border, the number of would-be refugees from Honduras and El Salvador is rising sharply again, even though the migrant trail from Central America to the US Border has only gotten more difficult and dangerous.
Ever since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defeated an attempted coup, he’s been purging not just alleged-coup-plotters from the military, but tens of thousands of government workers and public school teachers. Istanbul-based journalist and novelist Elliot Ackerman on the chill descending on what was once a Turkish democracy
For the second time in as many months, the Government of Colombia has signed a peace agreement with the FARC rebels. The first agreement was narrowly defeated in a referendum. But Joshua Goodman AP Buro Chief in Bogota reports, putting the second agreement to the Congress, skipping a popular vote could mess up everything
When last we heard from Libyan journalist Mustafa Fetouri, his homeland was paralyzed between 2 competing, mutually hostile pseudo-governments. Now, he says there are 3…and what about the battle to expel the Islamic State from the city of Sirte. It’s going slowly, very slowly.
In a sea of election red, NM stayed Democratic blue…giving 5 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton and flipping the State House and keeping the Senate in the hands of Democratic majorities. Matthew Reichbach of the NM Political Report identifies some winners and loser in NM’s 2016 elections.
The election and the Presidencty, of Donald Trump. Steve Handelsman unwinds with Dave.
Raul Castro’s promises to reform his brother Fidel’s old-fashioned autocracy have failed to improve freedom of the press. Carlos Lauria of The Committee to Protect Journalists on the state media most people ignore and the new blog and websites that are penetrating Cuba’s anti-internet wall and bringing a few words of freedom.
RAND Corporation analyst Shelly Culbertson’s book The Fires of Spring examined what’s happened in the region since the “Arab Spring.” We talk about the backlash against democracy and how it has affected Turkey, Qatar, Egypt and Tunisia.
Lenny Bernstein, George Polk Award winner
The Washington Post
Reprehensible DEA failure
A scandal so reprehensible you’ll be amazed you never knew about it. The Washington Post’s investigative reporter Lenny Bernstein reveals how, at the very peak of America’s epidemic of opiate addiction, the Obama Administration and Republicans in Congress combined to gut the DEA’s strategy to contain it. The choice was simple: to exempt the 3 oligarchs of the American drug distribution industry from effective prosecution even if it meant millions of doses of addictive Oxycontin, Vicodin and Percocet tossed onto an illicit market.
Dan FLores tells how coyotes, supreme survivors, have spread way beyond the prairies to settle close to humans all over the country.
Christopher Livesay, just back from Mosul, describes the battle and the future of Iraq.
Larry Tye, Bobby Kennedy, from hater of enemies to lover of civil rights.