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Leave No Katrina Victims Behind

Pierce O'Donnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pierce O'Donnell

Today is the third anniversary of the worst man-made disaster in American history and not a penny of compensation has been paid to the victims; nor has a single Army Corps official been disciplined, demoted or dismissed.

New Orleans repeating deadly levee mistakes

AP | CAIN BURDEAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW ORLEANS — Signs are emerging that history is repeating itself in the Big Easy, still healing from Katrina: People have forgotten a lesson fr...

Troubling the Water

Danny Glover | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Danny Glover

Today's launch of the film Trouble the Water opens up a meaningful space to examine critical issues that have remained unaddressed since Katrina three years ago to this Sunday.

Mr. Bill: "Oh No, Fix the Coast you Broke, Shell Oil!"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Meanwhile: Conspiracy Rumors Swirl Around Photo Op An ominous email came in to the listserv, and writers for independent media knew it...

All Those Federal Funds: Why the New Orleans Recovery is Slow

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

For those who keep asking a variant of "why, with all the federal billions sent down there, is New Orlean's recovery so slow?", an authoritative answer is now available.

What Obama and McCain Won't Tell You

Richard Walden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard Walden

Political contributions are discretionary but come from the same pool of funds which are the lifeblood charities and other nonprofits depend upon to provide vital services to our communities.

John McCain as a Hood Ornament

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bella DePaulo

The New York Times has William Kristol on its opinion page, and the Wall Street Journal now has Thomas Frank. What Kristol writes could be called scho...

Will Someone Please Make Obama Watch the McCain Version of the Katrina DVD?

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

The last Democratic presidential candidate who failed to engage, who abjured ruthlessness because it wasn't consistent with the noble kind of politics he wanted America to practice, was Michael Dukakis.

Hurricane Katrina, Three Years Later

Rep. Steve Israel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Steve Israel

Three years after Hurricane Katrina washed homes from their foundations, ended lives and scattered families, the progress is, at best, erratic.

Louisiana's "Road Home"--the Goalposts Keep Moving

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

For those outside New Orleans who ask, "what happened to all the Federal money down there?", a guide appears in the Times-Picayune explaining the labyrinth homeowners have had to navigate to get their Road Home grant.

Naomi Klein: "Disaster Capitalism" Still On The Rise | Lloyd Grove | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Marauding multinationals and their enablers in the U.S. government have a worthy adversary in Naomi Klein, a Canadian social critic whose books punctu...

Facts and Lies about Lowering Oil Prices

Alan Rosenblatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alan Rosenblatt

Big Oil makes more money when prices go up and that money is nicely spread among its allies in Congress. Trusting these guys is like trusting your neighborhood pusher.

Eyes in My Eyes

Terry Marotta | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Terry Marotta

I had a lesson in diversity last week in New Orleans, where I found myself so completely out of my element that when a couple of young women kept calling me "Ma'am" I took their tone for sarcastic.

FEMA's Trailers: The Cheapest, The Most Toxic

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

Another shoe dropped in the FEMA trailer scandal this week, with the publication of a report pinpointing why so many New Orleanians inhaled such high levels of formaldehyde fumes for so long.

Floods: Update, New Orleans Examining Levee Seepage

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Corps engineers in New Orleans maintain that the seepage is not cause for alarm.

Still Counting Katrina's Dead

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stacy Parker Le Melle

While the "full impact" of Katrina is not quantifiable, the more we know about the circumstances of individual deaths, the better prepared we will be to prevent similar disasters in the future.

The Floods: Army Corps Says PR Firms Transform "Babblers" into "Spokespersons"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

The Army Corps has known for some time that the levee systems needed restructuring. It appears that rather than improving them, they chose to hire PR firms to help with crisis communications.

The Floods: New Orleans, God, and Nature Can No Longer be Blamed

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Georgianne Nienaber

What happened in New Orleans, and what is happening today in the heartland, is the result of a massive infrastructure failure and the siphoning of tax resources into the war economy.

On the Ground: Disaster Flood Engineering

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

With the epic dimensions of this flood and the scope of infrastructure failures, how can the Army Corps of Engineers say to the devastated people that they had better get busy and "top the levees?"

"Elite" Obama on the Front Lines--McCain AWOL

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Obama is on the front lines of the flood, helping residents clean up and start over. Where is McCain in this effort? Is he pitching in to help? Or is he off to another party at the Bush "ranch" in his wife's jet?

The Saga Of The Protest Song

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

I figured maybe "Fortunate Son"'s rebellious tone had gotten his attention. But it was something more... my nephew was asking questions about its political lyrics and theme.

Obama vs McCain: Digging-In or "Standing Ready"

Beverly Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Beverly Davis

This weekend Barack Obama ditched his suit, picked up a shovel and started filling sandbags in the Midwest flood zone. John McCain sent a press release from a private fundraiser in Riverside, California.

FEMA Says Will Use Toxic Trailers Again

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has promised it will never again use formaldehyde-tainted trailers to house victims of a natural disaster -- u...

Active Illness in Children due to Passive Politics: Is This Another Tuskegee Experiment?

Robin Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robin Wilson

The trailers FEMA sent to Katrina refugees were taxpayer-funded carcinogen containers -- with air quality so poor that the agency was issued an order to stop using them due to the high levels of formaldehyde.

When Endorsements Go All to Hell

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

It doesn't matter what national religious leaders John Hagge or Rod Parsley, or even Jeremiah Wright believe. What matters is what the person actually running for office believes, says and does.