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Viewing Disaster in New Orleans NEWS articles 1 through 75 of 123.

September 1, 2005

KATRINA - ANOTHER GLOBAL WARNING FOR BUSH - Hurricane Katrina should be a wake up call for President Bush on the need for urgent US action to tackle climate change, Friends of the Earth said today. The hurricane is one of the worst natural disasters America has ever faced and is a stark reminder of what scientists expect to happen as a result of human induced climate change.

Hurricane Katrina: a calamity compounded by poverty and neglect - Damage estimates are in the tens of billions of dollars. At least one million people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are without electrical power, and officials say it may take weeks to fully restore service to all affected regions. Clean drinking water is scarce, and the flood waters covering city streets are contaminated with gas from ruptured gas lines, chemicals and human waste, raising a serious danger of infectious disease.

Bush rules out significant federal aid to hurricane victims - Rather, with a smirk on his face, he allowed that “the days seem awfully dark for those affected”—a phrase that could only have been uttered in these terrible circumstances by someone who did not count himself among those unfortunates. This from the President of the United States!

Guard Belongs in New Orleans, Not Baghdad - Bring the National Guard home now, where they're needed.

New Orleans: Bush's Zero Tolerance for Misery - ...it is not simply the fact the neocons hijacked the National Guard and sent them packing to Iraq. In 1995, the Army Corps of Engineers began a project to shore up the New Orleans levees. But in 2003, Bush grabbed the money from that project to pay for his invasion and occupation

FEMA Claims New Orleans Was Disaster Priority; Bush 2005 Budget Drastically Cut Lake Pontchartrain Levee Funding - Army Corps levee project manager criticizes Bush administration for the steepest reduction in hurricane and flood control funding in New Orleans history.

September 2, 2005

Notes on Looting and Looters: Some Perspectives - Unidentified Hurricane Looters in New Orleans-Crime: Looting food, diapers, clothes, consumer items; Neil Bush-Crime: Looted US taxpayers of at least $1.6 billion as head of the Silverado Banking, Savings & Loan Association in 1988 during the S&L meltdown

Will the ‘New’ New Orleans be Black? - One of the premiere Black cities in the nation faces catastrophe. There is no doubt in my mind that New Orleans will one day rise again from its below sea level foundations. The question is, will the new New Orleans remain the two-thirds Black city it was before the levees crumbled?

Where Was George? - Bush was in sunny San Diego, having just left sunny El Mirage, Arizona.

The Tsunami that was Katrina - This nation has not faced an economic crisis like the one that Katrina will spark in the days and months ahead. But that is one of the reasons Katrina was guided along the path that we all watched.

Disparaging the have-nots trapped in New Orleans - Of course we all know just what drives the media engines: disaster, sensationalism, and people acting badly, which boosts the rating and profitability sectors of their respective bottom lines. Never mind finding out—asking the hard questions—like why in a city that is mostly below sea level there were no plans for evacuation of all its residents?

Questions of racism in hurricane photo captions; Yahoo responds - A French news agency has yanked a photograph surrounding the New Orleans hurricane that raised questions of racism

Halliburton hired for storm cleanup - The Navy has hired Houston-based Halliburton Co. to restore electric power, repair roofs and remove debris at three naval facilities in Mississippi damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Starting to doubt that reports of shots fired at New Orleans rescuers - Sean Hannity is closely linked to Karl Rove's office. He gets talking points from that office daily if not hourly.

The Wholesale Looting of the Gulf Coast - The real criminals are sitting in positions of authority: the president, the director of FEMA, and the hundreds of congresspersons cutting their excessive vacations short to pat one another on the back as they pass emergency funding provisions for the hardly-operative relief efforts centered in Louisiana and Mississippi.

September 3, 2005

Hurricane Katrina as Class Warfare - Bill O'Reilly simply wanted the police and National Guard to shoot down "looters," that is to say those attempting to survive by taking food and drink from stores, thus sending the ruling corporate elite's message: "law and order" (i.e., protecting corporate property and banks) is more important than human life, especially expendable African-American human life, for what the robber baron Jay Gould said a hundred years ago still applies today: "I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

Omigod: DICK CHENEY Has Been On Vacation! - Bush is relaxing in Crawford, Condi is going to a Broadway show and Dick Cheney is probably fly fishing -- all AFTER the hurricane struck.

U.S. Customs' hurricane-relief Blackhawks pulling press duty - ...instead of helping people left desperate in the wake of Katrina's wrath, the Blackhawk's actually were slated to transport a CNN news crew to take video shots of those people.

Iraq-tested soldiers in New Orleans with shoot to kill orders - They have M-16s and they are locked and loaded.

Rapper Kanye West blasts Bush on TV benefit show - "George Bush doesn't care about black people," West said from New York during the show aired live on the East Coast on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and Pax, just before cameras cut away to comedian Chris Tucker.

Troops begin combat operations in New Orleans - "This place is going to look like Little Somalia," Brig. Gen. Gary Jones, commander of the Louisiana National Guard’s Joint Task Force told Army Times Friday as hundreds of armed troops under his charge prepared to launch a massive citywide security mission from a staging area outside the Louisiana Superdome. "We’re going to go out and take this city back. This will be a combat operation to get this city under control."

FEMA privatized hurricane disaster recovery planning for New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana - The firms that received the contract are big GOP contributors

New Orleans crisis shames Americans - The only difference between the chaos of New Orleans and a Third World disaster operation, he said, was that a foreign dictator would have responded better.

How the Free Market Killed New Orleans - - by Michael Parenti - The free market played a crucial role in the destruction of New Orleans and the death of thousands of its residents. Armed with advanced warning that a momentous (force 5) hurricane was going to hit that city and surrounding areas, what did officials do? They played the free market.

Police On The Rampage in New Orleans: New Orleans on a hair-trigger - Star duo caught in crossfire between police and gunmen - "Stop the car right now," reporter told. "Back up, or I'll shoot"

Bill Clinton, Suck-Up-in-Chief - What the hell was Bill Clinton thinking, standing there next to President Bush and providing verbal cover for the administration's ludicrous claims that the problems plaguing New Orleans were unforeseeable?

Who is jamming communications in New Orleans? - ...we now have a new unconfirmed report that the culprit may be the Pentagon itself.

September 4, 2005

Big oil's bigtime looting - Stay fixated, if you wish, on the thieves and desperate families who are so much easier to catch on camera than comptrollers electronically stealing your cash. It is not pleasant to see anyone loot a store. But ExxonMobil and big oil are looting the nation, and no one declaring martial law on them.

Oops! We forgot the niggers (again)! - While the Federal government has participated in and orchestrated massive international airlifts, such as the Berlin airlift during the Cold War, apparently persons of African descent do not need rescue. Heck, park rangers in my home state of Massachusetts would air-drop bales of hay to starving deer in the snow-covered winter.

Pretty White Girls Don't Drown in Attics - If only New Orleans had a higher population of upper class pretty thin white girls, rather than poor overweight black ones, the people might have been spared the hideous fate that Uncle Sam has dealt them.

Reports continue that communications in and around New Orleans are being purposely jammed by the US government - Readers should also be aware that the Pentagon's technology blockade strategy extends to the Internet. Web sites like Democratic Underground and Daily Kos have a lot of explaining to do when they censor critical information during a national emergency.


Law Officers, Overwhelmed, Are Quitting the Force - Reeling from the chaos of this overwhelmed city, at least 200 New Orleans police officers have walked away from their jobs and two have committed suicide, police officials said on Saturday.

Provocateur forces in New Orleans? The case builds - On Thursday, there was a report on the net Delta Force had just dropped into New Orleans. This was at about the same time this website noticed a couple helicopters full of unidentified troops being dropped off the helipad at the Superdome. If the "Delta Force" story is true (and even Army Times says forces are engaging in combat in New Orleans), or another small special ops force were dropped into New Orleans, they would be well placed, for provacateuring more than anything else

New Orleans mayor fears CIA to take him out - Last night he told a reporter for the Associated Press: "If the CIA slips me something and next week you don't see me, you'll all know what happened."

September 5, 2005

The Military Is Frisking Little Children Before Rescuing Them - Is there anyone who thinks a little 10 year old boy hungry and crying IS A SECURITY RISK?

The American illusion takes a dive - A view from across the ocean - There has been all this bluster about security but when nature strikes, the president goes partying and playing golf – after the levees were already giving in to the water from Lake Pontchartrain. The reality of the criminal neglect doesn’t seem to seep through to the consciousness of anyone who is in a position of leadership.

With this much blood in the water, what else would you expect to start circling? - For days, and days, and days, the expendable poor of New Orleans have been begging for someone, anyone, to come. Be careful what you wish for. It’s not just, finally, Bush and some troops who are ambling into town. Here come the mercenaries.

my wife and I last night at the astrodome - thought you might like an inside view

The Media Discover the Poor - Perhaps this tragedy will mark a turn in values and priorities for the nation’s news reporters. Perhaps. But I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Unconfirmed Reports of Explosives Being Used to Blow Up Levees - Out of all the stories of the tragic deaths of New Orleans...there are some unconfirmed reports of explosives being used to blow levees

The Clinton-Bush Hurricane Fund Public Relations Scam - Bill "Bubba" Clinton is one sick human specimen.

80,000 Rodney Kings in New Orleans - If You have Nothing, You are Nothing

September 6, 2005

Barbara Bush: Things Working Out "Very Well" for Poor Evacuees from New Orleans - "And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."

Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury on New Orleans: "Americans Are Being Brainwashed" - Mentality is "like that of the brown shirts that followed Hitler"

New World Orleans: Microcosm for the "New America" - Special report on the elite police state takeover

Why the American dream is one of the biggest lies - In a breathtaking display of racism, some white British students who were trapped in the hell of the city’s Superdome stadium, being used for refugees, were removed to a safer place in a basketball arena by a white policeman who one student described as having “broken all the rules” to help them.

Prisoners fell on barbed wire in bid to find water - "They were hanging out of the windows and trying to get water. Some of the inmates were so desperate for water that they tied their t-shirts together and lowered a boot into the diseased water that they had just relieved themselves into."

Murder and rape - fact or fiction? - New Orleans police have been unable to confirm the tale of the raped child, or indeed any of the reports of rapes, in the Superdome and convention centre.

September 7, 2005

FEMA Turned Away Aid, Rescue Crews, Cut Emergency Communication Lines: Witnesses - FEMA Agency draws ire of frustrated volunteers and donors for stopping relief efforts.

The All-Too American Tragedy of New Orleans: Empire, Inequality, Race and Oil - Truth be told, the US has been sinking in a toxic stew of Empire and Inequality for quite some time.

GREEKS BEARING GIFTS: Paul Krugman at the New York Times and Clinton FEMA Director James Lee Witt Leading America Into the Next Slaughter - - by Michael Ruppert - Intelligent critics from both left and right have for years painstakingly documented FEMA’s paramount leadership role in Continuity of Government (COG) operations and planning. Better described, COG is what will happen if Congress is nuked, if a major catastrophe makes "normal" government operations impossible, or if there is major civil unrest (or total economic collapse). Much of FEMA’s infrastructure is really dedicated to this task and not to disaster relief.

"You Can't Govern if You Don't Believe in Government" - Reagan, like George W. Bush after him, failed to understand that when people come together into community, and then into nationhood, that they organize themselves to protect themselves from predators, both human and corporate, both domestic and foreign. This form of organization is called government. But the Reagan/Bush ideologues don't "believe" in government, in anything other than a military and police capacity. Government should punish, they agree, but it should never nurture, protect, or defend individuals. Nurturing and protecting, they suggest, is the more appropriate role of religious institutions, private charities, families, and - perhaps most important - corporations.

FOCUS - Oil prices at 100 usd/barrel no longer unthinkable in wake of Katrina - Oil prices at 100 usd a barrel are no longer an unthinkable prospect in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Asian demand is part of the reason, analysts said.

Day 1 FEMA concern: Convey positive image - The government's disaster chief waited until hours after Hurricane Katrina had struck the Gulf Coast before asking his boss to send 1,000 Homeland Security employees to the region — and gave them two days to arrive, according to internal documents. Brown said that among duties of these employees was to "convey a positive image" about the government's response for victims.

Guess Who Castrated FEMA? - Here's a timeline that outlines the fate of both FEMA and flood control projects in New Orleans under the Bush administration. Read it and weep.

September 8, 2005

The Bigotry of Low Expectations - As Katrina wiped out New Orleans' communications infrastructure, panicky rumors of violence in evacuation centers quickly filled the airwaves. The only problem--few of the reports were true.

Katrina + Oil = Profits for Our Kings - by John Perkins - It is time, my fellow Americans, to listen to the words of our Founding Fathers. Profiteering without representation must go. The destruction of our world, for the short-term benefit of a new type of royalty, is unacceptable.

FEMA packed with W's pals - Campaign pros get top jobs

WSJ: White rich elude Orleans chaos, don't want poor blacks back - "The new city must be something very different, Mr. Reiss says, with better services and fewer poor people. "Those who want to see this city rebuilt want to see it done in a completely different way: demographically, geographically and politically."

FEMA: Corrupt, Negligent, Criminal and In Charge - FEMA is not an elected body, it does not involve itself in public disclosures, and it even has a quasi-secret budget in the billions of dollars. It has more power than the President of the United States or the Congress.

The Militarization of New Orleans. From Victims to Vandals: Mass Media and New Orleans - The mass media made an abrupt turn, adapting and shaping the images of the Administration’s catastrophe. In seven days the magic of the media transformed the Bush team from incompetent and ignorant leaders to decisive and caring officials. At the same time the desperate, dying and furious were converted into an unruly, crime-ridden, ungrateful and chaotic mob. The political message was clear: Repression and militarization were priority conditions for survival and humanitarian aid. The city had to be under de facto martial law before it could be saved. Viet Nam and Falluja come to mind.

September 9, 2005

Living Paycheck to Paycheck Made Leaving Impossible - "I don't own a car. Me and my wife, we travel by bus, public transportation. The most money I ever have on me is $400. And that goes to pay the rent. And that $400 is between me and my wife."

Locals believe Levees were Intentionally blown - Could the levees in New Orleans have been INTENTIONALLY blown out in order to save sections of the city deemed to be more important?

NBC: FEMA chief relieved of Katrina duties - Report follows controversy over Brown’s qualifications, agency’s response

Dallas meeting plans reconstruction of New Orleans without poor African Americans - The Dallas meeting focused on rebuilding and rezoning New Orleans without the "criminal element," a code word for the city's poor African American community.

Bush allows contractors to pay lower wages - US President George W Bush issued an executive order on Thursday allowing federal contractors rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to pay below the prevailing wage.

New Orleans Begins Confiscating Firearms as Water Recedes - No civilians in New Orleans will be allowed to carry pistols, shotguns or other firearms, said P. Edwin Compass III, the superintendent of police. "Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons," he said.

Physician who told Cheney to go F*ck Himself Lost his Home in Katrina, Detained, Cuffed by Cheney's M-16-carrying Goons - Hey, at least Marble was polite. After all, he referred to Cheney as "Mr. Cheney."

September 10, 2005

Afro-Americans, oil is more valuable than you! - ...in 1974, within 24 hours notice, the American government sent thousands of brand new military assets, tanks, planes, rockets, artillery, with all the ammunition required, to aid Israel against Egypt. Therefore, the US does have a proven track record for mobilising major logistical programmes, even to help a nation across thousands of miles away, in the relatively less capable US, 30 years ago, but it took five days to help the poor people in Louisiana and Mississippi in 2005.Palestinians.

Food and the US Arsenal: If You Want to Eat, You Got to Come Out - In New Orleans food aid is provided only to those who leave the city and in the Astrodome US military recruiters are attempting to recruit young men and women without too many alternatives into their wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

New Katrina Contracts Awarded; Include Fluor, Bechtel - Once again, the same massive corporations that have screwed up the Iraq reconstruction, screwed up numerous US projects, and been fined for overcharges and wage and safety violations, have been rewarded by the Bush Administration.

New Orleans becomes a war zone - A dress rehearsal for martial law? - Just last month, the Washington Post published an article revealing that the US military’s Northern Command had developed a series of "war plans" for the military "to take charge" in domestic crises. While apparently these plans involved a response to supposed terrorist attacks, including the detonation of a nuclear device in a major American city, the catastrophe that struck New Orleans provided ideal conditions for testing the plans out.

EXPLOSIVE RESIDUE FOUND ON FAILED LEVEE DEBRIS! - Ruptured New Orleans Levee had help failing

Private Security and Mercenary Companies Patrol New Orleans: Reaping the Profits of a Humanitarian Disaster - ...mercenaries from Blackwater USA are rumbling through the New Orleans streets, armed to the teeth and in full battle gear.


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