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Do the Hustle: Reconstruction Scams Unleashed on the Big Easy (Indy)

A.K. Gupta | Just weeks into the recovery along the Gulf Coast, it’s looking like a corporate looting spree. First up was the KBR division of Halliburton, which received a $500 million contract Sept. 1 to repair damaged naval facilities in Louisiana and Mississippi. This is in addition to a $350 million contract KBR and three other companies received earlier this year to repair other naval facilities in Florida damaged by Hurricane Ivan in September 2004. more...  0 Comments

From One Gulf to Another: It's All Connected (Indy)

A.K. Gupta | It’s all connected: the hurricane, Iraq, racism, global warming, a credulous media, a corrupt government, greedy corporations,
a militarized society, a bitterly divided America. Starkest were the parallels with the disaster of Iraq. First was the White House’s blithe assertion that “no one could have predicted” the levees would break: The prospect that a powerful hurricane would
ravage New Orleans was as predictable as the possibility that the occupation of Iraq would turn into a bloody insurgency. more...  0 Comments

The Failures of Black Leadership (Indy)

Kazembe Balagun | The Katrina disaster exposed the faultlines within the black political establishment. That establishment, composed of civil-rights organizations and black politicians with roots in the civil-rights era, has been on the defensive since the 2000 Florida voting scandal that gave George Bush the White House. (Bush has refused to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus and the NAACP.) And it is being challenged by the rise of black conservatives, particularly the evangelical Christian groups that receive federal funding under “faith-based grants.” more...  0 Comments

The Second Hurricane: Collecting Food, Gathering Rage (Indy)

Jed Brandt | The atrocity of New Orleans is what white supremacy looks like. From atop a mountain of black corpses, television demogogues will say that this “isn’t about race.” But the proof is in the pudding, not what’s written on the package. more...  0 Comments

Blackwater Down: Mercenaries in New Orleans

Jeremy Scahill | In the October 10, 2005 issue of The Nation, Jeremy Scahill reports on the private security firms operating in New Orleans. It contains new information on Israeli paramilitaries, more info on Blackwater and its ties to the White House and one very disturbing story about BATS security, an apparently unregistered firm, whose chief security officer admitted that he "shot up" some "black gangbangers" in New Orleans. more...  2 Comments

The Renegade Boat Brigade (Indypendent)

Steven Wishnia | Yvonne Thibodeaux (not her real name) and her new husband returned from their honeymoon just
in time to evacuate their New Orleans home, whose roof was torn off by the hurricane. They spent four days working
on a rescue crew out of Lafayette, boating into their inundated hometown to pull people out of their flooded houses. A
week later, the couple was hiding from an arrest warrant. more...  0 Comments

In The First Days (Indypendent)

Malik Rahim | Food stamps don't buy enough but for about three weeks of the month, and by the end of the month everyone runs out. Now they have no way to get their food stamps or any money, so they just have to take what they can to survive. Many people are getting sick and very weak. From the toxic water that people are walking through.
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The Storm After The Storm (Indypendent)

Nicholas Powers | A First Person Story of Katrina Survivor Reports more...  1 Comments

The Hot Wheels Freedom Ride (Indypendent)

John Tarleton | With legions of poor people struggling to escape New Orleans... more...  0 Comments

The Right to Return: Going Home (Indypendent)

Jordan Flaherty | They paint a very different picture from what we’ve heard in the media. Instead of stories of gangs of criminals and police and soldiers keeping order, there were stories of collective action, everyone looking out for each other, communal responses.
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Australian Government request Indy-Media & Apple Mac remove swastika image & web-site

centreflunk | Australian Government request Indy-Media & Apple Mac remove swastika image & also remove link to web-site which shows Government Department falsified documents & withheld evidence from the prosecutors office & federal Judges more...  0 Comments

Bronx Students Protest Metal Detectors

Bombs and Shields | Nearly 1/3 of all 4,600 students from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx blocked traffic and marched almost two miles to the borough's Department of Education offices, to protest new regulations which require students to pass through metal detectors before entering the school and barred them from leaving campus during lunch. [More Coverage at Bombs and Shields] more...  7 Comments

Avoiding a Fate like Mars for Earth

Raymond Samuels | Life on the Planet in imminent danger from Global Warming more...  0 Comments

Housing News-Feds Withold Disaster Assistance

Lynda Carson | As of yet, HUD has not even offered any temporary Section 8 vouchers to Katrina's victims. more...  0 Comments

Victory in Ecuador

www.radiomundoreal | Victory in Ecuadorian peoples struggle against Oil Transnationals and Contamination from drilling

for background see: www.ecuador.indymedia.org more...  0 Comments

No Place for a Poet at a Banquet of Shame

sharon olds/nation | For reasons spelled out below, the poet Sharon Olds has declined to attend the National Book Festival in Washington, which, coincidentally or not, takes place September 24, the day of an antiwar mobilization in the capital. Olds, winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award and professor of creative writing at New York University, was invited along with a number of other writers by First Lady Laura Bush to read from their works. Three years ago artist Jules Feiffer declined to attend the festival's White House breakfast as a protest against the Iraq War ("Mr. Feiffer Regrets," November 11, 2002). We suggest that invitees to this year's event consider following their example. --The Editors (Nation Magazine)
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A BRIDGE TOO FAR: POLICE FIRED ON EVACUEES

George French | GRETNA, LOUISIANA POLICE AND JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFFS, AND BRIDGE POLICE CLOSED THE CRESCENT CITY CONNECTION BRIDGE. FOLLOWING EVACUATION INSTRUCTIONS EVACUEES HEADED TO THE BRIDGE AFTER AN ARDUOUS WALK. POLICE WITH AUTOMATIC WEAPONS AND DOGS OPENED FIRE ON THEM TO PREVENT THEIR CROSSING. more...  0 Comments

Welfanos Sing: "Ooo Ahh, Chavez no se va!"

Welfano News | President Hugo Chavez of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela was
welcomed to the Bronx yesterday by the cheers of "Ooo ahh, Chavez no se
va, Ooo ahh, Chavez no se va."

Pres. Chavez was in NYC for the Security Council meeting at the United
Nations where he blasted the council's initial document as well as the
council's undemocratic nature, citing the outdated veto ability of five
nation members of the Security Council. more...  1 Comments

"Walk the Tunnel" With the Campaign to End AIDS

c2ea | Thousands of people will be marching from Times Square to Washington, D.C. as part of the Campaign to End AIDS, and it all kicks off with a walk through the Tunnel. Help us stomp out AIDS one step at a time -- its a once in a lifetime New York City opportunity. more...  2 Comments

Chaos on the Way to Organized Chaos

Thomas Pany | The hurricane, Kristol says, made visible a greater problem, the increasing number of Americans caught in an endless cyclone of poverty. more...  0 Comments

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