How Shell sank New Orleans?
I think the first part was written fast and angry, but the detail – supported by some strong links from the years preceding Hurricane Katrina – is that the danger of that day, which ironically woke a lot of people to the future prognosese (?!) of climate change, was well-detailed in advance. The intriguing argument made is that what oil companies, especially Shell, had been doing off the coast and below sea level had far more to do with thousands of deaths and the destruction of a city than what their product had been doing to the climate.
& how the Coalition of the
WKilling continue to tear apart Iraq…
Have just read Riverbend’s latest post from Baghdad and hope everyone who visits here will too. Baghdad Burning has provided some of the most distressing and vivid coverage of the disaster which the Australian government has promoted as necessary and justified – a war of aggression which by the latest figures has seen a 400% increase in terrorism attacks (whatever those are now – I think it means the people doing the killing aren’t openly supported by a white politician) globally in the last couple of years.
Powerful writing, horrific insight – sounds like Riverbend & family are finally getting out.
“…I always hear the Iraqi pro-war crowd interviewed on television from foreign capitals (they can only appear on television from the safety of foreign capitals because I defy anyone to be publicly pro-war in Iraq). They refuse to believe that their religiously inclined, sectarian political parties fueled this whole Sunni/Shia conflict. They refuse to acknowledge that this situation is a direct result of the war and occupation. They go on and on about Iraq’s history and how Sunnis and Shia were always in conflict and I hate that. I hate that a handful of expats who haven’t been to the country in decades pretend to know more about it than people actually living there.
I remember Baghdad before the war- one could live anywhere. We didn’t know what our neighbors were- we didn’t care. No one asked about religion or sect. No one bothered with what was considered a trivial topic: are you Sunni or Shia? You only asked something like that if you were uncouth and backward. Our lives revolve around it now. Our existence depends on hiding it or highlighting it- depending on the group of masked men who stop you or raid your home in the middle of the night….”