On the first anniversary of one of America’s
worst natural and political disasters, TomPaine.com has been documenting
what went wrong in the response to Hurricane Katrina and offering progressive
policy alternatives. Our analysis and commentary on the crisis in the
conservative failures have stymied New
Orleans' recovery. Here are ways to respond.
August 28, 2006 03:46 PM
Warming: Connect The Dots
hurricanes, longer wildfire seasons and shorter winters form a larger
August 28, 2006 11:03 AM
displaced by Katrina demand to know why they can't return to decent public
August 25, 2006 10:39 AM
should take the rebuilding of New Orleans as
seriously as we take the crisis in Iraq.
August 24, 2006 09:49 AM
New Orleans's housing demolition policy
hurts low- and middle-income residents the most.
August 23, 2006 08:41 AM
Coast is a harbinger
of how environmental changes will force humanity to migrate.
August 17, 2006 09:02 AM
FEMA's still running the circus and low-income blacks are
locked out of the new New Orleans.
May 4, 2006 10:04 AM
The Cost Of
stories this week show how dangerous it is to have people who detest
government running it.
March 14, 2006 01:24 PM
When Bush visited New
Orleans yesterday, he neglected to mention that
the poorest victims of Katrina aren't getting helped.
March 9, 2006 10:09 AM
Progress In New Orleans
wants market forces to rebuild New
Orleans—the only problem is that there is no
February 16, 2006 09:37 AM
FEMA's Unholy Trinity
question not asked when Michael Brown testified on Capitol Hill was why
someone so unqualified got such an important job.
February 10, 2006 11:35 AM
Gulf Coast Renewal
Today, Katrina survivors are protesting policies that
prevent them from returning home or shaping their own communities.
February 7, 2006 09:32 AM
Orleans For All
Bush visits today, he'll find a city in desperate need for more funding and
fighting a pitched battle over how to rebuild.
January 12, 2006 12:07 PM
population of a rebuilt New Orleans ,
based on a plan released yesterday (compared to a population of
500,000 before Katrina): 250,000...
January 12, 2006 11:19 AM
Vouchers And Katrina
yesterday's Wall Street Journal, Milton Friedman argued what Katrina
survivors need most is school vouchers.
December 7, 2005 02:13 PM
It may just be that Katrina and Rita have jolted America out
of its climate change denial.
October 4, 2005 09:48 AM
Ever Be Equal?
politicians want to waive a federal rule that guarantees speedy enrollment
for displaced Gulf
could lead to serious discrimination and create more red tape for homeless
September 30, 2005 10:48 AM
A Poverty Of
politicians finally talking about poor people, we need to update our
40-year-old assumptions about who is poor.
September 30, 2005 08:39 AM
Got To Be
calls from both the public and organizations are getting louder: A
congressional Katrina commission just won't cut it.
September 28, 2005 04:25 PM
Out Of Church
President Bush truly wants to promote faith-based initiatives, his best
move is to stay out of religion.
September 28, 2005 08:48 AM
For any president,
senator or member of Congress who proclaimed moral outrage at the poverty
exposed by Katrina, here's a chance to show you really care.
September 27, 2005 10:59 AM
modern-day Hoovervilles rise, Katrina evacuees
and their advocates shift to calling for the right to go home.
September 27, 2005 09:24 AM
We Must Not
Get This Wrong
New Orleans could become the shining star of
American urban design—or it could again become sharply, permanently
September 26, 2005 08:21 AM
believe all the hype over the cost of Katrina and Rita. The real budget
crisis is much bigger—too big for politicians to admit.
September 23, 2005 10:33 AM
economics didn't work in the 1980s and it certainly won't work for Katrina
September 23, 2005 09:30 AM
political opportunism to try to sell the public on vouchers instead of
September 23, 2005 09:27 AM
The EPA cares more about its reputation than protecting
Americans from toxic hazards on the Gulf Coast.
September 22, 2005 09:44 AM
America's bloated military spending
leaves little left over to reduce the rampant poverty exposed by Hurricane
September 21, 2005 09:13 AM
House hopes we haven't noticed it's running a political juggernaut instead
of governing effectively.
September 21, 2005 09:12 AM
How To Pay
tax cuts for the wealthy cost the country more than the total amount likely
to be spent on Katrina.
September 20, 2005 11:47 AM
Over New Orleans
Katrina tragedy springs an unmatched opportunity to build efficient,
affordable solar homes. Will we take it?
September 20, 2005 09:43 AM
nation applauded TV reporters for their emotional coverage of Hurricane
Katrina—but is this good for journalism?
September 20, 2005 08:32 AM
Dems need to recognize that Katrina has exposed more than
just the old debates on the role of government or how to stimulate the
September 19, 2005 12:43 PM
public policy and industry irresponsibility led to the chemical soup
inundating New Orleans and Lake
September 19, 2005 09:48 AM
Climate And Katrina
revealed the harsh limits of markets and the essential role the government
must play as our climate changes.
September 19, 2005 09:34 AM
With God On
like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell are much
closer to being "anti-American" than liberals who rail against
September 19, 2005 09:18 AM
rebuild the Gulf
Coast will speak
volumes about what kind of society we want to be.
September 16, 2005 11:15 AM
And Deafening Silence
when politicians discuss repealing Bush's tax cuts will America
finally have the priorities debate we so desperately need.
September 16, 2005 09:40 AM
For An Independent Katrina Commission
an independent, 9/11 Commission-style investigation into the government's
handling of the Katrina disaster. An internal review just won't cut it.
September 14, 2005 04:35 PM
knows whether George Bush cares about black people—but there's no question
his policies punish people of color.
September 14, 2005 09:30 AM
laws that guarantee fair wages for the workers rebuilding New Orleans adds insult to injury.
September 14, 2005 08:26 AM
hurricane waters recede, we face another feeding frenzy for the same crony
contractors who botched the job in Iraq.
September 13, 2005 10:38 AM
want to prevent another colossal failure of government, allowing
Republicans to investigate their leader's missteps in responding to Katrina
is the wrong way to do it.
September 13, 2005 09:25 AM
calamity of Katrina has exposed Bush's empty rhetoric and strategic
dysfunction, harming our foreign policy.
September 12, 2005 10:27 AM
Gulf Coast -- And America
the time to transform our government into an effective instrument for
September 9, 2005 12:53 PM
You Speak Dept.
latest unbelievable utterance from an elected official.
September 9, 2005 11:51 AM
Of Our Era
president of TransAfrica looks at why the poor
had no "lifeboats" to escape Hurricane Katrina.
September 9, 2005 11:11 AM
From The Mud
Brooks' op-ed in today's Times represents the wrong way to rebuild New Orleans.
September 8, 2005 11:35 AM
Second Gulf Disaster
with the war on terror and privatization, the Bush administration sapped FEMA's ability to prevent crisis.
September 8, 2005 09:19 AM
Without the ports of New Orleans, the American midwest is heading for an economic disaster.
September 8, 2005 08:36 AM
Katrina Hall Of Shame
Kos is holding
public officials responsible for things they said or did or didn't say or
do. Soon we'll be hearing Bush surrogates whining about the "shame
September 7, 2005 11:16 AM
New Orleans doesn't look like the America we've lived in. But it
resembles the planet we will inhabit the rest of our lives.
September 7, 2005 10:10 AM
Labor Day Revolution
was the media's late wake-up call on the Bush administration's priorities.
September 6, 2005 09:29 AM
Saints Don't Go Marching In
administration turned its back on the most basic of American moral values:
banding together to care for each other in ways no one of us can do alone.
September 6, 2005 09:11 AM
Katrina Puts Estate Tax On Ice
September 6, 2005 08:51 AM
Out Of Reality
thousands stranded and struggling in New
Orleans are there by choice, says FEMA director
September 2, 2005 12:45 PM
Katrina has highlighted the U.S.
oil supply's vulnerabilities. It also opens the door for smart
September 2, 2005 09:35 AM
to a group of progressive Dems. They are offering
a common sense response to protect the thousands of families and small
businesses who will be left financially devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
September 1, 2005 06:35 PM