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The Hurricane and the Empire

On the tenth anniversary of Katrina, we republish an invitation to ponder the incapacity of the US government to respond to the disaster in New Orleans. What was at the root of that paralysis? From the archive, September 5, 2005.

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The Hurricane and the Empire

On the tenth anniversary of Katrina, we republish an invitation to ponder the incapacity of the US government to respond to the disaster in New Orleans. What was at the root of that paralysis? From the archive, September 5, 2005.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
Hurricane Evacuation Route Road Sign

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Dawn Foster, Co-Editor

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Job: oDR lead editor

openDemocracy is seeking a dynamic editor to lead openDemocracy Russia (oDR) at this pivotal moment for the post-Soviet world. на русском языке

Catalonia's regional elections: scenarios for independence

Should the pro-independence parties win a majority in the regional elections on 27 September, what would happen next? Here are a few scenarios on how the independists may use their popular mandate to secede from Spain.

To indict, or not to indict?

Prosecutors are institutionally too close to the defendants to be impartial because they rely on the police force to do their job. And this conflict of interests is not unique to the US legal system. 

Another Asia Minor disaster

Greece is a microcosm of the world, complete with money problems and refugees. The EU should be doing more to aid those rendered most vulnerable by the crisis.

When it comes to the migration story, words matter

There are important distinctions to be made between ‘migrants’, ‘refugees’ and ‘asylum seekers’. Responsible journalists must remember the rules of their trade, when covering ‘the migration story’.

Eleven theses on secularism

Secularism is a matter of life and death for democracy. A matter of survival for both is now a crescendo of equal, political and material, power – one that can no longer be postponed.

Estado chico, infierno grande: la crisis de Italia, frente a Grecia

Las negociaciones hacia una posible salida de la crisis en Grecia podrían haber representado una oportunidad para hacer frente a las grandes dificultades y al estancamiento que arrastra la economía italiana. English.

The Italian crisis is not Greek

The negotiations leading to a potential way out of the Greek crisis could have been an opportunity for Italy to deal with the dire difficulties of its stagnated economy. Español.

Latin America’s integration: its dynamics and politics

Latin American regional integration shows not only that another world is possible, but that it is being built right now.

Kazakhstan's quiet balancing act

Alongside partners east and west, Kazakhstan has learned how to play a quiet balancing act—with lessons for the Kremlin.

 

Human rights evaluation—who is it really for?

The human rights community should embrace evaluation not for our donors, but for our beneficiaries. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on evaluation and human rights. Español

American arrogance and the movement to end 'female genital mutilation'

‘Female genital mutilation’ is widely condemned, yet the phrase—as well as the narrative of ‘dark Africa’ that it reflects—undermines efforts to reduce rates of cutting. 

The politics of sorrow

David Foster Wallace is best known for his experimental fiction and comic essays, but a strong political current, deeply anarchist in sentiment, runs through his work.

Inside the alternative death care movement

From funeral cooperatives to green burials, there's a kinder, gentler, less expensive way to die.

The Hurricane and the Empire

On the tenth anniversary of Katrina, we republish an invitation to ponder the incapacity of the US government to respond to the disaster in New Orleans. What was at the root of that paralysis? From the archive, September 5, 2005.

Death of a peace process: martial law returns to Turkey

Turkey has placed the Kurds and their struggle for human rights within a state of exception – outside the protections of due process of law.

Why 'no-fly zones' or 'IS-free zones' are not a solution in Syria

An external military intervention to establish these zones, even with the best intentions, is likely to make things worse; the international community should instead work on building consensus. A NOREF policy brief.

Ten years on: Katrina, militarisation and climate change

A security-led approach to climate change and complex emergencies not only fails to address the fundamental causes of these crises – it will often exacerbate them.

Mobilising for peace and freedom: from aspiration to lasting change

The 2015 WILPF manifesto outlines how those who choose peace over conflict must act, and recognises that negotiations on a treaty making transnational corporations accountable for violation of human rights is part of the way forward.  

Manic Pixies and Cool Girls: on female solidarity and the male gaze

Pop culture tropes of ‘the girl who isn’t like other girls’ might seem subversive but they reinforce old sexist ideas that women are frivolous and exist for the male gaze.

Haveit: Kosovo’s conscience disguised in performance art

Haveit, a Kosovan art collective consisting of four young women, use their performances to explore gender and social issues.

Bombs in Bangkok: how will Thailand’s military junta react?

Regardless of the perpetrator's motivation, it is certain that Thailand’s military rulers will use the Bangkok bombing to further delay democratic elections.  

The BBC charter renewal, seen through a Nordic lens

The ex-Director General of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation compares the British and Nordic debates about the future of public service media. 

The stench of hypocrisy: a migrant's story

I have been a migrant. I have lived, legally and illegally, in nine different countries. In 1993, I first tried to escape Romania.

Brazil´s Worker´s Party narrative: lost in the neoliberal labyrinth

Since 2014, Dilma Roussef’s government has adopted a strategy of polarisation between “left” and “right”. Nevertheless, there is a huge gap between the administration’s “progressive” rhetoric and its neoliberal policies. Español. Português.

No right to despair

As we enter into five years of Conservative rule, those of us who are relatively privileged need to be reminded of a vital principle: we have no right to despair. We won't pay the highest price.

Oleg Sentsov and Aleksandr Kolchenko: prisoners of conscience

Statement on the sentencing of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and co-defendant Aleksandr Kolchenko.

UK ‘Fairtrade’ Universities miss the point: Of both fair trade alternatives and the real function of universities

Fairtrade Universities focus too much on consumption and not enough on what universities are for: ideas.

Air war vs Islamic State: myth and reality

The intense United States-led bombardment in Syria-Iraq is escalating. But how effective is it?

Who’s responsible for violence against migrant women?

Migrant women are vulnerable to violence at all stages of their journey due to gendered inequalities and relations of domination. Current EU policies restricting migration exacerbate their vulnerability.