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Dahr Jamail

Independent Journalist

April 16th, 2011

BP anniversary: Toxicity, suffering and death

April 20, 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of BP's catastrophic oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. On this day in 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, causing oil to gush from 5,000 feet below the surface into the ninth largest body of water on the planet. At least ... continue reading

Dahr Jamail

Independent Journalist

November 26th, 2010

Illness Plagues Gulf Residents in BP’s Aftermath

Increasing numbers of U.S. Gulf Coast residents attribute ongoing sicknesses to BP’s oil disaster and use of toxic dispersants.“Now I have a bruising rash all around my stomach,” Denise Rednour of Long Beach, Mississippi told IPS. “This looks like bleeding under the skin.”Rednour lives near the coast and has been ... continue reading

Dahr Jamail

Independent Journalist

November 1st, 2010

Broad Coalition Rallies for BP Accountability

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, Nov 1, 2010 (IPS) - Gulf coast fishers, conservationists, seafood distributors and oil workers rallied here at Louisiana's capital over the weekend to demand that oil giant BP be held accountable for the "ongoing" use of toxic dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico."We don't have the open ... continue reading

July 27th, 2010

VIDEO: Michael Moore on Larry King Live (Part 3)

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July 27th, 2010

VIDEO: Michael Moore on Larry King Live (Part 2)

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Dahr Jamail

Independent Journalist

July 12th, 2010

Hell Has Come to South Louisiana

Photography by Erika BlumenfeldPhoto by Erika Blumenfeld © 2010Clint Guidry is a shrimper from Lafitte, Louisiana. As we sit together, he shows me a picture of his house with 18 inches of water in it as a result of Hurricane Ike in 2008.In his deep voice, he looks me in ... continue reading

June 24th, 2010

BP puts Bob Dudley in key Gulf clean-up role

LONDON — BP put Mississippi native Bob Dudley in charge of handling the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Wednesday, an effort to clean up its image and take the spotlight off chief executive Tony Hayward, the Englishman whose gaffes have infuriated Americans.BP PLC confirmed that Dudley, who grew up ... continue reading

June 21st, 2010

VIDEO: Angry Over BP, Artists Spray Paint Krog Street Bridge In Protest

ATLANTA -- The Krog Street Bridge and tunnel have served as canvasses for artistic expression and protest as far back as people who live the Cabbagetown section of northeast Atlanta can remember.Some graffiti spray painted on the bridge is generating buzz on the street and online.Two people spray-painted “fu bp,” ... continue reading

June 17th, 2010

'Shame on you': BP exec pilloried by lawmakers

WASHINGTON — Channeling the nation's anger, lawmakers pilloried the boss of the company that caused the Gulf calamity Thursday in a withering day of judgment. Unflinching, BP chief executive Tony Hayward said he was out of the loop on decisions at the well and coolly asserted, "I'm not stonewalling."That infuriated ... continue reading

June 15th, 2010

BP cut corners in days before oil well blowout in Gulf of Mexico, documents say

BP made a series of money-saving shortcuts and blunders that dramatically increased the danger of a destructive oil spill in a well that an engineer ominously described as a "nightmare" just six days before the blowout, according to documents released Monday that provide new insight into the causes of the ... continue reading

June 12th, 2010

Factbox: The Gulf BP spill: How much oil is it, anyway?

Louisiana (Reuters) - U.S. government scientists this week estimated that BP Plc's blown-out Gulf of Mexico well is gushing up to 40,000 barrels (1.7 million gallons/ 6.4 million liters) per day into the ocean.How much oil has spewed so far? On Day 53 of the worst U.S. oil spill in ... continue reading

June 10th, 2010

About 50 people protest against BP in Delray Beach

DELRAY BEACH — The photographer readies his camera, then readies the crowd.Ready? Ready."Say BP sucks," he shouts."BP sucks!"Click.With that, the crowd goes home. It has been a good vigil.About 40 to 50 people gathered at the beach Tuesday evening because of the oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico. They ... continue reading

June 9th, 2010

Woman dumps fake oil on herself to protest Gulf liability cap

Washington (CNN) -- Public anguish over the growing oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico took center stage on Capitol Hill on Wednesday as a woman dumped simulated oil on herself during a Senate hearing in a graphic expression of support for legislation lifting oil companies' current liability cap. "We're ... continue reading

June 7th, 2010

VIDEO: Barack Obama: I'm Talking To Gulf Experts 'So I Know Whose Ass To Kick'

Critics pushing for more visible anger from President Obama will get their wish, Chuck Todd reports: In an interview with Matt Lauer, the President said he has been consulting with experts to learn "whose ass to kick." "I was down there a month ago, before most of these talking heads ... continue reading

June 5th, 2010

Gulf oil spill could push Pointe-au-Chien Indian tribe to the point of no return

POINTE-AUX-CHENES, LA. -- The best thing about this place -- where the dry land of south Louisiana gives up, and marshes and bayous stretch away to the Gulf -- used to be that white people had so much trouble finding it. Here, a French-speaking Indian tribe has lived for more ... continue reading

June 4th, 2010

Behold our dark, magnificent horror

There is, you have to admit, a sort of savage grace, a tragic and terrible beauty, to the BP oil spill. Like any good apocalyptic vision of self-wrought hell, the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history has its inherent poetry. You see that creeping ooze of black, that ungodly wall ... continue reading

June 4th, 2010

Animal rescuers try to stay ahead of oil tide

BURAS, LA. — A brown pelican, its delicate feathers layered with gooey black oil, squirmed as a veterinarian held its long beak closed and plunged the bird into a black sink bubbling over with Dawn dishwashing soap. Within 45 minutes, the bird was clean — and headed for a blow ... continue reading

June 3rd, 2010

Embattled BP chief: I want my life back

BP has prompted new disbelief on America’s Gulf Coast after its chief executive told struggling residents: “I would like my life back.” As the White House warned that the rate of the oil spill could temporarily worsen by 20 per cent while engineers try to fit a new pipe to ... continue reading

June 3rd, 2010

Give us back the Gulf and our lives

With the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history slogging unabated into its second month, the headlines have been as incredible as they are infuriating:"Frustration mounting over BP delays, lack of progress.""Oil flow estimates too low, BP admits.""Final test would have signaled seal trouble.""Oil's coastal invasion could last for years."The ... continue reading

June 2nd, 2010

Will Offshore Drilling 'Go The Way Of Nuclear Power'?

Oil is still spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. The feds are looking into criminal charges against BP. And it may take months before the well is capped. What are the long-term implications for BP, and for the oil industry? "In the United States, offshore drilling seems set to go ... continue reading

June 1st, 2010

Obama administration moves to distance itself from BP on oil spill response

Struggling to convey command of the worsening Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Obama administration is taking steps to distance itself from BP and is dispatching Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to the Gulf Coast to meet with federal and state prosecutors. The Holder trip could signal that the ... continue reading

June 1st, 2010

'Flotels' await oil spill cleanup workers on Gulf

PORT FOURCHON, La. — The 40-foot-long corrugated steel boxes, resembling oversized white shipping containers, are stacked two high and three wide atop a barge at Port Fourchon, the oil industry's hub on the Gulf of Mexico. The words "Martin Quarters" painted in black offer the only clue that they're not ... continue reading

May 30th, 2010

BP CEO disputes claims of underwater oil plumes

VENICE, La. — Disputing scientists' claims of large oil plumes suspended underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, BP PLC's chief executive on Sunday said the company has largely narrowed the focus of its cleanup to surface slicks rolling into Louisiana's coastal marshes.During a tour of a BP PLC staging area ... continue reading

May 30th, 2010

BP's top kill effort fails to plug Gulf oil leak

ROBERT, La. – The most ambitious bid yet to stop the worst oil spill in U.S. history ended in failure Saturday after BP was unable to overwhelm the gusher of crude with heavy fluids and junk. President Obama called the setback "as enraging as it is heartbreaking."The oil giant immediately ... continue reading

May 27th, 2010

Protesters Plan to Occupy BP Station on Houston Friday Night

If you're feeling a need to vent about this whole oil spill nightmare, there's some direct action protest planned for Friday night at the BP station on Houston Street between Broadway and Lafayette. According to this Facebook event, the progressive activist group Code Pink has a hand in organizing the ... continue reading

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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law Donna Smith Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? Donna Smith We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa Nick Turse Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Mar 10th
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Mar 3rd
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Mar 2nd
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