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  • Four Years After BP: Hunting for Oil Spills in Louisiana

    By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

    2014 0416ludwig1Navigation canals used by the oil and gas industry cut through wetlands near Lafourche, Louisiana. Photo: Jonathan Henderson / Gulf Restoration Network and SouthWings.

    The New Orleans skyline is fading in the distance as we fly over the Mississippi River in a small, four-seat airplane on a sunny spring day in early March. It's been nearly four years since oil from BP's massive Deepwater Horizon disaster began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and seeping into the vast system of wetlands and waterways below us. Cleanup and restoration efforts are still ongoing, but the oily legacy of the BP spill is not the only challenge facing southern Louisiana.

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  • Arundhati Roy: Is India on a Totalitarian Path?

    Arundhati Roy: Is India on a Totalitarian Path?

    By Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now! | Video Interview

    As voting begins in India in the largest elections the world has ever seen, we spend the hour with Indian novelist and essayist Arundhati Roy. Nearly 815 million Indians are eligible to vote, and results will be issued in May. One of India’s most famous authors - and one of its fiercest critics - Roy is out with a new book, Capitalism: A Ghost Story, which dives into India’s transforming political landscape and makes the case that globalized capitalism has intensified the wealth divide, racism, and environmental degradation.

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  • Markets Are the Problem (Not the Solution)

    Markets Are the Problem (Not the Solution)

    By Michael D. Yates, Truthout | Op-Ed

    A recent op-ed in The New York Times described the construction of "the mother of all luxury property developments" on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, complete with branches of famous museums and a university. As might be expected, underlying this monument to excess is an army of laborers from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal. These desperate souls arrive heavily indebted to recruiters and those who pay their passage, only to be brutally exploited by sponsoring employers, who confiscate their passports.

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