The Public Eye - Fall 2010 Edition

Beyond Green Jobs

The Public Eye, Fall 2010

Everyone wants to be green. Fossil fuel companies tout their commitments to the environment, with BP sporting its green and yellow flower logo and Chevron scooping up a Green Apple award for promoting public-school energy efficiency [1]. In 2009 Exxon-Mobil got itself named Forbes magazine’s Green Company of the Year for stepping up its natural gas production [2].

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The Long Hurricane
The New Orleans Catastrophe Predates Katrina

The Public Eye, Fall 2010

Five years after Hurricane Katrina and the “federal flood,” as locals call the disaster, the new New Orleans is as much the product of decades of antiwelfare ideology in local and national governments as it is of the unique circumstances of the disaster. Since the storm, a resurgent racist business elite has gained power in the city and region, and instituted a new era of urban renewal—or, as community activists termed it the first time around, in the 1960s, “Negro removal.” Privatization of New Orleans’ public sector has proceeded to a degree that real estate, banking, and industry leaders in other regions only dream of. Federal disaster subsidies have enabled reinvestment in the state’s major economic sectors—oil and gas, shipping, military, and tourism. Characterized by low wages and ecocidal byproducts, these industries dominate state and city politics. Yet New Orleans is held up as a model of redevelopment, its innovations made possible by an unfortunate storm called Katrina.

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Who’s Colonialist?
African Antigay Politics in the Global Discourse

The Public Eye, Fall 2010

In August 2010, more than 400 African Anglican Bishops gathered in Entebbe, Uganda, for their second All-Africa Bishops Conference, which attracted global media attention because of the debates on LGBT rights. Bishops from Rwanda, Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya used the conference as an opportunity to speak out in favor of criminalizing homosexuality.

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Also in this issue:

Editorial

For the Democratic Party, the midterm elections could have been worse—but not much. Christine O’Donnell and Sharon Angle lost (we never dreamed we would find ourselves rooting for the centrist, pugilistic Harry Reid [D-NV]); Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) are in. Read more...

Eyes Right

  • Tea Party Kids
  • Bringing Up Baby-Terrorist
  • No Islam in Texas
  • Reports in Review

  • Report of the month: The Tea Parties' Racist Edge
  • Better Together: Research findings on the relationship between Racial Justice Organizations and LGBT Communities
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