The predators of New Orleans

After the criticism of his disastrous handling the Katrina disaster,President George Bush promises a reconstruction programme of $200bn for areas destroyed by the hurricane. But the first and biggest beneficiaries will be businesses that specialise in profiting from disaster, and have already had lucrative contracts in Iraq; they will gentrify New Orleans at the expense of its poor, black citizens. --MIKE DAVIS : Le Monde diplomatique

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