Huricane Katrina

Lessons of Hurricane Katrina

31 August 2017

The World Socialist Web Site pamphlet on the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago is critical reading in light of the current catastrophe in Texas.

Capitalism and the Houston flood catastrophe

By Tom Hall, 28 August 2017

Twelve years after Hurricane Katrina, a major hurricane has once against exposed the brutal reality of class relations in the United States.

Government indifference in the midst of historic Louisiana flooding

By Tom Hall, 20 August 2016

The federal government has promised only paltry sums to compensate flood victims, while Obama has delayed any visit until after his lavish vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.

At least four dead, 18,000 rescued in historic flooding in Louisiana

By Tom Hall, 15 August 2016

A slow-moving weather system dumped record levels of rainfall on southern Louisiana, flooding thousands of homes and forcing thousands to flee to temporary shelters.

Louisiana law institutionalizes charter schools

By Matthew Taylor, 27 May 2016

New Orleans remains the center of the drive for the privatization of education, with a new state law making charter schools permanent under the guise of “local control.”

Seven dead, hundreds homeless in Houston, Texas flood

By Shelley Connor, 20 April 2016

Houston’s working class residents have been forced to flee rising waters with little assistance from the city or state governments.

Ten years since Hurricane Katrina: Part four

A legacy of poverty and austerity in New Orleans

By Tom Hall, 26 October 2015

The “rebuilding” process in New Orleans has left the city’s working class more impoverished than ever before.

Ten years since Hurricane Katrina: Part three

The privatization of New Orleans schools

By Tom Hall, 24 October 2015

Charter school plans that were already well advanced were quickly acted upon in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

Ten years since Hurricane Katrina: Part two

Destruction of public housing and forced exodus of workers

By E.P. Bannon, 23 October 2015

New Orleans had a pre-hurricane population of 484,700. Today, it is 384,300, a 21 percent decline.

Ten years since Hurricane Katrina: Part one

The catastrophe unfolds

By E.P. Bannon, 22 October 2015

Thousands of survivors remained trapped inside the flood-ravaged city without access to food, water or clothing.

On 10-year anniversary of Katrina

Former presidents Bush and Clinton celebrate transformation of New Orleans

By Tom Hall, 31 August 2015

The Katrina catastrophe has been seized on by the political establishment to carry out a restructuring of class relations intended as a model for other cities.

On 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Obama hails “entrepreneurial” transformation of New Orleans

By Patrick Martin, 28 August 2015

While Hurricane Katrina exposed the ugly face of American capitalism, the US president marked the tenth anniversary with a speech lauding the supposed successes of the profit system.

Ten years since Hurricane Katrina

By Joseph Kishore, 27 August 2015

The tragedy that struck the city of New Orleans, along with coastal areas from Florida to Texas, was not simply a natural disaster, but a social and political crime.

New Orleans local school board makes its pitch to charter operators

By Tom Hall, 8 December 2014

The Orleans Parish School Board is attempting to coax charter operators at its former facilities, which were taken over after Hurricane Katrina, to return to their former district.

Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin found guilty of corruption

By Tom Hall, 17 February 2014

Nagin was found guilty in federal court of 20 charges related to corruption while in office.

New Orleans police convicted in post-Katrina killing

By Naomi Spencer and E.P. Bannon, 14 December 2010

Three New Orleans police officers have been convicted for an unprovoked killing and cover-up following Hurricane Katrina.

Five years since Hurricane Katrina

Part 1: A manmade disaster

By Naomi Spencer, 28 August 2010

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast of the United States. The world looked on in horror as the city of New Orleans was submerged, killing 1,800 and trapping thousands of poor residents for days without emergency provisions or rescue.

Mehring Books featured title

Hurricane Katrina: Social Consequences and Political Lessons

18 June 2010

This Mehring Books featured title provides an assessment of the social and political significance of the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 along the US Gulf Coast.

Cover-up exposed in post-Katrina police killings

By Patrick Martin, 6 March 2010

A New Orleans police supervisor pled guilty February 24 in a federal court to charges of conspiracy to cover up the police shooting of six unarmed people a few days after Hurricane Katrina struck the city.

Texas hit hard by Hurricane Ike

By Naomi Spencer, 15 September 2008

Hurricane Ike made landfall on the heavily populated southeast coast of Texas early Saturday morning, causing flooding and widespread damage to cities along the Gulf.

US Gulf Coast deals with aftermath of Hurricane Gustav

By Kate Randall, 3 September 2008

Hurricane Gustav weakened to a tropical depression on Tuesday, with winds slowing to below 35 miles per hour and the storm forecast to cross into northeastern Texas. Gustav made landfall west of New Orleans as a relatively fast-moving Category 2 hurricane on Monday, substantially weaker than some predictions that it might come ashore as a massive Category 4 storm.

Hurricane Gustav threatens New Orleans, Gulf Coast

By Jerry White, 1 September 2008

As of this writing Hurricane Gustav is bearing down on the US Gulf Coast after its destructive passage through the Caribbean left more than 80 people dead in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica and severe damage and flooding in western Cuba, where the storm, considered the most powerful in half a century, included sustained winds of 150 miles per hour.