- As it did during the disaster itself, the New Orleans Times-Picayune leads the coverage of Katrina commemorations, and provides an archive of its hurricane editions
- Historian and New Orleanian Douglas Brinkley accuses the government of "Reckless Abandonment" of the city in the Washington Post...
- ...whilst Tim Shorrock reports on alleged attempts by casino and real estate investors to turn the Mississippi Gulf Coast into a "little Las Vegas" for Salon.
- The Washington Post accompanies George Bush on his tour of the disaster zones; meanwhile, the New York Times reports on the presidential hopefuls who have descended on New Orleans to call for renewed rebuilding efforts
- To mark the anniversary, BBC4 is showing Spike Lee's award winning documentary, When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts, in its entirety.
Wednesday 29 August 2007
Two years after Hurricane Katrina devastated large parts of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the recovery effort continues - slowly.
Thursday 16 August 2007
Elvis Presley died 30 years ago today. Celebrations and reassessments of America's - if not the world's - most influential performer are taking place around the world. A few internet highlights:
- The official website for "Elvis Week 2007" has a variety of multimedia content - you can even watch a live feed of Elvis' meditation garden
- The BBC covers the candlelight vigil held by 75000 Elvis fans at Graceland
- The Telegraph ponders, "What if Elvis had never been born?"
- Definitive Elvis biographer Peter Guralnick defends the King from charges of racism in the New York Times...
- ...whilst Michael Gonzales describes the trials and tribulations of growing up as a black Elvis fan: "Down With The King: Black Folks and Elvis"