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The ebook Is Here!

The long-awaited “ebook of the dead tree edition” “A work of provocative and exhilarating populism . . . The pieces . . . recall Molly Ivins’s puckish cynicism.” —Publishers Weekly Dear Readers: I am delighted to announce that What Fresh Hell? is now available for Kindle ...

Presenting “What Fresh Hell? The Best of Levees Not War, 2005–2015”

The Long-Awaited “Dead Tree” Edition “Mark LaFlaur’s genuine love and concern for the future of Louisiana shines throughout this collection of blog posts and interviews.” —Ivor van Heerden, former deputy director, LSU Hurricane Center, and author of The Storm Dear Readers: Departing ...

Rising Tide: Still Standing, Unfatigued, and Enduring

Back now from New Orleans for the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and Rising Tide X—refreshed and still feeling that positive, creative energy and will to survive and rebuild that we felt at our first Rising Tide (the second annual) in 2007. We shall see whether there will be any ...

Ten Years After, and Looking Ahead

A Time for Celebration, but Not for Complacency Has it really been ten years already? Indeed it has: a long ten years. And the work of rebuilding, the labors of love and determination, dedication, devotion, and sometimes of desperation—aided by countless volunteers from all around ...

Rising Tide X Is Aug. 29, Tenth Anniversary of Katrina

DeRay Mckesson, Social Justice Activist, Is Keynote Speaker We are registered and all kinds of psyched for the 10th annual Rising Tide conference—“the premier annual new media conference in the GulfSouth”—to be held on Sat., Aug. 29, at Xavier University in New Orleans. Admission is free, ...

We Support Nuclear Agreement with Iran

On Thursday, April 2, in Lausanne, Switzerland, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced that negotiators had reached an agreement on key elements of a detailed and ...

At the Intersection of Jon Stewart and Brian Williams

* Jersey Boys. Brian Douglas Williams and Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz both went to high school in New Jersey and held common, low-level jobs before working their way to the top of their respective, and interrelated, professions. * “Finally someone is being held to account for misleading ...

In Defense of Brian Williams, New Orleans’ Loyal Friend

Now He Really Is Under Fire The veracity of the leading network news anchor, Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News, is in question—by his own fault—and now the sharks and wolves smell blood. A feeding frenzy ensues.    [ cross-posted at Daily Kos ] Williams has apparently fabricated a story ...

Honoring Rev. King, Recommending “Selma”

* “Our whole campaign in Alabama has been centered around the right to vote. In focusing the attention of the nation and the world today on the flagrant denial of the right to vote, we are exposing the very origin, the root cause, of racial segregation in the Southland. “The threat of the ...

Après Charlie Hebdo, Thoughts on Free Expression and Islamic Violence

Will we give the enemy the satisfaction of changing ourselves into something like their hate-filled, illiberal mirror image, or will we, as the guardians of the modern world, as the custodians of freedom and the occupants of the privileged lands of plenty, go on trying to increase freedom and ...

Annus Horribilis : 2014 in Review

* Good Riddance to a Bad Year In a speech in late 1992, Queen Elizabeth II used the phrase “annus horribilis” to describe Great Britain’s no-good, very bad year (tabloid-quality marital troubles of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, a fire at Windsor Castle, etc.). The term is derived from ...

Nathaniel Rich on the “National Crisis” of Louisiana’s Disappearing Coast

“I expected that a lawsuit taking on the entire oil and gas industry—perhaps the largest environmental lawsuit in the history of the planet—might receive major national coverage.” —Nathaniel Rich * In “Behind the Cover Story,” Rachel Nolan speaks with Nathaniel Rich, a New Orleans resident ...