Common Ground Clinic in New Orleans: An Example for the Left

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina there was no healthcare infrastructure. The members of the Common Ground Clinic who headed to New Orleans soon after the hurricane struck consisted of a handful of individuals drawn together by a desire to fill this infrastructure gap. Their plan was to provide an ad hoc first aid station and to remain in New Orleans only temporarily until the situation improved and the usual social services were back in place. After organizing this initial first aid station in a mosque in Algiers, they realized they would be in the city much longer than expected.


Grassroots Media Looks to Cover the Future of New Orleans

Four and a half months since Katrina struck land, the situation in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast still leaves a lot of troubles and a lot of questions. Many of these questions are being asked by grassroots media activists. In the immediate aftermath New Orleans' coverage was grossly lacking. While CNN and local affiliates set up shop dozens of miles away in Baton Rouge, grassroots media activists both in New Orleans and elsewhere prepared to fill the gap left by the mainstream media's coverage.

Amman, Jordan

Amman’s Optimism Demonstrates Potential of a New Iraq

Amman, Jordan
In Amman, Jordan the Iraqi election went off with little noticeable trouble. Currently there are approximately one million Iraqis seeking refuge in Jordan from the turmoil in Iraq. These same Iraqis went to the polls all over Amman in order to help peace return to their home country.

Ten schools in Amman were closed to facilitate the election process. Unlike the constitution referendum, Iraqis outside Iraq were permitted to participate in the process, just as they did in the January elections. 320,000 Iraqis participated in the election abroad in the recent election.

Iraqi soldier stands guard

As Bush Claims “Victory”, Iraq’s Military Stumbles On

Iraqi soldier stands guard
More than two years have passed since Paul Bremer and the Coalition Provisional Authority dissolved Iraq's military. Today the United States and the interim government are desperate to reconstruct this broken army. Sectarianism and basic mistrust have been two of the largest hurdles. Furthermore, many Iraqis are wary of becoming involved in the country's defense if it means being subservient to the interim government, an administration which they see as illegitimate.

On November 30, in Annapolis, Maryland, George W. Bush delivered the most recent of a long line of Iraq victory speeches. In this speech he detailed the conditions that will be necessary, and the markers that must be passed, to ensure the United States can withdraw from Iraq. He assured the nation, "As the Iraqi security forces stand up, coalition forces can stand down -- and when our mission of defeating the terrorists in Iraq is complete, our troops will return home to a proud nation."

Cleaning up after suicide attack

Baghdad: Life During Wartime

[Photo: A man cleans up glass and blood after a suicide attack]

Two and a half years into the occupation, war still rages on in Baghdad, Iraq. Two of the deadliest attacks in the last month occurred at the Palestine Hotel and the Hamra Hotel. Although Westerners frequent these hotels, the casualties were almost exclusively Iraqis living and working in the area. Yet just a few hours after the attacks, citizens were back on the streets, as if nothing had happened.