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US Gov & Media Ignore Gulf Coast Syndrome

A year after the BP disaster, some Southerners say they’re coming down with mysterious and frightening illnesses

By Alex Woodward
New Orleans Gambit
April 19, 2011

“This is the best-hidden secret perhaps in the history of our nation.”

Dr. Mike Robichaux speaks into a microphone while standing on a truck bed in the shade of a massive tree in his yard in Raceland, La. He’s wearing a blue polo shirt and jeans, and his white-gray hair is parted neatly. The former state senator, known affectionately as Dr. Mike, is an ear, nose and throat specialist in Lafourche Parish and self-described “too easygoing of a guy.” But today, he’s pissed.

“Nobody is fussing about this,” he says.

Robichaux invited his patients and dozens of others to speak about their situations. Outside of neighborhood papers with names like the Houma Courier, the Daily Comet and Tri-Parish Times, their stories exist solely on blogs and Facebook — unless you visit Al Jazeera English, or sources in Germany, Belgium and elsewhere in Europe.

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April Activism: New Books to Fire You Up

By Chelsea Green

Whether it’s union protests in Wisconsin or populist uprisings in the Middle East, ordinary people right this minute are refusing to yield to government dictators and corporatocracies. There’s never been a better time to stand together for our rights and take action on the issues that matter.

We’re excited to announce the release of two activist titles: Get Up Stand Up by Bruce Levine and Diary of an Eco-Outlaw by Diane Wilson. Get the tools you need to organize in your community by taking advantage of our April Activism book sale. Now through April 10, all items are 25% off.

Jailed more than 50 times for civil disobedience, Diane Wilson has stood up for environmental justice and peace around the world – a fact that has earned her many kudos from environmentalists and peace activists alike, and that has forced progress where progress was hard to come by.

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Thousands along the Gulf Coast Suffer ‘BP Crud’

The Untold Story of Human Health Effects From BP’s Oil Disaster

By Glynn Wilson
Locust Fork News Journal
Sept. 7, 2010

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — Wherever disaster strikes, there’s always an associated crud. There was the Exxon Valdez Crud. The Nine Eleven Crud. The Katrina Cough, and then the TVA coal ash cough. Now, along the entire coast of the Gulf of Mexico, there is the BP Crud, afflicting workers and the general population from Louisiana to Florida.

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