Dahr Jamail's Dispatches
by Dahr Jamail
Dear Readers: I have been on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana for well over a month now, and together with my partner, Erika Blumenfeld, we have brought you stories and photographs that document and archive the human and environmental impact of the historic and horrific disaster that is the BP oil catastrophe.
We produced a report for Inter Press Service, Scientists Deeply Concerned About BP Disaster's Long-Term Impact, which investigates the future of the Gulf's ecosystems after being inundated by toxic mixture of crude oil and BP's Corexit.
In our story, Out of Sight, Out of Mind (Even when it's not out of sight), we expose the impressive oil catastrophe cover-up across all four Gulf States being enacted by the US Government and BP, and look at how this tactic is similar to Russia's attempt to hide the severity of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
In our most recent piece, Gulf Coast Fishermen Challenge US Government over Dispersants, we wrote about how commercial fisher folk in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida are sick from the ongoing exposure to BP's use of dispersant, and are uniting to demand government agencies to force BP to discontinue its use and conduct accurate scientific testing of the waters before opening them up to fishing.
The complexity and breadth of this continued crisis is beyond what we could have imagined, and our questions have led us to dynamic and impassioned interviews with environmental philosophers, activists, scientists, sociologists, riverkeepers, bayoukeepers, indigenous tribes, and fisher people.
As a freelance team, we could not have produced this important work without your generous support. We are deeply grateful to those who were able to contribute to our efforts thus far.
Our work here is just ongoing, and with so much of our investigation requiring that we be out in the field, I am humbly appealing for your continued support to help us extend our reporting, so that we may continue to bring you the unfolding events of this devastating issue that clearly effects us all.
Please support our work in the Gulf Coast by making a donation. There are several ways you can donate:
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, International Media Project (IMP) is providing fiscal sponsorship to Dahr Jamail.
Checks for tax-deductible donations should be made out to "International Media Project." please write"Dahr Jamail" in the memo line and mail to:
International Media Project/Dahr Jamail
1714 Franklin St.
Oakland, CA 94612
Online, you can use Paypal to donate HERE.
Donations can also be mailed to:
P.O. Box 970
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Direct links to our pieces produced thus far, thanks to your support:
Living on a Dying Delta (June 29)
Fending for Themselves (July 4)
No Free Press for BP Oil Disaster (July 7)
Mitigating Annihilation (July 7)
Hell Has Come to South Louisiana (July 11)
Toxic Dispersants Near Gulf Harm Humans and Wildlife (July 13)
The Source of Our Despair (July 18)
BP’s Scheme To Swindle The “Small People” (July 19)
BP Oil Poisons the Gulf of Mexico’s Food Chain (July 20)
Gulf Coast Residents Outraged that Money Earned on Cleanup Might Be Subtracted from $20 Billion Claim Fund (July 20) Dahr interviewed on Democracy Now!
What Happens Next? (July 23)
BP Response Workers Report Low Morale, Lack of Pay, Sickness (July 27)
Our Complicity (July 29)
Scientists Deeply Concerned About BP Disaster’s Long-Term Impact (August 2)
Gulf Residents Likely Face Decades of Psychological Impact From BP’s Oil Disaster (August 6)
Out of Sight, Out of Mind (Even when it’s not out of sight) (August 8)
Gulf Coast Fishermen Challenge US Government over Dispersants (August 10)
Gulf Health Problems Blamed on Dispersed Oil (August 12)
Direct link to Erika Blumenfeld's photographs from our reporting on the Gulf Coast oil catastrophe:
Gulf Coast Photo Gallery
** Dahr Jamail's MidEast Dispatches **
** Visit Dahr Jamail's website http://dahrjamailiraq.com **
Dahr Jamail's new book, The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, is now available.
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As one of the first and few unembedded Western journalists to report the truth about how the United States has destroyed, not liberated, Iraqi society in his book Beyond the Green Zone, Jamail now investigates the under-reported but growing antiwar resistance of American GIs. Gathering the stories of these courageous men and women, Jamail shows us that far from "supporting our troops," politicians have betrayed them at every turn. Finally, Jamail shows us that the true heroes of the criminal tragedy of the Iraq War are those brave enough to say no.
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"International journalism at its best." --Stephen Kinzer, former bureau chief, New York Times; author All the Shah's Men
Winner of the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Award for Journalism