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Mission: Relief Efforts

Right my dear Readers I have a mission for you today.

Please can you let me know (with sources) if you find any information about international agencies/foreign aid being offered or working in the Mississippi/Louisiana areas?

Can you also let me know (with sources) if you find that such aid has either been refused or is being held up due to administration difficulties.

Currently hearing some rather discouraging reports about certain institutions refusing foreign assistance and already a few conspiracy theories are circulating that this is because certain people want to highlight the fact that America had to deal with this one by themselves without any international help.

Sure this is complete bullshit, but the only article I've seen so far seemed to show that a specialist Canadian team was refused entry to the States.

I've also read an article from one of the Editors of the Biliox (sp?) daily paper complaining that the relief efforts are actually quite scarce and that the National Guard, et al, were not prepared or properly in place to step in and help even though there was plenty of warning. This does seem to be a concurrent thread across a number of sources and the Bush Admin seem to be getting quite a few salvo's fired at them for being slow to react and badly disorganised in what they have actually done so far.

Thanks again for the help!


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Sep. 1st, 2005 10:49 am (UTC)
The only people I knew about that were helping is this lot but they are from the US...
Haven't heard anything about any groups from other countries helping though...

Have you read this LJ? It's by a guy in New Orleans...
Sep. 1st, 2005 10:52 am (UTC)
ok i see that you already knew about the LJ... serves me right for reading posts backwards :D
Sep. 1st, 2005 10:58 am (UTC)
Sep. 1st, 2005 11:19 am (UTC)
Donation offered ...unsure of response
Chavez says Bush failed on Katrina evacuation

Venezuela president calls U.S. president a 'the king of vacations'

Reuters Updated: 11:36 p.m. ET Aug. 31, 2005

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a vocal critic of the
U.S. government, Wednesday called President Bush a "cowboy" who had failed
to manage the Hurricane Katrina disaster and evacuate victims.

"That government had no evacuation plan, it is incredible, the first power
in the world that is so involved in Iraq ... and left its own population
adrift," Chavez said in a cabinet meeting broadcast live on television.

His remarks came as U.S. authorities evacuated thousands of people from New
Orleans and after Bush said it would take years to recover from flooding
caused by Hurricane Katrina.

The death toll Wednesday reached at least 200 in what Bush called the
nation's worst natural disaster.

"That man, the king of vacations ... the king of vacations in his ranch said
nothing but, you have to flee, and didn't say how ... that cowboy, the
cowboy mentality," said Chavez, chuckling in a reference to Bush without
naming him directly.

Chavez, an outspoken populist who calls Cuba's Fidel Castro an ally, often
lambastes what he calls Washington's failed imperialist policies. He says
the Bush administration is trying to assassinate him and calls the U.S.
president "Mr. Danger."

The two governments frequently clash though the United States is the top oil
client of Venezuela, the world's No. 5 crude exporter. Washington portrays
Chavez as a menace who uses his nation's oil wealth to fund anti-democratic

The Venezuelan president, applauded by supporters for his self-proclaimed
socialist revolution to fight poverty, has offered to send cheap fuel,
humanitarian aid and relief workers to the disaster area.

Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA has offered $1 million from its U.S.-based
refinery unit Citgo for relief efforts.

URL: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9150860/
Sep. 1st, 2005 11:50 am (UTC)
Re: Donation offered ...unsure of response
Hmmm...not so sure Bush and the like ill see cowboy as the insult its meant to be.
Sep. 1st, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
Sep. 1st, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw that on Tuesday I think. He was getting lots of stick for doing it at a time part of the country was under crisis.

PRAT (doubling up to mean Presidential RAT in this case too).
Sep. 1st, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
For this kind of new you should read

It's updated daily with a collection of off site articles about the Bush and Blair administration.
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