Public-housing projects in New Orleans are facing the wrecking ball—despite a shortage of places for low-income people to live. Will replacement housing mean better living for all or will the poor be pushed out of the city along with the culture that New Orleans is famous for? Also, a watershed moment for Iran's development of atomic power, and the King of Saudi Arabia pardons a rape victim whose case caused outrage worldwide.
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There's been what could be a watershed moment for Iran's development of atomic power. After years of delay, Russia today began delivery of the uranium fuel that will allow Iran to fire up its reactor at the southern port city of Bushehr. Fred Weir is Moscow Correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.
More than two years after Katrina, public housing in New Orleans has become an issue on Capitol Hill and in the presidential campaign. Despite a shortage of low-income housing, the federal government wants to destroy thousands of apartments in New Orleans' four biggest public housing projects. Some former residents say they'll be glad to have newer, safer places to live, but a tent-city full of protesters has sprung up across from City Hall. They insist that some of the buildings could be saved, along with social networks and the mostly African-American culture that has made New Orleans unique and important. With a shortage of places for low-income people to live, should public housing projects be restored or destroyed to make way for mixed-income developments? Would it mean better living for poor people or the loss of neighborhoods, social networks and the culture that's made the city unique? Is there an underlying effort to make New Orleans a smaller -- and whiter -- city?
Gwen Filosa, Staff writer, Times-Picayune
James Perry, Executive Director, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center
April Carter, Manager, Starbucks in Harrah's New Orleans Casino
Samuel Jackson, Resident, B.W. Cooper Housing Project
Donald Babers, Board Chair, Housing Authority of New Orleans
Ivan Miestchovich, Director, University of New Orleans' Center for Economic Development
King Abdullah reportedly has pardoned the young rape victim whose sentence of 200 lashes created a furor in much of the world. It appears that many of the King's own Saudi subjects were outraged and that his country suffered international embarrassment. The details now are familiar. A young, married woman sat in a car with a former boyfriend to retrieve a photograph. They were discovered by seven men who raped them both at knife-point. A hard-line Islamic court sentenced both the criminals and the victims—giving the woman 90 lashes for being along with a man who was not her husband. When her lawyer appealed, the court doubled her sentence. Jeffrey Fleishman is Cairo Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times.
Jeffrey Fleishman, Cairo Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times