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MIKE DAVIS asks, “Who is Killing New Orleans?”: A few blocks from the badly flooded and still-closed campus of Dillard University, a wind-bent street sign announces the intersection of Humanity and New Orleans. In the nighttime distance, the downtown skyscrapers on Poydras and Canal Streets are already ablaze with light, but a vast northern and eastern swath of the city, including the Gentilly neighborhood around Dillard, remains shrouded in darkness. The lights have been out for six months now, and no one seems to know when, if ever, they will be turned back on.
PLUS: historian MICHAEL KAZIN talks about a hero and leader of the Christian left William Jennings Bryan, who fought the banks and corporations and ran for president as a Democrat in 1896, 1900 and 1908 and ended up as the voice of fundamentalism in the 1925 Scopes monkey trial. Mike teaches at Georgetown; his new book is A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan.
Also: AMY WILENTZ has just returned from Dubai, the Gulf state whose economy is based not on oil but rather on its free port (with the largest man-made harbor in the world) and, increasingly, tourism. Well have Amys eye-witness report on the emirate after the collapse of the American ports deal. Amy was Jerusalem correspondent for The New Yorker, and is a contributing editor of The Nation.