3.03.2006

How Many Katrinas?


It appears that the US Gulf Coast ain't the only place where God taketh away, then the fascists taketh away whatever's left.

Clips from "Strange City. Thankless Job. Heartless Russian Winter." by C. J. Chivers in today's WaPo (you need a subscription)(the emphasis added is mine):
The men and women who stack fruit and fish in the chill each day at the Dorogomilovsky Market can be grateful, at least, for the roof above their heads. It looks sturdy and strong.

This is not a small thing. A snow-covered roof gave way late last month in another cavernous food market in Russia's capital, crushing to death 66 workers and injuring dozens more.

The collapse exposed anew the perils inherent in the persistently decayed infrastructure in the former Soviet Union, even here in what was once its model city. It also brought into fresh focus the changed nature of the work in Russia's capital, where much of the most difficult, dangerous and least appealing jobs are no longer performed by Slavs, but whose leaders have shown scant sign of gratitude for a form of labor that keeps the place running . . .

Even before all the dead had been identified, Yuri M. Luzhkov, Moscow's mayor, announced plans for a modern shopping center to replace the market's ruins, showing more interest in the possibilities provided by a sizzling real estate boom than in the largest loss of life to strike the capital since suicide terrorists downed two passenger jets simultaneously in 2004. And the dead were not even eulogized before they were smeared, labeled as illegal immigrants or as members of a grocery mafia whose immediate families were unworthy of aid.

Mr. Luzhkov noted that there would be compensation paid to families of the deceased, except those whose kin were in the city illegally . . .
So much for WWII . . . the communist Russians/Soviets and the capitalist Americans/Europeans sacrificed millions of lives to defeat Hitler's and Mussolini's fascists. Now Russia and the US are, well, uh . . .

(the pic is an AP photo)

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