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  • Gulf Victims Suing BP Disaster's Compensation Czar

    By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

    Oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico is burned in an attempt to quell its spread, June 16, 2010. (Photo: Kris Krüg)Oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico is burned in an attempt to quell its spread, June 16, 2010. (Photo: Kris Krüg)Shortly after BP's oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico began on April 20, 2010, one of the most politically well-connected attorneys in the United States was appointed to administer the $20 billion fund to, in theory, pay compensation to those harmed by BP's catastrophe.

    President Obama and BP's chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg, agreed that attorney Kenneth Feinberg should head the fund. Feinberg would later be chosen, also by Obama, to oversee the compensation of the top executives of the banks that were bailed out with US tax dollars in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

    He has, almost needless to say, been accused of being a fox guarding a chicken house.

    Feinberg's firm was paid $1.25 million per month by BP - that we know of (Feinberg refused to disclose the full amount of his compensation and the details of his deal with BP) - to run the so-called Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

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  • Gulf Fishermen Still Struggling Five Years After the BP Spill

    Gulf Fishermen Still Struggling Five Years After the BP Spill

    By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

    Five years after BP's Deepwater Horizon rig spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Truthout goes onboard a small fishing boat in the Gulf to find out how the catastrophic spill is still impacting the local economy. Small fishing families are still struggling with the ongoing impacts of the spill.

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  • So Far, 2015 Is On Pace to Set Abortion Restriction Records

    So Far, 2015 Is On Pace to Set Abortion Restriction Records

    By Katie Klabusich, Truthout | Report

    Only 12 percent of counties have an abortion provider, and state-level, anti-abortion provisions are being introduced at a record pace this year - 332 in 43 states. We are past the emergency point where every restrictive law costs people - especially the poor and already marginalized - their right to bodily autonomy.

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