This International Dateline episode includes three segments: New Orleans Blues, Nabil Sha'ath Interview, and Shimon Peres Interview.
New Orleans Blues
Five months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the city is rebuilding and opening deep racial scars that threaten the stability of this diverse icon of the south. While wealthy Caucasian suburbs have residents returning to power and water, poor African-American suburbs like the Lower 9th Ward are virtually unchanged since Katrina swept through. The streets are still littered with rubble, bodies are still being discovered and the residents are banned from returning and risk being shot if they break the nightly curfew. The residents here fear a long term plan to remove them from the city – heightened by city council plans to compulsorily purchase homes in the suburb for demolition.
Dateline's Nick Lazaredes has filmed the seething anger among the residents of the Lower 9th ward who warn that if there is an effort to remove the poor black suburbs, then violent racial confrontation will break out way beyond the city walls.
Nabil Sha'ath Interview
Dateline's George Negus speaks with Nabil Shaath, the Palestinian Foreign Minister, to discuss the most recent election in East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank. This election has seen the emergence of the militant Islamic group Hamas as a serious and popular political force, challenging the traditional leadership of Fatah, the party of the late Yasser Arafat.
Shimon Peres Interview
In Israel, Dateline met with two-time Labor prime minister Shimon Peres, the anti-war politician who shocked many, when he joined forces with his arch political rival Ariel Sharon in Kadima. George Negus met with the 82-year-old Nobel Peace Prize-winner at his office in Tel Aviv.
About International Dateline
SBS Dateline, which began in 1984, is Australia's longest-running international current affairs program. It has a well-earned reputation for authoritative and incisive reporting. Dateline has taken the traditional way of producing TV current affairs and turned it on its head. Reporters who used to travel with a cameraperson and sound recordist now travel alone and have the responsibility of both filming and reporting their stories. The reporters became video-journalists, gaining access to people and places that the conventional camera crews cannot.