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Puerto Ricans survey hurricane damage.

Puerto Rico Confronts a New Hurricane Season — and Old Injustices

By Commentaries/Opinions

The disastrous impacts of Hurricane Maria were magnified by inequalities of race, income, and access to U.S. political power. By Basav Sen, Foreign Policy in Focus — Residents of Puerto Rico are confronting the prospect of a fresh hurricane season, which will likely bring five to nine hurricanes, including one to four major hurricanes. The island, badly battered by last year’s Hurricane Maria, still hasn’t recovered. We continue to learn more about how…

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Caribbean residents see climate change as a severe threat but most in US don’t — here’s why

By News & Current Affairs

People in the U.S. and the Caribbean share vulnerability to climate change-related disasters, but only in the Caribbean is the public truly worried. Why? By Elizabeth J. Zechmeister and Claire Q. Evans, The Conversation — During the 2017 Atlantic basin hurricane season, six major storms – all of which were Category 3 or higher – produced devastating human, material and financial devastation across the southern United States and the Caribbean.

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Tami Thomas-Pinkney with her daughter Trinity Handy on their front lawn in Port Arthur, Texas, across from one of the city's temporary dumpsites. (Photo: Julie Dermansky)

Why Is a Dump for Hurricane Harvey Debris Next to an African American Community?

By News & Current Affairs

Tami Thomas-Pinkney’s house in Port Arthur, Texas, was not damaged when Hurricane Harvey soaked the city with up to 28 inches of rain on August 29. But now, a month and a half after the storm, she is preparing to move. Across the street from her family’s home is a temporary dumpsite for storm debris, which she says is endangering her family’s health and making her home unlivable.

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Residents of St. Croix make their way around and under obstacles blocking a main road nearly a week after Hurricane Maria raked the US Virgin Islands.

The 2017 Hurricanes Didn’t Just Hit Puerto Rico — They Hit the Caribbean

By Commentaries/Opinions

Puerto Rico is getting the coverage it deserves, but an entire region has been upended by natural disasters this hurricane season. By Gabriela Thorne — When Hurricane Irma swept through the Caribbean in early September, the focus was not the damage wrought on the islands but on the fact that it would soon hit Florida. Then came Jose. Then came Maria. In the span a few of weeks, the Caribbean was devastated by three hurricanes…

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Hurricanes Make the Need to Dismantle Colonial Economics in the Caribbean Increasingly Urgent

Hurricanes Make the Need to Dismantle Colonial Economics in the Caribbean Increasingly Urgent

By Editors' Choice

By Nikolaos Karagiannis and C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout — Hurricanes have always been a part of life in the Caribbean. The destruction they cause and inhabitants’ subsequent recovery have been observed throughout human history. What is alarming now, however, is the apparent increased frequency and intensity of hurricanes due to climate change. For the Caribbean territories, the climate change challenges are even more severe than they are for most other places around…

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Mosquitos, Rats, And No Clean Water: This Letter Reveals the Grim Struggle to Survive After Hurricane Maria

Mosquitos, Rats, And No Clean Water: This Letter Reveals the Grim Struggle to Survive After Hurricane Maria

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Santhia Rodriguez, Daily Beast — I call these my hurricane diaries. We got shelter inside the refinery where we work after harassing one of the big bosses. But it’s only for two weeks, to give us time to look for a generator (inside the plant everything works). They give us one warm meal per day and one gas tank a week. I told [my partner] Danny one of us…

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The University of the West Indies (The UWI)

Our Neighbour’s Keeper — The UWI response to the Caribbean disaster

By Editors' Choice

Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. W.I.  29 September 2017. During the past month the Caribbean has been pummelled by two catastrophic category 5 hurricanes: Irma and Maria. The aftermath of these hurricanes has been the loss of lives and significant damage to infrastructure across several Caribbean islands. The University of the West Indies (The UWI), has been working closely with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), as well as Heads of Government to mobilise its resources and expertise to provide support and relief.

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AFUWI Hurricane Relief Fund

AFUWI Hurricane Relief Fund

By Editors' Choice

Show Your Support By Donating In light of the phenomenal damage caused to the Caribbean during the 2017 hurricane season, we are all called to act and to alleviate the immense human suffering which has resulted from this occurrence. Many persons have lost their lives, homes and businesses along with all their other possessions. Communities have been decimated and life as they knew it will never be the same. We…

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Statement from Sir Hilary Beckles — Irma-Maria: A Reparations Requiem for Caribbean Poverty.

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. September 23, 2017.  Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Professor Sir Hilary Beckles issues the following statement on the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria: “Hurricane Irma’s fury preceded Maria’s by a deadly Caribbean second. Together they constitute the familiar sound of death and destruction reminiscent of a colonial past that clings to the present and is determined to possess and own the Caribbean future.

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