aerial view of the Amazon river

Natural Disasters

Winter 2007 | Volume VI, Number 2

Table of Contents

Editor’s Letter →

by June Carolyn Erlick

Hurricanes of History

The Winds of Justice

The Winds of Justice

n the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Arsalan Suleman, a third-year Harvard Law School student from Kenner,Louisiana, was one of the 240 students from 57 law schools who traveled to…

Differential Disasters

Differential Disasters

Every Puerto Rican knows this plena and can sing its chorus, and on that island where from July to October everyone frequently checks the weather reports and looks to the sky, the song…

Tempest, Earthquake, and Empire

Political Memory

Political Memory

Late in 1717 Dr. Joseph Surin, precentor of the Cathedral of Old Guatemala, carried out some calculations: had the mudslide that wiped the city on the 28th of August, feast day of Saint…

The Jesuit and the Jew

The Jesuit and the Jew

Such a Spectacle of Terror and Amazement, as well as the Desolation to Beholders, as perhaps had not been equalled from the Foundation of the World.” Thus an English merchant writing…

Scars

Scars

English + Español
I have a scar above my right eyebrow. It’s the product of a childhood accident at home that really didn’t have any serious consequences except for keeping me from my Sunday morning soccer…

The Nature of Natural Disasters

Climate Change

Climate Change

While those of us on the East Coast have noted and hardly complained about the warm winter weather, including record-breaking absence of snow in Central Park or cherry blossoms in…

Natural Hazards

Natural Hazards

Natural disasters in the Americas are a paradox. The region has the dubious honor of boasting some of the largest natural hazards on the planet. Yet, the largest events are not always the…

Photoessay: Gender and Disaster

Civil Society and Collective Memory

Remembering Armero

Remembering Armero

Dreadful images bind Colombians together. It doesn´t matter if you are rich or poor; from the coast or from the Andean highlands; if you side with the left or with the right, the one thing…

Pinochet: General Earthquake

Pinochet: General Earthquake

English + Español
Chile experienced two earthquakes on September 11, 1973. In this highly seismic country, earthquakes form a part of the daily lives of its inhabitants in certain regions. Only a few of the…

Humanitarian Aid and Risk Assessment

Accountable to Whom?

Accountable to Whom?

The kid across the street falls off his bike, I go across and help him up, noticing he has cut his knee and it’s bleeding. I get the first-aid kit from the garage, clean the knee and put a plaster on…

Seeking Higher Ground

Seeking Higher Ground

Plans to build Castanhão, the largest dam in Ceará, Brazil, have existed for a century. Incredulous that the project would ever begin, much less be finished, residents of the proposed flood zone…

Making a Difference

Book Talk

The History of Havana

The History of Havana

“This city is the most welcoming place,” begin Dick Cluster and Rafael Hernández, the former a well-regarded novelist and social critic and the latter a Cuban social scientist, poet and editor of…