Our latest issue, Eye of the Storm: Capitalism, Colonialism, and Climate Change in the Caribbean,
is now online!
On September 5, 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall, ravaging the islands of Barbuda, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Anguilla, and the Virgin Islands, leaving at least 134 casualties. The hurricane hit Barbuda the hardest, damaging nearly all of its infrastructure and instantly rendering its 1,700 residents climate refugees. Then Maria came, and Puerto Rico screeched to a terrifying halt.
As we approach the 2018 hurricane season, what lessons can we glean from the impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean? What can both affected communities and their allies do to prepare for future climate events and prevent the kind of destruction the hurricanes wrought on the region?
This issue of the NACLA Report, Eye of the Storm: Capitalism, Colonialism, and Climate Change in the Caribbean, attempts to disentangle some of the conditions that have led the Caribbean to where it is today, as well as how to create a safer and more just future for the region as a whole. The threats posed by climate change loom large as extreme weather events become more intense and frequent, with destructive effects in the region. Yet the articles in the issue remind us that these latest climate events are a function of manmade disasters. It is impossible to ignore the ways in which neoliberal capitalism, colonialism, and climate change come together in the Caribbean to reanimate and strengthen economic and racial hierarchies that have long marked the region and its place in the world. This issue explores the contours of these historical conditions in its differing iterations in the contemporary moment, from Barbuda to Puerto Rico to Colombia’s Caribbean coast and beyond.
You can read the rest of our Editors’ Introduction here. Don’t miss other highlights from the issue, including:
- Hilda Lloréns’ article on the historic roots of dispossession in Puerto Rico
- How the aftermath of Irma and Maria could threaten Barbuda’s sustainable development, by Kenneth A. Gould and Tammy A. Lewis
- An investigative exposé on USAID’s duplicity in Colombia’s mining regions by Victoria McKenzie and Steven Cohen
And so much more!
Beyond the Report, don’t miss updates on Brazil’s democratic erosion, Cuba’s new president Miguel Díaz-Canel, Ecuador’s political feuds, and the Mexican elections.
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Please note that the upcoming event, Nicaragua in Crisis, cosponsored by the Marxist Education Project, Haymarket Books, and NYC-DSA, this Wednesday will now be held at at St. Peters Church at 6 PM. Hope to see you there!