Hurricane Trifecta

Ark Republic's inaugural signature reporting initiative, a major collaborative project (MCP) titled, “The Hurricane Trifecta: One Year Later,” explores the massive storms that tore through the Caribbean, Central America and parts of the US, in 2017.

To mark the one year anniversary of the disasters, Ark Republic published a series of articles from our staff and contributors in August-September 2018 that highlight the hurricanes and their long term effects.

This MCP was a two-week-long multimedia series running exclusively on Ark Republic’s website, starting Monday, August 27 then concluding, Thursday, September 10.

Puerto Rico: Nearly a year after Hurricane Maria | Panel Discussion

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In Ark Republic’s culminating event for our first, major collaborative project, “The Hurricane Trifecta: One Year Later,” a panel discussion exploring post-Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, shows on one hand, gross government neglect, while on the other, creative and effective grassroots and community organizing.

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Reports of local police using military equipment and tactics during hurricanes draw concern

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San Juan, Puerto Rico. 1 May, 2018. Anti-riot Police during the International Workers Day protests in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 01 May 2018. Riots between policemen and protestors occured at the financial center of the city. Credit: Thais Llorca/EFE/Alamy Live News

Military tactics and military equipment have become a normal part of emergency efforts by local police in times of crises and disaster. The lines between law enforcement and national defense continue to blur.

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Beyond the Hurricanes: The quest to grant US territories statehood

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To be or not to be a state? After the 2017 hurricanes, the question of statehood for US territories, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, have different perspectives.

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Island of continued enchantment: Puerto Rico’s rise from the ashes of Hurricane Maria

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San Juan, Puerto Rico. Credit Alexander Kunze

Mother Nature has a habit if throwing hard blows and sucker punches at unsuspecting countries. The summer of 2017 was a prime example, as it was not one, but three hurricanes that ravaged the Caribbean and the southern United States.

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Banking on tragedy: How foreign corporations make a profit from natural disasters

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Santa Juanita, Puerto Rico - 3 December 2017: Workers repair a telephone pole as a part of the recovery process on the island.

The privatization of services has become a lucrative outcome for disaster capitalism. In recent years, hurricanes were no exception.

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Luxuriating in the mess: The desensitized reality of tourists locale in regions devastated by Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma | Podcast

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In this special podcast by “The Night Drive,” with host Nobi DeLon, the discussion between four world-traveling panelists focused on the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and how vacationers can hold some accountability in rebuilding areas devastated by natural disasters. This dialogue asks, “How can tourists reconsider being a responsible traveler?”

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iLucha Sí: Fight for public education in Puerto Rico | Film Documentary

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An excerpt from the documentary, “iLucha Sí,” filmed by award-winning documentarian, Jennifer Wager, follows the fight over the control of Puerto Rico’s educational system following the island’s recovery from the devastation experienced by Hurricane Irma and Maria.

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In hurricane ravaged areas, how do residents and tourists co-exist? | Political Cartoon

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"Where'd you stay?" a editorial cartoon by Nobi DeLon.

“Hey, where’d you stay?”

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Understanding Puerto Rico through Diaspora

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Puerto Ricans, both displaced by the 2017 hurricanes and those who migrated to the mainland US before the major storms, must navigate identity, place, power and belonging in New York City.

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Somewhere off the coast of San Juan | Political Cartoons

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Somewhere off the coast of San Juan

“The waves are perfect now!”

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