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New York's Next Extremist Shock

  • By
  • Steve Coll,
  • New America Foundation
November 1, 2012 |

New York can be as compelling in a hurricane as it is on a starry Saturday night. Some of the thrill of living in the city arises from its combination of majesty and vulnerability. Coming to terms with apocalyptic scenes is easier here than in other cities because the scenes have already been imagined, scripted and filmed by Hollywood’s dystopian directors. We step outside this week as if onto a familiar movie set.

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Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-56 by Anne Applebaum - Review

  • By
  • Anatol Lieven,
  • New America Foundation
October 26, 2012 |

A Russian woman who visited East Germany in 1986 on a Soviet school trip described to me recently how their East German official hosts explained the Berlin wall as a necessary defence against the hordes of West Germans who wished to storm into East Germany to escape West German economic misery and join in East Germany's success. And she and her 13-year-old Soviet friends had at the time no reason to doubt this, never in their lives having been told anything different.

Hurricane Sandy as Greek Tragedy

  • By
  • Mark Hertsgaard,
  • New America Foundation
October 30, 2012 |

Never has a hurricane been more aptly, if tragically, named than Sandy, the superstorm that flooded New York City and battered much of the East Coast. At press time, the storm had killed at least forty-three people and caused an estimated $32 billion in damages to buildings and infrastructure—figures expected to increase in the coming days as emergency personnel pick through the wreckage—and left 8 million homes without electricity.

Politics in a Time of Crisis: Sandy? Blame Socialism

  • By
  • Haroon Moghul,
  • New America Foundation
October 30, 2012 |

Last year I was in Queens, and I over-prepared. I took Hurricane Irene seriously, though she wasn’t as bad as the worst predictions warned us. Just about one year later, however, another and far worse hurricane, a supposed once-in-a-century event, has slammed into New York City. Sadly, some have lost their lives, and millions more are affected.

The New Silk Road is Made of Iron-And Stretches from Scotland to Singapore

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
September 30, 2012 |

At some point in the next 200 million years, according to Yale University scientists, the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates will collide at the North Pole. When they are eventually joined by Africa, the singular super-continent will re-emerge, reminiscent of the Pangea that existed hundreds of millions of years ago.

After Isaac Dies Down, Health Care Is Trying to get Back to Normal

  • By
  • Sheri Fink,
  • New America Foundation
August 30, 2012 |
As weather conditions improved after Hurricane Isaac, the New Orleans health care system was in a process of restoration Thursday. Nursing homes, many of which were without city power, were of particular concern to health officials. "I worry a lot about them," New Orleans health commissioner Dr. Karen DeSalvo said.
 
At Poydras Home in Uptown, residents were moved several blocks away to Lambeth House at Uptown Square on Thursday afternoon after an overnight incident left them without much backup power.

Hurricane Isaac Doesn't Slow Traffic at Tulane Medical Center

  • By
  • Sheri Fink,
  • New America Foundation
August 28, 2012 |
Because of Hurricane Isaac, most entrances at Tulane Medical Center in downtown New Orleans had been secured and sandbagged by nightfall Tuesday, but emergency patients were still being admitted. Emergency room staff with a scaled-back medical team treated more than 50 patients by 6 p.m., only slightly fewer than they would treat on a typical day.
 
The patients included several people with psychiatric problems, brought to the emergency room by New Orleans police.

As Hurricane Isaac Pounds Region, Area Hospitals Cope With Challenges

  • By
  • Sheri Fink,
  • New America Foundation
August 29, 2012 |
As Hurricane Isaac stalled over the New Orleans region this morning, hospitals across the area were facing challenges but continuing to provide major services. For several, the loss of electricity was testing backup power systems that had been strengthened after Hurricane Katrina.
 
Tulane Medical Center remained on city power. Staff worked through the night to stanch leaks with the help of an outside remediation team.
Water penetrated an east facing wall of the hospital.

Hurricane Isaac Presents Medical Challenges, But Needs are Being Met

  • By
  • Sheri Fink,
  • New America Foundation
August 29, 2012 |
As Hurricane Isaac dumped rain on the city, by noon Wednesday, New Orleans' EMS system had received 156 calls for service, and city officials were working to triage patients with special medical needs who were calling for help. Ambulances were responding to 9-1-1 calls but could not reach every area of the city.
 
The special medical needs shelter at the LSU Field House in Baton Rouge, meanwhile, reached capacity for people who rely on electric-powered health equipment. They were being directed to a special shelter in Alexandria.

Hospitals, Nursing Homes are Better Prepared for Hurricane Isaac than Earlier Storms

  • By
  • Sheri Fink,
  • New America Foundation
August 28, 2012 |
Across Louisiana, dozens of hospital patients, nursing home residents and people with special medical needs were moved to safer ground before Hurricane Isaac's Gulf Coast landfall. At a special medical shelter at the Louisiana State University Field House in Baton Rouge, 71 people had taken shelter by Tuesday morning, including 48 patients and 23 caregivers.
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