Month: November 2010

What the 2010 elections mean for national security issues

What the 2010 elections mean for national security issues

It goes without saying that the mid-term elections were a disaster for Democrats: Republicans took control of the House of Representatives — winning over 60 seats — and also picked up six Senate seats.  The Senate will remain in Democratic hands, while the House will have new leadership and committee chairs.
These results will likely produce gridlock in Congress for the next two years on most domestic issues — but national security issues might produce mixed results.

Making sense of the Haitian cholera disaster

Making sense of the Haitian cholera disaster

On January 12, 2010, Haiti, one of the world’s poorest nations, suffered a 7.0 earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of people, flattened the government (literally), and destroyed the relief headquarters of the United Nations. Consequently, over a million people were left homeless and live in squalor without access to adequate hygiene, clean water, or food. And earlier this November, Hurricane Tomas only added to the devastation with widespread flooding. This setting was ripe for cholera, a deadly diarrheal disease, to rear its ugly head. And sadly, that’s what happened.