America: Editor's Picks

Collection with 24 media items created by Transterra Editor

18 Nov 2013 09:00

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Elevated Subway Stations in New York ...
New York, USA
By Ulrik Pedersen
15 Apr 2013

Trains are clearly visible out in the sun compared to normal subway stations. Parkchester station, Bronx, New York.

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In The Aftermath Of Sandy (5 of 5)
New York, USA
By Derek Henry Flood
30 Oct 2012

The hardest hit residential area of New York City was that of Breezy Point, Queens on the Rockaway Peninsula. Over 110 homes were burned when the storm surge caused a 6 alarm fire in this densely developed working class Irish-American seaside enclave. Here, firefighters continue to battle smoldering debris.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (26 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

The walls of a Texas Survivalist member's garage are plastered in American flags, obliterated target sheets and expired National Rifle Association cards.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (28 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Middle-aged men practice commando rolls and magazine reloading with women in their mid-20s - women armed not just with Glock pistols but also with AR-15 rifles. Members say that since 9/11, there has been increased interest in training.

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New York's Queens Midtown Tunnel Empt...
New York, USA
By Derek Henry Flood
29 Oct 2012

The tollbooths at the entrance of the Queens-Midtown tunnel appear deserted as New York CIty officials announced as host of bridge and tunnel closings effectively isolating Long Island. After 8:30 pm the tunnel was shut after it began taking on flood water.

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Multimedia / Fear and Ammo inTexas
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

An audio and visual slideshow

The Texas Survivalists is a militia group operating in the suburbs of Dallas, a mile from a middle school softball stadium. For them, bad times are coming: economic collapse, overnight inflation, nuclear war, epidemic, invasion and fuel shortages. The Survivalists – maybe a dozen in all, men and women in their early 20s to late 50s such as Trust Harold Rosenbaum, a Vietnam veteran, Ralph Severe, an armed security guard and Patricia, who is recovering from breast cancer – are steps ahead of most. They are combat training, storing food, stockpiling ammo, planning escape routes, packing survival kits, making soap and, most of all, assuring themselves that they don’t need another human alive to survive.

Their preparations can seem extreme to an outsider. They always pack a pistol and a supply of hollow-point rounds to cause maximum injury. They hide homemade knives around their living rooms. (Under the bookshelf is a favorite spot.) They place bug-out bags the size of coffee tables in the hallway, in preparation to run. Their survival kits bulge with dried food, clothes, ammunition and seeds - everything to start a new life. They have ceased living with day-to-day annoyances. They leave dishes dirty in the sink (Why wash when tomorrow's not coming?), let dust settle on the television, and seem oblivious to possessions piled in disarray on bare floors. Regular housework seems pointless when you're preparing to escape a collapsing city at a moment's notice.

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New York Blackout Continues (3 of 10)
New York, USA
By Derek Henry Flood
01 Nov 2012

A Con-Edison power worker on First Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets in Peter Cooper Village, Manhattan, works to restore electricity as the blackout caused by Hurricane Sandy grinds on.

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Friends in Low Places 12
Houston, Texas
By Spike Johnson
13 Dec 2012

Frog, Gulf War veteran, sits in the cave he sleeps in beneath downtown Houston.

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Friends in Low Places 11
Houston, Texas
By Spike Johnson
13 Dec 2012

Fisherman, Gulf War veteran, stands in the park he uses to rest in the day time.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (6 of...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Assault rifles line the walls of "Cheaper Than Dirt Guns," a popular spot for The Texas Survivalists.

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Homelessness in Texas (4 of 9)
Houston, Texas, USA
By dennisyermoshin
28 Nov 2009

McLaine, screams "Money" as he poses for a portrait, in downtown Houston.

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Elevated Subway Stations in New York ...
New York, USA
By Ulrik Pedersen
15 Apr 2013

Some stations have windows, giving passengers another kind of view of the road below. 233 street station, Bronx, New York.

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Letters to my (Former) Enemy
USA
By benoit.faiveley
11 Oct 2011

Letters to My (Former) Enemy is a documentary film directed by Benoit Faiveley and is currently in production. Contact [email protected] for more information

The characters in the Documentary:
Mary is the mom of a soldier who went to Iraq twice. He is now recovering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Mary is also the woman who inspired the idea for this documentary.

Chanan, Seth and Jeremiah are veterans. Chanan is now hanging out with anti-war people. He is studiying to be a nurse. Seth has a very American hobby: firearms. He also works at the Coffee Strong café, a place he opened near a military base. Jeremiah is a Republican who used to think “Bush was too much of a lefty.” He is studying to be an actor.

These Americans will interact with four Iraqis : Baqir, Ahmed, All’a and Mohy. Baqir is a doctor. He requested political asylum in Sweden when four of his brothers were arrested by the American troops. Ahmed fought in the Mahdi Army while his brother was an interpreter for the American forces. The two “brothers at war” now live in Stockholm. All’a is a Baathist and is nostalgic for the Saddam Hussein Era... even though he’s a Shiite. Mohy has always been against : against the Baath party, against Saddam, against the U.S. He is a former communist. In contrast, Haider keeps supporting the American intervention, even if Baghdad remains in a mess today...

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International Aid
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
05 Jan 2011

Aid comes from the USA and Europe. There are suggestions that quantities of aid are to be found for sale at makets in Tindouf and Mauritania, an inversigation is currently underway.

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WestTX Czech-American insurance compa...
Texas, USA
By Cécile Fandos
19 Apr 2013

La société tchéquo-américaine RVOS dirigée par Joe Liles (droite) dans le secteur assure environ la moitié des maisons de West, qui est à 75 % tchèque selon l'ambassadeur de la République Tchèque auprès des Etats-Unis. Ne sachant pas quand il pourra accéder aux domiciles de ces nombreux clients, l'assureur est donc venu en camping-car et reçoit les victimes de l'explosion dans cette espace.

The Czech-American company RVOS, directed by Joe Liles (right) in this area, insures almost half of the houses in West. According to the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States, 75% of the city is Czech. Since he does not know when he will be able to access the houses of his numerous clients, the insurer came in a motorhome in which he receives them.

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Food deserts (25 of 29)
Harlem, New York City
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
15 Feb 2013

Although New York City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, healthy food products are not available to many populations throughout the city. Poor areas and neighborhoods often have small bodegas instead of grocery stores with diversified products. Those bodegas most commonly focus on fast food, junky snacks, cigarettes and alcohol, which help perpetuate an unhealthy lifestyle. To remedy the situation, various initiatives such as The Healthy Bodegas have been created. The Healthy Bodegas has city officials working with small business owners in order to bring healthier options, including fruits, vegetables, healthy juices and whole wheat bread and pastas into Bodegas, in order to increase access to healthier options.

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Food deserts (29 of 29)
Harlem, New York City
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
15 Feb 2013

A bodegas in Harlem, New York City. Bodegas are small, local corner store that sells everything from beer to diapers. Although New York City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, healthy food products are not available to many populations throughout the city. Poor areas and neighborhoods often have small bodegas instead of grocery stores with diversified products. Those bodegas most commonly focus on fast food, junky snacks, cigarettes and alcohol, which help perpetuate an unhealthy lifestyle. To remedy the situation, various initiatives such as The Healthy Bodegas have been created. The Healthy Bodegas has city officials working with small business owners in order to bring healthier options, including fruits, vegetables, healthy juices and whole wheat bread and pastas into Bodegas, in order to increase access to healthier options.

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Friends in Low Places 5
Houston, Texas
By Spike Johnson
13 Dec 2012

Fisherman fries the catfish he caught in Buffalo Bayou in oil.

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New York's Poorest Ignored by Politic...
Bronx, New York, US
By mcseaniew
11 Jan 2013

The community of Highbridge in the South Bronx has never been an affluent part of the United States, much of which was created in the 1940's to accommodate a huge incline in immigration to the city. Today it is home to over 35,000 people, the majority of whom are first- or second-generation immigrants from Dominica, Puerto Rico or Africa. The buildings that were created to house thousands who couldn't afford townhouses and brownstones, are now crumbling. Crime and drug abuse are sky-high. Income disparity in the US is at an all-time high. New York City is home to the most millionaires in the country. But it's also facing a food crisis. Nowhere is this starker than the South Bronx, America's poorest district, where over a quarter of a million people live below the poverty line. No wonder more folks than ever are relying on the Highbridge Community Church food pantry, run by local nonprofit the Muslim Women's Institute for Research and Development (MWIRD). But the pantry faces a closure that would plunge over 2,500 locals into an even-deeper plight.

Welfare is dwindling, and those who need it most find the labyrinthine processes almost impossible to navigate. Many don't speak English as their first language, making the system impenetrable. People who lost their jobs in the recession are struggling to make ends meet. Organisations like the Muslim Women's Institute are many folks' first - and last - resort if they want to eat well. But with the economy the way it is private funds are slipping away, and the pantry the MWI provides could go out of business at any moment. America's philosophies have always made it difficult to allot public funds to society's poorest. But now they face a crisis like never before.

Ibrahim Ramey is a long-time human rights advocate. A Washington DC resident, he has been involved in educating Muslims and Americans about political action in countries as far-flung as Tanzania and Afghanistan. Ibrahim is on the board of the Muslim Women's Institute, the Temple of Understanding (which aims to promote religious coexistence) and the Climate Crisis Coalition. He is also vice president of the Steering Committees of the Religious NGO Community at the UN. Ibrahim is increasingly worried about the lack of political dialogue concerning New York's poor, and the plight of those maligned by the current economic meltdown.

The extreme poor's lifelines are being pulled from them, creating a forgotten underclass no-one is addressing. This 4-6min video reveals the vital role the pantry plays in its neighbourhood, the Bronxites who are being marginalized and the stoic folks who run the pantry, despite the specter of closure remaining ever-present.

Additional footage:

  • Interview with local mother. Discusses how the local govt does nothing, but that the way the pantry is run (because they have no cash) makes her feel as if she is begging.

  • Interview with an older lady about the state of New York City now, compared to decades gone. She complains that 'we don't help others' in this country, mentioning how people have struggled through times like this for years.

  • Interview with a Spanish-speaking middle-aged man, about New York and how difficult it is for people to navigate welfare.

  • Much additional b-roll and OTF footage of the pantry, people cooking fresh food and queuing to get supplies.

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Protesters demand accountability for ...
Nogales, Sonora
By ST McNeil
02 Nov 2012

Protesters marched to the port of entry to demand justice for the slaying of a 16-year-old by US Border Patrol (Nov. 2, 2012, Nogales, Sonora).

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Mexican youth protest border brutality
Nogales, Sonora
By ST McNeil
02 Nov 2012

Protesters marched to the port of entry to demand justice for the slaying of a 16-year-old by US Border Patrol (Nov. 2, 2012, Nogales, Sonora).

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Elevated Subway Stations in New York ...
New York, USA
By Ulrik Pedersen
15 Apr 2013

View of Manhattan skyline. taking a trip with the subway is a mini vacation with skyline and coast views. Smith and 9th Streets station, Brooklyn, New York

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Elevated Subway Stations in New York ...
New York, USA
By Ulrik Pedersen
15 Apr 2013

One of the few elevated subway-stations on Manhattan.125 st station, Manhattan, New York.