America has finally noticed a “problem” in Puerto Rico.
Over the past week, as the island edged closer to missing a bond payment, the following news outlets all addressed the “problem.”
Wall Street Journal
New York Times
Los Angeles Times
New York Daily News
US News and World Report
Al Jazeera America
Clear Channel Radio
Cumulus Media Network
National Radio Network
The “problem” is that Puerto Rico (allegedly) owes a lot of money.
The deeper problem is that Puerto Rico is a colony, and no amount of debt negotiation or re-structuring will fix this.
After 117 years of colonization, Puerto Rico is in a state of absolute dependence on the US. Even as an island, in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, it is prohibited from developing its own shipping industry.
MSNBC wondered about this last week, and invited three people to talk about it: Nelson Denis, the author of War Against All Puerto Ricans, Julio R. Varela, the founder of Latino Rebels, and Georgetown University Professor Stephen Lerner.
They joined Dorian Warren on his show Nerding Out, to discuss the financial crisis in Puerto Rico. The title of the show was “What is going on in Puerto Rico?”
You can see it for yourself:
This year, 1965, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Don Pedro Albizu Campos. Fifty years after Don Pedro’s death, his prophecies are all coming true. Here are two of them:
#1: With respect to Puerto Rico, the US wants the birdcage, not the bird.
Two birds fly to Orlando
#2: The only time the US will pay any attention to Puerto Rico, is when Puerto Rico becomes a great problem.
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One more time telling HALF truth Nelson. You say “The “problem” is that Puerto Rico (allegedly) owes a lot of money.” From where do you get that “ALLEGEDLY”? IF PR did not borrow that money . . .WHO DID? For sure it was not the State of New York, you State. Another question WHO is the one tha, according to you, and I quote “it is prohibited from developing its own shipping industry.” Not the Cabotge Law. Could you please give us that “Prohibition Order”? PR did have on and went bankrupt as just about all government corporation do. “Navieras de Puerto Rico” was a very active company. So please where is that law that you claim that PROHIBIT Puerto Rico from developing a shipping company?
Puerto Rico do have big economic an Political problems but trying to to spread fear and halve lies is not the way to advance you Independence political agenda. Give true solutions. Sell you independence ideology to the Puerto Ricans on the island. Move you family to the island and if you are able to convince the people on the island to vote for independence, please do not pack your bags and run back to the mainland. Stay in Puerto Rico with your family to enjoy your Puerto Rican Citizenship and your new Puerto Rican passport to travel..
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117 years of being a colony!! Now Puerto Rico is a problem … now someone pays attention? ‘Bout time …