America and Race, Globalization, Hemispheric Identity, Latinos and Race, Latinos in Media, Puerto Rico's Colonial Status, Republican Party politics, right populism, Urban/Global Politics, US Intervention in Latin America

How the Trump Clown Show Obscures Mexico and Puerto Rico’s Big Political Picture

The dominant narrative about Latinxs in the U.S. goes like this: A rapidly growing segment of the population, Latin(o)(a)s are a force to be reckoned with, and now that Donald J. Trump has continually demonstrated that he really is an unrestrained bigot preparing to unleash a deportation brigade on a sanctuary city near you, he […]

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Globalization, Hemispheric Identity, Latinos in Media, Puerto Rico's Colonial Status, Republican Party politics, Urban/Global Politics, US Intervention in Latin America

An Interview With Rafael Bernabe, PPT Candidate for Governor of Puerto Rico

Last week on Living in Spanglish radio, I interviewed PPT Candidate for Governor Rafael Bernabe, who spoke about various aspects of the Puerto Rico debt crisis. We spoke about the fiscal oversight board included in a House bill designed to impose austerity measures and colonial control over the island’s economic functions as a a way […]

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Puerto Rico's Colonial Status, Urban/Global Politics, US Intervention in Latin America

The Roots of Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis, and Why Austerity Won’t Solve It

The Roots of Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis and Why Austerity Won’t Work The US government is at least partially responsible for the emergency, which is affecting millions of what are effectively second-class citizens By Ed Morales Riding through the hills of Canóvanas with Prima, a vacationing 65-year-old Brooklynite who was born and raised in the […]

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Urban/Global Politics

Puerto Rico: Statehood or Enhanced Partiarchy?

The above is a sequence of Puerto Rico governor Alejandro García Padilla answering questions during last week’s hearing at the Senate Committee of Energy and Natural Resources dedicated to resolving the territorial status of Puerto Rico. (Why that committee? Well Puerto Rico is not a state, nor a sovereign nation. It’s a “natural resource” of […]

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