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

Republican Plan to Address PR Debt Crisis Is a Disaster

Okay let’s get this straight. Last week Obama free-styled on the White House lawn, apparently said he had the Oscar López Rivera matter “on his desk,” then took off for Havana, where he watched a baseball game and then on to Argentina to throw down with some tango dancers. Prominent members of the Puerto Rican/diaspora […]

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America and Race, Globalization, Hemispheric Identity, Latinos and Race, New York City Politics, New York Mayoral Politics, Puerto Rico's Colonial Status, Urban/Global Politics, US Intervention in Latin America

A Look Back on 2015

2015 was not an easy year to get through in many ways. A lot of troubling signs have appeared on the landscape: Continuing injustice toward people of color in the form of extra-judicial police killings of unarmed civilians, increasing wealth inequality, the Puerto Rico Debt Crisis, the continued threat of gentrification, out of control gun […]

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Urban/Global Politics

What Puerto Rico Faces as It Hurtles Towards Default

This weekend Puerto Rico will most likely fall short–there is some semantic argument on whether this constitutes default–on a $58 million payment due from its Public Finance Corporation. Many view this as a first step in debt restructuring, if for no other reason than it offers further proof of what Governor Alejandro García Padilla said […]

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Globalization, Puerto Rico's Colonial Status, US Intervention in Latin America

How Hedge and Vulture Funds Have Exploited Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis

For this island teetering on bankruptcy, debt renegotiation is imminent—but on whose terms? By Ed Morales New York–born Puerto Rican activist David Galarza spent this sultry summer Monday picketing a meeting of bondholders by day and meeting with professionals, students, and working people in the evening concerned about the increasingly scary crisis over the island’s […]

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Urban/Global Politics

Cultura Profética Sound Off About Puerto Rico Debt Crisis

Last Sunday, backstage at the Afro-Latino Festival at Restoration Plaza in Bed Stuy, I spoke with Cultura Profética bassist Eliut González and drummer Boris Bilbraut about the Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. Cultura has long espoused out of the box ways to deal with US colonialism, including, in songs like “No Me Interesa,” critiquing overconsumption and […]

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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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