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

Why Congress (And John Oliver and Lin Manuel Miranda) Can’t Save Puerto Rico

“There are certainly better voices than mine to speak on behalf of Puerto Rico” -John Oliver Can’t argue with that. Oliver’s awkward tittering about vejigante masks and sex at Loiza’s annual carnival notwithstanding, the debt crisis is no joke, and resisting the Republican Congress’s attempt to impose a fiscal oversight board—as well as a raft […]

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Latinos in Media, New York City Politics, Puerto Rico's Colonial Status, Urban/Global Politics, US Intervention in Latin America

Four Things Hillary Clinton Should Say To Get New York Puerto Rican Votes

“In 1984, bankruptcy protection was arbitrarily taken away from Puerto Rico by Congress.” “The Puerto Rico debt should be audited to reveal possible illegal transactions, as well as Wall Street abuses, not only in the sale of the debt but also debt swap underwriting.” “There should be no fiscal oversight board. Puerto Ricans alone should […]

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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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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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