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Puerto Rico news and analysis from The Nation
September 30, 2022
What the Government Never Learned From Puerto Rico
Five years after Category 5 Hurricane María, Puerto Rico still wasn’t ready for the Category 1 Fiona. Why can’t federal and local governments be trusted to lead recovery?
Israel Meléndez Ayala
August 19, 2022
Puerto Rico Has a Big-Pharma Problem
The US territory gives pharmaceutical companies big tax breaks that could otherwise be invested in its communities, where the revenue is deeply needed.
Julio López Varona
April 6, 2022
How Can Puerto Rico Escape the Debt Trap?
When it comes to Puerto Rico, the questions of debt haunt everyday life and shape the colonial reality of the island.
October 26, 2021
“The University of Puerto Rico Is Not for Sale!”
Thousands of student protesters in Puerto Rico are fighting against further austerity measures from a new bill, PC1003, that will drastically cut funding for public education.
June 17, 2021
#OurMothersToo: Reckoning With My Abuela’s Coerced Sterilization
By 1974, tubal ligations became so ubiquitous on the island that over a third of its women had received
—giving Puerto Rico the highest sterilization rate in the world.
Quiara Alegría Hudes
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June 14, 2021
Raoul Peck’s World
Exterminate All the Brutes,
Peck offers a bold new history of colonialism and violence.
January 12, 2021
Letters From the January 25/February 1, 2021, Issue
Better to tax… Nuclear options… Power gridlock… An ailing system… The progressive future…
December 1, 2020
Privatizing Puerto Rico
The rushed sell-off of the territory’s electrical utility is part of a larger move to gut public goods for private profit.
August 6, 2020
As the Hurricane Season Intensifies, Is Puerto Rico Ready?
Tropical Storm Isaías is a warning for what could come as disaster preparedness funds continue to be squandered.
May 18, 2020
Puerto Rico’s Sex Workers Are Struggling to Survive
The challenge of making ends meet was difficult before Covid-19. Now it’s even worse.
Gabriella N. Báez