Puerto Rico

  • Puerto Rico Needs Public Electric Utilities, Not More Privatization

    by Alex Standen

    Worker protest movements created the public utilities that used to provide electricity to Puerto Rico. In the face of the disastrous failure of the privatized utility system highlighted by Hurricanes Fiona and Maria, a similar movement is needed now. 

  • The End of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

    by Pedro Cában

    Puerto Rico's status as Estado Libre Asociado (Free Associated State) arose in response to American desires to control the island as a colony while nodding to the island's autonomy during the Cold War. It is not up to the challenges Puerto Ricans face today, but Congress appears unwilling to move on from a colonial relationship.

  • Colony of Cobblestone

    by Carlos Santiago

    San Juan's cobblestones are an illusion, aesthetic flourishes of "old world charm" intended to boost the tourism economy and conceal the island's status as a U.S. territory.

  • Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico (Review)

    by Don S. Polite, Jr.

    A review of Marisol LeBrón's "Policing Life and Death" which connects the turn to austerity governance in Puerto Rico with increasingly punitive and racially discriminatory policing practices. 

  • Puerto Rico earthquakes imperil island’s indigenous heritage

    by Jorge L. Chinea

    Many indigenous ruins lie along the shore, where ancient settlements thrived. A relatively new wave of researchers are only beginning to explore these endangered places, rediscovering the ancient relics, statues, stone engravings and paintings created and used by the Taíno people.

  • Are Puerto Ricans White?

    by Jonathan Harrison

    That’s what Tucker Carlson claimed when defending Trump from charges he neglected the island because he’s racist. Here’s the backstory.

  • Are Puerto Ricans really American citizens?

    by Charles R. Venator-Santiago

    In a recent poll, 41 percent of respondents said they did not believe that Puerto Ricans were U.S. citizens, and 15 percent were not sure.