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    Puerto Rico’s Colonial Legacy and Its Continuing Economic Troubles

    Photo by The National Guard | CC BY 2.0 Source: counterpunch September 24, 2018 by Lara Merling When Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria, the island was ill-equipped to handle the storm that claimed thousands of lives and devastated most of the island’s infrastructure, leaving it in the dark for months. Prior to the storm, Puerto Rico’s economy had already experienced two decades without economic growth, a rare occurrence in the history of modern capitalism. Neither a sovereign country nor a US state, Puerto Rico has had constrained ability to respond to negative economic shocks, while only receiving limited federal support. The island’s prolonged economic failure resulted in the…

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    Thanksgiving Guide: How to Celebrate a Sordid History

    Source: Mint Press News November 22, 2017 By Emma Fiala While millions of Americans prepare this week to get into the holiday spirit, beginning with Thanksgiving, how many are prepared to view the day through an accurate lens? While to many Americans the holiday serves as a reminder to give thanks, it is seen as a day of mourning by countless others. The truth is: European migrants brutally murdered Native Americans, stole their lands, and continue to do so today. Start by acknowledging that almost everything taught about Thanksgiving in most schools across the country is a lie. Most Americans remember celebrations in elementary school in honor of Thanksgiving that…

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    Fanon’s Knife and Puerto Rico

    Photo by Norman B. Leventhal Map | CC BY 2.0 Source: counterpunch September 29, 2017 by José Tirado Colonialism only loosens its hold when the knife is at its throat. –Frantz Fanon There are many reasons to oppose colonialism. And there are many images which seer into the mind the utterly destructive nature of colonialism. My own favorite example is a horrific picture from the “Belgian” Congo of a despondent Congolese man on the sunny porch of some Euro-style home looking with total forlornness at the severed hands and feet of his children. As was policy at the time, they probably did not work hard enough for the rapacious chocolatiers…