Thursday, March 5, 1998

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  • Congress Passes Bill to Allow Puerto Ricans Political Self-Determination

    In a passionate and sometimes bitter debate, the House of Representatives last night voted by the narrowest of margins — 209 to 208 — to allow Puerto Rico to vote on the future status of the Caribbean island. The bill, sponsored by Alaska Republican Representative Don Young, calls for a vote later this year in which Puerto Ricans would choose between statehood, independence or continued commonwealth status.

  • War Photography Captured in New Book

    Between the height of the French Indochina War in the 1950s and the fall of Phnom Penh and Saigon in 1975, 135 photographers from all sides of the conflict are recorded as missing or having been killed. And now a new book chronicles the courage, intensity and intimacy of their work.

  • Food Safety in America

    Thousands of Americans die each year — and millions more become sick — from food or the mishandling of raw food ingredients.

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    Juan González on How Puerto Rico’s Economic "Death Spiral" is Tied to Legacy of Colonialism
    Could Puerto Rico become America’s Greece? That’s a question many are asking as the island faces a devastating financial crisis and a rapidly crumbling healthcare system. Puerto Rico owes $72 billion in debt. $355 million in debt payments are due December 1, but it increasingly looks like the U.S. territory may default on at least some of the debt. Congress has so far failed to act on an Obama administration proposal that includes extending bankruptcy protection to Puerto Rico and allocating more equitable Medicaid and Medicare...


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