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  • Puerto Rico: 100th Anniversary of U.S. Invasion

    This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Puerto Rico. And the debate over whether Puerto Rico should remain a commonwealth, become a state or be an independent nation, continues to raise serious questions about identity and self-determination. At the center of the debate is the reality of an outside power holding authority over the island. The U.S. government has more military bases on Puerto Rico than it has in any single U.S. state. Puerto Rico is now the point from which most U.S. military operations are launched in Central America and the Caribbean. But it’s not just the military presence. For decades, U.S. corporations have exploited Puerto Rican workers, paying low wages and avoiding paying taxes to the local government. This is not to mention the devastation that the corporations and the military have caused environmentally.