Friday, December 22, 2000

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  • Feds Throw An Organic Bone to America’s Consumers

    This week, the Department of Agriculture adopted the Federal Government’s first standards for labeling and processing organic foods. Unlike other foods Americans eat daily, goods labeled "organic" will not include products that have been irradiated, manipulated through biotechnology or grown with sewer sludge fertilizer. Today, we debate whether the new standards protect the public, let factory farming off the hook, or are nonsense promoted by fringe granola crunchers.

  • Navy’s Bombing of Vieques: Another Flare Up

    The conflict between the US Navy and the people of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques flared up again last week when the US Navy demanded that Governor-elect Sila Calderon back a deal between the Navy and her predecessor. The White-House-brokered agreement, reached last January, allows the Navy to continue bombing Vieques until 2003 in exchange for returning several thousand acres of land to Puerto Rican control by December 31, this year.

  • Cabinet Picks

    President Select George W. Bush quit his job as governor of Texas yesterday and cleaned out his office, packing up his autographed baseball collection. His preparations to take office include a round of cabinet appointments.

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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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