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Puerto Rico Topics

Democracy Now! stories, posts and pages that relate to Puerto Rico

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  • This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Spanish-American War and the US colonization of the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Indeed, Puerto Rico is this country’s largest and longest-held colony. And now Congress appears ready to finally take up the question of Puerto Rico’s status once and for all.
    Feb 26, 1998 | Story
  • Last week’s heated Congressional debate on Puerto Rico threw the national spotlight on what is America’s oldest and largest colony. In the middle of crucial shipping lanes, and strategically positioned in the northeastern part of the Caribbean, for the last 100 years Puerto Rico has been an important U.S. military site.
    Mar 09, 1998 | Story
  • The first U.S. casualty of the bombings against Yugoslavia took place thousands of miles from the Balkans, on the small island of Vieques in Puerto Rico. Last week, a U.S. Navy jet training for the war in Kosovo dropped a 500 pound bomb on an observation post, killing a security guard named David Sanes Rodriguez and injuring several others.
    Apr 27, 1999 | Story
  • Juan Gonzalez, New York Daily News columnist and Democracy Now! co-host, is on his way to Puerto Rico to cover the visit of Jesse Jackson Sr., civil rights activist and head of the Rainbow/Push Coalition. This, as pressure mounts for the U.S. military to leave the island of Vieques.
    Aug 11, 1999 | Story
  • A Clinton administration official said the members of the Puerto Rican independence group, the Armed Forces of National Liberation, known as FALN for its initials in Spanish, would be freed from prison or have fines lifted if they agreed to renounce violence, refrain from meeting with other independence leaders, and obey stringent guidelines barring them from using weapons. [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 12, 1999 | Story
  • The Rev. Jesse Jackson and top Puerto Rican religious leaders this weekend joined dozens of protesters who have occupied a bombing range on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, and who are demanding that the US Navy halt its live-fire exercises there.
    Aug 16, 1999 | Story
  • President Clinton yesterday denied that he offered clemency to 16 Puerto Rican political prisoners for political reasons, as Republicans continue to accuse the president of making a politically motivated decision to favor Hillary Clinton’s New York Senate race.
    Sep 22, 1999 | Story
  • In Vieques, Puerto Rico, protesters have held their ground now for over a year, as they seek to end 50 years of military exercises and bombings on the island by the U.S. Navy. The protesters have established encampments inside the military camps where the firing ranges are located, and have paralyzed live ammunition exercises for over a year. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 28, 2000 | Story
  • Puerto Rican protesters waited for U.S. federal authorities to expel them from the U.S. Navy’s prized training ground at Vieques — even as several U.S. lawmakers and a religious leader promised to come to show their support. [includes rush transcript]
    May 03, 2000 | Story
  • Federal agents in riot gear today removed and arrested over 60 protesters, including two U.S. lawmakers, from the gates of a U.S. Navy bombing range on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.
    May 04, 2000 | Story