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The ultra-reactionary character of the status consultation

  By: Ismael Castro The efforts carried out by the PNP majority to organize a consultation “statehood” or “sovereignty separate from the US” this year coincide with one of the most intense waves of ethnic chauvinism in modern history unleashed by the US ruling class.  Trump has initiated a fascist offensive in which xenophobic hysteria against people of Latin American ...

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Rosselló, his plan and the dismantling of education

By: A. Rodríguez Ricardo Rosselló is intensifying the anti-worker agenda to satisfy the demands o the Wall Street Junta in the service of bondholders.  Rosselló has faithfully followed the Junta’s mandates although he tries to fool the people by expressing the contrary.  His administration continues to approve measures that ensure a reduction of the budget while paying bondholders billions produced ...

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Free Trade or Protectionism?

By: Carlos Borrero Economic protectionism is on the rise.  The ascension of Donald Trump to the presidency in the US has been accompanied by demagogic rants against free trade in addition to threats of tariffs on imports.  The US capitalist class continues to be divided on this issue on the basis of the function and relative strength of each particular ...

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We must destroy the myth of development through wage slavery and privatization

By: Ramón During the past several years, the working class in the territory has suffered an impoverishment of its means of subsistence never before seen in modern history.  It is urgent for the workers to understand what is happening as these moves form part of a broader capitalist plan to restore conditions of profitability in the extraction of wealth.  The ...

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Tax reform: another attack on the working class

By: Rogelio Acevedo With the recent passage of the labor reform law as well as other measures favored by native and foreign capital, the great inequalities that exist in both the tax system and in how government operations are paid for have resurfaced.  The tax system in the territory, although proclaimed to be progressive (meaning those that have more pay ...

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The Struggle Against Carbon Ash is the Struggle Against Capital

  By: Ángel Rodríguez “The struggle we are carrying out in Peñuelas is against very powerful people.”  This is how Janette Albino, one of the community leaders, described the fight against the depositing of toxic ashes en the community of Tallaboa. The capitalist, who is owner of the means of production, uses these same means to generate profits which are ...

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Workers, the rich keep robbing us of our daily bread!

By: MAO Many are the workers in Puerto Rico distressed by working conditions.  The life of the workers consists of being subjected to disturbing apparatus of production and distribution of commodities for capitalism.  That relation leads us to produce more in less time while we live with the uncertainly of not knowing if or when we will get a layoff ...

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The “Plan for Puerto Rico” is Synonymous With Pillage

By: Rogelio Acevedo With a debt of $69 billion, a moratorium on payment up on January 31st, a working class that represents 40% of a total 3.4 million people in which 47% live below the poverty level including minors under 14 years old (19.1% of the population) and those between 55 – 74 (23% of the population) as those most ...

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Treasury Is In The Service of Wall Street And Its Junta With Our Money

The bourgeois electoral circus proved to serve the interests of Wall Street and the election of its candidate, Ricardo Roselló.  He travelled to New York to meet with the imperialist henchmen in order to “recover investor confidence.”  Recently, Roselló proposed loans up to $2 billion for January of 2017.  Jennifer González also met with various members of the Junta, including ...

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From Peñuelas to Standing Rock

The recent arrests of some 40 protesters in the area of Peñuelas, Puerto Rico, a small town on the southern coast of the US colony, brings to light yet another example of environmental degradation and indifference to the collective health of the poor which characterizes the capitalist profit system. Protesters were arrested last week as they attempted to block over 50 trucks loaded with carbon ash (Coal Combustion Residuals or CCRs) destined for a landfill managed by the Alabama-based company EC Waste located on the outskirts of Peñuelas. The carbon ash is generated at a coal-fired electric power plant located in Guayama, a town on Puerto Rico’s southeastern coast, owned by the Virginia based Applied Energy Services (AES) and currently operating under a 25-year contract to sell energy to the highly indebted Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). The Guayama plant, which generates about 15% of Puerto Rico’s electricity, was listed in 2011 by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) as one of the ‘dirtiest’ within US jurisdictions. Carbon ash from the coal-fired plant is legally deposited in at least two other landfills on the island and several other locations have been identified as illegal dumpsites, including rivers and agricultural land along the southern coast.

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