The Puerto Rico Crisis: A Reflection of a Flawed US Democracy

August 27, 2019

On August 2, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló of the New Progressive Party (NPP) — nominally affiliated with the Democrats, although once linked to the Republicans under Governor Luis Ferré Aguayo — finally resigned. The decision came after weeks of mass protests over the island’s...

Puerto Rico Has Not Recovered from Hurricane Maria

October 06, 2018

One year after Maria, nearly every pillar of Puerto Rican society remains devastated. Puerto Rico was in crisis long before Hurricane Maria hit on September 20, 2017. For years, this US territory had been struggling with debt, an economic crisis and drought. In May 2017, the government...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Trump’s “Tremendous” Problem

September 13, 2018

Trump is not the first president to have problems with the English language. But he has transformed the language and style of presidents.  No one can deny that Donald Trump is the hands-down champion of self-congratulations. As he awaited the calamitous arrival of Hurricane Florence on the East...

Trump’s Wrongheaded Choices on Puerto Rico’s Humanitarian Crisis

October 01, 2017

Americans need real presidential leadership because it is sometimes a matter of life and death, and not about ratings, popularity or reality TV. By September 20, weather experts were already forecasting that Hurricane Maria, characterized as a category 4 storm, had potential to cause major...

Why Puerto Rico Faces Worse Perils Than Texas and Florida

September 30, 2017

Puerto Rico suffered a worse disaster — and faces a much longer, more fraught path to recovery — than Texas, Louisiana or Florida. Already reeling from fiscal woes, Puerto Rico is suffering from a humanitarian crisis as well in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the strongest storm ever to...

2017 Hurricane Season Devastates the Caribbean

September 27, 2017

Hurricanes Irma and Maria leave death and destruction across the Caribbean just weeks apart. The 2017 hurricane season has been like no other seen in recent history. Hurricane Irma — a category 5 storm with the highest wind speeds ever recorded in the open Atlantic — ripped through the...