What Happened in the Dark: Puerto Rico’s Year of Fighting for Power

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Several weeks before he would become a folk hero across Puerto Rico, Jorge Bracero slipped in a puddle at San Juan’s central power plant and broke his leg. After a few days in a cast, he began to feel pain so intense he was unable to sleep or eat. When doctors realized he had developed […]

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What Tech Hasand HasntDone for Puerto Rico

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Two weeks after Hurricane Maria, Donald Trump flew to Puerto Rico, toured a relatively affluent neighborhood there, and expressed his relief that the storm had not been “a real catastrophe” like Hurricane Katrina. He jokingly chided Puerto Ricans for throwing the federal budget a “little out of whack.” In reality, Maria caused the largest blackout […]

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A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America

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The UNs Philip Alston is an expert on deprivation and he wants to know why 41m Americans are living in poverty. The Guardian joined him on a special two-week mission into the dark heart of the worlds richest nation Los Angeles, California, 5 December You got a choice to make, man. You could go straight […]

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Survival Mode Defines Puerto Rico One Month After Maria

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A month after Hurricane Maria leaving for the mainland. At this stage in the recovery from the Category 4 storm, many find the current state of the U.S. commonwealth — home to some 3.4 million American citizens — unthinkable. “I just haven’t seen a situation where people don’t have access to basic services for so […]

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