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How US Is CRUSHING Puerto Rico


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Puerto Rico is suffering under its lately proclaimed personal bankruptcy. Cenk Uygur as well as Ana Kasparian, the hosts of The Young Turks, inform you why Puerto Rico had to shutter 184 institutions. Tell us what you assume in the remark section below.

" Puerto Rico will certainly close 184 public schools as part of a wide initiative to pull the United States region from a crippling debt crisis, officials introduced Friday.

Approximately 27,000 students– primarily from preschool via 4th grade– as well as 2,700 teachers will be affected by the closures, which are set to occur prior to next academic year.

The U.S. area remains in deep recession. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Wednesday that the republic has actually applied for a sort of personal bankruptcy to help restructure its greater than $70-billion in debt after arrangements with several lenders fell short.

The financial trouble has actually deepened as many individuals have actually left for the United States mainland trying to find better works. Consequently, the populace of school youngsters has actually remained in steep decrease, making the education and learning system an inviting target for cuts."

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  1. Posted by Box Boi, at Reply

    This is so fucked. Been going on for years and nobody cares enough for this to change.

    • Posted by gabe carpenter, at Reply

      whats a puerto rico?

    • Posted by Leafar Zerep, at Reply

      Box Boi Do not be so ignorant we are not central america find a map.

    • Posted by Guillermo Sanchez, at Reply

      It’s an island Ricky Martin bought back in the 90s.

  2. Posted by Crystal, at Reply

    my puerto rican professor kept saying that she thinks that the us is gonna get rid of pr sooner rather than later

    • Posted by R Vanzo, at Reply

      Wrong! I’m Brazilian!

    • Posted by theAppleWizz, at Reply

      It would be unconstitutional and as I can see you are not even a US citizen so yeah you can’t comment on our status.

    • Posted by Mosho Choci, at Reply

      R Vanzo Same sh!t

  3. Posted by Pallas AnitaSarkeesian, at Reply

    Welcome to Trump’s America. The once rich island is bankrupt.

    • Posted by Jose Colon, at Reply

      Yeah I think Bernie would have let us file for chapter 9, not Hillary though she would have just ignored us

    • Posted by kapa1611, at Reply

      oh i see @WikkeddTung, i wasn t whining btw xD but thx for the clarification

    • Posted by dancising lunalight, at Reply

      Obama supported and signed the Promesa Act which gives the power to manage the Puerto Rican economy to unelected Wallstreet money managers. My so called liberal congressman voted for it. What was done to Puerto Rico is similar to what the state of Michigan did to Flint and Detroit.

    • Posted by WikeddTung, at Reply

      kapa1611 You were indeed whining. Let me know if there’s anything else I can make clear to you.

  4. Posted by Hal Jordan, at Reply

    What’s plummeting faster: Puerto Rico’s Economy or Donny T’s Approval Ratings?

    • Posted by Tatiana Melendez, at Reply

      Hal Jordan At this point, hard to say.

    • Posted by Fuck you if you don't like me, at Reply

      Hal Jordan it’s a toss up.

  5. Posted by chickendinner2012, at Reply

    Stop the Corporate corruption that these Neoliberals and Corrupt do. The rich stole PR’s money and now wants to take it all from them.

    • Posted by Jose Colon, at Reply

      The rich in this case being my home’s government. Believe me PR government is highly corrupt

    • Posted by Leafar Zerep, at Reply

      chickendinner2012 thanks a last somebody say it well.

  6. Posted by Angel Gutierrez, at Reply

    Puerto Ricanos sin cobardes. Ellos vendieron su pais a los Americanos. Que triste.

    • Posted by SilverAbsolutionII, at Reply

      Angel Gutierrez Gracias a las persecuciónes y desapariciones de independentistas, los effectos de la asimilación forzada que intento Estados Unidos y la propaganda Pro-Americana y Anti-Independentista, la población de la isla a quedado traumatizada hacia la idea de independencia. Tanto de que la mayoria piensa de que “Vamos a morir sin los Estados Unidos.”

    • Posted by Jaye Rodriguez, at Reply

      SilverAbsolutionII Lamentablemente, muy cierto.

    • Posted by Angel Gutierrez, at Reply

      +Jaye Rodriguez Pues si tienes la racon. Los americanos son gente malvados que les roban a los países malos. Dios va a tomar su venganza.

  7. Posted by rouge1ful, at Reply

    how do we let them get into a state like that they may not be a state but those people are still Americans (all the more reason just to make it a state) but remember without Puerto Rico we never would have gotten Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jenifer Lopez, and many others

  8. Posted by Anthony Nguyen, at Reply

    Capitalism is a failed system.

    • Posted by Jose Colon, at Reply

      Was chairman Mao running a socialist country or a communist one? Because around 100 million people were killed under his rule.

    • Posted by WhiskeyWhiskers, at Reply

      Not a Mao apologist, but that number’s not accurate.

    • Posted by John Scott, at Reply

      Anthony Nguyen You stupid slope, what would you replace it with? ….. communism? When was the last you heard people flocking to enter a communist state.

    • Posted by WhiskeyWhiskers, at Reply

      The Kurds? Like currently?

  9. Posted by Tim Irwin, at Reply

    It’s about time that the United States made Puerto Rico a state , we should have made them a state instead of a territory in the beginning, but for some stupid reason (which is probably financial in some way) we didn’t. Puerto Rico has petitioned to be a state for decades and their people more than any other territory deserves statehood, so please contact your representative and tell them to make Puerto Rico a state!

    • Posted by Luis Arcadio De Jesus, at Reply

      That was some years ago, but sentiments have changed on the island and most people today would rather go the state route. I have family in Puerto Rico and have been following trends regarding the aforementioned and the stats underscore this point.

  10. Posted by CE DA, at Reply

    Finally someone is speaking truth to power on my home state’s tragedies

    • Posted by Seventh Son, at Reply

      uhhhhhhh, Puerto Rico isn’t a state. deadass.

    • Posted by cruelinjustice1, at Reply

      uhhhhhh, puerto Rico is an unincorporated U.S. territory. deadass. for those incapable of doing a tiny bit of their own fact checking, under U.S. law an unincorporated territory is an area controlled by the united states which is not a part of the united states. that means that they are subject to U.S. law while having none of the constitutional rights of a U.S. citizen….

  11. Posted by LCarlTBM x, at Reply

    Lets be honest, PR is not a “territory” but a colony.

    • Posted by M A, at Reply

      if i hads me sum chicken! What is this, schools for ants?

    • Posted by backbaconnbeer, at Reply

      What about the uncles? 🙂

    • Posted by Ryan -.-, at Reply

      Tatiana Melendez Well I believe most people in PR would vote Democratic so you could see why alot of republicans would be against PR statehood.

  12. Posted by Patrick Ryan, at Reply

    I’d bet that most Trumptards don’t even know that Puerto Rico exists!

    • Posted by Deathwind, at Reply

      Connor RB any Puertorican that is racist must hate part of themselves cause we are more mixed then a fruit cocktail. Hell I have cousins that have been born completely different looking one is black one is whiter then a soda cracker and the other one looks Asian all from the same parents is crazy like playing the lotto

    • Posted by Malcolm Dendtler, at Reply

      gabe carpenter
      The opposite of a Cuba that fought for their Independence and against corrupt American puppets figureheads and Banks and stayed free of America intervention and stayed in sanctions for the last 60 years. The summer just before 911 the United States Navy was doing live fire war games and Military exercises off the coast of Puerto Rico with no respect for the Puerto Rican people. Puerto Rico instead of claiming their independence always chose to be a Commonwealth of the United States of America. My present day Puerto Rican brothers and sisters they stopped sending money home to Puerto Rico like back in the sixties. My Puerto Rican brothers and sisters enjoying and educating themselves in America forgot that Americans are f****** Pirates. They flooded Puerto Rico with Heroin and used Puerto Rico like they tried to use Cuba before the Revolution. To think that Cuba under hated Castro and Communism is better off then Puerto Rico is now is what I saw many of fights in the streets of Brooklyn and Bronx about PR against Cuba. I guess these present day events prove Independence and isolation under Castro’s Communism was better off then Democracy under the Commonwealth of the United States of America. Truth

  13. Posted by Zachary Xavier, at Reply

    Trump’s America is racist, sexist, xenophobic and uneducated. Trump makes me embarrassed to be an American.

    • Posted by John Scott, at Reply

      Zachary Xavier Hey Zach, there’s the door.

    • Posted by vivi44, at Reply

      Nothing is stopping you from arming yourself and walking into a government office and shooting it up to inspire change like your forefathers did. You may die but you’ll die a hero. I look forward to seeing you on CNN patriot.

  14. Posted by Jesse Torres, at Reply

    I still say the United State government should just make the 5 island territories (Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa) states already and guarantee the people born there full U. S. citizenship! I mean come on, if these nearly 4 million people are born as American citizens (save for American Samoa), can fight and die in America’s wars, are allowed to vote in the primaries (but not the Presidency), and are lands where U. S. currency is used, why not make them full states? Put simply, being an American born on 1 of the 5 island territories is like being at an all-you-can buffet but only allowed to use 1 plate; what’s the point of only having partial benefits to being here given that you can’t have full benefits like every1 else? And in case any1 is wondering, I am from Texas but I know people from my university who are from Puerto Rico and some say they feel it would be best if they just became a state already.

    • Posted by King Salman Funder of ISIS & Wahabbism, at Reply

      Surprised everyone has missed the biggest point. These territories will never become states because they will completely shift the dynamic in U.S. politics. Almost every single one of these states would be blue states meaning 10 more Democratic senators in the Senate and the Electoral College just got a lot easier. GOP will never allow this obviously.

    • Posted by Ryan -.-, at Reply

      H G Lmao what was it like 4% voted for independence in 2012. Independence is not the best option for PR

  15. Posted by Fake, at Reply

    What do you think “Territories” are for? Exploitation. Welcome to Imperialism.

    • Posted by Miriam Lucille Montella, at Reply


    • Posted by SKT, at Reply

      Fake true

  16. Posted by Noah King, at Reply

    Its not easy but maybe its best that many of them start coming to the US before things get really bad.

    • Posted by Jaye Rodriguez, at Reply

      kickinitoldschool03 Puerto Ricans are not Mestizos. If you’re so against the massive influx of lower and middle class Puerto Ricans to the mainland then start calling up members of Congress and tell them to stop ruining the island, also visit the graves of the every dead president since 1898 and thank them as well.

    • Posted by Noah King, at Reply

      kickinitoldschool03 I mean the many who still live in Puerto Rico. Maybe it’s time to come to the main land.

  17. Posted by Adam Smith, at Reply

    Puerto Rico declared bankruptcy under Obama turds, also its their fault they are here, after all when you elect liberals who spend endlessly you eventually run out of money and go bankrupt.Too bad so sad….

    • Posted by Telma Elma, at Reply

      economy went down under bush, obama brought the us out of the red numbers, moron, and in case of pr , it started long befoe obama, you are so unbelievable stupid.

  18. Posted by Amy, at Reply

    Maybe this is why a Puerto Rican family moved in across the street. I’m glad to have them here. They are great people!

    • Posted by WikeddTung, at Reply

      kickinitoldschool03 <------- Hey, look! A troll begging to be blocked! Go figure. No problem. Done and done.

    • Posted by Mosho Choci, at Reply

      kickinitoldschool03 Puerto Rico was not a Spanish colony but an Overseas Spanish Province at the time of the Hispanic-American war. The people of PR were Spaniards and to correct your ignorance, you’re either meztizo or mulato, not both. Anyway, we’d love to be part of the Motherland as we are Spaniards racially and culturally.

    • Posted by Edgar Tapia, at Reply

      Mosho Choci You do know know Spain is having an emergency crisis, right?

    • Posted by Mosho Choci, at Reply

      Edgar Tapia I do, but we are under Trump so the crisis in Spain cannot be as bad as the problems caused by the guy we have in the oval office.

  19. Posted by Paul Cruz, at Reply

    Hello, everyone. I’m a Puerto Rican living in Puerto Rico, and glad this information is being discussed in the media. What’s going on with the Island’s economy has nothing to do with the political individuals that are currently in power, which we may hate or love. This issue is going on for decades, and it’s mainly because of our colonial status. I will briefly sum up the details and intentions. First of all I want to make clear that we are a colony. There’s no way on how to sugar coat that. We are officially a non-incorporated territory, which means that we will never go through a statehood process like incorporated territories have in the past to become states. Reason why I do not condone the plebiscite that we’re having soon (June 11th) to choose between statehood, current colonial status and independence. Since statehood will never be offered and being a colony is inhumane, independence is the way to go. The reason why Puerto Rico is suffering from an economic crisis is because we have never experienced economic development. All the multinational corporations (mostly american) are tax exempt, which develops into a great amount of capital. Mostly all of that capital goes back to to the US and not even a minimum is reinvested in the Island. It’s rare to see local businesses flourish around huge multinational corporations in the island. Operation Bootstrap back in the late 40’s until early 70’s was a perfect example of this. In the late 50’s Puerto Rico’s GDP was on an annual 10% increase, but a lot of it wasn’t reinvested in the Island. There was great capital increase, but the biggest diaspora in our history was during this same time, which doesn’t make any sense, until we realize that we never had true economic development. The true reason different investors and vulture Wall Street funds loan money to the local government is because of natural resources (your read that right) that they’re interested in. In the mid 70’s a nationalist group led by Juan Antonio Corretjer (nationalist leader) stole documentation from the Puerto Rican State Department that included maps with the locations of these resources. They included zinc, gold, silver, copper and other rich minerals. The plan to exploit these resources was called “Plan 2020”. The real intentions here is to weakened Puerto Rico’s economy to a point where a lot of its people leave. We currently have around 3.5 million inhabitants, and in the past there has been strikes in the towns of Arecibo, Utuado and others resisting mining companies to exploit these riches. Recently there was a discovery in the Caribbean Sea of huge channels full of oil connecting Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic/Haiti and Cuba which is of high interest for the US. This could be a factor why they are messing with the Venezuelan government as well so they won’t have competition in the oil industry this side of the world, but that’s another conversation for another time. The intentions are to empty the island by the year 2020 (that’s the objective) enough so that these multinationals have a feast with these resources. This $70 billion debt is un-payable, but the resources will multiply their profits for sure. The only wild card here is how many Puerto Ricans do leave, how many decide to return, and how low can our population get. Remember, if this information is wide spread it would be extremely difficult for these multinationals to make money, people won’t want to leave. Honestly, we Puerto Ricans are folks sitting on a pot of riches without even knowing it, but dealing with the colonized minds is not an easy task. SPREAD THE WORD

    • Posted by Kathryn Harris, at Reply

      Paul, vamos a añadirnos los de aqui! 🙂

    • Posted by Jrivas617, at Reply

      Paul Cruz Great information Paul. If people wanted to get involved, what would you recommend them doing?

    • Posted by Paul Cruz, at Reply

      Kathryn Harris saludos, yo por lo menos no tengo Facebook, jaja. pero me pueden tirar un request por google +. estoy cocinando algo con un pana que requiere una cuenta de Facebook, los añadiré cuando se abra.

    • Posted by Jrivas617, at Reply

      Gracias hermano! Tienes Google+? No puedo encontrarte. *Edit

  20. Posted by Telma Elma, at Reply

    JLo, ricky martin and marc anthony should rescue them 😉

    • Posted by Molo D., at Reply

      Telma Elma great idea. You should be a Trump advisor

    • Posted by Telma Elma, at Reply

      Molo trump don´t like foreigners, bad idea