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If Trump were Really President, He'd Forgive Puerto Rico's Debts, End Austerity, and Rescue It with Massive Emergency Aid Now!

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Part 1: Puerto Rico Needs Massive Emergency Aid Now—and an End to Austerity
The island has become a target not only for rapacious vulture funds but also for exponents of Katrina-style “disaster capitalism.”
Part 2: If Trump were Really President, He'd Forgive Puerto Rico's Debts and Rescue It
Presidential action needed when 3.4 million Americans are living without electricity, 40% of them without potable water, and hundreds of thousands without shelter.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 



Part 1: Puerto Rico Needs Massive Emergency Aid Now—and an End to Austerity

https://www.thenation.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-ap-img.jpg?scale=896&compress=80Canovanas, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017. (Reuters / Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

The island has become a target not only for rapacious vulture funds but also for exponents of Katrina-style “disaster capitalism.”

Ed Morales, the Nation

https://www.thenation.com/wp-content/themes/thenation/images/161x102.jpg September 27, 2017 | Hurricane Maria has created a humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. Much of the capital city of San Juan is flooded; there is contaminated water in the streets, shortages of gasoline and water, and looming crises for senior citizens in fragile health, reports Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. Maria destroyed what Hurricane Irma, which struck earlier in September, did not: Virtually the entire island is without electricity, and cell-phone service and other communications are severely strained. Municipalities like Guayama, Cataño, and Toa Baja have reported massive floods and unthinkable devastation. (My mother and other family members live in a remote mountain town near the rain forest, and while I know they’re safe, their food, water, and medications will only last so long.) A damaged dam at Lake Guajataca, near the northwestern town of Isabela, is threatening thousands of residents in nearby areas. As we go to press, 16 fatalities have been reported, but thousands of citizens have lost their homes, and those figures could increase substantially when the final numbers come in. Representative Nydia Velázquez estimates that Puerto Rico will need $10 billion for a full recovery.

Ed Morales, a freelance writer based in New York, teaches at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. He co-directed a documentary, Whose Barrio?, about the gentrification of East Harlem.

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Part 2: If Trump were Really President, He'd Forgive Puerto Rico's Debts and Rescue It

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Presidential action needed when 3.4 million Americans are living without electricity, 40% of them without potable water, and hundreds of thousands without shelter. When some 80% of its agricultural crops were wiped out. This is an apocalyptic scenario. We can't even know what is going on very much because there is no wifi most places. Some entire towns haven't been heard from! But this President tweets about football players who protest racism.

Juan Cole, Portside

http://portside.org/sites/default/files/images/Trump_Tweets_Puerto_Rico(305x400).jpg September 26, 2017 | I’m not sure what Donald Trump thinks the job of president consists of. One task is to swing into action when 3.4 million Americans are living without electricity, 40% of them without potable water, and hundreds of thousands without shelter. When some 80% of its agricultural crops were wiped out. This is an apocalyptic scenario. We can’t even know what is going on very much because there is no wifi most places. Some entire towns haven’t been heard from! A dam may fail, endangering 70,000 people. It will take decades to rebuild.

As Daniel Gross (@grossdm) wrote on Twitter, “More US citizens live in Puerto Rico than live in the Dakotas, Vermont, Wyoming, and Alaska combined. I don’t see Congress lifting a finger.”

John Ricardo I. "Juan" Cole is an American academic and commentator on the modern Middle East and South Asia. He is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan.

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