Puerto Ricans Brace for Crisis in Health Care

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Puerto Rico, Libre!!!!!

NO to ALL Forms of AUSTERITY!!!!!

#FreeOscarLopezRivera & ALL Political Prisoners

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Lizette Alvarez and Abby Goodnough (The New York Times) explore the sad conditions of the health care system in Puerto Rico. In my view, unless you can pay your medical bills out of pocket, the island’s health care system has been nightmarish ever since I can remember. When I read this title, I was aghast; how can the health care crisis get any worse? For a deeply depressing answer, read this:

The first visible sign that the health care system in Puerto Rico was seriously in trouble was when a steady stream of doctors — more than 3,000 in five years — began to leave the island for more lucrative, less stressful jobs on the mainland. Now, as Puerto Rico faces another hefty cut to a popular Medicare program and grapples with an alarming shortage of Medicaid funds, its health care system is headed for an all-out crisis…

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100 years ago, the U.S. invaded and occupied this country. Can you name it?

The Time Is Now!!

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Ishaan Tharoor (The Washington Post, 30 July 2015) writes about the U.S. invasion of Haiti and the racist underpinnings of the 19-year occupation. An excellent article—please read the original, full version in the link below; here are excerpts:

A century ago, American troops invaded and occupied a foreign nation. They would stay there for almost two decades, install a client government, impose new laws and fight insurgents in bloody battles on difficult terrain. Thousands of residents perished during what turned out to be 19 years of de facto U.S. rule.

The country was Haiti, the Caribbean nation that’s often seen by outsiders as a metaphor for poverty and disaster. Yet rarely are Americans confronted with their own hand in its misfortunes.

On Tuesday, a group of protesters marched to the U.S. Embassy in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince in commemoration of the grim legacy of the U.S. occupation, which began in July 1915 after President…

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Let’s do it for Garvey!

“…Don’t keep old ideas, bury them as new ones come.”
Marcus Garvey

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Brian Bonitto (Jamaica Observer) writes about Donovan Watkis, who firmly believes that Jamaica’s fledgling industry should train its cameras on National Hero Marcus Garvey and not wait for Hollywood to tell the story.

“Marcus Garvey is the most important black leader. We have to tell that story. We don’t have to wait on American filmmakers to do it for us,” Watkis told the Sunday Observer.

The 30-year-old said Garvey’s influence is global and everyone can relate to it. “The stories are told of people Garvey influenced … Carter G Woodson, W E B DuBois, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. His philosophy is one of self-reliance, black consciousness, black power, and self-development, and we need that right now. Showcasing Marcus Garvey in a romantic, powerful, charming way in a nice scripted story, through film, will be way more powerful than a deejay sing about Garvey,” he…

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Call for Papers: “Turning Tides—Caribbean Intersections in the Americas and Beyond”

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Organizers from the University of the West Indies and Trinity College invite proposals for the upcoming conference “Turning Tides: Caribbean Intersections in the Americas and Beyond,” to be held February 18-20, 2016, at the University of West Indies (UWI)-St Augustine, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2015. [Many thanks to Pablo Delano for bringing this item to our attention.

Call for Presentations:  What happens when we reposition our understanding of “The Caribbean” and broaden our thinking beyond the traditional major players in the geo-political sphere? Turning Tides is an international conference that takes “intersections” seriously by placing all societies touched by the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean at the centre of Western Hemispheric discussions. It provides a forum for thinking beyond regions, across languages, and amongst the humanities, social sciences, and the natural sciences.

Turning Tides provokes wide–reaching and transdisciplinary conversations about…

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