By Rafael Azul and Jerry White, 5 May 2017
The bankruptcy of the US territory island will set a new precedent for the destruction of workers’ pensions and the privatization of public services and assets.
By Rafael Azul, 6 January 2017
During his inaugural speech, Governor Ricardo Roselló promised to work with the US fiscal control board aimed at increasing the flow of payments to the island’s Wall Street creditors.
By Kevin Martinez, 24 September 2016
After a breakdown of a plant that had not been maintained for decades, authorities are trading blame for the failure to maintain the island’s outdated infrastructure.
10 August 2016
By Rafael Azul, 1 July 2016
The US Senate approved on June 29 a debt measure for Puerto Rico, less than 48 hours before the island was to default on a $2.1 billion debt.
By Rafael Azul, 13 June 2016
The US ruling elite intends to use the crisis as an opportunity to drastically reduce working conditions and living standards in Puerto Rico.
By Rafael Azul, 23 May 2016
The bipartisan measure attacks virtually every right of Puerto Rican workers and youth, while protecting the profits of Wall Street and the interests of bond holders.
By Rafael Azul, 4 May 2016
As its economy sinks, Puerto Rico confronts a social crisis of historic proportions.
By Rafael Azul, 5 January 2016
The government of Puerto Rico announced that it would default on $37 million out of a $900 million payment this week.
By Rafael Azul, 28 December 2015
Despite his protests over congressional inaction, the Padilla administration has contributed to the increasing human misery facing Puerto Ricans with draconian austerity measures.
By Rafael Azul, 31 October 2015
While the US congress considers bankruptcy for Puerto Rico, legislators in the Caribbean island are stepping up austerity measures.
By Rafael Azul, 11 September 2015
Puerto Rico’s debt payment plan is a frontal attack on education, health care, jobs and living standards to benefit bond holders and corporations.
By Rafael Azul, 10 August 2015
Puerto Rico’s creditors continue to insist that the country, currently suffering from extreme draught, must implement "painful" measures in response to $73 billion in debt.
By Rafael Azul, 30 July 2015
The creditors laid down a set of dictates including tax hikes, the sale of $4 billion worth of public assets, and the slashing of public education and other social programs.
By Rafael Azul, 14 July 2015
A combination of “pro-growth” and “supply-side” measures would impoverish the Puerto Rican working class.
By Rafael Azul, 7 July 2015
A Detroit-style bankruptcy process for Puerto Rico will destroy living conditions and impose a bankers’ dictatorship.
By David Brown, 30 June 2015
The government of Puerto Rico is looking to impose brutal austerity measures on the working class in order to secure payment to wealthy creditors.
By John Marion, 29 May 2015
While the lack of health care funding causes scenes reminiscent of Greece, the Puerto Rican government is preparing a budget that will impose drastic cuts.
By John Marion, 28 June 2014
Faced with a continuing debt crisis, Governor Alejandro García Padilla is imposing austerity measures to protect the position of lenders.
By Marc Wells, 22 March 2014
As Puerto Rico may be heading toward a default, investors prepare to dodge their losses by attacking pensions and social programs.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 February 2014
Puerto Rico’s government ordered across-the-board budget cuts of 2 percent and promised more austerity measures after the island’s credit rating was downgraded to junk status.
By John Marion, 23 January 2014
Bond traders are responding to Puerto Rico’s government debt problems by demanding the imposition of austerity measures.
By Rafael Azul, 21 May 2010
Thousands rallied across Puerto Rico on May 18th in support of striking Puerto Rican students and in opposition to the austerity policies of the governor.
By Rafael Azul, 17 May 2010
On May 14, Puerto Rican security forces moved to break a student strike by laying siege to the Rio Piedras campus of the University of Puerto Rico, in violation of the long-standing tradition of autonomy at UPR campuses.
By Alphonso Santana and Rafael Azul, 28 April 2010
Students have occupied Puerto Rico’s largest university, the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, in a suburb of San Juan, to oppose tuition increases and the privatization plans of Governor Luis Fortuño.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2009
Hundreds of thousands of workers joined a day-long general strike Thursday in opposition to the layoffs of tens of thousands of public employees ordered by the island territory’s Governor Luis Fortuño.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2009
The Puerto Rican government’s announced layoff of 17,000 public employees has provoked protests and strikes.
By Harvey Thompson, 21 February 2001
The inhabitants of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques are to take the United States Navy to court for compensation over a claim that its use of depleted uranium (DU) shells has caused a cancer epidemic.
By Bill Vann, 7 July 2000
Demonstrators gathered July 4 outside the Guaynabo Detention Center in Puerto Rico in protest over the mass roundup of opponents of the US Navy's continuing bombardment of the island of Vieques.