Unnatural Disaster: Puerto Rico and Hurricane María


‘The consequences of colonialism and conquest are both unnamable and undecipherable. That is why colonialism and conquest always bring up crucial questions regarding reading and writing, and of the use of language itself. ‘
… ‘One hundred and twenty years after the American military invasion, a century after the imposition of American citizenship to Puerto Ricans, 66 years after the United States manipulated members of the United Nations and other international organizations into believing that the colonial status of Puerto Rico had been resolved by the establishment of the Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico’ …. my country remains a colony of the once mighty, imperialistic US of A!!!

Repeating Islands

lalo1c8f3831c0deEduardo Lalo delivered the following speech—“Unnatural Disaster: Puerto Rico and Hurricane María”—on June 15, 2018, at the one-day symposium Puerto Rico after Hurricane María: Culture, Politics, Place, organized por María Pilar Blanco at the Rothermere American Institute (RAI), University of Oxford, England. El Nuevo Día (Lalo’s column “Isla en su tinta”) published the complete speech in English; here are excerpts:

I write more than 250 days after hurricane María barreled across Puerto Rico on September 20th, 2017, more than eight months ago. Exactly two weeks earlier, another enormous hurricane, Irma, brushed lightly the north coast of the island, before veering west and causing great destruction throughout Cuba. Apparently, we were lucky then; after all, that was what people were saying in the streets, in the newspapers and radio and television stations. Time and time again, politicians and talk-show hosts repeated that our island was blessed. Somehow, hurricanes miraculously…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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