Puerto Rico, trapped in time


HOPEFULLY!! … “These youth do not know of windfalls; they are children of all the crises: economic, climatic—hurricanes, droughts, earthquakes—, politics—with the colony on their backs and protest always alive, and now they are surviving a pandemic. They have nothing to lose. They can risk it all. Hopefully they will. Hopefully we will.”

Repeating Islands

On April 9, 2021, Spanish newspaper El País published a piece by Ana Teresa Toro: “Puerto Rico, atrapado en el tiempo.” As the editors explain, “With a personal look at the past and another at the future, Puerto Rican journalist and writer Ana Teresa Toro lists some of the clues to [understanding] a territory that is part of, but not an integral part of the United States. An anachronistic present.”

To illustrate her points about the colonial condition, the present state of the island (no pun intended), and its trajectory into the future Toro also speaks about the work of different Puerto Rican figures such as writer Cezanne Cardona (author of Levittown mon amour); artist and executive director of Taller Salud, Tania Rosario; and economist and urban planner Deepak Lamba-Nieves. [The article includes fascinating photos by Luis R. Vidal.] Here are excerpts:

I was eight years old when…

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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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