Puerto Rico Forward

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Puerto Rico Forward explores the archipelago though it's long colonial history and complicated economic relations, both domestic and international. Hosted by Andrew Mercado-Vázquez of San Juan, and presented by Democracy at Work. Learn more: http://www.democracyatwork.info/media#prforward

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The Boricua Awakening of 2019 and its Repercussions

August 13th, 2019

23:51

The Boricua Awakening movement that seeks to oust any government official soiled by corruption or mismanagement (most recently Gov. Rosselló-Nevares) is not new. The reality is that the origin of this great movement can …

Puerto Rico Forward: The Vote for President

July 9th, 2019

25:41

There is at least one glaring void in the “inclusive” landscape of the US voting population: US Citizens living in Puerto Rico. How has this come to …

PRF Review: Netflix's 'After Maria'

June 26th, 2019

9:12

Andrew reviews Netflix's 'After Maria.' Is all the anger and hype around the documentary worth it?

Video versions available on YouTube and Patreon: https://patreon.com/puertoricoforward

Puerto Rico Forward: 40 Years of Exploitation

June 12th, 2019

32:00

The Corporación del Fondo de Interés Apremiante (COFINA, or The Puerto Rico Urgent Interest Fund Corporation) is a government-owned entity meant to help Puerto Rico manage and pay its debts. But is COFINA hurting more …

PRF Review: Big government to blame?

June 4th, 2019

10:30

Andrew Mercado-Vázquez of Puerto Rico Forward reviews recent criticism against PR's economic development. Video versions available on Patreon: https://patreon.com/puertoricoforward

Puerto Rico Forward: Possible Effects of Statehood

May 7th, 2019

33:40

The United States may well accept PR as the 51st state. What effects would US statehood status have on Puerto Rico?

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Puerto Rico Forward: PROMESA, part 4

March 26th, 2019

26:54

Our continued look behind the purpose and creation of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). What more can we learn about the powers of PROMESA?

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Puerto Rico Forward: PROMESA, part 3

February 19th, 2019

21:07

Our continued look behind the purpose and creation of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). What powers do the members of the Financial Oversight and Management Board of PROMESA …

PRF Review: Trump wants Puerto Rico to fail

February 1st, 2019

11:20

Andrew reviews recent articles providing evidence of the Trump administration's desire (and plan) to see the Puerto Rican economy fail.

Video versions available on Patreon: https://patreon.com/puertoricoforward

Puerto Rico Forward: PROMESA, part 2

January 15th, 2019

23:15

Our continued look behind the purpose and creation of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). What powers do the US President and US Congress have over Puerto Rico under this bill?

PRF Review: Essential Documentaries

January 2nd, 2019

6:50

Andrew Mercado-Vázquez of Puerto Rico Forward reviews two documentaries that are essential viewing for understanding the Puerto Rico issue: Jurakán …

Puerto Rico Forward: PROMESA, part 1

December 18th, 2018

26:03

A look behind the purpose and creation of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). Who are the major players behind the legislation, and what are their goals?

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Puerto Rico Forward: PR is not a "Commonwealth"

November 15th, 2018

24:14

The term "commonwealth" resembles less an objective definition and more a menu of options. In what sense is Puerto Rico a commonwealth of the US, and how does that definition affect its residents?

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Puerto Rico Forward: Paradise is for Millionaires

October 15th, 2018

24:14

PR has functioned as a military outpost, a massive plantation, and a taxation escape for major corporations. Today, another development has once again placed PR in the middle of the tax-haven debate...

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Puerto Rico Forward: A Look Behind the Smoke and Mirrors

September 15th, 2018

17:01

One of the most overlooked elements behind the Puerto Rico issues is the massive lobbying effort that has created the bizarre legal landscape it is. …

Puerto Rico Forward: The Colonial Ways of US Citizenship

August 15th, 2018

15:33

This episode explores the definition of citizenship as it applies to Puerto Rico and other US colonies. What does it mean to be a US "citizen" if …

Puerto Rico Forward: Playing By Their Rules

July 15th, 2018

16:01

This episode digs into the meaning and implications of the Puerto Rico Admission Act (HR 260), the recently proposed bill for Puerto Rico's statehood. What does the bill mean for Puerto Rico's possible future, and what …

Puerto Rico Forward: PR v. Franklin California Tax-Free Trust

June 15th, 2018

15:35

This episode focuses on the impactful Supreme Court case: PR v. Franklin California Tax-Free Trust (2015).

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Puerto Rico Forward: PR’s Economic Crisis (1976-2015)

May 15th, 2018

15:13

This episode sheds some light on the ongoing economic crisis in Puerto Rico. What existing laws allow large businesses to take advantage of Puerto …

Puerto Rico Forward: PR’s Economic Crisis (1940-1976)

April 11th, 2018

15:08

This episode sheds some light on the post-war economic crisis in Puerto Rico. How did private businesses take advantage of Puerto Rico's vulnerable …

Puerto Rico Forward: The Closest There Is To Limitless Power

March 22nd, 2018

15:08

This episode sheds some light on Bill Clinton's Executive Order 13183: Establishment of the Presidents Task Force on Puerto Ricos Status. What did this important document determine about the status of Puerto Rico?

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Puerto Rico Forward: How to Solve PR's Status Problem

February 27th, 2018

15:08

This episode focuses on solutions to Puerto Rico's commonwealth status problem. Is independence or statehood the key? Support Puerto Rico Forward on …

Puerto Rico Forward: Congress and a Post-Maria PR

February 6th, 2018

15:07

This episode focuses on US congress' attempts to benefit from Puerto Rico's vulnerable economic status after Hurricane Maria. Follow Puerto Rico …

Puerto Rico Forward: PR's Legal Limbo

January 18th, 2018

15:07

This episode focuses on Puerto Rico's complicated legal status as it's own nation as well as US commonwealth.

Puerto Rico Forward: Pilot

January 18th, 2018

16:31

A new podcast focusing on the economic and legal history of Puerto Rico.

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