A Movement's Loss
Against The Current vol. 121

Avilés-Vázquez, K.R.
Date Written:  2006-03-01
Publisher:  Against The Current
Year Published:  2006
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX13232

Puerto Rico is neither a state of the union, nor an independent nation-state. Its residents are U.S. citizens, go to war, have one representative in Congress who cannot vote or even present a motion, pay no taxes and do not vote for president, have no influence or say in federal law, yet are held to all federal standards. Thanks to this legal limbo, for years the island and its people have been used as testing ground for chemicals (e.g. the pill), war agents (e.g. Agent Orange), and even Monsanto is reaping profits now from transgenic crops (Puerto Rico has the highest proportion of Genetic Modification experiments per land area in the world).

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