Puerto Rico Forward
By Democracy at Work
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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
||CleanPuerto Rico Forward: PROMESA, part 1||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? Support us on Patreon and get early access to full...||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPuerto Rico Forward: PR is not a "Commonwealth"||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? Support us on Patreon and get early access to full...||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPuerto Rico Forward: Paradise is for Millionaires||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... Support us on Patreon and get early access to...||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPuerto Rico Forward: A Look Behind the Smoke and Mirrors||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. Who are the mysterious "third party groups" pulling the strings on these lobbying efforts? Support us...||9/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPuerto Rico Forward: The Colonial Ways of US Citizenship||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 you're a resident of Puerto Rico? How does it differ from those who live within the 50 states? Support us..||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPuerto Rico Forward: Playing By Their Rules||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 does the US stand to gain (and...||7/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPuerto Rico Forward: PR v. Franklin California Tax-Free Trust||This episode focuses on the impactful Supreme Court case: PR v. Franklin California Tax-Free Trust (2015). Help us keep this series going on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/puertoricoforward||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPuerto Rico Forward: PR’s Economic Crisis (1976-2015)||This episode sheds some light on the ongoing economic crisis in Puerto Rico. What existing laws allow large businesses to take advantage of Puerto Rico's vulnerable status? Help us keep this series going on...||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPuerto Rico Forward: PR’s Economic Crisis (1940-1976)||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 state? Help us keep this series going on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/puertoricoforward||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPuerto Rico Forward: The Closest There Is To Limitless Power||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? Help us keep this series going on...||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPuerto Rico Forward: How to Solve PR's Status Problem||This episode focuses on solutions to Puerto Rico's commonwealth status problem. Is independence or statehood the key? Support Puerto Rico Forward on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/puertoricoforward||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPuerto Rico Forward: Congress and a Post-Maria PR||This episode focuses on US congress' attempts to benefit from Puerto Rico's vulnerable economic status after Hurricane Maria. Follow Puerto Rico Forward on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/puertoricoforward||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPuerto Rico Forward: PR's Legal Limbo||This episode focuses on Puerto Rico's complicated legal status as it's own nation as well as US commonwealth.||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPuerto Rico Forward: Pilot||A new podcast focusing on the economic and legal history of Puerto Rico.||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Well researched explanation of the situation of Puerto Rico
Anyone interested in understanding the current historical circumstances that have led to the socio-economic troubles that Puerto Rico is facing should this to the podcast. The explanations are clear and concise and refer back to the documentation behind the points made. ¡Que viva Puerto Rico!
I was hopeful, then I listened...
I was hopeful and pleased the first few podcasts. I did noticed no experts are interviewed to argue any given point but I did not mind it. Then I listen how the plebiscite results of 2017 were referred to as “laughable”. Hard Stop here. The plebiscite options were authorized by the US Justice Dept. The Statehood option won overwhelmingly. Yes, it would not have been overwhelming or perhaps not even a victory had the colonial party not decide to boycott it. But you see, here is where Mr. Mercado-Vazquez needs to be educated in that in a democracy only the votes of those who actually voted count.
Do we wish everybody had expressed their opinion? Of course we do. Did the party in power at the time pulled out of thin air the options that were voted on? No they did not, they were authorized by the JD.
None the less, I appreciate the effort and time commitment. However, in the era of “alternative facts” one has to point out this sort of “alternative fact” wherever we see them presented as facts.
Su podcast es muy informativo. ¿Ha pensado desarrollar un podcast con la misma información de una manera mas simplificada? ¿O al menos en español? Me parece que esta información motivaría a muchos puertorriqueños viviendo en los estados americanos a ejercer su voto para crear un empuje hacia resolver el estatus político de Puerto Rico. La verdad es que tuve que volver atrás en la grabación para entender el material. Podría ser un reto, pero pienso que el mensaje llegaría a mas personas.