Here are a couple of videos I'd like to bring to the attention of everyone with a soupçon of empathy. Neither of them mentions the Jones Act, which stipulates that shipments of, well, anything to Puerto Rico must be carried on American-flagged and -registered ships. Lee Camp's rant does mention a 1984 law, introduced by South Carolina's infamous Senator Strom Thurmond, that made it easier for US vulture capitalists to rip off and exploit the island and los boricuas.
1. Lee Camp of Redacted Tonight:
2. Mike Figueredo on The Humanist Report:
Although the power is out on Puerto Rico, there is plenty of reporting and opinionating available regarding conditions there, including what information the Democracy Now! crew has been able to glean and the US administrations refusal to suspend the Jones Act. Beyond that, I recommend:
Communication is down all over the island of 3.4 million people, where the once-lush hillsides have been transformed into apocalyptic wastelands. TV news crews capture crumbled roads strewn with downed power lines and people waiting for hours for a few gallons of gas. Drinking water is reportedly at critically low levels and almost nonexistent for washing. Hospitals, if they are still standing, are operating on backup generators.
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