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There are more Puerto Ricans living on the mainland of the United States than on the Island, and the majority of them were born here. It really shouldn’t have taken a weather tragedy to bring these facts to light.

Puerto Ricans are Americans.

However, a recent survey by The Morning Consult, a research company, found that only 54 percent of Americans know that people born in Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens.

[OP-ED]: The case for government

 09/12/2017 - 11:19
I imagine that this week, most people in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico would be delighted to hear the words, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” EFE

Seeing the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and of wildfires out West, one cannot help but think about the crucial role that government plays in our lives. But while we accept, even celebrate, the role of government in the wake of such disasters, we are largely blind to the need for government to mitigate these kinds of crises in the first place.

[OP-ED]: Trump Signs on to the Forever War in Afghanistan

 08/31/2017 - 08:47
At least 10 civilians were killed and others wounded in a suspected US bombing on Wednesday during a joint operation with Afghan troops in eastern Afghanistan, an incident being investigated by US military personnel. EFE

There is surely no greater sign of the bankruptcy of American foreign policy than its Afghanistan policy. After 15 years of war and the deployment of hundreds of thousands of troops, a new president entered the Oval Office poised to fundamentally change that policy. Within months he presented, with great fanfare, a continuation of the same. The result: The United States is now firmly locked into its forever war in Afghanistan.

[OP-ED]: The Art of the Bluff

 08/15/2017 - 15:13
Trump has made clear that the United States would respond to North Korean nuclear threats with a massive military strike, possibly involving nuclear weapons. EFE

How did we get here? Why does it appear that we’re on the brink of a war in Asia, one that could involve nuclear weapons? North Korea has had nuclear-weapons capacity for at least 10 years now. Have its recent advances been so dramatic and significant to force the United States to wage a preventive war? No. The crisis we now find ourselves in has been exaggerated and mishandled by the Trump administration to a degree that is deeply worrying and dangerous.

[OP-ED]: El arte del engaño

 08/15/2017 - 15:10
Trump ha dejado claro que Estados Unidos respondería a las amenazas nucleares de Corea del Norte con un ataque militar masivo, y es muy posible que incluya armas nucleares. EFE

Cómo llegamos aquí? ¿Por qué parece que estamos a punto de una guerra en Asia, que podría involucrar armas nucleares? Corea del Norte ha tenido acceso a armas nucleares por al menos 10 años ahora. ¿Acaso sus recientes avances han sido tan dramáticos y significativos para forzar a Estados Unidos a librar una guerra preventiva? No. La crisis en las cual nos encontramos ha sido exagerada y mal manejada por la administración Trump a un nivel que es profundamente preocupante y peligroso.