Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló recently announced that he is taking steps to privatize the island’s Power Authority (Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA). Anyone else thinking of Naomi Klein’s “Shock Doctrine”? Petra Bartosiewicz has a piece in Harper’s Magazine detailing the situation leading up to the bankrupt condition of the agency and the current issues with which it must contend, and was recently interviewed on The Real News network. If Puerto Rico were a state rather a commonwealth, more opportunities would exist for dealing with the kinds of crises that the island is facing. But Vox’s Christina Thornell reminds us that the decision on statehood status for Puerto Rico is not up to the residents of Puerto Rico.
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