Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Political Status of Puerto Rico: Aspects, Issues, Scenarios - Last Update on 7.23.13

Political Status of Puerto Rico: Aspects, Issues, Scenarios

Mike Nova:

It seems to me that the following subjects or issues deserve some attention in discussions of Puerto Rico political status and perspective statehood:

  • Cultural and Transcultural Aspects
  • Political Status of Puerto Rico and its nationalist movements and parties 
  • Political Status of Puerto Rico and its significance and impact on The Caribbean and Latin America
  • Political Status of Puerto Rico: psychological and social aspects
  • Political Status of Puerto Rico and the issues of integration with the mainland and globalisation: e.g. integrations, alignments and realignments of political parties and movements, governmental structures and their respective roles, specialisations and the issue of duplication of services, especially in law enforcement and investigative agencies; the role, place and perspectives of Puerto Rico economy in national and global economies, etc. A perspective statehood will involve a transition period (according to Mr. Pierluisi and "Puerto Rico Report" recent article: "the bill provides for the President to submit legislation to admit Puerto Rico as a State after a transition period"... "The bill would also commit the Congress to pass statehood transition legislation...") during which these and other issues will have to be addressed. 
  • Political Status of Puerto Rico and its significance and impact on criminogenic situation

And, of course, any other important and relevant themes and subjects.

I think that the series of review articles (and maybe, and hopefully PBS series) covering (objectively and as much in depth as possible) various aspects of Puerto Rico's perspective statehood and integration with the mainland will be helpful in educating the public and politicians about the true and positive implications of statehood, especially when erroneous and misleading statements are produced by one of the political sides.
I think that these review articles should be written by the recognised and respected experts in the field (of which I am not the one at all, needless to say) and they should be written well: in simple, popular, clear and convincing language and style.

Open, in-depth, bilingual and bicultural (which would correspond with the situation on the island) discussion of these and other relevant issues will be in the best interests of the people of Puerto Rico and their island democracy, which, I think it truly is.

Links and References

Implications of Puerto Rico's current political status - From Wikipedia 

Puerto Rico’s Political Status and the 2012 Plebiscite: Background and Key Questions - by R. Sam Garrett - Congressional Research Service - June 25, 2013

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