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Proyecto Caribeño Mobilizes Against American Militarism

On Friday, August 24 Projecto Caribeño placed 75 pairs of Army boots on the steps of San Juan's Cathedral on Calle Cristo. Each pair served to remind everyone, including tourists, of the 75 Puerto Rican soldiers now dead due to America's wars halfway around the world.

For a clear comparison look at the list of coalition deaths below:

Australia 2
Bulgaria 13
Czech Republic 1
Denmark 7
El Salvador 5
Estonia 2
Hungary 1
Italy 33
Kazakhstan 1
Latvia 3
Netherlands 2
Poland 21
Romania 2
Slovakia 4
South Korea 1
Spain 11
Thailand 2
Ukraine 18
United Kingdom 168
United States 3733
-Source: Iraq Coalition Casualties

That means that the Puerto Rican sacrifice for the Bush/Blair war has been greater than that of all but two coalition members, Bush's United States and Blair's United Kingdom. Oh and lets not forget the 27,186 wounded among just the American service men, about 50 % of which with wounds severe enough to have never returned to duty.

I also would like everyone to ke…

To be or not to be. That is the question.

"Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune...or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing, end them."

Shakespeare wasn't talking about Puerto Rico, but he might have just as well. Because that is the question. But the classic Shakespearian drama pales in comparison with the reality lived on this island. Survival is part of the drama here, to make it to tomorrow, to pay the bills at the end of the week, to provide for those who depend on your labor. But while survival remains the priority, no one has time to philosophize about the future.

Anyone caught contemplating this most important of questions is ridiculed and shunned as out of touch and the politicians play on this and prey upon the people's fears. Fear of what? The fear that only a people living in a tiny island could imagine, from hurricanes to tsunamis to foreign invasions, but more salient still is the fear that tomorrow their labor may have be…

Sanjuaneros Somos

On August 4th, 2007 I moved to Puerto Rico after 18 years of living in the United States. I was ten when I left, guided by the hand by my mother, my brother, and my sister. As my studies progressed through high school, college, and graduate school, I have never regretted the decision to move to the United States, but slowly the need to return overcame any other desire. Now I find myself here, living in el Viejo San Juan and looking at life from a different perspective.

For those uninitiated with life in Puerto Rico, I should first explain how similar everything is to the United States. similar however does not mean "same". I am typing this at a Starbucks, on a city square called La Plaza de Armas. In one corner there is a Marshalls, in another a Wendy's, a Subway, a Walgreens, and a Howard Johnson Hotel. It was not always like this mind you. I can't remember exactly how everything used to look, but where the Marshall's is there used to be a Gonzalez Padin. T…

Latino Insurgent is moving to Puerto Rico

Dear readers,

First, let me apologize for not providing updates in a timely basis lately. The reason is that I am moving back to Puerto Rico. It should take me a week or so to get settled and then we'll get started again with the goings and ongoings of our world today. Also, I will post stories in Spanish in a separate blog which will also go online soon after I get settled in the island, "porque necesito la practica".

Well, keep up the fight and we'll meet again on the other side.

Mike Deliz
Latino Insurgent Editor