Puerto Rico Under Siege By Corporate Interests, Panelists Say

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BROOKLYN COLLEGE–One year ago, Puerto Rico was ravaged by a Class 4 hurricane, but the island has been and still is under siege from corporate interests.

Such were the claims made by Melissa Mark-Viverito and Brooklyn College’s very own Alan A. Aja of the Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Department at an event held last Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Moderated by Andrea Gonzalez-Ramirez, a reporter for Refinery29 and a recent graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the discussion touched not only on the impact of Hurricane Maria, but on the economic and political factors that have made recovery so difficult, most prominently, colonialism.