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The United States for many years has tried to convert Puerto Rico into a model of hybrid culture: the Spanish language with English inflections, the Spanish language with hinges on its backbone – the better to bow down before the Yankee soldier. Puerto Rican soldiers have been used as cannon fodder in imperialist wars, as in Korea, and have even been made to fire at their own brothers, as in the massacre perpetrated by the US army a few months ago against the unarmed people of Panama – one of the most recent crimes carried out by Yankee imperialism. And yet, despite this assault on their will and their historical destiny, the people of Puerto Rico have preserved their culture, their Latin character, their national feelings, which in themselves give proof of the implacable desire for independence lying within the masses on that Latin American island. Che Guevara, speech United Nations December 1964
Puerto Rico: the new front line in America’s war on drugs. US Customs spends billions battling drug smugglers. Drugs Inc s3e8: Zombie Island, National Geographic 2012
The emergence of a new drug that turns its users into sleep walking zombies is so devastating. ibid.
One in seven people are drug users. ibid.
80% of the cocaine trafficked into Puerto Rico is bound for the US. ibid.
A wave of lethal weapons from hand-guns to machine-guns is flooding the island from the US. ibid.
The island is awash with drugs. ibid.
The life of a homeless addict is a constant struggle to find the money to prevent withdrawal. ibid.
Deadly and more addictive than crystal meth and with horrific sleep-walking side effects - the horse tranquillizer – Xylazine – it’s known on the streets as Anaesthesia. ibid.
Puerto Rico’s ailing economy has come to rely on its black market drug trade. And cocaine abuse is so rife it’s become part of the local culture. Drugs Inc s4e14: Best in the Business, 2013
Puerto Rico: a paradise for some, a prison for others. Drugs slither through the streets here affecting addiction with a venomous bite. Drugs Inc s7e9: The Living Dead, 2015
Puerto Rico was annexed by the US. But then in 1952 it got some independence just enough to stop the Pentagon making it a home away from home. At its peak the US had no less than 25 installations across the island. Orlando believes that many of the phenomena that occur on this island can be explained by this massive military presence. And that Puerto Rico is being used as a giant Petri dish for American experiments ... This is true: Puerto Rican women were given birth control pills that were still highly experimental, and basically they were used as guinea pigs. The World’s Strangest UFO Stories, 2006
President Wilson imposes US citizenship on Puerto Ricans to increase the pool of draftees for World War I. Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action, 2005
There’s an island in the Caribbean that made such an impression on early European sailors that they called it the Island of Enchantment. A lush exotic landscape teaming with charismatic creatures. Natural World s36e1: Puerto Rico: Island of Enchantment, BBC 2017
This paradise is in danger of being lost. ibid.
The Puerto Rican Amazon parrot. At one point there were only 13 of these precious birds left in the world. ibid.
The island’s most endangered marine mammal: Puerto Rican manatees cruise these waters. ibid.
Leatherbacks: These turtles can weigh over half a ton and measure over six and a half feet. ibid.
In 2016 AMO seized 37,627 lbs of cocaine in Puerto Rico and surrounding waters. Dope s1e1: In This Business You Have No Friends Only Enemies, Netflix 2018
Puerto Rico has been used as a stepping stone for cocaine headed to the US mainland for decades. ibid.
Today, technology means anyone can become a porn star. Cryptocurrencies are creating some unlikely billionaires. And one barrel-clip can make you famous overnight. The Bitcoin Billionaire’s Club, Channel 4 2019
I’m meeting the extraordinary people behind this digital revolution … I’m travelling to Puerto Rico. Where a Bitcoin billionaire and his followers are trying to create a radical new community. Puero Rico is a US territory in the Caribbean. ibid.
‘Invest now. Before it’s too late.’ ibid. cryto dude
The Garden of Eden: and it’s a community living off the grid. The city he wants to build here in Puerto Rico will be called Garden of Eden 2.0. ibid.
Trenton, New Jersey, the capital of the Garden State is a melting-pot of cultures and some 9,000 Puerto Rican Americans call it home. The community has a fierce sense of pride, but with the good comes the bad. On the dark-side is the association Neta, a violent gang born in the prisons of Puerto Rico. Gangland s7e5: Better Off Dead, History 2010
The Neta’s influence extends to all parts of the north-east. ibid.
Gang members were also dealing narcotics and smuggling drugs into prison. ibid.
The gang’s ultimate authority still lies with its leaders in Puerto Rico. ibid.
Members swear to follow a set of rules called norms. ibid.