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Friday, October 5, 2012

Puerto Ricans struggle with Vieques munitions

  In the 1970s I spent half a year researching and writing a report for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) on the role of the U.S. military on Puerto Rico, and it focused extensively on the strategic Cold War importance of the island and on the use of Vieques, a small island off the east coast of Puerto Rico, as a target range and munitions dump. Since 2003, Vieques has largely been rehabilitated as is now a vacation destination for some, which is gratifying.
  It is so interesting that the issue is still a hot one for activists in PR.  (see this AP report). Why hasn't the U.S. Navy done the right thing and fully cleaned up this mess? For the price of one cruise missile...

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