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Puerto Rico’s Invisible Health Crisis

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Puerto Rico ViequesMany thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention. In “Puerto Rico’s Invisible Health Crisis,” Valeria Pelet (The Atlantic, 3 September 2016) poses an important question: “The island of Vieques has some of the highest sickness rates in the Caribbean. Is the U.S. Navy responsible?” This is a must read; here are excerpts and links to The Atlantic. [AP Photo above: Fire burns a pile of military vehicle parts and disabled and non-live artillery and mortar shells on what was once the former U.S. Naval training range on Vieques Island off Puerto Rico, Saturday, May 4, 2013. For decades, warships and planes hammered the facility before it was closed in 2003, leaving behind thousands of unexploded bombs, rockets, and other munitions which are now being painstakingly cleared. The clean-up is expected to take another decade.]

For over 60 years, the U.S. Navy used the small…

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