Puerto Rico: Something for Everyone

Despite its long association with the U.S., Puerto Rico still spices its politics with Latin bravado. Thus, after last week's plebiscite to settle the chili-hot arguments over the island's political status, everybody involved claimed victory.

Those who boycotted the plebiscite on the ground that it was stacked in favor of continuing Puerto Rico's commonwealth ties and therefore got no votes at all, claimed victory because 34.2% of the island's 1,067,526 registered voters stayed away from the polls. Independence received a minuscule 4,205 votes (.6%), but its advocates felt they had won a victory of sorts because the voters had turned...

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