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A plebiscite for the immediate decolonization of Puerto Rico

By José M. Saldaña   On Nov. 6, 2012, the Government of Puerto Rico held a two-part plebiscite in which 54 percent of the voters rejected continuing under the present territorial colonial status known as The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Voters were given the option of selecting among one of the three allegedly constitutionally viable non-territorial options and 61 percent voted in favor of Statehood. In 2014 Congress approved a $ 2.5 million appropriation destined for the Government of Puerto Rico to conduct a government educational campaign in order to make viable a fair, transparent, and inclusive future plebiscite...

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GOP to Puerto Rico’s nearly bankrupt government: ‘Drop dead’

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | Updated: Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 9:18 AM Republican leaders in Congress told Puerto Rico’s nearly bankrupt government to drop dead on Tuesday. Despite feverish efforts by the White House and congressional Democrats to insert a provision into the federal spending bill that would allow the Caribbean island territory to tackle its massive $72 billion debt through bankruptcy restructuring, top Republicans in the Senate scuttled it at the last minute. GONZALEZ TOP REPUBLICANS REJECT FEDERAL AID TO PR Their refusal now leaves Puerto Rico just two weeks away from the biggest municipal bond default in...

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Puerto Rican beauty queen Valerie Hernandez is crowned Miss International 2014

By Annabel Fenwick Elliott for MailOnline and claims her win is ‘a hard responsibility’ Valerie Hernandez of Puerto Rico has been crowned Miss International 2014. The 21-year-old student and model from Carolina, Puerto Rico, won her title at last night’s finals, the beauty pageant’s 54th annual event, held at the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa in Tokyo, Japan. Dressed in a gold-embellished white gown, Ms Hernandez sobbed with joy as she was officially crowned by Miss International 2013 winner Bea Santiago of the Philippines. During the question-and-answer rounds in the lead-up to the finals, Ms Hernandez stated, according to the...

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Puerto Rico Earthquake Causes Minor Damage

  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A strong earthquake out to sea shook Puerto Rico early Monday, causing minor damage in some places.  Some people reported items falling in their home and dozens said they felt buildings sway in the capital of San Juan, about 61 miles (98 kilometers) from the quake’s epicenter. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 and struck just after midnight about 35 miles (57 kilometers) north of Hatillo. It said the quake occurred 17 miles (28 kilometers) deep.  Puerto Rico’s emergency management agency said there was no...

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Puerto Rico picks NYPD’s James Tuller as next police superintendent

  The Associated Press   Puerto Rico is turning to one of New York’s Finest to lead its troubled police department.  James Tuller, chief of the NYPD’s Transportation Bureau, has been selected to be the next superintendent of police by Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla.… Tuller was born in New York but lived in Puerto Rico as a child. He starts Dec...

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