Category: Politics

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 in...

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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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Justice Sonia Sotomayor honored with Du Bois medal at Harvard

U.S. Supreme Court Jus­tice Sonia Sotomay­or — a Bronx native — was among six peo­ple award­ed Har­vard University’s high­est hon­or in African and African-Amer­i­can stud­ies. Sotomay­or said she was “deeply hum­bled” by the W.E.B. Du Bois medal. “I am always remind­ed … that I nev­er stand alone because I do stand on the shoul­ders … of so many peo­ple in this room and every­one who pre­ced­ed me to open the door of oppor­tu­ni­ty,” Sotomay­or...

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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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Revolt in Puerto Rico For Independence

Octo­ber 30 is the six­ti­eth anniver­sary of the 1950 Inde­pen­dence Revolt in Puer­to Rico by the island’s Nation­al­ist Par­ty. It marked the most sig­nif­i­cant attempt at armed rev­o­lu­tion in Puer­to Rico since the late nine­teenth cen­tu­ry. Democ­ra­cy Now! co-host Juan Gon­za­lez, who’s writ­ten exten­sive­ly on the upris­ing, dis­cuss­es its sig­nif­i­cance....

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