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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