Alberto Medina

69 Years After Puerto Ricans Attacked Congress, Colonialism Remains the Most Violent Conspiracy

Two years ago, U.S. citizens attacked the Capitol, committing a crime against their own government. Sixty-seven years before, Puerto Rican nationalists attacked the same building to denounce a crime —colonialism— committed by a government in which they had no meaningful rights or representation.

  • Mar 1, 2023
  • 2:18 PM

Why Do Americans Want Puerto Rico to Join Their Decaying Democracy? (OPINION)

Americans who believe their democracy is under threat should speak clearly and honestly to the people of Puerto Rico about the state of the union and reflect on whether they can in good conscience urge Puerto Ricans to join it.

  • Jul 5, 2022
  • 5:47 PM

America Is Undemocratic While Puerto Rico Remains a Colony (OPINION)

As Americans listen to the president’s address on Tuesday, they should remember that the current state of the union is undemocratic, and frankly disgraceful, so long as Puerto Rico remains a colony of the United States.

  • Mar 1, 2022
  • 12:16 PM

Gentrification, Colonialism and Identity in Puerto Rico (OPINION)

The debate over the gentrification led by an influx of wealthy Americans turns on complicated and contested issues, including housing, taxes, and economic development. But it also begs a much deeper question: whether Puerto Ricans are a nation, or merely the current tenants of a particularly attractive piece of real estate in America’s empire.

  • Jan 21, 2022
  • 11:26 AM

OPINION: ‘In the Heights’ and the Tragedy of Never Going ‘Home’

I realize I’m wading into dangerous waters. Conversations about whether and why Latinos leave, stay, and return —or don’t— to their “countries of origin” can be fraught.

  • Jun 25, 2021
  • 2:37 PM

For Puerto Rican Statehood, It’s Now or Never: So It’s Never? (OPINION)

Puerto Rican statehood is having its most promising political moment, and it’s still a non-starter for the United States.

  • Jan 21, 2021
  • 2:38 PM

El plebiscito de estatus en Puerto Rico es una buena idea (OPINIÓN)

El voto “Estadidad: Sí o No” es una táctica electoral del gobierno de turno y no provocará un cambio de estatus. Pero sigue siendo un ejercicio importante y valioso de la poca democracia que tenemos los puertorriqueños.

  • May 19, 2020
  • 12:55 PM

The November 2020 Puerto Rican Status Plebiscite Is a Great Idea (OPINION)

The upcoming vote on statehood is a cynical electoral ploy and it will not magically bring about a change in the Island’s status. It’s still an important and valuable exercise in what little democracy is afforded to Puerto Ricans.

  • May 18, 2020
  • 6:05 PM

El argumento independentista a favor de votar por Bernie Sanders (OPINIÓN)

Si hasta ahí estamos bien, debo convencer que la presidencia de Bernie Sanders adelantaría de manera alguna el cambio que más nos interesa, al menos, a quienes va dirigido este ensayo: la independencia de Puerto Rico.

  • Mar 13, 2020
  • 10:41 AM

The Pro-Puerto Rican Independence Argument for Bernie Sanders (OPINION)

It is truly only Sanders who speaks firmly and with moral clarity about the United States’ long history of imperialism.

  • Mar 13, 2020
  • 8:51 AM

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