Susanne Ramirez de Arellano

Insularismo, or the Art of Dancing in the Dark Without Music (OPINION)

In the end, the congressional visit was Boricua political theater at its best, with a showy guest list.

  • Jun 16, 2022
  • 9:58 AM

The Boricua Handmaid’s Tale (OPINION)

If ‘Roe v. Wade’ is overturned, the fear is that the religious right in Puerto Rico and the two main parties will be emboldened to further limit women’s rights. The hope is that young women, part of the increasingly powerful Boricua female voting bloc, will go to the polls in large numbers.

  • May 10, 2022
  • 4:54 PM

Dystopian Puerto Rico: Macondo Is Changing (OPINION)

Puerto Rico is undergoing a fundamental shift in its social and political architecture, and for the first time since I can remember, strong winds are blowing in favor of self-determination and possibly, eventually, independence.

  • May 4, 2022
  • 12:46 PM

Puerto Rico, a Nation of Women (OPINION)

Women now account for more than half of Puerto Rico’s population and are spearheading —especially the young women— an unstoppable revolution, one that will change the island’s future.

  • Mar 23, 2022
  • 4:40 PM

The Boricua Diaspora: A Voice That Will Not Be Silenced (OPINION)

The Diaspora has become a political battlefield between those who want a permanent union with the United States and those who want freedom. The narrative divides Puerto Ricans at a time when the island and its people should be more unified than ever.

  • Feb 28, 2022
  • 12:43 PM

Puerto Rico’s Normandie Hotel a Reflection of Colonialism (OPINION)

Boricuas are in an all-out struggle to save what is theirs from the crypto-barons and Wall Street vultures —their beaches, their homes, their neighborhoods and towns, and the beautiful architecture of their island— of which the Normandie is one of the brightest jewels in the crown.

  • Feb 9, 2022
  • 12:15 PM

A ‘Generational Howl’ Heard in Chile and Puerto Rico (OPINION)

The triumph of Gabriel Boric over the extreme right in Chile sent out “a generational howl” that is reverberating throughout the region and is echoed in Puerto Rico by young Boricuas who want to change the political and social architecture of their homeland.

  • Jan 24, 2022
  • 1:59 PM

Today Barbados, Tomorrow Puerto Rico (OPINION)

At the stroke of midnight on Tuesday, the Caribbean nation of Barbados bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state, becoming the world’s youngest republic. Though largely symbolic, the act will resonate throughout the Caribbean, especially in its oldest colony, Puerto Rico. 

  • Nov 30, 2021
  • 5:22 PM

Puerto Rican Utopia, Cuba Redux (OPINION)

History has a way of repeating itself, and in many ways Batista’s Cuba is echoed in today’s Puerto Rico.

  • Nov 17, 2021
  • 1:48 PM

OPINION: A Lamento Borincano in the Shooting Death of a Puerto Rican Couple

It is painful when you see two of your own lying shot execution-style on the floor, the Puerto Rican flag fluttering in the background as a terrible requiem to the American Dream.

  • Jun 25, 2021
  • 5:45 PM

For Juan Dalmau, Puerto Rico’s Quest for Statehood Is Doomed to Permanent Failure

With his sights locked on the governor’s mansion in 2024, Juan Dalmau understands the importance of timing in Puerto Rico.

  • Mar 16, 2021
  • 12:51 PM

Alexandra Lúgaro and Manuel Natal Are in It for Long Haul

Love them or hate them, they are not going away.

  • Dec 7, 2020
  • 12:35 PM

Mr. Pierluisi: Truth-Telling Is a Hard Thing (OPINION)

Puerto Rico, in order to progress as a people and a society, must choose leadership that understands the times we are living and works to divest police brutality, corruption and racism in our culture and advance the island towards its better self.

  • Jul 13, 2020
  • 5:48 PM

Wanda Vázquez and the COVID-19 Push to Destroy Press Freedom in Puerto Rico

Silencing of the press is concerning at any point in the life of a nation, but it is alarming in the middle of a pandemic and with an administration that puts its political and economic life over the safety of its own people, and in an election year.

  • May 3, 2020
  • 4:09 PM

Allegations of Underage Sexual Predators Rock Puerto Rico

The #MeToo movement arrived in Puerto Rico in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic like a sonic boom that has uncovered the dark side of the island’s machismo culture.

  • Apr 27, 2020
  • 11:37 PM

2019: The Year That Shook Puerto Rico (OPINION)

The whitewashing of the summer of 2019 began just as soon as Ricky resigned.

  • Dec 31, 2019
  • 10:41 AM

To Revolution or Not to Revolution: Puerto Rico After #RickyRenuncia

After an exceptional summer, during which massive civil protests ousted pro-statehood Governor Ricardo Rosselló, the Ancien Regime, like Rasputin, refuses to die. Instead, it spins the truth and mutates—right back into itself.

  • Sep 17, 2019
  • 8:48 AM

For Carmen Yulín Cruz, the First Election Hurdle Is the Steepest

Trump’s odiousness towards Puerto Rico could prove to be the mallet that will crack open the party and the gift that keeps on giving for the San Juan mayor.

  • Apr 15, 2019
  • 3:50 PM

Trump’s Ultimate Betrayal Is Puerto Rico’s Greatest Blessing

The colony’s most difficult hour might very well turn out to be its finest.

  • Apr 4, 2019
  • 5:12 PM

Fighting Crime in the Land of Smoke and Mirrors

“Same shit,” a Puerto Rican lawyer told Latino Rebels.

  • Jan 23, 2019
  • 1:13 PM

Cinema as Colonialism: Puerto Rican Directors Demand Oscars Put Island Back in Foreign Language Film Category

“Our letter to AMPAS is just part of the struggle of Puerto Ricans trying to keep our culture alive, because culture and language defines us as a nation,” Juan Esteban Suárez told Latino Rebels.

  • Jul 25, 2018
  • 9:08 PM

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