Susanne Ramirez de Arellano
Losing Puerto Rico, One Moonshot at a Time (OPINION)
This is the story of two Puerto Ricos—a phantasmagorical island cooked up by Pierluisi and the one Boricuas endure daily.
Puerto Rican Pastor Spews Hatred From the Pulpit (OPINION)
During a recent “sermon,” the head pastor of an evangelical church in Puerto Rico denounced people of color as racist, slammed the LGBT community, and complained that the Black actress starring in Disney’s remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’ was ugly.
Jenniffer González Is More of the Same — and Probably Worse (OPINION)
González and Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi, both of the ruling PNP, seemed united at a recent rally in San Juan, even as she schemes to replace him in 2024. If González is willing to stab her party’s president in the back to take his job, how far would she go to keep it?
‘Non-English’ Is the New Puerto Rican (OPINION)
Bad Bunny is a Puerto Rican reggaetonero, the biggest music superstar on the planet, and the voice of a generation. But all of this is what is lost in translation, or not translated at all, when CBS captioned his performance and speech with “singing in non-English, speaking in non-English” during the Grammys on Sunday.
Puerto Rico After ‘Roe’: Abortion Clinics on the Frontline
Women’s rights begin with access to reproductive health care, and because abortion clinics provide such access, they are on the frontline of the struggle for women’s rights in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico After ‘Roe’
A look at the battle over abortion rights in Puerto Rico following the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of ‘Roe v. Wade’ in 2022, which undid nearly 50 years of reproductive rights protections in the United States
Remembering the Late Pablo Milanés (OPINION)
“Poet. Maestro. Cuba’s defiant son. Pablo Milanés was all these things and more. He was also the soundtrack of my youth,” writes Puerto Rican journalist Susanne Ramires de Arellano.
Puerto Rico’s Theatre of the Absurd (OPINION)
The recent image of a car stuck in a massive pothole in Humacao, Puerto Rico makes a fine metaphor for the state of Puerto Rico today and the role played by the pro-statehood Gov. Pedro Pierluisi and his New Progressive Party in the deterioration of the island.
New Albizu Campos Biography in English Arrives at Right Time (REVIEW)
In ‘Vida y Hacienda,’ Andre Lee Muñiz details the different stages of Don Pedro’s life, but in the end, the heart of the book is the fact that Pedro Albizu Campos lived for one thing: the emergence of the Puerto Rican nation among the other free countries of the world.
David vs. Goliath in San Juan’s Parque Borinquen (OPINION)
The controversy surrounding a tiny park in a well-heeled San Juan neighborhood has become a symbol of the struggle against the Puerto Rican government and its ruling New Progressive Party, shedding light on the double-dealing and deception that is now business as usual in the archipelago.
Journalist Manny Suárez Never Let the Bastards Get Away With It (OPINION)
Manuel “Manny” Suárez del Rio was one of those rare journalists who never let the bastards get away with it, hounding stories until he broke them wide open, as with the Cerro Maravilla murders in 1978.
Bad Bunny contra la mamabichocracia de Puerto Rico (OPINIÓN)
La cortina de humo que lanzaron los agarra perlas —que es un irrespetuoso mal hablado y un soldado de la izquierda (algunos lo comparan con un joven Fidel Castro)— no puede tapar la verdad: Bad Bunny le pertenece a su generación y dice las cosas en su propio idioma.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.