Puerto Rico

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.

  • Dec 6, 2022
  • 2:42 PM

Puerto Rico Towns Sue Oil Companies for Climate Denial

A group of 16 municipalities filed a lawsuit on November 22 against multiple Big Oil companies for downplaying the risks of their fossil-fuel products on climate change.

  • Dec 5, 2022
  • 12:12 PM

Brownlisted: Thank God It’s ‘Wednesday’

Senior editor Hector Luis Alamo gives a review of some of the most interesting and important things he saw, read, and heard over the past week.

  • Dec 2, 2022
  • 2:46 PM

Puerto Rico Debt Restructuring Delayed, Again

Debt restructuring efforts for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s $9 billion debt have come to a new standstill after almost six years of negotiation. Multiple failed attempts to exit bankruptcy have led nowhere.

  • Dec 2, 2022
  • 12:36 PM

Teaching the Old Ladies of Puerto Rico Self-Defense (OPINION)

“It bothers me how the producers, the world-famous martial artist, and I didn’t stop to think about how poorly it reflects on our island that such a segment needed to air in the first place”

  • Dec 1, 2022
  • 1:34 PM

Bondholders Hoping to Recover Bad Debt from Struggling Puerto Rico Ratepayers (OPINION)

Almost $9 billion in bad debt and a half-century of high electricity prices hang in the balance in Puerto Rico.

  • Dec 1, 2022
  • 10:45 AM

LUMA Contract Extended as Protests Continue in Old San Juan

On the same day it was set to expire, the Puerto Rico Public-Private Alliances granted LUMA Energy an extension of its provisional contract that will only end once the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s debt restructuring is completed.

  • Nov 30, 2022
  • 5:18 PM

Extreme Weather Caused by Climate Crisis Threatens Puerto Rico’s Ability to Feed Itself

Puerto Ricans will likely spend this Christmas without their time-honored tradition of eating plantains with dinner, after Hurricane Fiona destroyed 80 percent of the island’s plantain and banana crops in September.

  • Nov 29, 2022
  • 4:32 PM

Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority Requests Indefinite LUMA Contract Extension

Three days before LUMA Energy’s contract is set to expire, the Public-Private Partnerships Authority requested authorization to extend LUMA’s provisional contract until the debt restructuring process for the publicly owned Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is finalized.

  • Nov 28, 2022
  • 5:19 PM

Reports Filed by Act 22 Beneficiaries Are Public Records, PR Supreme Court Says

A panel of four Supreme Court justices unanimously rejected a petition filed by the Puerto Rico Privacy Association that sought to block the lower court’s decision ordering the disclosure of the annual reports submitted by Act 22 beneficiaries, a statute that has been part of the Act 60 Incentives Code since 2019.

  • Nov 23, 2022
  • 2:43 PM

Teachers Call for Protests on ‘National Anti-LUMA School Day’

Teachers and electrical workers in Puerto Rico are calling for protests outside schools on November 30, the day that LUMA Energy’s contract is set to expire, in hopes that the government cancels the company’s impending 15-year contract.

  • Nov 22, 2022
  • 5:37 PM

Brownlisted: What I’ve Read, Seen and Heard This Week (OPINION)

The first of a weekly column by senior editor Hector Luis Alamo in which he gives an overview of the most interesting and important things he’s read, seen, or heard during the past week, providing his thoughts on them.

  • Nov 18, 2022
  • 1:47 PM

US Agent, Suspected Smuggler Killed Off Puerto Rico Coast

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent and a suspected smuggler died during a shootout Thursday off the Puerto Rico coast, authorities said. Two other U.S. officers were injured.

  • Nov 18, 2022
  • 10:23 AM

US Rescues 12 Haitians From Tiny Island in Puerto Rico

A dozen Haitian migrants who spent five days on a tiny, uninhabited island near Puerto Rico where human smugglers abandoned them were rescued, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.

  • Nov 17, 2022
  • 10:18 AM

Old San Juan May Soon Be Without Its Iconic Street Cats

Following the U.S. National Parks Service’s announcement that it plans to deal with the “cat problem” in Old San Juan, local residents and activists say they oppose any attempt to get rid of their feline friends.

  • Nov 16, 2022
  • 5:03 PM

US to Supply Puerto Rico With Emergency Power Generation

The U.S. government announced Tuesday that it will provide Puerto Rico with temporary electric generation via barges to help in restoring the island’s storm-devastated power grid and ease repeated widespread outages.

  • Nov 16, 2022
  • 10:25 AM

NY Lawmakers, PR Activists Join to End LUMA Contract

Puerto Rican legislators from New York and local activist groups joined forces on Thursday to repudiate the Puerto Rican government’s contract with LUMA Energy and ask Gov. Pedro Pierluisi not to grant the company control over the archipelago’s electrical system for the next 15 years.

  • Nov 14, 2022
  • 4:12 PM

DEA’s Most Corrupt Agent: Parties, Sex Amid ‘Unwinnable War’

José Irizarry accepts that he’s known as the most corrupt agent in U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration history, admitting he “became another man” in conspiring with Colombian cartels to build a lavish lifestyle of expensive sports cars, Tiffany jewels, and paramours around the world.

  • Nov 14, 2022
  • 10:52 AM

Domestic Violence Rampant Among Puerto Rico Police Officers, But Few Face Consequences

In the last 12 years, Puerto Rico police officers or former police officers have killed at least 10 women. More than 800 officers have been arrested for violence against their partners and 1,111 administrative complaints have been filed against them.

  • Nov 10, 2022
  • 12:40 PM

EPA to Test Air, Groundwater in Puerto Rico for First Time

The announcement, made on Friday, is part of the Biden administration’s effort to directly address the disproportionate impacts of pollution that have existed for decades in many low-income communities and communities of color.

  • Nov 7, 2022
  • 12:05 PM

Indigenous Site Blocked by Private Businesses in Puerto Rico — Again

On Thursday, private businesses used heavy machinery to block the public access path to Cueva del Indio, a Taíno historical site on Puerto Rico’s northern coast, which had been cleared by activists in mid-October.

  • Nov 4, 2022
  • 2:09 PM

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