Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Mayor Pleads Guilty in Federal Corruption Case

A prominent mayor in Puerto Rico accused of awarding 50 contracts worth nearly $10 million to an asphalt company has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and receive kickbacks, federal officials said Thursday.

  • Dec 2, 2021
  • 4:48 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

VIDEO: On the Christie’s Auction of Taíno Artifacts

The auctioning of Taíno artifacts at Christie’s in Paris has led to a firestorm on social media, as Puerto Ricans and Taíno descendants call on the auction house to return items they believe were stolen and rightly belong to the people of Puerto Rico.

  • Nov 19, 2021
  • 10:32 AM

How a National Costume Speaks to Shifting Resistance in Puerto Rico (OPINION)

On Thursday, Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2021 Michelle Marie Colón Ramírez presented her national costume, a garment directly connecting to Colón Ramírez’s identity and pride as a Black Puerto Rican woman.

  • Nov 19, 2021
  • 9:55 AM

García Padilla, el cabildero de Rosselló y los funcionarios que le abren las puertas a LUMA

Figuras con acceso privilegiado impulsan a la empresa que administra el sistema de transmisión y distribución de electricidad de Puerto Rico.

  • Nov 17, 2021
  • 5:34 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

Court Documents Reveal LUMA CEO’s $1.1 Million Salary

After a warrant was issued last week for the arrest of LUMA CEO Wayne Stensby, the energy company finally gave Puerto Rican legislators documents containing information about employee salaries and communications between Stensby and politicians.

  • Nov 16, 2021
  • 3:36 PM

FEMA Failed to Properly Address Hundreds of Sexual Harassment Cases

A federal audit found that between 2012 and 2018, at least 305 FEMA employees in the United States and its territories, including Puerto Rico, suffered workplace sexual harassment, but their complaints had no verifiable consequence in half of the cases.

  • Nov 16, 2021
  • 11:20 AM

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera Impeached

Chile’s lower house on Tuesday impeached President Sebastián Piñera over alleged financial misconduct revealed in the Pandora Papers. Seventy-eight of the 155 members voted to move forward with the charges.

  • Nov 15, 2021
  • 10:45 AM

Supreme Court Case Tests Equal Rights of U.S. Citizens in Puerto Rico

On Tuesday, November 9, the Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments in the case of United States v. José Luis Vaello Madero. At issue is whether a U.S. citizen has equal access to social safety-net programs when living in a U.S. territory.

  • Nov 10, 2021
  • 3:50 PM

El Museo Del Barrio Screening of Puerto Rico Documentary ‘We Still Here’ on Nov. 10

At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, El Museo del Barrio in Spanish Harlem will be screening the documentary ‘We Still Here/ Nos Tenemos’, which centers on a group of young Puerto Ricans seeking justice in the wake of Hurricane María.

  • Nov 9, 2021
  • 1:47 PM

Confirmation Hearings for Controversial Debt Plan Begin in Puerto Rico

Inside the Clemente Ruiz Nazario United States Courthouse, Judge Laura Taylor Swain presided over the first day of confirmation hearings for Puerto Rico’s debt adjustment plan. Outside, hundreds of people flooded the courthouse gates to express their repudiation of the plan.

  • Nov 9, 2021
  • 11:59 AM

Daniel Ortega Set to Secure Re-Election in Nicaragua

Daniel Ortega sought his fourth presidential term in Sunday’s Nicaraguan elections. With more well-known challengers sitting in jail, Ortega stood a greater chance of winning.

  • Nov 8, 2021
  • 12:43 PM

Puerto Rico’s Juvenile Prisons Model Is ‘Unsustainable’

A mental health crisis in these juvenile institutions, which increased events of suicidal thoughts, signs or attempts, or acts of self-mutilation by 119 percent in 2020, revealed the multiple irregularities and the underlying problems of this model for minors.

  • Nov 8, 2021
  • 11:14 AM

Boom and Bust in Puerto Rico

Latino Rebels Radio: November 4, 2021

  • Nov 5, 2021
  • 11:10 AM

‘El Poder del Pueblo’: Puerto Rican Documentary on the Need for Environmental and Energy Justice

One way that environmental activist Ruth Santiago and some of her neighbors in the Jobos Bay area have sought to call attention to the injustices they face is in the documentary ‘The Power of the People: A Collective Struggle for Life and the Environment’

  • Nov 4, 2021
  • 11:22 AM

Report: $12B in Hurricane Home Damage Pending in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused $18.6 billion in damage to housing across Puerto Rico, with only 36 percent of that damage covered by federal and local government officials some four years later, according to a report released Wednesday by a nonpartisan think tank.

  • Nov 3, 2021
  • 5:39 PM

Puerto Rico Police Arrest 800 Suspects, Solve 43 Killings

Authorities in Puerto Rico announced Tuesday that they have arrested 800 suspects and solved 43 killings as a result of a 45-day operation targeting criminals across the U.S. territory.

  • Nov 2, 2021
  • 12:52 PM

The Unlikely Success of Puerto Rico Ice Hockey

Latino Rebels’ Bryan Fonseca speaks with Jazmine Miley, team captain of Puerto Rico’s national women’s ice hockey team, which swept the 2021 Amerigol Latam Cup and took home the gold in their first appearance.

  • Nov 1, 2021
  • 1:35 PM

Puerto Rico Gov’t Passes Controversial PC1003 Debt Bill

On Tuesday, October 26, after the majority of protesters had left, the Senate approved PC1003. Gov. Pierluisi signed the debt restructuring bill into law almost immediately after it was passed, calling it “a great step forward to end the bankruptcy and get out from under the Fiscal Oversight and Management Board.”

  • Oct 27, 2021
  • 12:08 PM

Senate Confirms Puerto Rican Judge Gustavo Gelpí to 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston

On Monday, the Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Judge Gustavo Gelpí to the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit based in Boston, making him the second Puerto Rican judge to be a member of that court.

  • Oct 18, 2021
  • 9:30 PM

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