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New Company, Same Woes: Puerto Rico Suffers Power Outages

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A private company that took over power transmission and distribution in Puerto Rico this month has struggled with widespread outages and growing anger as it scrambled Thursday to control a large fire at a main substation that left thousands in the dark.

  • Jun 10, 2021
  • 9:13 PM

Court Decision on TPS Puts Pressure on Biden Immigration Reform

Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court that “The TPS program gives foreign nationals nonimmigrant status, but it does not admit them.”

  • Jun 10, 2021
  • 5:52 PM

OPINION: Our Father Is a Prisoner of Conscience in Guatemala

For the last five years of our lives, we’ve not been able to hug him and say: “Have a good day, Dad.”

  • Jun 10, 2021
  • 4:10 PM

‘In the Heights’ Lifts Hopes for a Latino Film Breakthrough

The hype for “In the Heights” has brought great expectations for Latinos in the United States, a group that’s been historically underrepresented and widely typecast in films.

  • Jun 10, 2021
  • 2:38 PM

Puerto Rican Social Justice Leader Links the Activism of Latinas and African American Women

Denise Collazo, senior advisor for external affairs of Faith in Action, urges Latinas to “follow African American women because they have operated successfully on the frontlines for ages.”

  • Jun 10, 2021
  • 1:22 PM

From El Faro English: Harris’ Rough Landing in Guatemala

In her first visit to the region this week, Vice President Kamala Harris’ blunt message to Central American migrants (“Do not come”) triggered a backlash among human rights defenders and Central America experts for contradicting international asylum laws and appearing insensitive to the reality driving migration.

  • Jun 10, 2021
  • 11:39 AM

House Committee on Natural Resources Announces Another Hearing on Puerto Rico’s Status Bills

The June 16 hearing “will more deeply examine the implications of passing each of the bills.”

  • Jun 9, 2021
  • 3:28 PM

El Salvador Makes Bitcoin Legal Tender

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly has approved legislation making the cryptocurrency Bitcoin legal tender in the country, the first country to do so, just days after President Nayib Bukele made the proposal at a Bitcoin conference.

  • Jun 9, 2021
  • 2:48 PM

As More Climate Migrants Cross Borders Seeking Refuge, Laws Will Need to Adapt

Climate change is upending people’s lives around the world, but when droughts, floods or sea level rise force them to leave their countries, people often find closed borders and little assistance.

  • Jun 9, 2021
  • 12:47 PM

Rights Group: Colombian Police Cause Deaths of 20 Protesters

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — An international monitoring group on Wednesday accused police officers in Colombia of responsibility for the deaths of 20 people and other violent actions against protesters during recent civil unrest, including sexual abuse, beatings and arbitrary detentions.

  • Jun 9, 2021
  • 10:52 AM

OPINION: To Fulfill the Promise of Environmental Justice, President Biden Must Address Vieques

This is a textbook example of environmental racism.

  • Jun 8, 2021
  • 4:00 PM

‘Do Not Come’: Harris Seeks ‘Hope at Home’ for Guatemalans

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris offered an optimistic outlook for improved cooperation with Guatemala on addressing the spike in migration to the U.S. after her meeting with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on Monday. She also delivered a direct warning to migrants considering making the trek: “Do not come. Do not come.”

  • Jun 8, 2021
  • 3:22 PM

Peru’s Presidential Runoff Election Too Close to Call

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A rural teacher-turned-political novice and the daughter of an imprisoned former president traded the lead Monday in a tight race for Peru’s presidency in a runoff election as the coronavirus pandemic continues to batter the Andean country.

  • Jun 8, 2021
  • 1:46 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Bukele Wants Us to Talk About Bitcoin

The reason remains unclear against an increasingly complex political and economic backdrop in El Salvador.

  • Jun 8, 2021
  • 1:26 PM

Natalie Morales on Why We Need More Latina Comedies

Women are whole people after all, even if we’re not normally portrayed that way.

  • Jun 8, 2021
  • 12:27 PM

US Identifies 3,900 Children Separated at Border Under Trump

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration said Tuesday that it has identified more than 3,900 children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border under former President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy on illegal crossings, providing one of the more detailed accounts of a chapter in U.S. immigration history that drew widespread condemnation.

  • Jun 8, 2021
  • 9:36 AM

Mexico President Appears to Hold Key Majority in Elections

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s party and its allies on Monday appeared poised to maintain their majority in Mexico’s lower chamber of the congress, but fell short of a two-thirds majority as some voters boosted the struggling opposition, according to initial election results.

  • Jun 7, 2021
  • 5:05 PM

OPINION: What Americans and Puerto Ricans Need to Know About a Compact of Free Association

While Puerto Rican pro-sovereignty organizations continue to lobby Congressional offices to explain the formula of Free Association, this political option is getting the attention of U.S.-based and Puerto Rican newspapers, sparking debates in Puerto Rico and Washington D.C.

  • Jun 7, 2021
  • 4:12 PM

Harris Says Leaders Need to Restore Hope in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday emphasized the need to restore hope for residents of struggling Central American nations to help address the increase in migration from the region as she faced the first major test of her diplomatic skills on a three-day foreign trip.

  • Jun 7, 2021
  • 1:00 PM

OPINION: The Racialization of Violence in Colombia

As protests grip Colombia, old wounds of structural racism have resurfaced through the criminalization of Indigenous and Black communities.

  • Jun 7, 2021
  • 12:08 PM

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