Human Rights, Diaspora Groups Demand Investigation of Activist Shooting in Puerto Rico

Human rights groups and activists are demanding that Puerto Rican and U.S. authorities launch an investigation into the shooting of an environmental activist by private security personnel in the coastal town of Aguadilla on Sunday.

  • Feb 3, 2023
  • 1:21 PM

In Search of Puerto Rico’s Solar Energy Future

As Puerto Rico moves toward its stated goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, there are still gigantic leaps that need to be taken if it plans to reach that target date, though it is becoming increasingly unlikely that such monumental steps will be taken.

  • Feb 1, 2023
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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.

  • Jan 31, 2023
  • 3:53 PM

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

  • Jan 26, 2023
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Genera PR to Privatize Energy Generation in Puerto Rico

On Wednesday Gov. Pedro Pierluisi announced that Genera PR will officially take over the remains of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and finish privatizing electrical generation on the archipelago.

  • Jan 25, 2023
  • 4:47 PM

Study: Puerto Rico Should Go Solar to Meet Clean Energy Goal

A U.S. government study has determined that with little room on the island for large-scale solar farms or wind generators, Puerto Rico should aim to reach its clean-energy goals by installing solar panels on all suitable rooftops, along with airports, brownfields, and industrial areas.

  • Jan 24, 2023
  • 10:21 AM

Puerto Rico to Privatize Power Generation Amid Outages

Puerto Rico announced Sunday that it plans to privatize electricity generation, a first for a U.S. territory facing chronic power outages as it struggles to rebuild a crumbling electric grid.

  • Jan 17, 2023
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Puerto Rico Reggaetón Singer Accused of Domestic Violence

Authorities in Puerto Rico arrested Randy Ortiz Acevedo of the popular reggaetón duo Jowell & Randy on domestic violence charges after a judge on Monday ruled there was sufficient evidence against the singer.

  • Jan 10, 2023
  • 10:38 AM

Recent Threats of School Shooting in Puerto Rico Part of Worrying Trend in Latin America

As a colony of the United States, Puerto Rico has inherited a lot of cultural artifacts from the American nation, such as fast food, car-centric city design, and Santa Claus. But the latest import is far darker than the others: the threat of school shootings.

  • Jan 4, 2023
  • 1:11 PM

House Passes Puerto Rico Status Act

On Thursday the House passed the Puerto Rico Status Act, which received a floor vote after its approval by a House committee on Wednesday. Now, the race is on to get approval from the Senate before a new Republican-controlled House is sworn in on January 3.

  • Dec 15, 2022
  • 2:47 PM

The Last Conquest of Puerto Rico (OPINION)

In honor of December 10, the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Paris that transferred ownership of the Spanish colony of Puerto Rico to the United States, a look back at the U.S. invasion of the island, what it meant to Puerto Ricans at the time, and what it means today.

  • Dec 14, 2022
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Puerto Rico Promised Billions for Safe Water, But Taps Still Running Dry

Despite ample federal funding, less than one percent of the federal money slated for the island’s public water utility corporation since 2018 has been set aside to buy generators for water pumps. Local officials instead have been forced to rely on a patchwork supply of emergency units.

  • Dec 13, 2022
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The Colonization of Christmas in Puerto Rico (OPINION)

At approximately 45 days, Puerto Rico is known for having one of the longest holiday seasons in the world. Starting the week leading up to Thanksgiving, and ending with Las Octavitas on 14 January, a festive aura envelopes the archipelago. But amidst the merriment, there’s one significant cultural tradition whose absence is painfully palpable : Los Reyes Magos.

  • Dec 12, 2022
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Hurricane María Significantly Changed Puerto Rico Coasts, Says Report

Hurricane María, a Category 4 storm that swept through Puerto Rico in September 2017, left the island with a “new coast,” according to a new study by the Institute of Investigation and Coastal Planification of Puerto Rico.

  • Dec 8, 2022
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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

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
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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

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

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