Personal Essay: An Argument for Puerto Rican Statehood
By Julia Torres Barden | 05/20/2009 - 11:20

American citizens enjoy all kinds of rights and privileges that most of us simply take for granted. Think about the presidential election: If you were over 18, did you have any doubt about your right to vote for Obama or any other candidate?

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Saborea Puerto Rico: A Culinary Extravaganza
By Verky Arcos | 04/07/2009 - 16:10

This past weekend I attended the 2nd annual Puerto Rican food festival, Saborea Puerto Rico: A Culinary Extravaganza, at Escabrón Beach in San Juan. As I headed down to La Isla del Encanto I began to think about the food that reminded me of my family, childhood and roots. I came to the conclusion that I've been bombarded with so many different dishes, fusions and cooking techniques, that I’ve sort of ignored and neglected the food that I grew up loving.

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Ex-Governor of Puerto Rico Cleared of All Charges in Corruption Trial
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 03/24/2009 - 16:14

Anibal Acevedo Vila’s month long corruption trial ended Friday when a jury found the former governor of Puerto Rico not guilty on all counts against him, including conspiracy, money laundering and lying to the FBI, the AP reports. Acevedo was facing up to 20 years in prison, but his relief was palpable as soon as the verdict came in. He began to cry as he made the sign of the cross.

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Outcry Renewed as U.S. Military May Want to Occupy Vieques Again
By Yuliana Gomez | 03/23/2009 - 18:00

After being absent for six years, the U.S. military is suggesting it could once again re-establish a presence on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, the Associated Press is reporting. Angry objections are already being heard from Puerto Rico and beyond.

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Selena Gomez Feeds Stray Puppies in Puerto Rico
By Monica Herrera | 03/10/2009 - 17:47

Celebrities who give back are a dime a dozen, but they rarely look as genuine and motivated as Selena Gomez. The Wizards of Waverly Place star spent her weekend feeding abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico as part of an ongoing effort by nonprofits DoSomething and Island Dog to improve the treatment of animals in the Caribbean.

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Massive Government Layoffs in Puerto Rico
By Jazmin Perez | 03/05/2009 - 16:21

The AP reports the Governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Fortuño, announced on Tuesday his outline to cut more than 30,000 government positions and introduce new taxes. “The government is too big and spends too much,” Fortuño said. As part of the plan, banks, insurance companies, corporations, and those making over $100,000 will have taxes increased by 5%.

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Puerto Rico to Ship Its Monkeys to Iraq
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 02/26/2009 - 16:00

In today’s WTF news, AP is reporting that Puerto Rico plans to ship its surplus of wild monkeys to Iraq. The plan was actually put in place for a reasonably good cause (although the monkeys and animal activists may disagree). The U.S. military recently has spent more than $2.15 million to revive the Baghdad Zoo, which collapsed after the 2003 invasion when looters stole or freed almost every animal.

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Johnny Depp to Shoot New Movie, "The Rum Diary," in Puerto Rico
By Monica Herrera | 01/30/2009 - 13:53

Johnny Depp is headed for la isla del encanto! The smoldering star will begin shooting his next film project, The Rum Diary—based on the book by deceased novelist Hunter S. Thompson—in Puerto Rico later this year, confirms Puerto Rico governor Luis Fortuño.

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Puerto Rico Refuses to House GITMO Detainees
By Mariela Rosario | 01/28/2009 - 18:20

President Obama made it abundantly clear that one of the top priorities of his administration would be closing Guantanamo Bay and ending torture on the part of the United States. But in order for the controversial detention center to be closed in a year, as per the President's orders, other countries will have to step up and help in absorbing some of the 245 prisoners still being held at Guantanamo. The US has asked other countries to take detainees whom it does not intend to put on trial, and who cannot be sent home for fear they might be mistreated.

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Obama Promises to Address Status of Puerto Rico
By Mariela Rosario | 01/15/2009 - 08:51

Barack Obama has pledged to allow Puerto Rico to once and for all tackle the issue of its political status in his first term as president of the United States.

The controversial subject of Puerto Rico's status has been dividing the population of the small island territory for years, with some residents favoring state-hood, others favoring independence and some favoring the current commonwealth status.

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