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After the Storm

The last few days have been a test of my patience. My father was recently diagnosed with dementia, which was exacerbated by a resistant strain of urine infection that was making it worse. He lost his mind last weekend and … Continue reading

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Puerto Rican Citizenship: the Odd Case of Juan Mari Brás

I’m writing this blog on the anniversary of Juan Mari Brás’ death on Sept 10 of 2010. Mari Brás was a prominent socialist and independentista from Puerto Rico. He had also been a wealthy business owner, and was reputed to … Continue reading

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The Future of the Spanish Language in America and in Puerto Rico

The current visit by the King and Queen of Spain to Puerto Rico for the seventh Congress of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language has gotten some media attention, focusing mainly on the importance of the Spanish language in … Continue reading

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Juan Gonzalez’ Laudable Lecture on the Puerto Rico Crisis

During the Occupy Movement, many of us became increasingly cognizant of the grave need to get our news from non-corporate, alternative media outlets. RT, Alternet, and many other outlets gained much greater visibility as it became increasingly apparent that Fox … Continue reading

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The “Cédula de Gracias” Angle

9/13 Update to my recent piece on the Puerto Rican pronounciation of the letter R: I did a bit more research on the fricative R used in the islands. According to this (Spanish-language) article by the Cervantes Institute on the So-Called … Continue reading

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The Letter R and Boricua Identity

Last week, the Senate in Puerto Rico–which is dominated by the pro-Commonwealth, anti-statehood faction–passed a Spanish-first law which solves absolutely nothing in the convoluted scheme of things. It does not solve PR’s debt, or corruption, or lack of energy self-sufficiency, … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico changes its status … to “It’s Complicated”

Puerto Rico became a US territory in 1898 as a result of the Spanish-American War. Its islands (Borinquen, Vieques, Culebra, Mona and several others) sit at the very heart of the Caribbean, adjacent to another American territory: the US Virgin … Continue reading

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