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Boricuas in Gotham: Puerto Ricans in the Making of Modern New York City
CHARLIE VÁZQUEZ   
Image Boricuas in Gotham: Puerto Ricans in the Making of Modern New York City (Markus Wiener 2004) is a compelling collection of four essays and critical commentary on them, composed by leading Puerto Rican professors and directors of sociology, Spanish language and Caribbean cultural studies.
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King Ricky Martin Is More Than You Think
RAFAEL MERINO CORTÉS   
ImageRicky Martin, the singing pop star known for his “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” has been crowned “King” of this year’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade. But don’t let the Menudo past and murmurs of sexual ambiguity fool you. This isn’t your freaky cousin’s Ricky Martin.
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Police Stories of Candelaria and New York City
JUAN ANTONIO OCASIO RIVERA   
ImageFrom Candaleria, in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, to the neighborhoods of New York City, the people are taking the streets in response to a rash of police violence in these economically challenged areas. Poverty, colonialism and political neglect serve as an undercurrent to this ongoing friction between disenfranchised communities and a justice system governed by tax revenues.
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Puerto Rico’s October Revolution
JUAN ANTONIO OCASIO RIVERA   
ImageOn October 30, 1950, a small civil war erupted in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. As Puerto Rican soldiers of the 65th Regimental Combat Team fought under the US flag in the Kumchon-Yongdong area of Korea, thousands of miles away, a group of Nationalist rebels launched an insurrection to take back Puerto Rico from US dominion. Brothers were ordered to kill brothers in order to maintain control under a foreign flag.
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The Path and Passing of
Don Otilio Díaz
RAFAEL MERINO CORTÉS   
Image Whether they are cultural leaders, like Don Otilio Díaz, or political rebels like Jorge Farinacci García, it is a particular blow to a community struggling with gentrification, identity, inadequate education and political repression when these beacons, or nodes, of our collective spirit fade.
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Comments on DOJ Report
Regarding Ojeda Killing
MIGUEL GUZMÁN   
ImageThe Department of Justice released a report regarding the killing of Filiberto Ojeda Ríos by the FBI. In the report, the DOJ regards the assault on Ojeda in Puerto Rico as “a flawed decision and not the best option available.” However, the report found no “misconduct” with the FBI assault. "Incidents of this nature in any other jurisdiction under the American flag would be a major scandal,” according to Congressman José Serrano.
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Taking the PR Out of PRT
RAFAEL MERINO CORTÉS   
ImageLocked into an economic bind, the insular government of Puerto Rico resorts to further liquidation of its assets and resources in order to buffer an impending recession. The last vestige of the island’s telephone system will soon be sold to Telmex, the Mexican telecommunications company.
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A Celebration of Island,
Diaspora and Nation
RAFAEL MERINO CORTÉS   
ImageWhile cities like Orlando are becoming the new dream of the Puerto Rican community, New York still throws the largest party of them all. And although the powers that be continue to dissolve the island’s potential, the Puerto Rican nation continues to grow through music, food, language and history. This connection, this nation, is what the celebration is all about.
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The Two Wars of Puerto Rico
JULIAN GERENA-QUIÑONES and RAFAEL MERINO CORTÉS   
ImageThe Shining Star of the Caribbean posed as an anomalous beacon of protest against the US military occupation of Iraq as the people of Puerto Rico continue to question their own political relationship with the United States under colonial rule. The US invaded Puerto Rico in 1898. There was no exit strategy planned back then as well.
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Shaking The Tree
RAFAEL MERINO CORTÉS   
ImagePart of the tension and anxiety in Puerto Rico today may stem from the possibility that, for the first time in history since human beings have walked on that island, we could see the creation of a free state. Is the United States about to unchain its Caribbean colony?  Little else makes sense in light of the events since September 23, 2005.
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Puerto Rico Bearing Her Chains
JUAN ANTONIO OCASIO RIVERA   
ImageSome have received the President's Task Force On Puerto Rico's Status with hope that it will spur action, either in the US or locally in Puerto Rico. Others have blasted it as a colonial document, which stipulates how de-colonizing the territory should proceed. Regardless, at least we’re clear on the word ‘colony’ and the state of Puerto Rico.
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