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LatinoRebels.com: 4 Years Strong
Before I start my day and check out the latest #CincodeFallo examples, I need to take a moment and pause: four years ago today, LatinoRebels.com launched with the following opening lines: We are he...
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Boricua Twitter Schools the Ignorant About Another Winning Powerball from PR
Here we go again. Last night, yet ANOTHER winning Powerball ticket was sold in Puerto Rico, and although you would think the U.S. mainlaind Twittersphere would have gotten the clue from the last ti...
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An Open Letter to Senator Marco Rubio
Dear Senator Marco Rubio, I must say that much of your announcement yesterday resonated with me. I saw a lot of myself in you. I also reminisce on the keys dangling outside the door at midnight whe...
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A Dominican Immigrant's Video Just Disrupted the National Conversation About Race and Police Brutality
The sentence in the opening graf from NBC News last night said it all: "Feidin Santana, a barber who immigrated to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic, is at the center of a story that has transfi...
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FDA Spanish Press Release Wants Us All to Take Good Care of Our Easter 'Balls' 
Bad translation alert! Sometimes you have to know about context, usage and all that other fun stuff so as to avoid thew awkward laughs and snickers. This week's FDA Spanish translation email about ...
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Interview with Nelson Denis, Author of War Against All Puerto Ricans: Part I
Recently, I had the great pleasure of speaking with Nelson Denis, author of War Against All Puerto Ricans. I have long had an interest in the subject of Puerto Rico's 1950 Revolution and whether yo...
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US denounces human rights violations only when you disobey
The United States (US) government’s goal is global dominance.  Noam Chomsky brilliantly explains this in his book, HEGMONY OR SURVIVAL.
The US must control countries to do this.  It must rob them of their resources.  A leader who is willing to do what the US government wants, will not only get its support, but it will also never accuse him of any crimes against citizens of his country.  As long as US corporations can get huge profits out of that country, American democracy could not be working better!
But, as soon as the leader disobeys, Washington will quickly accuse him of horrible human rights violations and of being a dictator.  The US government will quickly replace him with someone who will cooperate with Washington.
This is why President Eisenhower didn’t meet with Fidel Castro after his revolution ousted Cuban dictator and US puppet Batista.  US said nothing about Batista’s atrocities against the Cubans.  But, as soon as Fidel Castro became the leader that the Cuban People wanted, the US suddenly got very interested in the Cuban People’s human rights, liberties, democracy, and justice for all! 
Within 2 months, the US government started planning on how to remove Fidel Castro for somebody it could control.  Chomsky’s book goes into the details of that.  And after more than 50 years, the US government is still trying to get Cuba under its control again.
Recently, the United Nations (UN) voted once again to lift the US blockade against Cuba.  This time, only the United States and Israel want to continue to punish Cuba for not wanting to be controlled by the US government.  How more obvious could it be that the US government is still determined to change Cuba’s government to one that will serve US interest!
This is why Puerto Rico decolonization will never happen under US control.  Puerto Rico is a colony, because the US government wants it that way.  How could anyone realistically believe that the US would reverse something that it unilaterally installed?
To decolonize Puerto Rico, we would have to protest peacefully and permanently for a long time (remember the Cuban blockade) for the US government to respect our inalienable right to self-determination and independence under international law.   We must protest tirelessly to insist that the US government comply with the 34 UN resolutions to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico. 
And when that day happens that we are finally for the very first time decolonized, Washington will be going all out to install a Puerto Rican president who will do exactly whatever the US government wants.  If you doubt that, why do you think the US still has a naval station in Cuba?
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Confessions of a Puerto Rican Independentista in the U.S. Army
A week after I completed AIT (job-training school you go to after Basic Training), I found myself on a bus listening to three senior NCOs, each one close to retirement, having what seemed to me at ...
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Why the US lies to the world about Puerto Rico?
The governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro Garcia Padilla recently wrote a letter to the secretary general of the United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-moon about the White House’s position regarding the Puerto Rico v. Sánchez Valle case where it said that Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States (US).  The governor said in his letter that either the US lied to the UN in 1953, or it is lying now.  
In 1953, the US told the UN that Puerto Rico had obtained self-government in 1952 through its new government called the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  The US petitioned the UN to remove Puerto Rico from its list of colonies.  Since then, Puerto Rico does not appear in the UN’s list of colonies.
In 2008, the then governor of Puerto Rico Anibal Acevedo Vila spoke before the UN’s annual hearing on Puerto Rico decolonization, because he was upset about President Bush’s report on Puerto Rico.  The report said that the US government could sell Puerto Rico to any country it wants, if it desires.  He also asked the UN the same question.  Either the US lied to the UN in 1953, or it is lying in President’s Bush’s report.  Still, the US lies some more!
Our Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera has been in prison for 34 years for “seditious conspiracy to overthrow the US government in Puerto Rico”.  This is yet another lie!
This law was made during the US Civil War to make it a crime for the South to secede from the Union.  The law is for first class US citizens.  After the war, it was never used again until it was used against Puerto Ricans who fought for Puerto Rico independence. 
The United States invaded Puerto Rico militarily in 1898.  After the October 30th, 1950 Nationalist’s Insurrection that focused the world’s attention to the fact that Puerto Rico was a colony of the United States, the US decided to create another lie to mask that fact.  The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico was that lie. 
Despite the fact that Oscar is the one in jail, it is the US government that is the real criminal.  The US is violating the 1960 international law (UN Resolution 1514 XV) which prohibits colonialism, because it is a threat to world peace.  In fact, colonialism is considered by the international community as a crime against humanity.  President Bush asked, why do people hate us?  People do because the US government goes around committing crimes against humanity all over the world!  This is also why the world believes that the US government is the biggest threat to world peace!  The fact of the matter is that Oscar has the right under this law to use any means necessary to decolonize Puerto Rico.
The UN in 34 resolutions has asked the US to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico.  Since it refuses, in order to perpetuate its illegal relationship, it promotes plebiscites, supposedly so that Puerto Ricans could decide what they want.  This is, once again, another lie.  It doesn’t matter what Puerto Ricans want.  Colonialism is illegal, and Puerto Rico must be decolonized.  Once she is, Puerto Rico could do what she wants.
The US government lies, because it wants to keep Puerto Rico as its colony forever.  It’s time that we realize this, so that we could protest peacefully and permanently for Puerto Rico decolonization.  The protests are necessary, because those who lie to keep their colonies don’t believe in JUSTICE FOR ALL! www.TodosUnidosDescolonizarPR.blogspot.com
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One-Way Ticket to Homelessness: The Victimization of Puerto Rico's Addicts
This weekend we heard a story discussing the systematic “exporting” of drug addicts from many Puerto Rican municipalities to Chicago. We were disturbed both by the policy and by the way in which th...
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WAR AGAINST ALL PUERTO RICANS Earns 'Instant Classic' Status
This is a story about a book and a new friendship. When I first heard that Nelson A. Denis was publishing War Against All Puerto Ricans, and that it would release yesterday (already ...
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Why the US lies to the world about Puerto Rico?
The governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro Garcia Padilla recently wrote a letter to the secretary general of the United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-moon about the White House’s position regarding the Puerto Rico v. Sánchez Valle case where it said that Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States (US).  The governor said in his letter that either the US lied to the UN in 1953, or it is lying now.  
In 1953, the US told the UN that Puerto Rico had obtained self-government in 1952 through its new government called the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  The US petitioned the UN to remove Puerto Rico from its list of colonies.  Since then, Puerto Rico does not appear in the UN’s list of colonies.
In 2008, the then governor of Puerto Rico Anibal Acevedo Vila spoke before the UN’s annual hearing on Puerto Rico decolonization, because he was upset about President Bush’s report on Puerto Rico.  The report said that the US government could sell Puerto Rico to any country it wants, if it desires.  He also asked the UN the same question.  Either the US lied to the UN in 1953, or it is lying in President’s Bush’s report.  Still, the US lies some more!
Our Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera has been in prison for 34 years for “seditious conspiracy to overthrow the US government in Puerto Rico”.  This is yet another lie!
This law was made during the US Civil War to make it a crime for the South to secede from the Union.  The law is for first class US citizens.  After the war, it was never used again until it was used against Puerto Ricans who fought for Puerto Rico independence. 
The United States invaded Puerto Rico militarily in 1898.  After the October 30th, 1950 Nationalist’s Insurrection that focused the world’s attention to the fact that Puerto Rico was a colony of the United States, the US decided to create another lie to mask that fact.  The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico was that lie. 
Despite the fact that Oscar is the one in jail, it is the US government that is the real criminal.  The US is violating the 1960 international law (UN Resolution 1514 XV) which prohibits colonialism, because it is a threat to world peace.  In fact, colonialism is considered by the international community as a crime against humanity.  President Bush asked, why do people hate us?  People do because the US government goes around committing crimes against humanity all over the world!  This is also why the world believes that the US government is the biggest threat to world peace!  The fact of the matter is that Oscar has the right under this law to use any means necessary to decolonize Puerto Rico.
The UN in 34 resolutions has asked the US to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico.  Since it refuses, in order to perpetuate its illegal relationship, it promotes plebiscites, supposedly so that Puerto Ricans could decide what they want.  This is, once again, another lie.  It doesn’t matter what Puerto Ricans want.  Colonialism is illegal, and Puerto Rico must be decolonized.  Once she is, Puerto Rico could do what she wants.
The US government lies, because it wants to keep Puerto Rico as its colony forever.  It’s time that we realize this, so that we could protest peacefully and permanently for Puerto Rico decolonization.  The protests are necessary, because those who lie to keep their colonies don’t believe in JUSTICE FOR ALL! www.TodosUnidosDescolonizarPR.blogspot.com
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WTTW's Phil Ponce Crossed the Line in Asking Chuy García About His Son's 'Gang' Past
In case you missed this last night from Chicago, here is what WTTW's Phil Ponce asked Chicago mayoral candidate Chuy García during a "Chicago Tonight" debate. Ponce's questions even got Mayor Rahm ...
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The Global Legacy of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez
Editor's Note: Twenty years after her tragic death on March 31, 1995, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez continues to make an imprint on our community and across the world. We asked our own Christina Saenz-A...
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I am a 5th generation Chicano who also was cut off from our language as latinos. I walk with pride the same road as Selena. Being raza is much more than speaking Spanish. Respect to this woman who accomplished so much!
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Interview with Nelson Denis, Author of War Against All Puerto Ricans, Part II
You can read Part I of the intreview with Nelson Denis here. JM: Do you feel the close ties between the Puerto Rican independence movement and Castro has hurt the cause? ND: Anything that enabled J...
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