Spending Bill Passes Congress but Faces Uncertain Future

On December 21, Congress passed a $2.3 trillion funding bill for the 2021 fiscal year along with COVID relief measures.  The proposal is 5,593 pages long and considered to be the second-biggest economic rescue package in U.S. history. Fiscal year 2020 funding ended on September 30, and Congress has passed short-term funding bills to keep… Read more »

Feliz Navidad

2020 is the 50th anniversary of “Feliz Navidad,” a bilingual Christmas song written by Puerto Rican musician Jose Feliciano. It was the first Spanish language Christmas song to become popular in the United States, and is still one of the most popular holiday tunes, hitting the top 10 on Billboard this year. Jose Feliciano José… Read more »

COVID-19 Vaccines and the Vulnerability of Small Nations

Covid-19 vaccine

More than 10 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been preordered. That’s more than one dose for every person living in the world today. But it doesn’t mean that there will be enough for e everyone. COVID-19 vaccines are unevenly distributed, so most of the vaccine production through 2021 will be going to a few… Read more »

Puerto Rico COVID-19 Update

Puerto Rico has begun administering COVID-19 vaccine. A territory of the United States, Puerto Rico received the vaccine at the same time as the 50 States. The United States has reserved enough doses of the vaccine to inoculate the entire population, while nearby nations will have much longer waits to receive sufficient supplies.  Jamaica, for… Read more »

The End of Georgia’s Puerto Rican Interview Guide

It was not too long ago that driver’s license applicants who wanted to exchange a Puerto Rican license for a Georgia license had to take a special test, a requirement not imposed on other U.S. citizens. In 2020, in response to litigation, Georgia closed that chapter in its history. Under the terms of a settlement… Read more »

Deborah González Makes History in Georgia

Deborah González made history on December first when she prevailed in the election for Georgia District Attorney in a run-off against James Chafin by a vote of 53.1% to 46.9%. Gonzalez’s win creates several milestones. Gonzalez will be the first Puerto Rican woman to be elected district attorney in the United States. She will be… Read more »

Grijalva Urges Quick Action on Biden-Harris Plan for Puerto Rico

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ),chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, has written to President-Elect Biden asking him to take action on the Biden-Harris Plan for Puerto Rico. After expressing congratulations on Biden and Harris’s victory, the letter begins, “The Committee on Natural Resources is the lead committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on… Read more »

April 13th, the Day of the Borinqueneers

The Borinqueneers, the 65th Infantry Regiment, were a regiment in the U.S. Army which grew out of the first volunteer regiment established in Puerto Rico in 1899. They were officially established as a Hispanic regiment in 1908, served with distinction in the Korean War, and were incorporated into the Puerto Rico National Guard when segregation ended…. Read more »

A Tale of Two Telescopes: Arecibo and Robert Byrd GBT

Green Bank

The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in Green Bank, West Virginia, has a lot in common with the telescope at Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Until recently, Arecibo had the world’s largest radio telescope. GBT is the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope. Both telescopes have been used in history-making research on pulsars and for listening… Read more »

Bad Bunny Is Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist of 2020

Benito Ocasio, better known as Bad Bunny, is Spotify’s most-streamed artist for 2020 with 8.3 billion streams. His album YHLQMDLG is also Spotify’s most-streamed album of the year, with over 3.3 billion streams. This is the first time that an artist who doesn’t sing in English has ever achieved this honor. The album’s title stands… Read more »