Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The strike isn't working. Those for it have no shame. How the hell do you throw a mike stand at someone? If she was illegit, then why even go to the damn meeting in the first place. Let's go back to school man.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Rossello vs. McClintock

I'm no statehooder, nor am I a PNP. But I got to throw my support over to Kenneth McClintock for president of the Senate. Rossello is such a douchebag and is beginning to self-destruct. First, he runs for governor without residency, then he is appointed to a senate district in which he doesnt live in, then he says that the Senate will govern the country, now he's declaring war on McClintock. Oh please! Rossello, save face and leave the island my man. As they say in New York, "put a fork in him, he's done!"

Chu's Views on the UPR Strike

La ceremonia de graduación del recinto de Río Piedras de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR) quedó suspendida como resultado de la huelga indefinida que mantiene cerrados los portones de esa institución desde hace dos semanas.

- El Nuevo Dia

As the strike lingers on at the University of Puerto Rico, we are beginning to see the first signs of its negative effects on the students. The graduation for the class of 2005 has been cancelled. The next thing to go are summer classes, and then who knows. I even think the phones have been cut off because I have been trying to call the UPR School of Law and the phones come up with a disconnected dial tone. The prez of the UPR doesn't look like he's letting down, despite negotiations. The Consejo General is suppose to have a meeting on Monday about the strike. Do those guys plan on extending the strike, even if they fail to persuade the prez? My question is: Why?

As one of my readers commented, Why didn't the UPR students protest when Bush cut educational spending a few months ago? That's the man in charge of the budget.

And what about the 20% of students who don't recieve any form of federal aid and are paying for their classes? Is it fair to deprieve them of getting an education that they are paying for? Is it fair for a small percentage of students (only a little over 5% of the UPR students actually voted for the strike)to run an entire campus?

And what about the graduate and professional school students? There is no way that 2nd or 3rd year kids can say they represented the interests of law students.

Although I am against the strike, I feel that the UPR students have it to easy to be complaining about $10. When my school in NYC raises tuitions, its usually by hundreds of dollars the credit. So, I say to the UPR students: $10 tuition hike, so what? It's not like you guys can't afford it, cause you can. The issue is that you know that that would take money away from supporting your social life - car payments, shopping at Plaza, trips to Culebra, etc.

Stop beating around the bush. Drop the strike. Let students learn, and fight the administration through dialogue. I think the real fight is not to eliminate this tuition hike, but to prevent others from occuring.

Monday, April 18, 2005

100 days of nothing

A esta Asamblea Legislativa se le fueron los primeros 100 días del cuatrienio sin lograr aprobar una sola medida de las prometidas en el programa de gobierno del Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP) o del Partido Popular Democrático (PPD) a pesar de que, como mínimo, coinciden en más del 70% de ellas.

Sólo cinco proyectos han sido enviados al gobernador Aníbal Acevedo Vilá.

- El Nuevo Dia
The Puerto Rican legislature apparently has done little, practically nothing in the first 100 days of this year. With a divided congress, the continuous fight over the presidency of the Senate, and the various proposals of a status bill, its no wonder the legislature has done nothing. So much could have been done, or at least begun - crime, the economy, housing, education, etc. But these inept politicians cant seem to move beyond their status ideologies. They get paid ridiculous wages and produce nada. Why are they even there?

Conferences, conferences, blah!

WASHINGTON – La situación territorial de Puerto Rico y el “costo de la dependencia” de Estados Unidos centrará la discusión que se desarrollará el miércoles en un foro organizado por la American University en Washington D.C.

La conferencia reunirá como oradores al estadolibrista Pedro Ortiz Álvarez, al estadista Carlos Chardón y al independentista Manuel Rodríguez Orellana.

La convocatoria de la American University invita a un análisis sobre “el futuro económico y político” de Puerto Rico. Coloca como línea de discusión que “Puerto Rico está en búsqueda de su plena democracia”.
What purpose do conferences like these have in the US? What good for Puerto Rico comes out of these events? These politicians will defend their ideologies, bash other ones and make Americans wonder about their sanity. The one sure thing that will happen is that Americans will see how polarized and divided Puerto Ricans are.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Rosselló makes another sloppy comment

"Que el senador y ex gobernador Pedro Rosselló señale que el país será gobernado desde la Legislatura demuestra su total ignorancia sobre la “estructura del poder decisional” del sistema de gobierno que el dirigió por ocho años, opinó el ex presidente del Colegio de Abogados, Harry Anduze.

“Una persona que es senador de Arecibo, que llegó allí bajo las circunstancias que todos ustedes conocen, expresarle al pueblo de Puerto Rico que él va a gobernar a Puerto Rico es desconocer, uno, cuál es la verdadera estructura del poder decisional del gobierno de Puerto Rico, y segundo dónde es que reside verdaderamente el poder en términos presupuestarios”, expresó Anduze.

- El Nuevo Dia
How can such an intelligent man make such an ignorant comment. Yesterday, Pedro Rosselló, president of the statehood party and ex governor of the island, said that the country would be governed by the Legislature. This of course would be in clear violation of the doctrine of separation of powers. He had to had known this, he was governor for 8 years! Rosselló is obviously power hungry. He ran for governor - lost; tried to take of the presidency of the Senate - is losing; and is now trying to lead the country as a mere (and even illegal) senator. Rosselló is destroying the image of the PNP party and I believe that his days in Puerto Rican politics are numbered.

No A La Huelga en la UPR!!

Los estudiantes del Recinto de Río Piedras de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (RRP-UPR) decidieron ayer continuar con la huelga indefinida, decretada hace 8 días, como mecanismo de presión hacia la derogación de la certificación #70, que ordena un aumento de 33% en el costo del crédito académico.

-El Vocero
I am all for demonstrations, marches, strikes, etc. All are signs of a healthy democracy. But, when these things are unnecessary, do more bad then good, and have a strong opposition, then I think they shouldn't be done. The students at the UPR who voted to continue the strike are hurting everybody, including myself all the way in New York. At this point, the threat of a strike is stronger than actually striking. I urge all students to say "No A La Huelga!"

Monday, April 11, 2005

Get my history right, fool!

BEIJING (Reuters) - A snap survey conducted in a week of violent anti-Japan protests in China shows an overwhelming majority of citizens outraged by a controversy over Tokyo's approval of a new history textbook.

Anti-Japan sentiment has been running high since last Tuesday, when Japan approved a textbook which critics say glosses over the brutal Japanese occupation of China from 1931 to 1945, including the Nanjing massacre of 1937.

Japan isn't the only country that glosses over history textbooks, and China isn't the only country that has been unjustly done by history books. We don't have to go far to acknowledge how our own history books in the US wrongly portrays (or lack their of) the black man and glosses over slavery. "White men landed at Plymouth Rock, White men revolted, white men founded a country, white men freed the slaves, white men civilized savages." The list can go on. How about mentioning how white men travelled to Africa and enslaved black men, how white men abused black men, how black men built this nation with its sweat, how black men are an essential part of this nation's history.

Even in Puerto Rico, history books fail to do Puerto Ricans justice. Apart from painting the Americans as saviors and even God-sent, history books ignore such independence and pro-Puerto Rican movements like the numerous revolts under Spain (including Lares), the Nationalist movement of the 1930's, the Ponce and Rio Piedras Massacre, the Nationalist Revolution of 1950, the persecution of independence sympathizers throughout the 20th century, the machetero movement of the 1970's, and probably now, the Vieques movement. This list can also go on.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

UPR Strike affecting me, all the way in NYC

For the past month I've been awaiting word from the UPR School of Law to see if I have been offered admission or not. On Friday, I decided to call the UPR when no one was picking up the phone. Odd I thought, it was only 1:30PM, people should still be at work. I tried again several times, but nada. When I get home to read the El Nuevo Dia newspaper, I learned why no one was picking up my calls - the UPR had gone on strike. Unfortunately for me the School of Law is located on the Recinto de Rio Piedras campus. God knows when I will be receiving word from them, but this whole huelga better get settled soon. Or else they will be hearing from a disgruntled Neo-Rican.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Democracy at Work

Decenas de estudiantes están desde esta mañana frente a los portones del Recinto de Río Piedras de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR), luego que los estudiantes aprobaron un voto de huelga "inmediata" e "indefinida" para protestar en contra del alza en la matrícula.

Although Puerto Rico is a colony of the US, no one can deny that democracy exists. The decision to go on strike by the UPR Student Council demonstrates that democracy is strong in PR.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Unicameral vs. Bicameral Legislature

This debate isn't new in Puerto Rico but Puerto Ricans probably know little about the issue. I personally think a unicameral legislature wouldn't be a bad idea for Puerto Rico.

To get a compartive analysis of both forms of legislature, check out a report on the Minnesota House of Representatives website.

Reggaeton Explosion

I remember when reggaeton had no name and was simply called melaza, musica underground, or reggae de Puerto Rico. It was an urban movement begun by young kids in the barrios of San Juan. The lyrics had a social base and the rhthyms were diverse and electrifying. The music videos were homemade, songs were over 30 minutes long and the best music was made by DJ's. Times were fun. . .Now, reggaeton has evolved. Artists rap about love, perreo, and tiraera. Image is important and the rhthyms are all alike. Is this good or bad? Well, does it matter? This new reggaeton is sweeping through the US and the world, putting the boricuas in the lime light once again. I'm good to see that we've done it again - appropriate other afro-caribbean rhtyhms, mix them with ours, and popularize it worldwide.

To check out a fresh video of Don Omar's Reggaeton Latino, click here.

Farewell to a true Jibaro

“Si tuviéramos la mitad de amor que tuvo Tony por este país, seríamos mejores puertorriqueños (...) Estoy seguro que el legado que deja Tony este pueblo va a saber apreciarlo”.

Aníbal José Torres, secretario de la Gobernación

One of the greatest Puerto Ricans passed away on Sunday. Tony Croatto, born in Italy, grew up in Argentine, and jibaro to the bone died of cancer. Tony feel in love with the island and became one of Puerto Rico's best known folklorist. His love for Puerto Rico should teach us all a lesson - Home is where you feel most wanted, home is not where you were born, but where you die, home is not where your body lives but where your soul resides. If we were all like Tony, Puerto Ricans would definitely be better off in all aspects.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Las Memorias de Luis Muñoz Marin

I've been reading the Memoirs of former Puerto Rican governor and strongman Luis Muñoz Marin. It is an impressive account about the first years of the Popular Party's rule. Before reading these memoirs, I thought LMM as a sell-out and an idiot for creating the ELA. But, I now have a newfound respect for this ingenious political mastermind. LMM was very aware of the status issue, but his idea of putting off the status issue and worrying about economic issues was a good move. The island could have acheived independence under his rule. Hell, nearly all of the popular leaders (even himself to a certain degree) were independentistas. However, LMM makes clear, and I believe is the main focus of his memoirs, that what Puerto Rico needed to focus on was economic independence first rather than political independence. What good is it to have political sovereignty if economically a country is dependant?

However, I still am trying to figure out this man. He tries to explain alot of his actions and situations of the time. But the one question I constantly ask myself is why he rejected independence when it was so close? Why settle for adminstration of a colony?

The woes of a JD Candidate

Picking a law school is tough and causes a lot of stress. What sucks even more is when deadlines are coming up for some schools and other schools have yet to respond. So far I've gotten into Cardozo Law, Brooklyn, wait listed a Columbia. I'm still awaiting word from Cornell, Fordham, Howard, Temple and UPR. I'm leaning towards UPR. Got until next week to figure it all out.