Puerto Rican police stand on guard.

An investigation conducted by the U.S. Justice Department found evidence that the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) violated the Constitution and federal law by using excess and unreasonable force, making unconstitutional stops, searches and arrests and targeting individuals of Dominican descent among other problems. Launched in July of 2008, the investigation also found that the PRPD…

Puerto-Rico-Irene

Today in Latin America Top Story— Almost a million homes are without power in Puerto Rico as Hurricane Irene ripped through the U.S. territory Monday before picking up strength as the storm passed north of the Dominican Republic. Around 8p.m. on Monday, The United States National Hurricane Center upgraded the storm to Category 2 as…

President Barack Obama talks with Puerto Rican Senator Alejandro García Padilla during a lunch stop (White House photo).

Today in Latin America Top Story — Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president since since John F. Kennedy to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday, fulfilling a promise he made back on the campaign trail in 2008. Speaking during a welcome event at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Obama highlighted…

Barack Obama in Puerto Rico during his 2008 presidential campaign.

Puerto Rico’s governor announced Wednesday that U.S. President Barack Obama will visit the island next month, becoming the first president since John F. Kennedy to make an official visit to the territory. “Since the beginning of my administration, we have been working in close collaboration with the president and his administration to make this historic…

Mario Gonzales-Lafuente and Kenneth McClintock at the launch of a campaign to boost tourism in Puerto Rico.

NEW YORK—The Puerto Rican Government and tourism bureau have launched simultaneous campaigns intended to overcome economic challenges by sparking tourism and private investment. “Discover why Puerto Rico does it better,” reads the tagline for the joint tourism campaign launched by the Puerto Rican Governor’s Office and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company in New York on…

Morgan-use

A transfer of billions of dollars in federal aid from public projects in Puerto Rico to one of the world’s largest liquor conglomerates over the next 30 years continues to move forward without any objection from Congress. As a result, money that’s now being used to build schools and restore tropical forests in a U.S….