It’s true that a slim majority of Puerto Ricans supported statehood in the last plebiscite. If you put it up against the other options, probably a plurality of Puerto Ricans want statehood. If that’s enough for Americans to think it’s a good idea and advocate for it to their elected…

The recent remake of FF7, one of the most iconic video games of all time, has something to say about storytelling in the age of reboots and remakes.

Note: This essay was originally published in May 2020 on another platform — from which it was mysteriously deleted.

It’s not even a little hyperbolic to call Final Fantasy VII Remake the most highly anticipated video game of all time. The original, released in 1997, became an instant classic. You…

Originally published in Latino Rebels on January 21, 2021. You may note that, over at LR, the piece’s title ends with an question mark instead of a period. That was an editor’s addition, which I appreciate, but the period is a more accurate reflection of my sentiment.

Supporters of statehood…

Publicado originalmente en Latino Rebels el 19 de mayo de 2020

La gobernadora de Puerto Rico acaba de anunciar que este noviembre, junto con las elecciones generales, se celebrará un plebiscito “Estadidad: Sí o No” sobre el estatus de Puerto Rico. Las reacciones de quienes no apoyan la estadidad (grupo…

No se trata de una fe ciega en el afán descolonizador que, acepto, no tiene Sanders ni nadie. Se trata de ir cambiando, poco a poco, las condiciones sociopolíticas de las que se nutre la colonia.

Revive el debate sobre la participación de los puertorriqueños en la elección primaria presidencial estadounidense en la isla. Queda estipulado que la mera existencia de una primaria en Puerto Rico, cuando no podemos votar en las elecciones generales, es uno de tantos artefactos absurdos de nuestra condición colonial. Para muchos…

En el paro nacional del 22 de julio. (Foto del autor)

Sin orden específico…

1. …excepto el primero, que tiene que ser éste: honor a quien honor merece. A los jóvenes y no tan jóvenes que protestaron día tras día. A los que aguantaron gas lacrimógeno. A los que convocaron, caminaron, gritaron, bailaron, hicieron arte, hicieron patria y, al fin y…

Fotos que nos hacen daño…

Resulta profundamente irónica la reacción, a veces burlona y otras indignada, de “la izquierda” boricua ante el apoyo de Ricardo Rosselló a la oposición venezolana, y a su pretensión de convertir a Puerto Rico en el “centro logístico” de dichos esfuerzos. No porque la iniciativa no merezca todo tipo de…

(Almost) absolutely nothing, if you’re from Puerto Rico.

Is the American flag flying higher than the Puerto Rican flag? Or is it… a matter of perspective?

I work at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, a center at Tufts University devoted to advancing people’s participation in their communities and in democracy. (The views expressed here, and always, are my own.) It used to be called the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. A…

We’re so sorry about this.

Hello, my fellow American citizens! I’ve been reading a lot about Puerto Rico lately because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love disaster porn, and because the media has helpfully packaged your struggles in bright, colorful, TRUMP IS BAD wrapping paper that I, well-meaning liberal, am drawn to like a moth…

There are, I think, three sounds that I will remember with perfect clarity until the day I die; one joyous, one harrowing, and one a pure distillation of advancement and achievement — of the satisfaction that comes from hard work and a job well done.

The first is the first…

Alberto Medina

Writer/editor. Communications Specialist. Supporter of Puerto Rican Independence.

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