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Senate May Consider Congressional Gold Medal To Puerto Rican War Veterans - Fox News Latino

Senate May Consider Congressional Gold Medal To Puerto Rican War Veterans - Fox News Latino

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Senate May Consider Congressional Gold Medal To Puerto Rican War Veterans
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The U.S. Senate is likely to join the House in seeing proposed legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Puerto Rican veterans of the 65th Infantry Regiment. An alliance representing the veterans announced that Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a ...

VP Joe Biden set to speak at Vegas conference - Las Vegas Sun

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VP Joe Biden set to speak at Vegas conference
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The speech is set for the Youth Awards Banquet, which will include about 1,000 youth members of LULAC from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. This will be Biden's first time speaking at the meeting. The group says Biden's wife, Jill Biden, spoke at last ...

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    Pr. William group, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, announces housing pilot program

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Turkey: A Social Media Chronology of Occupy Gezi

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This post originally appeared on the author's own blog, Azadolu.
On April 10, 2013 a hashtag on the Turkish twittersphere proclaimed #ayagakalk (which translates to “stand up”). The call came from a small group of activists trying to preserve the standing park, Gezi Park in Taksim Square, against plans to build a mall in the area. Nobody expected this little incident to turn into the biggest protest in the country’s republican history. In the words of Twitter user Ezgi Medran, who was trying to collect signatures on April 10 for the initial protest slated for April 13 [tr]:
@egedenizz Taksim Gezi Parkı'nı kurtarmak için, imzalarınızı bekliyoruz!http://taksimicinayagakalk.com/#ayagakalk@ayagakalktaksim aracılığıyla
We are in need of your signatures in order to save Taksim Gezi park!
The protests started as a festival, held on April 13. Environmental activist Barış Gençer Baykan wrote:
@yesilgundem Taksim Gezi Parkı'na binlerce kişi sahip çıkıyor#ayagakalk@ayagakalktaksimpic.twitter.com/X6dek5HvnG
Thousands are protecting the Taksim Gezi Park.
Thousands gather at Taksim's Gezi Park. Photograph shared on Twitter by @yesilgundem
Thousands gather at Taksim's Gezi Park. Photograph shared on Twitter by @yesilgundem
No clashes were recorded between security forces and protesters at that time. On May 27, another protest was held for the same purpose. This time, a few activists occupied Gezi Park to stand against the construction crew. Social media team 140journs shared a picture of the activists with these words:
@140journs Taksim Gezi Parkında dün gece başlatılan yıkım çalışmalarına karşın geceden itibaren nöbet tutuluyor. #ayagakalkpic.twitter.com/1ZVUpkgxkX
There are patrols since last night at the Taksim Gezi Park despite the demolition works.
Protesters camping in Gezi Park. Photo credit: @140journos
Protesters camping in Gezi Park. Photo credit: @140journos
Things started to get out of hand after two incidents that went viral on social media. The first was apicture of an unarmed woman protester attacked by the police using tear gas, taken by Reuters photographer Osman Orsal. Later, in a dawn operation, the police burned down the activists’ tents. The incident was captured on YouTube.
The popular hashtag transformed into #direngeziparki (resist Gezi Park), which was followed by growing support for the protests. Memet Ali Alabora, a Turkish actor, was at the park and was one of the first of a few celebrities who actively joined the resistance. He said on his Twitter account:
@memetalialabora Mesele sadece Gezi Parkı değil arkadaş, sen hâlâ anlamadın mı? Hadi gel. #direngeziparkı
This is not only about Gezi Park, my friend, don't you get it yet? Come on, come here.
Police commenced attacks on protestors with tear gas and water cannons. The amount of the tear gas used was excessive. Onlookers reported that police targeted protestors’ bodies when shooting tear gas capsules. Twitter user Alper Orakci shared the amazing amount of the tear gas capsules on Istiklal Caddesi, the biggest street in Taksim Square:
@alperorakci Gaz bombasi kapsulleri!!! pic.twitter.com/pEmVk9ZBcY
Tear gas capsules!
Excessive amounts of tear gas was used to disperse the protesters. Photograph shared on Twitter by @alperorakci
Excessive amounts of tear gas was used to disperse the protesters. Photograph shared on Twitter by @alperorakci
Osman Orsal, the Reuters photographer who took the iconic photo of the protester woman in red, was injured by a tear gas capsule. Benjamin Harvey, bureau chief of Bloomberg Turkey, wrote:
@BenjaminHarvey Osman Orsal, photographer. This is a photo he took in Istanbul yday:http://bit.ly/11GaGa1 This is him today: pic.twitter.com/8aU1vRZGjX
Osman Orsal injured by a tear gas capsule. Source: pic.twitter.com/8aU1vRZGjX
Protesters organized on Facebook and Twitter, as the mainstream media was apparently ignoring the protests. There were reactions on social media against to mainstream media channels. Twitter userFaruk erman shared a picture that illustrated the silence of Turkish media:
@farukerman şu anda tv kanalları pic.twitter.com/DsfhVnz0CZ
Right now the TV channels.
TV channels during clashes. Source: pic.twitter.com/DsfhVnz0CZ
Benjamin Harvey was exasperated with CNN-Turk for showing a documentary about penguins during the clashes:
@BenjaminHarvey Seriously, CNN-Turk is airing a show on penguins.
The supporters of AKP (Justice and Development Party), the ruling party in Turkey, blamed the protesters for the clashes. They commented under the hashtag of #oyunagelmeturkiyem (“do not get tricked, Turkey”) on Twitter. Twitter user Canan Kumas wrote:
@Canan_Hasret Tayyip has done nothing but help the country grow over the past years and now they want him impeached over a park #oyunagelmetuerkiyem
Countering comparisons of Turkey with the Arab Spring, another user, Bunyamin Hakimoglu said:
@Benj_Kobsch Don't imagine a spring in Turkey. The government is elected with a democratic election. Be aware of the difference! #OyunaGelmeTürkiyem
On the other hand, there were some critics between some supporters, too. For example, AKP (Justice and Development Party) senator and ex-minister of culture and tourism, Ertugrul Gunay was angry about his party's fierce politics on protesters:
@ErtugrulGunayFethin yıldönümünde Istanbul'da AVM yapmak için 75yıllık ağaçları kesmeye kalkanlar, ne Fatih Sultan'ı anlamışlar, ne de Yaradan'ın emrini!
People who try to cut down 75-year-old trees on the anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul to build a mall cannot understand the Sultan Fatih nor God's order!
Even as the protests and clashes continue across the country, Prime Minister Erdogan does not seem willing to back down. He said on his own Twitter account:
@RT_ErdoganMuhalefetin 100 bin kişi topladığı yerde biz 1 milyon kişi toplarız ama bizim böyle bir derdimiz yok.
We can bring one million people together, where the opposition gathers a hundred thousand people around, but we are not into that kind of business.
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Secretario del DE reacciona a allanamiento federal en oficinas regionales de Caguas 

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El Secretario de Educación, Rafael Román Meléndez, reaccionó hoy tras el allanamiento que realizan agentes del Negociado Federal de Investigaciones (FBI) y de la Oficina del Inspector General del Departamento de Educación de los EE.UU en las oficinas regionales del Departamento de Educación (DE) en Caguas. “El operativo realizado hoy responde a una investigación de [...]

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Oklahoma Tornado Now the Largest on Record

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4:09 PM AST on June 04, 2013
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We step through the minute-by-minute details of the May 31, 2013 of this historic tornado.
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See how wide the tornado was that struck El Reno, Okla. last Friday.
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Sandbags and preparation take center stage in small towns along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.
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Germany dispatched thousands of soldiers Tuesday to help cities and towns cope with flooding from rain-swollen rivers.
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Tomorrow Night
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Rain Showers
30% chance of precipitation
Tomorrow is forecast to be temperature as today.
METAR TJSJ 041956Z VRB04KT 9SM FEW033 SCT075 SCT110 32/22 A2999 RMK AO2 SLP153 HZ ALQDS T03170217
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Waning Crescent, 13% of the Moon is Illuminated
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METAR TJSJ 041956Z VRB04KT 9SM FEW033 SCT075 SCT110 32/22 A2999 RMK AO2 SLP153 HZ ALQDS T03170217
NE 63:42 PM AST
87.59563ENE 2.04:00 PM AST
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English First and English Only Groups on Puerto Rico

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As Puerto Rico contemplates statehood, language continues to be an issue of concern for groups and individuals who would like to see the United States adopt English as the official national language.
The United States does not have an official language, though many states do. Groups that would like to see the U.S. adopt English as an official language may be concerned that another bilingual state (Hawaii, like Puerto Rico, has two official languages)would make their cause even more difficult to accomplish.
In discussing the November 2012 plebescite, US English (“Making English the Official Language”) says, “this vote is dangerous to the cause of Official English.” The group goes on to say, “The acceptance of an entire U.S. state where public schools, courts, and the legislature operate in a non-English language would drive a spike through the unifying power of English, our common language.”
The article containing these forthright admissions that Puerto Rico’s statehood would threaten their cause continues with expressions of alarm over the possibility that Spanish might be spoken on official occasions. “What language will be spoken by employees of the federal and state governments in Puerto Rico?” the authors ask. “If Spanish is chosen, how will they communicate with the rest of the United States?”
These rhetorical questions are quickly followed by reminders that Puerto Rico has a high level of poverty and would have representation in the U.S. government if it were a state. It is not clear that this is connected with potential problems in communication.
U.S. English Chairman Mauro E. Mujica visited Puerto Rico last year. He congratulated Puerto Ricans on having “the best of both worlds” as a territory of the United States and went on to state the position of the organization:
Rather than arguing about the future of Puerto Rico’s political status, political leaders should instead be working together to help solve the island’s economic problems. U.S. English believes that the future political status of Puerto Rico should be chosen by the will of its residents– however, if statehood is elected, we would like to see it done with the support of a supermajority (not simple majority) of voters, and English should first be declared the sole official language
In other words, Puerto Rico should declare English its official language (as the United States has never done) and then should vote on the question of political status. In English, we assume.
In a white paper, the organization goes into more detail on its view of statehood for Puerto Rico:
The momentum behind statehood is significant and the
likelihood of the Puerto Rican people voting to become a state becomes more and more  imminent.   Becoming a state, however, will have a major affect [sic] on the cultural independence Puerto
Rico now enjoys. The most important characteristic of statehood that must be taken into  consideration is the fact that statehood is a permanent change. If conditions change, and Puerto  Ricans dislike what is happening to the island, culture, and/or language as a result of statehood,  Puerto Rico cannot secede to become independent, or even return to commonwealth status.  Going back is not an option.
The paper points out that some other states which were not at the time of their admissions into the Union primarily English speaking (Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arizona) were told before their votes on statehood that they would be expected to learn English.
English is already one of the official languages of Puerto Rico.
ProEnglish, another organization seeking to make English the official language of the United States, has a page on Puerto Rican statehood in its website’s main navigation. They have not updated the page since last year’s referendum, but they opposed the 2012 vote because “ there is no provision in the bill that requires Puerto Rico to adopt English as the language of its government, which ProEnglish believes must be a pre-requisite for any territory or commonwealth to be admitted as a state.” There is no such provision in the current bill, either, so we can assume that they still oppose statehood for Puerto Rico.
ProEnglish believes that admitting Puerto Rico to the Union would set a “bad precedent.” “No territory with an official language other than English,” they say,  “has ever been admitted to the Union.” Overlooking the fact that Hawaii has two official languages and that — by the US English count — four other states with “language issues” have in fact been admitted, it again seems odd that an organization believing so strongly in the value of making English an official language should be so completely willing to ignore the fact that English is one of Puerto Rico’s official languages.
If these organizations are so convinced that making English official would advance the unity of the United States, why do they consider it irrelevant that Puerto Rico has declared English an official language?
ProEnglish concludes the discussion with a clear statement of their position:
Puerto Ricans have fought bravely defending freedom as members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and made great contributions as citizens residing in the U.S.  But the U.S. has a duty to preserve English as the unifying language of our nation. Puerto Rico should not be admitted to the Union unless it agrees to make English the official language of day-to-day government operations, and English language instruction mandatory in its public schools.
English First contents itself with quoting Rick Santorum:
“Like any other state, there has to be compliance with this and any other federal law,” Santorum said. “And that is that English has to be the principal language.”
Santorum was incorrect in his belief that there is a federal law regarding the primacy of English.
Is the fact that Spanish is spoken by most people in Puerto Rico truly a barrier to statehood? 34.5 million Americans speak Spanish at home. In all, 303 different language are spoken by residents of the United States. Spanish is already the most common second language in the U.S. — for 62% of those who reported speaking a language other than English at home, Spanish was the language in question.
There are currently more Puerto Ricans living on the mainland that in Puerto Rico. Including Puerto Rico as a state would not, based on the numbers reported by the most recent U.S. Census study, make much difference in the prevelance of Spanish being spoken in the United States.
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