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Puerto Rico under Colonial Rule: Political persecution and the quest for Human Rights

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    Puerto Rico under Colonial Rule:
    Political persecution and the quest for Human Rights

    Edited by Ramón Bosque Pérez & José Javier Colón Morera

    Puerto Rico, one of the last and most populated colonial territories in the world, occupies a relatively unique position. Its lengthy interaction with the United States has resulted in the long-term acquisition of expanded legal rights and relative political stability. At the same time, that interaction has simultaneously seen political intolerance and the denial of basic rights, particularly toward those who have challenged colonialism. In Puerto Rico under Colonial Rule, academics and intellectuals from the fields of political science, history, sociology, and law examine three themes: evidence of state-sponsored political persecution in the twentieth century, contemporary issues, and the case of Vieques.

    Contributors include Ivonne Acosta-Lespier, César J. Ayala, Jorge Benítez-Nazario, Ramón Bosque-Pérez, Viviana Carro-Figueroa, María E. Estades-Font, Alberto L. Márquez, José Javier Colón Morera, José (Ché) Paralitici, José E. Rivera Santana, José E. Serrano, Jalil Sued-Badilló, and Jan Susler.

    "…a true and seldom explored history of how the voices of decolonization in Puerto Rico were silenced by agencies of the United States and Puerto Rico through often illegal means. It is a history the American public is not aware of, but should know."

    — from the Foreword by Congressman José E. Serrano

    "This book offers a thorough and current discussion — the best available in English — of the twentieth-century history of political persecution and human rights in Puerto Rico."

    — Andrés Torres, coeditor of The Puerto Rican Movement: Voices from the Diaspora

    "The extent of official United States repression of the independence movement in Puerto Rico is not widely known or acknowledged. The editors and contributors do a good job of bringing the most salient facts of this black page of United States governmental policy and practice to light."

    — Gerald Meyer, coeditor of The Lost World of Italian-American Radicalism: Politics, Labor, and Culture

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    Khuttar, it is a sad fact that in the USA very few or none of the intellectuals, and much less the general public are aware of the problems faced by Puerto Ricans who are politically pro-Independence, and who are and continue to be fervently anti-colonialism. My mother died after an entire life dedicated to the cause of human rights, civil rights, and the cause of independence for the Puerto Rican nation, and of preserving the sovereignty rights of Puerto Ricans. Vieques was polluted by the USA Navy and currently Vieques suffers from horrifically high cancer rates. It is no accident that my mother among others are victims of the tragic reality that the US Navy viewed Puerto Ricans as 'expendable' in their quest for geo-political and military control of not only the Western Hemisphere but of the entire resources of the planet. If one reads Condoleeza Rice's books on how the USA should view the world it is about world hegemony and domination and a little war booty island in the Caribbean like Puerto Rico is just one in a long line of its 'conquests'. The price paid by the 'conquered' peoples are high and tragic. I count my mother among those who have lost their lives in the battle to gain some semblance of dignity and independence out of all these lies, disrespectful acts and indignities visited on all the 'occupied' people in the world.

    Those Puerto Ricans who continue to support this horrible colonial relationship or who are naive and or ignorant enough to believe statehood is what the COLONIZERS are going to implement on the island are truly impeding needed and necessary change. The sooner they realize that change is the only way any real progress is going to be accomplished on the island the better the future will become. Colonialism must be eradicated. Statehood is not what the USA government plans for the island. The only remaining option that makes sense will be independence. But since independence has been associated as 'criminal' by the powers that be---the first HURDLE to overcome is to realize that EVERY nation in the world must seek justice and fight for their rights. It will never be handed to them on a silver platter. The greedy and the callous who believe in COLONIALISM will never change without enormous pressure from somewhere. Thanks Khuttar for mentioning the book.


    • #3
      During the heyday of Roman empire Pax Romana era the Roman colonies were very happy to be part of the Roman empire exccept for Israel or Palestine as the Romans called it. When people are happy to be colonized there is NOTHING that you can do to convince them otherwise . Especially when benefits are perceived to outnumber the risks and losses. Offering noncolonial status as an incentive to such people is like asking a rabbit to trade a carrot for a stick. It just won't work. It's only when people are hurting more than they are benefiting that they seek change and as it stands that just isn't the case with Puerto Rican islanders.


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        ‎"La opresión es la más grande calamidad de la humanidad. Divierte y contamina las mejores energías del hombre-del que sufre la opresión y del opresor. Y si la colonización destruye al colonizado, asi también pudre al colonizador."
        Albert Memmi : El Colonizador y el Colonizado

        "If you are not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are beïng oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing."Malcolm X