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Puerto Rico is a Colony, No Matter How Else You Dress it Up

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A review of Nelson A. Denis’ 2015 history War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony by Ron Jacobs for Counter Punch.

The island called Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States. This fact means that the rights US citizens assume to be theirs do not necessarily apply to Puerto Ricans living on the island. The history of Puerto Rico since the United States military invaded it in 1898 makes this very clear. Whether one is taking a look at the economic relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico, the political relationship, or the military relationship, the blatant nature of the colonial relationship is foremost.

This becomes very clear in Nelson A. Denis’ 2015 history War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony.Partially a biography of the Nationalist leader and hero Pedro Albizu Campos and partially a…

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