The American Colony of Puerto Rico

Yesterday was the 109th anniversary of the initial American occupation of Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War. I don't proclaim to be an expert on Puerto Rico-U.S. relations but I do think it is an interesting anniversary that is indicative of the behavior of the United States across the world and across time. There has been struggles, in the past, for Puerto Rican independence. Some of this sentiment still remains but the numbers for those calling for it appear to have shrunk dramatically. Residents of Puerto Rico cannot vote for President and do not have voting representatives in Congress yet they are subject to Selective Services, aka, the draft.

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