Pres. Trump recently tweeted that the UN is “just a club for people to get together, talk, and have a good time.” Trump also stated that “as to the UN, things will be different after January 20th.” Now in early January, a bill was submitted to congress…which would pull the US out of the UN.
This raises two questions: is the US preparing to withdraw from the UN? And what would this mean for Puerto Rico?
THE AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY ACT OF 2017
The congressional bill to withdraw from the UN, HR 193, is known as the American Sovereignty Act of 2017.
It is sponsored by a group of southern GOP congressmen from Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, North Carolina, Arizona and Florida.
The bill is nothing new – in fact, this same bill has been submitted to congress every year, for the past 20 years. It has never come close to passage, and it is unlikely to receive enough support in 2017, either.
But that is not the point of this American Sovereignty Act.
The 2017 Sovereignty Act – the mere filing of it – signals a pending US retrenchment from the world community. Trump is creating elbow room, positioning himself and his government as a lone wolf.
This is consistent with his contempt for NATO, and his disregard for both the 2015 Paris Agreement and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, regarding global warming and greenhouse gas emissions.
This “elbow room” is necessary for the Trump brand.
Donald Trump did not play well with other children…and now as an adult…Trump does not play well with other heads of state. He wants to tell them when to jump and how high. And if they don’t do it, they’re fired.
In other words, chaos is Donald Trump’s friend. Chaos will offer Trump the opportunity to surprise and intimidate other world leaders. And so Trump will create…chaos.
It worked for him throughout his business career. It worked for him as a political candidate. Now he’ll do it as President.
HURRICANE DONALD HITS PUERTO RICO
If Trump continues to ridicule and subordinate the role of the UN, it will place Puerto Rico in a more difficult position, with regard to demanding its independence.
Whether or not the US secedes from the UN will be immaterial…because if Trump refuses to recognize the authority – or even the moral relevance – of the UN, then as President of the US, Trump will simply ignore anything the UN says with respect to Puerto Rico.
Pres. Trump will simply point to the Sanchez Valle and Franklin Trust cases, and invoke the Supremacy and Territorial Clauses of the US constitution.
He will play the “strict constructionist,” even as he violates the First Amendment and Equal Protection rights of half the nation.
In keeping with his America First philosophy, Trump will tell Puerto Rico to “stay in its place.”
He will back the Financial Control Board to the hilt, and after dozens of “Public Private Partnerships” have consumed Puerto Rico…
The island will look like Hurricane Donald blew right through it.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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Hello Mr. Denis and Remy,
Do not know if you are aware of what is happening for some time now to the Puerto Ricans in Miami. In an area called “Little San Juan”, more famously know as Wynwood Miami.
The Gentrification! of our people and community. Is being done by very powerful Real Estate Developers that are also doing the same thing across the country.
Before the Cubans (Little Havana) and the Haitians ( little Haiti) The Puerto Ricans were in “Little San Juan” (Wynwood) building there Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community Center, Roberto Clemente Park, Borinquen Hospital, Jose de Diego School, Aspira, and many restaurants.
These Real Estate Developers looking at what happened in SOHO New York City by Artists, started duplicating this format, by buying cheap properties in Little San Juan and intimidated the residents, mostly Puerto Rican to move!
Then they brought in graffiti artist, (mostly from outside not local) trying to create an art movement in order to make money $$$!! OR rather to cover up what they where doing to make money!! $$$
They are acquiring buildings and warehouses, some are being torn down to make high rise buildings, that only the rich can afford. For not even the artist can live there anymore.
Now the Real estate developers have their eyes on Little Hait, Overtown, etc….
There are articles: “We Were/Are Here” by Marilisa Jimenez Garcia (internet) on what is happening. A youtube video: ” Causes and Effects of Gentrification in Wynwood: Rights to Wynwood”.
Articles: “Gentrification of Little Haiti” by Beth Dunlap
Articles: “little Haiti will Gentrification faster than any South Florida Neighborhood in 2017” by Jerry Iannelli (Mami New Times)
Article: “De Hostos Senior Center Could be Latest Victim of Wynwood Gentrification” by Jessica Weiss.(Miami New Times, May 2016)
The same people (Developers) that are involved are also in other states creating the same Gentrification in other communities. I can list their names but I preferred you and Remy investigate what is happening here.
Please Investigate, for I am disgusted how our good Puerto Rican people, Our good hearted, hard working people are used and then thrown aside like garbage!
Crisis and Colonialism in Puerto Rico
by Olga I. Sanabria Dávila
It used to be the Free Associated State of Puerto Rico was touted as the Showcase of Progress and Democracy in the Caribbean as a result of its accelerated industrialization, the development of its infrastructure, education and health systems and a constitutional system of government in the 1950s and 60s.
At present, however, many United States news outlets and economic reviews are writing about Puerto Rico´s astronomical public debt, its economic crisis and its ramifications. At present the debt is estimated at 73 billion U.S. dollars – up from 32 billion dollars in 2006, one year after the beginning of a recession in Puerto Rico that is expected to persist until 2018, although given the present fiscal crisis that is doubtful.
Beyond the junk bond status of Puerto Rico bonds, with unemployment estimated at between 13 and 14 per cent, a 44.9 per cent poverty rate, with 84 per cent of its children living in poverty stricken areas, only four out of ten of those able to work doing so, and at a $19,000 median annual income that is half the income of Mississippi, the United States´ poorest state, Puerto Rico can hardly be called a showcase of anything but the failure of a dependent economy based on foreign, predominantly U.S. investment, low wages, tax exemption for foreign corporations, and dependence on U.S. federal funds.
Population and other demographic data are also indicators of a showcase gone sour. The new wave of Puerto Rican migration to the United States has been continuous and massive numbering 84,000 in 2014 alone, including professionals, with a population of 5.1 million in the United States while an aging population 3.6 million remains in Puerto Rico.
Thus the constitutional system of government established in PuertoRico in 1952 with the founding of the Free Associated State was a misrepresentation and also a failure as it left intact the backdrop for the present crisis which is the colonial status of Puerto Rico. Despite its autonomy in fiscal affairs, U.S. Congressional laws govern over PuertoRican legislation in the areas international relations and commerce, monetary issues, migration and emigration, maritime traffic (with U.S. Maritime Law applied to Puerto Rico), customs, labor relations and trade union organization, border patrol, airspace and transportation, communications, defense, and many other areas.
In terms of its environmental protection and policy, ecological balance, climate change, global warming Puerto Rico is also subordinate to outside United States agencies, interests, policies, and power. This is very dangerous for the Puerto Rican population as Puerto Rico is a small island country in the Caribbean. In this regard, Puerto Rico´s internationally known geomorphologist, Dr. José Molinelli, recently warned that the PuertoRico Planning Board lacks protocols for handling events in tsunami prone zones.
In the present situation of fiscal and economic crisis, the PuertoRican legislature adopted a bankruptcy law which would have made it possible for public corporations on the Island to declare bankruptcy and thus be enabled to restructure their debt. The debt of the Puerto RicoElectric Power Authority alone is estimated at 9 billion U.S. dollars. However, this legislation was overruled by the United States extraterritorial Federal Court which operates in Puerto Rico. Action which followed byPuerto Rico Resident Commission in Washington, Pedro Pierluisi, for a law to be enacted in order that the Federal bankruptcy law be applicable toPuerto Rico has gone unheeded. A broad movement in Puerto Ricoattempting to have Puerto Rico exempted from application of U.S. maritime law has also gone unheeded.
Response by the government of Puerto Rico has been to raise taxes, fees for a broad spectrum of services, as well as reducing services, and budget cutbacks in general – in general, a neo liberal austerity program styled after International Monetary Fund formulas that will lead to much hardship for the people of Puerto Rico.
Convoking of a Constitutional Status Assembly to deal with the colonial status, unity of purpose, greater protection of local business… are some of the objectives voiced in interviews of Puerto Rican leaders by Cándida Cotto, a reporter with the Puerto Rican pro-independence newspaper Claridad, on necessary actions in the face of the present fiscal and economic crisishitting PuertoRico at present and the hands off position of the United States president and Congress which have negated Puerto Rico the tools necessary for confronting this crisis. The answers included that the United States must be forced to address the crisis in Puerto Rico, including putting an end to its colonial relationship with the United States.
However, as noted in a number of editorial appearing in Puerto Rico major daily newspapers, El Nuevo Día and El Vocero, responds by the three branches of the United States government have been non-committal and even indifferent.
Puerto Rican pro sovereignty legislator Luis Vega Ramos, said “We need to understand, once and for all, that we can only depend on ourselves for moving forward, although many actors were involved in creating this financial bubble, we should not be hopeful that our creditors will negotiate with consideration of our better interest. And the three branches of the U.S. federal government have been reluctant to allow us necessary tools and support such as exemption from U.S. Maritime Laws, applying Federal bankruptcy law to our public corporations or support from the Federal Reserve of the U.S. Treasury.”
Vega Ramos also referred to the fact that other jurisdictions and countries have also been affected by the financial bubble that has now exploded, including as a result of the actions of creditors.
“We must act with unity of purpose if we are to be successful in the difficult upcoming negotiations and to accomplish this we must have full transparency and citizen participation as never before seen in Puerto Rico. We need to all feel a part of the solution.”
According to Pro Independence Party leader, Juan Dalmau, the Puerto Rican community in the United States has a determining role because more than half of the Puerto Rican population is presently living in the United States where they participate in politics and form public opinion regarding Puerto Rico. When PuertoRico is not a problem it can be swept under the rug. However, now that PuertoRico is a theme, a problem, it can exert pressure.
He noted that all international financial analysis that have been done regarding the situation in Puerto Rico closely connect the situation toPuerto Rico´s colonial situation, political subordination and lack of powers therein, and the need to resolve that.
Wilma Reverón Collazo, a leader in the National Hostos Movement for the Independence of Puerto Rico, and others have called for an independent audit of Puerto Rico´s public debt, reparations to Puerto Ricofor the exploitation, repression and environment damage the Puerto Rican people have endured at the hands of United Statescolonialism and solution of the colonial status through a Constitutional Status Assembly and independence.
The power relationship and political subordination of Puerto Rico to the United States points to a colonial status issue. Colonialism is an historical anachronism that has long been declared contrary to international law and human rights, from which emanates, in the case of Puerto Rico, the injustices inherent in the colonial relation which the United States has maintained with Puerto Rico since its invasion of the Island in 1898, one hundred and seventeen years ago.
Commitment to grassroots democracy is totally consistent with support for the decolonization of Puerto Rico as colonialism is also totally contrary todemocracy. For the country ruled, democracy is non-existent where one country rules over another, if even if there are elections every four years to elect local authorities. Taking into account that in Puerto Rico the United States controls commerce, international relations, immigration, monetary issues, communications, postal matters, defense, labor relations, and others, to truly support democracy in Puerto Rico, its decolonization has to be supported as the first step for the Puerto Rican people to live in ademocracy.
The issue of the support of the Puerto Rican people for independence and there not being enough support, therefore, is not an impediment forsolidarity with Puerto Rico. Support for decolonization is a matter of principle precisely because colonialism is contrary to human rights, contrary to self-determination and contrary to democracy.
Regarding decolonization, what comes into play is what should be the mechanism in order that the Puerto Rican people freely exercise their sovereignty and their right to self-determination which are the inalienable rights of all peoples as recognized by international law, specifically by Resolution 1514(XV) of the United Nations General Assembly (1960), which is considered the Magna Carta of Decolonization.
Further, it must be stated that regarding the future status of Puerto Rico, the only option recognized by international law as inalienable, is the right to independence. International law maintains that all peoples have the inalienable right to self-determination and independence. The Free Associated State status, free association under international law and statehood for Puerto Rico are not inalienable rights. Further, Puerto Ricans are a separate people from the people of the United States.
Before the United States invasion of Puerto Rico in 1898, the nationhood of the Puerto Rican people had been forged during more than four hundred during which our culture and national identity became clear and distinct from that of any other people in the world. The Free Associated State status and statehood for Puerto Rico are not inalienable rights. Besides being an inalienable right, because Puerto Rico is a nation, international posits that independence is the natural aspiration of peoples who have not yet acquired full self-government.
The plebiscites, referendums and the like carried out in Puerto Rico are not the solution precisely because they have not been free exercises of the will of the Puerto Rican people. They have taken place in the context of colonial rule, military occupation, repression and persecution of the independence forces, economic dependence and colonial legislation and U.S. Congressional legislation. Thus, their results cannot be said to reflect the true will of the Puerto Rican people. For these reasons they have not been an exercise of self-determination.
While the United States has maintained that it will accept the will and decision of the Puerto Rican regarding its status, it has obstructed the process by maintaining that the issue is its internal matter and not recognizing the role of the United Nations. Precisely through these referendum and plebiscite processes, it has used its power in Puerto Ricomaintain the present status, which is the option most consistent with its economic, political and other interests in Puerto Rico.
These are the reasons that the Puerto Rican pro-independence forces and even some supporting other options continually resort to United Nations Resolution 1514(XV). It is recognized that the United Nations has a role to play. In order for an expression of the will of the Puerto Rican people regarding its future relation to the United States to be a free exercise, it must be supervised by the United Nations because it is understood that otherwise the determining factor in any exercise will be the power relationship of domination of the United States over Puerto Rico.
As regards the present situation as regards the fiscal and economic crisis, the situation is increasingly billed as a political crisis which will force attention to the colonial status and the need to resolve it if the fiscal and economic situation are to be addressed. Regarding the political status and independence, while it is true that a lot of work needs to be done by the pro-independence forces in order that support for this option grow substantially, there is in Puerto Rico an overall sentiment that the present situation and the colonial status must be resolved.
Cleavages along which Puerto Rico’s main political parties are divided delineate options which, according to the rhetoric of leaders of even the pro statehood and pro Free Associated State parties, move the country away from the colonial status. Even those supporting statehood (which would be the culmination of colonialism in Puerto Rico) continually attack the Free Associated State as colonial and the second class U.S citizenship of PuertoRicans under the Free Associated State as the root of the country’s problems.
Meanwhile, within the pro Free Associated State Popular Democratic Party, there is a growing so-called autonomous, pro sovereignty wing, which espouses greater powers for the Free Associated State, including to freely engage in international trade relations, and that outside of certain areas only powers specifically delegated should be exercised by the United States over Puerto Rico.
The vibrant social movements active today in Puerto Rico regarding women’s rights, civil rights, community empowerment, the environment, youth, sports, culture, labor, cooperative economic endeavors, and many other areas, are in constant encounter with the colonial status as an impediment to their objectives. Thus, these social movements are also a base of the anti-colonial, potentially pro-independence movement that will participate in any future exercise in self-determination supervised by the international community, specifically the United Nations.
These movements and the pro-independence movement and organizations overlap in many scenarios, and along with the action of the United Nations and international solidarity, especially that of the people of the United States and our Latin American and Caribbean region, are the basis for the future possibility independence and democracy in Puerto Rico.
The inalienable right to self-determination is for all of the Puerto Rican people to exercise including those who do not support independence, but in order to be legitimate and a true exercise of self-determination with a level playing field for all options, including independence, the mechanism for its exercise but must a fair one that abides by international law, not any plebiscite or referendum.
Such is the case of a Constitutional Status Assembly, a mechanism fordecolonization which is gaining ground in Puerto Rico as it becomes more urgent for the colonial status issue of Puerto Rico to be resolve. Within the United States progressive sectors, support for Puerto Rican decolonizationand a fair mechanism for the decolonization process and independence to take place, is crucial.
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OK. What I’m meant is that India, Russia, China and others countries are playing a big roll on international affairs to the point that makes USA uncomfortable when it tries to enforce it’s particular agenda at the UN.They can’t stand it.The US not longer dominate world’s affairs.Therefore whatever way our struggle for independence takes place,US still remains responsable for its development and outcome, otherwise will be acting out of international law by simply not recognizing the international laws regarding UN position on colonials litigations and the rights of the colonies to be Free. our struggle NEEDS to be a national struggle and not of just one party or group that assign it self the task of an independent Puerto Rico.Our own history shows us that.
And why should we “stay in our place”;USA will become an out law country under international law, and therefore our struggle for independence most be more than ever recognize and justify for whatever current that it takes place.Multilaterims is a present reality on world’s affears.USA is loosing world grounds because not just economics but because it’s politics. Let’s keep conducting our struggle on an unified manner and not for a particular party.Our struggle or revolution don’t need to be partician but national.Our history of struggle have shown that.
Apologies, dear Sir, BUT …
As a Sovereign Individual I must agree with Mr. Trump’s assessment of the “United” Nations, although I would use less agreeable words than he.
As a Sovereign Individual I do not recognize neither the authority nor the “moral” relevance of the “united” Nations, the “united” States, nor the Puerto Rico “government” over my self. My rights are mine, granted by my Creator as a gift, not granted to me by a sheet of foolscap with the word “Constitution” written on the first line. The only authority these institutions seem to pay heed to is force; lucky for them I practice the Non-Aggression Principle, as much as possible.
I admit that, in certain situations, I may have to say like Dr. Moreau’s creatures, “Are we not human?” This would be followed by a breach of said Principle, for which I apologize.
As for the entire mess the Island is going through, I would suggest checking Dr. Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s book “What Must Be Done” for a strategy to rid ourselves of the federal government. The book is free for the download at mises.org. Please check the same for more references on liberty, economics, and restoration of self-rule.
Aw! C’mon! How can we be concerned about whether or not Donald J. Loco is preparing to ” pull the United States out of the UNO?” He says “the UN is just a club for people to get together, talk, and have a good time.”
He should know because he and his rich and infamous friends know well since they operate their CLUB PUERTO RICO like that, when they “come down” to their Plantations in Puerto Rico to bask amongst the field hands for entertainment. And, at a much cheaper cost!
And, oh, yes! We shouldn’t worry that the lunatic just announced that he might break relations with Mexico because they affirmed that theyWON’T pay for the wall no matter what El Mentiroso tells us.
Now, that’s something Puerto Rico should be worried about, not about the UNO. Now the Worm will probably introduce a bill to have Puerto Rico pay for the WALL.
Puerto Rico is a State of Mind that only a Puerto Rican and/or a born-again Puerto Rican, like myself, can understand and appreciate. I’m talking about the Puerto Rico I remember as a kid when I learned to walk over the boards in El Fanguito off the bus Stop in Santurce when I used to visit my girlfriend’s wonderful but poor family. Yes, poor, but all rich in Spirit. And, I’m talking about the Puerto Rico of 1960 when Organized Crime and the Government were two distinctly different organizations.
As I’ve been noticing: I’m sure the Indian of the Cordillera is awake now and we’re all in for a new but rude awakening.
The War Against All Puerto Rican’s is going to be won by the LAMB in our flag.
He’s following the same foot steps as Adolf Hitler total disregard for common sense and preaching fascism. I predict he will end up just like Hitler,dead in a fox hole for his stupidity and all his wicked followers will disappear with his precious paintings and stolen loot. Wicked history will repeat itself.
Leaving the u.n will be a mistake for Donaldo Juan trompa,and more so for us Boricuas
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‘This raises two questions: is the US preparing to withdraw from the UN? And what would this mean for Puerto Rico?’