Posts Tagged: Howard Hills

The Relationship Between Puerto Rico and the U.S.

As awareness of Puerto Rico’s debt crisis grows, Americans are also expressing confusion about Puerto Rico’s relationship with the United States. The Skimm says Puerto Rico is “like a college kid — kinda independent, kinda not.” Bloomberg says, “The political and economic relationship between U.S. territories and their neglectful overlords in Washington is a blueprint… Read more »

Will A Court Case Again Backfire on the Territories?

Guest post by Howard Hills Acquisition of U.S. citizenship by court order, as requested in the American Samoan citizenship case, may prove highly problematic. If the courts rule that the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment applies in non-incorporated territories, that is tantamount to incorporation of all five current territories into the United States. Incorporation… Read more »

American Samoa Citizenship Case Shrouded in Confusion

By guest contributor Howard Hills   If one believes Mother Jones magazine and Last Week Tonight television program commentaries, the territory of American Samoa is exploited under U.S. imperialist tyranny, evoking the legacy of institutionalized racism in 19th century America. The commentaries were prompted by a lawsuit generated by a Washington, DC lawyer with a lawyer… Read more »

Federal Territorial Law is Broken; Can the Courts Fix It?

By guest contributor Howard Hills   In the 1901 case of Downes v. Bidwell, the U.S. Supreme broke with our nation’s anti-colonial principles and allowed the U.S. Government to rule foreign lands acquired by the U.S. outside the umbrella of the Constitution. The peoples were not found to be U.S. citizens. The court invented a… Read more »

Puerto Rico’s 2012 Status Vote Was A Valid Act of Self-Determination

Howard Hills* Because statehood decisively won the status vote in 2012, Puerto Rico’s two local anti-statehood parties are seeking to delegitimize the last referendum.  History and international law support those who argue that the statehood party should concede nothing to the revisionists who would deconstruct a valid act of self-determination, in which the U.S. citizens of… Read more »