Vieques and the Politics of Democratic Resistance

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					           Vieques and the Politics of
            Democratic Resistance
                                    Amílcar Antonio Barreto
                                             Northeastern University




                                             Introduction

Geographic happenstance is both a blessing and a curse. Vieques lies east
of the main island of Puerto Rico and to the west of the Virgin Islands. Its
residents have carried out their lives on a verdant Caribbean isle coveted by
more than one empire f
				
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Description: Since the mid-1970s a grassroots Vieques peace campaign aimed at shutting down the Navy's bombing range has persevered. The trajectory of the Vieques peace campaign demonstrated that, after more than a century of U.S. colonial rule, Puerto Ricans are finally learning that healthy democratic practice necessitates active resistance against injustices even as these misdeeds are carried out in the name of liberty. Typical of his time, his expansionist views were liberally laced with a deeply held belief in racial superiority and the "white man's burden" (Mahan 1975, 498).\n For generations an explicitly stated foreign policy objective of the U.S. federal government has been the proliferation of democratic regimes.
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