TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION An American love story 

The commonwealth of Puerto Rico has a modern infrastructure, a large public sector, and an institutional framework guided by the regulations of  US federal agencies, which have an active and continued presence in the island. Its main trading partners are the United States itself. So basically it’s dictatorship.It reminds me of our American history class: BRITAINS and  “No Taxation Without Representation” AKA the American Revolution. Damn, if it sounds and looks JUST like it!! Citizens haven’t been given rights to be the owners of their own destiny nor representation for the all taxes paid. Thousands of miles away but still a territory of the United States is Washington D.C. is no different than Puerto Rico in its taxation, trade, laws of the United States yet treated human like. In Puerto Rico, only times have changed. How long can you milk cash cow without the present chaos. Manipulate its financial infrastructure so that it’s financially ruined. Then the island is open to vultures and scavengers seeking to take over with smiles while daggers are in the backs of the Puerto Rican People. Puerto Ricans have fought in large numbers side by side in American Wars. A long  lists of American campaigns have been headed by Puerto Rican Americans. So don’t treat us like second to third class citizens. We are American citizens during war and peace.

We earned our rightful place in America and earned the right to be owners of our destiny on our Island of Puerto Rico and mainland US. So real quick: Respect our Island and dump that ridiculous vulture hedge fund and big government spending that created the Puerto Rican Debt. This So Called DEBT was paid a long time ago with blood, lives, sweat, and tears.

Muslim restaurant owner shuts down business after onslaught of vandalism and death threats.

Muslim restaurant owner shuts down business after onslaught of vandalism and death threats

In December 2016, the Muslim-owned restaurant was vandalized with bacon twice in one week.
Source: ZaZa Bar & Bites/Facebook
Asad Khan, an immigrant from Pakistan, is closing his restaurant in Galveston, Texas, after months of anti-Muslim harassment and death threats, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The harassment began in December when the restaurant, ZaZa Bar & Bites, had its door smeared with bacon grease. A couple days later, Khan found bacon bits strewn out in front of his restaurant entrance. According to the Holy Quran, Muslims are discouraged from consuming pork. Some people have weaponized pork as a tool for anti-Muslim activism or vandalism.

The Muslim small business owner reported the incidents to the police in December, but since then, the harassment has taken a darker turn. Khan has also received threatening phone calls telling him to leave the country.

“I shut ZaZa down because of death threats towards me via phone calls,” Khan Khan told the Houston Chronicle. “In the last seven weeks or so, [the] calls become worse. I did not enjoy being called ‘sand nigger’ or people telling me that I will die in ZaZa.”

According to Houston Chronicle, some social media users accused Khan of making up the story behind the restaurant’s closing. He denies claims, or victim-blaming allegations, that he is closing the restaurant because of financial issues. Khan said the restaurant is not his only source of income.

“I had seen on Facebook when ZaZa was ‘baconed’ last year that people down here believed that I was behind it,” Khan added. “It really hurt me. There is no bankruptcy, none being filed. It’s easier to blame the victim than accept we have a problem.”

Khan closed ZaZa Bar & Bites at peak tourist season for Galveston.

“I opened ZaZa [as] a happy little fun project; this was supposed to [be] fun and love,” Khan said. “Never did I think that people in Galveston are so closed-minded. People want me dead because of me being a Muslim. I am honestly sick to my stomach. And frankly, fearful.”

Khan, who immigrated to the United States in 1993, is not the only Muslim business owner to have his restaurant attacked since the start of the 2016 election cycle. In December 2015, around the same time as the San Bernardino attack and when then-presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed “a total and complete shutdown” on Muslims entering the country, a man walked into a convenience store in Queens, New York, and punched the Muslim owner.

“I’m gonna kill Muslims,” the perpetrator allegedly shouted.

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On March 10, a white man in Florida mistakenly assumed the Indian owners of a convenience store was Muslim and attempted to burn their business down to the ground.

Trump will once again restrict tourist travel to Cuba

Donald Trump will once again restrict tourist travel to Cuba

People march with Cuban flags during the May Day parade in Havana, Cuba.

Source: Ramon Espinosa/AP

President Donald Trump is set to reinstate much of the United States’ trade embargo with Cuba on Friday, once again restricting tourist travel to the Caribbean island and banning companies from doing business with any entity tied to the Cuban government, Politico reported.

“I will seek to promote a stable, prosperous and free country for the Cuban people,” a draft of Trump’s new Cuba policy reads, according to Politico. “To that end, we must ensure that U.S. funds are not channeled to a regime that has failed to meet the most basic requirements of a free and just society.”

In 2014, President Barack Obama eased restrictions on tourist travel to the country, which had been isolated for decades thanks to the embargo. His administration allowed tourists to spend money in the country as part of educational trips. Yet the administration also was lax about enforcing those rules, according to Politico.

The Trump administration, however, will demand that trips “result in a meaningful interaction between the traveler” and Cubans, and will force travelers to keep records of their travels for five years, in case of an audit by the Treasury Department, Politico reported.

Trump plans to announce the changes Friday at a speech in Miami, a move that will make good on a campaign promise he made in the 2016 presidential election.

The Trump administration says Obama’s policies let the Castro family regime profit, while not helping the Cuban people in the country.

“The oppressors of the Cuban people are the Cuban government who have increased repression on the island against dissidents and Ladies in White since re-establishing diplomatic relations,” the White House said in a statement to Politico. “Prior to that, it was not clear to some if the Obama policy toward Cuba would work; today it is clear that the Obama policy toward Cuba does not.”