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Who supplies Saudi Arabia with weapons?

More than 140 people were killed and over 525 wounded on Saturday, by a Saudi Arabian airstrike on a funeral. (See nytimes, rt, theguardian, and foxnews.) The questions are: Who supplies Saudi ...
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What are the steps to become an independent country once independence has been declared?

In How to Become a Country in 3 Easy Steps they mention: Step 1 Declare independence Step 2 Gain recognition Step 3 Join the United Nations Foreign Policy has a similar article How to Start Your ...
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Was it illegal for Spain to declare the Catalan independence referendum illegal?

Spain declared the independence referendum of Catalonia illegal. At the time this was reported I was shocked that nobody objected to the Spanish Government's declaration. Even now (two years later), ...
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What forms of redress are available if a government decides to act illegally by omission?

At present, the UK parliament is attempting to pass legislation that would require Boris Johnson's government to take action to avoid a no-deal Brexit scenario. For the purposes of this question, I am ...
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Has Somalia always had a government just not one wikipedia recognizes?

Like adid and the various Somalia national army spinoffs. Was there ever a period with no actual government.
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What is the United States' interest in Ukraine?

I read several articles on why Russia is interested in Ukraine. But not much found on why USA is going after it. Appreciate if someone can explain this to me.
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Why have no US government officials been charged under the Geneva convention?

US and NATO have been big advocates for human rights and international law around the globe. I'm only focusing on Iraq and current military missions in the Middle East and violations of the Geneva ...
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Is Trump's plan to make a wall realistic? [duplicate]

How can he make Mexico pay? Are they legally bound to if the U.S passes a resolution saying so? For info: What Mr. Trump has to say on the matter: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/immigration
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Why isn't there Israel nuclear talk? [closed]

Iran is suspected of building nuclear weapons, then world powers hold Iran nuclear talks in order to prevent them from obtaining nuclear weapons. Meanwhile Israel most likely already has nuclear ...
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Legality of attacking an occupier by third-party forces within partially-occupied state

Suppose state A is (illegally, militarily) occupying some of the territory of state B (denote the occupied part B1 and the unoccupied part B2). Suppose also that state B is allied with state C, and ...
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What characterizes an act of war as “war crime?”

With the Israel-Gaza tension going on, I hear a lot of talk about "war crimes" by the UN. However, to me the war going on doesn't seem different at all from any other war, and leaves me to wonder how ...
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Why do we call the Syrian refugees refugees?

According to the legal definition of being a refugee, a refugee is someone who "owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular ...
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What is the relevant law governing who grants rights to drill for oil in the sea?

This question is posed because I would like to understand what stops an Oil Exploration Corporation from setting up a rig in the ocean and collecting oil (assume it is technically possible).
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Is the practice of giving market access for technology transfer illegal under the WTO?

I was watching a documentary on the trade war and in the documentary a claim is made about the practice of giving market access for technology transfer. They say it was illegal under the WTO, but I ...
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Is there a strong legal guarantee that the U.S. can give to another country that it won't attack them?

Is there a strong legal guarantee that the U.S. can give to another country that it won't attack them? I think because U.S. policy tends to drastically change every time the administration changes, ...
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Can Iran sue US for the coup or its results?

According to The Guardian, The CIA has publicly admitted for the first time that it was behind the notorious 1953 coup against Iran's democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, [...]. ...
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What is the fundamental difference between catching whales and hunting other animals?

I read this article and it seems like activists from cultures without a long history of whaling are inconsistent in their criticism of Japan for its whaling. Many cultural cuisines like rabbits, cows,...
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Why do US tech companies honor rulings by the EU when they don't have jurisdiction?

Why don't they just ignore the EU laws such as 'right to be forgotten', or 'cookies laws', or 'privacy', or 'competition', or even collecting VAT. It's not like the EU will block the domain name. ...
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Why do the Palestinian refugees have special status among the refugees?

The UN body dedicated to protect and help the refugees all around the world is the UNHCR - except for the Palestinian refugees who are the sole group to have their own, specially dedicated UN body: ...
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Is the Armenian Genocide a genocide?

The United Nations Genocide Convention (1948) lists five criteria that constitute genocide: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in ...
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Are the OECD, IMF and the WTO really relevant organizations and what is the price for a country to ignore them?

Are the OECD, IMF and the WTO really relevant organizations and what is the price for a country to ignore them? By relevant I mean that they have the direct or indirect mechanism to impose sanction ...
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Can USA exit a treaty that was signed and ratified?

Can USA exit a treaty that was signed and ratified by President with Senate approval? If so, what is the precise mechanism for withdrawing from a treaty for US Government? If the answer differs for ...
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Why does Assange fear Sweden will extradite him to the USA?

In November 2010, a request was made by Sweden to have Julian Assange extradited from the UK to Sweden, to face charges of rape brought against him. Julian Assange turned himself in to the UK police ...
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Who decides on state names in foreign languages?

The questions really is just that: who decides what a state or country is called in foreign languages? As an example, the official title of Germany is "Bundesrepublik Deutschland" which is usually ...
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Does the “average American” know that the embargo on Cuba is unpopular around the world?

I know that "average American" is a loose expression, but I did not find a better way to mean an American citizen that in this case is not interested in international relations, that is not Cuban-...
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What is the point of countries not recognizing the physical reality of who controls a certain territory?

There has recently been a lot of controversy regarding President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. However it seems odd to me that this is a point of contention in the ...
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Are you legally allowed to fight a war against terror?

So a different question asked if the pentagon was a legitimate military target. And an answer ended up saying, that the law of war does not apply to a terrorist organization but rather civilian law. ...
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How does a person become stateless?

Despite international conventions with provisions against statelessness, how does a person lose their only citizenship, or be born without citizenship, today in this day? Is it possible? What are the ...
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Unregistered vessel on international seas - legal status and consequences? [closed]

What is the legal status, and possible legal consequences of being an unregistered vessel on international seas? Would being unregistered vessel mean, that other ships could treat me like a pirate, ...
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Is ISIS considered a state?

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is "a Salafi jihadi extremist militant group and self-proclaimed caliphate and Islamic state which is led by Sunni Arabs from Iraq and Syria" (Wikipedia). With ...
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What political policies could be used to stop nuclear waste dumping off Somalia's coast?

I was stunned to learn that it is alleged that Europeans are dumping waste - including radioactive wastes - off the coast of Somalia, a practice that some say is responsible for the rise in piracy. ...
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What are the options to a hosting country if a foreign embassy imprisoned someone inside it?

Today I heard an interesting news story on the radio. A Saudi citizen was imprisoned inside the Saudi embassy in Istanbul (Turkey), and the Turkish authorities are investigating the matter after a ...
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Under international law, can a country partially withdraw from a treaty?

Are there any explicit provisions (such as in the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties) or traditions in international law that allow a country to partially, but not totally withdraw from a treaty,...
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Are the US strikes in Syria backed by international treaties against the use of chemical weapons?

The Syrian government has various treaties against the possession and use of chemical weapons. Say (as seems likely) that recent chemical chemical attacks in Syria were undertaken by the government. ...
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Shipping a person in a diplomatic bag

So I found a story about 'Joeseph Dahan,' who was found and released from inside an Egyptian diplomatic bag being sent from Italy to Egypt. Is a diplomatic bag with a person inside it inviolable?
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What is the relation between “recognition” and “legality” of a country"?

There are recognized countries that are members of UN. There are recognized countries that are not members of UN. There are legal countries that are not widely recognized. So, what is the relation ...
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Turkish FM denied speaking to supporters in Europe

What I would like to know though is whether there is historical precedence for foreign heads of state to address followers in other countries. In the case of the Netherlands and Germany they refused ...
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US President Barack Obama has acknowledged that civilians have been killed in drone attacks . Can this be considered as war crime?

US President Barack Obama has acknowledged that civilians have been killed in drone attacks in Muslim nations. Questions. Can this be considered a war crime? If in this case or in other similar ...
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Under which conditions are WTO members allowed to slap a tariff on foreign goods?

Under which conditions are WTO members allowed to slap a tariff on foreign goods? I know China has protected its economy with tariffs and so did the EU against American goods, but I was wondering if ...
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Was the pentagon a legitimate military target? [closed]

Since the pentagon and WTC had military offices wouldn't this make it a military target according to the applicable international treaties such as the Geneva conventions?
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Diplomatic immunity for crimes abroad after returning to home state

There has been a recent incident relating to a person with diplomatic immunity (a US citizen) being involved in a fatal car crash in the UK. My question is born out of reading about this case, but I'm ...
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What law compels countries to take prisoners who wish to surrender?

This arose around some comments on " Is it true that the US president can execute anyone without a trial? " Is there any international law, or convention (including Geneva) which compels any country ...
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China seizes drone in Phillipine waters?

From an article on the seizure today of a US government oceanographic glider I inferred that it was captured by a Chinese warship in Subic bay. I don't understand this. Isn't all of Subic Bay in ...
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Whose permission is required to operate commercial operations in international waters? [duplicate]

So do I have to take any permission from any international body if I start any commercial operation in the International waters such as drilling for oil or basically I have to just start an ...