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he 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees is a key document that defines the term ‘refugee’, outlines rights for refugees, and keeps States accountable for their actions. Important requirements to become a refugee include: facing a well-rounded fear of persecution, seeking asylum or refugee status in the first possible venue, and receiving a fair hearing from a person who is legally qualified (Lect, Nov.8).

Published in International Law

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ast Sunday, during the early morning hours, the North Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff announced the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile. Said missile - the same type as the one which, on February 8, 2016, brought the satellite Kwangmyonsong 4 into the space - has a clear strategic, political and symbolic significance.

Published in East Asia

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ibya is planning to double its crude oil production next year. Although it has been an OPEC member since 1962, as well as the African country with the largest (and best quality) oil reserves, for obvious geopolitical reasons it has not been involved in the recent agreement between OPEC and non-OPEC countries, which favours the Russian Federation, reconnects Russia to Saudi Arabia, thus avoiding too close a link between Russia and Iran, and make Russia play a primary broker’s role in the Middle East.

Published in Middle East

I had, in a previous career. a diplomatic post where I helped bring down the Soviet Union. So maybe there’s another union that needs a little taming,” -Ted Malloch (Proposed US ambassador to the EU, in a BBC interview)

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he above outrageous statement was uttered by the candidate interviewed by President Trump as a possible ambassador to the EU. He is a businessman, as it was to be expected from a president who treats everything in life as a commercial transaction.

Published in Caligula Presidency

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injiang’s demographic and anthropic complexion is more complex than we tend to currently believe: according to China's 2000 census-taking, 40% of the population of East Turkestan-Xinjiang is Han Chinese, while the remaining 60% is Uyghur, Kazakh, Kyrgyz or Oirat.

Published in East Asia

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ust a week after his official installation at the White House, Donald J. Trump lashed out at China, accused of manipulating its currency to "win the globalization game", but also at Germany which, as the President of the new National Trade Council, Peter Navarro, said "is exploiting both its neighbours and the United States with the euro".

Published in Economy

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o one, or country, no matter how novel or inventive they are, has any right, or can be trusted, with absolute power over everyone else. It is absolutely essential for political leaders, all across the world, to ensure that the balance of power exists, in all spheres of power and the body politic, both domestically as well as internationally, because there is no way that any one individual or government can ensure the equal protection of the people, in all of their myriad conflicts and challenges, from the very large, to the very small.

Published in International Law

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he security condition in the South and East China Seas has worsened over the past few years as territorial disputes have increased and mistrust deepened. China has grown increasingly assertive in each of the seas, which has caused suspicion among key states in the region. Moreover, regional institutions have had little impact, international law is being disregarded, and Sino-American relations appear increasingly driven by competition rather than shared interests.

Published in Defense
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