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Does anything in international law that limits a countries ability to recognize secession governments?

In 1903, Panama separated from Colombia. Colombia tried to forcefully retake Panama, but Panama quickly allied with the U.S. which easily prevented the reunification. Some view this as the U.S. ...
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Could the USA be banned from the United Nations?

The USA has been accused of starting wars by false flag operations since the Maine. Some USA agencies linked to the CIA have admitted using covert means to start wars such us The Washington ...
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Fallout/pollution as act of war?

Many contemporary weapons deliver substantial secondary and tertiary damage. For example: The fallout from nuclear detonations. The various epidemiological and ecotoxicological consequences of ...
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Can President Trump shoot off the nukes whenever he wants to, even for no reason?

According to a recent editorial in Scientific American(March 1,2017 "Take the Nukes off a Short Fuse"), the president of the United States can order missiles to be shot off without anyone else ...
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Do I have the right to protect my personal property ? [closed]

In most part of US, people have the right to protect their own personal property with an appropriate amount of force.With this concept of personal property and a persons right to protect as background,...
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Is receiving support from an enemy (i.e. reverse treason) a crime?

I think committing treason, in the U.S. constitution, can involve giving aid & comfort to our enemies. What if the enemy gives aid & comfort to you instead? Is that treason? Is it covered ...
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What Constitutes a Chemical Weapon?

Sean Spicer is currently under fire for a claim of his that Hitler didn't use chemical weapons. According to politifact this is not just false, but "Pants on Fire". Politifact quotes part of the ...
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Were the American strikes on Syria legal?

On the recent American strike on Syria, Leeds University, UK writes: Demonstrates Trump is willing to go it alone and conduct illegal air strikes if needed by appealing to the moral necessity to do ...
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What happens if Congress declares war, but POTUS refuses to fight it?

By Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the US Constitution, the power to declare war is with the Congress. Today (03/20/17), during a committee hearing, Ms. Speier, accused Russia (I assume she meant ...
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Can a country defend against invasions?

I know think under "premises/occupiers liability" you aren't allowed to set up things like booby-traps, to stop trespassers / invaders. Are countries/militaries exempt from such laws? If so, how are ...
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Is the United States at War?

The US term GWOT (global war on terrorism) is frequently used, however, as I understand a nation is or is not at war (via declaration or some other formally documented mechanism) with another party. ...
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Are lethal autonomous weapon systems legal?

Are lethal autonomous weapon systems legal? I want to know whether this technology is illegal, or not - specifically in the UK, but globally as well. I know the Convention on Certain Conventional ...
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Declaration of war on a de-facto state?

Does war have to be declared on a de jure state? Even though Daesh is not recognized as a state by the world, it is (IMO) a de facto state. (It has territory, population, government, and an ability ...
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At what point can a surrendered military force resume fighting?

Scenario A military unit is about to be overrun by the enemy; to preserve the lives of his men, the commander elects to surrender. The entire force surrenders to the enemy, so there was no fighting ...
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Before his arrival at St Helena, was Napoleon legally a prisoner of war?

I would like to know whether in law Napoleon was a prisoner of war when he surrendered himself to the British after the Battle of Waterloo, did he retain that status up to the point when he was landed ...
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Land seized during war

Say one day Country A attacked Country B, and this began a full blown war between the two countries. During this war, Country B seized some of Country A's territory along their mutual border, and ...
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Can there be a scenario where the use of an IED against an enemy is legally justifiable? (It's for a book, I swear…)

Before I go any further, let me be clear that this is for a work of fiction. Doing some research for a story where a military protagonist becomes trapped behind enemy lines, with a plan to have her ...
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Private military activity

Is there any country that would legally allow a private military organization to take part in a military conflict outside of its own borders? For example, a private military agency established in ...
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Can a country start sending troops before declaring war?

Can a country send invasion forces before an official declaration of war? So, if the US wants to invade France, can they, under international law, officially declare war by the time their aircraft ...