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The Question of State Legitimacy

State LegitimacyState Legitimacy and Human Rights

The traditional criterion for state legitimacy was very simple. If a state and its government could hold and govern territory, it was legitimate, at least in the eyes of other governments. The form of government and its behavior did not matter in this definition - Stalin’s USSR, Mussolini‘s Italy, Hitler’s Germany - these regimes held territory and ruled as surely as did the ones in Britain, France and the United States. And, in each other’s official eyes, one state was as legitimate as the other.

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Egypt's Lost Revolution

activistsA Fleeting Affair with Democracy

Egypt is one of the world's oldest civilizations and until very recently it was one of the world's oldest democracies. In its recent past it has had but a fleeting affair with democracy, but has now once again returned to oppressive rule by a military regime, although this time under Field Marshall Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi, now President, it has become far more brutal and destructive than the days of Hosni Mubarak. The aspirations of the revolutionaries have gone. The revolution is over.

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4+ Logics of Living Together on Planet Earth

nuclear-chessIt is misleading to describe ‘world order’ as consisting exclusively ofsovereign territorial states. This misimpression is further encouraged by the structure of the United Nations, whose members are states, and only states. The UN was established in 1945 in the aftermath of World War II, reflecting a West-centric orientation that emerged at the time, quickly morphing into the Cold War rivalry between the two states that were geopolitically dominant and ideologically antagonistic: the United States and Soviet Union.

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America Squandered Chance to Help Create a Just World Order

bricsAll of us, Americans and non-Americans alike, should welcome BRICS’ siding with Russia to restore some semblance of power-balance in all three aspects which depict cohesion or fragmentation in the world: socially, ideologically and militarily. Not wishing for any nation to exercise undue power or influence over the rest, but precisely in order to curb any such nation from misusing that influence and power, we must cling to the hope America’s attempt for world hegemony will soon come to an end.

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After ‘Protective Edge’: What Future for Palestine and Israel

Protective Edge

The 50-day Israeli military operation that killed over 2100 Palestinians, wounded another 11,000, and undoubtedly traumatized the entire Gazan population of 1.7 million also took the lives of 70 Israelis, of which 65 were soldiers. This last violent encounter has ended without a clear victory for either side. Despite this, Israel and Hamas are each insisting that ‘victory’ was achieved.

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