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Inconsistent or No Response to Rogue National Behaviours

What should be done when a country engages in "rogue" behaviour that either threatens another country or treats its own citizens unfairly? Is each country its own arbiter of standards of behaviour or is there some universal standard that can and should be imposed from outside a country's borders? And should there be a difference depending on where on the dictator/democratic spectrum the country is located? 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 00:41

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Putting Terrorism into Perspective

The September 11 event and other terrorist attacks in western countries have polarised western public opinion. Not surprisingly there has been little public support for the terrorists or their causes. Nor is there any support for terrorism in this article. What this article does try to do is to lament and explore the loss of balance in public debate (at least in western countries) that has gone hand in hand with the loss of life and the loss of a sense of security. And in particular this article asks the question: how can we restore balance and perspective in public debate which has been polarised, at least temporarily, by terrorism or similar "out of normal paradigm" actions.

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The Refugee System is Not Coping

The international refugee system is not coping well with the continuing pressure of new refugees - though this is probably situation normal for much of the past century as various crises have caused large numbers of persons to be displaced from their home communities.

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National Sovereignty - Take It or Leave It

In days past nationalism was the standard by which all else was judged - people who stood up against or protested the course their country was taking were portrayed as 'unpatriotic' and 'traitors to their flag'. But in this day and age where human rights are discussed far more loudly than any other kind of rights, where do human rights end and national rights supercede them?

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Limiting the Arms Trade

Trade in small arms seems to often be the trigger for civil conflict or at least for a dramatic escalation in the carnage that is caused by civil conflict. This applies both to guns being more readily available to individuals within stable countries and to political groups or bands within less stable countries. In both situations there is a political element and often political hypocrisy.

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