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    native, Louisiana 1976, mickT

    'self-determination' is always a historically and politically constructed reality.
    And there is no hard and fast rule for what counts as legit and what does not regarding independence and secessionist movements.

    These are all peoples/nations/movements for 'self-determination'.  Which are have legitimate claims and which do not, and why?

    Zomi
    Khalistan
    Cochinchina
    Kurdistan
    Texas Secession Movement
    Madheshi
    Palestine
    Tamil Eelam
    Crimean Tartars
    Alaska Independence Party

    There are good arguments for independence and there are bad ones.  To say that any of these movements should be granted independence because otherwise there will be "unrest and guerrilla warfare" or that they are asserting a 'right to revolt against tyrannical governments' is not a good way to determine the justness and legitimacy of any group's aims.  Otherwise every group ever that made a claim of independence would be legit.

    "Trust me... I've been right before." ~ Tea party patriot

    by Calvino Partigiani on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 12:56:46 PM PDT

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