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They Say ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do…’
(especially when the superpowers are ‘buttinskis’)

    (Secession) is an acutely delicate subject in the West, where Britain wants to keep Scotland and Spain wants to keep Catalonia. The United States, after all, was born in revolution, breaking away from London without consent of the national government — something that the Obama administration insists Crimea must have…

Sovereignty vs. Self-Rule: Crimea Reignites Battle, The New York Times

But honestly, barring superpower destabilization, invasions, bombings, sanctions, and other forms of nuclear armed nation state terrorism, it’s simple to create your own country.

Even an old decrepit platform in the middle of the ocean can qualify…

…if the industrial nations don’t want a piece of your pie, and since the New York Times brings up the criminal state of Kosovo's 2008 U.S. assisted declaration of sovereignty as an example of secession it might be good to peruse this Foreign Policy Magazine article from around that time titled : How to Start Your Own Country in Four Easy Steps

With Kosovo unilaterally declaring independence and a host of wannabe states looking to follow its lead, you might be thinking it’s about time to set up your own country.

You’ve picked out a flag, written a national anthem, even printed up money with your face on it. But what’s the next step?

The United States has no official policy on what is required for recognition, according to its State Department. Instead, the decision to recognize a state is made by the president. Then the president decides whether to establish diplomatic relations with the state based on U.S. national interests. There’s no cookie-cutter approach, so when you ask for recognition, be sure to explain how your independence will be good for America. In the old days, proving your anti-communist cred was usually good enough. Today, U.S. strategic priorities are a bit more complex, though as Kosovo proves, ticking off the Russians still helps.
(via auntieimperial)


Scientists to trial synthetic human blood

Scotsman: Scottish scientists have been given the go-ahead for the world’s first trials in humans of synthetic blood.

Researchers based at the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) in Edinburgh hope to use stem cells to manufacture blood on an industrial scale to help end shortages and prevent infections being passed on in donations.

The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has now granted a licence so scientists can make blood from stem cells which can be tested in humans – the first step towards large-scale clinical trials, which will hopefully lead to the routine use of blood created in this way.

Photo: Donated blood (Tim Boyle  /  Getty Images file)

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