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pruh tek tuh ruht

  • n  a state or territory partly controlled by (but not a possession of) a stronger state but autonomous in internal affairs; protectorates are established by treaty

  • For months the bush telegraph of Brunei had flashed the warning that deep inside the Delaware-size oil-rich British protectorate on the north coast of Borneo, a secret rebel army.
  • When pretty Catherine Loh was elected Miss Malaysia last April, the pert beauty from the oil-rich British protectorate of Brunei fully expected to preside over the independence .
  • Under the French protectorate (1912-56), the once proud university sank even lower as a kind of Moslem Kaffeeklatsch, without exams or degrees, a place of courtyard classrooms .
News & Articles

  • D. Robert Worley: Allies or Protectorates
    Which security system should we rely on in the future -- a system of alliances or a system of protectorates? For reasons beyond my grasp, questions like this aren't asked of candidates for high office.
    July 8, 2013 - The Huffington Post

  • Yasser Arafat in AFP
    He spoke of a demilitarised state, but he also stripped it of all sovereignty attributes, transforming it into a protectorate of isolated cantons,said Yasser Abed Rabbo, a senior aide to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.
  • Theodor Herzl in
    In the plan that Herzl worked out, The Society of Jews would "treat with the present masters of the land [the Ottomans], putting itself under the protectorate of the European powers:" Herzl adds that the "creation of our state would be...
  • David Miliband in BBC News
    Mr Miliband told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "What makes it unique is that for nine years there's been a UN protectorate within the independent country of Serbia. That does mean that this is a unique case, and I think it's not one that can be...

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