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dead letter

a law or ordinance that is no longer enforced but has not been formally repealed
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He has a document to help from the Palestinian Ministry of Housing, but under siege and without back-up, this remains a fragile promise.The document is a dead letter, says Olyyah and hundreds of home owners, due to the blockade imposed by the Israeli government which prevents the import of construction materials into the Gaza Strip.The Israelis claim that these materials, which include paper and school books, could be used for the manufacture of explosives and weapons.Thirty-six year old Amer Olayyah lives with his wife and five children in the "tent-camp" in the northern Gaza Strip.
Ireland is the only state to hold a public referendum and if it gives up on the ratification process, the Lisbon Treaty would become a dead letter, unless Dublin agreed to withdraw from the EU's political processes, which is unlikely.
Why did almost the same number of letters end up in the dead letter file of the Paris post office every year?
However, the agreement has been a dead letter since Hamas in June violently ejected Palestinian Authority forces loyal to president Mahmud Abbas who were supposed to be controlling the frontier.
The cease-fire, which had initially ensured an uneasy peace, has been a dead letter for the past several months with both sides ignoring their obligations.
Only a determined effort to resolve these disputes on equal bases of fairness, practicality and the law can hope to produce an agreement that is not summarily rejected by so many people as to make it a dead letter.
Such a principle would also, in effect, declare Caballes a dead letter online, since it would shift the legal focus to where investigators looked, rather than the amount of additional physical intrusion or the type of information uncovered.
The FTAA is today a dead letter, as regional trade agreements and new ties to Europe, China, the Middle East, India and Africa open fresh opportunities for Latin America.
Russia's decision was momentous--if they had rejected the Protocol, it would have become a dead letter. However, now that it has been signed, the Canadian government and Canadian businesses have to prepare for change.
After all, the freedom to speak is a dead letter if one lacks the freedom to think, to believe, or to disbelieve.
Lapham's Harper's article merely asserts that the "speeches in Madison Square Garden affirmed the great truths" of conservatism, i.e., "government the problem not the solution; the social contract a dead letter; the free market the answer to every maiden's prayer." Seems to us a fair summary of the Republican rhetorical gusts of August.
The federal rule "would become a dead letter if district courts were permitted to supplement [its] requirements through court orders demanding greater specificity or elaboration of legal theories, and then to dismiss the complaint for failure to comply with those orders," the court said.