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Why does Rwanda have a high proportion of women in parliament?

Rwanda has the highest proportion of women in parliament in the world - even above the proportion of women in the general population at 64%. Why is this the case? Do they think that if they have ...
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What caused the sarcastically used title “Minister for Women” to be used against Abbott?

I hear the phrase "Minister for Women" being used sarcastically about Abbott. What caused this title to be used for him? The wikipedia article Minister for Women (Australia) mentions that the title ...
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Who said that organizations tend over time to become more liberal?

I have often heard this quote: that organizations which start out as non-political, tend to move to the left, or become more liberal, unless they are explicitly conservative to begin with. I tried ...
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Why do republicans oppose S.2569, the Bring Jobs Back Act?

The Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 2569 ) is a bill that would amend the Internal Revenue Code to grant business taxpayers a tax credit for up to 20% of insourcing expenses incurred for eliminating a ...
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Is there separation of religion and state in Canada?

The reigning sovereign of Canada is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Granted, the Monarch's role in the Government and the Church is largely ceremonial, but the truth remains that ...
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Marinetti's Manifesto Concerning The Ethiopian Colonial War

I'm looking for F.T. Marinetti's "Manifesto Concerning The Ethiopian Colonial War" but can't find it anywhere. I came across a reference to it in Walter Benjamin's "The Work of Art in the Age of ...
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Historically, what media of exchange have been used for trade between Russia and China?

I know in the 80's they bartered, but I have not heard of any media of exchange other than legal tender that were being used.
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The size of population and the viability of democracy

Propagandas in China claim that the population is too large for China to have a democracy. Propagandas claim that democracy runs best in small countries such as ancient Greek polis and modern European ...
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Nationally-mandated term limits for mayors?

are there any countries that impose term limits for mayors? Are there any good arguments in favour of such a rule? I could only find some links about the ambiguous situation in Portugal,
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Are there any studies that show impact of compulsory voting on outcomes?

Are there any studies that show impact of compulsory voting on outcomes? By outcomes, I mean (all other things being held equal), whether compulsory voting results in better HDI, or economic growth, ...
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How could a US Senator be prevented from reading classified information into the record?

The New York Times reported today on a Senate floor speech by Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) in which he criticized the CIA's actions on torture and mentioned a secret internal report. The article goes ...
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Has Japan's “Special Secrecy Law” been condemned by the United Nations?

Has the Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets been condemned in any way by the United Nations? Or any expressed concerns by the United Nations? Reference needed. I haven't been able ...
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Controlling Time in the House of Representatives

During the sessions of the US House of Representatives, I noticed that a time holder can either: yield themselves as much time as they may consume to speak. (up to the limit defined) yield a ...
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Are the OECD, IMF and the WTO really relevant organizations and what is the price for a country to ignore them?

Are the OECD, IMF and the WTO really relevant organizations and what is the price for a country to ignore them? By relevant I mean that they have the direct or indirect mechanism to impose sanction ...
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Is there a correlation between decentralisation of government and size of public sector?

Can someone provide sources and research for this claim? Size of public sector would be measured by number of public workers per citizen or public expenditure per citizen. There would seem that in ...
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70 views

Can the POTUS neuter “advice and consent” by refusing to delegate?

Under the Appointments Clause, Congress creates Cabinet positions by law, and the President is obligated to fill them with the approval of the Senate: [The President] shall nominate, and, by and ...
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Why doesn't Pakistan establish a diplomatic relationship with Israel?

At least 10 Muslim countries recognize Israel. Turkey (1949) Egypt (1979) Albania (1991) Azerbaijan (1992) Kazakhstan (1992) Kyrgyzstan (1992) Uzbekistan (1992) Tajikistan (1992) ...
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Why do Iran and Saudi Arabia share the same “age of majority”?

According to Wikipedia, backed by a couple of sources, Iran and Saudi Arabia share the same age of majority: 8 for girls, 14 for boys. Now, according to the sources, this is due to sharia law. ...
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Country legitimacy [duplicate]

I've been discussing with a friend, some historical issues like israeli-arabian conflict, and its roots, and when we could consider a country as legit ? and when we could consider immigrants as not ...
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With regards to the war on terror, has the United States stopped torturing?

With regards to the war on terror (Al Qaeda and the like), has the United States stopped torturing? Senate report: CIA misled public on torture says that Obama has outlawed torture / "enhanced ...
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Interpreting the FTC's ECOA

I'm attempting to construct a bill for my upcoming Student Congress debate. I'm having trouble understanding how extensive the ECOA is when it comes to denying a certain group credit. Specifically, ...
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Why don't Black Americans vote Republican? [duplicate]

It was the Republican Party that enacted the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves, yet Black Americans seem to overwhelmingly vote Democratic, why? Percentage of black votes for the ...
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Is ISIS anti-Modern or post-Modern? [closed]

I wonder whether the ISIS ideology considered anti-Modern or post-Modern?
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161 views

Why didn't the USA (west) take measures to stop China from became the new superpower while they can? [closed]

Today China is projecting itself as the new superpower, many factor seem to indicate that the pacific coexistence between superpowers USA-China is not possible: US networks hacked The Third Taiwan ...
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1answer
37 views

Are records of legislative processes publicly abailable and if so, how does one find their uncut versions?

On Dec 4 the U.S. Congress agreed on H.Res. 758 (Strongly condemning the aggression of the Russian Federation against neighbouring countries). The resolution mentions that Malaysia Airlines ...
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103 views

Is the UK a republic?

Obviously not in name, but in theory. The UK is a representative democracy; its administration is elected by the people, who are recognised as citizens, not subjects, enjoying the various freedoms ...
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647 views

What is the percent of Police Officers that are indicted by a Grand Jury?

In light of the Eric Gardner and Micheal Brown Grand Jury outcomes. I wanted to know what % of Police Officers are actually indicted by a Grand Jury.
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How does Vermont have independant senators?

The US has very few officially "independent" politicians. Presumably because it would be hard to convince people that voting for them wouldn't be a "wasted vote". Yet, Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine ...
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Devolution in the United Kingdom (or England) [closed]

What's the way the government's agencies are represented in the territory? Say for example, Office of Fair Trading (or Competition and Markets Authority) - does it have an office in every one of the ...
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Why United States people seems so adverse to a Public Health system?

My question relates to a simple fact that we (Europeans) seem. Every time that a President of USA is committed to create a real Public Health service, the people seems act against his efforts. There ...
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Are there countries other than Israel where the legislative body often dissolves before its term is up?

Today the Israeli Knesset (parliamentary body) will be voting to dissolve the government, and deciding when elections will be called for. The last elections were around 2 years ago, meaning that in ...
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The more details in overthrowing Moursi's regime

Last year in july, the former president of Egypt,member of Muslim brotherhood Moursi lost his presidency and be put into prison as a criminal. Much to my surprise, it is El-sisi who as the minister ...
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strategically (un)important locations in Europe [closed]

"Strategically important" location, region, area, territory or country is a claim often made about whatnot place as a reason for getting conquered over and over again. Often enough the reasoning ...
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Israel's list of designated terrorist organizations?

I have found this Excel spreadsheet written by Israel's Ministry Of Defence. Is it a list of organizations considered by the MOD as terrorist? Or does it only list organizations helping terrorist ...
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What were the main features of 'The Beveridge Report'? [closed]

William Beveridge is often identified as the founding thinker of the modern British welfare state. What were the main features of his vision of the post war welfare system?
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Are “Roosevelt Democrats” Democrats or Bipartisan? [closed]

A Roosevelt Democrat supports New Deal policies, such as increases in the minimum wage, infrastructure projects and large scale make work programs to improve long-term unemployment. They are anti-bank ...
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91 views

Why hasn't North Korea adopted a market economy?

Both China and Vietnam, communist countries in the same region as North Korea, allowed a market economy after a while. By contrast, my understanding is that North Korea has dabbled in a market economy ...
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Did fears of racism prevent the police and social workers in Rotherham from protecting 1,400 children from being abused? [closed]

The BBC is reporting that Pakistani rape gangs abused over 1,400 children over the last 16 years in Rotherham. The Police and Social Workers refused to intervene for fear of being called racist. ...
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253 views

Could President Obama sue “The Right” for Defamation?

A lot of debunked claims have been spread about President Obama throughout his presidency; including, but not limited, to: Obama is a Muslim. Obama was not born in this country. Obama is a ...
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1answer
73 views

Can the U.S. President force all police officers to wear cameras?

In light of the many petitions to the White House about forcing state, county and local police officers to wear cameras, I'd like to know if the President even has the authority to mandate that.
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Why can't I register with multiple political parties?

Why can't I register with multiple political parties (at the same time)? I've searched the web, read forums, sent emails, made phone calls, and I cannot find a satisfactory answer to this question. ...
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Do politicians test new policies before executing them?

As the title says, do politicians test new policies before executing them? I'm no politician - I have a scientific background - but I would personally want to simulate a policy against current law to ...
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63 views

Is “exemplary punishment” applicable in modern legal systems?

I have been looking for references but I could not find any. Wikipedia does not have an article for "exemplary punishment", and the word "exemplary" cannot be found in the article for "punishment". ...
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526 views

Would it be possible to “flip the ticket” in American Presidential politics?

In 1988, I supported Michael Dukakis for President. After he lost the second debate to Bush, I wondered if it might be possible for him to salvage his campaign by "flipping the ticket," allowing his ...
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Have past U.S. presidents been as involved in social commentary as the current one? [closed]

President Barak Obama presented his response to the Grand Jury's ruling in the Ferguson case tonight. I can think of several other points when the President has considered it his role to approve or ...
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30 views

In India,how can a non member of parliament become a Cabinet Minister, for how long and for how many terms?

In India, how can a non member of parliament become a Cabinet Minister, for how long and for how many terms?
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93 views

Maintaining international stability while reducing US military influence

The US military is currently maintaining a status quo around the world, including preventing military aggression against smaller democratic nations and keeping shipping and international trade open ...
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111 views

Can an action by a branch be called “constitutional” without having been challenged in court?

Clearly, if a branch takes an action (legislative or especially executive), you can not correctly refer to it as "UN-constitutional" until it was challenged in, and reviewed by, the courts and found ...
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Would the Congressional Apportionment Amendment have any effect on the House of Representatives if it were ratified today?

The unratified Congressional Apportionment Amendment reads : After the first enumeration required by the first article of the Constitution, there shall be one Representative for every thirty ...
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Would the Clayton Antitrust Act prevent the proposed “Fast Lane” of the internet problem with net neutrality?

Many people are going on about how the merger of Comcast and Time Warner will enable them to create a lane for the internet where wealthier individuals or companies can pay more for a 'faster lane.' ...

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