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USA's report on enhanced interrogation techniques?

I'm writing an assignment about torture in first world countries(or torture "executed" by them). I've been looking for the report on Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, written after 9/11, which was ...
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Why is the US president allowed to grant a pardon

So I was reading today and I read for about the thousandth time about a presidential pardon, and I started to wonder Why is the president allowed to grant a pardon? What are the limits of a ...
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What was Fred Phelps' aim in standing for election?

Fred Phelps formerly of Westboro "Baptist" Church, preacher and notorious bigot, stood for public office three times under the auspices of the Democratic party. According to Wikipedia he convinced ...
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Why is there so much fuss about an internet “fast lane” for a privileged few? [on hold]

Preferred access for those who can afford it is most of the time the rule and not the exception. Some examples are, if you pay more then you can get: First class flights Better medical treatment ...
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What is Iran's stance on the UN regulating technology in the field of cyberterrorism?

As of recently, Iran has emerged on the world stage of cyber technology after recent sores over Stuxnet. However, Iran is still behind other world superpowers like Russia and the US. Essentially, if ...
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Why is the U.S. Foreign Ministry called “State Department”?

What is the reasoning behind the somewhat odd and awkward naming of the U.S. Foreign Ministry as "State Department"? I get the department being the American equivalent of ministry but in what way ...
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How much would basic guaranteed income cost?

I saw an interesting discussion here about basic guaranteed income but one of the primary objections is prohibitive cost, though this appears to be based on speculation. So I'd like to know how much ...
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Guantanamo prison and relationship between the USA and Cuba

How can the USA have a prison like Guantanamo in a country like Cuba? Isn't the relationship between Cuba and the USA something which should prevent an agreement like this? Why doesn't Cuba try to ...
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What's the point of having thousands of nuclear missiles?

According to Wikipedia, the US and Russia has close to 8,000 nuclear warheads each. Other known nuclear powers, the UK, France, China, India, Pakistan and Israel has a couple of hundreds each. The ...
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What, if known, are South Korea's contingency plans if the North Korea regime suddenly collapses?

They probably keep it secret, but what is known about South Korea's plans? Or what have observers/scholars suggested will happen?
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Does a newly elected Member of Parliment in an Australian State need to resign from their prior commitments?

Queensland is about to have a State Election. For an individual to put themself forward as a candidate, they need either the support of 6 enrolled voters or the support of a registered party. If ...
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Is the Chinese Communist Party really an autocracy?

Many people refer to the Chinese Communist Party as an autocracy. The wiki article defines autocracy as "a system of government in which a supreme power is concentrated in the hands of ONE person." ...
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question of Americanization and Islamization in Israel [closed]

I'm an IR student. I have to write an essay about how the State of Israel represents these two world currents. I don't know much about this. Can anybody give me a little help with this or provide ...
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What is required for the formation of a separate state/UT in India?

Does the Govt. of India has any restriction in formation of new union territories? If yes, what are the options left for those regions with strong justifications for a separate status from the ...
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What is the difference between Louisiana's Revised Statutes and Civil Code?

I am looking at the 1869 Civil Code (CC) and comparing it with the 1870 Revised Statutes (RS). On divorce for example, the two are similar but not exactly identical. For example, the RS requires ...
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Organisations like AI and HRW but more anti-anti-semitic

As of 11 January, there's no hits on AI or HRW about the deadly attack on the French Jewish supermarket HyperCacher, while by contrast HRW has condemned the attack on Charlie Hebdo and attacks against ...
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Why are legislative officials still required to be present in order to vote?

Why are legislative officials still required to be present in order to vote? Is it because they need to hear the discussion on an issue before voting on it? Couldn't that all happen via ...
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Number of voters not registered

What is the number, and how is the answer reached, of people in UK eligible to vote who are not registered to vote?
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Does the right to freedom of association give private organizations the right to discriminate on a religious basis?

The right to freedom of association "is the right to join or leave groups of a person's own choosing, and for the group to take collective action to pursue the interests of members." The right is ...
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Are there democratic countries that restrict offensive speech?

Are there (preferably democratic) countries that restrict speech that causes offense? I'm mostly interested in the following categories: Personal offense. Offense of the king, president or any ...
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Is there any democratic non-secular state?

I don't know any democratic non-secular state. And I think that this is impossible. Since if there is no separation between state and religion, it means that in such a democratic country the state ...
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Where do the Green Party and NHA differ on NHS policy?

Both the British Green Party and the National Health Action (NHA) Party stand for an end to privatisation of health service provision and support services. The NHA is a single-issue party while the ...
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What does it mean to send a resolution “over, under the rule”?

This is in the congressional record from yesterday: RESOLUTION OVER, UNDER THE RULE-S. RES. 18 Mr. MCCONNELL. Mr. President, I have a resolution at the desk. The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The clerk ...
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What is the purpose of the motion to reconsider the vote by which the resolution was agreed to, in the first Senate session?

As visible in yesterday's Congressional Record, there are a number of uncontroversial motions made by the majority leader which passed by unanimous consent. After the motions pass, he moves to ...
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How do you get a City Clerk to open/release the Plain Text Records of Public Meetings?

a) How do you get Boston City Clerk to open/release the Plain Text Stenograph Record of Public Meetings of Boston City Council for hard of hearing, deaf, ESL English as a Second Language folks?... ...
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Why is the German government now in favour of the possibility of Greece leaving the eurozone?

When German chancellor Merkel and others in her party recently said they would be “open” to Greece withdrawing from the euro and introducing a new currency, I remembered how strictly they refused it ...
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Why is East Coast being reprivatized?

The various private rail franchises in Britain have all had their share of difficulties. East Coast actually collapsed, and was renationalized. As a public concern, it has outperformed the private ...
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What are the relevant models and dynamics of immigration and asylum politics? [closed]

In Sweden we have a very active public argumentation about immigration and asylum politics (immigration and asylum is almost always seen as the same thing, and I guess that says something about ...
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Why there is so little western coverage of Japan Emperor's consiliatory tone in his 2015 New Year speech? [closed]

According to Japan Times, Emperor Akihito issued a call to learn from history: “I think it is most important for us to take this opportunity to study and learn from the history of this war, ...
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How objectively do Western and Eastern media report about the current Ukraine crisis?

I'm sure this is not an easy question, but one that I feel is important. Since the start of the Ukraine crisis with the Crimean crisis, I've often often heart people from Russia saying things about ...
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What is the meaning of the obligation by French Presidents that nuncios wear the biretta?

The King of France, and the French Presidents after them, had been given by the Pope, the privilege to impose to the nuncio, the ambassador of Vatican, in France to wear the biretta. What is the ...
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When and why did the President of the French Republic inherit the titles of the King of France?

The President of the French Republic is also co-Prince of Andorra and canon priest of St. John Lateran, amongst other titles. He has also the right to hunt in the domain of the castle of Chambord. ...
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How many public transport buses are currently plying in Delhi

What was the expected number of people using Public transport in Delhi in 2014 and what was the actual number. Is there any RTI information avaialble in public regarding this? Posting this ...
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Does a ban on political campaigning on the preceding day of polling affect election outcome?

Electoral silences, also known as cooling-off or blackout periods, are enforced in some countries to allow time for voters to reflect before casting their votes. During this period no active ...
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What's causing Daesh's success in recruiting among westerners?

Based solely on news reports, there's been a rising trend of citizens of countries in Western Europe and North America joining the terrorist organization calling itself "Islamic State". This seems to ...
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What prevents the president from quitting the job to the vice president?

Assume we have a very unpopular pair of president and vice president A, B. Now A is facing an election to be re-elected. Can A just quit his/her job to let B become the president? If A, B's personal ...
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Who are the individuals behind China's right against self-incrimination initiative?

According to Lewis's What to Expect with China's New CPL, China's 2012 revision of Criminal Procedure Law provides that interrogators not force people to incriminate themselves, but fails to provide a ...
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Is Wikipedia politically even-handed in its coverage of US cable news channels?

While researching the answer to this Skeptics.SE question, I came across (not entirely unexpected) biased-looking-to-me content on Wikipedia articles covering Fox News channel: The main blurb of the ...
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Is there any tangible effect of position on same sex marriage for a polititian (as opposed to party affiliation or other policies) among LGBT voters?

We all know that most LGBT people in USA are strongly politically left wing as expressed via voting preferences [citation too lazy to bother with]. One typical explanation given for it is that "Right ...
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Can I escape arrest by entering an embassy?

Police are not allowed to force enter embassies. Please tell me if it work if I enter my country's embassy and random embassy. Would be great if tell me which country is different. (e.g. UK can but ...
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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?
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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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Population size 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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