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What reasons does Argentina have to participate in US court proceedings against it in the debt crisis?

Argentina defaulted and restructured its sovereign debt in 2005 and again in 2010. Roughly 93% of bondholders accepted repayments of around 30% of the face value of the bonds. Some of the hold-outs ...
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Indian Politics in nutsheel? [on hold]

The worlds largest democracy - India. I am in my early twenties and someone who doesnt like reading newspapers a lot.Though I have some ideas about how things work,but my policics expertise are next ...
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Are there any countries that are progressive in most if not all aspects?

There are many theoretically separate aspects in which a country can be progressive or regressive. For example, women's rights, racial equality, and the ability to access university education. Some of ...
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What happens with new parts of land that has been formed in a part of the ocean that does not belong to any country?

What happens when for example an unknown vulcano erupts in a part of an ocean which does not belong to any country? Which countries qualifies for claiming this piece of newly formed land? Has a ...
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U.N. Group of Eminent Persons: membership of 2001 group and general purpose?

The Wikipedia article for Harvard-professor Tu Weiming mentions that he was appointed to a Group of Eminent Persons to facilitate the Dialogue among Civilizations in 2001 by the then Secretary-General ...
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What documents identifying personality does the British Queen have?

What documents the Queen uses to travel abroad and to identify her personality domestically? I wonder whether she has A UK identity card A EU passport A diplomatic passport of a sort Any ID card ...
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Where can I find a list of the cases brought to the International Court Of Justice?

I went to the ICJ website to look for cases that are being brought to it. But I found only pending and compelted cases. Is there a place I can see a list of the cases that are brought to it (even if ...
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Anti-Aircraft capabilities of IS

Throughout the rapidspread of IS they have captured much American equipment and also Syrian equipment. I understand some of that equipment has been too advanced for IS to operate such as Syrian ...
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36 views

What is the difference between developed countries and developing countries?

What is the difference between developed countries and developing countries?
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What was the political status of Egypt during World War II?

Apparently, Britain "officially" granted Egypt its independence as early as 1922. On the other hand, British forces basically occupied Egypt and defended it against the Italians and Rommel during ...
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Is South Africa declining in all or at least most of the development indicators?

Is South Africa steadily declining in all development indicators (especially, economy and higher education)? Is the quality standard are already destroyed in various sectors? Please leave a ...
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Government spying on us [on hold]

I know this question is only a bit related to politics, but it has to do with computer security and privacy problems raised by the technological advancements of the last decades. I am a software ...
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What enables ~30k ISIS fighters to compete with ~190k peshmerga, & others?

I was reading this article which includes the following estimates for the numbers of fighters involved in ISIS-related regions: Between 7,000 and 30,000 ISIS fighters. Mixed levels of training and ...
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Why does ISIS have bombable infrastructure?

I am wondering why ISIS built and/or took control of certain highly visible infrastructure that the U.S. and allies are now bombing, e.g. "four checkpoints, two guard towers and a command post." ...
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Islam in America [on hold]

Many people have suggested a hostile take over by immigrants from islamic countries. I dismiss these as simply not true and unreasonable. If you believe there is or could be a hostile take over by the ...
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Are we living in a world dominated by the western civilization? [on hold]

Are we living in a world dominated by the western civilization? The immense global influence of the western powers remains unparalleled by any other non-western culture and civilization today. History ...
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What are Tax Credits?

In my understanding tax credits are where the government basically says: "hey, you no longer have to pay federal tax on the things that you buy that pertain to "x", or you have to buy them with tax ...
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48 views

Is a war between China and the United states feasible? [on hold]

Because of deals between Russia and China that are now being made, many people have came to the conclusion that World War 3 may be on the horizon with Russian and China causing an all out struggle or ...
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1answer
44 views

Is there a federal law that prevents a person from finding out which US Congress candidate another US citizen voted for in a previous election?

One of my friends claims that If you vote in the 2014 US Congress election, any person can find out who you voted for. I searched around, and the consensus appears to be that this is not ...
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43 views

Who decides on US congressional hearings topics and schedule?

Who has an authority to decide on US congressional hearing topics and persons to be questioned? I am mostly interested in the answer for investigative hearings. Is any way for public to affect that ...
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18 views

What are the legal limitations on releasing confidential information for mandated reporters, specifically psychologists in regard to minors? [on hold]

Example) a patient who is age 16 informs her psychologist of an increased amount of suicidal thoughts, however indicates that these are not sever in nature and also states that he or she has no ...
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What is the rationale for “Employer's National Insurance” in the UK?

In the UK, there's a type of income tax called "Employer’s National Insurance". This is calculated just like the other forms of income tax and is paid by the employer directly, but the employee never ...
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To whom does the Islamic State sell their oil?

The Islamic State (IS) is largely funded, it is often said, by oil revenues. This New York Times claims that the value of the output of the oil fields under IS control is $1 million to $2 million ...
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Below-zero interest rates vs. inflation?

The Economist contemplates three advantages that could result from getting rid of cash in favor of electronic payments only ("with credit cards, mobile phones, and even watches"). It also mentions ...
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What keeps India from reacting more aggressively to Pakistani or Chinese infringement of its borders?

The government of India has in the past stated that its territorial sovereignty must be respected. To wit: (Example) Despite this, both Pakistan and China have made aggressive moves, such as: ...
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did an Anarchism community ever exist?? and is it possible? [closed]

I like to know that the Idea of anarchism is how much a fantasy?? and if to be realistic does such community will ever be able to exist?? Is that a possibility for future??
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Has there ever been a case where a state ejected a portion of itself?

There are often calls for one portion of a state to secede and form their own state. For example, the recent Scottish referendum on seceding from the UK. But suppose it went the other way around, and ...
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Can one leave the gaza strip permanently?

I don't really know where to put this question and as it is somewhat a political decision I will ask it here. Based on this Wikipedia Article it seems like one can't really leave the gaza strip. But ...
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What is the process for Puerto Rico if they wanted to become a part of the United States? [duplicate]

There has been talk for years of the United States becoming a 51-state nation with the addition of Puerto Rico. I wanted to know what the process is for Puerto Rico to become a part of the United ...
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1answer
24 views

What 8 U.S. Presidents Owned Slaves During Their Presidency? [closed]

I would like to know which U.S. Presidents owned slaves while in office. I think the list I put together on The Politicus is correct, but wanted to make sure.
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If Scotland had become independent, what would have been its political system?

On September 18th, the citizens of Scotland voted on whether or not they want the country to be its own state, independent from the United Kingdom. When this referendum would have been successful and ...
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3answers
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Is present-day nazism correlated with their countries' allegiance in WWII?

Although I've rarely heard it said explicitly, I've got a suspicion that some people assume that people in places that were Axis Powers (including Germany and Japan) during WWII are more likely to be ...
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1answer
16 views

Rajya sabha member and Election in India

How is rajya sabha member elected ? What is the process of Rajya Sabha election?
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Why is Theodore Roosevelt's time with the Rough Riders seen so positively?

As most historians have noted, Theodore Roosevelt lead his soldiers into a trap and suffered the most causalities during the Battle of Las Guasimas and San Juan Hill. It has been noted that he acted ...
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Tricameral system where third chamber's only power is to revoke legislation

Somewhere (I don't remember where) I read about a proposal for a tricameral parlamentarian system where the third chamber's only mandate would be to revoke (e.g. idle) legislation. This was presented ...
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Can the SNP and Plaid Cymru be accurately categorized as national socialists?

Can the SNP and Plaid Cymru be accurately categorized as national socialists ? They are nationalist parties with a left wing economic and social agenda. If this is the case how can the high level of ...
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2answers
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Why is Scotland attempting to become independent?

I realize "Scotland" isn't trying to become independent; a group of politicians are trying to make Scotland independent, and a lot of people in Scotland (roughly half, depending on the poll and the ...
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1answer
31 views

Overall, what is the reaction of nearby countries to the Syria civil conflict?

What has been the general reaction of countries close to the Syria/Iraq civil conflict? Have they been trying to prevent the conflict from continuing? Are they merely supporting combatants with a ...
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What is John McCain's opinion on the Ngo Đinh Diệm assassination?

John McCain is one of the most influential politicians today who was a Vietnam vet, and his views (if he has any) on Ngo Đinh Diệm would shed light on his foreign policy. What, if any, is John ...
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Is the United States of America a Democracy?

I've read various pieces arguing that the USA is not a democracy, but a (fill in the blank, ex., a Republic). Perhaps there is no perfect fit, but which form of government does the USA most closely ...
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1answer
92 views

Democracies that don't apply “One vote equals one person”

I'm specifically asking for DIRECT bias so basically everything that isn't "One person = one vote". (So no Citizens United: That decision didn't allow 'organizations' to cast votes DIRECTLY so for ...
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Why was there a sharp increase in the margin of support of independence in Scotland in August/September 2014?

Why was there a sharp increase in the margin of support of independence in Scotland in August/September 2014? (source)
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1answer
44 views

Why do independents choose a party to caucus with?

There's already a question about how an independent Senator chooses which of the two parties to caucus with, but it doesn't address why one would want to do so in the first place. Based on the ...
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1answer
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Why is redrawing the artificial borders not a viable solution to conflicted states?

Multiple states in Middle East and Africa seem to be stuck in violent conflicts that seem to be reoccurring and nearly inevitable because of the unstable internal power balance of various ethnic or ...
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32 views

What are the current non-Westphalian states?

One non-Westphalian state is Monaco. But what are other non-Westphalian states in the world?
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82 views

Why did the israeli-palestinian conflict start? [closed]

I want to get a sense of why the conflict started. What was the major reason.
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12 views

What is the historical composition by party of Australian parliament (HOR & Senate)?

I know from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Senate#Historical what the composition the senate has been, but I would also like to know how many seats were for each member of the Coalition, and ...
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40 views

What is a public office for the purposes of the No Religious Test Clause

Under Article 6 of the Constitution, no religious test can be required for any "office or public trust." The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State ...
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Is “non-white” politically incorrect in South Africa? [closed]

My sociology tutor claims that the word "non-white" is associated with apartheid values, and has requested us not to use it in essays. Do you agree with this? Some of the authors of the articles that ...
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Why doesn't a conservative majority SCOTUS repeal Roe v. Wade?

I'm ignorant of the judicial branch, and I have a question, which I would like answered irrespective of the "pro-choice" or "pro-life" debate and focused on the workings of the courts. Given that ...

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