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UN Security Council permanent seat changes

For what reasons are the UNSC permanent seats frozen in post-WWII era? UK and France no longer have the influence they had then (and the legitimacy of accession to the UNSC is somewhat debatable since ...
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Why nobody can punish or held Israel accountable for its crimes?

I've been following the news lately and the war on Gaza. I just read a news that a UN spokesperson said that Israel must be held accountable for attacking a UN school (UNRWA) and killing children ...
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Democracy in India

Why is India called the biggest democratic country. I have seen many other countries bigger than India that still follow voting mechanisms. Why is India called so?
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Laws that prohibit intra country migrations

Is there an example of law that’s permits the inter country migration specially form rural to Urban areas. In developing countries it’s a major issue that population from rural areas migrate to much ...
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Where does the $77 a week figure come from

Several Democrat congressional candidates are talking about something that has been called the "Minimum Wage Challenge" ...
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What is the purpose of establishment of United Nations?

We know that United Nations was established in order to maintain peace worldwide? But there have been many wars between countries in history even after its establishment... So what exactly was UN ...
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Is there anything in UN charter or laws prohibiting a country to seek the destruction of another country?

The question is general, but the obvious context is the fact that Gaza is governed (and presumably, if not for US/Israel support to Fatah, entire Palestinian territory would be governed) by Hamas, ...
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Why does Israel support Mahmoud Abbas while Palestinian people have shown by their votes they want Hamas

Mahmoud Abbas should leave power based on democracy. But he is in power by support from Israel and US. Why do not US and Israel support democracy in Palestine?
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Is it possible to introduce a general wealth cap?

I want to ask others ideas if my thought is practical. I am wondering if we can introduce a general wealth cap (like 10 million US dollars) for everyone in a hypothetical country. People whose wealth ...
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Why are punitive damages not awarded to the government in a civil litigation

In a civil litigation generally a person versus a company, when a person wins against a big company we often see a huge sum of punitive damages being imposed on the company and that sum goes to the ...
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What can the rest of the World do to stop Israel-Palestine war? [on hold]

Not talking about the past but the present. Right now, the situation in Palestine has gone really really bad. I don't know what can be done on our part but there has to be something that we can do. ...
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Have governments ever made female genital mutilation compulsory?

ISIS has recently been accused of making female genital mutilation compulsory for girls and women under the age of 49. They've denied the claim. My understanding was that no government has ever made ...
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Governments' fining of non-government entities - where does the money go?

There are cases when a government will bring charges against an organization which includes a fine. One case I think of is the EU fining Microsoft millions because they bundled their media player ...
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Why aren't the Jewish settlements legal under International Law, Canon Law, US domestic law, and historic rules for obtaining sovereignty?

The Supreme Council of the Allied Principal War Powers recognized the Jewish People as the owners of the political rights to Palestine, but put them in trust for World Jewry until they attained a ...
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What prevents Israel from expanding into other countries?

The image shows how Jewish people expanded in the region. However Palestinian people left the land due to war and killing (they emigrated). It seems with some simple mathematical calculation, the few ...
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What policies are in place to help mitigate the downsides of capitalism?

There are pros and cons to all economic models and in order to help reduce the downsides of the US capitalistic economy policies have been put into place for that purpose. For example, the minimum ...
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Would you explain 'development from bourgeois oppression'?

In Marxism, the concept of class struggle plays a central role in understanding society's inevitable development from bourgeois oppression under capitalism to a socialist and ultimately classless ...
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What were the causes of Jewish Question?

What were the causes of Jewish Question? What were Jews doing in Germany? Were they creating problems for the government, people, society, nature, resources etc? Was it a real question or created by ...
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Have we seen the last new Coal Fired Power Plant in a Blue State? [closed]

I've been looking at the sourcewatch.org listing of proposed coal plants. And it seems that the last blue state coal fired plant went on-line in 2010. The Comanche Generating Station Unit 3 power ...
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Is the Success of the Solar Energy Policies in Australia the motivation of the carbon tax backlash?

I came across this article about the spot market energy prices going below zero during the day in NSW for a few days. This is traditionally the money making time of day for the Coal plant producers. ...
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How likely is Greece to hold general elections by summer 2015?

Next year (in spring, I think) Greece will hold elections for the Presidency of the Republic. It is my understanding that this may lead to general elections if the candidate for President of the ...
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Why is it in the United State's national Interest to care what's happening between Israel and Palestine?

Let them fight, why do we care so much that Kerry has to work out a peace deal?
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Did Reagan use public spending to make the GDP grow?

On the one hand, lore says that Reagan Administration is the paradigm of how a lack of economic intervention by the state is able to improve the economical condition. On the other hand, according to ...
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Has Kitchen v Herbert Gone Into Effect?

In the absence of a stay from SCOTUS, the Tenth Circuit's ruling in Kitchen v Herbert was set to go into effect at 10:00 am EST today. It is 13:02 EST, and, as yet, I haven't seen any news report on ...
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Federal Open Market Committee Voting Procedure

The FOMC consists of 12 members. The Board of Governors. 7 seats are allocated for it, however currently only five are taken. Members should be appointed so that a "fair representation" of ...
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Why does the new Australian Senate first sit so late?

I don't quite understand why the new Senate does not come into effect until 1 July, operating with the previous election's results, when the new House of Representatives sits almost immediately after ...
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Is popularity with the Russian public important for Putin?

I've read reports (pre-dating the shooting down of MH17) that the war in Ukraine has increased Putin's popularity with the general Russian public. Link1, Link2. However, does Putin need to be popular ...
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Are there constituencies for the partition of the Ukraine?

The people of the Ukraine seem to be of two minds. Some (mostly in the West) want a west-leaning Ukraine free from Russia. Others (mostly in the East), want a Ukraine that's part of, or at least tied ...
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Does international regulation forbid a country to kill children in a conflict if the other part uses them as human shields?

The question is motivated by the Israel-Palestine conflict, but it may be asked/answered in general. I am wondering if Geneva conventions or any other international regulation forbid a country (Israel ...
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How responsible is Ukraine for allowing civil planes to fly over a war zone?

Regardless of who shot down the plane and taking into account that (non-civil) planes had been shot down before, is Ukraine in part responsible for allowing civil planes to fly over a war zone? It ...
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Was there ANY official condemnation of Hamas over use of civilians and especially children as human shields?

There is ample proof that Hamas is using Palestinian civilians - even children - as human shields. From situating military objects in the middle of homes/in schools/hospitals etc.., to using ...
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How could the Ukrainian rebels get SAMs?

I know this counts as geopolitics(or maybe skeptics), but The US and Svobda have claimed that Malaysia flight MH17 was shot down by rebels. After reading This question in Travel Stack Exchange, I now ...
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Why is Egypt being the peace-keeper?

Egypt has taken initiative to hold peace talks between Israel and Palestine on various occasions. What is their interest in the matter? Is it simply a case of proximity, or does conflict between ...
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How accountable will Russia be if it emerges they have supplied the Surface-to-Air Weaponry that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17?

After today's events, there is a lot of speculation that Flight MH17 was brought down by surface to air weapons. Witnesses appear to have heard the loud explosions before the flight crashed, and ...
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Opportunity for success in the US: myths and facts [closed]

In question What are the reasons for such differences in the size of shadow economy? user @Chad claims : The US provides opportunities that just do not exist in other countries. The economy is ...
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What are the reasons for such differences in the size of shadow economy?

Have a look at this graph for some OECD countries: What are the reasons for such differences in the size of shadow economy? One reason for the size of the shadow economy I have listened many times ...
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How do parties justify a chief whip?

In the UK the major parties have a Chief Whip whose role it is keep the party members voting as the leadership want. The Chief Whip is a political office in some legislatures assigned to an ...
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In an MMP system, why don't parties game the system by splitting into two parties?

In New Zealand, we have a Mixed Member Proportional system. Voters have two votes. The electorate vote is used to vote for a candidate to represent their electorate. This vote is determined on the a ...
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What determines the identify of “the minority party” leadership if there are more than two parties?

In the US Congress, there are leadership positions held in both majority and minority parties (e.g. the "majority leader" or "minority whip"). In practice, there are almost always two parties, so the ...
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Which is the top total tax-revenue increase in the Western World since the Great Depression?

I am interested in knowing about the biggest increases in the total tax revenue as a percentage of the GDP. Total includes everything. In particular it includes: direct and indirect, federal, ...
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Legal basis for President's immediate advisers immunity from Congressional compulsion to testify

Assistant Attorney General Karl Thompson was quoted saying in this article that they would Adhere to the executive branch's longstanding view that the president's immediate advisers have absolute ...
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What measures exist to impose budget-like changes without passing through the Australian senate?

In this article is says: Treasurer Joe Hockey has warned the Labor Party and the Greens to pass tough budget measures through the Senate or the government will find other ways to push through ...
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Reason behind cancelling Death sentence

Two of Delhi (India) gang rape criminal's death sentences are suspended, From Justice Verma's Report: 'The Verma Committee favoured comprehensive amendments to criminal laws seeking minimum 20 ...
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If a baby was born on the Palmyra Atoll, does the baby have U.S. citizenship?

For reference, the Palmyra Atoll island is an unorganized incorporated territory by the United States. It is subject to the U.S. Constitution and is permanently under American sovereignty.
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Has the Jewish Defense League been designated as a terrorist group by the FBI/USA?

The French Wikipedia says: la JDL est considérée par le FBI comme un groupe terroriste JDL is considered by the FBI as a terrorist group With as a reference ...
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Collaborative Policy creation software [closed]

Does anyone know of any collaborative policy creation software? Preferably with an aim towards mass collaboration. I understand that SharePoint or even Microsoft word could be used for this aim but ...
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What will happen to an economy if the government cuts government spending during a recession to fight a budget deficit? [closed]

I dont have a clue what the answer im looking for is. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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Why won't Israel just capture Palestine?

There are many small-scale conflicts currently going on around the world between two countries,where one or both deny other's right on some piece of land. like India vs Pak on Kashmir. N.Korea vs ...
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Are Palestinians stateless?

Does the UN recognize the Palestinian people as stateless? The Palestinians achieved the de facto recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state in 2012 so why are they still considered stateless?
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How possible is it for a city's courts to assuage fiscal distress with extreme bail?

I'm watching a television murder mystery where the prosecutor asked for the suspect to post $1 billion bail. This leads me to question how possible it is for a city to use its court system to request ...

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