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Top new questions this week:

Did Iraq declare outright support for Hamas after Oct 7?

According to Le Monde they did: But a quick search didn't find any statements. So who in Iraq declared support for Hamas, and in what terms?

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user avatar asked by Fizz Score of 13
user avatar answered by CDJB Score of 16

Why does the Voice of America refer to "militants" and not "terrorists" when talking about armed Palestinian groups, apparently with no backlash?

The BBC got quite a bit of criticism for not referring to Hamas as terrorists, and they apparently caved in. But I see the Voice of America, which is just as tightly if not more so coupled with the US ...

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user avatar asked by Fizz Score of 12
user avatar answered by Will Score of 12

How common is it for celebrities, influencers etc. to endorse politicians in exchange for money in the US?

The Hill quotes Trump saying: “Anyone who would take $95,000, and then endorse a Candidate who is going nowhere, is not what Elections are all about!” Is this a common practice in the US, for ...

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user avatar asked by Fizz Score of 8
user avatar answered by ohwilleke Score of 6

How would electoral votes be cast if the winning presidential candidate was a write-in?

If a write-in candidate won the November 2024 general election for President in some state, how would electors be chosen, since no political party had appointed electors in advance for that candidate?

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user avatar asked by Gerard Ashton Score of 7
user avatar answered by Rick Smith Score of 10

Does Hamas have any leverage against Israel (other than the hostages)?

According to Politico: But while Israel and the U.S. want to secure the release of as many hostages as possible, Hamas also could have reasons to hold onto as much leverage as it can afford. Some ...

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user avatar asked by Sayaman Score of 6
user avatar answered by Roger V. Score of 9

What gives Egypt the authority or leverage to act as a mediator between Hamas and Israel?

Egypt, which helped mediate between Hamas and Israel, confirmed the start time of the truce and that 13 hostages would be released in the afternoon, adding in statements from its state information ...

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user avatar asked by Sayaman Score of 6
user avatar answered by Just Me Score of 22

What happens to Chinese illegal migrants to the US that the US wants to deport but China won't accept?

The NYTimes' November 24, 2023 Growing Numbers of Chinese Migrants Are Crossing the Southern Border begins with the line: More than 24,000 Chinese citizens have been apprehended crossing into the ...

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user avatar asked by uhoh Score of 6
user avatar answered by xngtng Score of 10

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Is there a way to block an elected President from entering office?

Given the recent results on the national election at the US, I have seen several protests here at Berkeley and the Oakland area. I am wondering whether there exists any legal option to prevent him ...

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user avatar asked by urpi Score of 86
user avatar answered by Philipp Score of 103

What is the difference between a nation and a state?

These terms seem to be used interchangably - what is the difference between them? Additionally, why is it that a "state" appears to be just an entity of a federal government in certain contexts - e.g....

user avatar asked by Affable Geek Score of 24
user avatar answered by user4012 Score of 18

Do any other countries aside from the US have a pledge of allegiance?

As far as I understand it, the pledge of allegiance is an oath or expression of allegiance to the United States, and is made by students in many (most?) schools throughout the USA, as well as at the ...

user avatar asked by CDJB Score of 32
user avatar answered by bishop Score of 32

Why won't President Obama apologize for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Why won't President Obama apologize for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? He will be visiting Hiroshima soon, and he has said that he isn't going to be apologizing.

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user avatar asked by Paraney Score of 60
user avatar answered by user31264 Score of 125

Has the ICC ever ordered to arrest any Western or pro-Western politician?

Referring to this question, it appears as if the ICC is biased in favor of the West, since all the people it has punished were enemies of the West. But since crimes which can be prosecuted by the ICC ...

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user avatar asked by convert Score of 22
user avatar answered by Philipp Score of 39

Why won't Donald Trump do something about "fake news"?

Donald Trump continues to smash fake news on rallies and speeches, meanwhile news (whether fake or not, you can decide yourself) are slamming the president with one story after another. I personally ...

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user avatar asked by Vladimir Score of 55
user avatar answered by Philipp Score of 187

Why is globalisation so disdained?

From what I can tell via the definition of the word on Google, globalisation seems like a fairly reasonable course of action. Trade makes everyone better off in the long run, and it isn't as if we ...

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user avatar asked by Onyz Score of 105
user avatar answered by Philipp Score of 204

Can you answer these questions?

Are there other European parties that officially have only one member, but get a large number of parliament seats?

Wikipedia: After the creation of the association, Wilders disabled new member registration, resulting in his remaining the sole member of the party. The party is considered unique in Dutch politics ...

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user avatar asked by Fizz Score of 5

What's the PVV position on trade with China?

How much decoupling [if any] are they saying they are after? E.g. do they want to limit imports from China, if so how much and by what means? Likewise for exports, e.g. do they support limiting tech ...

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user avatar asked by Fizz Score of 1

How does the U.S. redesignating the Houthis as a terrorist group threaten a peace deal between Yemen and the Houthis?

Advanced plans by Saudi Arabia to strike a peace deal with the Houthi rebels in Yemen are being jeopardised by Houthi attacks on Israel and this week’s seizure of an Israeli-linked commercial vessel ...

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user avatar asked by Sayaman Score of 2
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