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What will come after a US withdrawal from Afghanistan? [on hold]

The United States and the Taliban may be nearing an agreement to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan after more than 17 years of conflict. In return, the Taliban would commit to refusing access to ...
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Would the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland be interested in joining together?

One of the major issues which the EU and UK will face in case of a no-deal Brexit is the question of the border between the Republic of Ireland (country in the EU) and Northern Ireland (pat of the UK)....
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Are there any elected officials in the U.S. who are not legislators, judges, or constitutional officers?

This question is as put in the title. It is general knowledge that legislators, high executive offices, and some judges are elected. But are any other elected government offices? An example could be ...
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How much will “new-policy detention” facilities for detained families cost?

As I understand it, the newly announced policy for detention of alien families, is intended to provide a place for these families to stay while awaiting adjudication of their immigration status. What ...
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Are there standardized definitions for systems of governments?

Background I am a counselor for the Citizenship in the World merit badge in Boy Scouts. I have only taught the badge once and trying to teach this requirement has tripped me up. It still trips me up ...
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What's the difference between AOC's Green New Deal and Sanders' Green New Deal?

Both Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders have revealed a sweeping plan to inact environmental policies that would, among other things, attempt to slow the progress of ...
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Was the Russian Federation ever an actual democracy?

Currently, it is a pretty established fact that Russia isn't a democracy. According to the vast majority of American news sources covering last years Russian elections there, they are fakem but the ...
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United Nations : Right to Self Determination and Secession working groups?

Article 1, paragraph 2 of the United Nations charter allows for the right of self-determination. To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights ...
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Anti defection law, India

Anti-defection law of India states that "A legislator is deemed to have defected if he either voluntarily gives up the membership of his party or disobeys the directives of the party leadership on a ...
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Is NATO discriminate to take action against any nation?

NATO and SEATO are organisations who come forward and fight for civilians rights and injustice. We experienced their activity in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. But why NATO is not taking actions against ...
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Would Greenland need the permission of Denmark to make a deal with the United States if they became independent?

Greenland is an "autonomous country of the Kingdom of Denmark" with "home rule" granted since 1979. As part of a self-rule law passed in 2009 (section §21), Greenland can declare independence at any ...
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How can the President of the United States enact laws [on hold]

I thought that the legislative branch were the branch of government that enacted laws. Having the power to enact laws as the executive branch would make the executive branch too powerful. How can the ...
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What would it take for South Tyrol to declare independence?

Wikipedia notes that in South Tyrol: Polls held by the Austrian research institute Karmasin show that 54% of German or Ladin-speaking South Tyroleans would support secession from Italy, while 46% ...
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If a party holds no primary debates, how does a lesser known candidate express his views in a forum specific to the party?

Background Back in April, Bill Weld expressed his decision to run for President on the Republican Ticket. However, since the announcement on April 15th, he has not had any public moments of import. ...
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How do Town Halls work?

Background I know some people who will soon be attending a town hall in Massachusetts. I have never been to one or known anyone before this one who is going. Given that this is an event that will be ...
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What is the political meaning of “shaheed” in India?

Literally, the word "shaheed" in Arabic means "martyr". But the word also has a more specific political meaning. In the Middle East, the term "shaheed" often indicates a Muslim suicide bomber acting ...
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Did the USA violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty?

America and Russia recently abandoned the INF treaty, with both sides blaming each other. Since then I've heard that the US has tested short-range missiles. I read headlines and thought: It's ok, as ...
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Brexit and backstop: would changes require unanimous approval by all EU countries? Does Ireland hold a veto?

A number of EU rules need to be agreed to unanimously: new members, treaties, taxation, IIRC. Ireland (the Republic, not NI) has repeatedly stated its concerns with the re-introduction of a hard ...
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Why is neither methane nor fracking mentioned in the Green New Deal?

Background The Green New Deal cites the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC in the first paragraph establishing the issues and effects of the current, and likely future, of global warming. ...
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In United States resolutions, does the word “Whereas” serve a specific procedural purpose?

Background In government resolutions, sometimes you have text worded as below: Whereas the United States is currently experiencing several related crises, with— .... Whereas climate change, ...
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What protections, if any, do local staff at a foreign mission have?

There were reports on Tuesday that an employee of the British Consulate in Hong Kong has gone missing while on a business trip to mainland China. It is believed that he was detained by Chinese ...
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What forced Theresa May to hold votes on the Withdrawal Agreement? [duplicate]

Theresa May famously lost three parliamentary votes on the EU Withdrawal Agreement. But why did she need to hold any votes at all? Was it not possible for her to simply sign the agreement given that ...
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What happens if no one in the line of US presidential succession is eligible to become president?

As I understand it, should the president of the US die/become unfit for office, the vice president would become president, and if the vice president (now president) were to die/become unfit for office,...
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How would one country purchase another?

Recently, the Trump administration expressed interest in purchasing Greenland. How exactly would this work? I would assume voters in both countries would be on board? Who would the payment go to if ...
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What is the improvement of the “legally binding commitment” proposed by Boris Johnson over the existing “backstop”?

As explained in this article in The Guardian, Boris Johnson has written to the EU suggesting the backstop could be replaced by some form of commitment to prevent a hard Irish border in his ...
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Has any president benefited in elections from partially repairing the economy after damaging it?

I've seen evidence that the American people (and no doubt people in other countries) tend to be rather myopic when it comes to deciding who to elect, specifically they only tend to look at the last ...
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Can Twitter actions be treated as a political censorship? [on hold]

As I heard some time ago, Twitter blocked about 200k accounts of HongKong protests unsupporters (source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-protests-twitter/twitter-facebook-accuse-china-of-...
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To what extent does China control Hong Kong's highest courts and ordinary courts?

To what extent does China control Hong Kong's highest courts and ordinary courts? Some people have suggested that the chief executive of Hong Kong needs to be approved by China and thus it has some ...
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How much aid does Pakistan get from US?

How much aid does Pakistan get from US currently and how much it was getting in past?
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Why is Boris Johnson visiting only Paris & Berlin if every member of the EU needs to agree on a withdrawal deal?

LONDON: Boris Johnson will tell Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron that there must be a new Brexit deal when he makes his first trip abroad as Prime Minister. Johnson will make clear to the French ...
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Why is statutory rape “strict liability”? [on hold]

I've heard that statutory rape, that is, sex with girls under 18 works under strict liability principle. Why? Is this even true? Even murder, that obviously cause far more damage, has 1st degree, ...
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Does violence and protest will increase in the Jammu and Kashmir after scraping the article 370 (special privileged) from Indian constitution? [on hold]

August 2019, parliament of India has abrogated the article 370 of Indian constitution which gives a special privileged and autonomous status to state Jammu and Kashmir. After this 7 million Kashmiries ...
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Difference between Motion and Resolution

Often in legislative bodies, we can find terms like "the motion is accepted" or "the resolution is accepted". Now, I know that they both mean the same thing of a house's deliberation on a particular ...
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How does the government purchase things?

After congress passes a budget and the president signs it, how are the funds acquired and how are they spent? Let's use the example: The defense budget has line items for the Department of Defense to ...
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When discussing global warming, does anyone consider that the available data set prevents any concrete conclusions? [on hold]

What I mean is... "Scientists" have estimated the age of planet earth as anywhere between 1.6 billion and 4.5 billion years old. Global warming has been studied for less than 100 years. Now...for ...
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Why would the US President need briefings on UFOs?

What I have perceived so far over years, people can observe things like atmospheric effects or military experiments and tell them to be UFOs of alien, or at least other state's origin. Mostly it is ...
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What hidden motivations do politicians of democratic states have behind declaring wars in XX and XXI century? [on hold]

Why do politicians ever forge casus belli in democratic states? I want an answer that will help me knowing what motives to look for in a general sense as rule of thumb. In general, it seems that they ...
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Territories on lease world wide

What are the territories given on lease (or any other way) by some country to other country currently? Is there such map?
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How could China have extradited people for political reason under the extradition law it wanted to pass in Hong Kong?

How could China have extradited people for political reason under the extradition law it wanted to pass in Hong Kong? According to a news outlet, the extradition law had the following clause: Once ...
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Would it be illegal for Facebook to actively promote a political agenda?

There's a lot of discussion in the past years on whether or not Facebook is using their platform to promote a certain political agenda and influence elections. Facebook denies such accusations but ...
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What bill provided for public viewing of bills before Congressional vote?

I cannot remember the name of this failed bill. I forget if it pertained to the House or the Senate or both. The proposed legislation essentially stated that a bill would have to be viewed in its ...
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Why don't believers of climate change just take matters in their own hands? [on hold]

Some people believe in climate change, others don't. Some want to do something about it, some don't. For the purposes of this question, let us limit ourselves to the States. This data suggests that ...
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Scrapping of article 370 from Indian Constitution

The government of India scrapped off article 370 making Jammu and Kashmir an Union Territory. Is it possible on the part of the government to convert any Indian state to a Union Territory?
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What prevents Hong Kong from punishing people who committed crimes in China in Hong Kong?

What prevents Hong Kong from punishing people who committed crimes in China in Hong Kong? As you know, there were a lot of protests against the extradition law that the government of Hong Kong wanted ...
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How is US administration justified to promote dress freedom abroad while reserving the right to restrict it at home? [on hold]

Since Barnes v. Glen Theatre, 501 U.S. 560, 568 (1991), US Supreme Court reserves the right for states to restrict dress freedom, and while all states and local legislatures in US enforce dress codes, ...
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Why don't politicians push for fossil fuel reduction by pointing out their scarcity?

Fact A: Climate change is predominantly caused by fossil fuel usage (focusing only on what we humans control). Fact B: Many people do not believe that climate change is an important issue. Fact C: ...
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What happens if Japan refuses to pay the U.S. for its military presence? [on hold]

What happens if Japan refuses to pay the U.S. for its military presence? Is there a procedure for such a situation? Or would the U.S. simply pull its troops out of Japan and let Japan fend for itself? ...
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About a loophole mentioned in a televison series [closed]

In 'The Thick of It'(a British television series), a highly unlikely candidate(Nicola Murray) becomes leader of the opposition because of an unspecified loophole. Is there really any such loophole or ...
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How does Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act shield companies from liability of bias?

Section 230(c)(1): No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider. There ...
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Can the president or the Congress pass a law to dismantle the super-delegate system used by the DNC?

Can the president or the Congress pass a law to dismantle the super-delegate system used by the DNC? Or is it somehow outside their power to do so and each party can set up their own rules as long as ...

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