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How could SpaceX prevent military use of their satellites while preserving free speech absolutism?

According to Western media, citing Russian officials, Russia has somewhat transparently threatened to attack SpaceX satellites. September 19, 2022 A Russian representative named Konstantin Vorontsov ...
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Are there any international rules against firing ballistic missiles over other countries?

The BBC reports that (for the 2nd time since 2017) "North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan". The missile fell into the Pacific ocean. I'm guessing there are some treaties on the ...
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How exactly does China benefit from its belligerent foreign policy and BRI initiatives? [closed]

This is a question that struck and has stuck with me for a long time. As per the relatively naive mind that I have in geopolitics, China fervently invests in the BRI in economically weaker countries ...
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How many US nationals were working for major US news outlets in China in mid-2020?

Back at the end of 2020, there was this spat: In a sharp escalation of tensions between the two superpowers, China announced on Tuesday that it would expel American journalists working for The New ...
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Vital US interests: how are they defined and are they different between Republicans and Democrats?

In March 2022, the White House declared the ultimate goals of the DoD in their National Defense Strategy (NDS). I did not read it, because as far as I know it is still classified, but I found ...
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Why does the "Tanks for Ukraine" discussion focus on the Leopard 2?

It may simply be my media bubble but it seems that the discussion on providing main battle tanks to the Ukraine focuses strongly, almost entirely, on the German Leopard 2. Why is that? Now I ...
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What is behind Ukraine's unwavering stance regarding the outcome of the war [closed]

With the exception of March when Ukraine wasn't so sure it could fend off what seemed like a relentless Russian advance and was thus willing to make quite a few concessions, its position regarding the ...
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What does the West gain by not letting Russia swallow Ukraine? [closed]

I sort of get the official reasons why the West did not just let Russia to just swallow Ukraine: Invading other countries and taking what's not yours is bad (even if some of it used to be yours in ...
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What would King Charles III's "short name" be? [closed]

Historically, until partway through Elizabeth II's reign, each monarch had a short name that was listed on legislation. Such as Eliz. II, Geo. III, etc... For Charles II, different sources show ...
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Has the 25 Amendment Inability Clause ever been used to remove POTUS

The 25th Amendment of the US constitution is in the top of my mind. This deals with succession in the event of the resignation, death, or incapacity of POTUS. It also allows for temporary incapacity, ...
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Hungary — What’s the rationale behind voting about not voting about Sweden’s and Finland’s NATO accession?

Today, the quasi opposition motioned the formal legislation to vote on a formal bill introduced outlining the ratification of Hungary’s sister states in the EU, Finland and Sweden to NATO. (This bill ...
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What do we know about the effects of lay participation in courts? (empirically)

https://sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0176268009000123 tests various theories to find if lay participation has any effects on the economy (like judicial independence, corruption in judiciary, ...
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Illinois Presidential primaries

When voting in a primary in Illinois, there is a selection choose one of "Donald Trump, John McCain", Mit Romney" or "Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders" (these ...
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Why would Russia damage their own gas pipelines?

Much the West has accused Russia of being behind the damage the pipelines in the Baltic sea providing gas to Europe. However, why would they do this? If they wanted to deprive Europe of gas, could ...
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Would it be possible for Russia to "unannex" parts of Ukraine?

How easy is it now for Russia to undo their annexation of the parts of Ukraine that they recently took or at least laid claim to? e.g. if there was a change of leadership to someone not in favour of ...
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Why does Egypt spend so much on defense?

Egypt is one of the largest spenders in the defence sector in the Muslim world. They have only two theoretical adversaries in the region: (1) Israel and (2) Turkey. They have a peace treaty with ...
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How is the Chinese officialdom, press, or intelligentsia discussing Russia's possible use of nuclear weapons in the Ukraine war?

It's certainly known that the Chinese press and officials have openly blamed NATO and the USA more specifically for the war in Ukraine. On the other hand, China officially has a "no first use&...
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Can great powers stay neutral in large conflicts?

Whenever I think of a neutral country, countries that come to mind are, say, Switzerland, Austria or Sweden. However, no great power comes to mind in this context. In fact, they are mostly on the ...
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How is a party's alignment decided in the NI assembly?

Political parties in NI are classified as unionist, nationalist, or other. The DUP is unionist, and Sinn Féin is nationalist. The centrist Alliance is other, as is the far-left People Before Profit. ...
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What does China get from being a member of the IMF?

What does China get from being a member of the IMF? They don't have a lot of voting power so it's unlikely that they can use their voting powers to do anything since the U.S. has the most voting power ...
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Has NATO recently threatened to nuke Russia?

In his 2022-09-21 speech (archived copy with https here), Putin referred to statements made by some high-ranking representatives of the leading NATO countries on the possibility and admissibility of ...
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In case of a nuclear war between Russia and the US, is it likely that other countries would be hit with strategic nukes? [closed]

For example Bulgaria, where I live, or Romania, or the Netherlands e.g. - is it likely or very unlikely that those or other NATO countries see large cities hit by high-yield strategic devices (...
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What are the difficulties of replacing the UN with a new, similar organization but without veto powers?

The UN Security Council can not act against Russia as they use their veto on any resolution against their invasion. It seems obvious that we need a reformation of the council so no country can block ...
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How the American political system should have been devised to avoid the Iraq war? [closed]

After their unprovoked and brutal war in Iraq in 2003, the US managed to escape broad international sanctions, however they destabilised the world as a whole and brought about lots of problems to deal ...
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Legal weight of the Electoral Count Reform Act (ECRA)

I've been a bit (well, very) confused regarding the proposed Electoral Count Reform Act. Purportedly, it apparently attempts to (among other things) do the following: Dictate which state official(s) ...
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Which political implications would USA face if it turns out that USA blew up the Nord Stream pipelines? [closed]

Assuming for a moment that the investigation into the causes of the Nord-Stream leaks finds out that USA is responsible for blowing up the pipelines, which political consequences would USA face and ...
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What would be the political implications if it turns out that Poland blew up the Nord Stream pipelines? [closed]

Assuming for a moment that the investigation finds out that Poland is responsible for blowing up the Nord Stream pipelines, which political consequences would the country face and why?
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Why is India concerned about F-16 sales but not concerned about J-10C sales to Pakistan? [closed]

I see that India is very concerned about F-16-related sales to Pakistan. However, India didn't make a single official remark on the 36 Chinese J-10C sales to Pakistan. That means they don't care about ...
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Are there estimates of how many European households won’t have heating this winter?

Given the destruction of Nord Stream I it is now clear that Europe won’t be able to rely on Russian gas this winter. Are there any estimates of how many households in Europe won’t be able to heat ...
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Was USS Kearsarge LHD-3 near the explosion sites of Nord Streams shortly before the explosion time? [closed]

How near was USS Kearsarge LHD-3 to the explosion sites of Nord Streams shortly before the blast time/date? According to maritime traffic, the vessel (with support fleet according to certain sources) ...
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Why did the USA have 11-100 troops in Russia and China in 2020? [closed]

According to this report published by AlJazeera in 2020, the USA has troops and/or bases on Russian and Chinese soil. Since when are the bases/soldiers located in those two countries, and why weren't ...
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Are there any good modern analyses capturing the multidimensional nature of the political positions of parties and voters?

During the Heath/Wilson era of British politics (the 1960s and 1970s for those not old enough to remember it) there was a great deal of debate trying to understand the shifting mix of policies of the ...
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Does the GOP actually have a formal 'neutrality policy' that this unnamed RNC official describes?

This answer to Why would a former US president's announcement of a reelection bid cut off legal defense funds? in toto: From the July 28, 2022 Yahoo article, by Cheryl Teh, The RNC has been helping ...
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Why would Gazprom operate (the maintenance of) TurkStream through a Dutch subsidiary?

According to Gazprom (as quoted by RFERL) the Dutch government has suspended the license of South Stream Transport B.V., which apparently is a Gazprom subsidiary registered in the Netherlands. South ...
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Does Gazprom or Russia confirm that one of the Nord Stream 2 pipes is still (theoretically) operational after the recent pipe breakage incidents? [closed]

According to the New York Times, during the recent mystery events, both pipes of Nord Stream 1 were severed, whereas only one of Nord Stream 2's pair was. Does Gazprom or Russia confirm this state of ...
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What can Germany do to the entities blasting the Nord Streams? [closed]

Given the following assumptions: Three out of four Nord Stream N pipes have been sabotaged and are inoperable without repair. The entities responsible for destruction of the Nord Streams are not the ...
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Why is Germany subsidizing the cost of electricity for everyone rather than the poorest households?

According to Reuters: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz set out a 200 billion euro ($194 billion) "defensive shield", including a gas price brake and a cut in sales tax for the fuel, to protect ...
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What is the status of Ukrainian PoWs who took part in the referendum in context of ukrainian threats?

As reported in some Russian sources, like this one some Ukrainian PoWs took part in the referendum. Since Ukrainian government called the referendum illegal and a crime, do the PoWs who took part in ...
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What does the fact of a central bank's intervention say about the wisdom of the voluntary decision that caused it? [closed]

Normally, when a central bank makes a significant intervention, like 65bn of QE, it's in response to something awful and unexpected like a pandemic, or a war. What does it mean when it does that in ...
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Why did the EU give stronger "protections" to minors in the GDPR, considering that COPPA has had the effect of restricting those it tries to protect?

Quite a few years ago, the US passed COPPA, which imposes quite strict regulations on sites that collect information from children under 13. The end result was that many sites banned users under 13 ...
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The legality of bombing an embassy

During the bombing of Serbia, the Chinese embassy was bombed by US forces using five GPS-guided bombs. Although the US claimed that it was an accident, many believed that it was because the US aimed ...
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Which countries do have both a motive and a capability of disrupting Nord Stream?

Although the circumstances of the recent leaks in the North Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea near Bornholm are still not totally clear, the temporal coincidence of multiple leaks suggest that some ...
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Why was the number of seats that RN gained in the 2022 legislative elections so poorly predicted by pollsters in the runup?

A France24 article from June says RN’s performance at 90 seats is a “seismic event; an extraordinary result for them”, said Paul Smith, a professor of French politics at Nottingham University. “There ...
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Which countries are the possible suspects for being responsible for the rupture of the Nord Stream pipelines? [closed]

Since the question in the title is difficult to answer directly (except some country admits, „that's us“), let us break down the question into the following sub-questions: Which countries had their ...
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Have any countries managed to consistently reduce government expenses as a share of GDP?

In the US, government spending as a share of GDP has been consistently increasing for decades. Have any countries managed to invert that trend and consistently reduce the share of government expenses ...
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Why is Germany still opposed to nuclear power despite the energy crisis?

Germany has recently announced that while they’ll keep two of their nuclear power plants operational during the winter, they’re still planning to shut them down in the spring. But why aren’t they ...
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Is the Mini-Budget subject to a vote in parliament and if so, when?

The speed of the news cycle and market reactions make it seem that Mini-Budget is something that has already happened, but my understanding is that this should still be subject to a vote in parliament....
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What happens to Charles's passport?

Queen Elizabeth II (of the UK and other assorted Commonwealth realms) somewhat famously did not have a passport. (The theory being that passports are technically issued in the Monarch's name, so it ...
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Slovakia has been the first state to have not affirmed joining NATO of Sweden and Finland with magnitudinal majority — why?

There is still a chance (a substantial probability) that Turkey or Hungary would not even affirm it by supermajority or any majority at all given their pro-Russia stances, but so far, all other ...
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What is "proportionate response" in international relations?

I have seen in quite a few answers here, and in general on the internet about the theory of "proportionate response" - in context of activities that nations do against other nations. I'd ...
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