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Is the definition of “crimes against humanity” expanded given the current political environment?

In the past, countries like the United States could ban all immigration from Asian countries (China, Japan, Korea) without anyone batting an eye Chinese exclusion act Asiatic Exclusion League. Under ...
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Why is Japan trying to have a better relationship is Iran?

Why is Japan trying to have a better relationship is Iran (Abe Is First Japanese Leader to Visit Iran in 40 Years)? Is it worth it for Japan to risk alienating the U.S., which is a major ally of the U....
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How does the opposition to quotas for refugees policies from certain EU countries coexist with the EU “free movement of people inside EU” policies?

As far as I know, the European Union is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The EU has developed an internal single market through a ...
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US sanctions on Iran's Supreme Leader

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei today. It was also stated that sanctions will be imposed on Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in the upcoming week. ...
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Can the UK Prime Minister immediately withdraw the country from the EU without backing from parliament?

Can the UK Prime Minister immediately withdraw the country from the EU without backing from parliament? I am not asking if this is legal, or if it is possible to do without committing political ...
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Why would a Senate bill be stuck on 'Introduced' for over a decade?

Why would a Senate bill be stuck on 'Introduced' for over a decade? What is required to get it going, whatever that voting outcome may be. The example I came across (while reading on Catch-22's ...
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Is there a way for presidents to legally extend their terms beyond the maximum of four years?

If I remember correctly in one Episode of Stargate SG-1, the president of the United States declares some state of national emergency (world was attacked by aliens) and was able to suspend elections, ...
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Aborted “ ICE Family Op” - What happens when a person is ordered deported?

I'd like to focus my question on the implemention of a deportion order and a failure to comply. (Context: Trump initially ordered ICE to "round up" persons who have either defied a court-ordered ...
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Can MPs stay in a party even after they vote against their own Government?

If an MP votes against, or abstains in a vote of no confidence of their own Government, can they continue to be a member of that party?
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Loss of majority in Westminster

The Conservative Party minority Government has a majority of four (I think). If the party loses its governing majority, could members from the opposition party resign their whip to stand as ...
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Do the 26 richest billionaires own as much wealth as the poorest 3.8 billion people? [migrated]

Bernie Sanders, who is running for president in 2020 gave a speech a few days ago. He makes a claim which goes like the following: Today the world's richest 26 billionaires, 26, now own as much ...
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Are Common External Tariff levels agreed via qualified majority voting or unanimity?

Are Common External Tariff levels decided by qualified majority in the Council of Ministers? Or are these classified as taxation and therefore need unanimous agreement?
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The process of amending a proposed Bill in the UK

In the committee stage of a bill, amendments may be tabled by backbench MPs. The Deputy Speaker picks from the list of proposed amendments for their debate (and voting on?). How are the amendments ...
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Could the European Union (or an element of it) be described as a government?

Could the European Union (or an element of it) be described as a government? The Wikipedia definition of government seems quite broad: A government is the system or group of people governing an ...
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How do I take part in a trilogues in the EU?

If I am an MEP, how can I take part in a trilogue? Can every MEP take part in every trilogue? Also: do lobbyists have access to trilogues?
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What percent of current Americans have ancestors that had slaves in the US in the past?

I am researching the current political debate about reparations. What percentage of living Americans have ancestors that had slaves in the US in the past? Is there any data on this or is there ...
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Conviction to execution; Why does it take so long for death row inmates to be executed in US?

Why do prisoners on death row have to wait sometimes as long as 20 years before they are executed? Given the heinous crimes that they have committed. Granted At least 4.1% of all defendants sentenced ...
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What is the mid-term election in India?

I just wanted someone to explain me in a simple manner what the mid-term election in India is. What are the requirements and how is it conducted ?
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Why people argue whether trans women should be able to compete against cisgender women? [on hold]

We usually argue when someone will be forced against their will to do something. For example, we argue in court because someone may be sent to jail against his will based on the arguments. Why do ...
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why does not usa want Iran to have nuclear bomb? [duplicate]

Usa has this bomb. Israel, France, uk have this. But Iran can not have that. Why ?
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Do foreign heads of state or government have to give up a US citizenship if they have it?

There is a chance of Boris Johnson becoming a Prime Minister of the UK. He was born in the US. His Wikipedia page states that he is both a UK and a US citizen. Would he have to renounce his US ...
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Why is protection of the commons so often confused with socialism? [on hold]

Protection of the commons is government taking a role in protecting resources necessary to sustain life on the geographic scale (rivers, air, etc.). It is obviously a government function because no ...
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What benefit is Iran getting from JCPOA after the US withdrawal?

It is my understanding that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) exchanges a limitation of the nuclear activities of Iran against a reduction or even abolisment of the sanctions against Iran....
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Does the UK have a written constitution?

Does the UK have a written constitution? I didn’t think it did, but then I found the following: United Kingdom's Constitution of 1215 with Amendments through 2013 [PDF]
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Can Johnson obtain an injunction to prevent publication of tape recording of row with his girl-friend? [on hold]

It has been reported that Johnson may seek an injunction to prevent publication of the neighbours' tape recording of the furious-tempered row he had with his girl-friend - the sound of breaking plates,...
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Why isn’t the tax system continuous rather than bracketed?

It seems tax brackets are beneficial to those earning just under each the tax bracket while being detrimental to those earning just over a bracket. Discrete brackets may also disincentivize earnings ...
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Can a US President have someone sent to prison?

In an interview at the White House recently, Donald Trump is quoted threatening a journalist with prison time by saying: "You can go to prison instead," Is the president of the United States ...
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If a country declares war on the United States, does the US Congress need to declare war on them?

In light of the events unfolding between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Iran, I have been curious as to the prospect of war between the two countries. From what I have ...
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Is there any legal recourse to compel Oregon state senators that flee the state to return?

This question is in relation to this news article, that claims that some Oregon state senators have fled the state to prevent a vote in the state senate on a climate-plan bill, because their absence ...
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Is Trump guilty of breaking the Hague treaty? [on hold]

What the title says. The Hague treaty was signed by the USA in the name of William H. Taft by J. Choate, H. Porter, U. Rose, and a few others, so one may consider it binding. Trump reportedly (NY ...
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Separation of the European Single Market and Customs Union

What is the relationship between the European Customs Union and the European Single Market? Is the Single Market an evolution that encompasses the Customs Union, rather than a stand-alone entity? I ...
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If an MEP resigns is the next person on the list appointed?

What is the process in the UK for when an MEP resigns? Is the next person on the party’s list appointed? In Northern Ireland they use Single Transferrable Vote - perhaps they pick the first loser?
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Could the U.S. Congress abolish itself?

Hypothetically, could the U.S. Congress abolish itself and transfer all power to the President? I'm thinking of a scenario where Congress amends the Constitution and gives all power the President, ...
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Can the President of the United States actively invest in the stock market?

Can the President of the United States actively invest in the stock market? While I have heard of people often divesting in order to show that they wont profit from the fact they have insider ...
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Can parallels be drawn between the EU and NATO governance ideologies?

Both establishments can be said to be semi-federal, rather than supranational, in that they don't have legal power over all of their members' decisions and laws, but rather act through recommendations ...
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Did Karl Marx ever use any example that involved cotton and dollars to illustrate the way capital and surplus value were generated?

I live in country with a communist ideology, and Marxism-Leninism courses are mandatory in college. As much as I appreciate some basics on dialectical materialism, I can't help but disdain the way ...
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Is there such a thing as a voluntary extradition visa?

Suppose someone is on trial for a crime in a foreign country, for which they would need a visa and with which their home country does not have any extradition treaties. They could stay in their home ...
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What is the rationale of holding national parliament snap elections after the EU elections results?

Short background In November 2015 the Romanian PM resigned due to street pressure related to a nightclub fire and the President managed to negotiate with the parties to sustain a technocratic ...
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Can the U.S. President pardon a corporation?

The pardon power of the U.S. president is generally characterized as rather unlimited. It says [...] he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, ...
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Who is lying between Ahok and Anies in reclamation projects claim?

https://en.tempo.co/read/1214191/anies-criticized-over-issuing-building-permit-on-reclaimed-island We got 2 politicians. Ahok and Anies. Ahok support reclamation project. However, he wants the ...
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Have governments used (or currently use) propaganda to undermine health in hostile countries?

Recently, there’s been claims that Russia has been fuelling anti-vaxxer sentiment in the US, and that one of the objectives is to undermine the health of the country - not the political health of the ...
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Is Facebook's Libra a threat to the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency? [on hold]

Is Facebook's Libra a threat to the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency? I've heard that Libra would diminish the need to hold U.S. dollars and thus diminish the power of the U.S. dollar as less people ...
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What is the probability of war with iran, given the current circumstances? [closed]

What is the probability of war with iran, given the current circumstances The way I see it, in anyway it's catastrophe for humanity there are 3 sides to this situation USA USA allies (crave for war ...
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Why is Ekrem Imamoglu supported abroad for the Istanbul mayoral election? [on hold]

There is a mayoral election in Istanbul on the 23rd Jun 2019. The candidates are Ekrem İmamoğlu and Binali Yıldırım. But İmamoğlu is supported by the media in the USA, Israel, Germany, and so on. Why?...
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Can the US PATRIOT Act be considered equivalent to the Enabling act in Nazi Germany? [on hold]

We all know that after 9/11 the Patriot act was constructed to give the U.S.A. more power in combatting Islamic terrorists (the war on terror). After the fire in the Reichstag in Nazi Germany, the ...
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How to seek political asylum in the DPRK or the PRC [closed]

I'm the current chairman of the PKI-Maois ( Communist Party Indonesia Maoist ) and me and several members of our party had tried to find a way to seek political asylum in the DPRK or the PRC. Does ...
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If Russia intentionally shot down flight MH-17, what would be the benefit to Russia? [on hold]

Four suspects, three Russians and one Ukrainian, have been charged with the shooting-down of flight MH-17. If Russia intentionally shot down this plane, in what way would this benefit Russia? That ...
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What was the legal basis for the arrest of Gerald Bull by the UN in South Africa?

https://www.damninteresting.com/project-babylon-gerald-bulls-downfall/ lives up to its name, being indeed a damn interesting summary of the career of supergun engineer Gerald Bull. The one part I'm ...
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Will the DUP agree to a Northern Ireland Referendum?

I heard it proposed by Michael Portillo (BBC This Week 13/6/19), that a Johnson government might solve the Irish conundrum by holding a referendum in Northern Ireland, which voted by a majority to ...
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Can there be a UN resolution to remove a country from the UN Security Council?

Can there be a United Nations (UN) resolution to remove a country from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)? I am wondering if we can vote a country like France or China out of the UNSC. Is ...

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