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What's the point of continuing not to recognize the Taliban government of Afghanistan?

As per Wiki, no countries have so far recognized the Taliban-led Islamic Emirate as the legitimate successor of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. But... what's the point of delaying the official ...
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Alternative conceptions of human rights

I was wondering if any philosophers, theorists, or computational game theorists have modeled a society as a group of entities capable of making choices (aka free will, sentience, a self-preservation ...
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Has China censored news that's critical of Israel?

The Chinese regime censoring news critical of China is nothing new. Is there any example of China censoring news critical of Israel? Mondoweiss is a progressive American outlet known for being ...
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What laws can be used by the Indian government to ban a film or documentary?

The Indian government has banned a controversial BBC documentary about Narendra Modi, claiming it is propaganda. This Guardian article claims that they invoked their emergency laws to ban it. The ...
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How common is it for wars of aggression to end without a counter-invasion to the territory of the aggressor? [closed]

The situation I am asking about arises when an aggressor attacks a country, occupies parts of its territory, but then the side under attack manages to mount a defense and drive the aggressor back to ...
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What % of asylum seekers who entered the EU during the 2015 European migrant crisis are now fluent in the local language?

According to Wikipedia: The 2015 European migrant crisis, also known internationally as the Syrian refugee crisis, was a period of significantly increased movement of refugees and migrants into ...
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Why do 3rd party voters seem to lean right politically?

In the United States, there are 2 major political parties: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. However, not every vote is cast for one of those parties when other candidates run. In ...
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Why has Poland called up the military reserve?

Why has Poland called up the reserve of two hundred thousand when their existing manpower is one hundred and fifty thousand? Polish president Duda has suddenly visited the Ukrainian city of Lviv. Some ...
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Why isn’t it considered acceptable to take over failed states? [closed]

As an example, Somalia has been a failed state for several decades. It’s clear that Somali people are incapable to reach sufficient consensus to form a well run state, so the territory in question ...
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Does Germany have a law on foreign influence agents (similar to the US' or Russia's)? Or proposals for something like that?

It seems it's perfectly legal in Germany for parliamentarians to have their trips sponsored by a foreign country. And likewise for more run-of-the-mill influencers, e.g. rally organizers. So, I'm ...
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What's AfD's vision for the Ukrainian refugees in Germany?

Reportedly While protesting in Leipzig in October against Russia’s war in Ukraine, Anastasia, 21, was confronted by AfD counter-protesters screaming “Nazis out” at her and fellow Ukrainians. The AfD ...
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Why do most United Kingdom visas restrict working as a sportsperson?

The majority of UK visas, for example the British National (Overseas) visa, and the Graduate visa, appear to include a restriction on working as a professional sportsperson: Why did the British ...
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What's the point of controlling the physical posession of classified documents? [closed]

Once a person is trusted with a classified document, there is really no way of stopping them from using the information however they want, unless you catch it being passed on somehow. They could copy ...
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What effect will increased urbanization have on liberal views given that urban locations tend to be more liberal?

There is a well-documented link between liberal views and urban locations, and conservative views with rural locations, which has been proven true across many first world nations. However, many ...
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To what extent is the UK's cost-of-living crisis Russia's fault?

I know that the UK's cost-of-living crisis is partly due to the war in Ukraine. Russia, of course, has sharply limited the amount of energy it exports to Europe; this substantially raises winter ...
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What is Pakistan's position on Aksai Chin?

Aksai Chin is a Himalayan Region. It is administered by China since they won the 1962 Sino-Indian war. However, it is claimed by India as a part of the Union Territory of Ladakh (within the erstwhile ...
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Have any large governments had any explicit 'we won't assassinate opposing government leaders unless they do X' policies?

The general rules are that assassinating of leaders of a country are a no-go for any modern country. partially because of the extreme retaliation that would result, partially because you open the ...
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Last 'real' US budget (before 2023)?

When was the last time the US Congress passed a true annual budget, in one or several installments, that was signed by the President? In recent memory the practice has been to pass a series of "...
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Explanation of politics in UK [closed]

I am not from the United Kingdom, but I am interested in knowing how things are going in there. So I was looking for a brief explanation on these things: the structure of politics and distribution of ...
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As of January 2023, and short of overt war, what retaliatory steps Russia could take against Ukraine's Western allies? [closed]

Ukraine has various Western allies who support the Ukrainian war effort for different reasons. Russia sees this support more and more as direct participation in the war. It appears that if Russia ...
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What is the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and how is it different from the International Court of Justice?

What kind of cases does the PCA take, and what is its relation to the United Nations? As a side question, are there any organizations that are working towards strengthening international law?"
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How long will the war in Ukraine have to last for Ukrainian refugees to become permanent residents?

If the war in Ukraine were to end tomorrow, it is likely that the majority of Ukrainian refugees would have their status revoked and be asked to return home. However, if the war were to last for 20 ...
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What happens when a Federal holiday falls on a weekend?

I thought the rules for holidays on a weekend would be similar to what's commonly observed in the private sector - take the weekday closest to the actual date. But when I went to Wikipedia to confirm,...
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How do political groups address willful ignorance to their causes by people?

One example would be drug laws. If advocates of drug law reform present arguments in favor of lenient drug legislation, the target audience of those advocates may choose to ignore them because the ...
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Why would high-ranking politicians take classified documents to their personal residence?

Why do some political figures, such as Trump, Biden, and Pence, store classified documents at their personal residences? I have seen many articles discussing the legality and contents of these ...
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How to prevent treaties from being denounced by state parties? [duplicate]

Treaties like ICERD and CRPD are beautifully drafted, yet the inclusion of denunciation clauses renders those treaties more or less useless, since it completely de-incentivises good-faith ...
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Why were the UN Sustainable Goals created?

So far, very few to none of the Sustainable Goals have been achieved. What led to the creation of the SDGs, and were they actually expected to be achieved?
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Can Justice exist independently of the Law?

The judiciary, contrary to what people believe, doesn't seem to have the job of determining fairness. Its job seems to be to interpret and judge whether a law was broken or not. Even that seems to ...
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Requirements for citizens living outside the US to vote in elections

In the United States, people who are not residents of individual states cannot vote in federal elections for President, Senators, and Representatives. However, US troops stationed overseas are allowed ...
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Why have European regions with strong desires for independence not been allowed to have either local parliaments or referendums? [closed]

Is it the fault of the government's progressiveness that regions with strong desires for independence and self-rule, such as Corsica, the Basque region, Catalonia, Bavaria, Moravia, and Sicily, have ...
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What privileges do non-member observers of the United Nations have?

It seems like they generally aren't allowed to vote on various issues, but they can voice their opinion on various issues if they please. Do they have any major powers in UN decision-making?
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How do US states decide whether to join a federal lawsuit?

I read on https://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/24/doj-files-second-antitrust-lawsuit-against-google.html: The states of California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee and ...
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Why do various treaties have easy denunciation clauses?

For example the international conventions on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid both have denunciation clauses that ...
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Why would one argue that Interpol’s Executive Committee is "currently dominated by autocracies and Interpol abusers"? (Political abuse?)

The Politico's January 24, 2023 Foreign Affairs Opinion piece by Ben Keith and Ted R. Bromund1 Opinion | Interpol Is Doing Russia’s Dirty Work includes the following: That’s technically true; the ...
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Do politicians make it hard to know what the law is so they catch more criminals? [closed]

In this answer to the question of where the line between investing in currency markets and running a "money transmitting business", the difficulty in answering the questions is explained by: ...
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Is there any official confirmation that Denmark will replace their French 155mm guns (that they're giving to Ukraine) with Israeli ones?

A couple of sources 1 2 seem to indicate that Denmark is giving away all their CAESAR 155mm howitzers to Ukraine... and planning to get Israeli ATMOS howitzers as replacements. The first part of this ...
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How can Estonia give "all" of their 155mm howitzers to Ukraine?

Kaimo Kuusk, the Estonian Ambassador to Ukraine apparently announced that: We are giving all our 155mm howitzers to Ukraine. I can't see how an army would agree to give all their artillery in that ...
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(2014?) Proposal of an alternative referendum form in Crimea and Donbass under the supervision of the UN / OSCE

I'm trying to find out if there were (official) proposals* to hold alternative forms of referendums in the two areas. I know that the UN and OSCE have criticized and not recognized the referenda that ...
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Is a possible solution to the Russia Ukraine war for Russia to join the EU (without the schengen area)? [duplicate]

Putin needs a satisfiable exit strategy to the war in Ukraine. One that removes the threat of NATO whilst maintaining his desire to retire as a successful leader of Russia. It seems that a possible ...
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How does the World Economic Forum seem to have so much influence?

Searching on Google News for World Economic Forum produces: About 23,800,000 results (1.00 seconds) Sampling some of these produces quite a mixed array of opinions, from highly supportive, to bored, ...
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Aren't PMs resigning months before the end of their term tactically beneficial to their successors?

I can't help recognising a pattern in the last week's resignation of Jacinda Ardern less than a year before the end of her 2nd term: John Key did the same near the end of his 3rd. What happens next is ...
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Why didn't Democrats get rid of the debt ceiling while they were in power?

Since 1995, Democrats and Republicans have been in constant disagreement over the debt ceiling, with Democrats wanting to raise it and Republicans resisting their efforts. During this time, Democrats ...
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What did Scholz say about Putin's motive?

I remember reading a news article claiming that the chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, said something to this effect: "In my face-to-face meeting with Putin in February 2022, I talked with him ...
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Which countries allow MPs to vote by proxy?

According to this article, an MP can vote by proxy in the UK: (..) the Commons has reverted to its usual rules and processes for voting, meaning that divisions take place in person with proxy votes ...
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What conditions need to be met in order to determine that we are in World War 3? [closed]

For the past year, everyone has had an opinion on the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Some say it is a regional conflict, while others say that the invasion can be considered the start of World War III. NATO ...
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What does one actually study when getting a Ph.D. in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University? Does one perhaps study liberals or study liberally? [closed]

After 06:33 in CNN's January 22, 2023 Brown presses GOP House Intelligence chair on Trump documents CNN's Pamela Brown says to US Representative Mike Turner (R-OH): Okay, thank you so much ...
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Did the FBI seize former US president's current passport in the Mar-a-Lago raid? If so, did they return it? If so, when?

After 03:20 in CNN's January 22, 2023 Brown presses GOP House Intelligence chair on Trump documents US Representative Mike Turner (R-OH) says the following: The concern we all have, is the abuse of ...
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What do modern British people think about the decolonization of India in 1947? [closed]

Do British people think that PM Clement Attlee's decision to give independence to India was correct? If so, why? If not, why not?
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What is responsible for the "missing consensus" on donating non-Bundeswehr Leopard 2s to Ukraine?

From Reuters, about Leopard 2s for Ukraine German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius said he could not say when there would be a decision on the tanks but Berlin was prepared to move quickly if there ...
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What is the German government's rationale for not allowing Leopard 2 tanks to be given to Ukraine?

There are many news articles today about how the German government is reluctant to allow Leopard 2 tanks to be given to Ukraine. For example, the BBC reports: Under German law, the government in ...

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