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Why did the West reject Stalin's proposal for reunification of Germany in 1952?

As mentioned here, in 1952 Stalin proposed a reunification of Germany and free elections there, in exchange for Germany not being part of NATO.
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Is the military & financial aid that the USA extends to Israel in the strategic interest of the USA? [closed]

In this Youtube video, Senator Joe Biden states: If there was no Israel, the United States of America would have to invent an Israel in the Middle East to protect our interests. He states this in ...
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Why is climate change a problem when one can just offset the carbon? [closed]

The average annual carbon footprint of an average person is 4 tons, more or less: https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/carbon-footprint-calculator/ The price of carbon offsetting is ...
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Is Duverger's Law a theorem or an empirical regularity?

I wanted to know if Duverger's law ("[T]he simple-majority single-ballot system favours the two-party system") was/can be derived from a mathematical model of elections, like the Median ...
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What are the limitations on the structure of a US state government?

Upon a quick scan of the U.S. Constitution, the only direct reference I find as to how state governments are to be structured is in article IV, section 4: "The United States shall guarantee to ...
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Is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Turkish nationalist or pan-Islamist?

Is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Turkish nationalist or pan-Islamist?
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What are the differences between autonomous administrative divisions and confederated states in Myanmar?

I learned that Wa State is currently an autonomous administrative division of Myanmar but in current government reform, Rakhine State wants to be a confederated state and other remaining states ...
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Why doesn't the US condition aid to Israel to force it negotiate over the Israeli-Palestine Conflict?

US military assistance to Israel dates back to 1962 when President Johnson decided to sell anti-aircraft missiles to them. Since then, the US has given Israel $110 billion of military aid. This makes ...
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What do elected executives do? What is meant by implementation? [closed]

It is very evident that the elected executives (hereafter I won’t use the prefix “elected”, it should be assumed unless otherwise stated) do only what the legislative asks them to do. If the ...
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Is it safe for Asians especially Chinese to study & live in the US? [closed]

We've been hearing many sad stories happening in the US in recent days. I'm Asian and want to study in the US for my Master's degree, but me and my families are worried about safety issues.
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Can the President of the United States ignore the Supreme Court?

If the President (and their administration) considered the Supreme Court to be politically "illegitimate", would they be able to ignore its rulings? Is there any precedent for this?
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Are there examples in the world in some countries, of non supreme court members of the governments having legitimacy to interpret the constitution?

I've heard some armies make oaths to defend the constitution. Also I've heard about sheriffs publicly refusing to enforce a law on constitutional grounds. I'm not sure if they have the legitimacy to ...
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Is the recent agreement between Iran & China a pushback on US domineering? [closed]

China and Iran have recently signed a twenty five year economic partnership agreement called the Cooperation Programme or Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and was signed in Tehran by their ...
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Why does the Executive make (promulgate) laws? The laws should be made by the legislative

The Executive, as its name suggests, should be working for the execution and in the Polity, I think, it would be executing the laws. The laws are made (or consented, if you like) by the legislative (...
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What are the barriers against a one state solution in the Israel-Palestine conflict? [duplicate]

In an interview by the Washington DC based Foundation of Middle East Peace, Palestinian-American Youssef Munayyer of the Arab Centre said this on the 'two state solution': The idea of having faith in ...
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Empirical Evidence Regarding The Effectiveness of Writing Your Representatives

Letter writing (including email) and phone call campaigns are popular actions people are called to participate in to create pressure and change legislator behavior. It's taken as axiomatic that this ...
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What prevents somebody with principles that do not align with a major US party from running for election their platform?

In the United States, because of the two party system, it is infeasible for somebody who isn’t an incumbent president to win an election without being part of either the Democratic or Republican Party....
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Why does the Fossil Fuel industry absorb 85% of global subsidies? [closed]

According to the IMF, around 85% of global subsidies is given to the fossil fuel industry, this amounts to roughly $5 trillion dollars. This makes no sense. One major aim of subsidies is to nurture ...
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Why are countries consistently ranked across “nice” lists?

I have noticed over the last couple of years, that countries that are ranked high on one list that ranks by a property that is favorable, also rank high on other similar lists. For example on https://...
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How can the strength and capacities of societies be measured and compared?

In recent international development arguments, namely Migdal, Fukuyama, Acemoglu and Robinson's works, the society's capacity is represented as a deciding factor in a country's development. As these ...
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Electing fewer group representatives than groups when the whole electorate votes on them

At my work we need to elect three representatives among four separate departments. There is a max of one representative per department. Any member of a department can run as a candidate. There is no ...
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Right of attendance at a Parish Council Meeting [closed]

My Parish Council has chosen to hold a face to face meeting on 12th April in the village hall. Parishioners have been sent an email saying that it is probably not legal for them to attend due to covid ...
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What is armed struggle and why did it work in countries like Nepal but not in Phillipines and Peru? [closed]

Philippines,Peru and Nepal seem to the similar countries economically. Then why did the armed struggle work only in Nepal and not in all these places? Where did the government go right in these places ...
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Why is the USA so much concerned about the human rights violations in Xinjiang, but less so about Kashmir? [closed]

Kashmir is a disputed territory between India and Pakistan. Xinjiang is controlled by China (it might be worth noting that India also claims ownership, but has no power there). Kashmiris want ...
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What does India not being a member to the 1951 Refugee Convention mean?

What does India not being a party to the protocol mean in the context of legal documents pertaining to refugee protection. A slightly detailed insight to this is most welcome. https://www.unhcr.org/...
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Are Venezuela's dismal finances the result of Maduro's mismanagement, the US sanction, or both? [duplicate]

Is the dismal financial situation of Venezuela because of Maduro's mismanagement or the US sanction or both?
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Which laws are relevant to evaluate whether the EU might launch further sanctions against Russia in the case of Alexey Navalny?

I reflect on which sanctions might be taken by the EU against Russia since they demonstrate again by the case of Navalny how they treat human rights of the oppostion in Russia. Since my research on ...
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Why did Amazon workers at the Bessemer, Alabama warehouse vote against forming a union? [closed]

Recently Amazon workers at a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama voted down the union campaign. What I understand is unionization helps general workers. It generally means that the workers can bargain ...
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What is a possible theoretical relationship between social trust and political polarization?

Copying this question from Academia.Stackexchange. Trying to do my research on trust and political polarization relationship, but my analysis section contradicts the theoretical. My dependent variable ...
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Why is Chuck Schumer considered the Majority Leader if the Democrats don't have a majority? [duplicate]

Democrats hold 48 seats in the Senate, Republicans 50, with the two remaining seats belonging to Independents. I understand that Kamala Harris is a Democrat and can cast a tie-breaking vote, but her ...
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How can gun violence be prevented through policy or action without infringing on the 2nd Amendment? [closed]

The definition of "infringing on the 2nd Amendment" is highly subjective and a heavy source of debate, so for the scope of this question, let's assume that this means the government cannot ...
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What political factors led to the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Canada?

Among the G7, Canada ranks second to last in terms of COVID-19 Vaccine rollout, only ahead of Japan (where Vaccine rollout only began in March). Additionally, Canada was the only G7 member to tap into ...
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How can Navalny communicate with the outside world from a top security Russian prison?

One of the most important parts of the prison detention, that the convict can not communicate, or only on very limited ways (like once in a month can meet his family or so). Sometimes there are same ...
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How to split vote-based funding in the case of multi-party electoral lists?

In designing a system of public funding for political parties, I want part of this funding to reward electoral performance. In order to avoid fairly reward each party, the amount of funding is based ...
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Intervention methods to reduce student learning gaps during Covid [closed]

There have been reports of learning loss due to Covid-19. Many students have not been able to successfully transition over to remote learning and gaps in their knowledge have developed-especially in ...
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Why exactly has Alexei Navalny been denied the status of “Prisoner of conscience” by Amnesty International?

Amnesty International has denied Alexander Navalny the status of Prisoner of conscience because in the past he publicly stated things that were racist, xenophobic and incited violence. What statements ...
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Has authoritarianism been removed as an attribute of the right?

Historically, authoritarianism was an attribute of the right; during the French parliament in the momentous 1789 vote in which a decision was made regarding the veto power against the king post ...
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How variable are US voter registration and voting rules among US states and how do those compare with international norms?

How different are the rules for registration and voting in different states, (specifically the rules on early voting and the rules on access to polling places during voting), and how do those ...
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How is it possible to travel to countries that don't recognize the issuing country of one's passport?

Sort of a follow-up question to one of my previous questions. The idea is that the UK does not recognize the Islamic State as a country, therefore they cannot just revoke Shamina Begum's citizenship ...
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How are UK devolved nation’s budget deficits funded?

The Scottish Government has tax raising powers and, over the past several years, expanded spending powers too. However, I’m wondering how budget deficits for these devolved administrations are funded. ...
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If two U.S. Constitutional amendments conflict with each other, does the most recent one take precedence?

If one amendment doesn’t explicitly repeal another one, does it still take precedence over it the way a new law can indirectly override older laws?
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Do foreign sanctions on US individuals compel US banks and businesses to cut ties with them or not doing business with them?

Can a foreign country's sanctions on US individuals compel the US banks or companies to cut ties or not do business with them (even on US soil)? For e.g. China, in January, sanctioned Mike Pompeo, ...
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Why is the head of juridical power not directly elected?

It is a general question about who should lead the juridical power in a democratic country, but then I can complete the question by providing an example from USA. We know that, in the democratic ...
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Is there any publicly available draft of the American Jobs Plan beyond the fact sheet on whitehouse.gov?

The whitehouse released this fact sheet on the American Jobs Plan. However, there are several ambiguities in the plan so I am trying to find a more detailed draft of the plan. The House of Reps has ...
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How does Alba's “list only” strategy work in Scottish Elections?

The Wikipedia section on the Election method for the 2021 Scottish Parliment describes the set up as; The Scottish Parliament uses an Additional Members System, designed to produce approximate ...
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Does Florida have a tenant-friendly political system?

I am originally from the Northeastern part of the United States and it was my experience for those times that I have been a tenant that there was plenty of legal recourse and attorneys willing to get ...
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What did Black Panther, Huey Newton, mean by 'Non-State' in this speech?

In a speech to Boston College, on the 18th November, 1970, Huey Newton, one of the founders of the Black Panther Party in 1966, said: ... But by and large you can see the transformation which was ...
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Is there a movement to replace some aspects of Democracy in the United States with Corporatocracy? [closed]

There is already a long history in the United States of Corporations influencing legislation. Most notably legislation that: Directly affects their regulatory requirements (or lack thereof). Allows ...
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Questions related to economic development and public policies to be followed in developing countries (3rd world) [migrated]

I wanted to know if the questions related to challenges in economic development be posted here or on economic site or on a separate site focused on development. Questions may include international ...
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What is the distinction between constitutional power and statutory power?

I know it sounds easy on the surface. Constitutional powers are conferred through constitutional text, whereas statutory powers are conferred through legislation. But consider the following scenario (...

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