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Why have some governments banned outbound international flights in response to COVID-19?

Why have some governments banned outbound international flights in response to COVID-19? For example, the Philippines initially announced (but later reversed) a ban on outbound flights: Airports ...
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Why was the World Health Organization against travel restrictions following the COVID-19 outbreak?

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization initially opposed countries instituting travel or trade restrictions. Why did they oppose these policies at that time? Is ...
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Why are Central Banks cutting interest rates in response to COVID-19?

Central Banks around the world have cut interest rates in the past few days in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the US Federal Reserve (0-0.25%), the Bank of England (0.1%), and the ...
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What is the rationale behind delaying the imposition of more radical Covid-19 countermeasures?

On March 3rd, the UK government released a publication detailing its Coronavirus action plan, which contains the four-stage plan that will be implemented throughout the country, in all four devolved ...
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What is the significance of the WHO characterising Covid-19 as a pandemic?

According to Reuters news agency, the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference today (March 11th) that: We are deeply concerned ...
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Has there been a random survey of a population for COVID-19?

Has the World Health Organisation (WHO) or any government anywhere conducted random tests for COVID-19? It is announced today that in Britain they are going to step up the testing from 1,500 people ...
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What are the arguments for and against gender-neutral passports?

On March 10th, campaigner Christie Elan-Cane lost an case in the Court of Appeal against the UK government's policy that the "Sex" field on the British passport can only contain "M" or "F". The case ...
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What is meant by the term “radical centrist”?

As I understand it currently, centrism is the stance that political decisions should be taken pragmatically, avoiding the advocacy of a "one size fits all" solution, combined with the aversion to ...
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Is the blocking of Heathrow's third runway the first time a national government has been held to an international climate agreement by the judiciary?

On the 27th of February, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that the government's decision to allow the expansion of Heathrow Airport was unlawful because the government had not taken its commitments made ...
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International political parties [duplicate]

Sinn Féin won the popular vote in the recent Irish general elections. As a British person, I'm also aware that Sinn Féin have MPs in Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom; a separate ...
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Was the death of the President of the Czech Senate a theme in the Taiwanese media?

See also connected question: How anticipated was visit of President of the Czech Senate in Taiwan? As I am stating there, President of the Czech Senate Jaroslav Kubera was supposed to go on an ...
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How anticipated was visit of President of the Czech Senate in Taiwan?

Recently passed away president of the Senate of the Czech Republic Jaroslav Kubera was supposed to go to Taiwan this year to an official visit. According to the Czech media (for example, XXXI edition ...
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Why did Iran recognize it's at fault on the Ukrainian plane? [closed]

Now there is a furor inside and outside of Iran. And some people now want their leader to step down. They could deny it forever. Now they having such backlash. Did they make it to put fault on US (...
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How many countries have single-payer healthcare with 0 copays and 0 deductibles?

Many 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates in the United States, including Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Andrew Yang, support a "Medicare for All" single payer healthcare system with zero ...
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Why did the U.S. forced Japan to stop its government subsidized VLSI project while it also had its own government subsidized VLSI project?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VLSI_Project On Japan's side, the government was concerned about a negative impact on its relationship with the United States with regard to both national security ...
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How [dis]similar are Trump's and Warren's (proposed) trade policies?

An AIER article says Today Congress is statutorily impeded from stopping a continued march toward autarky, lest there appears some bipartisan legislation structured to take it back. The problem is ...
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What are the political or business connections of Parnas and Fruman in the former USSR countries?

From breaking news in the Guardian: Two associates of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, have been charged with election finance violations for channeling foreign money into the ...
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Does the FBI investigate social media accounts (on Twitter, Facebook etc.) for foreign influence?

As it turns out from a related question, the FBI has a Foreign Influence Task Force, which among other things does: Private sector partnerships: The FBI considers strategic engagement with U.S. ...
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Can a country prevent another country from having access to its scientific infrastructure?

https://s3.amazonaws.com/academia.edu.documents/55967145/a_3A100301651551420180305-1337-h7mebg.pdf The Japanese have often been criticized for the lack of government funding of basic science, ...
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Why is China the only country that build infrastructure for natural resources rights?

Why is China the only country that build infrastructure for natural resources rights? https://ecommons.cornell.edu/bitstream/handle/1813/30639/dpz6.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y It proposes R4I ...
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Can the U.S. default on its debt held by the Chinese by using Imperial Chinese debt notes as a pretext to do so?

Can the U.S. default on its debt held by the Chinese by using Imperial Chinese debt notes as a pretext to do so? This seems far-fetched and almost absurd to do so, but there has been numerous story ...
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Can a country avoid prosecution for crimes against humanity by denying it happened?

I found this article and what I read shocked me. There are an estimated 650,000 like Hong Hanh in Vietnam, suffering from an array of baffling chronic conditions. Another 500,000 have already ...
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Under what circumstances can the members of the WTO bring about some changes to the WTO laws?

Under what circumstances can the members of the WTO bring about some changes to the WTO laws? People have been calling for a reform of the WTO, but there doesn't seem to be a rule that says how the ...
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Is “forced” technology transfer against the WTO TRIPS agreement?

Is "forced" technology transfer against WTO TRIPS agreement? The TRIPS agreement state that it's an agreement that seeks to help both users and producers benefit from the agreement through technology ...
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Is there a reason why countries cannot increase their vote count at any time by giving money to the IMF?

https://www.imf.org/external/np/sec/memdir/members.aspx The Board of Governors, the highest decision-making body of the IMF, consists of one governor and one alternate governor for each member ...
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What can the U.S. do against the EU subsidizing its tech industry?

The EU drafted a plan for a hundred billion-dollar fund to take on US tech firms, or so the reports say. I was wondering if that plan is against WTO rules as I have heard that state subsidies are ...
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What happens if Japan refuses to pay the U.S. for its military presence? [closed]

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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What can France do to prevent West African countries from ditching the CFA Franc?

What can France do to prevent West African countries from ditching the CFA Franc? https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/african-currency-eco-replace-cfa-franc-190711162229142.html Leaders from eight ...
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Are there restrictions on how recipient countries can use foreign aid money coming from the U.S.?

Are there restrictions on how recipient countries can use foreign aid money coming from the U.S.? Or can recipient countries can use it any way it want to use it? I heard that recipient countries can ...
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Can a country kick out any diplomat over security concerns?

Julie Eadeh, a US diplomat in Hong Kong, was caught meeting HK protest leaders, which is similar to a Chinese or Russian diplomat getting caught talking to the leaders of BLM or other protest ...
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Does Hong Kong have the right to hold a referendum for independence?

Does Hong Kong have the right to hold a referendum for independence? I am wondering if there was some kind of legal agreement when Hong Kong was ceded to China by Britain that guaranteed that Hong ...
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Do countries other than the U.S. have the power to block a government from issuing new debt?

I read the following excerpt on Peterson Institute of International Economics and I was wondering if other entities such as the EU or China had the same power as the United States in preventing other ...
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Evidence for meeting Treasury Criteria for Currency Manipulation

In order for a country to be designated as a currency manipulator, it needs to meet three criteria set by the Treasury itself: Significant bilateral trade surplus with the United States ...
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Are the laws governing Antarctica legally binding?

Are the laws governing Antarctica legally binding? I heard that there's a mining ban in Antarctica that sets by the Antarctic Treaty, but I am wondering if it's legally binding and what would happen ...
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How likely is a reform on the status of 'developing' country pushed by the Trump adminstration only affect China?

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-wto/trump-targets-china-in-call-for-wto-to-reform-developing-country-status-idUSKCN1UL2G6 The Trump administration is trying to weaken China using any ...
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What is the reason South Sudan has not yet signed the NPT?

What is the reason South Sudan has not yet signed the NPT? On Wikipedia, it says South Sudan, founded in 2011, has not yet joined. Is there a particular political reason why they didn't join yet? What ...
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Why are certain countries refusing to abide the obligations of Article VIII, Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Articles of Agreement of the IMF?

The countries highlighted in light green represents IMF member states not accepting the obligations of Article VIII, Sections 2, 3, and 4. According to the document Articles of Agreement of the ...
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Why didn't any country complain to the WTO about the car company bailouts by the U.S.?

Why didn't any country complain to the WTO about the car company bailouts by the U.S.? Aren't financial bailouts considered to be illegal subsidies according to the WTO? If so, why didn't any country ...
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Is the success of Chinese economic model in Africa a threat to Western interests?

Rwanda's economic development has been fantastic in the last couple of years allowing Rwanda to become a model of development success. Is this success a good thing considering that its model of ...
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Are most people who commit financial fraud extradited, or people don't bother and just tend to fine the companies?

This is an excerpt of an article written by Jeffrey Sachs. Ms. Meng is charged with violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. Yet, consider her arrest in the context of the large number of companies, U....
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What benefits does The BRICS Development Bank to its members?

What benefits does The BRICS Development Bank to its members? As you may know, a new bank called "The BRICS Development Bank" was established by the BRICS as an alternative to the World Bank. Is there ...
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If SWIFT is headquartered in Europe, why does the EU need to create a SWIFT alternative to be able to do transactions with Iran?

If SWIFT is headquartered in Europe, why does the EU need to create a SWIFT alternative to be able to do transactions with Iran? It seems that the U.S. has significant control over SWIFT although ...
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Is the U.S. pursuing the agenda of containing the economic development of developing countries?

Is the U.S. pursuing the agenda of containing the economic development of developing countries? Under the WTO, countries like Vietnam and India should have favorable treatment, but recently the Trump ...
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Why didn't the U.S. support the idea of an Asian Monetary Fund?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_Monetary_Fund During the Asian financial crisis, Asian leaders had difficulties in dealing with both regional and international institutions such as the ...
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Why hasn't the U.S. government paid war reparations to any country it attacked?

Why hasn't the U.S. government paid war reparations to any country it attacked? According to Wikipedia, the U.S. has never paid any war reparations to members of other countries. It has only paid ...
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What would the EU do if an EU member declared war on another EU member?

What would the EU do if an EU member declared war on another EU member? I am wondering what would happen if a country like France attacked a country like Cyprus, what would the EU do in that situation?...
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Does the EU have the power to expand its own power without the consent of EU members?

Does the EU have the power to expand its own power without the consent of EU members? If yes, what is the legal framework that allows it to do so? If not, what do the EU members have to do to allow ...
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Did right-wing politician Franz Josef Strauss ever explain why he gave a 3 billion loan to East Germany in 1983?

Economist Manfred Melzer described East Germany's economy in the 1980s like this (1): The economy performed fairly well in the first half of the 1980's, raising exports while conserving raw ...
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What are the consequences for a developed nation to not accept any refugees?

What are the consequences for a developed nation to not accept any refugees? Are there grave consequences for not accepting any refugees? I am asking, because almost every country on the planet ...
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Why use tariffs instead of a tax on foreign investment to remedy the “trade deficit”?

Many people and politicians in the United States lament the trade deficit, or more precisely, the current accounts deficit. The necessary corollary to a current account deficit is a capital account ...