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Is the homicide or war rate in the middle East especially high?

I just wonder if these rates are high compared to other regions. Obviously China and Europe are low homicide. But isn't the Mideast not especially violent compared to the rest of the world? Don't ...
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What was the ultimate fate of the 1985 defamation lawsuit against Rep. Don Sundquist?

In a pre-Westfall case (which might as well have motivated the 1988 law that increased Congresspersons' immunity against civil lawsuits), NYT reports (1987) A Federal appeals court panel has ruled ...
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Are there any (post-Westfall) cases in which the Attorney General refused certification for a defamation lawsuit against a Congressperson?

The Westfall Act (1988) provides strong protection for Congresspersons against civil lawsuits. Part of the procedure that allows this protection to be effective is the fact that following Attorney ...
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Can US Congress members be (successfully) sued for defamation?

What is the level of protection of Congress members against civil lawsuits for statements they make, e.g. can they be successfully sued for defamation (libel, slander etc.)?
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What is a moral panic?

I know - and have used the phrase - moral panic. I've read Marshal McLuhan's Understanding Media but I've come across several uses of "moral panic" that makes me interested in delineating what is, and ...
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What is the legal status of complaints of criminality that the DOJ hears about but are not in written form?

NBC reports: Weeks before the whistleblower's complaint became public, the CIA's top lawyer made what she considered to be a criminal referral to the Justice Department about the whistleblower's ...
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What parts of EU law impose that the EU cannot consider an extension/delay request not coming from the PM?

A recent article quotes Boris Johnson as saying "The EU is obliged by EU law only to negotiate with member state governments, they cannot negotiate with Parliament, and this government will not ...
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Is the text of all UK treaties and laws public?

Is the text of all UK treaties and laws public? For example, could an international agreement (treaty) be kept secret from the public?
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Legally how would one demonstrate Trump's motive was to solicit interference in the 2020 election [closed]

The whistleblower report makes the following allegation: In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United ...
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Can the United States force multinational companies from not owning Chinese assets?

Can the United States force multinational companies from not owning Chinese assets? The White House is discussing ways to restrict US capital flows into China in what would be an unprecedented ...
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Can the US government delist a private company like Alibaba from US Stock Exchanges?

It has been reported that the Trump administration is considering delisting Chinese companies from the U.S. stock exchange. Trump administration officials are discussing ways to limit U.S. ...
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How does Executive Privilege override the clear provision of statute at 5 U.S.C. App. §8H (c) on Whistle Blower Complaints?

With respect to the testimony of Acting Director of National Intelligence McGuire before the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. House of Representatives on September 26, 2019, that as a ...
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Was the whistleblower in the Ukraine scandal legally required to make his report?

When talking about impeaching Trump, everyone mentions a whistleblower. I am under the impression that this means that who he is is not public information. If he knew such sensitive information, was ...
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Is there any country (state, region) where trying to pass “bad” laws is a crime?

Inspired by this question and answers to it. While I'm reasonably sure the answer is "No", I wonder if there is some interesting exception to the general immunity of legislative bodies. While a ...
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Could Boris Johnson face criminal charges for illegally proroguing Parliament?

Since the UK Supreme Court has ruled that the proroguing of the UK Parliament was illegal, is Boris Johnson personally culpable? Does this depend on whether the UK Parliament and its democratic ...
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Is Treason the right term to describe making a secret deal with a foreign government for personal gains?

As a casual German observer following the news, I wonder about the language used in the news. I gather that the current situation is that a whistle-blower from an important intelligence position has ...
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If the EU does not offer an extension to UK's Article 50 invocation, is the Benn Bill irrelevant?

My understanding of the Benn Bill is that it only compels the PM to request an extension and what must be done if an extension is granted. If an extension isn't granted, is it true that neither the ...
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Can the president of the U.S. fire, or have fired, the Fed Chair for not being 'independent'?

https://www.federalreserve.gov/aboutthefed/section10.htm The Section 10 of the Federal Reserve section 10 states that the President can remove the Fed chair for cause, but what does that mean? The ...
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As an electoral candidate, isn't Yang precluded from conducting his “UBI experiment”?

In the US Democratic Party’s presidential primary debate a few days ago, candidate Andrew Yang announced his campaign will conduct a 1-year experiment with Universal Basic Income - by paying USD 1000 ...
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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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Can the opposition parties do anything within the timelimit if the PM refuses to ask the EU for an extension?

It's been noted on this site that even if Parliament passes an extension, Parliament can't ask the EU for an extension directly themselves, that the law covering withholding the asking of Royal Assent ...
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Could the UK Parliament change the rules on prorogation by voting in a new law?

Boris Johnson controversially scheduled a prorogation of 34 days recently, which means that the UK Parliament won't be able to pass new laws at a critical time when the UK is about to leave the ...
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Can the president be investigated by the SEC for stock manipulation?

Can the president be investigated by the SEC for stock manipulation? This year the SEC investigated Elon Musk for possible stock manipulation through social media posts, and he was ordered to stop ...
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To what extent does China control Hong Kong's highest courts and ordinary courts?

To what extent does China control Hong Kong's highest courts and ordinary courts? Some people have suggested that the chief executive of Hong Kong needs to be approved by China and thus it has some ...
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Why is statutory rape “strict liability”? [closed]

I've heard that statutory rape, that is, sex with girls under 18 works under strict liability principle. Why? Is this even true? Even murder, that obviously cause far more damage, has 1st degree, ...
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How could China have extradited people for political reason under the extradition law it wanted to pass in Hong Kong?

How could China have extradited people for political reason under the extradition law it wanted to pass in Hong Kong? According to a news outlet, the extradition law had the following clause: Once ...
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What prevents Hong Kong from punishing people who committed crimes in China in Hong Kong?

What prevents Hong Kong from punishing people who committed crimes in China in Hong Kong? As you know, there were a lot of protests against the extradition law that the government of Hong Kong wanted ...
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Can the president or the Congress pass a law to dismantle the super-delegate system used by the DNC?

Can the president or the Congress pass a law to dismantle the super-delegate system used by the DNC? Or is it somehow outside their power to do so and each party can set up their own rules as long as ...
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Does each different kind of Congressional act require a different level of rigor?

Background In the legislative branch, there are several kinds of acts congress can initiate: A Bill, which is a proposed law that originates in either the House of Representatives or the Senate. ...
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Could Congress annul a declaration of war from the U.S. President?

Could Congress annul a declaration of war from the U.S. President? Let's say that the President declared war against Cuba for no reason, could Congress step in and annul the declaration of war or is ...
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What if Hong Kong airport protest happened in the US? [closed]

I only mentioned Hong Kong here to provide context. Here's what I am interested in: What would happen if a similar protest happened in the US (from a legal perspective, by which I mean what of the ...
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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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Why wasn't the supremacy of EU law codified?

Robert Schütze. European Union Law 2 ed. 2018. p. 121.       When the Union was born, the European Treaties did not expressly state the supremacy of European law.8 8The 2004 ...
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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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Could the EU introduce an app-crossing messenger standard and make its use obligatory for every messenger?

Let's assume the EU does the following things: It develops a messaging standard for texts, speech messages, documents, video calls, end-to-end encryption and more and makes this open source (like the ...
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What can the U.S. government do to prevent powerful people to get extremely favorable plea bargain deals like Jeff Epstein?

We know that Jeff Epstein got an extremely favorable plea bargain deal from the chief prosecutor. The media is now questioning if there was due process, or someone powerful got into the way of the due ...
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Am I obligated to answer a citizenship question on the U.S. census? [closed]

This question seems to straddle politics/law, but I am going to post it here. There is a lot in the US news lately about President Trump pushing to have a question on citizenship added to the 2020 US ...
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If the U.S. government eliminates private health insurance, how would it deal with the shareholders of private insurance companies? [closed]

If the U.S. government eliminates private health insurance, how would it be going to deal with the shareholders of private insurance companies? Would it reach some form of deal and what kind of deal? ...
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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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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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Are intrusions within a foreign embassy considered an act of war?

Are intrusions within a foreign embassy considered an act of war? Let's say that the U.S. breaks into the Chinese embassy in New York and decides to arrest a criminal whom the Chinese government had ...
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Is it common for judicial branch to add details on laws made by legislative?

In Indonesia, there is an article 112 of drug laws. The article says that simple possession is punished with a minimum of 4 years in prison. This is in contrast with article 128 that says that usage ...
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Is it legal in the UK for politicians to lie to the public for political gain?

Is there any legal ground to prosecute a politician for lying to the public where their lie gave them political gain?
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What is the purpose of electing European Parliament since the institution which propose new laws is European Commission?

According to EU organisation: The Commission proposes and implements laws which are in keeping with the objectives of the EU treaties. The members of European Commission are proposed by the ...
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Why did it take so long for Germany to allow electric scooters / e-rollers on the roads?

According to Telegraph Germany has just issued a law that allows electrical scooters on the roads: Germany has become the latest country to approve the use of electric scooters on its roads as ...
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Oregon household medical visits to familes with newborn children. Voluntary or mandatory?

Oregon's SB 526 has gained much controversy. The bill, if passed, is supposed to implement home visits by nurses/other-medical-professionals to families with newborn children. According to Patrick ...
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Where can I find the final text of EU Deal for Double Food Standards?

This Politico article argues about the EU deal related to Double Food Standards: After fighting long and hard to reach an agreement, the European Commission passed a set of rules last week that ...
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Who has the power to issue a witness summons?

In the US, Congressional committees have the power to issue subpoenas, compelling a witness to testify before the given committee. In the UK we have a witness summons, which can be issued in court. ...
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Enforcement of “anti-sodomy” laws in Qatar

Qatar has some "anti-sodomy" laws on the books, but the Wikipedia page on the topic gives the impression they were seldom enforced in the past couple of decades: In 1998 an American citizen ...
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Has the White House addressed what brought H.R. 312 to Trump’s attention?

President Trump tweeted this yesterday: Republicans shouldn’t vote for H.R. 312, a special interest casino Bill, backed by Elizabeth (Pocahontas) Warren. It is unfair and doesn’t treat Native ...