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Why would Russia want to avoid a "disabling" arms race with the West?

This strategic reality will prompt the new Russian leadership, of whatever composition and persuasion, to initiate a de-escalation of tensions in its Nordic-Baltic neighborhood in order to avoid a ...
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Why did the West impose sanctions on Russia for the death of Navalny, but not on Ukraine for the death of Lira? [closed]

Over the last few weeks, one of the headlines in Western mainstream media has been the death of Alexei Navalny. The West immediately accused Russia of killing Navalny and introduced sanctions. Navalny ...
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Did any Western country experiment with Japanese zoning laws or similar?

One of the most powerful policy tools available for Canada comes in the form of rezoning. At present, single family zoning is the primary form of zoning used in Canada, a fact that is especially ...
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Is there any Western country that suspended share borrowing to curb short-selling?

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Feb 6 (Reuters) - China's securities regulator said on Tuesday it would suspend brokerages from borrowing shares for lending and cap the size of the so-called securities re-lending ...
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Is there any Western country that may confiscate all personal property as criminal punishment to white collar crimes?

Tian Huiyu, former president of China Merchants Bank, was given the death penalty with a two-year reprieve for crimes including taking bribes, abuse of power, using undisclosed information for trading,...
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Was anything done against Hungary to make it stop importing Russian oil?

Even amongst Western allies of Ukraine, Keatinge suggests sanctions lack “consistency”, with some countries buying petroleum products more actively than others, plus a few Russian banks can still use ...
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Which Western allies of the US have been caught spying against the US?

I was debating a friend of mine as to whether it is in the American interest to continue supporting Israel. I argued against this. One point I raised was that Israel has an extensive history of covert ...
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What is the exit strategy of the west (US, EU, Britain, else) who are invested in the current Ukranian conflict for their own politcal interests? [closed]

Ukraine has politically banned any peace negotiations with Putin (see "Zelensky signs law that rules out Ukraine peace talks with Putin as ‘impossible’"). But Musk recently blogged: "...
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Is there any Western country that don't use market-based pathways to deliver food aid around the world?

Over the past two decades, development experts have persuaded Congress to allow food to be delivered in new, more flexible, ways. The U.S. Agency for International Development has begun buying food in ...
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Did any country lambast or criticize South Africa's ICJ application against Israel except the U.S. and Israel?

The Biden regime rose to defend its staunch ally Israel. U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby lambasted South Africa’s ICJ application as “meritless, counterproductive and completely ...
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Have any Western countries issued statements in support of South Africa for its actions against Israel?

South Africa’s request for an interim measure by the international court of justice to prevent Israel from committing acts of potential genocide – primarily by calling for a halt to combat operations –...
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Is there a precedent in Western countries where a state court has prohibited a candidate from running for office?

Colorado's Supreme Court has ruled that Donald Trump cannot run for president next year in the state, citing a constitutional insurrection clause. The court ruled 4-3 that Mr Trump was not an eligible ...
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Are there any notable politicians of Chinese origin in diaspora countries?

In countries where there is a large Chinese diaspora, are there any notable politicians of Chinese origin? US, Australia are examples of countries with large chinese diaspora. I'd like to restrict to ...
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Which Western democracy has the harshest punishments for corruption charges?

Xu Guojun, the head of a Bank of China branch in Southern China from 1993 to 2001, was convicted of embezzling 2.3 billion yuan ($325m; £255m). The case is the latest development in President Xi ...
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Why does Russia hate the West? [closed]

Historically Russia seems to always oppose pro-western regimes. There is this something I can not fully grasp. Given how miserable life is in Russia, how repressive their people are, it is strange ...
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How high is the support for non-two-state-solution outcomes in the Arab-Israeli conflict?

The Two-state solution is the mainstream in the governmental policies towards the Arab-Israeli conflict, see here, e.g.: A “peaceful and just solution” to the Israel-Palestine conflict can “only be ...
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Has any Western country in the (say) last 25 years threaten to retaliate militarily when a vessel not navigating under its flag was attacked?

Relating to the various attacks/seizures at sea in recent years, it seems to me Western countries draw a line between vessels formally navigating under flag of country X and those just owned by ...
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What's the second most powerful pro-Israel lobbying group in the West after AIPAC?

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC /ˈeɪpæk/ AY-pak) is a lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies to the legislative and executive branches of the United States.[4] One of ...
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Electoral democracies in the OECD/EEA

What would be the terminology for a state that has democracy but is also totalitarian? Can anyone give me an exhaustive list of current OECD/EEA countries behaving like electoral democracies/hybrid ...
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Why are reports of LGBT hate crimes rising in the west?

Sources BBC, Security.Org. This rise seems to happen in US, France, and also Germany. Could an explanation be given for what the reason behind this rise is?
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Has the ICC ever ordered to arrest any Western or pro-Western politician?

Referring to this question, it appears as if the ICC is biased in favor of the West, since all the people it has punished were enemies of the West. But since crimes which can be prosecuted by the ICC ...
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How strong was the Western pacifist campaign to not liberate Kuwait by force?

When Iraq invaded Kuwait their invasion was over in a couple of days and only a few hundred people died in those two days. Iraq was also said to have the 4th or 5th largest army in the world at the ...
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How radical are the SNP's proposals on gender recognition?

As regards the proposals being put forward by the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) for a change in Scots law, making recognition of gender change available to anyone over the age of 16, with no ...
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Are there Western double standards for international relations? [closed]

Russian diplomats often bring attention to the "West" often using double standards in the political evaluation of conflict. As an example Crimea: The 1974 Comorian independence referendum ...
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What exactly is the Valdai Discussion Club and has it been playing a role in the current geopolitical situation?

Having briefly browsed their website, I'm still not sure what exactly the Valdai Discussion club is. Who are its members, what do they do, and what role, if any, has it been playing in the Russian ...
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Is Russia on the rise to become the new economic world power? Is the war situation paving a way towards it? [closed]

I want to understand the current stance of Russia & its future economic leadership potential. After listening to the speech by Putin at the recent Valdai Discussion Club (transcript attached), I'...
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Why are laws on abortion more open than on suicide?

Since the question was closed and I probably did not express myself clearly enough, let me rephrase what is below: laws come from some cultural legacy in Europe we generally believe that killing ...
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What does the West gain by not letting Russia swallow Ukraine? [closed]

I sort of get the official reasons why the West did not just let Russia to just swallow Ukraine: Invading other countries and taking what's not yours is bad (even if some of it used to be yours in ...
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What are different ways to define the concept of "The West"?

The concept of "The West" is mentioned frequently on this forum, but often runs into the problem of ambiguous definition. While most people have a rough idea of what is considered "...
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Plans on ban cryptocurrencies because of energy crisis

The Swiss government has issued a set of recommendations to deal with the current energy crisis, including a ban on heated swimming pools and saunas (which completely undermines the concept of a sauna)...
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Is Western nuclear energy policy backfiring?

Official nuclear energy policy in the Western countries with little investments and continuously changing requirements has, with time, pushed into bankruptcy most of the major actors. The only left ...
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Why is the political Islam considered bad by some people in the west?

I have seen some books and listened to some speeches on YouTube by some western writers and government officials. It seems to me that they possess a very negative connotation of political Islam. Why ...
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In what Western Countries has any party or coalition been elected gaining a supermajority or such majority permitting constitutional amendments?

For the sake of the argument, the "Western" countries should include all Member States of the EU, and countries conventionally understood to be part of the "West". Any time after ...
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How do Western countries know that Ukrainians massively support the continuation of resistance?

More than 6 million Ukrainians have fled the country The vast majority of Ukrainian males aged 18 to 60 are literally forced to stay in the war-torn country Social pressure probably prevents them from ...
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Are temporary economic impacts a relevant political factor that prevents assisted-suicide rights?

Question Are temporary economic impacts a relevant political factor that prevents assisted-suicide rights ? Originally the question was - "Assisted-suicide rights - A little known but huge ...
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In terms of Realpolitik, what does the West gain from supporting Taiwan?

The West has been supporting Taiwan for decades and is constantly worried about China taking over the island. But in practical terms... why do they care? What risks does the West face from allowing ...
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Have any current Western politicians expressed concerns about a possible alliance between China and Russia?

We are currently witnessing a new conflict between Russia and the West, which some people have compared to a new Cold War. Additionally, the relations between China and the West are not as good as ...
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Have any prominent politicians in the West called for Ukraine to surrender territory to Russia?

Are there any prominent politicians in the West who are encouraging Ukraine to just give up and officially surrender Crimea/Donbass to Russian control in order to end the war? NB: I am not saying ...
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Why hadn't the west arrested Russian billionaires for corruption/money laundering prior to the Ukraine war?

According to US law they can arrest people for money laundering even if the money was laundered outside of the US. Here's Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's old statement: The West plays ...
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Is there any sign "the West" is deliberately trying to prolong fighting in Ukraine for the sake of fighting?

In a recent answer, user kandi made this statement: the war probably could have been ended by now if the West wasn't passionatly supporting the bloodshed by provided just as much arms as to keep ...
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How did Russia end up becoming an opposing power of the West?

I am talking about pre-Ukraine War situation. Especially from 1990 to 2021. At present there are only two major powers that are posing themselves as an opposing force to the US leadership. I admit ...
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How do Western democracies justify censorship of foreign media outlets?

One of the features of a democracy is freedom of speech and media, but in the last few months Russian media outlets were closed and blocked online. Such censorship happened for example in the EU and ...
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Why doesn't Ukraine just buy the heavy/advanced weaponry that it needs

The Ukrainian military is basically starving for more advanced equipments. From what is public information, it is clear that the West hasn't been supplying to the levels that would satisfy the ...
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Why is China so hostile to the western world? [closed]

Through domestic education or propaganda, Chinese government is consistently educating its everyone who listens to the CCP mouthpiece that they should be careful of the western threat. An example ...
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Was the West supporting certain sides in the two Chechen wars?

There were two wars in Chechnya after the end of the Cold War, in 1994-96 and in 1999-2009. Was there any evidence, or even claims, of Western support to certain Chechen fighters via the provision ...
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How can developing and underdeveloped countries get out of the arm-twisting cycle? [closed]

Contents of letter carrying 'evidence of foreign conspiracy' against govt shared with journalists According to the above article: They showed the letter from a distance. It is very clearly evident [...
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Has there been a reaction from the West's Left to Ukraine's suspending of some "socialist" political parties (for alleged ties to Russia)?

A few days ago Ukrainian government suspended 11 political parties with links to Russia(original order here), specifically: Opposition Platform - For Life, Shariy Party, Nashi, Opposition Bloc, Left ...
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Are there any polls on what those supporting a "no fly zone" think it entails?

Thanks to Ukraine's successful PR campaign, instituting a "no fly zone" is currently a popular talking point in the US. But as explained in What would setting up a no-fly zone by NATO over ...
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Why are Western politicians even bothering to react to Russian claims?

Some examples of claims from Russia which Western politicians recently had to respond to: Ukraine was making nuclear weapons in Chernobyl Ukraine had biolabs working on new biological weapons Ukraine'...
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Did the sanctions against Russia take into account that oil price might neutralise their effect?

Western countries imposed some sanctions on the Russian Federation and some Russian individuals since the start of the invasion of Ukraine. But Russia can still sell oil on the international markets ...
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