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Who does political Intelligence analysis?

Is there a political Science study that looks at things like a country that is going through or has gone through a civil war or revolution and looks at the likelihood of a certain faction "winning" ...
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Did the USA ever officially apologize for shooting down “Iran Air Flight 655” in 3 July of 1988?

Iran Air Flight 655 was a civilian jet airliner shot down by U.S. missiles on 3 July 1988 as it flew over the Strait of Hormuz at the end of the Iran–Iraq War. 290 innocent civilians (252 Iranians ...
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What is the business case for the general electorate in requiring hairdressers to be licensed?

In the United States (and in many other countries!), there are several professions in which it is illegal to practice without a license. While most states typically handle these schemes, even ...
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Why would Cyprus be “forced” to leave the Eurozone if it defaults?

I don't understand the statements being made that Cyprus (and before it, Greece) would be "forced" to leave the Eurozone if it defaults on its debt? Would it be "forced" by the other Eurozone ...
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Where can I get world-wide statistics about discretionary income and similar indicators?

I'm looking for recent data on discretionary incomes and their distributions in different countries and don't know where to find it. I've only found some older article by the New York Times, but am ...
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Why are there so many unscheduled/premature elections in Israel?

It seems (perhaps just an impression) that there are more Knesset elections in Israel lately which happen ahead of schedule than ones that happen when they are supposed to. Is that a correct ...
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Why doesn't the Shadow Chancellor give the UK budget response?

Why is the budget response just given by the Leader of the Opposition rather than the Shadow Chancellor, who sits next to him?
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Is open belief in the communism or atheism in Iran punishable by law?

Do you have the freedom in Iran to openly believe in communism or atheism? Communism (from Latin communis - common, universal) is a revolutionary socialist movement to create a classless, moneyless ...
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Does SCOTUS have jurisdiction over all federal cases, or must it go through “normal channels?”

In the United States, what are the required steps before the Supreme Court can hear a case? Obviously, we are assuming the court would have jurisdiction (e.g., it would need to be a federal - not a ...
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Is it common for anti-war groups to oppose nuclear power?

I came across the article 'Don't make the mistake we did': Fukushima survivor to Queensland, which mentions the Japanese organization Peace Boat (Wikipedia, official website) opposing uranium mining ...
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Is there any movement or pending legislation toward mitigating EULA issues?

End User License Agreements, or EULAs are contracts that a user would have to agree to before that person uses a particular product (normally some sort of software). Some EULAs for certain Open ...
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How come Gerrymandering is still legal?

I just came across a post on tumblr including some congressional district borders. How come state courts do not outright throw this out through the window for not following the compactness rule? I ...
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What are the Siumut party's views on mining and how do they compare to other parties views?

Recently, Greenland had parliamentary elections. Different news sources contradict each other: Fox News: Opposition party keen on tapping underground resources wins ... The Star: Opposition ...
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How much of the deficit would be reduced by increasing taxes on the top 1% to 1990s levels?

President Obama has talked about raising taxes on the super-rich as one way to balance the national budget. This New York Times opinon piece says: We can achieve significant deficit reduction ...
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What law compels countries to take prisoners who are NOT trying to surrender?

This arose around some comments on "Is it true that the US president can execute anyone without a trial?" Under the traditional rules of war you are not allowed to simply kill all of your ...
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What law compels countries to take prisoners who wish to surrender?

This arose around some comments on " Is it true that the US president can execute anyone without a trial? " Is there any international law, or convention (including Geneva) which compels any country ...
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Does Geneva Convention apply to countries which aren't signatories?

In a hypothetical situation, if a country which is a signatory to a Geneva Convention is fighting a war against a country which is NOT a signatory, is the former country obligated to abide by Geneva ...
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What are the current international agreements on the Korean war?

I am trying to get information on international agreements on Korean conflict. I can find only documents on the current border status, DMZ, but not on valid international contracts for example ...
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For the U.S. Christian Right, are Sunday store openings an issue?

In The Netherlands and many other European countries, stores are closed on Sundays, and particularly Christian parties (strongly) oppose allowing stores to be open on Sundays, arguing that Sunday is ...
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Is it true that the US president can execute anyone without a trial?

Sorry if this is a stupid question. I am not an American (i.e. Canadian) and I was speaking to a friend today and he told me that apparently Obama passed a law last year that gives the president the ...
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Who can be nominated for Governor of the Federal Reserve system?

I know the President of USA appoints, and the US Congress confirms, the Governors of the Federal Reserve system, and that there can not be 2 Governors from the same Federal Reserve District, but can ...
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Was Hugo Chavez's regime an actual “Bolivarian” revolution?

Hugo Chavez claimed that his government was "Bolivarian" Wiki sayeth: The “Bolivarian Revolution” refers to a leftist social movement and political process in Venezuela led by Venezuelan president ...
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How is socialism in Latin America different from Bolviarian socialism led by Chavez?

As title says, how is socialism in Latin America generally different from Bolivarian socialism led by Hugo Chavez? I heard that there were many differences, so I wonder if anyone can answer this.
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What are the political consequences of an official apology for a governement?

Tony Blair's hate of official apology impressed me a lot after reading these articles: Tony Blair admits people are still 'very abusive' 10 years after he ... Blair urged to apologise over '...
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How did the Senate filibuster rules apply to Sen Rand Paul's filibuster?

I understand the basics of a Senate Filibuster. But after Sen Rand Paul's filibuster on 3/6/2013 he was interviewed by CNN and mentioned: The floor was left unguarded. Was he referring to a ...
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How is censorship on the radio constitutional?

I listen to the radio from time to time and it really gets me thinking about how the censorship laws work. With the Constitution granting freedom of speech I don't really understand how radio and TV ...
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What is the language of the Swiss national parliament?

In the European union parliament, armies of translators translate every word into all other languages. Switzerland is a country with 3–4 official languages: French, German, Italian, and Romansh. In ...
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What analogues exist for the Dutch Centraal Planbureau outside The Netherlands, if any?

In The Netherlands, the Centraal Planbureau (Central Planning Bureau, Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis) is an independent government agency that delivers economic analysis of policy plans, among ...
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If Supreme Court rules against Proposition 8 in CA, will that affect any other states?

Tehnically, US Supreme Court would be ruling merely on whether California's Proposition 8 (marriage is only recognized between men and women) is constitutional. Many other states have laws etc... ...
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Does non-religious opposition to feminism exist? If so, why?

Feminism holds that men and women should have equal rights (e.g. Feminism on Wikipedia). Many religions preach that men and women are fundamentally different, and even that men are superior to women. ...
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How much is opposition to same sex marriage costing GOP electorally?

One of the reasons that some people are stated to be preferring Democrat over Republican party when voting is the fact that the former are perceived as supporting gay marriage, while the latter ...
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Why is the name of Kwame Nkrumah's ideology “consciensism”?

Why is Kwame Nkrumah's ideology named 'consciensism'? He was a pan-africanist, what does that mean?
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In the US, why do libertarians tend to side with the GOP rather than the DNC?

A generic way to define a libertarian in the US could be 'fiscally conservative, socially liberal'. Given that the two major parties (GOP and DNC) tend to (again, speaking generically) be ...
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Given my list of convictions, which US party(ies) should I consider? [closed]

Suppose I have the following political views: I am for greater government regulation of economy and oppose privatization I am for greater taxes for the rich and less taxes for the poor I am for free ...
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If a bill was referred to a Committee, and died there, is there a way to tell what happened?

In this answer, I linked to a bill that was listed as dead in a Committee. Another user asked what happened to the bill, why did it die and who supported/opposed it (votes or otherwise): Where can ...
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Does the US 2013 sequester affect politicians own salaries and benefits?

From Big cuts spur calls to Congress from irate constituents, Thomas Ferraro, Reuters: They have not worked together in Washington. And so the across-the-board cuts of the so-called "sequester" - ...
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When was the last face to face meeting between Iran government and USA government?

While we know there is no official political relationship between Iran and USA, I want to know about the last one. I do not know about unofficial meetings or phone calls which may happen.
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Is it allowed in the United States to advertise for a peaceful political meeting in social networks against the government?

Is it completely illegal and do people who have committed it have to face fines and punishments? I asked because the same matter has negative consequences in some other countries.
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Has the Library of Congress violated copyright by copying the entire Twitter database?

The Library of Congress acquired the entire Twitter database recently. Every public tweet, ever, since Twitter’s inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress. That’...
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What benefit does Ireland get for the tax policies that faciliate the “Dutch Sandwich”

A popular tax avoidance scheme known as the Dutch Sandwich allows corporations to avoid US corporate taxes. I can understand the benefits to Holland which ends up being the destination of the profits....
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Do people in USA need official permission to demonstrate?

In some countries, people who want to demonstrate need to get official permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs in advance. In order to get that, they have to elaborate their reason and specify ...
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What is this “Other” category of US federal spending and why is it so high compared to 2008?

In researching this question: " Where did all this deficit come from? " - I stumbled on the fact that "Other" spending catgory was the 4th largest spending increase in 2009-2012 period compared to ...
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Reasoning & Benefits Behind the USSR Assisting China's Nuclear Program

What motivated the USSR to assist China with the development of Nuclear Weapons? Ie, How did this benefit the USSR? Why would the USSR want China to have this technology during the 1950s and early ...
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Why is the Reformed Political Party Youth the largest political youth organisation in The Netherlands?

In The Netherlands, the Reformed Political Party Youth (Dutch: Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij-jongeren) is the largest political youth organisation, with 12000 members. They are allied to the ...
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What differences exist between the platforms of the Socialistische Partij and the Partij voor de Dieren?

In The Netherlands, the Socialistische Partij is a socialist party, founded in 1974, entered parliament in 1994, and presently one of the 4th largest party in parliament and the 3rd largest by members....
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What is the difference between EFTA and the EU?

In Iceland, which is an EFTA country, there is currently a debate raging about possibly joining the EU (and then adopting the Euro currency). Now one of the arguments put forward by those who are ...
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What is the current impact of TARP (bank bailout) on US deficit?

As far as I am aware, at least some of the money that was given by US Government under TARP was paid back to the government. As such, how much of the ~$800 Billion was given back to the treasury and ...
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Where did all this deficit come from?

Back in 2008, the deficit was somewhere around $200 billion, until the bank bailout, which was reported at first to be a 1-time bailout of $800 billion. The next year, there was the Stimulus package, ...
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What percentage of the 2013 budget does the sequester cuts represent?

The sequester cuts to the growth in spending of the federal budget will result in a reduction in a increase in spending of $85 billion. What percentage of the 2013 budget does this represent?
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What non-religious arguments, if any, are used against LGBT rights in general and marriage equality in particular?

It appears to me that opposition to marriage equality comes primarily from religious groups, in particular from the Abrahamic religions. Quoting Wikipedia: Many forms of religions, including the ...

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