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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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Who has jurisdiction for a crime committed in an embassy?

Who would have prosecutorial/criminal jurisdiction if a crime was comitted in an embassy in a foreign nation. For example if someone was murdered in the US Embassy in Moscow, or if someone was ...
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How does jurisdiction of international courts work?

My understanding is that states who are signatories to international court are bound to respond to a lawsuit brought against them by another member state. Is that correct assessment? Or it’s case by ...
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Why can we have human rights declared by ECHR but no environmental “rights”?

I have recently read that in the European Union where I live, plastic in biowaste is a huge concern because when supermarkets get rid of fruits and vegetables which are packed in plastic it is "too ...
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Are sworn witnesses not obligated to answer questions in congressional hearings?

Watching the Mueller hearing today, I was surprised to find that he was declining to answer some questions. Although many questions could be rightfully answered by saying "I refer you to the report", ...
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Which polls count towards DNC debate requirements (especially fall)?

There are polls released almost daily pertaining to the Democratic nomination. In order to attend the September 12–13 round of round of debates, candidates need to get donations from 130,000 unique ...
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Does the host country have a say in an unrecognised state establishing a representative office?

The Republic of Abkhazia has diplomatic missions in Russia, Venezuela, and Syria, all of which recognise the independence of Abkhazia. It also has "representative offices" in other countries, such as ...
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Does a best or most optimized system exist?

People have diverse views about what they think is moral, what economic policy is the best, what legislation is good, etc. But all of these views are opinions. By sharing our opinions, (most) people ...
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How does a person go about becoming a member of the Electoral College?

According to the US Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators ...
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Is there a study about the European prime ministers profiles?

Note: This is somewhat related to this question which asks about similarities between a Prime Minister and a Company Director. I am wondering if there is something like an European Prime Minister "...
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Are gangsters hired to attack people at a train station classified as a terrorist attack?

The incidence happened in Hong Kong on 21st Jul 2019 Video footage showed dozens of men, mostly in masks, storming a mass transit station in Yuen Long late on Sunday, chasing passengers and beating ...
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Why do certain states offer lax, open ship registries?

Some world states maintain an "open registry" of ships, allowing non-resident non-citizens to register their ships in that state and fly its flag (a "flag of convenience"), and additionally, do not ...
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What does a black-and-white Puerto Rican flag signify?

In the following NY Times article I noticed that the photo of a large number of people protesting included a fair number of black-and-white Puerto Rican flags as well as a larger number of red, white &...
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What are the perceived benefits of letting public party members vote directly for the party leader?

In Australia we vote for local members who are usually representatives of a political party, and the elected candidates then become Members of Parliament (MPs) who choose their party leader, usually ...
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Why is DC so, so, so Democratic?

Looking at Wikipedia’s page on the 2016 election, I see that Clinton got 90.48% of DC’s vote; Trump only got 4.07%. This is by far the most any candidate got in any state; behind it is it Nebraska’s ...
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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 does Singapore's PAP win almost all elections?

In Democracy, we have the median voter theorem. Hence, we expect elections to be won 50% of the time (in case winners take all). The issue is not whose party is better. The issue is that when someone ...
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Does Iran recognize any of the water in the Strait of Hormuz as being International Water?

The US is claiming that the United States Armed Services are going to ensure passage in the Strait. "We are starting a concept called Sentinel in which we will have a series of countries engaged to ...
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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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Why states don't charge head taxes to reduce poverty? [closed]

Under current system, in most democracy, all people have a right to move anywhere. People in California have a right to move to Texas and via versa. We know that poor people are more likely to ...
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What does Trump hope to achieve by calling the Swedish prime minister about ASAP Rocky? [closed]

There has been some media discussion on Trump's recent statement that he is going to call the Swedish prime minister, Stefan Löfven, about the fact that US rapper ASAP Rocky is currently being ...
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Could Europeans in Europe demand protection under UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?

Link to declaration: https://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf Especially some points concerning protection of traditional indigenous culture, including its proper access to media ...
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Book recommendation for connection between immigration and crime [closed]

I'd like to know a little bit more about the reasons behind the migration flows to Europe, especially in recent years, and the (eventual) connections with (organized) crime, especially in Southern ...
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Why has Macron apparently decided to support the Romanian candidate (Kovesi) instead of his own country candidate (Bohnert) as EU prosecutor?

A rather surprising news came from the Romanian Presidency: President Klaus Iohannis on Friday had a phone conversation with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, during which the latter told ...
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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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Is it common for candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives to go door-to-door as a campaign activity?

I read that candidates for Congress can knock on doors as a way to campaign. Is this a common practice or something that is rare? I read that AOC knocked on many doors, but I would think this would ...
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How do Republicans explain their lack of support among minority voters?

From a 2016 Pew Research Study, "The Parties on the Eve of the 2016 Election: Two Coalitions, Moving Further Apart": Trends in party affiliation among black voters have been largely stable over ...
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Why did Rand Paul vote in support of the 2017 tax cuts if he's against increasing the deficit?

I've seen lots of media sources calling Sen. Rand Paul a hypocrite for blocking the 9/11 victim compensation fund bill until the cost is offset elsewhere, but not voting against the 2017 tax cut bill ...
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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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Why is “birth tourism” possible in so many countries?

I just learned about the idea of birth tourism, thanks to another question on this site. In almost all of North and South America one can gain citizenship through being born in the country. It is also ...
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Has any congressperson ever been a victim of discrimination while in office?

From the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's web page Immigrants' Employment Rights Under Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws: Harassment Based on National Origin Ethnic slurs and other ...
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Where might the Iranian-oil-carrying tanker Grace 1 have been heading?

The UK recently seized an oil tanker, Grace 1, carrying Iranian oil into the Mediterranean sea. The UK claimed the oil was intended for Syria, but Iran denies this (e.g. Javad Zarif in this interview, ...
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Could a US citizen born through “birth tourism” become President?

A few years back, there was a lot of news coverage of the increase in "birth tourism". Basically, people would come to the US very late in their pregnancy to have children with US citizenship, and ...
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Why did the DNC refuse to hold any debates on Fox News?

Back in March the DNC refused to hold any primary debates on Fox News. With the second Democratic Presidential Debate coming up in a few weeks on CNN, this question seems especially relevant. Fox ...
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Who determines when road center lines are solid or dashed?

A two lane state highway I regularly travel was recently re-paved, and the last step was to paint the center lines. Seeing the freshly painted lines prompts this question: Who determines when the ...
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Are there any restrictions on how amendment should be related to original law in US Senate?

As I understand, When US Senate approves some law, there can be amendments, attached to it. But sometimes, such amendments seem to not relate to the parent law at all, for example: https://...
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What happens if a UK government loses a no confidence vote just before a parliamentary recess?

It looks like we could have an unusual situation in the UK (well even relatively speaking) On 23 July, the new leader of the conservative party will be announced. Traditionally the incumbent does not ...
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Why Turkey's president thinks that by cutting interest rate it will lower inflation?

Recently, President Erdogan sacked the head of Turkey’s central bank because he didn't want to cut interest rates. He even said: “We said that if rates fall, inflation will fall. He didn’t do what was ...
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In Australia, do Rupert Murdoch's publications deny anthropogenic climate change?

In Australia, do networks and publications owned by Rupert Murdoch, generally deny or down play the impacts of human actions on climate change? If so, what are some major cases where they advocated ...
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Where does the provincial budget of Ontario exhibit its spending on the arts, culture, tourism?

My grandparents read Here's everything the Doug Ford government cut in its first year in office | National Observer, but this exhibits only the differences, not the old and new values. Where can they ...
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Why are there no polls of Tom Steyer yet?

Tom Steyer, a billionaire, announced he was campaigning for president on July 9 and pledged to spend 100 million dollars of his own fortune to make that happen. Enough for a significant advertisement ...
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What is the Trump administration planning on doing with migrants denied asylum under the new policy?

As recently reported, the Trump administration is planning on denying asylum to migrants who passed through a third country on the way to the US. In the interim final rule, the government argues that ...
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How have Republicans defended Trump's “Go Back” tweets?

On July 14th, 2019, President Trump posted series of 3 tweets which targeted Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts and ...
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Does anything else happen if the parliamentarian rules a House speech was out of order, but is not stricken by vote?

In the debate over the House resolution condemning President Trump's tweets, Nancy Pelosi characterized them as racist This sparked an attempt by Republicans to have the speech stricken “I ask ...
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Have there been any attempts by the rest of the world to sanction the US in the last years?

In the past few years the US has implemented or rejected certain international policies which other countries have been critical of. The first that come to mind are: The Paris climate accord - the US ...
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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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What are the reasons why the Federal Reserve won't make public the transcripts of its meetings?

Is there a reason why the Federal Reserve won't make public the transcripts of its meetings? They officially gave the explanation that making the transcripts public would negatively impact troubled ...
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What are the consequences if the House of Representatives condemns Trump?

The US House of Representatives is preparing to vote to condemn Donald Trump for the tweets he wrote this week regarding several Congresswomen, which have been widely characterized as racist. Are ...
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Are UK MPs sometimes obliged to say 'It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship'?

On theyworkforyou.com (see: example 1 or example 2), one can see that many MPs are using the exact form of words to express that 'It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship'. Are they strongly ...
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What is the latest date a general election in the UK can prevent a no-deal Brexit

Under the assumption that Boris Johnson becomes PM and intends to carry out a no-deal Brexit on the 31st of October, Dominic Grieve has said a number of MPs would be willing to bring down the ...

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