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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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Forced harvesting of organs in China [closed]

Is the Chinese government under any obligation to stop the forced harvesting of organs on prisoners that they started?
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What is the difference between a “nation” and a “country”?

I often see certain territories/ semi-sovereignties alternatively referred to as a "nation" or a "country". For example, Quebec (the province in Canada) likes to be referred to as a "nation". Native ...
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Has Twitter elaborated on continuing to allow Trump to use the platform for reportedly hateful attacks

It seems clear that Trump is using Twitter as a venue to attack some people. Trump steps up attack on 'US-hating' congresswomen US President Donald Trump has redoubled his attack on four ...
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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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Where are electoral systems typically defined?

Italy changed its electoral law in 2017, with a simple majority vote in the parliament. It strikes me as peculiar and dangerous that it is relatively easy for the ruling party to change "the rules of ...
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Can legal action prevent the PM proroguing Parliament?

What legal measures can be used to prevent the Prime Minister proroguing Parliament? Both Gina Miller and John Major have threatened to use legal means to block proroguing, but have not elaborated on ...
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US Party with all time most Presidential votes?

Which US political party has had the most votes for President? Both popularly, and electorally? Note: given the sometimes radical changes in party platforms over the years, this may seem like apples ...
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Average win/loss ratio for US Presidents as party nominees?

What's the average win/loss ratio for all elected US Presidents running (but not necessarily while President) as party nominees? For example, Nixon ran in 1960 and lost, won in both 1968 and 1972; ...
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Are Indian tribal governments subject to the Bill of Rights?

In the US, Indian tribes with official recognition from the federal government are given sovereignty and the right to self-governance. They are not subject to state laws in the state their reservation ...
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What are the arguments for California’s nonpartisan blanket (jungle) primaries?

California has a system where two candidates, chosen in a nonpartisan primary, are on the ballot in each congressional or statewide race. It's sometimes called a jungle primary. This makes it so that ...
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Why do legislative committees exist?

Why do legislatures give a tiny subset of their members veto power over a bill? Isn't that undemocratic? Why can't they simply debate and vote on every bill introduced as a whole?
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Why did Barry Goldwater change from opposing to supporting the Export Trade Administration Act of 1979?

The House modified the bill after it passed the Senate. Goldwater was among three Senators who voted against the bill. Can someone confirm that the modifications that the House of Representatives ...
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Can a government be held responsible for the crimes committed by a military contractor?

Can a government be held responsible for the crimes committed by a military contractor? If, for instance, a company like Blackwater Security Consulting contracted by the government commits a crime not ...
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Does the Vatican City/Holy See have a form of Security Clearance?

As far as I know, every sovereign nation has a form of security clearance to deal with matters of their national security. If you do a quick search of this topic you will find a link about security ...
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Why do candidates not quit if they no longer have a realistic chance to win in the 2020 US presidents election

As background, some answers of Why run for president if you have no chance to be elected? are relevant, so I will concentrate on the differences. There are currently more than 20 candidates for the ...
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Is the CIA responsible for overseeing all US military black-ops missions on foreign soil?

Is the CIA responsible for overseeing all US military black-ops missions on foreign soil? I am wondering if it's the CIA that oversees all military black-ops mission on foreign soil, or the Pentagon ...
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Does Indonesia restrict chicken wings import under the pretext of halal certification?

I couldn't find the link on the Americans do not like chicken wings enough. The consumption is far less than production. That's because the chickens are injected with so many hormons on their wings. ...
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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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Where could I find the House of Representatives voting record for the Export Administration Act of 1979?

When did the House approve the Export Administration Act described here? This proposed bill, The Export Administration Act, was rejected by the House on 9/25/79. So there must be another time when ...
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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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If the US government is running deficits valued at 5% of GDP, is the economy really growing?

From the White House Budget Office Deficit records: The US government is currently running a projected 2019 deficit of 5.1% of GDP (somewhere around $1.05 Trillion). The Bureau of Economic analysis ...
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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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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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Fate of countries without any army when attacked

What happens to countries which don't have any standing army, when attacked by any other country, terrorists, etc.? Even though only politically less significant or relatively more peaceful ...
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Does disqualification by defection or by voluntary resignation make any difference to the ruling party in India?

There is a political crisis occurring in the Indian state of Karnataka. According to this article, the Karnataka Legislative Assembly has the strength of 224 elected members, and when the crisis ...
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Which states have a head of state or government from another country?

The head of state of Andorra is the president of France and the bishop of Urgell. Are there any other examples where the head of the state or government is from some other country?
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What does co-operative republic mean?

The formal name of Guyana is "Co-operative Republic of Guyana". What does co-operative republic mean and how is it different from normal republics?
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How are Canada and the USA similar and different with regards to immigration?

While reading the NY Post this morning I found this short opinion piece. It states: While “a politically divisive debate continues to rage” in the United States over a Census question on ...
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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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In the United States, how large is the political spread of all federal judges in terms of rulings?

Background I keep hearing about the important role of Federal Judges in the United States and how their rulings as a whole results in them being labeled as a judge with a particular political ...
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How might the United Kingdom become a republic?

If prospective United Kingdom MPs must swear allegiance to the monarch, and if MPs are needed to change laws, how might the UK become a republic, assuming sufficient public support?
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Did any of the founding fathers anticipate Lysander Spooner's criticism of the constitution?

In his 1870 work "No Treason" - Lysander Spooner writes: “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we ...
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Have countries that have signed but not ratified international conventions successfully used the arbitration provisions thereof?

This question is inspired by the recent event of Grace 1 being detained by Gibraltar. Interestingly the most aggrieved party (which may or may not have legal standing though), namely Iran, has signed ...
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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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Have there been attempts to integrate the Catholics & Protestants of Northern Ireland?

As I understand the Irish border problem in Brexit, it is arising because Northern Ireland is deeply divided: one part considers themselves Irish, the other considers themselves British, and neither ...
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What are the most influental groups advocating for a global government?

Are there political groups (grassroots or organized) that advocate for a global government, and if so, which are the most influental by number of members and/or in financial terms?
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What do third party candidates for the US presidency expect to functionally accomplish in terms of voting?

Background In the history of the United States presidential election, it is exceedingly rare that a third party candidate does anything other than split votes from one (sometimes two) main parties, ...
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When did the trend of giving U.S. Congressional bills catchy acronyms first start to occur?

According to The Atlantic, there have been 240 bills proposed in 2013 that were represented by an acronym, such as the ROBO COP bill to help curb automated robot calls and the BEER (Brewers Excise and ...
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Why does the US federal debt increase by more than the US deficit each year?

I was looking through the Historical Tables from the Office of Management and Budget (https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/historical-tables/). I noticed that each year the debt increases by a different ...
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Why haven't Latin American countries condemned the U.S. for its migrant detention centers?

Why won't Latin American countries condemn the U.S. for its migrant detention centers? According to Wikipedia, the detention centers in the U.S. for so-called illegals and asylum seekers are ...
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Can an inauguration be delayed for any GOOD reason? [duplicate]

I ask this because with the amount of information regarding Trump, and the probability of Russian meddling in the 2016 election (from the FBI, CIA and NSA), dated 6 January 2017....was there a ...
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Why does the U.S. tolerate foreign influence from Saudi Arabia and Israel on its domestic policies while not tolerating that from China or Russia?

Why does the U.S. tolerate foreign influence from Saudi Arabia and Israel on its domestic policies while not tolerating that from China or Russia? Is there a reason for this? AIPAC is known to be one ...
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Why is the term “Jewish Privilege” never used? [closed]

In recent years the term "white privilege" has been used by certain segments of the American political spectrum to describe: (wikipedia) the societal privilege that in some countries benefits white ...
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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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Could the US President force Britain to recall Ambassador Kim Darroch?

A few days ago, a leak revealed that in cables sent to London, U.K Ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch described Trump's administration as "inept," "insecure" and "incompetent". CNN Today, ...
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What requirements are there on the Senate to process Articles of Impeachment? [duplicate]

If the House passes Articles of Impeachment, can the Senate refuse to accept them for processing or delay them through Senate procedures?
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Are US Congressional districts required to be connected?

With all the talk of gerrymandering of late, I was looking up North Carolina's past election maps. And man, the 2016 map which caused the court case looks downright normal compared to some of the ones ...
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On what principle did UK seize an Iranian oil tanker? Is there no right of passage for third countries?

In July 2019, the United Kingdom seized an oil tanker carrying oil from Iran to Syria. Reportedly, this is to enforce EU sanctions against Syria. But neither Iran nor Syria are members of the EU, so ...

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