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Are there some detailed accounts of how the post-2015 Turkish purges happen?

I'm asking this because most (Western) news stories on the topic are rather opaque, along the lines of "X thousands of state employees in sector Y" got purged. Granted, there are so many of these ...
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Are there many liberal democracies that use “the more favorable criminal law” principle?

This question is somehow a followup of this one (split suggestion). At the end of January 2017, Romanian Government (executive branch) made several changes to Criminal Law using a Government Ordinance....
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How can I locate RFP information, bid submissions, or other publicly available information from a procurement document number?

I am trying to learn more about a particular piece of software used to submit forms to a US federal agency. I have a 'procurement document number' sometimes also called an 'award ID'. Using this ...
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Why doesn't Bhutan have diplomatic relations with most countries in the world?

Dark green - diplomatic relations, blue - the rest of the EU members (Bhutan has diplomatic relations with the EU, but not individually with those in blue). According to Wikipedia, Bhutan has ...
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What (if any) secular UK groups are ideologically opposed to jury service?

The HMCTS guidance on jury service states that excusal should be given to: members of generic or secular organisations, whose ideology, or beliefs are incompatible with jury service I am aware ...
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How is judicial independence ensured for International Tribunals?

According to this article, Mladic's conviction by International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague found widespread international support. However, this opinion is not ...
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How much have carbon-based industries invested in anti-climate-change lobbying in Australia?

There are reports that oil, coal and gas industries in America have invested more than half a billion dollars on lobbying against acting on climate change. In Australia there are more than 540 '...
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Does Saudi Arabia support Baathist resistance in Iraq?

Does Saudi Arabia support Baathist resistance in Iraq, currently led by Ad-Douri? Do they want to install a similar regime as in Egypt to counter the Qatari influence?
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How tightly can a 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) operate as the same organization?

For example, 350.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (according to its footer, bottom right) but signing up for its e-mail list or otherwise supporting it means a person would also wind up ...
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Scheduling executions in retaliation to terrorist acts

According to news reports, Jordan is threatening to hasten the execution of terrorists in retaliation if daesh kills Jordanian hostage Moaz al-Kaseasbeh. That is, Jordan's treating its own prisoners ...
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What is the meaning of the obligation by French Presidents that nuncios wear the biretta?

The King of France, and the French Presidents after them, had been given by the Pope, the privilege to impose to the nuncio, the ambassador of Vatican, in France to wear the biretta. What is the ...
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What have been the largest hostile cross-benches in Australian senate / house of review history?

The Australian federal Senate is a house of review, elected from multiple member state electorates. It is usually comprised of a Government (often in minority), an Opposition (in lesser minority), ...
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How different have the various constitutions of Venezuela been?

From an answer in this question, I have learned that Venezuela has had 27 Constitutions. As an American, who have only had one (or two, if you count the Articles of Confederation) this seems to be ...
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Are there any studies about companies self-segregating politically?

There's some current dialogue about some big tech companies (google, twitter, facebook) displaying some bias in their actions. Whether that's true or not, it certainly seems that the composition of ...
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Are counter-tariffs to the Trump tariffs going through the WTO?

Under WTO rules there is a dispute settlement process which WTO member states are expected to go through to settle trade disputes. Trump has sidestepped this process by declaring the steel and ...
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Would Australia leaving ANZUS affect its Five Eyes benefits?

I'm preparing an oral presentation on whether or not Australia should leave ANZUS, but can't find much information regarding the effect the separation would have on the Five Eyes agreement. On the ...
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Is the Czech president (negatively) known in other neighbouring countries?

In the Czech Republic lots of people don't like the Czech president Milos Zeman because of numerous cases in which he did things that seem to be very shameful. I wonder if it's true that he is a ...
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What happens to the Turkish Referendum if voter fraud concerns are sustained?

So the 2017 Turkish Referendum passed, but narrowly and with some controversy Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a historic referendum Sunday that will greatly expand the powers of his ...
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Are there any online resources for finding all public officers for a given zip code in the United States?

Looking for something akin to CallMyCongress dot com, but for local public officials. The best I can find so far through research is that some town/municipality websites are very helpful, in that ...
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Why don't ALL voting machines get fed a test batch of ballots before the election to prevent tampering/hacking?

... run a test batch of ballots through it (voting machine) (Source: step 6.2 of Wisconsin's official vote recount manual, courtesy of Bobson's answer here). As a software developer, this seems ...
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Would Obama's viewing Trump's tax returns be seen as overstepping his authority?

26 U.S. Code § 6103(g)(1) says that the President can request tax return information from the IRS: Upon written request by the President, signed by him personally, the Secretary shall furnish to ...
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Can one leave the Gaza strip permanently?

I don't really know where to put this question and as it is somewhat a political decision I will ask it here. Based on this Wikipedia Article it seems like one can't really leave the Gaza strip. But ...
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Transit zones problems

I have a question about transit zones and their laws. Do individual countries control transit zone law? or are they covered by international law, since they are international zones? Second, is one ...
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What caused a change in Bo Xilai's support for “elitists” into support for “populists”?

Bo Xilai Wiki's Political alignment and affiliations section states that: In the course of his career, Bo Xilai was the beneficiary of considerable patronage from former Communist Party leader ...
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How do banks cooperate with the NSA?

It is well-known now, thank to Snowden's leaks of information, that major IT companies like Google and Microsoft are required to cooperate with the NSA on matters of national security. They do by ...
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Why is the Gravina Island bridge held up as an example of wasteful pork-barrel spending?

The as-yet-unbuilt Gravina Island bridge, which would connect the Alaskan city of Ketchikan to an island that holds the city’s airport (plus a few other residents besides); the two are, currently, ...
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Do Senate committees really ever interview low-level nominees?

Does the United States Senate actually take the time to interview low level nominees like nominees for low military general ranks (Brig. General) or really specific roles that require senate ...
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Does the vote in favor of Article 13 affect Stack Exchange?

The EU parliament voted in favor of Article 13. An article which is heavily disputed and may have huge impacts on sites publishing (even if they are small) images or videos of others' creative work. ...
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How effective are ports of entry in detecting smuggled drugs?

It is commonly publicized about the amount of illegal drugs that ARE seized at the ports of entry to the US. Obviously illegal drugs that are NOT seized, can not be directly counted. So it is ...
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Has Tucker Carlson identified with distributist thinkers?

In a recent monologue Tucker Carlson sparked a serious discussion among conservatives about the degree to which capitalism is good for America. He said things like What kind of country do you want ...
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How many people actually visit MPs surgeries?

In the United Kingdom, a political surgery is a series of one-to-one meetings that a member of parliament may have with his or her constituents. A typical constituency has in the order of 75k ...
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English version of mindmap on Xi Jinping Thought

According to an article in Hong Kong's South China Morning Post, China's People’s Daily published a quite complicated mindmap to summarize and explain Xi Jinping's Thought. What are the key points of ...
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Are sunsetting provisions successful in reducing bureaucracy?

A lot of people in the Good Government movement advocate Sunset provisions for laws: Sunset Provisions Sometimes Congress passes laws with an expiration date, known as sunset provisions, ...
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Are there precedents for the EU fining the UK for undervalued Chinese imports?

With all the Brexit talks, this has become a barely noticed case, but it might be relevant for future border relations between UK and EU: Britain faces a potential €2 billion bill from Brussels ...
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Mathematical models for political platforms

I've been looking for resources which analyze the various political platforms using mathematical models. For example, the idea of "democratic socialism" seems to be based on a model of wealth ...
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What's behind the cat and mouse play of ISI and CIA?

There are several reports about Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) targeting the CIA (example1, example2). But why? I am sure there are specific interests of Pakistan involved in this. What ...
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Can Bahrain prevent Qatar Airways from flying?

The Washington Post writes: If not for a gesture of goodwill from Bahrain, whose airspace practically encircles Qatar, the airline would have to cease operations. But is it really a gesture of ...
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Does one party get primary challenges at a higher rate than another party?

Does one party get primary challenges at a higher rate than another party? If this question is not directly answerable, what criteria would I use to determine this rate?
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Why does Jezus Leeft receive a lower list number than StemNL despite participating in a smaller number of constituencies?

According to the Proces-verbaal geldigheid kandidatenlijsten (PDF, 5.4 MB), page 707: Vervolgens zijn de overige kandidatenlijsten genummerd in de volgorde van het aantal kieskringen waarvoor de ...
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Social media impact on Trump's presidency

It is difficult for me to realise really how much social media content approves or rejects some political party or person. The content is automatically generated and will always fit what the reader ...
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Is there any evidence to suggest a shift in ideology or attitudes towards children and childhood in the welfare issue of poverty?

I am preparing for my exam at University on Social Policy, one of the questions is Is there any evidence to suggest a shift in ideology or attitudes towards children and childhood in the issue of ...
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Do empirical indices exist to evaluate and contrast Foreign Policy programs of heads of state?

Empirical indices exist to measure happiness (and misery), economic freedom, wealth inequality, and a host of other outcomes of public policy. Are there any in existence that seek to measure the ...
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Will the changes to the NSW ICAC reduce its effectiveness?

The NSW government is putting through changes to ICAC, they claim its to make it more effective but it can also look like its because ICAC has been too effective at finding problems with the party. ...
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Correlation between divisory campaigning by mainstream parties and racial/political aggressions?

In reviewing the fallout of the Brexit referendum, one of the results appears to be an extreme increase in the number of racist/political based attacks and incidents. Of course, this has left me ...
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What happens to (the value of) foreign-president owned property seized due to corruption allegations?

According to BBC News, the vice-president of Equatorian Guinea is accused of stealing oil money: Prosecutors in Switzerland have seized luxury cars belonging to the vice-president of Equatorial ...
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AGIL scheme of Talcott Parsons

I feel very lost in my political science course and now we're talking about functionalism, more especially about Talcott Parsons and his AGIL scheme. It seems so abstract to me. Do you have a ...
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Is there any evidence that different length terms-of-office would be more effective for a President w.r.t. global policy?

The establishment of a 4 year term has been long established as the de facto precedent for term limits for a state/global influencer. It's cultural, and (perhaps a globally) integrated mindset. That ...
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Why were these amendments introduced to H.R. 5325 in this manner?

Pages S6075–76 Pending: McConnell (for Cochran) Amendment No. 5082, in the nature of a substitute. Page S6075 McConnell Amendment No. 5083 (to Amendment No. 5082), to change the ...
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Educational Requirements for Public Office

While researching an answer for another question, I discovered that the constitution of Azerbaijan requires a presidential candidate to have a university degree. This seemed unique to me. What other ...
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How have the people living in “jungle” squatter camps around Calais been obtaining food and medicine?

Does the French government allow those living in the "Jungle" and similar squatter camps to claim benefits? How have the "jungle people" been obtaining food and having their medical needs met? Have ...

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