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What leverage do U.S. federal workers' unions have?

Federal workers in the United States are bound by law to not strike, and many union leaders claim their workers "believe in public service" and "they’re not just going to walk away". Given that ...
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To what extent do Kashmiri people desire independence?

This is a link to an Indian debate show, where they discuss a "shocking poll" that reveals "73% of people in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir want freedom from Pakistan". Question: Is this true, and what ...
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What treaties or (written) agreements would a hard border in Ireland breach, post-Brexit?

Would the hard border that would come up in a "no deal" Brexit (between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland) be violating any binding agreements that the UK has signed? (And the same goes for ...
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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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What measures exist to impose budget-like changes without passing through the Australian senate?

In this article is says: Treasurer Joe Hockey has warned the Labor Party and the Greens to pass tough budget measures through the Senate or the government will find other ways to push through ...
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Land reform in Guatemala

Recently, after attending to a conference with some Guatemalan politicians, I began to take interest in this country's socio-economical issues, in particular with regard to land. I that in the 1950s ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Do any treaties include punitive damages from a nuclear attack?

So far there have been two nuclear strikes against populous areas world wide, those being Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since then, while tests and threats have been somewhat common, there has never been a ...
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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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Have own MPs ever voted against the government in a no confidence vote?

After May's defeat on her Brexit deal, Labour tabled a motion of no confidence. The government can lose the vote if either DUP and/or ERG/Brexiteers (these being from the Conservative Party) vote ...
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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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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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Is there any instance of AI / machine learning provided voting rights for political/administrative decisions?

This article argues that a company has allowed an algorithm to have a weight in the decision process (i.e. to vote): Deep Knowledge Ventures, a firm that focuses on age-related disease drugs and ...
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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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Who can decide a major restructuring of debt in European Union?

Looking at the evolution of Greece government debt/GDP one can see that it is still at a very high level. (however, the forecast indicates a positive trend). According to Wikipedia's article on the ...
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Why don't all countries with large denominations of currency go through redenomination?

The South Korean Won and the Japanese Yen are one example of currencies with extremely large denominations. A single unit of both currencies has been worth less than 1 US cent for a couple of decades ...
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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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Has any election to a national legislature had no candidate stand?

In the recent local elections in the UK one community in Wales had no candidate stand for election to the Powys council. It appears to be not uncommon for House races in the United States to be ...
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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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Apart from mayor, what other political positions have a maximum age in The Netherlands?

The mayor of The Hague (Den Haag) in The Netherlands, Jozias van Aartsen, is stepping down. He has reached the age of 69 years, and in The Netherlands, this is the maximum age for a mayor, at which ...
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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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The most popular anarchist movements?

What are the largest anarchist organisations internationally by membership? I am curious about the relative popularity of different anarchist ideologies, to understand if say, anarcho-capitalism is ...
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Which religious groups have made use of the religious exemption under Obamacare?

In Islam, for example, conventional insurance is usually considered haraam (forbidden). Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as Obamacare, those who fail to ...
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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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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 can memos within a committee comply with open meeting laws?

I might be serving on a public committee subject to open meeting laws. These laws in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, such as RSA VI-91-A , stipulate that all deliberations must be held in a meeting ...
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Implications of Martial Law in the UK

Whitehall officials have been gaming a state of emergency and even the introduction of martial law in the event of disorder after a no-deal Brexit — https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/martial-law-...
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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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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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What is Belgium's position on Catalonia declaration of independence?

According to this article: Belgium’s prime minister, Charles Michel, was among the few national leaders to denounce the violence, which the Catalan government said had left 465 people injured as ...
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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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What is the role of the Vice-President in Turkey?

The constitutional amendments approved by the April 2017 referendum allow President Erdoğan to appoint one or more Vice-Presidents. Who is eligible for the role, and what will their duties be?
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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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