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Why is Europe (Germany in particular) apparently paying so little for US troop presence/protection, compared to South Korea?

CNBC wrote in that 2020 about the cost-sharing agreement for US troop presence in South Korea In the last one-year, cost-sharing agreement, Seoul agreed to pay roughly $900 million and in ...
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Which body of the Russian Federation is investigating the Nord Stream sabotage?

It's been mentioned a number of times in the Western press, quoting or paraphrasing brief snippets from Russian officials that Russia is conducting its own probe/investigation into the Nord Stream ...
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Is the ascendancy of extremists in the AfD driven more by their growing share of East German (than West German) party membership?

Background The BfV classified around 36% of AfD members as right-wing extremist for the year 2022. With no dedicated critics of the AfD's extremist faction (aligned with Björn Höcke, formerly called ...
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Why is it considered okay for income level to affect tax rate but not the right to have children?

Some rights declared in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are routinely limited by law: Right to liberty, access to public service, rest and leisure, to freely participate in the cultural ...
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Has the Niger junta explained why they expelled French but not US troops?

The Niger junta that took power this summer expelled French but not US troops. From what I can tell, France had about 1,500 troops there, and the US has about 1,100 (or maybe just 600--sources differ ...
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What leverage or negotiation tools do government agencies actually have to negotiate prescription drug prices directly with drug companies?

The recent question Why did it take so long for the U.S. government to give Medicare the power to negotiate prescription drug prices directly with drug companies? reminded me of the old season 8 ...
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What useful information can court judgments provide to intelligence agencies?

China’s court system appears to be dramatically pivoting away from a decade-long effort at judicial transparency. A leaked document from China’s top court – dated November 2022 - reveals that ...
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Has Fox News shown any footage from inside Gaza, esp. from a civilian perspective?

Most media in the US and Europe (which is often desribed as "left-wing" from a right-wing perspective) appears to be striking for some kind of balance in their reporting of the recent ...
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How much is Lithuania paying/cost-sharing for the US troop presence in their country?

It's been suggested in some comments (and now an answer) to a related Q that the US is expected to demand lest cost sharing from Germany than from South Korea, for US troop presence, because Germany ...
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Are/were anti-US murals and posters in Pyongyang gone for good since 2018?

NY Post claimed in 2018: Gone are the posters depicting the U.S. as a “rotten, diseased, pirate nation” and promising “merciless revenge” on American forces for an imagined attack on the totalitarian ...
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Has any government successfully managed intergenerational welfare dependency?

New Zealand government is tightening welfare benefits at the moment, and that is being vigorously opposed, citing the risk of "inter-generational poverty". Many countries in the world suffer ...
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Has Trump indicated who he will endorse if he remains disqualified from the ballot?

Trump is currently disqualified from the ballot in Colorado, and the case is being appealed to the Supreme Court. Assuming the Supreme Court rules against Trump and he remains disqualified, has he ...
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Why does Paraguay maintain a relationship with Taiwan if they can't compete against China in terms of checkbook diplomacy?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_relations_of_Taiwan Why does Paraguay maintain a relationship with Taiwan if they can't compete against China in terms of checkbook diplomacy? https://en....
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What happens if the President of Chile resigns?

There is currently (October 2019) a social and political crisis affecting Chile, where mass demonstrations are demanding change to the government. The militarisation of the conflict by the government (...
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The ethics related to social Darwinism and Darwinism [closed]

Has someone written a monograph on ethics and politics in the social Darwinist tradition? Edit: The text below was added on 2/21/24: Social Darwinism in Britannica.com has important information, and ...
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Could Israel's PM Netanyahu be served with an arrest warrant from the ICC for war crimes, like Putin was because of Ukraine?

The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin for "unlawful deportation and transfer of Ukrainian children from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian ...
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Why are Ahmed Deedat's books banned in France?

According to Wikipedia, the books of the late Muslim preacher Ahmed Deedat are banned in France. This is surprising given that France is a democracy and book bannings are not supposed to be features ...
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Why did it take so long for the U.S. government to give Medicare the power to negotiate prescription drug prices directly with drug companies?

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is sending initial offers to the participating drug companies of the ...
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Which countries has the US publicly threatened to sanction if they expel US troops, say, in the past 25 years?

Back in 2020, When Iraq’s parliament voted to expel American troops from the country Sunday, it was an apparent bid by the government to extract the country from an escalating US-Iran proxy war. [...]...
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Have any prominent politicians in the US called for US troops to leave Iraq this year?

Some US politicians, like DeSantis, have said US troops in Iraq are just "sitting ducks", at their present strength, so called for either a surge or departure. “We’ve got troops in Syria ...
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What's the reasoning behind China's Go Out policy, did they publish a white paper or made any public statement explaining the reasoning behind it?

Most nations favour attracting inward foreign investment, and support outward foreign investment only passively.[citation needed] The People's Republic of China, however, attaches importance to both ...
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How can the US prevent Russia from deploying nukes in orbit/space without starting WW3? [closed]

NYT reported on Feb 14: Officials said that the new intelligence, which they did not describe in detail, raised serious questions about whether Russia was preparing to abandon the Outer Space Treaty ...
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Was UNRWA subject to examination or investigation regarding the adequacy of its audits before the terrorist attacks?

Two U.N. investigations into Israel’s allegations against the agency are underway, but the European Commission -– the third biggest donor to UNRWA after the United States and Germany -– has demanded a ...
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What prompts dictatorships to often target and oppress religions?

The commission also voiced alarm over regulations on religious practice in the Muslim-majority country under President Ilham Aliyev, including a requirement that all religious groups be registered and ...
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Have any prominent politicians in the West called for Ukraine to surrender territory to Russia?

Are there any prominent politicians in the West who are encouraging Ukraine to just give up and officially surrender Crimea/Donbass to Russian control in order to end the war? NB: I am not saying ...
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Why are non-Western countries siding with China in the UN?

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/un-body-rejects-historic-debate-chinas-human-rights-record-2022-10-06/ The U.N. rights council on Thursday voted down a Western-led motion to hold a debate about ...
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Which countries have jurisdiction to investigate the explosion of the Nord Stream pipelines?

Swedish officials said Wednesday that they have decided to close their investigation into the September 2022 explosions on the underwater Nord Stream gas pipelines which were built to carry Russian ...
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Have Danish authorities made public the scope of their investigation into the Nord Stream sabotage?

The initial reason(s) invoked by German federal prosecutors in opening an investigation into the Nord Stream sabotage were that Federal prosecutors are investigating "persons unknown" ...
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What think tanks and newspapers that are associated with Macron's En Marche and pan-European Renaissance?

What think tanks are associated with Macron's En Marche and pan-European Renaissance? What newspapers (possibly French) are read by the voters/supporters of En Marche and Renaissance?
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What is the meaning of “qualified connection” in Federalist No. 51 by James Madison?

In the sixth paragraph of Federalist No.51, James Madison wrote, But it is not possible to give to each department an equal power of self-defense. In republican government, the legislative authority ...
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Why is Julian going to prison while Mary is a hero, for the same actions? [closed]

An Australian citizen, let's call him Julian, gets hold of confidential evidence of the wrongdoings of a country, let's call it USA, and publishes it online. The USA is understandably pissed off and ...
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Did India face criticism from U.S. officials for its mercantilist policies?

Did India face criticism from U.S. officials for its mercantilist policies? https://itif.org/publications/2019/11/18/2019-global-mercantilist-index-ranking-nations-distortive-trade-policies/ Looking ...
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Is the occurrence of sexual misdemeanors amongst the UK Conservative parliamentary party exceptional?

The 2019 intake of Conservative MPs into UK's parliament numbered 365. Since then at least 6 Tory MPs have been suspended or resigned for engaging in sexual related misconduct. These are: Julian ...
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Can a country avoid prosecution for crimes against humanity by denying it happened?

I found this article and what I read really shocked me. There are an estimated 650,000 like Hong Hanh in Vietnam, suffering from an array of baffling chronic conditions. Another 500,000 have already ...
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How can Australia be a member of the Antarctic Treaty while still making a territorial claim in the region?

The Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959 by 12 nations and came into effect in the mid-1960s. The central ideas with full acceptance were the freedom of scientific research in Antarctica and the ...
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Why does government ban things that have not been scientifically proven to harm us? [duplicate]

A High Court bench of my country, on Oct 24, 2018, passed a law that asks telecom providers to block all pornographic websites. The 1961 international treaty, Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, ...
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Have any Hamas officials ever opined in regard to Gaza-Sinai State (aka "Greater Gaza") proposal?

According to Al-Jazeera in 2017 Israel and the Trump administration worked on a deal that would see an establishment of a Palestinian state in Gaza and parts of Northern Sinai (possibly exceeding the ...
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What if neither the president nor vice president is chosen by inauguration day?

The US election law says that the Senate picks the VP and the House picks the President. If no president is elected when the term starts, the newly elected VP would act as President. In such case, ...
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What is the point of northern European countries being part of the Union for the Mediterranean?

The Union for the Mediterranean is an organization which has the aim of "enhancing cooperation and partnership in the Mediterranean through the implementation of specific regional cooperation ...
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What evidence has the ICC relied on in ordering the arrest of the President of Russia?

A few days ago, International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan said: Today, the Pre-Trial Chamber has issued arrest warrants in relation to the following two individuals: Mr Vladimir Putin, ...
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Aside the United States, did any other country challenge Canada's claim of sovereignty in the Arctic?

Canada has had historic difficulty supporting its Arctic claims of sovereignty due to the sparsity of population, remoteness, and difficulty in effectively demonstrating administrative capacity. Most ...
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Could the Democrats (almost) unilaterally remove the Republican House Speaker? [closed]

My understanding is that, under the current rules, any single house member can force a vote on removing the (Republican) House Speaker, including any Democrat. Should this happen, a very few ...
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Who were Sarkozy's "high-powered advisers with ethnic Russian backgrounds"?

RFERL wrote in 2008: By throwing his weight behind Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's calls for an OSCE summit in 2009 to discuss a new "security architecture" for Europe, Sarkozy ignored ...
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Did any developing country criticize China's industrial policies, which include dumping?

Numerous other developed countries have pushed back against China’s trade and investment practices. Australia has been the second-largest recipient of investment from China since 2007, after the ...
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Is there any other country that used grey-zone warfare in the 21st century?

China's Taiwan Affairs Office said the government had goodwill toward Taiwan's people but will never tolerate Taiwan's disregard for the safety of Chinese fishermen. "The mainland reserves the ...
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Despite the high public support to fight Russia, why are some family members of soldiers protesting in Ukraine and making demands? [closed]

As this answer points out, political support to fight the Russians and retrieve occupied territories remains high among the public in Ukraine. So I was surprised when I came across the news that ...
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What is the purpose of Kosovo's Application Request to Join EU if several EU members do not recognize its independence?

At the end of 2022 Kosovo's leaders (..) signed a formal application seeking the status of candidate for membership in the European Union. According to Wikipedia, five EU members do not recognize ...
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Why is support for the monarchy so high in Romania?

A Romanian news outlet published a recent poll on the Romanian public's sentiment towards restoring the monarchy. Translated: Over half of Romanians (56.4%) believe that if Romania had adopted the ...
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Why do WTO members tolerate a low level of commitment in the audiovisual services?

Audiovisual services is one of the sectors where the number of WTO members with specific commitments is among the lowest. Only 18 WTO members undertook commitments following the conclusion of the ...
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Famous European Member of Cabinet "Bridge-Builder"

Are you aware of any famous recent examples (possibly supported by an article) where a European Head of Government appointed a cabinet member because of their ability to bridge the majority to the ...

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