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What are the arguments for allowing MPs in the UK to work second jobs?

UK parliamentarians are permitted to hold second jobs unless they are ministers. Many MPs, particularly amongst the Conservatives, have availed themselves of this opportunity. For example, Jacob Rees-...
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Does NATO have its own "terrorist organization" and "state sponsor of terrorism" designations

The question is motivated by the report about Hamas shifting its headquarters to Istanbul, Turkey. In the same time, Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by many NATO members, including the ...
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What's the meaning of "the House has concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 815 with an amendment" (in H.Res. 1160)?

It's unclear to me what's the exact meaning of this wording from H.Res. 1160 Upon transmission to the Senate of a message that the House has concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 815 with an ...
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Except/before the IRGC vote/resolution, did the US Congress formally urge the EU to designate other organizations as terrorists?

H. Res. 288 passed by a large majority (411-14) on April 16 urges the EU to designate the IRGC as terrorists. Vote summary: Urging the European Union to expeditiously designate the Islamic ...
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Constitutionality of house of Congress passing separate bills and then combining them without vote on full bill

On April 20, 2024, the US House of Representatives passed a foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel, Indo-Pacific, and miscellaneous other matters, which it plans to send to the Senate as one bill. ...
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What were the ways that some feared money from the recent US foreign aid package from the House could have gone to Hamas or terrorist organizations?

note: I know that some will see a missing "other" in the title. In Johnson's quote he doesn't use "other" the first time and does use it the second. I ran out of ASCII characters ...
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Companies carrying out private investigations and prosecutions

For a number of month, the British Post Office scandal has been a leading item in British news largely thanks to a an ITV television drama. For those who don't know about the scandal, the short ...
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Did Israeli officials confirm any sort of attack directly on Iranian territory?

BBC has this: But in Israel there was criticism over the limited scope of the attack. The far-right national security minister, Itamar Ben Gvir, posted on social media one word: "Lame." The ...
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Looking for a text where Lenin allegedly recommended that wage earners should invest their money in financial assets

I remember reading a short text a couple of years ago (possibly on social media), where the author stated that Lenin used to recommend that wage earners should invest their money in financial assets, ...
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List of the 23 provinces of China along with their capitals according to the People's Republic of China [closed]

The title of this article on baike.baidu.com is "中华人民共和国行政区划 (in English, Administrative Divisions of the People's Republic of China). The article states that there's a total of 34 省级行政区 (in ...
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What motives would Democrats have to vote either in favor or against vacating Mike Johnson's speakership if a motion to vacate were voted on?

Marjorie Taylor Greene is currently floating the idea of issuing a motion to vacate the Speakership of Mike Johnson in the House of Representatives in US Congress. This would be the second such motion ...
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Is there (anti-)correlation between antisemitic and islamphobic attitudes?

I am looking for opinion polls that studied simultaneously antisemitism and Islamophobia (negative attitudes to Muslims/Islam) in North America and Europe. I am particularly interested in (anti-)...
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Why don't Democrats let Representative Greene rename post offices, and how do they prevent her from doing so?

After 06:00 in CNN's April 19 18, 2024 MTG says GOP support is ‘growing’ to oust Speaker Johnson there are several quick clips of Democratic representatives suggesting they would not vote to vacate if ...
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Would a viable third party candidate legally have a chance in the House of Representatives?

Suppose there was an American third party candidate, who won a quarter of the popular vote, and a single large state or a handful of smaller ones: specifically with enough electoral votes so that ...
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How much of the components of Ukranian aid from the US is unconditionally free, with conditions and a simple long-term loan?

Apparently, while Biden did sign a Lend-Lease act specifically for Ukraine (which is like a long-term loan that needs to be repaid), he instead mainly used other US programs to supply economic and ...
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Why doesn't Israel withdraw from the territories occupied during the Six-Day War of 1967?

United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 asks for "withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict" (meaning the 1967 war). Many international ...
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Importance of the Middle East to Western and global economies [closed]

How importance is the Middle East to western and global economies? I suppose the main area of the economical importance are: The minerals (mostly oil and natural gas) The shipping to Asia (via Suez ...
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How does Richard Stengel propose to do away with paywalls for news, "—at least during the 2024 election"?

In the Ideas section of The Atlantic, Richard Stengel's April 14, 2024 Democracy Dies Behind Paywalls; The case for making journalism free—at least during the 2024 election itself trails off into the ...
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When was the last time a country intentionally attacked another's foreign consulate or embassy that wasn't on their soil?

In light of Israel's recent attack on the Iranian consulate in Syria (April 1, 2024), I'm wondering if this is the first case of a country engaging in hostilities by Intentionally attacking another's ...
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Has Trump changed his political views on Israel's war in Gaza?

Trump is a strong supporter of US ally Israel. On April 14, 2024, Washington Post reported - Trump supporters echo pro-Palestinian ‘genocide Joe’ chant: “Genocide Joe” is a phrase used by pro-...
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What prevents Russia from mimicking the Iranian attack against Israel? [closed]

A question that has been bugging me for a while is: why hasn't Russia tested NATO unity by carrying a relatively harmless or deniable attack against a NATO member? Though until recently I imagined ...
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Could Iran have obtained any valuable intelligence from its April 13 attack? [closed]

It seems that the Iranian April 13 attack against Israel had mostly political objectives: testing what western powers would and would not do to support Israel and their interests in the Middle East, ...
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Have any politicians or political groups set up their own cryptocurrencies?

I'm not asking merely about using existing cryptocurrencies to bypass sanctions, which is commonly done. Some cryptocurrencies are set up in such a way that the early 'miners' have easier (i.e. more ...
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Is Trump the first politician to have their own meme stock? [closed]

CNN says that Truth Social (stock) is essentially a meme stock associated with Trump. Is Trump the first politician to capitalize on their fame to sell a meme stock? (N.B. The stock's ticker is DJT--...
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Is the US acknowledging that it's losing some leverage over Ukraine by cutting off aid?

There's this quote from Ukrainian FM Kuleba doing the rounds on social media, essentially talking about a quid-pro-quo: more Patriots in exchange for less attacks on Russian oil infrastructure (which ...
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Why is Europe (at least France and the UK) less dovish than the US administration on Ukraine striking Russian oil refineries?

WaPo writes about the diverging views between Europe and the Biden administration on the conduct of the war by Ukraine, in re the Russian oil refineries: When Vice President Harris met privately with ...
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Has Trump explained how or at least how quickly he's going to stop WW3 if it starts before he gets into office? [closed]

TASS has been covering Trump's WW3 prognostication lately: World War III may break out before current US President Joe Biden leaves office, former US president Donald Trump told Fox News, adding that ...
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Why do protests happen in the light of their apparent futility?

Just today, Riot police called in to disperse angry locals after [a bishop] was attacked at Assyrian Christ The Good Shepherd church There seem to be an ingrained belief that when something bad ...
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Was the UNSC resolution that "called upon" Iran to not develop/test missiles also non-binding?

AP: Tehran also says it hasn’t violated a U.N. resolution on its ballistic missile program as it only “called upon” Iran not to conduct such tests. Recently I discovered that there are non-binding ...
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FactCheck: Has European Parliament recently condemned UNRWA, PA for antisemitism and Incitement in school textbooks?

Ynetnews piece European Parliament condemns UNRWA, PA for antisemitism, Incitement describes rather scathing condemnation by the European Parliament of UNRWA and Palestinian Authority school materials:...
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How many fighters and how much material from the US-trained Palestinian security forces have passed to Hamas?

How many fighters and ho much material from the US-trained Palestinian security forces have passed to Hamas (or other Islamist militias)? Since signing the Oslo accords the US have tried to train ...
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Preprinting 19☐☐ year on UK postal vote envelopes

I have just voted by post for the 2024 London mayoral and GLA elections and, as well as the usual shuffle of multiple ballot papers and double envelopes, I had to sign an envelope and include my date ...
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What happens if the US President-elect is sent to prison before assuming power?

This is a question about the period between November 5 and January 20 in an election year. If a presidential candidate wins the election but is sent to prison on November 6, say, would they stay in ...
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Did any country in the G20 not condemn the Iranian drone & missile attack on Israel?

CNN: In a joint statement released after the virtual meeting, the G7 members condemned “in the strongest terms” Iran’s “direct and unprecedented attack” against Israel and expressed their “full ...
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Why did the USA provide a $1 billion Patriot battery but not a $34 million F-16 to Ukraine?

Why did the USA quickly provide a $1 billion Patriot battery to Ukraine but not a $34 million F-16? My guess is that, since China most likely possesses “Kinzhal-like” missiles as well, it was ...
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Arab media reaction to Iranian attack [closed]

What has been Arab media reaction to Iran violating the air space of several Arab-Muslim countries (notably Iraq and Jordan, which are not Iranian client states) during their drone and missile attacks ...
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Did Iran launch & path their [counter-]attack on Israel in such a way to ensure high visibility from the ground en route?

Social media has been inundated with videos of Iranian drones and cruise missiles passing over populated centers in Iran and Iraq, en route to Israel. I'm curious if this is plausibly a deliberate ...
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Do chemical-biological problems benefit capitalism?

Mark Fisher, in his book Capitalist Realism, writes: The current ruling ontology denies any possibility of a social causation of mental illness. The chemico-biologization of mental illness is of ...
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Attitudes to man-made famine in WW1

Have any western governments condemned the use of famine as a weapon of war in World War 1 (or acknowledged their culpability)? Have there been attempts to prosecute the responsible for the genocide? ...
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Why is there increased fear of Russia's attack against Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia after the invasion of Ukraine started?

Many fear that Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia states will be attacked next if Russia succeeds in Ukraine. But why was there no such fear before the full-scale invasion of Ukraine? Is Russia supposed to ...
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Prior to 2024, had Israel ever directly attacked any other government embassy/consulate?

In 2024, Israel attacked the Iranian Embassy in Damascus as shown here Is the first time Israel has directly attacked the embassy/consulate of another country? If not, when was the last time?
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Why has Russia made surprisingly little use of its Air Force in the Russo-Ukrainian war?

Russia has vastly more warplanes than Ukraine does, and its warplanes have suffered only comparatively light casualties in the Russo-Ukrainian war. And, NATO forces have not been willing to put their ...
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How does the situation in the Gaza Strip affects the voters' view of the two candidates for the US Presidential election?

As far as I know many democrats voters are unhappy with the current situation in the Gaza strip and the other occupied territories. I guess that they view negatively Biden's inability to constrain the ...
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TINA problem in democracies: has it been studied? [closed]

Many modern democracies seem to have the TINA problem : There Is No Alternative. For example, in the US - its Biden vs Trump. TINA anyone else. In India, its either corrupt Modi or a coalition of ...
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How do Spanish politicians reconcile pro-Palestinian stance with opposition to Catalan and Basque statehood?

How do Spanish politicians reconcile pro-Palestinian stance with opposition to Catalan and Basque statehood? Al-Jazeera suggests that the Spanish government strong pro-Palestinian stance is dictated ...
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Has there been an increase in antisemitism in Ireland?

I am looking for recent data on antisemitism in Ireland, particularly on its increase in the last decade. The most recent data that I could find so far is the 2014 ADL report, which assigns Ireland a ...
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Why was the Democratic National Convention scheduled so late?

At least 3 states have given notice that the Democratic National Convention will occur too late for state legal deadlines for filing the appropriate paperwork to appear on the November US presidential ...
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Is there any other country than Ukraine that required women to register for military conscription after WW2?

Under the looming threat from Russia, new legislation was enacted on 21 December 2021 requiring women to register for military service, if they are deemed medically fit for military service, are ...
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Do any countries formally recognize the "Isaaq genocide" as a genocide?

I'm curious what level of international recognition does the Isaaq genocide have. (Those were events during the Somaliland War of Independence.) Wikipedia doesn't say whether it's explicitly ...
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Voter turnout and confidence in results

A vote in my university had 2800 eligible voters, 16.8% turnout, and 54.7% of yays. Many people on both sides are wondering if the small electorate, low turnout, and narrow margin means the results ...
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