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Why does British Indian Ocean Territory follow RHT?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-_and_right-hand_traffic Why do cars in the British Indian Ocean Territory drive on the right-hand side of the road (as in the US) instead of on the left-hand side of ...
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Why do some (North Americans) consider Europe socialist?

Recently I see more and more posts on social media (mainly FB) in which people advocate socialism (and sometimes communism) or are anti capitalist. When mentioning examples (after being asked or when ...
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Why does Boris Johnson seek to renegotiate the Brexit deal with the EU?

The UK wants to renegotiate the Brexit deal with the EU, mostly because of Northern Ireland's current (and future) situation. The EU immediately rejected the offer. My question is: Why does Boris ...
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Why was American support for increased immigration higher in 2017 (under Trump) than 1993 (under Clinton)?

According to Gallup, American support for increased immigration was 6% in 1993 and 24% in 2017. What were some of the main drivers for this difference? I'm honestly quite surprised as Bill Clinton was ...
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Was Speaker Nancy Pelosi's rejection of Republican representatives Jordan and Banks “unprecedented”?

Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi decided to block two Republican House members from the house select committee formed to investigate on January 6th. The Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy has ...
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What are the best choices of voting systems for a relatively small number of voters [closed]

Ranked choice with 4-5 options doesn't really seem to work / can be easily gamed with 4-5 voters. What options give the best way to ensuring more people are happy with the result?
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What does the bill status of “Held at the desk” mean?

Earlier this year, the Senate passed S. 1867, the COVID-19 Origin Act of 2021 by unanimous consent. This appears to be a "Sense of Congress" resolution, and calls for declassification of ...
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How does the government hold the Federal Reserve accountable if the policy frameworks of the Federal Reserve are not legally binding obligations?

In my understanding, policy frameworks provide structured logical, causal relationships between the concepts, available evidence and policy recommendations. https://www.federalreserve.gov/econres/...
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Is there any legal consequence in infringing a U.N. resolution?

Is there any legal consequence in infringing a U.N. resolution? Let's say a U.N. resolution passes, but a country decides to infringe that resolution. What would be the likely consequences of such an ...
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Why did Google ban Myanmar from accessing Google Workspace?

I am a student from Myanmar. Our country had a coup 6 months ago and many countries are imposing sanctions on the military junta for killing and abusing its own people. Google has blocked access to ...
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Why won't China or Russia modernize North Korea's army by selling them modern military equipment?

North Korea's uses many outdated tanks, mostly T-62s, or based on T-62s, many of which would be expected to be ineffective against the more modern Abrams tank. The S-400 missile system is the best ...
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Why are Bulgaria and Romania still not accepted into the Schengen area?

Despite joining the EU 14 years ago, Bulgaria and Romania are still not part of the Schengen area. The wiki article has the following timeline: On 1 August 2018, Bulgaria and Romania gained full ...
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What are the advantages of an apostasy certificate to a Polish citizen?

There have been reports of an increase in Polish Catholics applying for apostasy certificates to leave the church. I believe that some Islamic countries' laws are different for Muslims and non-Muslims ...
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Can we call the United States of America an asymmetric federation?

The United States also observes tribal sovereignty of the American Indian nations to a limited degree, as it does with the states' sovereignty. American Indians are U.S. citizens and tribal lands are ...
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Is the Democratic Party pushing America to the left? [closed]

I watched a video that said that Republicans pushed the nation to the right. But I am getting the sense that Republicans are in a sense "maxed out" in pushing to the right ideologically. Are ...
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Did the European Commission officially mention that pensions should obey some sort of contribution-related principle?

Context I have watched an interview with a financial expert arguing about the big impact of so-called "special pensions" in Romania (1-2% of GDP). This is confirmed by some politicians that ...
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Who would have the strongest claim to power if Kim Jong Un were to die tomorrow?

Who would have the strongest claim to power if Kim Jong Un were to die tomorrow? Does his sister have the strongest claim, or is she likely to get shun by the North Korean elites, because she's a ...
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Is democracy inherently anti-authoritarian?

I read a question asking if communism was inherently authoritarian as it is often portrayed. President Nixon often talked about countries being either communist or free. Is democracy always the ...
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What are the minimal criteria required to be appointed as a Supreme Court Justice by the U.S. President? [duplicate]

What are the minimal criteria required to be appointed as a Supreme Court Justice by the U.S. President? Do you have to serve a certain year? What's the minimum position you must have held? I see that ...
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What is the use of governmental sovereign immunity within a state?

This is seen internationally, but I will stick with an example from the US. In the US, the federal, state, and (some) local governments enjoy sovereign immunity giving them protection from all law ...
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How does the EU or any country with carbon emission permits enforce emissions from companies?

How does a country with carbon emission permits ensure that companies do not produce more carbon emission than stated on the permits? Specifically how does the government check how much CO2 a company ...
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Why people with rich parents have higher SAT scores? [closed]

While this question is not directly political, the issue is highly political topic. For example, many schools in California abandon standardized test because they claim that it's racist and only ...
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Are there statistics on how many people from certain ethnic groups will be admitted if only standardized test scores are included?

The question is for any country any universities or high school or any education or certification. So if you now that university A have say, 20% Asian students, and if they use only test scores, say ...
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Why are real estate records public?

The government is very restricted on what information it may disclose about you and under what circumstances. For example, I can't look up your car's license plate number to find out who you are. I ...
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Do political systems evolve with economic progress?

Do political systems evolve with economic progress? In a lot of sci-fi movies you don't see government evolve with technology and economy, but in Star Trek, I believe, the political system ended up ...
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Has it already been discussed in Congress about what to do with the Confederate statues at the Gettysburg National Military Park?

I would like to know if it has already been discussed in Congress about what to do with the Confederate statues located at the Gettysburg National Military Park, or if there is a future date that has ...
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Why does UK allow criminal record checks to contain “non-crimes”?

According to Telegraph UK law allows in some cases for "non-crimes" to appear on one's criminal records: Incidents must be logged by police and can show up on a DBS check even if officers ...
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Why aren't any countries trying to create a neo-democracy/ alternate system of government? [closed]

I have been stewing over a question for the past few days: Why haven't people come up with a new form of governance that is much better than democracy and eliminates the current intrinsic faults with ...
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Can the Senate or any government officials initiate peace talks or negotiations during a war without the President's consent?

Can the Senate or any government official initiate peace talks or negotiations during a war without the President's consent? Or does this amount to treason? I read that there's this discussion among ...
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Can Democratic politicians vote in Texas while they're arrested?

Texas governor Greg Abbott has said that the Democrat politicians who refuse to allow a quorum to be formed, thereby blocking legislation, will be arrested. But can the Democratic politicians form a ...
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Macron has made Covid vaccination hard to avoid in France but not mandatory. What accommodations exist for those who medically can't get vaccinated?

After months of slowing uptake on low overall vaccination rates, French President Macron has made the covid vaccine very hard to avoid, without making it mandatory: In an address to the nation, ...
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Why can't you see who has a driver's license, even if it's obviously presumable who does anyways? [closed]

Records are often privatized due to the notion of sensitive information leaked and thus the consequences thereafter -- however, what's wrong with requesting information that could be gathered simply ...
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Why didn't the USA use nuclear bombs in Vietnam or Afghanistan to win the wars? [closed]

The USA stayed in Vietnam from 1955 to 1975 = 19 years. They also stayed in Afghanistan for 17 years. Arguably, they failed to achieve their objectives on both occasions. Why didn't the USA use ...
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Why aren't anti-militia laws enforced?

All 50 states have laws against militias and paramilitary groups, but most don't enforce them and there are large militias in many parts of the US. Why not? It seems like a fairly important state ...
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Why did the USA stay in Afghanistan for 20 years?

When George W. Bush invaded Afghanistan, his target was, I suppose, to root out the terrorist network of Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden was killed in 2011. Recently, Joe Biden said that the USA didn't go ...
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Is there an election system in which the outcome is fractional?

Most election systems are "discrete" in the sense that each candidate is either elected or not elected. One could think of an election system that is "fractional", for example: if ...
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Why is the media assuming Iran did actually try to kidnap Masih Alinejad? [closed]

Recently four Iranians were accused of plotting to kidnap activist Masih Alinejad. Since then we've had articles like these in the media: Activist targeted in kidnapping plot says Iran is testing the ...
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The next steps for S.51 Washington Statehood bill

The proposed bill S.51 would, if I understand it correctly, pave the way for the immediate election of two senators from the new Douglass Commonwealth state. In all likelihood, these additional ...
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Why didn't Texas Democrats leave the U.S. entirely instead of heading to the nation's capital?

As many of you are aware, Texas Democrats left the state of Texas in order to deny Republicans a quorum, and an order was put out for state police to arrest them. As such, they fled to the nation's ...
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Why are Democrats fighting so hard to vaccinate the reluctant?

Even though safe and effective COVID vaccines have been given emergency use authorization in the US, some people are still reluctant to receive them, over safety concerns, preference for "natural ...
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Are US Representatives from wealthy districts more likely to “graduate” to the Senate than Reps from poorer districts?

Some members of the US House of Representatives represent wealthy districts, and others represent poorer districts. Are Representatives from wealthy districts more likely to eventually become ...
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Why isn't Biden more popular? [closed]

In the past more moderate leaders get very high approvals. Joe Biden ran as a moderate and seems to be governing like one. Even today you have this effect happen at the local level. Charlie Baker the ...
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Did USPS grant a preferential treatment to Amazon?

I asked this question, but it was closed on the ground that it didn't have to do with politics. However if a government owned organisation helped a company with a dominant position on the market to ...
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Is there any research about the number of people potentially affected by voting bills? [closed]

I've read that Texas and some other states are passing restrictive voting laws. Citation from Texas Tribune: The bill includes proposals to ban drive-thru and 24-hour voting options like those ...
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What was George W. Bush's plan about nation-building in Afghanistan?

Very recently Joe Biden said that The USA did not go to Afghanistan for nation-building As far as I recall, George W. Bush said something about nation-building when he was in office for his 1st term ...
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Why is Japan considered a Great Power, but South Korea is not? [closed]

Great powers by date List of modern great powers Why is Japan considered a Great Power, but South Korea is not?
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Is there any treaty or international law that tries to regulate how to handle sea waste?

Is there any treaty or international law that tries to regulate how to handle sea waste (most of it human feces)? It would be crazy if human waste was dumped onto the sea without treating it first to ...
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Why doesn't the Texas legislature nuke the quorum?

The GOP-controlled Texas Legislature finds itself unable to pass a voting bill due to State Democrats refusing to participate in the meetings, leading the state to lack a quorum. The GOP has made ...
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Has a former Prime Minister ever broken a three-line whip before?

On July 13th, 2021, MPs voted against returning the budget for international aid to 0.7% after it was cut to 0.5% in the November Spending Review. Notably, several Conservative MPs voted against the ...
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What explains this swing of areas near Canada and in Appalachia in the 2016 US presidential election?

I've seen pictures of the 2016 presidential election. They seem to show this line that goes across basically the entire US Canada border, but is more pronounced starting in North Dakota. It makes a ...

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