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What incentivizes governments to address problems the public is ignorant about, such as superbacteria or open DNS servers?

Before I started researching politics, I assumed that what incentivizes governments to solve problems is democracy. However, the deeper I dive into politics, it seems to me more and more that's not ...
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Has a relationship been identified between a state's position on abortion and its political leanings?

There are 21 states that have a 15-week or less abortion restriction law. Of those, only Arizona and Georgia voted for Democrat Biden in 2020, and both narrowly. Also, Arizona has the least ...
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Have any (other) countries declared parts of the UN terrorist groups?

AP: Qatar and Saudi Arabia on Sunday condemned an Israeli parliamentary bill that seeks to label UNRWA, the main provider of aid for Palestinians in Gaza, a terrorist group, joining a growing number ...
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Does the practice of voting for a small party, despite the "spoiler effect" in FPTP, to induce changes in a larger party have a name?

I am interesting in reading about this topic and I'm interested if this effect has a well known name that I can look up and read more on. Consider UKIP and the Conservative Party in the UK. In the ...
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Is there any treaty that forbids the use of nuclear weapons in open air?

May 29 (Reuters) - A senior member of a Russian think tank whose ideas sometimes become government policy has suggested Moscow consider a "demonstrative" nuclear explosion to cow the West ...
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Was there any appeal actually filed in Trump's case against Clinton and the FBI (alleging they conspired against him)?

Back in September 2022, Trump's team filed a lawsuit in Florida against Hillary Clinton and the FBI, but: Trump filed his sprawling lawsuit in March, naming a wide cast of characters that Trump has ...
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Why is Trump's FEC filing case different from Hillary Clinton's?

As I understand it, the charges against Trump are brought by the State of New York regarding a falsification of filing records by a campaign which was determined to have been made to influence (...
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Why does Egypt want Israel to withdraw from the Gazan side of the Rafah crossing?

Delegations from the United States and Israel end a meeting in Cairo aimed at discussing the reopening of the Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt, according to Egypt’s al Qahera News TV. The network,...
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Are there any US polls of whether Trump prosecution is considered politically motivated?

Were the American public (or a subset thereof) asked whether they consider prosecution of Donald Trump to be politically motivated? If so, what were the results?
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Why are there no predictions of the South African parliament while the result is basically known but final results have not been announced?

As of noon UTC on the 2nd June the results of the South African election have not been officially announced but are expected imminently. The vote proportions are being reported to 3 significant ...
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How many rockets have Palestinian groups launched into Israel since 2001? Wikipedia only goes to 2014

According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_rocket_attacks_on_Israel Since then (August 2014 data), almost 20,000 rockets have hit southern Israel 2014! That is ten years ago! Where can I ...
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Does Mexico joining the genocide case filed by South Africa against Israel hurt Israel in any significant way?

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) yesterday announced that it had received a request from Mexico to join the genocide case filed by South Africa against Israel due to the war on the Gaza Strip. ...
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Why is there such a high uncertainty about the death toll in the Sudanese civil war?

According to this article (cited by Wikipedia article on the Sudanese civil war): “We literally don’t know how many people have died, possibly to a factor of 10 or 15. The number was mentioned ...
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How have other parties responded to the rise of MKP?

Both EFF and MK are breakaways from the ANC (African National Congress). EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters) is Malema's party, whereas MK (Umkhonto we Sizwe Party) is Zuma's. As a comparison, a party ...
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What would have to happen for the recently passed "reform" bill in Taiwan to become law?

The Guardian's May 29, 2024 Taiwan passes controversial reform bill after violence and protests summarizes the current situation. The bills were driven by the two major opposition parties, the ...
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Do foreigners who became South Korean citizens recently have to perform military service?

The Republic of Korea (“South Korea”) requires male citizens to perform military service. U.S. citizens who also hold South Korean citizenship—those born in the United States to parents who are ...
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Are there fewer street protests in Switzerland than in other democratic countries?

Street protests are a wasteful activity: people walk on the streets for hours, wasting their own time, as well as the time of cops and drivers. They do this in order to have the government change its ...
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Why does Nigeria have trouble fending off Boko Haram raids?

Apparently yesterday Boko Haram pulled off a near repeat of a famous raid of theirs: 300 gunmen kidnapped 160 people. This about a week was after the Nigerian army announced they rescued a similar ...
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Why can't the UK water companies go bankrupt?

There is a New Statesman podcast that gives an answer to the question in the title. Why, instead of the tax payer taking on the ~£16 billion that the owners have saddled Thames Water with, are they ...
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Why are there so many protest against the agriculture policy despite the strong lobby

Generally, the common agriculture policy is a big thing in the European Union (Why does the Common Agricultural Policy exist?) I read in many German articles that the lobby of the sector is extremely ...
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Why did deportation of illegal immigrants drop so much under Biden, compared to Obama?

(The Economist Jan 2024) America’s border crisis in ten charts I found this below to be a striking graphic, but I don't really remember any high level policy proposals stating that deportations of ...
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What power do minority parties have in state legislatures?

I live in a state where it is taken for granted that one party will be in the majority in the state legislature and the governor will always be a member of that party. The specific district I live in ...
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Why there is no political party or movement that implements Elon Musk ideas (e.g. about Universal High Income)? [closed]

Elon Musk spoke again https://www.ccn.com/news/technology/elon-musk-predicts-no-job-universal-high-income/ and about Universal High Income? This should not be confused with UBI. My question - why ...
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Why does the US have such a low per-capita immigration rate compared to other countries?

Compared to other countries, the United States has a low rate of accepting migrants, despite centuries of immigration. According to Wikipedia, the United States has an about average net migration rate....
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By which routes does humanitarian aid arrive to Gaza?

What are the main routes by which Humanitarian aid arrives to Gaza? Who is taking care of transportation (gouvernements, non-government organizations, private contractors)? What proportion of the aid ...
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Does recognizing the State of Palestine facilitate doing business with it?

Is it easier for the countries that have officially recognized the State of Palestine to do business with it? I don't mean favoritism or political payback for recognition, but purely formal/legal ...
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How did Russia manage to get $300 billion of assets trapped in the West? [duplicate]

G7 aims to use frozen Russian assets to help 'desperate' Ukraine STRESA, Italy May 25 (Reuters) - The G7 will explore ways to use the future income from frozen Russian assets to boost funding for war-...
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Do "teams of lawyers..." try to stop the Guardian from publishing political news stories? [closed]

At the end of news articles in The Guardian I often see the following (quoted in its entirety for context): This is what we're up against: Teams of lawyers from the rich and powerful trying to stop ...
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The flaw in the [rationalism = utopian = socialism] and [empiricism = realism = liberalism] Burkean argument

Hayek (1948) introduced this now famous dichotomy, certainly in the continuity of Edmund Burke, between "true individualism" (of the British empiricist tradition) and the "false ...
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Why are Israeli activists/vigilantes who are blocking aid from reaching Gaza not being stopped by police?

According to the BBC, Israeli activists/vigilantes (as worded in the article) are attacking aid lorries, questioning and attacking unrelated road users, clashing with pro-aid activists, and operating ...
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Would Darrell Royal have been allowed to keep Willie Nelson's Pedernales Country Club if he had paid the amount of the foreclosure on it? [migrated]

In the early 1990's Willie Nelson had issues with the IRS related to back taxes that he was assessed for some disallowed deductions that had been made in prior tax years. According to Wikipedia: In ...
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Why has Alpine County in California become so Democratic in the last few presidential elections?

Based on this picture of the 2020 Presidential election, most Northern California counties outside the coast tend to be Republican leaning. However, Alpine County has voted Democratic since 2004 as ...
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Why is the Democratic convention after State ballot deadlines?

There is an existing question about why the democratic convention is so late, with both answers focusing on it not actually being much later than usual and how generally the situation is resolved ...
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Why is voter turnout hitting lows in 2024 primaries, and does relative primary turnout tend to predict general election turnout?

I have noticed based on observing election returns that voter turnout has been dramatically lower than in past elections. Some states are even recording lower turnout than the 2022 midterm primary ...
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Since the United States is obligated to the survival of the State of Israel, does this mean that it is also obligated to save all nations? [closed]

If it is the offical foreign policy of the United States to ensure the survival of the State of Israel, both now and in the future, then should it be expected as a sign of fairness to all the other ...
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Why has NATO ignored Russia moving Estonian buoys?

According to the Estonian Police and Border Guard, Russia has moved the buoys from Narva River https://www.politsei.ee/en/news/border-guard-of-the-russian-federation-removed-light-buoys-from-narva-...
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What does North Korea gain from denying that the country provided weapons to Russia?

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un again denied Friday that her country has exported any weapons to Russia, as she labeled outside speculation on North ...
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What's the relation between "social-liberalism" and "socialism"?

What's the relation between "social-liberalism" and "socialism"? Social liberalism seems to have emerged out of liberal circles, more than workers movements or typical (proto-)...
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Was Haider's party ever excluded from (or shunned by) European Parliament groups?

Related to the recent exclusion of the AfD from the ID group of the European Parliament due to exculpatory/apologist talk about the SS (by one AfD MEP--Krah), I'm curious if this is like a new bar ...
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Is Israeli and Palestinian natural gas sold anywhere beyond the Middle East?

Is the gas developed in Israeli and Palestinian offshore gas fields sold anywhere beyond the Middle East? As far as I know, Egypt and Jordan are the main buyers of the Israeli gas (and the Palestinian ...
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Which Palestinian government is getting recognized?

Norway, Spain and Ireland have moved to formally recognize Palestine as a state. There was a discussion about what Spain specifically was recognizing, but the answers focused heavily on the land ...
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Does Egypt have an obligation under international law to reopen the Rafah crossing, even if they don't like who's controlling the Gaza side of it?

I'm curious if there's an argument to be made that Egypt must reopen the Rafah crossing on their side (to allow humanitarian aid to flow into Gaza), even if they don't like who's controlling the other ...
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Why does Israel prefer Egypt as a mediator over Qatar?

After the Egyptians came back from Israel and conferred with Hamas, it became clear the group wouldn’t go along with what Israel was agreeing to, one of the sources said. So the Egyptian official made ...
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Why didn’t the ICC issue an arrest warrant for Bashar al-Assad?

Bashar al-Assad, who has been the President of Syria since the year 2000, has been credibly accused of mass murder of Syrian civilians including through the use of chemical weapons. The reasons given ...
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Why is the Young America's Foundation talking about social issues all day long? [closed]

Why is the Young America's Foundation (in particular its iconic people like Ben Shapiro, Matt Walsh, and Michael Knowles) talking about social issues all day long? Just look at their YouTube channel......
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Why have Norway, Ireland and Spain only now recognised the Palestinian state?

Recently, according to a BBC article, Norway, Spain and Ireland have recognised Palestine as a state: Ireland, Norway, and Spain have announced they will formally recognise a Palestinian state from ...
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What is the Hamas stance on the recognition of Palestinian state by Spain and Ireland?

Spain and Ireland (and possibly other countries) prepare to recognize the Palestinian state - this recognition however amounts to recognition of the Palestinian Authority, which western governments ...
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How many of Trump's trials can finish by election day? [closed]

This isn't a crystal ball question - I understand that there could be new "revelations" or legal stalls - either from the standard pace of justice or legal maneuvering. In the fastest-case-...
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Is there evidence for Egypt's potential motive in sabotaging a Hamas-Israel ceasefire deal?

Earlier today, CNN reported that an Egyptian intelligence official quietly made changes to a document and thereby scuttled a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas. An Israeli official stated that ...
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How is the international community compensating for the May, 2024 Egyptian withdrawal of cooperation regarding aid to Gaza?

An Egyptian official has been quoted by the WSJ (on May 14) saying that as long as Israeli forces remain at Rafah crossing, Egypt will not send a single truck to Rafah. And apparently those were not ...
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