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Why there was no Marshall plan for 1990s Russia?

Just imagine the completely different world today if Russia were a part of Free World, member of NATO and a prosperous democracy, like Germany. Was it ever discussed, and if so, why wasn't it ...
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Is copyright transfer agreement really a boon for academic environment? [closed]

Today Scientific journals can be cited on internet easily, moreover the research work is funded by the people through government as taxes. So why is there such commercial publishing of these research ...
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Information about ethical profile of companies [closed]

I would like to find as much information as possible about the ethical profile of major companies. I mean something like this site where you can search for a company and obtain a list of the crimes ...
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Is infowars a credible source for political news? [closed]

As a source for news, how credible is infowars? If you think it is not credible, can you please provide an example which illustrates it being untrustworthy (i.e. provide a claim made by alex jones ...
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Could Bill Clinton have won a third term?

This may straddle the line between politics and history at this point, but if we didn't have the 22nd Amendment, which limits Presidents to two terms, could Bill Clinton have won a third term? ...
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What defines a presidential term in the USA?

What counts as a term as President of the United States? When the Vice President takes over after an assassination or resignation, does that count as a term? If the VP then decided to run ...
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Why run for president if you have no chance to be elected?

Jim Gilmore and George Pataki are currently running for president but have virtually no chance of winning the primary. I doubt most voters would even be able to pick them in a lineup. They are not ...
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Is "Justice of the Peace" an official in the administration of justice in England?

Is "Justice of the Peace" an official in the administration of justice in England? What about the Arbitrators and Juries? Do we consider them officials in the administration of justice?
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What are the meanings of "Kangaroo", "Guillotine", and "Fox" in the UK House of Commons?

What are these concepts in UK House of Commons? Are they some kind of MPs or are they names given to some roles while debating? What exactly are they? The Kangaroo The Guillotine The Fox
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Has Putin's photo ops included wearing fluoro? [closed]

Apart from sport-related photo ops, one of the most frequent photo ops in Australia is the wearing of fluoro (Australian shortening of "fluorescent vest") by then PM Tony Abbott, preferably with a ...
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Why do policemen in Germany still carry lethal firearms instead of non-lethal ones?

The death penality is abolished in Germany. Wouldn't it be prudent to also outlaw the killing of criminals in danger situations when it would be possible to stun them efficiently in the same time?
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Can people be "double counted" in different countries' census?

Our census bureau defines the national "population" as the number of people in the country on census day. This includes citizens, foreign students and workers, and immigrants who do not yet have ...
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Is "liberal conservatism" a coherent political position?

In Switzerland a major right-wing political party calls itself defending "liberal conservative" views. From what I know so far, "conservatives" desires to maintain old traditions, traditional family ...
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Why did the US approval rating in Egypt tank massively since 2006?

According to PewGlobal the US approval rating in Egypt went from 30% in 2006 to 10% in 2014. Why did so many Egyptians change their opinions about the US?
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Why the west is supporting political Islam? [closed]

During the Soviet-Afghanistan conflicts, the west is supported Islamist groups against the secular government in Afghanistan. During the 1970s and sometimes later, Western and pro-Western ...
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Are two states in USA allowed to merge?

Is it permissible for two states in USA to merge into one state and if so, what is the required process?
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What are the potential benefits of a successfully implemented Islamic State? [closed]

Hypothetically, what positive aspects could come out of the next 50 years of Middle Eastern-US policy if ISIS is successfully able to create and defend territory between Iraq and Syria?
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What are the crime rates by religion in USA?

Not looking for hate crimes. Looking for percentage of crimes per capita broken down by religion of the perpetrator. (Example: 1M Protestants in USA, 10k crimes by Protestants, rate of 0.01% per ...
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Where are Congressional hearings anounced

Is there somewhere official where the list of upcoming Congressional hearings are published? (I am, in part, looking to find when prior ones were initially anounced)
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Who didn't sign the Paris climate change agreement?

According to many news outlets, most, but not every nation has agreed to the terms of the Paris agreement. Which didn't? Is there a public list of all signees?
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Has Donald Trump indicated his opinion on non-Muslim, non-Christian refugees?

Has Donald Trump indicated how he want refugees who are neither Muslim or Christian to be treated? For example, has he mentioned how Yazidis should be treated? Failing that, has any prominent ...
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How does offering two almost identical options in a Preferential Voting system affect the outcome?

New Zealand recently voted on a potential new design for their flag. The question was: "If the New Zealand flag changes, which flag would you prefer?" The five options were chosen by a government ...
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Full List of Countries participating in the UN COP 21 in Paris

Does anyone have a full list of countries who took part in the UN Climate Change Conference? I know that it where about 150. Would find it interesting who exactly where involved. On top about 200 ...
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Why do members in the British parliament yell "whooo....." during debates?

I sometimes watch BBC channel and see heavy debate in the British parliament. What interests me is, when one politician speaks about one policy and expresses his own view on something, some other ...
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Can an organization's presiding officer vote during their impeachment? [closed]

Members in an organization I am involved in are attempting to impeach the President of the organization for negligence of duty. The Constitution/Bylaws of this organization state the following: ...
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What language in the Constitution makes banning an ethnic group from entering the U.S unconstitutional? [duplicate]

As most people know Donald Trump proposed a temporary banned on Muslim travelers to the U.S. Question I have is what makes this policy legal or illegal.
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Why don't many of the Republicans in the House and Senate believe in climate change?

In their foundations, they support the laissez faire (economics) but they don't accept the green economy. Are there any logical reasons of why most Republicans (not all) refuse to acknowledge climate ...
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Has the question of reducing immigration to the United States altogether been raised lately?

Trump's loud and calculated rhetoric aside, is there any scientific data on how many people can reside in the United States without straining its resources past the manageable limit? The reason I ask ...
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Are there areas of London the police are afraid to enter?

From The Daily Mail (online): The US presidential contender caused worldwide consternation yesterday after a string of incendiary remarks about Muslims, including in Britain, and said: 'We have ...
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What do Americans nowadays think about WWII internment?

I'm aware that the federal US government apologised to and compensated Japanese-Americans who were interned or their descendants, and that there's a play currently in broadway about internment. On ...
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How are Donald Trump's recent comments about Muslim immigrants unconstitutional?

A recent campaign press release from Donald Trump, the leading contender to become the Republican party’s nominee for US presidential candidate, recently called to ban Muslims from entering the United ...
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Looking for the correct term for "mutation" of elite phenomenon

Is there a succinct term in political science or political philosophy to describe a phenomenon of gradual political elite "mutation" when it starts to lose initial ideals, erosion proceeds in few ...
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What factors resulted in victory of National front in French regional elections?

The Far-right party of Le Pen named National Front or FN has just won a sweeping victory in regional elections of France, which were the first elections after the deadly attacks on Paris. Other than ...
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Why did western allies oppose Japan while fighting the Axis in Europe? [closed]

Several western Allied governments placed embargoes on Japan in response to its actions in China. I assume, though I'm not certain, that it contributed to Japan's decision to declare war against the ...
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What gave Turkey the right to send troops into Iraq in 2015?

Recently, Turkey has sent troops into Iraq. This article mentions some recent developments: “We have confirmation that Turkish forces, numbering about one armoured regiment with a number of tanks and ...
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Why does Guyana let international companies explore resources in territory reclaimed by Venezuela?

From what I know, one of the major issues between Guyana and Venezuela is that the Guyanese government has started negotiations with Exxon-Mobil to drill and produce oil in disputed territory, as you ...
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How did the US approval ratings in the Middle East change over the last two decades?

How did the US approval ratings in the Middle East change over the last two decades? Did US approval ratings go down, did they stay the same or did they rise?
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How do Northern Ireland's Assembly designations work? What are its advantages and disadvantages?

What are the implications of MLAs designating themselves as being part of a certain community? To what extent does it fulfil its intended purpose? What are its criticisms? What alternatives have been ...
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Is the UK government obliged to respond to unofficial petitions?

On the gov.uk website is a form to start a petition, stating that: "After 10,000 signatures, petitions get a response from the government. After 100,000 signatures, petitions are considered for ...
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Do the G5 countries have veto right in the UNODC?

I cannot find good sources online. Am i looking wrong?
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What are the advantages of the US electoral college for presidential elections over a direct vote?

In what way does this improve the representation of smaller states beyond what would be provided by a direct vote?
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How are news made in western mainstream media? [closed]

I was wondering how news are made in the mainstream media like BBC, EuroNews, Fox, CNN etc. Who decides what event makes it to be reported? Recently, I read an article , which stated that in 1983, 90%...
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How truthful is the Russian allegation, that Turkey is buying oil from ISIS? [duplicate]

Russia has alleged that Turkey is buying crude oil from ISIS? How does one verify that allegation? Is there any proof provided by Russia for that allegation? Are there any open source investigations(...
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Is there a term for a test or requirement given in bad faith?

In Australia under the White Australia Policy, the Dictation Test was a test given in bad faith to exclude non-whites and other undesirables. As one example, a Jewish communist was asked to be tested ...
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Is 75 years too old to run for president? [closed]

For example, Bernie Sanders would have been 75 years old if he ran as a candidate in the 2016 presidential election. Would that have made him unfit to be president because of his old age? I believe it ...
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Stepping up military action against Syria or writing a letter to the youth? [closed]

Which approach - in the aftermath of Paris terror attacks- is more likely to successes in the fight against terror? After the terrifying terror attacks in Paris, the common reaction of western ...
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What are the aims of the (proposed) UK military action in Syria?

The government of the UK proposes to bomb Islamic State in Syria, arguing that Islamic State is a threat to the UK. In the debate, there are often references to the attacks in Paris, but I don't ...
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Is there any term/discussion on a democracy that allows earning of extra votes?

This is just a random idea for a goverment I had, not saying it is a better one then the current democracy, only that it is an interesting concept and I'm curious to think about how would would work. ...
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If there is a government shutdown over the holidays, does Congress have to stay to resolve it?

I know that they are set to adjourn on December 18, 2015, but if they shutdown the government, can they just leave for the rest of the year? What did they do in 1995 when that happened?
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Why aren't people on Medicaid in the US punished for poor health habits?

With my insurance, I have to pay extra because I smoke. However in my line of work I see people who are on Medicaid and don't pay a dime for their coverage are constantly abusing drugs, but they are ...

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