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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the distribution of illegal acts defined by the Computer Misuse Act actually done by children in the UK?

The UK National Crime Agency has annonced that one in five children are being criminalised by the Computer Misuse Act (CMA). They warn of life changing consequences for the children involved. They ...
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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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Did indigenous permanent members within the Arctic Council ever complain about a lack of authority or influence?

Permanent Participants may address the meetings. They may raise points of order that require an immediate decision by the chairman. Agendas of Ministerial Meetings need to be consulted beforehand with ...
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How to identify the keys to power in a government? [closed]

I am interested in predicting the political dynamics of a country. I really like CGP Grey's explanation of the rules for rulers, and I wanted to use that as my framework for prediction. The basic idea ...
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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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Did anybody challenge the credibility of Turner's claim over the anti-satellite nuclear weapon? [closed]

According to the news US Senator Mike Turner claimed that the Russians were developing a nuclear anti-satellite weapon to be deployed in space. The linked article cited an expert called Pavel Podvig ...
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How can the ECtHR judgement on encryption be reconciled with the UK's Online Safety act?

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) recently judged against allowing law enforcement to bypass end-to-end encryption: The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) (sic) has ruled that weakening ...
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Why are pro/anti-gun parties in the US espousing the reverse position when it comes to weapons for Ukraine? [closed]

Per title. It seems that traditionally, Republicans (support gun ownership in the US) for reasons such as "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun", and they in ...
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Why don't countries disrupt food imports to Yemen as a response to attacks in the Red Sea?

Yemen is highly dependent on imported food given that only 2.2% of their land is arable: Imported food constitutes 83% of the daily calories’ intake of Yemenis. While stability of imports is vital to ...
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Why are televised debates seen as essential for free democracies?

A couple of questions were recently posted about this subject in the context of Russia: Did Yeltsin participate in formal debates against other candidates for the Russian presidency? Is there any ...
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What does China have to gain from joining the Arctic Council as an observer state?

In 2011, the Council clarified its criteria for admission of observers, most notably including a requirement of applicants to "recognize Arctic States' sovereignty, sovereign rights and ...
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How legal are Trump's unsubstantiated claims in this Campaign email? [closed]

Background I'm asking this question b/c I'm curious if spending $10k to run an ad campaign slandering the character of my district judge could get me out of a traffic violation. Question I received ...
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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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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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Did Yeltsin participate in formal debates against other candidates for the Russian presidency?

Somewhat related to this Q, I found that Yeltsin had been challenged by Zyuganov to a televised debate in 1996. I wasn't able to find out if Yeltsin ever took on that challenge. So, did he? Or is ...
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Is there any NGO based in Russia that didn't get listed as a foreign agent while accepting donation from abroad?

In 2013 the Levada Center reported it received from 1.5% to 3% of its total budget from abroad.[11] It was issued with a public warning that it would be eligible for listing as a 'foreign agent' under ...
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How to ascertain actual location of duplicately named UNLOCODE region when co-ordinates are not provided? [closed]

As https://www.reddit.com/u/rokejulianlockhart/s/9Gp5N5Htva explains, I ask this to remediate a problem: Which of GBR's HAO or HWX refers to https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hanworth,+Norwich/@52....
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Should citizens of a federal republic be frustrated with complicated foreign aid package deals like the recent US Foreign Aid bill? [closed]

In the U.S., Congress sometimes passes complicated package deals like the recent US Foreign Aid bill. There’s some stuff in there I cannot imagine getting through without being packaged up like this ...
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Is there any precedent of the Russian president skipping a debate during the presidential elections?

The Kremlin confirmed Tuesday that President Vladimir Putin will not take the stage to debate his rivals in Russia's March presidential election. “Everyone can see Putin’s statements on all aspects of ...
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How does North Korea appoint its mayors and governors?

Local elections have been held since 1999.[16] The people elect representatives to city, county, and provincial people's assemblies in local elections every four years.[1] The number of ...
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Is Hala travel company acting on behalf of the Egyptian government?

Hala travel company, belonging to Ibrahim al-Argany, is taking care of transporting Palestinians from Gaza, charging rather exorbitant fees: Abu Muhammad, a Palestinian travel agent who works with ...
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How can speaker Mike Johnson prevent a vote in the House on the Ukraine aid bill?

In The Good Republicans’ Last Stand (The Atlantic, 2024-02-12), discussing bills for aid to Ukraine, David Frum writes ...17 Republican senators joined Democrats to speed assistance to Ukraine, ...
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