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How Europeans identify Roma among the Ukrainian refugees

There have been several reports of discrimination in Poland, Czechia or Germany against refugees of the Ukrainian war who happened to also be ethnically Romani. I assume that there are no ID documents ...
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Have the IRA offered compensation to the victims for damages caused by their terrorist activities?

With the IRA having surrendered and stopped their armed struggle against the British army, have they agreed to pay compensation to the British affected by their actions?
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Why are Progressive Democrats having more success in primaries than America First Republicans?

An interesting trend seems to be apparent in primaries in 2022 for various offices. It seems like Progressive Democratic primary challengers generally outperform America First Republican primary ...
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What congressional committees' jurisdiction US entertainment industry, e.g. Hollywood, falls under?

I googled extensively but found little certainty about US entertainment industry's oversight by US Congress. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation website explicitly states ...
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Why do western countries condemn Russia and not Israel? [closed]

I'm not really into politics or history, so my question might be obvious. I just wonder why Western countries condemn Russia so much for the Ukraine invasion, and why they didn't condemn Israel (from ...
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What sort of political discussions are US ancestry data used for?

In this question, it came up that the U.S. census, in its community survey, asked people to tell not only about their ethnicity ("race"), but also about the nationality of their ancestors. ...
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How reliable are the EU climate goals when they keep investing so much money on fossil fuels?

The REPowerEU plan was recently drafted by the EU authorities to address the energy crisis triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Among the other things it plans to add 10 Billion Euro to what ...
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Strategies to deal with a sadistic dominant person whose compliance you need? [closed]

I thought a lot about where to post this question, and I imagined that this might be a good place. If you think you know a better one, please tell me. In foreign affairs, countries have to deal with ...
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Can the US government outlaw the buying, selling and manufacture of arms?

I know the US Constitution covers the right to bear arms, but can the government theoretically ban the buying, selling and manufacture of arms?
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How would I find Ancestry/Ethnicity data by state on Census.gov?

I am trying to find out, on a state-by-state (city/county as well, if possible) basis, what the population makeup is based on ancestry/ethnicity (i.e. Polish). For example, "what percentage of ...
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Why are student loan interest rates tied to inflation, not central bank interest rates?

In the UK, student loan interest rates, once studies are finished, are set as Retail Price Index (RPI) plus up to 3%. Every other variable rate of borrowing that I am aware of is tied to central bank ...
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Why are democracy and liberalism correlated?

For the purposes of this question, let me (loosely) define: Democracy = situation where the government is chosen by the population (using some ‘reasonable’ voting rule) Liberal state = state which ...
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Are Ukrainian civilians forced to fight against their will?

Multiple European newspapers stated that the Ukrainian government was doing everything in its power to allow the Ukrainian civilians to flee the country safely. I was under the impression that ...
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In the U.S., why isn't turnout and activism proportional to the impact the powers of the position has on the voter?

You would expect that elections which affect people more have greater participation rates and command more attention, relatively speaking, to the people they affect. However, city council elections, ...
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When and where was the parliamentary nadir for the 1999-2004 NATO expansions?

While it's easy to find the US Senate voting records for these NATO expansion treaties, it's been surprising hard (for me) to find much about parliamentary ratification of those expansions in European ...
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What fraction of DAVOS participants are billionaires (and not corporations or political leaders) and who decides which ones can go?

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's May 21, 2022 Crypto Celebs Silent As Market Melts Down | Billionaires Get Ready To Trip At Davos cites Business Insider's August 27, 2020 (updated) Davos 2021 is ...
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Was there a formal rebuke of NATO's expansion by the Russia Duma, before 2004?

The NYT took note in 2004 that parliamentary opposition to NATO's expansion was growing in Russia While Russia has resigned itself to NATO's expansion, albeit grudgingly, the reality of NATO forces ...
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Does Israel offer relocation or compensation to evicted Palestinians?

The state of Israel frequently evicts Palestinians from areas it occupies, in particular in East Jerusalem or in the West Bank, usually on the basis of laws which favour Jewish settlers. In ...
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What was the reason for extending NATO in the 90s?

I know there are questions which might sound similar, but this is a complete different one. First I am using the word extending and not expanding and second the question is limited to a time period ...
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Education and poverty in South Africa

As you can read in this statistics paper, in South Africa, the share of individuals attending school and the share of low-income women-led households is strongly correlated. Why ? https://zindi.africa/...
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California primary early voting turnout?

In the past, there was data on early voting in multiple states before Election Day came. In California there is a primary which I believe there is early voting data available publicly in but I have ...
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What is the content of the tweets that Canan Kaftancıoğlu was sentenced for?

There are lots of articles writing about the prosecution of Canan Kaftancıoğlu. For example this, this and this all come right after their wikipedia page when I search her name. I'm not doing a very ...
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Does this "kind" of decentralized government even have a name?

Related to the problem of political ignorance, I was thinking about a goverment system as described below, and I want to know if this or something similar even has a name ("decentralized ...
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Why were marijuana restrictions implemented in the 1970s more successful in South Korea than in the United States?

In the debates over drug regulation, there is typically one side which argues the government should ban and restrict use of property that is harmful or has high risk of being harmful. They may cite ...
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Why don't governments publish raw IRV/STV election data, rather than summary statistics?

We're in the middle of a Federal election here in Australia, and many of us have been following the ABC news reports enthusiastically. This has me wondering, why is it that we must turn to the ABC ...
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Why aren't (tax exempt) churches allowed to be political, and why not tax all churches?

Politics and religion often intersect in the United States and many other countries. However, churches generally don't support political candidates (though certain religious leaders do because they're ...
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What is the ethnic composition of Russian military forces?

The Russian war in Ukraine has at various points been framed in Russia and in Western media outlets in ethnic terms. Given that Russia is itself a multi-ethnic state, this led me to wonder what ...
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How often do US Presidents sign laws while abroad?

From CNN, the Ukraine support package bill recently passed by congress will be flown to South Korea so that President Biden can sign it immediately Senate votes to pass $40 billion Ukraine aid package....
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Does the Geneva Convention with respect to prisoners of war apply to mercenaries?

There are people of different nationalities fighting as part of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the current ongoing conflict. If they are captured, would the Geneva Convention's principles on giving ...
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Was the number of votes for write in candidates for the 2020 presidential election ever released?

In the 2020 presidential election in the United States there were more than a thousand write in candidates . But I never saw any reports on the votes they got. Did the government ever release any ...
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Could a fast-track migration to NATO-2.0 be a solution to Turkey's veto for Finland and Sweden? [closed]

As you likely know Finland and Sweden have recently applied for NATO membership, in order to be protected from Russia in case they get attacked like Ukraine. But Turkey has announced that they will ...
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What are Turkey's objections to Finland and Sweden joining NATO?

I was puzzled by this move by Turkey to block swift approval of Sweden and Finland to NATO Finland and Sweden formally applied to join NATO on Wednesday in another step toward the Western military ...
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Are there limits to what the Jan 6 House Select Committee can share w/ US DOJ due to the methods and ways it was collected?

I can't remember it exactly now, but a few months ago I'd read about the United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack collecting some information or testimony that felt to me like the ...
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How do the US President's and Secretary of Defense's power to deploy troops differ?

In the May 17, 2022 Late Night with Stephen Colbert clip Mark Esper's Loyalty To The Constitution Got Him Fired From The T**** Administration in a segment where he recounted several instances of ...
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Are there examples of Russian "disinformation" on social media that tried to influence the last two US presidential elections?

I understand there were some hacks, like the 2016 Democratic National Committee email leak, but along with any citations of those few items are often watery assertions that "Russian ...
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How can Marbury v Madison be reconciled with what the Constitution explicitly states?

A key premise in Marbury v Madison is that the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction is clearly defined by the Constitution, and therefore a legislative act that redistributes the jurisdiction must be ...
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Is the Chancellor responsible for setting the Living Wage in the UK?

At PMQs today (18/05/2022), Boris Johnson claimed that the Chancellor was going to raise the Living wage by a record amount. Boris Johnson says he supports Rishi Sunak's work raising the living wage ...
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How and to what extent did lobbyists contribute to Trump/Pence's "next man and first woman" to the Moon? (via Artemis and Commercial Crew programs)

When I first saw the title to Ars Technica's May 16, 2022 Former NASA leaders praise Boeing’s willingness to risk commercial crew I thought it suggested that Boeing and it's troubled Boeing_Starliner ...
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Has California considered reimbursement for reclaimable water runoff?

California could likely save a lot of water by subsidizing desired water products instead of the water itself. However, this is difficult to implement because transferring water diverts reclaimable ...
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Why does the Indian government seem reluctant to appoint a new CDS?

The post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) remains vacant after the death of India's first CDS, General Bipin Rawat, in December 2021. The post was advertised to be extremely crucial when it was created....
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When was the last time a Vice President chose to let a tied Senate vote fail, without using their negative casting vote?

I was reading a recent question on why a Vice President might choose to use a negative casting vote on a tied vote in the Senate rather than just letting the motion fail by withholding their vote, ...
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Responsibility of making enemies [closed]

In a country who is responsible for enemity with other countries or other people of a same country or of different countries?
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Is the Ruble exchange rate a reliable indicator of economic stability in Russia?

Back in February 2022, it seemed like the Ruble would rapidly collapse. However, nowadays, the USD/RUB exchange rate looks better than at any time in the past year: You could argue that this is a &...
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Why are a nation's stated objectives often ignored in international politics?

The Russian State has been clear about its motivations in the recent Ukrainian conflict. Notably, its objection to NATO expansion. However, much Western media, Western discussion, and even Western ...
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What is a successful policy against lobbying in a democratic country?

The US government is drowning in lobbyist that undermine the democratic power of the people in favor of wealthy corporations/oligarchs. My question is: are there any significantly successful policies ...
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Did Saudi Arabia end up paying Egypt for Tiran and Sanafir islands?

Now that its been 5 years since the transfer of Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia, its a bit unclear how much money ended up being transferred between the two countries. In 2016, it was ...
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Did Russia once want to join NATO? Does former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov refer to a serious interest in the past?

In CNN's April 15, 2022 He was once Putin's Prime Minister. Now he supports Ukraine after 05:30 former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov says (my transcription, no closed captions available): I'...
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What incentives does a high-income group need to let go of a portion of their income? [closed]

I am doing research, and my question is: What incentives does a high-income group need to let go of a portion of their income? My idea, which I haven't found sources for, is that rich people could ...
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What are Taiwanese required to do and sign to travel to China? Can active, reserve or retired military do so?

The extent of my knowledge is that when Taiwanese individuals would like to travel to China for business and/or pleasure they can not use the same passport they use for travel elsewhere. Instead they ...
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Why would a Vice President cast a negative vote?

The Constitution allows for the Vice President to vote on an issue if the vote is equally divided. There have been a number of occasions when the Vice President has cast a negative vote, see here. Why ...
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