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Does the Ukrainian treatment of a Russian deserter differ from a Russian combatant that surrenders?

I am curious about the fate of Russian deserters in Ukraine. If you desert the Russian military and surrender yourself in Ukraine as a Russian, are you granted any status in Ukraine? Are you subject ...
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Is there any area where Chinese safety regulations are stricter than in the U.S.?

The Chinese government imposes few health and safety or environmental regulations on its corporations or remaining state-run enterprises. What rules do exist are only weakly enforced, evaded, or ...
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Why doesn't the US consider nationalization as an alternative to raising taxes?

In the US, the mere discussion of raising taxes by politicians is considered political suicide. Yet, nationalizing infrastructure and industries as an alternative is rarely, if ever, discussed as an ...
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What government functions does the Idaho state constitution require?

The Idaho Republican Party has adopted a platform with the following clause: We believe the state legislature should appropriate funds only for purposes and to the extent required to meet government'...
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Why do US state voting measures not seem to have large affects on turnout?

It seems like laws on voting do not have a large effect how much actual voter turnout there is. Look at these images: Cost of Voting index ratings 2020 Turnout rates in 2022: While there is some ...
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A member of NATO falls into civil war, who do the rest of the members back?

It's often been portrayed in popular culture that the US falls into a civil war, in which it's treated as a purely internal matter and no other ally may intervene. In reality this would unlikely be ...
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Is it plausible for the UK opposition to be led by a lord?

There are multiple polls predicting bad outcomes for the Tories in the coming UK general election. The worst of these, Savanta/Telegraph predicts them ending up as the 2nd largest party with 53 seats,...
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Does any developed country other than the UK include illegal activities in its GDP calculations?

Items like imputed rent, legal fees and R&D are now all included in GDP. The UK went hog wild with both illegal drugs and prostitution as now part of their GDP because… hey, why not? UNSNA’s 2008 ...
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What would a tactical nuke strike actually look like? [closed]

When the conversations about a possible tactical nuke strike by Russia on Ukraine go, I usually see the headline threats by Putin or some other top officials. The rest is basically "this would ...
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How did Putin's private car get into North Korea? [closed]

Putin gets lavish welcome in North Korea with vows of support Kim greeted Putin, shaking hands, embracing and talking beside the Russian leader's plane. The pair then rode in Putin's Russian-made ...
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What's North Korea's yearly production capacity for artillery shells?

North Korea has sent about 6,700 containers carrying millions of munitions to Russia since September in exchange for food as well as parts and raw materials for weapons manufacturing, according to ...
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If Trump picks Rubio, when would he need to move to avoid losing Florida's electoral votes, and would he then have to resign as Florida senator?

After 03:30 in the June 17, 2024 They were once rivals. Rubio is now helping Trump with debate prep CNN's Randi Kaye explains: ...it's complicated because of this provision in the constitution. Long ...
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Why are the IDF instituting humanitarian pauses against Netanyahu's wishes?

Yesterday, it was announced that the IDF would be introducing humanitarian pauses in fighting along one of the roads into Rafah, to allow more aid to flow into Gaza. What intrigues me about this is ...
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Is there a good reason why all the professional athletes blocked from competing over high testosterone are black Africans? [closed]

In recent years there has been focus on the qualifications for entry into woman's sport. One of the most famous examples is Caster Semenya, who's success may have prompted the change of the rules for ...
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Can the Chief Minister of an Indian state call a snap election in the state they govern?

It is generally seen that prime ministers (with the support of their party) have the power to call a snap election. Do CMs of states have the same power, generally speaking? Or the central government ...
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Airspace violation and nato article 5 [closed]

Russia violates NATO airspace repeatedly with attack aircraft. Does this invoke article 5?
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Could this solution possibly increase rights of women in Afghanistan [closed]

The UN has known about the barbaric society in Afghanistan and have let it continue. I have said for a long time this is a human rights issue that needs to be addressed. Do you think that by ...
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Why do French parties keep changing their names?

Macron's party was first founded in 2016 as En Marche! renamed in 2017 as La République En Marche! renamed in 2022 as Renaissance. Union pour un mouvement populaire was renamed in 2015 as Les ...
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Can the U.S. government do anything to make it more difficult for countries to circumvent sanctions using USDT?

(Kitco News) – Stablecoins continue to see increased adoption from global players looking for a workaround to U.S. sanctions as Bloomberg reports that Russian commodities firms increasingly utilize ...
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How often do snap elections end up in favor of the side that triggered them?

Both France and the UK are about to head into a snap election. Presumably both Macron and Sunak decided to run one because they believe that their side will gain more seats compared to the ...
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Why would voting no on legislation to allow for it to be reintroduced be beneficial?

The US Senate introduced a pair of bills which failed to get past the filibuster 60-vote threshold. In this article and this one, it was indicated that the Senate Majority Leader, changed his vote ...
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Is there a reason why the Saudis shifted away from the dollar?

The US dollar’s dominance is in decline as Russia and Saudi Arabia eye the Chinese yuan for oil trades, and investors may need to begin to revise their long-term investment strategies, warns the CEO ...
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Is there any country outside the West that's planning to put tariffs against Chinese EVs?

The European Union moved Wednesday to hike tariffs, or import taxes, on electric vehicles made in China. EVs are the latest flash point in a broader trade dispute over Chinese government subsidies and ...
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Is there a reason why countries in the Global South don't complain about Chinese overcapacity?

China said on Thursday that U.S. and European assertions of excess capacity were "naked trade protectionism" and that efforts to constrain new energy exports from the World's No.2 economy ...
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How does the June 2024 Ukraine peace summit hope to achieve peace, if Russia is not invited?

There's going to be a peace summit in Switzerland in June 2024 to "conduct high-level discussion on a 'comprehensive, just and lasting peace for Ukraine' in the context of international law and ...
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Need and significance of pre poll alliances

During the Indian elections in 2024, the alliance NDA got 292 seats. That is a clear-cut majority to form the government. Then why is there confusion about whether NDA will form the government or not? ...
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Why don't Western countries confiscate frozen Russian assets? [duplicate]

As reported by euromaiden, it seems this G7 summit will produce an agreement to use the investment profits of the frozen Russian assets, commonly said to be around us$330 billion, for the purpose of ...
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What was the Rabin's offer to Mubarak regarding Gaza?

Shafiq Al-Hout in My Life in the PLO: The Inside Story of the Palestinian Struggle describes the following episode: Our meetings had become more like social get-togethers than serious political ...
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Have any countries managed to reduce immigration by a significant margin in the absence of economic problems?

There's currently a rising wave of right wing parties in Europe and immigration is singled out as a major reason for why voters are voting for them. But have any countries managed to significantly ...
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When was the last time the G7 invited many guest countries?

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will join at least 12 other heads of state and government invited by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni to take part in next week's Group of Seven (G7)...
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Has there ever been another year where this many nuclear nations had major elections?

in 2024, there will be United States presidential elections. Earlier this year, there were Russian presidential elections, as well as I believe some other major high-level federal offices. There was a ...
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Has there ever been arms supply with restrictions attached prior to the current war in Ukraine?

The tactical strings attached to Western armament help to Ukraine, i.e., the Ukraine not being "allowed" to hit targets on Russian soil using Western-supplied long-range weapons, has been ...
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Has there ever been a proposal to have judges who are also doctors to deal with legal cases that are also medicine?

There are occasions where the justice system makes decisions that can be described as being also medical decisions. These range from the high level, such as the general availability of a drug to the ...
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Which party would benefit most if everyone voted in the UK general election?

Every time there is a general election acquaintances tell me they won't vote because their vote won't make any difference (or words to that effect). I have long since given up trying to argue with ...
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What does "far right tilt" actually mean in the context of the EU in 2024?

The Washington Post's June 9, 2024 European Parliament tilts right; Macron calls snap elections in France uses the terms "far right" and "conservative" three times and "...
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What is the point of triggering of a national snap election immediately after losing the EU elections?

French President Emmanuel Macron dissolved parliament and called a fresh election. The only justification sounds a little bit vague: “France needs a clear majority in serenity and harmony. To be ...
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Why does the left support the blank slate theory? [closed]

Why does the left (maybe not the entire left) support the blank slate theory (see here for instance)? By left, I mean the diverse movements/ideologies adhering in a form or another, to a much or ...
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Has a country ever by its own volition refused to join the United Nations?

I was seeing some of the countries which aren't part of the United Nations, and I noticed most of them either have dubious international recognition as countries (Taiwan, Palestine, Kosovo, etc.) or ...
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Are there any organizations calling for restoration of Americas to the native american peoples? [duplicate]

The criticism of Israel on US university campuses is often ideologically grounded in anti-colonialist discourse. E.g., Columbia University Palestinian-American professor Rashid Khalidi is one of the ...
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What is the U.N. Report on Children and Armed Conflict and how does it affect Israel which was recently added?

According to the Times Of Israel, the UN has added Israel to the ‘list of shame’ for alleged rights violations against children during war. The article claims that the 'list' is attached to an annual ...
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Life Cycle Assessment in Regulation

The California Air Resources Board established and maintains a Low Carbon Fuel Standard for automotive fuels sold in that state. A controversial aspect of that regulation involved the use of Life ...
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How much support does a ground offensive in Lebanon have among the Israeli public?

Israeli forces and Hezbollah have been trading blows across the border for months now. The Israeli government appears to be under some political pressure to gain the upper hand and ensure the return ...
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Has Israel commented on the halt on medical evacuations from Gaza in May 2024?

As of April 9 2024, a brief article in the medical journal The Lancet reported: Israel is approving medical evacuation lists from Gaza. Once permission is granted, patients and accompanying people ...
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Would there be a partisan advantage to allowing people aged 16 and 17 to vote?

The Liberal Party of Canada recently floated the idea lowering the voting age from 18 to 16. Canada's conservative circles have pushed back hard against the idea; one Twitter poll I can't find put ...
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Can campaign promises be enforced by a contract, or has it ever happened they were?

A common problem where I live, and I assume everywhere, for at least the past 4 decades (and I assume it has been a problem for centuries), is that politicians make a lot of campaign promises which ...
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Does Germany have a strict definition of what a military target is as it allows Western-supplied weapons to strike military targets in Russia?

German Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck has said he regrets that the government led by Olaf Scholz did not allow Ukraine to deploy Western-supplied weapons to strike military targets in Russia sooner. ...
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Why was the Workers Party of Britain not invited to the BBC Election Debate?

The BBC will have an Election Debate, and it just confirmed it is inviting 7 participants from 7 parties, two of which only had 1 MP in the recently dissolved parliament. Is there a reason why the BBC ...
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What's the point of Israel doing some astroturfing in the US, when there are plenty of US citizens and US lobby groups willing to support it anyway?

The NYT reports: The campaign began in October and remains active on the platform X. At its peak, it used hundreds of fake accounts that posed as real Americans on X, Facebook and Instagram to post ...
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Origin of the Agreed Activities Mechanism between Israel and Egypt

Wikipedia and some Israeli newspapers say that there's an "Agreed Activities Mechanism" part of the 1979 Treaty between Egypt and Israel. E.g. The meeting was held under the auspices of the ...
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Have any Congresspersons said they are completely against all forms of vaccine?

Somewhat related to this answer, based on a quick look at the positions of some Congresspersons, they could get [and they do get] labeled 'vaccine skeptics' [by critics]. I'm wondering if any of them [...
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