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Why wasn't there any major escalation on the Eastern Front during the 1965's Indo-Pak war? [closed]

Why didn't India launch any major aerial or ground or naval attack on East Pakistan during the 1965 war as there were plenty of options? Why was fighting concentrated on the Western Border of India? ...
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What could the CIA director have hoped to achieve with his recent warning to the Russians regarding Havana Syndrome?

A recent article in Washington Post says: CIA Director William J. Burns delivered a confidential warning to Russia’s top intelligence services that they will face “consequences” if they are behind ...
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Is Corporatocracy a result of Corporatism?

The way I understand it so far (and I could be wrong so fact-checking appreciated): capitalism can lead to corporatism, which can lead to corporatocracy? The nuances are tricky and have lots of ...
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How is the UK government addressing the shortage of doctors problem on the short to medium term?

I have recently found out the UK has one of the lowest number of doctors per 1000 inhabitants: The UK has 2.8 doctors per 1,000 population, which puts it well below the European Union (EU) average (3....
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Does artificially extending ones coastline increase the exclusive economic zone (EEZ)?

Artificially islands do not increase a countries' exclusive economic zone (EEZ). What applies to land reclamation projects that are contiguous with existing land, such as with the Maasvlakte in ...
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How is Iran sustaining its economy?

Iran has been under US sanctions for a long time now. Why isn't Iran collapsing like Venezuela or Cuba? How is Iran sustaining its economy?
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Can countries use cross-border rivers to pressure neighbouring countries?

For example, can Sudan block/divert the Nile to exert political pressure on Egypt? (The Nile is a major river that flows through Sudan into Egypt.) I can't find any results via Google on this. The ...
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Is there a cost for a country to explicitly recognize another commonly recognized country without political disagreement?

Wikipedia mentions 12 UN members not yet explicitly recognizing Montenegro, and 7 UN members not having diplomatic relationship with Croatia. At first, I thought this is something about Montenegro and ...
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Can you be an avowed atheist in Iran?

It seems that, at least as recently as 2014, Iran had a death penalty for apostasy. But apostasy isn't non-belief. In fact, that charge seems to be a rather contextual matter. In this Guardian story ...
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Evil Force in The Second Sex mentioned by Simone de Beauvoir [migrated]

So I am reading The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvior. In page 30, she writes the following where I am confused. Indeed, beside every individual’s claim to assert himself as subject—an ethical claim—...
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Did China borrow from Amazon's playbook? (provide a place for business to grow, then just "take over" when they're successful)

Background: CNN's Jamie Dimon says he regrets joking about the Chinese Communist Party says of JPMorgan (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon: At one point, Dimon compared the political and economic approaches in ...
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Cook PVI of New York Independent Redistricting Commission proposals?

The New York State Independent Redistricting Commission has released congressional plans last September. FiveThirtyEight has documented the partisan lean of each district today according to its ...
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Has any society ever successfully reduced obesity?

Weight loss can be achieved through a variety of modalities, but long-term maintenance of lost weight is much more challenging. Obesity interventions typically result in early rapid weight loss ...
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What is the rationale for the United Kingdom statistics body not allowing black people to identify as having an English ethnicity in its surveys?

In the United Kingdom the official body will gathers and publishes statistics is the Office for National Statistics. Among other things it conducts a census every 10 years which everyone is required ...
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Which countries apply one-tiered system or two-tiered system in implementing CBDC?

Central Bank Digital Currrency (CBDC) has been proliferated since 2014. Since then, some countries have implemented the one-tiered system or two-tiered system in management. One-tiered system is that ...
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Why was it so bad for Kim Jong Nam to "visit" Japan with a fake pass?

According the numerous news sources, Kim Jong Nam lost his "crown prince" position after he tried to visit the Tokyo Disneyland with a forged passport. Yes, but... such things happen. ...
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Why is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan allowing the Turkish Lira to plunge?

If you have been into Turkish Lira recently, you would be shocked you see that the Turkish Lira's value has been lost more than two times as compare to its value 2 years ago. Now, there have been ...
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Why are legal decisions in the US so politicized?

(Not sure if this should be on the Law.SE. I'm guessing the answer is more political than legal, hence I'm asking it here.) Example WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A difficult political atmosphere for ...
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Does the New York State Legislature have to accept a proposal from the state redistricting commission' without a 2/3 supermajority override vote?

In New York State, there is a bipartisan commission that was chosen by voters in 2014 and is designed to reduce the potential of bias from redistricting in the state. New York lawmakers tried to pass ...
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Why don't climate change agreements self-terminate if participants fail to meet their commitments?

The Paris Agreement had a clause where it only comes to force if enough countries ratify it: The Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016, thirty days after the date on which at least 55 ...
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Why do some governments completely remove COVID-19 restrictions instead of keeping minimum ones?

This might happen in multiple countries, but I keep the question focused by considering Denmark's case. Denmark removed all restrictions in September and was considering adding some restrictions at ...
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Does "freedom of speech" only refer to safety from the government? [closed]

If people in a country can say whatever they want and not be arrested by the government, but some other organization arrests/imprisons/tortures people who say things they don't like, should we say ...
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Which kingdoms/autonomous areas were using first world weapons at the time of the second world war in particular armored vehicles? [migrated]

Which kingdoms, little dictatorships and all sorts of fiefdom had World War 1 armor (and nothing more modern) at the time of the second war? I bet there was a lot because after the First World War all ...
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Why is the Second Amendment structured differently from all other amendments?

The Second Amendment reads as follows: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. This can be ...
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What racial classification systems are used for affirmative action?

Affirmative Action, in the context of race/ethnicity, can cover a variety of measures such as simple non-discrimination (depending on definitions this might not be classed as "affirmative action&...
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Have any capitalist libertarians asked if the free market destroys itself (due to the efficiency of organised crime)?

I am aware of, though not read in, the most influential capitalist libertarian thinkers (Hayek, Friedman, Nozick, Rand, etc). As far as I understand it, their general point is that an unrestricted ...
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Did MPs have to win a by-election before 1926 in order to join the government?

A commentary in The Telegraph claimed that before 1926, MPs had to win a by-election to join the government. This got me rather perplexed. Mr Johnson has sensibly stopped short of joining Labour in ...
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What are the arguments for destabilization as a Lukashenko motive?

It is November 2021 and thousands of people from Syria and Iraq are trying to cross the Belarus border into the EU. The migrants are transported to the border by Belarusian officials. On the EU side ...
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Questionable COVID-19 procurement outside the UK

There is an ongoing situation in the UK regarding the propriety of the procurement of some goods and services during the response to COVID-19. Conservative PPE contracts Michael Gove and VIP lane ...
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Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Six-Point movement versus post 1971 Bangladesh [closed]

As far as I understood, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Six-Point Movement in 1966 started the process of the split of Pakistan. In the Wikipedia article, the reason behind the movement was stated as the ...
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What "processing" is necessary when releasing documents for a FOIA request?

The story is online: https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/wait-what-fda-wants-55-years-process-foia-request-over-vaccine-data-2021-11-18/ Overall it looks like the FDA can process 500 pages per ...
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As a UK resident, why are the comings and goings inside individual American schools reported on National news stations? [closed]

Growing up in the UK in the 90's, we didn't really care whether Bethany got in trouble for wearing her hair long, or Darren got in trouble for wearing a particular t-shirt. Now, however, such trivial ...
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How could Distributed Ledger Technology help the government in tax collection and passport issuance?

From this link, I saw that Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) can bring the secure functioning for a decentralized database because it is governed by the rule of networks as well as avoiding cyber-...
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What is the name of the propaganda technique where perpetrator uses opposite framing? [closed]

I'm wondering if there is an established term for this following made up definition. "A group consistently carrying out an act of evil while broadcasting they are in fact the heroes in the ...
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Why do KSA and UAE put billions of reserve money into Pakistan's bank but China doesn't?

Recently, the KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) agreed to inject $3 billion into Pakistan's state bank. This is the second time KSA is doing so. In the past, the UAE (United Arab Emirates) also did the ...
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Are House and Senate "debates" pointless, aside from some PR value? [duplicate]

I watch the House and Senate "debate" periods on bills and wonder who they are talking to and what is the point, aside from the later video clips. Has any Senator or Representative ever ...
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Why do US politicians use the title "czar?"

I've always found it odd that there are high-profile positions in the US using the title of "czar," which has obvious connotations to Russia. An example is John Kerry, who is often ...
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Why did Germany hurry to phase out nuclear energy usage increasing the risk of fossil power use and Russian gas dependency?

This article mentions the difficulties posed by Germany's decision to phase out nuclear energy usage: Germany's decision to phase out nuclear power means that it must replace the energy source with ...
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COP26 Agreement. Is coal going to be phased out/down or just saved for the steel industry?

My question refers to 2021 COP26 climate conference. I'll omit to link some sources because there are too many and readers could better evaluate the issue looking at their own chosen sources. ...
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Are there countries that ban public sector unions, but allow private sector ones?

A new initiative is currently being proposed in California: On Aug. 9, 2021, venture capitalist Timothy Draper filed a proposal with the California attorney general’s office for an initiated ...
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What accounts for the high support for the official position in Cuban referenda?

In Cuba, there have been several national referenda or petitions on major constitutional or governmental matters which have been reported to have extremely high support for the "official" ...
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Why are new mothers apparently excluded from receiving the 2021 monthly "Advance Child Tax Credit Payments" if they filed taxes last year?

According to this Stack Exchange post, it appears that one cannot get the 2021 monthly "Advance Child Tax Credit Payments" for a child born or adopted in 2021 if they also filed taxes last ...
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What exactly is the difference between an NGO and a political party?

What exactly is the difference between an NGO and a political party? They’re both volunteer-based groups formed to promote certain political viewpoints in public government. Both are primarily funded ...
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Is there any similar example of the USA taking measures against a country for a similar reason? [closed]

Several days ago, some 27 US senators expressed their concern against the Turkish drone program. Nowadays, a lot of nations have manufactured and sold drones including China. So, why is the USA ...
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Has the UK enacted any changes in laws that would've been impossible while being an EU member?

The UK has left the EU and one of the biggest arguments in support was that idea that they could enact legislation that goes against EU rules, whether on trade with other nations, privacy, security, ...
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Has the US Department of Justice made an attempt to define what is or isn't journalistic activity? Developing new policy, but to what will it apply?

From Politico's FBI raid on Project Veritas founder’s home sparks questions about press freedom At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last month, Garland was asked who qualifies as a journalist ...
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What is the definition of “small government” according to the Republican Party?

When Republican governors banned mask mandates in schools, many commentators called them out as hypocrites due to such bans violating the concept of “small government”. However this concept can have ...
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Why did the world average CO_2 emissions per capita dip in the 1990s? [closed]

According to this chart, per-capita CO_2 emissions in the world peaked in the late 1980s, then dipped quickly, and did not reach their 1989 level again until 2011. What are the major factors ...
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What power do politicians have in court cases?

What power do politicians have when it comes to court cases? For example, the Kyle Rittenhouse case is about to end, and some people believe that the judge in the case is biased against the ...
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What makes politicians so wealthy during their tenure?

I find it curious that so many politicians leave office much more wealthy than they enter it. I read the question about why do politicians make so much money, but the answers focus on their salary of ...

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