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An example I could think of is Singapore. The country became independent from Malaysia after the Malaysian Parliament voted to expel Singapore, due to a combination of racial, economic and political tensions (Wikipedia has a relatively informative article regarding this). This came two years after a union was formed between Malaysia and Singapore (both ...


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The State Counsellor of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, has a Nobel peace prize and there are calls for some of her military leaders to be prosecuted for war crimes. She herself might also be complicit. According to Channel 4 reporting (Channel 4's interview with Professor Yanghee Lee, who is the UN Special Envoy, is available via that link): The United ...


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I'm sure there's more, but here are the ones that I can remember: Henry Kissinger He served as the U.S. Secretary of State during both the Nixon and Ford administrations and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. He has been accused of committing the following war crime: Source Violating Art. 25 of Hague IV for his role in the secret American bombings in ...


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The founders had two models in particularly in mind: the Ancient Roman Senate, and the UK parliament of Monarch/Lords/Commons. In the UK, the House of Lords functioned as a Supreme Court. The founders wanted to separate the powers of the court from the Upper house, but they still wanted the upper house to have a role in approving justices. The expectation ...


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Polarisation is not entirely new, but it’s not a constant either. Looking just at US national politics, there have been other periods of very strong polarisation (e.g. the late 19th century, following the Civil War), and other periods of comparative consensus (e.g. the mid–late 20th century, during the Cold War). Fivethirtyeight.com has run quite a few ...


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Yes, in fact from Wikipedia's article on "United States presidential elections in Texas", we can see that Texas has elected a Democrat for president twenty-two times since 1876, most recently electing Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election. Republican candidates have only been elected fifteen times. The highest percentage vote that a Democratic ...


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Very good question and I am surprised that I as German needed to dig deeper into the stuff than anticipated. I tried to consult the German Wikipedia and the normal Google results, but got essentially nothing at first. I suppose it was self-evident schoolboy knowledge at their time and they did not bother to remark the function for following generations. ...


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This is trivially untrue. I haven't researched the earliest peaceful transfer of power, but here's the wikipedia article for the UK general election of 1708. That was the first UK election following the union of England and Scotland and So not even the first peaceful transition of power in England. Which is almost 100 years earlier. I feel confident you ...


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Personal animosity between political opponents is widespread and historic. It is particularly common in democracies. In an oligarchical or dictatorial state, power and influence depends on your closeness to the dictator, and the dictator tends to surround himself or herself by people of the same opinion. In a democracy, people of differing views are brought ...


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How political parties view things is not necessarily commensurate with reality. After all, they have a political agenda to push. In this case the view of (federal) judges—Supreme Court Justices or otherwise—as dyed-in-the-wool partisans is not really borne out by the reality. The type of 5-4 split decisions that attract so much attention are in fact a ...


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George Orwell in 'Notes on Nationalism' said it best I think, By ‘nationalism’ I mean first of all the habit of assuming that human beings can be classified like insects and that whole blocks of millions or tens of millions of people can be confidently labelled ‘good’ or ‘bad’. But secondly — and this is much more important — I mean the habit of ...


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The reason for the first three increases in the size of the Supreme Court was related to the size of the country's boundaries growing. The decrease in 1866 was, reportedly, more an attempt by the Supreme Court to convince Congress to raise the salaries of the justices. When that failed, the number of justices returned to nearly where it was before. In ...


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Has this ever happened before, that a standing Member of Congress switched parties directly from one major party to the other? If so, when? The number of party switchers is too numerous to list here. The names and dates are provided in the links. List of United States Representatives who switched parties, includes the reference to Jeff Van Drew. List of ...


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Another source states: In all, the House of Representatives has impeached only 19 federal officials, and the Senate has conducted formal impeachment trials with seven acquittals, eight convictions, three dismissals and one resignation (Nixon’s) with no further action. This is inaccurate as Nixon was never impeached in the first place. He resigned ...


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There are 3 ways to look at land "ownership": sovereignty history, living in the area historically, and current sovereignty. Let's examine each: Sovereignty history If you want to take a look historically, "Palestinians" as a sovereign nation did not exist until 20th century. Before 20th century, the land was Ottoman Empire's and then ...


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Nationalism: I should do what is best for my country even at the cost of other countries. Nationalists sacrifice others. Nationalists also tend to believe in a zero-sum world. In order for their situation to improve, that of someone else must worsen. Patriotism: I should do what is best for my country even at the cost of myself. Patriots sacrifice ...


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If exaggerated slightly, Denmark "wants to" "get rid of" Greenland. In reality, Denmark would be fine with Greenland's independence, in case they ever wanted it. The problem is that 78% of Greenlanders are opposed to independence, if it means a fall in living standards. Currently Greenland's economy relies on fishery, tourism and a ...


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It currently is. From 1 July: Many held posters or wore T-shirts that said, "Back the blue." ... Two people held up a banner that said, "TRUMP-- KEEP AMERICA GREAT 2020," and someone else stood with a Gadsden flag, which features a coiled rattlesnake and the phrase, "DON'T TREAD ON ME." https://www.fox13now.com/news/local-news/...


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Yes, of course. Most European countries, especially Nordic ones, have high tax rates for high income, and it works perfectly. What are the repercussions of very high tax rates on high earners? Almost none. Although many get public tantrum on every tax increase and declare immediately going abroad, they generally stay and pay that taxes. Poor countries (...


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Assuming the statistic is accurate For a long time, neither the Republicans nor the Democrats were ideologically pure. There were the southern Democrats who voted very differently from the rest of their party. And there were New England Republicans who did the same (in reverse). In more recent years, the New England Republicans have mostly been ...


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The Gadsden flag is not always a political statement, but it almost always is. It wasn't until the ~2010s that it became associated with the Tea Party movement. As wiki notes Starting in the 1970s, the Gadsden Flag became strongly associated with libertarianism. In the 2010s it also became associated with the American Tea Party movement.[22] Because of ...


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(This answer is predicated on the existence of a pathological idolization of a specific, coercive, leader, achieved through systematic, conscious state-level propaganda. Not on mere popular biases, justified or not, about a leader). In most other contexts than the de-Nazification process* in post-WW2 Germany, history books and Truth and Reconciliation ...


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The closest I can think of is Henry Kissinger. He has accused by many of war crimes, with a judge in Argentina considering him a 'defendant or suspect'.


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The word "True" in there gives this question all the hallmarks of a No True Scottsman question. I could say Somalia today (which has no effective government), but then I'm pretty certain some stipulation would be added to render that invalid (eg: "well...OK it has to actually have a government"). Fundamentally, if you don't have a government protecting ...


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This has happened a few times before, and is usually a rather extreme measure used to promote the use of, and trust in, local currency, as opposed to transactions being conducted using a more stable foreign currency, most often USD. Indonesia In 2011, Indonesia banned foreign currencies being used in domestic cash transactions: On 28 June 2011, the ...


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Newt Gingrich as Speaker of the House was the watershed moment. Soon after his House Speakership he managed to get the government shut down for a fairly long while. His "throw the bums out" presaged the Tea Party (and Trump's rather amusing claim to "drain the swamp"). Sure, Pat Buchanan also had that kind of message (peasants are ...


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The framers didn't trust democracy or the people (at the federal level) A shocking sentiment to many, perhaps, but a fact nonetheless. They often saw direct democracy on any given matter as either too onerous a burden on the people (believing they should put in great diligence to exercise the power wisely, but fearing they wouldn't due to lack of time and ...


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Hitler's cult of personality did not end with him killing himself. It ended during the process of denazification. This project included: Public trial and subsequent execution of Hitler's most important henchmen. (Nuremberg Trials) Removing Hitler imagery and other Nazi symbolism from public places. Removing Hitler loyalists from all key positions in the ...


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There are still Assyrian people with population between 3.5-4 million who might want back the whole neighbourhood of Israel, since there was a long period of time when they held it. Ancient Egypt also held Palestine/Israel territory for long time. Keeping a certain piece of land for a time doesn't create any right for it. It is a false judgement. Otherwise ...


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