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I'm not terribly sure that leaving outliers aside (both Trump and Macron are such) there's that much of a difference, historically, between the major European countries and the US. The Economist ran a short article on this in 2017, the best part of which is this graph: They observe than in all four countries the gap (between the median population age and ...


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Why should they? What advantage do they gain from wearing some traditional costume? Wearing traditional costumes has some implications: What is an appropriate "traditional costume" for a country? Is the bavarian leather pants representative for Germany? Surely not. Wearing the traditional costume of your region may be considered inappropriate or ...


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Generally speaking, it's more precise. "The Philippines" (to use your first example) isn't an entity that makes decisions - it's a nation full of people of diverse backgrounds and opinions. In and of itself, it has no consciousness nor agency. The actions being taken are rightly attributed to the person(s) who have agency to make those choices (and/...


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National costumes represent old traditions In most countries the "national costume" is essentially historical reenactment which represents the way these people dressed in, for example, 18th century. It is not a reflection of how the people dressed before or after that, in general, you will have very, very different "traditional dress" in ...


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As I explained in a previous post, pre-1980s China was socialist/lower-stage communist. Karl Marx believed that one method for true communism is socialism or the lower stage of communism to achieve the final stage of communism. In his work Critique of the Gotha Program, Karl Marx mentions the dictatorship of the proletariat, a form of the state where members ...


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Who's the "we" that refers to China as Communist? As far as I can tell, there are basically two sorts of people that continued to refer to it as Communist after the reforms of Deng Xiaoping:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deng_Xiaoping These are The ignorant. This includes certain US right-wing sorts who haven't abandoned the use of it as a ...


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Most leaders want to strike a balance - on one hand, establishing their distinct national sovereignty and the fine cultural traditions they come from, and how the legitimacy of their rule stretches back many generations; on the other, that they're modern, up-to-date and of course if you visit or trade with us you won't feel alienated or suffer unexpected ...


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The Queen would select anyone who could "command the respect of the house", to be Prime Minister. Anyone who could prove to Her Majesty that they could form a government would be selected as Prime Minister. It is worth noting that "Independent" is not a party and even in a situation where the majority of seats were "Independent" there would still be a "...


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UKIP seems to have had a troubled relationship with a couple of its party leaders. Richard Braine, who led the party from August 2019, was suspended from the party while still in office over allegations of stealing data from the party. He officially resigned from UKIP a week later. Additionally, while not a suspension/expulsion as such, Gerrard Batten, who ...


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Why should we not? They call themselves that. And, Communism, whatever its theoretical intents, has to date resulted in governments that behave exactly that way. At some point, something becomes defined by how it actually works, rather than how it says it works. So, for better or worse, 100 years of Communist governments since the October Revolution has ...


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Shinzo Abe stated during a speech entitled "Japan is back", the following line Now, if you look at the lapel of my jacket, I am wearing a blue-ribbon pin. It is to remind myself, each and every day, that I must bring back the Japanese people who were abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 80s. Among them was a girl, Megumi Yokota, who was only ...


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As a resident of a college town in Iowa, of presidential primary caucus fame, I have attended more than my fair share of political rallies. From my perspective as an audience member, there are a few things going on with the folks seated on the stage (obviously this answer is US-centric): First, remember that the live audience is often the main target of a ...


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Like you said, it's not a technique used only by politicians. It's something you see at many speaking events (at least in the United States). union rallies student protests press conferences Women's March Depending on the particular purpose of each event, the backdrop of people can mean different things. But here are a few purposes common to many of these ...


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Why do news articles often refer to the leader as opposed to the country? Often it's because they're writing about the leader's actions, decisions, or policies rather than those attributable to the government as a whole. Another reason, in two of these three examples, is that the leaders in question have so much power that they are arguably dictators, not ...


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International diplomacy tends to focus on commonalities, not differences. When world leaders meet at international events, the goal is typically to come to some agreement. Highlighting the differences between two nations does nothing to further that end, and only reinforces the notion that the nations are unlike one another. Strong diplomatic ties are often ...


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Part of the answer may be that the US constitution does not allow the president to be younger than 35 years old. And there are also minimum ages for congress.


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David Steel (The Lord Steel of Aikwood) was leader of the Liberal party from 1976 to 1988 when it merged with the Social Democrat party to form the Liberal Democrats. He then remained as joint leader of the party (along with Robert Maclennan) for four months. Following his retirement from the House of Commons at the 1997 general election, he was given a life ...


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India and the UAE have close political and economic ties. According to this, wiki, the UAE was responsible for 11.5% of India's exports in 2015. Due to their close ties displays of friendship like this are common between them. For example, in an article detailing this event, it is also mentioned that Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan ...


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Putting a face on the story makes it easier for the reader to emotionally connect to the story. Instead of rents rise faster than wages it becomes heartless landlord evicts mother with three children. Journalists might want to hold the leadership responsible for their policies, especially if they disagree. That is sometimes easier in the field of foreign ...


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Now, if you look at the lapel of my jacket, I am wearing a blue-ribbon pin. It is to remind myself, each and every day, that I must bring back the Japanese people who were abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 80s. Among them was a girl, Megumi Yokota, who was only thirteen at the time. http://www.mofa.go.jp/announce/pm/abe/us_20130222en.html


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Why not? There is not a whole lot of constraints on that in international law and, in practice, absolutely nothing preventing political leaders in country B and the local justice system from treating this as terrorism. At most they would risk mild condemnation from UN diplomats or perhaps from the country of origin of the perpetrators, if these happen to be ...


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The question you should ask yourself is what would a Western European or North American leader be wearing at a time when national dress would be appropriate. The answer is probably military uniform (in the small number of cases that would be appropriate), or black tie ( aka the Tuxedo), or more likely white tie (i.e. a white bow tie and a tail coat) for men, ...


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Yes* An article published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Cohen, 2003) conducted an experiment looking at something similar. What they found was that people agreed with policies that their party supported*. That wasn't very surprising, but they did find a few other things: People agreed with their party even when their party's ...


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The US political system at the federal level currently vastly favors individual office holders over political parties. The parties have very little power other than as "alliance arrangements" between office holders, despite their considerable organizational and fundraising abilities. And to the limited extent that parties are important in the US, only two ...


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Questions of the form can X be called Y are usually pointless. With your question, you just called X Y. More relevant is what national and international law has to say. Unfortunately the term terrorist has become a generic catch-all description for people the speaker does not like, much like communist or fascist in an earlier age. When a private citizen ...


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Basically, as user 'eps' nicely found, a decent description of China's government (as given by the CIA) is "Government type: communist party-led state". Note that "communist" here is an attribute of the party. For reasons that were e.g. discussed in this history SE Q&A, having to do with socialism (theoretically) being a milestone ...


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The three largest UK parties have historically had different systems: The Conservative party used informal polling among MPs, which resulted in a new leader "emerging". Later the Conservatives used formal polling of MPs. The Labour party used an electoral college, with one-third each of the vote going to Labour MPs and MEPs, Labour Party members, and ...


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Other than what David has mentioned, there is also another reason which is responsible for increased efforts at strengthening bilateral relations between UAE and India. That reason is to annoy India's Arch-Nemesis, Pakistan. Why, you ask? Because Pakistani Parliament overwhelmingly voted in refusal of Saudi request to join the Saudi-led Arab alliance ...


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he is not the head of the Republican Party (Paul Ryan is) Ryan is not the head of the Republican Party. He's the top Republican in the House of Representatives. Other than that, he's just one of many Republican leaders. The closest that the Republican Party has to a head is Reince Priebus, but most people outside politics won't really know who he is. ...


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This effect is a function of political legitimacy. The modern era is heavily informed by the principles of the Liberal Enlightenment, and in Enlightenment terms political legitimacy is conferred by the appearance (real or constructed) of popular support among citizens. This means that even the most brutal and dictatorial leader must weigh the impact of his ...


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