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Why does the US block a UN statement calling for violence to stop in the Palestine-Israel conflict?
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Why does the US block a UN statement calling for violence to stop in the Palestine-Israel conflict? — because the statement was not only for calling the violence to stop, but about condemning Israel'...

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Why is the lab leak theory such a big deal?
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The question about why would random, unidentified people make the difference seems to be off-topic here. AFAICT, civil defense protocols make no difference depending on the origin of bio hazard. ...

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Why doesn't South Korea give up its claim on North Korea?
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Simply because abandoning territorial claims will do nothing: It will neither eliminate the military threat of the "North" Korea, nor would it relax the tensions. It requires enormous amounts of ...

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Why are people protesting against Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett?
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There are several major reasons why various people would oppose her nomination. I'm afraid that no quantitative survey data available, but off the top of the recent news: The procedure. Republicans ...

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What would the Kremlin stand to gain from killing the ex-spy Sergey Skripal?
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In addition to @Philipp's answer: Poisoned Russian spy Sergei Skripal was close to {an unnamed} consultant who was linked to the Trump dossier — The Telegraph If the above allegation is true, it ...

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How does the expelling of diplomats work to create pressure on the diplomats' home country?
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Several important factors impose the pressure against the diplomats' home country (in general and in this particular case): Expelling the diplomats quite often ruins the entire spy network; Expelling ...

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Has the Israeli supreme court ever come to a decision that can be seen as pro-Palestine or pro-Arab/anti-Israel/-Jew?
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As the comments rightfully note, there's always a political force by whose opinion various decisions "can be seen" differently. For instance, there's a long-lasting political debate over ...

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What's the political reason that acknowledging genocide is such a 'big deal'?
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Short answer: Human Rights above the political affiliation. Why America’s commitment to human rights Biden’s declaration represents an important step toward fulfilling America’s commitment to human ...

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Why is "president for life" in China such a big deal?
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Why "president for life" in China is such a big deal? — Because the increasing shift towards a dictatorship state¹ may trigger a chain of uncontrolled events that, in turn, would undermine the ...

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Has there ever been a case where a state ejected a portion of itself?
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Yes, there have been. Singapore is one prominent example. The history of the Republic of Singapore began when Singapore gained its independence and became a republic following an ejection from ...

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Why don't signatories of Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances (except Russia) protect Ukraine with force?
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The most accurate answer would be: they do, despite they are not obliged to. The text of Budapest Memorandum says: The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern ...

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Why is support for parties so low in Belarus?
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Because the dictator apparently has no need in political parties to accomplish his political goals. Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus (1994-2020) is very clear with the following reasons he ...

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Does anyone want Ukraine to be called "the Ukraine"?
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There can be multiple answers on this question. Official position of Ukraine is: "Embassy of Ukraine in the United States of America". Other official entities follow the same pattern. Here's ...

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Why is visa-free travel such a big deal in politics?
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Yes, many would see the visa-free travel to the EU as an important thing, and the key words here are: reputation, acknowledgement, and recognition. The EU officials make a clear link between the ...

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Why there was no Marshall plan for 1990s Russia?
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Short answer: the situations in 1940's and in 1990's were significantly different. The scale of the required aid and nature of reforms was incomparable. There were talks of increased aid in exchange ...

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What is the benefit of Ukraine declaring martial law after a naval attack by Russian forces?
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TL;DR: Ukraine is a Parliamentary-Presidential republic. On the other hand, the President is the commander-in-chief of the country's Armed Forces. This introduces a natural delay in the chain of ...

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What would happen if Russia declared itself the successor of the Russian empire?
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TL;DR: What would happen then? The direct answer is: a legal, administrative, and political disruption. Legal Succession Modern-day Russia is, indeed, a successor of the dissolved "USSR". Many local ...

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Decoding certain customized annotations in political signage, do these symbols have any emerging specific connotations?
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"E" styled as three red stripes clearly is a reference to the Biden campaign logo: Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images "CNN LIES" seems to be quite an old anti-CNN propagandist ...

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Was Russia really able to solve its 'Ukraine problem' by invasion?
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Was Russia really able to solve its 'Ukraine' problem by invasion? wasn't invasion of Ukraine a miscalculation and waste of time by Russia? Yes, there was a good evidence that Russia was able to stop ...

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Why was President Trump heavily criticized for congratulating Putin on winning the election?
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Because the very elections are disputed, and congratulating Putin on winning these elections is a semi-official recognition of these elections. In 2014, Russia has committed an armed invasion, ...

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Why are anti-independence Catalans so silent?
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You needn't a political movement to force your country's police do their job Apologies for a bit of bold title (in both senses), but this is precisely the answer. In most national-liberation ...

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Why did Ukraine give up nuclear weapons through Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances?
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Because it was a mutual effort of the West and the Ukrainian people. It is undeniable that the West levied formidable pressure on Ukraine to dissuade it from holding onto its nuclear weapons. It is ...

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Why did western allies oppose Japan while fighting the Axis in Europe?
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Because by 1940, the Japanese invasion of the Dutch East Indies became imminent. These colonies were rich in oil, so such an invasion would ruin the energy stability of Europe and the U.S. The ...

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What is the purpose of USA warning Russia about missile strikes in Syria?
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We can not say for sure the purpose unless some U.S. official holds a talk about it. However, there are several considerations here: At the moment, the official U.S. position is that the Assad's ...

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What does the US have to gain by other countries not being socialist or communist?
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Being a Socialist state is not a crime by itself. There are plenty of countries in today's world that can be called more or less socialist: consider Nordic model, informally known as Swedish Socialism....

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Why are economic sanctions allowed under WTO rules?
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WTO is not a political institution, while the sanctions were imposed for political reasons; WTO does not act by itself, it requires a dispute raised and reviewed by WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism (...

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Have members of congress ever previously boycotted a U.S. president-elect's inauguration?
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Yes, and there were more than 40-50 Congressmen boycotting the event. 1973 - THE 47th INAUGURATION 37th President: Richard M. Nixon, Republican Date: January 20, 1973 One month after the ...

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How necessary is it to destroy statues in Ukraine?
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There's, indeed, a controversy amongst various people regarding the statues belonging to times of Russian occupation. There are several considerations here: Those statues are of criminals who ...

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Did Loefller or other any other senator sign the objection to Georgia's certificate and then withdraw it, or did they not sign it in the first place?
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Senators Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) "abandoned plans" to make objections to Biden electors. I read it as they never ...

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Why do certain countries mandate that election must happen in a certain month?
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Cold winters, planting/harvesting seasons in spring and early fall, and the convenience to travel to the polling stations seems to be the answer. I would add vacation season in summer, too. This ...

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