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International rules on how to deal with chemical weapon attacks (OPCW, CWC)
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The Chemical Weapons Convention is published on the OPCW site. We don't know what specific procedures the Russian officials mean unless they name it. It is obvious that they are currently trying to ...

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Identify two national flags from a picture (and/or video)
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The text descriptions of both still image and the video claim that these flags are of Trinidad and Tobago and Nauru, correspondingly. However, the text must be misleading; the first one is Belize ...

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What disadvantages are there for a region in declaring independence, if that declaration is not widely recognised
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TL;DR: The lack of recognition leads to a "corruption tax" paid by the citizens of an unrecognized territory. That's why the recognition is the key factor for any region. Consider this (the ...

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What are the state-of-the art techniques for crowd size estimations?
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The proper estimation of the crowd size is an important factor for police and emergency services. For instance, knowing the number of attendees and exits in a closed location is useful for prediction ...

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Would a native of a future state be a natural born citizen?
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The U.S. Constitution uses but does not define the phrase "natural born citizen". Historically, there were explicit rulings regarding persons who were born on a territory prior to it became ...

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Would Hillary have anything to gain by participating in the debates if Trump refused to attend?
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The very purpose of public debates is for attracting the undecided voters. Both candidates do this by clarifying their own positions and criticizing the position of their opponent. If there is no ...

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Is there truly *widespread belief* in North Korea that Kim-il Sung created the world?
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This is exactly the way how propaganda works. In fact, propaganda, censorship, and doublethink are the keywords for answering this seemingly simple, but really complicated question. We may safely ...

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Why didn't the European countries simulate terrorist activity, to gain casus belli against refugees?
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Because European values don't let the governments kill its own people in favor of political advantages, real or imaginary. What unites Europe? Money? Market? Security? — No! Values. — President ...

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Other country as permanent member of UN Security Council?
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Apparently, not; at least, it would require amendment of the Charter of the UN: Current edition of Article 23 of UN Charter says: […] The Republic of China, France, the Union of Soviet ...

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Is there a rating of countries by cyberattacks amount being launched?
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As the comment suggests, different cyberattacks may have different impact, and the role of government may be different. The only thing we can do is make rough estimates based on publicly known ...

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Any concrete information about Ukrainian reforms, necessary for NATO?
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Ukraine has taken the obligation to perform a decentralization reform. The official site decentralization.gov.ua defines "decentralization" as "Concept of Reforming Local Self-...

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A question on Motor Sich of Ukraine
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Your second source fails to provide with any proof, it does not even attempt to. Quoting it (highlight mine): Ukraine may sell a stake in engine-producing giant Motor Sich to a Turkish company, a ...

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Thai Government Policy On Foreign Ownership of Land
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This question touches people's subjective attitudes and motivation, so not everything in my answer is formalized in written form. Let me focus on what I learned from my conversations with Thai people. ...

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What explains the large year-to-year variation in US voluntary contributions to the WHO?
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Because these contributions are targeted specific Programmes and activities, and these Programmes are usually not constantly running. The WHO document, Voluntary contributions by fund and by ...

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Are there examples of abuses of diplomatic immunity?
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A Russian agent who has allegedly murdered another Russian (using a radioactive Weapon of Mass Destruction), was granted immunity on Russia to avoid any prosecution by the British officials. After ...

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Number of Russian Diplomats throughout USA
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Officially, 455 Russian diplomats were active in the US before the March 2018 expulsion. "Moscow retaliated by giving the US the deadline to reduce its diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people, ...

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How could it happen that Ukrainian soldiers did not try to defend against the invasion?
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„U.S. Told Ukraine to Stand Down as Putin¹ Invaded.“ I heard this idea from many analysts in Ukraine, but it was kind of unproven opinions. Till recently, when this article on Bloomberg appeared, ...

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Are there Democratic politicians or groups that support Trump's positions, and if so why?
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The answer is, Yes. TL;DR: Political views are a spectrum, so there can be numerous ideas found compelling by representatives of both political parties. Existing answers provide with some nice ...

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Why are certain views/values amassed in one party, like Republican vs Democrat?
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Because person's views on specific things is usually a result of their views on more fundamental concepts. Understanding these concepts may provide with pretty accurate estimate (not a guarantee, ...

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Why is the EU wishing to punish the UK instead of listening their detractors and seeking dialogue?
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There's not much to add to the excellent @SJuan76's answer, but let me give it a try, in attempt to answering in "layman's terms". I must say that my answer is deliberately simplified, so one ...

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What is the purpose of the US VWP ban related to some countries?
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Short answer: It is because U.S. officials must know sufficient details about the traveler, and certain countries fail to provide with such information about the traveler. Think logically. For me as ...

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What is the fascist argument for Marxism being a Jewish conspiracy?
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TL;DR: Marxism and Nazism are just two competing ideologies, so they thought of some dogmatic ideas to criticize each other. Their goal was to win the competition between the two ideologies, so ...

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What is the United States' interest in Ukraine?
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Beside of all aspects listed in existing answers, I would like to draw your attention to yet another two reasons, what's the United State's interest in Ukraine, which seem to be missing in other ...

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Succesful hostage situation?
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Yes. In February 2014, the Russian army stood "not ahead, but behind" Crimean women and children, effectively taking them hostages to prevent Ukrainian army to stand for defending Crimea. ...

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Saudis vs Russia on oil: Saudis wanted lower production, but are now doing the opposite. What's going on?
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There is a deal (still active till the end of March 2020) between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia. The deal assumes mutual cut of oil production in order to ...

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Russian government warned North Korea about the use of legal force against their nuclear threats. What is the general procedure in that case?
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Usually, pre-emptive strikes require significant political support, based on both solid evidences of an emerging threat and consensus among the vast majority of states involved. what is the ...

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What is the difference between war and terrorism?
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Indeed, there are numerous definitions for the two terms. Here's one in a "Explain Me Like I'm Five" style: War is a conflict between two armed groups A and B. Both attack armed people of its enemy. ...

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Why have unpopular figures like Putin publicly supported Trump?
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Both existing answers are great as they cover directly visible aspects of Trump's actions and statements, and how they resonate with the policies of radical authoritarian regimes like Russia, "North"&...

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Full List of Countries participating in the UN COP 21 in Paris
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From Provisional list of participants (PDF): 196 signatories of UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) are listed here; 2 Observer States are The Holy See and Palestine (proof)...

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Why Dictatorship works when democracy fails?
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The direct answer to this question would depend on a definition of what "works" is. Indeed, unfree societies have more power to voluntarily direct their efforts toward solving a certain goal. We can'...

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