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    • Abortion debate

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    • 11th Panchen Lama controversy

    • The 11th Panchen Lama controversy is a dispute about the current legitimate holder of the Panchen Lama title, a political and religious leadership position in Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. After the death of the 10th Panchen Lama, a dispute between the Chinese leadership and the exiled 14th Dalai Lama resulted in two com ... Read »


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    • 2008 US beef protest in South Korea

    • The 2008 US beef protest in South Korea was a series of protest demonstrations between 24 May 2008 and about 18 July 2008 in Seoul, Korea. At its height, the protest involved tens of thousands of people. The protest began after the South Korean government reversed a ban on US beef imports. The ban had been in place sin ... Read »


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    • 2009 Indian general election campaign controversies

    • The 2009 Indian general election was held in five phases between April 16 and May 13, 2009. During the course of the campaign, several controversies arose, with parties being accused by one another and the Election Commission of India of violating the model code of conduct that was in force during the election. ... Read »


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    • Arguments for and against drug prohibition

    • Arguments about the prohibition of drugs, and over drug policy reform, are subjects of considerable controversy. The following is a presentation of major drug policy arguments, including those for drug law enforcement on one side of the debate, and arguments for drug law reform on the other. Supporters of prohibit ... Read »


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    • Arrest of Ali Hasan

    • Ali Hasan Alqudaihi (Arabic: علي حسن القديحي ‎‎) is an 11-year-old Bahraini boy who was arrested for allegedly participating in an "illegal" protest during his country's national uprising. Alqudaishi was arrested on 14 May 2012 and released without bail during a trial ab ... Read »


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    • Children of the Open Road

    • Children of the Open Road

      Children of the Open Road (German: Kinder der Landstrasse) is a Swiss feature/drama film that was produced in 1992, focusing on the fictitious family, the Kesslers, and the historically real attempt of the Swiss to eliminate the Yeniche culture in Switzerland by the Kinder der Landstrasse foundation between 1926 and 19 ... Read »


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    • Christmas controversies

    • Controversy has arisen regarding the celebration, recognition, legitimization, or acknowledgment of the Christmas holiday (or lack thereof) in government, media, advertising, retail, and various secular and religious environments throughout the holiday's history. In the 17th century, the Puritans had laws forbidding t ... Read »


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    • Codex Alimentarius

    • The Codex Alimentarius (Latin for "Food Code") is a collection of internationally recognized standards, codes of practice, guidelines, and other recommendations relating to foods, food production, and food safety. Its name is derived from the Codex Alimentarius Austriacus. Its texts are developed and maintained by the ... Read »


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    • Congolese unification

    • Republic of the Congo–Democratic Republic of the Congo relations

      Congolese unification refers to the potential future unification of the Republic of the Congo (capital: Brazzaville) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (capital: Kinshasa) under a single government. The two Congos share many ethnic groups, an official language (French) and national languages (Lingala, Kituba, Kongo) ... Read »


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    • Corngate

    • Corngate

      Leader of the Labour Party Leader of the Opposition Prime Minister of New Zealand Administrator of the UN Development Programme General elections Cultural depictions "Corngate" was a political scandal which took place in New Zealand in 2002 and involved the suspected release of genetically modified corn seed in ... Read »


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    • Criticism of Confucius Institutes

    • The Confucius Institute (CI) program, which began establishing centers for Chinese language instruction in 2004, has been the subject of criticisms, concerns, and controversies during its international expansion. Many such concerns stem from the CI's relationship to Chinese Communist Party authorities, giving rise to ... Read »


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    • Debate regarding child pornography laws

    • While laws criminalizing child sexual abuse now exist in all countries of the world, more diversity of views exists on questions like exactly how young those depicted in pornography should be allowed to be, whether the mere possession of child pornography should be a crime, or whether sentences for such possession shou ... Read »


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    • Destruction of cultural heritage by ISIL

    • Deliberate destruction and theft of cultural heritage has been conducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant since 2014 in Iraq, Syria, and to a lesser extent in Libya. The destruction targets various places of worship under ISIL control and ancient historical artifacts. In Iraq, between the fall of Mosul in Ju ... Read »


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    • East Turkestan independence movement

    • The East Turkestan independence movement (ETIM) is a broad term that refers to advocates of an independent, self-governing East Turkestan in the region now known as Xinjiang, an autonomous region in the People's Republic of China. The name "East Turkestan" was created by the Russian Sinologist Nikita Bichurin to r ... Read »


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    • 2011 attack on the Israeli Embassy in Egypt

    • 2011 attack on the Israeli Embassy in Egypt

      On 9 September 2011, several thousand protesters forcibly entered the Israeli embassy in Giza, Greater Cairo, after breaking down a recently constructed wall built to protect the compound. The protesters later broke into a police station and stole weapons, resulting in police using tear gas in an attempt to protect the ... Read »


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    • Femen

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      Femen (Ukrainian: Фемен), stylized as FEMEN, is a radical feminist activist group intended to protect women's rights. The organization became internationally known for organizing controversialtopless protests against sex tourism, religious institutions, sexism, homophobia and other social, national and i ... Read »


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    • German nationalism in Austria

    • German nationalism (German: Deutschnationalismus) is a political ideology and historical current in Austrian politics. It arose in the 19th century as a nationalist movement amongst the German-speaking population of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It favours close ties with Germany, which it views as the nation-state for ... Read »


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    • Hamas–UNRWA Holocaust dispute


    • Politics of Harry Potter

    • There are many published theories about politics in the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling, which range from them containing criticism of racism to anti-government sentiments. According to Inside Higher Ed, doctoral theses have been devoted to the Harry Potter books. There are also several university courses centred o ... Read »


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    • Hindi–Urdu controversy


    • Human overpopulation

    • Human overpopulation occurs when the ecological footprint of a human population in a specific geographical location exceeds the carrying capacity of the place occupied by that group. Overpopulation can further be viewed, in a long term perspective, as existing when a population cannot be maintained given the rapid depl ... Read »


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    • Iran hostage crisis

    • Iran hostage crisis

      Hostages released by Algiers Accords  Iran The Iran hostage crisis was a diplomatic standoff between Iran and the United States. Fifty-two American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981 after a group of Iranian students belonging to the Muslim Student Foll ... Read »


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    • 1998 killing of Iranian diplomats in Afghanistan

    • The 1998 killing of Iranian diplomats in Afghanistan refers to the siege of the Iranian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan during the Taliban and Northern Alliance battles of Mazar-i-Sharif. Initially the death of 8 Iranian diplomats was reported, but later two other diplomats and a journalist were also confirmed ... Read »


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    • Iraq Inquiry

    • Date Hearings: 24 November 2009 (2009-11-24) – 2 February 2011
      Report: 6 July 2016 Location London, United Kingdom Also known as Chilcot Inquiry (or Report) Participants
    • Iraq Inquiry

      The Iraq Inquiry (also referred to as the Chilcot Inquiry after its chairman, Sir John Chilcot) is a British public inquiry into the nation's role in the Iraq War. The inquiry was announced in 2009 by Prime Minister Gordon Brown and published in 2016 with a public statement by Chilcot. On 6 July 2016, Sir John Chilcot ... Read »


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    • Japanese succession controversy

    • The Japanese succession controversy refers to desires to change the laws of succession to the Japanese Throne, which is currently limited to males of the Japanese Imperial Family. Traditionally, the imperial throne was passed on under custom which resembled the rule of agnatic seniority. Theoretically, any male or ... Read »


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    • Kaliningrad question

    • Kaliningrad question, or Königsberg question, is a political question concerning the return of Kaliningrad oblast to Germany, from the Russian Federation. The question is mostly hypothetical, as the current German government has stated it has no claim to it. Still, some consider its status as a Russian territory to ... Read »


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    • Karelian question

    • The Karelian question or Karelian issue (Finnish: Karjala-kysymys) is a dispute in Finnish politics over whether or not to try to regain sovereignty over Finnish Karelia and other territories ceded to the Soviet Union in the Winter War and the Continuation War. Despite the name "Karelian question", the term may refer a ... Read »


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    • Kinder der Landstrasse

    • Kinder der Landstrasse (literally: Children of the Country Road) was a project of the Swiss foundation Pro Juventute that ended in the 1970s. The focus of the project was, in part, to "equalize" the Yenish culture in Switzerland by removing about 590 children from their parents. From 1926 to 1973, the Swiss govern ... Read »


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    • 1984 Libyan hostage incident

    • The Libyan hostage situation began on the morning of the murder of WPC Fletcher, 17 April 1984 and lasted until 5 February 1985 (294 days). In accordance with the hostage release agreement, reporting on the incident was restricted until the fall of Gadaffi in 2011. March 1984 Four Libyan nationals were arrested o ... Read »


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    • Controversy of The MDNA Tour

    • American singer Madonna has created a large amount of controversy with The MDNA Tour. It is her ninth concert tour which supports her twelfth studio album, MDNA (2012). The tour has generated many newspaper headlines and news coverage for its use of fake firearms during performances, Madonna's nudity on stage, and her ... Read »


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    • 2007 Morocco–Spain diplomatic conflict


    • Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012

    • The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10354), informally known as the Reproductive Health Law or RH Law, is a law in the Philippines, which guarantees universal access to methods on contraception, fertility control, sexual education, and maternal care. While there is general ... Read »


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    • Tibetan sovereignty debate

    • The Tibetan sovereignty debate refers to two political debates. The first is whether the various territories within the People's Republic of China (PRC) that are claimed as political Tibet should separate and become a new sovereign state. Many of the points in the debate rest on a second debate, about whether Tibet was ... Read »


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    • Unification of Romania and Moldova

    • The unification of Romania and Moldova (Romanian: Unirea Republicii Moldova cu România) was a popular concept in the two countries in late 1980s, during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The Romanian Revolution in 1989 and the independence of Moldova in 1991 further contributed to the development of a movement fo ... Read »


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    • United States beef imports in Japan

    • US beef imports in Japan were a contentious issue after BSE was detected among cattle in the US. In late 2003, Japan suspended all imports of American beef due to a single BSE case in Washington. Japan had been the largest export market for US beef, valued at $1.2 billion in 2003. In December 2005, Japan agreed to rem ... Read »


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    • United States beef imports in South Korea

    • U.S. beef imports in South Korea made up a $504 million industry for the American beef industry in 2010. The import of U.S. beef was banned in 2003 in South Korea and in other nations after a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy was discovered in the United States. At the time, South Korea was the third-largest pur ... Read »


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    • United States beef imports in Taiwan

    • The status of United States beef imports has been an issue in Taiwan–United States relations. Controversy has centered on cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE; commonly known as mad cow disease), and the use of ractopamine as an additive in feeds. The conflict was sometimes called the "beef war" in the ... Read »


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    • Winterval

    • Winterval was a season of public events in Birmingham, England organised by Birmingham City Council in each of two consecutive winters: first from 20 November to 31 December 1997, and then again from mid-October 1998 to mid-January 1999. The intention was to encourage people into the newly rejuvenated city centre, with ... Read »


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    • Zhou Yongjun incident

    • The Zhou Yongjun incident was a political controversy which involved the rendition of Zhou Yongjun (周勇军), a former student activist during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, by the Hong Kong authorities to the People's Republic of China. Zhou attempted to enter Hong Kong from the United States via Ma ... Read »


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