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Is the Roman Curia behind the conflict in Ukraine?

After the East-West Schism the Roman Curia was formed. The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church was formed while what is now western Ukraine was in Catholic Polish territory. This new church has been ...
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Ukraine-Russia - Do relevant world organizations provide an effective negotiation-center for this one, or have a suitable focus on doing so? [closed]

Ukraine-Russia - Do relevant world organizations provide an effective negotiation-center for this one, or have a suitable focus on doing so ? Maybe the core features of a negotiation-center, would be -...
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If a NATO country starts a war, does the other NATO countries also enter the war [duplicate]

Ok, so I know that if a NATO country is attacked then so is all of the other NATO countries. But if a NATO country decides to enter another war between two countries, aiding one side, Does the rest ...
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Why Russia is not launching another attack from the north on Ukraine? [closed]

Recently, Russia has made progress in the war in the eastern four provinces of Ukraine. However, what puzzles me is why Russia is not launching further offensives near Belgorod and Kharkiv, leaving ...
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Does an occupying power have an obligation to feed the civilian population?

Let's say one country's army occupies some disputed territory, but they'd don't particularly like the population presently living there. And let's say that no international/foreign organization has an ...
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Two years after the breakout of Ukraine war, is/how is Russia successful in sustaining its economy (now even growing?) and the war?

Since 2022, Russia has received huge amount of Western economic sanctions. The war itself is money-burning. I understand that war may stimulate military-related economy as explained in this VOA ...
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Seizing Russian assets [closed]

In the liberal media, one now frequently hears a droning argument that the West should seize Russian assets to further fund the Ukraine war or to provide capital for reconstruction. As well as the ...
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Does CNN regularly report on the ongoing war at the Israel's north border?

It's been asked in an fairly upvoted answer (because that's the new style here of answering questions) do the "left-wing" media regularly report on the ongoing war at the Israel's north ...
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Have Palestinian militant groups used rape as a weapon of war before 2023?

It has been widely reported that Hamas engaged in widespread sexual violence on October 7th. Hamas however denies these claims and they have been been criticized by some independent sources (1, 2, 3). ...
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Examples of military operations that Israel could have followed after October 7?

Many of those who have little tolerance for Hamas, or even agree that it should be dismantled, still disagree with the way Israel is doing it. While the shortcomings/evils of the Israeli actions in ...
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Why does Ukraine deny responsibility for attacks on Russia?

What is the reasoning behind Ukraine denying (or refusing to accept) responsibility for attacks and incidents of sabotage in Russia? From a recent article: There was no immediate comment from ...
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Why doesn't Ukraine run more guerrilla attacks in Russia? [closed]

Ukraine does not appear to be doing much guerrilla warfare in Russia. Although such attacks are likely to darken the image of Ukraine in Russia, it is not particularly good anyway. Additionally, ...
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Is destroying civilian infrastructure to create a "buffer zone" a war crime?

Recently, over 20 Israeli soldiers died in Gaza while they were destroying civilian infrastructure and residential areas with the intention of creating a "buffer zone" in Gaza, ostensibly to ...
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Are there any major organizations or individuals in China who have expressed pro-Ukranian views in their current conflict?

In the current Russia-Ukraine war, China has professed neutrality but articles like this and this suggest that support for Russia is high amongst its citizens along with soft support from the Chinese ...
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Why does the US insist on a two-state solution despite both parties being uninterested?

There is ample evidence suggesting that that both Palestine and Israel are opposed to a two-state solution. Despite this, the US is insisting on the need for a two-state solution to the conflict, ...
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What is the exit strategy of the west (US, EU, Britain, else) who are invested in the current Ukranian conflict for their own politcal interests? [closed]

Ukraine has politically banned any peace negotiations with Putin (see "Zelensky signs law that rules out Ukraine peace talks with Putin as ‘impossible’"). But Musk recently blogged: "...
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What could Russia hope to gain by continuing their war against Ukraine?

I'm struggling to understand what Russia hopes to gain by continuing the war. In my understanding, if Russia somehow "won" (I appreciate there are different ways of thinking about what ...
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Are the strikes against Yemen ordered by President Biden unconstitutional?

The U.S. and British forces have launched a massive retaliatory strike against the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen (1/12/2024). The military response by the U.S. and U.K. comes after a series of drone ...
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What makes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict exceptional? [duplicate]

I think many people agree that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is exceptional - in terms of the media and public attention it attracts, as well as in terms of the passions it arouses. However it is ...
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How much autonomy does the Israeli Army have from the War Cabinet?

The announcement followed remarks by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, from Amman, that Israel would soon announce the beginning of the third phase. This suggests that Washington has begun to ...
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Where does ICRC's Customary International Humanitarian Law come from?

It is not infrequent that rules of war are not found in the Geneva Conventions, as expected, but rather in the International Committee of the Red Cross's online database: For example, there are Geneva ...
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How did Arab media report the events of the Hamas attack on Israel?

The Wiki article in Arabic about October 7th (linked is a Google translation) is notable for portraying the attack as a purely military operation and avoids any discussions of the crimes against ...
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Independent confirmations of the Israeli project for resettlement of Gazans

The Times of Israel reports in Israel in talks with Congo and other countries on Gaza ‘voluntary migration’ plan that members of the Israeli government are arguing for resettlement of Gazans in ...
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Did Israel provide a way for Hamas to surrender?

Israel has a vastly more capable military than Hamas and it's inevitable that they'll eventually crush them in the battlefield and takeover Gaza. But did Israel express any desire for Hamas to just... ...
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Threats by MRBMs / IRBMs in the 1960s and now

Graham T. Allison explains in Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis: First, consider the brute facts. For a combination of technical and budgetary reasons, the Soviet government ...
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Were the unarmed young adult conscripts killed on October 7th considered civilians under international law?

It is my understanding that in Israel, most young people are required to serve in the IDF as conscripts for a number of years and are eligible to be called up for reserve duty for a number of years ...
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Did Sarkozy scupper his own peace plan in re Georgia (2008)?

The Guardian quotes a response to Sarkozy's remarks on Ukraine: Responding to Sarkozy’s Ukraine remarks, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the former Estonian president, used even less diplomatic language to ...
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Reasons for high number of casualties in 2023 Israel-Hamas war

The ongoing Israel-Hamas war results in a much higher number of Palestinian casualties than previous conflicts: nearly 19,000 Palestinians are killed (according to the Hamas run Gaza Health Ministry), ...
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What do we know about Hamas’s abuse of the Gazan population?

A ynetnews.com opinion piece reads: The claim "ethnic cleansing" also lacks a basis in reality. Those learned academicians base their claim on the removal of civilians in Gaza from the ...
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Data on Palestinian and Israeli casualties by years

I am looking for data on Palestinian and Israeli casualties in the past - from 1948 (creation of Israel) or earlier to our days, preferably in a downloadable form. One of the questions that I find ...
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What is the reason for the alleged heavy casualties in the Russian Armed Forces?

Acoording to the CNN, Russia has lost 87% of troops it had prior to start of Ukraine war: Russia has lost a staggering 87 percent of the total number of active-duty ground troops it had prior to ...
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Is this scheme for enforcing a cease-fire viable?

Suppose two countries are at war and consider a cease-fire, but each country suspects that the other country would break the cease-fire unilaterally, e.g. by firing ground-ground missiles. One could ...
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What were these two convicted Russian officers in charge of, more exactly? Any similar cases ongoing?

Kommersant reports that a couple of Russian officers (one LtC, one major) were sentence to 4 years in prison in Russia for failing to stop a Tochka-U strike on a Russian base in March or April 2022 (...
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Has any Western country in the (say) last 25 years threaten to retaliate militarily when a vessel not navigating under its flag was attacked?

Relating to the various attacks/seizures at sea in recent years, it seems to me Western countries draw a line between vessels formally navigating under flag of country X and those just owned by ...
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Are there any wars other than the 2023 Israel-Hamas War that are named after a country and a political party?

Background The 2023 Israel–Hamas war is referred to in the Western media as "the Israel-Hamas war". All Western commentators I've seen, including military experts, journalists, and political ...
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Did the deaths of Russian generals previously have any measurable impact on the war in Ukraine?

Ukrainska Pravda recently reported on the death of another Russian major general: Russia has confirmed the death of Major General Vladimir Zavadsky in the war in Ukraine. He was blown up by a mine. ...
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Have UN forces ever successfully defended a region?

One suggested solution for the Gaza strip, once Hamas is eliminated, is to put it under UN control. The suggestion was made by Germany: “internationalization of Gaza under the umbrella of the United ...
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What was the selection criteria for people Russia judges in the "Azov trial"?

Based on Western media, it seems to me they are judging pretty insignificant cases like cooks (of the battalion) and what not. I do recall that Russia even exchanged some Azov combat personnel ...
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Approximately how many civilian deaths were caused by Bashar al-Assad's regime in the Syrian civil war?

According to Wikipedia, the war started In March 2011, violence in the war peaked during 2012–2017, and the situation still remains a crisis, with 12 million Syrians remained forcibly displaced in the ...
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Has Israel, or anyone else, confirmed the Hamas claim that some hostages have been killed by Israel's bombing attack?

Hamas says 60 hostages killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza Strip since Oct. 7: Hamas’s armed wing, Al-Qassam Brigades, said Saturday that 60 Israeli hostages have been killed in Israeli airstrikes ...
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How many Americans support leveling Gaza? [closed]

This is from Oct 11, but oddly of [perhaps more] relevance [these days]: “Level the place!” the senator said of Gaza in a Fox News interview in mid-October. He appeared to say it was okay to attack ...
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Do negotiations, especially concerning humanitarian concerns, ever include third party "witnesses"?

According to Netanyahu, Hamas refused an offer of fuel for the hospital. Hamas on the other hand claims Gazans don't have fuel for hospitals. Netanyahu: Hamas refused Israeli fuel offer for Gaza's ...
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Does international law hold an Army accountable for killings done by other groups during a military attack?

Consider a situation where a country is partially occupied by another. An army unit strikes across a border town of the occupying force. Their military objective is to destroy an enemy defensive unit, ...
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Has support for providing more help to Ukraine (so they might win the war) tanked in Europe too, after the fizzled counter-offensive of this summer?

Time wrote on Nov 1 Public support for aid to Ukraine has been in decline for months in the U.S., and Zelensky’s visit did nothing to revive it. Some 41% of Americans want Congress to provide more ...
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What methods do experts use to determine if civilian casualties in a conflict are excessive (or not)?

I read (recently) for example that: Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) [...] stressed that such ...
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What is the purpose of observers within a war cabinet?

During the 2023 Israel–Hamas War, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a war cabinet of the following composition.[40][41] 3 full members: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Minister of Defense ...
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Have the UK government explained exactly why a march for peace in Gaza on Armistice Day would be disrespectful?

It is reported that various members of the UK government consider a march calling for peace in Gaza planned in London on Saturday 11 November disrespectful. However, while there are multiple quotes ...
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What is the status of civilians occupying territories in a war, under international conventions?

Consider wars in which civilian population of an occupying country move into occupied land. For example, Russian population moving into Crimea, Mariupol or other Ukrainian territories. Israeli ...
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Are there any post-counteroffensive polls in Ukraine on war fatigue?

I don’t think it’s controversial to say that the Ukrainian counteroffensive has failed this summer, with Russia gaining territory in the eastern part of the frontlines. Have there been any reliable ...
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What benefits does Israel's new "unity government" bring?

Israel was pretty deeply divided politically (most notably over the highly controversial Supreme Court reforms) before the Oct 7, 2023 attacks by Hamas shocked the country. Shortly thereafter, a Unity ...
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