Questions tagged [assassinations]

Refers to either the murder of a head of state, or a state sanctioned murder of a political dissident. Use in either context with the appropriate country tags.

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Why is it a bad idea to hire a hitman to eliminate most corrupt politicians? [closed]

According to an article I read recently (I could not find it though), the easiest way to take down a big authority is by cutting the head - meaning the uppermost level of control of that authority - ...
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How does the Turkish government have an audio recording of Jamal Khashoggi's killing? [closed]

The Turkish government has an audio recording of Jamal Khashoggi's killing in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. How did the Turkish government obtain this recording? Do they have the consulate bugged? ...
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What options does the US have in response to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi?

The explanation by the Saudi's have been ever changing. First it was a flat denial of his death, now they've acknowledged it once video evidence was presented the the Turkish media. Saudi Arabia ...
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Why raise so much fuss about the Skripal poisoning?

On the surface, the Skripal poisoning seems like a minor issue on the scale of international politics: a couple of Russian secret service agents poison a couple of Russian citizens in their UK home. ...
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Why has Israel not expelled Russian diplomats in response to the Skripal poisoning?

The US and more than 20 other countries have expelled Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal. As of this writing, Israel has not expelled any Russian ...
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What could the UK stand to gain from the attempted assassination of ex-spy Skripal? [closed]

Russia has been accused by the UK to be responsible for the alleged chemical attack on Sergey Skripal, but has officially and vehemently denied any involvement. Moreover, Russian government officials ...
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Skripal vs. Castro poisonings, international law

Theresa May says the March 4 attack on Sergei Skripal is a "flagrant breach of international law and the chemical weapons convention." Would the (alleged) (attempted) Castro poisoning breach the ...
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What would the Kremlin stand to gain from killing the ex-spy Sergey Skripal?

What would the Kremlin stand to gain from assassinating the ex-spy Sergey Skripal, now critically ill after being poisoned on March 4th 2018 with a nerve agent?
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Why are states purportedly performing assassinations with chemical and radioactive weapons?

Purportedly the Russian state assassinated Alexander Litvinenko by poisoning with him with: radioactive polonium-210, believed to have been administered in a cup of tea Alexander Litvinenko: ...
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Do political assassinations and attempts correlate with portions of the political spectrum?

Do political assassins and would be assassins tend to cluster on portions of the political spectrum? Those from the USA in particular, but assuming there isn't enough data, a worldwide answer may be ...