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Questions about the meaning of political symbols.

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Why there isn't a symbol that represents Socialism?

While Communism has a very well known and used symbol (hammer and sickle), Socialism doesn't. Even though Communism and Socialism are somewhat similar they aren't the same, so why doesn't Socialism ...
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Why the candles in candlelight vigils? [closed]

Hundreds Gather At ‘Stop Asian Hate’ Candlelight Vigil In Alhambra In today's world it's surely easy to have illumination at night, so there should be no need for candlelight vigils when one could ...
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Decoding certain customized annotations in political signage, do these symbols have any emerging specific connotations?

ABC News' GOP warns HR 1 could be 'absolutely devastating for Republicans' discusses several measures by different parties and at different levels to make voting easier or harder for some. The caption ...
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What is the function and significance of this “House Office Bldg. 6” token? Is there some special significance?

The last image in Business Insider's 12 Republicans voted against giving medals to Capitol police officers, 2 of whom died after the insurrection is that of US House of Representatives member John ...
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What is the significance of the light blue “ribbon” style lapel pins worn by Cuomo and Schumer?

I saw this photo of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Chuck Schumer, both of them are wearing the same or similar lapel pins: There was no date given for the picture. The other people visible in the ...
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What's the red, white and blue (with stars) banner that Trump was using on the stage in his election campaign?

During election campaign rallys, Trump was always on stages decorated with a red-white-blue-white-red banner with white stars on the blue part. I of course know that's the US colors and the stars are ...
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Why don't national leaders wear their national costume more often?

Example: the national costume of Malaysia for men is the Baju Melayu. The current Malaysian Prime Minister is Muhyiddin Yassin. Googling for images of him, we find lots of photos of him in a suit and ...
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Where do the democratic and republican matched animal logos come from?

The democrats are commonly represented by a donkey and the republicans by an elephant and there's many articles that will explain which cartoonist created the associations in the 1870s. What I haven't ...
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What's the meaning of a golden border around an open letter in Canada?

Yesterday, a group of parliamentarians and former Canadian diplomats wrote a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, urging the release of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. The letter features the ...
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What is the deal with national birds across European countries?

Yesterday congress of Czech second-biggest political party ODS took place. On one of the vice-chairman positions were elected Alexandr Vondra. In his candidate speech, he mentioned that from all ...
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Donkey as Democratic Party symbolic animal

How come the US Democratic Party is OK with being associated with a donkey? Couldn't they push for a more flattering animal? An elephant has stronger positive connotations. Couldn't they try to be ...
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What does this symbol (Turkish coat of arms) mean?

Can you tell me what the symbol below means? I would like to know more about it. Tell me everything about every one piece.
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What is the significance of Macron's proposed status change to the European Flag, and what steps would be needed to make this a reality?

President Macron said he wants to officially recognize the status of flag of Europe (my translation). Does this mean that the flag has been decorative only up until now? What would officially ...
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What is this lapel pin insignia Steve Bannon is wearing?

What organization is represented by this pin insignia? There appears to be three slightly different designs. It is worn by Steve Bannon, the former Breitbart editor and current trump advisor, during a ...
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What is the significance of a black and white Union Jack?

Recently, I was in Levanto on the Italian coast between Genoa and La Spezia, when I noticed, flying above an apartment building, a Union Jack in which the red and blue sections had been replaced with ...
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Who decides which US Flag design will be used when additional states are admitted?

In the question If Puerto Rico becomes the 51st U.S state, would the U.S flag be altered to include 51 stars?, it was pointed out that there have already been several proposed designs for a 51 Star US ...
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Why is banning communism symbols so hard to achieve as opposed to banning of Nazi symbols?

NOTE: to narrow down the question, I will make the following narrowing: Nazi symbols: salute and the swastika used in clear connection to Nazi (i.e. not this one) Communist symbols: hammer and sickle ...
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What is this blue badge that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe likes to wear?

After seeing a picture on Donald Trump's Twitter featuring Shinzo Abe and then visiting the Wikipedia page about Shinzo Abe, I noticed in the two pictures he's wearing the same two badges on his suit ...
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What are the flags beside the US flag at Trump's inauguration day?

What are the flags beside the US flag at Trump's inauguration (marked by an arrow in the picture below)?
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What is this symbol doing on Donald Trump's podium?

So, I noticed during the recent press conference that Donald Trump appears to have a symbol on his podium. It roughly looks like this symbol: In Britain, this is a common road sign, seen on one-way ...
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Union Flag After Scottish Independence [closed]

If Scotland votes to break away from the United Kingdom, which seems more likely after the Brexit vote, what will happen to the Union flag? I don't think many people would like to see the lack of blue ...
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Is there a symbol for Democracy or Democratic Republic?

Is there a symbol or flag for Democracy or a Democratic Republic? This would be something general, not for a political party or country (unless the country happened to adopt a general symbol).
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Did Hezbollah ever have a flag with a nuclear mushroom cloud on it?

In this video Salman Rushdie claims Hezbollah and Hamas was using mushroom clouds as their flag (1:31). Christopher Hitchens claims the Hezbollah's party symbol and flag was a mushroom cloud in Beirut ...