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Was there another time where a Western country recalled its diplomats from the U.S.?

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-09-17/france-recalls-u-s-australian-ambassadors-over-submarine-row France recalled its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia in a diplomatic slap intended ...
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Why is the West concerned about the enforcement of certain attire on women in Afghanistan but unconcerned about similar European policy?

France, Canada and other countries have introduced hijab bans - bans on essential Islamic dress that hijab-practicing Muslim women cannot appear in public without. Adding to this the proposed values ...
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What did the Western Governments expect to happen in Afghanistan?

A number of western leaders, particularly in the US, have said they were surprised by the rapidity of the Taliban's success over the last 2 weeks. For example, the Pentagon's top military officer, ...
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Did all European countries choose to evacuate their diplomats from Afghanistan?

According to xinhuanet.com: BRUSSELS, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- More European countries said on Monday that they were evacuating embassy staff and nationals from Afghanistan following the latest ...
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Do someone know book, this page is taken from? [closed]

I've found a screenshot from some(western?) political comic book, but cannot understand what's this: Do someone know the origin and what's this about?
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How to differentiate propaganda from actual news in a democratic country?

As I've understood, propaganda can still be produced in democratic countries, and potentially can be used to target a domestic audience. But I presume that being able to differentiate propaganda from ...
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Can propaganda be present/produced in democratic countries?

I'm used to hear opinions, that, for example, RT is "Russian propaganda" and "Global Times" is Chinese propaganda. In general, according to this point of view, propaganda is a mark ...
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How it is determined, if some country is democratic? [closed]

It's interesting for me, how it is decided by western community. For example, we have country "A" (imagine, parliament republic), which holds elections. Note also, that it's not about "...
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How to differ "angry mobs" from "fighters for freedom"? [closed]

I'm looking at those images and cannot understand how western correspondents (for example), differ "lawful use of force" from "unlawful use of force" (on the last image). 2020, US: ...
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Is the prevalence of racial arguments unique to US politics or is it a topic in other Western countries as well?

It seems that in the United States, much of politics is currently focused around the subject of racism. Many issues are rephrased as racism issues - infrastructure, healthcare, policing... Now I'm not ...
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Is the West hoarding Covid-19 vaccines?

I read in the news that some organizations/poorer countries have been complaining that western countries are hoarding the Covid 19 vaccines. I have doubts about how true this is. True, some countries ...
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Is making compromises a Western concept?

In this WSJ article, Chun Seong-whun (a former South Korean national-security official) is quoted saying “Making compromises is a Western concept. North Korea has long exploited that.” Is it true ...
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Any concrete information about Ukrainian reforms, necessary for NATO?

There was a NATO summit some days ago, in Brussels. It confirmed a decision towards Ukraine being a NATO member. Article 69 of the joint Communiqué defines specific steps Ukraine has to take in order ...
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Why there is nearly no international community response to Colombia protests?

Protests in Colombia are going on since 27 April 2021. There is even an wiki article about it, showing widespread police violence and many victims: The protesters want the riot police to be disbanded ...
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Why does the US need to spy on its allies?

Recently, I've read about the NSA (the US National Security Agency) spying on European leaders - Angela Merkel in particular. But this is highly unusual for me. I can understand the US spying on its ...
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Does freedom of speech mean freedom to mock everything? [closed]

It's widely known that in most western countries, it's allowed to mock religion - because of freedom of speech. Does freedom of speech allow one to mock everything, or are there taboo subjects that ...
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Has there been any research conducted to understand the motivation behind discrete murders in France? [closed]

there had been numerous cases of knife attacks and stabbing sprees in France. A few days ago, there had been an attack in Paris. Has there been any research conducted to understand the motivation ...
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Have fake-news regulations in the Western world lead to the backfire effect?

To my knowledge, anti-fake news laws being implemented in France, Germany and Singapore in the Western world. Many studies like this one mention the psychological studies which acknowledge the ...
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Why did Putin allow Alexey Navalny to be transferred from Russia to Germany? [closed]

Alexey Navalny, Russia's (Putin's) opposition leader, was transferred yesterday from Siberia to Berlin for emergency treatment (for a suspected poisoning). Russian doctors permitted him to be ...
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Does/can the West manipulate Russian politics? [closed]

Russia is said to be involved in the manipulation of the elections and politics of various countries in the West. Did the West ever manipulate Russian politics? Is the West able to manipulate Russian ...
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What caused the shift from "flattening the curve" to disease eradication in Western societies? [closed]

Back in the middle of March, lockdowns were advertised as a way of "flattening the curve": As the spread of the coronavirus continues, everyone from the medical community to government ...
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Are there any polls explicitly measuring "quarantine fatigue" in Western countries?

There are numerous articles talking about how people are tired of staying in lockdown: As Greece enters its third week since restrictive measures were first imposed to combat the spread of ...
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Have non-health government officials in Western countries (besides the US) publicly pushed for specific medications for Covid-19 contra PH officials?

There has been some level disagreement publicly aired in the US between Trump/Navarro and Fauci on the use of hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19. The president and his allies, however, have continued to ...
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Why is the lack of seasonal agricultural workers considered a problem given the high unemployment rate in every Western country?

Currently farmers in Western countries are warning governments that without foreign workers their fields will be impossible to harvest: “We are in need of a lot of foreign workers,” Eystein Ruud, a ...
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Why do Western countries seem to be less efficient than Asian countries in fighting against COVID-19?

So far it appears that Western countries especially in Europe (e.g. Italy, Spain, UK, France, Germany) struggle to curb the spread of COVID-19. This is in contrast to most Asian countries (China, ...
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Are there oligarchs in Western countries?

Why do I see the term 'oligarch' almost exclusively applied to Eastern European countries? Are there oligarchs in the European Union, the United States? As I understand it, an oligarch is a wealthy ...
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Do countries other than the US have politically appointed ambassadors?

I read this question about US ambassadors being appointed without any formal career in the field but because of donations for a campaign. Apparently in the US there are more or less two ways to be ...
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What is the least divided country, politically?

The United States is thought of as a divided country based on numerous studies, and the trend seems to be getting worse (more divided). Are there any westernized, Democratic, and free societies that ...
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Why has the Tibetan cause gained more traction in the West, than other similar causes?

There are many other suppressed people in the world and many other causes, some of which are arguably more pressing, than Tibet. Yet public opinion in the West is uniquely focused on Tibet. The ...
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Terrorist vs Lone wolf

There is a recurring narrative in the Muslim majority countries which essentially says this: When some non-Muslims are actors of a terror attack, the attacker(s) is mostly not called a terrorist ...
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Are there any restrictions to the claims politicians can make?

So I saw this morning that Donald Trump (US president) claimed the US would be at war with North Korea by now if he hadn't been elected. This made me wonder if there are any restrictions on what a ...
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Yemen - why isn't the West distancing itself from the blockade?

This question really isn't about the airstrikes and civilian casualties. Nor it is about the arms sales to Saudi Arabia. These are real concerns, but similar to those found in many other conflicts. ...
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Are many laws adopted with unscientific (pseudoscientific or untested) foundations? [closed]

I often saw many laws in various countries were adopted because various premises, like religious, national (which in mostly are not national, but those the one want to be national) or simply they ...
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Can a Western democracy prevent private groups from using the country’s name/purporting to represent that country e.g. at the World Cup?

In this question about countries boycotting the World Cup, it was pointed out in several answers, quite correctly, that the national football leagues in question aren’t government agencies and the ...
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Why didn't Western countries boycott the 2018 World Cup?

According to this article Russian government believes that 2018 World Cup will help Russian economy on the medium term: a survey by the Russian government last week. It said the World Cup's boost ...
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As of 2018, why did Putin get involved in Syria? [duplicate]

When Russia first got involved in Syria, a few points came in my mind: To distract the international community from Crimean annexation. To secure a naval base in Syria so that they can get involve in ...
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What does the Assad regime gain from the use of "chemical weapons" on Syrian civilians? [duplicate]

What does Assad hope to gain from the use of these so called chemical weapons that the west is claiming he's using on his people? To me it would only make things worse for his regime and give even ...
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Why hasn't there been a stronger push for a job guarantee program, versus UBI?

Universal basic income as a 'fix' for poverty/unemployment seems to get passed around now and again in the west, but doesn't seem to ever have even a remote chance of being implemented outside of ...
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Why don't Western countries penalize Chinese companies in the same way that China restricts Western companies working on its territory?

Some examples: China bans foreign entities from owning land, currency restrictions make it hard for companies to move funds abroad, Chinese companies are known for violating patents, and finally the ...
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Why don't Western powers support Bashar al-Assad since it now became clear most of the opposition is not in support of democratic government?

In the beginning of the Syrian Civil War the Western powers supported the Syrian opposition on principles of democracy and self-determination. However 6 years later it's now clear that most of the ...
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What would happen if a (democratic) government does not honour a court ruling?

What would happen if a government does not honor a ruling made by a judge? An example would be US President Trump's Travel Ban, which was recently suspended entirely by a federal judge. Note: This ...
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What would happen if all the Western states imposed embargo on the products from China? [closed]

Donald Trump's protectionism is certainly controversial but to at least some degree, all the Western states lead a similar politics towards the North Korea, Cuba or Russia. China, on the other hand, ...
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Why and since when did Russia stop integrating itself into the Western community?

After the downfall of the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation was on its way to integrating itself into the Western community politically, economically and socially (by Western World I mean the so-...
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Why are most Islamic countries less democratic/more corrupt than most Western countries? [closed]

Why are most Islamic governments, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, less democratic and more corrupt than most Christian-aligned countries particularly in the West?
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Why did western allies oppose Japan while fighting the Axis in Europe? [closed]

Several western Allied governments placed embargoes on Japan in response to its actions in China. I assume, though I'm not certain, that it contributed to Japan's decision to declare war against the ...
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Stepping up military action against Syria or writing a letter to the youth? [closed]

Which approach - in the aftermath of Paris terror attacks- is more likely to successes in the fight against terror? After the terrifying terror attacks in Paris, the common reaction of western ...
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Approaches to increase the voter turnout

Over the last 40 years, voter turnout has been steadily declining in the established democracies. This trend has been significant in the United States, Western Europe, Japan and Latin America. It has ...
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Are Kurds hostile to the west?

Compared to other ethnic groups in the middle east, are Kurds hostile towards the west (Australia in particular)? I don't mean annoyed or disappointed or exasperated by the west's betrayal or lack of ...
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Is opposition to vaccination correlated with other political beliefs?

The article Debate over vaccine requirements forges strange alliance states that opposition to vaccination (or government-mandated vaccination) doesn't seem to be a Democrat versus Republican, or ...