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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?

"Houthi–Saudi Arabian conflict" is the current title of a Wikipedia page. The Houthis are only a faction in Yemen, but they claim to be the legitimate government, IIRC. Their own wiki page ...
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Why is the Swiss Political Model not Replicated / Proposed Elsewhere?

Don't forget extreme federalism, a key feature of the Swiss model I would add at least one more key element of the Swiss model, which is that it is a federal system that pushes political authority for ...
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Besides Jamaica, are there other countries where a "Labour" (or Workers' etc.) party is actually right-wing/conservative?

Up until very recently, the Brazilian Labour Party would have fit these criteria; despite the name suggesting a left-wing ideology, the party pivoted right in recent years. In November 2023, it merged ...
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Which countries (besides China) have called for an "immediate ceasefire" in Gaza?

Here are the countries I found so far. I turned this answer into a community wiki, so feel free to add other countries you find. Country Date calling for ceasefire Russia October 7 2023 Brazil ...
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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?

Here is a good site enumerating the way wars in history have been named previously: https://www.historyguy.com/naming_of_wars.htm In brief these are the 10 different ways wars tend to get named. A ...
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Why is the Swiss Political Model not Replicated / Proposed Elsewhere?

TLDR: This answer isn't saying referendums are always bad. Only that they are not always good, and no, there is not always a magic way to unwind bad ones before they do real harm. Like most complex ...
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Which European countries have laws that closely resemble the Russian law against discrediting the armed forces?

Belarus. Reuters (2023-03-10): Under another change approved by Lukashenko on Thursday, anybody found guilty of "discrediting" the Belarusian armed forces will face a jail term. The ...
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Besides Jamaica, are there other countries where a "Labour" (or Workers' etc.) party is actually right-wing/conservative?

In Portugal, the PSD (Partido Social Democrata, Social Democratic Party) is the main centre-right party, with 77 seats in the current Portuguese parliament. The main centre-left party is just the PS (...
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What range of rules are used in major democracies to limit candidate eligibility for high office?

There are 4 main classes of restrictions: Age-based restrictions limit eligibility to people over a certain age. Citizenship and residence restrictions only permit people holding certain citizenship ...
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Besides Jamaica, are there other countries where a "Labour" (or Workers' etc.) party is actually right-wing/conservative?

Spain's Frente Obrero (literally: "Workers' Front") fits the description, at least when it comes to social matters: Despite being strongly connected with the PML(RC) and supporting far-left ...
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Besides Jamaica, are there other countries where a "Labour" (or Workers' etc.) party is actually right-wing/conservative?

In early Russian Federation (and some would say to this day), Communist Party was conservative/Right Wing because other political forces were taking the progressivist / reformist / economic liberal ...
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Are people in other countries besides Egypt boycotting Western brands, as a result of the war in Gaza?

Yes, these boycotts have been occurring across the Arab world and in other Muslim-majority nations. To give some examples, the Turkish parliament has removed Coca-Cola and Nestle products from outlets ...
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Have other countries (besides Iraq) issued arrest warrants for some [former] US presidents?

Iran also issued an arrest warrant for Donald Trump (and 35 others) related to the Soleimani killing. Somewhat related is that Georgia (the US state not the country) issued an arrest warrant for ...
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Among democratic countries, which central bank is the least autonomous?

It's probably not possible to definitively answer this Q, but Costa Rica is a full democracy according to the index you linked (although only since 2018), but until recently [June 2023] they had the ...
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Besides Jamaica, are there other countries where a "Labour" (or Workers' etc.) party is actually right-wing/conservative?

The Danish party Venstre (literally "the Left") started out as a left-wing party, but by now is considered center-right.
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Which European countries have laws that closely resemble the Russian law against discrediting the armed forces?

None, if you ask for "closely resembling". Surely, if you would publish in a press that famous NATO general keeps his dog in cage on nails and NATO troops rape girls in Ukraine, the only ...
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Which European countries have laws that closely resemble the Russian law against discrediting the armed forces?

A OSCE paper from 2017, Scott Griffen (Author/Lead Researcher), Barbara Trionfi (Managing Editor): Defamation and Insult Laws in the OSCE Region: A Comparative Study (Commissioned by the OSCE ...
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Why is the Swiss Political Model not Replicated / Proposed Elsewhere?

Some people claim that referendums may lead to "wrong" outcomes, citing Brexit as an example. I think this claim misses the point of the Swiss system. The Swiss system is not just about ...
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What range of rules are used in major democracies to limit candidate eligibility for high office?

As well as the excellent answer from James K another factor to consider is the lack of control political parties have in the United States compared to other major democracies. There is no chance ...
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Among democratic countries, which central bank is the least autonomous?

Japan scores lowest on David Romelli's Central Bank Independence (Extended) index (2022) (out of the 24 "Full Democracies" on the Economist Democracy Index, 2022): Index is from 0 (least ...
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Besides Jamaica, are there other countries where a "Labour" (or Workers' etc.) party is actually right-wing/conservative?

At the European parliament there is the center-right European People's Party, and one of its Spanish members is Partido Popular (People's Party).
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Do some countries officially limit the number of parties that can contest elections, to a number >1?

I'm not aware of any current examples, but Djibouti operated under a four-party limit from the adoption of the new constitution in 1992 until 2002, when President Guelleh introduced a full multiparty ...
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Besides Jamaica, are there other countries where a "Labour" (or Workers' etc.) party is actually right-wing/conservative?

The Cambodian People's Party - I know it's 'People's' and not Labour or Worker, but it started out as a dictatorial Communist Party - as in 'people's republic' - and is now a dictatorial conservative ...
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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?

The closest historical equivalent may be WW2. Both declarations of war by the USA (against Japan and against Germany) were declared not on those countries, but explicitly on their governments: Quote: ...
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How does France compare to other countries with respect to police brutality?

There are a few points that characterise French difference to other European countries Police’s method Use of peace enforcement weaponry French police make an extensive use of Kettling which as been ...
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Which countries (besides China) have called for an "immediate ceasefire" in Gaza?

Many, 22 Arab countries at the United Nations joined in demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. The number 22 presumably refers to the members of the Arab League. Per Wikipedia: The Arab world is ...
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Did the super-centralized model of democracy that the US promoted in Afghanistan (with no local/regional elections etc.) work well anywhere?

Sounds a bit like China’s electoral system, Central officials are elected by the People's Congress, and officials at the following levels are appointed Elections in China National People's Congress ...
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Have other countries (besides Iraq) issued arrest warrants for some [former] US presidents?

Within Europe, I believe the closest we have come is the complaints filed against several high-level government officials (I can't remember if George W. Bush himself was included or not) in Belgium ...
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Palestinian society's commitment to civil rights for Jews

Rashid Khalidi in The Iron Cage does speak of PLO adopting principles of democratic and secular Palestinian state, where Jews would have equal rights. I quote some of the relevant passages below, but ...
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