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Nazis are a specific group of people who have committed atrocities in Europe. It is directly linked with the idea of Racial Superiority and Antisemitism. We can agree that Nazism is morally bad. One who subscribes to being a Nazi is suggesting that the holocaust was justified. Communism is a political and economical theory. It describes a supposedly ...


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There are plenty of counter-examples in the UK; commenters have mentioned Guy Fawkes, who unsuccessfully plotted to assassinate King James I and restore the Catholic monarchy - commemorated with a statue, and carnival, in Bridgwater, Somerset, and Oliver Cromwell, who successfully overthrew King Charles I in the English Civil War and ruled as Lord Protector ...


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It's standard American Flag Bunting, which is the standard way to render the American Flag in a linear, banner form. You've most likely seen it curled into a half-circle ring for decoration, particularly on the 4th of July, but also at other political events. Here's a picture from around the time of President Obama's inauguration: But the actual form is a ...


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Why should they? What advantage do they gain from wearing some traditional costume? Wearing traditional costumes has some implications: What is an appropriate "traditional costume" for a country? Is the bavarian leather pants representative for Germany? Surely not. Wearing the traditional costume of your region may be considered inappropriate or ...


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It's certainly not true in the way the mayor stated, there is a statue of George Washington in London: It's a statue of George Washington, onetime citizen of Great Britain, father of the United States and rebellious colonial. In a square that marks one of Britain's greatest victories stands a reminder of one of its greatest defeats. Washington's statue is ...


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Right next door in Canada, there are a couple of counterexamples. In Winnipeg, there are two statues of Louis Riel, one of them being on the grounds of the provincial legislature, and Louis Riel Day is a statutory holiday in Manitoba. He led the North-West Rebellion in 1885. In Montreal, there is a "Le Monument aux Patriotes" statue commemorating ...


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National costumes represent old traditions In most countries the "national costume" is essentially historical reenactment which represents the way these people dressed in, for example, 18th century. It is not a reflection of how the people dressed before or after that, in general, you will have very, very different "traditional dress" in ...


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According to wikipedia the Romans built a number statues to honor their defeated Carthaginian enemy Hannibal.


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Here are two examples from Sweden. The modern Kingdom of Sweden is generally said to have been founded by Gustav Vasa, who ascended the throne in 1523. These examples assume that Sweden fulfills the criterion of "reasonable level of regime or constitutional continuity" since then. Nils Dacke Nils Dacke, the famous leader of a peasant revolt in the ...


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Most leaders want to strike a balance - on one hand, establishing their distinct national sovereignty and the fine cultural traditions they come from, and how the legitimacy of their rule stretches back many generations; on the other, that they're modern, up-to-date and of course if you visit or trade with us you won't feel alienated or suffer unexpected ...


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Shinzo Abe stated during a speech entitled "Japan is back", the following line Now, if you look at the lapel of my jacket, I am wearing a blue-ribbon pin. It is to remind myself, each and every day, that I must bring back the Japanese people who were abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 80s. Among them was a girl, Megumi Yokota, who was only ...


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It's the Betsy Ross flag. The first documented usage of this flag was in 1792. The flag features 13 stars to represent the original 13 colonies with the stars arranged in a circle. It is the early version of the American flag. Check the below image for more info. Note on extreme left and extreme right doesn't seem to refer to flags.


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Basically, this symbol is Donald Trump's President-elect's seal as mentioned in @KDog's answer. To add on, there isn't an official seal for "The Office of the President-elect". So, each President-elect can opt to design their own seal. Technically, this particular office doesn't exist and was "created"/ first used by Barack Obama during his presidential ...


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International diplomacy tends to focus on commonalities, not differences. When world leaders meet at international events, the goal is typically to come to some agreement. Highlighting the differences between two nations does nothing to further that end, and only reinforces the notion that the nations are unlike one another. Strong diplomatic ties are often ...


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This is trivially disproven for almost every European country, considering the nature of European wars of annexation, and insurrections against aristocratic or totalitarian regimes. The US is relatively unusual in only having had one attempted insurrection over the course of its history, and no attempted annexations. To modify the mayor's statement though, ...


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Australia - Ned Kelly According to Wikipedia: Ned Kelly (December 1854 – 11 November 1880)[a] was an Australian bushranger, outlaw, gang leader and convicted police-murderer. ... In a manifesto letter, Kelly—denouncing the police, the Victorian government and the British Empire—set down his own account of the events leading up to his outlawry. To be clear, ...


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Per How did the Republican and Democratic parties get their animal symbols?: The origins of the Democratic donkey can be traced to the 1828 presidential campaign of Andrew Jackson. During that race, opponents of Jackson called him a jackass. However, rather than rejecting the label, Jackson, a hero of the War of 1812 who later served in the U.S. House of ...


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This is a variant of the Ottoman Empire's heraldic coat of arms, adopted in 1882. From Wikipedia: It included two flags: the red flag of the Ottoman dynasty with a star and crescent, and the green flag of the Islamic caliph, largely obscured by a cornucopia. Behind the flags are a number of spears and other weapons. Hanging beneath the lower ...


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Apparently it's the President. From USFlag.org: On January 3rd,1959 Alaska was formally granted statehood placing the 49th star on our Flag. Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated January 3, 1959 - provided for the arrangement of the stars in seven rows of seven stars each, staggered horizontally and vertically. Wikipedia identifies the ...


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"E" styled as three red stripes clearly is a reference to the Biden campaign logo: Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images "CNN LIES" seems to be quite an old anti-CNN propagandist motto, traced back to 2012. It is styled similarly to the "CNN Live" program.


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Nazism is a belief system based around antisemitism and "race realism". It is a racist ideology which emerges when liberalism breaks down and people are unable to realistically analyse society. Communism is a theorised political system where there is common ownership over the means of production (not all property like the other answer claims) in a stateless ...


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This picture is from September 11th, 2020, when Biden, Cuomo, Schumer, and others met at Ground Zero in New York to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. More pictures can be found on Schumer's Twitter post from that day. In these, you can see many other attendees wearing these blue ribbon pins on their lapels. The blue ribbon represents ...


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Why would there be. A symbol requires an organisation to design it. The Hammer and Sickle wasn't a communist symbol until adopted by the communist party in Russia. Political theories, frameworks, or systems don't have an organisation to create a logo, so they don't have one. Capitalism, democracy, autocracy, monarchy, theocracy, republicanism, none of these ...


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Brazil has a repertoire of insurrectionists glorified as heroes, some nowadays declared heroes by law in civic memorial Panteão da Pátria e da Liberdade ("Pantheon of Homeland and Freedom"). Examples include: Tiradentes was an insurrectionist against Portugal colonization around 1790, ended up being publicly executed by the government. Since ...


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Yes: I've been unable to find out where this photo was taken, so cannot guarantee it was on "home soil". It is notable that when the PM does press briefings at 10 Downing Street, he normally has two Union Flags behind him. It appears that it is entirely proper to fly other flags alongside the Union Flag, including the flag of the EU. Why this is not done ...


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Now, if you look at the lapel of my jacket, I am wearing a blue-ribbon pin. It is to remind myself, each and every day, that I must bring back the Japanese people who were abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 80s. Among them was a girl, Megumi Yokota, who was only thirteen at the time. http://www.mofa.go.jp/announce/pm/abe/us_20130222en.html


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Macron is responding/reacting to Mélenchon's (FR) fight to get rid of the EU flag in parliament. Until now the flag basically was symbolic but not much more. With this move, France will join the 16 other nations (the cited source unfortunately doesn't say which ones) that officially recognize the EU flag and its anthem.


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The question you should ask yourself is what would a Western European or North American leader be wearing at a time when national dress would be appropriate. The answer is probably military uniform (in the small number of cases that would be appropriate), or black tie ( aka the Tuxedo), or more likely white tie (i.e. a white bow tie and a tail coat) for men, ...


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