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Why is banning communism symbols so hard to achieve as opposed to banning of Nazi symbols?

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 ...
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Is there any other country in the world, besides the US, that erects monuments to those who took up arms against it and lost?

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 ...
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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?

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, ...
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Why don't national leaders wear their national costume more often?

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 ...
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Is there any other country in the world, besides the US, that erects monuments to those who took up arms against it and lost?

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 ...
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What is the meaning of the Z and V symbols being sported by the Russians in the current Russo-Ukrainian conflict?

The most common explanation, usually from those with military experience, is that it is a form of IFF - identification, friend or foe. When Ukraine was part of the USSR, it had substantial ...
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Is there any other country in the world, besides the US, that erects monuments to those who took up arms against it and lost?

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 ...
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Is there any other country in the world, besides the US, that erects monuments to those who took up arms against it and lost?

According to wikipedia the Romans built a number statues to honor their defeated Carthaginian enemy Hannibal.
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Why don't national leaders wear their national costume more often?

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 ...
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Whose photos are carried by Vladimir Putin and those by his side in the May 9, 2022 Moscow Victory Day Parade and what are their significance?

The idea of this specific parade is to carry the photos of your relatives who fought in a war (usually WW2). In this case it seems to be a photo of Putin's father. I suspect there is no other ...
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Whose photos are carried by Vladimir Putin and those by his side in the May 9, 2022 Moscow Victory Day Parade and what are their significance?

Alamar has covered the significance of the parade and of whom the photo Putin carried was. The man on Putin's left in the red jacket is Gennady Ivanov, one of the co-chairs of the Immortal Regiment ...
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How much of Hu Jintao's being escorted out was seen by Chinese at home? Was it live? Did they see it close up as seen internationally?

This video cannot be viewed in China (it is already blocked on most social media). I didn't watch the live stream, so I'm not sure if this part was streamed, but since the conference live stream was ...
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Is there any other country in the world, besides the US, that erects monuments to those who took up arms against it and lost?

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 ...
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Why does a state have to have a single, well-defined, internationally-recognized "Capital"?

A country doesn’t need an official capital. Arguably some countries don't have a de jure but only a de facto capital. In foreign policy legitimacy is derived from recognition by other countries. ...
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Why don't national leaders wear their national costume more often?

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 ...
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Why and where is Mohamed Bazoum sitting down in a small, round, cold room next to a portrait of (a young) John F. Kennedy? Is the event identifiable?

This is file footage taken from a December 15th 2022 Associated Press interview with President Bazoum, on the sidelines of the United States–Africa Leaders Summit 2022 held in Washington D.C. Bazoum, ...
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Is there any other country in the world, besides the US, that erects monuments to those who took up arms against it and lost?

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 ...
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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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What is this blue badge that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe likes to wear?

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 ...
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Who is the Kim Kun Ok that North Korea named their recent submarine after?

According to this article by the Washington Post, it is named after a naval officer who served in the Korean war: The submarine was named the Hero Kim Kun Ok, a North Korean naval leader who led an ...
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Why there isn't a symbol that represents Socialism?

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 ...
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What is the meaning of the Z and V symbols being sported by the Russians in the current Russo-Ukrainian conflict?

They are military identification symbols, intended to reduce the number of "friendly fire" incidents, i.e. attacking your own side. Simple shapes will have been chosen so they are easy for ...
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What are the flags beside the US flag at Trump's inauguration day?

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 ...
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Is there any other country in the world, besides the US, that erects monuments to those who took up arms against it and lost?

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 ...
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Is there any other country in the world, besides the US, that erects monuments to those who took up arms against it and lost?

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"). ...
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What is this symbol doing on Donald Trump's podium?

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-...
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Why don't national leaders wear their national costume more often?

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 ...
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Why does a state have to have a single, well-defined, internationally-recognized "Capital"?

You give several examples of cases where it is not the case, so you are somewhat disproving your own premise. You write that you were motivated by the question of Israel. Israel is a very special case ...
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