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Politics and economics
2003 invasion of Iraq
African National Congress
American Civil Liberties Union
American Hunters and Shooters Association
History of the Jews in the United States – historical review of
Bashar Assad and the
Syrian civil war
Bidoon (social class)
Black Lives Matter
Boricua Popular Army – also known as Los Macheteros
British National Party
Catalonia - Separatist activity.
Cherokee Americans – who have Cherokee ancestry.
China – independence movements in
Tibet as well as its
Christian right – also known as the religious right CIA leak scandal, aka
Plame affair (controversies include naming of articles) CIA leak scandal timeline, aka
Plame affair timeline (controversies include naming of articles)
Communist Party of China
Conservatism in the United States
Copyright infringement of software,
copyright term extension,
Corsica – separatism activity.
Crime in the United States
Criticism of Walmart
Culture war in American politics
Deaf culture in the United States – rising self-identify among the hearing impaired as an "
Democratic Party (United States)
Demographics of Europe
Demographics of the United States
Economy of Japan
Efforts to impeach George W. Bush
European Union (EU)
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Federal Marriage Amendment
Fractional reserve banking
Health care reform in the United States
Health Services Union expenses affair
Adolf Hitler – in regards to his biography, political career and personal issues (i.e. possible homosexuality or mental illness).
Immigration reform in the United States
Immigration reform in the United Kingdom
Irish people – alleged anti-British sentiment and alleged British bias.
History of Israel
Israeli–Palestinian conflict and all related issues.
Italian American (
Japan – history of being a world power.
Jewish Americans as a lobbying interest group.
Killing of Harambe
Louisiana politics, as well alleged corruption (also the adage of "
New Jersey-style politics").
Lebanon – ethnic/religious conflicts.
Liberalism in the United States
Republic of Macedonia,
Mexico – economic and political systems.
NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).
National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) – (rel.
bombing of Dresden)
Native American name controversy
National Rifle Association (NRA)
Nazi Germany Nazi firearms regulation (for instance, as presented in the
book ) Gun Control in the Third Reich
New World Order (conspiracy theory)
North Korea and its
Politics of North Korea
Nullum crimen, nulla poena sine praevia lege poenali
Occupy Wall Street and
Osama bin Laden and
Palestine Liberation Organization
Park51 – a proposed (as of September 2010) Islamic community center and mosque to be built near the
World Trade Center site
Patriotism in the USA
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Pioneer Fund – US racial research group.
Polish people (
Political parties and
Poverty in USA and worldwide
Price–Anderson Nuclear Industries Indemnity Act
Public education in the USA
Puerto Ricans in the United States
Race relations in the USA
ethnicity issues in many countries, such as in
Demographics of Chile.
Racism – definition of
Radical right (United States)
Republican Party (United States)
Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections
Saudi Arabia – use of
Sharia law and human rights record.
Republic of Serbian Krajina
September 11 attacks also known as 9/11.
Social Credit System
Southeastern United States or
Southern United States – regional/nationalistic feeling, including
Southern Poverty Law Center
Spain – autonomous movements in each province of the country.
South Sudan and
Switzerland — controversy over use of accounts in Swiss banks
Syrian Social Nationalist Party
Tea Party movement and
Tea Party protests
Torture (see also
Universal health care proposals in the United States
United Nations (UN)
USA PATRIOT Act – also known as The
The United States's
War on Terror
Valencian people (
Catalan people (
Catalan nationalism) over whether to classify the
Valencian language a "dialect" of
Vector Marketing — controversy over hiring practices and business model
War on Drugs
Wells Fargo – controversy over fake accounts scandal.
Wells Fargo account fraud scandal
White Americans – non-racist white identity.
White Anglo-Saxon Protestant — on talk page there are claims of non-neutrality.
Womyn – alternative spelling of
Xinjiang re-education camps
Yugoslavia – breakup of the country.
Zaire, now the
Democratic Republic of the Congo.
2012 phenomenon, and the
Mesoamerican Long Count calendar
American Family Association
Answers in Genesis (AiG)
Anti-Muslim violence in India
Baptist churches – differences among them, including fundamentalist and independent ones.
Book of Enoch
Christian right – also known as the religious right
Conservative Judaism and
Criticism of Conservative Judaism
Divorce – religious opposition to
Dorje Shugden controversy
Feminism and religion.
Gay Marriage – opposition of
Gnosticism and the New Testament
Gospel for Asia (more critical than descriptive)
Guru (structure and criticism)
Hate group (new religious movements)
Historicity of Jesus
Homosexuality and religion.
Iglesia ni Cristo
Imperium (Warhammer 40,000)
Ku Klux Klan
Last Supper of Jesus
Mecca ('Offensive' spelling).
Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Mennonites – most notably the old order
Mormonism – to a certain extent (subset of the
Latter Day Saint movement).
New Kadampa Tradition
Ole Nydahl and
Diamond Way Buddhism
Paganism – various sects
Paul and Gnosticism
Politics and religion.
Prem Rawat and
Divine Light Mission
Reincarnation research U.S.
Republican Party connection with the
Religion and sexuality and various related topics.
Role of women in religion,
Religious feminism, and related topics
Separation of church and state
Sathya Sai Baba – enduring dispute about the amount of space devoted to describing the views of proponents and critics as published on their homepages
Seventh-day Adventist Church
Temple Mount and related topics
United Submitters International,
Rashad Khalifa – peacock words, critical sources removed, lack of RS, failure to describe size and importance and relation to older Islamic groups, linkfarming
Universal Life Church
Westboro Baptist Church
Science, biology, and health
Sex, sexuality, and gender identity
Law and order
Afrikaans spoken by
Ancient Macedonian language
Aramaic, one language or group of languages
Basque language – unrelated to any Indo-European or any other language in the world
Bilingualism in Canada
Celtic Revival – the restoration of
Celtic languages in Ireland, Scotland, Wales,
Cornwall, England, and
Chinese language policies
Tagalog, Philippine languages
French language in Canada
Hate crimes and
discrimination towards people not fluent in a region's primary language
Indo-European (languages and the "Aryan" race theory)
Japanese language and
Korean language, theorized similarities and self-isolations from any other language
linguicide in France)
Pig Latin - Use by
Quebec (French as the official language of the province over English)
Sami language – spoken by the
Sami people indigenous to Scandinavia.
Spanish in the United States
Media and culture
A Current Affair
Beavis and Butt-head
Black Entertainment Television
CCTV (Closed-circuit television/public surveillance)
Fox News Channel, as well the
Chinese television (CCTV news)
Da Vinci Code
– clashes among fans and critics over this and Digimon
Digital television conversion in US
Diversity on prime-time TV
Federal Communications Commission or the US FCC
Game of Thrones
Gamergate controversy or GamerGate
Gatorade - Concerns over bottles used as a
Google (privacy issues)
Hard rock and
heavy metal music, esp. the inclusion of
Satanic lyrics in some songs
The Innocence of Muslims
Internet forum/message boards, esp, the anonymous nature of these boards leading to
KFC's Zinger Boxes
The Marshall Mathers LP
Me Too movement
– sitcom featuring a single mother Murphy Brown
Music Television (MTV)
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Nike TNs - Relation to
shoe fetishists and safety, fire and explosive concerns
of Pentagon Papers
1971 The New York Times
Punk rock music
Rucka Rucka Ali music
Sailor Moon LGBT and adult themes.
Saturday Night Live
Sifl and Olly
Sirius XM Radio – subscription to receive satellite radio
South Park South Park controversies)
anthology Star Wars
– LGBT and feminism themes Steven Universe
Univision – Spanish language Television in the US
Talk radio – limits on
The Little Mermaid (2023 film)
Time Warner and
Viacom as multi-corporate monopolies.
Trinity Broadcasting Network and
The Twilight Saga
Twitter as a social trend. US culture (
Americana) – the concepts of "American culture"
The Walt Disney Company
Women-oriented television (
World Wide Web or the
YouTube (content issues).
Who Is America?
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – President of Iran 2005–2013.
Muhammad Ali – conversion to Islam and anti-Vietnam war comments.
Idi Amin – Ugandan dictator.
Joe Arpaio – Sheriff of
Maricopa County, Arizona
Bashar al-Assad – President of Syria since 2000.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Roseanne Barr (Arnold)
Art Bell – radio program discussions on
Joe Biden – U.S. president
Robert Blake – 2002 homicide defendant case.
Christoph Blocher – prominent
Swiss politician, former
Barry Bonds and the
drug scandal (includes other
Major League Baseball athletes
Mark McGwire and
Bonnie and Clyde
Ruđer Bošković – ethnicity.
Lorena Bobbitt – In 1994, mutilated her husband's penis in self-defense from alleged
Chris Brown – accused of domestic violence/abuse against girlfriend
Jerry Brown – California governor.
George W. Bush and his father
George H. W. Bush, U.S. Presidents.
Richard Butler – founder of the
Aryan Nations group.
Caligula – Roman emperor.
Jimmy Carter – U.S. president and peace negotiator.
Fidel Castro and brother
Raúl Castro, leaders of Cuba.
Dave Chappelle – satirist and comedian.
Dick Cheney, U.S. vice president and CEO of
Cher and her ex-husband
Sonny Bono and his widow
Mary Bono Mack in politics.
Seung-Hui Cho –
Virginia Tech University armed man killed himself and 32 others in 2007 massacre.
Chris Christie – governor of the state of New Jersey.
Ward Churchill – Colorado State professor known for comments about 9-11 survivors, and involved in radical left and American Indian political movements.
Bill Clinton – U.S. President
Hillary Rodham Clinton – U.S. Secretary of State
Kurt Cobain – 1994 suicide (or murder) controversy.
Sacha Baron Cohen – for his controversial live-action characters
Borat Sagdiyev and
Sean Combs – aka "Puff Daddy".
Nicolaus Copernicus – (Copernicus' nationality either Polish or German).
Jon Corzine – governor of the state of
Tom Cruise – recent actions and
Miley Cyrus and her performance at the VMAs in 2013
Angela Davis – former Black Panther member in 1973 federal homicide case.
Paula Deen – allegations of spoken racial slurs.
Hassan Diab – alleged role in the
1980 Paris synagogue bombing.
Andrew Dice Clay – satirist and comedian known for vulgar performances in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Dixie Chicks – politically charged anti-Bush comments in 2003.
Walt Disney – alleged antisemitism and alcoholism.
19 Kids and Counting
Eminem – real name Marshall Mathers, rapper
PewDiePie — real name Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, YouTube gamer
Gerald Ford – 1975
Watergate pardons; U.S. President
Michael J. Fox and late
Christopher Reeve – stem cell research advocates.
Kenny G – dispute over genre.
Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan leader
Charles de Gaulle
Ricky Gervais – British comedian and actor
Mel Gibson – for verbal
homophobic comments in DUI arrest
Kathie Lee Gifford – 1995 children's
sweatshop scandal involved her clothing brand, her ex-husband
Frank Gifford's affairs, and her political and religious views spoofed in
Newt Gingrich – U.S. Speaker of the House (1995–99)
Girls Aloud – numerous controversies
Rudy Giuliani – Mayor of New York City and U.S. presidential candidate.
Wayne Gretzky and wife
Janet Jones in sports
Whoopi Goldberg – political comments as co-host on the show
Al Gore, U.S. Vice President
Temple Grandin – Livestock handling architect diagonsed with
autism involved in the redesign of the cattle/livestock industry and leading figure of the Autism community
Woody Guthrie – His song lyrics endorsed leftism/socialism and portrayed farm workers as victims of the Great Depression.
Guns N' Roses rock band –
Ken Ham –
Young Earth creationist and the president of
Answers in Genesis (AiG).
Jesse Helms – U.S. Senator.
Phil Hendrie – radio comedian
Patty Hearst – 1974 kidnapping/conversion by the
Symbionese Liberation Army, bank robbery suspect with the group and arrested, convicted and released from prison.
Hideki Tojo – leader of WWII Imperial
Japan, executed by International Court tribunal for war crimes and crimes against humanity in 1948
Anita Hill in the 1991
Clarence Thomas sexual harassment case
Emperor Hirohito – involvement in WWII Imperial Japan policy
Adolf Hitler, German Führer and responsible for the
Holocaust to exterminate nearly all of European Jews and other victims (i.e.
Slavs, homosexuals and communists), remains an infamous emotionally charged figure when it comes to associated issues of
Erich Honecker – Communist leader of the last years of
East Germany (1971–89)
Jimmy Hoffa – 1975
J. Edgar Hoover
L. Ron Hubbard
Saddam Hussein – Iraqi dictator and secular leader against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East
Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)
Andrew Jackson – U.S. president and designer of federal government policy on
American Indians and the
Trail of Tears
Michael Jackson –
People v. Jackson case in 2005, and several other controversies
Thomas Jefferson – U.S. president and drafter of the U.S. Declaration of Independence
Caitlyn Jenner – U.S. Olympian who came out as transgender
Magic Johnson – HIV diagnosis
Angelina Jolie and former husband
Jenny Jones due to the
murder of Scott Amedure
John F. Kennedy – with brothers
Robert F. Kennedy and
Ted Kennedy – U.S. president, U.S. presidential candidate, and U.S. Senator, respectively.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – widow of John F. Kennedy, remarried to Greek billionaire
Nikita Khrushchev – Soviet leader North Korean leaders
Kim Il Sung, his son
Kim Jong Il and successor (son of Jong Il)
Martin Luther King Jr.
Philip J. Klass
Polly Klaas child abduction case in 1993
Junichiro Koizumi – Japanese leader
Chris Kyle – United States
Navy SEAL and most lethal sniper in U.S. military history
k.d. lang – homosexuality and animal rights activism
Carlos Latuff – controversial cartoonist.
Norman Lear – producer of groundbreaking 1970s TV comedies on social satire.
Jean-Marie Le Pen and daughter
Marine Le Pen in French politics.
Vladimir Lenin – Soviet leader.
John Lennon – US CIA investigations in the early 1970s
G. Gordon Liddy
Abraham Lincoln – U.S. president during the
American Civil War.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela – South African civil rights activist and leader who spent time in prison
Nelson Mandela – South African civil rights activist and leader who spent years in prison
Mao Zedong – Chinese leader, may have been responsible for the deaths of up to 80 million.
Imelda Marcos, and their son
Bongbong Marcos, Philippine leaders.
John Mayer – allegations of spoken racial slurs.
Paul McCartney – alleged
domestic abuse of ex-wife Heather.
Jenny McCarthy – TV show hostess turned activist for
autism research and mother of a son diagnosed with autism.
Steve McNair – his murder-suicide by girlfriend.
Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev
Carlos Mencia – satirist/comedian.
Angela Merkel, German prime minister.
Freddie Mercury – rumours of homosexuality proven after his death from
Demi Moore and her ex
Henry M. Morris – prominent
Young Earth creationist, coauthor of
. The Genesis Flood
Jim Morrison – his mysterious death in 1971 at Paris.
MrBeast (Jimmy Donaldson)
Elon Musk – business magnate
Benito Mussolini – Italian founder of
Napoleon – French leader.
Nero – Roman emperor
Olivia Newton-John – environmental activism.
Richard Nixon, U.S. president.
Anthony (formally of The
Opie and Anthony Show)
Barack Obama – U.S. president.
Donny Osmond – singer and actor
Marie Osmond – singer and actor
Terrell Owens – recent near-death, suicide attempt claims.
Sarah Palin – U.S. vice presidential candidate.
Nancy Pelosi – U.S. Speaker of the House 2007–10.
Juan Perón and wife
Eva Perón, Argentine leaders.
Scott Peterson – convicted of murder of his missing pregnant wife Laci.
Augusto Pinochet – Chilean general became presidential dictator.
Nicole Polizzi – "Snooki" of MTV reality show
and the show's portrayal of
Jersey Shore Italian Americans condemned as ethnic
Pope Benedict XVI
Pope John Paul II
Pope Pius XII
Elvis Presley and his highly publicized death in 1977.
Charles III – ex-wife
Princess Diana and new wife
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, British royals.
Prince Harry and
Prince William (and his wife
Princess Kate), heirs of the British crown.
Pol Pot, Cambodian leader.
Vladimir Putin – Russian leader.
JonBenét Ramsey – unsolved homicide case.
Ronald Reagan – U.S. president.
Janet Reno – U.S. Attorney General.
Michèle Renouf – associate of Holocaust deniers
Condoleezza Rice – U.S. Secretary of State.
Michael Richards – Due to the
Laugh Factory incident.
Geshe Michael Roach
John Rocker – baseball pitcher renowned for comments about New York City, racial minorities and homosexuals in a 1999
interview. Sports Illustrated
Mitt Romney – U.S. presidential candidate.
Linda Ronstadt – Political activism and lesbianism.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his cousin
Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. Presidents.
Donald Rumsfeld – U.S. Secretary of Defense.
Terri Schiavo case
Laura Schlessinger (Dr. Laura).
Arnold Schwarzenegger as
California state governor, rather than as actor.
Teofilo Vargas Sein
Selena – disputed theories over her 1995 murder.
William Shakespeare – in regards to additions and deletions of references to the "
Tupac Shakur and his shooting death in 1996.
Al Sharpton – African American civil rights activist.
Matthew Shepard – media-publicized 1999 hate crime murder victim.
O. J. Simpson – accused of notorious crimes (double murder of his ex-wife and boyfriend in 1994).
Anna Nicole Smith
Joseph Smith – founder of the
Latter Day Saint movement and
Mormonism in the 1820s.
Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo – US talk host of Spanish-language radio program.
Snoop Dogg – real name Calvin Broadus.
Britney Spears and ex-husband
Spice Girls – numerous controversies.
Joseph Stalin, Soviet dictator who lead the USSR during the Depression and WWII, main perpetrator of
The Great Purge and other Soviet atrocities.
Howard Stern – radio "
shock jock" and liberal activist.
Sting – political activist.
Nikola Tesla (his nationality being
Margaret Thatcher – U.K. Prime Minister.
Justin Trudeau - Canadian Prime Minister
Pierre Trudeau – Canadian Prime Minister.
Harry Truman – U.S. president; also, decision while in that office to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan to end WWII.
Donald Trump –
President of the United States
U2 – Irish rock band involved in political activist causes.
Joran van der Sloot
Michael Vick due to his involvement in illegal dogfighting.
John Walsh – Anti-crime activist/child safety advocate after his son
Adam Walsh was kidnapped, later found dead in 1981.
Kanye West – also as husband of Kim Kardashian.
Joseph C. Wilson
Woodrow Wilson – U.S. president.
Xi Jinping – Chinese paramount leader.
Andrea Yates – Mass murderer of her 6 children in her home, claimed to have mental illness and
Boris Yeltsin – Russian leader.
Yoko Ono – accusations of breaking up
The Beatles when she married John Lennon.
George Zimmerman acquitted of murdering
Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale – Sikh militant leader