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Politics / Economics [edit ] 2003 invasion of Iraq Abortion Affirmative action African American Alberta secessionism. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) American Hunters and Shooters Association History of the Jews in the United States- historical review of American Jews. Anarchism Anarcho-capitalism Anti-Americanism Anti-clericalism Anti-Irish racism Antisemitism Asian American Atheism Austrian School Bashar Assad and the Syrian civil war Black supremacy Boricua Popular Army – also known as Los Macheteros British National Party Capitalism Capital punishment Catalonia Cherokee Americans – who have Cherokee ancestry. People's Republic of China – economy, military, human rights issues. Chinese spies CIA leak scandal, aka Plame affair (controversies include naming of articles) CIA leak scandal timeline, aka Plame affair timeline (controversies include naming of articles) Communism Communist government Communist state Conservatism in the USA Controversy Copyright, Free software, viral license, Copyright infringement of software, DMCA, copyright term extension, Inducement/Child Exploitation Corsica – separatism activity. Crime in the USA Criticism of Walmart Cuba Culture war in American politics Cyprus Cyprus dispute Deaf American (rising self-identify among the hearing impaired as an " ethnic group"). Demographics of Europe Demographics of the United States Domestic violence Detroit Economy of Japan Efforts to impeach George W. Bush European Union (EU) Fascism Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Federal Marriage Amendment Feminism Fox News Free trade Freedom fighter Gay rights, LGBT rights Genocide denial Gun control Gun politics Hamas Harry's Place Hate crimes Health care reform in the United States Health Services Union expenses affair Hezbollah Hispanics or Latinos Hitler – in regards to his biography, political career and personal issues (i.e. possible homosexuality or mental illness disorder). Holocaust Holodomor Ireland and Irish people – alleged anti-British sentiment and alleged British Bias. Isa Gambar History of Israel Israeli–Palestinian conflict and all related issues. Italian American ( anti-Italianism) Japan – history of being a world power. Jewish Americans as a lobbying interest group. Joe Biden John Kerry John McCain Kashmir Korean War Kosovo Louisiana politics, as well alleged corruption (also the adage of " Chicago-way or New Jersey-style politics"). Lebanon – ethnic/religious conflicts. Liberalism in the USA Libertarianism Macedonia, Republic of Macedonia, Macedonian Slavs Moldavia, Moldovans Masculism / Men's Rights Mexico – economic and political systems. Morality and ethics Multiculturalism Muslim Brotherhood NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) – (rel. bombing of Dresden) Native American name controversy National-Anarchism Nazi Germany Nazi gun control (for instance, as presented in the book Gun Control in the Third Reich) Neoconservatism Neoliberalism New World Order (conspiracy theory) Politics of North Korea Northern Ireland Nullum crimen, nulla poena sine praevia lege poenali Occupy Wall Street and Occupy movement Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. Pakkoruotsi Palestine 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 ( Anti-Polish sentiment) Political correctness Political parties and partisan politics. Poverty in USA and worldwide Price–Anderson Nuclear Industries Indemnity Act Public education in the USA Puerto Ricans in the United States Quebec, Canada Race relations in the USA Racial quota Race/ ethnicity issues in many countries, such as in Demographics of Chile. Racism – definition of Recession Salvador Allende Same-sex marriage Saskatchewan Party Saudi Arabia – use of Sharia law and human rights record. Laura Schlessinger School violence Seamus incident Republika Srpska, Republic of Serbian Krajina Sedition Sexual harassment Separatism September 11 attacks also known as 9/11. Ariel Sharon Silesia Socialism Southeastern United States or Southern United States – regional/nationalistic feeling, including Texas secessionism. Spain – autonomous movements in each province of the country. Sudan ( South Sudan and Darfur). Banking in Switzerland Synarchism Syrian Social Nationalist Party Tea Party movement and Tea Party protests Taliban Terrorism Terrorist groups Tibet Tobin tax Torture (see also Medical torture) Universal Health care proposals in the USA United Nations (UN) USA PATRIOT Act – also known as The Patriot Act The United States's War on Terror Valencianism Valencian people vs. Catalan people ( Catalan nationalism) over what to classify the Valencian language a "dialect" of Catalan language. Vector Marketing War on Drugs Western civilization White Americans – non-racist white identity. Wiretapping Paul Wolfowitz Womyn – alternative spelling of women. Xinjiang ( Sinkiang). Yugoslavia – breakup of the country. Zaire now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Zimbabwe History [edit ] Religion [edit ] 2012, 2012 phenomenon, and the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar Adventism Agnosticism American Family Association Anti-clericalism Anti-Muslim violence in India Anti-Judaism Apollo Quiboloy Atheism Biblical literalism Born-Again Catholicism Christian Coalition Christian Science Christianity Christophobia Conservative Judaism and Criticism of Conservative Judaism Creationism Cult Deism Dhimmi Divorce – religious opposition to Dorje Shugden Dorje Shugden controversy Druze Eastern Orthodoxy Eckankar Evangelical Falun Gong Feminism and religion. Fundamentalism Gay Marriage – opposition of Gnosticism and the New Testament God Gospel for Asia (more critical than descriptive) Guru (structure and criticism) Hare Krishna Hate group (new religious movements) Historicity of Jesus Homosexuality and religion. Iglesia ni Cristo Imperium (Warhammer 40,000) Islamophobia Islam – certain radical and politicized groups Jainism Jehovah's Witnesses Jesus Freaks Judas Iscariot Kabbala Kashrut and Kosher Ku Klux Klan – radical hate group. Last Supper of Jesus Liturgy Lutheranism Makkah/ Mecca ('Offensive' spelling). Menachem Mendel Schneerson Mennonites – most notably the old order Amish. Mormonism – to a certain extent (subset of the Latter Day Saint movement). Neocatechumenal Way New Age New Kadampa Tradition Nondenominational churches. Ole Nydahl and Diamond Way Buddhism Opus Dei Pacifism Paganism – various sects Paul and Gnosticism Pentecostalism Politics and religion. Prem Rawat and Divine Light Mission Project Chanology Protestant Reformation Reincarnation research U.S. Republican Party connection with the religious right. Religion and sexuality and various related topics. Role of women in religion, Religious feminism, and related topics Separation of church and state Satanism Sathya Sai Baba enduring dispute about the amount of space devoted to describing the views of proponents and critics as published on their homepages Scientology Seventh-day Adventist Church Sharia Sin Soka Gakkai Sufism Syncretism Taboo Temple Mount and related topics United Submitters International, Qur'an alone, 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 Universalism Westboro Baptist Church Science/ Biology/ Health [edit ] Sexuality [edit ] Entertainment [edit ] Environment [edit ] Law and Order [edit ] Linguistics [edit ] Philosophy [edit ] Psychiatry [edit ] Technology [edit ] Media/ Culture [edit ] People/ Public figures/ Infamous persons [edit ] Nero and Caligula, Roman emperors. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran. Syed Ahmed Muhammad Ali – formerly Cassius Clay, conversion to Islam and anti-Vietnam war comments. Kirstie Alley Idi Amin, Ugandan dictator. Criss Angel Yasser Arafat Jodi Arias Joe Arpaio, Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona Julian Assange Hans Asperger Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Gilad Atzmon Michelle Bachelet Michele Bachmann Brigitte Bardot Roseanne Barr (Arnold) Glenn Beck David Beckham Joy Behar Silvio Berlusconi Art Bell – radio program discussions on conspiracy theories. Bruno Bettelheim Tony Blair Robert Blake – 2002 homicide defendant case. Hans Blix Barry Bonds and the BALCO drug scandal (includes other Major League Baseball athletes Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire and Alex Rodriguez). Bonnie and Clyde Ruđer Bošković – ethnicity. Lorena Bobbitt – In 1994, mutilated her husband's penis in self-defense from alleged marital rape. Leonid Brezhnev Jerry Brown, California governor. – fictional character went through unwed motherhood. Murphy Brown Anita Bryant Kobe Bryant Pat Buchanan Ted Bundy George W. Bush and his father George H. W. Bush, U.S. Presidents. Jeb Bush Richard Butler – founder of the Aryan Nations group. George Carlin Jimmy Carter, U.S. President and peace negotiator. Fidel Castro and brother Raúl Castro, leaders of Cuba. Cesar Chavez Hugo Chávez Dave Chappelle – satirist and comedian. Dick Cheney, U.S. Vice President and CEO of Halliburton. Cher and her ex-husband Sonny Bono and his widow Mary Bono Mack in politics. Jacques Chirac Margaret Cho Seung-Hui Cho – Virginia Tech University gunman 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 and wife Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. President and U.S. Secretary of State, respectively. Hillary Clinton was also among the board of executives of Walmart while she was wife of then-governor Bill in 1980's. Kurt Cobain – 1994 suicide (or murder) controversy. Christopher Columbus Sean Combs – aka "Puff Daddy". Nicolaus Copernicus – (Copernicus' nationality either Polish or German). Stephen Colbert Jon Corzine, governor of the state of New Jersey. Ann Coulter Tom Cruise – recent actions and Scientology controversy. Miley Cyrus and her performance at the VMAs in 2013 Salvador Dalí Jeffrey Dahmer Angela Davis – former Black Panther member in 1973 federal homicide case. Ellen DeGeneres 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. Phil Donahue David Duke Andrea Dworkin Marc Emery Eminem real name Marshall Mathers, rapper. Pablo Escobar Jerry Falwell Melissa Farley Gerald Ford – 1975 Watergate pardons; U.S. President. Henry Ford Michael J. Fox and late Christopher Reeve – stem cell research advocates. Al Franken Kenny G – dispute over genre. Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan leader William Gaillard Galileo Janeane Garofalo Charles de Gaulle Mel Gibson – for verbal anti-Semitic and 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 comedy 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. Nancy Grace Wayne Gretzky and wife Janet Jones in sports gambling scandal. Joseph Goebbels Whoopi Goldberg – political comments as co-host on the show The View Barry Goldwater Mikhail Gorbachev 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 Alan Greenspan Woody Guthrie – His song lyrics endorsed leftism/socialism and portrayed farm workers as victims of the Great Depression. Guns N' Roses rock band – Axl Rose Ferenc Gyurcsány Ted Haggard Tarja Halonen Sean Hannity 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 – Militarist leader of WWII Imperial Japan, executed by International Court tribunal for war crimes and crimes against humanity in 1948 Paris Hilton Anita Hill in the 1991 Clarence Thomas sexual harassment case Heinrich Himmler Emperor Hirohito – involvement in WWII Imperial Japan policy Adolf Hitler, German Fuehrer and responsible for the Holocaust to exterminate nearly all of European Jews and other victims (i.e. Roma people, Slavs, homosexuals and communists), remains an infamous emotionally charged figure when it comes to associated issues of racism and antisemitism Erich Honecker – Communist leader of the last years of East Germany (1971–89) Jimmy Hoffa – 1975 kidnapping/disappearance J. Edgar Hoover Katie Hopkins John Howard L. Ron Hubbard Mike Huckabee Rock Hudson Saddam Hussein, Iraqi dictator and was a 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 George Jackson Jesse Jackson Michael Jackson – People v. Jackson case in 2005, and several other controversies Jay-Z and wife Beyonce Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President and drafter of the US Declaration of Independence Sheila Jeffreys Elton John Magic Johnson – HIV diagnosis Angeline Jolie and lover Brad Pitt Alex Jones Jenny Jones Michael Jordan 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. Kim Kardashian Andy Kaufman Khomeini Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet leader Kid Rock North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung, his son Kim Jong Il and successor (son of Jong Il) Kim Jong-Un Martin Luther King, Jr. Rodney King Pia Kjærsgaard Philip J. Klass Polly Klaas child abduction case in 1993 Shosei Koda Junichiro Koizumi, Japanese leader K.D. Lang – homosexuality and animal rights activism Ricki Lake Lyndon LaRouche Carlos Latuff – controversial cartoonist. Norman Lear – producer of groundbreaking 1970's TV comedies on social satire. Jean-Marie Le Pen Heath Ledger Vladimir I. Lenin, Soviet leader. John Lennon – US CIA investigations in the early 1970s Lewis Libby G. Gordon Liddy Lil Wayne Rush Limbaugh Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President during the American Civil War and suspended civil liberties such as habeas corpus as a wartime measure. Jennifer Lopez Lil B Trent Lott Courtney Love Martin Luther Catharine MacKinnon Madonna Bernie Madoff John Major Nelson Mandela South African civil rights activist and leader released from prison, and his wife Winnie Mandela, whose jail sentence is from criminal offenses. Charles Manson Marilyn Manson Mao Zedong, Chinese leader, may been responsible for the deaths of up to 80 million. Ferdinand Marcos and wife Imelda Marcos, Philippine leaders. Rachel Marsden Karl Marx Jackie Mason 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. Timothy McVeigh Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev Golda Meir Carlos Mencia – satirist/comedian. Angela Merkel, German prime minister. Freddie Mercury – rumors of homosexuality proven after death from AIDS. Harvey Milk Demi Moore and her ex Ashton Kutcher. Michael Moore Jim Morrison – his mysterious death in 1971 at Paris. Mother Teresa Benito Mussolini, Italian dictator, founder of fascism. Napoleon, French leader. Nicole Polizzi – "Snooki" of MTV reality show and the show's portrayal of Jersey Shore Italian Americans condemned as ethnic stereotypes (she's of Chilean descent). [ ] citation needed Olivia Newton-John – environmental activism. Richard Nixon, U.S. President. Notorious B.I.G. Rosie O'Donnell Opie and Anthony Bill O'Reilly. Barack Obama, U.S. President. Keith Olbermann Ozzy Osbourne Donny Osmond and sister Marie Osmond, due to child stardom as part of the Osmond family in the 1970s, their clinical depression (Marie's son committed suicide) and their Mormon religion. 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. Valerie Plame Pope Benedict XIV Pope John Paul II Pope Pius XII Elvis Presley and his highly publicized death in 1977. Prince Prince Charles, 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. Richard Ramirez JonBenét Ramsey – unsolved homicide case. Ronald Reagan, U.S. President. Janet Reno, U.S. Attorney General. Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State. Michael Richards – Due to the Laugh Factory incident. Yvonne Ridley Alberto Rivera Geraldo Rivera Geshe Michael Roach Oral Roberts Pat Robertson John Rocker, baseball pitcher renowned for comments about New York City, racial minorities and homosexuals in a 1999 interview. Sports Illustrated Kid Rock Romário Mitt Romney, U.S. Presidential candidate. Linda Ronstadt – Political activism and lesbianism. Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his cousin Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. Presidents. Ben Roethlisberger Pete Rose Karl Rove Babe Ruth Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense. Bobby Sands Nicolas Sarkozy Michael Savage Terri Schiavo case Laura Schlessinger (Dr. Laura). Gerhard Schröder 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 " authorship question." Tupac Shakur and his shooting death in 1996. Al Sharpton, African American civil rights activist. Charlie Sheen Matthew Shepard – media-publicized 1999 hate crime murder. Sherlock Holmes Sifl and Olly 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 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the 1820s. Edward Snowden Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo – US talk host of Spanish-language radio program. Sonia Sotomayor Snoop Dogg – real name Calvin Broadus. Britney Spears and ex-husband Kevin Federline. Spice Girls – numerous controversies. Jerry Springer Joseph Stalin, Soviet dictator lead the USSR during the Depression and WWII, and thought to be the most murderous man of all time (estimated 20 to 40 million). Gloria Steinem Erika Steinbach Howard Stern, radio " shock jock" and liberal activist. Jon Stewart Sting – political activist. John Stossel Barbra Streisand Jimmy Swaggart Tim Tebow Nikola Tesla (his nationality being Serb vs. Croat). Margaret Thatcher, U.K. 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 Ted Turner Mike Tyson U2 – Irish rock band involved in political activist causes. Joran van der Sloot Michael Vick due to his involvement in illegal dogfighting. Varg Vikernes Barbara Walters Andy Warhol John Walsh – Anti-crime activist/ child safety advocate after his son Adam Walsh was kidnapped, later found dead in 1981. Kanye West – also as fiancee of Kim Kardashian. Ruth Westheimer Joseph C. Wilson Woodrow Wilson, U.S. President. Oprah Winfrey Tiger Woods Malcolm X Andrea Yates – Mass murderer of her 6 children in her home, claimed to suffer from mental illness and post-natal depression. Boris Yeltsin, Russian leader. Yoko Ono – accusations of breaking up The Beatles when she married John Lennon. Jay-Z Zinedine Zidane George Zimmerman accused of murdering Trayvon Martin. Your Mom Sports [edit ] See also [edit ]