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Did Volodymyr Zelenskyy say that "if someone in Ukraine feels Russian, they should leave for Russia"?

In an interview with the BBC on June 16, 2022, Sergey Lavrov claims the following: […], whose president Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in September 2021 (you didn’t tell your viewers about it, did you?) ...
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Does torture work well as an interrogation technique?

Wikipedia's Effectiveness of torture for interrogation says, Torture has been used throughout history for the purpose of obtaining information in interrogation. Some arguments say that it is an ...
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Did the Minsk accords (if they had been fully implemented) give LPR/DPR (and thus Russia) veto power over any legislation in Ukraine?

According to William E. Pomeranz of the Wilson Center: the Minsk accords call on Kyiv not only to recognize the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk within the country but also to give these two ...
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Does exported Ukrainian wheat (only) amount to 2.5% of the world's wheat production?

In May, the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said: shortages of grain and fertiliser caused by the war, warming temperatures and pandemic-driven supply problems threaten to “tip tens ...
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Did female majority electorate result in higher government spending compared to WW2?

An inflammatory infographic frequently shared online claims that women voting is directly responsible for increase of government spending which it argues overshadows the effects of ww2. I would like ...
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Do men with no prior exposure to child pornography go on to harm children once exposed?

UK government advisor John Carr, of the Council on Child Internet Safety, claims in a radio interview: Mr Carr said there was "no question" that some men who look at child sex abuse images ...
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Were evangelicals rallied around abortion in 1978, as a substitute for segregation?

The June 20, 2019 edition of NPR’s “Throughline” podcast “examines how the issue of abortion became a defining political issue for evangelicals.” In it, the hosts talk about evangelicals initially ...
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Was there violence on both sides in Charlottesville?

Was violence perpetrated by factions on both the left and the right side of the political spectrum during this rally? A specific quote by US president Donald Trump is: TRUMP: The driver of the car is ...
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Has the United States only ratified 5 of 18 international treaties on human rights?

A recent opinion piece in the English edition of Le Monde Diplomatique makes passing reference to the idea that the United States "has ratified only five of the 18 international human rights ...
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Does the Westboro Baptist Church get most of their funding from lawsuits?

The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious for picketing things like funerals and they generate a lot of attention by doing so. A common trend in discussions about the church goes something like: ...
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Did Russia's parliament, Duma, propose invading Poland in 2022?

Twitter user @sentdefender, with >160K followers, recently tweeted The Russian State Duma has proposed that after the Invasion of Ukraine, that Poland be Invaded and denazified next due to their ...
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Has Biden averaged 550,000 new jobs per month as president?

I just saw on President Biden's Facebook page that he's averaged roughly 550,000 new jobs per month, more than double than the next highest, Bill Clinton. A lot of the people in the comments are ...
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Did the government of Florida reject all K-5 maths books, except for ones issued by a specific ex-employer of a colleague of the current governor?

This article alleges that the only books approved by Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education were published by "Accelerate Learning", a company which happens to have ...
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Were Texas & Florida Hiding COVID-19 Data? [closed]

I remember reading that Texas and Florida (which have some high population density cities (and especially Florida with a high percentage of elderly, and hence at risk population) were not comparable ...
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Does Elon Musk's Starlink system play a significant role in the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

The DW article Ukraine is using Elon Musk's Starlink for drone strikes about the use of Starlink to provide internet in Ukraine is suggesting that it is playing a role in, e.g., the way president ...
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Did the New York Post publish authentic email correspondence of Hunter Biden?

The New York Post recently published a story (October 2020) alleging it had found a cache of emails on a laptop apparently belonging to Hunter Biden that demonstrate widespread allegations of nepotism ...
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On 9/11, was Building 7 destroyed in a controlled explosion?

There have been a lot of claims made about the circumstances surrounding the events of 9/11 and Building 7 in particular. The central claim regarding Building 7, that I have heard personally, is that ...
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Did the US government officially spend $41m to make Milosevic lose the 2000 elections?

A 2004 article in the Guardian by the late Ian Traynor says: Officially, the US government spent $41m (£21.7m) organising and funding the year-long operation to get rid of Milosevic from October 1999....
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Did Macron say in 2019 it is better to make concessions to Russia on Ukraine rather than let Russia fall in Beijing's orbit?

The Economist states: Europeans fear that China and Russia are edging towards the formation of a new bloc that will dominate Eurasia. Mr Macron’s pivot to Russia is in part intended to stop it from ...
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Did Jiang Zemin write an unpublished memoir?

It's been claimed in connection with the US bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade that: In February 2011 The Sunday Times published an article stating that an unpublished memoir by former ...
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Did 20th-century Marxists acknowledge that the central social predictions of Marxism were wrong?

In this video, starting at 5:36, Stephen Hicks claims that there are three central "social science" Marxist predictions, which I would sum up as follows: Over time, in any capitalist society,...
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Did former US Ambassador, Chas Freeman, say “The CIA programs in Tibet, which were very effective in destabilizing it, did not succeed in Xinjiang.”?

In a highly-upvoted Quora answer, Godfree Roberts quotes US Ambassador Chas. H. Freeman [sic]: The CIA programs in Tibet, which were very effective in destabilizing it, did not succeed in Xinjiang. ...
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Did the National Rifle Association (NRA) block research into statistics related to gun control?

About 30,000 Americans die every year from gun-related deaths (a number likely to exceed those dying from automobile-related accidents very soon if trends continue). About 1 in 3 of those are ...
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Did these politicians say these quotes regarding rape?

DISCLAIMER: IMAGE CONTAINS QUOTES THAT RELATE TO SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RAPE I recently saw a meme on Quora that claims to show quotes from conservative politicians arguing against abortion in the cases ...
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Was there a "dump" of votes in Michigan where 138,339 votes were added for Biden and 0 for Trump and does this indicate potential fraud?

A Twitter meme circulating says that, at some point last night, a huge "dump" of votes were counted which were exclusively for Biden, with none for Trump. I was ready to dismiss this as a ...
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Have there recently been any immigrants illegally crossing the Mexico-Texas border from South Africa?

Texas Governor Greg Abbott posted on Twitter: Biden banned travel from South Africa because of the new Covid variant. Immigrants have recently been apprehended crossing our border illegally from ...
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Is Kamala Harris' approval rating the lowest of any vice president?

Is Kamala Harris' approval rating "the lowest of any vice president"? I was watching this Fox News video and I am not sure if it's accurate or not. Sources: 28% approval rating as of Nov 8, ...
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Is this quote from Lenin: "Make them swallow the word, they will swallow the thing"?

Éric Zemmour, the far-right probable candidate for the 2022 French presidential election said (in his book La France n'a pas dit son dernier mot but also in many meetings, example) that Lenin has ...
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Was it illegal in Venezuela for doctors to list starvation as cause of death for children?

In this video Jordan Peterson says the following: Do you know that it is now illegal for physicians to list starvation as the cause of death for a Venezuelan child in a hospital. That's how ...
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How is structural unemployment measured?

In light of today's Presidential Speech on jobs, I was reminded of something that I read in Bloomberg Businessweek. With the jobless rate still above 9 percent, the untapped labor pool is deep. Yet ...
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Do these satellite photos show mockups of US military vessels?

Many news outlets are claiming that China has built mockups of US carriers and destroyers in the dessert of Taklamakan (example 1, example 2, example 3). I have some doubts on this, partly because the ...
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Is Walter Reed not able to handle the number of Havana Syndrome patients?

Journalist Julia Ioffe just said this in a Puck News article: Meanwhile, the number of government employees suffering from Havana Syndrome has jumped from a couple dozen to a couple hundred. Some ...
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Is the UK lorry driver shortage unrelated to Brexit? Do EU countries have equal or greater shortages?

UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps claims that Brexit is not one of the causes of the UK lorry driver shortage which is causing shortages of food in supermarkets and shortages of fuel in petrol ...
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Is the size of the territory of a country purely random? [closed]

I read a blog post that attempts to show that the size of the territory of a country is purely random and therefore bears no major historical significance. The argumentation (simplified a bit) is as ...
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Is the UK experiencing wage growth for people on low incomes?

In a TV interview with Andrew Marr on 3 Oct 2021, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson claimed that UK wages were growing for people on low incomes. The interviewer (Marr) said that wasn't true - Johnson ...
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Did 120,000 Egyptians die building the Suez Canal?

According to wikipedia > Gamal_Abdel_Nasser#Nationalization_of_the_Suez_Canal (current revision), on 26 July 1956, Nasser gave a speech in which he claimed 120,000 Egyptians died during the ...
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Is South Africa the "protest capital of the world?"

If you’re South African, you often hear that “South Africa is the world’s protest capital”. There’s even a Wikipedia page that begins with this line. The origin of this statement, as far as I can tell,...
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Are young liberal women more likely to have a mental health condition?

Evie Magazine reports on a 2020 Pew Research study, in an article titled Over 50% Of Liberal, White Women Under 30 Have A Mental Health Issue. Are We Worried Yet? Conservatives label younger liberal ...
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Did Donald Trump move donated money to his business accounts?

According to The Independent, Donald Trump moved more than $200,000 donated to his Make America Great Again PAC into his own private business accounts, according to an analysis of his federal filings....
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Did Iranian state TV say that the drone attack on the tanker in July 2021 was in retaliation for an Israeli strike?

CNN claimed that the Iranian state media has taken credit for a deadly drone attack on a tanker connected to a "Israeli billionaire" going so far as to say it was "retaliation" for ...
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Did Fauci argue that gain-of-function research is worth risking a global pandemic?

In a related question, it's asked whether the Wuhan Lab conducted gain-of-function research, as claimed by Sean Hannity of Fox News. But moments later in the same piece Hannity says that Anthony Fauci ...
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Is electric pulse fishing less ecologically harmful than beam trawl fishing? [closed]

The Netherlands have championed a technique for fishing which uses electric shocks to lure fish into their nets. It is called electric pulse fishing. The Dutch state (and fishing lobby) maintains that ...
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Is there a bill in Iowa that bans the teaching of sexism, slavery, and racial segregation?

Is there a critical race theory bill in Iowa that bans the teaching of the following topics: sexism, slavery, racial segregation, racial discrimination, including topics related to the enactment and ...
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Is this "Dear Liberal Communists" poster a real poster from Turning Point USA?

The following poster has circulated on social media and blogs: Examples: https://twitter.com/viet_t_nguyen/status/1378598473314930691 https://twitter.com/krupali/status/1378556380550852613 https://...
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Have Australia's emissions fallen to the lowest level since 1990

The Liberal Party of Australia posted a claim on Facebook that Australia's emissions have fallen to the lowest level since 1990. Is this accurate? Below is a screenshot of the Facebook post, and ...
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Did NIH ask the EcoHealth Alliance to provide information about the “apparent disappearance” of a Wuhan Institute of Virology researcher?

In a long story in Vanity Fair that has some interesting twists it's claimed at one point that At a White House COVID-19 press briefing on April 17, 2020, a reporter from the conspiratorial right-...
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Did BLM post the quote “Loving your culture and placing your race first doesn't make you racist”?

This image: indicates that BLM posted an image with the following caption: Loving your culture and placing your race first doesn't make you racist Did that happen or is it fake?
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Is Mexico building a southern border wall that the United States is helping to pay for?

I saw a few headlines from more conservative news outlets about this. Mexico builds its own wall against migrants is the primary source but it's behind a paywall so I can't investigate on my own. Even ...
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Does New York restrict voting more than Georgia's new law?

Some people have claimed that New York actually restricts voting more than Georgia, even after Georgia's new Election Integrity Act. New York’s voting laws are far more restrictive than Georgia’s by ...
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Did the US spend 7 trillion in the Middle East?

In response to the recent train accident in Washington State, the current President of the United States, Donal Trump, made a claim in a tweet that the US has spent $7 trillion in the Middle East. Is ...

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