Thursday, July 10, 2014

ARGO Open 2014 Prepared Motions


From CA Geetha Creffield:

After careful discussions among the members of the CAP, we have decided the prepared motions for the ARGO Open 2014:

Round 1 –THW ban shadow banking

Round 3 - THS a targeted military intervention by the international community to protect civilians in Northern Nigeria against insurgencies by Boko Haram


Round 5 - THW not cooperate with democratically elected politicians who hold extremist views, on an internal level, even if it means losing political power.

Round 7 - TH regrets the European court's decision to afford people the right to be forgotten on the internet.

Final - THBT Romania should stop using Gazprom gas, until Russia gives up its claims over Crimea.

We hope to see all of you in Romania this September!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Australs July 2014

http://tab.australs2014.com/t/australs2014/motions/

Open Grand Final
[A] That Western Liberal Democratic States should take an ongoing public stance against religion
[B] That assuming a medicinal method of becoming heterosexual was developed, it should be banned
[C] In a post-genocide society, the state should aggressively pursue housing policies which promote racial integration
ESL Grand Final
[A] That we should ban volunteer tourism
[B] That First Ladies/Gentlemen should not publically advocate for policies or political positions during their partner's term in office
[C] That we regret the American withdrawal from Iraq
Open Semifinals
[A] That the rise of the Tea Party Movement is good for liberal citizens of the United States of America
[B] That we regret that Barack Obama has not made his racial background a significant issue during his Presidency
[C] That it would be better for the United States of America if the Southern states were to secede
Open Quarterfinals
[A] That the West should force the immediate resignation of Nouri al-Maliki
[B] That reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah is bad for Palestine
[C] That, in spite of the opposition of the Burmese Government, the international community should set up a safehaven for the Rohingyas in Burma
ESL Semifinals
[A] That indigenous communities who have historically lived in the Amazon should not be punished for acts of vigilantism against poaches and illegal loggers
[B] That historically oppressed indigenous minorities should embrace and promote inaccurate but positive myths or beliefs about their culture
[C] That indigenous citizens should be paid a salary for life as a form of reparations
Open Octofinals
[A] That the state should vet all advertisements intended for public spaces to ensure they do not perpetuate racist or sexist stereotypes
[B] That progressive public forums should actively recruit controversial, socially regressive speakers in order to spark public outrage and discussion
[C] That adoption organisations which preference, or facilitate biological parents' preferences for, placing children in heterosexual homes should be closed
Round 8
[A] That the feminist movement should exclude activists who argue that transwomen are not women
[B] That full equality between the sexes requires the complete abolition of femininity and masculinity
[C] That, as an attractive educated woman, we would choose to marry for money rather than pursue a career
Round 7
[A] That we should abolish NATO
[B] That Modi's victory over the Congress Party should be celebrated
[C] That ransoms should not be paid to Boko Haram
Round 6
[A] That couples should be able to enter relationship contracts which make any future infidelity a state-enforced crime
[B] That we should support online vigilantes to act against perpetrators of crime and police departments/prosecutors who fail to effectively prosecute them
[C] That we should grant overweight people the same protections from discrimination and hate speech as other vulnerable groups
Round 5
[A] That corporations should be allowed to vote
[B] That we support an aggressively redistributive global income tax
[C] That, once sufficient welfare services have been provided to every citizen, the state should not care about relative inequality
Round 4
[A] That developed nations should pay developing nations to not extract their fossil fuel resources (coal, gas, oil)
[B] That governments should not preserve habitats purely for cultural or aesthetic reasons
[C] That rather than protecting endangered species the animal rights movement should prioritise maximising the total welfare of the animal population
Round 3
[A] That we regret the depiction of protagonists in children's books and media as aesthetically superior
[B] That children should learn history as a unifying national story rather than a criticism of past generations
[C] That we should promote the notion that the decision to have a child is a selfish one
Round 2
[A] That major transactions of professional sporting clubs should be subject to a vote of paid club members
[B] That there should be character tests for owning or participating in professional sporting teams
[C] That we should eject sporting teams from international competitions if their fans are found to have committed racist/sexist/queerphobic etc acts during matches
Round 1
[A] That vegetarians and vegans have a moral obligation to aggressively lobby their friends and community to not consume animal products
[B] That the West should not import food from nations with chronic food shortages
[C] That we should ban all advertising and education which implies that addictive or dangerous substances cannot be enjoyable

Friday, June 27, 2014

Deutsche Debattiermeisterschaft (German Language Debating Championships), Berlin, Germany, June 6-9 2014

Deutsche Debattiermeisterschaft (German Language Debating Championships), Berlin, Germany, June 6-9 2014
  • R1: THW abolish Gesinnungsstrafrecht (additional attitude/mindset penalties for crimes commited, e.g. hate crimes)
  • R2: THW give citizens the right to change their identities without giving justification
  • R3: THBT Putin’s conduct of the Crimea crisis was in Russia’s strategic interest
  • R4: TH is a citizen of a western liberal democracy that rejects discrimination on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity. TH would boycott works from artists (painters, musicians, movie directors, etc.) that personally hold discriminatory views, even when you like their art
  • R5: TH regrets the increasing classification of human behaviour as illnesses
  • R6: THW, as part of awareness campaigns about rape and sexual violence, inform women of potentially risky behaviour (like alcohol consumption or choice of clothing)
  • R7: TH, as the European Union, would introduce defence mechanisms agains anti-EU parties
  • Quarter:: THBT liberal democracies should not treat disclosure of information to the public as treason.
  • Semi:: THW temporarily recolonise former colonies that have developed into “failed states”
  • DaF (German as a Second Language) Final: THBT it is time for Germany to take more on miiltary responsibility in the world
  • Final: THBT current day’s political correctness does more harm than good

TechOpen, Haifa, Israel, May 30-31 2014

TechOpen, Haifa, Israel, May 30-31 2014
  • R1: THW implement a full ban on burqas
  • R2: Info: In recent years, Hungary has severely limited freedom of speech and freedom of the press, has silenced opposition groups, and condoned widespread discrimination of the LGBT community and the Roma minority. Motion: TH, as the European Union, would suspend Hungary's EU-membership if they do not reform within a set period of time.
  • R3: Info: Hamsterdams are non-residential areas in which drug users and dealers are legally allowed to buy, sell, and use drugs. Any drug related activity outside such
  • Hamsterdams remains illegal. Motion: THW create Hamsterdams in cities with a high level of drug use
  • R4: Info: Virtual child pornography is a very realistic appearing computer generated depiction of a minor engaging in sexual acts. In the USA, Germany, and Australia (among others) virtual child pornography is banned. Motion: THW allow virtual child pornography
  • Semi: Info: In Star Trek, the Prime Directive prohibits space travels missions’ personnel from interfering with the internal development of alien civilizations. It was designed primarily for encounters with alien civilizations deemed to be less advanced. In the future, when human kind develops space travel capabilities, Motion: THW Implement the Prime Directive
  • Final: TH, as the Palestinian people, would launch a Third Intifada

Neckarwiesen Cup, Heiderlberg, Germany, May 17 2014

Neckarwiesen Cup, Heiderlberg, Germany, May 17 2014
  • R1: Should we introduce diversity quota, rather than women’s quota?
  • R2: (inkl.Factsheet) Should we reserve prostheses and implants for people with physical deficiencies?
  • R3: Should companies have to justify the labour conditions of their suppliers in their yearly financial reports?
  • Final: Should the European Court of Justice be given the power to annul national laws that violate European values upon request of the European Parliament?

Helsinki Open, Helsinki, Finland, May 16-18 2014

Helsinki Open, Helsinki, Finland, May 16-18 2014
  • R1: THBT parents should monitor the electronic communications of their children, for example by installing spyware, requiring their children to give them their passwords, or reading browser histories
  • R2: THW take away essential service givers' (such as policemen, firemen and doctors) right to strike
  • R3: Info Slide: Brendan Eich was appointed in April 2014 as CEO of the Mozilla Corporation, creator of the web browser Firefox. After his appointment, news emerged that he had made a $1000 donation in 2008 to support Proposition 8, a referendum that sought to establish ”only marriage between a man and a woman is recognised in California”. This resulted in a wide spread campaign calling to remove Eich from office, eventually resulting in his resignation 10 days after taking office. Motion: TH regrets the campaign to remove Brendan Eich from office
  • R4: Info Slide: A retroactive law is a law criminalizing a particular act, such that people who committed the act even before it was criminalized can still be prosecuted under this law. Motion: THW allow the parliament to pass retroactive laws with a 2/3 majority
  • R5: THBT developing countries should ban aid organizations from religious proselytizing
  • Semi-Final: THBT The death of newspapers and news print media would be a net good
  • Final: THBT the education system should stream children according to their abilities from a young age

French Language World Championships Debating, Paris, France, May 12-16 2014

French Language World Championships Debating, Paris, France, May 12-16 2014
  • THW prohibit works of art that undermine/go against morality
  • THW ban commercials
  • THW introduce a “capability vote
  • THW prohibit sex changes
  • THW ban pornography
  • THW impose a DNA database
  • THW prohibit all motor vehicles
  • THW grant legal personality to animals
  • THW ban online dating sites
  • THW make participating in sports activities mandatory
  • THW permit the state discretionary eavesdropping on its citizens
  • THW put a cap on the salaries of top athletes
  • THW make the payment of family allowances conditionary on school attendance
  • THW resist the supremacy of English by any means available

Thursday, June 26, 2014

IDEA League of Young Voters European Cup, Strassbourg, France, 9-11 May 2014

IDEA League of Young Voters European Cup, Strassbourg, France, 9-11 May 2014
  • R1: THW substantially lower labour regulations for young people in areas with high youth unemployment.
  • R2: THBT internet piracy has done more good than harm.
  • R3: THBT the European Union should guarantee membership to regions of member states that secede from their parent state.
  • R4: TH supports hydraulic fracturing.
  • R5: THW implement tradable quotas for asylum seekers within the European Union.
  • Semi: TH supports Athletic Bilbao's cantera policy.
  • Final: THW create a common history curricula for the entire European Union.

Zeit Debatte Mainz, Mainz, Germany, 2-4 May 2014

Zeit Debatte Mainz, Mainz, Germany, 2-4 May 2014 (translated)
  • R1: Should universities stop giving out honours or titles for which no scientific labour or standards were met (e.g. honourary doctors title)?
  • R2: Should Spartengewerkschaften (craft unions) be abolished? Spartengewerkschaften abgeschafft werden?
  • R3: Should providing arms to the citizens of another state be outlawed under international law?
  • R4: Should landowners be the owners of all natural resources (Bodenschätze) in their ground?
  • R5: Should media be banned from publishing information about the sexual preferences or orientations of public figures without their consent?
  • Semi: It is mandatory in Germany to reserve one percent of your public building budget for art projects.Motion: Should we stop the mandatory art requirement for public building projects?
  • Final: Should politicians be liable for policy decisions with their private assets (mutatis mutandis)?

Copenhagen Open, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2-3 May 2014

Copenhagen Open, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2-3 May 2014
  • R1: THW legalise the sale and purchase of human organs
  • R2: THW allocate public housing and use financial incentives (e.g. rent subsidies) to maintain a minimum quota of ethnic groups in all areas of the country
  • R3: THW ban the use of photoshop in magazines and advertising
  • R4: THBT the USA should withdraw from NATO
  • R5: THW lower income tax and impose higher wealth taxes (e.g. on inheritance, property and other assets) instead
  • Final: Info slide: Tell me yourself – I challenge you; let’s assume that you were called upon to build the edifice of human destiny so that men would finally be happy and would find perfect peace and tranquility. If you knew that, in order to attain this, you would have to torture just one single creature, let’s say the little girl who beat her chest so desperately in the outhouse, and that on her unavenged tears you could build that edifice, would you agree to do it? Tell me and don’t lie! Motion: THW build Dostoevsky's edifice

South German Regional Championships, Stuttgart, Germany, 26-27 May 2014

South German Regional Championships, Stuttgart, Germany, 26-27 May 2014 (translated)
  • R1: THBT liberal democratic states should add citizens duties as well as citizens rights in their constitutions
  • R2: THW rewrite sexist, racist or otherwise discriminating passages in opera libretti
  • R3: THW allow parents to decide to let their severally mentally handicapped children be operated or treated with hormones so that they will not enter physical puberty
  • R4: THW ban money from Saudi Arabia to promote Islam in the EU, as long as other religions are banned from that country.
  • Semi: THW require popular sports that generate high profits to share a portion of their gains with marginal/fringe sports
  • Final: THW require companies to make the salaries of all their employees publicly available

West German Regional Championships, Münster, Germany, 26-27 May 2014

West German Regional Championships, Münster, Germany, 26-27 May 2014 (translated)
  • R1: THW ban beauty pageants for minors
  • R2: THW ban political contributions.
  • R3: TH, as a woman, would make targeted use of her feminine charms
  • R4: THBT all borders should be opened at once
  • Semi: THW replace the Bundestag by permanent “delegated voting
  • Final: THW require companies to make the salaries of all their employees publicly available

North-East German Regional Championships, Magdeburg, Germany, 26-27 April 2014

North-East German Regional Championships, Magdeburg, Germany, 26-27 April 2014 (translated)
  • R1: THW ban commercial expeditions to the top of the Mount Everest
  • R2: THW award state funding for the arts through lottery
  • R3: Info: Given that it is technically possible to alter people´s subjective experience of time so that short periods of time feel considerably longer (e.g. one day feels like a year) Motion: THW apply the technology as an alternative to regular imprisonment
  • R4: THW falsify history in post-war societies in order to ensure peace
  • Semi: THW replace the state pension with a state disability insurance
  • Final: THW require companies to make the salaries of all their employees publicly available

Hull Open, Hull, England, 26 April 2014

Hull Open, Hull, England, 26 April 2014
  • R1: THW require all advertising to be gender neutral.
  • R2: A Computer Operated Police (or C.O.P) Machine is a non-autonomous humanoid domestic drone currently being developed by the State to carry out operations deemed to be too dangerous for human officers. They are remote operated and fully armed. Motion: TH supports the deployment, throughout the Police Force, of C.O.P.s.
  • R3: 'Scientific rationalism': The practice or principle of basing opinions and actions on reason and knowledge rather than on religious belief or emotional response.Motion: THW aggressively promote scientific rationalism in schools.
  • R4: THW, as the West, invade Syria with the objectives to depose the Assad regime and oversee a transition to democracy.
  • Final: THW decriminalise the intentional and negligent transmission of HIV.

VUAS Debate tournament, Valmiera, Lithuania, 26-27 April 2014

VUAS Debate tournament, Valmiera, Lithuania, 26-27 April 2014
  • R1: THW require elected politicians and their families to use only services provided by the state
  • R2: THW grant the Roma the right to settle in self governing autonomous communities
  • R3: THBT states should grant unconditional asylum to all Syrians
  • R4: TH, as Latvia, would ban Legion Day parades
  • R5: THW would classify crimes directed against sub-cultures as hate crimes
  • Semi: In countries where gay marriage is legal THW abolish tax exemptions and cease funding of religious organisations that refuse to conduct same sex marriage or ban homosexuals from their services
  •  Final: Given the consent of Ukraine's government, THBT the West should assist in maintaining peace and territorial integrity in Eastern Ukraine