Friday, December 27, 2013

National Taiwan University Intervarsity December 2013

R1. THBT children are better served by having working mothers. 
R2. THBT Western universities should not establish campuses in authoritarian states. 
R3. THW automatically dismiss all appointed government officials with a higher disapproval rate than 75 percent. 
R4. THBT developing countries should embrace slum tourism. 
R5. THBT states should actively promote transparency and the free flow of information on the Internet. 
R6. THBT people running for public office should be exclusively and equally funded by the state. 
SF. THS the appointment of openly gay police and military commanders, when competent, in Taiwan. 
F. THW fund the separatist movement in Tibet.
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Monday, December 23, 2013

China University of Petroleum, Beijing Fall Intramural Tournament -- Saturday, December 7, 2013

Round 1: The USA should criminalize the private ownership of handguns.

Round 2: Publicly funded scientific agencies in highly developed countries should have a moral obligation to always make their scientific findings accessible to the entire world's community of scientists.

Round 3: Graduate students (age 23 or older) and their university professors should be free to engage in consensual romantic relationships.

Final Round: China should ban pre-employment physical health checks in order to end discrimination in hiring against individuals who are positive for Hepatitis B.

Submitted by: J. Scott Rodriguez, Director of Debate, CUPB

Thursday, December 19, 2013

1st Hangzhou Winter BP Debate Open, 13th to 15th December 2013

1st Hangzhou Winter BP Debate Open 2013, 13th to 15th December, Hangzhou, China

Round 1: The Zombie Apocalypse is starting in Beijing. There are some infected, some immune, and some uninfected in the city. You are President Xi Jinping,THBT You should bomb the city.

Round 2: In Rural China, to promote gender equality, THW pay families to raise daughters up to the age of 18.

Round 3: THBT China should disallow the remaking of Chinese classical stories (Journey to the West, Tree Kingdoms, White Snake, etc) into movies by Hollywood directors.

Round 4: THB in an Olympics where athletes represent themselves instead of their countries.

Round 5: THBT Sinopec should be denationalized (privatized).

Round 6: THW mandate all citizens, after the completion of a medical degree, to serve in a state run hospital.

Quarter Finals: THBT the state must seek the approval of local communities whose life and environment will be affected by national infrastructural projects (Three Gorges Dam, High Speed Railways, and Nuclear Power Plant).

Semi Finals: THBT the artistic community (artists, writers, film makers, musicians and etc.) have the social obligation to forward social movements' interests such as LGBT rights, women empowerment, ethnic diversity and etc. in the work they produce.

Grand Finals: TH prefers a world without pain and suffering.

Adj Core: Loke Wing Fatt (Singapore), Samuel Chan (Hong Kong), George Chen (China) and Mark Escay (Philippines)
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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Oxford IV, Oxford, England, November 8-9 2013

Oxford IV, Oxford, England, November 8-9
  • R1: THW provide mobile teachers for the compulsory education of the children of travelling communities (e.g. Roma and Irish Traveller)
  • R2: THBT developed economies should collectively agree to impose radically redistributive tax codes
  • R3: THW ban the gender testing of athletes in sports
  • R4: THW require major polluters to open their borders to environmental refugees
  • R5: THBT national war memorials should commemorate the casualties on all sides of the conflict
  • Novice Final: THBT when courts sentence offenders, they should give considerable weight to the views of the victims
  • Quarter: THW, as a liberal democracy, restrict coverage of small-scale terrorist attacks
  • ESL Semi: THBT political parties should adopt non-hierarchical organisational structures
  • Semi: THBT identity-based social movements should not include in their movements allies who are not part of the identity group in question
  • ESL Final: THBT liberal democracies should cut all economic and military ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Final: THBT the United States should dissolve its offensive military capabilities

UK Debate Challenge, Nottingham, England, November 9-10 2013

UK Debate Challenge, Nottingham, England, November 9-10
  • R1: THBT feminists should oppose restrictions on the wearing of the burkha and the hijab
  • R2: THW remove all non-military sanctions on Iran
  • R3: TH regrets the portrayal of the developing world in the fundraising campaigns of charitable organisations
  • R4: THBT state schools should instil in children the belief that anyone can succeed through hard work, regardless of their background
  • R5: THBT artists from dominant cultural majorities should not seek to portray minority cultures
  • Novice Final: You are a government employee who has found evidence that your state is carrying out actions you personally believe to be gravely immoral. You have no cause to believe these actions are illegal.Motion: THW leak the evidence directly to the press
  • Semi: THW abolish private property
  • Final: THBT The US should end the War on Terror

Bogwall, Edinburgh, Scotland, November 15 2013

Bogwall, Edinburgh, Scotland, November 15
  • R1: THBT the (same-sex couples) Marriage Bill 2013 should remove the right of religious institutions to refuse to perform same-sex marriages
  • R2: THBT past colonial empires should pay reparations to their former colonies who are still classed as developing
  • R3: THBT feminist political activists should form a separate political party based on feminist ideology, rather than joining existing parties
  • R4: THW Pay Additional Benefits to Families on Welfare Whose Children are Excelling in School
  • Semi: THBT America should refuse to engage with any attempts to end cyber warfare
  • Final: InfoYou are Sherlock Holmes, pursuing your arch nemesis, Moriarty. Moriarty is an elusive criminal mastermind with a global network. This network is responsible for countless murders, extortions and a number of other large-scale criminal acts. You have captured Moriarty’s henchman and have enough evidence to convict him of a number of charges, including murder. Before you take him to the police, the henchman offers to give you vital information about Moriarty’s plans and whereabouts which MAY lead you to finally catch him and foil his plans for evil- in exchange for letting the henchman go free. Your deductive reasoning tells you that this is not a trap. Motion: TH, as Sherlock Holmes, Would accept the henchman’s offer.

Cambridge IV, Cambridge, England, November 15-16 2013

Cambridge IV, Cambridge, England, November 15-16
  • R1: THW give primates (e.g. monkeys) and cetaceans (e.g. dolphins) the same rights to life, freedom from physical harm, and freedom of movement as humans.
  • R2: THBT developed countries should set maximum rents for residential properties in large urban centres.
  • R3: THBT, despite the expressed wishes of the Pakistani government, the United States should continue to target the leaders of Tehrik-i-Talibani (Pakistani Taliban).
  • R4: THW break up banks, like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and HSBC, that are deemed ’too big to fail’.
  • R5: THW ban religious charities from engaging in proselytisation
  • Quarter: THB Republican and Democratic parties should select House, Senate, Pres candidates by vote of leaders rather than primaries
  • ESL Semi: THW prevent those who deny climate change from seeking political office
  • Semi: Instead of creating a Jewish state in the British Mandate of Palestine, with the benefit of hindsightTHW have created a Jewish State in Germany
  • ESL Final: THBT it should be the policy of the United States to conduct all of its military interventions unilaterally
  • Final: THBT it is in the West's interests for Assad to decisively win the Syrian civil war

John Smith Memorial Mace, England leg, London, England, November 23-24 2013

John Smith Memorial Mace, England leg, London, England, November 23-24
  • R1: THW ban the advertising of financial products that entail an obligation of consumer debt
  • R2: THBT domestically, Margaret Thatcher’s premiership did more harm than good
  • R3: THW allow pro-immigration charities to sue politicians and media outlets that defame ’immigrants’
  • R4: THW tax earnings over £1million by 75% but allow individuals to decide how the government spends the additional revenue generated by this income
  • Semi: TH welcomes the decline of US-led humanitarian interventions without international consensus
  • Final: THBT all main political parties should implement a cross party political scheme to use all-women shortlists to get more women into parliament until gender parity is reached

Zeit Debatte Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, November 22-24 2-13 (translated)

Zeit Debatte Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, November 22-24 (translated)
  • R1: THW make purchasing sexual services punishable by law. Info: Adults over 18 are allowed to prostitute themselves, get social security and sue for compensations. Bans can be imposed against prostitution in specific areas or at specific times. Pimping is not illegal as long as the work environment offered is suitable and the prostitute is not exploited
  • R2: THBT religion is redundant.
  • R3: THW return artworks stolen or expropriated by the Nazis, without regard to property rights, laws and statutes of limitation that might block such a return (info and here)
  • R4: THW go on a treasure hunt
  • R5: THW ban temp agency contracting (Leiharbeit, Arbeitnehmerüberlassung, Zeitarbeit, Mitarbeiterüberlassung oder Personalleasing)  
  • Semi: THW spread asylum seekers over EU countries on the basis of their relative population sizes
  • Final: THW abolish the federalist system in Germany

Yorkshire Novices, Sheffield, England, November 23-24 2013

Yorkshire Novices, Sheffield, England, November 23-24
  • R1: THBT it is legitimate for environmental campaign groups to use ecoterrorism to achieve their goals
  • R2: TH regrets the annual commemoration of past wars
  • R3: THW implement total surveillance
  • R4: THBT artists, entertainers, and musicians should not comment on politics outside of their artistic creations
  • Semi: THBT Western liberal democracies have a duty to militarily intervene in conflicts where large scale human rights abuses are occurring
  • Final: THW fabricate and publicise evidence that high ranking religious figures that claim homosexuality to be a sin engage in homosexual acts

UCU Open, Utrecht, Netherlands, November 29-30 2013

UCU Open, Utrecht, Netherlands, November 29-30
  • R1: THW, assuming it were feasible to enforce, support a global inheritance tax of 100% on all cash and assets beyond the first €5000 (and substantial taxes on high-value gifts during one's lifetime)
  • R2: THBT the citizens of countries under military occupation of a western liberal democracy should be granted the right to vote in the elections of that occupying state!
  • R3: THW give men more paid parental leave than women and force them to take it
  • R4: THW allow people (including companies) to give the police money in exchange for new or increased efforts in a specified area of legitimate law enforcement
  • R5: THW place a sin tax to low-brow entertainment in order to subsidize high-brow art
  • Semi: THW appoint a group of relevant charities (e.g. Environmental charities) to cast votes in general elections on behalf of future citizens
  • Final: You are a dutch person. THBT you should campaign against Zwarte Piet and should routinely condemn it as a racist institution

Iron Man tournament, Münster, Germany, November 29 2013 (translated)

Iron Man tournament, Münster, Germany, November 29 (translated)
  • R1: THBT our legal system should neither regulate nor judge behaviour that takes place solely in virtual online worlds like “Second Life” and leave the making of rules to their manufacturers
  • R2: THBT China should prioritise social justice over economic growth
  • R3: THW allow businesses to pay employees who agree not to have children more in wages
  • R4: THW allow sodomie (intercourse with animals)
  • Final: A ship sinks at the high seas. Three sailors and the cabin boy survive in a lifeboat. There is no land in sight and the men are exhausted.  To stay alive, the sailors kill and eat the cabin boy against his will. Days later, the lifeboat is found and brought to land. The sailors survived thanks to the reinforcement brought by eating the cabin boy. The authorities hear of the tale and the sailors are brought before a court where a jury will give a verdict. Motion: TH, as the jury, would vote against a conviction

Cork Invitational, Cork, Ireland, November 28 2013

Cork Invitational, Cork, Ireland, November 28
  • R1: THBT foreign visitors to Islamic countries should dress and act according to local sensibilities in public even if not obliged to by law
  • R2: THW never allow prisons to force-feed detainees on hunger strike
  • R3: TH supports targeted advertising based on gender
  • Final: THBT suicide bombing is a legitimate tactic of warfare

Cork IV, Cork, Ireland, November 29-30 2013

Cork IV, Cork, Ireland, November 29-30
  • R1: THBT once artists earn enough to constitute a comfortable wage, they have a duty to make their work freely available
  • R2: THBT Libya should repeal its ban on senior members of the Gaddaffi Regime (military and civil) from holding positions in government
  • R3: THW force violent offenders to undergo theLudovico technique
  • R4: THBT developing countries should use policies such as permits to restrict rural to urban migration
  • R5: THW allow Pro-Life organisations to pay women currently considering having an abortion to carry the pregnancy to term
  • Semi and Novice Final: TH supports the actions of Anonymous and other such vigilante groups
  • Final: Assuming you would not be found out, in the event of a terrorist attack on US soil, committed by Islamist extremists THW fabricate evidence that attack was committed by dominant ethnic and socio-economic group, e.g. white Anglo-Saxons

Bristol ProAM, Bristol, England, November 30 2013

Bristol ProAM, Bristol, England, November 30
  • R1: THW not allow governments to electronically intercept communications without a warrant
  • R2: THW prevent the media from publishing any personal details (such as race or social class) of criminals and suspects
  • R3: TH, as the USA, would destroy its stockpile of smallpox
  • R4: In proportion to under 30s population, THW reserve seats in parliament for 18-30 year olds
  • Semi: THW, as David Icke, dedicate the rest of its life to exposing the lizard people. (Info)
  • Final: THBT western liberal democracies should use any effective means at their disposal to uphold the human rights of women

Newcastle IV, Newcastle, England, November 30 2013

Newcastle IV, Newcastle, England, November 30
  • R1: THW allow individuals to sell their non-vital organs
  • R2: THW legalise online child chat simulations
  • R3: THW apply the same standards to the sale of mass surveillance technology as it does to the sale of arms
  • R4: THS affirmative action policies targeted at women in business
  • Final: THBT Miley Cyrus is bad for feminism

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

15th SSE Riga IV 2013

The CA's where Stephanie Bell & Clive Eley, here's the motions:

R1: Infoslide: "sin tax" is a tax on the consumption of products that governments are reluctant to ban, but understand to be harmful
Motion: THW introduce a sin tax on all meat products
R2:THW not provide rebuilding funds to citizens above the poverty line who live in known natural disaster areas
R3:THW establish an easily performed procedure for individuals to delete the entirety of their internet and social media footprint
R4:TH supports the Ukrainian government decision to make a trade deal with Russia rather than seek integration with the EU
R5 (fake): THW ban the use of animals in advertising
R5:THW return all ill-gotten artworks and valuable historical artifacts to the communities of their origin
Semifinal: THBT violent protest is a legitimate strategy in democratic societies
Novice final: THW not give jail time to criminals who do not pose an ongoing violent threat to society
Grand Final: THS unlimited human body enhancement in all areas of life

Also our Grand Final video is excellent quality and perhaps worth sharing as a debate resource:

Warsaw Open December 2013

Round 1: THW eject national sports teams from international competitions if their fans or players are found to have committed racist or fascist acts during matches
Music: Los Fastidios - Antifa Hooligans

Round 2: THBT in developed countries the minimum wage should guarantee a middle class lifestyle
Music: The Offspring - Why Don't You Get A Job

Round 3: THW stop all research into differences between the male and female brain
Music: Ciara - Like A Boy

Round 4: THBT Pope Francis should openly endorse radical left political parties and candidates
Music: Bejarano & Microphone Mafia - Bella Ciao

Semi: THW only hold gay pride parades with the consent of the local community
Music: Los Fastidios - You'll Never Walk Alone

Final: THW immediately lift all sanctions on Iran
Music: Rammstein - Amerika
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Monday, December 9, 2013

Brandeis IV December 2013

Round 1. THB that children should be banned from attending religious services

Round 2. THB that the use of chemical weapons in a defensive capacity against enemy combatants should not be a war crime.

Round 3. THW criminalize the possession and use of Bitcoins.

Round 4. THW make government assistance to historically marginalized cultural groups contingent on policies to combat traditional gender inequality.

Round 5. THB that all universities should create separate career tracks for teaching and research.

Round 6. THB that the National Football League should issue automatic lifetime bans to players convicted of domestic violence or sexual assault.

Quarterfinals: THW require the state to compensate individuals who face criminal prosecution but are found not guilty.

Semifinals: THBT Germany should renew the ban on the publication of Mein Kampf

Finals: THBT the LGBTQ movement should not take a position on whether sexual preferences are a choice
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USU Midwest Match-up Ball State University December 2013

Listed below are the topics from the USU Midwest Match-up this past weekend at Ball State University.

Round One: This House would prioritize Israeli citizenship for Palestinians over Independent Palestinian statehood.

Round Two: This House believes that the World Cup is unfair.

Round Three: This House would cease all aid to Egypt until it adopts a secular constitution.

Round Four: This House would support the government of India’s decision to relinquish the control of Kashmir to Pakistan.

Finals: This House believes that Nelson Mandela should be remembered as a terrorist.

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Seattle IV December 2013

Motions from 2013 Seattle IV:
Round 1: THBT it is immoral to participate in Black Friday
Round 2: THW prohibit any contact between organ collectors and the
families of potential donors until after the decision to donate has
been made.
Round 3: THBT parents who allow their children to engage in dangerous
sports should be charged with criminal neglect should the child be
seriously injured while participating in that sport.
Round 4: THBT the U.S. Federal government should forcibly buy out all
online currencies such as Bitcoin and prohibit future development of
these currencies.
Round 5: THBT the United Nations should not invite Iran and Saudi
Arabia to the upcoming peace talks between Syrian rebels and the Assad
Semis: THW financially incentivize women to not have abortions
Finals: THW assassinate perpetrators of crimes of against humanity
rather than seek international prosecution.
Winner: Simon Fraser
2nd: UBC
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013


1st China Pre-Worlds 2013 Motions ( 29th Nov to 1st Dec), Beijing Language and Culture University


Info slide: The French Parliament is considering this policy where the clients of prostitutes will be fined 3,000Euros or be jailed up to 6 months.

ROUND 2 THBT China should privatize all State-Owned Public Utility Companies (e.g Electricity, Water and Gas)

ROUND 3 THW make a 12-month term in military training and service a requirement for entering tertiary education

Round 4 THW Ban Mail-Order Brides

ROUND 5 THW consider acts of violence committed by the poor against institutions (i.e. corporations) OR people (i.e. CEOs) that are perceived to HAVE caused poverty as mitigating circumstances in the trial process

ROUND 6 Assuming it was possible, THW Alter Human Minds to make it impossible to tell Lies.

QUARTER fINALS THW sterilize individuals who would pass on severe mental and/or psychological disorders.

SEMI FINALS You are a Commanding Officer of the Chinese Air Force. A Korean military airplane has defied standing warnings to not incur into critical Chinese air space, THBT you should shoot the plane down

NOVICE FINAL This House supports the creation of Baby Hatch/Baby Drop Box.

Info slide: A baby hatch/baby dropbox is a place where people (typically mothers) can bring babies, usually newborn, and leave them anonymously in a safe place to be found and cared for.

FINAL This House believes that people should reject the belief in the afterlife.
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11th International Debate Academy Slovenia 2013

1. THW impose a tax on men to reduce the gender pay gap.

2. THBT EU nations should stop cooperating with the USA on intelligence matters.

3. THW not watch pornography

4. THW pay reparations to European Roma

5. THBT all corporations should become cooperatives owned and operated by the workers.

6. This House believes that the dead are the property of the state




THW apply universal jurisdiction to crimes against the environment



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