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Istanbul Meridyen Debating Academy

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The Turkey debate tournament was held 3-4 September 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. It was CA’ed by a great team, namely Melda Eren (CA), Monica Forman (CA), Nika Jelendorf (CA), Rebecca Irvine (CA).

Here are the motions that were debated:

Round 1: This house believes that governments should strictly regulate construction and renovation in order to preserve historical architecture (buildings, parks, public spaces etc).
Round 2: This house would ban self-learning sex robots that aim to be highly gratifying and realistic
Round 3: This house would permanently remove from service Imams who are stationed in places where an honour killing has occured
Round 4: This house would not use scientific data acquired through non-ethical experiments

Final: Infoslide: Husartsan was the first memorial monument dedicated to the victims of the ‘Armenian Tragedy’. It was erected in 1919 near Taksim Square in Istanbul, on the premises of a former Armenian Cemetary. In 1922, during the occupation of Istanbul, the monument was dismantled and subsequently lost under unknown circumstances. Recently, President Erdogan has declared Turkey the “most meaningful place” to commemorate the ‘Armenian Tragedy’, which Ankara does not recognize as genocide.
Motion: This house would rebuild the Husartsan memorial


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ROUND 1: “Gurlie”
– This house celebrates the “fetishization” of the LGBT in porn (men who watch lesbian porn; women who watch gay porn; shemale)
– This house would fabricate evidence in order to create the impression that historical icons had been gay
– Info slide: A study conducted by Cambridge University describes the role of genetic regulators which influences whether an immature germ cell differentiates into a male or female cell, and how that process can be manipulated. In the future, it is possible for stem cells from a male to be used to produce an egg, allowing an infant to have two biological fathers. Motion: Assuming feasibility, This house believes that the state should heavily subsidize the access to “2-father babies”.

ROUND 2 : “Givenchi kokoli datung”
– This house will impose minimum educational qualification as a requirement to stock market participation
-Info slide: A charter city involves a developing country giving a long term lease on a small area of land to a developed country. The developed country will build and govern a new city for a pre-determined period of time. Motion: This house would establish charter cities in developing countries
– This house will repeal all laws requiring mandatory remittances from Overseas workers

ROUND 3 : “taralets penpen de chorvaloo”
– This house would include E-sports in the Olympics
– This house will allow organized fight clubs
– This house supports the integration of moral choices in games

– This house will go back in time and save Jesus Christ from crucifixion
– This house believes that the Ministry of Magic should require wizards to live in muggle communities
– In case of a zombie-epidemic, This house believes that zombies have a right to a humane life in special zombie-habitats

ROUND 5 : “Huling push? K mo yan ‘teh!”
– Info slide: Kevin really hates Charles. For four years, Kevin meticulously planned how to kill Charles, and he learned that Charles loves eating Lechon belly. Last night, Kevin gave Charles a cyanide laced lechon belly which Charles ate heartedly. To Kevin’s surprise, he saw Charles the next day happy, blooming and healthy. It turns out that Charles is immune to cyanide. Motion:  This house will still charge Kevin with Murder.
– This house will repeal all laws that criminalize any form of speech (Libelous,Seditious, Discriminatory, Slanderous, Defamation)
– This house would not afford religious identity the same level of anti-discrimination protection as inborn traits (ex. race and *sexuality)

QUARTERS: “ Ms. International”
– This house believes that the EU should ban its member states from selling arms to former Soviet States
– This house would make the ratification of the ICC charter as a pre-condition for UNSC membership
– This house believes that the United Nations should tax the profits of all natural resource sales worldwide.

SEMIS : “”Charles is the new Char! Charles!”
– Assuming the technology exists which allows an absolute “mind wipe”, This house would allow convicted criminals to choose it as penalty over incarceration
– If Vatican discovers evidence that the Judeo-Christian God is female, this house will destroy it
– Aromantic is the lack of of romantic attraction towards anyone.TH prefers an Aromantic world

Finals : Madam Josie Rizal
– This house regrets the conception of a National Hero (debated)
– This house believes that Philippines should abandon its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support to the Philippines’ claim to the West Philippine Sea.
– This house will give more votes to those who pay higher income tax

Philippine Debate Open 2015

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Round 1: Minorities
– This house would prohibit disadvantaged groups from being portrayed as antagonists in fictional media
– This house believes that sexually provocative female celebrities, who publicly identify as feminists, harm the movement
– This house believes that social media sites should not limit the sexual expressions of its users

Round 2: Expression
– This house believes that protesters should not fight for their causes anonymously
– This house believes that movements should manufacture martyrs for the greater good of their cause
– This house would allow corporations to enforce their religious identity, including but not limited to, the denial of goods and services

Round 3: Development Economics
Info Slide: Quantitative easing (QE) is a type of monetary policy used by central banks to stimulate the economy when standard monetary policy has become ineffective. A central bank implements quantitative easing by buying specified amounts of financial assets from commercial banks and other private institutions, thus raising the prices of those financial assets, while simultaneously increasing the money supply. Part of the increased money supply flows to emerging markets. Motion: This house believes that quantitative easing has done more harm than good in emerging markets
– This house would progressively tax the extraction of non-renewable natural resources
– This house would allow individuals to select which welfare services to consume, subject to a maximum monetary value per individual

Round 4: Socio-Legal
Info Slide: The privilege against self-incrimination prevents the government from forcing an accused person or a witness to testify against himself. Any self-incriminating testimony, without their consent, is inadmissible in court. An individual can refuse to answer questions that he/she believes will incriminate him/her. The prosecutor may not comment on his/her silence. Motion: In areas with high crime rates, THW implement a zero-tolerance policy for petty offenses
– This house would abolish the privilege against self-incrimination
– This house would allow society to pardon political crimes (sedition, treason, rebellion, and other crimes against the state) via referenda

Round 5: Science and Society
Info Slide: Henrietta Lacks (1920-1951) was a woman whose cancer cells were “immortal” (could regenerate indefinitely, as opposed to normal cells with a shelf life of a few days). Unknown to the Lacks family until researchers investigated further into their family genetics decades later, a sample of her cells was cultivated by a research lab, producing about 20 tons of HeLa cells to date. These cells have been used to research into vaccines (i.e. the cure for polio), cancer, gene mapping, toxic testing, and countless other scientific pursuits. There are more than 10,000 patents that have some point used HeLa cells in their development. Motion: THW allow the Lacks family to patent the HeLa cell
– With the consent of all relevant individuals, This house would suspend scientific ethics in favor of scientific advancement
– Assuming feasibility, This house believes that states should temporarily neuter the emotional inhibitions of their soldiers

Round 6: Conflict
– This house believes that the United States should grant asylum to individuals who actively associate with & significantly participate in US military efforts in conflict zones, such as military interpreters and local troops
This house believes that Muslim states should lead in the war against ISIS
In hindsight, This house would not have established the state of Israel

Open Octofinals: Religion
– This house would allow children who have reached the age of majority to sue their parents for religious indoctrination
– This house regrets religion’s reliance on miracles in promoting their faith
– This house supports religious missionaries that proselytize in economically depressed communities

Open Quarterfinals & High School Semifinals: Culture and Art
Info Slide: Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902) was a British businessman, mining magnate, and politician in South Africa. As an ardent believer in British colonialism, Rhodes founded the south African territory of Rhodesia, South Africa’s Rhodes University, and the Rhodes Scholarship. Rhodes was an integral participant in South African colonization. Last week, the University of Cape Town bowed to student protests and removed a prominent memorial statue of Rhodes. Motion: This house celebrates the demolition of the Cecil Rhodes statue
– This house believes that prestigious art galleries that market to the rich do more harm than good to the art industry
– In multi-ethnic countries, This house would set minimum ethnic diversity quotas in residential areas

Open Semifinals & HS Grand Finals: International Relations
– As Greece, This house would prefer the political and economic assistance of Russia over the EU’s
– This house believes that Western liberal democracies should subsidize the operations of their multinational corporations in African states to challenge the growing Chinese economic interests in the region
– This house believes that the ASEAN should pursue deeper political integration, including but not limited to the removal of the non-interventionist policy and the enforcement of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

Grand Finals: Women
– This house regrets the Dove “Real Beauty” campaign
– This house believes that the law regarding abortion should be decided in a women-only referendum
– In pursuit of true and meaningful liberation of women, This house believes that feminists should abandon organized religion

Philippine Inter-Collegiate Debating Championship 2015 Motions

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Test Debate
This house believes that feminists should support the sexual objectification of men

Round 1 (Education)
This house believes that state funding for public schools should be contingent on the performance of their students in standardized tests
This house believes that universities should allow their students to choose the method of assessment (e.g., written test, group project, research paper, etc.) for the subjects/courses that they take
This house celebrates the notion of a “corporate sell out”

Round 2 (Media & Information)
This house believest that media practitioners should publicly disclose their political party affiliations
This house believes that western liberal democracies should compel social networking sites and search engines to actively filter content supporting terrorism
This house, as an academic researcher who is a supporter of a specific political party, would not publish research which contradicts or weakens my party’s policies

Round 3 (Sports)
This house believes that sporting leagues should prevent their clubs from breaching a fixed salary cap
This house would prohibit athletes from expressing their political beliefs at sporting events
This house would require sporting leagues to provide financial support to players after retirement

Round 4 (Geopolitics)
This house celebrates Syriza’s victory
As Turkey, This house would recognize the Armenian Genocide
This house would recognize an independent state of Kurdistan

Round 5 (Economics)
This house believes that the United States should subsidize its domestic oil fracking firms
This house would break up banks which are deemed “too big to fail”
THBT the allies of the United States should revoke their support for the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Round 6 (Social Policy)
THBT all information regarding any individual’s wealth should be publicly available
THBT governments should suppress all research that attempts to create strong artificial intelligence (Info slide: Strong artificial intelligence (strong AI) is the intelligence of an artificial being that could successfully perform any intellectual task that a human being can. It is the ability to perform “general intelligent action”. Strong AI is oftentimes distinguished from weak AI (definition: the use of software to study or accomplish specific problem solving or reasoning tasks). Weak AI, in contrast to strong AI, does not attempt to simulate the full range of human cognitive abilities.)
THW abolish the doctrine of jury nullification (Info slide: Jury nullification is a doctrine in criminal law that allows a jury to acquit (i.e., to give a verdict of “not guilty”) a defendant despite its belief that the accused is guilty of the crime charged. The jury in effect nullifies a law that it believes is either immoral or wrongly applied to the defendant whose fate they are charged with deciding.)
Round 7 (Governance and Politics)
TH prefers a prosperous autocracy over a fragile democracy
THW declare a failure of elections based on the low voter turnout of racial minorities
THW require candidates for public office to possess a college degree
Sinag Semifinals (Religion)
THBT the LGBT movement should stop biblical interpretations that portray gays in a positive light
THW compel the Church to compensate Catholics who contract HIV
THBT the Church should excommunicate politicians who are convicted of corruption
Sinag Grand Finals (Philippines)
THW not support the Bangsamoro Basic Law
In developing countries, THW require recent college graduates to work in government for a certain period of time
TH regrets the AFP’s modernization program as a response to Chinese aggression
Octofinals (Development)
THBT all idle land should be returned to the state
THW give veto power to indigenous peoples over resource-extraction ventures
THW ban the advertising of consumer credit products in developing countries
Quarterfinals (Conflict)
THBT it is high time for the United States to abandon all support to Israel
THW require recipients of military and security aid to include women in their armed forces
THBT it is legitimate for states to lie about armed conflicts & humanitarian crises
Semifinals (Gender)
In liberal democracies, THBT the LGBT movement should not respect the choice to remain in the closet
TH, as the feminist movement, would support female politicians who belong to conservative parties
THW ban pro-life protests in the proximity of abortion clinics
Grand Finals (Climate Change)
THBT microfinance institutions should heavily prioritize ventures that have environmentally sustainable business operations
As a developing state, THBT individuals and firms should be subjected to a cap on electricity consumption from non-renewable energy sources
As major polluters, THBT there is a moral obligation to grant automatic citizenship to individuals who will become stateless because of climate change

Motions for the XIII NLS India Debate

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Main Finals – This house prefers a world without Facebook.
Novice Finals – This house prefers a world with only one language.
Main Semifinals – This house believes that Singapore should “de-stalinize” Lee Kuan Yew.
Novice Semifinals – This house believes that states should de-institutionalize marriage.
Quarterfinals – This house believes that martyrdom does more harm than good.
Octofinals – Technology and Ethics
This house would not permit manufacturers of consumer goods (such as mobile phones, music players, televisions, etc.) to create products that compete with or substitute older versions more than once in five years.
This house would not send individuals to go on a one-way trip to Mars.
This house would halt all further mechanization of labor.
(Note: The tournament has a history of setting only one motion during the break rounds, which we followed except for Octofinals)

Round 1 – Morality / Philosophy
This house regrets the idea of popular stories for children always having a happy ending.
This house would put a cap on the number of years a person can live.
This house would use human shields.

Round 2 – University
This house regrets the disciplinary jurisdiction of Universities over cases of sexual harassment.
This house would exempt universities from censorboard regulations on release/telecast of dramas and movies.
This house regrets anti-fraternization culture between students and teachers.

Round 3 – Sports
This house believes that the Indian cricket team should adopt the South African policy (which mandates playing 4 players belonging to religious/social minorities).
This house would make Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) a public company.
This house believes that the Olympics should recognize videogames as a sport.

Round 4 – Free Speech and Expression
This house believes that an exercise of free speech should not be required to show ‘redeeming value’.
This house believes that states should uphold the ‘Heckler’s Veto’ (the suppression of speech by the government, because of the possibility of a violent reaction by third parties).
*3rd motion to follow*

Round 5 – International Politics
This house would allow Iran to develop its civilian nuclear program in exchange for using its troops to battle ISIS.
This house believes that war memorials dedicated to depicting the losses incurred by the losing side should be set up in the capital cities of the victors.
This house believes that the US should accept the offer to become a signatory to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Round 6 – Feminism
This house, as the feminist movement, would celebrate the choice of women to not procreate.
This house, as liberal feminists, will vocally denounce the notion of embracing sexual appeal as a means of empowerment.
This house believes that India’s Daughter should have been aired in Doordarshan/All India Radio.

2015 Mahidol BP Open

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The tournament was held in the British Parliamentary debate format, in june 27-28th 2015.

Grandfinals motion: This house believes that the British monarchy should actively and openly influence local/national politics.
Semifinals: Assuming the technology exists, This house remove aggression from human behavior.

Round 1: This house regrets the Dutch court’s decision to grant the climate liability suit filed by activists. (Context: The climate liability suit decision requires the Dutch government to cut carbon emissions by 25% within 5 years)
Round 2: This house, as the indigenous community, would engage in ecological terrorism to protect its lands.
Round 3: This house, as the transgender community, rejects Dolezal’s transracial claim.
Round 4: This house supports prohibiting the sale and display of the Confederate flag except for educational purposes.

Durham Open 2014

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Durham Open tournament was held in Durham on the  8-9 November 2014. Here are the motions that were debated in the 5 elimination rounds and the Semis, and finals:

Round 1: This house would ban religious organizations from providing rehabilitation services to drug and alcohol addicts.
Round 2: This house believes that democracies should extend voting rights to migrant workers.
Round 3: This house, as a feminist, would oppose products marketed to help women protect themselves from date rape.
[Info slide – Undercover Color are a company that are developing a nail-varnish that changes colour in the presence of date-rape drugs such as GHB and Rohypnol. Many bars provide bottle toppers such as ‘the Spikey Bottle Topper’ that encourage customers to protect their drinks.]
Round 4: This house believes that Arab-Israelis who successfully seek election to the Knesset should opt not to take up that seat. [Info slide – The Knesset has 120 seats. 12 seats are taken up by Arab-Israelis, who are divided into six parties.]
Round 5: This house believes that the state should construct false historical narratives that promote social cohesion (e.g. racial and religious tolerance)
Semi-Final: This house believes that true women’s liberation is incompatible with the existence of organized religion.
Novice Final: There is a potion which can stop you falling in love. This house, as an 18 year old, would take the potion.
Open Final: This house believes that FB should manipulate users’ newsfeeds in order to promote progressive content. [Info slide – In the past few years Facebook has engaged in a series of experiments manipulating the content that users are exposed to (e.g. skewing news feeds to show more happy/sad posts, showing or hiding posts about having voted) to determine whether this can have an effect on user’s actions/attitudes. In 2012, Facebook modified newsfeeds to test the effect of exposure to news articles about the upcoming elections, and whether it increased or decreased voter turnout. Research data suggests that these methods are effective at increasing voter turnout.]

Oxford IV 2014

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Here are the motions from the Oxford IV debate tournament, held on the 14-16 of November 2014.

Round 1: This house believes that in order for a law to be enacted, it should have to be passed by the legislature and then by a body chosen at random from eligible voters.
Round 2: This house believes that press agencies should not purchase or publish the work of freelance war reporters.
Round 3: This house believes the EU should suspend Hungary’s membership rights.
Round 4: This house, as the gay community, regrets the existence of Grindr
Round 5: This house would deny public funding to parties with explicitly ethnic-based membership or platforms

Cambridge IV 2014

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This is one of the best known tournaments, the Cambridge IV. It was held on 21/23 November 2014 in Cambridge, UK. The motions for the tournament were:

Round 1: This House Would not punish those who live below the poverty line for economic crimes, e.g. theft
Round 2: This House, as a superhero, would agree to use their powers solely in service of the democratic state
Round 3: This House Supports the objectification of men in popular culture.
Round 4: This House Would require that any houses or apartments left vacant for six months or more be surrendered to the State.
Round 5: This House Believes That Western foreign policy should abandon attempts to universalise liberal values
ESL Semi: This House Believes That Google should inform the authorities about suicide searches
ESL Final: Assuming the existence of a gay gene, This House Would disproportionately favour embryos that possess it in IVF.
Open Quarter: This House Would prohibit all research aiming to create sentient artificial intelligences.
Open Semi: This House Supports the New Atheism movement
Open Final: This House Believes That unpaid domestic workers should strike for state pay

Cicero Debattoernooi 2014

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The Cicero Debattoernooi debate tournament was held on the 22nd of November 2014 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The tournament was held in the Dutch language, here are the motions, translated into English

Round 1: This House would grant an additional vote to families with children for national elections
Round 2: You are a doctor. You have a patient of whom it has been commonly assumed that she suffers from epilepsy. This patient spends her spare time in visiting and forming social contacts in epilepsy support groups. A recent medical test showed that she does not suffer from epilepsy after all. Motion: This House would hide the diagnosis of pseudo-epilepsy from the patient
Round 3: This House would submit religious organisations to the full extent of anti-discrimination laws
Round 4: This House would nationalise social media
Round 5: This House would show a more prominent role for women in history books
Novice Final: This House disapproves of movements that aim to further the acceptation of obesity in society
Semi Final: This House would never target civilians in a total war
Final: This House Believes that it is justified for society to demand of migrants that they accept the dominance of existing norms and values