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Split Union Open 2014

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Debate topics from the tournament Split Union Open, held in Split, Croatia, May 18th 2012.

Round 1: This house would ban single sex schools
Round 2: This house would disband NATO
Round 3: This house would make votes public
Round 4: This house would allow pharmaceutical companies to advertise prescription drugs
Final: This house would create ethnic diversity in neighborhoods by introducing housing quotas

“Denny Crane” Faculty of Political Science 2012

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Motions from the tournament “Denny Crane” Faculty of Political Science, held in Belgrade, Serbia, on May 12th 2012:

Round 1: This House prefers Guantanamo Bay rather than the current practice of the war against terrorism with unmanned aerial vehicles.
Round 2: In the case of a contact with extra-terrestrial beings, this House would send a woman as a negotiator.
Round 3: This House would grant one seat in the Parliament to all more significant religions.
Round 4: This House would make a number of votes of one voter inversely proportional to his/her personal wealth.
Semis: This House believe that only people who take the law into their hands can save us.
Final: This House would never restore the buildings destroyed in the bombing.

Zeit Debatte Munster 2012

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Motions from the tournament in German language Zeit Debatte Munster, Germany, held on May 11-13 2012:

Round 1: This house would ban broadcasting of boxing matches from TV
Round 2: This house would adjust development aid to countries where gay rights are violated
Round 3: This house would include paintings by Wolfgang Beltracchis in the collectinos of leading German art museums (this motion was preceded by an infoslide)
Round 4: This house would declare a trade war against China
Round 5: This house would instate a public service (öffentlich-rechtliches) system for newspapers
Semis: This house would ban the defamation of religious symbols or authorities
Final: This house supports the targeted/deliberate killing of Iranian scientists

Israeli Open 2012

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This are the debate topics, that were debated at the Israeli Open held in Israel, April 21 2012:

Round 1: This house, which is the West, would sanction China.
Round 2: This house, which is the ministry of health, will withhold any information regarding a drug that will ensure the birth of heterosexual children.
Round 3: (Information slide) Immediate Democracy is a system in which the voter may change their vote at any given time, thus changing the composition of the parliament on a daily basis according to public support. This house would enact an Immediate Democracy.
SemiFinal: This house would release inmates from jail solely on the basis of their rehabilitation and not upon the completion of a predetermined period of time.
Final: (Information slide) You are a young man living in the Galilee 2,000 years ago. You are smart and charismatic. You are capable of collecting and leading a fold of followers. People believe you are the son of God and can do miracles such as healing and food replication. Motion: This house would use its influence to disseminate socially progressive values supported by faith.

Dutch National Championships 2012

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NK Debatteren, the Dutch National Championships were held in the Netherlands, April 21-22 2012. Here are the motions, translated from the Dutch language:

Round 1: This house believes that political parties should not take gender into account when selecting candidates for voting lists
Round 2: Situation slide: You are a single British mother with a teenage son and daughter. The UK has recently mandated internet providers to use filters to block pornographic material. The filter can be taken down by a phone call by an adult. You do not watch porn. Motion: You call the internet provider to take down the filter, while your children are present
Round 3: This house would abolish the tax rebate on mortgage interest
Round 4: This house would allow the Reclame Code Commissie (Dutch Advertising Standards Authority) to ban advertisements which affirm gender roles
Round 5: Context slide:You are Werner Heisenberg, a brilliant physicist. It is June 1942. You have done two years of research into nuclear fission, necessary to build an atomic bomb. You are a patriotic German, but not a nazi fanatic. You cooperate actively with the nazis. You do not know about the Holocaust. Albert Speer, Nazi-minister of armament and munition asks whether it is at all possible to build an atomic bomb and whether Germany can build one in three years. Your calculations indicate both are possible. Your advice is decisive for the continuation of Germany’s nuclear program. Motion: You lie to Albert Speer and tell him the atomic bomb cannot be built.
Round 6: This house would abolish the income criteria for family reunification (when bringing family members to the Netherlands for permanent settlement, the applicant must have an income significantly higher than the minimum wage)
Semi: This house believes that, upon death, every person’s body should revert to the state for scientific use or for organ donation depending on necessity
Novice final: This house believes that in countries where abortion is illegal, no exceptions should be made for cases of incest or rape
Final: This house believes that every Dutch family with an average or higher income has a moral obligation to take in a foster child (child from foster care)

 

Süddeutschen Regionalmeisterschaft 2012

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The Süddeutsche Regionalmeisterschaft was held in Ingolstad, Germany, April 21-22 2012. The debates were held in the German language, here are the translated motions that were debated:

Round 1: This house calls for a constitutional right to Internet
Round 2: This house would mandate the use of condoms in pornoggaphic movies
Round 3: This house believes that a stable dictatorship is better than an unstable democracy
Round 4: In case of a zombie-epidemic, This house believes that zombies have a right to a humane life in special zombie-habitats
Semi: This house believes that it would be good for the Catholic Chuch to let the next pope be elected by a vote by all Catholics
Final: This house would allow audio and video recording of court procedures and the public dissemination of the recordings

Norddeutschen Regionalmeisterschaft 2012

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The Norddeutschen Regionalmeisterschaft was held in Kiel, Germany, April 21-22 2012. The tournament was held in German language, here are the translated motions:

Round 1: This house calls for a common European army
Round 2: This house would lift the ban on dancing (Tanzverbot, probably more a general celebration ban) on the “quiet holidays” (Good Friday, Memorial Day and Remembrance Sunday (Totensonntag))
Round 3: This house would make the ‘morning after pill’ available without doctor’s recipe
Round 4: This house would cancel the exemption on the 5% vote threshold for national minorities
Semi: This house believes that the Olympic Idea has outlived itself
Final: This house would allow audio and video recording of court procedures and the public dissemination of the recordings

Estonia open 2012

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The Estonia open was held in Tallin, Estonia on April 19-22 2012. Here are the motions that were debated:

Round 1: This house would abandon the single European monetary currency
Round 2: This house condems racially provocative art
Round 3: This house would defend Anders Breivik
Round 4: This house would choose only non religious soldiers to serve in international conflicts
Round 5: This house would only teach gender neutral pronouns in school
Semi: This house believes that current Generation Germans should not pay taxes or any other form of reparations for Nazi atrocities
Final: This house would reject a Western conception of property rights in favour of collective ownership.

WUDC Manila 2012

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Here are the motions from the WUDC held in Manila in 2012. Tell us how you remember the tournament!

Prelim Rounds:

Round 1: THW make fathers take paternity leave.
Round 2: THW prevent politicians from making fact claims,that, while not technically lies, are substantially misleading voters.
Round 3: THW force large companies who leave an area to pay the costs of any resulting structural unemployment.
Round 4: THW require individuals to use all their wealth beyond USD 5 millions for philanthropic projects.
Round 5: THW require deaf parents to send their kids (whether deaf/hearing) to mainstream schools for their primary & secondary education.
Round 6: TH supports politicians who pass progressive legislation even when it is contrary to the wishes of the democratic electorate.
Round 7: TH supports the free movement of labour worldwide.
Round 8: THW exempt academic disputes from defamation law.
Round 9: THW ban all private healthcare in favour of a comprehensive public healthcare system.

Break Rounds:

Main :
Octo Finals:
THW not allow a single media company to own multiple TV channels or newspapers (whether in print or online)
Quarter Final: THBT “Western” consultants advising dictatorships have a moral duty to sabotage them.
Semi Final: THBT images designed to even slightly sexually attract/aroused viewer should be restricted to specialist adult site/xxx domain.
Final: TH supports nationalism.

English as a second language (ESL):

Quarter Final: THW limit Government ministers’ standard of living to that of someone on the current median wage.
Semi Final: In countries with few female politicians, this house believes it is good to have a politically active ‘first lady’
Grand Final: THS scientist who fabricate evidence exaggerating certainty of man-made climate change where there is low likelihood of being caught.

English as a foreign language (EFL):

Semi Final: THBT when doctors discover a patient has a STD, they should reveal that information to the patients partner.
Grand Final: ???

Other Motions:

Master R1: THW stop public funding for the post secondary education and use the money to give everyone an equal loathsome payment on their 18th Birthday to use how they see fit.
Adj Test: THW ban all reporting of individual hostage taking.
Public Speaking: Why I debate?
Women’s Night Motion: THW only sell porn for women made by women.

Science Po Le Havre IV 2012

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Publishing motions from the Science Po Le Havre IV, held in France, April 13-15 2012:

Round 1: This house would ban racist and extreme nationalist political parties
Round 2: This house would lift all sanctions on North Korea
Round 3: This house believes that the ICC should offer Joseph Kony an amnesty from prosecution
Round 4: This house would impose a 75% rate of tax on all earnings over €100000
Round 5: This house believes that all State Schools should actively promote the religion of the majority
Semi: This house believes that state policies should actively discourage a consumerist lifestyle
Final: This house regrets the founding of the European Union