The title indicates that physical chastisement of children should be illegal in all circumstances. Currently, smacking children is banned in many countries. In Britain, the status quo is that a parent can be prosecuted for assault when the line of 'reasonable punishment' has been crossed. However th


The revelation of the true identity of high class call girl, Belle de Jour, made famous by the blog and follow-up TV series, 'Diaries of a Call Girl', has re-opened the debate over prostitution. Many current and former prostitutes have denounced the government's continued refusal to legalize the wor


With millions of copies of violent games like Grand Theft Auto and Halo, should there not be an epidemic of violence, if there is a direct causal link between violence and video games? Are kids slowly but surely giving into the violence of the the game and will they/we start committing violent crim


The war on terrorism that started after 9/11 is still ongoing. It goes through name changes but the core of the conflict remains the same; we are involved in a conflict against a nebulous group of terrorists. This is neither a war in the conventional sense, nor is it winnable in the conventional sen


For decades, AIDS has afflicted and killed millions of people worldwide. In 2007, it was estimated that 33 million people had the disease and 2 million died from it. Fortunately in the last 10-15 years there have been great developments in the treatment and prevention of AIDS, mainly through the dev


In this debate, we focus on facilitating the efficiency of commerce in city centre, mostly Central Business District, and on reducing the urban pollution from its root, by not harming the basic necessity of the people, who are working and living in the city centre, about transportation.


Young drivers, and even older ones, cause many fatal accidents; raising the minimum age at which people can drive might reduce this, but is it a benefit to society, and are the statistics true? We can help lower the accident rates if the driving age is raised to 18 so no more kids can get hurt or ki


Mudering a person is one of the worst crime that can be committed. It undermines the value of life and the punishment for this should be of comparable caliber. Should the minimum punishment be life in prison, or should the person have a chance to be released - that is what we are debating about.


It is a commonly accepted theory that increased levels of Co2 are causing an increase in the temperature of the earth’s atmosphere via the ‘greenhouse effect.’ More and more scientists are arguing, however, that this is still just a theory - one that is being used by media, politicians and oth


When the term minority group is mentioned most people tend to picture a group of people who are disadvantaged because of their small numerical number in relation to a larger group but this is not always the case as the term minority group describes a category of people who have unequal access to pos


nuclear weapon states possess over 25000 nuclear weapons. Some states continue to rely on nuclear weapons for their security, while others seek them to dominate their neighbors or gain and maintain great power status. Should they be banned, or shoud we accept reality and learn to "love the bomb?"


The line item veto is a debate that is only really relevant to the United States. The US Constitution gives Congress, as the legislative branch of government the power of the purse. This means that all taxation and spending decisions (appropriations of federal government money for particular purpose


In the British education system you have a choice: you can either pay for your (or your children's) education or you can rely on the state to the job for nothing. Private schools disadvantage kids from poor backgrounds even if they’re brighter than the ones who can afford to pay. Does the two-tie


Young students eager to better themselves as people are facing crippling debts after they leave university unless they are born of a very wealthy family. This ensures that the wealth stays with the families who have always had it. Worse still is the number of young people denied the chance of univer