With the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, there has been outrage at BP's lack of planning which led to this environmental disaster. However, only some of the blame can lie with BP - similar disasters litter the history of offshore drilling (such as the Ixtoc 1 spill in the Gulf of Mexico 30 y


Billions of dollars are spent every year by the world's space agencies, but does this money bring us any benefit, or should we pull the plug and spend it elsewhere?


Western powers have been occupying Afghanistan since the invasion in 2001 and the escalating human, financial and political costs of the continued occupation far exceed any benefits, either to the West or to the Afghan people themselves. The time has come for the West to admit they cannot continue,


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


Governments all over the world try and set the minimum price at which cotton grown in their country can be sold. Both the United States and the European Union have policies which support their cotton producers by ensuring them a particular price at which their cotton will be bought as part of their


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


For the purposes of this debate, we wil define the motion as NATO stands for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formed to provide member states with collective security. It has 26 member states from Europe and North America. Its nuclear policy was made public in 1999 through a document called St


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


Before Facebook there was MySpace. Before MySpace there was Friendster. Somewhere in-between came Friends Reunited. And at some point in the future Facebook will fade into obscurity. Which is good.


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.