Another day another bit of news of preparations of missile test from North Korea, the land of the world's fourth largest army and as a certain magazine put it "The Explosive Mr Kim" But the serious question is should North Korea's nearest ideological and geographical neighbour the People's Republic

Should mercenaries be recognised as a legitimate part of warfare and given the same rights as soldiers?

Although still a controversial subject, there is a growing consensus that global climate changes are being caused by environmental pollution, especially by greenhouse gases. Do we need to take more urgent action to halt this trend?

Should we be governed by a 'world government', with the United Nations Assembly becoming a directly elected parliament? Should nation-states give up more of their sovereignty to supranational institutions?

ASBOs were introduced in the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act and were heavily criticised by many. The Labour Party did little research but based the orders on anecdotal evidence from MPs constituencies. In light of how they have been utilised, have they proved effective?

Should the USA prefer to give aid money bilaterally (directly to individual countries or projects) or multilaterally (channelling it through United Nations agencies, World Bank, NGOs, etc.)?

The UN is becoming out of step with the realities of the world. At the same time as there are new rising powers demanding better representation the UN is moving the wrong way in terms of openness and transparency. Old powers with vetos will be able to cling on to their positions on the UNSC long aft