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  • International Debate Academy Slovenia (IDAS) | idebate.org
    Password The password field is case sensitive Remember me Forgotten password Connect Sign in using Facebook Register Search this site Home Debatabase Debatabase Guide Motions Top 100 Debates Debate Now Community Debating Societies Discussions Groups News Events Training Offline Training Online Training Teaching Tools Glossary Multilingual Glossary Media Video Images Publications Handouts Securing Liberty Series My Debate News International Debate Academy Slovenia IDAS Submitted by Anne Valkering on 7 September 2015 Alfred Snider Bojana Skrt IDAS Slovenia Za in Proti ZIP World Debating News IDAS 2015 World Debate Institute USA and Za in proti zavod za kulturo dialoga invite you to register for 13th International Debate Academy Slovenia an intense week of World University Debate Format British Parliamentary Debate Format training and debate tournament which will happen from November 21 arrival to 29 semi finals finals and departure in Gozd Martuljek Kranjska gora and Ljubljana Slovenia The program is aimed at university students teachers debate instructors organizers and judges It uses the WUDC BP format and will be conducted in English You can register as an individual or as a team In the past years the number of participants varied from 80 to 180 from more than 20 countries from USA and Venezuela to China and South Africa In 12 years we had more than 1300 participants from all over the world and the program had a substiantial impact to the university debate programs in a lot of countries universities Trainings are conducted by the international group of trainers Alfred Snider USA Duncan Crowe UK Gina Iberri Shea USA Viktor Prlja Serbia Geetha Creffield Singapore Kenneth Newby USA Julia Mikić Croatia Rhydian Morgan UK Janja Avguštin Slovenia UK You can register for the whole program or tournament only Join IDAS facebook page at https www facebook com idaslovenia to follow

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  • Dutch WUDC 2017: Scholarship programme | idebate.org
    Foundation is working on an application for Erasmus in order to fund a capacity building programme This programme aims to ensure the participation from debaters from underdeveloped debating circuits at Dutch WUDC The programme will allow 8 12 partner organisations in 8 12 countries to send 4 6 participants to Dutch WUDC 2017 Partner organisations may include university debate societies national debate associations education charities or other organisations that can provide us with support to spreading debate in your country and are interested in participating in Dutch WUDC How are we planning to do that Erasmus For this scholarship programme we will apply to Erasmus Key Action 2 capacity building in the field of youth Erasmus is a European Union funded programme that aims to support actions in the fields of education youth training and sports As part of the application for Key Action 2 the scholarship programme will aim to train participants in how to use debate for advocacy A list of the countries eligible to participate in Erasmus projects can be found at the end of this document Please note that our scholarship programme is aimed at underdeveloped debating circuits and those circuits in financial need What do you get A trainer will visit to coach you in debating and advocacy Guaranteed team judge spots for the 4 6 participants Flights to Dutch WUDC will be fully covered The 4 6 participants will attend a post WUDC training session Access to an online compendium of workshops and other materials Follow up meeting with the scholarship director online What do we need from you Involvement in the final phase of the application procedure in the second half of August Attendance at the training in your country The organisation of a selection tournament to select the 4 6 WUDC participants Participation at Dutch WUDC Participation at the post WUDC training sessionEach participant will have to give 3 training sessions 10 people each of which one is not aimed at university level participants after returning from Dutch WUDC Attendance at the follow up meeting with our scholarship director online Interested Are you interested in becoming a partner organisation Please express your interest by 9 August 2015 Please shortly explain why you think your organisation should be participating in this programme A selection will be made on the basis of regional diversity and the financial need for this programme A final decision will be made by 12 August 2015 Please note that the organisation is currently in the process of developing the programme and the application Changes may occur until the application is finalised by 2 September 2015 We really hope this application will be successful However we cannot guarantee any financial aid yet To express interest and for further questions please contact Andrea Bos Countries Eligible for Erasmus Afghanistan Andorra Angola Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Australia Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belize Benin Bhutan Bolivia Botswana Brazil Brunei Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Central African Republic Chad Chile China

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  • International Debate Tournament "Under Chestnut Trees" | idebate.org
    Global Youth Forum Global Debate and Public Policy Challenge International Public Policy Forum Online Mentoring Securing Liberty Series Youth and Sports Mega Events League of Young Voters RSS Facebook Twitter Login Username or e mail address You may login with either your assigned username or your e mail address Password The password field is case sensitive Remember me Forgotten password Connect Sign in using Facebook Register Search this site Home Debatabase Debatabase Guide Motions Top 100 Debates Debate Now Community Debating Societies Discussions Groups News Events Training Offline Training Online Training Teaching Tools Glossary Multilingual Glossary Media Video Images Publications Handouts Securing Liberty Series My Debate Events International Debate Tournament Under Chestnut Trees 22 Apr 2015 24 Apr 2016 RSVP for event Format World Schools Language English Level Mixed Kiev Ukraine Details Contact Info Downloads Details Type Tournament Organisers Olesia Yakimakha Location Kiev Kiev Ukraine Twittter Hashtag Dear friends we are happy to invite you to our annual International Debate Tournament Under Chestnut Trees from 22 24 April 2016 the registration to is OPEN https docs google com forms d 1kDm5UJHvr3dzQn41p5 uo6tifLehtjNtokAmKEm looking forward to welcome you in Ukraine Contact International Debate Tournament Under Chestnut Trees Kiev Kiev Ukraine Send

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  • Art & Design for Advocacy Lab | idebate.org
    Whitechapel High Street Central House London TWH E1 7PF United Kingdom Webpage IDEA UK Eventbrite Twittter Hashtag Art Design for Advocacy Lab Art Design for Advocacy Lab brings together young people youth workers activists and educators to experiment together to develop comic zine or cartoon that gets their message out into the world Our goal is that participants in this two day Lab use and pass on these essential skills for advocacy to their peers across the UK and have some fun in doing so Guest Speakers Martin Rowson The Visual Journalist Martin s cartoons are a staple of modern British life and appear frequently in The Guardian and The Daily Mirror He is also a contributor of cartoons to the Tribune Index on Censorship and the Morning Star Gary Barker Gary s political cartoons appear in The Times Guardian and on the BBC amongst others His work has been judged in several lists and publications as the best political cartoons of 2013 2014 and 2015 TBC Kate Evans If you make someone laugh you re halfway to changing their mind Comic book biographer of Rosa Luxemburg aka Cartoon Kate has been a cartoonist and activist for nearly twenty years with a focus on climate change and more recently the Syrian refugee crisis Rudy Loewe Visual artist educator and storyteller who works primarily in comic and zine format They explore themes such as gender sexuality race trauma and mental health Rudy is interested in seemingly untold narratives and how these can be given more visibility They them pronouns You will have the opportunity to learn how to use comic books as tools for advocacy to create infographics to demonstrate the need for change greater understanding of the change you want to make in the world history of comics as a

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  • 2016 Heart of Europe International Debating Tournament | idebate.org
    mail address You may login with either your assigned username or your e mail address Password The password field is case sensitive Remember me Forgotten password Connect Sign in using Facebook Register Search this site Home Debatabase Debatabase Guide Motions Top 100 Debates Debate Now Community Debating Societies Discussions Groups News Events Training Offline Training Online Training Teaching Tools Glossary Multilingual Glossary Media Video Images Publications Handouts Securing Liberty Series My Debate Events 2016 Heart of Europe International Debating Tournament 13 Jul 2016 18 Jul 2016 RSVP for event Format World Schools Language English Level High Schools Olomouc Czech Republic Details Contact Info Downloads Details Type Tournament Organisers Czech Debate Society z s Location Olomouc OL 779 00 Czech Republic Webpage Heart of Europe Debating Tournament Twittter Hashtag HOEDT Contact 2016 Heart of Europe International Debating Tournament Olomouc OL 779 00 Czech Republic Send an Enquiry Log in or Register to send an enquiry to the event organisers Info Downloads Info Czech Debate Society CDS has tradition since 2004 regenerated in July 2012 and is a national organisation operating in Czech Republic CDS was formed for purposes other than entrepreneurship CDS works with children and the youth It is a volunteer independent and apolitical organisation associating its members on the basis of common interest and working towards the goals of CDS CDS was formed in order to accomplish the following assist self education in areas of key skills development support development of human character especially in moral social and intellectual ways raise knowledge in an enlightening manner cultivate social intelligence tolerance and positive interpersonal relationships aid in the fight against socially pathological phenomena by offering means to fill up free time support intellectual activities CDS strives to reach these goals by participating in debate competitions for secondary and high school

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  • This House believes the outcome of the Paris Climate Conference needs to be an international treaty with binding emission cuts | idebate.org
    if they had been imposed on them by a binding international treaty Europe has found that binding refugee quotas are almost impossible to agree and equally difficult to implement 1 Instead it has generally been accepted that only voluntary systems will work when it comes to taking in the majority of refugees with Hungary willing to take legal action to prevent mandatory quotas 2 The same is the case on greenhouse gas emissions 1 Euractive Commission ready to drop mandatory quotas for refugees 17 September 2015 http www euractiv com sections justice home affairs commission ready drop mandatory quotas refugees 317723 2 BBC News Migrant crisis Hungary challenges EU quota plan in court 3 December 2015 http www bbc co uk news world europe 34998615 Improve this Only an international treaty can create penalties for non compliance Point A non binding agreement will not have any penalties for any countries that do not comply with it this sets the agreement up for failure Without a binding agreement a government will find it difficult to bind its successors who may back track in the decades that follow Some states are backtracking even before the agreement is finalised the UK has been abandoning its green policies cutting subsidies for renewables cancelling carbon capture and storage reducing funding for domestic energy efficiency and selling the green investment bank 1 If governments will take such measures before the agreement is even finished then what hope does it have in the future if there is nothing to persuade sovereign governments to comply with their pledges 1 Monbiot George On climate change this government is indifferent to life in love with death The Guardian 2 December 2015 http www theguardian com commentisfree 2015 dec 02 climate change david cameron bomb syria global warming Improve this Counterpoint While there are sure to be some countries that won t live up to their pledges this is also the case with binding agreements even if they have built in penalties This has been shown by the European Union where Germany and France both flouted budget rules that allowed a maximum deficit of 3 at the start of the millennium despite the threat of fines 1 1 Osborn Andrew France and Germany to flout budget rules until 2006 The Guardian 30 October 2003 http www theguardian com business 2003 oct 30 theeuro europeanunion Improve this It is too late for half measures Point Two degrees Celsius has generally been regarded as that safe level which agreements should be aiming for This agreement does not go so far with it expected to keep the temperature increase to around 2 7 degrees if everyone sticks to their commitments and makes deeper ones after 2030 1 Unfortunately however the world will still most likely be heading towards a 3 5 degrees rise if no further cuts are made later 2 Now is the time to be much more ambitious and part of that means binding cuts to prevent backsliding or those agreeing carrying on as usual 1 Nuttall Nick Global Response to Climate Change Keeps Door Open to 2 Degree C Temperature Limit UNFCCC Press Office 30 October 2015 http newsroom unfccc int unfccc newsroom indc synthesis report press release 2 Romm Joe Misleading U N Report Confuses Media on Paris Climate Talks thinkprogress org 3 November 2015 http thinkprogress org climate 2015 11 03 3718146 misleading un report confuses media paris climate talks Improve this Counterpoint Voluntary measures have got much further than previous attempts to get a binding agreement at least there is going to be a good working agreement to build on in future this time The changes that could mean countries ultimately targeting 2C or even 1 5C are technological if solar becomes the cheapest form of electricity generation if electric cars become competitive with petrol and biofuels taken up for aviation fuel 1 1 Mathiesen Karl Should we be aiming to keep global warming to 1 5C not 2C The Guardian 2 December 2015 http www theguardian com environment 2015 dec 02 global warming climate change 2c Improve this Sovereign states should be allowed to set their own targets and be trusted to meet them Point States are sovereign entities meaning that only they have power within their borders and climate change should not be a cause for groups of countries meddling in the business of others Each state making its own commitment and then doing its own monitoring and enforcement is the right way to go about preventing climate change By doing it this way no countries will feel unduly burdened or persecuted Improve this Counterpoint Sovereignty is often taken to mean that states can do what they like without interference This is not the kind of mentality that will help solve climate change or ensure that this deal sticks Unfortunately climate change is a global issue where what happens in one country affects everyone else just as much as the miscreant The atmosphere is a global commons currently free for everyone to use and more often abuse As such the principles of sovereignty and non interference can have no place Improve this Only a non binding agreement would get the targets necessary Point Fully binding treaties with mechanisms for compliance are the gold standard for agreements between nations But because they are onerous they are the most difficult kind of treaties to get agreed to start with If the aim were such an agreement it would unfortunately never happen This has been demonstrated by the years of successive failures in crafting climate agreements COP 15 is the most notable expectations were immensely high for a binding international treaty but there was a failure to deliver largely because governments did not want a binding international solution which is what was being negotiated at Copenhagen 1 1 BBC News Why did Copenhagen fail to deliver a climate deal 22 December 2009 http news bbc co uk 1 hi 8426835 stm Improve this Counterpoint There is little reason why

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  • This House believes Islamic State/Daesh is the most significant threat to the west | idebate.org
    Caliphate s legitimacy is tied to its territorial expansion 1 A threat to the territorial states system within the Middle East let alone Europe is a significant threat to the west who created that system The deconstruction of the states of the Middle East would destroy western allies give an extreme organisation immense oil wealth from the Gulf and likely make Israel an untenable outpost 1 Vick Karl As ISIS Grows Its Territory It Becomes Increasingly Dangerous Time 15 June 2015 http time com 3917097 as isis grows its territory it becomes increasingly dangerous Improve this Counterpoint No doubt Daesh does have long term territorial plans but in practice Daesh is currently stuck in Iraq and Syria unable to conquer either Yes Daesh being territorial makes it very unusual for a terrorist organisation However this also provides a fixed target to defeat and that defeat can be on foreign soil Daesh has a long shot chance of tearing up the borders of the Middle East However as these borders have long been criticised as illogical and contrived this would not necessarily undermine the state system in the Middle East it may even benefit from more cohesive populations with national boundaries 1 1 Trofimov Yaroslav Would new borders mean less conflict in the Middle East WSJ 10 April 2015 http www wsj com articles would new borders mean less conflict in the middle east 1428680793 Improve this Daesh and the Syrian civil war is nurture terrorism for export Point Daesh is a terrorist organisation 1 There are large numbers of people within Europe who support Islamic State and Europeans travelling to fight for Daesh is an ongoing problem more than 700 from the UK alone 2 There is therefore concern about these people coming back and mounting terrorist attacks as appears to have been the case with three of those involved in the 2015 Paris attacks Omar Ismail Mostefai Bilal Hadfi and Samy Amimour 3 1 Bureau of Counterterrorism Foreign Terrorist Organizations U S Department of State accessed 1 September 2015 http www state gov j ct rls other des 123085 htm 2 BBC News Who are Britain s jihadists 25 June 2015 http www bbc co uk news uk 32026985 3 Farmer Ben Who were the terrorists Everything we know about the Isil attackers so far The Telegraph 20 th November 2015 http www telegraph co uk news worldnews europe france 11996120 Paris attack what we know about the suspects html Improve this Counterpoint Daesh ideology and the possibility of terrorist attacks resulting from it is undeniably a problem However the flow of fighters is mostly the other way from Europe to Syria and Iraq five to six thousand have made this journey 1 It might therefore be said that Daesh is importing terrorism from the west rather than exporting it We have no way of knowing how many terrorist attacks these fighters may have committed had they stayed in their home countries 1 Reuters Islamic State smuggling terrorists among the migrants Unlikely say experts EurActive com 28 August 2015 http www euractiv com sections global europe islamic state smuggling terrorists among migrants unlikely say experts 317160 Improve this There are other larger threats Point Terrorism by Daesh is undoubtedly a threat to the West It is however a minor one The largest security concern should still be the small chance of complete destruction by nuclear weapons Tensions with Russia make this more likely than at any time since the gold war The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists doomsday clock is set at 3 minutes to midnight in 1015 it was last 3 minutes to midnight in 1984 at the height of the cold war before Gorbachev gained power in the USSR 1 Disasters are increasingly seen as an issue of national security and Climate Change is quite possibly an even greater threat as a result of the certainly of considerable warming and the resulting disasters it is likely to bring by 2045 the Union of Concerned Scientists say that cities such as Atlantic City could face tidal flooding more than 180 times a year resulting in costly damage 2 1 Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Timeline http thebulletin org timeline 2 Union of Concerned Scientists Encroaching Tides 2014 http www ucsusa org global warming impacts effects of tidal flooding and sea level rise east coast gulf of mexico VliFJL9BH7Y Improve this Counterpoint There may be threats that can cause much greater damage than Daesh but these are neither immediate nor very likely Nuclear war is undoubtedly a massive threat but we succeeded in getting through 45 years of cold war without these weapons being used so the probability of the threat happening is low Climate Change on the other hand is less a security issue than an environmental economic and societal one Daesh on the other hand has already struck at western states with the Paris attacks and has sucked large numbers of western citizens into a war against their own countries in Syria and Iraq The threat from Daesh is therefore immediate almost certain and large Improve this Daesh has little impact outside the Middle East Point The main threat from Daesh is to Muslims and to those who live in and around the areas it controls The main goal of Islamic state is to set up an Islamic caliphate and that means the primary enemy is the existing states of the Middle East Those who support those states and other apostates such as Shia Muslims are also threatened by IS but this very focus means that western states have less to worry about when considering their own national security 1 Daesh s priority quite simply lies within Syria and Iraq not in launching attacks against western states It is undeniable that the threat of IS attacks exists and Daesh has struck back against states France and Russia that have been fighting it but unlike with 9 11 western intervention caused the terrorist response rather than the other

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  • This House believes a move to the left is good for Labour | idebate.org
    on their own ground forcing other parties to match their more populist policies such as renationalising the railways Improve this Counterpoint Labour can be bold without turning to the left It could endorse bolder action on climate change much greater local democracy and increasing the use of new technologies The concern should not be about a policy being left or right wing but about its beneficial or otherwise consequences When labour has won in the past it has been by taking centerist trends and making them their own for example Wilson s white fires of industry 1 1 Skelton David What does the Labour party do now Demos Quarterly 31 July 2015 http quarterly demos co uk article issue 6 what does the labour party do now Improve this Provides greater choice Point Corbyn in his last campaign rally argued fundamentally many people are turned off by a political process when the major parties are not saying anything different enough about how we run the economy 1 This lack of choice has been a complaint by voters for years ever since Tony Blair made New Labour electable by moving to the centre Jeremy Corbyn now gives the electorate a real choice compared to the Conservative party tackling the deficit through tax rises rather than cutting spending nationalising the railways peoples Quantitaive Easing don t replace trident and rent controls 2 1 Wintor Patrick Corbyn it s time for a new kind of politics The Guardian 12 September 2015 2 Magazine 24 things that Jeremy Corbyn believes BBC News 13 September 2015 http www bbc co uk news magazine 34209478 Improve this Counterpoint It is false that there is a lack of choice now There are plenty of other parties that voters could vote for if they believe the main two parties do not provide them with the choice they want On the right there is UKIP and on the left the Greens and also other much smaller more extreme parties standing pain a few constituencies If there were sufficient numbers who want to vote for a more left wing agenda then the Greens would be doing much better than they are they currently only have one seat Improve this Lack of difference encourages Punch and Judy politics Point The public are totally turned off by a style of politics which seems to rely on the levels of club house theatrical abuse that you can throw across at each other in parliament and across the airwaves 1 This style is necessary to extentuate the small areas where there are differences between the parties Introduce real differences on the big issues of government particularly the economy and society then such minor point scoring fades into insignificance 1 Wintor Patrick Corbyn it s time for a new kind of politics The Guardian 12 September 2015 Improve this Counterpoint I m fed up with the Punch and Judy politics of Westminster the name calling backbiting point scoring finger pointing Not Jeremy Corbyn David Cameron in 2005 when he became opposition leader 1 Every new opposition party leader starts out saying they want to change Westminster s style of politics Miliband was the same Yet they get sucked in all the same The robust Punch and Judy style is part and parcel of British politics having happened during periods where the parties were ideologically far apart in the past there were comnplaints about jeering and interuptions in the 1970s 2 1 Cameron David Leadership acceptance speech BritishPoliticalSpeech org 2005 http www britishpoliticalspeech org speech archive htm speech 315 2 Parkinson Justin Is Prime Minister s Questions really getting worse BBC News 18 February 2014 http www bbc co uk news uk politics 26239991 Improve this A shift to the left means labour is no longer a party of government Point A shift to the left means that Labour is no longer a real contender for government This is not only bad for Labour but bad for the country as a whole Voters need to have a choice between parties that stand a realistic chance of getting into power to have a real choice By moving away from the centre where most of the votes are labour is no longer a serious contender In the UK it is already the case that the average voter for a party holds more centrist or moderate policy positions than the party they vote for 1 1 Voters Policy Preferences Much More Centrist than those of Political Parties Compass June 2015 http home kieskompas nl wp content uploads 2015 06 UK Landscape proximity pdf Improve this Counterpoint The biggest news of the last few years in politics has been the fragmentation of the electorate the increase in voting for the Scottish National Party Greens and UK Independence Party It can no longer be certain that Labour will pick up most votes by staying close to the centre ground In all but the very safest seats there are more non voters than there are people who vote for the winning party It was notable that many of the safest seats in the country held by Labour in 2010 were toppled by the SNP in 2015 including Glasgow North East that had an almost 16 000 majority in 2010 fell to the SNP with a majority of over 7 000 1 1 Glasgow North East UK Parliament constituency Wikipedia last checked 16 September 2015 Improve this The Labour party is deprived of talent on the front bench Point Numerous former front benchers and government ministers under the last Labour government will not serve in a Corbyn shadow cabinet Most obviously two of the four leadership contenders Liz Kendall and Yvette Cooper 1 This deprives the party of experienced parliamentarians who know government and what it takes to win elections 1 Wintour Patrick and Watt Nicholas Labour frontbenchers rule out serving in Corbyn s shadow cabinet The Guardian 12 September 2015 http www theguardian com politics 2015 sep 12 labour frontbenchers rule out

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