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Debates: This House Would Ban Holidays of Foreign Culture

Halloween, St. Valentine's Day, Irish St. Patrick's Day, Catholic Christmas and other Western holidays are alien to our culture. Their infiltration disrupts our identity from the inside. So, any support for them by state institutions, especially by schools and local Ministries of Culture should be banned.

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Debates: This House Would Enforce Copyright Protection in Social Media.

Copyright protection is necessary to let creators sustain themselves and give us their new works. But recent development of digital technologies allow us to copy anything flawlessly and for free.

So how should copyright look in the era of digital media and social networks? Should we still enforce copyright protection even in memes or modify our opinion on that?

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Debates: This House Believes that Advertising is Harmful

Advertising has grown to be an industry worth many billions of dollars across the world. Online advertising alone is believed to be worth $24 billion a year. Almost all public space has some advertisements in sight and all forms of media, from newspapers to the cinema, are also filled with adverts. Whilst this helps companies sell their products, and helps consumers to learn what is on offer, many believe that this huge amount of advertising can be harmful. It may make people want too much, or things that they cannot have, or it might make them feel inadequate when they don't have something. Is it really that bad? Let's discuss.

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Parliamentary Debates: This House Believes That Development of AI is More Dangerous Than Beneficial

Artificial Intelligence are growing at an alarming rate. Computers get twice as smart every 18 months whereas humans still remain the same in terms of intelligence. Its only a matter of time before computers surpass humans. Humans won't stop until computers are able to do everything for them and make life easier. Little do they know, they are just making computers smarter than themselves... Do you agree? Come and make your point in the parliamentary debate tonight!

Note: if you wish to actively participate in the debate rather than just watch, please don't be late. 

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Debates: This House Would Ban Smartphones

Smartphones are a great invention our ancestors could not even dream of: know the answer to a question instantly, talk to a friend from a thousand miles away, get a picture of that friend, carry a million books in your pocket, play a videogame in a queue... However, it turns out that smartphones can just as well do more harm that good, from disturbing our social life to endangering our children crossing the road. Should smartphones be banned for good? Let us debate.

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Debates: This House would teach talented students separately from their peers

Some students are undeniably gifted and have talents others don't. Should we set up a stimulating environment for them to make the most of their abilities, or should we treat all students equally?

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This House would ban the sale of surveillance technology to non-democratic countries

The sophistication of modern surveillance technology has increased by leaps and bounds in the 21st century. Governments have unprecedented power to watch their citizens, to see almost every aspect of their private and public lives. By use of CCTV, internet censorship and infiltration, wire-taps, and a multitude of other systems, governments have enormous power to control the populace. 

Should democracies refuse to sell technology that could be used for ill to regimes abroad, or does it have more to gain from treating them as equally valid governments?

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Debates: This House Believes in Basic Income

Basic income is the form of social security where every citizen irrespective of their income, age, physical abilities, family status, and other factors normally taken into account in social security regularly receives a fixed amount of money from the government. It is now being tested in some countries like Finland and Canada. Will such a system benefit the society?

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Debate Buffet: Random topics

In this Debate Buffet, newly formed teams will get random topics and 15 minutes to prepare for an American-style game of debates.

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Debates: This House Supports Retirement Age Raising

Today is an Elderly Person Day. And we're happy to declare that since our lifetime becomes longer and longer, we can delay our retirements!

Hoorah!