World Debating News
12 June 2008
Koç Debate Club presents Istanbul 2008!
In order to ensure the quality of the adjudication, our Chief Adjudicator will be Samir Deger-Sen (2008 Worlds Champion, 2007 Euros Semi-Finalist, 2007 Oxford IV DCA) Our DCAs;
Besides the top-quality food from Koç University Divan Cafeteria and accommodation at the campus as in our previous tournaments, we know that socials are almost as important as – or even maybe more important than – the debates in a tournament. In order to maximize the fun you can get from Istanbul 2008, we will be providing free alcohol in our amazing parties and the legendary Bosphorus cruise as usual. In addition to all these, you may always expect some surprises from our organization team that has created miracles in Euros 2007 last summer as you have all witnessed.
Istanbul 2008 will be held between 3rd and 7th of August, 2008. The registration fee for this fantastic tournament with 6 rounds, team cap of 72 teams and 4 different outstanding parties – with free alcohol in each one – will be € 90 per person.
If you have experienced EUDC 2007 and want to experience something similar again; or if you haven’t experienced it and want to see what it is like to be in a top-quality summer tournament; or if you are just curious about what the prospective host of WORLDS 2010 is preparing for you in the last debating tournament before 2009 Christmas, you should definitely come to ISTANBUL 2008!!!
Registration is now open!
You can visit www.istanbul08.com for further information.
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11 June 2008
The ICRC International Humanitarian Law Debate was held from the 2nd to the 5th of June at University Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam with the support of the ICRC. 16 teams from 9 institutions debated over 4 preliminary rounds and the breaking rounds to determing the champion of the ICRC IHL Debate 2008.
The adjudication core consisted of DCAs :Yunus (H&G), Rebecca (UM), Baby G (MMU) and CA: Prasad (IMU).
The full results of the tournament are as follows. Congratulations! :)
Champions: NUS (Wee Jian, Vignesk Ashok, Alex)
Runners Up: UT MARA 1 (Shila, Tariq, Aina)
Third Placing: UT MARA 4 (Aerie, Izzie, Wani)
Fourth Placing: UTMARA Borneo (Jack, Stifler, Shafiq)
Overall Best Speaker: Twinkles (MMU)
Finals Best Speaker: Wee Jian Ang (NUS)
MMUM1 – 4 wins
NUS – 3 wins
UT MARA 4 – 3 wins
MMUM 2 – 3 wins
UT MARA 1 – 3 wins
MMU – 2 wins
UT MARA 2 – 2 wins
UT MARA Borneo – 2 wins
Top 10 Speakers for the Tournament:
1. Twinkles (MMU)
2. Vignesh Ashok (NUS)
3. Tariq (UTMARA 1)
4. Paei (UTMARA 2)
4. Izzie (UTMARA 4)
4. Wani (UTMARA 4)
5. Bubu (MMU)
5. Wee Jian Ang (NUS)
6. Aina (UTMARA 1)
6. Siew (MMUM 1)
*Speakers with the same rank on the list are tied for that rank
Round 1: Intervention
THBT the UN's responsibility to protect is more important than its respect to national sovereignity
THBT constructive engagement works better than military intervention
THBT invasion into other sovereign countries is justified only in the name of counter-terrorism
Round 2: Nukes
THBT all nations have the right to possess nuclear weapons
THBT only democratic states have the right to civilian nuclear energy
THBT South Korea should provide unconditional aid to North Korea
Round 3: Negotiating with terrorists
THBT Israel should include Hamas in its dealing with Palestine.
THW not recognize Hezbollah as the rulers of Lebanon.
THW not negotioate with violent separatist movements.
Round : Food Security
THBT the World Bank and other bilateral donors should tie developmental aid to investment in agriculture.
THW curb the production of biofuels to address the growing food crisis.
THBT the EU should not bow to the pressures of WTO in reducing agricuktural subsidies.
Quarter Finals: Cluster Munitions Treaty
THBT the greatest impact of the ban on cluster munitions is not in protecting civilians but in hampering the military capability.
THBT the "Big Players" persistence on the option of using cluster munitions is a threat to collective security.
THW criminalize countries that cooperate with other nations using cluster munitions.
Semi Finals: Responsibility
THW force countries to make contributions to relief funds proportional to their GDPs
THW hold states responsible for collateral damage
THW allow America soldiers to not respond to the call of war
Third Placing: Justice - 3rd
THBT perpetrators of crimes against humanity should only be tried in international courts or tribunals, not local courts
THBT the ICC is ineffective in delivering justice to victims of crimes against humanity
THBT TRCs are a sufficient form of recourse afforded to victims of crimes against humanity
Grand Finals: The Geneva Conventions
THBT the Geneva Conventions have no place in modern warfare
THW include terrorists as combatants under the Geneva Conventions
THBT rendition has no place in a democratic world.
The full tabs are available on the YahooGroup.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank UT MARA and the ICRC for their support, the teams for their participation and all those who came by to help adjudicate the rounds. We hope you had fun and we look forward to seeing you again very soon.
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10 June 2008
In line with Pre-Australs that the UP Debate Society is hosting, we would like to remind you that June 12, 2008 is the deadline of full payment for accommodations package of participants who want to avail of the discounted rate at Fersal Inn and June 13, 2008 is the deadline of full payment for accommodations package of participants who want to stay at the University Hostel.
The other dates to remember are June 20, 2008 as the last day for submitting the pre-registration form and June 23, 2008 as the deadline for payment of registration fee and other accommodations packages.
Please visit http://preaustrals.updebatesociety.org for more details and updates on Pre-Australs.
Thank you very much and we are looking forward to seeing you at Pre-Australs on June 28-30, 2008!
9 June 2008
Era Segev and Lior Hadas (IDC Herzliya)
Yoni Cohen and Linor Deutsch (Tel-Aviv University)
Raanan Eichler and Haran Pilpel (Hebrew University)
Leor Sapir and Lihi Yona (University of Haifa)
Yoni Cohen (Tel-Aviv University)
A special award was presented to Mr. Uri Zakai for his great contribution to the development of The Israeli Debating League for the past 10 years.
1. thw send over-weight children to weight watching groups
2. thw return fire to its sources, even at the cost of harming citizens
3. thw introduce progressive inheritance tax
4. thbt its legitimate to publish the sexual orientation of public figures
5. thw oblige doctors to inform parents before performing an abortion on a minor
6. thw force Haredic jewish people to change their way of living
Semi-Final: thbt drunk driving is equivalent of attempted murder
Final: thw not interrogate an active prime minister
8 June 2008
I am pleased to announce the launch of the Monash Australs 2009 bid website: www.monashaustrals.com (or www.monashaustrals.com/home.html if you don't have quicktime)
We will be constantly updating the website between now and the tournament, with new images, updates on our sponsorship progress and answers to frequently asked questions.
Our team will be continuing to work on our bid right up until we get to Manila, so we would love to hear from you with any comments or suggestions, at email@example.com
Monash Australs 2009
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