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Istanbul Meridyen Debating Academy

Round 1: This house believes that governments should strictly regulate construction and renovation
in order to preserve historical architecture (buildings, parks, public spaces etc).
Round 2: This house would ban self-learning sex robots that aim to be highly gratifying and realistic
Round 3: This house would permanently remove from service Imams who are stationed in places
where an honour killing has occured
Round 4: This house would not use scientific data acquired through non-ethical experiments

Cebu IVs

Round 1: TH Celebrates the fetishization of the LGBT in porn (men who watch lesbian porn; women
who watch gay porn; shemale)

THW fabricate evidence in order to create the impression that historical icons had been gay

Info slide: A study conducted by Cambridge University describes the role of genetic regulators which
influences whether an immature germ cell differentiates into a male or female cell, and how that
process can be manipulated. In the future, it is possible for stem cells from a male to be used to
produce an egg, allowing an infant to have two biological fathers. Motion: Assuming feasibility, This
house believes that the state should heavily subsidize the access to 2-father babies.

ROUND 2 : Givenchi kokoli datung

This house will impose minimum educational qualification as a requirement to stock market
-Info slide: A charter city involves a developing country giving a long term lease on a small area of
land to a developed country. The developed country will build and govern a new city for a pre-
determined period of time. Motion: This house would establish charter cities in developing countries
This house will repeal all laws requiring mandatory remittances from Overseas workers

ROUND 3 : taralets penpen de chorvaloo

This house would include E-sports in the Olympics
This house will allow organized fight clubs
This house supports the integration of moral choices in games

Round 4: Throwbecks

This house will go back in time and save Jesus Christ from crucifixion
This house believes that the Ministry of Magic should require wizards to live in muggle
In case of a zombie-epidemic, This house believes that zombies have a right to a humane life in
special zombie-habitats

ROUND 5 : Huling push? K mo yan teh!

Info slide: Kevin really hates Charles. For four years, Kevin meticulously planned how to kill Charles,
and he learned that Charles loves eating Lechon belly. Last night, Kevin gave Charles a cyanide
laced lechon belly which Charles ate heartedly. To Kevins surprise, he saw Charles the next day
happy, blooming and healthy. It turns out that Charles is immune to cyanide. Motion: This house
will still charge Kevin with Murder.
This house will repeal all laws that criminalize any form of speech (Libelous,Seditious,
Discriminatory, Slanderous, Defamation)
This house would not afford religious identity the same level of anti-discrimination protection as
inborn traits (ex. race and *sexuality)

QUARTERS: Ms. International

This house believes that the EU should ban its member states from selling arms to former Soviet
This house would make the ratification of the ICC charter as a pre-condition for UNSC
This house believes that the United Nations should tax the profits of all natural resource sales

SEMIS : Charles is the new Char! Charles!

Assuming the technology exists which allows an absolute mind wipe, This house would allow
convicted criminals to choose it as penalty over incarceration
If Vatican discovers evidence that the Judeo-Christian God is female, this house will destroy it
Aromantic is the lack of of romantic attraction towards anyone.TH prefers an Aromantic world

Finals : Madam Josie Rizal

This house regrets the conception of a National Hero (debated)

This house believes that Philippines should abandon its claim on Sabah in exchange for
Malaysias support to the Philippines claim to the West Philippine Sea.
This house will give more votes to those who pay higher income tax

Philippine Debate Open 2015

Round 1: Minorities
This house would prohibit disadvantaged groups from being portrayed as antagonists in fictional
This house believes that sexually provocative female celebrities, who publicly identify as feminists,
harm the movement
This house believes that social media sites should not limit the sexual expressions of its users
Round 2: Expression
This house believes that protesters should not fight for their causes anonymously
This house believes that movements should manufacture martyrs for the greater good of their
This house would allow corporations to enforce their religious identity, including but not limited to,
the denial of goods and services

Round 3: Development Economics

Info Slide: Quantitative easing (QE) is a type of monetary policy used by central banks to stimulate
the economy when standard monetary policy has become ineffective. A central bank implements
quantitative easing by buying specified amounts of financial assets from commercial banks and
other private institutions, thus raising the prices of those financial assets, while simultaneously
increasing the money supply. Part of the increased money supply flows to emerging
markets. Motion: This house believes that quantitative easing has done more harm than good in
emerging markets
This house would progressively tax the extraction of non-renewable natural resources
This house would allow individuals to select which welfare services to consume, subject to a
maximum monetary value per individual

Round 4: Socio-Legal
Info Slide: The privilege against self-incrimination prevents the government from forcing an accused
person or a witness to testify against himself. Any self-incriminating testimony, without their consent,
is inadmissible in court. An individual can refuse to answer questions that he/she believes will
incriminate him/her. The prosecutor may not comment on his/her silence. Motion: In areas with high
crime rates, THW implement a zero-tolerance policy for petty offenses
This house would abolish the privilege against self-incrimination
This house would allow society to pardon political crimes (sedition, treason, rebellion, and other
crimes against the state) via referenda

Round 5: Science and Society

Info Slide: Henrietta Lacks (1920-1951) was a woman whose cancer cells were immortal (could
regenerate indefinitely, as opposed to normal cells with a shelf life of a few days). Unknown to the
Lacks family until researchers investigated further into their family genetics decades later, a sample
of her cells was cultivated by a research lab, producing about 20 tons of HeLa cells to date. These
cells have been used to research into vaccines (i.e. the cure for polio), cancer, gene mapping, toxic
testing, and countless other scientific pursuits. There are more than 10,000 patents that have some
point used HeLa cells in their development. Motion: THW allow the Lacks family to patent the HeLa
With the consent of all relevant individuals, This house would suspend scientific ethics in favor of
scientific advancement
Assuming feasibility, This house believes that states should temporarily neuter the emotional
inhibitions of their soldiers

Round 6: Conflict
This house believes that the United States should grant asylum to individuals who actively
associate with & significantly participate in US military efforts in conflict zones, such as military
interpreters and local troops
This house believes that Muslim states should lead in the war against ISIS
In hindsight, This house would not have established the state of Israel

Open Octofinals: Religion

This house would allow children who have reached the age of majority to sue their parents for
religious indoctrination
This house regrets religions reliance on miracles in promoting their faith
This house supports religious missionaries that proselytize in economically depressed

Open Quarterfinals & High School Semifinals: Culture and Art

Info Slide: Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902) was a British businessman, mining magnate, and politician in
South Africa. As an ardent believer in British colonialism, Rhodes founded the south African territory
of Rhodesia, South Africas Rhodes University, and the Rhodes Scholarship. Rhodes was an
integral participant in South African colonization. Last week, the University of Cape Town bowed to
student protests and removed a prominent memorial statue of Rhodes. Motion: This
house celebrates the demolition of the Cecil Rhodes statue
This house believes that prestigious art galleries that market to the rich do more harm than good to
the art industry
In multi-ethnic countries, This house would set minimum ethnic diversity quotas in residential areas

Open Semifinals & HS Grand Finals: International Relations

As Greece, This house would prefer the political and economic assistance of Russia over the EUs
This house believes that Western liberal democracies should subsidize the operations of their
multinational corporations in African states to challenge the growing Chinese economic interests in
the region
This house believes that the ASEAN should pursue deeper political integration, including but not
limited to the removal of the non-interventionist policy and the enforcement of the ASEAN Human
Rights Declaration

Grand Finals: Women

This house regrets the Dove Real Beauty campaign
This house believes that the law regarding abortion should be decided in a women-only
In pursuit of true and meaningful liberation of women, This house believes that feminists should
abandon organized religion

Philippine Inter-Collegiate Debating

Championship 2015 Motions
Test Debate
This house believes that feminists should support the sexual objectification of men

Round 1 (Education)
This house believes that state funding for public schools should be contingent on the performance of
their students in standardized tests
This house believes that universities should allow their students to choose the method of
assessment (e.g., written test, group project, research paper, etc.) for the subjects/courses that they
This house celebrates the notion of a corporate sell out
Round 2 (Media & Information)
This house believest that media practitioners should publicly disclose their political party affiliations
This house believes that western liberal democracies should compel social networking sites and
search engines to actively filter content supporting terrorism
This house, as an academic researcher who is a supporter of a specific political party, would not
publish research which contradicts or weakens my partys policies

Round 3 (Sports)
This house believes that sporting leagues should prevent their clubs from breaching a fixed salary
This house would prohibit athletes from expressing their political beliefs at sporting events
This house would require sporting leagues to provide financial support to players after retirement

Round 4 (Geopolitics)
This house celebrates Syrizas victory
As Turkey, This house would recognize the Armenian Genocide
This house would recognize an independent state of Kurdistan

Round 5 (Economics)
This house believes that the United States should subsidize its domestic oil fracking firms
This house would break up banks which are deemed too big to fail
THBT the allies of the United States should revoke their support for the China-led Asian
Infrastructure Investment Bank

Round 6 (Social Policy)

THBT all information regarding any individuals wealth should be publicly available
THBT governments should suppress all research that attempts to create strong artificial intelligence
(Info slide: Strong artificial intelligence (strong AI) is the intelligence of an artificial being that could
successfully perform any intellectual task that a human being can. It is the ability to perform general
intelligent action. Strong AI is oftentimes distinguished from weak AI (definition: the use of software
to study or accomplish specific problem solving or reasoning tasks). Weak AI, in contrast to strong
AI, does not attempt to simulate the full range of human cognitive abilities.)
THW abolish the doctrine of jury nullification (Info slide: Jury nullification is a doctrine in criminal law
that allows a jury to acquit (i.e., to give a verdict of not guilty) a defendant despite its belief that the
accused is guilty of the crime charged. The jury in effect nullifies a law that it believes is either
immoral or wrongly applied to the defendant whose fate they are charged with deciding.)

Round 7 (Governance and Politics)

TH prefers a prosperous autocracy over a fragile democracy
THW declare a failure of elections based on the low voter turnout of racial minorities
THW require candidates for public office to possess a college degree

Sinag Semifinals (Religion)

THBT the LGBT movement should stop biblical interpretations that portray gays in a positive light
THW compel the Church to compensate Catholics who contract HIV
THBT the Church should excommunicate politicians who are convicted of corruption

Sinag Grand Finals (Philippines)

THW not support the Bangsamoro Basic Law
In developing countries, THW require recent college graduates to work in government for a certain
period of time
TH regrets the AFPs modernization program as a response to Chinese aggression

Octofinals (Development)
THBT all idle land should be returned to the state
THW give veto power to indigenous peoples over resource-extraction ventures
THW ban the advertising of consumer credit products in developing countries

Quarterfinals (Conflict)
THBT it is high time for the United States to abandon all support to Israel
THW require recipients of military and security aid to include women in their armed forces
THBT it is legitimate for states to lie about armed conflicts & humanitarian crises

Semifinals (Gender)
In liberal democracies, THBT the LGBT movement should not respect the choice to remain in the
TH, as the feminist movement, would support female politicians who belong to conservative parties
THW ban pro-life protests in the proximity of abortion clinics

Grand Finals (Climate Change)

THBT microfinance institutions should heavily prioritize ventures that have environmentally
sustainable business operations
As a developing state, THBT individuals and firms should be subjected to a cap on electricity
consumption from non-renewable energy sources
As major polluters, THBT there is a moral obligation to grant automatic citizenship to individuals who
will become stateless because of climate change

WSDC 2016 Stuttgart, Germany

GF: This house believes that states should be allowed to pay other states to relocate and settle

SF: Ths house believes that versions of history taught by states through the education
system should not be designed to promote national pride.

QF: This house belives that governments should ban their citizens from joining overseas
groups fighting against terrorism which are not official military forces.

OF: This house believes that large tech companies should refuse to provide data on their
customers to governments, even if it involves refusing to comply with a law which compels
them to do so.
PDO: This house would abolish religious primary and secondary schools.

R8: This house would require individuals to pass a political general knowledge test in order
to vote.
R7: This house believes that Obamas administration has done more harm than good.
R6: This house believes that it should be a criminal offence to make comments which could
promote hatred against people of particular races, religions, disabilities, sexualities or gender
R5: This house believes that technology companies with significant market shares should not be
eligible for patent protection.
R4: This house would televise criminal trials.
R3: This house would require democratic states to hold a national referendum to ratify free trade
R2: This house believes that major film and television awards shows should abolish awards
categories separated by gender.
R1: This house believes that, after meeting their basic needs, individuals have a moral responsibility
to donate their wealth towards poverty alleviation.


Round 1: Development
This house believes that development aid should be made conditional on poor countries
aggressively pursuing population control In the pursuit of promoting development,
This house believes that development aid should come with zero interest
This house would impose an extremely high ownership fee on vehicle ownership (200%-300%) in
developing countries

Round 2: Women
This house believes that governments of conservative societies should financially incentivize men to
be house-husbands
This house, as a woman, would vote for Hillary Clinton
In order to address the wage gap, This house would impose a higher income tax on men

Round 3: International Law

This house believes that states should hold periodic elections for their local governments where
people can vote to permanently secede
This house would allow the owners of IP rights to sue governments where those IP rights are widely
infringed upon within their countries
This house believes that trials involving crimes against humanity should continue despite the death
of the accused
Round 4: Technology
This house would nationalise all internet search engines (e.g. Google Search)
This house would not recognise a right to be forgotten online
This house believes that first world countries should criminalise mere access to the deep web
(Definition: The deep web is the part of the World Wide Web that is not discoverable by means of
standard search engines and typically contains illegal or subversive content.)

Round 5: Economics
Thio house would only allow people to obtain credit credits if they exceed the average national
income per person
This house supports the use of economic terrorism to fight against unfair trade practices of large
nations, such as currency manipulation and trade-distorting subsidies
(Definition: Economic terrorism is an attempt by a non-state actor of a coordinated destabilisation, in
order to disrupt the economic and financial stability of a state, including but not limited to, aggressive
market tactics, hoarding dollar reserves for currency manipulation and physical attacks to ports.)
This house believes that EU nations should abandon austerity measures in favour of deficit-

Round 6: Refugees
This house would give automatically grant refugees citizenship; if the conflict they are escaping from
continues for an equal amount of time it takes for a person to acquire citizenship in the sheltering
This house believes that people who consented to be smuggled across borders but arelater
trafficked, should be considered as illegal immigrants, rather than as victims
This house supports Australia paying developing countries (e.g. Cambodia, Papua New Guinea) to
take in its refugees

Round 7: Geo-politics
This house believes that the Philippines should waive its claim over Sabah in exchange for Malaysia
supporting the Spratly Islands case against China
This house believes that India should give military aid to Pakistan to assist in the war on terror
Assuming feasibility, This house would relocate Palestine

Round 8: Social Liberties

This house believes that Western Liberal Democracies should not allow drawing competitions of the
Prophet Muhammad.
This house would make labour union membership mandatory
This house prefers using referendums instead of the courts in deciding the legality of civil rights

Open Pre-Octofinals: Environment

This house, as an environmental activist, would not engage in carbon offsetting
(Definition: Carbon offsetting is when a person attempts to reduce their emissions of greenhouse
gases in order to compensate for their own carbon-heavy emission.)
This house would ban any speech and publication denying man-made climate change
This house regrets fossil fuel divestment campaign
(Definition: Divestment campaign is a movement to lobby for people to refrain from investing OR for
holders of stocks, bonds, or investment funds to sell their shares in fossil fuel companies)

Open Octofinals: Languages & Symbols

This house would ban all historically discriminatory words
This house regrets the prevalence of battlefield metaphor in describing the condition of individuals
with cancer; such as cancer survivor, fighting cancer and lost the battle to cancer
This house believes that the disability rights movement should exploit rather than oppose inspiration
(Definition: Inspiration porn is any picture, video, meme, or feel-good article that displays a person
with a disability doing an ordinary activity such as playing, talking, or walking and hailing such
activity as inspiring.)

Open Quarterfinals & EFL Pre-Quarterfinals: LGBT

This house believes that the state should pay reparations to homosexuals after it recognises
marriage equality
This house would not publish the names of donors to ballot initiatives, such as Proposition 8
This house regrets granting the ESPY Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner
(Context: Caitlyn Jenner is a transgender who was born biologically male. She was formerly known
as Bruce Jenner, a former Olympian athlete and a reality show celebrity in Keeping Up With The

EFL Quarters: Elections

This house would ban all forms of election-related polls, such as election forecasts and public
opinion polls
This house believes that states should not allow individuals with dual citizenship to vote in either of
their national elections, unless they give up one of their citizenship status
This house would mandate a quota of seats for young politicians (i.e. 18 to 30 year-olds) in the

Open Semifinals & EFL Semifinals: Philosophistication

Given the trolley problem, This house would not do anything
(Definition: The trolley problem is a thought experiment in ethics. The general form of problem is
the following: There is a runaway trolley speeding down the railway. Ahead, the trolley is heading
towards five people tied up and it will end up killing them. Next to you, there is a lever that allows you
to switch the track that the trolley is on to a track that will kill one person only. Do you pull the lever
or not do anything?)
This house would allow the enforcement of moral agreements between private citizens, including
the mutual agreement on the punishment administered
Assuming the technology exists, This house would forcibly return his memories
(Situation: A man who is married with two kids is living a happy life. He got into a terrible accident
while alone on vacation, suffered from permanent amnesia and goes missing. Subsequently, he has
established a new life and is happily living with his new family. A friend has discovered him and
offered to re-introduce him to his old life. He refuses to return to his old life.)

EFL Finals: Religion

This house believes that secular democracies with substantial religious communities should not
allow a separate legal system for those communities (e.g. Syariah Law, Canon Law)
This house would recognise religious indoctrination as a mitigating factor in criminal sentencing
This house, as the atheist community, will not support Dawkins God Delusion publication
(Context: Richard Dawkins best-selling The God Delusion book sets out to prove that God does
not exist and a personal belief in God qualifies as a delusion and an insanity.)

Grand Finals: Social Construct

This house believes that Western governments should cease their efforts to universalise liberal
This house regrets the norm of prospective parents actively choosing to have a biological child
rather than adopt
This house prefers a world without any conception of gender over a world with a conception of
gender identities