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We bring world experts to the fray to tackle the most divisive topics of our time: from drone warfare and the right to bear arms, to hip hop and the war on drugs.
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Or is it a complement? Tonight at 6.45pm (UK time) we’ll be debating so-called ‘smartphone journalism' and how it’s changing the face of news with panel of leading journalists and experts including Will Self, Jessica Mayberry and Simon Ostrovsky http://bit.ly/R80weR If you have any questions for our panel, write them in the comment box and we’ll put the best to our speakers during the debate #iq2news
Every Friday post a new podcast free to download and listen to. This week, check out their debate, "Let the Bad Guys Be: The Perils of Foreign Intervention", with Rory Stewart and David Aaronovitch https://bitly.com/iq2podcast Where do you stand?
If the recent deluge of reports from US and UK news outlets are accurate, any Brit or American travelling to the Sochi games take their lives in their own hands. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, has even called the Sochi security threat ‘the greatest he has ever seen’. However, Russian officials look pretty confident and keep saying that Sochi is the safest place this winter http://cnn.it/1giMP8i Is the western media's coverage heavy handed? Or are they just stating the facts? Tell us what you think
Does mass immigration boost our economy and cultural richness or undermine them? Listen to Nigel Farage square up to Ken Livingstone in this +Intelligence Squared debate “Let Them Come: We Have Nothing to Fear From High Levels of Immigration” from October 2013 http://bit.ly/1awmpep Tell us what you think!
Today with more young people attending university than ever before, ever fewer graduates are finding jobs. College tuition and fees are soaring too. In these straitened times is the traditional university education really worth the time and money? Watch our debate from October 2013: "University is an Unwise Investment" http://bit.ly/1a4gRtP
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Ariel Sharon, who died on Saturday after eight years in a coma, was one of Israel's most iconic and controversial figures. In this article Avi Shlaim argues that during the 2001 elections campaign Sharon tried to reinvent himself as a man of peace. Shlaim asks whether ardent Jewish nationalist and an 'Arab-hater' (his words) can be seen as a genuine peace-seeker?http://bit.ly/1axUnzt What do you think?
We're delighted to announce that tomorrow night we'll be hosting a debate on the future of journalism with . It's called "Smartphone journalism: the changing face of news" and we'll have a selection of the worlds' leading journalists and commentators holding forth, including Will Self and Paul Conroy. The debate will be streamed live on this page from 6.45pm (UK time) - we hope you can tune in.
Important announcement number two: we’re changing our page name to Intelligence Squared.
Since 2011 the Versus events have been an important part of Intelligence Squared's work, with fantastic debates on Hip Hop, the War on Drugs and drones to name a few. The Versus format has worked brilliantly for bringing world experts together on the most provocative and important topics of the day, and we’ll continue to use it. But to ensure that we can focus all our attention on one page rather than two, and so that we can make our home on G+ as engaging and easy to find as possible, we're bringing all our events under the Intelligence Squared banner.
We hope you continue to enjoy watching, debating and commenting on this page.
From the Intelligence Squared team
Unprecedented levels of security are being implemented around Sochi, the host city of 2014 Winter Olympics, with some 37,000 staff on combat alert. However, according to the latest poll conducted by the Kremlin-funded TV channel, 48% of people are looking forward to a high-class sporting event but less than a third expect security troubles. Are the Russian people right to trust in their security forces? Tell us what you think!
Absolutely, argues the Guardian, following news that Narciso Contreras, the award winning photographer, edited out another photographer's camera from a shot: 'major wire agencies and their clients rely on their images being totally authentic'. http://bit.ly/1itn2KB Do you agree?
Following revelations of an alleged affair, a British or US politician would be told to show contrition, or resign. Not in France, argues Jonathan Freedland. Strikingly, Francois Hollande’s ratings have improved by two points. Can Hollande easily get away with his adultery in the country of love and romance? http://bit.ly/1j5nnDm
Tell us what you think!