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Is foreign intervention ever the answer? 

Every Friday +Intelligence Squared 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?
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Was the Associated Press right to fire award-winning photographer who photoshopped Syria photo?

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? 
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Yes he should...
Mostly because that is an awful bit of editing... 
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Is university an unwise investment?

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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It isn't really about going to college. It is about picking the right degree.
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Ariel Sharon: a sanguinary soldier or a genuine peace-seeker?

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?
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+Carlos Ochoa +Farouq Obaidi War and conflict are real life matters. World is not a drama or love story to be taught and controlled. So, the solution is not that easy. There are beliefs and anti-beliefs, states and enmity, ethnic groups and vested interests.  I believe, real leadership goes through war and peace, negotiation and gun to reach the objective. What matter most is objective of leaders. Those who do not have any objective, they face difficult conditions.
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Should Western powers stay out of the Middle East?

Opponents of an intervention in Syria like to point to the sobering experiences of Afghanistan and Iraq.  Do we really know enough about the country's culture, language and politics so as to bring about a happy outcome? Watch our debate from July 2013 "Fight your own battles: Foreign powers shouldn’t intervene in the Middle East": http://bit.ly/1goIaxt Where do you stand?
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+Oliver Sawtell How about saying, "stop stoning people or we will no longer give you money no aid financial or otherwise" would that be good policing? 
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Sochi Olympics according to... the Russian media

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 +RT  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!
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high-class sporting event  
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Should we fear mass immigration? 

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!
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+Chris Spackman yes, but I think there's quite a big difference between "not all of them" and "the vast majority". I read 'not all of them do' as suggesting most of them don't. Maybe that's not what you meant though, in which case my mistake!
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Francois Hollande Affair: how France plays by its own rules

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  
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2% gained in popularity for getting rid of the most unpopular French First Lady in history
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Has Martin Luther King's Dream Been Realised?

Today, America's first black president sits in the White House, yet more African-Americans are on probation, parole or in prison than there were slaves in 1850. Are Muslims now the new targets of racism post-9/11? Re-visit our debate on Dr King's legacy from August 2013 http://bit.ly/172Qpbm Tell us what you think!
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Obama isn't legitimately the president.
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Vladimir Putin's 2014 Winter Olympics: the money game

Everything about these games is politics. At $51 billion, the Sochi Games are the costliest ever. Are winter sports just an excuse for Vladimir Putin's extravaganza? Have Western politicians agreed to play Putin's game not to miss out on a great freebie? http://bit.ly/1ktmCps Tell us your thoughts about it! 
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i'm not saying it was rigged. all i'm saying is that russian population is simply not aware of other world's prominent figures. in other countries votes got split up more evenly, that's why putin got his 3rd.

even so, those 24%.. well, seems like putin isn't too popular in russia either, huh? :)))
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Versus is the live, online and global debate series from the world's leading forum for debate, Intelligence squared.

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