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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?
I said yes there is intervention and that is normal nowadays in most countries (unfortunately).
However I said that the revolution is just and fair! Are you with the dictatorship? Do you want to live in a dictatorship?
And I'm not saying that all rebels are angels! But that's the case anywhere and these evil guys can't make a just case unjust!
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!
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!
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!
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!
even so, those 24%.. well, seems like putin isn't too popular in russia either, huh? :)))
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?
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?