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Current Debate - Boycotting the Beijing Olympic Games, should politics have a place in sports?

Boycotting the Beijing Olympic Games, should politics have a place in sports?

(+) Take a decisive stand against a nasty dictatorship. (-) Wouldn't it be lovely if the Olympics were truly beyond politics? (*) (On Ciao since: 03/2008)

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Did man land on the moon?

(+) The absurd hoax theory hasn't gained much traction anywhere (-) Some people nevertheless believe it, simply because "governments lie" (*) (On Ciao since: 10/2004)

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Is breast always best?

(+) Too many to mention (-) Hard work at the start (*) (On Ciao since: 09/2006)

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Current Debate - The Gaza Conflict: How could the Israeli-Palestinian \

The Gaza Conflict: How could the Israeli-Palestinian "question" be solved?

(+) None at all (-) Bloodshed, civilian death, ruined buildings and hatred from both sides (*) (On Ciao since: 01/2009)

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Current Debate - Do you think that a minimum pricing of alcohol should be brought in?

Do you think that a minimum pricing of alcohol should be brought in?

(+) It could deter some people from over indulging (-) It will cost me more money! (*) (On Ciao since: 05/2012)

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How should university education be funded?

(+) Education is a benefit for all (-) But someone has to pay the cost (*) (On Ciao since: 01/2004)

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Current Debate - How relevant is the age of consent in modern Britain?

How relevant is the age of consent in modern Britain?

(+) Relative certainty for everyone, protects most minors and adults, avoids demeaning judgements. (-) Fails to recognise individual variability - too high for some and too low for others. (*) (On Ciao since: 10/2012)

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Current Debate - London Olympics 2012: Will the games be a success?

London Olympics 2012: Will the games be a success?

(+) "Full of sound and fury…" (Macbeth) (-) "…signifying nothing." (except enormous expense) (*) (On Ciao since: 12/2011)

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Do you believe in aliens?

(+) You can see the evidence (-) Too many false calls (*) (On Ciao since: 04/2004)

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Current Debate - Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland: Which country do you think will win and why.

Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland: Which country do you think will win and why.

(+) Football, Football, Football, No Media Hype about how great we are (-) No media hype about how great we are, No England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland (*) (On Ciao since: 05/2008)

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Current Debate - What is your view on the Wikileaks case and its controversial protagonist Julian Assange?

What is your view on the Wikileaks case and its controversial protagonist Julian Assange?

(+) Wikileaks have shown us the truth (-) The truth is not pleasant (*) (On Ciao since: 12/2010)

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Current Debate - Memories of Bonfire Night

Memories of Bonfire Night

(+) pretty colours, good memories (-) loud, scary, people forget the true meaning (*) (On Ciao since: 10/2009)

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Current Debate - What are your views on the Global Occupy Movement?

What are your views on the Global Occupy Movement?

(+) Noble goals. I'm a supporter of freedom of expression. (-) Fundamentally flawed idea behind it. (*) (On Ciao since: 01/2012)

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Current Debate - AV Referendum on 5th May! Which is fairer, AV or First Past the Post?

AV Referendum on 5th May! Which is fairer, AV or First Past the Post?

(+) A step in the right direction... (-) ...though not as big a step as it could or should be (*) (On Ciao since: 04/2011)

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Current Debate - Tesco Car Parks

Tesco Car Parks

(+) Generally quite safe (-) Not very close to store on busy days (*) (On Ciao since: 06/2007)

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Current Debate - Gay Marriage

Gay Marriage

(+) Throws some reality on to the subject (-) Needless soul searching (*) (On Ciao since: 10/2010)

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What is your opinion of compulsory drug testing in the workplace?

(+) Could Help (-) Personal Rights? (*) (On Ciao since: 07/2003)

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Current Debate - John Terry’s scandal - Should he remain the captain of England national team or not?

John Terry’s scandal - Should he remain the captain of England national team or not?

(+) Retaining Terry would have been better for English football and for resisting witch-hunts (-) Sacking him served no purpose except to appease media rabble-rousers (*) (On Ciao since: 02/2010)

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Anti-Bacterial Products containing Triclosan

(+) Kills Bacteria in the short term (-) Strengthens Bacteria in the long term (*) (On Ciao since: 11/2005)

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Should Top Gear Be Banned?

(+) It's pure entertainment; keep it on air! (-) In this review I sound like a bit of a fanatical maniac (*) (On Ciao since: 09/2006)

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What's Wrong with the British Law?

(+) True interpretation of the law (-) Makes the law complex (*) (On Ciao since: 04/2005)

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Do you believe in psychic ability?

(+) It may make you think. (-) You may not want to think. (*) (On Ciao since: 03/2004)

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Should Cyclists have to pass a test and have compulsory insurance?

(+) Safer roads and less deaths (-) Less people will use bikes? (*) (On Ciao since: 09/2004)

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Current Debate - Tragedy in Norway: How can such atrocities be prevented?

Tragedy in Norway: How can such atrocities be prevented?

(+) None (-) Tragedy (*) (On Ciao since: 08/2011)

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Should the U.S. work more closely with international bodies and take fewer unilateral foreign policy and military decisions?

(+) You might sleep safe feeling protected by the US. (-) Motives are driven by self interest. (*) (On Ciao since: 06/2001)

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Current Debate - The Great Smartphone Debate

The Great Smartphone Debate

(+) Everything you need, and more. (-) Too much at stake if you lose one (*) (On Ciao since: 07/2013)

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Current Debate - Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry in spring 2011. What are your thoughts on the happy couple and their future together?

Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry in spring 2011. What are your thoughts on the happy couple and their future together?

(+) The fairytale will last through-out the day for Catherine Middleton (-) Common folk will have to endure it and see re-runs of it for years to come (*) (On Ciao since: 11/2010)

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Current Debate - Dealing with cyberbullying: Tips for kids and parents

Dealing with cyberbullying: Tips for kids and parents

(+) Usually temporary, can be dealt with (-) Absolutely awful to experience (*) (On Ciao since: 10/2013)

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What's the relationship between class and media?

(+) Titillating reading; great gossip. (-) Ruined lives; innocent accused proven guilty based on false, media-generated impressions. (*) (On Ciao since: 04/2003)

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Current Debate - Do you support the public sector strikes?

Do you support the public sector strikes?

(+) Hopefully some people might think about the value of our public services (-) Lots of people will lose their jobs through no fault of their own - no wonder they are fighting (*) (On Ciao since: 07/2011)

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To boycott or not to boycott? I say the former.

Advantages: Take a decisive stand against a nasty dictatorship.
Disadvantages: Wouldn't it be lovely if the Olympics were truly beyond politics?

I don't know if the question is really "should politics have a place in sports?" because we all know the answer should be "of course not" yet we all know it does, in reality; and this is especially true of the Olympics. I should declare a bias, here; I ...

anaglypta 02.04.2008 · Read full review
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Review of Boycotting the Beijing Olympic Games, should politics have a place in sports?

Time for a protest?

Advantages: Get your views to a large audience.
Disadvantages: Antagonise many people you were trying to influence

The question of should be any politics in sport has been asked. But there is already Politics in sport. At the level of The Olympics it would seem that it is more politics than sport. Some will do anything to win, athletes and countries both. Extraordinar ...

Coloneljohn 08.04.2008 · Read full review
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Review of Boycotting the Beijing Olympic Games, should politics have a place in sports?

Let peace continue...

Advantages: Humanity is the main thing of concern.
Disadvantages: If we could put politics aside, Olympic would have a different charm.

The question, should politics have a place in sports is asked here, but the politics is already in sports. Rather we should say that the politics is more than that of the sports. If in some places the deserved ones do not get selection in other places the ...

asomormridul 21.04.2008 · Read full review
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Review of Boycotting the Beijing Olympic Games, should politics have a place in sports?

Olympics in flames

Advantages: -
Disadvantages: -

I'll admit I was a bit vague on the issues between China and Tibet. I know that China invaded, the Dali Lama had to leave and now China is in charge. When recently watching the BBC evening news , I was shocked to see that China was televising, to its ...

katattack3 23.04.2008 · Read full review
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Review of Boycotting the Beijing Olympic Games, should politics have a place in sports?

Politicisation of the olympics. good v bad

Advantages: Taking a stand against China
Disadvantages: Degrading the olympic ideal

Yes and no, although politics can have a detrimental effect on sport, they are always present. Sport is a reflection of the society in which it operates.Politics will always have a place in sports no matter how hard anyone tries to erradicate it. However ...

tonesgfc 23.04.2008 · Read full review
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