Foreword: International attention on Africa has never been stronger, as the world is truly making an effort to resolve some of Africa's issues. Unfortunately, there are definitely still some countries in Africa where it is either dangerous or moving that direction. In this edition, you will find analysis on some of these countries, as it is imperative as an extemper to be able to not only explain these problems, but their solutions as well. In particular, we will look at Somalia, which has long been in disarray but is now catching the attention of international powers because of its involvement with recent incidences of piracy. Zimbabwe is also on the verge of complete collapse, as the government is floundering amid an economic disaster. Meanwhile, Sudan is home to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, and the Congo is the world's deadliest war since WWII. Hopefully, the international community will help to resolve these conflicts before they get worse.
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Resolved: That, by 2040, the federal government should mandate that all new passenger vehicles and light trucks sold in the United States be powered by alternative fuels.
Foreword: This topic raises important questions about which direction automakers should take their production lines. With the bailout of American auto-companies being hotly debated before Congress, this issue is at the forefront of the discussion. America’s transportation sector is heavily reliant on oil, most of which is imported from foreign countries. In addition, the combustion of oil has negative environmental impacts. The Pro and Con are going to agree that moving this country beyond its oil dependence is a positive goal. But is it achievable? Is it achievable within the given time frame? Should the government mandate what U.S. companies have to produce, and what consumers should purchase? These questions are all embodied in this somewhat muddled resolution. This topic is over-encompassing; if you keep sight of the big picture you’ll debate well.
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