R&D from Prepd: Weekly Roundup for the Week of September 19-25, 2016

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Here is our weekly survey of news stories to round out the week of September 19-25, 2016.

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R&D from Prepd: Russia’s Parliamentary Elections

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This R&D provides resources on Russia’s parliamentary elections.  The recent elections saw President Vladimir Putin’s party, United Russia, increase its number of seats, thereby controlling nearly three-quarters of the Russian Duma.  This will allow United Russia to change the constitution if they wish to do so.  Critics argued that the elections were not fairly conducted and that the campaign was “dull.”  Voter turnout seemed to justify the latter statement as less than 50% of Russians cast ballots.

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R&D from Prepd: Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

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This R&D provides resources on the controversy surrounding the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline project.  The project aims to carry more than 400,000 barrels of crude oil through North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa, but Native American groups are protesting its construction, arguing that the pipeline borders tribal lands and that they wish for the construction of renewable energy resources.  The protests have been joined by other liberal groups and celebrities.

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HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of September 19-25, 2016

HOTtopics1. How can UN peacekeepers better protect civilians in war zones?
2. Can the Alternative for Germany Party become a significant player in German national politics?
3. Should more nations follow France’s ban on plastic cups and plates?
4. Is China’s growing corporate debt becoming a threat to its economic standing?
5. Should developing nations abandon the Non-Aligned Movement?
6. What role should the United Nations play concerning the treatment of refugees and migrants by member states?
7. Is a war brewing between Israel and Syria?
8. Would the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn condemn the British Labour Party to a generation of irrelevance?
9. Why did United Russia win the Russian parliamentary elections?
10. Is “total victory” possible in the Syrian Civil War for either side?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 19-25, 2016

HOTtopics1. Should the Dakota Access oil pipeline project be stopped?
2. Can the “birther” issue rejuvenate Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign?
3. Should the next presidential administration investigate Wall Street bankers?
4. How many seats will the Democrats win in this year’s House elections?
5. Should people who are freed from mental institutions be allowed to own firearms?
6. How is social media reshaping American politics?
7. Should the President of the United States be paid more?
8. How can the U.S. increase the chances of an Israeli-Palestinian peace?
9. What will be President Obama’s foreign policy legacy?
10. Was the recent New York City bombing an act of terrorism?

R&D from Prepd: Weekly Roundup for the Week of September 12-18, 2016

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R&D from Prepd: Unrest in Kashmir

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This R&D provides resources on unrest in Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state.  Parts of Kashmir are claimed by India, Pakistan, and China and the Indian government has continually had to defend its occupation of the territory.  Recent clashes against Indian authorities in the area have killed seventy-eight people, resulting in a curfew being placed on residents.

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R&D from Prepd: Hillary Clinton’s Health

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This R&D provides resources on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s health.  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump raised questions about Clinton’s health throughout the summer and these comments got more attention after Clinton experienced weakness and had to be helped into her vehicle after leaving a September 11 memorial service early on Saturday.  Clinton’s doctors later announced that she had pneumonia, prompting some analysts to question how this revelation could affect the 2016 campaign, especially if it limits Clinton’s future appearances on the campaign trail.

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