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HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of January 26-February 1, 2015

HOTtopics1. Are Brazilian politicians to blame for the country’s water crisis?
2. Is India improving its environmental record?
3. What is King Abdullah’s human rights legacy?
4. How can South Africa effectively tackle its unemployment problem?
5. Have central bankers lost control of the world economy?
6. Has the West African Ebola outbreak been tamed?
7. Is Yemen headed toward civil war?
8. Should Greece’s debt be forgiven?
9. Why has Bashar al-Assad managed to hang onto power?
10. How will the death of King Abdullah affect Saudi Arabia’s relationship with the United States?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 26-February 1, 2015

HOTtopics1. Is Rubio the Republican Obama?
2. How should the U.S. deal with citizens who go and fight for the Islamic State?
3. Should more U.S. cities prohibit alcohol advertising on city property?
4. Which parts of the State of the Union should the GOP support?
5. Will the ECB’s bond buying program force the Federal Reserve to delay its plans to raise interest rates?
6. Should the U.S. remove Cuba from the state sponsors of terrorism list?
7. What changes should be made to the federal disability insurance program?
8. Should welfare recipients be drug tested?
9. Is Oklahoma’s lethal injection system unconstitutional?
10. Would Sarah Palin’s entry into the 2016 presidential race reduce the chances of a Republican winning the White House?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 19-25, 2015

HOTtopics1. Would new U.S. sanctions against Iran imperil the ability of negotiators to reach a solution concerning the country’s nuclear program?
2. Should U.S. students be made to pass a citizenship test before graduating?
3. How can policymakers improve wage growth in the U.S. economy?
4. What caused the recent milk bust?
5. Will the Supreme Court legalize gay marriage?
6. How can the Republicans create a convincing anti-poverty platform?
7. What supports should American schools have for children that come from impoverished backgrounds?
8. Would enhanced government surveillance powers over the Internet deter future terrorist attacks?
9. Will the expansion of executive authority be one of the lasting legacies of the Obama administration?
10. Did the Oscars err by not nominating a minority for one of its major acting and directing categories?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of January 19-25, 2015

1. Five years later: Why has Haiti yet to fully recover from the goudougoudou?
2. Should the Chinese government view the rise of Christianity within its borders as a threat?HOTtopics
3. How can Croatia escape recession?
4. Is a Venezuelan default looming?
5. What impact would a Colombian peace deal have on the world’s coca trade?
6. Is the world winning the fight against HIV/AIDS?
7. How can international forces defeat the LRA?
8. Is France doing enough to curb anti-Semitism?
9. Will an ICC probe of Israeli war crimes bolster Benjamin Netanyahu’s political fortunes?
10. How should European governments handle citizens who go and fight for the Islamic State?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of January 12th-18th, 2015

HOTtopics1. What would an ideal Afghan peace agreement between its government and the Taliban look like?
2. Is Boko Haram a regional, or merely a Nigerian, problem?
3. Would it be counterproductive for Thai authorities to ban Yingluck Shinawatra from politics?
4. Who will be the next crown prince of Saudi Arabia?
5. Why did Mahinda Rajapaksa lose the Sri Lankan presidential election?
6. What reforms do Asian air carriers need to make to improve safety?
7. Does deflation pose a substantial threat to the Chinese economy?
8. Are European political elites taking the threat of Islamic fundamentalism seriously?
9. Is North Korea a nuclear-weapons state?
10. Does the Charlie Hebdo attack guarantee a National Front victory in next French presidential election?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 12th-18th, 2015

HOTtopics1. Why did the attempted putsch against John Boehner fail?
2. Should David Petraeus be prosecuted?
3. What impact would Mitt Romney have on the Republican presidential primary if he decides to run for a third time?
4. Is the U.S. economy approaching full employment?
5. Do the 2015 gubernatorial elections matter?
6. Should President Obama veto Keystone?
7. Are the Washington Redskins entitled to trademark protection?
8. Should Congress approve President Obama’s community college plan?
9. What military role should the U.S. have in Afghanistan after 2016?
10. Will Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat be a tossup in the 2016 election cycle?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 5th-11th, 2015

HOTtopics1. Are young Americans facing a retirement crisis?
2. How should LGBT individuals be treated under affirmative action laws?
3. What will be President Obama’s first veto of 2015?
4. One year later: Has marijuana legislation lived up to the hype in Colorado?
5. What rights should pets have?
6. Should the U.S. extend the commitment of its remaining armed forces in Afghanistan?
7. What should be Jerry Brown’s top priorities as he enters his fourth term as governor of California?
8. How can the New York Times reverse its financial fortunes?
9. Was 2014 an awful year for President Obama?
10. Should Mike Huckabee run for president?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of January 5th-11th, 2015

HOTtopics1. Are low oil prices having a negative impact on Islamic militant groups?
2. If Palestinians join the ICC, how should Israel react?
3. Would the Western world welcome the collapse of the Russian economy?
4. How can Iran’s leadership make the Iranian economy more efficient?
5. What role should Australia play in the fight against ISIS?
6. Will the Virginia Roberts scandal significantly damage the British monarchy’s reputation?
7. Should Lebanon significantly limit the number of asylum seekers it takes in from Syria?
8. Will a Syriza election win lead to Greece abandoning the euro?
9. Is globalization enhancing human rights in the developing world?
10. What role will the NHS play in the 2015 British parliamentary elections?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of December 29th, 2014-January 4th, 2015

HOTtopics1. Can the Honduran military solve the nation’s crime problem?
2. Is the AU’s mission in Somalia failing?
3. Should Laos dam the Mekong?
4. Does the EU need to establish a single market for services?
5. Is the world winning the fight against child labor?
6. Should German politicians ignore Pegida?
7. Does Nicaragua need a canal?
8. Should Pakistan re-impose a moratorium on the death penalty?
9. Does Jordan’s fight against ISIS threaten King Abdullah’s rule?
10. Will the euro zone crisis return in 2015?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of December 29th, 2014-January 4th, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should House Republicans move to expel Michael Grimm?
2. Are racial tensions rising in the United States?
3. What should be the top three priorities of the incoming Republican Congress?
4. Did the Supreme Court rule appropriately in Heien v. North Carolina?
5. Why does President Obama have a poor approval rating among military personnel?
6. Should the Federal Reserve raise interest rates before April?
7. How can the U.S. increase the number of start up firms?
8. Should the U.S. give Guantanamo Bay back to Cuba?
9. How can Bill de Blasio repair his relationship with the NYPD?
10. Can the Republicans win the presidency if there is a strong economy by 2016?