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The monthly debate series on YouTube from Intelligence Squared and made possible by Google+.

Versus is the live, online and global debate series from the world's leading forum for debate, Intelligence squared. We bring world experts to the fray to tackle the most divisive topics of our time: from drone warfare and the right to bear arms, to hip hop and the war on drugs. Uniquely, Versus is built around the premise that you, the audience, should be able to join the discussion from wherever you are in the world. With speakers taking part live in London and beamed in via Google+ Hangout, we are generating a global conversation, with thousands of viewers watching online via YouTube and versus.intelligencesquared.com.


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About 13 weeks ago Is university an unwise investment?

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  
Tell us where you stand!


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About 14 weeks ago Vladimir Putin's 2014 Winter Olympics: the money game

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! 

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About 12 weeks ago Was the Associated Press right to fire award-winning photographer who photoshopped Syria photo?

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? 

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About 14 weeks ago Should Western powers stay out of the Middle East?

Opponents of an intervention in Syria like to point to the sobering experiences of Afghanistan and Iraq.  Do we really know enough about the country's culture, language and politics so as to bring about a happy outcome? Watch our debate from July 2013 "Fight your own battles: Foreign powers shouldn’t intervene in the Middle East": http://bit.ly/1goIaxt Where do you stand?

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About 11 weeks ago The Sochi Olympics according to... the Western media

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

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About 13 weeks ago Has Martin Luther King's Dream Been Realised?

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!

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About 13 weeks ago Francois Hollande Affair: how France plays by its own rules

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  
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About 13 weeks ago Ariel Sharon: a sanguinary soldier or a genuine peace-seeker?

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?

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About 9 weeks ago Is foreign intervention ever the answer? 

Every Friday +Intelligence Squared 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?

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About 12 weeks ago Should we fear mass immigration? 

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!