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Saudi Arabia Arms Sales Daily Updates

Banning arms sales won’t solve Houthi aggression Qasim Abdul-Aziz, January 20, 2019, https://globalriskinsights.com/2019/01/yemen-hopeful-ceasefire-in-hodeida/ Yemen – Hopeful Ceasefire in Hodeida On Friday 21 December, a resolution was unanimously passed by the UNSC, authorising the UN Secretary General to deploy a monitoring team to Yemen to oversee the preliminary ceasefire. Despite the willingness of key players such as Saudi Arabia and Iran to back the UN agreement at this stage, the progress

On balance, artificial intelligence improves humanity

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Main Arguments — Arms Sales Topic

Pro Arms sales bad for various humanitarian reasons, including war in Yemen violates humanitarian principles.  General ethics advantage. Arms sales to Saudi Arabia support its war in Yemen, other reasons the war in Yemen is bad Russian arms sales good for their economy (it’s good if Russia fills in if we leave) China influence good, China will fill in if we leave Should take a moral stand/”shun” Saudi Arabia because

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Resolved: The United States should end its arms sales to Saudi Arabia (Bibliography Plus File)

Background Saudi Arabia: Background and US Relations (September, 2018) Trump touts Saudi Arms Sales (March 2018) Arms Sales in the Middle East: Trends and Analytical Perspectives on US Policy  (2017) How much does Saudi Arabia spend on arms deals with the US? (November 2018) US-Saudi Cooperation: Conditioning Arms Sales to Build Trust (November 2018) Europeans cut Saudi arms sales (March 2018) Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia: Worth the Cost?  Saudis

Reducing the Federal Debt: Defense Cuts Bad (Con)

Trump has increased, and will continue to increase, defense spending Lara Selgiman, 12-27, 18, https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/12/27/in-reversal-trump-signals-further-boost-in-defense-spending-pentagon-iraq/ In Reversal, Trump Signals Further Boost in Defense Spending On his first trip to an active combat zone since taking office, President Donald Trump suggested to U.S. troops on Wednesday that the military might get another funding boost this year. But the remark contradicted Trump’s other recent statements about defense spending, and he seemed to

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Resolved: The United States federal government should prioritize reducing the federal debt over promoting economic growth.

Resolved: The United States federal government should prioritize reducing the federal debt over promoting economic growth. Introduction The January Public Forum resolution presents a quandary because the issue the resolution aims to answer – should the federal government spend money to limit its total federal debt or should it spend money to stimulate the economy – is not in any way obvious to anyone who reads this resolution, because that’s

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The Value of PF Debate Relative to Other Debate Events

Stefan Bauschard Introduction In the Fall of 2015 I started a Public Forum debate team for the Lakeland school district. Prior to that, I spent 30 years as a Policy debater and a Policy debate coach. Since then I have largely been coaching Public Forum debate, though I still judge at some college Policy tournaments and coach Policy debate online. Why did I do it? Because I simply had a