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Debate

Iranian presidential debate becomes farce

From left: Mohammad Qarazi, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, Ali Akbar Velayati, and Saeed Jalili. Photo: AFP

Iran's first debate among candidates for the presidency degenerated into acrimony live on state television when, instead of discussing the economy, some of the hopefuls resorted to sniping over the questions and format.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 7:58am

Time to widen election debate

Pan-democrat Lawmakers in a press conference. Photo: Sam Tsang

The political temperature has risen after the pan-democrats floated more ideas for how universal suffrage should be achieved in 2017. A contentious point is a popular vote to elect the nominating committee for the chief executive poll, as opposed to the existing election committee whose ballot is confined to 240,000 voters.

11 May 2013 - 2:35am

French book tells only part of the story

French intellectual and politician Alexis de Tocqueville's The Ancient Regime and the French Revolution is a popular book in China. Photo: AFP

Americans have for generations read Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. Chinese are now told they should read his other, much darker masterpiece, The Ancient Regime and the French Revolution, according to a Post report this week. Boy, this doesn't look like a good sign!

24 Jan 2013 - 2:40am 4 comments

TV hosts Bill O’Reilly, Jon Stewart tangle in mock debate

Jon Stewart (left) appears on Bill O'Reilly's show on Fox News in 2010. They held a mock debate on Saturday, bantering about birth control and former US president George W Bush. Photo: AP

There were all the trappings of a high-octane presidential debate: the over-the-top declarations, the pre-practised zingers and the schmaltzy appeals to America’s truest values. But the presidential candidates were nowhere to be found.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

‘De-Sinofication’ debate re-emerges in HK

Protesters in Sheung Shui last week wave the Union Jack. Photo: David Wong

Attempts to “de-Sinofy” Hong Kong are becoming all too familiar, according to a Beijing-loyalist businessman who warned on Wednesday against efforts to turn it into a city-state.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Young ones debate

Debating in English will no longer be the preserve of secondary and university students. Some local primary schools are getting their students to start debating in English.

The first primary debating tournament was organised on June 30 by the Native English Speaking Teachers' Association at Kwun Tong Government Primary School.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Nuclear debate grows heated

Kau Yan College and SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School met in the third round of the 13th Nesta-SCMP Debating Competition to debate on the motion: 'Nuclear power (fission) should have a place in Hong Kong's future.'

Kau Yan College supported the motion and SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School opposed it.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Is nuclear energy the city's future?

In the third round of the 13th Nesta-SCMP Debating Competition, Pui Tak Canossian College and St Clare's Girls' School debated the motion 'That nuclear power (fission) should have a place in Hong Kong's future'. Pui Tak agreed with the motion while St Clare's opposed it.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Strengths and flaws of our city

CUHKFAA Chan Chun Ha Secondary School and Po Kok Secondary School battled in the second round of the 13th Nesta-SCMP Debating Competition. The schools debated the motion: 'Hong Kong is a great place to live.' Chan Chun Ha argued for the motion and Po Kok was against it.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Balancing good and bad in our city

In the second round of the 13th Nesta-SCMP Debating Competition, YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College battled Immaculate Heart of Mary College on the motion 'Hong Kong is a great place to live'. YWCA agreed with the motion, while Immaculate Heart of Mary took the opposing view.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

For argument's sake

In this era of instant communication and dislocated chirruping - an era when one of the most popular methods of interacting with others just gives you 140 characters to encapsulate the subtleties of any particular thought - you might think an event that consists of a large group of people sitting around in a room talking about a serious subject for 90 minutes would be a tough sell.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

For argument's sake

In this era of instant communication and dislocated chirruping - an era when one of the most popular methods of interacting with others just gives you 140 characters to encapsulate the subtleties of any particular thought - you might think an event that consists of a large group of people sitting around in a room talking about a serious subject for 90 minutes would be a tough sell.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Nothing compares to a metaphor

Two teams chose very different weapons when they faced each other in a battle of words. Pentecostal School chose to bombard the enemy with facts and figures, while Fukien Secondary School chose the more subtle, but deadly accurate, metaphor.

And, in this case, victory went to the metaphor.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Rivals agree on new rule for live debate

The city is gearing up for the first aggressive debate among the three candidates for chief executive, who have agreed to revised rules that allow them to answer questions directed at an opponent.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Chief executive rivals baulk at change to debate rules

A media debate between the three chief executive candidates is in doubt after organisers changed the rules about questioning.

The change by the organiser, representing 11 electronic media, is in the 'cross-fire' session, where candidates would have the chance to directly question their rivals.

10 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

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