LAW & CRIME
Should prostitution be legal?
L1
Often described as the world’s oldest profession, there are few jobs that evoke such controversy. Today more than 40 million people around the world have turned to prostitution to make a living and many sex workers see their trade being as legitimate as any other. But with human trafficking and child exploitation rife in the dark underbelly of the illegal sex trade, for many others, prostitution is far from a choice. Most countries have laws against prostitution, but the practice thrives because, as with any market, where there is demand for sex there will always be people willing to sell it. Is legalisation and regulation the best way to ensure this market is a safe one for its predominantly female and frequently vulnerable workers in which to operate? Or should governments do everything they can to crack down on the practice? If so, who should be criminalised: those who sell sex, those who buy it, or both?
 6 days ago
11 - 86% / 14%  
LEAD CONTRIBUTORS
1
Laurie Shrage L1
8.0
Laurie Shrage is Professor of Philosophy at Florida International University
2
Don Hinrichsen L1
4.0
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Scarlet Alliance L1
4.0
Under Decriminalisation, sex workers are better supported to negotiate with clients + report violence without fearing arrest/deportation
4
Thierry Schaffauser L1
3.0
I have been a sex worker for 14 years. I have worked on the streets, as a porn actor and as an escort.
5
Pace Ed L1
2.0
POLITICS
Has the world reached peak democracy?
L1
The 20th century saw the explosion of democracies across the world, first as European colonialism fell and then as the Soviet Union collapsed, leaving American-led liberalism the sole hegemonic force in the world. But as US influence wanes, the next superpower, China, will be a dictatorship that shows Pax Americana is not the only way of doing business. Meanwhile, rising authoritarianism in once emerging democracies such as Russia, as well as in Turkey and Latin America begs the question: is democracy on the retreat?
 1 week ago
9 - 88% / 12%  
LEAD CONTRIBUTORS
1
Josh Kurlantzick L1
6.0
2
Brian Klaas L1
6.0
Dr. Brian Klaas is the author of the forthcoming book: The Despot's Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy.
3
Ulrike Lunacek L1
4.0
Vice President and Green Member of the European Parliament from Austria.
4
Simon Anholt L1
3.0
Simon Anholt is the founder of the Good Country, the Good Country Index and the Global Vote.
5
GARRY CAMPBELL L1
1.0
Current affairs interest , wanting good world news coverage.
MIGRATION
How should Europe best assist Syria’s refugees?
L1
More than half a million people may have died in the Syrian Civil War, but no one knows for certain as the UN has stopped counting. What we do know is that over half the population has been displaced and many millions have fled abroad. The vast majority have been taken in by Turkey and Syria’s Arab neighbours, but many refugees are seeking the safety of Europe. Germany alone has taken in over 500,000 Syrians. Now a backlash against the influx of refugees is growing, and it is threatening governments such as that of Angela Merkel that have gone out of their way to safeguard refugees. EU President Donald Tusk says Europe is close to the limit of the number of refugees it can accept, but with no end in sight for the Syrian Civil War, people will keep coming. Should Europe do more to help some of Earth’s most desperate people? Has it shouldered too much of the responsibility already? And what practical measures should it take?
 2 weeks ago
6 - 100% / 0%  
LEAD CONTRIBUTORS
1
Ulrike Lunacek L1
8.0
Vice President and Green Member of the European Parliament from Austria.
2
Edward Jonkler L1
6.0
Photojournalist specialising in the middle east.
3
Hamish DBG L1
4.0
Former British Army officer and advisor to NGOs in Syria & Iraq
4
Luke Cooper L1
2.0
Luke Cooper is a lecturer in Politics at Anglia Ruskin University and the convenor of the Another Europe Is Possible campaign.
5
Zoe Gardner L1
2.0
Zoe is a refugee & migrants rights campaigner, Communications Officer at Asylum Aid, a UK charity providing legal representation to refugees
RELIGION
Should the burqa be banned?
L1
A storm of controversy has been stoked after photographs emerged of police in Nice ordering a Muslim woman on the beach to remove items of clothing following a burqini ban in 15 French towns. But is it right for governments to decide what a woman should, or should not wear? Some, especially in Western society, see the burqa as a tool of oppression against women. But for others, governments banning the clothing some Muslim women wear is an infringement of personal freedoms and, in Western society, an Islamophobic measure. Should it be up to the state to decide?
 3 weeks ago
27 - 86% / 14%  
LEAD CONTRIBUTORS
1
Asra Nomani L1
17.0
Author: "Standing Alone: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam." Former WSJ reporter. Former journalism professor, Georgetown U
2
Freddy bin Yusuf L1
10.0
3
Dr. Craig Considine L1
8.0
Rice University, Lecturer in the Department of Sociology,
4
Nushin Arbabzadah L1
8.0
Writer. Raised in Afghanistan.
5
Julia Bard L1
8.0
Julia Bard is a freelance journalist, a member of the Jewish Socialists' Group and on the editorial committee of Jewish Socialist magazine.
POLITICS
Is representative democracy the best political system?
L1
Along with the rule of law and the liberalisation of trade, representative democracy is seen as the standard political system for most countries around the world. It is a half way mark between central rule and real democracy. But is it truly the best system in terms of guaranteeing the well-being of all of its citizens? Is it efficient enough? Are there better alternatives?    
 May 12th 2016
13 - 90% / 10%  
LEAD CONTRIBUTORS
1
Manuel L L1
6.0
2
Josh White L1
6.0
Africa Editor at The World Weekly
3
Salman Shaheen L1
5.0
Editor-in-Chief of The World Weekly
4
Warblegoose Honk L1
4.0
Touch me in the morning Then just walk away We don't have tomorrow But we had yesterday
5
Tom Hussain L1
3.0
CONFLICT
Should the Bush Jr administration face prosecution for plunging the Middle East into chaos?
L1
For: Most of the conflicts in the Middle East today have a direct link with the Bush Jr administration. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have died as a direct or indirect result of the invasion of Iraq, which is also linked to the emergence of the so called Islamic State. Against: The Bush Jr administration was right to take down Saddam Hussain. Iraq is still at war but it is one of the few democracies in the region, has despite restrictions a variety of new media outlets in the post-2003 era and can help change the region for the better.    
 May 12th 2016
2 - 100% / 0%  
LEAD CONTRIBUTORS
1
Landon Shroder L1
3.0
Landon Shroder is the CEO of Applied Mathematics, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting online extremist media.
2
Alan Staris L1
0.0
POLITICS
What does Donald Trump teach us about the state of America today?
L1
His supporters see him as an anti establishment straight shooter that will "make America great again" and protect its borders and industry from foreign takeover. His detractors see him as an egocentric liar that would plunge America into chaos and destroy its image around the world. What ever the sentiment, his rise to prominence and indeed that of outsider Bernie Sanders seem symptomatic of a change in tied in US politics. What does this current reveal?       
 April 21st 2016
3 - 100% / 0%  
LEAD CONTRIBUTORS
1
Carl Freedman L1
4.0
Carl Freedman is the Russell B. Long Professor of English at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge).
2
Josh White L1
2.0
Africa Editor at The World Weekly
3
Steve Fuller L1
2.0
Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology, University of Warwick, UK
POLITICS
Should Britain leave the EU?
L1
Three years after promising a referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron announced in late February that Britain will go to the polls on June 23 to answer the question: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?" If voters opt to leave, it will have profound consequences not only for the UK but for the EU and transatlantic relations. The EU is already embattled and a divorce with its second-largest economy and second most populous member state - albeit one which has always had a troubled relationship with the bloc - could inflict grave damage. The US has declared a "profound interest" in a very strong UK staying in a strong EU. Within Britain, the debate is already fierce and being fought on five main fronts: Migration, the economy, security, Britain's global influence and sovereignty.
 April 21st 2016
13 - 78% / 22%  
LEAD CONTRIBUTORS
1
Roland Rudd L1
3.0
Chairman and Founder of Finsbury (www.finsbury.com). Chairman of Business for New Europe and Treasurer of Britain Stronger in Europe.
2
Joe Wallace L1
2.0
Europe editor at The World Weekly
3
Mark Fletcher L1
2.0
Conservative PPC for Doncaster North 2015. President of the Cambridge University Students' Union 2007-09. Conservative Party Activist.
4
Ralph Cunningham L1
2.0
Former managing editor of International Tax Review, a publication covering tax issues for large businesses around the world.
5
Luke Cooper L1
2.0
Luke Cooper is a lecturer in Politics at Anglia Ruskin University and the convenor of the Another Europe Is Possible campaign.
POLITICS
1 week ago
Has the world reached peak democracy?
The 20th century saw the explosion of democracies across the world, first as European colonialism fell and then as the Soviet Union collapsed, leaving
more
9 - 88% / 12%  
MIGRATION
2 weeks ago
How should Europe best assist Syria’s refugees?
More than half a million people may have died in the Syrian Civil War, but no one knows for certain as the UN has stopped counting. What we do know is
more
6 - 100% / 0%  
RELIGION
3 weeks ago
Should the burqa be banned?
27 - 86% / 14%  
POLITICS
May 12th 2016
Is representative democracy the best political system?
13 - 90% / 10%  
POLITICS
April 21st 2016
Should Britain leave the EU?
13 - 78% / 22%  
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Lead contributors of the week
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Asra Nomani L1
17.0
Author: "Standing Alone: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam." Former WSJ reporter. Former journalism professor, Georgetown U
2
Ulrike Lunacek L1
12.0
Vice President and Green Member of the European Parliament from Austria.
3
Freddy bin Yusuf L1
10.0
4
Jimmy K L1
9.0
5
Julia Bard L1
8.0
Julia Bard is a freelance journalist, a member of the Jewish Socialists' Group and on the editorial committee of Jewish Socialist magazine.
6
Dr. Craig Considine L1
8.0
Rice University, Lecturer in the Department of Sociology,
7
Laurie Shrage L1
8.0
Laurie Shrage is Professor of Philosophy at Florida International University
8
Nushin Arbabzadah L1
8.0
Writer. Raised in Afghanistan.
9
Salman Shaheen L1
7.8
Editor-in-Chief of The World Weekly
10
Josh Kurlantzick L1
6.0