Month: February 2021

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of February 22-28, 2021

1. Is Africa becoming the new home for ISIS?
2. Will politics at home hurt the G-7’s goal of providing vaccine doses to the developing world?
3. Should nations adopt a one-time wealth tax to pay for COVID-19 recovery?
4. How can Ngozi Okonjoo-Iweala rebuild the WTO’s credibility?
5. Will other Latin American countries follow Colombia’s lead in handling migrants from Venezuela?
6. Is the Taliban winning?
7. How can the Spanish government quell demands for Catalan independence?
8. Should the West boycott the Winter Olympics in China next year?
9. Will Australia win its fight with Facebook?
10. Should China welcome the coup in Myanmar?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 22-28, 2021

1. Should U.S. states allow all students to redo their academic year because of COVID-19?
2. What changes does Texas need to make to its energy infrastructure?
3. Is the death of Rush Limbaugh a major blow to the American conservative movement?
4. Will President Donald Trump face legal charges in New York by the end of the year?
5. Is President Biden creating a foreign policy that is too friendly to Iran?
6. Will the nursing home death scandal in New York inhibit Andrew Cuomo’s re-election hopes?
7. Is South Carolina’s “fetal heartbeat” abortion bill unconstitutional?
8. How can the Biden administration ensure that its plans to handle asylum seekers at the Southern border will be successful?
9. Will the U.S. airline industry need a bailout to get through this year?
10. Should Democrats prioritize the Florida governorship or the Ohio Senate race in 2022?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 15-21, 2021

1. Should there be a means test for stimulus checks in the new COVID relief bill?
2. Can the U.S. power grid become carbon-pollution free by 2035?
3. Should the U.S. Constitution be amended to lower the number of Senate votes needed to remove the President of the United States?
4. Would a fiscally conservative approach to COVID-19 relief hurt the U.S. economy?
5. Should critical race theory be taught in K-12 schools?
6. What steps should incoming Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack take to assuage the concerns of African-American farmers?
7. Does the U.S. immigration system need for-profit detention centers?
8. Are the ongoing “streaming wars” harmful to consumers?
9. Should the Treasury Department resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the $20?
10. How will General Motors push for more electric vehicle production affect its workforce?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of February 15-21, 2021

1. Who will be the next nation to get nuclear weapons?
2. What grade does the Mexican government deserve for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
3. Will growing income inequality in China imperil the Communist Party’s future?
4. Should the United Nations declare a famine in Ethiopia’s Tigray region?
5. Can Cuba copy China’s model?
6. Should Russia sever ties with the EU?
7. Who should become the next chief prosecutor at the ICC?
8. What impact will Yoshiro Mori’s resignation have on the Tokyo Olympics?
9. Is a new space race for Mars on the horizon?
10. Why are UN efforts to establish a government in Libya failing?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of February 8-14, 2021

1. What will be the economic fallout of Myanmar’s coup?
2. Should negotiations over the Iranian nuclear accord include Iran’s Middle Eastern neighbors?
3. What role should the WHO play in helping Africa get more COVID-19 vaccines?
4. Will left-wing forces prevail in Latin American elections this year?
5. Is it in South Korea’s geopolitical interest to establish closer ties with Japan?
6. Without American weapons, should Saudi Arabia halt its military actions in Yemen?
7. Should Putin release Navalny?
8. Can Mario Draghi fix what ails Italy?
9. Is AMLO becoming Hugo Chavez 2.0?
10. What should be the African Union’s top priority in 2021?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 8-14, 2021

1. Should other states copy West Virginia’s vaccine distribution program?
2. How likely is it that California Governor Gavin Newsom gets recalled?
3. Which U.S. governor has done the best job fighting COVID-19?
4. How should the U.S. respond to the coup in Myanmar?
5. $1.9 trillion for COVID relief: Too big, too small, or just right?
6. Can Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell create a successful rebrand of the GOP before the 2022 midterms?
7. How will Jeff Bezos departing as CEO of Amazon impact the company?
8. Should there be better FDA regulations on toxins in baby food?
9. How can states encourage more racial minorities to enter the teaching profession?
10. Should the Biden administration resume the process of normalizing relations with Cuba?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 1-7, 2021

1. Should the U.S. try to transition to a cashless society?
2. What should the SEC do about the rapid increase of GameStop’s stock price?
3. Should domestic air travelers be tested for COVID-19?
4. Will COVID-19 school closures result in growing demands for school choice in the United States?
5. Should the House censure Marjorie Taylor Greene?
6. How many Republicans will vote for President Trump’s impeachment in the Senate?
7. Could inflation become a major economic problem in 2021?
8. Would it be constitutional for states to use racial preferences in COVID-19 vaccine distribution?
9. Who should the GOP establishment rally around as their 2024 presidential candidate?
10. Should the U.S. continue to designate Yemen’s Houthi movement as a terrorist organization?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of February 1-7, 2021

1. If the U.S. keeps its designation of China’s repression of Uighurs as a genocide, how should China react?
2. Will there be an independent Scotland within the next decade?
3. How can Brazil avoid a financial default?
4. Why was the world unable to mount a more unified response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
5. How can the world’s existing nuclear power stop other locations from getting the bomb?
6. Are lockdowns doing irreparable damage to the British economy?
7. How might another round of Palestinian elections turn out?
8. What should the African Union do to resolve the Kenya-Somalia border dispute?
9. How democratic can Abdel Fattah el-Sisi allow Egypt to be?
10. Was 2020 a bad year for Internet freedom?

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