MUN SPECIAL TOPIC: Guns, Guns, and more *scary* Guns…

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Blog, Current Events, Friends of MUN-E, MUN Debate Topics | 54 comments

MUN SPECIAL TOPIC: Guns, Guns, and more *scary* Guns…

In the past month, the United States has now been averaging about one domestic terrorist shooting per week.   Some basic statistics comparing the United States with European countries: Only Estonia(8.07) and Northern Ireland(5.24) have murder rates greater than the United States (4.14). Slovakia checks in next at half of our homicide rate, 2.17. Extrapolating that rate to the size of our population gives a number of 12,400 homicides by firearms per year which easily dwarfs the number of homicides in the smaller countries of the EU (The extra 20,000 deaths are suicides or accidental!!). It is estimated by the ATF that of the approximate 3,000 crimes committed with firearms per day in the US, 80% of the criminals are using ILLEGAL guns. The BATF approximates that 4.9 million guns are sold to Americans each year, while only 100,000 are confiscated and destroyed. The US has approximately 89 guns per 100 residents, doubling the EU’s most prolific gun owners (Switzerland – 45), followed by Finland (32), Sweden (32), Norway (31), France (31) & Austria (30). Canada also checks in at 31. Comparing homicide rates of these same countries we have the US (4.14), Switzerland (0.58), Finland (0.86), Sweden (0.18), Norway (0.3), France (0.44), Austria (0.42), & Canada (0.76). What are your reactions to these numbers? What sort of arguments would you be able to make at upcoming conferences with this information? Do you have other evidence that supports a need for gun...

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SPECIAL MUN TOPIC: How do you handle the people who like to argue?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Blog, Friends of MUN-E, MUN Debate Topics, Social Skills | 321 comments

SPECIAL MUN TOPIC: How do you handle the people who like to argue?

This is a topic that makes people crazy! You may have heard of the secretive order known as the Freemasons? Well, the Freemasons wrote the Constitution… and they agreed that they were gonna have this place (called a “lodge”) where no one could talk about religion or politics… But… I’m sure, just like me, you’ve got some friends that ALWAYS have to talk about God, or Politics, or some philosophical belief that is going to take all of the fun out of the night… So how do you deal with those people? Have you figured out the nice way to prevent the debate? Tell us what kind of conversations drive you crazy… We’ve got a few good ways to end those conversations, if you’re...

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Special MUN Topic: Security Concerns @ the London Games?

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Current Events, Friends of MUN-E, ModelUN, MUN Debate Topics | 173 comments

Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, terrorism has become a global threat that effects every nation around the world. Now more than ever this issue has surfaced as a topic of debate with the start of the 30th Olympic Games hosted in London. Much of the world has focused its attention on the security present at this historic event and the United Kingdoms ability to protect the millions of visitors that will be traveling to London to watch the Olympic Games. The Olympics are no stranger to terrorism in the past however. In 1972 the Munich Games were home to one of the worst tragedies in Olympic history when eight Arab terrorists stormed an apartment housing Israeli athletes. Two athletes were killed in the initial struggle and nine more were taken hostage. This horrible tragedy concluded with a vicious shoot out between German sharpshooters and the terrorists resulting in the death of all nine of the Israeli hostages. Luckily there have been no issues of that magnitude at the London Games as of yet. Other than the G4S security agency’s failure to provide the contracted 10,400 security officials for the event and a lost set of keys to Wembly Stadium, the Olympic Games have continued with relatively no interruptions. An increased military presence hopes to deter any potential terrorist threats and both issues were quickly corrected due to excellent contingency planning by the organizers of the London Games. It’s still early but we would like to get your opinion on security at the Olymipic Games…. Share your thoughts on this issue...

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Special MUN Topic: It’s more than serious in Syria!

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in Current Events, MUN Debate Topics | 26 comments

Special MUN Topic:  It’s more than serious in Syria!

The situation in Syria is deteriorating more and more every day. A civil war for control of the Syrian government has continued now for 16 months with no sign of relief any time soon. With a daily death rate approximately 10 times that of the war in Afghanistan many observers feel that intervention is long overdue. Attempts have been made by the United Nations to mitigate the chaos and bloodshed present in Syria but these efforts have had little impact on the current state of the conflict. Kofi Anan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, has been sent to mediate this dispute but has garnered little success. Neither the current government nor the rebels are willing to put stock in any plan to end the war anytime soon. To complicate matters further the Russian Federation, a long time ally of Syria dating back to the Cold War, has effectively used its veto power to stop any UN sanctions that could slow the pace of the war. These acts have given President Bashar Assad, the current leader, the freedom to crush the rebellion with excessive force. Despite these handicaps, however, the tide may be turning in the rebels favor. A recent bombing of the 14-man Nation Security Council successfully killed several key members of Syrian government including relatives of Assad. This type of action would have never been possible without inside assistance from members of the government loyal to Assad. The success of this bombing will only encourage the rebels, demonstrating that the Assad government is weakening and that peace negotiations may not be necessary in the long term. Does the United Nations have an obligation to protect the Syrian people from the horrors associated with this Civil War or should they respect the national sovereignty of Syria to rule over its people and maintain its current government? How would you argue if you were representing Syria? Have you recently been in a Security Council simulation where this topic has come up? Tell us about...

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Collaborate with us!!

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Blog, Friends of MUN-E, ModelUN, MUN, MUN Debate Topics, MUN-E, Our Website | 256 comments

Collaborate with us!!

  At MUN-E, we’re not just trying to teach you OUR way of thinking… We’re trying to LEARN from you, too! Get involved in our website, Log in, become an Author and Contributor, help us and we’ll definitely help you!   Start by reading our blog and commenting! A forum is soon...

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SPECIAL MUN TOPIC: The “Emerging” Economies!

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Blog, Current Events, Friends of MUN-E, MUN, MUN Debate Topics | 101 comments

This article¬†discusses the growth of Columbia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey, and South Africa. These countries are typically in the “mid-range” of influence within their respective blocs, but the amount of financial influence they yield is only increasing. The regional positions of these economies provide more geopolitical and geomilitary power to their delegates in committee, especially because some of these countries provide resources that the P5 are deeply dependent upon, e.g. Egypt controls the Suez, Turkey is the gateway of most oil pipelines between the Middle East and Europe, Indonesia is currently China’s #1 target for oil and coal, and South Africa controls huge mines of gold, silver, and platinum. Have you used one ore more of these countries to your advantage or can you position yourself in an upcoming ECOSOC committee to use the strategic position of one of these countries to steer debate? Tell us about it and comment...

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