*'''[[Debate: WikiLeaks release of US diplomatic cables| WikiLeaks release of US diplomatic cables]]''' - December 8th, 2010.
*'''[[Debate: New START Treaty| New START Treaty]]''' - December 6th, 2010.
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''See [[Past Debate Digest topics]]''
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PRO: Osama death photos would squelch conspiracy theories"Editorial: Release pictures of slain bin Laden." Chicago Sun-Times Editorial. May 3rd, 2011: "One picture can be worth more than a thousand conspiracy theories. For that reason alone the Obama administration should release the grisly photographs of the body of Osama bin Laden, who was slain Sunday in Pakistan during a 40-minute gun battle with Navy SEALs. It is either that or listen to years of sinister speculation that the photos have been withheld to keep the secret that the man who was slain was not bin Laden after all. Already, conspiracy theories are flying around the Internet. If they get out of hand, they’ll make those goofy birther theories look mild and sane by comparison."
CON: Sufficient evidence to prove Osama's death without photos."Editorial: No good would come from release of photos." Detroit Free Press Editorial. May 5th, 2011: "Serious people do not dispute the authenticity of bin Laden's death. Al-Qaida forces he led know it as a fact; family members in Pakistani custody have reportedly verified, at least in broad outline, the accounts relayed to the American public by Obama and his subordinates. Millions of TV viewers have seen video of crime scene details that are consistent with those accounts, and those who suspect such videos may have been forged are unlikely to find photographs of Obama's remains more conclusive."
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May 8th. KProM40A3 wrote the following argument against animal testing on the article's talk page: "It's Wrong! I may only be 13 years of a age, but I am entitled to an opinion and that opinion is that animal testing is unethical and inhumane. I believe there should be braver scientists out there who should test things on themselves. I know animal testing reduces the amount of human lives lost, but basing the use of animals in medicinal testing just because they are 'inferior' to us, is highly unacceptable. Animals are an important part of the ecosystem and should be treated nicely and almost like equals to humans."
Nuclear energy rose into the limelight once again as a debate, following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, which damaged over four nuclear power plants and threatened to cause a national and global nuclear fallout.
Phasing out fossil fuel subsidies US President Barack Obama declared his intention to press Congress to phase out subsidies for fossil fuel companies. His move, and the move of other leaders around the world in this direction, has renewed a debate that has become increasingly active in recent years.