Qatar in better position after siege, stress debaters
01 Nov 2017 - 2:36
QatarDebate Center (QD), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), organised the 1st Qatar Universities Debate League for season 2017/2018 at Students Center, Education City, on October 21, with a total number of 20 participating teams, representing 8 institutions.
The participating teams had debated about the blockade on Qatar and the consequences on both the sides. The debaters stressed that the State of Qatar is in a better position to face the economic and social challenges and has started a new phase, focusing on national cadres and appreciate the youth who build the homeland.
They also discussed the Gulf crisis objectively, stressing that Qatar’s long-term political and economic interest is to secede from the Gulf Cooperation Council if it remains steadfast in its negative role and refuses to sit at the dialogue table. They stated that Qatar sovereignty is a red line.
The debaters said: We don’t accept anybody interfering in our sovereignty, adding that the blockading countries demand Qatar to shut down Al Jazeera channel which is considered as an unacceptable attack on the freedom of speech. And with regard to the university rankings for this weekend, Weill Cornell Medicine came in the first place, followed by Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, then Georgetown SFS-Q.
On the other hand, QatarDebate organized 1st Qatar Schools Debate League for Girls, on October 28, 2017, hosted by DeBakey High School, with a total number of 56 participating teams, representing 35 institutions.
It worth mention that this is a league system; the debate points earned by the top two teams from each school at tournaments are accumulated, League Champions only emerge after the two tournaments. Here are the team rankings for this weekend: DPS Modern Indian School came in the first & second place, then Cambridge International School for Girls in the third place.