Debating will often draw on your knowledge of current affairs. We have compiled a list of websites and publications we believe will be useful to you as a debater.
The Economist A staple in every debater's library, this publication contains in-depth coverage of international affairs. However, its discussion of issues can be simplistic and/or one-sided.
The Atlantic An American publication containing long and detailed articles. The Atlantic has a strong cultural focus, and is useful for debates related to feminism, race relations, and politics. As one of the few publications that regularly discusses criminal justice, it is also useful for debates related to law.
The Guardian Australia An esteemed UK publication, the Guardian contains comprehensive coverage of world news. The Guardian Australia is a relatively unbiased account of domestic affairs.
Al Jazeera An international publication with a Middle Eastern focus. Al Jazeera is one of the few English language publications that do not analyse issues from a Western perspective. As such, it has its own biases, and should be used with caution.
Foreign Policy A right-of-centre American publication containing a range of in-depth articles on international relations. Read Foreign Policy in conjunction with Al Jazeera to find different perspectives on the same event.
The New Yorker An well-researched publication containing lengthy feature articles on a wide variety of topics.
Vox A general interest news website with a simple mission: to explain the news. Vox contains many accessible and comprehensive overviews of topical issues, and frequently discusses popular culture, music, science, and art.
The Browser Recommended for older students, The Browser features a diverse selection of articles and videos from all over the internet. You will find thought-provoking pieces on everything from the Ku Klux Klan to French cinema.
Project Syndicate Gathers opinions from global thought-leaders.
Planet Money An excellent podcast for those interested in learning about Economics.
The Cato Institute An interesting analysis of social issues from a right-wing perspective.
The university debating circuit has compiled a resource guide, which can be found here. This guide is intended for a mature readership, however it provides links to many excellent resources, some of which may be of interest to older students. In particular, its recommendations pertaining to international relations and economics are excellent.