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Controversial Issues 2012

Controversial Issues 2012

Every now and then, we witness debates roaring on several controversial issues. This article informs its readers about issues that have become topics of heated discussions and debates this year...
Kundan Pandey
"All great ideas are controversial, or have been at one time" ~ George Seldes

Controversies tend to arise for every idea that is new. The non-acceptance of such ideas give rise to controversies. There are two sides to every controversy and the reader must choose his side. However, controversies are important because they tend to highlight the pros and cons of every issue.

Top Five Controversial Issues of 2012

Most of the issues revolved around social, political, economic and environmental issues. With the social structure of society changing at a drastic pace, every issue seems to be interlinked and interwoven in a labyrinth of various causes. Following are some of the most controversial issues, that have brought the world community on a common platform.

Presidential Polls
Scheduled on the 6th of November, 2012; the presidential poll has already witnessed its share of controversies. President Barack Obama from the democrats against the two contenders from republican party and the third-party nominee will fight the elections. While many believe this will be a difficult election for President Obama to retain his position, the results are yet to be observed.

International Economic Crisis
The 2012 economic crisis is quite inevitable. The huge amount of debts that are taken and the non-repayment of the same is only adding to already existing crisis. USA is facing the heat of the economic crisis. The import export ratio is uneven leading to heavy debts for paying the import expenses.

President Obama's Birth Control Mandate
The latest mandate from the President's office states that employers must cover the contraception in the insurance that they provide the employees with. And all this should be offered free of cost. This means that women will get contraception from the insurer without paying anything. This mandate has hurt religious institutions across the country.

Latest Immigration Policy
Department of Homeland Security announced the latest Immigration policy that gives provision to a person who is residing in America since the age of 16 and is currently below 30 years of age and who has a clean criminal record, to attain a work permit for two years that can be extended without any limit. It does allow easy access to citizenship though.

Facebook Highlight Feature
The latest feature on the social networking site is the 'Highlight' feature. Initially, all the friends connected to a user could see the posts and updates. However, with the new feature, the user has to pay a few dollars to highlight some of his important post for it to be visible to his friends. This could, however, be a dangerous move, as till date the entire content on the website was free of cost.

Apart from the above, here is a list of hot issues in the world that have been subject to controversies since their inception.
  • Activism
  • Affirmative Action
  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Arsenic in Drinking Water
  • Bioethical Issues
  • Birth Control and Reproductive Rights
  • Death Penalty
  • Capital Punishment
  • Censorship
  • Child Injury Deaths
  • Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
  • Civil War
  • Teen Drinking
  • Teenage Pregnancy
  • Consumer Health
  • Corporations and Human Rights
  • Death Penalty
  • Democracy as Class Struggle
  • Oil Crisis
  • Democracy for the Few
  • New and Re-emerging Diseases
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug war/legalization
  • US Economy
  • Standardized Testing in Education Environmental Health
  • Ethics
  • Fascism
  • Feudalism alias American Capitalism
  • First Amendment Center
  • Freedom of Religion or Belief
  • Gender Issues
  • Gender & Sexism
  • Global Issues that Affect Everyone
  • Global warming
  • Globalization (economic)
  • Arguments Against Gun Control
  • Arguments For Gun Control
  • Hackers
  • Hate Crimes
  • Health Care Reform
  • Holocaust
  • Human Rights
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Inflation
  • International Religious Freedom
  • Internet Issues
  • Internet Speech
  • American History
  • Manipulation of the Media
  • Marijuana
  • The Media is the Mess
  • Capitalism
  • The Men Who Sold the Moon
  • MidEast Web for Coexistence Military Facts
  • Legalization of Abortion
  • National Issues
  • Nuclear Issues
  • Police Brutality and Accountability
  • Poverty
  • Poverty and Welfare
  • Identity Theft
  • Immigration
  • Racism
  • Euthanasia
  • Rising Food Prices
  • Sex Education
  • Sexual Victimization of College Women
  • Slavery
  • Smoking
  • Same Sex Marriage
  • Social Security
  • Tobacco Control
  • Violence Against Women
  • War Crimes
  • Women's Issues
  • Youth Violence
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Terrorism
  • Illegal Immigration
  • Live in Relationship
  • War on Iraq
  • Doping in Sports
  • Betting in Games
  • 2012 End of the World
These newly surfaced controversies will stay on for a while unless the global political scenario does not change for the better. And whenever it changes, the world will again be on the path of progress.

As someone rightly said, "The evils of controversy are transitory while its benefits are permanent."