Acclaimed journalist and artist Molly Crabapple has drawn and reported on stories from Guantanamo Bay, Syria, the West Bank, Iraqi Kurdistan and across the United States. With her powerful illustrations she has pushed the boundaries of visual reportage – and established an important place for art in hard news. On the release of her memoir Drawing Blood, she will be joining us to reflect on recent work and to share her personal insight into the use of art as a tool for better understanding and documenting current events.
It is election year in the US and one man has dominated the headlines. Six months ago, the prospect of Donald Trump as presidential candidate might have been something to joke about but it is now looking increasingly like a reality. With primaries about to begin, we will be looking at the battles going on in both parties and who we might see come out on top.
After a devastating defeat in the midterm elections, which saw the Democrats lose control of the Senate, what can we expect from President Barack Obama as he enters his final two years in office? With events in Ferguson, Missouri highlighting the deep racial divides that still exist in the US, we will be asking what the legacy will be of the country’s first African-American president.
As Barack Obama enters the second year of his second and final term in office, he faces considerable foreign policy challenges. Join us as we dissect Obama’s foreign policy ambitions, exploring the shifts in focus and how they are playing out. Will he achieve his second term goals? Can he successfully pull focus to Asia or will the conflict in Syria direct attention back to the Middle East?
In 1961 Wilbert Rideau was a nineteen year old African-American living in Louisiana, the deep south of segregated America. An eighth-grade dropout despaired by the dead-end and small-town future his life held for him he set out to rob a local bank. The robbery went very wrong and Rideau found himself sentenced to death row. Award winning journalist Wilbert Rideau will be joining us at the Frontline Club in conversation with Afua Hirsch, the Guardian’s legal affairs correspondent to recount his extraordinary story and the work he now does educating people about the realities of the world behind bars.
Following the release this weekend of 251,287 confidential United States embassy cables, this month’s First Wednesday debate will focus on the revelations of this latest leak from whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. We will be joined by WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson and an expert panel.
Two years since the White House changed hands, how has the American empire altered? Very little, argues Tariq Ali, apart from the mood music. Ali will be at the Frontline Club in conversation with Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, Marwan Bishara, to discuss his new book The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad in which he slices through Obama-mania, demystifying the narrative arc of redemption.
Join us at the Frontline Club where we will be looking ahead to the midterm elections and the next two years for President Obama’s in the White House with congressional scholar, Professor Thomas Mann, an expert on campaigns, elections and the effectiveness of Congress.
Are there forces at work that are so institutionally powerful that they can shape one administration after another irrespective of whether it is Republican or Democratic?Russ Baker’s Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years uncovers the connections between the Bush family; their presidencies, the military, the oil industry, Wall Street and the CIA and the implications for the current president, Barack Obama, and his potential to implement true reform.
In the second of our events to mark the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency we will be examining his foreign policy.
What has the 44th President delivered in practice when it comes to Iraq and Afghanistan, Iran and the War on Terror declared by his predecessor?
Shortly after his inauguration, Barack Obama signed an order to close Guantanamo Bay by January 2010. But fierce opposition from members of Congress has meant that the deadline will be missed. Clive Stafford Smith, founder and director of Reprieve, will be at the Frontline Club to examine President Barack Obama’s record on Guantanamo Bay as well as the detention facilities at Bagram and Abu Ghraib.
Former Newsweek White House correspondent Richard Wolffe will be talking to Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow about his exclusive behind the scenes access to Barack Obama and his team as they campaigned across America.
An exciting opportunity to hear the political journalist discuss his best seller Renegade: the Making of a President.
Karen Greenberg discusses her important new book In the Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days and the future of counter terrorism with former UK chief Peter Clarke.
While the world waits expectantly for the Obama administration’s Middle East policy, Financial Times Associate Editor and Chief Leader Writer – the hugely respected David Gardner speaks frankly with Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow about what needs to be done now. Gardner advocates nothing less than a reappraisal of what realpolitik means as we enter […]
Download this episode View in iTunes As Obama prepares to take office as the 44th US president, he is set to face huge challenges in the Middle East. Will the renewed emphasis on diplomacy that he is proposing with the region pave the way for improved relations with Iran and prevent them from developing their […]
The upcoming US election has been dubbed the most important in a generation. Will we see the first female vice-President in the White House, or will Barack Obama become the first African-American President? What are the major issues that will decide the American vote, and what can we expect to see in the final month of the campaign?
As the race for the US elections continues to attract world attention, Matt Frei, BBC Washington correspondent, explains the intricacies of the election process and gives us his views on the remaining candidates.
Award-winning Guardian journalist Suzanne Goldenberg talks about the possibility of the Americans electing their first-ever woman president.
Will the war on terror cost George W. Bush his majority in congress? What would that mean for the world?
Join us as we discuss the likely effects of the November 7 mid-term elections in the US on the Bush administration’s foreign policy.