Neil MacFarquhar on the Middle East: dissidents, diplomats and Saudi sitcom writers

Talk Wednesday 14th April, 2010

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Neil MacFarquhar, United Nations bureau chief for The New York Times, will be at the Frontline Club talking about life in the Middle East as told in his book The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday.

Having grown up in the Middle East and spent more than 13 years as a correspondent in the region, Neil MacFarquhar gives his personal cultural investigation into life and thought in a variety of countries from Lebanon to Beirut, Kuwait and Cairo.

With wit and insight, Neil MacFarquhar covers a wide range of subjects from al Jazeera, satellite television, jihad, fatwas, and the Lebanese singer Fairuz, introducing us along the way to dissidents and diplomats, Saudi sitcom writers, liberal religious sheikhs, and a Kuwaiti woman with a sex-advice column.

The book’s title is itself a dig at Hezbollah’s practice of sending birthday greetings to foreign correspondents and the book is packed with wry insights into the issues and debates that matter to to people in the Middle East.

Join us at the Frontline Club to hear Neil MacFarquhar discuss his insights into life in the Middle East and his criticisms of US policy towards the region.

This event will be moderated by Roxanna Shapour, publicist, BBC Persian Service