Britain

Thursday April 11th 2019

Kleptoscope 12: Libel proceedings, A Very British Censorship

When parliament changed the law on defamation in 2013, it thought it had solved the problem of libel tourism. It hadn’t, it merely moved it underground.

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Wednesday March 6th 2019, 7:00 PM

The Empire’s New Clothes

Suffering from Brexit burn-out? Fatigued by the pandemonium in parliament? Well, spare a thought for the foreign correspondents from EU member states doggedly covering the Brexit beat. With reporters from France, Germany, Italy and Ireland, Ian Dunt will be chairing a panel to leave this shores and look at the UK’s messy breakup with the European Union from beyond our borders

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Monday 16 January 2017, 7:00 PM

Al Jazeera Preview Screening: The Making and Breaking of Europe + Q&A

This special two-part series explores the interwoven history of the European project and the far right in postwar Europe – both East and West. Beginning with the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community from the ashes of World War II, we chart the trajectory of European integration, in tandem with the story of the European far right, recounting the series of shifts that have led to today’s critical juncture: a post-Brexit EU and a stark rise in support for far right parties across Europe.


October 6, 2014

Still the enemy within after 30 years

By Graham Lanktree When Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher announced on 6 March 1984 that she would close 20 coal mines, there was little clue it would spark the country’s longest strike and leave Britain’s trade unions sorely diminished decades later. For a year roughly 160,000 coal miners from across the UK walked off the job as […]


Friday 3 October 2014, 7:00 PM

Preview Screening: Still the Enemy Within + Q&A

In 1984, a Conservative government under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher declared war on Britain’s unions, including the National Union of Mineworkers. Still the Enemy Within is a unique insight into the 1984–85 British Miners’ Strike, told through unique archive footage and the raw first-hand experiences of those who lived through Britain’s longest strike. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Owen Gower and producer Mark Lacey.


Thursday 1 May 2014, 7:00 PM

In Hock to the Oligarchs?

Standpoint magazine brings together a distinguished panel to debate Britain’s response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.


Monday 11 February 2013, 7:00 PM

Preview Screening: Complicit + Q&A

Confronting the key moral dilemma of our time, Complicit explores the moral compromises surrounding the use of torture in fighting the ‘War on Terror’. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Niall MacCormick, writer Guy Hibbert and producers Kevin Toolis and Jolyon Symonds moderated by Allan Little


November 15, 2012 7:00 PM

Cruel Britannia: A Secret History of Torture

Discussing Britain’s record on involvement in the use of torture and asking whether it is to time to challenge the official line that the UK does not ‘participate in, solicit, encourage or condone’ torture.


September 8, 2011

A decade of wrong decisions and damaging policies

Watch the event here. By Sara Elizabeth Williams The West’s reaction to 9/11 was excessive and misguided, wrongly influenced by hubris, hysteria and ignorance. Ten years on, we are still mired in a mess largely of our own making. Last night’s First Wednesday Special: Changing world – conflict, culture and terrorism in the 21st century, which […]


August 25, 2011

Iraq: British troops were looking for an enemy that did not exist

If you want to take part in further discussion about the impact of the War on Terror on our world today and how it might shape our future, come along to our FIRST WEDNESDAY SPECIAL: Changing world – conflict, culture and terrorism in the 21st century on Wednesday, 7 September. Some of the violence that […]