Egypt

February 3, 2012

ForesightNews world briefing: upcoming events 6 – 12 February

A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 6 February to Sunday, 12 February from Foresight News By Nicole Hunt Towards Healing and Renewal, the Catholic Church’s four-day long symposium on sexual abuse within the Church, begins on Monday in Rome. The conference brings together over 200 representatives from bishops’ conferences and other religious […]


February 1, 2012

Wael Ghonim in conversation with Ben Hammersley: Revolution 2.0

By Emily Wight A key element to the Arab Spring was the role of social media in giving momentum to the revolution. In countries such as Egypt, Facebook and Twitter have been used as a democratizing force, a platform for activists to share ideas. At last night’s #FCBBCA event Wired UK’s editor at large Ben […]


February 1, 2012 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED Wael Ghonim in conversation with Ben Hammersley: Revolution 2.0

Named one of Time magazine’s top 100 most influential people, Wael Ghonim, is credited with having sparked Egypt’s revolution with a Facebook page he dedicated to a victim of the regime’s violence.

The former Google executive will be talking to Ben Hammersley, Wired UK’s, editor at large about the revolution and the role of technology in mobilising people to take to the streets. He will also be bringing us up to date with what’s been happening since the jubilant celebrations a year ago and his work since he left Google in April this year.


February 1, 2012

Wael Ghonim in conversation with Ben Hammersley: Revolution 2.0

Named one of Time magazine’s top 100 most influential people, Wael Ghonim, is credited with having sparked Egypt’s revolution with a Facebook page he dedicated to a victim of the regime’s violence.

The former Google executive will be talking to Ben Hammersley, Wired UK’s, editor at large about the revolution and the role of technology in mobilising people to take to the streets. He will also be bringing us up to date with what’s been happening since the jubilant celebrations a year ago and his work since he left Google in April this year.


January 20, 2012

ForesightNews world briefing: upcoming events 23 – 29 January

A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 23 January to Sunday, 29 January from Foresight News By Nicole Hunt New week, New Year – the Chinese Year of the Dragon, that is. But while weeks of celebrations are kicking off in China, the mood will be considerably less celebratory in Brussels, where the […]


January 18, 2012

Frontline Club panel optimistic about the future of Egypt

By Will Turvill There was an overall feeling of positivity in the Frontline Club last night as the panel, chaired by the Observer‘s foreign affairs editor Peter Beaumont, discussed what the future might hold for the Egyptian people after a year of military rule. Indeed, despite recognising the number of challenges facing the revolutionary movement, each […]


January 17, 2012 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED Egypt: After a year of military rule, what next?

Tuesday 25 January 2011 has become enshrined in Egypt’s history as the ‘day of rage’ when people took to the streets against the tyranny and oppression of President Hosni Mubarak’s regime. As we approach the one-year anniversary of that day we will be joined by a panel of Egyptians to discuss the hopes of that day and the challenges that lie ahead.


January 17, 2012

Egypt: After a year of military rule, what next?

Tuesday 25 January 2011 has become enshrined in Egypt’s history as the ‘day of rage’ when people took to the streets against the tyranny and oppression of President Hosni Mubarak’s regime. As we approach the one-year anniversary of that day we will be joined by a panel of Egyptians to discuss the hopes of that day and the challenges that lie ahead.


January 5, 2012

ForesightNews world briefing: upcoming events 9 – 15 January

A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 9 to Sunday, 15 January from ForesightNews   By Nicole Hunt   Monday looks to be the biggest day of what should be an interesting week internationally. Kicking off with the ongoing EU debt crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosts French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Berlin to […]


December 23, 2011

Special ForesightNews world briefing: upcoming events until 8 January 2012

A special round up of world events from Monday, 26 December to Sunday, 8 January 2012 from ForesightNews   By Nicole Hunt     Here’s a special two-week roundup of big international events planned over the holiday period. While we can’t predict tsunamis, terrorist attacks, or sudden political change, we can give you a heads up […]


December 16, 2011 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED #FCBBCA: Women of the revolution


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The uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa were a time when the ‘revolutionary Arab woman’ grabbed the attention of the western media.

The fight for women’s rights didn’t begin with the Arab Spring and has gone on without the attention of the world’s media. We will be bringing together some of the women who took part in the Arab Spring and those who have been working to promote women’s rights to discuss if the revolutions have been good for women.


December 14, 2011

Five links from 2011: ‘Twitter’

I am picking out a few of the more interesting links from my 2011 delicious bookmarks. On Monday, I selected five from my ‘war reporting’ tag. Today, I’ve selected another five from among the bookmarks I labelled ‘Twitter’ in my delicious account.  Enjoy!   1. ‘Visualising the New Arab Mind‘ Computational historian Kovas Boguta visualises the Twitter influence […]


December 8, 2011

ForesightNews world briefing: upcoming events 12- 18 December

A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 12 December to Sunday, 18 December from ForesightNews By Nicole Hunt US President Barack Obama hosts Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki for talks in Washington on Monday, with discussions focusing on strengthening the ‘strategic partnership’ between the two countries. The summit comes ahead of a […]


November 16, 2011

Cairo and the super rich

By Alan Selby Forty percent of Egyptians live on less than $2 a day, and Egypt receives an average of $2 billion a year in foreign aid. Yet millions of people are preparing to migrate away from the centre of Cairo and into newly constructed suburbs for the super rich. Jason Larkin, a photojournalist, and […]


November 16, 2011 7:00 PM

In the Picture: Cairo Divided with Jason Larkin

Photojournalist Jason Larkin‘s project, Cairo Divided, looks at the luxury suburbs burgeoning in the desert around Cairo. His two-year collaboration with journalist Jack Shenker has produced a long-form essay, accompanied by Larkin’s pictures, which has challenged traditional publication methods. Moderated by Max Houghton.


November 1, 2011 7:00 PM

POSTPONED The Arab Spring: Have the torturers been stopped?

The brutal torture and murder of Khaled Said by Egyptian police in June 2010 and the Facebook page We Are All Khaled Said served as a catalyst to the uprising that eventually ousted president Hosni Mubarak in February this year.

The message the Egyptian people were sending was that they were no longer prepared to live under a regime that used torture as a weapon against dissent.

A panel of experts will be discussing the importance of resistance to the use of torture by authoritarian regimes in the protests of the Arab Spring.


October 21, 2011 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED: Insight with Nawal El Saadawi

The internationally renowned Egyptian writer, novelist and activist Nawal El Saadawi will be joining us at the Frontline Club in conversation with special correspondent and presenter for BBC News, Razia Iqbal on her 80th birthday to discuss her life’s work and the launch of a foundation that will embody the themes, ethos and characteristics that have shaped it.


October 21, 2011

What’s coming up at the Frontline Club

Tonight’s event with Nawal El Saadawi, the veteran Egyptian feminist campaigner who yesterday recieved the Women of the Year Outstanding Achievement Award is sold out, but you can watch it online from 7pm. Next week we will be joined by the Guardian’s Luke Harding and the BBC’s Angus Roxburgh to discuss their experiences reporting from Russia and whether the country is a Mafia […]


October 17, 2011

Nawal El Saadawi receives Women of the Year Award

Egyptian writer and activist Nawal El Saadawi has been been honoured at this year’s Women of the Year’s Awards. The novelist, feminist and activist, who who has been imprisoned and exiled as a result of her work campaigning for women’s rights, was presented with the Women of the Year Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of […]


October 13, 2011

ForesightNews world briefing: upcoming events 17 – 23 October

A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 16 to Sunday, 23 October from ForesightNews By Nicole Hunt   The UN Human Rights Committee session opens on Monday in Geneva, with the situation in Iran on the agenda for the first two days. Meanwhile, Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator […]


October 12, 2011

Nawal El Saadawy: Mother of Egypt’s revolution

Exiled from Egypt several times as a result of her opposition to President Hosni Mubaraks’s regime, Nawal el Saadawi was in Cairo in January  when the demonstrations began in January. The renowned doctor, feminist and psychologist who has fought for change for more than half a century, was imprisoned and prevented from writing for many years. Hailed as "mother […]


October 12, 2011

Notes on ‘Libya and the Arab Spring’ at the Media Society

So yesterday I tried to fit too many things at too many different places into one day and ended up being late for the Media Society event on reporting Libya and the ‘Arab Spring’.  But here are a few incomplete notes on the panel discussion… 1. BBC vs Sky News reporting of Tripoli I think […]


September 15, 2011

ForesightNews world briefing: upcoming events 19 – 25 September

A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 19 September to Sunday,  25 September from ForesightNews By Nicole Hunt Anders Behring Breivik, the man who admitted to setting off the 22 July bomb in Oslo, killing eight people, before killing 69 people on the island of Utoya, makes his first public appearance at Oslo […]


September 1, 2011

ForesightNews world briefing: upcoming events 5-11 September

A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 5 September to Sunday, 11September from ForesightNews By Nicole Hunt This week is filled with high-profile trials and judgements around the world, kicking off on Monday with six big-name hearings, including several former world leaders: ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, his sons and former Interior Minister […]


August 30, 2011 7:00 PM

Can Tunisians and Egyptians reclaim their revolutions?

With the world watching the latest uprisings in Syria and the continued intervention in Libya, the media has largely turned its attention away from the catalyst of the Arab spring, Tunisia and the next country to oust its president, Egypt. But what does the future hold for these fledgeling democracies?

Join us at the Frontline club with a panel of experts to discuss what the future holds for Tunisia and Egypt.


August 30, 2011

The week ahead at the Frontline Club: From revolution to escaping Bolivia’s tin mines

Join us tonight as we will bring the focus back to Tunisia and Egypt where the Arab Spring began. We will be discussing how successful these revolutions have been and what more needs to be done before the protesters get their wish for democracy.   Filmmaker John D McHugh will take part in a Q&A following a double-bill screening of Endgame, […]


August 11, 2011

ForesightNews world briefing: upcoming events 15 – 21 August

A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 15 August to Sunday, 21 August from ForesightNews Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak returns to court on Monday. Along with his sons Alaa and Gamal he appears charged with premeditated murder in connection with the deaths of protesters during the 25 January revolution. Monday also sees the […]


August 2, 2011

Paul Mason: journalism and the power of the network

He’s a self confessed “geek” who bought a Sinclair Spectrum computer with his first wage packet and says the arrival of the internet was "like Christmas". So it’s not suprising that BBC Newsnight‘s economics editor Paul Mason embraced social media with enthusiasm. One of the first BBC journalists to start a blog, Mason said during […]


August 2, 2011

BBC journalist detained in Egypt

The BBC’s Shaimaa Khalil has been arrested in Egypt while reporting from Cairo. She had travelled to Tahrir Square after Egyptian security forces had moved in to clear the area of protesters. The demonstrators have been demanding swifter political change from Egypt’s military generals amid concerns that the revolution which brought down President Hosni Mubarak […]


July 28, 2011

ForesightNews world briefing: upcoming events 1 – 7 August

A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 1 August to Sunday, 7 August from ForesightNews   Monday is the beginning of a new month and the beginning of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. In Saudi Arabia, the date is doubly significant: following the 18 June beheading of Indonesian maid Ruyati binti Sapubi and […]