The West’s perception of Arab women has become increasingly associated with the victim, oppression and the veil. This simplified view angers Joumana Haddad who as a poet, writer and journalist has fought against over-simplistic stereotypes of the Arab woman. She will be at the Frontline Club in conversation with BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen to discuss this and her new book I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman.
Paddy O’Connell of BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House will be in the chair as the Frontline Club’s First Wednesday discussions return after a summer break. These lively public meetings bring together experts and commentators and mix their views with contributions from our audience.
On route to Edinburgh Literary Festival Gideon Levy will be joining us at the Frontline Club in conversation with Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow. He will be discussing recent developments in the Middle East and his book The Punishment of Gaza. In which he documents Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from Gaza and charts the events leading up to the assault of 2009.
POSTPONED: From budget cuts to riots in the street: How will Britain react to government spending cuts?
After the recession, now come the cuts. The UK is facing some of the most stringent public sector budget cuts since the Second World War. Will the UK population accept the austerity measures being ushered in or take to the streets to oppose them? Are scenes similar to those in Greece likely in our cities?
After seven years, billions of dollars, as many as 100,000 civilian deaths and more than 4,000 US troops killed – President Barack Obama is finally pulling US troops out of Iraq. Following Barack Obama’s recent statement confirming the end of US combat operations in Iraq, we will be debating the implications for the Iraqi people and the soldiers that serve there.
Can everyday people change the world? With conflicts raging across the world and European governments imposing stringent austerity measures, people are wondering more and more how they can play a role in shaping their future.
Download this episode View in iTunes The controversy surrounding WikiLeaks’ historic release of more than 70,000 classified US military documents on the war in Afghanistan has not died down. But one thing is certain: online data and its dissemination is changing journalism and the relationship betwen public and power. In this special event, we ask: […]
View in iTunes Social media has opened up new ways for people to communicate, organise and campaign. But in what ways are people using social media for political ends? Looking at examples from around the world we will be examining the ways in which new tools are being used and the ways they have been […]
Can Israelis and Palestinians work together for peace? Four men who believe that they can will be at the Frontline Club to describe their journeys from division and violence towards non-violence.
On 10 February 2005 BBC journalist Kate Peyton was murdered in Mogadishu, Somalia. Kate Peyton’s younger sister Rebecca Peyton will be at the Frontline Club to perform her one-woman show, which invites us into her post-Kate world: a life that is changed forever, but it goes on.
Join us at the Frontline Club to examine the situation for foreigners and Iranians that are detained and convicted in Iran. Should the international community be putting more pressure on the Iranian government to justify their actions?
By Andrew Sampson On the 30th of December last year, two French journalists were kidnapped by an Afghan ‘warlord’ whilst covering a story for France 3. When news was received of their capture, an immediate request was sent out to other news organisations not to release the journalists’ names due to safety concerns. Six months […]
The Gulf of Mexico spill has put the spotlight on the oil industry and its practices to an unprecedented degree.
Join us at the Frontline Club where we will be discussing BP and the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that has resulted in an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil a day spilling into the sea: what are the implications not only for BP’s future but also for the oil industry?
Part 1 Part 2 View in iTunes The appointment of Mervyn Silva, a politician with an established record of hostility towards journalists, as deputy minister of Information within the Sri Lankan government in April this year was met with calls for his removal by press freedom organisations. What can be done to protect journalists working […]
The Frontline is a busy place – and though some might slow down during the summer months it’s as exciting as ever at Norfolk Place and we’ve got some great events and plans for the coming months. Here’s what’s going on: The finest food and wine We pride ourselves on serving the best food made […]
Join Gary Younge at the Frontline Club to discuss his book Who Are We – and Should it Matter in the 21st Century? which takes in Sarah Palin, Tiger Woods and the Danish cartoon controversy and calls forthe differences between us to be talked about “properly”.
The Japan we know from films and TV is one of tradition, high technology and pop culture. But as with every nation, something more sinister lies beneath the bright lights of Sony and Nintendo. With an expert panel including Jake Adelstein author of Tokyo Vice, we’ll investigate the problem of organised crime in Japan and cast a light on the media’s reporting of it.
Join us at the Frontline Club with Paddy Ashdown (Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon GCMG, KBE, PC), High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina 2002 -2006; Allan Little, BBC correspondent in Former Yugoslavia 1991 – 1995 and Kemal Pervanic, founder trustee of Most Mira, survivor of the Omarska concentration camp and author of The Killing Days: My Journey through the Bosnian War.
North Korea is once again in the spot light, but what lies behind the borders of this most secretive of countries? Join us at the Frontline Club with an expert panel to discuss the implications of recent events, the role and responsibility of the international community and what life is like for those living in North Korea.
What are the new UK Government’s policies on climate change and how do they match up to the global challenges of the next five years? Join us at the Frontline Club for the second in this series of discussions in association in with Communications INC that will look at the Coalition government’s policies and the challenges that lie ahead during the new Parliament’s fixed term.
Frontline’s debate, The Digital Economy Act: Changing the Habits of a Generation will focus on where the act will go now with a coalition government: will tough piracy and copyright measures survive? What of the promise of 2Mbps broadband for all? The Labour peer, film producer and former CEO of Columbia Pictures Lord Puttnam, who introduced several amendments to the Bill in the Lords debates, will be joined in the discussion by Conservative peer, Lord Lucas, who tabled several of the Bill’s most radical amendments.
Join us for another of our First Wednesday discussions: lively public meetings that bring together experts and commentators and mix their views with contributions from our audience. We’ll be discussing the domestic and international challenges facing modern Iran.
Fatima Bhutto, writer, political commentator and outspoken critic of Pakistan’s current regime will be at the Frontline Club in conversation with Owen Bennett-Jones, BBC Pakistan correspondent between 1998 and 2001 and author of Pakistan: Eye Of The Storm, to talk about her new book Songs of Blood and Sword and her vision for the future of Pakistan.
In association with the BBC College of Journalism, the Frontline Club is bringing top journalists who are expert in their field and craft, to talk about their stories and the journalism that has shaped their careers. In the fifth of this inspiring new series Vin Ray, director of the BBC College of Journalism, will be in conversation with International Editor for Channel 4 News Lindsey Hilsum.
What is the reality of the humanitarian aid industry and what impact is it having on the people at the receiving end? How is the money spent and is there enough accountability to make sure it is spent in the right way? Join us at the Frontline Club with Conor Foley author of Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War and Linda Polman author of War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern Times.
Join us at the Frontline Club from 7pm onwards to watch the General Election results in the Club room and Forum.
Paddy O’Connell of BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House will be in the chair for another of our First Wednesday discussions. First Wednesdays are an opportunity to debate with experts and commentators on a wide range of issues from domestic politics to international affairs, climate change and economics.
The photographers behind the pictures taken in the aftermath of January’s earthquake in Haiti flocked to scenes of razed buildings and distraught victims. David Levene and Inigo Gilmore were among them. These accomplished Guardian journalists will be in conversation with the Guardian’s head of photography, Roger Tooth, about what the real images of the damage wrought by the Haiti earthquake are like, what is being censored out in the media and the role that photographers play in such tragedies.
Editors of newspapers across Britain will soon be deliberating that peculiar duty they feel (unlike most of their counterparts overseas) to endorse a political party at the coming election. It seems a curious thing for any publication that considers itself independent to do at the best of times, which this is not. This time round, […]
Photographer Ed Kashi was at the Frontline Club in March to talk about his work and experiences in the Niger Delta. Sean O’Hagan, who moderated this event, later reviewed Ed’s book for his On Photography column in the Guardian- and kindly gave the Club a mention too. Have a read here. If you missed the […]