Politics

May 10, 2011

Julian Assange receives Sydney Peace Prize at Frontline

WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize gold medal for Peace with Justice at the Frontline Club this afternoon. Assange is now one of just four people to have been given the award. Nelson Mandela, the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso and a Japanese Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda are the only others […]


May 6, 2011

Is Silvio losing his grip?

Caught with his polls down, and, many believe, his pants down, the Italian prime minister – due in court in April on sex charges – faces ever-louder howls of outrage and calls to quit. His control of the media and populist touch have seen him through similar crises before, but can he escape this time? […]


March 3, 2011

The age of “the inexpert” and the unexpected?

Two blogs in the past seven days from different perspectives on the upheaval in the Middle East, raising the question of whether we are in uncharted territory or if the Western media in particular has been talking to the wrong people: In a post titled Middle East uprisings: no one predicted ‘rebellious cascade‘ Channel 4 […]


February 18, 2011

The Minister formerly known as “Doktor” zu Guttenberg

Yes, Germany’s Minister of Defence, Dr. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, has been previously mentioned in Frontline blog dispatches. However the latest scandal to dog the defence minister is his doctorate, or more specifically, large slabs of his doctor of laws dissertation that he is accused of cutting and pasting. Minister zu Guttenberg has denied the claims […]


February 12, 2011

Screening: Videocracy

by Gianluca Mezzofiore Videocracy, screened yesterday at the Frontline Club, is a groundbreaking documentary by Italian-born, Swedish-based director Erik Gandini about the power of Berlusconi’s TV culture over Italian society at large. Showing the dark side of TV industry controlled by Berlusconi over the last 30 years, Gandini gives a precious insight over a fictional world […]


February 2, 2011

Martin Rowson: Caricatures and Commentary

Martin Rowson walked onto the stage at the Frontline Club last night with a pint and Laurie Taylor. As you would expect from a satirist, the tone of Rowson’s presentation was humorous with generous lashings of acerbic wit thrown into the mix.


January 22, 2011

Deaths in the Military, Mutiny, Mail and the Minister

To put it mildly, Germany’s Minister of Defence, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, will be facing a hostile parliamentary and media environment this week. Three military episodes are dominating headlines following reports from the German parliamentary ombudsman to the military. – The treatment of officer-cadets onboard the German Navy tall ship Gorch Fock, including events surrounding the […]


January 21, 2011

The changing nature of protest: why young people are taking to the streets

From Greece, to France and even Tunisia, is there a new movement of radicalised young people emerging, asks Paul Mason on BBC 2’s Newsnight. Paul Mason, who examines how this movement is different from previous generations, will be at the Frontline Club for our On the Media event, Reporting Protest,


January 10, 2011

Guido’s Pakistan Road Trip and Afghan ‘Outdoor Look’

Journalists accompanying Germany’s Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, on his trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan this week had a few surprises. Thick fog prevented Mr Westerwelle’s plane from landing in Islamabad, forcing Germany’s top diplomat and journalists in tow to land 400 km away in Lahore. To keep to schedule, Plan B was to pile everyone […]


December 16, 2010

The world’s most wanted house guest by Vaughan Smith

Having watched Julian Assange give himself up last week to the British justice system, I took the decision that I would do whatever else it took to ensure that he is not denied his basic rights as a result of the anger of the powerful forces he has enraged. This decision – which will result […]


December 14, 2010

The Secular Fatwa on Julian Assange by Charles Glass

In February 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa inciting the faithful to murder author Salman Rushdie for blasphemy. Within a few days, professional writers convened in London, New York, and elsewhere to discuss countering this threat. In London, we met at the National Union of Journalists’ offices in Gray’s Inn Road. We had fierce arguments […]


November 8, 2010

Should Tony Blair be tried for war crimes?

Friday’s screening of The Alternative Iraq Inquiry was filmmaker David Lawley-Wakelin’s documentary-making debut. A panel discussion followed the screening of the short film, with former cabinet minister and MP Clare Short and Major General Tim Cross CBE.


October 23, 2010

The Secret War – Iraq War Logs

With the ‘biggest leak of military documents ever’, Wikileaks has reestablished its position as the pentagon’s no1 hate object. In a special four-page report, FRONTLINE discusses the shocking results of the whistle-blower’s collaboration with the Iraq Body Count group and talks to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange about the latest release. i l l u s […]


October 22, 2010

Welcome to the Global Shadow State – Julian Assange talks turkey about Wikileaks

Julian Assange reaches to take a book from a shelf behind him – any book. The commodity in which hedeals is information, and he wants to make a point about how information travels, and why. Or does nottravel, and why not. About what he calls “the media information flow economy”. He asks one to bear […]


October 21, 2010

Enough is Enough by John Morris

By John Morris, from the Autumn 2010 issue of the Frontline broadsheet (subscribe here) … Open publication


September 23, 2010

US midterm elections and why a Republican victory could help Obama

By Paige Gresty With campaigning ahead of the US Midterm elections heating up, what affects might the poll have on President Obama and his administration in the long run? Much of this Frontline Club panel discussion was devoted to the rise of the Tea Party, a hard right-wing conservative political movement in America spearheaded by […]


September 21, 2010 7:00 PM

The US midterm elections: What’s at stake?

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.


July 29, 2010

Incredible India by David Rieff

The shining face of success that the country presents to the world disguises deep tensions between great wealth and extreme poverty. With the commonwealth games approaching, David Rieff looks at the politics that sustains such divisions and wonders whether the dream of the Asian century still has meaning for this divided culture. The term “Asian […]


July 25, 2010

War & Peace by Jon Swain and Gavin Greenwood

As Vietnam celebrates the 35th anniversary of its defeat of the US, Jon Swain remembers the adrenalin rush of being a young reporter in the biggest war story of his life. Gavin Greenwood reports on how the old guard struggles to hold the socialist line. A few weeks ago, a group of Vietnam Old Hacks […]


July 19, 2010

Africa for sale by John Vidal

China, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, India – half the world seems to be buying vast tracts of territory to grow food for their home markets. But, as John Vidal reports from Ethiopia, the great land-grab is at the expense of local farmers and is seen by some as a new colonialism. We turned off the main […]


July 13, 2010

Drawing the Horizon line: Public apathy and the oiligarchy

Despite the recently – or temporarily – ended Gulf of Mexico oil spill debacle, governments, oil companies and the public are not going to get serious about shifting away from oil or really clamping down on the industry any time soon. That was the consensus after a well-fuelled discussion last night at the Frontline Club […]


July 12, 2010

Continental Drift by Jurgen Kronig

Britain may find its new coalition govern ment strange and hard to comprehend. But, says Jurgen Kronig, look to Germany, long accustomed to such arrangements, which is adopting attitudes to politics more like our own.   It is an ironic twist of fate: suddenly, Germany is discovering the attraction of a more sceptical attitude towards […]


July 3, 2010

What’s rocking the cradle of democracy? by Costas Douzinas

Few events in recent European political history have baffled the commentariat more than the widespread Greek insurrection, or “riots’“(according to rightwing analysts), of December 2008, and those last month, when a quarter of a million people took to the streets and the Greek parliament was stormed by trade unionists and other demonstrators. The catalyst for […]


June 26, 2010

Somaliland standing in line

The un-recognized but de facto independent Republic of Somaliland goes to the polls today in what should be – for all its flaws and uncertainties – the most fair and well-administered election that this nation in the north of the Horn of Africa has ever seen. This election could bring about the peaceful transfer of […]


June 16, 2010

Lord Puttnam: Digital Economy Act is ‘inadequate’ in meeting 21st century challenges

By Jasper Jackson The Digital Economy Act will allow the government to disconnect the very worst offending online piracy offenders from the internet, potentially cutting many ordinary people from an increasingly vital service. But the act, now passed into law, was undermined by the speed of the legislative "washup" process at the end of the […]


June 15, 2010

The bumpy road to the presidency – campaigning in Somaliland

With the date for Somaliland‘s Presidential election set for June 26th the campaign for the polls is now in full swing. These three authorized parties – the incumbent president Rayaale’s UDUB, the KULMIYE (Unity) and UCID (Justice and Welfare party) – are mobilising their supporters and the country is awash with the colours and symbols […]


June 3, 2010

Photography and Slander in Uzbekistan

In February this year, the Uzbek documentary-maker and photographer, Umida Akhmedova, was sentenced by a Tashkent court for “slandering the nation”. William Wheeler takes a closer look at the case.


June 3, 2010

Little hope for change: Iran, Democracy and an international war of words

View in iTunes Watch event here. By Nicole Green Far from approaching domestic or international equilibrium, Iran is instead facing further instability and a worsening human rights record following on from the Presidential election which shook the nation last June. That was just one of the conclusions the audience took away from a lively debate […]


June 1, 2010

Don’t mention anything about the war

Given the euphoria over Germany’s Eurovision win, it was probably only an event of the magnitude of the German President resigning that could bump Lena off the headlines… But as tabloid Bild shows not by much… The surprise resignation of President Horst Köhler has both politicians and the media playing over and rewinding the tape […]


May 30, 2010

Fatima Bhutto speaks out against Pakistan’s digital liberty crackdown

By Gouri Sharma Fatima Bhutto has criticised authorities in Pakistan for cutting off access to Facebook earlier this month. Bhutto used her appearance at the Frontline Club on Wednesday to highlight wh she things th the government was wrong to ban access to social networking sites for containing what it has called "blasphemous" content. If […]