2017 Cafes

Professor Guy Standing - 18.45 on Monday 4th June
A Basic Income for all: the answer to financial insecurity

A Basic Income for all: the answer to financial insecurity

The growing lack of job security, including intermittent employment or underemployment, which has arisen from the global spread of neoliberal ...
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Dr Tara Garnett - 18.45 on Monday 14th May
The Global Food System - Urgent Problems: Possible Solutions

The Global Food System – Urgent Problems: Possible Solutions

Our global food system has serious inherent problems. Our production, distribution and consumption patterns are responsible for a third of ...
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Professor Hazel Smith - 18.45 on Monday 30th April
North Korea: Dangerous, isolated & ready for war?   The reality behind the caricature

North Korea: Dangerous, isolated & ready for war? The reality behind the caricature

North Korea is portrayed in the media as a dangerous and irrational military power that represents the greatest current threat ...
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Haifa Zangana - 18.45 on Monday 16th April
The Fate of Women in Iraq

The Fate of Women in Iraq

In a country ravaged by a war that has still not drawn to a close, the erosion of women’s rights ...
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Kim Sharif - 18.45 on Monday 19th March
The complicity of the Saudi Coalition in the starvation & destruction of the Yemeni people

The complicity of the Saudi Coalition in the starvation & destruction of the Yemeni people

Kim Sharif is a London based solicitor, human rights activist and Director of ‘Human Rights for Yemen’. She has given ...
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Professor Kathleen Richardson - 18.45 on Monday 19th February
Algorithms: are they taking control of our lives?

Algorithms: are they taking control of our lives?

Algorithms are computerised formulae designed to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations. They can perform calculations, data processing ...
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Richard Garside - 18.45 on Monday 5th February
The Prison Crisis – what are the alternatives to incarceration?

The Prison Crisis – what are the alternatives to incarceration?

As the prison population in the UK, which is now the highest in Western Europe, continues to escalate, we must ...
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Jennifer Gibson - 18.45 on Monday 22nd January
Countering Terror with Terror: Kill Lists, Drone Programmes and ‘Targeted’ Killings

Countering Terror with Terror: Kill Lists, Drone Programmes and ‘Targeted’ Killings

When President Trump took office in January 2017, he received more than just the keys to the White House. President ...
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Steve Crawshaw - 18.45 on Monday 4th December
From Denial to Moral Leadership - Germany’s Remarkable 70-Year Journey

From Denial to Moral Leadership – Germany’s Remarkable 70-Year Journey

Germany is now the undisputed power centre of Europe. Its journey from defeat and denial at the end of the ...
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Professor Gilbert Achcar - 18.45 on Monday 20th November
The Clash of Barbarisms

The Clash of Barbarisms

Rather than the “clash of civilizations” forecasted by Samuel Huntington in the 1990s, the world has been descending into what ...
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Dr Anna Neistat - 18.45 on Monday 30th October
Australia and the Refugee Crisis

Australia and the Refugee Crisis

There was a time when Australia led the way on refugee protection. Following World War II, Australia came second only ...
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Professor Colin Leys - 18.45 on Monday 16th October
International Models of Health Care

International Models of Health Care

Professor Colin Leys is emeritus professor of political science at Queens University Canada and honorary professor at Goldsmiths, University of ...
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Alia Brahimi - 18.45 on Monday 25th September 2017
What ISIS in Libya tells us about the changing terrorist threat

What ISIS in Libya tells us about the changing terrorist threat

Conditions in Libya constitute a humanitarian crisis. The civilian population struggles to gain access to basic services such as healthcare, ...
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Professor Loretta Lees - 18.45 on 12th June 2017
Planetary Gentrification: impacts & solutions

Planetary Gentrification: impacts & solutions

The phenomenon that we have come to call ‘gentrification’ is transforming our cities in a rapidly urbanising world. The refurbishment ...
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Professor Peter Nolan, 18.45 on 22 May 2017
Convergence and Divergence in the long-run development of China and the West

Convergence and Divergence in the long-run development of China and the West

The brief era of global dominance by a small group of countries in the West is coming to an end ...
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Professor Alan Winfield - 18.45 on 8th May 2017
The Robotics Revolution: How Artificial Intelligence & Robots will change our lives

The Robotics Revolution: How Artificial Intelligence & Robots will change our lives

Developments in Artificial Intelligence and the use of Autonomous Systems ( robots) have reached a stage where they will have ...
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Dr Stephen Wilkinson – 18.45 on 24th April 2017
Cuba at the crossroads: what does the future hold?

Cuba at the crossroads: what does the future hold?

Cuba has survived more than 40 years of US sanctions and the collapse of the Soviet Union. With the succession ...
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Joseph O’Leary 3 April 2017
Misinformation - Can we limit the impact it has upon our lives?

Misinformation – Can we limit the impact it has upon our lives?

In a world of information technology and social media, the dissemination of so-called ‘facts’ is faster, more insistent and more ...
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Professor Andy Haines, 20 March 2017
Climate Change: how low carbon policies can benefit health

Climate Change: how low carbon policies can benefit health

Warming of the climate system, due largely to the burning of fossil fuels and land use change, is now considered ...
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Christopher de Bellaigue, 6 March 2017
Islam and the West: The reality and myth of a troubled relationship

Islam and the West: The reality and myth of a troubled relationship

The crisis in the relationship between western secularism and Islam has been fuelled by Islamic fundamentalism and the rise of ...
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Reiner Tegtmeyer, 2nd February 2017
Our World's disappearing forests - slashed for the profit of a few, whilst devastating the planet and billions of lives

Our World’s disappearing forests – slashed for the profit of a few, whilst devastating the planet and billions of lives

Many of the world’s worst environmental and human rights abuses are driven by the exploitation of natural resources and corruption ...
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Loretta Napoleoni, 6 Feb 2017
Terrorism and Trafficking – an Alliance of Fear and Despair

Terrorism and Trafficking – an Alliance of Fear and Despair

A powerful and sophisticated underground business delivers thousands of refugees a day all along the Mediterranean coasts of Europe. Overall, ...
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Jonathan Steele, 23 Jan 2017
The Russian intervention in Syria

The Russian intervention in Syria

The tragic civil war in Syria between the Alawite-led government of President Bashir Assad, and the numerous disunited rebel brigades ...
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