Who we are

We are a UK-based affiliate of the Les Amis Le Monde Diplomatique, and our Association serves to promote sales of the English edition of Le Monde Diplomatique newspaper and to support the values of furthering independent thought, democracy and social justice embodied in its editorial line.

We provide a forum for debate on contemporary international issues, chiefly through our public Café Diplo talks held at The Gallery in Farringdon, London on selected evenings. These events (presented in English) are opened by an invited speaker, and allow plenty of time for comment and questions

Cafe Diplo at The Gallery, Farringdon, London

Café Diplos provide an informal space for lively debate on the many political, social and environmental issues that are frequently marginalised or misrepresented by the mainstream media. We like to think of the Café Diplo as part of the overall effort to provide a space for independent thinking and to challenge “La Pensée Unique” of neo-liberalism.

As Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique, we tend to organise Café Diplos around those topics covered by the newspaper but we do not limit ourselves only to the thematic scope of Le Monde Diplomatique.

Our events begin with a 30 – 40 minute talk by a guest speaker with special expertise in the subject under review.   This presentation is followed by a chaired  discussion which offers a chance for the audience to contribute, question and challenge the various opinions expressed.

Café Diplos are normally from 6.45 – 8.30pm on selected evenings, during our season, normally September to June, at The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL (near Farringdon Tube station). Doors open from 6.30pm. We hope you will join us with a glass of white wine, beer or juice during the evening.

More about us

Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique is the UK branch of Les Amis, and was founded in 1997. We support the distribution of the paper and the values it embodies in its editorial line; democracy, social justice, and the pursuit of independent thought and action. In addition to running the Café Diplos throughout the year we also organise occasional mini conferences.

We have also linked with other activist groups for specific purposes, and are part of information networks such as social media pages.radio, TV,  journals and the local press.

If you would like to get involved, or just to come along to our events, we would be delighted to hear from you.

If you would like to support our work and join us as a Friend of Le Monde Diplomatique UK please come to one of our meetings and ask at the front desk

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