Who we are

The Cafe Diplo in London was the UK-based affiliate of the Les Amis Le Monde Diplomatique, and our Association served 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 provided 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) were opened by an invited speaker, and allowed plenty of time for comment and questions

Cafe Diplo at The Gallery, Farringdon, London

Café Diplos provided 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 tended 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 began with a 30 – 40 minute talk by a guest speaker with special expertise in the subject under review.   The presentation was followed by a chaired  discussion which offered a chance for the audience to contribute, question and challenge the various opinions expressed.

More about us

Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique was the UK branch of Les Amis, and was founded in 1997. We supported 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 organised 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.

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