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Farah Faizal

Screening of The Island President

Hay Festival 2012, 
After introducing democracy to Maldives, the lowest-lying region in the world, President Mohamed Nasheed fights to prevent his homeland from disappearing under the sea. Farah Faizal, former High Commissioner to Maldives, introduces the film and updates us on the current situation post-President Nasheed who was forced to resign after a military coup in February 2012.

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Lindsey Hilsum talks to David Aaronovitch

Sandstorm

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Channel 4 News international editor reports the fall of Gaddafi and Libya in the Time of Revolution.

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Luke Harding talks to Orlando Figes

Mafia State

Hay Festival 2012, 
How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia is a brilliant, haunting account of the insidious methods used by a resurgent Kremlin against its so-called enemies – human rights workers, Western diplomats, journalists and opposition activists.

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David Nutt, Mauricio Rodríguez Múnera, Álvaro Enrigue and David Aaronovitch

Drugs - Without the Hot Air

Hay Festival 2012, 
A discussion about Minimizing the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs for individuals and society. The neuropsychopharmacologist was fired from the ACMD by Home Secretary Alan Johnson for analysing the relative drug harms. He is joined by the Ambassador of Colombia, whose President Santos publicly aired the possibility of legalization in January at Hay Festival Cartagena, and the Mexican writer Álvaro Enrigue.

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Soha Ali Khan, Anupam Kher, Nandita Das and William Dalrymple talk to Nik Gowing

The British Council Series - Re:Imagine

Hay Festival 2012, 
As part of a global series of events celebrating UK-India relations an unprecedentedly superstarry Bollywood cast gather to discuss perceptions and cultural visions of C21st India with the writer and the BBC World anchor.
 

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Maziar Bahari talks to John Kampfner

Then They Came For Me

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Newsweek journalist left London in June 2009 to cover Iran’s presidential election, believing he’d return to his pregnant fiancée, Paola, in just a few days. In fact he would spend the next three months in Iran’s most notorious prison, enduring brutal interrogation sessions while terrible threats were made to his family.
 
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Timothy Garton Ash talks to John Kampfner

freespeechdebate.com

Hay Festival 2012, 
The distinguished author of The File and Facts Are Subversive introduces the ten founding principles of his new global Free Speech project and demonstrates its international reach with Google's Free Speech advisor.

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Murong Xuecun

British Council Series - Caging a Monster

Hay Festival 2012, 
The outspoken Chinese cult novelist builds on his now famous ‘In my country’ Oslo speech, talking about the harder realities behind the economic miracle. Chaired by Rosie Boycott. (Subtitles with consecutive translation for Q&A)
 

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Concern Universal Youth Debate

The Carbon Question

Hay Festival 2012, 
Should an individual’s carbon emissions be limited to 2 tonnes per year by 2050? This is the internationally agreed safe limit in order to prevent potentially catastrophic climate change. But how should these limits be shared out? How could limits be policed? Do governments have any rights to impose limits on citizens? Or should we just take the risk and adapt to the impacts? Join our panel of sixth formers for a debate. Chaired by Andy Fryers.
 
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Arundhathi Subramaniam, Irfan Husain and Tahmima Anam talk to John Kampfner

India / Pakistan / Bangladesh

Hay Festival 2012, 
What’s the state of Freedom of Expression on the subcontinent? How will technology affect it? And whose truths and languages can be heard?
 

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Francois Bizot talks to Philippe Sands

Facing The Torturer

Hay Festival 2012, 
In 1971 the author was kept prisoner for three months in the Cambodian jungle. His Khymer Rouge captor, Comrade Duch, eventually had him freed but later became one of Pol Pot’s most infamous henchmen, who personally oversaw the detention, systematic torture and execution of more than 16,000 detainees. Bizot covered Duch’s show trial, which ended in 2010, and spent time with him in prison, trying to unearth whatever humanity Duch had left. If he was going to talk to anyone, it was Bizot, whom he still referred to as his ‘friend’.

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Jung Chang talks to Rosie Boycott

Wild Swans, 25 years on

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author and biographer of Mao revisits the family history she wrote 25 years ago, and looks at the changes in China over that quarter century.

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UK Youth Debate

Rethinking the ways we support young people in society

Hay Festival 2012, 
The race is on to re-engage young people in building an inclusive, healthier, more equal and economically viable society. But changing times need fresh thinking and new solutions. It is essential that we find new, more effective approaches to engage young people in meaningful and relevant ways and enable their participation in building a more resilient society. This is set to be a lively panel debate as our panel of experts from a range of backgrounds explore the radical ways in which we can support young people to address the social challenges that they and future generations face. Chaired byMartyn Lewis.
 
Speakers Martyn Lewis (Chairman of YouthNet and NCVO), Shaun Bailey (Youth worker and Conservative politician) Simon Milner (Policy Director, Facebook), Emma MulQueeny (Rewired State & Young Rewired State), Josh Cope (Youth participation worker, UK Youth), Dan Sutch (Head of Development Research, Nominet Trust)

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Mark Townsend with Kenny & John Meighan

Point Man

Hay Festival 2012, 
The point man leads the patrol into battle, the first to face ambushes, hidden bombs and snipers. In 2007 and 2008, 20-year-old Kenny Meighan was the longest-serving point man in Helmand province. But returning to his hometown in Essex, where prospects are bleak and his father still suffers from the nightmares of his own war experience, Kenny's struggle is far from over.

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Mark Tully

India - The Road Ahead

Hay Festival 2012, 
The peerless commentator on India examines the economic boom, corruption, poverty, diversity and cricket in the world’s largest democracy. Chaired by Oliver Balch, author of India Rising - Tales From a Changing Nation.

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Misha Glenny

DarkMarket: CyberThieves, CyberCops and You

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author of McMafia explores three fundamental threats facing us in the C21st: cyber-crime, cyber-warfare and cyber-industrial espionage. Governments and the private sector are losing billions of dollars fighting an ever-morphing, super-smart new breed of criminal.

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Janine di Giovanni, Alex Crawford, Rosie Boycott and guests

Marie Colvin

Hay Festival 2012, 
 Women in Journalism chair Jane Martinson hosts this appreciation of the great war journalist who died in Syria on 22 February.
 
 
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Marcus du Sautoy

Maths on Stage: the Dramatic Life of Numbers

Hay Festival 2012, 
Mathematics has had a surprising part to play in a number of recent theatre productions. The mathematician and broadcaster will talk about his experiences working with theatre company Complicité on A Disappearing Number and his explorations of bringing maths to the stage in a recent collaboration with actress Victoria Gould.
 

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Alex Crawford talks to Jim Naughtie

Colonel Gaddafi’s Hat

Hay Festival 2012, 
A gripping and deeply moving account of the Libyan uprising from the Sky News Special Correspondent - the lone journalist who was able to report from the rebel army convoy that captured Green Square in the heart of Tripoli.

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Janine di Giovanni talks to Bidisha

Ghosts by Daylight

Hay Festival 2012, 
The war correspondent tells her own story of two frontline reporters brought together and deeply damaged by war. They try to build a civilian, family life in Paris.

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Thomas Friedman

That Used To Be Us

Hay Festival 2012, 
The New York Times foreign affairs writer looks at What Went Wrong with America - and How It Can Come Back. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Wadah Khanfar talks to William Sieghart

Hay Festival 2012, 
The co-founder of the Sharq Forum and the former Director General of the Al Jazeera Network reflects on the momentous changes in the Arab world, and the effect of free media and new technology across the Middle East.

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Ahdaf Soueif

Reflections on Islamic Art

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist and Palfest Director introduces her international anthology of essays and responses to the astounding collection of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. Chaired by Marcus du Sautoy.

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Christopher Hill, Brendan Simms and Robert Tombs

Cambridge Series 13 - Will The UK Ever Get On With Europe?

Hay Festival 2012, 
How much does Britain’s history impact on the way it sees its relationship with Europe and can we overcome that? What are the wider implications for international relations for a Britain adrift of Europe?
 

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Bronwen Maddox, Mark Fitzpatrick, Thomas Friedman and Wadah Khanfar talk to Nik Gowing

The Iran Question

Hay Festival 2012, 
As the US/Israeli anxiety about Iran’s nuclear ambitions grows and further sanctions are imposed, the editor of Prospect is joined by the International Institute for Strategic Studies expert, the New York Times Foreign Affairs editor and the former DG ofAl Jazeera to analyse the situation. BBC World News Anchor Nik Gowing chairs.
 
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