[QODLink]
The Cafe
Mehdi Hasan on The Cafe
In this season of The Cafe, Mehdi Hasan travels across the world, to discuss global issues with a variety of people.
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2012 11:14

I was one of those annoying kids who always asked their parents:"Why?"

Now, as the presenter of The Cafe, I get to pose a range of challenging questions to a variety of different people in positions of influence and authority across the globe.

Mehdi Hasan is the presenter of The Cafe, leading lively conversations that cut through the spin and get right to the heart of the subject [Al Jazeera]

For me, journalism has always been about holding power to account and giving a voice to the voiceless.

But The Cafe is about much more than that. It is about bringing people together around a table, from all backgrounds, all walks of life, in different corners of the world.

Crucially, the show is always set, as the name suggests, in a cafe – whether in Amman, Jordan, Bradford England, or Mexico City, Mexico. There are no television studios, no invited audiences. Just a relaxed yet robust discussion on the key issues of the day in an intimate, everyday setting.

In the new season of The Cafe, I travel across the globe, to talk with people on the ground about economic inequality, democratic reform, sectarian conflict and national identity.

The show is a democratic forum for ideas; the perfect platform for discussing global themes. And my guests range from ministers to bloggers, Islamists to secularists, Democrats to Republicans.

You will see passionate people arguing over controversial issues.

Whether it is the war on terror or the war on drugs, the death of multiculturalism or the rise of Islamophobia, The Cafe cuts through the spin and gets right to the heart of the subject.

Because The Cafe is not just a debate. It is a conversation. A global conversation.

Mehdi Hasan is the presenter of The Cafe and political director of the Huffington Post UK. Join him in The Cafe from July 13.

336

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
A former rebel's museum keeps alive memories of the July 26, 1953 veterans who launched Cuba's revolution.
A revolutionary new treatment is halving hospitalisation rates for severe asthma sufferers.
More than fifty years of an armed struggle for independence from Spain might be coming to an end in the Basque Country.
Human rights and corporate responsibility prompt a US church to divest from companies doing business with Israel.
After the shooting-down of flight MH17, relatives ask what the carrier has learned from still-missing MH370.
join our mailing list