About

Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker. He has written more than two dozen books on world history and politics, and seven novels (translated into over a dozen languages) as well as scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of New Left Review and lives in London.

Contact: tariq.ali3 [at] btinternet [dot] com

Literary Agent: anurnberg [at] nurnberg [dot] co [dot] uk

Theatrical/Film Agent: tom [at] casarotto [dot] co [dot] uk

From the archive

  • ‘The ignoble Nobel’

    December 13, 2010

    ‘The ignoble Nobel’ by Tariq Ali for the Guardian, December 7, 2002

    On Tuesday, former US president Jimmy Carter will fly to Oslo and receive the Nobel Peace Prize from the unassuming bicycling monarch of Norway. Why him? Why now? And what is the real aim of the peace prize?

    When it was first established in 1900, the Nobel committee clearly thought it should be awarded to people who really did believe in peaceful solutions and non-violence. Accordingly, in 1901, the first brace of recipients were Jean Henry Dumont, the Swiss founder of the Red Cross, and Frédéric Passy, the French dreamer who founded the International League for a Permanent Peace. Similar recipients were sought and found over the next four years.

    A rearguard action must have been mounted soon after, because in 1906 the prize was awarded to  …

  • Tariq Ali’s speech at the National Demonstration for Gaza on 8th August, London.

    August 13, 2014

    Here is a video of Tariq Ali’s speech at the largest UK demonstration for Gaza on 8th August, London.

  • ‘Nato’s lost cause’

    June 11, 2008

    ‘Nato’s lost cause’ by Tariq Ali for The Guardian, June 11, 2008

    The west’s ‘good war’ in Afghanistan has turned bad. A local solution, rather than a neocolonial one, is what’s needed

    In the latest clashes on the Pakistan-Afghan border, Nato troops have killed 11 Pakistani soldiers and injured many more, creating a serious crisis in the country and angering the Pakistan military high command, already split on the question.

    US failure in Afghanistan is now evident and Nato desperation only too visible. Spreading the war to Pakistan would be a disaster for all sides. The Bush-Cheney era is drawing to a close, but it is unlikely that their replacements, despite the debacle in Iraq, will settle the American giant back to a digestive sleep.

    The temporary cleavage that opened up between some EU states and Washington on  …