Tariq Ali on Hugo Chavez, the Axis Of Hope and His New Book ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ – Democracy Now

Tariq Ali interviewed about Hugo Chavez, the Axis Of Hope and his new book Pirates of the Caribbean for Democracy Now!, October 10, 2007

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  • ‘The Flight into the Abyss’ – The Independent reviews The Duel

    November 5, 2008

    The Duel reviewed by Salil Tripathi in The Independent, November 5, 2008.

    Too many reasons to be cheerless about Pakistan’s near future.

    Once again, Pakistan is in crisis, with Waziristan the newest “most dangerous place” in the world. Islamabad can’t control the escalating conflict, and the government is again run by an unpopular, incompetent and nepotistic civilian administration.

    And again, Pakistan is going hat in hand to the IMF, Saudi Arabia and China to face off oil prices, food inflation, dwindling foreign exchange and declining terms of trade.

    Tariq Ali has been warning of Pakistan’s collapse for four decades. For those sins, his books have often been banned there, and “generals, corrupt politicians and bearded lunatics” dislike him in equal measure. In The Duel, Ali provides a gossip-filled, witty and polemical history, revealing, with perspicacity and  …

  • 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.

  • ‘Dr Tariq Ali on history and politics’

    April 18, 2011

    By Sarah-Jane Bradfield for Rhodes University, April 14  2011

    Writer, journalist, filmmaker and public intellectual Dr Tariq Ali addressed a capacity crowd at Eden Grove this week on the current uprisings in the Arab world and their links to contemporary history and the international community.

    In his talk entitled “The West, the Arab World and its Discontents”, Dr Ali, who was born in Lahore in 1943 and educated at Oxford, attributed the current uprisings in the Arab world to widespread dissatisfaction with the neo-liberal capitalism system.

    “This particular system punishes the poor and rewards the rich, who are blinded by greed. Things reached a breaking point and uprisings were triggered because of the inability of the elite to deal with the discontent and the refusal of the poor to continue living in dire conditions,” he said.

    To fully understand the current  …

  • 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.

  • Tariq Ali in Houston, Texas

    January 6, 2012

    January 23, 2012 7.00pm

    Rothko Chapel 1409 Sul Ross St Houston, TX 77006 USA

    Tariq Ali will be discussing and signing copies of his new book On History.  In working together on two challenging new documentaries, South of the Border and the forthcoming Showtime series Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States—filmmaker Oliver Stone engaged with author and filmmaker Tariq Ali in a probing, hard-hitting conversation on the politics of history. Their dialogue brings to light a number of forgotten—or deliberately buried—episodes of American history, from the US intervention against the Russian Revolution, to the dynamic radicalism of the Wobblies, how Henry Wallace’s nomination for the vice presidency was deliberately thwarted by Democratic Party machine insiders, to the ongoing close connections between various US presidents and the Saudi royal family. For Stone and Ali—two of our most insightful  …