Pirates of the Caribbean

Published by Verso, 2006 (new and updated edition 2008)

A fiery polemic on Latin America’s challenge to US-led neoliberalism

The Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela has brought Hugo Chávez to world attention as the foremost challenger of the neoliberal consensus and American foreign policy. Drawing on first-hand experience of Venezuela and meetings with Chávez, Tariq Ali shows how Chávez’s views have polarized Latin America and examines the hostility directed against his administration. Contrasting the Cuban and Venezuelan revolutionary processes, Ali discusses the enormous influence of Fidel Castro on Chávez, President of Bolivia Evo Morales and, in this fully updated edition, the newly elected President of Ecuador Rafael Correa, the latest addition to the “Axis of Hope.” Infused with references to the culture and poetry of South America, Pirates of the Caribbean guides us through a world divided between privilege and poverty, a continent that is once again on the march.

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From the archive

  • Tariq Ali reviews Gilbert Achcar’s excellent new book ‘The Arabs and the Holocaust’

    June 26, 2010

    Tariq Ali reviews The Arabs and the Holocaust by Gilbert Achcar for the Guardian, June 26, 2010

    Tariq Ali applauds an attempt to analyse the Arab-Israeli conflict

    “Since the fourth century after Christ,” wrote the late Raul Hillberg in his masterwork, The Destruction of the European Jews, “there have been three anti-Jewish policies: conversion, expulsion, and annihilation. The second appeared as an alternative to the first, and the third emerged as an alternative to the second.” What this suggests is that “Judeo-Christian civilisation” is a relatively new and an essentially ideological construct.

    If anything, from the eighth to the 19th centuries, there can be said to have existed an Islamo-Judaic civilisation that spanned the Iberian peninsula, the Arab world proper, Persia and the Ottoman lands. The Christian reconquest of Portugal and Spain led to forced conversions  …

  • 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.

  • Ação dos EUA na Síria quer atingir Irã, trará instabilidade e não ajudará povo, diz Tariq Ali

    September 17, 2013

    Folha – O que vai acontecer na Síria?

    Tariq Ali - Os EUA estão determinados a ir à guerra para tentar mudar o governo. Não tem nada a ver com considerações humanitárias. Os principais aliados dos EUA na região –Israel, Arábia Saudita, Catar e Turquia– estão pedindo uma intervenção norte-americana há 18 meses. Porque eles não acham que podem ganhar a guerra civil. Os EUA vão agir para que a guerra civil seja ganha pelos seus aliados, derrubando o regime.

    Quais são as razões para a guerra?

    A guerra é sobre o Irã, o Hizbullah, o Líbano. Sobre assegurar que os que eles apoiam ganhem na Síria. A guerra tem três objetivos: o Irã, destruir um regime que tem ajudado o Hizbullah e colocar no poder na Síria a Irmandade Muçulmana. Com isso, mudar o balanço de poder na região, afastando  …