Tariq Ali vs. Christopher Hitchens II – Democracy Now

Tariq Ali and Christopher Hitchens debate the US war on Iraq, the Bush-Kerry race and the neo-conservative movement for Democracy Now!, October 4, 2004

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From the archive

  • ‘America’s selective vigilantism will make as many enemies as friends’

    September 6, 2011

    ‘America’s selective vigilantism will make as many enemies as friends’ by Tariq Ali for the Guardian, September 6 2011

    “Sovereign is he who decides on the exception,” Carl Schmitt wrote in different times almost a century ago, when European empires and armies dominated most continents and the United States was basking beneath an isolationist sun. What the conservative theorist meant by “exception” was a state of emergency, necessitated by serious economic or political cataclysms, that required a suspension of the constitution, internal repression and war abroad.

    A decade after the attentats of 9/11, the US and its European allies are trapped in a quagmire. The events of that year were simply used as a pretext to remake the world and to punish those states that did not comply. And today while the  …

  • Revolution in the Air: The Arab Spring and a World in Motion

    October 5, 2011

    October 27, 2011 7:30 PM Victory Gardens Biograph Theater

    Ali will be launching and signing copies of

    On History: Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone in Conversation Oliver Stone and Tariq Ali Haymarket Books

    In working together on two challenging new documentaries—South of the Border and the forthcoming 13-part, 13-hour Untold History of the United States series for Showtime—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 U.S. 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 U.S. presidents and the Saudi royal family. For Stone and Ali—two of  …

  • ‘Floods for Pakistan; Floods of Money For its Leader’

    August 27, 2010

    Tariq Ali on the responses to the floods in Pakistan for Counterpunch, August 27, 2010

    A disaster of biblical scope: the floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains a month ago have affected more than 17.2 million people and killed over 1,500, according to Pakistan’s disaster management body. August is the monsoon season in Pakistan. This year a hard rain keeps falling, which is why the floodwaters are not abating. Nearly two thousand deaths and over 20 million people are homeless. The man-made disasters—war in Afghanistan, its spillage into Pakistan—are bad enough. Now the country faces its worst ever natural disaster. Most governments would find it difficult to cope, but the current regime is virtually paralyzed.

    Over the last sixty years, the ruling elite in the country has never been able to construct a social infrastructure for its people.  …