Angered by the non-stop, one-sided propaganda on CNN and BBC World, usually a prelude to NATO bombing campaigns (including the six-month onslaught on Libya, the casualties of which are still hidden from the public) or direct occupations, I was asked to explain my views on RTV. I did so, denouncing the promotion of the Syrian National Council by western media networks and pointing out that some of the armed-struggle opposition were perfectly capable of carrying out their own massacres and blaming them on the regime.
There were doubts about Houla, which at that time there were. No longer. It’s now clear that the regime was responsible. That in no way invalidates my general point, but has led to a lot of confusion regarding my views and worried and sometimes angry e-mails from Syrian friends and outright slander (accusations by frothing …
Tariq Ali will talk about U.S. foreign policy failures concerning Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, followed by an onstage conversation with Avi Lewis, award-winning Canadian television journalist and documentary filmmaker whose productions include The Take, which followed Argentina’s movement of worker-run businesses taking over operations at plants shut down after the economic collapse of 2001.
Lensic Performing Arts Center 211 West San Francisco Street Santa Fe, NM 87501
Presented by the Lannan Foundation This event is part of the Lannan In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom series. Ticketing Information
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‘George Galloway’s Respect could help Britain to break the political impasse’ by Tariq Ali for the Guardian, March 30, 2012
George Galloway’s stunning electoral triumph in the Bradford by-election has shaken the petrified world of English politics. It was unexpected, and for that reason the Respect campaign was treated by much of the media (Helen Pidd of the Guardian being an honourable exception) as a loony fringe show. A BBC toady, an obviously partisan compere on a local TV election show, who tried to mock and insult Galloway, should be made to eat his excremental words. The Bradford seat, a Labour fiefdom since 1973, was considered safe and the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, had been planning a celebratory visit to the city till the news seeped through at 2 am. He is now once again focused on his own …