Speaking of Empire and Resistance

Published by The New Press, 2005

A leading political writer and activist speaks out on the crisis in the Middle East, the war on terror, and the resurgent militarism of the American Empire.

Exiled from Pakistan in the 1960s for his activism against the military dictatorship, Tariq Ali has gained a reputation as one of the English-speaking world’s most forceful political thinkers, speaking out consistently against imperialism, religious fundamentalism, and, most recently, the misguided Anglo-American war on terror, including the disastrous fiasco in Iraq. Ali’s most recent books, The Clash of Fundamentalisms and Bush in Babylon, have been widely praised and read. A prolific and eloquent writer, Ali is also a captivating conversationalist, and Speaking of Empire and Resistance captures him at his provocative best. This series of interviews brings together Ali’s insights into a wide range of topics—among them the fate of modern-day Pakistan, the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, the intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the state of the Islamic world, and the continuing significance of imperialism in the twenty-first century. Speaking of Empire and Resistance reinforces Tariq Ali’s reputation as one of the most perceptive and engaging figures of today’s Left.

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From the archive

  • Tariq Ali discusses the legacy of Margaret Thatcher on Democracy Now!

    April 9, 2013

     

    Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87. Thatcher was Britain’s first female prime minister, serving three terms in office. Known as the “Iron Lady,” Thatcher became synonymous with austerity economics as a close ally of President Ronald Reagan. She famously declared to critics of neoliberal capitalism that “there is no alternative.” Her long-running battle with striking British miners dealt a major blow to the union movement in Britain and ushered in a wave of privatizations. On foreign policy, Thatcher presided over the Falklands War with Argentina, provided critical support to the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, and famously labeled Nelson Mandela a “terrorist” while backing South Africa’s apartheid regime. Tariq Ali discusses her legacy with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!

  • Night of the Golden Butterfly wins French literary prize

    April 4, 2012

    Night of the Golden Butterfly, the last volume of the Islam Quintet by Tariq Ali, has been awarded the 2012 Cercle Interallié literary prize for foreign language novels. The French edition was published in October 2011 by Sabine Wespieser Publishers.

    The Inerallié Prize was established on December 3, 1930 by a group of around thirty journalists who were members of the Cercle de l’Union Inerallié. The latter is a private Parisian club founded in 1917, which aimed to bring material and moral resources to officers and other representatives of the nations of the Triple Entente. Today, its members are politicians, diplomats, lawyers, CEOs, journalists.

    Although not comprising of any financial reward, each year the Prize gives honour to a novel, usually written by a journalist. The jury itself is made up of ten journalists, joined by the previous year’s  …

  • Stone, Ali, and Weisbrot respond to attack from the New York Times’ Larry Rohter

    July 2, 2010

    The following letter was sent to The New York Times by Tariq Ali, Oliver Stone and Mark Weisbrot in response to a grossly distorted account of their new film ‘South of the Border‘by Larry Rohter, a one time backer of the 2002 coup attempt.

    Larry Rohter attacks our film, “South of the Border,” for “mistakes, misstatements and missing details.”  But a close examination of the details reveals that the mistakes, misstatements, and missing details are his own, and that the film is factually accurate. We will document this for each one of his attacks. We then show that there is evidence of animus and conflict of interest, in his attempt to discredit the film. Finally, we ask that you consider the many factual errors in Rohter’s attacks, outlined below, and the pervasive evidence of animus and conflict  …