The Obama Syndrome: A Live Interview with Tariq Ali and Joel Whitney

As part of his tour to launch The Obama Syndrome, Tariq Ali appeared at New York’s Asia Society September 17th, 2010 where he was interviewed on stage by Joel Whitney, Founding Editor in Chief of Guernica magazine.

From the archive

  • 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.

  • A Question for Egypt

    July 16, 2013

    A Question for Egypt

    Millions gathered in squares and streets

    They wanted the end of the system

    They wanted to topple Mubarik and his regime.

    When the military men understood the resolve of the crowd

    They took Mubarik away.

    That was the first phase.

    Then came the Brotherhood

    Elected by many not of its number

    They wanted to end the old regime for ever.

    But the Brotherhood broke its promises,

    Clung to the old system

    Sent sewage down the tunnels of Gaza

    Praised the man in the White House.

    Did nothing at home

    except torment Copt and women and Shia. Read more

  • 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.

  • ‘Elephantine Corruption’

    December 3, 2010

    ‘Elephantine Corruption’ by Tariq Ali for the London Review of Books Blog, December 3, 2010

    The Wikileaks confirm what we already know about Af-Pak. Pakistan is a US satrapy: its military and political leaders constitute a venal elite happy to kill and maim its people at the behest of a foreign power. The US proconsul in Islamabad, Anne Patterson, emerges as a shrewd diplomat, repeatedly warning her country of the consequences in Pakistan if they carry on as before. Amusing but hardly a surprise is Zardari reassuring the US that if he were assassinated his sister, Faryal Talpur, would replace him and all would continue as before. Always nice to know that the country is regarded by its ruler as a personal fiefdom.

    Then we have the country‚Äôs military boss, General Kayani, sweetly suggesting that the Pushtun leader  …