Tariq Ali in Montenegro

Speaking in Montenegro, Tariq Ali talks on the current global political situation, the Arab Spring and what constitutes a vision for socialism today.

From the archive

  • ‘Not Crushed, Merely Ignored’ – Tariq Ali on Kashmir for the LRB

    July 19, 2010

    ‘Not Crushed, Merely Ignored’ by Tariq Ali for The London Review of Books, July 22, 2010

    A Kashmiri lawyer rang me last week in an agitated state. Had I heard about the latest tragedies in Kashmir? I had not. He was stunned. So was I when he told me in detail what had been taking place there over the last three weeks. As far as I could see, none of the British daily papers or TV news bulletins had covered the story; after I met him I rescued two emails from Kashmir informing me of the horrors from my spam box. I was truly shamed. The next day I scoured the press again. Nothing. The only story in the Guardian from the paper’s Delhi correspondent—a full half-page—was headlined: ‘Model’s death brings new claims of dark side to India’s fashion industry’.  …

  • ‘Ahmed Rashid’s War’

    October 9, 2009

    ‘Ahmed Rashid’s War’ by Tariq Ali for Counterpunch, October 9, 2009

    After breakfast, I read Gideon Rachman’s often revealing blog on the Financial Times website. Today there was some very good news. Ahmed Rashid, a leading adviser to the US hawks on Afghanistan, is depressed. Deconstructing Rachman on this occasion might be useful for CounterPunch readers:

    “…Jon Snow of Channel 4 News, allowed me to gatecrash a breakfast he was having with Ahmed Rashid. In theory, Ahmed is just a journalist like us. But his views on Afghanistan and Pakistan are now so widely sought that he has really become a player. He seems to be consulted by everybody – and I mean, everybody.”

    This last is a slight exaggeration. The main people who consult Rashid, apart from Robert Silvers at the New York Review of Books, are  …

  • ‘Ali talks down the Obama era’

    March 20, 2011

    Tariq Ali interviewed by Mark Naglazas for the West Australian, March 1 2011

    It was one of those moments that will live in the memory of all those who witnessed it, registering and resonating as powerfully as the Moon landing, the fall of the Berlin Wall, 9/11 and, for a younger generation, the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.

    We all knew that Americans would one day vote a black man into the White House but when Barack Hussein Obama put one hand on the Bible and recited the oath of office to become the 44th President of the United States, even those who had not voted for him understood the significance of the event for a nation built on the blood, sweat and tears of slaves.

    There were cynics, of course, who tried to smear the 49-year-old Harvard graduate as  …