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

  • ‘The General in his Labyrinth’

    January 13, 2007

    ‘The General in his Labyrinth’ by Tariq Ali for The London Review of Books, January 4, 2007

    If there is a single consistent theme in Pervez Musharraf’s memoir, it is the familiar military dogma that Pakistan has fared better under its generals than under its politicians. The first batch of generals were the offspring of the departing colonial power. They had been taught to obey orders, respect the command structure of the army whatever the cost and uphold the traditions of the British Indian Army. The bureaucrats who ran Pakistan in its early days were the product of imperial selection procedures designed to turn out incorruptible civil servants wearing a mask of objectivity. The military chain of command is still respected, but the civil service now consists largely of ruthlessly corrupt time-servers. Once its members were loyal to  …

  • 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.

  • Book Review: ‘Midnight’s Children’

    November 1, 1982

    A review of Midnight’s Children by Tariq Ali for New Left Review, Nov-Dec 1993

    Midnight’s Children has been widely acclaimed as a literary tour de force. It has won plaudits for its author, Salman Rushdie, from critics throughout the Anglo-Saxon world and has been awarded the prestigious Booker Prize. Rushdie has been compared, at different times, to Gunter Grass and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, whose influences, openly acknowledged, are evident in Midnight’s Children. Saleem Sinai, the semi-autobiographical narrator and central figure in the book, has definite affinities with Oskar in The Tin Drum; and it would not be difficult to find the Latin American equivalents of the sub-continent’s generals in Autumn of the Patriarch. However, these analogies are not of prime significance. Danzig/Gdansk and Macondo are not Bombay.

    Rushdie’s work provokes comparisons not only with Grass or Marquez, but  …

  • 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.

  • “EEUU no quería un nuevo Tiananmen en la plaza Tahrir”: Tariq Ali speaks to Público

    February 21, 2011

    Tariq Ali interviewed by Thilo Schäfer for Público, February 19 2011

    En su famoso discurso en la Universidad de El Cairo en 2009, Obama predicaba la democracia, pero luego no hizo mucho para hacerlo realidad. ¿Los egipcios que acaban de derribar a Mubarak se acuerdan ahora de esto?

    La gente en Egipto sabe perfectamente que ese régimen sólo duró 30 años gracias al apoyo de EEUU, que daba miles de millones de dólares al Ejército egipcio cada año. El Gobierno de Obama sólo cambió de actitud en el último minuto, cuando se dio cuenta de la dimensión que había adquirido la revuelta, con cinco o seis millones de personas en la calle el día después de que Mubarak se negó a marcharse. Entonces sólo podían optar entre la salida de Mubarak o una masacre y no creo que a EEUU  …