Tariq Ali talks to Russia Today about a prospective Saudi Arabian-Bahrain union

Following speculation in the Middle-East concerning discussions of a potential political union between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, Tariq Ali spoke to Russia Today about the proposals, suggesting that Iranian concerns were not unfounded.

“What Iranians say is not paranoid or far-fetched at all. Bahrain itself is a US naval base. They could easily, if they so desired, have a democratic regime there. But the problem with allowing democracy is that a democratic government could then tell the US to get out. So it suits the United States to have this tiny little despotism and a larger despotism in Saudi Arabia.”

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    October 21, 2011

    Jeudi 3 Novembre, 19H 00 PARIS: Centre national du livre, Hôtel d’Avejan, 53, rue de Verneuil – Paris VIIe La Nuit du Papillon d’or

    C’est avec La Nuit du Papillon d’or, publié aux éditions Sabine Wespieser que se clôt le Quintet de l’islam de Tariq Ali. Cette « Comédie humaine de l’islam », retrace en cinq romans l’histoire des conflits entre l’Occident chrétien et la civilisation islamique, de l’an 1153 à nos jours. On retrouve bien, dans cet éblouissant cinquième volet du Quintet de l’islam, Tariq Ali tel qu’en lui-même : drôle, imaginatif, intelligent, satirique et diablement informé.

    “[Ces histoires] montrent aux Occidentaux comme aux musulmans mal informés que l’islam n’est pas synonyme de djihad. Que son histoire est celle d’une culture riche, tolérante et qui a eu ses Lumières”, expliquait récemment Tariq Ali dans une interview accordée au Monde.

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    August 13, 2014

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  • ‘Operation Iranian Freedom’

    July 31, 2003

    ‘Operation Iranian Freedom’ by Tariq Ali for The Nation, July 31, 2003

    In Washington, the hawks and vultures are beginning to gaze at Iran with greed-filled eyes. The British attack dog is barking and straining at the leash. And the Israeli ambassador to the United States has helpfully suggested that the onward march of the American Empire should not be brought to a premature halt in Baghdad. Teheran beckons, and then there is always Damascus. The only argument summoned by the blood-mottled “doves” is that the occupation of Iraq should be sufficient to bring the Iranian mullahs to heel. Naturally, this latter view does not satisfy the would-be Shah or his followers in Los Angeles. The Young Pretender is appearing regularly on the BBC and CNN these days, desperate to please and a bit too eager to mimic  …

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  • Interview: ‘Pakistan and the Global War on Terror’

    November 30, 2009

    ‘Pakistan and the Global War on Terror’, an interview with Tariq Ali by Mara Ahmed and Judith Bello for Counterpunch, November 30, 2009

    Mara Ahmed and I were given the opportunity to interview Tariq Ali when he spoke at Hamilton College in Upstate New York on November 11, 2009, during his recent speaking tour of the United States. Tariq, a native of Pakistan who lives in England, is a well known writer, intellectual and activist. He has traveled all over Southwest Asia and the Middle East while researching his books. Mara, who is working on a film highlighting the opinions of the Pakistani people regarding the current situation in Pakistan and the Western initiated ‘Global War on Terror’, had a lot of questions for Tariq about the internal state of Pakistan. I wanted to ask Tariq for his  …