Tariq Ali in Thessaloniki and Athens

Thessaloniki Law School
28th May, 2012
7:30pm

National Technical University of Athens
29th May, 2012
7:30pm

Tariq Ali will be taking part in two discussions, in Thessaloniki and in Athens, concerning the development of international social movements in today’s world. Under the title “The Age of Extremes is back — Is the Age of Revolution coming?”, Tariq Ali will discuss potential answers to the current crisis of capitalism, and the continued importance of revolution in popular struggle, with journalist Aris Chatzistefanou and Katerina Kitidi of Debtocracy and Catastroika.

From the archive

  • ‘Mystic River’

    November 13, 2005

    ‘Mystic River’, a review by Tariq Ali of Amartya Sen’s The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity for The Nation, November 17, 2005

    The sage of Bengal has pronounced. Pluralism, we are informed, has an ancient pedigree in Indian history. It is embedded in the oldest known texts of Hinduism and, like a river, has flowed through Indian history (including the Mughal period, when the country was under Muslim rule) till the arrival of the British in the eighteenth century. It is this cultural heritage, ignored and misinterpreted by colonialists and religious fanatics alike, that shapes Indian culture and goes a long way toward explaining the attachment of all social classes to modern democracy. The argumentative tradition “has helped to make heterodoxy the natural state of affairs in India,” exerting a profound influence on the country’s  …

  • 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.

  • ‘Tortured Civilizations: Islam and the West’

    September 1, 2004

    ‘Tortured Civilizations: Islam and the West’ by Tariq Ali for The Walrus, September 2004

    In the brutal aftermath of the war on Iraq, a genuine clash of civilizations has emerged. Could it have been avoided?

    During the first half of the 20th century, when the British still occupied India and a nationalist movement had erupted against the British Empire, sundry U.S. journalists were dispatched to observe the scene and interview Mahatma Gandhi. “What,” one of them asked the Indian leader, “do you think of Western civilization?” The old fox smiled. “It would be a good idea,” he replied. Seventy-five years later, Iraqis suffering the abuses of an oppressive first year under the U.S. occupation would probably endorse Gandhi’s sentiment.

    To sell the Iraq instalment of the war against terrorism, the U.S. had justified the war as necessary 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.

  • ‘The notion that democracy and capitalism are interlinked is nonsense’

    April 17, 2012

    Tariq Ali interviewed by the Indian Express.

    The 1960s were heady days — cultural and political revolutions, the death of Che Guevara and a raging Vietnam war. In the midst of all this was Tariq Ali, a young man in his 20s who had just arrived in Oxford from Lahore, and who ended up as one of the most prominent anti-American voices. After graduating, Ali led the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign against the war and has spent much of the life denouncing America and “neoliberal economic policies”. Ali has authored several books, but it’s his Street Fighting Years that became a cult read. Ali, now 68, is an editor of the New Left Review and lives in London. He was in India this week to deliver a Faiz memorial lecture. In this interview, Ali talks to Uma Vishnu about the  …