Tariq Ali with Noam Chomsky on The Julian Assange Show

Appearing on The Julian Assange Show alongside renowned linguist and political theorist Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali argues that the “infectious” Arab Spring has spread to the US and Russia, and is still underway. Criticising the “extreme centre”, a political consensus of centrist neoliberal orthodoxy that destroys political diversity and opposition, Ali talks about how the speed and flair of the Arab Spring caught everyone, from dictators and their sponsors to the Western media, by surprise.

Assange, Ali and Chomsky continue to discuss the “new hope” that resides in South America Bolivarian movements, and the democratic crisis in the Eurozone.

From the archive

  • Tariq Ali discusses the legacy of Margaret Thatcher on Democracy Now!

    April 9, 2013

     

    Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87. Thatcher was Britain’s first female prime minister, serving three terms in office. Known as the “Iron Lady,” Thatcher became synonymous with austerity economics as a close ally of President Ronald Reagan. She famously declared to critics of neoliberal capitalism that “there is no alternative.” Her long-running battle with striking British miners dealt a major blow to the union movement in Britain and ushered in a wave of privatizations. On foreign policy, Thatcher presided over the Falklands War with Argentina, provided critical support to the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, and famously labeled Nelson Mandela a “terrorist” while backing South Africa’s apartheid regime. Tariq Ali discusses her legacy with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!

  • ‘Famed as a favourite attack dog in the imperial kennel’

    May 11, 2007

    ‘Famed as favourite attack dog in the imperial kennel’ by Tariq Ali for The Guardian, May 11, 2007

    Blair’s first loyalty was to the White House. The result has been a legacy of hatred that ultimately ended his premiership

    The departure, too, was spun in classic New Labour, Dear Leader fashion. A carefully selected audience, a self-serving speech, the quivering lip and soon the dramaturgy was over. He had arrived at No 10 with a carefully orchestrated display of union flags. Patriotic fervour was also on show yesterday, with references to “this blessed country … the greatest country in the world” – no mention of the McDonald’s, Starbucks, Benetton that adorn every high street – nor of how Britain under his watch came to be seen in the rest of the world: a favourite attack dog in the  …

  • Tariq Ali brings South of the Border to the Bristol Latino Film Festival 2010

    October 15, 2010

    Saturday 30 October, Bristol Latino Film Festival 2010 @ The Tobacco Factory

    Tariq Ali, writer, filmmaker and co-writer of the documentary, will be giving a special talk at the Bristol Latino Film Festival 2010 at 2pm. He will chair a discussion following the screening of Oliver Stone’s South of the Border later on in the evening.

    There’s a revolution underway in South America: Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media’s misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the regions.

    Address:

    291 North Street, Bristol, BS3 1JP Map and directions

    Tickets sold at the door.