Tariq Ali on Russia Today: ‘Syrian rebels create mayhem to blame it on Assad regime’

Moscow says those behind the latest massacre in Syria want to unleash sectarian violence and ignite full civil war. Over two hundred people are believed to have been killed in the central province of Hama. Both government and rebel forces blame each other for the slaughter – while the UN remains paralysed on whether to extend its observer mission, or impose sanctions. Russia Today talks to author and Middle East expert Tariq Ali from London.

From the archive

  • ‘Obama: Great Expectations’

    November 5, 2008

    ‘Great Expectations’ by Tariq Ali for The Guardian, November 5, 2008

    The weight of the past, present and future will add drag to Obama’s ascent to the White House

    Barack Obama’s victory marks a decisive generational and sociological shift in American politics. Its impact is difficult to predict at this stage, but the expectations of the majority of young people who propelled Obama to victory remain high. It may not have been a landslide, but the vote was large enough with the Democrats winning over 50% of the electorate (62.4 million voters) and planting a black family firmly in the White House.

    The historic significance of this fact should not be underestimated.

    It has happened in a country where the Ku Klux Klan once had millions of members who waged a campaign of deadly terror against black citizens  …

  • 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.

  • Tariq Ali: ‘The Americas and Us’ at the Salone dell’Editoria Sociale

    September 24, 2012

    Tariq Ali will be taking part in the fourth edition of the Salone dell’Editoria Sociale in Rome between the 18th-21st of October 2012. The new edition is entitled ‘The Americas and Us’ . Taking place only a few days before the American presidential elections, it serves as an occasion to reflect on what is happening in the country, but especially in the “Americas” of the South and the many cultural and economic contradictions and social policies that animate them.

    The event will also focus on the particular relationship between Italy and the USA.

    For more information visit the Salone dell’Editoria Sociale website

    (Website in Italian)