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

  • ‘The Spirit of Cricket’

    July 11, 2011

    ‘The Spirit of Cricket’ by Tariq Ali for the London Review of Books blog, July 7, 2011

    ‘What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?’ The Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara, giving the Spirit of Cricket lecture at Lords a few days ago, answered this question – first posed by C.L.R. James in Beyond a Boundary half a century ago – at length and in some detail. It was a virtuoso performance that linked cricket to the history and politics of the island. It was witty, intelligent and, above all, courageous. Sangakkara’s assault on the cricketing establishment (the Ministry of Sport) of his own country is a model for others to follow. Listening to the speech I wondered whether there was any other practising cricketer in the world today who could have made it. Not a single  …

  • ‘Not Crushed, Merely Ignored’ – Tariq Ali on Kashmir for the LRB

    July 19, 2010

    ‘Not Crushed, Merely Ignored’ by Tariq Ali for The London Review of Books, July 22, 2010

    A Kashmiri lawyer rang me last week in an agitated state. Had I heard about the latest tragedies in Kashmir? I had not. He was stunned. So was I when he told me in detail what had been taking place there over the last three weeks. As far as I could see, none of the British daily papers or TV news bulletins had covered the story; after I met him I rescued two emails from Kashmir informing me of the horrors from my spam box. I was truly shamed. The next day I scoured the press again. Nothing. The only story in the Guardian from the paper’s Delhi correspondent—a full half-page—was headlined: ‘Model’s death brings new claims of dark side to India’s fashion industry’.  …

  • 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.


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

    Tickets sold at the door.