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.

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  • The Abbotabad Incident: A Lesson For Young Americans

    February 13, 2014

    Antigone: Death yearns for equal law for the dead. Creon: Not that the good and bad draw equal shares. Antigone: Who knows that this is holiness below? Creon: Never the enemy, even in death, a friend. Antigone: I cannot share in hatred, but in love. Creon: Then go down there, if you must love, and love the dead. No woman rules me while I live.

    Antigone, Sophocles, 441 BCE  

    U-S-A. U-S-A. Obama got Osama. Obama Got Osama. You can’t beat us (clap-clap-clap-clap-clap-clap). You can’t beat us. Fuck bin La-den. Fuck bin La-den.

    N+1 Blog, chants heard at Ground Zero, New York, May 2011

    We got Voldemort, We Got Voldermort.

    Chant, heard on campuses at Iowa, Stanford, and UC Davis, May 2011

     

    Contrary to what many liberals imagined in November 2008, the debasement of American political culture continues apace. Instead of reversing the trend,  …

  • ‘Pakistan on the Brink’

    March 30, 2000

    ‘Pakistan on the Brink’ by Tariq Ali for The Nation, March 30, 2000

    Pakistan today is a complete mess, a sad example of what can happen when a once-favored “frontline state” is reduced to the status of a cold war orphan. In his recent brief visit President Clinton urged a quick return to civilian rule, but in fact few Pakistanis mourn Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s overthrow last October of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s corrupt and oppressive pseudo-democracy. The poor and the secular-liberal intelligentsia pray that the new military regime will prevent a slide toward further chaos. These hopes are likely to be dashed, since the regime is paralyzed by internal divisions. Mohammed Aziz and Mahmoud Ahmed, the two key generals flanking Musharraf, are known for their sympathies with the fundamentalist Taliban.

    Several tests confront the new strongman of Pakistan:  …

  • 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.