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

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)

From the archive

  • A Question for Egypt

    July 16, 2013

    A Question for Egypt

    Millions gathered in squares and streets

    They wanted the end of the system

    They wanted to topple Mubarik and his regime.

    When the military men understood the resolve of the crowd

    They took Mubarik away.

    That was the first phase.

    Then came the Brotherhood

    Elected by many not of its number

    They wanted to end the old regime for ever.

    But the Brotherhood broke its promises,

    Clung to the old system

    Sent sewage down the tunnels of Gaza

    Praised the man in the White House.

    Did nothing at home

    except torment Copt and women and Shia. Read more

  • V40 Politics / The Obama Syndrome at the Free Word Centre

    October 15, 2010

    25 October 2010

    What is the future of the American Empire? And Obama’s prospects in the mid-terms?

    As mid-term elections loom under the shadow of the insurgent Tea Party, join a panel of eminent speakers including Tariq Ali, Mehdi Hasan, DD Guttenplan and Patrick Cockburn to discuss how much Obama’s first two years in office will cost him at the most expensive elections in history.

    The hopes aroused during Obama’s election campaign have rapidly receded-the honeymoon has been short. At home, a Wall Street bailout and thwarted hopes for healthcare and financial reform. Abroad, the “war on terror” continues: Guantanamo the ‘broken promise’, torture on a daily basis in the horror chamber that is Bagram, and more troops to Afghanistan and more drone attacks in Pakistan than under Bush.

    Will the fact that Obama has proved incapable of shifting the  …

  • ‘Death of a Comrade: Peter Gowan: 1946–2009′

    October 1, 2009

    ‘Death of a Comrade’ by Tariq Ali for New Left Review, Sept-Oct 2009

    With the death of Peter Gowan on 12 June 2009, the international left has lost one of its most astute political analysts, and New Left Review the most generous and steadfast of comrades. Peter was a socialist intellectual of the highest calibre, combining enormous energy and independence of mind with a truly collective spirit. A contributor to NLR from the 1970s, he joined the editorial committee in 1984; his interventions in the journal constitute a substantial body of analysis in their own right. His work was translated into many languages and he had readers on every continent; unlike some, he was incredibly patient in replying to their e-mails. He loved a good argument, although he was always extremely courteous to his critics. For me the loss is also deeply  …