Tariq Ali speaks to Democracy Now about the European Union’s Nobel Peace Prize

The European Union was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this year for its historic role in uniting the continent. Committee chair Thorbjoern Jagland praised the EU for transforming Europe “from a continent of wars to a continent of peace.” The selection surprised many as it comes at a time when much of Europe is facing an economic crisis that threatens the EU’s future. Tariq Ali spoke to Democracy Now about the award and the state of the European Union.

To see the interview visit the Democracy Now website.

From the archive

  • ‘A Tale of Two Tragedies’

    October 26, 2005

    ‘A Tale of Two Tragedies’ by Tariq Ali for The Nation, October 26, 2005

    The government figures provided the third week after Pakistan’s earthquake are probably a serious underestimate, but they indicate the scale of the catastrophe: 50,000 dead, 74,000 injured and at least 3.3 million—far more than after the tsunami—left homeless, virtually all of them in the mountains, where snow begins to fall in November. The poverty of the overwhelming majority of the victims is only too apparent. Bagh, a town north of Muzaffarabad, has virtually ceased to exist. In Islamabad a relief worker told me that “there is a stench of rotting corpses everywhere. In their midst survivors are searching for food. Local people say that 50,000 have died in this town alone. And more will follow if medicines and food are not equitably distributed.”

    The  …

  • 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.

  • ‘Where Were They When Musharraf Sacked the Judges?’

    February 1, 2008

    ‘Where Were They When Musharraf Sacked the Judges?’ by Tariq Ali for Counterpunch, February 1, 2008

    “And when a leading Pakistani journalist at a London news conference asked a reasonable question about the security services, Mr. Musharraf implied that he was an enemy of the state. Such intimidation is especially chilling coming from a leader whose chief political rival, Benazir Bhutto, was recently assassinated. In a nation with democratic aspirations, journalists have every right to question leaders. He still doesn’t seem to get that.”

    Editorial in New York Times, February 1, 2008

    You have to hand it to the New York Times. With so much to write about they can still find time to kick General Musharraf where it doesn’t really hurt. It’s not that the sentiments expressed in the editorial are wrong. Obviously journalists should and must  …

  • 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.

  • “Pour Obama, Yes We Can veut dire faire comme avant”

    November 25, 2010

    Tariq Ali interviewed by Christophe Ventura about the failures of Barack Obama for Marianne 2, November 25, 2010

    Pour Tariq Ali, intellectuel d’extrême gauche engagé depuis les années 1960, Barack Obama n’a pas été à la mesure des espoirs que le monde entier avait placés en lui. A peine élu que déjà il marchait sur les traces de Reagan et de Clinton. Économie, relations internationales, politique … l’auteur de Obama s’en va-t-en guerre dresse un sombre bilan de l’action du président américain.

    Christophe Ventura : Selon vous, Barack Obama inscrit son action dans la tradition politique de Ronald Reagan et de William Clinton. Qu’entendez-vous par là ?

    Tariq Ali : Le consensus élaboré par Ronald Reagan et Margaret Thatcher régit toujours les États-Unis et le monde. Il s’agit d’une combinaison de néolibéralisme et de guerre. N’oublions  …