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

  • The Idea of Communism – History News Network

    November 23, 2009

    An interview with Tariq Ali by Aaron Leonard for the History News Network, November 23, 2009

    Given it has been 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is occasion for a lot of looking at the whole notion of communism, but beyond that why did you write this book now?

    I think it was really for the anniversary. Seagull Books which is this new transcontinental publishing house was doing a series and asked my advice. I gave them my advice and they insisted I do a book on the idea itself. I did a short essay and put it out. Essentially the idea of it was that there are young people, students who have only heard about these things in a very vague way, in sound bites, to give them something that might interest them,  …

  • ‘The war is already lost’

    December 20, 2007

    ‘The war is already lost’ by Tariq Ali for The Guardian, December 20, 2006

    Ideological zealotry has helped destroy Iraq, revive the Taliban and increase the terror threat

    Once a war goes badly wrong and its justifications are shown to be lies, to insist that a “democratic” Iraq is visible on the horizon and that “we must stay the course” becomes a total fantasy. What is to be done?

    In the US a group of Foggy Bottom elders was wheeled in to prepare a report. This admitted what the whole world (Downing Street excepted) already knew: the occupation is a disaster and the situation gets more hellish every day. After US citizens voted accordingly in the mid-term elections, the White House sacrificed the Pentagon warlord, Donald Rumsfeld.

    The warlord of Downing Street, however, is still at large, zombie-like  …