‘Reimagining Pakistan’ – University of Copenhagen

Tariq Ali speaks about Pakistan and Afghanistan at the University of Copenhagen’s Asian Dynamics Initiative, December 2, 2009

From the archive

  • The Independent reviews The Protocols of the Elders of Sodom

    August 2, 2009

    The Protocols of the Elders of Sodom reviewed by David Renton in The Independent, August 2, 2009

    This book is a collection of 36 mid-length articles written by Tariq Ali over the past three decades. It contains book reviews, diary pieces and even the transcripts of conversations between Ali and other writers. It is not a “selected works”. Rather, if anything binds the collection together it is a decision generally to eschew overtly political writing (for example, about the current crisis in Pakistan, about which Ali has written elsewhere), in favour of reviews and literary polemics.

    Not all of the pieces in the collection succeed. Although it gives the book its memorable title, the opening chapter is an over-long satire to the effect that gay men as well as Zionists might contemplate a return to Israel.  …

  • Revolution in the Air: The Arab Spring and a World in Motion

    October 5, 2011

    October 27, 2011 7:30 PM Victory Gardens Biograph Theater

    Ali will be launching and signing copies of

    On History: Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone in Conversation Oliver Stone and Tariq Ali Haymarket Books

    In working together on two challenging new documentaries—South of the Border and the forthcoming 13-part, 13-hour Untold History of the United States series for Showtime—filmmaker Oliver Stone engaged with author and filmmaker Tariq Ali in a probing, hard-hitting conversation on the politics of history. Their dialogue brings to light a number of forgotten—or deliberately buried—episodes of American history, from the U.S. intervention against the Russian Revolution, to the dynamic radicalism of the Wobblies, how Henry Wallace’s nomination for the vice-presidency was deliberately thwarted by Democratic Party machine insiders, to the ongoing close connections between various U.S. presidents and the Saudi royal family. For Stone and Ali—two of  …

  • ‘Elephantine Corruption’

    December 3, 2010

    ‘Elephantine Corruption’ by Tariq Ali for the London Review of Books Blog, December 3, 2010

    The Wikileaks confirm what we already know about Af-Pak. Pakistan is a US satrapy: its military and political leaders constitute a venal elite happy to kill and maim its people at the behest of a foreign power. The US proconsul in Islamabad, Anne Patterson, emerges as a shrewd diplomat, repeatedly warning her country of the consequences in Pakistan if they carry on as before. Amusing but hardly a surprise is Zardari reassuring the US that if he were assassinated his sister, Faryal Talpur, would replace him and all would continue as before. Always nice to know that the country is regarded by its ruler as a personal fiefdom.

    Then we have the country’s military boss, General Kayani, sweetly suggesting that the Pushtun leader  …