‘Imperialism with a human face’, an interview with Tariq Ali by Derrick O’Keefe for rabble.ca November 30, 2009
With President Obama set to visit Ottawa this Thursday, Feb. 19, renowned writer and anti-war campaigner Tariq Ali shares his thoughts on the new administration’s foreign policy. In his recently published book, The Duel, Ali argues that expanding the war in Afghanistan will only sow more destruction in that long suffering Central Asian country, and aggravate the already volatile situation in Pakistan.
In this interview with rabble.ca editor Derrick O’Keefe, Ali discusses the war, prospects for Palestine under Obama’s watch, the rising left-wing tide in Uncle Sam’s backyard and his thoughts on long-time UK resident Michael Ignatieff.
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For Tariq Ali, Britain’s foremost leftist, democracy in Indonesia is comparable to a rolling walnut hollowed out by self-serving politicians who have failed to cater to their people over the years.
Instead of working on real solutions to tackle the chronic problems plaguing the country, including rampant corruption, the “political and money elite”, regardless of their political color, seek to further forge their dominance over the nation.
“And that makes democracy itself just an empty shell,” the editor of The New Left Review said.
“You take a walnut and roll it on the ground and there’s nothing in it. That is what democracy is today.”
He points out that the fretting of the elites over money and power were symptoms of the global triumph of capitalism, which has been …