’1968, Forty Years Later’ – Democracy Now

1968, Forty Years Later: Tariq Ali Looks Back on a Pivotal Year in the Global Struggle for Social Justice for Democracy Now!, May 29, 2008

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  • ‘Blitz Spirit’

    August 16, 2011

    ‘Blitz Spirit’ by Tariq Ali for the London Review of Books blog, August 13, 2011

    The general impression of the Blitz, fostered by war movies and many books, is of a period when intense national solidarity reigned supreme and class was transcended as everybody sang songs and went about their work. But Alexander Cockburn in Counterpunch draws attention to a piece by Gavin Mortimer (author of The Blitz) in the First Post on looting during ‘our finest hour’:

    It didn’t take long for a hardcore of opportunists to realise there were rich pickings available in the immediate aftermath of a raid – and the looting wasn’t limited to civilians.

    In October 1940 Winston Churchill ordered the arrest and conviction of six London firemen caught looting from a burned-out shop to be hushed up…

    In April 1941 Lambeth juvenile court dealt  …

  • ‘Famed as a favourite attack dog in the imperial kennel’

    May 11, 2007

    ‘Famed as favourite attack dog in the imperial kennel’ by Tariq Ali for The Guardian, May 11, 2007

    Blair’s first loyalty was to the White House. The result has been a legacy of hatred that ultimately ended his premiership

    The departure, too, was spun in classic New Labour, Dear Leader fashion. A carefully selected audience, a self-serving speech, the quivering lip and soon the dramaturgy was over. He had arrived at No 10 with a carefully orchestrated display of union flags. Patriotic fervour was also on show yesterday, with references to “this blessed country … the greatest country in the world” – no mention of the McDonald’s, Starbucks, Benetton that adorn every high street – nor of how Britain under his watch came to be seen in the rest of the world: a favourite attack dog in the  …

  • ‘Ahmed Rashid’s War’

    October 9, 2009

    ‘Ahmed Rashid’s War’ by Tariq Ali for Counterpunch, October 9, 2009

    After breakfast, I read Gideon Rachman’s often revealing blog on the Financial Times website. Today there was some very good news. Ahmed Rashid, a leading adviser to the US hawks on Afghanistan, is depressed. Deconstructing Rachman on this occasion might be useful for CounterPunch readers:

    “…Jon Snow of Channel 4 News, allowed me to gatecrash a breakfast he was having with Ahmed Rashid. In theory, Ahmed is just a journalist like us. But his views on Afghanistan and Pakistan are now so widely sought that he has really become a player. He seems to be consulted by everybody – and I mean, everybody.”

    This last is a slight exaggeration. The main people who consult Rashid, apart from Robert Silvers at the New York Review of Books, are  …