’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

From the archive

  • Interview: ‘On Balkanisation’

    October 19, 2007

    ‘Neoliberalism and Protectorate States in the post-Yugoslav Balkans’, an interview with Tariq Ali by Global Balkans Network (posted on  ZNet), October 5, 2007

    Global Balkans: It is rather fortuitous that today is the 5th of October 2007, 7 years since the so-called October 5th revolution in Serbia when Slobodan Milosevic was overthrown. The post-intervention period since October 5th is known as the “tranzicija” or “transition” in Serbia. What we are witnessing now is an accelerated privatization program, mass unemployment, massive impoverishment following upon ten years of war, the highest number of refugees and internally displaced people in Europe, and a lot of promises of a better future through privatization and so on. I wanted to ask you what your perspective on transition in such post-intervention contexts is. How do you see this?

    Tariq Ali: Well, I mean the  …

  • Tariq Ali interviewed by Kashif Ahmed about The Islam Quintet

    February 8, 2012

    In conversation with Kashif Ahmed, Tariq Ali discusses the themes and characters of his set of novels The Islam Quintet. In a wide-ranging interview, Ali talks about why he chose to start writing fiction, and its relation to his opinions on Middle Eastern sovereignty, attacks on Islam, the way to defend Islamic culture, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Along the way he touches on his experiences of the left in the ‘60s and now, and what kind of political action is most effective today.

  • “EEUU no quería un nuevo Tiananmen en la plaza Tahrir”: Tariq Ali speaks to Público

    February 21, 2011

    Tariq Ali interviewed by Thilo Schäfer for Público, February 19 2011

    En su famoso discurso en la Universidad de El Cairo en 2009, Obama predicaba la democracia, pero luego no hizo mucho para hacerlo realidad. ¿Los egipcios que acaban de derribar a Mubarak se acuerdan ahora de esto?

    La gente en Egipto sabe perfectamente que ese régimen sólo duró 30 años gracias al apoyo de EEUU, que daba miles de millones de dólares al Ejército egipcio cada año. El Gobierno de Obama sólo cambió de actitud en el último minuto, cuando se dio cuenta de la dimensión que había adquirido la revuelta, con cinco o seis millones de personas en la calle el día después de que Mubarak se negó a marcharse. Entonces sólo podían optar entre la salida de Mubarak o una masacre y no creo que a EEUU  …