Iraq, and next Iran?

Tariq Ali discusses the Iraq War, and the prospects of an Iran War, with Progressive Magazine editor Matthew Rothschild, October 29, 2007

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From the archive

  • Night of the Golden Butterfly wins French literary prize

    April 4, 2012

    Night of the Golden Butterfly, the last volume of the Islam Quintet by Tariq Ali, has been awarded the 2012 Cercle Interallié literary prize for foreign language novels. The French edition was published in October 2011 by Sabine Wespieser Publishers.

    The Inerallié Prize was established on December 3, 1930 by a group of around thirty journalists who were members of the Cercle de l’Union Inerallié. The latter is a private Parisian club founded in 1917, which aimed to bring material and moral resources to officers and other representatives of the nations of the Triple Entente. Today, its members are politicians, diplomats, lawyers, CEOs, journalists.

    Although not comprising of any financial reward, each year the Prize gives honour to a novel, usually written by a journalist. The jury itself is made up of ten journalists, joined by the previous year’s  …

  • ‘The General in his Labyrinth’

    January 13, 2007

    ‘The General in his Labyrinth’ by Tariq Ali for The London Review of Books, January 4, 2007

    If there is a single consistent theme in Pervez Musharraf’s memoir, it is the familiar military dogma that Pakistan has fared better under its generals than under its politicians. The first batch of generals were the offspring of the departing colonial power. They had been taught to obey orders, respect the command structure of the army whatever the cost and uphold the traditions of the British Indian Army. The bureaucrats who ran Pakistan in its early days were the product of imperial selection procedures designed to turn out incorruptible civil servants wearing a mask of objectivity. The military chain of command is still respected, but the civil service now consists largely of ruthlessly corrupt time-servers. Once its members were loyal to  …

  • The Scotsman interviews Tariq Ali

    July 26, 2010

    Tariq Ali interviewed by Claire Black for The Scotsman, July 26, 2010

    Standing on the doorstep of Tariq Ali’s impressive Highgate house, the echo of the rung bell fading, it feels like an auspicious day to visit. Flicking through the paper on a stuttering train en route to leafy North London, there was a story about the first public sighting for four years of the 82-year-old Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro.

    Wearing a white, Nike tracksuit and looking spritely for an octogenarian, it transpires the pictures are a first volley in a media salvo mainly aimed at the US by the veteran revolutionary. Given that Ali, the Pakistani-born, London-based historian, novelist and firebrand commentator, has a long-standing antipathy to what he describes as American “imperialism”, I assume the photographs will at the very least, amuse him.

    As it turns  …