‘Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Ongoing US Role in Regional Turmoil’ – Democracy Now

‘Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Ongoing US Role in Regional Turmoil’, Amy Goodman interviews Tariq Ali for Democracy Now!, October 10, 2007

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  • ‘How do the 99% compare with mass protests of the past – and can they succeed?’

    October 25, 2011

    ‘How do the ninety-nine percenters compare with mass protests of the past – and can they succeed?’, by Tariq Ali for the Sunday Herald, October 23 2011

    “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth glancing at,” wrote Oscar Wilde, “for it leaves out the one country at which humanity is always landing. And when humanity lands there, it looks out, and seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias.” The spirit of that 19th century socialist is alive among the idealistic young people who have come out in protest against the turbo-charged global capitalism that has dominated the world ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    The Occupy Wall Street protesters who have taken up residence at the heart of New York’s financial distract, are demonstrating against a system of  …

  • Socialism Today reviews The Clash of Fundamentalisms

    September 1, 2003

    The Clash of Fundamentalisms reviewed by Jim Horton for Socialism Today, September 2003.

    TARIQ ALI’S Clash of Fundamentalisms, recently re-published in paperback, is a welcome contribution to the post 9/11 debates taking place on left.

    Tariq Ali has been prominent in the anti-war movement and his book gives vent to his anti-imperialism. Targeting particularly “the most dangerous ‘fundamentalism’ today – the ‘mother of all fundamentalisms’,” US imperialism, Tariq explains how it has used the tragedy of 9/11 to pursue a traditional far-right Republican agenda.

    Written before the recent bloody assault on Iraq, Tariq’s book attacks Bush and Blair’s justifications for the war; and, anticipating current arguments over weapons off mass destruction, Tariq mockingly declares that all “the talk of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ consists of fairy tales designed to frighten the children/citizens at home”.

  • Speaking of Empire and Resistance

    January 1, 2005

    Published by The New Press, 2005

    A leading political writer and activist speaks out on the crisis in the Middle East, the war on terror, and the resurgent militarism of the American Empire.

    Exiled from Pakistan in the 1960s for his activism against the military dictatorship, Tariq Ali has gained a reputation as one of the English-speaking world’s most forceful political thinkers, speaking out consistently against imperialism, religious fundamentalism, and, most recently, the misguided Anglo-American war on terror, including the disastrous fiasco in Iraq. Ali’s most recent books, The Clash of Fundamentalisms and Bush in Babylon, have been widely praised and read. A prolific and eloquent writer, Ali is also a captivating conversationalist, and Speaking of Empire and Resistance captures him at his provocative best. This series of interviews brings together Ali’s insights into a  …