Public meeting: On the eve of the Nato summit, how to stop the spread of war

The leaders of the key Western powers will gather in Wales for the NATO summit at the end of the month. We need the biggest possible protests to force them to break from their aggressive foreign policy.

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Tariq Ali on history and fiction

James Saville writes for the Dhaka Tribune:

On Sunday evening Tariq, who came here to attend the Hay Festival Dhaka 2013, captivated an audience of students and professors at ULAB with a talk entitled ‘History and Fiction’

Always eloquent, and by turns sombre and witty, Tariq Ali, the renowned British Pakistani writer and journalist, beguiled his audience with a potted history of capitalism since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Tariq, who came here to attend the Hay Festival Dhaka 2013, captivated an audience of students and professors at ULAB with a talk entitled ‘History and Fiction.’

He told of the astonishing success of China’s particular brand of capitalism, and how he believes this has turned it into such an unequal society.

“More so than the United States of America, or any western European capitalist country, the gap between rich and poor  …

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Tariq Ali’s Don Quijote

Der tragische Held Don Quijote bricht auf zu neuen, hochaktuellen Abenteuern: von Piratenüberfällen vor der Küste Somalias über die Untiefen des Finanzsystems bis hin zu offenem Rassismus.

Das Schauspiel Essen zeigt eine anekdotische Adaption des Literaturklassikers mit prominenten Namen hinter den Kulissen: Inszenieren wird das Auftragswerk Jean-Claude Berutti, ein europaweit bekannter Regisseur. Der streitbare Tariq Ali hat das Stück verfasst; wie Don Quijote selbst ist der gebürtige Pakistaner ein Grenzgänger zwischen den Welten und ein Kämpfer gegen das Unrecht. Was kommt heraus, wenn das Schauspiel Essen internationale Theaterprominenz ins Revier holt? Ein Probenbesuch von West ART. Read more and watch a video here

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Tariq Ali: ‘The Americas and Us’ at the Salone dell’Editoria Sociale

Tariq Ali will be taking part in the fourth edition of the Salone dell’Editoria Sociale in Rome between the 18th-21st of October 2012. The new edition is entitled ‘The Americas and Us’ . Taking place only a few days before the American presidential elections, it serves as an occasion to reflect on what is happening in the country, but especially in the “Americas” of the South and the many cultural and economic contradictions and social policies that animate them.

The event will also focus on the particular relationship between Italy and the USA.

For more information visit the Salone dell’Editoria Sociale website

(Website in Italian)

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Tariq Ali: Anti-Imperialist Struggles After 9/11

On October 27-28, the conference on Anti-Imperialist Struggles After 9/11 takes place in Copenhagen.

Tariq Ali will be speaking about anti-imperialist stuggles and counter attacks at 10.30-11.30 on October 27th. Other speakers include Omar Shehada and Cesar Taguba. At 16.15 on Saturday there will be a roundtable debate attended by all the speakers of the day.

For more information, visit the Internationalt Forum.

The full timetable is as follows:

Saturday:

10.00 – 10.30 Welcome

10.30 – 11.30 Tariq Ali: Antiimperialist struggles and imperialisms counterattacks worldwide after 9/11

11.30 – 11.45 Break

11.45 – 12.45 Colombia: Dolly. Antiimperialist struggle in Colombia and the region after 9/11

12.45 – 13.45 Lunch

13.45 – 14.45 Palestine: Omar Shehada: The Palestinian Liberation Struggle in the light of the War on Terror and the Arab Revolt

14.45 – 15.00 Break

15.00 – 16.00 Philippines:  …

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From the archive

  • ‘Judges spring from the same milieu as the rulers’

    October 1, 2007

    ‘Judges spring from the same milieu as the rulers’, an interview with Tariq Ali by Aoun Abbas for Newsline, October 2007

    Q: How significant was Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s decision to fight back?

    A: The struggle to insist on the separation of powers between the judiciary and the state, which has been very weak in this country, is very important. Judges have been cajoled, they have been bullied, and they have been fired from 1958 onwards. I remember Justice Kiyani who took a very brave step against the first military dictatorship in this country, going around universities, addressing students, speaking in a very subtle way, but encouraging us to think.

    It is a fact that, by and large, judges in our country spring from the same milieu as the other rulers of the country. So that is why  …

  • Tariq Ali’s speech at the National Demonstration for Gaza on 8th August, London.

    August 13, 2014

    Here is a video of Tariq Ali’s speech at the largest UK demonstration for Gaza on 8th August, London.

  • Corruptions of Cricket

    August 30, 2010

    ‘Corruptions of Cricket’ by Tariq Ali for the Guardian, August 30, 2010

    Whether in cricket or in politics, corrupt leaders—bar notable exceptions—are often all Pakistan has …

    Poor Pakistan. Floods of biblical proportions; millions homeless; a president who pretends to be shocked by cricket’s latest betting scandal when his own persona is the embodiment of corruption. A prime minister shedding crocodile tears because of the cricketing “shame” rather than tending to allegations that flood-relief money has gone missing. And now a sleep-walking cricket captain attempting to deny the ugly truth, but without real conviction, hoping against hope that he will ride out the crisis like others before him and that his bosses in Pakistan’s cricket establishment will cast a veil over this one as well.

    Even if guilty, Salman Butt and his vice-captain Kamran Akmal will try to  …

  • Tariq Ali’s speech at the National Demonstration for Gaza on 8th August, London.

    August 13, 2014

    Here is a video of Tariq Ali’s speech at the largest UK demonstration for Gaza on 8th August, London.

  • Tariq Ali in Washington, DC

    January 6, 2012

    January 21, 2012 7.30pm

    Busboys & Poets (Cullen Room) 1025 5th Street NW Washington, DC 20001 USA

    Tariq Ali will be discussing and signing copies of his new book On History.  In working together on two challenging new documentaries, South of the Border and the forthcoming Showtime series Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States—filmmaker Oliver Stone engaged with author and filmmaker Tariq Ali in a probing, hard-hitting conversation on the politics of history. Their dialogue brings to light a number of forgotten—or deliberately buried—episodes of American history, from the US intervention against the Russian Revolution, to the dynamic radicalism of the Wobblies, how Henry Wallace’s nomination for the vice presidency was deliberately thwarted by Democratic Party machine insiders, to the ongoing close connections between various US presidents and the Saudi royal family. For Stone and Ali—two of  …