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

  • ‘Salman Taseer Remembered’

    January 12, 2011

    ‘Salman Taseer Remembered’ by Tariq Ali for the London Review of Books, January 20, 2011

    Qadri is on his way to becoming a national hero. On his first appearance in court, he was showered with flowers by admiring Islamabad lawyers who have offered to defend him free of charge. On his way back to prison, the police allowed him to address his supporters and wave to the TV cameras. The funeral of his victim was sparsely attended: a couple of thousand mourners at most. A frightened President Zardari and numerous other politicians didn’t show up. A group of mullahs had declared that anyone attending the funeral would be regarded as guilty of blasphemy. No mullah (that includes those on the state payroll) was prepared to lead the funeral prayers. The federal minister for the interior, Rehman Malik, a creature of Zardari’s,  …

  • 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.

  • Book Review: ‘Midnight’s Children’

    November 1, 1982

    A review of Midnight’s Children by Tariq Ali for New Left Review, Nov-Dec 1993

    Midnight’s Children has been widely acclaimed as a literary tour de force. It has won plaudits for its author, Salman Rushdie, from critics throughout the Anglo-Saxon world and has been awarded the prestigious Booker Prize. Rushdie has been compared, at different times, to Gunter Grass and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, whose influences, openly acknowledged, are evident in Midnight’s Children. Saleem Sinai, the semi-autobiographical narrator and central figure in the book, has definite affinities with Oskar in The Tin Drum; and it would not be difficult to find the Latin American equivalents of the sub-continent’s generals in Autumn of the Patriarch. However, these analogies are not of prime significance. Danzig/Gdansk and Macondo are not Bombay.

    Rushdie’s work provokes comparisons not only with Grass or Marquez, but  …

  • 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.

  • The Book of Saladin – Islam Quintet II

    January 1, 1999

    Published by Verso, 1999

    The second installment the epic five volume series of historical novels, The Islam Quintet

    A rich and teeming chronicle set in twelfth-century Cairo, Damascus and Jerusalem, The Book of Saladin is the fictional memoir of Saladin, the Kurdish liberator of Jerusalem, as dictated to a Jewish scribe, Ibn Yakub.

    Saladin grants Ibn Yakub permission to talk to his wife and retainers so that he might portray a complete picture of him in his memoirs. A series of nterconnected stories follow, tales brimming over with warmth, earthy humour and passions in which ideals clash with realities and dreams are confounded by desires. At the heart of the novel is an affecting love affair between the Sultan’s favoured wife, Jamila, and the beautiful Halima, a later addition to the harem.

    The novel charts the rise of  …