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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Tariq Ali in Thessaloniki and Athens

Thessaloniki Law School 28th May, 2012 7:30pm

National Technical University of Athens 29th May, 2012 7:30pm

Tariq Ali will be taking part in two discussions, in Thessaloniki and in Athens, concerning the development of international social movements in today’s world. Under the title “The Age of Extremes is back — Is the Age of Revolution coming?”, Tariq Ali will discuss potential answers to the current crisis of capitalism, and the continued importance of revolution in popular struggle, with journalist Aris Chatzistefanou and Katerina Kitidi of Debtocracy and Catastroika.

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From the archive

  • ‘A prolific author’

    April 18, 2011

    By Jean McKeowin for Rhodes University, April 11  2011

    Tariq Ali brought his charismatic presence and gift for oratory to the Rhodes University Faculty of Science’s Graduation ceremony last week. In his speech, before he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate by the University, Ali showed that none of his fire has died out, although it is over forty years since he gained his reputation as one of the twentieth century’s most outspoken activists.

    Born in 1943 in Lahore, now in Pakistan, into a family of some privilege, he grew up as both an atheist and a communist. As a student at Punjab University, Ali was elected President of the Young Students Union, and led several public demonstrations against Pakistan’s military dictatorship. This resulted in his being banned from further participation in student politics and his parents sent him to  …

  • ‘Lula confiou em Obama e foi ingênuo’: Tariq Ali speaks to O Globo, Brazil’s leading newspaper

    November 29, 2010

    Tariq Ali interviewed by Renata Malke for O Globo, November 24 2010

    Enquanto países emergentes cobram cada vez mais um papel no cenário internacional através das Nações Unidas, na semana passada, a Otan anunciou uma abordagem mais multilateral, englobando atores externos. Como crítico contumaz dos Estados Unidos, o senhor já vê indícios de um mundo pós-americano?

    TARIQ ALI: Não. Você acha mesmo que haveria alguma mudança mesmo que fosse dado ao Brasil e à Índia um assento permanente no Conselho de Segurança da ONU? A estrutura das Nações Unidas foi criada para ficar sob o controle de poucos. Não existe democracia na ONU. Os votos da Assembleia Geral são irrelevantes, então é um corpo montado para um show, com o poder verdadeiro atrás do palco. Se os EUA não recorrem à ONU em busca de seus interesses, usam a Otan. E  …

  • ‘Short Cuts’

    November 19, 2009

    ‘Short Cuts’ by Tariq Ali for The London Review of Books, November 19, 2009

    It’s been a bad autumn for Nato in Afghanistan, with twin disasters on the political and military fronts. First, Kai Eide, the UN headman in Kabul, a well-meaning, but not very bright Norwegian, fell out with his deputy, Peter Galbraith, who as the de facto representative of the US State Department had decreed that President Karzai’s election was rigged and went public about it. His superior continued to defend Hamid Karzai’s legitimacy. Astonishingly, the UN then fired Galbraith. This caused Hillary Clinton to move into top gear and the UN-supported electoral watchdog now ruled that the elections had indeed been fraudulent and ordered a run-off. Karzai refused to replace the electoral officials who had done such a good job for him the first time and  …