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‘This is no rah-rah revolt’

‘This is no rah-rah revolt’ by Tariq Ali for The Guardian, April 25, 2006

Nepalese have lost their fear of repression and are making a genuine, old-fashioned revolution

There is something refreshingly old-fashioned taking place in the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal: a genuine revolution. In recognition of this, the US has told citizens except for “essential diplomats” to leave the country, usually a good sign. Since April 6, Nepal has been paralysed by a general strike called by the political parties and backed by Maoist guerrillas. Hundreds of thousands are out on the streets—several have been shot dead and more than 200 wounded. A curfew is in force and the army has been given shoot-to-kill orders.

But the people have lost their fear and it is this that makes them invincible. If a single platoon refuses to obey orders, the Bastille will fall and the palace will be stormed. Another crowned head will fall very soon. A caretaker government will organise free elections to a constituent assembly, and this will determine the future shape of the country. read more

From the archive

  • Tariq Ali in Bella Caledonia

    March 11, 2014

    Tariq Ali, interviewed by Bella Caledonia.


    JF:  Scottish Labour politicians claim they speak for internationalism, and often accuse independence supporters of parochialism and petty nationalism.  As an internationalist living in London, why are you supporting independence?

    TA: Because I don’t accept the claims of New Labour or their coalition lookalikes that they are the internationalists.  Their internationalism essentially means subordinating the entire British state to the interests of the United States.  They have made Britain into a vassal state: on Iraq, on Afghanistan, on various other things.  This isn’t even a big secret. So I would challenge very strongly any idea that the governments within the British state have been internationalist.  They haven’t been, for a very long time.  That is something that needs to be squashed.


    The second point is this: an independent Scotland, a small state,  …

  • 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.

  • ‘Bought with western cash’

    April 7, 2006

    ‘Bought with western cash’ by Tariq Ali for The Guardian, April 7, 2006

    Independent voices can be heard in Pakistan but NGOs are stifling genuine social movements

    While we were opening the World Social Forum (Asia) with virtuoso performances of sufi music, the country’s rulers were marking the centenary of the Muslim League—the party that created Pakistan and has ever since been passed on from one bunch of rogues to another—by gifting the organisation to General Pervez Musharraf, the country’s uniformed ruler.

    The secular opposition leaders, Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto, are both in exile. If they returned home they would face arrest for corruption. Neither is in the mood for martyrdom or relinquishing control of their organisations. Meanwhile, the religious parties are happily implementing neoliberal policies in the North-West Frontier Province, which is under their control. Incapable  …

  • 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.

  • ‘Close New Zealand’s foreign ministry’

    March 23, 2011

    Tariq Ali interviewed by Michael Field for Stuff, March 21 2011

    Leftwing author, academic and radical Tariq Ali is filling Auckland lecture halls with his views of the world. Stuff’s Michael Field met him for coffee and his views on New Zealand.

    Intellectual Tariq Ali – the striking fellow the Rolling Stones wrote Street Fighting Man in honour of – sees no reason to soften a message in deference to his hosts.

    ”New Zealand is not a country one thinks of greatly when one doesn’t live here,” he says, sitting on the terrace at Auckland’s Old Government House (”surprisingly modest for the British”), before giving a deep laugh.

    New Zealand has no foreign policy but is simply a vassal of the United States, he says, and there is no point in having a standing army.

    He wonders why Maori  …