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September 2014

78 Hours to win Scotland | Tariq Ali

September 15 @ 16:00 - 18:00
Renfield St. Stephens,
260 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JP United Kingdom
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On the Monday before the referendum Tariq Ali will join a panel in Glasgow to call for a resounding Yes vote on 18th.

Starting at 4pm, exactly 78 hours before the close of polls, the event will conclude with a massive canvassing effort across the city. More details to come.

We have come far, we have the momentum. Let’s win this.

Another Scotland is Coming

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Tom Nairn: Old Nations, Auld Enemies, New Times – Book launch

September 15 @ 18:30 - 20:00
New College,
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 United Kingdom
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Speakers: Tom Nairn Tariq Ali – political commentator and author Isobel Lindsay – Chair, CND Anthony Barnett – founder, openDemocracy

“Old Nations, Auld Enemies, New Times” is a new collection of essays by Tom Nairn, which will be launched on Monday 15 September at 6:30pm at Martin Hall, New College, Edinburgh.

For the last fifty years Nairn has been one of Britain’s most consistently provocative and influential voices. Old Nations, Auld Enemies, New Times brings together, for the first time,…

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October 2014

FLECOS Granada: Lara Bello “A la sombra del granado”

October 3 @ 20:00 - 23:00
Palacio Congresos,
Granada, Spain
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Lara Bello, joven cantante granadina residente en Nueva York con gran proyección y dos álbumes en su carrera musical, “Niña Pez” (2009) y “Primero Amarillo, Después Malva” (2012), presentará en primicia su última creación “A la sombra del granado”, inspirada en la obra homónima de Tariq Ali. Lara Bello nos introducirá en su universo particular, transportando a su trabajo las diversas influencias culturales y musicales que nutren su vida, desde el el jazz a la música más tradicional.


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From the archive

  • ‘Literature and Market Realism’

    May 1, 1993

    ‘Literature and Market Realism’ by Tariq Ali for New Left Review, May-Jun 1993

    These are strange times. Capitalism, crippled by its own contradictions—there are thirty million people out of work in the OECD countries alone—is nonetheless triumphant. From New York to Beijing, via Moscow and Vladivostok, you can eat the same junk food, watch the same junk on television and, increasingly, read the same junk novels. In the newly marketized counties of Eastern and Central Europe, a book can be consumed just like a McDonald’s hamburger. Indigestion and an excess of wind are no longer a preserve of the stomach. Just as the rival hamburger concerns advertise their respective wares, so the giant publishing concerns of North America and Britain buy authors and exhibit them like cattle. Potential bestsellers are auctioned by a new breed of literary agent.  …

  • 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.

  • Blinded by Israel, Visionless in Gaza

    September 4, 2014

    The US Senate votes unanimously to defend Israel including Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. I don’t think he did it for the money. He is a paid-up member of POEEI (‘Progressive on Everything Except Israel’ and pronounced pooee) the liberal segment of US society, which is not progressive on many things, including Israel.

    Take, as one example, the case of  ‘Colonel’ Sanders. I thought my late friend Alexander Cockburn was sometimes too harsh on Sanders, but I was wrong. Sanders has been arselickin bad for a long time now as Thomas Naylor informed us while exploding the myths surrounding the Senator in a CounterPunch piece in September 2011:

    “Although Sanders may have once been a socialist back in the 80s when he was Mayor of Burlington, today, a socialist he is not.  Rather he behaves more like a technofascist disguised  …

  • 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 with Noam Chomsky on The Julian Assange Show

    June 28, 2012

    Appearing on The Julian Assange Show alongside renowned linguist and political theorist Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali argues that the “infectious” Arab Spring has spread to the US and Russia, and is still underway. Criticising the “extreme centre”, a political consensus of centrist neoliberal orthodoxy that destroys political diversity and opposition, Ali talks about how the speed and flair of the Arab Spring caught everyone, from dictators and their sponsors to the Western media, by surprise.

    Assange, Ali and Chomsky continue to discuss the “new hope” that resides in South America Bolivarian movements, and the democratic crisis in the Eurozone.