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May 2014

Book Signing in Cairo

May 10 @ 08:00 - 17:00

Tariq Ali will be signing copies of his Islam Quintet at:

Al Kotob Khan for Publishing & Distribution

13 Rd. 254 – Degla – Maadi.

Cairo 11432



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Capitalism and Democracy

May 11 @ 08:00 - 17:00

On 11th May Tariq Ali will be talking on Capitalism and Democracy at the event ”Geographies of Negligence: Neighbourhood Cultures, Popular Activism, and Citizenship in the Arab Region”. For further details: cathy.costain@britishcouncil.org.eg

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From the archive

  • ‘The war is already lost’

    December 20, 2007

    ‘The war is already lost’ by Tariq Ali for The Guardian, December 20, 2006

    Ideological zealotry has helped destroy Iraq, revive the Taliban and increase the terror threat

    Once a war goes badly wrong and its justifications are shown to be lies, to insist that a “democratic” Iraq is visible on the horizon and that “we must stay the course” becomes a total fantasy. What is to be done?

    In the US a group of Foggy Bottom elders was wheeled in to prepare a report. This admitted what the whole world (Downing Street excepted) already knew: the occupation is a disaster and the situation gets more hellish every day. After US citizens voted accordingly in the mid-term elections, the White House sacrificed the Pentagon warlord, Donald Rumsfeld.

    The warlord of Downing Street, however, is still at large, zombie-like  …

  • 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,  …

  • ‘New Clashes in Islamabad’

    July 10, 2007

    ‘New Clashes in Islamabad’ by Tariq Ali for Counterpunch, July 10, 2007

    Yet another crisis erupts in Pakistan. The first was dominated by civil society with lawyers and judges demanding a separation of powers and an independent judiciary. Simultaneously a group of preachers in an Islamabad mosque began to take direct action of a violent sort and demand the full implementation of the sharia (religious laws to further increase the social control of women) and a special religious police to ensure their implementation. A mosque under extremist control in the heart of Islamabad has been the spearhead of these demands. It is situated not too far from government buildings.

    How could they have got the valuable urban land and built the mosque and madrassahs over two blocks without government support at some stage? They didn’t. The father of  …