Tariq Ali: The Obama Syndrome at Café Oto

Tariq Ali analyses Obama’s performance at the mid-term elections on November 2, bringing the debate to the excellent, intimate Dalston venue on November 08, 2010, from 8pm.

Political activist, writer, historian and filmmaker Tariq Ali discusses his latest book The Obama Syndrome, a merciless dissection of Obama’s overseas escalation and domestic retreat.

What has really changed since Bush left the White House? Very little, argues Ali in The Obama Syndrome, apart from the mood music. The hopes aroused during Obama’s election campaign have rapidly receded. Following the financial crisis, the “reform” president bailed out Wall Street without getting anything in return. With Democratic Party leaders and representatives bought by the lobbying system, the healthcare reform bill was quickly eviscerated, public education delivered to the market and the big banks rewarded with light-touch regulation. Abroad, the “war on terror” continues: torture on a daily basis in Bagram, Iraq indefinitely occupied, Israel permanently appeased, and more troops and drone attacks in Af-Pak than under Bush. Obama’s failures are paving the way for a Republican surge, while his own supporters become increasingly despondent.

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Cafe Oto 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL.