London: Public Meeting Friday 9 August: War and Whistleblowers – Why Bradley Manning Should be Free

1 August 2013 —

Bradley Manning faces a prison sentence of up to 136 years after being found guilty of 20 charges for revealing the war crimes carried out in our name. This public meeting, with speakers including Tariq AliPeter Tatchell, and Norman Solomon from the USA, will discuss the courage and sacrifice of truth-tellers like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, who have exposed how the secret state wages perpetual war behind our backs. How can we protect whistleblowers from persecution by war-addicted governments? How can we campaign for the freedom of Bradley Manning? Continue reading

Syria: Feeding off the carcase By William Bowles

16 February 2012

An uncle of mine, a quite extraordinary individual, used to say that he was privileged to have a ‘ringside seat’ when viewing the rampages of capitalism. To which I must add that the ticket to gain admission has been extremely costly, for the planet, but not for my uncle in spite of his lefty leanings. But privileged he was, as all of us are here in the West, insulated from the worst extremes of Empire by all those dead brown bodies.

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Tariq Ali says Assad has to go: I’m depressed – no, I’m outraged By William Bowles

15 February 2012

Prequel: I’m going to write a longer piece on this issue, not Ali per se but  on the entire ‘orientalism’ approach that saturates all of us, left and right.

All quotes from, ‘Assad must go to save Syria from intervention’, RT 15 February 2012

Today, I see that the well known ‘revolutionary’ Tariq Ali is telling that:

“He [Assad] has to be pushed out,” Tariq Ali insists, for which “the Syrian people are doing their best”.

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Video: Tariq Ali: Western intervention in Syria would be a disaster

28 December 2011 — RT on Youtube

The head of the Arab League observer mission in Syria has described the situation in the restive city of Homs as “reassuring so far”.

The flashpoint city was the monitors’ first stop to investigate the government’s response to the anti-regime unrest. Their arrival was met by a massive demonstration, with tens of thousands demanding international protection. RT talks to author and Middle East expert Tariq Ali who’s in London.

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Video: One rule for Syria – but a different one for Egypt — RT

19 December 2011 — One rule for Syria – but a different one for Egypt — RT

The violence in Egypt continues, with at least 10 people killed and hundreds more injured in the last three days. However, unlike in Syria there is no talk of sanctions against the Egyptian military.

A shocking video of Egyptian soldiers cruelly beating a female protester came as fresh evidence of military brutality. The soldiers in full riot gear savagely beat a seemingly unconscious woman with sticks, kicking her and stamping on her chest.

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Video: STAY HUMAN – The Reading Movie

9 November 2011 — Restiamo Umani

STAY HUMAN – The Reading Movie, a feature film based on the book written by Vittorio Arrigoni.

Stay Human – The Reading Movie has 19 chapters for 19 readers. Each chapter will be read by personalities who have worked to support cultural, human and in particular the Israeli-Palestinian issue: Akiva Orr, Amira Hass, Brian Eno, Desmond Tutu, Egidia Beretta, Hilarion Capucci, Huwaida Arraf Ilan Pappé, Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, Massimo Arrigoni, Mohamed Bakri, Moni Ovadia, Nelson Mandela, Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Oren Ben-Dor, Rabbi David Weiss, Roger Waters, Tariq Ali.

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Tariq Ali on British riots: Why here and now?

9 August 2011 — Green Left Weekly

[I’ll be publishing my take on the events, in the meantime, here’s what Tariq Ali has to offer on the subject. WB]

Why is it that the same areas always erupt first, whatever the cause? Pure accident? Might it have something to do with race and class and institutionalised poverty and the sheer grimness of everyday life?

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Libya Newslinks 19-20 May 2011

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Egypt Newslinks 11-12 February, 2011

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A selection of news, analysis and opinion on Egypt from the independent media

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Peace activists persist in reaching Gaza as anger over Israeli attack continues – RT Top Stories

2 June, 2010 — RT Top Stories

Organizers of the humanitarian flotilla to Gaza are sending two more ships to confront the blockade within a few days.

Currently one ship is underway and another, with three dozen people onboard, is preparing to leave, the AP reports, quoting Greta Berlin of the Free Gaza Movement.

‘This initiative is not going to stop,’ Berlin said. The two vessels are expected to arrive in the disputed region by the end of this week.

Onboard the ship that is enroute to Gaza there’s a high-profile international delegation, including a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Michel Chossudovsky, the head of the Center for Research on Globalization, an independent Canadian think tank, is in touch with the ship and says there is a good chance there will be no violence this time.

‘This ship there, in my understanding, is there to break the blockade. Whether they succeed depends very much on how the Israelis are going to react, but they are under considerable international pressure and I do not think that we are going to see a repeat of a commando raid in international waters. What is possible is that the ship will be stopped,’ said Chossudovsky.

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“The People of Greece Are Fighting for the Whole of Europe”: Tariq Ali and Mark Weisbrot Discuss Greece’s Economic Crisis and Popular Uprising

11 May, 2010 — Democracy Now!

The European Union and the International Monetary Fund have approved a nearly $1 trillion package to stop Greece’s debt crisis from spilling beyond its borders into the rest of the eurozone. Stocks surged in Europe, Asia and the United States Monday after EU leaders agreed to a $960 billion package to contain Greece’s financial troubles. Meanwhile, the austerity measures demanded by the IMF and the European Union as a condition of their loan are continuing to exact their toll. Greece’s two main unions have continued to hold protests against the reforms. In a statement, one of the unions said, ‘The crisis should be paid by…all those who looted public finances.’ Last week nearly 100,000 people participated in a mass demonstration and a twenty-four-hour general strike against the austerity measures.


Tariq Ali, longtime political commentator who has written more than two dozen books on world history and politics, seven novels and scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of the New Left Review, where his most recent article is about President Obama at war and titled ‘President of Cant.’ His latest book, published last month, is the concluding novel of his Islam Quintet, titled Night of the Golden Butterfly.

Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and has written on the situation in Greece for the Guardian of London. His latest piece, pending publication, is titled ‘The European Union’s Dangerous Game.’

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Tariq Ali on Britain’s Political Deadlock, Gordon Brown’s Resignation and Pakistan’s Role in the Times Square Bombing Attempt

11 May, 2010 — Democracy Now!

Tariq Ali on Britain’s Political Deadlock, Gordon Brown’s Resignation and Pakistan’s Role in the Times Square Bombing Attempt

In Britain, the unfolding political drama following last week’s inconclusive elections has taken a new twist. On Monday, Prime Minister Gordon Brown offered to resign as head of the Labor Party later this year. He announced the opening of formal negotiations with the rival Liberal Democratic Party to form a progressive alliance and block the Conservative Party from retaking power. The Conservatives, led by David Cameron, won most seats in Parliament in last week’s elections but fell short of a majority. We speak with longtime political commentator and writer Tariq Ali in London.

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A life out of balance By William Bowles

27 March 2005

A reader turned me onto two movies this past week, ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ (or on the Hopi word for a ‘Life out of balance’ and, ‘Powaqqatsi’, ‘Life in Transformation’ both of which I recommend not only for the way they reveal the staggering beauty of Planet Earth but of how they compare our natural Home to the madness some of us choose to call civilisation but better known to the more perceptive amongst us as rampant and totally out-of-control capitalism.

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