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Tariq Ali: Who Will Reshape the Arab World: Its people, or the US?

The patchwork political landscape of the Arab world – the client monarchies, degenerated nationalist dictatorships and the imperial petrol stations known as the Gulf states – was the outcome of an intensive experience of Anglo-French colonialism. This was followed after the second world war by a complex process of imperial transition to the United States. The Read more…

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Tariq Ali: A Protracted Colonial War

In his last interview – after the 1967 six-day war – the historian Isaac Deutscher, whose next-of-kin had died in the Nazi camps and whose surviving relations lived in Israel, said: “To justify or condone Israel’s wars against the Arabs is to render Israel a very bad service indeed and harm its own long-term interest.” Read more…

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Tariq Ali: This Is Not Sovereignty

Nothing will change in Iraq after June 30 – except in the make-believe world of George Bush, writes Tariq Ali. Before the war they said Iraq had “weapons of mass destruction” that threatened the West. Those of us who opposed the war said this was a lie. George Bush, Tony Blair and John Howard thought Read more…

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Tariq Ali: No Room At The Inn For Mr Biswas

This is the story of why V.S. Naipaul’s comic masterpiece, A House for Mr Biswas, which won him the Nobel Prize for Literature a few weeks ago, was turned down in 1998 by an over-hyped inert mediocrity named Michael Jackson who had just usurped the top job at Channel Four, which was once the most Read more…

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Tariq Ali: BLAIR AND BERLOSCUNI

Ali I was in Turin at the Book Fair recently participating in a round-table to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the left-wing daily paper Il Manifesto, when I read that while the French and German governments were maintaining a certain cool, Tony Blair was the first European leader to ring Berloscuni to congratulate him on Read more…

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Tariq Ali: CRISIS ON ANIMAL FARM

Ali ‘Don’t worry,’ New Farmer Blair told a visiting delegation of over a hundred sheep when news of the plague first reached him. ‘Everything is safe and under control. We will be tough on the plague and tough on the causes of the plague.’ The sheep were greatly reassured. After all they had placed their Read more…

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Tariq Ali: Porto Alegre

Judy Rebick The social summit held recently in Porte Allegre Brazil seems to have inspired everyone who attended that, in the slogan of the conference, a better world is possible. But in all the discussion of events at the Social Summit, I have seen little about the inspiring experiment in participatory democracy that the city Read more…

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Tariq Ali: New Labour, New Bombs

Tariq Ali As the future ripens in the past, so the past rots in the present. American leaders have long been used to treating the cracked British vase as a pisspot, but Attlee and Wilson, while dutifully kissing ass in the White House, did, at least, attempt to restrict and restrain the United States, albeit Read more…

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Tariq Ali: Porto Alegre

Tariq Ali The World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, in the deep South of Brazil was more than a symbolic counter to Davos. The aim behind it was serious: to unite the Seattle generation with the Old Left and to think seriously about alternatives to neo-liberalism. It is an example from the American continent for Read more…

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Tariq Ali: NUCLEAR PERILS IN SOUTH ASIA

Tariq Ali The nuclear games being played by India and Pakistan are both dangerous and obscene. They are dangerous because there are Taliban-type elements within the Pakistan Army (and I’m sure their equivalents in India), who could, in extremis, press the dreaded button. They are obscene because both countries are racked by poverty of the Read more…

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