Book Reading & Discussion: Tariq Ali

Mon, October 16, 2006 6:30 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts

Invites you to

a Reading and Discussion with

Tariq Ali

Author of : Bush In Babylon, Clash of Fundamentalism, and most recently PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AXIS OF HOPE

Monday, October 16, 2006, 6:30 PM

About the author

TARIQ ALI was born in Lahore (then British India) in 1943. He was educated in Pakistan and later at Oxford. His opposition to the military dictatorship in Pakistan prevented his return to his native country and forced him to become an unwilling exile in Britain. A leading figure of the European left during the 60’s and 70’s, Ali debated Henry Kissinger and others in one of the first TV debates organized by CBS. He edited two seminal radical magazines of the period—The Black Dwarf and The Red Mole, which combined politics and culture and whose contributors included John Lennon and Mick Jagger. Tariq Ali has written over a dozen books on history and politics, including Can Pakistan Survive?, The Nehrus and the Ghandhis: An Indian Dynasty, and Streetfighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties. In 1990 he began to write fiction, working concurrently on two different sets of novels: the ‘Fall-of-Communism Trilogy’ and the ‘Islam Quintet’.

Tariq Ali has also been active as a writer for stage, screen, and television. He collaborated with Derek Jarman on the film Wittgenstein and recently produced Big Women, a television series written by Fay Weldon for Channel Four in Britain.

His non-fiction work Clash of Fundamentalisms, critical of Bush and Bin Laden and hailed by Howard Zinn as “lucid, eloquent, literary and painfully honest”, was published by Verso in 2002 and has been translated into over a dozen languages. This was followed by Bush in Babylon and Rough Music. He is a longstanding editor of New Left Review and writes regularly for The Guardian and the London Review of Books.

His Latest book:


Since 1998, the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela has brought Hugo Chávez to world attention as the foremost challenger of the neoliberal agenda and American foreign policy. While Chávez’s radical social-democratic reforms have brought him worldwide acclaim among the poor, he has attracted intense hostility from traditional Venezuelan elites and mainstream Western governments and media, who regard him as a barbarian interloper, disrupting the smooth progress of the Washington consensus and daring to show Latin America that one can change the world by taking power.

Drawing on a wealth of first-hand experience of Venezuela and several meetings with Chávez himself, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AXIS OF HOPE (Verso, dist. By W.W. Norton, HC, $23.95, Pub date: Nov. 2006) by Tariq Ali, traces the history of the revolutionary process. He shows how Chávez’s views have polarized Latin America and put the continent on the map again, examining the hostility directed against his administration, and tracing the rise of Telesur, Venezuela’s pan-Latin American counterweight to the pervasive influence of media conglomerates. Ali discusses the enormous influence of Fidel Castro on both Chávez and Evo Morales, the newly-elected President of Bolivia. He explores the differences between the Cuban and Venezuelan revolutionary processes, and outlines the options available to Latin America at this critical time in its history.

Interweaving personal experience and sharp political analysis Tariq Ali details the populist, revolutionary stirrings in Latin America. Ali’s “Axis of Hope” is Cuba, Bolivia, and Venezuela, and the challenge that their respective leaders and policies pose to American foreign policy.

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