Tariq Ali

Writer and film-maker Tariq Ali was born in Lahore and studied politics and philosophy at Oxford University. He was a prominent leader of opposition to the war in Vietnam and more recently the war in Iraq. Today he writes regularly for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Nation, and the London Review of Books and is on the editorial board of New Left Review. He has written more than a dozen books as well as scripts for both stage and screen. He lives in London.


Tariq Ali, The Extreme Centre: A Warning. Verso 2015. (Esa Aallas)

Tariq Ali, The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power. Simon & Schuster 2008.

Tariq Ali, Rough Music: Blair / Bombs / Baghdad / London / Terror. Verso 2005.

Tariq Ali & David Barsamian, Speaking of Empire and Resistance: Conversations with Tariq Ali. The New Press 2005.

Tariq Ali, Bush in Babylon: The Recolonisation of Iraq. Verso 2003.

Tariq Ali, The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity. Verso 2002.

Tariq Ali, Revolution from Above. Hutchinson 1988.

Tariq Ali Website



Tariq Ali on Chilcot Iraq Report: Tony Blair is a War Criminal for Pushing Us into Illegal War, Democracy Now! 6 July 2016 (video and transcript)

Capitalism Will Collapse Because Elites ‘Allow Poor to Rot,' Tariq Ali Tells Chris Hedges, RT/Truthdig, 14 June 2016 (video)

Tariq Ali and Norman Finkelstein on Israel and the Solidarity Movement, The Real News, 5 June 2016 (video)

Democracy in the US is a fraud’: Left Forum debates next steps for Sanders movement, RT, 21 May 2016

Jeremy Corbyn 'would be campaigning for Brexit if he was not Labour leader', says long-time ally Tariq Ali by Oliver Wright, Independent, 16 May 2016

Notes on Anti-Semitism, Zionism and Palestine, Verso, 28 April 2016

Human Landscapes: Turkey's Secret Trials of Journalists, CounterPunch, 1 April 2016

Tariq Ali: West's Wars Are Root Cause of Brussels, Paris Terror, teleSUR, 31 March 2016 (text and video)

"Complete Fantasy": Tariq Ali on Donald Trump's Claim "I Alone Can Solve" Rise in Islamic Militancy, Democracy Now! 29 March 2016 (video and transcript)

Tariq Ali on Lahore Bombing: Is the Pakistani Government Turning a Blind Eye to Taliban Violence? Democracy Now! 29 March 2016 (video and transcript)

Joker Rules: the Crackdown on Press Freedom in Turkey, CounterPunch, 25 March 2016

Corbyn's Progress, ZNet, 29 February 2016

Why the Real Target in the Attack on Stop the War is Jeremy Corbyn, CounterPunch, 11 December 2015

Kafka in Turkey: Will Tariq Ali and Onur Erem be Prosecuted for Calling Erdogan a “Tinpot Dictator”? CounterPunch, 17 November 2015

Isis in Paris', Verso, 14 November 2015

Turkey and the Age of Defeat, CounterPunch, 3 November 2015

After Ankara: Why Erdogan and NATO's Strategy is in Ruins, CounterPunch, 15 Ocober 2015

Time to stop bombing and make peace in Syria and Yemen, Letter by Tariq Ali, John Pilger and others, The Guardian, 25 September 2015

Bloody Sunday: the Combined Attack on Jeremy Corbyn, CounterPunch, 22 September 2015

"A Political Insurrection in Britain": Tariq Ali on Election of Jeremy Corbyn as New Labour Leader, Democracy Now! 14 September 2015 (video and transcript)

Jeremy Corbyn: the Most Leftwing Leader Labor Has Ever Had, CounterPunch, 14 September 2015

Diary, ZNet 19 July 2015

Greece and the Future of European Democracy by Tariq Ali and Creston Davis, CounterPunch, 29 June 2015

Greek Diaries, CounterPunch, 26 June 2015

Greek options: Surrender or dsefault Tariq Ali talks to Stathis Kouvelakis, The World Today with Tariq Ali)/teleSUR, June 2015 (video)

Spain at a Crossroads: Tariq Ali Interviews Pablo Iglesias, teleSUR, 22 May 2015 (video and transcript)

The World Today - Spain at crossroads Tariq Ali talks to Pablo Iglesias, teleSUR, 19 May 2015 (video)

Farewell to the United Kingdom, CounterPunch, 8 May 2015

Vietnam: 40 years ago today, The World Today with Tariq Ali, 30 April 2015 (video)

My hero: Eduardo Galeano, The Guardian, 17 April 2015

The New World Disorder, CounterPunch, 17 April 2015

Tariq Ali: The Claim That Democracy Is Tied to Capitalism Is a Lie by Mark Karlin, Truthout, 22 March 2015

The Increasing Concentration of Capital Precludes Democracy, Truthout, 19 March 2015

Tariq Ali: The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 1 March 2015

Tariq Ali on fierce socialist Ralph Miliband: 'There was music in his delivery', The Guardian, 22 February 2015

Venezuela's coup plot must be condemned internationally by John Pilger, Tariq Ali and others, Letters, The Guardian, 18 February 2015

The World Today Tariq Ali in conversation with Moshé Machover, teleSUR, February 17, 2015 (video)

How to End Empire, Jacobin, 13 February 2015

It didn't need to be done' Tariq Ali on ‘Charlie Hebdo', London Review of Books, 28 January 2015 (5 February issue)

Greece's Fight Against European Austerity, CounterPunch, 23 January 2015

World Wars & Historic Memory, Part 1 & 2, ZVideo, 22 January 2015

Maximum Horror, CounterPunch, 9 January 2015

Le Journal and Le Club, CounterPunch, 2 January 2015

We Can't Breathe, CounterPunch, 12 December 2014

The World Today - NATO: an Imperial Attack Dog, teleSUR, 28 October 2014 (video)

A Secular History of Islam, CounterPunch, 17 October 2014

The Origins of the Ebola Crisis by Tariq Ali and Allyson Pollock, CounterPunch, 10 October 2014

Tariq Ali talks with Charles Glass, Media Review - Reporting Wars, teleSUR, 25 September 2014 (video)

Project Fear and the Scottish Vote, CounterPunch, 19 September 2014

On Scottish Independence, CounterPunch, 4 September 2014

What's Going On in Pakistan? CounterPunch, 3 September 2014

Interview -Tariq Ali, e-International Relations, 18 August 2014

Tariq Ali tells the BBC why there is so much anger about its biased Gaza reporting, Stop the War, 10 August 2014 (video)

Anatomy of a War, Jacobin, 8 August 2014 (video)

Blinded by Israel, Visionless in Gaza, CounterPunch, 22 July 2014

Diary in Cairo, London Review of Books, 5 June 2014

Tariq Ali: the crisis in Syria - questions and answers, Counterfire, 1 June 2014 (video)

How Vladimir Putin became evil, The Guardian, 28 March 2014

Scots, undo this union of rogues. Independence is the only way to fulfil your potential, The Guardian, 13 March 2014

Dismantling the British State Tariq Ali interviewed by James Foley, Bella Caledonia, 10 March 2014

The Inaugural Hugo Chavez Memorial Lecture, ZVideo, 10 March 2014

Violent protest will not help Venezuela, Letter, The Guardian, 23 February 2014

Stuart Hall's message to those who want change: think, debate – and get off your backside, The Guardian, 10 February 2014

Pakistan's future is tied to the Taliban, The Guardian, 4 February 2014

Andre Schiffrin: in Memoriam, CounterPunch, 4 December 2013

What the Maoist slavery sect tells us about the far-left, The Guardian, 26 November 2013

On Libya, the Arab Spring and Syria Tariq Ali interviewed by S. Eriksson, M. Fahlgren and P. Widén, CounterPunch, 1 November 2013

L'Affair Miliband, CounterPunch, 11 October 2013

What is a Revolution? CounterPunch, 4 September 2013

On intervening in Syria, London Review of Books, 28 August 2013

A suicide note to Trotsky that displayed political passions we should not forget, The Guardian, 21 August 2013

Feeling Good, London Review of Books, 7 August 2013

Tariq Ali interviewed by Sasi Kumar, Asianet News, 31 July 2013

Pakistan's Osama bin Laden report is more cover-up than self-criticism, The Guardian, 10 July 2013

'Fig Leaf Democracy Not Enough, Expect Egyptian Boil-Over, RT/ZVideo, 29 June 2013

Notes From Ankara, CounterPunch, 24 June 2013

Isaac and Isaiah: The Covert Punishment of a Cold War Heretic by David Caute – review, The Guardian, 20 June 2013

The Filthy Rich Election, London Review of Books, 20 June 2013

Flames of Resistance and Hope in Turkey Tariq Ali interviewed by Zeynep Bilgehan, CounterPunch, 18 June 2013

A Message to #OccupyGezi, MR Zine, 17 June 2013

‘Syrian Conflict Is A War Targeting Iran', RT, 20 May 2013

"India Should be Close to China, Not the US" An Interview with Tariq Ali by Ajit Sahi, CounterPunch, 30 April 2013

Short Cuts, London Review of Books, 25 April 2013

Between Past and Future, New Left Review, March-April 2013

Decay and Ruin in Mrs. Thatcher's England, CounterPunch, 12 April 2013

Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013): Tariq Ali on Late British PM's Legacy From Austerity to Apartheid, Democracy Now! 8 April 2013

Tariq Ali on the Obama Syndrome, ZVideo, 26 March 2013

Hugo Chávez and me, The Guardian, 6 March 2013


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