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



Notes on the Indian Election, ZNet, 30 May 2019

Julian Assange outside the Gate of Hell, MR Online, 13 April 2019

Yemen's Turn, New Left Review, May-June 2018

Tariq Ali: Manchester Bombing is Part of Vicious Cycle, Likely Blowback from Ongoing War on Terror, Democracy Now! 24 May 2017 (video and transcript)

Tariq Ali: Manchester Bombing is Part of Vicious Cycle, Likely Blowback from Ongoing War on Terror, Democracy Now! 24 May 2017 (video and transcript)

Tariq Ali on Upcoming U.K. Elections & Why Raising the Threat Level is a Largely Psychological Move, Democracy Now! 24 May 2017 (video and transcript)

The Year in Shock: Dead Center, Artforum, December 2016

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


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