Discussion: Tariq Ali in discussion with Anthony Arnove & 16 Beaver

Sun, October 19, 2003 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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"Bush in Babylon" - The Recolonisation of Iraq


This Monday’s event will take place on Sunday Night so that we can accommodate a visit from Tariq Ali, one of the leading voices of reason & dissent in relation to the War and Occupation of Iraq and the US’s misguided policies in the Middle East ====================================


1. About this Sunday Night

2. About Tariq Ali

3. About Anthony Arnove

4. About “Bush in Babylon”

1. “Why are otherwise intelligent people in Britain and the United States surprised on learning that the occupation is detested by a majority of Iraqi citizens?"

Opening Bush in Babylon with this question, Tariq Ali, one of the most articulate, informed, and passionate English-speaking commentators on the Middle East today, provides in his new book, a thorough, timely and much-needed response. This Sunday night, Tariq will be joining us at 16Beaver to discuss some of the points raised in his book as well as field questions from attendees.

The evening will begin with a discussion between Tariq Ali and Anthony Arnove. Tariq as many of you know is a writer and filmmaker. He has written over a dozen books on world history and politics, five novels and scripts for both stage and screen. He is an editor of the New Left Review and lives in London. Anthony was invited nearly fours years ago by 16Beaver to speak about the sanctions against Iraq. At the time, he had just edited “Iraq Under Siege” an indispensable guide to the horrors of the Sanctions imposed against Iraq in the 90’s. More recently, he has come out with Terrorism and War, a collection of new interviews with Howard Zinn (Seven Stories Press). He is also the editor, with Howard Zinn, of Voices of a People's History of the United States, forthcoming in 2004.

As a supplement to the evening, we have also posted a chapter from the book, so that those interested in asking some questions, can have an opportunity to consider some of the points Tariq raises. Furthermore, although the book will be out in November, copies of the book will be available for sale for the reduced price of $16.


2. About Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali: A Life of Dissent

Author, speaker, public intellectual, playwright, and filmmaker Tariq Ali has been, above all, a rigorous dissenter, consistently speaking truth to power. From Vietnam to Iraq, he has been an important and sophisticated voice against short-sighted Western foreign policy. Though less known in the US, Ali is highly respected in the UK and the rest of the world.

Born a Muslim in Lahore, then a part of British-ruled India, now in Pakistan, he attended Catholic school and moved to Oxford in the early 1960s when his opposition to the military dictatorship in Pakistan forced him to flee. While studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford, he became involved in socialist student organizations and soon emerged as a key figure in what was dubbed the “political underground.” He debated with figures like Henry Kissenger and British Foreign Secretary Michael Stewart, protested effectively against the Vietnam War, led the infamous march on the American Embassy in London in 1968, and edited the revolutionary paper Black Dwarf, where he befriended numerous influential figures such as Stokely Carmichael, Malcolm X, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono.

As the radicalism of the 60s disintegrated, Ali turned to writing and speaking. He founded an independent television production company in the 1980s, and collaborated on plays with Howard Benton and films with Derek Jarman. A constant and prolific writer and speaker, Tariq is also an editor and board member of the New Left Review, a regular contributor to publications such as the Guardian and London Review of Books, and is currently working on an opera about Ayatollah Khomeini.

He has written over a dozen books on history and politics, including the “Islamic Quartet,” four award-winning historical novels that explore the encounter between the Christian West and the world of Islam that have implications for the conflict that continues today. His previous book, The Clash of Fundamentalisms, is a broad analysis of the historical and religious roots of the September 11th attacks, the “war on terror,” and the inexorable collision between rigid Islamic fundamentalism and persistent American aggrandizement.

In 2003, with hopes of diverting the Iraq invasion, Ali helped to organize the February 15th anti-war rally in London, which attracted an audience of over a million. There he delivered the keynote speech, followed by Tim Robbins and Jesse Jackson. He is currently speaking in Australia, Germany, and Brazil on the occupation of Iraq, and launching simultaneous international editions of Bush in Babylon.


3. About Anthony Arnove

Anthony Arnove is the editor of Iraq Under Siege: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War (South End Press) and Terrorism and War, a collection of new interviews with Howard Zinn (Seven Stories Press).

He is also the editor, with Howard Zinn, of Voices of a People's History of the United States, forthcoming in 2004.

An activist based in Brooklyn, he is a member of the International Socialist Organization and the National Writers Union, and writes regularly for ZNet. His writing has appeared in The Financial Times, In These Times, The Nation, War Times, Mother Jones, Left Business Observer, Monthly Review, Le Nouvel Observateur, International Socialist Review, Z Magazine, and other publications. Arnove is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review and is a member of the Iraq Speakers Bureau. He traveled to Iraq in 2000 and Palestine and Israel in 2001, and has recently toured France and the United Kingdom as an antiwar speaker. Arnove worked for seven years as an editor and publisher at South End Press and now is a freelance editor and agent, working with Noam Chomsky and Arundhati Roy. He is a contributor to The Struggle for Palestine and is on the editorial board of Haymarket Books.


4. About “Bush in Babylon”

“Ali’s style is vigorous, his narrative compelling.” Karen Armstrong

“Ali broadens our horizons, geographically, historically, intellectually and politically … [He] has a sharp mind and wit. His mode of history telling is lyrical and engaging, humane and passionate.” The Nation

“Tariq Ali is a vital corrective to the simplicities of Orientalism.” In These Times

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