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Ali, Tariq

Tariq Ali (Urdu: طارق علی) (b. October 21, 1943) is a British Pakistani writer and filmmaker [1]. He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review, and regularly contributes to The Guardian, Counterpunch and the London Review of Books.


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The Guardian - United Kingdom | 12/11/2012

Broadcaster needs complete overhaul

Before the false accusations of sexual abuse in the programme Newsnight, the BBC had been accused for weeks of having hushed up information about child abuse perpetrated by star presenter Jimmy Savile. The left-liberal daily The Guardian calls for a radical reform of the BBC: "Editors of TV programmes are too often scared to take the right decisions. This is why only tried and trusted (ie, safe and sound) people are promoted. Peter Rippon was one of them, but he was not alone in dumping the investigation. That decision was taken by a superior and everybody in the BBC knows their name. Who did they consult? Perhaps we will now find out. It is the culture of the BBC that needs to be overhauled with the redundant parts (mainly useless management appendages) replaced and some freedom given to programme-makers. There is no sign whatsoever that this is what the government or the opposition wants. Time, perhaps, for licence-fee payers to occupy."

The Guardian - United Kingdom | 06/09/2011

War on terror disguised colonialism

The designated director of the CIA and former US army general David Petraeus has admitted that America's war on terror cannot be won and may last "forever". Ten years after the attack on the World Trade Center the fight against terrorism is being used to justify a new form of colonialism, writes the left-liberal daily The Guardian: "War - jus belli - is now a legitimate instrument as long as it is used with US approval or preferably by the US itself. These days it is presented as a 'humanitarian' necessity: one side is busy engaged in committing crimes, the self-styled morally superior side is simply administering necessary punishment and the state to be defeated is denied its sovereignty. Its replacement is carefully policed both with military bases and money. This 21st-century colonisation or dominance is aided by the global media networks."

The Guardian - United Kingdom | 11/05/2007

Time to take stock of Tony Blair's leadership

The journalist Tariq Ali considers that Tony Blair's depature announcement was spun in classic New Labour fashion: "A carefully selected audience, a self-serving speech, the quivering lip and soon the dramaturgy was over. ... Tony Blair's principal success was in winning three general elections in a row. A second-rate actor, he turned out to be a crafty and avaricious politician. Bereft of ideas, he eagerly grasped and tried to improve on Margaret Thatcher's legacy. But though in many ways Blair's programme has been a euphemistic, if bloodier, version of Thatcher's, the style of their departures is very different. Thatcher's overthrow by her fellow Conservatives was a matter of high drama. Blair makes his unwilling exit against a backdrop of car bombs and carnage in Iraq, with hundreds of thousands left dead or maimed from his policies, and London a prime target for terrorist attack."

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