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By Anonym 13 Sep

Tariq Ali

How we live our lives does not,unfortunately depend on us alone.Circumstances,good or bad,constantly intervene.A person close to us die.A person not so close to us carries on living.All these things affect how we live.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tariq Ali

Economics and politics are so intertwined and interlinked that politics now, mainstream politics, extreme center politics, are little else but a version of concentrated economics. And this means that any alternative - alternative capitalism, left Keynesianism, intervention by the state to help the poor, rolling back the privatizations - becomes a huge issue. The entire weight of the extreme center and its media is turned against it, which in reality now is beginning to harm democracy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

The European Union is a union of the extreme center. It's a banker's union. You see how they operate in country after country, appointing technocrats to take over and run countries for long periods. They did it in Greece; they did it in Italy; they considered it in other parts of Europe.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

I think Syriza and Podemos are very, very different from Sinn Féin in many ways, and so I wouldn't put all three together. I would say that Syriza and Podemos are movements which have come out of mass struggles. In the case of Podemos, directly out of tariqaliextremehuge mass movements in Spain, which started with the occupation of the square. In Greece, as a response to what the EU was doing there, punishing it endlessly, for the sins of its ruling elite.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

That natural disasters are required to provide Americans with a glimpse of reality in their own country is an indication of the deep rot infecting the official political culture.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

The European Union has lost virtually all of its credibility amongst large swaths of the European population.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

It's a total failure of the Western imagination that the only enemy they can see is Adolph Hitler.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tariq Ali

The main implication is a remapping of the world in line with American policy and American interests. Natural resources are limited, and the United States wants to make sure that its own population is kept supplied. The principle effect of this will be for the United States to control large parts of the oil which the world possesses.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

Terror breeds terror. I am completely opposed to both state terror and those who respond in a similar way. There is no justification for any group that associates itself with the Left to kill innocents and encourage suicide bombings.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tariq Ali

I do think the Cubans have to change some of the political structures there and allow critical voices, for their own sakes, because unless there is accountability the revolution will totally atrophy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tariq Ali

History, when they do it, is ancient history, and they sensationalize even that. Contemporary history is virtually ignored on television.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tariq Ali

If every single Jew born anywhere in the world has the right to become an Israeli citizen, then all the Palestinians who were chucked out of Palestine by the Zionist Government should have the same right, very simple.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tariq Ali

If you go to former Yugoslav states, the Balkan states, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, the situation is dire. Not to mention Bosnia, which is just run like a colony. The way they used to stand up and sing hymns to President Tito, they now salute the EU flag. It's a very strange transition that we're witnessing in most of Europe, and I don't think it's going to work.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tariq Ali

In many parts of the world, including the Arab world, the Latin American world, and even parts of the Western world, there is a tradition of writers being quite engaged. Particularly in the Arab world you have had very, very strong traditions of literature and poetry and most of the writers have been deeply committed to the cause of the Arab nation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

I think another crisis, which is being predicted now and which will be worse than what we saw in 2008, could bring the European Union down unless there are huge reforms from within to democratize, to give more power to the regions, etc. If this doesn't happen, the European Union will fall.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

The "coalition against terrorism" means the United States. It does not wish anyone else to interfere with its strategy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tariq Ali

Germany is a capitalist state nurtured carefully and brought back to prosperity by the United States, and it is very loyal to the United States. I don't even think the Germans enjoy full sovereignty. There are some things which they cannot do if the United States doesn't wish them to do it.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Tariq Ali

The heathen could only be eliminated as a force if their culture was completely erased.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tariq Ali

Dear old al-Maarri was a great skeptic poet. He wrote a parody of the Koran, and his friends would tease him and say, "al-Maarri, but no one says your Koran." And he said, "Yes, but give me time. Give me time. If people recite it for twenty years it will become as popular as the other one.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tariq Ali

If there is a Greek exit from the Eurozone, I think the German elite will be quite pleased that they can then use that to restructure the Eurozone and make it a zone where only strong countries are allowed in. There would then be two tiers within the European Union, which is in fact already happening. But you cannot simply get rid of German control by raising the specter of the Third Reich. That's ahistorical.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tariq Ali

There are huge political problems in Germany, but German economic power is something which was bound to happen. The way out of this situation is through the further democratization of the European Union and a changing of its structures.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tariq Ali

Basically, we are witnessing the twilight of democracy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

Terrorism emanates from weakness, not strength. It is the sign of despair.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tariq Ali

All these wars are similar in the way ideology is being used. It's the ideology of so-called humanitarian intervention. We don't want to do this, but we're doing this for the sake of the people who live there. This is, of course, a terrible sleight of hand because all sorts of people live there, and, by and large, they do it to help one faction and not the other.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

The EU is an alliance that the Americans control, in which the EU of course has a great deal of autonomy, but in which it still is very dependent on the United States, especially militarily, but not only in that respect. So to blame the Germans for everything is an easy way out for some of those suffering in Europe today.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

The current Eurozone is obviously dysfunctional. And serious people within Germany and elsewhere know this to be the case and know things cannot function this way forever.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

Most Iraqis, even if they hated Saddam and suffered, say life was much better under him than it was under the occupation and what's going on today.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Tariq Ali

Monotonous talk of the end of American hegemony, the universal cliché of the period, is mostly a way of avoiding mounting a serious opposition to it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tariq Ali

The war in Afghanistan, the first war of the twenty-first century, shows the United States doing what it wants to do, not caring about who it antagonizes, not caring about the effects on neighboring regions.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tariq Ali

The past has too much knowledge embedded in it, and therefore it's best to forget it and start anew.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

I think the Americans fished out the same condom but found it had too many holes in it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tariq Ali

At the moment we have a critical situation in Greece. Even as we speak, where there is an open attempt by the EU to destroy Syriza by splitting it. There is a German obstinacy and utter refusal to seriously consider an alternative. The reason isn't even a lack of money, because money swims around the EU coffers endlessly, and they could write off the debt tomorrow if they wanted. But they don't want to do so, because of the election of a left-wing government. They want to punish Syriza in public, to humiliate it so that this model doesn't go any further than Greece.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

Journalists go to press briefings at the Ministry of Defense in London or the Pentagon in Washington, and no critical questions are posed at all. It's just a news-gathering operation, and the fact that the news is being given by governments who are waging war doesn't seem to worry many journalists too much.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

The function of a bourgeois democracy is to secure the consent of the masses to their own exploitation and oppression.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tariq Ali

During the Gulf War, journalists used to challenge government news managers and insisted they wouldn't just accept the official version of events.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tariq Ali

Tony Blair is a war criminal.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

One cannot discuss Europe without understanding US imperial hegemony, both globally and certainly in Europe as it stands.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tariq Ali

The implication strongly is that Osama bin Laden is a Hitler, even though he has no state power at all. It's just grotesque if you seriously think about it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

The European Union is effectively a union dominated by the German political and economic elite. Its main function is to serve as a nucleus for financial capitalism and to ease the road for that capitalism. The other functions just irritate everyone: it's undemocratic; decisions are not made by parliament; the European Parliament is not sovereign.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

I think the United States and its British attack dog are not taken seriously anywhere in the world and can play no role in helping a political solution.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tariq Ali

The Internet has been an invaluable acquisition. I wonder how we would do without it. Information can be sent from one country to the other within the space of minutes, crossing channels, crossing oceans, crossing continents. But still, we can't compete with the might and power and wealth of those who dominate, control, and own the means of the production of information today.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tariq Ali

American imperialism has always been the imperialism that has been frightened of speaking its name. Now it's beginning to do so. In a way, it's better. We know where we kneel.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tariq Ali

The judgement makes no sense at all. It exposes the country, Turkey, to ridicule. It would have been so much better if Ahmet Davotgulu had behaved like a medieval jester, but no such luck for poor Turkey. Its Prime Minister is not taken seriously by too many people.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tariq Ali

The real problem is the total capitulation of German social democracy to capitalism, reflected and symbolized by actual extreme center coalition governments in Germany, which have been in power for a long time and still are even as we speak. That is the real problem: that there is no serious opposition in Germany at all. And the Left party is divided.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tariq Ali

The situation in Turkey is extremely troubling. A panic-stricken regime, desperate to divide the Kurdish population from non-Kurds because it feared the rise of the HDP, has helped to create a huge crisis in the country. Can it be ended while Tayyip Erdogan remains in power? I don't think so. Erdogan may not be a "joker," but he is definitely a political plagiarist.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tariq Ali

Continuous wars - which we have now had since 2001 - starting with Afghanistan, continuing on to Iraq. And even since Iraq, it's been more or less continuous. The appalling war in Libya, which has wrecked that country and wrecked that part of the world, and which isn't over by any means. The indirect Western intervention in Syria, which has created new monsters. These are policies, which if carried out by any individual government, would be considered extremist. Now, they're being carried out collectively by the United States, backed by some of the countries of the European Union.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tariq Ali

The United States is now The Empire. There isn't an empire; there's The Empire, and that empire is the United States.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

The extreme center is the political expression of the neoliberal state.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Tariq Ali

[Taken from a BBC documentary] Tariq was born in Lahore, now in Pakistan, then part of British-ruled India, in 1943. A Catholic school education did nothing to shake his life-long atheism, which he shared with his communist parents.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tariq Ali

Tayyip Erdogan wants to go beyond George W. Bush by making critical journalism and critics in the academy illegal. What will be the difference between him and a military government? Very little. I read his remarks on the effectiveness of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany. Well, yes. But then the AKP would have to ban all other political parties, close down all critical newspapers, burn the books critical of the regime and gas the Kurds to death...the final solution of the Kurdish 'problem.' Somehow I don't think he is about to do that.