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Speaking of Empire and Resistance: Conversations with Tariq Ali

Speaking of Empire and Resistance: Conversations with Tariq Ali book cover

David Barsamian interviews Tariq Ali.
The New Press, 2005; 240 pages.

A prolific and eloquent writer, Tariq Ali is also a captivating conversationalist. Speaking of Empire and Resistance captures him at his provocative best. This series of interviews with David Barsamian brings together Ali's view on a wide range of topics, including: the fate of modern day Pakistan; the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq; the intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the state of the Islamic world, and the continuing significance of imperialism in the 21st century - all examined with Ali's celebrated fluency and wit. Speaking of Empire and Resistance reinforces Ali's reputation as one of the most perceptive and engaging figures of today's left.

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Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali, an internationally renowned writer and activist, was born in Lahore, Pakistan. For many years he has been based in London where he is an editor of New Left Review. A charismatic speaker, he is in great demand all over the world. In his spare time he is a filmmaker, playwright and novelist. He is the author of many books including The Clash of Fundamentalisms, Pirates of the Caribbean, Speaking of Empire & Resistance with David Barsamian, The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power and The Obama Syndrome.

David Barsamian

One of America's most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio show Alternative Radio—now in its 29th year—and his books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest book of interviews with Noam Chomsky is Power Systems. His best-selling books with Chomsky have been translated into many languages. He lectures on world affairs, imperialism, capitalism, propaganda, the media, the economic crisis and global rebellions. Click for a list of recent speaking topics.

He is a winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. He has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet  in events in New York, London, Vienna and elsewhere.

The Boulder Weekly published this feature about him. As Arundhati Roy wrote for The Guardian, Barsamian was deported from India due to his work on Kashmir and other revolts. He is still barred from traveling to "the world's largest democracy."

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