Pirates of the Caribbean: Axis of Hope
Simon Bolivar, the great liberator of South America, prophetically said, “In the name of freedom, the United States of North America seem to have been destined by providence to plague America with miseries.” And so it has been. From the Monroe Doctrine in 1823 to the present the U.S. has routinely intervened in the internal affairs of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.Invasions, occupations, coups, economic warfare, gunboat diplomacy were and remain part of Washington’s arsenal. The major threat to U.S. hegemony is independent nationalism. It is seen as a “virus” which might spread. Hence the hostility to Fidel Castro’s overthrow of the U.S.-backed Batista dictatorship in Cuba in 1959 and today to Hugo Chavez’s Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela.
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 as a lecturer. 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, The Obama Syndrome, On History and The Extreme Centre.