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Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker. He has written more than a dozen books on world history and politics—including Pirates of the Caribbean, Bush in Babylon, The Clash of Fundamentalisms and The Obama Syndrome—as well as five novels in his Islam Quintet series and scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of the New Left Review and lives in London.

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  • From Parliamentary Socialism to Corbynmania: Verso's 'History of the Labour Party' reading list

    From the dark-days of entrenched Blairism to the most unlikely superstar in contemporary politics, the recent history of the Labour party has been nothing if not unpredictable. With Corbynmania sweeping the land over 600,000 ballots are currently being sent out to Labour members and supporters (around a third of which only registered this week) amid trumped-up talk of left entryism. Corbyn's lead now appears to be unassailable but in an ever more hostile media environment and with top Labour figures plotting immediate coups, the future direction of the party is finely balanced. To understand how we got here a thorough understanding of the history of the Labour Party is vital. It's just as well, then, that we've put together this Verso reading list...

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  • Tariq Ali: "Greece has been betrayed"

    At the beginning of the month they were celebrating the ‘No’ vote. They were prepared to make more sacrifices, to risk life outside the Eurozone. Syriza turned its back on them. The date 12 July 2015, when Tsipras agreed to the EU’s terms, will become as infamous as 21 April 1967. The tanks have been replaced by banks, as Varoufakis put it after he was made finance minister.

    In an article published in London Review of Books, Tariq Ali questions the Greek government's nod to the bailout package despite the people voting "no" with an overwhelming majority, and he compares the government's decision to the military coup of 1967.  

    Ali further criticizes the EU and the Troika for refusing to change course of action despite the still deteriorating financial situation of Greece and the damaging consequences on its people. 

    But isn’t it dangerous, as well as wrong, to punish the Greek people – and to carry on doing so even after they have rejected the political parties responsible for the lies?

    To read more, visit London Review of Books

    p.s: All of Tariq Ali’s books are 50 percent off till this Thursday! Complete your collection from here

  • Complete your Tariq Ali bookshelf with 50% off all his books!

    To celebrate the re-issue of Ali's magisterial Islam Quintetwhich addresses the centuries-long clash between the Christian West and Muslim East with searing and subtle prose which stretches from fifteenth century Moorish Spain to late twentieth century Paris and London, we're offering 50% off all of Tariq's books for this week only!

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