Writing today for the London Review of Books Blog, Tariq Ali, author most recently of The Obama Syndrome, says the new round of Wikileaks simply "confirm what we already know about Af-Pak," namely that:
Pakistan is a US satrapy: its military and political leaders constitute a venal elite happy to kill and maim its people at the behest of a foreign power.
A young Tariq Ali, Robin Blackburn and Regis Debray in Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon's Imagine Album, a documentary film showing the recording sessions and evolution of the album.
Pulse Media sings the praises today of The Verso Book of Dissent, alongside an online posting of Tariq Ali's preface to the book:
To commemorate 40 years of radical publishing Verso Books has published The Verso Book of Dissent: From Spartacus to the Shoe-Thrower of Baghdad. I have just finished reading this brilliant collection of historical passages of resistance and dissent taken from ca. 1800 BCE to the present and am delighted to have the words of Ali Ibn Muhammad, Marquis de Sade, Audre Lorde and Harold Pinter in one place. This is a must-have volume.
Visit Pulse Media to read Ali's preface—please note the competition to win a copy of the book has now ended ... but watch this space for further copies up for grabs.
This week saw thousands of anti-G20 protesters in Seoul, where world leaders met to talk business, and of course Wednesday's demonstration in London against increases in tuition fees, widely seen as marking "just the beginning" of a wave of student protest. With turnout estimated at over 50,000 people and Tory HQ stormed (go students!), this has been the largest show of public anger in response to the Coalition's austerity measures so far, following occupations across the country including at Deptford Town Hall by Goldsmiths students and Manchester University buildings. Proposals have now been announced for a national day of anti-cuts protest on 24 November.
The Verso Book of Dissent: From Spartacus to the Shoe-Thrower of Baghdad aims to inspire an appropriated 'Yes we can' response to Tariq Ali's question "Why can't we protest against cuts like the French?" Five copies are available to win for the first correct responses to these very easy questions:
1. What is the name and profession of the Shoe-Thrower of Baghdad?
2. Which voice of dissent included in the book is the latest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize?
3. What is being protested against by the #IAmSpartacus Twitter hashtag?
Entrants must email their answers to email@example.com with the address to which the book should be sent. The competition is only open to those in the UK.