In the wake of the WikiLeaks scandal, Tariq Ali comments on Pakistan's role in the war in Afghanistan for the Guardian:
It's hardly a secret that Pakistan never totally abandoned the Taliban after 9/11. How could they? It was Islamabad that had organised the Taliban's retreat from Kabul so that the US and its allies could take the country without a fight. The Pakistani generals advised their Afghan friends to bide their time.
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Brian Dillon reviews Slavoj Žižek's Living in the End Times for the Daily Telegraph:
Slavoj Žižek may well be the last great thinker of our time. In an era when lighting on one half-formed notion—"the end of history", "the third way", "Islamo-fascism"—is enough to get one hailed as a public intellectual to rival Russell or Sartre, the Slovenian philosopher puts all conceptual comers to shame...
In this RSA Animate, based on First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, Slavoj Žižek investigates the surprising ethical implications of charitable giving.