Wednesday, November 19, 2008

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TONIGHT ON THE TERRORDOME: Tariq Ali on Culture Against Empire

FM 88.5 Edmonton
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6 pm Mountain time


Last week on the show, we heard my exclusive conversation with internationally renowned radical activist, film-maker and author Tariq Ali.

Tonight on
The Terrordome, we’ll hear the closing keynote Ali delivered at the Parkland Institute Conference in Edmonton on Sunday, November 16, on how culture and art are critical to challenging the political and socially suffocating power of the Empire.

Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Ali lived in exile since the 1960s to opposition to Pakistan’s then-military dictatorship. A longtime editor at the New Left Review, Tariq Ali has authored and edited numerous books on history and politics including the classic The New Revolutionaries and the recent The Clash of Fundamentalisms which investigates US power and its role in the creation of global terrorism, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Axis of Hope on the progressive wave sweeping Latin America.

A novelist, Ali has published four books of his “Islamic Quintet" which portray Islamic civilisation counter to Western orthodoxy, and the first two volumes in his "Fall of Communism" trilogy. Tariq Ali has also written stage- and screenplays, and he is currently writing an opera about the late Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini. His most recent book is The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight of American Power.

Along the way, he discussed several authors and poets including
Abdur-Rahman Munif, Naguib Mahfouz, Mahmoud Darwish and Nizar Qabbani.

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