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“It was civil disobedience that won them their civil rights.”
Tariq Ali, The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad
“If every single Jew born anywhere in the world has the right to become an Israeli citizen, then all the Palestinians who were chucked out of Palestine by the Zionist Government should have the same right, very simple.”
Tariq Ali
“How we live our lives does not,unfortunately depend on us alone.Circumstances,good or bad,constantly intervene.A person close to us die.A person not so close to us carries on living.All these things affect how we live.”
Tariq Ali, The Stone Woman
“This is the permanent tension that lies at the heart of a capitalist democracy and is exacerbated in times of crisis. In order to ensure the survival of the richest, it is democracy that has to be heavily regulated rather than capitalism.”
Tariq Ali, The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad
“Proximity to power has an unsurprising ability to mutate a politician's spinal cord into bright yellow jelly.”
Tariq Ali, The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad
“و البشر منقسمون إلى فئتين لا ثالث لهما. أوغاد مستنيرون، أو حمقى متدينون”
Tariq Ali, Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree
“في كل أربع وعشرون ساعة هناك دائماً ساعة يملؤها الغم و الرثاء للنفس، و الارتباك و الرغبة في رؤية وجوه أخرى، و لكنها مجرد ساعة لا تلبث أن تمر”
Tariq Ali, Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree
“الخيارات بسيطة وواضحة. أن نتحول أو أن نقتل، أو أن نموت وسيوفنا في أيدينا”
Tariq Ali, Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree
“في أزمنة الجهالة، على المرء ان يتعلم فن الجهالة”
Tariq Ali, Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree
“[Taken from a BBC documentary]

Tariq was born in Lahore, now in Pakistan, then part of British-ruled India, in 1943. A Catholic school education did nothing to shake his life-long atheism, which he shared with his communist parents.”
Tariq Ali
“Monotonous talk of the end of American hegemony, the universal cliché of the period, is mostly a way of avoiding mounting a serious opposition to it.”
Tariq Ali, The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad
“That natural disasters are required to provide Americans with a glimpse of reality in their own country is an indication of the deep rot infecting the official political culture.”
Tariq Ali, The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad
“Oh my son,” sighed Ama. “I was talking to the shadows of the pomegranate trees. At least they will be here when we are all gone.”
Tariq Ali, Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree
“To fight tyranny and oppression by using tyrannical and oppressive means, to combat a single-minded and ruthless fanaticism by becoming equally fanatical and ruthless, will not further the cause of justice or bring about a meaningful democracy. It can only prolong the cycle of violence.”
Tariq Ali
Ben-Gurion and Moshe Dayan were self-proclaimed atheists.”
Tariq Ali, The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity
“Youssef El-Ginghly, a Tower Hamlets GP, writing in the Observer in March 2013, described how the NHS is being dismantled and concluded: This is what saddens me: what were once the NHS’s strengths – resources, expertise and the united focus on the patient – are being replaced by a fragmented and atomized service, bound not by a duty of care but by a contract and driven, not by what is best for the patient, but by the cost of the encounter. It will be a slow, insidious creep but it’s coming. Be prepared. This is the way the NHS ends: not with a bang but a whimper.”
Tariq Ali, The Extreme Centre: A Warning
“In every twenty-four hours there is always one which is full of anguish and self-pity and confusion and the desire to see other faces, but an hour passes quickly enough.”
Tariq Ali, Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree
“I understand you only too well, but Rachel’s needs are no less important than your desire to be part of history. Find a balance. Happiness is like good health. You only miss it when it disappears.”
Tariq Ali, The Book of Saladin: A Novel
“The heathen could only be eliminated as a force if their culture was completely erased.”
Tariq Ali, Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree
“The first three decisions made by New Labour were highly symbolic, designed to show the City of London that this was not an old-style Labour regime. They had made their peace with free-market values: the Bank of England would be detached from government control and given full authority to determine monetary policy. A second determining act on entering office was to cut eleven pounds a week in welfare benefits to single mothers. The savings for the state were minimal. The aim was ideological: a show of contempt for the ‘weaknesses’ of the old welfare state, and an assertion of ‘family values’. The third measure was to charge tuition fees to all university students. This was a proposal that had been rejected more than once by the preceding Conservative government, on the grounds that it was unfair and discriminated against students from poor families. New Labour apologists were quick to point out that students in real need would not be charged, but the overall effect has been to discourage working-class children from aspiring to higher education.”
Tariq Ali, The Extreme Centre: A Warning


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