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Rough Music: Blair, Bombs, Baghdad, London, Terror

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On July 7, 2005, the murderous mayhem that Blair’s war has sown in Iraq came home to London in a devastating series of suicide bombings. Two weeks later, with apparent impunity, security forces shot dead a young Brazilian electrician on his way to work.

Rough Music is Tariq Ali’s riveting response to these events.

He lays bare the vengeful platitudes of Blair’s war on civil
Paperback, 104 pages
Published April 17th 2006 by Verso (first published 2006)
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Tariq Ali's short collection of critical essays (or as he calls them "Rough Music") on Tony Blair starts of with the historian E.P.Thompson's definition of that term:

"Rough Music is the term which has been generally used in England since the end of the seventeenth century to denote a rude cacophony, with out without more elaborate ritual, which usually directed mockery or hostility against individuals who offend against certain community norms." (from "Customs in Common").

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Only 100 pages but packed with comment from a left-wing perspective never allowed exposure in our supine media. Tariq condemns Britain's attacks on Iraq & Afghanistan blaming these for the retaliatory bombings in London.

He is concerned about the growth in religious schools and the Government's lock-step with the policies of the USA. The debasement of our civil liberties in the State's battle to prevent terrorist attacks calls into question the type of country we wish to live in. He argues it
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Tariq Ali (Punjabi, Urdu: طارق علی) (born 21 October 1943) is a British-Pakistani historian, novelist, filmmaker, political campaigner, and commentator. He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso, and regularly contributes to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books.

He is the author of several books, including Can Pakistan Survive? The Death
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