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Tariq Ali lecture & book signing
Novelist, historian, filmmaker and playwright, Tariq Ali will speak in a benefit for KGNU and sign his most recent book titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Axis of Hope.

Ali is a regular contributor to The Guardian, Counterpunch and the London Review of Books. He is an editor of the New Left Review. Born and raised in Lahore, British India, now Pakistan, Ali enrolled at Punjab University, where he organized demonstrations against Pakistan's military dictatorship. Fearing for his safety because of his links to radical movements, his parents sent him to England to study at the University of Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He was elected President of the Oxford Union debating club.

Active in the New Left of the 1960s, he has long been associated with the New Left Review. In 1990, he published the satire Redemption, on the inability of the Trotskyists to handle the downfall of the Eastern bloc, which contains parodies of many well-known figures in the Trotskyist movement. His book Bush in Babylon criticizes the 2003 invasion of Iraq by American president George W. Bush. The book uses poetry and critical essays in portraying the War in Iraq as a failure. An atheist who grew up around Muslims, Ali believes that the new Iraqi government will fail. His previous book Clash of Fundamentalisms puts the events of the September 11th attacks in historical perspective, covering the history of Islam from its foundations.

Local radio producer David Barsamian has written a book with Ali titled Speaking of Empire and Resistance: Conversations with Tariq Ali. Ali has been a critic of modern neoliberal economics and was present at the 2005 World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil where he was one of nineteen to sign the Porto Alegre Manifesto. He is often said to have been the inspiration for the Rolling Stones' song "Street Fighting Man", recorded in 1968. However, his autobiography Street Fighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties never directly acknowledges this fact.

Tickets to the event are available through KGNU by calling 303-449-4885. Tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets are $10 for KGNU members; $15 for non-members.
First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St, Boulder, Sun at 07:00 PM


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