In conversation with Tariq Ali

The New World Disorder

Print edition : August 09, 2013

The first World Trade Center tower begins to implode after terrorists flew two airliners into the towers on September 11, 2001. Photo: AP

Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the opening session of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington on July 10. Photo: YURI GRIPAS/REUTERS

February 25, 2006: An Iraqi Mehdi Army militant guards a Sunni mosque in the southern city of Basra. Sectarian violence is the legacy of the American occupation of Iraq. Photo: ESSAM AL-SUDANI/AFP

An Egyptian protester waves the national flag over Tahrir Square as opponents of President Mohammed Morsy gather, on June 28. Photo: Amr Nabil/AP

April 9, 2003: Jordanian journalists at a protest march in Amman to mourn the death of their colleague Tareq Ayyoub, a victim of a missile attack that hit the Al Jazeera bureau in Baghdad the previous day. Photo: ALI JAREKJI/REUTERS

July 24, 2005: Recording the first broadcasting of Telesur, based in Caracas, Venezuela. The company is jointly owned by Venezuela, Argentina, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Uruguay. Photo: MARCELO GARCIA/AFP

Demonstrators wearing donkey masks and draped in the flags of France, Spain, the U.S. and Italy carry a coffin outside the U.S. embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, on July 8 after Bolivia's President Evo Morales' plance was forced to stop in Vienna. Photo: Juan Karita/AP

September, 1993: President Clinton gestures as Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (left) and Palestine Liberation Organisation Chairman Yasser Arafat shake hands after signing the peace accord at the White House in Washington. Photo: The Hindu Photo Archives

October 16, 2009: At the Seventh Summit of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas. Front row, from left: Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, Bolivia's President Evo Morales and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez. Second row, from left: St. Vincent and the Grenadines' Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, Foreign Affairs Minister in Honduras' ousted Manuel Zelaya government Patricia Rodas, Antigua and Barbuda's Prime Minister Winston Baldwin Spencer and Uruguay's Ambassador to Bolivia Diego Zorrilla. Photo: Dado Galdieri/AP

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami and French actress Juliette Binoche during the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2010. Photo: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP

President Barack Obama with George W. Bush at the North Memorial Pond at the National September 11 Memorial on September 11, 2011. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (left) with Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on June 16. Photo: Frank Augstein/AP

Edward Snowden. Photo: The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras/AP

Tariq Ali, in this exclusive interview, seamlessly switches from contemporary historian to scholar-at-large to polemicist to raconteur, as he tackles many of the impinging issues of our times.
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