Tariq Ali - The Obama Syndrome
A Live Interview with
Tariq Ali and Joel Whitney (Founding Editor in Chief, Guernica)
In association with Verso Books, Guernica Magazine, and NYU's Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
What has really changed since Bush left the White House? Very little, argues Tariq Ali, apart from the mood music. The hopes aroused during Obama's election campaign have rapidly receded. Ali delivers a withering series of charges: at home, a Wall Street bailout and thwarted hopes for healthcare and financial reform; abroad, the 'war on terror' continues, and more troops to Afghanistan and more drone attacks in Pakistan than under Bush. The Pakistani British author and historian of the Left suggests that Obama's inability to shift the political terrain even a few inches in a reformist direction will pave the way for a Republican surge and triumph in the not-too-distant future.
Followed by a book sale and signing.
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