Pirates of the Caribbean

Axis of Hope

Tariq Ali

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Drawing on first-hand experience of Venezuela and meetings with Chávez, Tariq Ali shows how Chávez's views have polarized Latin America and examines the hostility directed against his administration. Ali discusses the enormous influence of Fidel Castro on both Chávez and Evo Morales, the President of Bolivia, and, reflecting on a recent trip to Havana, contrasts the Cuban and Venezuelan revolutionary processes.

Pirates of the Caribbean guides us through a world divided between privilege and poverty, a continent that is once again on the march.

Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali (born 21 October 1943) is an English-Pakistani writer, journalist, and filmmaker. He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso, and contributes to The Guardian, Counter Punch, and the London Review of Books. He is the author of several books, including Pakistan: Military Rule or People's Power (1970), Can Pakistan Survive? The Death of a State (1991), Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (2002), Bush in Babylon (2003), Conversations with Edward Said (2005), Pirates of the Caribbean: Axis of Hope (2006), A Banker for All Seasons (2007), The Duel (2008) and The Obama Syndrome (2010).


Review

The detailed accounts of the political history . . . are presented in the book with appropriate references. . . . [The book] makes many specific and generalised comments on the issue; some of them appear optimistic, some realistic.

Economic & Political Weekly

Provides an insider's view into the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela and the leaders – Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales – who have challenged the might of imperialism in its own backyard.

Social Scientist