George W. Bush has branded the nations against American foreign policy as Axis of Evil. The tug of war going on between Neoliberal ideologist in US and Latin America is age long with Fidel Castro of Cuba and now Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Evo Morales of Bolivia. This clash of interest between US and her immediate neighbors is going where? Tariq Ali gives an insight of this complex array of affairs in his book “The pirates of the Caribbean:Axis of Hope”
When news of world social forum’s (WSF) meet in Karachi was in the air in 2006, I was very much interested in following one man’s visit to his own land and that man was none other than our own Tariq Ali. Yes, the famous Tariq Ali whose write ups have the grit to shake the world. Though leftist movement in Pakistan is at its record low these days but this agitator, a crowned prince of the New left is still as fresh as always.
Tariq Ali was born in Lahore in 1943. He is a graduate from oxford where he happened to practice politics by campaigning against war in Vietnam. Latter, he started his career as writer, journalist and film maker. In fact, in 1980’s he had his own independent production company whose programs use to get aired on BBC Channel 4.
Tariq has written numerous books on contemporary political scene round the globe and his books claim popularity amongst the intellectual classes of society. His recent release is ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Axis of Hope’. I think the title of the book signifies the nature of material inside. This book appears as if an anti-thesis to Bush’s Axis of Evil and it is quite clear in the introduction of the book available on the Tariq’s website. For reading the introduction click here.
The pirates of this book are Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Evo Morales of Bolivia and their Cuban mentor Castro. Castro now is not alone in his age long struggle against neoliberal consensus and American foreign policy. He has found a strong backing in form Chavez and Morales. This book gives an insight of the situation prevailing in Latin America and feeling of dissent among the masses against America policies. I think this book will offer you a great deal of understanding on this complex array of affairs of American and Latin American region.