Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Tariq Ali & The Obama Syndrome
The front cover of Tariq Ali's new book, The Obama Syndrome (Surrender at Home, Defeat Abroad) has four passport-style photos of Barack Obama. His face is gradually scratched off before the last reveals - holy shit - it's George Bush underneath. Which may actually be unfair to Dubya: he was only mired in a brace of middle eastern misadventures; with Libya, Obama's got his hat-trick. In conversation with playwright and novelist Bonnie Greer at the Bishopgate Institute, Tariq will likely explore such questions as: why did a bloodier leader than Bush get awarded the Nobel peace prize? When are you closing Guantanamo Bay, again? And, most importantly: how did 'yes we can' become 'no we can't'?