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Tariq Ali describes the rise to power of Evo Morales and Hugo chavez as well as Fidel Castro s Cuba. I enjoyed his novels and Clash of Fundamentalisms was useful But this one is so poorly written and all over the place that I can t follow it well The interviews are good primary sources for the radical politics of South America Caribbean His thesis is that only a few true believers are working against the bad effects of the post Cold War neo liberalism He is justifying the complex turnovers of government and defending Chavez and the Cuban tactics now But it s too in the moment for me to fol I enjoyed his novels and Clash of Fundamentalisms was useful But this one is so poorly written and all over the place that I can t follow it well The interviews are good primary sources for the radical politics of South America Caribbean His thesis is that only a few true believers are working against the bad effects of the post Cold War neo liberalism He is justifying the complex turnovers of government and defending Chavez and the Cuban tactics now But it s too in the moment for me to follow And since I m reading it 15 years after it s written, it s also clear that his optimism about Chavez wasn t justified But it s good to see another side is the story compared to what we have in the news here in the States OK this book was written in the Bush era, years before Venezuela s economic collapse and the deaths of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, but it s still an excellent, eye opening read Tariq Ali has a firm grasp on history and current events, and a keen eye for bullshit, all the while roaming widely in time and geography He cites a great many writers, philosophers and intellectuals Montaigne is a favorite of his, as are many later Enlightenment era French philosophes He points out that in the pos OK this book was written in the Bush era, years before Venezuela s economic collapse and the deaths of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, but it s still an excellent, eye opening read Tariq Ali has a firm grasp on history and current events, and a keen eye for bullshit, all the while roaming widely in time and geography He cites a great many writers, philosophers and intellectuals Montaigne is a favorite of his, as are many later Enlightenment era French philosophes He points out that in the post Cold War world, to think radically or even differently is heresy Tariq is not uncritical of the Cuban Revolution, attacking Fidel s support for the invasion of Czechoslovakia, but he recognizes that the good it has done outweighs the harm Oh, and he also uses Mario Vargas Llosa and Carlos Fuentes as punching bags throughout the book which I find most welcome, given how grotesquely reactionary I find those writers and how much my Dad gushes hagiographical praise of them especially Vargas Llosa on both counts Lastly, he dedicated this book to Eduardo Galeano, my favorite of favorite writers, so I knew even from the dedication page that I would love this book This book has introduced me to a brilliant and beautiful, lucid and well informed voice of the left Thank you Tariq Ali thank you very much I love reading Tariq Ali because he always gives such great synopses of the history of a region he s writing about I wanted to knowabout Chavez and Morales and this was a nice introduction The only criticism I have is that I wish he had talked about their policies in greater depth Instead, he chose to focuson their opposition to American policy in the region and the neo liberal policies of the IMF and World Bank. I got very little out of this book, for the simple reason that there s little of substance here beyond vague, undocumented, overreaching assertions On a technical matter, the Pirates of the Caribbean are supposedly Fidel Castro Cuba , Hugo Chavez Venezuela , and Evo Morales Bolivia Since when does Bolivia have a coastline along the Caribbean, or any body of water thank Chile for that matter Short, concise, and polemical history of the centuries old Bolivarian revolution and cultural movement in Latin America How Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, and Fidel Castro have carried forward the anti imperialist movement that began against the 18th century European colonial empires Tariq Ali, as always sharp as a razor blade and biting as a whip. A readable and well documented view of how the three Pirates Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales and Fidel Castro are challenging the Washington Consensus that molds the predominant Northern view of the world think how Chavez, who has been democratically elected by his people several times, is repeatedly referred to by politicians and press as a dictator , until most people believe it. The book is a collection of various articles written about the South American political situation Its an eye opener as it talks about the influence of the Washington Consortium over the rest of the world This and other works is essential in raising awareness against the general prejudice of the countries or cultures going against the grain I found the character of Chavez, Moralis Castro Why can t the Muslim world produce a Chavez The book is a collection of various articles written about the South American political situation Its an eye opener as it talks about the influence of the Washington Consortium over the rest of the world This and other works is essential in raising awareness against the general prejudice of the countries or cultures going against the grain I found the character of Chavez, Moralis Castro Why can t the Muslim world produce a Chavez `Download Pdf ↽ Pirates of the Caribbean: Axis of Hope ✙ Since , the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela has brought Hugo Chavez to world attention as the foremost challenger of the neoliberal consensus and American foreign policy While Chavez s radical social democratic reforms have brought him worldwide acclaim among the poor, he has attracted intense hostility from Venezuelan elites and Western governmentsDrawing on first hand experience of Venezuela and meetings with Chavez, Tariq Ali shows how Chavez s views have polarized Latin America and examines the hostility directed against his administration Ali discusses the enormous influence of Fidel Castro on both Chavez and Evo Morales, the newly elected President of Bolivia, and 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