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Mehdi Hasan

Al Jazeera English Presenter

Mehdi Hasan is a presenter for Al Jazeera English. He was formerly the political director of the Huffington Post UK and is the co-author of ED: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader and author of The Debt Delusion. He presents Head to Head on Al Jazeera English.

Don't Let the Ridiculous Smears Fool You: Syriza Is No Party of the Radical 'Far Left'

What is "extreme" about providing free electricity and food stamps to 300,000 Greek families now living below the poverty line, as Syriza has pledged to do? Syriza's programme of debt relief, fiscal stimulus and financial support for the poorest, rather than the richest, is mainstream macroeconomics. The party is merely planning to do what the textbooks suggest.
29/01/2015 15:01 GMT

As a Muslim, I'm Fed Up With the Hypocrisy of the Free Speech Fundamentalists

Let's be clear: I agree there is no justification whatsoever for gunning down journalists or cartoonists. I disagree with your seeming view that the right to offend comes with no corresponding responsibility; and I do not believe that a right to offend automatically translates into a duty to offend.
13/01/2015 14:53 GMT

Mehdi's Minute: The Best (Worst?) Bits of 2014

Did you enjoy watching my alternative, semi-serious take on each week's big political stories across the course of 2014? Or maybe you hated it. Either way, you watched it, right? So we've pulled together the best (worst?) bits of me doing my round-ups - from me pretending to do keepy-uppys to me trying to speak German to me telling Owen Jones to eff off. Here's the past 12 months in 60 seconds.
30/12/2014 12:59 GMT

Five Questions for Anyone Who Says 'It's Not Racist to Talk About Immigration'

To pretend racism doesn't play a role in generating hostility towards, and anxiety over, immigration is naive, if not disingenuous. Those who piously claim that opposition to immigration in the UK isn't driven by prejudice, bigotry and hysteria, but rather by "legitimate concerns" over rising migrant numbers and a growing pressure on public services, should try answering the following five questions.
10/11/2014 13:04 GMT