Mehdi Hasan
Mehdi Hasan is the political director of the Huffington Post UK, co-author of ED: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader and author of The Debt Delusion. He presents The Cafe on Al Jazeera English.

Entries by Mehdi Hasan

Scottish Independence: What Is The West Lothian Question And Is There An Answer To It?

(42) Comments | Posted 19 September 2014 | (09:21)

In a parliamentary debate on devolution to Scotland and Wales on 14 November 1977, the then Labour MP for West Lothian, Tam Dalyell, rose to his feet to speak. "For how long will English constituencies and English Honourable members tolerate.. at least 119 Honourable Members from Scotland, Wales and Northern...

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Scottish Independence: 'Lacklustre' Labour Must Learn Lessons From The 'Negative' No Campaign

(141) Comments | Posted 18 September 2014 | (23:34)

On Monday morning, I bumped into a senior member of the shadow cabinet, who was standing with a pair of aides to Ed Miliband at Euston station, all of them clutching trolley bags. "We're off to save the union," said the shadow minister, with a grin. "And we're not coming...

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The First 'War on Terror' Was a Failure - Do We Really Need a Sequel?

(29) Comments | Posted 18 September 2014 | (12:09)

It's difficult to disagree with the verdict of Barack Obama. The Isis terrorists, the US president declared in a televised address on 10 September, "are unique in their brutality... They enslave, rape and force women into marriage. They threatened a religious minority with genocide. In acts of barbarism, they took...

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ISIS Is Trying To 'Suck The West' Into A New War In Iraq, Warns Top Terrorism Expert

(52) Comments | Posted 17 September 2014 | (11:06)

ISIS is deliberately trying "to suck the west" into a new war in Iraq, one of the world's leading experts on Islamist terrorism has warned.

Speaking to the Huffington Post UK, former FBI supervisory special agent Ali Soufan, who spearheaded the bureau's hunt for Osama bin Laden in the run-up...

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Labour To 'Cancel Annual Party Conference' If Scotland Votes 'Yes'

(188) Comments | Posted 16 September 2014 | (20:27)

The Labour Party is preparing to cancel the bulk of its party conference next week in the event of a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum, the Huffington Post UK has learned.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, senior Labour sources confirmed that the party high command would...

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Moeen Ali's Message To British Muslims: Don't Go And Fight For ISIS

(56) Comments | Posted 12 September 2014 | (10:24)

England cricket star Moeen Ali has urged young British Muslims thinking about joining the Islamic State (IS) terror group "not to go".

Speaking exclusively to The Huffington Post UK, Ali, who is a devout Muslim, said he believed Islamic law did not permit people from the UK...

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Moeen Ali Interview: 'I Am A Muslim, Yes, But I Am Also Very English'

(17) Comments | Posted 11 September 2014 | (11:22)

In an exclusive and very personal interview, the new star of England cricket, Moeen Ali, talks to Mehdi Hasan about sport, faith and being British.

"I do let people touch it."

Moeen Ali is not just referring to...

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Inside Jobs and Israeli Stooges: Why Is the Muslim World in Thrall to Conspiracy Theories?

(214) Comments | Posted 5 September 2014 | (00:00)

Did you know that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Isis, was trained by Mossad and the CIA? Were you aware that his real name isn't Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai but Simon Elliot? Or that he's a Jewish actor who was recruited by the Israelis to play the...

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Mehdi's Minute: From Battling ISIS to Supporting Dictators

(8) Comments | Posted 5 September 2014 | (00:00)

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on our battle against ISIS, David Cameron's birthday wish and Tony Blair's latest award?

Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

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What the Jihadists Who Bought 'Islam For Dummies' on Amazon Tell Us About Radicalisation

(218) Comments | Posted 21 August 2014 | (09:47)

Can you guess which books the wannabe jihadists Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed ordered online from Amazon before they set out from Birmingham to fight in Syria last May? A copy of Milestones by the Egyptian Islamist Sayyid Qutb? No. How about Messages to the World: the Statements of Osama...

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Islamic State Could Attack West In Response To Air Strikes, Top Terror Expert Warns

(87) Comments | Posted 18 August 2014 | (17:54)

Anglo-American air strikes on Islamic State positions in northern Iraq could "increase the risk" from homegrown terrorists in the West, the former head of counterterrorism at MI6 has warned.

Richard Barrett, who handled counterterrorism operations for Britain's Secret Intelligence Service both before and after...

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi Pledges To 'Rebuild And Re-Train' Army To Defeat Isis

(13) Comments | Posted 13 August 2014 | (16:18)

The new prime minister-designate of Iraq plans to "rebuild and re-train" the Iraqi army as a first step towards defeating Islamist militants in the north of the country, the Huffington Post UK has learned.

Speaking from Baghdad, a source close to Dr Haider al-Abadi told HuffPost UK that the...

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Foreign Office In Crisis: Why Do David Cameron's Ministers Keep Quitting?

(6) Comments | Posted 11 August 2014 | (13:31)

In one of his defining speeches as foreign secretary, William Hague set out his vision of creating a "revived and reinvigorated Foreign Office that leads thinking on foreign policy across government."

"It must be a Foreign Office with a clear sense of purpose, greater ambition, a stronger and...

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From Egypt to Saudi Arabia, the Arab World Has Abandoned the Palestinians

(58) Comments | Posted 8 August 2014 | (16:26)

Forget for one moment the timid pronouncements of Barack Obama and David Cameron. When will Arab rulers dare raise their voice against Israel's pounding of Gaza? "I have never seen a situation like it, where you have so many Arab states acquiescing in the death and destruction in Gaza and...

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Boris Johnson Not A 'Shoo-In' For Uxbridge Seat, Warns Top Local Tory

(13) Comments | Posted 6 August 2014 | (12:06)

Boris Johnson is "not a shoo-in" for the safe Conservative seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip and will have to decide "fairly quickly" if he wants to be its MP, the Tory leader of the local council has warned.

The mayor of London finally confirmed he...

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Alex Salmond Calls For Arms Embargo On Israel Over Gaza Attacks

(202) Comments | Posted 5 August 2014 | (12:36)

Alex Salmond will today back calls for the United Kingdom government to impose an arms embargo on Israel following its military actions in Gaza, ahead of his live TV debate on Scottish independence with Alistair Darling.

The demand comes after former Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi dramatically...

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Baroness Warsi Quits Over Gaza: First Interview With Former Foreign Office Minister

(332) Comments | Posted 4 August 2014 | (21:50)

Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi has dramatically quit the government, citing the UK's "morally indefensible" position on the conflict in Gaza.

In her resignation letter to the prime minister, David Cameron, Warsi wrote that Britain's support for Israeli military action against...

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Debunking Israel's 11 Main Myths About Gaza, Hamas and War Crimes

(121) Comments | Posted 28 July 2014 | (11:53)

You've got to hand it to Israeli spinners like Mark Regev. They are masters of PR. In fact, as the Independent's Patrick Cockburn revealed over the weekend, "the playbook they are using is a professional, well-researched and confidential study on how to influence the media and public opinion...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'I'm Up For A Fight'

(0) Comments | Posted 23 July 2014 | (01:26)

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 23 July 2014...


I've done a (long) profile of Ed Miliband's 'secret weapon', Cambridge-educated lawyer Justine Thornton, based on a series of conversations with friends of the couple, shadow cabinet ministers, pollsters -...

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Nine Things the Israeli Ambassador Conveniently Didn't Say About Gaza

(101) Comments | Posted 22 July 2014 | (12:22)

The suffering in Gaza continues unabated. The strip is blockaded from land, sea and air and bombed from land, sea and air. The death toll has climbed past 550, including at least 100 Palestinian children.

Yet, still, silver-tongued Israeli officials continue to take to the airwaves to...

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