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

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

(81) 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

(204) 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

(342) 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

(102) 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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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Miliband Takes On The Israelis

(0) Comments | Posted 22 July 2014 | (01:20)

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 22 July 2014...


Ed Miliband hasn't had much to say about Israel's bombardment, and ground invasion, of Gaza and the mounting civilian death toll inside the strip - until, that is, yesterday.

On a trip...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Dave Vs Vlad

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2014 | (02:42)

The five things you need to know on Monday 21 July 2014...


The shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane, MH17, and the growing geopolitical crisis between Russia and the West, continues to dominate most of the front pages.

The Mail splashes on: "PM: We'll...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Made In Moscow?

(34) Comments | Posted 19 July 2014 | (22:24)

The five things you need to know on Sunday 20 July 2014...


The shooting down of flight MH17 dominates the front pages of the Sunday papers.

The Mail Sunday, for example, refers to Vladimir Putin as a "terrorist" in its splash headline.


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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Was Putin Behind The 'Act Of Terror'?

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2014 | (08:15)

The five things you need to know on Friday 18 July 2014...


Yesterday, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine. 298 people are dead, including nine British passengers. The Ukrainian government is calling it an '"act of terror".

So, was...

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Mehdi's Minute: On Cameron's Reshuffle, Gove's Demotion and Juncker's High Five

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2014 | (00:00)

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on David Cameron's reshuffle of 'pale, stale males'; the demotion of Michael Gove to chief whip; and the 'high five' between Cameron and his nemesis, Jean Claude Juncker?

Here's the political week in 60 seconds - before we take our summer break.

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Justine Miliband Profile: Could Ed's Wife Turn Out To Be His 'Secret Weapon'?

(28) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (13:43)

At a recent summer drinks party for high-profile Labour supporters, it wasn't Ed Miliband's speech that wowed the crowd. It was his wife's.

"I am trying to change the world through the law," Justine Thornton, aka Mrs Miliband,...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire

(1) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (00:58)

The five things you need to know on Thursday 17 July 2014...


You can tell a general election is around the corner. From the Times:

"Labour accused David Cameron of lying about its tax plans after he claimed that the party would...

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We Single Israel Out Because We in the West Are Shamefully Complicit in Its Crimes

(108) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (00:00)

Seventeen members of a single family wiped out in a missile strike. A centre for disabled people bombed. Schools and mosques attacked. Operation Protective Edge has been a humanitarian disaster for the residents of Gaza. This, apparently, is how Israel defines "self-defence".

The experts disagree. The UN's top human rights...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Bottom Of The Class

(0) Comments | Posted 15 July 2014 | (23:15)

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 16 July 2014...


Well, when they said it'd be a major reshuffle they weren't kidding. A new foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, and a new defence secretary, Michael Fallon. Plus two new women cabinet ministers, Nicky Morgan...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Massacre Of The Moderates'

(1) Comments | Posted 15 July 2014 | (08:03)

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 15 July 2014...


That's Labour's take on the David Cameron reshuffle, which kicked off last night, with the departure from government of a large group of Tory moderates and modernizers including William Hague, Ken Clarke, Andrew...

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