Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi's Minute: On CIA Torture, Dick Cheney and the Ukip Sex Scandal

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on the US Senate's report on CIA torture, Dick Cheney's ludicrous response to it and, back home in the UK, Ukip's entry into the British political establishment? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

Sorry, Myleene: Yes, You Can Point at Things and Tax Them - and That's What We Should Do to the City

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

As 1,000 economists have pointed out, an FTT is "technically feasible" and "morally right". It is, you could say, a tax whose time has come. Even Myleene Klass might agree.

Mehdi's Minute: On Osborne's Numbers, Cameron's 'Masosadism' and Brown's Retirement

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on George Osborne's Autumn Statement, David Cameron's PMQS gaffe and Gordon Brown's decision to stand down from parliament? Here's the political week in 60 seconds...

Do Voters Even Care About The Deficit? Here's The Graph You Need To See

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

From day one, George Osborne framed the debate on the economy as a debate about borrowing, debts and deficits. Unlike defensive Labour, however, the voters don't seem to buy it.

I Was a Teenage Europhile - But the EU's Sadistic Austerity and Lack of Democracy Have Changed My Mind

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

This is a political and economic scandal, not to mention a human tragedy. And progressives should be saying so. But the left in the UK has ceded all the Eurosceptic terrain to the xenophobes and the "Little Englanders", to Ukip and the Tory right. We were wrong then. Let's not be wrong now.

Hiding Anti-Muslim Bigotry Behind 'Free Speech' Won't Work

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Why is it that there's outrage when newspapers are racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic, but not when they're Islamophobic? Why the double standard?

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

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

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.

Mehdi's Minute: From Ed Miliband's Troubles to Not-So-Calamity Clegg to George 'Nick' Clooney

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on Ed Miliband's troubles, Nick Clegg's comeback and the George Clooney comparison? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

Mehdi's Minute: From Ukip's 'Calypso Song' to Barack Obama's Embarrassing 'Brother'

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on the Ukip 'Calypso song'; their new Holocaust-denying ally in Europe; and Obama's coolness versus Cameron's coolness? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

Why Arming the Kurds Is the Only Option - Even for Anti-War Progressives in the West

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

It isn't a contradiction to be anti-war and left-wing at the same time as being pro-Kurd and in favour of arming the Kurds. I have been a long-standing opponent of western military interventions in the Muslim-majority world, almost all of which - from Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 to Libya in 2011 - have resulted in civilian bloodshed and terrorist blowback. But I'm not a pacifist.

Mehdi's Minute: Freudian Slips, Tory 'Traitors' and the Fight Against Ebola

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on Lord Freud's latest gaffe, on the disabled and the minimum wage, on the ongoing Tory/Ukip love-in and on how Dave is trying to dodge the debates? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

Mehdi Hasan And Jonathan Freedland Talk Anti-Semitism And Islamophobia

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics

Watch the Huffington Post UK's political director Mehdi Hasan, who is Muslim, and Guardian executive editor Jonathan Freedland, who is Jewish, discuss...

Jack Sommers

Journalist Turned Down Chance To Stand Against Nick Clegg

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics

Left-wing polemicist and author Owen Jones turned down a request to stand as an MP - against Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg - he has told the Huffington Po...

Mehdi's Minute: From Battling ISIS to Supporting Dictators

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

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.

The Establishment Exposed

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Politics

Is the British Establishment in crisis? How do the City bankers, media moguls and cabinet ministers keep 'getting away with it'? Join award-winning au...

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

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The inconvenient truth is that the collective punishment of the Pales­tinian people in Gaza is a collective endeavour in its own right - led by Israel, enforced by Egypt, endorsed by Saudi Arabia. Pity the poor Palestinians. Their territories are occupied by the Jewish state; their cause is abandoned by the Arab world.

Real Israel vs 'Nasty Israel'

Toby Greene | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics
Toby Greene

Take a list of straw man arguments then knock them down with cut and paste using any paragraph from the web which might support the alternative view. This is journalism? This is political commentary? Well sadly it often is when we are talking about Israel...

The Dawkins Delusion: Seven Outbursts The Professor May Regret

Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK

SEE ALSO: Richard Dawkins Admits 'Mistake' In Rape TweetsRichard Dawkins' Tweets Remind Us Of 9 Other Dumb Comments Made By Powerful Men About Rape ...

Richard Dawkins' Tweets On Rape And Paedophilia Have Sent Twitter Into Meltdown

Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK

UPDATE: Richard Dawkins Admits 'Mistake' In Rape TweetsRichard Dawkins' Tweets Remind Us Of 9 Other Dumb Comments Made By Powerful Men About RapeThe...

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

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

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.

Islamic State? Caliphate? Islamic Caliphate? Islamic Caliph-State? Is There A Difference?

Dilly Hussain | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

The idea of Muslims having one unifying leader is an established position in Islamic philosophy. The term for this leader is "Caliph" (successor). In his article, Mehdi Hasan makes a sweeping and quite preposterous rejection of an Islamic State having any "theological", "historical" or "empirical" evidence...

The Hand-Choppers of Isis Are Deluded: There Is Nothing Islamic About Their Caliphate

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Let me make a prediction. The so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria will be totalitarian, won't be Islamic and, in the words of the former US state department spokesman Philip Crowley, "has as much chance of survival as an ice cream cone in the desert". By declaring statehood, Isis may have sown the seeds of its own destruction.

Mehdi's Minute: Miliband Down, Paxman Out, Blair Back (VIDEO)

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on the latest Ed Miliband leadership 'crisis', Jeremy Paxman's retirement, Boris Johnson's birthday and Tony Blair's bizarre intervention on Iraq? All while doing keepy-uppy in honour of our (awful) England team in Brazil? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

Blair's Supporters Should Stage an Intervention - And Make Him Shut Up About Iraq

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

In an era of dreary politicians, the silver-tongued Blair continues to beguile us. He is the Cristiano Ronaldo of politics: slick, skilful, über-confident and astonishingly arrogant... Is he mad or bad? Deluded or dishonest? It no longer matters. Blair's reputation lies in tatters. More than half of Brits believe their former prime minister was wrong to invade Iraq; one in five tell YouGov they think he should be tried as a war criminal. Blair can try to pretend he lives a normal life but when he goes to a book signing, people pelt him with eggs

Mehdi's Minute: 'British Values' From Birmingham to Iraq to Brazil (VIDEO)

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on the row over 'British values' and Birmingham schools, the great passport backlog, Iraq's civil war and England's World Cup chances? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.