Mehdi Hasan

26 People The Internet Thought Were Dead When They Weren't

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK

Twitter exploded recently at viral gossip reporting Tony Hart's death. Awkwardly, he actually passed away six years ago. Here's a few more reasons ...

Five Questions That Trouble Ed Miliband's Many Disillusioned Supporters

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

It isn't just his opponents who question whether Miliband will become prime minister. A growing number of his supporters do, too... The Labour leader cannot afford to be his own worst enemy, as he approaches the closest general election in a generation.

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

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

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.

Why Page 3 and Charlie Hebdo Are Not the Same

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK
Sam Fowles

Platform is valuable commodity and the supply of privileged platforms far outstrips demand. This is precisely because very few people have the former while almost everyone has, at some point, availed themselves of one of the latter.

Charlie Hebdo: The Pope's Comments Join a Media Circus at Risk of Legitimising Terrorism

George Gillett | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
George Gillett

Whether it be the Pope or a media commentator - we must avoid capitalising on a terrorist incident to vocalise our opinion on these cartoons and society's attitude towards religious beliefs.

5 Times Starkey Proved He Was 'Katie Hopkins With A PHD'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Politics

David Starkey's appearance on Question Time this week stunned many as the historian subjected the audience in Lincoln to his views on why teenagers ca...

Starkey Drops A Sexual Clanger On Question Time

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Politics

Historian David Starkey has insisted on BBC Question Time that a 16 year old pupil could "groom" a 44 year old teacher, in a cringeworthy tirade on th...

David Starkey Called Mehdi Hasan 'Ahmed' While Trying Be Expert On Islam

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Politics

Historian and supposed authority on Islam, David Starkey, managed to tickle the depths of racial stereotyping on Question Time by calling Mehdi Hasan ...

There Are So Many Shades of Muslim - Which One Is Real?

Asad Dhunna | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Asad Dhunna

As a real Muslim, I don't want to go to war with the rest of the world. I just want to peacefully coexist. I'm certain there are more real Muslims like me out there. It's time they find a voice to speak up.

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

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

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.

Jody Thompson

HuffPostUK's Most Shared Blogs of 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Jody Thompson | Posted 25.12.2014 | UK

It’s been a stellar year in which HuffPost UK has hosted blogs from the great, the good and the infamous including the likes of Prince William and h...

If Mary and Joseph Tried to Reach Bethlehem Today, They Would Get Stuck at an Israeli Checkpoint

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

'Tis the season of Nativity scenes. But here's a question to consider: would Joseph and Mary even have been able to reach Bethlehem if they were making that same journey today? hatever your view of Jesus or Muhammad, if you are a Palestinian resident of the West Bank you are a victim of the longest military occupation in the world.

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

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 10.02.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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 02.02.2015 | 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 19.01.2015 | 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 18.01.2015 | 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 10.01.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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 23.12.2014 | 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 22.12.2014 | 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...