Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi Hasan is the political director of the Huffington Post UK and a contributing writer for the New Statesman.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 7:45am
We Single Israel Out Because We in the West Are Shamefully Complicit in Its Crimes
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”.
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Friday, May 25, 2012 - 8:50am
Sadly Barack Obama, Like Mitt Romney, Is an Apologist for the 1%
Poor Mitt Romney. Despite defeating a weird and wacky line-up of candidates in a grueling Republican primary race, and despite selling himself as "the CEO president", he can't seem to shake off his image as a slash-and-burn private equity boss, a modern-day incarnation of Gordon Gekko.
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Monday, April 30, 2012 - 8:59am
Most Israeli Citizens Don't Want a War with Iran
Time for a quiz question. Last week, who said Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak – Israel's prime minister and defence minister – "are misleading the public on the Iran issue" and making decisions "based on messianic feelings"?
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Friday, February 10, 2012 - 3:09pm
Intervention in Syria Won’t Work, So How Do We Stop Assad?
How do we stop the ongoing killings in Syria? It is an urgent and important question but one that defies a simple or easy answer.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 9:35am
Iran's Nuclear Scientists Are Not Being Assassinated. They Are Being Murdered
On the morning of 11 January Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, the deputy head of Iran's uranium enrichment facility at Natanz, was in his car on his way to work when he was blown up by a magnetic bomb attached to his car door . He was 32 and married with a young son. He wasn't armed, or anywhere near a battlefield.
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Friday, November 18, 2011 - 10:02am
If You Lived in Iran, Wouldn't You Want the Nuclear Bomb?
Imagine, for a moment, that you are an Iranian mullah. Sitting crosslegged on your Persian rug in Tehran, sipping a cup of chai, you glance up at the map of the Middle East on the wall. It is a disturbing image: your country, the Islamic Republic of Iran, is surrounded on all sides by virulent enemies and regional rivals, both nuclear and non-nuclear.
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Friday, September 2, 2011 - 8:33am
A State of Palestine Would Backfire on Its Own People
Rejoice! On 20 September, the United Nations will welcome a new member: the "State of Palestine" . Senior Palestinian Authority (PA) officials believe they have secured the support of enough countries to pass a resolution in the UN general assembly recognising a Palestinian state. There is, however, little to celebrate. For the first time in my life, I find myself in agreement with Binyamin Netanyahu.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 11:01am
Let Them Eat Doughnuts: The US Response to Bahrain's Oppression
Pity the poor people of Bahrain. They have been shot, beaten, tear-gassed – and patronised. On 7 March, at the height of the pro-democracy protests in the tiny Gulf island kingdom, a crowd gathered outside the US embassy in Manama, the capital, carrying signs that read "Stop supporting dictators" and "Give me liberty or give me death".
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 4:51pm
Forget Sarah Palin and Donald Trump: Obama Needs a Challenge from the Left
Cast your minds back to November. Barack Obama had received his " shellacking " in the midterm elections, as the Republicans regained a majority in the House of Representatives and seized control of 29 of the 50 state governorships. It was the worst midterm defeat for the Democrats since 1938.
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 11:17am
US Drone Attacks Are No Laughing Matter, Mr. Obama
Speaking at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in May, Barack Obama spotted teen pop band the Jonas Brothers in the audience. "Sasha and Malia are huge fans, but, boys, don't get any ideas," deadpanned the president, referring to his daughters. "Two words for you: predator drones. You will never see it coming." The crowd laughed, Obama smiled, the dinner continued.
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