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, November 17, 2016
As a Muslim, How Do I Tell My Child the New President Doesn’t Like Us?
“Did she win?” My bleary-eyed nine-year-old had fallen asleep on our couch the previous night, as the polls closed in Florida. When she sat across the breakfast table from me, I had to break the news that, while her own state of Virginia might have (narrowly) opted for Hillary Clinton, most of the...
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Thursday, February 04, 2016
Thank You Obama for Your Mosque Speech
It only took him seven years. But maybe it was worth the wait. On Wednesday afternoon, the president of the United States mounted a podium inside a Maryland mosque to give a much-trailed speech challenging the rising tide of anti-Muslim bigotry in his country. (Although, as the author and lawyer...
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Thursday, July 17, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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 02, 2011
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
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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