Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi Hasan is a senior columnist at The Intercept. He is the host of The Intercept podcast “Deconstructed.” Hasan is also the host of Al Jazeera English’s “UpFront.” He has interviewed, among others, Edward Snowden, Hamid Karzai, Ehud Olmert, and Gen. Michael Flynn. He is also the author of two books—a biography of former U.K. Labor Party leader Ed Miliband and an e-book on the financial crisis and austerity economics. He is based in Washington, D.C.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders raises his fist as he addresses the Democratic Party's 61st Annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club dinner at SNHU arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, on February 8, 2020. (Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
With Back-to-Back Wins for Sanders, Pundits Proven Wrong in Iowa and New Hampshire
Bernie Sanders is now the undisputed frontrunner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Last week, in the Iowa caucuses, Sanders won the popular vote by a clear margin in both the first and second rounds. On Monday, he took the lead in a national Quinnipiac University poll for the...
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The reason "43" should be treated as a pariah is not because he is a Republican or a conservative, but because he caused the deaths of thousands of innocent people and tortured hundreds of others. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Dear Ellen: The Problem With George W. Bush Is Not His Beliefs—It’s His War Crimes
Back in November 2018, Michelle Obama described George W. Bush as “a beautiful, funny, kind, sweet man,” shortly after images of the former first lady and the former president sharing a cough drop went viral. On Tuesday, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres told her audience that she is “friends with...
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This, my dear liberals, is your (feminist) champion. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 08, 2019
Nancy Pelosi Has Chosen Her War, and It’s With Her Own Party’s Future
They call themselves the “ Squad .” From climate change to student debt to migrants in detention , progressive House Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley have been energetic and outspoken since getting elected last November—and, as a result, have become...
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Reactions to Manchester Bombing Show How Anti-Muslim Bigots Are "Useful Idiots" for ISIS
If you want to defeat ISIS, listen to former ISIS hostage Nicolas Henin. The group is “heartened by every sign of overreaction, of division, of fear, of racism, of xenophobia … [and] drawn to any examples of ugliness on social media,” the French journalist wrote in November 2015 in the wake of the...
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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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