A polemical take on politics, economics and foreign affairs


Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg during first of the two debates on Europe. Photo: Getty
Why does Nigel Farage want us to follow the lead of countries that are smaller than Bristol?
By Mehdi Hasan - 03 April 9:17

Eurosceptics harp on about the need for democracy. But the Swiss, like the Norwegians and the Icelanders, choose to eat food from a table at which they have no seat.

John Kerry speaks about the situation in Crimea during a town hall meeting with university students at the State Department in Washington on 18 March. Photo: Getty
For our most powerful and hypocritical leaders, crimes are those that others commit
By Mehdi Hasan - 21 March 9:01

There is egregious hypocrisy and unctuous sanctimony at the heart of western foreign policy.

While the Tories claim that growth is back, Ed Miliband will seize the Inequality Moment
By Mehdi Hasan - 06 March 10:44

Discussion of the gap between rich and poor has gone mainstream.

New Statesman
Forget Benefits Street. When will we shame the scroungers lapping up corporate welfare?
By Mehdi Hasan - 20 February 10:58

Ignore the media misinformation: spending on out-of-work benefits isn’t out of control, nor is the welfare state responsible for growing poverty.

As the US turns against new sanctions on Iran, has the Israel lobby lost its mojo?
By Mehdi Hasan - 10 February 9:09

The Aipac lobby group is famed for its ability to move bills, spike nominations and keep legislators in line – but is its influence waning?

Ed Miliband speaks to supporters on 17 January 2014 in London
Yes, Labour “got it wrong” about immigration, but not in the way its frontbenchers seem to think
By Mehdi Hasan - 27 January 9:25

The Labour leader, it seems, is willing to apologise only for being too soft on immigration and immigrants, not for being too tough.

The left lionises Edward Snowden, but who will speak up for Israel's Mordechai Vanunu?
By Mehdi Hasan - 09 January 12:30

Vanunu told the world about the full extent of Israel's nuclear capabilities. As a result he is being persecuted by the Israeli state in a three-decade punishment including treatment that Amnesty International has described as “cruel, inhuman and degradin

What Islam-bashers can learn from The West Wing’s Aaron Sorkin
By Mehdi Hasan - 02 January 12:18

Being a person of faith requires an understanding of not just religious values but an understanding of history.

Why it’s misguided to treat the eurozone crisis as a morality tale about “lazy” southerners
By Mehdi Hasan - 09 December 14:19

As southern European countries rack up record debts, Helmut Kohl has told friends “Merkel is destroying my Europe”.

British Muslims should stand up and say it: there is nothing Islamic about child marriage
By Mehdi Hasan - 21 November 9:00

Child marriage is a form of child abuse, and must be stopped.

New Statesman
We could fix our economy by giving every man, woman and child £6,000 in cash
By Mehdi Hasan - 25 October 14:47

It's hard to believe in the economy's so-called recovery when 2.5m remain unemployed and 1.5m are stuck in part-time jobs because they can't find full-time work. So how do we get growth beyond the Square Mile?

Tommy Robinson.
Who needs Tommy Robinson and the EDL, when Islamophobia has gone mainstream?
By Mehdi Hasan - 10 October 18:00

It doesn't matter whether Tommy Robinson has reformed (or rebranded) himself. Islamophobia hit the mainstream long ago, with help from large sections of the press.

New Statesman
“Something must be done about Syria,” the hawks cry. Well, try diplomacy
By Mehdi Hasan - 12 September 14:11

Remember this – 99 per cent of the 100,000-plus dead Syrians were killed by bombs and bullets, not by sarin or VX gas.

Why do the Miliband haters carp and groan? He’s the favourite – the rest is noise
By Mehdi Hasan - 30 August 14:46

Political punditry in the UK continues to be leader-centred and personality-obsessed, but does what the commentators have to say have any effect on how we vote?

Without immigrants, our country wouldn’t function. So let’s give it a go...
By Mehdi Hasan - 22 July 11:30

Fancy Ukip’s oh-so-reasonable line on the nee to save our “out-of-control”, overcrowded, overburdened country? Let’s all try living, just for one day, without immigrants.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Whether we like it or not, the settlers have won. The two-state solution is now impossible
By Mehdi Hasan - 11 July 8:43

Whether we’re willing to admit it or not, Israel’s the Palestinian “peace process” is dead. There’s no hope of any success for a two-state solution.

Barack Obama and George W Bush
On wiretaps and drone strikes, it’s time for liberals to accept that Obama is worse than Bush
By Mehdi Hasan - 13 June 10:37

On questions of “US national security”, from wiretaps to Gitmo to drone strikes, Barack Obama has shown his thinking is even less unenlightened than that of the junior Bush. And liberals everywhere better accept that.

The rainbow flag, symbolising gay pride, flying above the Cabinet Office
As a Muslim, I struggle with the idea of homosexuality – but I oppose homophobia
By Mehdi Hasan - 20 May 14:36

I've made homophobic remarks in the past, writes Mehdi Hasan, but now I’ve grown up — and reconciled my Islamic beliefs with my attitude to gay rights.

Where would you rather live: small-government Somalia or big-government Sweden?
By Mehdi Hasan - 23 April 11:28

Critics of “big government” talk as if it’s beyond question that the state’s involvement with our lives is a bad thing.

The sorry truth is that the virus of anti-Semitism has infected the British Muslim community
By Mehdi Hasan - 21 March 9:30

It's a shameful fact that Muslims are not only the victims of racial and religious prejudice but purveyors of it, too.

The hawks were wrong: Iraq is worse off now
By Mehdi Hasan - 14 February 9:14

Saddam is gone – but at what cost?

Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln.
Today we remember Lincoln as a great redeemer – and that should give Obama hope
By Mehdi Hasan - 28 January 11:00

Time for the 44th president to prove he can be the heir to the 16th.

President Morsi at the UN General Assembly in September
Ignore the neocons – I refuse to give up on Egypt, or the Arab spring
By Mehdi Hasan - 29 November 7:44

Long live the Arab Spring - despite the murmurs about Morsi’s “pharaonic” decree in Egypt and the Syrian bloodbath, I refuse to lose faith in the people of the Arab world.

Men walk past a bank of television screens in the BBC headquarters
We must defend the BBC from Murdoch and death by a thousand Tory cuts
By Mehdi Hasan - 14 November 17:41

If we want to preserve quality public-service broadcasting in Britain, we must defend the Beeb.

10 things I learned from debating abortion on Twitter
By Mehdi Hasan - 16 October 10:36

A response to the reaction to my most recent column.

In a year when Britishness is celebrated, the citizenship test is a sham
Testing makes a mockery of Britishness
By Mehdi Hasan - 04 July 14:27

In a year when Britishness is celebrated, the citizenship test makes a mockery of it.

General Mamduh Shahin (R) and army Ismail Etman
Forget the Brotherhood. It’s Egypt’s generals who should worry us
By Mehdi Hasan - 28 June 11:45

Should we be worried by the Muslim Brotherhood’s victory in the Egyptian presidential election? Earlier this year, I interviewed Wael Ghonim, the young Google executive and anti-Mubarak activist who became the face of Egypt’s inspiring revolution back in January and February of 2011.