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The cast of Chris Morris’s black comedy Four Lions. Photo: Magnolia Pictures
What the jihadists who bought “Islam for Dummies” on Amazon tell us about radicalisation
By Mehdi Hasan - 21 August 10:06

Pretending that the danger comes only from the devout could cost lives.

A Palestinian boy plays with balloons as families leave their homes in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood. Photo: Getty
From Egypt to Saudi Arabia, the Arab world has abandoned the Palestinians
By Mehdi Hasan - 08 August 16:34

The inconvenient truth is that the collective punishment of the Pales­tinian people in Gaza is a collective endeavour in its own right – led by Israel, enforced by Egypt, endorsed by Saudi Arabia.

Palestinian firefighters survey the scene of a house destroyed during an Israeli strike. Photo: Getty
We single Israel out because we in the west are shamefully complicit in its crimes
By Mehdi Hasan - 16 July 17:45

The assault on Gaza has been a humanitarian disaster, yet the west's staunch support for Israel continues.

Iraqi women at the Khazair displacement camp for those caught-up in the fighting in Mosul. Photo: Getty
The hand-choppers of Isis are deluded: there is nothing Islamic about their caliphate
By Mehdi Hasan - 04 July 16:32

Have we gone back in time? The era of Muslim caliphates came to a close in 1924, when the Ottomans were toppled in Turkey.

Mad or bad? Ex-PM Tony Blair in Hong Kong, 2012. Photo: Getty
Blair’s supporters should stage a humanitarian intervention – and make him shut up about Iraq
By Mehdi Hasan - 18 June 17:02

How many Sure Start centres cancel out the depleted uranium used in Fallujah? Why does record investment in the NHS absolve the torture and abuse in Abu Ghraib?

Senator Elizabeth Warren in late 2013. Photo: Getty
Why Elizabeth Warren should take on Hillary Clinton and run for the US presidency
By Mehdi Hasan - 16 June 11:13

Simply by running, Warren will drag the centrist Clinton to the left and put the causes she cares about – financial reform, fairer taxes, income inequality – at the centre of the 2016 presidential election.

A Ukip bumper sticker. Photo: Getty
How do I tell my daughter that people across Europe fear minorities like us?
By Mehdi Hasan - 28 May 12:51

Anti-Semitism is now taboo in mainstream political discourse in a way in which Islamophobia isn’t.

Over and out: the election could spend the end of coalition for Nick Clegg, even if parliament is hung. Photo: Getty
Forget coalition with the Lib Dems – Labour is tempted by minority government
By Mehdi Hasan - 14 May 16:00

A solo Labour government might in fact benefit the Lib Dems, who would be seeking to rebuild credibility after their much-anticipated election wipeout.

Narendra Modi addressing a rally in Sidhuali near Lucknow, India. Photo: Getty
We must not turn a blind eye to the election of Narendra Modi, India’s Milosevic
By Mehdi Hasan - 02 May 14:10

As a British citizen, I am ashamed that my government is willing to cosy up to standard-bearers of religious fascism – as long, it seems, as they aren’t Muslim.

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.

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