A polemical take on politics, economics and foreign affairs


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.

Paul Krugman
Krugman: Labour is "weak" in its opposition to cuts
By Mehdi Hasan - 30 May 16:19

The Nobel economist is scathing in his criticism of the two Eds.

Sayeeda Warsi enters Downing Street for her first cabinet meeting. May 2010.
Warsi and her accuser: the letters in full
By Mehdi Hasan - 30 May 13:06

Does Dr Wafik Moustafa have an axe to grind against the Conservative Party chairman?

New Statesman
The British public backs Francois Hollande
By Mehdi Hasan - 25 May 11:36

A new poll by YouGov contains some pretty bad news for the austerity junkies.

New Statesman
The sound of a consensus cracking...
By Mehdi Hasan - 21 May 11:54

Breaking news! Right-wing pundits now admit that they underestimated Ed Miliband.

New Statesman
A third intifada?
By Mehdi Hasan - 14 May 17:29

Expect violence and chaos if the Palestinian hunger strikers perish.

New Statesman
I like Ken, but he was his own worst enemy
By Mehdi Hasan - 05 May 15:57

Defeat for Livingstone can't be pinned on Miliband. And victory for Boris Johnson can't be shared by

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting
Netanyahu looks increasingly isolated on Iran
By Mehdi Hasan - 30 April 18:12

Iran Watch, part 8

David Cameron
The Tories are in trouble
By Mehdi Hasan - 29 April 10:22

A new YouGov poll shows just how bad the situation has become for the governing party.

David Cameron at the Lord Mayor of London's banquet in November 2010
Another attack on posh boys Cameron and Osborne...
By Mehdi Hasan - 28 April 11:37

...and, once again, it's from a Tory MP.

Austerity isn't working...
By Mehdi Hasan - 26 April 15:51

...and there's nothing wrong with saying "I told you so". But is anyone in government listening?

Why is John Yates working for the brutal Bahraini regime?
Why is John Yates working for the brutal Bahraini regime?
By Mehdi Hasan - 17 April 13:45

The former Met commander is defending a blood-stained Middle East tyranny.

Saudi Arabia's Defence Minister with David Cameron, April 2012.
Friendly versus unfriendly dictators
By Mehdi Hasan - 12 April 12:45

Cameron's speech on Islam and democracy contains some glaring omissions.

New Statesman
Galloway's victory: everyone's an expert
By Mehdi Hasan - 30 March 12:26

Why did Bradford West fall to Respect and how bad it is for Labour?

New Statesman
The time has come for the state funding of political parties
By Mehdi Hasan - 26 March 16:29

The status quo is unsustainable and the argument for reform is overwhelming.

Give the World Bank presidency to Jeffrey Sachs
By Mehdi Hasan - 23 March 10:37

If it's going to be an American again, he's the best man for the job.

The reactor building at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran.
Fisking Fawkes
By Mehdi Hasan - 20 March 10:15

Iran Watch, part 7

Fighting leaks
By Mehdi Hasan - 16 March 11:55

...the Apple way versus the Labour Party way.

The myth behind Israel's attack on Osiraq
By Mehdi Hasan - 13 March 12:35

Iran Watch, part 5 - a response to some nonsense from Guido Fawkes.