A polemical take on politics, economics and foreign affairs


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 need 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: Mehdi Hasan on why 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.

Richard Dawkins. Photograph: Getty Images
Mehdi Hasan vs Richard Dawkins: My faith in God is not foolish
By Mehdi Hasan - 19 December 6:36

God is the best answer to “why is there something rather than nothing?”

President Morsi at the UN General Assembly in September. Photograph: Getty Images
Ignore the neocons, says Mehdi Hasan – 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 Mehdi Hasan 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
The citizenship test makes a mockery of Britishness, says Mehdi Hasan
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 Egyptian Brotherhood, says Mehdi Hasan - it’s the generals who should worry us
By Mehdi Hasan - 28 June 11:45

Morsi is far, far from perfect - but we shouldn't write him off yet.

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, who says Iran isn't developing nukes
Mehdi Hasan's memo to Sunny Hundal: Iran isn't "developing nukes"
By Mehdi Hasan - 11 June 12:46

Sunny seems to think that Iran's open and undeniable enrichment of uranium, which is the country's legal right under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, amounts to a weapons programme. It doesn't.

Paul Krugman said Labour was "weak". Source: Getty Images
Mehdi Hasan interviews Paul 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, a new YouGov poll suggests
By Mehdi Hasan - 25 May 11:36

The new poll contains some pretty bad news for the austerity junkies.

New Statesman
Mehdi Hasan hears the sound of a consensus cracking... now everyone loves Ed
By Mehdi Hasan - 21 May 11:54

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

New Statesman
A third intifada? Mehdi Hasan on the hunger strikers in Palestine
By Mehdi Hasan - 14 May 17:29

Expect violence and chaos if the Palestinian hunger strikers perish.

New Statesman
Mehdi Hasan liked Ken Livingstone - but he was his own worst enemy
By Mehdi Hasan - 05 May 15:57

Defeat for Livingstone can't be pinned on Miliband.

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

Even a former Shin Bet head describes the Prime Minister as "not fit to hold the steering wheel of power".

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

"I hate to say it, but Dorries, Davis and Halfon have a point."

Mehdi Hasan on why Austerity isn't working -- but no-one in the government is listening
By Mehdi Hasan - 26 April 15:51

There's nothing wrong with saying "I told you so".

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

Yates is defending a blood-stained Middle East tyranny.