A polemical take on politics, economics and foreign affairs


Is this racism?
By Mehdi Hasan - 07 December 12:26

You decide. But those of us who are not white are rather fed up with such goings-on.

Alan Johnson isn’t going to be the next Labour leader
By Mehdi Hasan - 05 December 13:39

The reports and rumours swirling around the Westminster village are ridiculous.

The rise of Qatarphobia
By Mehdi Hasan - 04 December 13:16

I’m fed up with the reaction to Fifa’s decision to award the 2022 World Cup to the tiny Gulf emirate

The problem with Obama
By Mehdi Hasan - 04 December 12:00

The economist and <em>New York Times</em> columnist Paul Krugman’s damning verdict.

Lib Dem U-turn, number 774
By Mehdi Hasan - 04 December 11:06

Vince Cable says he WILL vote for tuition fee rise.

Does WikiLeaks prove that the Yanks are “a force for good”?
By Mehdi Hasan - 02 December 13:25

David Aaronovitch must be having a laugh.

Did Margaret Thatcher practise the “politics of envy”?
By Mehdi Hasan - 29 November 9:57

She did – if you believe the Tory-supporting columnist Matthew d’Ancona.

Is the conflict in Afghanistan worse than the Vietnam war?
By Mehdi Hasan - 26 November 11:25

A great blog post over at the <em>New York Times</em>.

How do we negotiate with the Taliban . . .
By Mehdi Hasan - 24 November 13:46

. . . if we can’t identify their leaders?

Guess what’s the “word of the year”?
By Mehdi Hasan - 24 November 10:36

Oxford Dictionaries singles out Cameron’s “big society”.

The truth about Andrew Gilligan
By Mehdi Hasan - 22 November 12:20

The Telegraph man’s links to Iran.

“I absolutely believe in a secular society” – Lutfur Rahman speaks to the NS
By Mehdi Hasan - 17 November 15:22

My interview with the controversial mayor of Tower Hamlets is in this week’s magazine.

Quote of the weekend
By Mehdi Hasan - 14 November 10:32

The coalition’s “decentralisation” con.

Hooray! Aung San Suu Kyi is free
By Mehdi Hasan - 13 November 12:55

This is a momentous day for Burma and for the world.

Is Labour running scared from the “deficit denial” tag?
By Mehdi Hasan - 13 November 12:46

Alan “Enforcer” Johnson, the shadow chancellor, speaks to the <em>Times</em>.

Should the “fire extinguisher” protester be charged with “attempted murder”?
By Mehdi Hasan - 13 November 12:29

Debating the appropriate punishment for violent demonstrators.

The Lib Dem betrayal, part 74
By Mehdi Hasan - 13 November 12:17

A new book reveals plans to abandon its tuition fees pledge before the general election.

The Labour right strikes back
By Mehdi Hasan - 12 November 14:52

Me versus Tom Harris on Phil Woolas.

Quote of the day
By Mehdi Hasan - 10 November 11:05

Our former man in Kabul on our self-defeating strategy in Afghanistan.

George Bush’s “all-time low”
By Mehdi Hasan - 09 November 11:00

He’s got to be joking, right? No, he isn’t.

Is Michelle Obama the new Diana?
By Mehdi Hasan - 08 November 12:49

Her husband could learn a lot from her free spirit.

The Tea Party doesn’t exist
By Mehdi Hasan - 08 November 11:24

Gary Younge dissects America’s hard-right, populist “movement”.

Some observations on the stabber of Stephen Timms
By Mehdi Hasan - 04 November 13:25

Roshonara Choudhry, Islam, Iraq and terrorism.

The myth of US charter schools
By Mehdi Hasan - 03 November 13:01

Don’t buy the hype from Michael Gove – or Arne Duncan.

Keith Olbermann on the Tea Party
By Mehdi Hasan - 02 November 14:17

A near-perfect 20-minute summary of the right-wing crazies who might triumph today.

In praise of Michael Gove
By Mehdi Hasan - 02 November 11:29

He’s wrong on free schools but right to ban BNP teachers.