Mehdi Hasan
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Mehdi Hasan is the political director of the Huffington Post UK, co-author of ED: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader and author of The Debt Delusion. He presents The Cafe on Al Jazeera English.

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Mehdi's Minute: Freudian Slips, Tory 'Traitors' and the Fight Against Ebola

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on Lord Freud's latest gaffe, on the disabled and the minimum wage, on the ongoing Tory/Ukip love-in and on how Dave is trying to dodge the debates?

Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

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Cracking Down on Immigration Won't Help Labour See Off Ukip

(122) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 9:47 AM

It didn't take long, did it? Within hours of the by-election result in Heywood and Middleton, where Ukip zoomed into second place just 617 votes behind the winning Labour candidate, a chorus of voices began urging Her Majesty's Opposition tack to the right on immigration in order to see off...

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General David Richards: We Could Beat Isis In Six Months With Boots On The Ground

(28) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 10:14 AM

The West's war against IS could be "over in six months" if the US and UK governments were to put "boots on the ground", the former head of the British armed forces has said.

Speaking to the Huffington Post UK, General David Richards, who stepped down as...

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David Richards: 'As A General, I Could Literally Change The Fortunes Of A Nation'

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 8:14 AM

"If western boots were on the ground," David Richards, the former head of the British armed forces tells me, "if western armies were to be applied to the problem [of the so-called Islamic State, or IS], it could be over in...

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Mehdi's Minute: Cameron's Gaffes, Daughters Vs Deficits and Defections to Ukip

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on David Cameron's conference speech on Wednesday? And on the Tory defections to Ukip?

Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

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Ed Miliband Gives A Poor Speech At Labour Conference, But Will It Really Stop Him Winning?

(36) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 10:44 AM

There are two things you need to know about Ed Miliband's setpiece speech at Labour's last party conference before the 2015 general election.

The first is that it was, without a shadow of a doubt, the weakest conference speech he has delivered since becoming leader of the Labour Party...

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Scottish Independence: What Is The West Lothian Question And Is There An Answer To It?

(61) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 4:21 AM

In a parliamentary debate on devolution to Scotland and Wales on 14 November 1977, the then Labour MP for West Lothian, Tam Dalyell, rose to his feet to speak. "For how long will English constituencies and English Honourable members tolerate.. at least 119 Honourable Members from Scotland, Wales and Northern...

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Scottish Independence: 'Lacklustre' Labour Must Learn Lessons From The 'Negative' No Campaign

(245) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 6:34 PM

On Monday morning, I bumped into a senior member of the shadow cabinet, who was standing with a pair of aides to Ed Miliband at Euston station, all of them clutching trolley bags. "We're off to save the union," said the shadow minister, with a grin. "And we're not coming...

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The First 'War on Terror' Was a Failure - Do We Really Need a Sequel?

(32) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 7:09 AM

It's difficult to disagree with the verdict of Barack Obama. The Isis terrorists, the US president declared in a televised address on 10 September, "are unique in their brutality... They enslave, rape and force women into marriage. They threatened a religious minority with genocide. In acts of barbarism, they took...

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ISIS Is Trying To 'Suck The West' Into A New War In Iraq, Warns Top Terrorism Expert

(57) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 6:06 AM

ISIS is deliberately trying "to suck the west" into a new war in Iraq, one of the world's leading experts on Islamist terrorism has warned.

Speaking to the Huffington Post UK, former FBI supervisory special agent Ali Soufan, who spearheaded the bureau's hunt for Osama bin Laden in the run-up...

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Labour To 'Cancel Annual Party Conference' If Scotland Votes 'Yes'

(193) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 3:27 PM

The Labour Party is preparing to cancel the bulk of its party conference next week in the event of a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum, the Huffington Post UK has learned.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, senior Labour sources confirmed that the party high command would...

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Moeen Ali's Message To British Muslims: Don't Go And Fight For ISIS

(56) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 5:24 AM

England cricket star Moeen Ali has urged young British Muslims thinking about joining the Islamic State (IS) terror group "not to go".

Speaking exclusively to The Huffington Post UK, Ali, who is a devout Muslim, said he believed Islamic law did not permit people from the UK...

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Moeen Ali Interview: 'I Am A Muslim, Yes, But I Am Also Very English'

(17) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 6:22 AM

In an exclusive and very personal interview, the new star of England cricket, Moeen Ali, talks to Mehdi Hasan about sport, faith and being British.

"I do let people touch it."

Moeen Ali is not just referring to...

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Inside Jobs and Israeli Stooges: Why Is the Muslim World in Thrall to Conspiracy Theories?

(245) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Did you know that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Isis, was trained by Mossad and the CIA? Were you aware that his real name isn't Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai but Simon Elliot? Or that he's a Jewish actor who was recruited by the Israelis to play the...

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Mehdi's Minute: From Battling ISIS to Supporting Dictators

(8) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on our battle against ISIS, David Cameron's birthday wish and Tony Blair's latest award?

Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

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"군사개입이 IS 서방 테러 가능성 높일 수 있다"

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2014 | 11:40 AM

이라크 북부에 주둔하고 있는 이슬람국가(IS)를 겨냥한 미-영 연맹 공격이 서방국 내의 테러 '위험을 높일 수 있다"고 영국 MI6(미국 CIA와 같은 조직)의 전 반테러 담당자가 말했다.

9/11 전후로 영국 비밀첩보 조직의 반테러 운영을 맡았던 리처드 배레트영국 허핑턴포스트와의 인터뷰에서 최근 서방국의 이라크 개입이...

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O Estado Islâmico pode atacar o Ocidente em retaliação aos ataques aéreos, diz especialista em terrorismo

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 9:17 PM

Os ataques aéreos anglo-americanos contra as posições do Estado Islâmico no norte do Iraque podem “aumentar os riscos” de terroristas nativos no Ocidente, adverte o ex-chefe de contraterrorismo do MI6.

Richard Barrett, que cuidava das operações antiterroristas do serviço secreto de inteligência britânico antes e depois...

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What the Jihadists Who Bought 'Islam For Dummies' on Amazon Tell Us About Radicalisation

(222) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 4:47 AM

Can you guess which books the wannabe jihadists Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed ordered online from Amazon before they set out from Birmingham to fight in Syria last May? A copy of Milestones by the Egyptian Islamist Sayyid Qutb? No. How about Messages to the World: the Statements of Osama...

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IS-Terror: Britischer Experte warnt vor Anschlägen im Westen und kritisiert den Militäreinsatz

(5) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 12:41 PM

Die von Großbritannien unterstützten US-Luftangriffe auf Stellungen der Terrorgruppe Islamischer Staat (IS) im Nordirak erhöhen das Risiko für Terroranschläge im Westen, warnt der ehemalige Chef der Terrorismus-Bekämpfung des britischen Auslandsgeheimdienstes MI6. Er hält nichts von dem militärischen Eingreifen.

Richard Barrett hat die Anti-Terrorismus-Maßnahmen für den britischen

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「イスラム国は西側諸国への攻撃を開始する」元イギリス秘密情報部のテロ防止対策部長が警告

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 6:09 AM

米英によるイラク北部のイスラム国への空爆は、西側諸国で生まれ育ったテロリストによる「危機を増大させる」と、元MI6のテロ防止対策部長が警告を発した。

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