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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Don't Let the Ridiculous Smears Fool You: Syriza Is No Party of the Radical 'Far Left'

(30) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 9:59 AM

Political language, as George Orwell observed in 1946, is "designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind". Seven decades later, consider the way in which mildly progressive political leaders are depicted by their right-wing critics. In the US, Barack...

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난 무슬림으로서 '표현의 자유 근본주의자'들의 위선이 진절머리 난다

(7) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 7:41 PM

'진보 인사'들에게.

당신들도 또 나도 조지 W. 부시 전 대통령을 좋아하지 않는다. 9/11이 일어나자 "우리 편이 아니면 테러범 편이다"라고 하던 그의 유치한 발언을 기억하나? 그런데 최근 일어난 끔찍한 테러에 대한 당신들의 반응은 그의 구호를 업데이트한 것이나 다름없다. 즉 "표현의 자유를 지지하지 않으면 표현의 자유를 반대하는 것이다"라는 식의 주장이다. 샤를리 엡도...

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イスラム教徒として言おう。「言論の自由」原理主義者の偽善にはもう、うんざりだ

(366) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 3:13 AM

私たちはみな、法と秩序のために越えてはならない一線があり、分別と慎みのために越えるべきでない一線もあることに合意している。私たちの唯一の違いは、どこでその線引きをするかなのだ。

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Como musulmán, estoy harto de la hipocresía de los fundamentalistas de la libertad de expresión

(53) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 1:01 AM

Querido comentarista liberal:

Ni a ti ni a mí nos gusta George W. Bush. ¿Te acuerdas de su declaración pueril tras el 11-S en la que dijo "o estás con nosotros o con los terroristas"? Pues ahora, a raíz de otro ataque terrible, parece que se ha actualizado el lema:...

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Als Muslim habe ich die Heuchelei der Meinungsfreiheits-Fanatiker satt

(78) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 3:25 PM

Lieber liberaler Kritiker,

Sie und ich mochten George W. Bush nicht. Erinnern Sie sich noch an seine kindische Erklärung nach 9/11, derzufolge jemand „entweder für uns ist oder für die Terroristen"?

Nun scheint es, dass der plumpe Slogan Bushs infolge einer anderen schrecklichen terroristischen Attacke aktualisiert wird: Entweder ist man...

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Da musulmano, sono stufo di tutti quegli ipocriti fondamentalisti della libertà di parola

(35) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 4:18 AM

Caro il mio opinionista liberal,

George W. Bush non piaceva né a te né a me. Te la ricordi quella dichiarazione piuttosto puerile che fece dopo l'11 settembre: "O state dalla nostra parte, o state coi terroristi"? Beh oggi, pare che tu abbia deciso di ripescare lo slogan di Dubya,...

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As a Muslim, I'm Fed Up With the Hypocrisy of the Free Speech Fundamentalists

(4195) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 7:00 PM

Dear liberal pundit,

You and I didn't like George W Bush. Remember his puerile declaration after 9/11 that "either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists"? Yet now, in the wake of another horrific terrorist attack, you appear to have updated Dubya's slogan: either you are with...

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Mehdi's Minute: The Best (Worst?) Bits of 2014

(5) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 7:00 AM

Did you enjoy watching my alternative, semi-serious take on each week's big political stories across the course of 2014? Or maybe you hated it. Either way, you watched it, right? So we've pulled together the best (worst?) bits of me doing my round-ups - from me pretending to do keepy-uppys...

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If Mary and Joseph Tried to Reach Bethlehem Today, They Would Get Stuck at an Israeli Checkpoint

(290) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 6:02 AM

'Tis the season of Nativity scenes. But here's a question to consider: would Joseph and Mary even have been able to reach Bethlehem if they were making that same journey today?
How would that carpenter and his pregnant wife have circumnavigated the Kafka­esque network of Israeli settlements, roadblocks and...

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Mehdi's Minute: On CIA Torture, Dick Cheney and the Ukip Sex Scandal

(12) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on the US Senate's report on CIA torture, Dick Cheney's ludicrous response to it and, back home in the UK, Ukip's entry into the British political establishment?

Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

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Sorry, Myleene: Yes, You Can Point at Things and Tax Them - and That's What We Should Do to the City

(135) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 5:25 AM

You can't just point at things and tax them," declaimed the former pop star Myleene Klass on 17 November, becoming overnight a perhaps unexpected pin-up for the right.

Klass made her comment on ITV's The Agenda as part of a longer rant aimed at her fellow panellist Ed Miliband, who...

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Mehdi's Minute: On Osborne's Numbers, Cameron's 'Masosadism' and Brown's Retirement

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on George Osborne's Autumn Statement, David Cameron's PMQS gaffe and Gordon Brown's decision to stand down from parliament?

Here's the political week in 60 seconds...

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Do Voters Even Care About The Deficit? Here's The Graph You Need To See

(28) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 11:36 AM

Deficit, deficit, deficit.

The political and media elites are obsessed with the D-word. Obsessed, I tell you.

The chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne used the word 13 times in his 50-minute Autumn Statement in the Commons this afternoon. His Labour counterpart, shadow chancellor Ed Balls,...

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Stephen Kinnock Interview: 'I Always Felt I Had To Be Twice As Good As The Next Person'

(51) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 11:50 AM

It might be an understatement to say that the Labour Party's parliamentary candidate for the safe seat of Aberavon, in south-east Wales, isn't your typical Labour candidate.

His father happens to be a former leader of the party; his wife...

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Hannah Weisfeld: 'Important For Non-Jews To Hear That Zionism Isn't Israeli Government Policy'

(29) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 5:43 AM

Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is featuring its Beyond Belief series, chronicling the remarkable lives of Britons who've taken on their faith to create a force for change.

beyond belief

It is difficult to...

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I Was a Teenage Europhile - But the EU's Sadistic Austerity and Lack of Democracy Have Changed My Mind

(33) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 7:00 PM

"Any chance of a retweet?" the Conservative MEP and ardent Eurosceptic Daniel Hannan asked me on Twitter a few days ago. He was highlighting a video that singles out British politicians and business leaders who called for the UK to join the euro back in the late 1990s. The video...

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Hiding Anti-Muslim Bigotry Behind 'Free Speech' Won't Work

(97) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 6:16 PM

Oh dear. What I am being accused of, and attacked for, now?

Apparently, I want to block all criticism of Islam or Muslims in the press and, effectively, ban free speech.

"A lie," as the old saying goes, "will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on."...

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Lisa Nandy Interview: 'Ed Miliband Is A Different Sort Of Politician'

(8) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 11:28 AM

A couple of years ago, on a wet weekday night in Wigan, the local Labour MP Lisa Nandy was traipsing through the streets urging residents to sign her petition to 'save the NHS' from 'Tory privatisation'.

"It was pouring with...

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Five Questions for Anyone Who Says 'It's Not Racist to Talk About Immigration'

(483) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 8:01 AM

Are you as fed up as I am with what passes for a "debate" over immigration in this country? With the utter falsehoods and lazy generalisations? With the fact-free premises and contorted conclusions?

There are two statements (assumptions?) in particular, repeated incessantly by people on the left and right alike,...

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David Lammy Interview: Labour Should Be A Pro-Immigration Party

(25) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 7:16 AM

"I think that the next general election is going to be phenomenally close."

David Lammy is sitting in the corner of his parliamentary office on the ground floor of the Norman Shaw North building in Westminster. Dressed in a light...

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