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: On CIA Torture, Dick Cheney and the Ukip Sex Scandal

(10) 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?

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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'

(50) 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'

(26) 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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Mehdi's Minute: From Ed Miliband's Troubles to Not-So-Calamity Clegg to George 'Nick' Clooney

(5) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 4:00 AM

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on Ed Miliband's troubles, Nick Clegg's comeback and the George Clooney comparison?

Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

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Anas Sarwar, Sottish Labour Deputy Leader, Says Iraq War Boosted SNP

(42) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 7:53 AM

The Iraq war damaged the Labour Party in Scotland and boosted the anti-war SNP, according to the party's new interim leader.

Speaking to The Huffington Post UK, Labour's Anas Sarwar said: "In terms of a fundamental credibility gap, [it] was clearly around the war in Iraq.. When we...

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Mehdi's Minute: From Ukip's 'Calypso Song' to Barack Obama's Embarrassing 'Brother'

(7) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on the Ukip 'Calypso song'; their new Holocaust-denying ally in Europe; and Obama's coolness versus Cameron's coolness?

Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

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Why Arming the Kurds Is the Only Option - Even for Anti-War Progressives in the West

(29) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Quiz question: who said that the west must "strengthen the Kurdish fighters, who are doing a good job of fighting Isil"? Was it: a) US senator John McCain, b) former prime minister Tony Blair, or c) Respect MP, George Galloway? Yep, you guessed right. It wasn't the neocon McCain or...

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

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 8:00 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 | 10:47 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 | 11:14 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'

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 9:14 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 | 8:00 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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