Articles by Mehdi Hasan

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Four Simple Steps the U.S. Media Could Take to Prevent a Trump War with Iran
Mehdi Hasan – The Intercept, 20 May 2019

17 May 2019 – Here we go again. Sixteen years after the U.S. media helped the Bush administration spread lies about the threat by Iraq, the Trump administration is spreading similar myths about the threat posed by Iran. The 64,000-rial question is whether or not journalists have learned any lessons whatsoever from the Iraqi WMD debacle of 2003.

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Blowback: How ISIS Was Created by the U.S. Invasion of Iraq
Mehdi Hasan – The Intercept, 13 May 2019

Had it not been for Bush’s catastrophic decision to invade and occupy Iraq in 2003, in defiance of international law, the world’s most feared terrorist group would not exist today. ISIS is blowback. Within weeks after the fall of Saddam Hussein, the U.S. morphed from heroic liberators into brutal occupiers.

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Don’t Just Condemn the New Zealand Attacks — Politicians and Pundits Must Stop Their Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
Mehdi Hasan – The Intercept, 18 Mar 2019

15 Mar 2019 – “It’s the birthrates.” So begins the online manifesto of the man accused of shooting and killing at least 49 Muslims in a terror attack targeted at two mosques in New Zealand. “Even if we were to deport all Non-Europeans from our lands tomorrow, the European people would still be spiraling into decay and eventual death,” it continues. “In the end we must return to replacement fertility levels, or it will kill us.”

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The Truth about Israel, Boycotts, and BDS
Mehdi Hasan - The Intercept, 24 Dec 2018

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first members of US Congress to support the BDS Movement. Mehdi Hasan debunks some of the controversies surrounding BDS.

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A Short History of U.S. Meddling in Foreign Elections
Mehdi Hasan – The Intercept, 29 Oct 2018

1 Oct 2018 – Almost everyone — bar Donald Trump — seems to believe that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 election. So that should be condemned. In this video, I examine the ways in which the United States has, in fact, spent the past 70-odd years meddling in elections across the world.

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Dear Anonymous Trump Official, There Is No Redemption in Your Cowardly Op-Ed
Mehdi Hasan – The Intercept, 10 Sep 2018

6 Sep 2018 – Dear Anonymous Trump Official, Sorry, what was the point of this particular piece? And what is it that you want from the rest of us? A thank-you card? A round of applause? The nation’s undying gratitude? Screw. You. There is no redemption; no exoneration for you or your colleagues inside this shit-show of an administration. You think an op-ed in the paper of record is going to cut it? Gimme a break.

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One Million Muslim Uighurs Have Been Detained by China, the U.N. Says. Where’s the Global Outrage?
Mehdi Hasan – The Intercept, 20 Aug 2018

13 Aug 2018 – One. Million. People. There are around 11 million Uighurs living in Xinjiang, which means that almost one in 10 of them has been detained. Where is the outrage from the governments of majority-Muslim countries, which so often claim to speak on behalf of their oppressed Muslim brothers and sisters across the globe?

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The Madman with Nuclear Weapons Is Donald Trump, Not Kim Jong-un
Mehdi Hasan – The Intercept, 14 Aug 2017

Most nonproliferation experts — as well as former President Jimmy Carter and a number of former Pentagon and State Department officials, both Republican and Democrat — agree that the brutal and murderous Kim, for all his bluster, is not irrational or suicidal, but bent on preserving his regime and preventing a U.S. attack. Nuclear weapons are a defensive, not an offensive, tool for the North Korean leadership — which, as Bill Clinton’s defense secretary William Perry observed on Fox News in April, may be “ruthless and … reckless” but “they are not crazy.” Got that? Kim is bad, not mad.

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A 50-Year Occupation: Israel’s Six-Day War Started with a Lie
Mehdi Hasan – The Intercept, 12 Jun 2017

The war was launched in 1967 because Israel wanted to annex new territory, not because it faced an imminent threat from Arab forces. The peace process is a charade.

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Why Do North Koreans Hate Us? One Reason: They Remember the Korean War
Mehdi Hasan – The Intercept, 8 May 2017

3 May 2017 – “Why do they hate us?” It’s a question that has bewildered Americans again and again in the wake of 9/11, in reference to the Arab and Muslim worlds. These days, however, it’s a question increasingly asked about the reclusive North Koreans.

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Burmese Nobel Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi Has Turned into an Apologist for Genocide against Muslims
Mehdi Hasan — The Intercept, 17 Apr 2017

The longtime prisoner of conscience now leads Myanmar and defends her government’s abuses, including killings and gang rapes, against the country’s Rohingya minority.

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Extremists Point to Western Foreign Policy to Explain Their Acts – Why Do We Ignore Them?
Mehdi Hasan – New Statesman, 3 Jun 2013

Often, the likes of Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo, who used violence to make “points” about the Muslim world in Woolwich-UK, aren’t “religious fanatics”. The trigger we refuse to see is our foreign policy.

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The Hawks Were Wrong: Iraq Is Worse Off Now
Mehdi Hasan – New Statesman, 18 Feb 2013

So, Saddam is gone – but at what cost? Iraq has been destroyed and hundreds of thousands of innocent people have lost their lives, as the direct result of an unnecessary, unprovoked war that, according to the former chief justice Lord Bingham, was a “serious violation of international law”. “It was worse than a crime,” said the French diplomat Talleyrand, responding to the execution of the Duc d’Enghien by Napoleon; “it was a blunder.” Iraq turned Talleyrand’s aphorism on its head – it was worse than a blunder; it was a crime.

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