Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi Hasan

Columnist, The Intercept. Host, Deconstructed podcast. Presenter, Al Jazeera English TV shows (UpFront & Head to Head). A Brit now based in DC.

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“In 2016, a billionaire backer of...Trump, Bernie Marcus...provided support to Jill Stein, the Green candidate, according to people with knowledge of the strategy, who said the effort was done with the knowledge of some officials at the Trump campaign” 👀

US ambassador under fire for hosting Dutch far-right bash – POLITICO The normalization of fascism and the far right on Trump’s watch continues

Also doesn’t explain why they downplayed it on their website too

“When you have a president without shame...amplified by a network without integrity, and by social networks that are marinated in conspiracy theories, behind whom are a lot of armed people — if you are not frightened by this, you are not paying attention.”

If you ever had any doubt about the levels of entrenched, institutional Islamophobia within the British media, the man who wrote this just a few years ago is being considered for the chairmanship of the BBC:

Wonder how Muslim employees of the BBC feel about their possible future new chairman. Also wonder how gay BBC employees feel, given Charles Moore also wrote this:

Final point: what do you think would be the reaction from the UK media and political elites if a prime minister Corbyn had nominated for chairman of the BBC a journalist who had a long record of saying outrageous things like he was ‘afraid’ of and had ‘concerns’ about Judaism?

You have to hand it to the GOP - their shamelessness is without precedent, as is their contempt for their own base. Now they want us/them to believe that the Democrats, whose presidential nominee happens *to be Catholic*, is an anti-Catholic party. Beyond Orwellian.


Hey US media folks, here, I would argue immodestly, is how you interview a Trump supporter on Trump's lies:

Trump should be remembered as the man who demanded Hillary Clinton be ‘locked up’ while wishing Ghislaine Maxwell ‘well.’

To be clear: there is no other Western democracy I can think of where armed men in camo and other military-style gear regularly turn up on the streets of cities and towns, who aren't themselves anything to do with law enforcement but who get left alone by law enforcement.

Just on a practical point, in the current climate: what’s to stop anyone from claiming to be feds and pulling up in an unmarked car and grabbing/kidnapping a random person and driving off? And onlookers assuming it to be ‘feds’. Genuine question.

This is a teachable moment for Dems, with McConnell not even waiting till the morning to make his move. I’m not saying Dems should be as vicious or heartless or amoral, but at least learn from GOP ruthlessness and their single-minded focus on winning, holding, & exercising power.

In the past 24 hours, Muslims in U.S. & U.K. have been murdered outside of mosques. When will we admit anti-Muslim hatred is out of control?

It is difficult for the uninitiated to fully comprehend how much poison Fox News injects into US public life on a nightly basis, and how much damage it has done - and continues to do - to US politics.