Mehdi Hasan

  • Imagine, for a moment, that you are an Iranian mullah. Sitting cross-legged on your Persian rug in Tehran, sipping a cup of chai, you glance up at the map of the Middle East on the wall. It is a disturbing image: your country, the Islamic Republic of Iran, is surrounded on all sides by virulent ...

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  • Another day, another attack. On Friday, the Taliban celebrated Afghanistans independence day with an audacious assault on the British Council office in Kabul, which killed nine people. The day before, insurgents killed at least 25 people after a roadside bomb ripped through a minibus in the western ...

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  • Not long ago Hamid Karzai was being feted in western capitals as a model leader. He was articulate, educated, westernised even stylish. In 2004 Esquire magazine included the Afghan president in its list of best-dressed men in the world, praising his multicultural outfits. As a new player on the ...

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  • On his own definition of moderation, Cameron would struggle. The new counter-terror strategy tars non-violent Muslims Prevent. The word has a reassuring ring. Just right for a counter-extremism strategy. But will the strategy prevent acts of Islamist violence on the streets of Britain? On Tuesday ...

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