Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi Hasan is an award-winning British journalist, broadcaster, author and political commentator. He is the presenter of both UpFront (filmed in Washington DC) and Head to Head (filmed at the Oxford Union).

He moved to Al Jazeera from the Huffington Post UK where he was political director. He has been named one of the 100 'most influential' Britons on Twitter, and was included in the annual global list of 'The 500 Most Influential Muslims' in the world ('The Muslim 500').

His debate-winning speech at the Oxford Union on Islam and peace went viral online, amassing more than two million views.

Mehdi is also the author of two books - a biography of former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and an e-book on debt and the financial crisis.

Head to Head

Head to Head

Interviews with attitude, tackling the big issues of our time with Mehdi Hasan.



With the thrust and parry of rigorous debate, Mehdi Hasan cuts through the headlines to challenge conventional wisdom, highlight contradictions and uncover double standards.


Rewriting the history of the peace process

The inconvenient truth about Ehud Barak, Martin Indyk and the Clinton Parameters.

Human Rights

Thank you Obama for your mosque speech

Whatever you think of Barack Obama's policies, don't dismiss the importance of his speech on Islamophobia.

Human Rights

The British PM, the Middle East, and human rights

Who or what is stopping David Cameron from doing the 'right thing' in the Middle East?


Death to America?

What you need to know about Iran and the US.

War & Conflict

The rebranding of the Nusra Front

What are we to believe about Syrian opposition groups?


The two-state solution is dead

Just ask Israel's own ministers.


Aung San Suu Kyi's inexcusable silence

Aung San Suu Kyi was a moral icon, a human rights champion - so why has she been silent about the Rohingya Muslims?


Is the US still No.1?

When Americans vote in November, they may be selecting a president whose main job is simply to manage the US' decline.


Searching for a solution for a stateless people

After all these years, are Palestinians any closer to a just and democratic solution and just what form might that take?


On the verge of an Israeli spring?

Its growing internal divisions raise questions about its claim to be a secular, liberal, democratic and Jewish state.