“From Lebanon to Qatar to Yemen, the much-lauded MBS has in fact proved to be the reverse Midas — everything he touches turns to dust… The inconvenient truth about the crown prince is that he isn’t only impulsive, he’s incompetent; he isn’t only ambitious, he’s reckless. He is also a nationalist and a hawk who is bent on turning the long-standing Saudi/Iran cold war into a very hot war — and is even willing to ally with Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel in order to do so”

– from my latest op-ed for The Intercept on the Middle East crisis. Enjoy!

The Reverse Midas Touch of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Is Turning the Middle East to Dust

Mohammed bin Salman has essentially seized two foreign leaders, started a horrendous war in Yemen, and is heating up a conflict with Iran.

Bernie on point as ever…

Opinion | Saudi Arabia’s Special Power Over Donald Trump

This New York Times raises very important questions about Trump’s unquestioning support for Saudi Arabia and the recent moves by that country’s authoritarian leader Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman. Over the past few days I’ve become increasingly concerned about rising tensions in the Middle East, particularly in Lebanon, whose Prime Minister recently resigned, apparently at the urging of the Saudis. Many in the region are worried that a military escalation is imminent. The role of the United States as a global leader should be to find ways to de-escalate tensions and work with our allies to find diplomatic solutions, not to support increased conflict between regional powers. The American people do not want another war in the Middle East.

Trump bombing ISIS ‘ten times harder’ will only make the ISIS terror threat to Americans much worse – my latest column for The Intercept on the fallout from the New York truck attack:

Donald Trump’s Vow to Hit ISIS “Ten Times Harder” Guarantees More Terrorism Against Americans

The truck attack in Manhattan underscores the cycle of violence fueled by U.S. bombing campaigns in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries.

Me vs the former head of the NRA on America’s gun violence problem – a preview clip from today’s UpFront. Enjoy 🙂

WATCH: Mehdi Hasan challenges former President of the NRA – National Rifle Association of America David Keene, on the gun crisis in the United States. The full show airs November 3 at 1930GMT.

As today’s the 100th anniversary of the #balfourdeclaration, which paved the way for the creation of Israel and the dispossession of the Palestinians, do pls check out the special debate on Balfour from my UpFront show last week, featuring Palestinian historian Ghada Karmi, Israeli historian Martin Kramer and British journalist Ian Black:

“One nation, solemnly promised to a second nation, the country of a third.” That’s how one writer famously described the Balfour Declaration – the declaratio…

Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh tells me fellow Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is 100% responsible for the violence against the Rohingya and should resign if she can’t stop it. He also says the Nobel committee would never award her the prize today – a #mustwatch preview clip from this week’s UpFront

Nobel Peace laureate Muhammad Yunus tells Mehdi Hasan that Aung San Suu Kyi is to blame for the violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
Watch the full interview: http://aje.io/4e5rv

I took part in a rather excellent panel discussion in New York on Wednesday night, about the future of Islam and Muslims in Trump’s America – you can watch it here:

This #BHeard Town Hall was produced in partnership with The Intercept, CUNY CLEAR and The Secret Life of Muslims. Our panelists and audience discuss religiou…

I will be speaking on this panel tomorrow in Brooklyn…you can get tickets for the audience or watch live via FB live from 7.30pm…

How can we all stand together with Muslim New Yorkers as a community united in Trump’s America?

Join the discussion at our #BHeard Town Hall on Oct. 11th: https://goo.gl/FqenGP

If you’re in DC, do pls come along to the Politics and Prose bookshop at 7pm tonight, where I’ll be talking, on a panel, about how you explain Trump to your kids and about the chapter I wrote for a new book on that issue. Details:

Mehdi Hasan, Ava Siegler, and Ben Wofford – How Do I Explain This to My Kids?: Parenting in the Age of Trump — in conversation with Jonathan Weisman | Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse

D.C.’s premier cultural hub with a steady lineup of author events, classes, and trips. Shop for books online—we ship!

“So who needs Islamic State when you have the NRA? That might sound hyperbolic but consider the numbers. By the morning after the Las Vegas shooting, according to the Gun Violence Archive, there had been 11,656 gun-related deaths in the United States in 2017. Among the dead were 545 children. And what’s the death toll from Isis-related terror attacks on US soil this year? Zero.” – my new column on mass shootings and the NRA for the New Statesman:

After Las Vegas, who needs to fear Isis when you have the NRA?

Like cars and French fries, guns are everywhere in the United States.

Me vs Trump economic adviser and legendary right-wing economist Arthur Laffer on whether Trump will benefit from his own tax cuts. Enjoy! 🙂

Is Donald Trump giving himself a tax cut? Mehdi Hasan asks Trump’s former campaign economic adviser Arthur Laffer.

Watch the full episode: http://aje.io/2d5wz

UpFront is back tomorrow. New series. Check out the best moments/highlights from the last series…Enjoy! 🙂

UpFront is back on air this week!

Tune in Friday, September 15, 2017 at 15:30 EST/19:30 GMT for the first episode of the new season. For now, here are some of last season’s best moments.

It’s much easier to scapegoat people than to come up with real solutions to real problems – part 2 of my recent interview in Australia on Islamophobia and the politics of fear. Do pls watch and share…

Mehdi Hasan on why fear sells in times of uncertainty.