Fifty-five years after his assassination at the Audubon Ballroom in New York, we still get much wrong about Malcolm X.
Mehdi Hasan“For the Muslims, I’m too worldly. For other groups, I’m too religious. For militants, I’m too moderate, for moderates I’m too militant. I feel like I’m on a tightrope." - this Malcolm X quote has always resonated with me.
A manifesto published by the 43-year-old attacker argued that white people were biologically superior to nonwhites.
Mehdi HasanIt’s become so tragically predictable: almost every time there’s a white nationalist terror attack - whether in Germany, or New Zealand, or here in the United States - you quickly find some sort of connection to Trump. To the president!
Bloomberg’s NYPD engaged in mass surveillance of Muslims, mapping where they prayed, ate, and worked. It was an attack on religious liberty.
Mehdi Hasan"Bloomberg Apologized for Stop-and-Frisk. Why Won’t He Say Sorry to Muslims for Spying on Them?"
- my latest piece for @theintercept on an under-reported, Islamophobic angle to Michael Bloomberg's awful civil liberties and policing record in New York
Last year, commentators predicted Bernie Sanders would drop out before Iowa. Now, he is the undisputed frontrunner.
Mehdi Hasan“The Pundits Wrote Off Bernie’s Candidacy. In Iowa and New Hampshire, He Proved Them Wrong” - my latest for @theintercept, looking back on the predictions of my media colleagues who, a year ago, were predicting defeat and humiliation for Sanders
DES MOINES, IOWA—Barbara Smith, founding member of the black feminist Combahee River Collective that coined the term “identity politics,” has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, The Root has learned.
Mehdi Hasan“Black Feminist Activist Barbara Smith Endorses Bernie Sanders”
Study finds that Donald Trump has earned more than six times as much free coverage as his closest competitor, Ted Cruz, and more than two-and-a-half times as much free coverage as Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side.
In 2016, the Vermont senator failed to overcome Hillary Clinton’s wide lead among African-American and Latino voters. This time, things are shaping up differently.
Mehdi Hasan"Bernie Sanders’s Surge Owes a Lot to Voters of Color"
This headline in the @nytimes will throw off a lot of liberal folks, who weren't paying attention and/or bought into tired and stale pundit takes on cable and beyond
Mehdi HasanI went on @ezraklein's podcast to talk about rising Islamophobia across the world & why it matters - for 90 minutes! We covered everything from Uighurs in China, to Rohingyas in Myanmar; to Modi's India & Kashmir; to the New Atheists; to Trump & Brexit
Sanders has been sharply critical of the former vice president’s long-standing record of considering cuts to Social Security.
Mehdi HasanThis is the Politico headline: “Biden charges Sanders camp ‘doctored video’ to attack him”
This from the Politico piece: “But the video in question...was not doctored by Sanders”
Shouldn’t headlines in an age of Trump *not* amplify lies? Even from Biden?
Michael Lind’s “The New Class War” sees class divisions at the heart of America’s current political divide.
Mehdi Hasan“In a country in which every president but one has been a white man, most C.E.O.s are white men and the syllabuses in schools remain dominated by white men’s words, it is amazing to think America is white-unfriendly.”
Mehdi Hasan@theintercept Here's the Youtube audio of the radio interview Trump did with Hugh Hewitt in Sept 2015, which I link to in my piece above, in which Trump had no clue who Suleimani was, and confused the Quds Force with the Kurds - have a listen (and how times change!)
When Trump was told Qassim Suleimani “runs the Quds Forces,” he responded: “I think the Kurds, by the way, have been horribly mistreated by us.”
Mehdi Hasan“Four Years Ago, Trump Had No Clue who Iran’s Suleimani Was. Now, He May Have Kicked Off WWIII” - my latest for @theintercept on the Iran crisis & how it’s mad that Trump is president at a time like this, & mad that anyone thought he was a ‘dove’
For years, media and political elites refused to acknowledge the growing racism and radicalism of the Republican party. Their "both-sidesism" led to Trump’s GOP takeover.
Mehdi HasanThis F#$%ing Decade | The Nation
>> your must-read piece of the new year/decade so far, from @joanwalsh, on how the media’s ‘both sides’ approach, and the Democrats’ inability to confront what the GOP has become, brought us to this Trumpian point
Instead, CBS “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan asked Ivanka, “How’s your father’s mood?”
Mehdi Hasan“Ivanka Trump Is A Senior Adviser To The President. She Should Be Asked Tough Questions” - my latest for @theintercept on the awful CBS Face The Nation softball interview with @IvankaTrump & 12 tougher questions she should have been asked