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Author: The Intercept

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Journalist Mehdi Hasan is known around the world for his televised takedowns of presidents and prime ministers. In this new podcast from The Intercept, Mehdi unpacks a game-changing news event of the week while challenging the conventional wisdom. As a Brit, a Muslim and an immigrant based in Donald Trump's Washington D.C., Mehdi offers a provocative perspective on the ups and downs of American—and global—politics.

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Liberals across the West often imagine Canada as a progressive paradise — a tolerant land, welcoming to immigrants, where marijuana is legal and everyone gets free healthcare. But how accurate is that picture? In the wake of last month’s federal elections, in which Justin Trudeau held onto the Prime Minister's post but lost his majority in parliament, Deconstructed headed to Toronto for the HotDocs Podcast Festival. There, Mehdi Hasan talked to two of Canada’s leading politicians. Ahmed Hussen is the Immigration Minister in Trudeau’s cabinet, and is himself an immigrant who arrived in Canada from war-torn Somalia in the 90s. Jagmeet Singh is the leader of the New Democratic Party, or NDP, and the first Sikh to head a major political party in Canada. Hasan sat down with Singh and Hussen to discuss Canada’s reputation as a shining beacon of Western multiculturalism — and whether it’s truly deserved.
The Bernie Sanders Interview

The Bernie Sanders Interview

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With three months to go until the Iowa caucuses, Bernie Sanders finds himself fighting to make headway against the other frontrunners in the Democratic primary. While he appears to have bounced back from his recent heart attack—putting in a convincing performance in the last debate and picking up a coveted endorsement from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—the democratic socialist from Vermont has struggled to recapture the old 2016 magic in a more crowded 2020 field. Mehdi Hasan talks to Bernie about his campaign strategy, what separates him from his chief progressive rival Elizabeth Warren, and whether he’d be comfortable with an all-white—or all-male—ticket in 2020. Then, Intercept DC Bureau Chief Ryan Grim stops by to discuss the prospects for the Sanders campaign.
Linguist, activist, and political theorist Noam Chomsky has been speaking out against U.S. interventionism from Vietnam to Latin America and the Middle East since the 1960s. He’s the most cited author alive, but you won’t see him on the nightly news, or in the pages of most major newspapers. On this week’s Deconstructed, Chomsky sits down with Mehdi Hasan to discuss the impeachment inquiry, the 2020 Democratic field, and why he opposed Trump’s Syria troop withdrawal.
In a live taping of The Intercept’s Deconstructed podcast, host Mehdi Hasan is joined by two of America’s leading progressive voices: first-term Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, and documentarian Michael Moore, whose latest film, “Fahrenheit 11/9", takes an incisive look at the 2016 election and the crisis of American democracy in the Trump era.
The twelve leading Democratic candidates met in Westerville, Ohio on Tuesday for the fourth debate of the 2020 primary season. The usual topics—healthcare, taxes, the impeachment inquiry—dominated the discussion, but the CNN moderators also asked the candidates to weigh in on a controversial proposal, gaining currency of late on the left, to expand the Supreme Court. So-called “court packing” is normally a taboo in U.S. politics, and predictably the top contenders were reluctant to endorse it. David Faris, professor of political science at Roosevelt University and author of It’s Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics, believes that court packing is precisely the type of radical structural reform that Democrats and progressives need to pursue if they want a chance at defeating the right in years to come. He joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss what the left can do to overcome minority rule in Washington.
Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke became the Democratic Party’s golden boy in 2018 thanks to his near-miss campaign against Senator Ted Cruz. Yet since declaring his campaign for the presidency back in March, his poll numbers have steadily declined. In recent weeks Beto has earned glowing reviews for his fiery rhetoric on gun control and Trump’s racism—and for his support for the Democrats’ nascent impeachment effort—but will it be enough to reinvigorate his bid for the White House? Mehdi Hasan talks to the candidate ahead of next week’s crucial debate. Then, Intercept DC Bureau Chief Ryan Grim stops by to break down Beto’s campaign.
India’s clampdown on the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir is entering its third month, and while the right-wing government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has exerted tight control over the flow of information out of the region, a bleak picture has nonetheless emerged. Thousands have been imprisoned, including political leaders. Movement is tightly restricted. Phone lines have been cut off. Modi appears set on ending Jammu and Kashmir’s special semi-autonomous status and bringing it fully under the control of New Delhi, a move which residents of the Muslim-majority region strongly reject. Arundhati Roy, India’s most famous novelist and a passionate voice for Kashmiri self-determination, joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the Kashmir crisis and India’s troubling rightward tilt.
It finally happened: on Tuesday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced the beginning of a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The final straw was a July phone call in which Trump pushed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his potential 2020 rival, Joe Biden, and appeared to suggest that US aid to Ukraine might be contingent upon his compliance. Nearly all of the 2020 Democratic candidates have come out in support of impeachment proceedings. On this week’s Deconstructed, one of those candidates, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the week’s developments. Intercept DC Bureau Chief Ryan Grim stops by to break down the political prospects for impeachment.
Israeli voters returned to the polls this week for the second time in five months to elect the 120 members of the Knesset, the country’s legislative body. The outcome remains too close to call, but it looks like Benjamin Netanyahu, the country’s longest serving Prime Minister, may be denied a majority. His likely successor is former army chief of staff Benny Gantz of the Blue and White Party. Yet missing from so much of the international conversation is the fact that five million Palestinian residents of the occupied territories remain unable to vote in elections that could determine their future. Given that Gantz, like Netanyahu, has adopted bellicose rhetoric toward Palestine in the past, can they really expect things to change? Noura Erakat, Palestinian American legal scholar and author of Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine, joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss whether it’s fair to describe Israel as an apartheid state.
The Democratic candidates met in Houston on Thursday night for a third round of televised debates. This time the format was limited to a single night with 10 participants, which meant that for the first time, all the top-tier candidates were onstage together. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren defended their respective healthcare plans, but the center of attention was frontrunner Joe Biden, who spent the night fending off attacks from his rivals. As the evening wore on, Biden's answers became increasingly difficult to decipher. Intercept DC Bureau Chief Ryan Grim joins Mehdi Hasan to breakdown the latest debate, as do Justice Democrats Executive Director Alexandra Rojas and Pod Save the World host Tommy Vietor.
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Comments (35)

Will Shogren

Mehdi is such an annoying man.

Nov 15th
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Tatyana Noyb

Thank you so much, i dreamed to hear a most recent evaluation from Noam Chomsky. No cause for optimism, but...

Nov 2nd
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Tatyana Noyb

Great, thank you so much. Loved to 2 mins on YouTube. More of this is needed over the next 12 months. Also. Trump can be worse than brexit as he already is, think of thousands dead already and think of goodbye democracy if he wins again surrounded by criminal money grabbing white supremacists. Just saying.

Oct 26th
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Will Shogren

hold onto your hats, Beto might use a swear!

Oct 11th
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Suraj Nair

I'm genuinely trying to understand your argument here, please keep the political propoganda aside and let's have a discussion. Why is the religious identity of the population of Kashmir brought up everytime you mention Kashmir. India is a secular state and so there are be any special rights for any religious group. Arguments like yours is harmful for my fellow Muslims friends. By your logic, you seem to suggest that every time there is a Muslim majority state, the country would have to cede that state. I feel that modi government really wants to bring the youth in India mainstream in order to keep them away from radical militant group.

Oct 3rd
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Will Shogren

unequivocally apartheid.

Sep 20th
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Jesse Hoffner ☭

"any system or practice that separates people according to color, ethnicity, caste, etc." Yeah. It's apartheid.

Sep 19th
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Will Shogren

oh, shut the fuck up forever, Mayor Pete you fucking dewdrop.

Sep 13th
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Will Shogren

hey Mehdi, welcome back! can't wait for more dumbass quips and tepid liberalism from my favorite irritating expat!

Sep 13th
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space_junk

Rudy would give a sprach to NAMBLA for enough $$$

Jul 25th
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Thomas N. Leung

Hassan is such a bad interviewer and comes off as arrogant. sounds like those Fox News jackasses.

Jul 10th
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Muqaddimah

great burn at the end haha

Jun 28th
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Ben M A

Great show.

Jun 24th
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Ammar Masood Khan

Insightful

Jun 15th
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CJ

I like Mehdi. but Biden is dropping like a rock. His son Hunter is deep into "investments" with hostile countries

Jun 11th
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Cassandra Carpenter

sigh. honestly I'm not terribly happy with any of the Democratic candidates. I'm glad that Hasan pressed Yang.

Jun 10th
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Fred Ramey

I shared this podcast with a group of friends of mine. They all said the same thing. Hasan is hypercritical, arrogant, and interrupts constantly and is one of the worst journalists of all time.

Jun 6th
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Krim

That was a great interview Andrew Yang’s. Really useful to see how he responds under pressure.

Jun 6th
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Fred Ramey

Hasan is a jerk and not a good interview. Andrew Yang was awesome.

Jun 6th
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a_user

ouch! that was brutal. good interview. lots of tough questions.

Jun 6th
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