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Articles by Shakira Hussein

All good in the Hudood: Pakistan doesn’t need Malala’s secularism, says female pollie

Former Pakistani MP Raheel Qazi believes a woman’s first priority should be her family and that Malala Yousafzai’s goal of a secular Pakistan should never be realised.

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Think you know a niqab from a burqa? Wrong

A niqab is a face veil and a burqa is the blue garment mostly worn in Afghanistan, right? Not so fast …

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Lifting the veil on the real reason for banning the burqa in Parliament

How are Muslim women supposed to join “Team Australia” when our leaders insist on portraying them as dangerous outsiders?

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‘Firebrand activist’ Yvonne Ridley on feminism and her imprisonment by the Taliban

So-called firebrand Muslim Yvonne Ridley turns out to be funny, down-to-earth and a staunch feminist.

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An evening with Yvonne Ridley, ‘firebrand radical convert’

The tabloids are painting Yvonne Ridley as a terrorist sympathiser, but Shakira Hussein found her unexpectedly warm and personable in person.

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Why we can’t get enough of jihadi sluts

There is nothing like the heady mix of sex and death, and if you throw in some terrorism and betrayal of “our” values, the Western media just can’t resist.

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Islamic State, homicidal click-bait and the politics of snuff films

Real world violence can too often take on a false cinematic quality for those trying to understand and prevent it. It’s about time we went off-script.

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SBS channels Frontline, pokes ’50 psycho wogs’ for a laugh

Last week’s episode of Insight made a show of trying to understand the Islamic State and its Australian supporters. But all it really did, courtesy of some strategic edits, was stoke the flames of Islamophobia.

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Muted celebrations for the end (or is it?) of Ramadan

While the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr is usually marked by parties, this year Australian Muslims will also observe it with prayers for Muslims in Iraq, Syria and Gaza.

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Brandis’ call to imams will win no Muslim hearts and minds

Militant extremist group ISIS has certainly been successful at one thing — it is terrifying Western governments and leaving Muslims in the West vulnerable and exposed.

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Honour killings brutal, ugly domestic violence, not your exotic fantasy

You can’t make domestic violence less horrific — or less real — by calling it “honour killing” and claiming it only happens to Muslims. There is no honour in brutalising women.

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Disability dissent silenced as ABC’s Ramp Up scrapped

Abolishing the ABC’s Ramp Up, a national platform for disabled voices, looks like an attempt to suppress dissent at a crucial moment for the sector, writes Shakira Hussein.

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Akbar v the drones: the Pakistani lawyer taking the US to court

Pakistani barrister Shahzad Akbar is seeking retribution from the US over its drone war in his country. During his visit to Australia he spoke to Crikey about giving a voice to the voiceless.

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Shot in the head, now Malala faces backlash in Pakistan

Pakistani education advocate Malala Youseffzai did not let an attack by the Taliban silence her. Her reward? A backlash, laden with conspiracy theories and victim-bashing.

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Imran Khan out for a duck as Pakistanis elect the old guard

All the allure and fame of ex-cricketer Imran Khan couldn’t carry the day at the weekend’s Pakistani elections. The country is going back to the future with old faces — but Pakistan is very different.

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Muslim feet on Ground Zero: ‘people are starting to forget about us’

Is there still anti-Muslim sentiment in lower Manhattan? After the Boston bombings, Crikey visits the 9/11 memorial and Park51, the so-called “Ground Zero mosque”, to find out.

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Wilders from the inside, where mouths are ‘more dangerous than guns’

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders spoke in Melbourne last night. Shakira Hussein, a Muslim, attended for Crikey — she found it weird and at times menacing.

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There’s good arguments against multiculturalism — Morrison’s isn’t one

Scott Morrison committed the Coalition to building an era of “post-multiculturalism” in Australia. But it’s more dog-whistle than serious critique of the failings of migrant integration.

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‘Mitts off my muff’: the debate on female genital mutilation

It’s difficult to say how common the illegal practice of female genital mutilation is in Australia — but depending how you define it, it may be more widespread than many realise.

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The burqa has become an symbol of unnecessary fear

“Veiled women” have long been represented as either helpless victims in need of rescue or as dangerous agents of an alien ideology in need of discipline.

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13 new drugs for the PBS, but Roxon has a long way to go

Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon’s announcement of the addition of 13 new drugs to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme comes as a huge relief.

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Osama’s kill raid a hall of mirrors for Pakistani relations

Until more information becomes available, the border lines between analysis, speculation and conspiracy theories about the death of Osama bin Laden — not to mention his life over the past decade — are pretty fuzzy. At the moment, we are all lost in a wilderness of mirrors. But I am prepared to use the basic information that bin Laden was […]

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‘My’ MS, a magic pill, and what the PBS fight means to me

The politics of turning the final approval of new medications into a Cabinet decision at the least, delays treatment to patients who may benefit from it. At the worst, it turns them down. Here’s what that means for me, and “my MS”, writes Shakira Hussein.

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Lifting the veil on a witness in court won’t reveal her true feelings

Last week, a Perth judge ruled that a prosecution witness in a fraud case would have to remove her niqab (face-veil) while giving evidence in court.

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Gillard shatters the glass ceiling. So what now?

It’s a Big Moment, there’s no denying it. We might have a female PM, but women still struggle not only with misogyny but also with racism, poverty, disability and all the myrid forms that marginalisation can take.

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