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Articles by Shakira Hussein

Anti-Muslim rally reveals a racism both shocking and commonplace

Muscle-bound skinheads and authority figures in suits championing hate speech. All in a day’s work for anti-Muslim extremists.

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How Hizb ut-Tahrir responded to Paris

How Islamic State stages fear, and the groups who refuse to condemn it.

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Breed, (white, rich) women of Australia!

There is a baby drought! Except it seems to be a drought of a very particular kind of baby …

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Malcolm turns over a new leaf on Muslim relations, but it needs work

It is plain common sense for the authorities to work with, rather than against, Muslim community leaders and elders.

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Silver-tongued Malcolm’s govt is complicit in violence against women

The focus on Turnbull’s call for a cultural shift has left unexamined the ways in which government policy is complicit in violence against women and children.

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Did FBI Islamophobia entrap an American Jew?

Was “Australi Witness” entrapped by the FBI?

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‘There is no solidarity’: Tariq Ali on why migrants turn on each other

Migrants climb the socioeconomic ladder in their new home, but they are quick to kick the ladder away so no one can follow after, says Tariq Ali.

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Stem cell truthers silence the unbelievers

Multiple sclerosis sufferers are often willing to go to extraordinary lengths to get an unproven, unapproved treatment. But conspiracy theories are not the way to practise medicine.

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Clowns to the left of me, jokers to my right: Muslims stuck in the middle of an uncivil war

The Zaky Mallah controversy has nothing to do with Muslims.

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Children cast as ‘demon spawn’ in Abbott’s vaudeville anti-terror play

Won’t somebody please think of children? It’s a familiar refrain from conservative Australia. Unless, of course, those children happen to be Muslim. Those ones be damned.

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Domestic violence is an act of terrorism

Some murders are not just an act of private anger, but are intended to send an explicit message to a far broader audience. We call those murders terrorism, except when the victims are women and children.

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Mourn for lost Palmyra, but it is not yours

Islamic State’s destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra is heartbreaking. But its history and artifacts do not belong to the world; they belong to Syria alone.

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Is this the real world? Bin Laden conspiracy theory makes plenty of sense

The US government loves to create its own reality, and the case of Osama bin Laden’s assassination is no different.

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Government commits billions to make Australia less safe

There is tonnes of money in the budget for “national security”, i.e. the ongoing alienation of Muslims.

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The radical danger of Geert Wilders’ free speech

We are quick to blame a tweet from a Muslim urging violence against those at a Texas cartoon exhibition. But what about the hate speech of Islamophobe Geert Wilders?

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Would legalising euthanasia diminish the rights of people with disabilities?

Disability activist Stella Young fought hard against legalising euthanasia, finding it to be an ablist concept that dismisses the experience of those with disabilities. Does a new Greens initiative for death with dignity undermine Young’s campaign?

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Rabble with a cause: the importance of civil disobedience and ‘selfishness’

Those who dismissed last Friday’s protest against the closure of remote Aboriginal communities as selfish completely miss the point.

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Reclaim (indigenous) Australia: both sides scream tolerance at Melbourne rally

Both Reclaim Australia and the Rally Against Racism seem to think they had the moral high ground, and everyone wanted to claim both feminism and Aboriginal heritage. It was a very weird day.

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Islamophobic housewives say Australia is going to halal in a grocery basket

There is a growing trend of anti-Islamic women appointing themselves guardians of the Christian domestic realm, by “battling” halal certification on the home front.

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The death penalty continues because we want it to

The problem for anti-death penalty campaigners is that capital punishment is in fact very popular.

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War, what is it good for? Employment for the counter-terrorism crowd

What ever would those employed by the counter-terrorism industry do if peace were to break out for good?

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Why do we still think cripface is OK?

Disability academic Beth Haller talks about new ways of giving people with disabilities control over their own narratives. And she says help could be coming from quite an unlikely quarter.

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So you think you can Daesh: why schoolgirls are the new recruits

Infantilising young Muslim women won’t prevent the rise in “jihadi brides” fleeing Western nations to join Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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Did we ignore siege warning signs because Monis was only violent towards women?

Man Haron Monis’ long history of violence against women is being brushed aside as Man’s world of counter-terrorism takes over.

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The devil wears Shahada: how IS uses radicalised women to market jihad

The increased use of female suicide bombers by Islamic State militants is, in large part, due to the increased media coverage they generate.

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