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Articles by Shakira Hussein

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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Private health insurance: the leech sucking on our sick blood

Private health care is an evil publicly funded roach that feasts on people’s middle-of-the-night fears and if we had any guts we would crush it beneath our heels, says Shakira Hussein, as she reveals why she just bought it anyway.

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Honour the flag -– turn!

Barnaby Joyce says he “loves” Australia’s current flag — even though his smelly feet violate it every time he wears his favourite pair of his favourite thongs. Does anyone in Australia actually know how to “honour” our flag anyway? asks Shakira Hussein.

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Hussein: I don’t buy Quadrant — but I still pay for it

How do you reconcile the need to know what the enemy is saying with the prohibition against tipping money -– even small change -– into their war-chest? asks Shakira Hussein.

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