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Articles by Shakira Hussein

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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Hizb ut-Tahrir a convenient scapegoat, but we should not ban it

Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Prime Minister need each other. And banning the organisation will only add to its allure among extremists.

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Meet Pakistan’s all-singing, all-dancing, burqa-wearing free speech defenders

A Pakistani theatre company threw caution to the wind by performing a controversial, satirical play about burqas and freedom of expression.

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Terrorism has many faces in Pakistan

Extrajudicial punishment is meted out with alarming inconsistency in a state torn apart by terrorism.

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Sydney gunman a criminal, not a terrorist

Man Haron Monis was a desperate, violent middle-aged man, not a jihadi.

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Goodbye to my friend Stella, we owe you so much

Shakira Hussein pays tribute to the biting, brilliant wit of Stella Young — and a life free from inspiration porn.

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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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