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Ruby Hamad

Freelance writer

More than Mark Knight: inside Australian media's enduring problem with race

More than Mark Knight: inside Australian media's enduring problem with race

This embarrassing international incident highlights not only Australia’s stubborn refusal to act on the urgency of race, but the media's stubborn refusal to even listen.

Australian progressives are stuck in an endless loop

Australian progressives are stuck in an endless loop

For all the words written and shared about diversity and representation, what's actually been done? And who's benefiting from the cyclic system of outrage and inaction?

The uncomfortable reason Australian journos don't like The New York Times

The uncomfortable reason Australian journos don't like The New York Times

The US publication has been plagued by criticism since hitting our shores, but is its coverage really so unusual? This is what the rest of the world has always dealt with.

Why did the US give the Saudi Crown Prince a rock star tour?

Why did the US give the Saudi Crown Prince a rock star tour?

Mohammed bin Salman seems to be engaging in a sectarian soft war, and the media are following along like puppy dogs.

In defence of disagreement: how outrage bait is undermining public discourse

In defence of disagreement: how outrage bait is undermining public discourse

This toxic climate that insists on misreading the words of others and then punishing them for the misreading, undermines any prospect of intelligent and robust debate.

Why it’s pointless to single out actors who work with Woody Allen

Why it’s pointless to single out actors who work with Woody Allen

While renewed scrutiny of alleged sexual predators is always welcome, punishing actors who work with them is a futile form of activism and justice.

Two feminist stories that won't get anywhere near the attention of Matt Damon and Me Too

Two feminist stories that won't get anywhere near the attention of Matt Damon and Me Too

If we want to win the fight for women, reproductive rights must be the most important front.