October 2, 2012 4 Comments
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.
July 6, 2011 51 Comments
“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.
June 22, 2011 1 Comment
Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon’s announcement of the addition of 13 new drugs to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme comes as a huge relief.
June 22, 2011
Shakira Hussein was relieved to see her MS drug make the PBS approved list, but she's not going to break open the metaphorical non-alcoholic champagne until the government reverses its decision to subject drugs recommended for subsidy to cabinet decision-making.
June 22, 2011
Academic -- and MS sufferer -- Shakira Hussein writes about the difficulty of expensive but critical drugs she relies on being left off the PBS approved drug list.
May 5, 2011
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 […]
April 29, 2011 17 Comments
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.
November 22, 2010
Locust plagues are not generally considered a good-news story, owever, the locust onslaught is also opening up some productive conversations between Muslims and Jews, says Shakira Hussein.
September 13, 2010
Julia Gillard is leader of the ALP, first female PM, ready to stamp her authority on the position, etc. Does she need to constantly state and re-state that she is the captain? asks Shakira Hussein.
August 27, 2010 18 Comments
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.