Murtaza Hussain

Murtaza Hussain is a journalist and political commentator now working for First Look Media. His work focuses on human rights, foreign policy and cultural affairs. Murtaza’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Salon and elsewhere. Twitter at @mazmhussain.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 3:09pm
The Moazzam Begg Arrest: Part of the Effort to Criminalize Muslim Political Dissent
Moazzam Begg, a native-born British citizen of Pakistani descent, spent three years incarcerated in the most notorious detention camps created in the post-9/11 “War on Terror”: all without ever being charged with any crime.
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Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 8:43am
Obama DOJ’s New Abuse of State-Secrets Privilege Revealed
For nine years, the U.S. government refused to let a Stanford PhD student named Rahinah Ibrahim back in the country after putting her on the no-fly list for no apparent reason. For eight years, U.S. government lawyers fought Ibrahim’s request that she be told why.
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Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 2:40pm
Malala and Nabila: Worlds Apart
On October 24, 2012 a Predator drone flying over North Waziristan came upon eight-year old Nabila Rehman, her siblings, and their grandmother as they worked in a field beside their village home.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 9:22am
An Increasingly Unchecked Surveillance State
The most egregious rights violations tend to happen against the voiceless; those who have neither the platform nor resources to articulate their grievances to the broader world.
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 11:53am
Iraq, Syria and the Death of the Modern Middle East
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Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 8:56am
How the US Exported Its 'Dirty War' Policy to Iraq – with Fatal Consequences
In one of the fiery oratories for which he was well-known, the late Hugo Chávez once stated his belief that "the American empire is the greatest menace to our planet." While his detractors have often sought to paint his rhetorical flourishes as a manifestation of unprovoked and unpopular extremism, to his death Chávez remained extremely popular with the majority of t
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Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 9:27am
Obama Promised to Close Guantánamo. Instead, He's Made It Worse
In his letters, Guantánamo Bay prisoner Shaker Aamer appeals in desperation to his captors and the outside world :
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Monday, March 4, 2013 - 5:02pm
Why We Must Resist Netanyahu and the Hawks' Reckless Push for War on Iran
"If Iran were to acquire nuclear weapons , this could presage catastrophic consequences, not only for my country, and not only for the Middle East, but for all mankind … the deadline for attaining this goal is getting extremely close."
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Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 2:20pm
Sanctions Against Iran Are Form of War, Not Alternative to It
After over three decades of service with the United Nations, working across the world on development and humanitarian assistance projects, in 1998 the UN Chief Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq Denis Halliday turned in his resignation to the organisation.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 1:25pm
The United State's Shameful Bahrain Policy
Behind the walls of a prison compound, the man who helped lead last year’s pro-democracy protests in Bahrain is continuing a lonely, painful battle for freedom away from the media spotlight.
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