Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept

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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Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 3:30pm
Court Reinstates Lawsuit Against NYPD Muslim Spying, Citing History of Racist Scares
In a stunning legal decision issued today , the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Muslim-Americans who had been subjected to blanket mass-surveillance by the NYPD Intelligence Division have grounds to sue the department for discrimination. The ruling reverses a 2014 decision by the United...
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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 7:15am
Hunger-Striking Detainee Tests Obama’s Will to Close Guantánamo
Since the age of 23, Tariq Ba-Odah has been detained at the U.S. prison facility at Guantánamo Bay. Never charged with a crime, Ba-Odah went on hunger strike eight years ago to protest his indefinite detention, as well as the brutal treatment he is alleged to have suffered at the hands of his...
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Monday, July 20, 2015 - 12:15pm
Wesley Clark Calls for Internment Camps for "Radicalized" Americans
Retired general and former Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark on Friday called for World War II-style internment camps to be revived for “disloyal Americans.” In an interview with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts in the wake of the mass shooting in Chatanooga, Tennessee, Clark said that during...
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 1:00pm
Iranians’ View of the Nuclear Deal: Optimistic, With Significant Caveats
U.S. media coverage of the Iran deal is, as usual , overwhelmingly focused on American and Israeli voices , with the hard-liner fanatics in each country issuing apocalyptic decrees , insisting that the deal is far too lenient on Iran and provides it with far too many benefits. Though largely...
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Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 1:45pm
Israel’s Clandestine Alliance with Gulf Arab States is Going Public
In 2009, a U.S. State Department diplomatic cable gave one of the first glimpses of what is becoming a burgeoning alliance between Israel and the Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The cable quoted Israeli Foreign Ministry official Yacov Hadas saying, “the Gulf Arabs believe in...
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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 10:30am
Informant Provided Bomb-Making Manual to Alleged “ISIS-Inspired” Plotters
In what has been widely described in the media as the break-up of an “ ISIS-inspired ” plot, on April 2nd the Department of Justice announced that Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, both of New York, had been arrested and charged with conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction. The...
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 2:30pm
The Tsarnaev Trial and the Blind Spots in ‘Countering Violent Extremism’
On April 19, 2013, as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lay bleeding from gunshot wounds in a suburban Boston backyard, he scrawled a note that contained the following message: “The US Government is killing our innocent civilians but most of you already know that….I don’t like killing innocent people it is...
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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 7:00am
Playing With Fire on the Lebanese Border
Since the end of the last war between Israel and Lebanon in 2006, the prospect of renewed hostilities between the two countries has been viewed as almost inevitable by most observers. As heinous and destructive as that conflict was, it ultimately resolved none of the underlying issues between the...
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Friday, January 23, 2015 - 11:45am
Saudi Arabia’s Tyrant King Misremembered as Man of Peace
After nearly 20 years as de facto ruler of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah ibn-Abdulaziz al-Saud died last night at the age of 90. Abdullah, who took power after his predecessor King Fahd suffered a stroke in 1995, ruled as absolute monarch of a country which protected American interests...
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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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