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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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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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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