Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept

Murtaza Hussain

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Past articles by Murtaza:

Industrialized Militaries Are a Bigger Part of the Climate Emergency Than You Know

Not only do conflicts leave a poisoned landscape in their wake, but the U.S. military has a larger carbon footprint than most countries on earth. → Read More

An Iranian Activist Wrote Dozens of Articles for Right-Wing Outlets. But Is He a Real Person?

The writer Heshmat Alavi pushes regime change in Iran. But an MEK defector says the controversial, exiled opposition group created the persona. → Read More

Israel Hated American Ban on Sharing Intel for Assassinations, So U.S. Made New Rules

Israeli military officials privately pressed for an exemption to intelligence restrictions during a 2006 war with Hezbollah. → Read More

New Zealand Suspect’s Actions Are Logical Conclusion of Calling Immigrants “Invaders”

I felt compelled to analyze his words at length because as a nonwhite Westerner — a Muslim no less — I’m one of the “invaders” that he speaks about. → Read More

Trump and Brexit Proved This Book Prophetic — What Calamity Will Befall Us Next?

"My concern, as I wrote the book, was that the public’s loathing of the established order was bound to implicate our democratic system itself." → Read More

French Muslims Grapple With a Republic That Codified Their Marginalization

“These kids you see around, Africans and Arabs, whether people like it or not, they’re French." → Read More

After 18 Years of War, the Taliban Have the Upper Hand in Afghanistan Peace Talks

For many observers, the negotiations register as a defeat — recognition that the Taliban has not only survived, but will be central to Afghanistan's future. → Read More

The Far Right Is Obsessed With a Book about Muslims Destroying Europe. Here’s What It Gets Wrong.

Rather than declaring the continent “dead,” it might be worth considering that every generation faces unique challenges. → Read More

Sorry, Trump: Most ISIS Recruits in America Aren’t Immigrants, a New Study Suggests

The average “jihadi” in the United States is starting to look less like the type of person President Donald Trump wants to ban from the country. → Read More

Syria battle against ISIL far from over, despite US pull-out plan

Despite assurances from Trump that ISIL is defeated, US raids against group in eastern Syria have intensified recently. → Read More

The Saudi Crown Prince’s PR Campaign Has Totally Failed — Except For With Donald Trump

Almost everyone — except Donald Trump — agrees that Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s killing. → Read More

It’s Time for America to Reckon With the Staggering Death Toll of the Post-9/11 Wars

At least half a million people have been killed in the post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, a new study by Brown University researchers finds. → Read More

“Of Fathers and Sons” — a Startling Film Goes Inside a Generational Apocalypse in Syria

A new documentary by Talal Derki explores the lives of extremists in Syria — their cruelties, failures, and hopes in a shattered country. → Read More

Rise of Europe’s Far Right Emboldens Serb Extremists and Threatens a Fragile Peace in Bosnia

Two decades after a terrible war, Bosnia is confronted with a new generation of nationalist Serbs who want to change the country's borders. → Read More

“Still in Solitary Over Here in Baghdad”: a Forgotten American’s 14-Year Nightmare in Iraq

Shawki Omar’s story began as an embodiment of the American Dream. Today, it shows how the so-called war on terror has turned sadistic and extralegal. → Read More

Post-Cold War U.S. Foreign Policy Has Been a Near Total Failure. Two New Books Look at Why.

Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer are back — this time with dueling books about why U.S. foreign policy has utterly failed. → Read More

Why Israel’s — and America’s — Legal Justifications for Assassinations Don’t Add Up

Former IDF lawyer Gabriella Blum explained Israel's justifications for its targeted killing program, but Noura Erakat says they have no basis in law. → Read More

Military Officials Aren’t Supposed to Associate With Hate Groups. So Why Are These Generals Speaking at Frank Gaffney’s Confab?

The military has codes of conduct that are supposed to bar associating with hate groups. Frank Gaffney's Center for Security Policy is exactly that. → Read More

How the Trump Era Lays Bare the Tension in the Marriage Between Conservatism and Capitalism

A new book charts how conservatives used to resist capitalism, but have completely given in. The politics of Donald Trump could loosen the bonds. → Read More

The U.S. Goes to War Against the ICC to Cover Up Alleged War Crimes in Afghanistan

John Bolton is on a jihad against the ICC, seeking to ensure that the U.S. is free of international norms on human rights. → Read More