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Shabina S. Khatri
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Shabina S. Khatri is an American journalist freelancing in Doha, Qatar. While in the Gulf, Khatri has reported for various outlets, including Al Jazeera English and Global Voices Online, on Doha’s struggle to transform from a tiny desert peninsula that imports everything (including people – expats comprise 80% of the population) into the region’s premier cultural, political and economic hub.

Currently, Khatri is an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University in Qatar's Medill School of Journalism.

Born and raised in suburban Detroit, Khatri has previously worked as an editor/reporter for the Wall Street Journal and a reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Though a jack of many trades, she is master of some, with strengths in business, higher education and religion reporting.

In 2004, she graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor with dual bachelor’s degrees in business and Spanish. Also that year, Khatri founded the Muslim American Journalists Association. Born to immigrant Indian parents, she is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association and is conversational in Arabic, Spanish and Gujarati.

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Qatar: Why Protests Won't Happen Here

Posted March 7, 2011 | 13:19:43 (EST)

Qatar, a tiny, wealthy and very image-conscious country in the Persian Gulf, is not having a good week.

First, major news outlets published stories about vitriolic Facebook pages calling on Qatar residents to protest against Emir Hamad Bin Khalifa al Thani and his regime. Feb. 27 is the...

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Do You Need a Muslim Friend?

Posted August 26, 2010 | 07:36:21 (EST)

It's good to get things out in the open. But sometimes the truth hurts.

It certainly hurt to hear that, according to recent TIME and CNN polls, most Americans oppose the Park51 project, a proposal to build a mosque and community center on private property about two blocks...

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How Hot Is It In Doha, Qatar? Car-Baked Cookies Hot

Posted August 2, 2010 | 16:21:19 (EST)

As an American living in Doha, Qatar, I am often asked by people back home about the weather here.

So, how hot is it today?

Is it still hot out?

What's the weather like right now?

Well, it is so hot that we here in Qatar...

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Qatar's Controversial Open-Door Policy has Helped in its Bid to Be Seen as an International Player

Posted April 8, 2010 | 14:05:54 (EST)

Cross-posted from

Qatar has a history of helping countries in need -- sending relief teams to Haiti after January's earthquake, donating millions of dollars to the Palestinian effort and even opening its doors to the Lebanese during the 2006 war with Israel.

But some experts say that...

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