• Enforcing Sharia in Raqqa: The Islamic State
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    Enforcing Sharia in Raqqa: The Islamic State

    After taking control of the Syrian city of Raqqa, In March of 2013. The Islamic State or IS A group formally known as ISIS Has also taken over the role of governing every aspect of daily life. Under the strict interpretations of Sharia. These Islamic laws cover everything from High crimes, to civil disagreements to economics, and even personal behavior. Such as, diet, prayer and public appearance. Now what was once a very Westernized city. Is patrolled 24 hours a day by armed men known as the Hisbah. That travel throughout the city enforcing their mandate.

  • What Is Sharia Law?
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    What Is Sharia Law?

    Sharia Law – we’ve been hearing about this all over the place lately. It’s a tentpole of the Taliban, and it’s what ISIS wants for Iraq and Syria. It’s also used in the legal systems of the United Arab Emirates. But obviously those are very different groups and situations. So, what is Sharia law? Well, there’s no set list of things that are, or aren’t, Sharia Law. In Arabic, Sharia is roughly translated to “path to the watering hole” and it refers to a system meant to control all aspects of its followers’ lives. That includes daily routines, familial and religious obligations, and financial dealings. It prescribes punishments, but those…

  • Jeremy Scahill on Trump Team: A Cabal of Religious Extremists, Privatization Advocates & Racists
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    Jeremy Scahill on Trump Team: A Cabal of Religious Extremists, Privatization Advocates & Racists

    AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, as we continue our conversation in this web exclusive with Jeremy Scahill talking about Donald Trump and his billionaire Cabinet. We urge you to call right now and let us know you’re standing up for independent media. Jeremy Scahill, the award-winning journalist who is co-founder of The Intercept, just wrote a column, “Notorious Mercenary Erik Prince Is Advising Trump from the Shadows.” Jeremy, your first book was called Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. Who would have thought it would be as relevant today as when you wrote it years ago?…