• 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…

  • How Powerful Is Germany?
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    How Powerful Is Germany?

    Since the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, Germany has established itself as Europe’s largest economy. But their economy is also starting to show some signs of decline, and there are fears that this could lead to a recession. So what impact is this dip having on Germany? And how powerful is the country overall? Well, the short answer is they are very powerful, with some potentially growing weaknesses. For one thing, German may have to cut back on their military. They currently have the world’s 7th strongest military force, employing 183,000 active troops. That’s behind other European countries like France and the UK, and quite a ways…

  • Safe and Sorry – Terrorism & Mass Surveillance
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    Safe and Sorry – Terrorism & Mass Surveillance

    Terrorism is very scary, especially when it happens close to home and not in some faraway place. Nobody likes to be afraid, and we were eager to make the fear go away. So we demanded more security. In the last decade, it’s become increasingly normal for civil liberties to be eroded and for government agencies to spy on citizens, to collect and store their personal information. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of right- or left-wing policies, this affects every one of us. So we have to take a look at the data and ask ourselves honestly, “Has all of this actually made us safer?” In the aftermath of 9/11,…