ISIS declares its captured territories in Iraq and Syria an Islamic caliphate called “The Islamic State”
With success in capturing and holding large portions of territory from Iraq and parts of Syria, the insurgent group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) has formally declared itself as a caliphate, or an Islamic nation, and changed its name simply to “The Islamic State”. In a statement, ISIS said it had fulfilled the dream of establishing a worldwide center for Sunni Islam, with the group’s leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi a “leader for Muslims everywhere”. This put’s ISIS’s new self-defined nation right in the middle of an already ongoing struggle for Iraqi Kurdistan to separate itself from Iraq, with several world leaders saying they support an independent Kurdistan. So now you’ve got Syria well into civil war, Iraq having multiple states and quasi-states overlapping each other for control of the region, and despite the US making some diplomatic triumphs, things have gone from bad to worse to worser in a short period of time, and this is well beyond what one or two outside nations alone can handle.
Sometimes it’s hard not to see all the crap that’s going on in the world now, all the crap that’s been going on in the world for the past 30 years and wonder what the hell is going on in the Middle East/Arab/Persian diaspora that has made them so cranky for this long. Vox has put together a great collection of 40 maps, showing the history of the Middle East and the Islamic empire from the beginning of recorded time until now to put things in perspective.
Brunei will be the first country in southeast Asia to implement Sharia law at the national level. Everybody get stoned
When you think of countries that implement harsh Islamic Sharia law from the national level, you think of countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran and the old Taliban-led Afghanistan. But last week, the Sultan of Brunei announced that his teeny tiny widdle nation would be the first in southeast Asia to put in place similar law and legal punishments. This would include beheading, amputation and stoning as punishment for various crimes. It’s good to be the Sultan.
Across Europe, from Paris to Stockholm, women stood outside the embassies of Arabic nations topless, protesting the second-rate citizen status in many Muslim majority countries. There are pics below and they are NSFW.
As parts of the Islamic world have erupted into stupid, stupid protest over a horrible, horrible movie in every regard that no one would have seen if somebody hadn’t gotten their panties all in a twist, it’s sort of surprising that Pakistan has taken until today to get in on the action.
Saudi Arabia the home of Mecca and Medina, and a place where Islamic law is taken very, very seriously. But in a modern world, it becomes harder for women to try and exert modern freedoms without clashing with a strict Islamic separation of the sexes. So Saudi Arabia’s plan, which sounds like something out of a piece of dystopian sci-fi, is to create several industrial cities that are female-only, where women can work, shop and live freely with less restrictions.
Kansas passes anti-Sharia law law that could also prevent them from passing anti-gay marriage legislation. So that’s a good thing
Kansas is the newest state to pass “anti-Sharia law” legislation, out of some sort of idiotic fear that evil early 1900s movie Muslims are just waiting at our borders with knives in their teeth to take over every nook and cranny of American life with Sharia law. Sure, there are some crazies who have that goal (above), but there are also people who believe they’re Elvis.
Islamic cleric bans women from touching cucumbers or bananas, because you know… they’re kinda shaped like dicks
And now, in religious news, an unnamed Islamic cleric residing in Europe said that women should not be close to bananas or cucumbers, in order to avoid any “sexual thoughts.” Because as everyone knows, when a woman is eating a cucumber salad, all she’s thinking about is sucking dick.
Twenty year old Egyptian feminist activist and student at the University of Cairo Aliaa Magda Elmahdy has done what is becoming more common in the West, but almost no woman from a Muslim country would do— post naked photos of herself online.