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Former NYC Mayor: Call Islamic Radicalism By Its Name
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani argues that ignoring the religious roots of groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda not only defies logic, but hampers the fight to defeat them.

“Investigating large multifaceted criminal organizations like the Mafia or making war against similarly complex terrorist organizations requires properly identifying the organizational rationale. Making it politically incorrect to use the proper designation also makes it much harder to see the connections that enable these groups to flourish. The refusal to acknowledge the Islamic link to terror also can contribute to making mistakes,” says Giuliani, who prosecuted numerous cases against the mafia in the 1980s.

He is not alone in believing that a clarity of language is important to the war on terrorism.

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, a professor at Emory University School of Law and a Muslim scholar of Sharia, wrote recently: “The vast majority of Muslims almost certainly feel moral revulsion and outrage about the violence perpetrated by ISIS… However, the truth of the matter is that ISIS leaders and supporters can and do draw on a wealth of scriptural and historical sources to justify their actions.”

Historic Elections To Be Held In Saudi Arabia This Weekend
Saudi women can’t marry, enroll at university or travel abroad without permission from a male relative. But on Saturday, they will vote and run in a nationwide election for the first time.

The election is for 284 municipal councils and a total of 978 women have registered as candidates, but strict limits remain in place. For example, any individual who is supporting efforts to lift the ban on women driving is automatically banned, reports The Guardian.

While women will be able to participate in Saturday’s elections, there are many other tasks and activities from which they prohibited to participate, such as driving and walking in public without the proper head covering.

History Is Very Alive In The Battle Against Modernity
ISIS is not the only movement that is using the glory days of the past to attract and inspire its supporters in the fight against modernity, writes Aatish Tasser in the New York Times.

Across the globe, there is a growing trend of political movements seeking to reverse the progressive nature of the modern world. To ease the sense of uncertainty and fear of the unfamiliar which some feel, groups are recalling the past to fuel an often violent revolt.

“The past is alive as it never has been before. It seems almost to serve as a kind of armor against an alien and impure present. And modernity, in the shallow sense of the word — that world of highways and blue-glass malls and men in the uniforms of foreign companies — does not satisfy the demands for this ‘living history,'” he argues.

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