News and Analysis (10/24/14)

Benedict Koehler writes that the khulifah rashidun, the first caliphs, promoted innovative and dynamic economies. Would-be pretenders who wish to bear their mantle ought to keep in mind that the benefits from enlarged markets are far greater than those from rapine and intolerance”:

Canada  “fears that the country is suffering reprisals for joining the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria” …

… The shooter was once ejected from a mosque “because of his ‘erratic’ behavior”, like the alleged Boston Marathan bomber  “who has since been implicated in a 2011 triple homicide that targeted a drug-dealing friend of his, [and] was once ejected from his neighborhood mosque” …

… and the shooting requires care that any changes in the law “be done … with an understanding of the limited scale of the threat, …  and not as a panicky reaction to a very small number of men who … pose no threat whatsoever to the survival of Canada” …

More reasons to doubt the government’s optimism about release of the abducted girls: “The abductions have not been confirmed by the authorities, but residents say they took place a day after the military announced it had agreed a ceasefire with the Boko Haram group”:

“A 3-month-old baby killed in Jerusalem when a Palestinian man slammed his car into pedestrians was an American” …

… while in the U.S. attacks on Iraqis,  “[s]ix of the civilians were children and five were women” …

“Pakistani American Aizzah Fatima was disillusioned with stereotypical roles for Muslim actors, so she wrote her own one-woman play, Dirty Paki Lingerie”:

“Europe’s fear of radical Islam appears to be feeding extremism”:

Successful “attacks showed Islamic State’s continued operating resilience despite air strikes by U.S.-led coalition forces aimed at defeating the ultra-radical Sunni jihadist group”:

“Every major Western power involved in the fight against IS is now speaking to the PYD. [The Turks] are trying to convince everyone that they’re a terrorist group who should be treated the same as IS, and no one’s listening”:

“Ghulam Azam, 91, died late on Thursday after life support was removed at the Bangabandhu Sehikh Mujib Medical University in the capital, Dhaka”:

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