ISIS Rolls Out Own Currency, Music Video

Propaganda recording intros new coins to replace 'satanic conception of banks'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2015 3:49 PM CDT

Fed up with what it describes as the "satanic conception of banks," ISIS says it's releasing its own new currency, and it's put out a nearly one-hour-long video to explain it, the Jerusalem Post reports. The video released by the group's media arm explains its members are busy minting and disseminating gold dinar, silver dirham, and copper fulus in the territories under its hold, though there's no mention of where this is taking place, Haaretz notes. The video, released in English with Arabic subtitles, starts with an explainer on "the capitalist financial system of enslavement, underpinned by a piece of paper called the Federal Reserve dollar note," then shows off the coins, per the Post:

"Completely void of human and animal images in accordance with Shariah law," the coins feature pictography such as seven stalks of wheat and a world map "representing the extent of territory Mohammad's reign would reach, including Constantinople, Rome, and America." A haunting three-minute music video appears at the end, showing ISIS fighters battling in different scenes, with such lyrics as: "For the sake of Allah/we will march to the gates/of the Paradise where/our maidens await." A Baghdad economist tells Bloomberg the currency ploy is nothing more than a morale booster. "At the end of the day, this is a media propaganda tool." (How do they find the time to make money when they're blowing up antiquities?)

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