Sunday Speed Reads

The Man China Blames For Democracy Protests
New York Times tells the story of a U.S. graduate student who is being blamed by China for instigating the Hong Kong protests.

Is Oxygen To Blame For The Evolution Of Complex Life?
Matthew Francis writes in The Daily Beast about a new paper which contends the low oxygen level that was present 800 million years ago was too small to  support oxygen-breathers like our ancestors, thus delaying the progress of complex life.

Boko Haram Says Kidnapped Girls Converted To Islam
Hundreds of girls kidnapped by the terror group Boko Haram have converted to Islam and have been married off, CNN reports.

The group’s leaders also have denied claims by the Nigerian government that a cease fire has been reached.

Former Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Questions Global Warming
U.S. astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who holds a doctorate of science in Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says he is skeptical of the claim that human beings are causing global warming, according to the Daily Mail.

Is Obama’s ISIS Strategy Doomed To Fail?
Robert Merry of National Interest has a critical examination of the faults in President Obama’s strategy to decimate ISIS. Merry’s approaches his argument from a vantage point of view held by those on the Left and the isolationist right – that the US has no business being involved in the Middle East.

“When the United States takes the lead in such a fight, two problems emerge. One is that outside military intervention roils the sensibilities of millions of Muslims who recoil at the sight of their lands and people being destroyed by alien forces. That simply aids ISIS in its efforts to recruit new warriors to its cause,” he writes.

 

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