Monday Headlines

US To Provide Air Cover To Syrian Rebels
After intense debate, the Obama administration has approved a plan to provide air cover to the Syrian rebels it has trained if they come under attack by the Assad regime, a move which places the US deeper into four-year old war, reports The Wall Street Journal.

On Friday, US-trained rebels were attacked by elements of the Nusra Front, a jihadi group in Syria that is allied with al-Qaeda, and that may have contributed to the administration’s decision to commit to further involvement.

ISIS’ Christian And Yazidi Sex Slaves
Being a woman in the Middle East can be a challenge on its own, but in areas controlled by ISIS, it is a terrifying world in which to love.  Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute addresses ISIS’ tragic practice of enslaving Christian and Yazidi girls – thousands of whom have been abducted over the past decade.

Thousands of Iraqi and Syrian Christians have been taken captive for ransom and last August, ISIS began awarding and selling them as sex slaves.

“Uncharacteristically, ISIS, too, seems a bit self-restrained about broadcasting this particular abomination, which may account for some of the world’s silence. ISIS issued rules last December regulating—though not banning—sexual relations with another’s slaves, with slaves who are sisters, and with pre-pubescent slave girls. It hasn’t produced any slick videos of its slave auctions or bordellos,” Shea notes.

Author Speaks To Reasons Behind The Rise of Humans
Seventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other animals.

In his book, “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind,” historian Yuval Noah Harari asked why and how homo sapiens evolved from mere bystanders to the most successful species on the planet?” Listen to his recent Ted Talk on the rise of humans.

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