Articles by Ben Gebhardt

Three Muslim UNC Students gunned down

    The murders of three American-born Muslim residents of Chapel Hill, North Carolina have sparked controversy.   An official news release on the Town of Chapel Hill website reports Craig Stephen Hicks, age 46, was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 10 for the murders of Deah Shaddy Barakat, age 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, age…

Canada lifts ban on assisted suicide

  The Canadian Supreme Court voted unanimously on Friday, Feb. 6 to lift the national ban against physician-assisted suicide. The ban, which was passed in 1993 according to The Washington Post, prohibits doctors from helping terminally ill patients end their suffering.   The International Business Times reported that the court ruled the two-decade-old ban on…

Measles outbreak hits upstate New York

The recent measles outbreak that spread throughout the country has now reached the state of New York. On Sunday, Feb. 1, ABC reported an infected student from Bard College took an Amtrak train the week before from Penn Station to Albany, exposing the disease to thousands of other passengers and people in several cities in…

The Islamic State group executes Japanese Hostage

The Islamic State Group released a photo accompanied by an audio clip depicting the beheading of 42-year-old Haruna Yukawa on Saturday, Jan. 24. It is unclear when Yukawa and 47-year-old Kenji Goto, another Japanese hostage, were captured by the Islamic State group. They were not reported missing until the Islamic State group posted a ransom…

Fuselage from missing AirAsia flight located

  The Indonesian government revealed on Wednesday, Jan. 14 that its search team had located the fuselage of the wrecked AirAsia flight QZ8501 in the Java Sea, according to CNN.   The airline made international headlines on Sunday, Dec. 28 after one of its planes went missing during its course from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore.…

Obama supports democracy in Myanmar

  After the wide loss of Democrats in the midterm elections, President Obama has shifted his focus to foreign policy. In his recent trip to Asia, the president spent three days in Myanmar, meeting with national leaders and hoping to finally get the struggling democracy-to-be on its feet.   According to The Washington Post, this…

Republicans gain hold of Senate after midterms

    Republicans reclaimed control of the Senate following the midterm elections on Tuesday, Nov. 4. A number of key Senatorial races that were predicted to be close contests ended in significant Republican victories. Among those was the battle for Kentucky, featuring Republican Mitch McConnell and Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. According to Politico, McConnell won…

Boko Haram kidnaps 60 more Nigerian girls

Despite a recently-established ceasefire between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government, militants from the terrorist organization are suspected of kidnapping 60 girls from a small town in northeastern Nigeria, according to Reuters.   The BBC stated the kidnappings took place just one day after the ceasefire had been brokered. The recent seizure of the girls…