Articles by Mariella van der SLujis

Russian fighter jet buzzes American destroyer

  Two Russian jets flew extremely close to a U.S. warship called the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea on Monday, April 11. The following day, a second incident occurred when two Russian helicopters circled above the USS Donald Cook and apparently took several pictures. Two more jets made multiple close passes of the…

Shooting in Richmond kills officer, others injured

    Chad Dermyer, a Virginia state trooper, got shot to death on March 31, by James Brown III at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond, according to NBC News.   Two other troopers at the scene immediately responded to the incident and opened fire on Brown, who later died in the hospital. Two civilians also…

The Islamic State group leaks information on 22,000 people

  Confidential documents from the Islamic State group were leaked to Sky News on Thursday, March 10. On some of the documents were questions like, “What is your Sharia or religious level,” “Who recommended you,” “What is your previous jihad experience,” and “are you more of a fighter or a suicide attacker?”   Sky News…

Obama reforms solitary confinement for juveniles

  About 10,000 inmates in United States federal prisons could be facing the direct consequences of President Barack Obama’s reforms on solitary confinement. Obama announced a ban on solitary confinement for juveniles in an op-ed for The Washington Post on Monday Jan. 25. Obama’s reforms also include the ban on solitary confinement for low-level infractions,…

Missouri student protest results in president’s resignation

A wave of student protests in response to alleged racism at the University of Missouri led to the resignation of university’s president, Timothy M. Wolfe, and chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin on Nov. 9.   The announcement comes after months of racial tension on campus. The university has experienced many instances of racial discrimination, including racial…

China ends its one-child policy; allows two children

  The Chinese Communist Party announced the end of its one-child policy on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. All married Chinese couples are now allowed to have up to two children.   Statistics of the United Nations make it clear why China is changing its policy: China’s population is aging rapidly. China does not have enough…

“Project Unbreakable” travelling photo exhibit visits John Carroll

    “The only way you would ever leave me is in a body bag.” This is one of the many quotes hanging around the Dolan Center for Science and Technology from the “Project Unbreakable” photo exhibit going on through Friday, Oct. 9.   “Project Unbreakable” is a worldwide photography project, which allows victims of…

Egyptian airstrike kills Mexican tourists

    An idyllic, sunny trip three hours away from Egypt’s capital, Cairo, turned into a bloody massacre on Sunday, Sept. 13, when a military airstrike accidentally killed several Mexican tourists.   Numerous tourists were out in the desert, accompanied with a tour guide, police escort and the security of an Apache helicopter. As soon…