Ohio State Attacker Was Somali Refugee and Ohio State Student, Dakota Access Pipeline Protestors Refuse to Leave


Ohio Attacker Abdul Ali Artan was ‘Somali Refugee’-BBC News

18-year old Abdul Ali Artan, a Somali refugee living in the US and studying logistics management at the College of Business at Ohio State University, injured 11 people and one person critically by ramming his car into a group of pedestrians at Ohio State University then stabbing others before police shot and killed him on Monday. Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs is investigating if Monday’s attack was a terrorist attack due to warnings from federal officials that extremist groups are recruiting people to commit knife and car attacks since they are easier to carry out than bombings. “I thought it was an accident initially until I saw the guy come out with a knife,” Ohio State student Martin Schneider said about the incident.

Dakota Access Pipeline Protestors “going nowhere,” Despite Evacuation Orders-CBS News

Thousands of people protesting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline cutting across the Sioux Tribe’s Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota refuse to leave after the North Dakota governor declared the conditions at the protest camp “life threatening” after the area received ten inches of snow. “We are going to stand up and say, ‘No, this has been 500 years of oppression and it has to stop now,” John Bigelow, who represents the Seven Council Fires camp said.

Donald Trump’s Threat to Close Door Reopens Old Wounds in Cuba-NY Times

After Fidel Castro’s death on Monday and the first scheduled flight from the United States landing in Havana in 50 years, President-elect Donald Trump stated on Twitter that he could end the United States ties with Cuba created during the Obama administration. “If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate the deal,” Trump said on Twitter. Since President Obama’s decision to relax restrictions on trade and commerce between the United States and Cuba, hotels in Havana have been booked a year in advance by American tour groups and goods from Walmart and Best Buy have begun to appear in Cuba. However, this statement by Trump has upset many Cubans. “There’s no question this is a bad start to things, Mr. Trump’s belligerent attitude and animosity gives more reasons for suspicion and confirms the belief that this warming of relations was not real,” Ricardo Torres, a professor of economics at the University of Havana said.