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PEN America honors artists, activists and dissidents

From an imprisoned Ukranian journalist to a high school activist in Florida, PEN America offered tribute on Monday night to democracy and free expression and cautioned about the dangers faced in the U.S. and abroad. “Instead of being able focus on menial responsibilities such as school work, my generation has been forced to rapidly mobilize …

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Russian soldier sentenced to life in prison in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial since invasion

In a major development, a Ukrainian court on Monday sentenced a Russian soldier to life imprisonment for killing unarmed Ukrainian civilian, as the first war crimes trial stemming from Moscow’s February 24 invasion of the east European nation reached to an end. Delivering the sentence, Judge Serhiy Agafonov said 21-year-old Vadim Shishimarin, a tank commander, …

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Dave Chappelle attacker Isaiah Lee breaks his silence and reveals reason behind tackling the comedian

Isaiah Lee – – the man accused of attempting to attack Dave Chappelle during his comedy set at the “Netflix is a Joke” festival in early May – – is finally talking about the reasons for his actions. Lee also asserts that he never planned to hurt the comedian. Lee, 23, talked with The New York …

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‘Don’t underestimate us’: China hits back at US after Biden’s warning over Taiwan

Beijing on Monday said it was prepared to defend its national interests over Taiwan, in a rebuke to US President Joe Biden’s vow to protect the island from any intrusion by China. China’s Communist Party has never controlled self-ruled Taiwan however it sees the island as a part of its region and has promised to one …

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Kurt Cobain’s ‘Smells like teen spirit’ Guitar auctions for nearly $5 million

Rock icon Kurt Cobain’s electric guitar, which he played in his band Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video, was auctioned for nearly $5 million. As per Variety, the Fender Mustang electric guitar was sold to the Jim Irsay Collection of Indianapolis at Julien’s Auctions on May 22. The guitar was sold for around $4.5 …

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Biden says US has offered North Korea covid vaccines but ‘got no response’

US President Joe Biden said Saturday that America had offered Covid-19 vaccines to Pyongyang yet got no response” despite a spiralling epidemic in North Korea, where almost 2.5 million individuals have fallen sick with “fever”. “We’ve offered vaccines, not only to North Korea but to China as well and we’re prepared to do that immediately,” …

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