Dimitry Muratov, a journalist who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year, has auctioned off his medal for $103.5 million and will be donating the money to help child refugees from Ukraine. The auction concluded on World Refugee Day, and the entire amount will be going to UNICEF’s humanitarian response for Ukrainian children who have been displaced by the war.
Tag: War in Ukraine
Gas prices in the United States have been drastically on the rise since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with no signs of stopping in sight. In the last week, the national average has increased by 15 cents, reaching a record of $4.48 a gallon. In the last month the prices have gone up an average of 40 cents, and 27% total since the start of the war. Now experts say the record-breaking prices could soon reach $5 a gallon in most places.
Since 1921 the White House Correspondents’ Dinner has been held almost annually to honor journalists who report on the president of the United States. The event which highlights the value of freedom from censorship and government interference in journalism is also a fundraiser for journalism scholarships. After two years without the dinner due to concerns over Covid, it returned this past Saturday hosted by Trevor Noah.
Willy Joseph Cancel, an American former Marine, was killed on April 25th fighting alongside Ukrainian Forces against Russia’s invasion. Cancel, 22 years old, was in Ukraine working for a private military contracting company. His mother, Rebecca Cabrera, told CNN that he wanted to help because he “believed in what Ukraine was fighting for”.
After 28 years of no new music from the iconic English rock band, Pink Floyd, they’ve come together once more to create something new for a good cause. On April 8th, they released a new single, “Hey Hey Rise Up”, which also features vocals from Andriy Khlyvnyuk, singer for the Ukrainian band Boombox. All proceeds from the song will be donated to humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine amid the ongoing war.
This year’s Grammys included a message from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, addressing the ongoing war in his country and urging everyone not to stay silent. He compared the situation of those attending the Grammys, to that of Ukrainian musicians and people. The message was followed by a very moving performance from John Legend and three Ukrainian artists.
Nearly three weeks after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the House of Representatives have voted to suspend regular trade relations with Russia, and its close ally Belarus. The decision comes as an attempt to further isolate Russia’s economy in retaliation for Putin’s aggression towards Ukraine. The vote was nearly anonymous, a bipartisan agreement with 424 yes’s and only 8 no’s.
On Tuesday March 8th, President Biden announced that he was putting in place a ban on imports of Russian oil and other energy. Despite acknowledging that this ban would cause a rise in domestic oil prices for the U.S., Biden announced the ban as retaliation for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, there is conflicting opinion on what the true cause of the price spike is, and when it really started.
The New York Times reports from a western intelligence report that senior Chinese officials told Russian officials in early February to delay their invasion of Ukraine until after the Winter Olympics, hosted in Beijing, China. The Times article suggests that the Chinese officials had some prior knowledge of Russia’s plan to attack Ukraine. Before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing on February 4th, almost a month ago, Russian leader President Vladimir Putin met with China’s leader, President Xi Jinping. There, they issue a statement declaring their partnership has “no limits.”