Former Defense Chief Mark Esper Sues Pentagon Over Book Editing

WASHINGTON — Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper is suing the Pentagon for editing parts of his forthcoming book, making him the top member of the Trump administration to fight attempts by administration officials to restrict sensitive information in their memoirs. “The American people deserve a full and unambiguous accounting of our nation’s history,” Mr Esper … Read more

Fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies of cancer at age 41

PARIS-Virgil Abloh, the American designer who championed streetwear and hip-hop culture in luxury fashion and became one of the industry’s most prominent black executives, passed away on Sunday, according to a post on his Instagram account. He was 41 years old. The cause was cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. Abloh was diagnosed more … Read more

Five best: books about women in war

The unfeminine face of war By Svetlana Alexievich Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky (2017) 1. “ball your hearts like a fist!” exclaimed legendary navigator Marina Raskova as she assembled members of the Soviet Union’s female air regiments, including fighter pilots and night bombers. The Soviet women fighters of World War II had to … Read more

What happened in Wuhan? – WSJ

The first outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease that would come to be known as Covid-19 occurred in the fall of 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan, but the world still doesn’t know exactly where the virus came from. Many scientists believe the most likely explanation is zoonotic spillover, a process in … Read more

What happened in Wuhan? – WSJ

The first outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease that would come to be known as Covid-19 occurred in the fall of 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan, but the world still doesn’t know exactly where the virus came from. Many scientists believe the most likely explanation is zoonotic spillover, a process in … Read more

New Covid-19 travel restrictions rattle global airline industry, hit stocks

The US said it would restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries in southern Africa from Monday, joining a handful of governments around the world seeking to curb the transmission of a novel coronavirus variant identified in the region. Biden’s administration will impose restrictions on non-US citizens and residents of South Africa, Botswana, … Read more

Fiction: Scheherazade and her repertoire

Long ago in an empire lived a king who discovered that his wife was sleeping with a palace slave. Mad with jealousy, he swore that henceforth he would marry only for one night and that every morning his new bride would be killed. After carrying out his nefarious plans for a while, Scheherazade, the valiant … Read more

Kamea Hadar: How This Hawaiian Artist Paints a 12-Story Mural

Written by Sherry Liang, CNN Honolulu, Hawaii-based artist Kamea Hadar has lost count of how many murals he has painted in his career — his best guess is at least 50 in the past decade. He painted a larger-than-life portrait of former US President Barack Obama on the side of a law firm in Honolulu … Read more