Thursday, 10 May 2018
Kennedy Center revokes two lifetime awards from Bill Cosby
The Kennedy Center has rescinded two lifetime achievement awards it had given to entertainer Bill Cosby, joining a string of institutions revoking accolades following Cosby’s sexual assault conviction last month.
“As a result of Mr. Cosby’s recent criminal conviction, the board concluded that his actions have overshadowed the very career accomplishments these distinctions from the Kennedy Center intend to recognize,” the venue’s trustees said in a statement late Monday, noting it was the first time the Kennedy Center had rescinded an honor in its 46-year history.
Cosby was a 1998 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, the lifetime achievement award given to artists who have influenced American life, and was given the center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2009.
A suburban Philadelphia jury in April found Cosby guilty of the 2004 sexual assault of a former Temple University women’s basketball coach. He’s free as he awaits sentencing.
I ranian MPs were filmed burning a US flag and chanting "death to America" during a session of parliament, after Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of the country’s nuclear deal. Iranian politicians held the impromptu protest inside parliament on Wednesday, the day after Trump announced his withdrawal and said he would impose new economic sanctions on Iran.
The Nuclear deal is a 2015 accord designed to ease international sanctions on Iran in exchange for a series of commitments to show the Middle East nation is not developing nuclear weapons. To express their disapproval of Trump's decision, the MPs also burned a piece of paper representing the nuclear deal.
Iran’s parliament speaker Ali Larijani was among those officials in Tehran who said the deal could still be saved. Ali Larijani told MPs the White House’s decision was a "diplomatic show" that would only serve to isolate the US.
Ali taunted the US President by saying: "Trump does not have the mental capacity to deal with issues."
Also, today, European powers began redoubling their efforts to keep the Nuclear deal alive. The UK, France, Germany and the EU represent the majority of the seven signatories to the accord, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The others were China, the US, and Iran. France’s foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the deal is "not dead", but that the US’s actions created a "real risk" of confrontation in the region.