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Whose Haghia Sophia? 

Whose Haghia Sophia? 

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, accompanied by his wife Emine Erdoğan, attends the opening ceremony of the Yeditepe Biennial at the Haghia Sophia Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, March 31, 2018.

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Passing through the stone walls of the Haghia Sophia Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, time stands still. A cross-eyed cat appraises a small group of tourists from its corner. 

For more than a thousand years, the Haghia Sophia was the largest dome in the world. In its center is a ring of Arabic calligraphy, a transcription of the 35th verse of the Quran — the verse of light. It’s like a piece of the sun. 

“It gives me goosebumps,” said Ebru Gokteke, a Turkish tour guide.

The Byzantines commissioned the Haghia Sophia as a Greek Orthodox cathedral. The Ottomans conquered it and turned it into an ornate mosque. Then, secular revolutionaries converted it into a monument to two faiths. 

Now, the Haghia Sophia may change hands again. 

Related: Is Turkey seeking a neo-Ottoman Empire? 

On Thursday, a Turkish court is expected to decide a case that challenges the 1,400-year-old monument’s status as a museum. If revoked, little will stand in the way of Turkey’s ruling party to make good on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s perennial promise to turn the Haghia Sophia back into a mosque. 

“It’s a common wish for all of us to see its chains broken and opened for a prayer.”

Abdulhamit Gül, Justice Minister, Turkey

“It’s a common wish for all of us to see its chains broken and opened for a prayer,” Turkey’s Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül told the country’s state broadcaster, Anadolu Ajansi. “God willing, we will see the return of the Haghia Sophia to its origin.” 

Related: How Turkey’s Erdoğan went from populist hero to strongman

Tourists take in the beauty of the Haghia Sophia interior. 

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Whose Haghia Sophia? 

As a patriarchal cathedral under the Byzantine Empire, the building is a symbolic center of the Greek Orthodox faith. Members of the Turkish opposition see it as a nod to the country’s foundation as a secular republic and acceptance of minority groups.   

“The republican founding elite … turned it into a museum to neutralize it, to demystify it. And now comes a pro-Islamic government who again wants to use it as an Islamic symbol and try to convert it into a mosque.”

İştar Gözaydın, legal scholar, Istanbul, Turkey 

“The republican founding elite … turned it into a museum to neutralize it, to demystify it. And now comes a pro-Islamic government who again wants to use it as an Islamic symbol and try to convert it into a mosque,” said İştar Gözaydın, a Turkish legal scholar. “These are questions of power, at the end.” 

The original building was built in five years, between 532 and 537 — a physical representation of the mighty Byzantine Empire. Nine hundred years later, when the Ottomans seized its capital, Constantinople, the Haghia Sophia served as a refuge for the wounded and for worshippers praying for safety. 

When the city fell to the Ottomans in May 1453, historic accounts say a 21-year-old Sultan Mehmed II rode his horse to the Haghia Sophia and ordered an imam to recite a prayer transforming the cathedral into a mosque; it eventually became a symbol of Ottoman conquest.   

In 1934, secular revolutionaries under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, certified the site as a museum. 

But Ismail Kandemir, a retired math teacher and preservation activist, recently opened a case to argue that the 1934 document should be annulled because Kemal Atatürk’s signature appears to be falsified. 

Related: As more journalists stand trial in Turkey, the truth becomes more elusive

Previous debates over the Haghia Sophia’s status have been punted or demurred as mere political discourse. But a recent conversion of a smaller Byzantine church in the coastal city of Trabzon, also called the Haghia Sophia, suggests that the grand Haghia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque may be a possibility. 

Turkey’s Council of State is expected to make a ruling over the Haghia Sophia’s museum designation as soon as July 2. A group of local architects is already preparing an appeal. 

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Inside the grand Haghia Sophia, terraces of marble columns reach more than 100 feet toward a striped, golden yellow and dark blue dome so tall and so wide it looks like it floats over a ring of 40 windows. Mosaic angels mark each corner. 

“It’s one of the most amazing buildings mankind ever created on the surface of the Earth,” said Gokteke, the tour guide. “It’s a turning point in the history of architecture … it’s colossal, yet so elegant.”

When Gokteke is away from the Haghia Sophia, she starts to see it in her dreams. She says she misses it like an old friend. That’s the case now, as the coronavirus travel restrictions have forced the world’s tourism industry to grind to a halt. But she hopes that the building remains a museum. 

Inside Haghia Sophia, terraces of marble columns reach more than 100 feet above toward a striped, golden yellow and dark blue dome. 

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“A building like that is a real historical heritage for everybody. If it’s a church or a mosque, there will be things hidden from the worshippers. … In order to fully appreciate it, we should be able to see it as a whole.”

Ebru Gokteke, tour guide, Istanbul, Turkey

“A building like that is a real historical heritage for everybody. If it’s a church or a mosque, there will be things hidden from the worshippers,” she said. “In order to fully appreciate it, we should be able to see it as a whole.” 

That history includes blended elements as well, explained Molly Greene, director of Hellenic studies program at Princeton University. When Ottoman sultans began to renovate the Haghia Sophia to function as a mosque, they maintained the mosaics of Christian figures despite Islamic religious codes against depicting human forms in places of worship. 

“The imperial vision — particularly when it came to Constantinople and Sultan Murad II — was [that] he saw himself, and the empire, as guardians as the world’s treasures. One of which was Haghia Sophia,” Greene said. 

Over the centuries, the mosaics were covered but preserved beneath coats of plaster. One of the most recent finds, the faces of angels on the ceiling, weren’t discovered until 2015.  

Covering the mosaics “was in response to moments of crisis and social strife,” Greene said, “where there was felt a need to sort of reassert the Islamic nature of the empire.”  

Greene sees echoes of the past in Turkey’s contemporary political debate over the Haghia Sophia’s status. “It’s not directed at Greece or the Christians,” said Greene. “I think this is basically directed at the opposition in Turkey … Erdoğan is actively presenting himself and Turkey as the leader of the Sunni Muslim world,” and the Haghia Sophia is a convenient way to assert this message. 

New documentary follows LGBTQ people fleeing persecution in Chechnya

New documentary follows LGBTQ people fleeing persecution in Chechnya

In early 2017, stories began emerging on how Chechen authorities were persecuting the LGBTQ community. The World speaks to director David French on his new film, "Welcome to Chechnya," which gives an inside look at the abuse and torture faced by the republic's LGBTQ people and those who try to help them escape.

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Human rights violations have been reported in the Chechnya for decades. But it wasn’t until 2017 that the world started to better understand the abuses against gay, lesbian and transgender people living in the republic, which is part of the Russian Federation.  

A new HBO film, “Welcome to Chechnya,” documents the stories of persecuted LGBTQ people in Chechnya and the crisis workers who try to help them escape. It airs June 30 at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

Director David France, who also directed the 2012 film “How to Survive a Plague,” said it’s important to pay attention to the many atrocities happening around the world. But what’s happening in Chechnya is particularly horrific. 

“This is one that has a particularly resonant horror to it,” France told The World. “It’s a top-down, government-controlled, government-mandated campaign to eliminate the community of LGBTQ people. That makes it quantifiably and quantitatively different from anything else that’s going on that the LGBTQ community is facing and that deserves our attention. It certainly deserves the outrage of the US government because the government has remained silent on this.”

One central character in the film is Maxim, who was abducted, beaten and tortured.  He was eventually let go, but the government ended up pursuing him and his whole family. 

“I like Chechnya a lot,” Maxim says in the film. “You know, the people are great. Their kindness and their readiness to help. I’m talking about ordinary people. And so when the gay persecution began, it was a huge shock for me. I couldn’t understand how these kinds people could treat others so violently with such cruelty to gay people, who never did anything to them.”

In another part of the film, Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya, is asked about the allegations of abduction and torture of gay men in the republic. 

“This is nonsense, we don’t have such people here,” Kadyrov says.

The Chechen Republic is located in an isolated area, surrounded by mountains, and it has a very insular culture. Kadyrov, the region’s leader, was placed in power by Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

France spoke to The World’s host Marco Werman about the dangers facing LGBTQ people in Chechnya and those who try to help them escape.

Marco Werman: What made you want to pursue this project, a film about human rights violations against LGBTQ people in Chechnya?   

David France: It’s a film about a basket of things — certainly about the atrocities that are taking place there, but also about how the world really paid very little attention to it even once it was exposed in early 2017. It generated headlines around the globe, but it was not sustained coverage. Once the coverage went away, the campaign against the community continued. And that’s the third part of the story that really fascinated me, which was what the Russian LGBTQ community was forced to do on its own and in the shadows in the absence of any sort of effective outcry or any sort of political pressure from the outside world and certainly no hint of any movement toward justice inside the country.

Related: Gay men in Chechnya rounded up, tortured, and killed: report

So when the big headlines went away, you stayed on the story. And as you rightly point out, it’s just as much about Russia as it is about Chechnya. One important character we follow throughout your film, we know him first as Grisha and then later learned his real name is Maxim. His story in many ways seems to be kind of the heart of your documentary. Who is he?   

Well, Maxim was one of the scores of people who were rounded up in that first year and brought in because of their presumed homosexuality and beaten and tortured. Most of them dispatched in one way or another. This is early 2017 and they determined to their surprise that Maxim was not ethnic Chechen, but instead was in Chechnya working, and is from the north of Russia. They let him go. The campaign they’re waging there is a blood cleansing. They’re cleansing, they think, the Chechen bloodline of LGBTQ people. Because Maxim fell out of that umbrella, they let him go.

But then almost immediately, the authorities felt that they had made a mistake. In fact, what they had done was to send him off to be able to tell the story of what happened to him in a way that would reveal what they’re up to. They began to pursue him. And so, he went underground. They started putting pressure on his family, threatening to burn down their house, his parents’ house, his sister’s house, to kill his sister’s children. So the whole family went underground and decided at some point that they couldn’t live like that. He, in act of indescribable bravery, decided to become the first and only person to bring a criminal case against the people who abducted him and tortured him in the Russian courts. This is a huge move. No one else has come forward in this way, knowing that if they do, they put their entire families in danger. So he is alone and has become the face of the people who survived this campaign.

In the film, Maxim talks about his first impressions of Chechnya and how his views were generally positive. He later talks about how he could not comprehend the cruelty against gay people.  Later in the film, after he and his family had to flee,  his mother also talks about how the abuse is not the country’s fault and that the blame lies with certain people. Those two perspectives, they convey seemingly contradictory ideas about what Chechnya is. How did you square them?

The thing about the Lapunov family is that they have a great understanding of humanity and they are very generous in their worldview, but they’re realists. Their lives have been permanently uprooted. They are living in the shadows. They are hiding, moving from place to place through Europe as their court case proceeds, because they know that they have drawn the fire — not only of the Chechen government and the people associated with the leadership there, but also with the Russian government, which does not want attention brought to this matter and would rather it just go away quietly. I think that when Maxim’s mother speaks about individual power-thirsty men, she is really speaking a truth about what’s happening in our world today.

Related: Remembering Sarah Hegazi, the Egyptian LGBTQ activist arrested for unfurling the rainbow flag

What is the latest on Maxim’s case?  

Maxim pursued the case through the courts in Russia and it was rejected time and time again. He appealed and appealed until he exhausted all domestic remedies and he did what is left to many aggrieved Russians, which is to move the case into the European courts. His case now rests in the European Court for Human Rights, where it is being investigated and pursued. They are waiting now for Russia to respond to the charges and the preliminary findings of the investigators, and they will not let it rest. We’re expecting that they will see some sort of justice there in the European system.

The big goal for the extraction of LGBTQ people in Chechnya is asylum. Seeking asylum in Europe, the US and Canada. Canada seems to be the destination for a lot of these asylum seekers. What have you learned about asylum for LGBTQ people while making this film?  

It turns out that asylum-seeking and refugee declarations for the community are complicated, more so than many other groups of people who are seeking protection and safety elsewhere. They’re not overtly protected by most governments. So it’s harder for them to make certain claims. It’s certainly hard for people coming out of Chechnya because there has been no documentary evidence to this point and what has been happening there is actually happening there, until this film. They are also coming from a Muslim-majority part of the country, and that means that they’re hitting up against dual prejudices. And so it’s been quite difficult for the activists on the ground to find partners in the foreign offices of most governments around the globe.

The US has taken nobody that has petitioned since this tragedy has been revealed, nor has the UK. We’re in a time now, globally, where xenophobia is on the increase and paranoia that immigration has reached a peak. It becomes a burden that is a lasting one for the activists. They bring people in now into their shelter network, into their underground, and they can’t get them out. They are stuck and it becomes an impossible situation, impossibly expensive, obviously, to keep people hidden in large numbers throughout Russia and elsewhere. One of the things I hope the film will point to is — how tough it is for the LGBTQ community to make their way out of this hostile world when we know that there are 70 countries where it is still illegal to be gay or lesbian or transgender, and eight of those countries have the death penalty for people found guilty of it. So it’s really a pressing and very urgent problem.

Ramzan Kadyrov is the driving force behind all of this in Chechnya. There’s a clip in your documentary where he’s interviewed and he leaves no doubt he despises LGBT people. He says if they exist in Chechnya, he wants them all gone. Why does President Vladimir Putin support him?  

He and Putin do one another’s favors and they’re kind of unspeakable and lowly criminal favors for the most part. Putin has found his enemies shot dead in front of the Kremlin, presumably as a favor carried out by his henchmen down in Chechnya. And Kadyrov has pacified the people of Chechnya in a way that makes them no longer a problem for the regime in Moscow. There were two wars in Chechnya in the 1990s and the 2000s and it was all because Chechnya’s previous leadership wanted to secede from the federation and Putin, for economic reasons and political reasons, wouldn’t allow it and fought a tremendously bloody war. Two wars there. And Kadyrov and his father helped end those wars. Putin is repaying them by allowing them to carry out law in the region in any way that they deem necessary. And he just turns a blind eye to a vast quantity of evidence about human rights violations there. Putin just chooses to publicly state that he has seen no evidence of it, he doesn’t believe it would be happening and that the two of them are still in total lockstep.

 This interview has been condensed and edited.

‘Volcano Man’: Song from Eurovision spoof film inspires covers from real contestants

'Volcano Man': Song from Eurovision spoof film inspires covers from real contestants

A new Netflix movie starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams may fill the Eurovision-sized hole in 2020's entertainment world. Now, a song from the film is getting a few authentic covers — from Eurovision contestants themselves.

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Megafans of Eurovision may still be recovering from a big disappointment this year. The annual international singing contest was canceled because of the novel coronavirus pandemic and replaced with a one-time show with no voting and no winner in May.

But here’s something to tide over enthusiasts: a new Netflix movie called “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.” It came out June 26.

The comedy stars Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as a washed-up Icelandic duo, Fire Saga, who dream of winning the illustrious competition and unexpectedly become Iceland’s entry for the song contest.  

Now, one of Fire Saga’s songs, “Volcano Man,” has found a surprising fanbase: actual Eurovision contestants and winners. They’re recording covers of the song and racking up views on YouTube.

Jamala, the Ukranian singer who won the contest in 2016, recorded an acoustic, slowed-down version of the film’s song. 

Estonia’s 2018 contestant, Elina Nechayeva went for a full operatic effect.

Belarussian-Norwegian violinist Alexander Rybak, who won the contest in 2009, layered some strings over the mix.

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Of course, Iceland had to get in on the action too. 

Icelandic musician Daði Freyr was widely considered a frontrunner in the real Eurovision contest this year for his song “Think About Things,” before the competition was canceled. He shared a funky version of “Volcano Man” recorded in his home studio. 

 

Under Greek law change, thousands of refugees could soon become homeless

Under Greek law change, thousands of refugees could soon become homeless

The Greek government says it wants to make room for asylum-seekers waiting out their applications in camps on the Greek islands and elsewhere. More than 6,000 refugees are at risk of being evicted and that number will keep growing every month.

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When Bouri al-Kaidi and her four young kids got on a boat in Turkey to make the treacherous journey to Greece a few years ago, they had virtually no other choice.

They’re Yazidis — a religious and ethnic minority — from Sinjar in northern Iraq. In 2014, ISIS launched what the United Nations has now recognized as a genocide against Yazidis — murdering, kidnapping and raping thousands.

Kaidi says her own husband was kidnapped by ISIS. To this day, she still doesn’t know if he’s dead or alive.

Related: Life goes on in Greek refugee camp amid diplomatic tensions and pandemic

Kaidi and her four now children live in a small apartment 10 minutes outside of Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece. As they went through the asylum process, they were able to get housing and a monthly stipend of 400 euros — that’s about $450 — through the Emergency Support to Integration and Accommodation (ESTIA) program, which is funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union.

Kaidi qualified for the program because she’s a single mom, and because of mental health issues she’s developed since her husband’s disappearance, she said. But recently, the payments stopped coming. And Kaidi was told she’d have 30 days, until July 1, to leave her apartment. Thousands of others face the same deadline because of a new law adopted by the Greek government earlier this year.

Under the law, adopted in March 2020, recognized refugees have 30 days to leave organized accommodations like ESTIA, and transition to living independently. Previously, the grace period was six months. The Greek government says it wants to make room for asylum-seekers waiting out their applications in camps on the Greek islands and elsewhere. Currently, more than 31,000 migrants and asylum-seekers are in overcrowded camps, living in unsanitary conditions as they wait for their asylum applications to be processed.

In a TV interview earlier in June, Greece’s Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi said the government doesn’t have the capacity to give housing, a stipend, and other services both to people applying for asylum and to those who have already secured it.

Related: Refugees in Greece support each other through coronavirus pandemic

He suggested that the program is being abused by people who no longer qualify for it, and said that there are many in the program who secured asylum in 2018 and 2019 but are still receiving the benefits. Kaidi got asylum in 2018, but wasn’t aware of any rules that she had to leave after six months, she said. So, she decided to stay.

“It’s true that the people in the camps need to taken from the mud, the makeshift tents, the trash, the unsanitary conditions, and be put in a safe housing environment.”

Zoe Kokalou, Association for the Social Support of Youth (ARSIS)

“It’s true that the people in the camps need to taken from the mud, the makeshift tents, the trash, the unsanitary conditions, and be put in a safe housing environment,” said Zoe Kokalou with the Association for the Social Support of Youth (ARSIS), a nongovernmental organization that works with asylum-seekers in the ESTIA program.

“But it’s not right to take out the already-vulnerable so that we can bring the people from the islands. It needs to work another way.”

Nongovernmental organizations that coordinate ESTIA placements say the program was always meant to bring temporary relief to asylum-seekers.

“The goal of the ESTIA is to empower people to move on, on their own,” said Lefteris Papagiannakis of SolidarityNow, another NGO involved with the ESTIA program.

“But when you lack the next step, then you just put them on their own out on the street.”

The Greek government, he said, doesn’t have a solid integration plan for recognized refugees: to help them get jobs and long-term housing and learn the Greek language. He has little faith in HELIOS, an integration program funded by the European Commission.

Related: This Syrian is stuck at a makeshift border camp in Greece

“Greece has never worked with doing integration before. Now, it becomes increasingly difficult because the policy of the government changed. The narrative of the government changed. It became more toxic.” 

Lefteris Papagiannakis, SolidarityNow,

“Greece has never worked with doing integration before. Now, it becomes increasingly difficult because the policy of the government changed. The narrative of the government changed. It became more toxic,” Papagiannakis said, adding that the fairly new Greek government, which came into power last summer, has taken an increasingly anti-migrant stance.

Integration, Papagiannakis said, requires the cooperation of Greek society. Greeks need to employ refugees, rent out apartments to them. But people are less willing to do that in this environment.

“Because when you demonize refugees and then you ask from the whole society to show solidarity, it sends mixed messages and in an increasingly toxic environment. And people react. It makes complete sense.”

As for the ESTIA program, Papagiannakis said he doesn’t buy that the government has migrants’ best interests in mind. He points to the fact that just this month, the government said it was slashing 30% of the program’s budget.

Related: Cross-border tensions wreak havoc on bucolic Greek village

“It is all being done with an end goal to deter people from coming — making things difficult in order for people to be deterred,” he said.

Greece’s Migration and Asylum office did not respond to a request for an interview.

Thousands of refugees are now waiting to see how the new rules will be enforced. More than 6,000 are at risk of being evicted and that number will keep growing every month.

As Kaidi’s deadline approaches July 1, she says she hasn’t been able to get any sleep and doesn’t know what will come next for her family. She does know that she doesn’t want to stay in Greece. When she and her kids get the right travel documents, she wants to try to go to Germany and reunite with some family members who have made it there. 

Coronavirus cases in Iran on the rise after reopening

Coronavirus cases in Iran on the rise after reopening

The number of COVID-19 infections has been on the rise since Iran started to ease its lockdown on April 11. About 11,000 people have died there since the start of the pandemic, according to official numbers.

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Iranian health officials are raising alarm bells about a new surge in the number of cases of the coronavirus and deaths in the country.

Some 162 people died over the past day, the most since April 4, when the country reported 158 deaths in a 24-hour period, Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran’s Health Ministry, said on Monday.

“Since yesterday, we’ve seen a significant leap in infection rates and [hospital] admissions in Tehran, which is worrying.”

Sima Sadat Lari, Iran’s Health Ministry

“Since yesterday, we’ve seen a significant leap in infection rates and [hospital] admissions in Tehran, which is worrying,” Sadat Lari said.

The number of COVID-19 infections has been on the rise since Iran started to ease its lockdown on April 11. About 11,000 people have died there since the pandemic set in, according to official government numbers.

Related: Alleged Iranian drownings of Afghan migrants spark tensions

On Sunday, President Hassan Rouhani said wearing face masks in closed public spaces and crowded areas will be mandatory starting July 5.

According to Iran’s Health Ministry, infections in the first week of June jumped 50% compared to the week before.

Mahdiar Saeedian, a physician and medical activist in the Iranian city of Mashhad, said Intensive Care Unit beds are filling up again. Ventilators are being used up, and the numbers are not good.

“Health care workers are exhausted,” said Saeedian, adding that he knows of at least 135 health workers who have died of COVID-19, while about 4,000 have contracted the virus.

Opening up the economy and managing the coronavirus is a tough balancing act that many countries across the world face. But Iran faces additional challenges — most importantly, US sanctions.

In 2018, United States President Donald Trump withdrew from Iran’s nuclear deal with major powers and reimposed sanctions. Iran’s currency has fallen to its lowest-ever level against the US dollar.

Related: Iran sends mixed signals on release of foreign prisoners

At the same time, Iran has been hit with one of the worst outbreaks of the coronavirus in the Middle East, causing major losses for businesses.

And there is another worrying trend, too.

Last week, an anesthesiologist posted a video on social media claiming that relatives of a patient attacked and beat him. He said they broke his nose and caused severe damage to his eyes. In the video, his face looks badly bruised.

Saeedian said months of social isolation, economic hardship and uncertainty about the future have left many people on edge. What’s worse, he said, Iran is nowhere close to the end of this pandemic.

When the country reopened, it seemed like good news to makeup artist Saloume Zarandinia, who had saved money for years to start her own business. She had even picked a name — Audrey — after her favorite actress, Audrey Hepburn.

Her plans were stalled during the lockdown. And when restrictions eased, she was nervous at first, but she takes safety precautions seriously — requiring staffers to wear masks and wash their hands before and after every client and not to apply lipstick directly to anyone.

Now, it’s unclear what will happen to businesses like hers as the coronavirus cases continue to jump.

Related: Afghans in shock after attacks on a maternity hospital and a funeral

Dr. Pooya Payandemehr, head of emergency care at Sina Hospital in Tehran, said that the lockdown might have come late, but it did save lives.

“We had a few patients during the past month. … We had one or two patients daily at most.”

Dr. Pooya Payandehr, Sina Hospital

“We had a few patients during the past month,” he said. “We had one or two patients daily at most.”

In April, he said, the number of new cases went down. So, his hospital started to dismantle the coronavirus triage section. But he suspected it wasn’t over.

Related: Iranian sailors dead after ‘friendly fire’ incident

“Opening up routine activities of citizens and opening the jobs and shops and restaurants and everything else, it causes people to be in the city again without keeping away from each other and the protective policies are not respected that much,” he said.

“We are dealing with a situation that will last for one or two years,” he said. “As you can see, there is no magic medication to wipe away the illness.”
 

This Liberian Italian beatmaker uses music to tackle racism in Italy

This Liberian Italian beatmaker uses music to tackle racism in Italy

Beatmaker and producer Karima 2G uses music to speak out against racism in Italy. She advocates for second-generation Italians who are born in Italy, but denied citizenship at birth because their parents were migrants from Africa, Latin America and Asia.

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Anna Maria Gehnyei, a petite woman with a miniafro and frayed jeans, shouts into a microphone at Piazza del Popolo, or the Peoples’ Square, a prime spot for protests of all kinds in Rome. 

The daughter of Liberians parents, Gehnyei was one of the thousands of young Italians of all backgrounds who protested on June 7,  in the wake of the murder of Black American George Floyd by a white police officer in the United States. 

Related: Black Lives Matter organizers in the US and UK compare movements

Beatmaker and producer Karima 2G at the Black Lives Matter protest in Rome, Italy, June 7, 2020.  

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In the same square where Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg met her fans last year and where Italian right-wing, populist parties go to “Make Italy great again,” protesters knelt on one knee with their fists in the air and chanted “Black Lives Matter,” wearing face masks and respecting physical distance measures. 

But in Italy, activists fighting against racism have a central demand linked to national identity: Young, Black Italians are fighting to become citizens. Born and raised in Italy, these children of African immigrants are denied citizenship at birth. By law, they are considered “second-generation” foreigners.  

Gehnyei, who was born in Rome, has become an activist for second-generation youth. Over the years, she has amplified her cause through her music as a rapper and beatmaker. 

Wherever she goes, she prefers to be called by her stage name, Karima 2G. Karima means kind and generous in Arabic and Swahili. And 2G stands for Second Generation, for the 1 million young people who grew up in Italy without citizenship, born to African, Latin American and Asian parents.    

“I do music to send a message and to express anger and the need to be recognized as an Italian, but also as a Black woman in Italy.”

Karima 2G

“I do music to send a message and to express anger and the need to be recognized as an Italian, but also as a Black woman in Italy,” Karima said. 

Karima’s style is called Bantu Juke Fever, a mix of techno, hip-hop, reggae, Chicago Juke and grime. Although she addresses an Italian niche audience, Karima 2G sings in Pidgin English — her family roots are in Liberia, but her stories come from Italy.  She often returns to a theme in her music: tackling Italian racism. 

Related: How US protests highlight ‘anti-black racism across the globe’

One of the very first songs she produced is called “Orangutan.”  In it, she slams an Italian senator who compared Italy’s first-ever Black government minister — a woman — to an ape. 

Karima tells The World that growing up as a Black woman in Rome was difficult. She’s been called the N-word. And twice, the police held her at a bus stop, assuming she was a prostitute. 

In another song titled, “Bunga Bunga,” she criticizes the objectification of Black women. 

Karima is known to stir uncomfortable conversations through her art. However, she knows how to disarm a white audience and get them to listen. In 2015, she opened a concert for American rapper Azealia Banks in Milan. That night, she went on stage in front of 20,000 people, wrapped in an Italian flag. 

“And I remember the crowd looking at me and like, ‘Oh my God, she is doing that! A Black girl wearing the Italian flag,’ so it was very provocative,” Karima told The World. “And when I explained the reality of the second generation, the crowd was completely silent.”

After the concert, a man from the audience went backstage and expressed sympathy for the second-generation struggle, which he admitted he knew nothing about. 

Second-generation foreigners can try to become Italian citizens when they turn 18.  But they only get 12 months to file an application and must wait a minimum of four years to hear back from the government.  Guido Tintori, an expert in European immigration policy at the FIERI research center in Turin, says that the odds are stacked against them. 

“They have to produce proof of continuous, uninterrupted and legal residence in Italy since birth, which is very, very demanding,” Tintori said. “Especially because their legal status is not dependent on them, it’s dependent on their parents but also on the Italian bureaucracy and the Italian laws about immigration,” he added.  If their visa expired at any point in their life, their application will be rejected. 

While most European countries relaxed their nationality laws in the 1990s, Italy made it more difficult for second-generation youth born in Italy to become Italians. At the same time, Italy provides a fast lane for anyone with blood ties to Italy. This is why an American, a Brazilian or an Argentinian with an Italian great, great grandfather can get citizenship more easily than a second-generation person, a 2G, whose entire world is in Italy.

Related: From Minneapolis to Madrid, racial profiling, harassment cost lives

Angelica Pesarini is Black Italian and teaches at New York University in Florence. She researches race and nationality, focusing on Italy’s fascist past. She says the historic period under dictator Benito Mussolini had a lasting effect on national identity. 

“Italian identity is profoundly based in whiteness, being Black and Italian for some is a sort of an oxymoron. … If Italians are white, all the Black bodies we see, they don’t belong, they must come from somewhere else, so we are not too interested in their rights.”

Angelica Pesarini, professor, New York University, Florence, Italy

“Italian identity is profoundly based in whiteness, being Black and Italian for some is a sort of an oxymoron,” she said.  “If Italians are white, all the Black bodies we see, they don’t belong, they must come from somewhere else, so we are not too interested in their rights,” said Pesarini.  

Karima 2G’s message has been out for a few years. Song after song, she pushes Italy to reexamine its relationship with race.  At the recent rally, she invited Italian people of color to organize themselves and ride the global wave of the Black Lives Matter movement.   

“I think we are living a very historical moment right now,” Karima said.  “A lot of people are still experiencing racism, but I think that we can come together and kind of create a sort of leadership, you know, to empower myself, to empower women most of all, because I believe in women, and to gain also a Black loyalty — an Italian, Black loyalty,” she said.

A US report shows big strides on human trafficking. Advocates say the message is misleading.

A US report shows big strides on human trafficking. Advocates say the message is misleading.

Advocates across the world warn that with the pandemic and economic downturn, there’s an urgent risk that more people will fall prey to human traffickers.

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This year marks 20 years since the US first made a historic commitment to ending modern slavery.

“We’ve accomplished so much in the last 20 years,” said John Richmond, US ambassador-at-large of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, during the June 25 release of the 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report.

Related: ‘American exceptionalism’: EU travel bans show US is abdicating global leadership, former CDC head says

“Our engagement on this has made a difference. This report and the US have made a positive difference.”

Every year, the US issues an annual report that ranks countries by their progress fighting human trafficking. Countries in the lowest category are restricted from receiving US aid.

The 2020 report lists 22 countries receiving improved rankings for their work on the issue over the past year.

“The department put this out on time without any delays in the midst of a global pandemic and that itself serves to show the priority this administration and the secretary has placed on this issue,” Richmond said, reminding the audience that President Donald Trump had also hosted a summit on human trafficking, and issued an executive order to combat online child exploitation.

But advocates across the globe warn that with the pandemic and economic downturn, there’s an urgent risk that more people will fall prey to human traffickers. They say the report is poorly timed, and counterproductive.

“At this moment, at the 20th anniversary, the State Department wants to tell a story of success and progress. And that’s just not the story that the data tell.”

Martina Vandenberg, The Human Trafficking Legal Center

“At this moment, at the 20th anniversary, the State Department wants to tell a story of success and progress,” said Martina Vandenberg, the founder and president of The Human Trafficking Legal Center. “And that’s just not the story that the data tell.”

Especially because right now, she says, the global pandemic is making more people vulnerable to human trafficking.

Related: As Lebanon’s financial crisis worsens, migrant workers are being dumped on the streets like ‘trash’

“So, what we’re seeing around the globe is people going into greater debt. People now trapped in countries to which they have migrated, but completely unemployed,” she said. “And the likelihood is that those people will be more vulnerable to indentured servitude and more vulnerable to forced labor when the world begins to open up again.”

Vandenburg also takes issue with the US giving itself the highest possible ranking. Many advocates felt that the US deserved to be downgraded this year.

Jean Bruggeman is the executive director of Freedom Network USA. She says many of the president’s border and immigration policies increase wait times and denials, putting more people at risk for trafficking, including vulnerable populations, like LGBTQI people.

“I do not think that the United States is engaged in sustained efforts. And I think the report tells you that when they say that, you know, they maintained prosecution efforts, at best, they reduced efforts to provide protection. And the only prevention work they do is federal agency training, which is not actually prevention. It’s not actually changing the circumstances, which puts people at risk.”

Related: Options dwindle for Venezuelan migrants across Latin America during the pandemic

Neha Misra, a specialist at the Solidarity Center, a nongovernmental organization, says the report’s rankings have always been somewhat politicized, but this year’s takes it to another level. She questions, for example, the upgraded ranking of Saudi Arabia, and says it may lead that country to do less to combat trafficking.

“Even countries that don’t get US aid, reputationally, it meant a lot. It was embarrassing to be on [the] tier-three or the tier-two watchlist. And if the tier rankings don’t mean anything, then that reputational pressure is gone.”

Neha Misra, Solidarity Center

“Even countries that don’t get US aid, reputationally, it meant a lot. It was embarrassing to be on [the] tier-three or the tier-two watchlist. And if the tier rankings don’t mean anything, then that reputational pressure is gone.”

For survivors who are now in the fight against human trafficking, the report is disheartening, says Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman. He was kidnapped in Honduras as a child and smuggled into the United States by human traffickers.

Related: In Ciudad Juárez, a new ‘filter hotel’ offers migrants a safe space to quarantine

Piraino-Guzman was appointed by President Barack Obama to the US Advisory Council on Human Trafficking in 2015.

“I’ll be honest with you. I think we need to stop pretending that we’re moving forward.”

If the US isn’t honest about the reality of human trafficking, he said, it’s not really serving the people who need help the most. 

Fair & Lovely cream gets a makeover in India, but will it change prejudice?

Fair & Lovely cream gets a makeover in India, but will it change prejudice?

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Last week, consumer giant Unilever announced it will rebrand its bestselling skin-lightening cream, Fair & Lovely, and drop the word “fair” from its name in the latest makeover of the brand in response to global backlash against racial prejudice.

Unilever also said it will remove the words “fair/fairness,” “white/whitening,” and “light/lightening” from its branding and packaging.

Related: ‘Unfair and lovely’: South Asian women dare to be dark

“We recognize that the use of the words ‘fair,’ ‘white’ and ‘light’ suggest a singular ideal of beauty that we don’t think is right, and we want to address this,” Sunny Jain, president of Unilever’s beauty and personal care division, said in a press release.

Unilever and its Indian subsidiary, Hindustan Unilever Limited, have been criticized extensively for promoting colorism — the discrimination against people with darker skin tones — and for making women with darker skin shades feel insecure and inadequate.

In India, the biggest market for Fair & Lovely, marketing campaigns for skin whitening products have emphasized light skin as a positive quality. The products have been endorsed by leading Bollywood celebrities, as well as other youth icons.

Related: Author Mira Jacobs reflects on raising a brown boy in America today

The Fair & Lovely cream — and colorism — is something Mumbai-based documentarist Richa Sanwal has been familiar with since she was a child growing up in India.

Sanwal welcomes the news from Unilever, but says more needs to be done to change the stigma associated with a darker skin tone that has been perpetuated by skin lightening products.

“I do think it is a symbolic message and a step in the right direction. However, a lot of us here feel like that’s not entirely addressing the social stigma that comes with these creams because essentially you’re still selling a fairness cream brand, just packaging it as not Fair & Lovely, but whatever it is they come up with,” Sanwal told The World. “So essentially we’re still selling that same dream, just packaging it differently.”

Related: Born a crime: Talking with Trevor Noah about race and identity

As a child, Sanwal’s family members, especially her grandma, usually commented on her skin tone in comparison to that of her cousins, who had lighter skin.

As a journalism student at New York University (NYU) in 2014, Sanwal produced a documentary titled “In All Fairness” about her personal story and colorism. In it, she documents her  journey, speaking with family members about how comments about her skin tone affected her as a child and as an adult.

Sanwal says the conversations with her grandmother were not comfortable, but they were “therapeutic and cathartic” for her.

“My grandmom was born when the British were still ruling India. And I think [that idea] comes from there, that white is superior and you’re being light-skinned is the way to be. And my grandma would inevitably, just keep comparing me to my lighter-skinned cousins. And that’s why I decided to use those creams myself, you know, in order to please her and to get validation from people around me, just to be called pretty like my cousins,” Sanwal said. 

Sanwal says that the perception that “fair is beautiful” is deeply ingrained in Indian society and that will take a lot of time to change. 

“A lot of Bollywood actors who endorsed fairness cream brands were called out after Black Lives Matter protests began in the US about their own hypocrisy. They were all supporting Black Lives Matter movement, but at the same time, they were also endorsing fairness cream brands,” Sanwal said. “So I really hope that the awareness that we’re trying to spread through the documentary work that I have done or all the amazing activists that we have in our country will collectively, hopefully, create that change.”

Listen to the full interview with Richa Sanwal by clicking on the play button above.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Petraeus on Russian bounties in Afghanistan: ‘We were looking for this kind of activity’

Petraeus on Russian bounties in Afghanistan: 'We were looking for this kind of activity'

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The New York Times reported Friday that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked fighters to kill American soldiers and other coalition forces in Afghanistan. The report asserts that US President Donald Trump was made aware of the intelligence finding in late March. 

Top of The World: Trump denies knowledge of Russian bounties in Afghanistan; pandemic death toll reaches half a million; attack in Karachi

Trump denied that he had been made aware of the situation, saying the US intelligence community told him they didn’t brief him on the allegations because US intelligence agents didn’t find the reports credible. Trump also referred to the story as “Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax,” and to The New York Times as “fake news.” 

The World reached out to Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen, who denied the reports. “I refute this report. It is not true,” Shaheen said. “It is only to create confusion and to derail the peace process.” Russia also denied the allegation; the embassy tweeted that The Times had invented “fake stories” to blame Russians.  

David Petraeus, retired US Army general and former CIA chief, says he wasn’t surprised by the reports of Russian bounties for coalition forces.

“We were looking for this kind of activity, frankly, from Russia also, by the way, from Iran and from some other countries in the region, other entities,” Petraeus told The World. “We looked for any support that the Russians might be providing to not just the Taliban, but perhaps some of the other extremist insurgence organizations. But certainly, according to the various news sources that clearly have been briefed on this by folks inside the community, it appears that this certainly took place during 2019.”

Related: Trump escalates attacks on International Criminal Court over Afghanistan investigation

Petraeus spoke with The World’s Marco Werman about the report. 

Marco Werman: So, based on what you’ve read and heard so far, do you believe the reports of the Russian bounties are true?

Gen. David Petraeus: The level of specificity, the confirmation level of various legitimate, respected news organizations all suggests that this did transpire. There’s quite a bit of detail about the cache of money that was captured in a raid and then followed up with information during interrogations of individuals that were detained during those operations. And indeed, it appears, apparently, that there was at least one American soldier for whom this bounty was paid out. Keep in mind that we are many months after an agreement between the US and Taliban representatives back in February. Since then, reportedly, there have been no Taliban attacks on US positions. So, we’re really looking back at something that took place rather than something that has been taking place recently. That doesn’t mean that it is not absolutely outrageous, unacceptable, reprehensible. And clearly, again, if founded, if the degree of confidence is sufficient, clearly we should have conveyed to the Russians how outrageous and unacceptable this is.

Related: Amb Lute on Afghanistan: The US is ‘taking a very hard look at itself’ 

Intelligence officials told the AP that President Trump was briefed on the bounty matter earlier this year. But Trump is now trying to swat those allegations aside, tweeting last night that the intelligence community told him he was not briefed about these allegations because intelligence officials did not find the reports credible. What do you make of that?

Well, it’s a back and forth. Who knows? And, you know, you can parse words and so forth. [It’s] very difficult to know whether this is in the presidential daily briefing or in one of the actual sessions that was held with the National Security Council or with the president.

Typically, Gen. Petraeus, how does this work? If intelligence of this sort is gathered in the field, how does it move up the chain of command? And at what point is it decided that it should reach the president’s ear?

There is a team that’s literally working all the time on what will be in the next presidential daily briefing. They put it together overnight. It is eventually delivered from the CIA headquarters, where it’s still put together, to the office of the director of national intelligence. The assessments are all locked down because this is from the entire community. And you could have signals intelligence, you could have other forms of intelligence, in addition to what it is that the CIA has gathered in the field.

Related: What can the US learn from the conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan? 

If this is true and the Russians were offering bounties for the lives of US troops, how will Washington respond to this?

One would hope that perhaps there already had been a response, but if not, then clearly there are various options that can be employed. Everything from a diplomatic outreach to them about how unacceptable this is, how reprehensible. And then on up the ladder, whether it’s clandestine operations, covert action, and not just in Afghanistan, although certainly if this were discovered there, there should be some pretty substantial targeting against those who were engaged in it. But, of course, there are Russian forces operating in southeastern Ukraine. There are forces in Syria, there are proxies in various other places around the world where, if necessary, something further could be pursued.

Related: After a deadly Syrian battle, evidence of Russian losses was obscured

If there was already a response, what would it have been?

Very difficult to speculate. One would think that there would be a denial, but perhaps also some kind of tacit, “Well, this never would have taken place, but, of course, had it taken place, that would be unacceptable. We understand that and it won’t happen again.” There is some speculation that this is a bit of a payback for what you may recall taking place a few years ago in northeastern Syria, where some Russian proxies, essentially the Wagner group — this is a security contract group with some Syrian forces — crossed in a very menacing formation with some very substantial weapons and so forth, armored vehicles, crossed into what was accepted as the Syrian Democratic Forces zone where the US was supporting them. And there were warnings given. When those forces did not turn around, the US hammered them with precision air attacks and so forth. Again, it’s possible that this is some kind of payback for that, except that, again, that was a violation of what was understood to be respective spheres within Syria.

Related: Is the US ready for the rising tide of mercenaries?  

General, what should US troops on the ground make of all this? What is the message it’s sending to the boots on the ground?

Clearly there’s always a desire and a need to know that those above you, if you will, have your back. And that will be among the factors, I’m sure, as this is evaluated further and as additional actions are taken.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. 

Discussion: How the coronavirus crisis is exacerbating food insecurities and global inequities

Discussion: How the coronavirus crisis is exacerbating food insecurities and global inequities

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Even as some countries start to reopen, the world is far from safe from the novel coronavirus pandemic that continues to rage. Two grim milestones have been reached, as the globe sees more than 10 million confirmed global infections and 500,000 deaths.

The United States remains the epicenter of the pandemic and cases are rising at an alarming pace in states like Arizona, Florida and Texas.

The pandemic has also exacerbated existing crises of food insecurity and health disparities. In the US, mass protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis continue to spotlight deep-seated inequities faced by communities of color — including access to affordable, nutritious food. Black Americans in particular have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

Related discussion: How systemic racism intersects with the coronavirus pandemic

Globally, issues about potential disruptions in local food supply chains and prices have caused concern.

As part of our weekly discussion series on the global pandemic, The World’s Elana Gordon moderated a conversation exploring the global food supply and inequities, presented with Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Drawing on new US Census and other data, this discussion will explore public policy and actions needed to preserve access to US federal nutritional assistance programs. The panelists also will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the global food supply and nutritional quality, especially in low and middle-income countries, as well as strategies to minimize food system disruptions and ensure food access and nutrition during and after the pandemic.

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David Bennell, manager, food, land and water/member relations, World Business Council for Sustainable Development US Inc.

Sara Bleich, professor of public health policy, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Catherine Woteki, distinguished institute professor with the Biocomplexity Institute, University of Virginia; professor of food science and human nutrition, Iowa State University; and former undersecretary for the US Department of Agriculture’s Research, Education, and Economics mission area.

Reuters contributed reporting.

Trump denies knowledge of Russian bounties in Afghanistan; pandemic death toll reaches half a million; attack in Karachi

Trump denies knowledge of Russian bounties in Afghanistan; pandemic death toll reaches half a million; attack in Karachi

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Several US service members are believed to have been killed as a result of bounties offered by a Russian military intelligence unit to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan, The Washington Post reports. Last week, The New York Times broke the story that US intelligence officials had concluded Russia was secretly offering bounties to kill US and NATO coalition forces in the country, possibly to destabilize ongoing peace talks or as revenge for the death of Russian mercenaries in Syria in 2018, though motivations remain unclear. 

The Taliban rejected the allegations, and Russia denounced the report, essentially calling it fake news. US President Donald Trump echoed the Kremlin’s line, accusing The New York Times of a possible “fabricated Russia Hoax.” According to The Times, special forces and intelligence officers alerted superiors as early as January of the suspected Russian plot, and Trump had been briefed on this intelligence in late March, but the White House failed to take decisive action. The president denied that he was alerted to Russia’s efforts to pay bounties, adding that intelligence officials had not found the report credible and therefore had not briefed him. Trump then claimed on Twitter, “Nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration,” and proceeded with an ad hominem attack on his presumptive presidential challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden. 

Congressional lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have demanded answers; select members are set to be briefed on Monday. Tune into The World today, as we plan to speak to Gen. David Patreus, former CIA chief, about the implications of this report. 

What The World is following

The global death toll for the novel coronavirus has surpassed half a million, with more than 10 million people testing positive for COVID-19. More than one-fifth of those cases are in the United States, where vast inconsistencies in local, state and federal responses have failed to curtail the outbreak. The pandemic, writes the Washington Post, is also accelerating the “corrosion” of the “golden age of globalization.”  

Several security officers and attackers were killed during a firefight at Pakistan’s stock exchange in Karachi Monday. The Baluchistan Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for the attack. In recent years, the separatist group has targeted Chinese interests in the region, which is a center of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

In France, The Greens party made gains in nationwide local elections marked by low turnout. President Emmanuel Macron followed up the vote, in which his party had a poor showing, by outlining his environmental agenda. Meanwhile, after traveling to the US for a photo-op with President Donald Trump last week, Poland’s President Andrezj Duda failed to get the “Trump bump” needed to secure a first-round win in elections on Sunday; a run-off election will be held in two weeks against liberal Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski.  

From The WorldThis Latina teen says the pandemic will mark her generation — and shape her vote

Marlene Herrera, 18, is a first-time voter in San Diego County. 

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The mental health impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic will be felt for years — especially by young adults. Marlene Herrera, a first-time voter in San Diego, said it’s shaping how she’ll vote this fall. And when the Black Lives Matter protests began, she finally decided which candidate she’ll support.

As Lebanon’s financial crisis worsens, migrant workers are being dumped on the streets like ‘trash’

Former domestic workers from Ethiopia wait outside the Ethiopian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.  

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In recent weeks, as Lebanon’s economic crisis worsens, about 100 Ethiopian women have been dumped at the Ethiopian Embassy by their Lebanese employers. Human rights advocates say the migrants have little to no recourse, and that the situation is bound to deteriorate further as more people in the country cannot afford to pay domestic workers. The coronavirus restrictions also complicate matters.

Morning focus

Canceled flights are no match for Juan Manuel Ballestero, who crossed the Atlantic in a small sailboat.

The idea of spending what he thought could be “the end of the world” away from his family, especially his father who was soon to turn 90, was unbearable. So, in a small sailboat, he set on an 85-day odyssey across the Atlantic. https://t.co/gxa7zaX10Q

— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 29, 2020In case you missed itListen: Developing ‘instant’ tests for the coronavirus

A medical worker collects a sample from a woman at a center to conduct tests for the coronavirus, amidst its spread in New Delhi, India, June 25, 2020.

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A number of so-called “instant” tests for the coronavirus are being developed that could offer results within minutes. That could expand testing dramatically and help hospitals in the most vulnerable of places. And, last week’s Supreme Court ruling blocking the Trump administration from immediately ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was a relief for hundreds of thousands of immigrants and their families in the US. But living with DACA status has forced some immigrants to make agonizing decisions. Also, an American mom has sparked a transatlantic battle of sorts — over tea.

 

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Amir Tataloo – Goolehaye Barf Lyrics

وقتی قدرتِ عشـق از عشـقِ به قدرت قوی تر باشه ، چی میشه ؟ (دنيا با صلح آشنا ميشه)

میـزنه گـوله های برف بـازَم اون بیـرون ما گـرم و نـرمِ خـونَمـون
خـدایا شُکـرِت تـو هـم بِپـا که تـو این هـوا میــری بیــرون سرما نَرِه تو گَلـوت
آخـه طاقت ندارم که ببـینـم عزیـزم یه مریضــیِ سـادَتو
همیـن این یه ساعتــو که نبـودی چه سخت گذشت و ندیـدی اسـارَتو

ایـن خونه بی تو ، مِثِه انباری سرد و سوت و کوره
دلِ تو هرکاری کرد بُرد
این خـونه بی تــو ، مِثِه انبــاری ســـرد و سوت و کـوره
دلِ تو هرکاری کرد بُرد

میـــزنـه گــــولـه هـای بـرف بـه شـیـــشـه
وِلِـش کـن خــودش الآن خـسـتـه مـیـشـه
مـا میـمـونیــم و ایـن هـمـه راهِ سـفـیـــــد
مـیشـکُـفـه غـنچــه هـای خـنــده پـیـشِـت
تـــو خــوبــی و خـوبـیـات خـــز نـمیــشـه
میشه عشقـو به وضوح تو این رابطه دید
زمـستـونه و گــرمات ، سَر و سـامونه مَنِه
هـمـیـن ناز و اداهـات ، برف و بارونه مَنِه
زمــستــــونه الآن ، وَقـتِـشِــــه بارون بزنه
وقتشه خوش بگذره ، به هردوتامون یه ذره

این خونه بی تو ، مِثِه انباری ســــرد و سوت و کوره
دلِ تو هرکاری کرد بُرد
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دلِ تو هرکاری کرد بُرد

واقعیَتِـــــش اینـــــه کــه ، اصَــــن بــدِ مطلــق وجــود نــداره
یــه ســـری چـیــزا از نـظـــرِ مـن بَـده که از نظرِ تو بد نیست

یه ســـری چـیــــزا هم از نظرِ تو بَده که از نظرِ من بد نیست
فقط کافیه که ما بتونیم با بدی های همدیگه بسازیم به خاطرِ خوبیامون
همین

داوود

Germ – Walked In Lyrics

Pull the trigger Budd Dwyer
Hahahahahaha
Walked in dick in hand nigga you feel how I’m coming (One more time)
Okay, ha
Okay, walked in yeah (Badshit)
Okay, walked in, niggas just looking and shit
The motherf*cking Hijinx tape nigga it’s coming got y’all feeling
Ayy

Okay, walked in dick in hand
Ain’t have no plan, just here for some bandz
I get the [?] head VVS bussin’ shit nasty like bloodshed
f*ck is you sayin’, I don’t like that lil nigga
f*ck it pour flame on this nigga
(He thought he was gonna get away smooth)
Ooh, lame ass nigga
I get to see a whole lotta red, this nigga gone die lit
Thanks to this four fifth, bitch we be been in these woods
Snappin’ these bandz, I feel like Tip, cap off tip
SRT too fast, buckle up nigga perc kicked in
Cup holder full of medicine, bitch I’m gone like the wind

Ever since I could remember

I was ye tall pushin’ babies over Gucci baby stroller
Had the baby pour a smooth talker
Since a toddler, why bother
f*cking with me, I was born already, done with college (ha, whoa)
I’m a f*cking scholar, and a f*cking doctor (for real nigga?)
Bitch that’s water (huh)
Bitch let’s eat (yeah, hoe)
I make racks in my sleep, come f*ck with me
Movin’ how I’m moving, you might need you a little team
Walk in [?] y’all niggas a fiend, tryna stack like me
(I do that shit like Germ)
p*ssy nigga better get you some money
I’m rocking Dior, hoes naked on tour
I came down for more, so I had to pour
Now I threw that back though
Dare you write a report, bout a nigga fall

When these back-ends on back-ends, back-ends on back-ends
Bitch gone let me hit, from the back end
Back-ends on back-ends (ha)

Teejayx6 – Punchin’ Lyrics (feat. Nle Choppa)

[Intro: NLE Choppa]
(K. Swisha on the track)
Let’s go, let’s go K., let’s go
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckle, nigga
You hear me, real
Ayy (Ayy)

[Chorus: Teejayx6]
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckle
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckle
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckle
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckle
All I know is my cup muddy
When I pull up, I leave the whole scene bloody
Walkin’ up on us, I don’t need nobody
When I pull up, I leave the whole scene bloody

[Verse 1: Teejayx6]
Couple niggas still owe me money
But I ain’t really trippin’, I’m gon’ see the problem
No call back, I’ma go see about it
Sellin’ fake ass lean, puttin’ grape in a bottle
Walked out the club with a model
Scam money, like I hit the lotto
Big chop, it sound like a lawn mower
I just caught an opp at the Fillmore
Got some money, now I’m tryna get more
f*cked this bitch, now she’s tryna get more
Need some bowls, yeah, I’m tryna get four
Need some lean, yeah, I’m tryna get four
Called my phone, now she’s tryna get forty
He stole my flow, gotta take my kid to Maury
We got heavy guns, we ain’t worry
f*cked a bitch hard, I ain’t sorry

[Chorus: Teejayx6]
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckle
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckle
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckle
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckle
All I know is my cup muddy
When I pull up, I leave the whole scene bloody
Walkin’ up on us, I don’t need nobody
When I pull up, I leave the whole scene bloody

[Verse 2: NLE Choppa]
Punch too hard, I broke my wrists
f*ck too hard, I broke my dick
f*ck the police, had to throw my stick
Fresh ass fit, had to take me a pic
I don’t like fightin’, I’m pullin’ them triggers
Look at the pill [?]
Kill his brother than I f*ck on his sister
[?], f*ck up his liver
Suckin’ dick up all day better knock me
My bro called, don’t say copy
Ayy, when you catch him, we gon’ sock him
We gon’ throw his bitch ass a party
Shit bag ’em, you can say you farted
13 in this bag, I’m James Harden
I’m on beat ’cause Teejay started, ayy

[Chorus: Teejayx6]
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckle
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckle
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckle
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckle
All I know is my cup muddy
When I pull up, I leave the whole scene bloody

Walkin’ up on us, I don’t need nobody
When I pull up, I leave the whole scene bloody

[Verse 3: Teejayx6]
Broke the bitch heart, I ain’t mean to
p*ssy nigga, you see through
Louie jacket, it’s see through
New beam, I can see you
Goofy nigga, like Ebro
Scammed a kid, she was emo
Tough nigga think he Deebo
But I’ma pull this choppa out
And p*ssy nigga gon’ lay down
Need my money, better pay now
Tryna make a move, press play now
Put your face down, now the case over
f*ck one time, she tryna to stay over
Woke up late, had to lay over
She ask for money, I’ma say no
I just sinned, I gotta pray more

[Chorus: Teejayx6]
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckle
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckle
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckle
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckle
All I know is my cup muddy
When I pull up, I leave the whole scene bloody
Walkin’ up on us, I don’t need nobody
When I pull up, I leave the whole scene bloody

[Verse 4: NLE Choppa]
Pull up too far, I broke my nail
Look too hard, get hit with the shell
I was prayin’ to God, it’s causin’ him hell
I just prayed for a body, I sent through Zelle
Bitch, I’m hot as ever, I’m high as can be
I’m disrespectful when I talk, no apologies
So who the f*ck gon’ stop me?
You can run for your life tryna rob

[Verse 5: Teejayx6]
I’ma pop you, I ain’t gotta say more
Trickin’ a lil’ straight whore
You stole from me, I would’ve gave you more
Thirty in this clip, I’ma give you three
Talkin’ crazy, we gon’ wait and see
Black and white, like a referee
Clip long, like a centipede
Lil’ nigga, you a wannabe
Say you on my head, we’re gonna see
Scared nigga, you runnin’, flee
f*cked a bitch and she want my seed
Threw the weed ’cause I seen the seed
Threw the perc ’cause I think it’s fake
Bowls in the trunk and I know they stink
Ho’s in the front and we on our way
To that place

[Chorus: Teejayx6]
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckles
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckles
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckles
Punchin’ all day, I done hurt my knuckles
All I know is my cup muddy
When I pull up, I leave the whole team bloody
Walkin’ up on the side, I don’t need nobody
When I pull up, I leave the whole team bloody

Franglish – My Salsa Lyrics (feat. Tory Lanez)

[Intro : Franglish & Tory Lanez]
Yeah
Tory (sheesh)
Oh-oh-oh, yeah

[Pré-refrain : Franglish]
Pour toi j’fais du biff toute l’année, baby, on va s’en aller
So fresh, so clean, ándale, baby, on va s’en aller
Pour toi j’fais du biff toute l’année, baby, on va s’en aller
So fresh, so clean, ándale, baby, on va s’en aller
Oh-oh-oh, bonita (oui), viens avec moi (allez viens)
Bonita (oui), viens avec moi (allez viens)
Bonita (oui), viens avec moi (allez viens)
Bonita (oui), viens avec moi

[Refrain : Tory Lanez & Franglish]
My salsa, my salsa (my salsa), the girls they love, uh
My salsa, my salsa (my salsa), don’t talk about it
It’s my salsa, my salsa (my salsa), the girls they love it
My salsa, my salsa (my salsa), don’t talk about it

[Couplet 1 : Franglish]
Baby on se barre d’ici, fais tourner l’globe
Fais tes valises, et choisis tes plus belles robes
Tu seras mon international woman
White on white, c’est le dress code
Daddy going to the bank, baby
J’récupère de quoi te mettre à l’aise, baby
T’inquiète je gère, baby
Laisse-moi faire, baby (skrt, skrt)
Everything is gonna be okay, mami
Just papi et mami, fais la fête toute la nuit
On sera loin des ennuis
Dis-moi si tu préfères avoir mon cœur ou ma CB
Si tu le mérites, allez deux bébés
Mamacita, je suis l’homme qui te manquait, yeah

[Pré-refrain : Franglish]
Pour toi j’fais du biff toute l’année, baby, on va s’en aller
So fresh, so clean, ándale, baby, on va s’en aller
Oh-oh-oh, bonita (oui), viens avec moi (allez viens)
Bonita (oui), viens avec moi (allez viens)
Bonita (oui), viens avec moi (allez viens)
Bonita (oui), viens avec moi

[Refrain : Tory Lanez & Franglish]
My salsa, my salsa (my salsa), the girls they love, uh
My salsa, my salsa (my salsa), don’t talk about it
It’s my salsa, my salsa (my salsa), the girls they love it
My salsa, my salsa (my salsa), don’t talk about it

[Couplet 2 : Tory Lanez]
Tory!
Look at me, rich, I got a hundred band-bands
And she doin’ the splits, she on a f*ckin’ handstand
When I walk in the street, she wanna talk the “yea yea” to me
Quit talkin’, p*ssy, the bomb, Baghdad
When she look at the roof, restart doin’ the dance for me
Big money, comin’ from nothing do the dash on ’em
Made in my house, caretaker runnin’ the bag for me
Ain’t no vision, on a mission, we catchin’ fast money
Look at my bitch, then take a look at my wrist
I spent a hunnid on the rocks, like I was cookin’ that bitch
I was juggin’ doing these p*ssy niggas crooked as shit
And I was broke ’till I was sick of that shit
Tory!

[Pré-refrain : Franglish]
Pour toi j’fais du biff toute l’année, baby, on va s’en aller
So fresh, so clean, ándale, baby, on va s’en aller
Pour toi j’fais du biff toute l’année, baby, on va s’en aller
So fresh, so clean, ándale, baby, on va s’en aller
Oh-oh-oh, bonita (oui), viens avec moi (allez viens)
Bonita (oui), viens avec moi (allez viens)
Bonita (oui), viens avec moi (allez viens)
Bonita (oui), viens avec moi

[Refrain : Tory Lanez & Franglish]
My salsa, my salsa (my salsa), the girls they love, uh
My salsa, my salsa (my salsa), don’t talk about it
It’s my salsa, my salsa (my salsa), the girls they love it
My salsa, my salsa (my salsa), don’t talk about it

Stefan Raab – Holy Burgy Gospel Lyrics

Ich war am Ende, denn ich hatte bösen Lochfraß an meinem Gerät
Doch plötzlich sah ich deine heilenden Hände

Dieter BBBBürgy, es ist nie zu spät
Waschmaschinen leben länger mit Calgon
Ich hatte Lochfraß, Baby
Und ich konnte kaum noch gehen
Da hab’ ich dich Super Dieter im Fernsehen gesehen
Ich sage Super Dieter, Halleluja
Dieter, bitte, bitte, komm zu mir
Ich war außer Kontrolle und ich wusste nicht wohin

Da gabst du, Super Dieter, meinem Leben einen Sinn
Ich sage Super Dieter, Halleluja, Dieter Bürgy, Halleluja
Dieter, bitte, bitte, komm zu mir, Super Dieter
Super Dieter, Halleluja, Super Dieter, Halleluja
Super Dieter, Halleluja, Super Dieter, Halleluja
Dieter, bitte, bitte, komm zu mir
Super Dieter

Ballyhoo! – Renegade Lyrics (feat. Ted Bowne)

[Verse 1: Howi]
Don’t like the music on the radio
Feels like it’s written for an imbecile
Dumbed down for mass consumption, there’s no feeling at all
Dumb sounding crass presumption from the industry mall

I got melodies forever, I’m a retro jukebox
It’s a felony we never see respect, we just kick rocks
But I guess these are the prices when you cling to the 90s
A time when there was substance, that’s when we started grinding

[Chorus: Howi]
I’m a renegade
Oh, ’cause I’m a renegade
‘Cause I’m a renegade
Oh, I’m just a renegade
(Oh)

[Verse 2: Howi]
Stick to your guns when someone tells you to drop it
‘Cause you got a vision and now they’re trying to stop it
You’re bound to hit bottom when you’re trying rock it
But there’s plenty of stone, pick up your hammer and knock it

They think they know what’s best
Keep your creations close to your chest
‘Cause it’s the only way that I can stay elevated
And pride is just priceless, can’t afford to go change it

[Chorus: Howi]
I’m a renegade
Oh, ’cause I’m a renegade
‘Cause I’m a renegade
Oh, I’m just a renegade

(Oh)

[Bridge: Howi]
Renegade
Wanna retain my sanity, stay in love with this serenade
Gonna go down with the ship through the crushing abyss
Disarray from the stupid mistakes and career smoke grenades
Sail away
Got my own crusade, I will not be played

[Verse 3: Ted]
Why do they think they know what’s best for me?
My hand, it moves for no one else, hey
Get up and drive and move it inside, do the same thing every day
(Every day)
Light up the vibe and move it outside, get rest and then replay
(Then replay)
Take another hit for the team, make sure you mean just what you say
(What you say)
Sell out the spot with a line around the block, get paid with no delay

[Chorus: Howi and Ted]
‘Cause I’m a renegade
Oh, ’cause I’m a renegade
‘Cause I’m a renegade
Oh, I’m just a renegade
(Oh)

[Bridge: Howi]
Renegade
Wanna retain my sanity, stay in love with this serenade
Gonna go down with the ship through the crushing abyss
Disarray from the stupid mistakes and career smoke grenades
Sail away
Got my own crusade, I will not be played

Mcnd – Ice Age Lyrics

우린 앗
차가워! Come into ice age
Come into ice age
Come into ice age
우린 앗
차가워! Make it 눈 ice hail
Make it 눈 ice hail
Make it 눈 ice hail
우린 앗
차가워! Come into ice age
Come into ice age
Come into ice age
우린 앗
차가워! Make it 눈 ice hail
Make it 눈 ice hail
Make it 눈 ice hail

Freeze
Don’t move 전부 가져와
시끄러 잔말 말고 now
Your mind and heart
니 1분 1초까지 다
누군가 물어 누구신지?
설명 안 해 우린 굳이
But 보란 듯이 지금 이 무대 위를 얼리고
손짓 하나로 가뿐히 다 부시지

구미가 당긴다면 들어와 친구들 끌어와 어서 와
Cool하다 못해 차가워 근데 이건 아직 빙산의 일각
Woah (just go, Just go)
Make it snow (앗 차
앗 차거)

Do you wanna play with me?
그럼 내 손을 잡아
Uh no matter what they say
걱정 마 우린 go up
널 끌어들여 그냥 가만히 우릴 봐
얼어버린 채 all right
원하는 걸 네게 줄게
Yeah we don’t melt

우린 앗
차가워! Come into ice age
Come into ice age
Come into ice age
우린 앗
차가워! Make it 눈 ice hail
Make it 눈 ice hail
Make it 눈 ice hail

Tell me what you think about us
두말할 것도 없이 the best
Castle J
Bic
민재
휘준 and win
이래라 저래라 쟤들이 뭐래나 맘대로 we’re chillin’
대충 할 수 없어 이젠 내 언행이 저들의 wish list

무대 위 뜨겁고 빛나 but 녹지 않아 icy 삐까뻔쩍
번쩍 전례 없던 그룹의 groovy 분위기 더 무르익었어
쏟아지는 눈과 아이컨택 중 ya
저들이 바라는 걸 만들어 줄게
그게 내 소박한 꿈 ya

Do you wanna play with me?
그럼 내 손을 잡아
Uh no matter what they say
걱정 마 우린 go up
널 끌어들여 그냥 가만히 우릴 봐
얼어버린 채 all right
원하는 걸 네게 줄게
Yeah we don’t melt

우린 앗
차가워! Come into ice age
Come into ice age
Come into ice age
우린 앗
차가워!
Make it 눈 Ice hail
Make it 눈 Ice hail
Make it 눈 Ice hail

Leggo
You can’t break us
Welcome to ice age
Watch out! Come into ice age

Let me freeze you
Let me freeze you
Let me freeze you
Break the ice now

Two Door Cinema Club – Impatience Is A Virtue Lyrics

[Intro]
Da-da-da-da-da, da-da, da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da, da-da, da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da, da-da, da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da, da-da, da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da, da-da, da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da, da-da, da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da, da-da, da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da, da-da, da-da-da

[Verse 1]
Are you ready to move on?
But I can tell that you’re holding onto things that won’t fly
And I can tell you don’t like it
And you’re beginning to let go of the shit to get by

[Pre-Chrous]
So hold on, hold on to what you wanna do
It won’t do you no harm
You can’t tell, you can’t tell what you’re weakest for
You have to reconcile

[Chorus]
Things are slipping out of reach
And you are getting impatient, impatient, oh
Things are slipping out of reach

And you are getting impatient, impatient, oh

[Verse 2]
And I could see in the distance
But what a way that this was not what we wanted by far
We tried a different direction
It suited better to go this way than make life that hard

[Pre-Chorus]
So right now, right now is where I wanna be
You couldn’t change my mind
You won’t know, you won’t know if it was good advice
And leave it all behind

[Chorus]
Things are slipping out of reach
And you are getting impatient, impatient, oh
Things are slipping out of reach
And you are getting impatient, impatient, oh

[Outro]
Da-da-da-da-da, da-da, da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da, da-da, da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da, da-da, da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da, da-da, da-da-da

Mt. Joy – Us Lyrics

Love for heaven, love for satan, neither’s worth the conversation
When everyone is just swinging in the dark
When every river’s over run I’ll swim across my parents lawn
And wonder how we argue till we’re gone
So sing for me that golden key, the one that would remind me
Of deeply falling for you
A smile is worth a kingdom come when love is but a siren song
It hit me like a brick and then it’s gone

So sing to me sweetly, don’t apologize for what you had to do
A 35 a photograph, it’s grainy but I see your laugh
In that ancient summer sunburn where our love was born
And everything was perfect but you were staring at the surface
And I always got the feeling you’d start digging
Love for heaven, love for satan, neither’s worth a conversation
I just hope you get where you belong in the siren song

Amir Tataloo – Az Panjere Bebin Biroono Lyrics

یه شب کمرنگ و تاریک و سرد
تو بیا همدم یه کاری کن
شدی یه دیوونه ی طرد
هنو به قبلا دچاری چون
یه تغییر لازمه واست
که تاثیر داره هر نگاه بد رو هر تار موهات
یادمه من زیر زنجیری که بافتم رو سرت
میشستم و هر تار موت میشد واسم
یه پروانه تو باد
یادمه هر دونه اشکت واسه من انبوه غم بود
اما امروز تو ازم بیزار پریم از اندوه و کمبود
یادمه هر روز یه برنامه ی خوب هر روز یه دیدار
ولی امروز دوریم از هم فقط عکست رو دیوار
از پنجره ببین بیرونو که چه دوری از مقصدم
از پنجره ببین بیرونو
از پنجره ببین بیرونو همه رویاها یخ زدن
هنوز هر جا که میری بهونمو میگیری
نمیتونی اینو انکار کنی داری بی من میمیری
هنو روزی هزار بار تو روز عکسامو میبینی
هنو آرامش غیر بغل من هر جا میری نی
یه رمزی داره آغوشم پره از عشق و من فواره ها توشم
من بی تو یه چمن زار خاموشم
پر از پروانه ها تو شمع بیا برگرد بزار خوب شم
از پنجره ببین بیرونو که چه دوری از مقصدم
از پنجره ببین بیرونو
از پنجره ببین بیرونو همه رویاها یخ زدن

از پنجره ببین بیرونو
بیا از تو چشام ببین تومو بسه از بیرون حرف زدن
ببین چطور اعضای بدنم قلبمو پس زدن
از پنجره ببین بیرونو
از پنجره ببین بیرونو

Foy Vance – Thank You For Asking Lyrics

You bit into watermelon
Juices dripped down off your chin to your delight
Never dreamed that it could be so ripe
And taste just like a little slice of heaven

Then you picked up your napkin
And you tapped it on your mouth from side to side
Never dreamed that such an act could drive my senses wild
I wished I was watermelon

Or any other kind of fruit
You’d consume
Dragon, grape or passion
Oh yes, I’m feeling fine my dear
But thank you for asking

We talked all through the morning
And we kissed right from the early afternoon
Till the sun set on a sea so blue, replaced by the moon
And music for dancing

And in the wee small hours
Me and you, stuck like glue
Lost in our romancing
Oh yes, I’m feeling fine my dear
But thank you for asking

Come the morning and we’ll begin again
I’ll kiss your skin
With an educated fashion
Oh yes, I’m feeling fine my dear
But thank you for asking

Cupcakke – Discounts Lyrics

Yeah, must not want me to have to ask
Niggas want smoke, I pass the gas
Milkin’ this shit like half and half
Two nights of the Drac’, that’s back to back
I had a nigga that text my phone like "Bae, get ready, go pack a bag"
Said he on his way, in the back of the cab, I said "Hold on, I have to laugh" (Hahahaha)
On the gang, niggas broke as hell, ain’t doing well, straight buffing
I’m cupcakKe, but I’ll muff a bitch so motherf*ckers just call me "Muffins" (Brrra)
Couple bitches claimin’ they want smoke ’til I pull up with the Dutches
Come around, screamin’ "Ten toes down", be the same bitches with crutches
Yeah, bitch, no, I’m not feelin’ ya
f*ck 12, no pedophilia
Keep a bank with me like Azealia
On the verse, then I’m billy, yeah
Nigga thought he was gettin’ ass
If you show cash, just throw bread
But I think the f*ck not… like Cardi forehead!
Underrated but I know they hate it and ain’t no debating that I’m elevating
Ever since I made it, niggas that I dated acting aggravated, ’cause I’m fragulated
You send ten bands for a verse back but your verse whack so I got you waiting
And every time I send a verse back, they on thin ice ’cause they know I’m skating
And that bitch is lurking on Instagram, tryna find out where my wealth bouncin’
Same bitches walkin’ in Walmart to get free shit in self-checkout
Let it marinate, give it ten seconds
Different L’s, just different lessons
Now this nigga wanna share blessings ’cause the p*ssy tighter than a pair of leggings
I’m cool, nigga, I’m good, nigga
I’m so damn straight
Put a nigga in quarantine when he see the chopper, make ’em don’t leave gate

And when I need that Birkin bag, don’t go in stores, I call up Trey
And you know I stomp the yard in this bitch, when I make wine from the grapes

‘Cause I got discounts on discounts
If you think that I’m soft
And it’s that big discount, bitch
Knockin’ half your shit off
I got discounts on discounts
If you think that I’m soft
Chopper go "Boom, boom, boom, boom"
Knockin’ half your shit off

I need an umbrella
Bitch this drip, drop (What else?)
We in Bora Bora
Takin’ drip trips
I’m in the Rolls Royce
You in a Lyft, Lyft (Skrr)
I heard your album
I just skip, skip
That shit was weak as hell
On the [?]
So fly like Tinkerbell
Foreign [?] my English fail
You out bein’ a hoe, while I’m pickin’ up dough
It look like my pizza fell
Travellin’ from dick to dick
Might as well go get your visa mailed (Hahaha)
I’m on that gang shit
Blow out your brains bitch
I had your family holdin’ up signs, like "Say his name, bitch" (On God)
Don’t get too anxious
‘Cause shit get dangerous
This bitch didn’t wax my eyebrows right, went out with a bang, bitch
You are a nobody with nobodies
And you shaped with no body (God damn)
Gon’ make a nigga put a date on me, yeah call him Yo Gotti
My whips got horsepowers, so I might as well pick a Megan for hotties
Bitch got bars and love [?] Did I drop soap? Yeah, probably

‘Cause I got discounts on discounts
If you think that I’m soft
And it’s that big discount, bitch
Knockin’ half your shit off
I got discounts on discounts
If you think that I’m soft
Chopper go "Boom, boom, boom, boom"
Knockin’ half your shit off

Bankrol Hayden – Drop A Tear Lyrics (feat. Lil Baby)

[Chorus: Bankrol Hayden]
I almost dropped a tear for you, uh
I always throw my pain on you (Uh, uh, uh, uh)
My head went straight up, we confused
So many times that we’ve been traded, we’ve been used
But I can’t move on, you know the news had me dropped
We’ve come too far, you know we come from the jungle
Can’t move on, you know the news had me dropped
‘Cause we’ve come too far, you know we come from the jungle

[Verse 1: Bankrol Hayden]
Uh, like I ain’t trippin’
I was caught up in your ways
I’m tryna put on for my brothers, that’s my focus nowadays
Like now I’m trippin’
‘Cause you was leavin’ anyway
And your emotions out of place
I never thought that you would change, I swear
Shit so real, I got the chills
I done made this shit so real
Made some money out this deal
Finna pay my momma bills
For my brothers I drill
Spin up, I brought no chill
Get jammed up, we gon’ see who real
In the hospital bed, I was poppin’ them pills, yeah, yeah
Me and you ain’t close, as we just used to be
Used to be
People hit me up, but I ain’t used to it
Family askin’ favors ’cause I got some money now
When I get that money all these bitches actin’ funny now

[Chorus: Bankrol Hayden]
I almost dropped a tear for you, uh
I always throw my pain on you (Uh, uh, uh, uh)
My head went straight up, we confused
So many times that we’ve been traded, we’ve been used
But I can’t move on, you know the news had me dropped
We’ve come too far, you know we come from the jungle
Can’t move on, you know the news had me dropped
‘Cause we’ve come too far, you know we come from the jungle

[Verse 2: Lil Baby]
Baby
Told the dealer, got the best appeal lawyer in Georgia
I’ma get it for you
Cookin’ up them meals, make sure I eat
You know I tear for you
Can’t believe no meal to turn sour
I would’ve killed for you
Left me at lowest, I can’t even say I still love you
I’m the type to tell lil’ bro “Don’t shoot”
He gon’ still bust you
Comin’ up, my life was hard
Fat daddy died, we was still in the car
He just did a five, make you doin’ time again
I can’t lose, no, so I gotta win
I love my dawgs, I ain’t gotta friend
Woo ’bout to touch down, he just did ten
Back on the wall, how the f*ck I’ma fall?
When I stand on my team, do you understand?
Buckin’ the law, give a f*ck ’bout your plan
When I hop out my car, my gun in my hand
Niggas switch up and I don’t even know why, it’s so many shit I don’t understand
I can’t drop no tears now
I’ve been cold for some years now

[Chorus: Bankrol Hayden]
I almost dropped a tear for you, uh
I always throw my pain on you (Uh, uh, uh, uh)
My head went straight up, we confused
So many times that we’ve been traded, we’ve been used
But I can’t move on, you know the news had me dropped
We’ve come too far, you know we come from the jungle
Can’t move on, you know the news had me dropped
‘Cause we’ve come too far, you know we come from the jungle

[Outro: Bankrol Hayden]
I almost dropped a tear for you, uh
I always throw my pain on you (Uh, uh, uh, uh)
My head went straight up, we confused
So many times that we’ve been traded, we’ve been used

Dissidenten – Fata Morgana Lyrics

Silnaakum ?alaa Sfaa ?alaa Halaa khanha dfaa
Silnaakum ?alaa Sfaa ?alaa Halaa khanha dfaa
Fi Hwab shkhiirkum TaalaH
Hwab shkhiirkum TaalaH
Fi Hwab shkhiirkum TaalaH
Hwab shkhiirkum TaalaH

Tlabnaa kum haatuu shifaa idwaa’ fii idi hlijifaa
Tlabnaa kum haatuu shifaa idwaa’ fii idi hlijifaa
Tahba bil jaralHas saama’
Bil jaralHas saama’
Tahba bil jaralHas saama’
Bil jaralHas saama’

MiSbaahak nuuruu Tfaa yaa la’maa ?aqalinaa Hfaa
MiSbaahak nuuruu Tfaa yaa la’maa ?aqalinaa Hfaa
Tilfinaa wad diniaas waaia’

Wad diniaas waaia’
Tilfinaa wad diniaas waaia’
Wad diniaas waaia’

Tklam bikduub u hifaa ?abdi khidmuhi shirfa
Tklam bikduub u hifaa ?abdi khidmuhi shirfa
Yaakul Saabat kul zaara’
Saabat kul zaara’
Yaakul Saabat kul zaara’
Saabat kul zaara’

Silnaa kum haatuu ha Sifaa fii Haala Zurfhaa tilfa
Silnaa kum haatuu ha Sifaa fii Haala Zurfhaa tilfa
YaHlaf min huu Taama’
Min huu Taama’
YaHlaf min huu Taama’
Min huu Taama’

Tismuu irzaqna bilhfa wiHnaa anshuufuu brrija fir’uun maa

Stefan Raab – Wir Kiffen! Lyrics

[Strophe 1]
Hier riecht es komisch, das ist weil (wir kiffen)
Und manchmal kommt die Polizei
Ich bau’ mir jetzt mal so’n Teil
Das finden die bestimmt auch geil

[Hook]
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Oh oh, na begriffen?

[Strophe 2]
(Auch Boris Beck…, achso, noch nicht… Tschuldigung, zu früh!)
Auch Boris Becker, das macht Mut
War nur auf Gras so richtig gut
Und auch das Kind von Steffi Graf
Schläft nach dem kiffen richtig brav
Ich sag dir, Dieter Thomas Heck
Hat stets ne Tüte im Gepäck
Und aus Berlin Klaus Wowereit
Ist nicht nur schwul, sondern auch breit — “Und das ist auch gut so, liebe Genossinen und Genossen”

[Hook]
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Na begriffen?

[Strophe 3]
Angela Merkels Blick von weit
Sieht aus, als wär die auch schon breit
Und Friedrich Merz von der Union
Der klaut das Zeug bei seinem Sohn
Und Helmut Markwort, der vom Focus
Der dampft schon morgens auf’m Lokus
Und auch der schöne Mehmet Scholl
Ist sehr bekannt beim deutschen Zoll

[Hook]
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Na begriffen?

[Strophe4]
-Ma? ma?, ey stop, stop, stop, stop!
Ma? ma? aus, ma? ma? Musik aus
Ma? mal Musik aus. Pscht, pscht, pscht!
Wiss? ihr, ich hab was gehort irgendwie
Ma? mal Fenster auf, tu, tu d? s Zeug weg!
Tu d’s Zeugs weg, ich weiß nicht, was das war!
Po?, Polizei, oder wat!
Ha, ha, ha, ha, reingelegt!

Da Ha’m wa’ aba noch mal Gluck gehabt…

Auch bei der Bundeswehr, der Spies
Verkauft das aller größte Piece
Und der Grund fur Rudolf Scharpings Speed
Ist aller, allerfeinstes Weed
Es haut Sabine Christiansen
Sich auch mal gerne ein’ in Pansen
Man nennt korrekt der Edmund Stoiber
In Fachkreisen nur den Betäuber

[Hook]
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Oh oh, na begriffen?

[Strophe 5 – Gtarrensolo]
-So, ich hatte da ein? Vorschlag zu m…
Meine Damen und Herren, an der Gitarre: Bruno Santana!
(Gitarrensolo)
…da hat der Bruno aber Lunte gerochen!
Da wird der Herr Santana aber sauer, wenn er das hört hier!

[Hook]
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Na begriffen?

[Strophe 6]
-Hat hier ah hier, hat hier einer ein Heliumluftballon dabei?
-Ja, ich!
-Okay…1,2,3
Und auch der Buntspecht drauß im Wald
Ist Tag und Nacht nur zugeknallt
Sogar das Zebra und das Gnu
Sind schon am Morgen völlig zu
Und nicht zuletzt Rudi Carell
Ist Chef vom Coffee-Shop Kartell
Und auch der Haifisch an den Riffen
Sagt gerne mal: Hallo!? beim Kiffen

[Hook]
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Oh oh, na begriffen?

[Strophe 7]
Oh, scheiße, ah, schalt um…

Auch Martin Schmitt kommt ohne Pflanze
Auch nicht so richtig von der Schanze
Und Rudi Völler lasst auf Reisen
Auch gerne mal die Tüte kreisen
Und kaum zu glauben, Kaiser Franz
Streut sich das Zeug auf seinen …
Fur Dieter Baumann ist’s zu spät
Der raucht jetzt nur noch Blend-a-Med

[Hook]
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen

Dadadada… wir kiffen
Na begriffen?

[Strophe 8 – Steeldrum Solo]
-So, ist Zeit wieder, wieder Zeit fur’n Solo, jetzt, oder?
Ist Zeit fur’n Solo, oder?
Steel Drum? Steel Drum Solo!
…la la la…

(Steel Drum Solo)

Was los? Bleib hier!
So scheiße ist das auch nicht! Jetzt bleib hier!
Das ist nicht so scheiße!

Refrain, Refrain!

[Hook]
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Na begriffen?

[Strophe 9]
-Hallo! Seit ihr noch, seit ihr noch, da?
-Jaa…!

Auch Dieter Bohlen schreibt nen Song
Nur ganz, ganz selten ohne Bong
Selbst Doktor Helmut Karasek
Knallt taglich zwanzig Kilo weg
Bei Toni Marshall ist es klar
Der raucht sogar sein eig’nes Haar
Und auch im Bundestag ist’s Brauch
Und alle zieh’n an Rezzo’s Schlauch

[Hook]
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Na begriffen?

[Strophe 10]
So, ha’m wir, ha’m wir schon was zu RTL wir müssen mal
Was zu RTL sagen auch, oder?
Von RTL der Hansi Maar
Bestellt sein Zeug in Sansibar
Und auch der nette Klöppels’s Peter
Ist freiberuflich Stoffvertreter
Und auch der böse Taliban
Steckt sich mal gerne einen an
Jedoch der aller großte Nehmer
Ist selbstverstandlich Heiner Brehmer

[Hook]
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Na begriffen?

[Strophe 11]
Auch Peter Maffay findet’s fein
Doch er ist zum Kiffen noch zu klein

-Hast du ein Problem?
Hallo, Freunde, hallo Freunde! Ich würde gerne auch mal ziehen
-Nein, du bist zu klein
Ich kann dich gar nicht seh’n, wo bist du denn?
-Ich bin hier!
-Wo, hier?
-Naja, ich stehe direkt vor dir!
-Bist du wieder von der Teppichkante gefallen?
…und hast dir beide Beine gebrochen
-Aber ha’m sie schon mit’m Zahnstocher geschient. …nix passiert!

[Hook]
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Und Peter Maffay ist zu klein

[Strophe 12]
-Hast du noch wat da?
-Was?
-Wat zu futtern!
-Was zu essen? (-Ja)
Ich hab noch, ah… (-Ich hab so Bock auf Pommes!) …kalt, kalte Ravioli noch
Von gestern. (-Jaa, geil!)
-Und, ah, Kakao

-Wer hat Bock, ‘ne Runde Tischtennis zu spielen?
-Mach, ma?!
-Tischtennis?
-Ja, Runde, Rundlauf jetzt
-Ja, ok, komm. … Gut du gibst
-Quiet, please!

[Hook]
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada…

[Strophe 13 – Gitarrensolo]
Bruno! Bruno, gib noch ma? Gas, hier!
Meine Damen und Herren, an der Gitarre:
Bruno Santana!

(Gitarrensolo)

[Hook]
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Oh oh, na begriffen?
-One, two, one, two!
-Check it out!
-Hip Hop!

(Gelächter)

[Hook]
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada… wir kiffen
Dadadada…

-Jetzt hab ich die Halfte vom Text nicht unter gekriegt! Egal!
-Man muss auch, loslassen
-Muss auch…
Moment! Einen hab ich noch, einen hab ich noch!
Moment, pass? auf! Jetzt!

Da lob’ ich mir den Stefan Raab, (-Wieso?)
Der lehnt das Kiffen strengstens ab!

Co Shu Nie – Supercell Lyrics

僕をつくる機械からいつも雷鳴のような音が鳴り響いていた
身体を引き裂く稲妻

産まれた僕はただ仕分けされていく
キレイにラッピングされて【少数派】と貼られるのだ

包装紙とリボンで結ばれたって
生きてる自覚は絶やさずに燃やすの

体まで焦がすような稲妻が跡を落とす
その時を待っている 今

Hook hook ≒ echo
Supercell

知らない誰かにとって都合のいい情報に操作されて生きるつもりはないな
カテゴライズされていくごとに心が名前に縛られてはいない?

答えはいらないの 僕はなにものでもない
はりつめたただの混沌

もう おだまり
傍観者はいらん

カミナリを撃てよ君の心に
世界に順応してやるものか

答えはいらないの 僕は何者でもない
もがいてるただの混沌でいたい

Hook hook ≒ echo

心を解き放つ雷鳴を響かせる
その時はすぐそこだ 身体を引き裂け稲妻

Hook hook ≒ echo
Supercell

Locksley – Black Ajax Lyrics

I got my sunlight laughs and my moonlight grins
And the ladies like whiskey and the boys drop gins
When all the mas and the pas tell ’em please to go away
And when all the motherf***ers were coming out to play

That’s when I’m rollin’ in, rollin’ in
You hear me rollin’ in, rollin’ in
You see me rollin’ in, rollin’ in
You feel me rollin’ in, rollin’ in

All the fellas call my name and the girlies pull my hair
They like my ties and my shoes and f*** ’em if they dare, now
Scream it loud if you can, lookin’ lookin’ mighty fine
The way you move, shake your head, lick your lips, now they’re on me

‘Cos now I’m rollin’ in, rollin’ in
You hear me rollin’ in, rollin’ in
You see me rollin’ in, rollin’ in
You feel me rollin’ in, rollin’ in

(Up on?) my heads and my toes, my skins and my bones
And the whole earth shakes from the rattle of your moans
And when the sunlight laughs and the moon comes in
You’re desperate, my lady, when you hear me rollin’ in

Rollin’ in, rollin’ in
You hear me rollin’ in, rollin’ in
You see me rollin’ in, rollin’ in
You feel me rollin’ in, rollin’ in

Rollin’ in, rollin’ in

Two Door Cinema Club – Too Much Coffee Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Monday’s no good, can we leave it ’til another day?
I’ve got other things on my mind
And now we wait, and now we wait
And now we wait, and now we wait
It’s not a problem, I’ve just got a lot to think about
It won’t be long ’til we forget it
Just now we wait, and now we wait
And now we wait, and now we wait

[Chorus]
It’s not the end of the world as we know it
Take your ticket, have a seat and wait until it’s over
‘Cause I think you’ve been drinking too much coffee
To relax and enjoy the people singing

[Verse 2]
I could be seeing all the people that I want to
But an inconvenience just came up
I’ll have to wait, I’ll have to wait
I’ll have to wait, I’ll have to wait
Don’t want an answer, it’s a question to be left unspoken

Don’t you wanna know what I’ve got?
You’ll have to wait, you’ll have to wait
You’ll have to wait, you’ll have to wait

[Chorus]
It’s not the end of the world as we know it
Take your ticket, have a seat and wait until it’s over
‘Cause I think you’ve been drinking too much coffee
To relax and enjoy the people singing
It’s not the end of the world as we know it
Take your ticket, have a seat and wait until it’s over
‘Cause I think you’ve been drinking too much coffee
To relax and enjoy the people singing

[Outro]
Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh

Mt. Joy – Become Lyrics

Your strange isn’t awake yet, I hope it is just sleeping in
I was over the moon when you said all was possible
And I’m all signed up for the circus life in the flickering light
Of a backstage birthday we’re singing in the hallway and we’re drinking like we’re scared

Ohh no touch
Ohh touch

Your strange is not awake yet, I hope it’s just sleeping in
I need someone to celebrate the wins
I need someone to share this with
Don’t spend your whole life wondering why this ain’t no normal life

Said you want to have a daughter, said you want to be a part of this big world