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Twitter purges state-backed disinformation accounts; US sanctions ICC staff, Syria

Twitter purges state-backed disinformation accounts; US sanctions ICC staff, Syria

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Twitter has purged and archived more than 32,000 accounts linked to state-backed disinformation operations coming out of China, Russia and Turkey. All of the accounts have been removed for violations of Twitter’s platform manipulation policies, which prevent users from utilizing the platform “to artificially amplify or suppress information or engage in behavior that manipulates or disrupts people’s experience.”

Nearly 24,000 of the accounts Twitter purged were removed for pushing “deceptive narratives” about Hong Kong and “spreading geopolitical narratives favorable to the Communist Party of China.” The social media platform also removed more than 1,100 accounts linked to Russian state-backed political propaganda promoting President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party, and more than 7,300 accounts targeting users in Turkey with narratives favoring President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his party.

Earlier this week, the European Commission blamed Russia and China for engaging in “targeted influence operations and disinformation campaigns,” with the goal of undermining democracies and projecting distorted views of China’s response to the pandemic. The commission called on social media companies to report monthly on how they are addressing COVID-19 misinformation. 

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In an attempt to strong-arm the International Criminal Court and undermine an investigation into possible US war crimes, the Trump administration has authorized sanctions and new visa restrictions on ICC personnel. The tribunal has called the move “an unacceptable attempt to interfere with the rule of law and the Court’s judicial proceedings.” 

And in Syria, where the currency has fallen 70% since April, new US anti-war crimes sanctions could squeeze what remains of the country’s economy, devastating Syrians facing a horrific war and critical food shortages. In neighboring Lebanon, there are increased calls for the government to resign as the currency there depreciated by more than 25% in two days, and protesters took to the streets in some of the most widespread demonstrations in months.

Meanwhile, after countries and states pushed reopening, some are seeing concerning spikes in COVID-19 infections. More than 7.5 million people are confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 — and more than 2 million of those cases are in the US. 

 

Also: What South Africa can teach the US about racial justice and reconciliation

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A recent bust on the Myanmar-China border was too massive to fit inside any room. The police had to spread out their haul in a pasture. The seizure netted 18 tons of meth, mostly in the form of tiny pink pills, nearly 200 million of them stuffed into bulging sacks. But the story behind the raid is quite messy — one involving double-crossing traffickers, Chinese mafia and even the White House.

This Zimbabwe rom-com could be your next Netflix binge

Tendai Ryan Nguni and Tendaiishe Chitima star as Prince and Anesu in the Zimbabwean film, “Cook Off.”

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Sometimes, you just need to kick back in front of the TV and watch a rom-com. Here’s a suggestion: “Cook Off.” It’s the story of a single mom who enters a TV cooking competition that might just change her life. And last week, it became the first film from Zimbabwe to get picked up by Netflix.

“It’s a huge milestone for Zimbabwe,” the film’s producer Joe Njagu told The World. “It’s the first time ever a film from this side has been seen on such a platform. For us, we see this as a chance to introduce Zimbabwean films to the world.”

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The coronavirus pandemic could set the planet back on decades worth of progress in securing access to food for millions of people living in poverty. And, protests against police brutality and racism in the US and elsewhere are resonating in South Africa, which has its own complicated history of police violence. Also, Russian emergency teams are still working to contain an oil spill in the Arctic before it reaches the Atlantic Ocean.

 

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What South Africa can teach the US about racial justice and reconciliation

What South Africa can teach the US about racial justice and reconciliation

"If you want to change, it has to start with an acknowledgment," says Stan Henkeman, executive director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town.

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A member of South Africa’s opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), leads chants during a protest against the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and Collins Khoza, who died after a confrontation with South African security forces enforcing the nationwide coronavirus disease lockdown, outside the US Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, June 8, 2020. 

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Protests against police brutality and racism are erupting all over the globe. That includes in some African nations, where thousands have been calling for justice for George Floyd.

In South Africa, it’s a reminder of its own complicated history of police violence. Twenty years ago, the end of apartheid was marked by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It was set up by the South African government after decades of institutionalized racism under apartheid. The commission gave thousands of people a chance to testify to the racism they experienced or perpetrated. 

At the funeral Tuesday for George Floyd, the black man who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas called for reconciliation for black people in the US. 

South Africa’s commission was headed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

“We are a wounded people, because of the conflict of the past,” Tutu said at the commission’s first meeting. “No matter which side we stood, we all stand in need of healing. We on the commission are no super-human exceptions.”

Stan Henkeman is the executive director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa. He spoke to The World’s host Marco Werman about what the US might learn from South Africa as it reckons with centuries’ worth of racial discrimination and inequality.

Related: South Africa’s imperfect progress, 20 years after the Truth & Reconciliation Commission

Marco Werman: Coming out of apartheid in the early 1990s, there were so many raw emotions after years of oppression. There was the specter of South Africa falling apart, even a race war. How did South Africa even get people to agree that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was the right way to go? How do you get people — black, white, different social classes — to buy into this?

Stan Henkeman: I think the first thing to say is that there was the [Nelson] Mandela factor. And Mandela proved to be the one person that every South African, irrespective of their background, was able to identify with. The second thing is to understand that the majority of South Africans are not white. And so you can imagine the idea of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission was very appealing to them because there was so much suffering. And people just saw this as an opportunity to expose what had been happening, but also to close a chapter, a painful chapter of honesty. 

Having said that, the buy-in from the white community was not as enthusiastic. In fact, there were a number of white people who saw this as a witch hunt. 

So how did you approach that imbalance? And did you eventually get more buy-in from the white population of South Africa?

You know, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is an outflow of an act of parliament to promote national reconciliation. White people, generally, even though their political parties agreed to it, were still skeptical. But as the commission progressed, the fact that it was transparent, it was on TV screens on a daily basis — I think that kind of helped make people understand that this is a genuine attempt to try and understand what happened.

Related: Concerns of structural racism are ‘deeply existential,’ UN special rapporteur says

And what were the stated objectives of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission once it started? 

The process was quite organized. There were three aspects to the commission. The one committee was the committee that investigated gross human rights violations. And the emphasis was on gross human rights violations because you can imagine every disadvantage South African had their human rights violated. Then there was a second committee that looked at the issue of amnesty, and that was always going to be a thorny one. And then the third committee had to look at reparations.

My sense is that the whole process was very highly charged and was very emotional for a lot of people, almost like a confessional of sins and victimization. Was there a prosecutorial aspect to any of this?

The only committee that kind of acted like a court was the amnesty committee. And what was really interesting was the fact that people who applied for amnesty did not have to do a public apology. I imagine that angered a number of people, but the idea was a way to get people to come and tell their side of the story. More than 7,000 people applied for amnesty, but only 1,700 received amnesty. Now, this is where a question comes in about prosecutions. And this is one area where I think that many South Africans would say we have failed because the prosecuting agencies did not follow through on the thousands of people who did not qualify for amnesty.

Related: 20 years on, South Africa’s remarkable constitution remains unfulfilled

The world looks at South Africa today, and apartheid, they see, is over. But now there is a profound class difference in South Africa that isn’t all about race. When you look at that reality, do you think it’s a failure of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission?

It is a bit unfair to blame the TRC for the problems of our country. I think the first thing we need to say about the TRC is that it was not going to be the silver bullet that’s going to solve the problem and that’s going to reconcile the country. It was the beginning of a process. And if you listen to people like Archbishop Desmond Tutu and others, that’s exactly how they understood it. Sadly, the rest of the country didn’t necessarily understand it in the same way.

If we look at the young people today, especially black, young people who are still experiencing the struggles of poverty, unemployment, and exclusion that their parents went through, they are extremely critical of the TRC. In fact, they call the TRC a whitewash of white atrocities.

I’m curious to know, Mr. Henkeman, as you look at what’s going on here in the US, what would you say America has to reckon here and what can Americans learn from South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission?

You know, if you want to change, it has to start with an acknowledgment. And I think that that’s probably where America has to start. Acknowledge the pain, how that pain gets transmitted generationally. And what happened to somebody in the 60s or even earlier affects young people today. And once that acknowledgment happens, then there should be a conversation. I’m not sure whether the US is ready for that conversation, because in South Africa, we have a black majority government. So there is a level of openness.

Now, whether they listen to us is another story, but at least there’s a willingness to have the conversation. I’m not sure how successful that will be in the States, because you can bring all the changes that you want, but if there’s no shift in attitude, in [the] worldview that we hold about other people, in people’s place in society — if that doesn’t shift, you know, you can make all these cosmetic changes, you will just have a perpetuation of the status quo.

This interview has been condensed and edited.

Meet the young Latino voters of ‘Every 30 Seconds’

Meet the young Latino voters of 'Every 30 Seconds'

Approximately every 30 seconds, a Latino in the US turns 18. Young Latinos could swing the outcome of the 2020 US presidential election — if they come out to vote.

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Clockwise, starting from the top left: Jacob Cuenca, Michelle Aguilar Ramirez, Brayan Guevara, Leticia Arcila, Adela Diaz, Izcan Ordaz, Yaneilys Ayuso and Marlene Herrera will vote for US president for the first time in the 2020 elections.

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Trump proposes harsh asylum rules disqualifying many applicants

Trump proposes harsh asylum rules disqualifying many applicants

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US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents look at migrants who crossed illegally into El Paso, Texas, to turn themselves in to ask for asylum, as seen from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Sept. 18, 2019.

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On Thursday, the Trump administration issued a proposal that would dramatically reshape the asylum system in the United States.

The proposal includes a number of changes that would make it more difficult for applicants to gain asylum in the US — including changing which applicants would get asylum hearings in the first place. 

Applications based on people fleeing gangs, terrorists, “rogue” government officials or “non-state organizations” would no longer be recognized, meaning that those fleeing persecution from organizations like ISIS would not qualify for protection.

Last July, the Trump administration established another set of rules — requiring migrants fleeing their homelands to apply for asylum in one of the first countries they pass through. 

Related: Pandemic disrupts remittances, leaving immigrants’ families without lifelines 

Currently, asylum claims have essentially been halted by border closures after Donald Trump declared a public health emergency because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Luis Cortes-Romero is an immigration lawyer in Seattle. He spoke with The World’s host Marco Werman about the potential impact of the proposal. 

Marco Werman: How sweeping of a change is this, Luis, to our existing asylum system? And what was your reaction to the proposal?

Luis Cortes-Romero: This is a humongous structural change to the already very limited rights that asylum-seekers have. It does a lot to turn away recent arrival asylum applicants but also does a lot to erode the rights for people who are already in the United States who may want to seek asylum in the future.

Related: Greece’s new asylum law ‘poses continuous traps’ for refugees 

So, what are the details? How exactly would these proposed changes make it more difficult for migrants to claim asylum in the US?

It provides a lot of barriers and hurdles to even apply, and it makes it significantly easier and streamlined in order to deny their application. Let me give you some examples to be concrete: One of the things the proposal does is makes it so that anybody who has spent more than 14 days in any other country before coming to the United States … would be banned then from applying for asylum here. So, that applies to a lot of the Central American migrants or people who come from South America, [for] whom oftentimes, it takes them a month to get here.

Related: Migrants struck in Panama rainforest amid coronavirus

Right — I was going to say, if you’re on foot, 14 days — that’s pretty much that, right?

Yes, that’s that. It becomes a nonstarter for a lot of the migrants. Moreso for the recent arrivals, there’s an initial process called a credible fear process, where an officer will just determine kind of at first glance whether you have a credible fear of being persecuted in your country, and if so, then you can go ahead and apply for asylum with an immigration judge and the immigration court. The standard to be able to pass a credible fear interview is now significantly higher. And then even if you make it, the immigration judge now has the authority to completely deny your application without even a hearing if the immigration judge sees that he’s not likely or she’s not likely to grant the application.

Related: How the US immigration system nearly tore this LGBTQ couple apart  

We also need to discuss DACA here — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program that allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as minors to remain here to study or work. If the Supreme Court rules against DACA — we’re still waiting for some decision — could these new changes impact DACA recipients who try to seek asylum in the US?

One-hundred percent. If the Supreme Court strikes down DACA, what the heads of the Department of Homeland Security have made clear is that they do plan to place DACA recipients into removal proceedings, the process it takes for someone to be ultimately deported. That typically goes with a hearing before an immigration judge. The one lifeline that DACA recipients could have had to try to save themselves in removal proceedings is now being not only structurally changed but gutted from all its due process rights. So, ultimately, the consequence will be that once DACA recipients are placed in removal proceedings, the ability to fight your case to stay here now is significantly diminished from an already limited basis.

Related: Trump ended DACA. This woman is suing to stop him.

You yourself are a DACA recipient. You were also part of the legal team that argued to the Supreme Court for DACA’s continuation. How are you seeing this raft of restrictions once you look at the sum total?

Certainly, it’s going to be met with a lot of legal challenges because the fundamental notion that the United States has is the ability to be heard and the ability to have a fair proceeding. So, we think there’s going to be a lot of legal challenges, you know, challenging the stripping away of the basic due process rights that asylum-seekers might have, which ultimately may include DACA recipients in the future.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. 

This Zimbabwe rom-com could be your next Netflix binge

This Zimbabwe rom-com could be your next Netflix binge

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Sometimes you just need to kick back in front of the TV and watch a rom-com.

Here’s a suggestion: “Cook Off.” 

It’s the story of a single mom who enters a TV cooking competition that might just change her life. Last week, it became the first film from Zimbabwe to get picked up by Netflix.

Related: Brazilian Netflix film sets off censorship debate

“It’s a huge milestone for Zimbabwe. … It’s the first time ever a film from this side has been seen on such a platform. For us, we see this as a chance to introduce Zimbabwean films to the world.”

Joe Njagu, film producer, “Cook Off”

“It’s a huge milestone for Zimbabwe,” the film’s producer Joe Njagu told The World. “It’s the first time ever a film from this side has been seen on such a platform. For us, we see this as a chance to introduce Zimbabwean films to the world.”

The film, which is in English, centers around the relationship between single mom Anesu, played by Tendaiishe Chitima, and her son, Tapiwa, played by Eugene Zimbudzi, who encourages her to follow her dreams and enter a cooking contest even when Anesu’s own mother disapproves.

Singer Shingai Shoniwa, who plays herself and Eugene Zimbudzi, who plays Tapiwa, in a screenshot from the Zimbabwean film, “Cook Off.”

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Related: Netflix’s ‘Ghee Happy’ imagines life as a Hindu deity — in preschool

There’s also — of course — a love story that blossoms on the set between Anesu and fellow contestant Prince, played by Zimbabwean hip hop artist Tehn Diamond (Tendai Ryan Nguni). 

“Cook Off” was produced on a shoestring budget of$8,000. Njagu says it was made possible by the fact they could reuse sets — the writer and director of the film is also the director of a Zimbabwean TV show called “Battle of the Chefs,” — and the cast and crew agreed to a deferred payment plan. 

The film, which premiered in 2018 at the Durban International Film Festival, was produced in extraordinary circumstances, during the historic ouster of long-time ruler Robert Mugabe in 2017.

Related: Dead at 95, Mugabe was one of Africa’s most polarizing figures

Tendie Chitima, who plays Anesu, on the set of “Cook Off.”

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Njagu is hopeful that “Cook Off” won’t be the last Zimbabwean movie to reach a wider audience.

“It’s still a little film community that’s trying to sprout out and become an industry,” he said. “Why this is such a big deal is this is almost like a springboard to kickstart things, so we can start getting to a place where we can call ourselves a film industry.”

Njagu said he wanted to make “Cook Off” — a love story and underdog story — to challenge Hollywood’s typical depictions of Africa.

Related: What the US can learn from West Africa to slow the spread of coronavirus

“I always feel that Africa is portrayed in a very negative light: like, it’s synonymous with stories about war, poverty, hunger disease. This was a chance to show the other side of Africa, the other side of Zimbabwe.”

Joe Njagu, film producer, “Cook Off”

“I always feel that Africa is portrayed in a very negative light: like, it’s synonymous with stories about war, poverty, hunger disease. This was a chance to show the other side of Africa, the other side of Zimbabwe,” he said.

“This is why I felt like this was a very important story to tell — to change that whole Africa narrative,” he added. 

In Spain after lockdown, soccer resumes for men — but not for women

In Spain after lockdown, soccer resumes for men — but not for women

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Spanish soccer will resume on June 11, after nearly three months without games. La Liga, Spain’s professional soccer league for men, was suspended in mid-March when the Spanish government put the country on lockdown in an attempt to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the league championship matches will go until July 19, and games will be played with no crowds and with strict safety protocols. 

The women’s league — which had its own championship — will not return. Their season was completely canceled in May, and the FC Barcelona female club was declared this year’s champions, since they were in the lead when the games were suspended.

Related: Women’s pro soccer made gains toward parity. Will coronavirus undo it?

But before the pandemic put the country on pause, women’s soccer in Spain had been making strides toward greater equity.

On Feb. 18, all 16 first-division teams signed a collective bargaining agreement that guaranteed female players a minimum wage, protocols for sexual abuse cases and paid maternity leave. It was a big step — and currently the only existing agreement of its kind for any women’s sport in Spain. 

Forward Ana Lucía Martínez, from Madrid Women’s Club (or Madrid CFF), said this was a historic moment for Spain’s female soccer leagues. The World spoke to her in February — just one week after the agreement was signed, and just two weeks before her trainings were put on hold due to the pandemic.

Related: Under lockdown in Spain, hotels transform into field hospitals

“People in Spain are increasingly interested in women’s soccer,” she said, pointing to last year’s Women’s World Cup when a record 2 million people watched Spain’s national team lose to the United States 2-1.

Forward Ana Lucía Martínez, from Madrid Women’s Club (or Madrid CFF), trains with her team. 

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But it’s still difficult for women to make a living from soccer, said the 30-year-old player. Since moving to Spain from Guatemala five years ago, Martínez has played for various first-division teams — the first club didn’t even give her a contract.

“It’s not like the men who retire and make millions. We have to worry about our future, get an education.”

Ana Lucía Martínez, forward, Madrid Women’s Club, Madrid, Spain

“I was making 200 euros [$230] a month, which isn’t enough to live off of here,” she said. “I spent those days indoors, I never went out. I considered quitting because I couldn’t go on like that.”

Now, she’s one of the better-paid players in Madrid CFF — she makes enough money to pay her bills and concentrate on soccer full-time. But she says many of her teammates still rely on side jobs to get by.

“It’s not like the men who retire and make millions,” said Martínez. “We have to worry about our future, get an education.”

With the collective bargaining agreement signed, a career in soccer is beginning to look like a viable option for many women. But it took a year of negotiating and a week-long strike to get there.

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Lawyer María José López represented the main soccer union involved in the negotiations. 

“It was necessary to have this agreement for the sake of equality,” she said. “I mean, we’re in the 21st century.”

López says the agreement is exactly the same as the one signed by the men’s first-division teams decades ago, except for one thing: their salaries. In Spain, the base salary for men’s professional soccer is $170,000 a year; the women’s is $18,000.

Men’s games draw bigger crowds and more advertising dollars on Spanish TV — this means more revenue, which then translates into high salaries. López gets this. Still, she says the wage gap needs to shrink.

“The argument we always hear is: ‘These girls don’t bring in money, so they can’t make demands.’ No, no. These are working women who deserve worker’s rights.”

María José López, lawyer representing the main soccer union involved in negotiations, Madrid, Spain

“The argument we always hear is: ‘These girls don’t bring in money, so they can’t make demands,’” said López. “No, no. These are working women who deserve worker’s rights.”

López says if advertisers would invest more in women’s games, there would be more interest — leading to more ticket sales, television programming and, eventually, higher salaries.

But all of this is on hold because of the pandemic. 

Related: Two Berlin soccer teams now kept apart by COVID-19

Tamara Ramos directs another soccer union that signed the collective bargaining agreement this February. She says she expects the coronavirus outbreak to disproportionately affect the female leagues, which were already struggling with funding. 

“Why do the men’s leagues come back after lockdown, but not the women’s? … Signing the collective bargaining agreement was a bittersweet moment. Of course, it was a big step forward. But we still have a long way to go.”

Tamara Ramos, soccer union director, Madrid, Spain

“Why do the men’s leagues come back after lockdown, but not the women’s?” she asks. “It’s all part of the same problem: lack of resources.” 

In this case, that means coronavirus test kits and equipment to implement necessary safety measures.

“Signing the collective bargaining agreement was a bittersweet moment,” said Ramos. “Of course, it was a big step forward. But we still have a long way to go.”

Trump authorizes sanctions over ICC Afghanistan war crimes case

Trump authorizes sanctions over ICC Afghanistan war crimes case

US President Donald Trump delivers remarks to US troops, with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani standing behind him, during a visit to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, November 2019.

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US President Donald Trump has issued an executive order authorizing US sanctions against International Criminal Court (ICC) employees involved in an investigation into whether American forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan suggesting that the Hague-based tribunal is threatening to infringe on US national sovereignty.

In announcing the action on Thursday, Trump administration officials also accused Russia of manipulating the ICC to serve Moscow’s ends.

“We cannot, we will not stand by as our people are threatened by a kangaroo court,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in announcing the move and warned other nations.

“I have a message to many close allies in the world. Your people could be next, especially those from NATO countries who fight terrorism in Afghanistan right alongside us,” he said.

Neither Pompeo nor any of the top officials who were present at the announcement — Defense Secretary Mark Esper, national security adviser Robert O’Brien and Attorney General William Barr — took questions from the press.

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda wants to investigate possible crimes committed between 2003 and 2014, including alleged mass killings of civilians by the Taliban, as well as the alleged torture of prisoners by Afghan authorities and, to a lesser extent, by US forces and the CIA. The ICC investigation was given the go-ahead in March.

Rights activists assailed Trump’s move. Andrea Prasow, the Washington director for Human Rights Watch, said the action “demonstrates contempt for the global rule of law” and represents a “blatant attempt at obstruction.”

Trump’s order authorizes Pompeo, in consultation with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, to block assets in the United States of ICC employees involved in the probe, according to a letter sent by Trump to U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi accompanying the order.

It also authorizes Pompeo to block entry into the United States of these individuals as well as their family members.

‘Low point’

The ICC was established in 2002 by the international community to prosecute war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. It has jurisdiction only if a member state is unable or unwilling to prosecute atrocities itself. The United States has never been a member of the court.

The US action is the latest under Trump taking aim at an international body. Trump, who has promoted an “America First” policy during his presidency, last month said he would end the US relationship with the World Health Organization.

Afghanistan is a member of the ICC, though Kabul has argued that any war crimes should be prosecuted locally.

“The Department of Justice has received substantial credible information that raises serious concerns about a long history of financial corruption and malfeasance at the highest levels in the office of the prosecutor,” said Attorney General William Barr, who did not offer evidence.

He also said the court was being manipulated by Russia, but did not elaborate on how. He hinted there could be more actions against the ICC. “The measures announced today are an important first step in holding the ICC accountable for exceeding its mandate and violating the sovereignty of the United States.”

John Bellinger, the State Department’s former top lawyer under Republican former President George W. Bush, said the two sides could have avoided the conflict but chose not to.

“It’s unfortunate that the long-running US dispute with the ICC has reached this new low point. … It’s not surprising that the Trump administration has reacted forcefully with threatened sanctions, especially in an election year,” he said.

The Trump administration imposed travel restrictions and other sanctions against ICC employees a year ago.

The ICC decided to investigate after a preliminary examination by prosecutors in 2017 found reasonable grounds to believe war crimes were committed in Afghanistan and that the court has jurisdiction.

A senior Trump administration official, describing the order to reporters on a conference call, said the directive authorizes sanctions against any individual directly engaged in any effort by the ICC to investigate American personnel without US consent.

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Trump administration proposes more hurdles for asylum-seekers; Amazon halts police use of facial recognition technology

Trump administration proposes more hurdles for asylum-seekers; Amazon halts police use of facial recognition technology

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The Trump administration is proposing an overhaul of the asylum system that would make it much harder for applicants to win protection in the US. If enacted after public comment, the changes would streamline the asylum process by enabling lower-level asylum officers to throw out applications they deem “frivolous” — preventing applicants from having their claims heard in full court proceedings. Read the 161-page proposal here.

The narrowed grounds for asylum claims proposed by the departments of Justice and Homeland Security would no longer recognize applications based on people fleeing gangs, terrorists, “rogue” government officials or “non-state organizations.”

For now, asylum claims are essentially halted with US borders closed under provisions of the public health emergency Donald Trump declared in March amid the coronavirus pandemic. The proposed changes come on top of another set of rules the administration established last July — requiring migrants fleeing their homelands to apply for asylum in one of the first countries they pass through. 

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Amazon said Wednesday it plans to halt sales of its facial recognition software to police for a year. The technology has been widely criticized as being used by law enforcement to unfairly profile people of color. Teleconferencing company Zoom has been called out for suspending an account belonging to a group of US-based Chinese activists who held an event on the platform to commemorate the 31st anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown. Also, Apple removed the podcasting app Pocket Casts from its Chinese App Store at the request of the government.

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From The WorldLatino groups fight voter suppression efforts as US election nears

A voter casts a ballot at the Flushing Volunteer Fire Department in Flushing, Ohio, on Super Tuesday, March 6, 2012. 

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Approximately 32 million Latinos are expected to be eligible to vote in the general election this November, making them the nation’s largest minority voter group, according to the Pew Research Center. But there are numerous efforts to suppress Latinos and black voters underway across the country — particularly as white Americans make up a declining share of the US electorate. And with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting this election cycle, advocacy groups worry it could get worse.

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Latino groups fight voter suppression efforts as US election nears

Latino groups fight voter suppression efforts as US election nears

Numerous efforts to suppress Latinos and black voters are underway across the country — particularly as white Americans make up a declining share of the US electorate. And with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting this election cycle, advocacy groups worry it could get worse. 

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This story is part of “Every 30 Seconds,” a collaborative public media reporting project tracing the young Latino electorate leading up to the 2020 presidential election and beyond.

In the fall of 2018, Alejandro Rangel-Lopez, then a senior at Dodge City High School in Kansas, joined friends at parent-teacher conferences in registering people to vote in the midterm election.

Then someone asked to check their voter registration status online. Rangel-Lopez glanced at the polling location address and noticed something was off.

“What popped up was not the civic center — which is where people would normally vote here in town — but instead of that, was the expo center, which is located outside of city limits,” he said. 

It wasn’t a mistake. The Ford County Clerk had, in fact, moved Dodge City’s only polling location, which serves 13,000 voters. The county said the move was due to construction. But with the midterm elections only four weeks away, many were skeptical of the reason. 

Rangel-Lopez said he worried what changing the polling location would mean for the Latino vote in his city. Dodge City is 60% Latino, with many working in the meatpacking plants there. 

“This would further decrease Latino turnout and put Latinos in a place where, even if they wanted to go out and vote, it would be so inconvenient and out of the way.”

Alejandro Rangel-Lopez, resident, Dodge City, Kansas

“This would further decrease Latino turnout and put Latinos in a place where, even if they wanted to go out and vote, it would be so inconvenient and out of the way,” he said.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kansas and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Kansas sued the Ford County Clerk for changing polling locations at such short notice, citing violations to Dodge City voters’ constitutional and civil rights. Rangel-Lopez became a plaintiff in the case, representing Latino voters in Dodge City who were afraid to lose their jobs if they spoke up. A federal judge dismissed the case. 

Related: The key to winning the Latino vote in 2020? Latinas.

But what happened in Dodge City is one example of suppression of Latinos and black voters underway across the country — particularly as white Americans make up a declining share of the US electorate. And with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting this election cycle, advocacy groups worry it could get worse. 

Approximately 32 million Latinos are expected to be eligible to vote in the general election this November, making them the nation’s largest minority voter group, according to the Pew Research Center. Eligible Latinos will surpass eligible black voters for the first time. Civic engagement and civil rights groups are working to make sure Latinos have access to the polls. 

State governments keep people from voting in many different ways, said Arturo Vargas, president of NALEO Educational Fund, a group focused on Latino civic engagement. Examples include requiring voters to have certain photo IDs or purging voter rolls.

“And then there are unintentional ones that result in discouraging voters, for example, cutting down on early voting period so that there is less voting,” he said.

These tactics have intensified since 2013. In a landmark Supreme Court case that year, Shelby County v. Holder, the court removed key voter protections contained within the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965. The court sided with a lower court’s decision that some of the protections were outdated — though opponents argued that removing them would pose barriers for minority voters in states with a history of discrimination. Under the decision, local and state governments no longer need federal approval to pass voting or election laws. 

The original law was put in place to ensure black voters were not denied their right to vote. And without federal oversight, local governments may adopt restrictive voting practices, Vargas said. 

As a result, he said, more lawsuits aiming to overturn these practices are expected in the lead-up to November.

“There have been some states where we have been successful in trying to get some of these voter suppression policies and practices withdrawn.”

Artuto Vargas,  president, NALEO education fund

“There have been some states where we have been successful in trying to get some of these voter suppression policies and practices withdrawn,” Vargas said. 

Groups such as the ACLU and LULAC are leading the charge to ensure minority voters have fair access to the polls. 

LULAC, the oldest known Hispanic organization in the US, was a co-plaintiff in the Dodge City case in 2018. It also filed a lawsuit last month against Texas officials, arguing the state’s vote-by-mail policies violate the Constitution.

To vote by mail in Texas, people must be disabled or serve in the military, or over 65 years of age. The argument for these restrictions is that voting by mail should only be available to voters who are physically unable to get to the polls, explained Domingo Garcia, LULAC’s national president. 

Related: Can Biden turn out Latinos to vote? Advocacy groups aren’t sure.

But that holds back some voters — including minority and younger voters, Garcia said. And now, with the coronavirus, groups like LULAC argue there is even more reason to allow for a vote by mail.

“I don’t know if la abuelita or la tía, grandma or grandpa, you know, aunt and uncle, are they going to risk their lives to go wait an hour, two hours, three hours to vote?” he said. 

Latino voters historically prefer to vote in person, Vargas said. But he also doesn’t see an option but to expand access to voting by mail as the general election nears. 

“Latinos are much less likely to have had experiences voting by mail than non-Latinos,” he said. “So, unless voting by mail arrangements aren’t accompanied by very robust public education campaigns to adequately educate Latino voters about how to vote by mail, this may actually erect more barriers to people being able to vote.”

In late May, a US district judge moved to allow voting by mail for people concerned about the coronavirus. But an appellate panel put that on hold days later. 

Garcia says he likes to focus on small wins. LULAC’s next target state is Arizona, he added.  

“I keep thinking that mañana things will be better for Jose and Maria on Main Street, and for Billy Bob and Mary Sue on Main Street. ”

Domingo Garcia, national president, LULAC

“You know, I’m an eternal optimist,” he said. “I keep thinking that mañana things will be better for Jose and Maria on Main Street, and for Billy Bob and Mary Sue on Main Street. ”

Another win can be traced to the Dodge City case. It took two years, but the city now has three polling sites.

Rangel-Lopez, the plaintiff, who is now 19, is glad to see that but says voter suppression elsewhere is real.

“I’m very worried about what’s going to happen,” he said. “And there needs to be a lot more attention to this issue than what we’re currently giving it.”

This year, Rangel-Lopez will vote for the first time in a presidential election. He’s been reflecting on his achievement as a high school senior two years ago with the legal case over polling sites.

“You are never too young to be politically active or to affect change in your community, in your state or nationally,” he said.

Rangel-Lopez learned that lesson. Now, he wants to make sure other young people learn it, too.

Paul Kim – Christmas Love Lyrics

[Intro]
Just wanna love

[Verse 1]
하얀 크리스마스트리
반짝이는 조명 아래
몰래 준비한 너를
웃게해줄 선물

[Pre-Chorus]
조심스레 다가가서
Kiss 널 깨울래
내게 가장 고마운 선물
For you 노래 불러줄게

[Chorus]
Because of 넌
날 설레이게 해
매일이 내겐
Christmas eve
Because of 넌 날 미치게
Hey 곁에 있어 forever

[Post-Chorus]
하나뿐인 넌 나만의
Christmas love

[Verse 2]
오랫동안 기다려왔어
(One like you)
천천히 너에게
다가가 (Love)
힘껏 안아줄게

[Chorus]
Because of 넌
날 설레이게 해
매일이 내겐
Christmas eve
Because of 넌 날 미치게
Hey 곁에 있어 forever

[Post-Chorus]
가슴깊이 따뜻해져
찰나의 반짝이는

[Bridge]
불꽃이지 않기를

I give you my word
나만의 하나뿐인 별
절대 놓치지 않을거야

[Chorus]
Because of 넌
날 설레이게해
매일이 내겐
Christmas eve
Because of 넌 날 미치게
Hey 곁에 있어 forever

[Post-Chorus]
하나뿐인 넌 나만의
Christmas love

Sally Klein O’connor – Make Me A Window Lyrics

Make me a window
Catching Your glory
One of the pages
Telling Your story

Make me a wonder
A sign of Your kindness
A living reminder
You heal our blindness

Like a candle at midnight
Or a city lit up
All eyes are drawn to the view
Let Your love shine brightly
So people see clearly
The radiance in me is You

Make me Your mercy

For all who are broken
Cold cup of water
A word fitly spoken

A bush in the desert
Blazing with fire
A witness of splendor
And Heaven’s desire

Like a field of flowers
Caught in the moonlight
There’s a beauty that pierces us through
It’s part of the picture
A piece of the puzzle
Of longing that leads us to You

Night Flight Orchestra – Divinyls Lyrics

If I’ll ever see my story change
For something better
I will climb those stairs tonight
If the seas will part and the sun goes down
Through nasty weather
I will bring out what’s inside

Well, I know it’s empty, now
Though there’s so much you have longed for
Won’t you show me how to forget?

Tell me is it far? Now, I’m in the dark
Waiting for the light to change
Glancing at the stars, mending my own heart
Is it time to break the chains?
Now I will embark, making my own mark
Waiting for the world to quake
Tell me is it far, now I’m in the dark
Waiting for the light to change

In this moment I can sense the smell
Of broken feathers
Wings might be clipped, but I still see
Oh-oh…

Well, I know it’s empty, now
Though there’s so much you have longed for
Won’t you show me how to forget?

Tell me is it far? Now, I’m in the dark
Waiting for the light to change
Glancing at the stars, mending my own heart
Is it time to break the chains?
Now I will embark, making my own mark
Waiting for the world to quake
Tell me is it far, now I’m in the dark
Waiting for the light to change

Dreams of sound
My world spinning around
But tonight it’ll be over
Come take my hand

Tell me is it far? Now, I’m in the dark
Waiting for the light to change
Glancing at the stars, mending my own heart
Is it time to break the chains?
Now I will embark, making my own mark
Waiting for the world to quake
Tell me is it far, now I’m in the dark
Waiting for the light to change

Tell me is it far? Now, I’m in the dark
Waiting for the light to change

Jenn Bostic – Wrapped Lyrics

I AM SAVED. I AM LOVED
I AM WRAPPED IN THE ARMS OF GOD
I DON’T MIND WAITING, HIS KINGDOM COMES,
I AM WRAPPED IN THE ARMS OF LOVE

HERE IN THE WAITING, FATHER,
MY HEART IS ACHING FOR YOUR VOICE, SPEAK TO ME.
I BOW BEFORE YOU FATHER,
HERE IN THE MIDST OF ALL THIS NOISE, I RECEIVE

I AM NOT ALONE, I AM NOT ALONE,
YOU HEAR ME CRYING.
I AM NOT ALONE, I AM NOT ALONE

I AM SAVED. I AM LOVED
I AM WRAPPED IN THE ARMS OF GOD
I DON’T MIND WAITING, HIS KINGDOM COMES,
I AM WRAPPED IN THE ARMS OF LOVE

THE PRICE OF MY SALVATION, ALREADY HAS BEEN PAID FOR ME, FAITHFULLY
THIS LIGHT INSIDE KEEPS SHINING, NO MATTER HOW DARK IT MIGHT BE, I BELIEVE

I AM NOT ALONE, I AM NOT ALONE,
YOU HEAR ME CRYING.
I AM NOT ALONE, I AM NOT ALONE

I AM SAVED. I AM LOVED
I AM WRAPPED IN THE ARMS OF GOD
I DON’T MIND WAITING, HIS KINGDOM COMES,
I AM WRAPPED IN THE ARMS OF LOVE

IN THE ARMS OF LOVE, IN THE ARMS OF LOVE, JESUS, JESUS
IN THE ARMS OF LOVE, IN THE ARMS OF LOVE, JESUS, JESUS

I AM NOT ALONE, I AM NOT ALONE,
YOU HEAR ME CRYING.
I AM NOT ALONE, I AM NOT ALONE

I AM SAVED. I AM LOVED
I AM WRAPPED IN THE ARMS OF GOD
I DON’T MIND WAITING, HIS KINGDOM COMES,
I WILL KEEP WAITING, HIS KINGDOM COMES

Ant Clemons – Pinky Promise Lyrics

[Verse 1]
"When’s the last time", you said that last time
Was a first time for me
And when you’re tired of making all them wrong rights
You should leave time for me
When you need your fix
I could be your plug
When you get tired of lies
I could show you love
Give me your hands, I’ll take that lovely finger and I’ll lock it down
Pinky promise

[Chorus]
Promise not to make a promise I can’t keep
I’ll never do that to you so please, don’t do it to me
I’d never promise just to break a promise, that ain’t me
I’d never, ever break a pinky promise
Pinky promise
Promise not to make a promise I can’t keep
I’ll never do that to you so please, don’t do it to me
I’d never promise just to break a promise, that ain’t me
I’d never, ever break a pinky promise
Pinky promise

[Verse 2]
When you need a fix
I could be the plug
When you tired of lies
Let me show you love
When you need some time
Let me show you some
When it’s after two I can be the one
Bet the last time, you had a good night
It’s a long time to me
Swear it’s all right, here for the long ride
Come make a wrong right with me
Pinky promise

[Chorus]
Promise not to make a promise I can’t keep
I’ll never do that to you so please, don’t do it to me
I’d never promise just to break a promise, that ain’t me
I’d never, ever break a pinky promise
Pinky promise
Promise not to make a promise I can’t keep
I’ll never do that to you so please, don’t do it to me
I’d never promise just to break a promise, that ain’t me
I’d never, ever break a pinky promise
Pinky promise

21 Lil Harold – Freak Hoe Lyrics

[Intro]
You know I love me some thick booty hoes
I love my hoe to be nasty, freaky
(Kid Hazel on the beat)

[Verse 1]
Magic got the nasty bitches (Nasty bitches)
Allure got the classy bitches
O’Haras love the ratchet bitches (Love the ratchet bitches)
At Diamond, they showing ass and titties (Ass and titties)
And Wax got some ugly bitches but I still f*ck them bitches (I f*ck them bitches)

[Chorus]
You a freak bitch, hoe, you a freak hoe (21)
You’s a freak hoe (21), you a freak hoe (21)
Go and dance on that pole (Yeah)
You’s a freak hoe (21), you a freak hoe (21)
You a freak hoe, bitch

[Verse 2]
In Strokers, they be burnt out (Burnt out)
In Blaze, they be turnt out (Turnt out)
I’m tryna f*ck, bitch, why lie?
I came from that six side (From six)
Where them hoes selling drugs and they thugged out (They thugged out)

[Interlude]
Ooh, ahh, ahh
Ahh, ahh, ahh, love, yeah
Lovin’ your mouth
Ooh, ahh, ahh
Ahh, ahh, ahh, ooh, yeah
Lovin’ your mouth

[Chorus]
You a freak bitch, hoe, you a freak hoe (21)
You’s a freak hoe (21), you a freak hoe (21)

Go and dance on that pole (Yeah)
You’s a freak hoe (21), you a freak hoe (21)
You a freak hoe, bitch

[Verse 3]
I got one, two, three, four, five, six, seven
Eight bitches really all on my dick
I got three, five, seven, drop down, give you heaven
Follie’s bitches always talking shit (What you say, bitch?)
But they freaks though, they gon’ let you run a damn train
I’ma send it out, send it to my niggas in chain gang
We in Onyx, now the white hoes snortin’ cocaine
That’s a goddamn shame, take me back to Blue Flame

[Chorus]
You a freak bitch, hoe, you a freak hoe (21)
You’s a freak hoe (21), you a freak hoe (21)
Go and dance on that pole (Yeah)
You’s a freak hoe (21), you a freak hoe (21)
You a freak hoe, bitch

[Outro]
Well tonight we are less than 48 hours from the return of Freaknik, now that is the massive party known to shut down Atlanta streets in the name of a good time
And also, the same party that led to several shootings and sexual assaults, CS46 is bringing the latest from Atlanta with what we can expect this weekend
Goddamn freak, a goddamn freak (21)

Buc Fifty – Still Breathin’ Lyrics

[Hook]
Still breathin you never couldn’t get me stop dreamin’
I’m still breathin’ you never gettin’ even
You heathens I’m still breathin’

[Verse 1]
I run up in your spot like SWAT
Got more that a mots or black hot Glock
Did I shove in your mouth nonchalant
Soon as your jaw drop in your neighborhood watch
Looking like ??? with beat streak shock
But do as I say you won’t get fatally shot
Lay ozone and break a nigga and up wide
Speed ??? and money you recop
I get high with cops burn up sight like cyclops
Turn a heat up a notch more butter than scotch
And fruity as apricot why you hood let you had a block
They must have been high as astronaut
Time to close down shop you too can’t thanks a lot
I take my props program like robots
Tie you eighty knots before I shake good spot
And out on record time but seconds on a clock

[Hook: 2X]
It’s unbelieving but I’m still breathin’
You never couldn’t get me stop dreamin’
I’m still breathin’ you never gettin’ even
You heathens I’m still breathin’

[Verse 2]
Death I’m promotin’ anything less is insulting
When I start revolting show no fear if I get four hits
If they don’t start Michael Bolton
And act like Catholic spell start ???
Cause I’m a street general like ???
And back up off me is my slogan

Everyday I lift weights trying to get swollen
I’m still skinny look at me it ain’t showing
For f*ck me having muscles on me nigga i’m holding
Even if I get is big that nigga Coleman
I keep hand in my shirt like Napoleon
Strap strollin’ then my lap get frolin’
From birth to a hearse I die lokin’
Live for next yolkin’ that’s slang for choking
You out to your eyeballs pop and you crokin’
Show no emotion bust heads wide open
Left is don’t smoke like the end of the ???

[Hook: 2X]
It’s unbelieving but I’m still breathin’
You never couldn’t get me stop dreamin’
I’m still breathin’ you never gettin’ even
You heathens I’m still breathin’

[Verse 3]
I have well established reputation for violence
Arrange the usual reception for ???
??? slipping in my environment
I guaranteed on my seed early retirements
Put your ??? like fireman
Scientists can’t fated what I exist
Heaven forbid or opposite analyst
Don’t leave on my accounts stay I insist
You made you bet now you must dying it
And rhyme or let maneuver what I advised
The illest and Murder Villas we gotta feel us

[Hook: 2X]
It’s unbelieving but I’m still breathin’
You never couldn’t get me stop dreamin’
I’m still breathin’ you never gettin’ even
You heathens I’m still breathin’

A War Within – Home Is Where My Head Lays Lyrics

I could just stay here
In outer space
Gaze into your light
Like a moth that’s found its place

My stomachs sick from words I can’t remember
People changing like their oh so clever
This is not your fight
You had no right

Is this real life
Does anything matter
There’s no wrong or no right
When your world has been shattered
Take all that u want from me
All that’s left of me and climb that ladder
Is this a sign
That nothing else matters

A test of time
And sanity
Lips are aligned

With a zipper lock and key

Try not to be like our mothers and father’s
Words roll of our tongues that once were a bother
Rebel In Despite
Somethings just not right

Home is where my head lays
Yeah
Fully grown still my mind plays
It’s sad

Living a lie
Just one false move and theyre waiting for answers
Under the light
Everyone’s waiting for the next disaster
Argue and fight
Cause we all wanna see who gets there faster
To the finish line
The closer we get the less it matters

Paolo Benvegnu – Fiamme Lyrics

Noi siamo fiamme di immagini che volano
Siamo fiamme di immagini che volano
E gli occhi sono uguali a ieri nella realtà di un sogno
Che mi trascina via con sé
Siamo fiamme di immagini che volano
Noi siamo fiamme di immagini che volano
Che volano e confondono
Che volano e ritornano

Si attraggono e si sfiorano
Si incantano e divorano
Mi attraggono e mi sfiorano
Che inventano e migliorano
Insegnano ed esplorano
Proteggono e migliorano
Si spengono e migliorano
Si spengono e tradiscono
Mi attraggono e mi sfiorano

Bubblegum Lemonade – Number One For Christmas Lyrics

[verse 1]
You are an Angel to me
Sitting at the top of the tree
Forget the lies we’ve been sold
All that glitters is not gold

[Chorus]
You’re my number one for Christmas (number one)
Top of the Santa list
You’re my number one for Christmas (number one)
Top of the list

[verse 2]
Tumbled out of midnight mass
Behind the faces of the past
You held my hand on Snowman Hill
And when we kissed, the time stood still

[Chorus]

You’re my number one for Christmas (number one)
Top of the Santa list
You’re my number one for Christmas (number one)
Top of the list

[verse 3]
Early nights are drawing near
Getting dark at the end of the year
Waking up to another dawn
Then the lights, they all come on

[Chorus]
You’re my number one for Christmas (number one)
Top of the Santa list
You’re my number one for Christmas (number one)
Top of the list

Connie Smith – Baby’s Back Again Lyrics

BABY’S BACK AGAIN
Writer Betty Jean Robinson

This must be my lucky day baby’s back again
Said he’d never go away baby’s back again
Throw my troubles to the wind happiness come right on in
Cause baby’s back again
Eyes there’ll never be another teardrop
Lips he’s waiting just a kiss away
The future looks so bright everything’s alright
Since my baby’s home again to stay

This must be my lucky day…
I never saw the moon shine more brightly
All the stars came out tonight for me
He said he still loves me that’s all I need to know
Cause that’s the way a real love has to be
This must be my lucky day…
Cause baby’s back again oh yes my baby’s back again
Oh yes my baby’s back again

Moise The Dude – 6 Du Lyrics

[Couplet unique]
6 du, Paris la nuit, Paris, la rue
Mes mains sous sa jupe, mes mains sur son cul
J’lui précise que
Elle n’aurait pas mon cœur, elle n’aurait qu’ma queue
Et j’lui promets rien, en lui mordillant les seins
Et j’suis plus qu’honnête
Tout en étant une ordure de la pire espèce
Tout en étant les deux faces de la même pièce
6 du, beaucoup d’alcool dans les veines
Trop d’mélancolie dans les gènes
J’pense au passé qui r’viendra plus

J’pense au futur incertain, vu qu’à présent j’suis perdu
J’pense à c’qui coince et j’suis rincé
Je sais déjà qu’c’est terminé
Et elle s’inquiète et j’me marre
Pour une fois qu’c’est moi qui rentre tard
6 du, et tout bascule, l’histoire se répète
Adieu femme renarde, à bientôt brunette
Quelle vie hein ? Vie d’chien
A quoi ça tient ? Ça tient à rien

Parov Stelar – Summertime Lyrics (feat. Maya Bensalem)

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’
So hush little baby, Don’t you cry

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’
So hush little baby, Don’t you cry

Fergus & Geronimo – Where The Walls Are Made Of Grass Lyrics

Edible plants, berries and nuts
(like the Natives used to do!)
I’m gonna live totally free, escape everything I knew
Shitting in the woods, mud on my face
I am one with Mother Earth
Yelling at the moon, eating what I kill
It’s the dawn of my rebirth
Let’s build a house in a town where the walls are made of grass

Treating people rude, all organic food

(like the Natives used to eat)
Telling bums that I couldn’t spare a dime
Buy a paper I won’t eat
Picking paint swabs out, find the darkest grout
And tile for the master bath
The demolish site was ready overnight
One last tomb to clear the path
Let’s build a house over a grave made of steel, concrete, and glass

Imminence – Salt Of The Earth Lyrics

Our fathers that built this land
Is now broken and second hand
Our mothers that shaped this land
Is heart broken by its dead hand

Don’t let the colours blind you
Don’t
Don’t let the hatred find you

Cross the border
Welcome to your new home
Last in order
Welcome to being alone

There’s a flag that I love for what it was
It was a flag that I proudly raised because
It gave you freedom – but you hate it
They wave it back but with hatred

Our fathers that built this land
Is now broken and second hand
Our mothers that shaped this land
Is heart broken by its dead hand

They stand there with open arms
And closed hearts

Don’t want to see
Don’t want to know

Let it be, let the fire grow
Don’t want to see
Don’t want to know
Let it be, let the fire grow

Let the fire grow

There’s a flag that I love for what it was
It was a flag that I proudly raised because
It gave you freedom – but you hate it
They wave it back but with hatred

It gave you freedom – but you hate it

And just a glimpse of light
Can cloud that longing fright
Through and through that lasting blight
Through and through that lasting blight

Don’t let the colours blind you
Don’t let the hatred find you

And just a glimpse of light
Can cloud that longing fright
Through and through that lasting blight
Through and through that lasting blight

Ben West – Dust Lyrics

In quiet sorrow lies
On empty faces.

Now, of all the times
And of all the places.

Is this how it goes?
Is this how it goes?
I suppose.

I waited by the phone to hear another story.
Then prayed aloud and cried alone, like so many before me.

That’s how it goes.
That’s how it goes.
I suppose.

All we are is dust.
All we are is dust.

But no one understands that we can heavy hearted.
Cause no one sees their end ’till they’re right back where they started.

Don’t you know?
All we are is dust after all.
All we are is dust.
That’s how it goes.
That’s how it goes.

I suppose.

Dyscarnate – Cain Enable Lyrics

Once. more past the heretics gate, where harlots. and angels breed deceit in accordance
With his. word. it is they who shall ascend while the sons of the kingdom burn for the
Omnipotent. innocent, not proven guilty. they are surrounded by the celestial army
Bearers of the whitest standard, heralds of the purest note. marching again across
The mouth of hell, his harsh commands resound amongst crusaders
“pierce the flesh! send venom through their veins! bow! worship! massacre them in my name!”
Once more past the heretic’s gate-the seventh herald saw what was taught: as was the
Serpent raised in the wilderness, so must be the son of man; that who believes shall
Not perish-but suffer for eternity. disciples and deceivers herded together within
The walls that will become their tomb

Men who whimper for their brittle bones, which will soon be crushed into dust. stakes
Hammered into the ground upon which their women and children are impaled. upon the
Seventh passing, the walls crash to the ground-like a curtain falling upon the
Inhabitants final shreds of sanity. as was the serpent obliterated at his hands, so
Must be. the son of man. his final words of hatred call from the great heavens
The orders shimmer through the harsh wind like the blood that will surely follow
Once more past the heretic’s gate, where harlots and angels breed deceit in
Accordance with his word. sons of the kingdom burn for the omnipotent
“cut down the groves! break it into pieces! slaughter! crush! annihilate!”

Cliff Edwards – Thats My Weakness Now Lyrics

Love love love love
What did you do to me?
The things I never missed
Are things I can’t resist
Love love love love
Isn’t it plain to see?
I just had a change of heart
What can it be?

She’s got eyes of blue
I never cared for eyes of blue
But she’s got eyes of blue
And that’s my weakness now
She’s got dimpled cheeks
I never cared for dimpled cheeks
But she’s got dimpled cheeks
And that’s my weakness now

Oh my, oh me
I should be good, I would be good but gee

She likes to bill and coo
I never liked to bill and coo
But she likes to bill nad coo
That’s my weakness now
She likes rainy days
I never cared for rainy days
But she likes rainy days
And that’s my weakness now

She likes a vestibules

I never stood in a vestibule
But she likes vestibules
And that’s my weakness now

Oh gee, poor me
I can hear the clock striking one, two, three

She likes long good nights
I never had a long good night
But she likes long good nights
And that’s my weakness now

(vamping)

She’s got a Chevrolet
I never liked a Chevrolet
But she’s got a Chevrolet
And that’s my weakness now
She likes to drive in a certain way
I never drove in a certain way
But she likes to drive in a certain way
And that’s my weakness now

Oh my, oh me
I should be good, I would be good, but gee

She likes to park and play
I never liked to park and play
But I guess we’d better park and play
That’s my weakness now

Kevin Krauter – Shadow Boxing Lyrics

That lady in the sky is a full moon singing white
Tall shadow steps to cast while I’m walking round the whole night
Won’t be to scared to fall, yeah I’ll probably just float
You know that cold light’s just a reflection of the sun glow

There’s something calling out in the breeze where I do run
I’ll exit that vignette and I’ll step into a new one
One moment there then and suddenly I’m carried off, the breeze is gone

My morning star broke up
I’m shadowboxing angel dust
Float my glory cloud back to the sky
And I cry, “there is a place for us”
But waking up this seems undone
And leaves me alone and wondering why

She’s looking through the glass at a white face passing by

This memories got hands that I’ll kiss until the sun shines
My shadow grows and then disappears into the night
Want to surround myself want to feel it like the last time

There’s something calling out and it finally came through
Last night that dream I had reoccurs as they are known to
What I thought was is not what is it’s just a face that I once knew

My morning star broke up
I’m shadowboxing angle dust
Float my glory cloud back to the sky
And I cry, “there is a place for us”
But waking up this seems undone
And leaves me alone and wondering why

Michele Morrone – Hard For Me Lyrics

You keep telling me that I am free to go
But I am addicted to you
It’s a lie
It’s a lie
It’s a lie

When I’m not here, you’re alone
Can you walk by your own?
Don’t you lie
Don’t you lie
Don’t you lie

And I think you should know
That I won’t let it go
It was like a million times
I’m singing a lullaby
And I think you should know
That I won’t let it go
I thought that it was enough
But I don’t wanna say goodbye
And I think you should know
It was hard to say

Every minute that we spent together
Doesn’t matter for you
It’s a lie

It’s a lie
You’re a liar

Every time you wanna walk the door
I don’t blame you
I don’t blame you

And I think you should know
That I won’t let it go
It was like a million times
I’m singing a lullaby
And I think you should know
That I won’t let it go
I thought that it was enough
But I don’t wanna say goodbye
And I think you should know
And I think you should know

Hard for me
Hard for me
It wass hard for me
Hard for me
Hard for me
It was hard for me
Hard for me
Hard for me
Yeah it’s hard for me

Joe Arroyo – Cantinero Lyrics

Cantinero sirva el trago
Cantinero sirva el trago
Que me voy a emborrachar
Que me voy a emborrachar

Ay, cantinero sirva el trago
Cantinero sirva el trago
Que me voy a emborrachar
Que me voy a emborrachar

¿Y tú que vas a tomar?

Que me den un trago de vino
Que me den un trago de ron
Para mí un trago de Ñeque
Para mí un trago de Whisky
Para mí un trago de Caldas
Para mí un trago de cerveza
Para mí un trago de Ñeque
Para mí un trago de Whisky

¿Y tú que vas a tomar?
A mí que me den un tinto
Pero que me lo den con blablala…

Guayabo el de Nicolás
Guayabo el de Nicolás
Guayabo el de Nicolás
Guayabo el de Nicolás

Y a mí no me digan nada porque yo…

Oye cachaco Correa
¿Y del Barrio Abajo qué?
Eh, eh, eh

Cantinero sirva el trago
Cantinero sirva el trago
Que me voy a emborrachar
Que me voy a emborrachar

Ay, cantinero sirva el trago
Cantinero sirva el trago
Que me voy a emborrachar
Que me voy a emborrachar

¿Y tú que vas a tomar?

Que me den un trago de vino
Que me den un trago de ron
Para mí un trago de cerveza
Para mí un trago de Ñeque
Para mí un trago de Whisky
Para mí un trago de Caldas
Para mí un trago de Ñeque
Para mí un trago de Whisky

¿Y tú que vas a tomar?
A mí me das otro tinto
Pero con bastante blablabla…

Guayabo el de Nicolás
Guayabo el de Nicolás
Guayabo el de Nicolás
Guayabo el de Nicolás

¡Uy!, en la Plaza Majagual
¡Sincelejo!
¿Cómo?