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Uce Lee & T.f. – Westside Stupid Lyrics (feat. Schoolboy Q)

[Intro]
What up, hoes?
Lee made this

[Verse 1]
I’m from the Westside
I can’t trust her if she lightskin
I keep a burner and a bubble on my nightstand
Yeah, it’s crazy how your wobble got you tied in
‘Cause your homies, they gon’ kill ya if you ride the Benz
Woah, with the dollars
I could’ve bought a Beamer but I had to go Impala
Yeah, this bitch a Nina but it’s rocking like a choppa
I call that Aquafina, p*ssy drippin’ like it’s water
Wait, look, ayy, ayy
I empty that [?] and I turn that to a bank
I’m talking ’bout, I’m talking ’bout that shoe wash, nigga
I remember in that county, yeah, I flip flop niggas
K5, LAX, I flew by niggas
To live and die in L.A, I feel like 2Pac, nigga
Look, I said I flew by niggas
Westside when we ride, I feel like 2Pac, nigga

[Chorus]
Bitch, I go Westside stupid (Bitch, I go Westside stupid)
Westside stupid (Westside stupid)
Bitch, I go Westside stupid (Bitch, I go Westside stupid)
Westside stupid (Westside stupid)
I’m from the Westside, what a best die
Who up next? Step up like your test fire
I’m from the Westside, throw your cents, ah
Nigga, we bustin’ checks, ah

[Verse 2]
That ain’t my gun, go stupid
All bred, my car look [?]
Suckin’ niggas out, we at the mall
My nigga need it all, you steady hittin’ the blocks
Hang on with them niggas, life settings, I give you death
Then you turn to 6ix9ine when you really should pay to laugh
Once I got put on, my nigga, I fell in love
Got this .38 snug, but you bragging about your plug
Holla that, T.F, he saved homies who’s in they feelings
So I put up to the set to save niggas who’s [?] bitches, huh
How we [?] in double lamps?
I would jump out to fit this into a Benz
I know we beefin’ enough, but I gotta win, ayy, yeah, brr
Big shit poppin’, floss ain’t got it
Bitch ass nigga slow been solid
Bitch gone, nigga, fixed up nothing

[Chorus]
Bitch, I go Westside stupid (Bitch, I go Westside stupid)
Westside stupid (Westside stupid)
Bitch, I go Westside stupid (Bitch, I go Westside stupid)
Westside stupid (Westside stupid)
I’m from the Westside, what a best die
Who up next? Step up like your test fire
I’m from the Westside, throw your cents, ah
Nigga, we bustin’ checks, ah

Daniel Nunnelee – Put Me In The Ground Lyrics (feat. Austin Sawyer)

Same jeans I wore yesterday
Same clothes put on a different way
Same hand with a heart that’s gone astray
Same problems just give ‘em different names

So pack up your suitcase dear I was
Trying to go before the sun goes down
One more day of going through the motions gonna put me in the ground
I swear it’s gonna put me in the ground

Same walls it just doesn’t feel like home
Same words just in a different tone
Same bed with a wall between our bones
Same girl but I’m better on my own

So pack up your suitcase dear I was
Trying to go before the sun goes down
One more day of going through the motions gonna put me in the ground
So pack up your suitcase dear I was
Trying to go before the sun goes down
One more day of going through the motions gonna put me in the ground
I swear it’s gonna put me in the ground

Close the door, leave the keys on the island
It’s not my fault you didn’t know what good-bye meant

Close the door, leave the keys on the island
It’s not my fault you didn’t know what good-bye meant
Close the door, leave the keys on the island
It’s not my fault you didn’t know what good-bye meant
Close the door, leave the keys on the island
It’s not my fault you didn’t know what good-bye meant

Yeah, yeah

(It’s not my fault, it’s not my fault, it’s not my fault)

So pack up your suitcase dear I was
Trying to go before the sun goes down
One more day of going through the motions gonna put me in the ground
So pack up your suitcase dear I was
Trying to go before the sun goes down
One more day of going through the motions gonna put me in the ground
I swear it’s gonna put me
I swear it’s gonna put me
I swear it’s gonna put me in the ground

Close the door, leave the keys on the island
It’s not my fault you didn’t know what good-bye meant

Ufo361 & Celine – Emotions 2.0 Lyrics

[Songtext zu „Emotions 2.0“]

[Intro: CÉLINE & Ufo361]
Ey, yeah-yeah, ey, na-na-na
Ey, yeah-yeah, rich-rich, ey
Ey, yeah-yeah (Ihr wisst Bescheid, ja)
Na-na-na (CÉLINE)
Ey, yeah-yeah (Ja)

[Hook: CÉLINE & Ufo361]
Baby, nimm ein’n Schluck
Dom P. für die Emotions
Ich erhöhe deine Dosis
So viel Schmuck
Mehr Drip als ein Ocean
Meine Drinks sind frozen
Nimm ein’n Schluck
Dom P. für die Emotions
Ich erhöhe deine Dosis
So viel Schmuck
Mehr Drip als ein Ocean
Meine Drinks sind frozen

[Part 1: CÉLINE & Ufo361]
Fiji-Wasser in mei’m Eisfach (Ja, alles Ice)
Du und ich auf meiner Couch
Ruf’ dich nicht, weil ich dich brauch’
Sondern, weil ich wieder Zeit hab’ (Ja, ja)
Ich hol’ dich um fünf ab
Jibbits auf der Rückbank (Leggo)
Wir hör’n „Swim Good“ – Frank Ocean (Ey)
Wir fahr’n in der Nacht durch 104
Noch ‘n Zug, wir erhöh’n unsre Dosis
Ein Zug für die Emotions

[Pre-Hook: CÉLINE & Ufo361, Ufo361]
Und die Skyline wird rosa (Ja, ja, ja)
Wieder high, seit ‘nem Monat (Ja, ja, ja)
Ja, trinken Weißwein mit Soda (Ja)
Doch du weißt, ich muss bald wieder los (Ja, ja, ja, ja, ja)

[Hook: CÉLINE & Ufo361, Ufo361]
Baby, nimm ein’n Schluck
Dom P. für die Emotions (Ja, ja)
Ich erhöhe deine Dosis
So viel Schmuck (So viel Schmuck)
Mehr Drip als ein Ocean (Drip)
Meine Drinks sind frozen (Ja, ja, ja)
Nimm ein’n Schluck (Dom P.)

Dom P. für die Emotions (Ja, ja)
Ich erhöhe deine Dosis
So viel Schmuck (So viel Schmuck)
Mehr Drip als ein Ocean (Mehr Drip)
Meine Drinks sind frozen

[Part 2: Ufo361 & CÉLINE]
Baby, ja, ich kauf’ dir Diamonds (Diamonds)
Mach’ dich zu dem, was du sein willst (Was du—, was du sein willst)
Bring’ dich zu den Fiji Islands (Ey, ja)
Chanel-Tasche timeless, ey (Stay High)
Baby, zeig mir, wie du danct (Wie du danct)
Fast Lane, nein, sie will nicht, dass ich brems’ (Skrrt, skrrt, ha-ah)
Zu viel Rauch, denn das Cali-Weed brennt (Stay High)
Stay High, Dom P. für die Gang (Für die—, für die Gang)
Baby, komm, wir fliegen, Private Jets
(Wir sind drunk, wir sind drunk, wir sind drunk, ey)
Eliantte, so viel Ice um mein’n Neck
(Wir sind drunk, wir sind drunk, wir sind drunk, ja, ja, ja, ja)

[Hook: CÉLINE & Ufo361, Ufo361 & CÉLINE]
Baby, nimm ein’n Schluck (Ha-ah)
Dom P. für die Emotions (Ja, ja)
Ich erhöhe deine Dosis
So viel Schmuck (So viel Schmuck)
Mehr Drip als ein Ocean (Ihr wisst Bescheid, ja, ja)
Meine Drinks sind frozen
Nimm ein’n Schluck (Nimm ein’n Schluck, rich-rich)
Dom P. für die Emotions (Ja, ja)
Ich erhöhe deine Dosis
So viel Schmuck (So viel Schmuck)
Mehr Drip als ein Ocean (Ja, ja, ja, ja)
Meine Drinks sind frozen (Ja, ja, ja, ja)

[Outro: Ufo361]
Stay High, Stay High

Bandgang Lonnie Bands – Bracking Lyrics (feat. Sada Baby)

[Intro: BandGang Lonnie Bands]
Whew, whew, bitch, SG, ayy (Reuel, stop playin’ with these niggas)
Huh, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey

[Chorus: BandGang Lonnie Bands]
Was brackin’ P’s, makin’ choppers jump like a trampoline
Lemon squeeze, already stocked on that XD
Tangerines, three hundred pills get you thirty keys
Mama mad at me ’cause she know her son stuck up in these streets

[Verse 1: BandGang Lonnie Bands]
Seen a hundred G’s way before a rap check, huh
I paid twenty-one for these Roxys, nigga, blackjack, huh
I don’t get sleepy, I put opps to nap nap
Ain’t pay to get you popped, I just gave my dawg a hand dap
Huh, I’m the motherf*ckin’ general, it get critical
Boy, you know it’s surgical if I gotta get physical
My dawgs into takin’ souls, they so spiritual
And yeah, I’m still sellin’ hoes, they f*ck for a slip or two
Huh, I think I’m Skuba Steve, surf down your block with these .223s, huh
Ain’t no future in your front, and I’m like MT, breathe
I’m gon’ walk up on your ass, I don’t need no infrared beam
Huh, BG, SG, huh, WSP

[Verse 2: Sada Baby]
Slide to your hood just to threaten niggas, huh
Nah, I’m cappin’, get to scrappin’, get to stretchin’ niggas, huh
Put that money on your head or we could bet it, nigga, huh
Poody got me out my contract, I’m pressin’ niggas

And who gon’ check a nigga? Huh, disrespect a nigga, hah
I be done left a nigga, huh, right where I met a nigga, hmm
Dump the extras out the clip for any extra nigga, huh
Law and Order with that bop, he a special victim
I pop three Percocets to sex them bitches
We sell bricks in my trap to bless the business
Water gun a whole crime scene, we wet the witness
Especially if them niggas look like they gon’ get to snitchin’, huh
R.I.P. to Kobe Bryant, know the game gon’ miss him, huh
He probably came helicopter avoid you lame niggas
I be done came at you, tried to shoot you in your face with it
I be done came on your bitch ass and her face with it, ooh
Freaky Kuz’ll f*ck you up, I ain’t gon’ play with it, huh
Red bandana my right leg, know I stay with it, mmh
Up and under, baseline, Doctor J with it
Pull up in a rental with the drank and the Dracs in it, huh

[Chorus: BandGang Lonnie Bands]
Was brackin’ P’s, makin’ choppers jump like a trampoline
Huh, tangerines, three hundred pills get you thirty keys
Mama mad at me ’cause she know her son stuck up in these streets
Hey, was brackin’ P’s, makin’ choppers jump like a trampoline
Huh, tangerines, three hundred pills get you thirty keys
Mama mad at me ’cause she know her son stuck up in these streets (Huh, hey)

Juice WRLD – Blowing Up Lyrics

Play this song

[Intro]
Yeah
Got the world blowin’ up (Got the world blowin’ up)
Got the world goin’ up (Got the world goin’ up)
Woah

[Chorus]
Got the world blowing’ up, like it’s Doomsday (Bitch it’s Doomsday)
Matter fact, fuck that boy it’s Juice Day (Bitch it’s Juice Day)
Got the world blowing’ up, like it’s Doomsday (Bitch it’s Doomsday)
Matter fact, fuck that boy it’s Juice Day (Bitch it’s Juice Day)
Got the world blowing’ up, like it’s Doomsday (Bitch it’s Doomsday)
Matter fact, fuck that boy it’s Juice Day (Bitch it’s Juice Day)
Got the world blowing’ up, like it’s Doomsday (Bitch it’s Doomsday)
Matter fact, fuck that boy it’s Juice Day (Bitch it’s Juice Day)

[Verse 1]
I stay turning up (Boy I stay turning up)
I turn up everyday now (Turn up every fucking day now)
I got them Red Octobers on my feet
I got the new attire, feeling like I’m Ye now (Feeling like I’m Yeezus)
I’m whipping all that ye now (Woah, woah, woah)
I’ve been whipping, whipping, whipping like a slave now (Woah, woah, woah)
My niggas got that cake now
Talking stupid, I’ma put you in a grave now (I’ma put you in a grave now)
You know I’m turning up now
I turn up every damn day
You know you get shot down (Get your ass shot)
If you fucking with my pay (Fucking with my pay)
And all my niggas go dumb (My niggas go dumb)
Every single damn day
If your nigga want some
Tell him I’ll be on my way

[Chorus]
We got the world blowing’ up (We blowing up), like it’s Doomsday (Like it’s Doomsday)
Matter fact, fuck that boy it’s Juice Day (Bitch it’s Juice Day)
Got the world blowing’ up, like it’s Doomsday (Like it’s Doomsday)
Matter fact, fuck that boy it’s Juice Day (Bitch it’s Juice Day)
Got the world blowing’ up, like it’s Doomsday (Like it’s Doomsday)
Matter fact, fuck that boy it’s Juice Day (Bitch it’s Juice Day)
Got the world blowing’ up, like it’s Doomsday (Bitch it’s Doomsday)
Matter fact, fuck that boy it’s Juice Day (Bitch it’s Juice Day)

[Verse 2]
Still going in
Now I’m getting paid now
I’m tryna fuck the world
Get that money, fuck around and she get raped now
I’m tryna get the money bae
And I’ma get it and if I don’t then I’ma take now
We gotta stay together bae
These niggas talking I ain’t even tryna break down
But I might just have a break down
You know I like to spaz now
I never gave a fuck about anything
Teachers on my nerves up in class now
But I’m on your ass now (Bitch I’m on your ass now)
You know I need this cash now (You know I need this cash now)
You run up that’s okay, I got a ‘K
I’m finna spray, so I’mma make a nigga back down
I’m only 16, feeling like a grown man
No father in my life, it’s okay, it’s alright, nigga I’m my own man

[Chorus]
I got the world blowing up, bitch it’s Doomsday (Doomsday)
Matter fact, fuck that, boy it’s Juice Day (Juice Day)
The world blowing up, bitch it’s Doomsday (Bitch it’s Doomsday)
Matter fact, fuck that, boy it’s Juice Day (Juice Day)
The world blowing up, bitch it’s Doomsday (Bitch it’s Doomsday)
Matter fact, fuck that, boy it’s Juice Day (Bitch it’s Juice Day)
The world blowing up, bitch it’s Doomsday (Bitch it’s Doomsday)
Matter fact, fuck that, boy it’s Juice Day
The world blowing up

[Outro]
I got the world turning up
I got the world blowing up
Juice The Kidd blowing up
Nigga and you know what’s up
I got your girl in the cut and she choosing
I got your girl in the cut and she choosing
Cause the world blowing up like Doomsday
The world blowing up

Cyndi Lauper – Rats Lyrics

Play this song

[Verse 1: Cyndi Lauper]
Sneaking around in the dark
I know you’re there somewhere
You’re just like a pin stuck in my heart
Just because I know you’re there
Oh mom, don’t be mean, don’t be cruel, don’t you care?
Cause mom, that look in your eyes makes me scared

[Chorus: Cyndi Lauper and Teddy Sinclair]
Rats, they’re everywhere but you just can’t see
You eat our food then they spread disease
They’re in our trash then they’re on a tree
(Don’t kill the rat, he can stay with me)
(Don’t pay the rent, and the place ain’t cheap)
Rats, they’re smart and full just like you and me
Rats, they love their moms and their families
Rats
(Don’t kill the rat, he can stay with me)
(Don’t pay the rent, and the place ain’t cheap)

[Chorus: Cyndi Lauper and Teddy Sinclair]
Rats, they’re everywhere but you just can’t see
You eat our food then they spread disease
They’re in our trash then they’re on a tree
(Don’t kill the rat, he can stay with me)
(Don’t pay the rent, and the place ain’t cheap)

[Outro: Cyndi Lauper]
Can’t stay with me!
Can’t stay with me!

Te Dness – 7am Out Of Town Lyrics

[Intro]
Yeah
I-I just, I just hope it ain’t too heavy on the heart
Ay

[Verse]
Still effortless, I’m still the best at this
Rap’s still my preference in search of musical eminence
I changed my etiquette, based on establishment
6FM, you little niggas ain’t established yet

Lil brodie in that Ford Focus, clutch burning
Just tryna see a mill before he touch thirty
I came in late when I had to be up early
Too much time invested in niggas that weren’t trustworthy but

(Yeah) I play the game, don’t change my friendships
I hope when you jump out to go shopping
She pull your glove compartment to check your paper work that we’re paying rented
Cah my G, you know how that goes

She be in the groupchat chattin’, darg, I got my groove back rappin’
Little man in jail now it’s steady but the food back slangin’
If I hit ’em with my new trap shit
Then I might just have the youts back dabbin’

But I’m tired of the lies, I’m tired of these tings
I’m tired of the time and how it flies when you blink
I’m tired of my life G, how do you think I feel
My little daughter reaching for my trap line when it rings

I change my mood and shit’s tense again
I wonder what the pastor did with uncle’s ten percent
Frequent flyer, I ain’t chilling on the ends again
Gave Warner more even though G just wanted ten percent

I’m tryna move my mother to an island with some seashells
She frets over my brother but we both know she means well
You know how many times I’ve prayed my bro won’t have to see scales
And only experience this trap shit through my street tales

But you ain’t spoke to God in months so how you managing?
You fake your faith for 140 characters
While all these sleepwalkers scream “woke”
The rich just getting richer, that mean everybody else just staying broke

These rappers came off tour and they got rich
Fam, I came off tour right back to this block shit
None of my fans are in these crowds, I been tryna get about
My plug my best friend but he can’t help me make my mother proud

Imma still need 36 on the 18, daughter need daycare
There’s dirty bricks in my daydreams, getting dirty money
I’ll go broke if I stay clean, the system don’t play fair
Bro, my portion’s smaller than fine dining at Mayfair, woo!

Axe Murder Boyz – Cantfxckwittus Lyrics

[Verse 1: Young Wicked]
I just been thinking bout all of the drama and all of the obstacles
Got my name all in your mouth like a popsicle all of that shit is comical
You might have never heard of the murderers but I guarantee that your Momma knows
Set em’ all up and I knock em’ all down like some dominoes

I see you rapping with millions Ima need all of those
I’m yelling vamanos
All of these rappers I’m killing them packages sending them back to they barrios
All in the game like Luigi and Mario making these (?) like (?)
Since I was 16 I’ve been booking these concerts and rocking ’em (?)

[Chorus: Young Wicked]
I hear them talking but I know them haters can never be us
Its making you salty the more that you (?)
Bitch you can’t f*ck with us
Yeah bitch you can’t f*ck with us
Bitch you can’t f*ck with us
Yeah keep up with none of us

[Verse 2: Bonez Dubb]
I’ve just been littering bitch you know that I will never stop
Like Robin Hood take from the rich they’ll make sure the deposit drop
I’m sick of you thinking you sick and be spitting in everyone’s face
I might be the one to shut you the f*ck up and put you in your motherf*cking place
Making the dough and be feeding the kids and you in the club looking low
Nobody remember your name I’m deep in the game and don’t give a f*ck about fame
(?) is dangerous thinking bout all of the hater(us)
Somebody should be thanking us cause a lot of your people the same as us
Murder them all

[Chorus: Young Wicked]

I hear them talking but I know them haters can never be us
Its making you salty the more that you (?)
Bitch you can’t f*ck with us
Yeah bitch you can’t f*ck with us
Bitch you can’t f*ck with us
Yeah keep up with none of us

[Verse 3: Jamie Madrox]
All of these ninjas and all of these bitches its not a career path just more bad decision
I’ve seen ’em all heard ’em all, none of em’ even come even close to the protocol just some ungrateful know-it-all’s
f*ck you and all of your shitty songs
No one gives a shit
No not at all including me George, Mike, Dustin, Paul, Otis, Bonez and this alcohol play a role and tell ’em pass it ’round
Call Blaze tell him bring 100 rounds
Honestly tired of being modest I’m just like f*ck ’em all I’m being honest
Know what I’m saying dog double down on the plot and the epilogue
I’m surrounded by family where I belong and I’m singing the words of this f*cking song (wooo!)
You bitches can not f*ck with anything that we do cause we do it the best
(?) follow leaders you know who we are were (?)
A little rough moving up (?) anything me and my people produce
You bitches is dead to us f*ck you go kill yourself put your bitch head up in the f*cking noose

[Chorus: Young Wicked]
I hear them talking but I know them haters can never be us
Its making you salty the more that you (?)
Bitch you can’t f*ck with us
Yeah bitch you can’t f*ck with us
Bitch you can’t f*ck with us
Yeah keep up with none of us [x2]

D-block Europe – Free 22 Lyrics

(Ooh, Jony)

[Dirtbike LB:]
Nothing good lasts, it will end in a minute
Love when you smile and I love when you winning
I need some help, on my lone and I’m thinking
Love when you smile and I love when you winning
I want your drugs and the love, I need both
I got some drugs in my Louis V coat
I pull up on niggas for racks that they owe
We outside for numbers and baby, they know (Baby, they know)

I pull my bitch to the side
I wish I could see my nigga just one more time (One More time)
I pull my bitch to the side (My bitch to the side)
I wish I could see my nigga just one more time (Nigga, just one more time)
I pull my bitch to the side
I wish I could see my nigga just one more time (More time)
I pull my bitch to the side (My bitch to the side)
I wish I could see my nigga just one more time (Nigga, just one more time)

She lovin’ my sweater, Tom Ford on my clothes
Still think the money won’t change me
I seen my nigga fall off for these hoes
And I still think this nigga gone crazy
Designer, the flowers, the powers is bud
Designers aince tablets, I mix it with more
I made mistakes, now I’m losing your love
Girl, be patient, please stay with me
Amiri jeans, whips with the same GD
Audemars Patek with the same VV
I stole your heart, girl, stay with me
I think she play with me
p*ssy so tight, got me buying LV
p*ssy so tight, can you stay with me?
I just spent twenty-five, five on V’s
I just spent plenty time, time on me
Love more trap, will they hear me now?
Virgil, this t-shirt ain’t even out
I got therapy so they hear me out
I need help, someone make me feel better now
I got the devil inside, can I let him out?
Louis, my luggage I’m flying out
I just Dior my trainers, I’m flyer now
We ain’t seeing the opps when we’re riding out

Nothing good lasts, it will end in a minute
Love when you smile and I love when you winning
I need some help, on my lone and I’m thinking
Love when you smile and I love when you winning
I want your drugs and the love, I need both
I got some drugs in my Louis V coat
I pull up on niggas for racks that they owe
We outside for numbers and baby, they know (Baby, they know)

I pull my bitch to the side

I wish I could see my nigga just one more time (More time)
I pull my bitch to the side (My bitch to the side)
I wish I could see my nigga just one more time (Nigga, just one more time)
I pull my bitch to the side
I wish I could see my nigga just one more time (More time)
I pull my bitch to the side (My bitch to the side)
I wish I could see my nigga just one more time (Nigga, just one more time)

[Young Adz:]
Broski a shooter, he look like he play for the Lakers
This shotty will wake up the neighbours
I haven’t seen you in some ages
I’m around strangers, need some familiar faces
This life is so draining
Coke in the pot, let it set like a cookie and then I just drain it
I got a brick of Adaan and a brick of madow
And I got different phones
Two different watches, I wear them two different time
I got two girls in different zones
I’m on the strip with a pole
Living so reckless, I got a stripper at home
I’m smoking hashish
She can’t take no pics, her daddy’s a G
Killed the game and f*cked it annually
My niggas in jail smoking amber the leaf, worst times
Said, "It ain’t never felt like that" since her first time
Rap star and we make birds fly
Now she wanna talk ’bout birth signs
Ex-boyfriend hate number 29
Now she sayin’ that she couldn’t pick no worse guy
I’ma run up some M’s with these works
Then put new burners and bricks on the curb

[Dirtbike LB:]
Nothing good lasts, it will end in a minute
Love when you smile and I love when you winning
I need some help, on my lone and I’m thinking
Love when you smile and I love when you winning
I want your drugs and the love, I need both
I got some drugs in my Louis V coat
I pull up on niggas for racks that they owe
We outside for numbers and baby, they know

I pull my bitch to the side
I wish I could see my nigga just one more time (More time)
I pull my bitch to the side (My bitch to the side)
I wish I could see my nigga just one more time (Nigga, just one more time)
I pull my bitch to the side
I wish I could see my nigga just one more time (More time)
I pull my bitch to the side (My bitch to the side)
I wish I could see my nigga just one more time (Nigga, just one more time)

Chronixx – Same Prayer Lyrics (feat. Kabaka Pyramid)

I-I, I-I
I-I, I-I Oh yeah
I-I, I-I
I-I, I-I

Jah Jah with me through everything
I have no fear for anything
You give me all the strength I need
To make it through this world I was born in
Rastafari is my peace of mind
Just thank you for your love and kindness
For every drop of air I breathe
And for waking me up this morning

And when I’m driving in the streets today
Please, Jah Jah, never leave my side
And every little same prayer I say
And now I’m saying it too, one more time
Driving through the streets, I pray
That Jah Jah, begging please, never, never leave I
Oh, never leave I and I

Rastafari be my eyes, I can’t see
All the possible things people could be
Jah Jah, be my guide ’cause I can only protect my flesh
But people wear disguises
Help me realize
Teach me love unconditionally
Can’t go around pree-ing everybody
The closest of friends will deceive you badly
I learned that Rastafari is my family

So when I’m driving in the streets today

Please, Jah Jah, never leave my side
And every little same prayer I say
And now I’m saying it too, one more time
When I’m driving through the streets, I pray
I’m begging you please, never leave I and I
Oh Jah Jah
(Don’t you leave)

When I am going out, and then I been coming in, please watch over I
Protect my family when I’m not local, I
When driving through these streets, keep my focus right
No oversight, a buckle feel is so much life
But with you as my guide and shield
Any pain I might feel, time will heal, yeah
It’s a joy to know it’s signed and sealed
Confident in the victory
Anytime you’re sinning

Driving in the streets today
Please, Jah Jah, never leave my side
And every little same prayer I say
And now I’m saying it too, one more time
When I’m driving in the streets, I pray
Jah Jah, never, never leave I and I
Yeah

I-I, I-I, oh, Jah Jah, please
I-I, I-I
I-I, I-I
I-I, I-I

(Never, never)

Chloe X Halle – Tipsy Lyrics

I’ve been crucified, darling
Ghost hunt me like New Orleans
I’ve been charged with murder
‘Cause someone wanna push me further
I’ll hit you where it hurts, yeah
If you don’t put me first, yeah
And I don’t give no apologies
If you lose a life that’s not on me, yeah

Better babe, you better treat me better
Better than those other guys who change up like the weather, yeah
It is such a shame that they went missing, they can’t find ’em now
Oh, I wonder how, I accidentally put them in the ground, yeah

I might be a little tipsy on your love
Makes me a little crazy but so what
You’re strumming on my heart strings, don’t be dumb
If you love your little life then don’t f*ck up

I’ll take you to the afterlife, boy if you ain’t acting right
Key your car and crash the light, hit your head I’m not polite

Then I’ll hunt down your family, let ’em know bout the tragedy
Who do it? A mystery, but you know that it, it was me, yeah

Better babe, you better treat me better
Better than those other guys who change up like the weather, yeah
It is such a shame that they went missing, they can’t find ’em now
Oh, I wonder how, I accidentally put them in the ground, yeah

I might a be little tipsy on your love
Makes me a little crazy but so what
You’re strumming on my heart strings, don’t be dumb
If you love your little life then don’t f*ck up

Don’t you mess up, don’t you mess up, baby no
Don’t be dumb boy, in your ear like a radio
All my bad girls, shake a little ass if you’re crazy
Yeah, we just having fun

I might a be little tipsy on your love
If you love your little life then don’t f*ck up

James Blake – I’ll Come Too Lyrics

I’m gonna say what I need
If it’s the last thing I do
I do, I do, I do
I knew that kind of mood
I’ve thrown my hat in the ring
I’ve got nothing to loose
With you, with you, with you
I knew that kind of mood

I’ll go under your wing
I’ll slow write in between the
Cracks between you and him
I don’t wanna go home
Shall we drive from zone to zone
I wouldn’t do this on my own
But I’m not on my own tonight

Oh, you’re going to New York?
I’m going there
Why don’t I come with you
Oh, you’ve changed to L.A.?
I’m going there, I can go there too

I’m gonna say what I need
If it’s the last thing I do
I do, I do, I do
I knew that kind of mood
I’ve thrown my hat in the ring
I’ve got nothing to loose
With you, with you, with you
I knew that kind of mood

I’ll go under your wing
I’ll slow write in between the
Cracks between you and him
I don’t wanna go home
Shall we drive from zone to zone
I wouldn’t do this on my own
But I’m not on my own tonight

Oh, you’re going to the brink?
I’m going there
Why don’t I come with you
You don’t care what they think
I’m getting there, I can get there too

I’m gonna say what I need
If it’s the last thing I do
I do, I do, I do
I knew that kind of mood
I’ve thrown my hat in the ring
I’ve got nothing to loose
With you, with you, with you
I knew that kind of mood

I’ll go under your wing
I’ll slow write in between the
Cracks between you and him
I don’t wanna go home
Shall we drive from zone to zone
I wouldn’t do this on my own
But I’m not on my own tonight

Currents – Never There Lyrics

I thought of reaching out, we could take this slow
Hesitation turned to habit, never made the call
No branch to break my fall
I’d have so much to tell you, but I

Drink till I can’t blink
And I fill my brain with holes
My voice is worse for wear
Because I lost my self control
I’ve lost my hope

Now I don’t want to say I’m scared
Cause I don’t want you to think
That this life I slave away for

Is what brings an end to me

But now I’m walking through my life with a clenched up fist
Holding back the tears and feelings that I never spent
I try to find a purpose or a path to set
But I’ve only found the void and so I

Drink till I can’t blink
And I fill my brain with holes
Because the place that I feel safest
It was never there
Never there at all

Anuka – Paper Trail Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Tryouts and tribulations
My heart disintegrated
‘Cause you and I were never real
Should’ve left a paper trail
Could run the truth any further
Been into me like i’ve commited murder
Right now i need a holy grail
Should’ve left a paper trail

[Drop]
Should’ve left a, should’ve left a
Should’ve left a paper trail
Should’ve left a, should’ve left a
Should’ve left a paper trail
Should’ve left a, should’ve left a
Should’ve left a paper trail

[Verse 2]
Love me under false pretenses
Spreading lies like propaganda
Made it seem like i was in the wrong
Now i can find the smokin’ gun
You claim you are a faithful partner
But now I’m the one that’s still in time on my charges
You’re trouble like a hit and run

Now i can find the smokin’ gun

Tell the [?] they can see it
I’m just a [?]
You could surrender but you never will
Because you never left a paper trail

[Drop]
Should’ve left a, should’ve left a
Should’ve left a paper trail
Should’ve left a, should’ve left a
Should’ve left a paper trail
Should’ve left a, should’ve left a
Should’ve left a paper trail

Tell the [?] they can see it
I’m just a [?]
You could surrender but you never will
Because you never left a paper trail

Should’ve left a, should’ve left a
Should’ve left a paper trail
Should’ve left a, should’ve left a
Should’ve left a paper trail
Should’ve left a, should’ve left a
Should’ve left a paper trail

Paul Kim – Dear My Love Lyrics

낯익은 꽃집을 지나다
코끝에 와닿은 추억
시원한 바람이 참 좋아

또 문득 네가 생각나
매일 지나치던 내 흔한 하루에
깊숙이 스며있는 너의 향기

널 보고 싶어 내 사랑
네가 생각날때면 노랠 불러
목이 메어 나오지 않아도 난

가슴으로 노랠 불러 나의 널 불러
어느새 길어진 그림자
붉게 물든 저녁 노을

한적한 저녁 하늘 소리
모두 네가 생각나
나뭇잎 새로 비친 불빛 속에도

빼곡히 새겨놓은 너의 이름
부르고 싶어 내 사랑
네가 생각날때면 노랠 불러

들려주고 싶었던 가삿말
내 맘 다해 노랠 불러 나의 널 불러
달빛이 유난히 더 아름다워

혹시 지금 너도 보고 있을까
네가 보고 싶어 내 사랑
나의 하룰 빼앗은 단 한사람

목이 메어 나오지 않아도 난
가슴으로 노랠 불러
꼭 너에게만 들리게

Naod – Avengers Lyrics

[Refräng]
Vill du mötas baby vi kan gå å’ aah
Du sa jag har F.F baby vi kan aah
Tappar ba’ min fokus varje gång vi aah
Så baby möt mig så vi kan bara aah

[Vers 1]
Varje gång hon väcker mig så är det aah, ey
Varje gång vi tjafsar löser vi med aah, ey
Varje gång hon pluggar stör jag så vi aah, ey
Och vi ser aldrig klart en film för vi ba’ aah
Bands will make her dance, å’ hon pull up med en ny benz
Pree me in min range, å’ hon vill bara vara i den
Hon sa hon va lojal men, åkte i vänsterfilen
Gamla birden blev lack, för hon såg mig med den nya
Nu snackar vi knappt, för hon catcha mig med tia
Shoppar med min nya bird, å’ hon e’ kvar i gallerian
Pizza i Paris, å hon e’ kvar i pizzerian
Här får du ett plåster, om jag såra dina känslor

[Refräng]
Vill du mötas baby vi kan gå å’ aah
Du sa jag har F.F baby vi kan aah
Tappar ba’ min fokus varje gång vi aah
Så baby möt mig så vi kan bara aah

[Vers 2]
Skolan gav inte g, så satt två på mitt bälte
Mina dom e’ inte bra, hatarna bara svälter
Nu jag har fyra shows, bara på två nätter
Å’ glider runt i en hästskon, å’ känner mig som en hjälte

Vet ni vad jag gör här, borde va’ i avengers
In the trap med batman, sen vi tagga på adventure
I put my girl in a mission, så hon fick följa med
Hon vill ba’ ha min attention, så jag gav henne de’
Sa till henne du e’ catwoman hon börja le
Nu jag visar henne stash:et och hon sa jag ser
Du har jobbat hårt ett tag, du bör koppla av
Kommer inte lugna mig, förrens jag lagt av
Och det kostar, å’ leva som jag
Å’ när det åskar, måste jag ha något kvar
In the trap med mitt lag, å’ det klart att vi vinner
Hatare har det knas, å’ ligger långt ifrån millen
Varje måltid gör mig glad, som jag äter happy meal, man
Så kom med mig baby å’ låt oss skapa minnen

[Refräng]
Vill du mötas baby vi kan gå å’ aah
Du sa jag har F.F baby vi kan aah
Tappar ba’ min fokus varje gång vi aah
Så baby möt mig så vi kan bara aah
Vill du mötas baby vi kan gå å’ aah
Du sa jag har F.F baby vi kan aah
Tappar ba’ min fokus varje gång vi aah
Så baby möt mig så vi kan bara aah

Gepe – Un Amor Violento Lyrics

[Letra de “Un amor violento”]

[Verso 1]
Cuando por primera vez te vi
Supe que el cielo era para ti y para mí
Y para ti, y para mí

Nunca más podré dormir
Nunca más podré soñar
Con nadie que
No seas tú

[Coro]
Gastaré toda mi vida
En comprar la tuya
Gastaré toda mi vida
Y más
Mucho más, mucho más
(Mucho más, mucho más)

[Verso 2]
El amor tendrá que esperar
Un buen rato para descansar
De tú y de mí
De tú y de mí

El amor tendrá que esperar

Un buen rato para descansar
De tú y de mí
De tú y de mí

[Coro]
Gastaré toda mi vida
En comprar la tuya
Gastaré toda mi vida
Y más
Y más

Gastaré toda mi vida
En comprar la tuya
Gastaré toda mi vida
Y más
Y más
Y más
Y más

[Verso 3]
Porque un amor violento nos deslumbró
Un amor violento nos fulminó
Un amor violento nos deslumbró
Un amor violento nos fulminó

Jeans – Llueve Sobre Mojado Lyrics

Hasta emparejar
Tu fantasía crónica
Con mi tozudez
Por sentir
El suelo en los pies
Tuvo que pasar
Bastante mas tiempo de un año y hoy
Si miro hacia atrás
Sin querer me asombro

Cae la lluvia sobre mojado
Antes de hoy nuca
Me amaron así
Cae la lluvia sobre mojado
Esta locura tendrá que seguir

Para compensar
Tanto entusiasmo natural

Me tuve que hacer
Fría mas
Que un iceberg
Debe ser verdad
Que en cuanto mas
Opuestos mas
Se atraen al final
Sin querer los polos

Cae la lluvia sobre mojado
Antes de hoy nuca
Me amaron así
Cae la lluvia sobre mojado
Esta locura
Debería seguir

Cae la lluvia sobre mojado…

Roney – Blm Lyrics

[Intro]
I don’t wanna go back to the trench
I don’t need my mama cryin’, stressin’ ’bout no rent
I’ve been through some times, I’on really wanna vent
Cop told me I’ma be lyin’ on a bench, dead
Where does it stop for us? I’on know
Gotta be one day though
(Steve Kroeger)

[Verse 1]
Where does it stop for us?
It’s hard for us, to rise up from the dirty dust
Ghetto life, nothin’ nice, someone gotta pray for us
Hard white is all a youngen knew growing up
Police brutality, shit ain’t nothin’ new to us
They said I ain’t experience shit ’cause I’m in Canada
Are you dumb? Man, this shit, it wasn’t adding up
Pop rounds, hit the block down, he was not found
Cops ’round, raid the whole scene and he stood ground
Beat trial, matter fact, he ain’t seen trial
Leave work, man, he’s somewhere on a beach now
One year, bounce back, he a police now
They would go crazy if that story was a street child
Boy, you got a criminal record, you gettin’ no job
That boy, he just killed my nigga, and he still a cop
Catch a floss, seen it all, police wanna see me fall
Dumb shit, in jail, searchin’ through these niggas’ drawers
Probably on some gay shit, CO’s probably gettin’ hard
Hit ’em wit’ a straight fist, my niggas go Jihad
Trump, he a dumb bitch, shoulda got impeached dawg
System’s so rigged, you don’t see it? Then you lost
People screamin’, “Black on black crime ain’t serious”
It’s blacks amongst blacks, so it’s black who we beefin’ wit’
Let me give you lessons ’cause the school’s ain’t teachin’ it
Racists kill racists, they around it, ain’t no racist shit
Stop there if you think B-L-M is not fair
All lives matter is not the same, we don’t care
From past years and mad tears, blacks grew wit’ mad fears
So right now we stand down, remind them that we here
We all humans, we get ruthless
Once they start to riot and they lootin’, want the fusin’

Shit is so confusin’, I don’t know now
I don’t wanna put my hands down
They tell him, “Freeze”, then he stop, what? He freeze to death?
Plant keys in your spot just to make arrest
They puttin’ knees in necks, watch you scream for breath
It’s not a test, don’t get a vest, they don’t shoot for chest
They shoot heads, shoot necks, then they try finesse
They say he fled, turn his back and became a threat
It’s bullshit but the laws already set wit’ them
They make the law, then break the law, that makes no sense

[Chorus]
I don’t wanna go back to the trench
I don’t need my mama cryin’, stressin’ ’bout no rent
I’ve been through some times, I’on really wanna vent
Cop told me I’ma be lyin’ on a bench, dead
Fifteen, all I wanted was a cheque
I ain’t do shit but they still tryna arrest
They ain’t find shit but they beat me in the head
Then they told me I’ll be lyin’ on a bench, dead

[Verse 2]
When lions don’t get it, they run for it then take it
Treat us like animals, lock us in cages
From Egypt wit’ them slave ships
Government, they’re racist
People try peaceful protest and then they mace them
Malcom X, Martin Luther King, they were some great men
[?] gone, Alwy got shot, he was like grade ten
George Floyd got his head crushed on the pavement
Say a prayer for the black man, nigga, amen

[Chorus]
I don’t wanna go back to the trench
I don’t need my mama cryin’, stressin’ ’bout no rent
I’ve been through some times, I’on really wanna vent
Cop told me I’ma be lyin’ on a bench, dead
Fifteen, all I wanted was a cheque
I ain’t do shit but they still tryna arrest
They ain’t find shit but they beat me in the head
Then they told me I’ll be lyin’ on a bench, dead

[Outro]
Ooh, no
Ooh, no
Ooh, no, no, no, no, no

Four Of Diamonds – Polaroid Lyrics

[Verse 1 – Lauren & All]
Let me tell you how it happened
I wasn’t looking for someone that night
Now I was never a believer
That you could fall in love at the first sight

[Pre-Chorus – Caroline &All]
But all of a sudden
We loved and got lost in the moment
All of a sudden
He’s gone in the flash of a light
I never was looking, mmm
I’ll be looking for the rest of my life

[Chorus – Four of Diamonds]
We took a Polaroid, you signed your name upon it
I put it in my wallet hoping I’d see your face again
We took a Polaroid, captured the look in your eyes
It’s only a matter of time before it starts fading
Mmm, mmm, mmm ooh

[Verse 2 – Sophia & All]
Was it my imagination? Ah ah
I could have swore I saw someone like you
A thousand people at the station, Ah ah
And in a second, you slipped out of view

[Pre-Chorus – Yasmin &All]
Then all of a sudden, ooh
I loved and got lost in the moment
All of a sudden, ooh
She’s gone in the blink of an eye
I never was looking, mmm
I’ll be looking for the rest of my life

[Chorus – Four of Diamonds]

We took a Polaroid, you signed your name upon it
I put it in my wallet hoping I’d see your face again
We took a Polaroid, captured the look in your eyes
It’s only a matter of time before it starts fading
Mmm, mmm, mmm ooh

[Bridge – Yasmin, Lauren, Caroline & Sophia]
We were dancing without moving
We were dancing without moving
All my friends are leaving me behind
Leaving me behind
I didn’t wanna catch a feeling
Didn’t wanna catch feelings
But there was something in the flashing light
In the flashing light

[Chorus – Four of Diamonds & Yasmin & Caroline]
We took a Polaroid, you signed your name upon it (you signed your name upon it)
I put it in my wallet hoping I’d see your face again (I put it in my wallet)
We took a Polaroid, captured the look in your eyes (look in your eyes)
It’s only a matter of time before it starts fading (matter of time)

[Outro – Lauren, Caroline, Sophia & Yasmin]
We took a Polaroid
You signed your name upon it
I put it in my wallet
Hoping I’d see your face again

T. Jack – Numb Lyrics (feat. A-Vert & Klow)

[Verse 1: Klow]
I said I’m lost in imitation, nigga tired of the faking
Destination ’round the world, a vacation’s what we taking
I’ve been saying, fry up on the beat just like a pan
Finest Muslim bitch with roots, she’s tracing to Iran
Open Bands what I’m prayin’ for, As-Salamu Alakyum though
Praying for the peace but niggas never seem to make it home
Really wish that I was stoned, probo always on my dome
Playing with my freedom, call my sister of the pay phone
Damn a nigga rantin’, see the rednecks out in Canton
And you know a nigga slidin’ cause the noose they get to tyin’
And a nigga scared of dying, visions of my momma crying
But I never let it happen, nigga always bout that action aye
What you need what you need for the bands huh?
Palm reader see the vision through my hands, yeah
Good p*ssy stretch it like a rubber band
Wanna call me Superman but nigga I ain’t write to Stan

[Verse 2: A-vert]
Said I see you on the ground with that ass, girl let me come through I don’t usually like to ask
No it’s really on you, I don’t need to smash ’cause baby I got options
Can’t be boxed in
I could beat it up like we motherf*ckin’ boxin’
Know I’m ten toes like, what the f*ck my socks in? I mean
What the f*ck in my socks? I done bought the barn like chicken pox
And I came from, sleeping on a cot

And I came from, sleeping on a couch
Get my name out yo mouth
Just gone pull up with that bounce
Used to pull up with them ounces, I ain’t get allowance til I…
(til I, til I)
Went and brought the pound in now I’m plottin…
Chauffeur and accountant
Heard faith can move a mountain
Give me change like a fountain

[Verse 3: T. Jack]
Focused on my riches
Gave me signs but then i missed it
Wrapped me up like stitches and she jumped inside my britches
Different perspective and angles, it’s a different vision
I can see it clearer but I don’t know what I’m missing
I’m too clean up in the kitchen like I’m washing dishes
I just really want it alI guess I’m too ambitious *uh*
Really crazy it’s familiar faces on my hit list
I’m inside my bag man they wish that they could get this
If you f*cking with us put a price up on ya soul (on ya soul)
Beating all the odds, I can’t find a better goal
Tryna break the mold, leave the pieces on the floor
Heard they creeping ‘fore we light up, gone and lock the door (gone and lock it)
So much on my mind, tell me what you wanna know
Expiration on my patience, this shit getting old
Take you back a year and I’m so numb that I can’t feel my toes
Just a year later I can’t find my heart like where’d it go

Teresa Romanowska survived Nazis, Soviets and cancer, but died of COVID-19

Teresa Romanowska survived Nazis, Soviets and cancer, but died of COVID-19

The pandemic is robbing the world of institutional memories of the past as older people fall victim to COVID-19. Indira Lakshmanan, the senior executive editor for National Geographic, shares her mother's story.

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Teresa Romanowska with her nanny Maria (center) and her brother Tom (left) on Tom’s pony, Kucka, in Choceń, Poland, 1933.

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Teresa Romanowska survived the German invasion of Poland in World War II, detention in a Nazi camp, Soviet oppression, emigration, divorce, cancer (twice) and a stroke. 

But on June 3, Romanowska, 89, died of the novel coronavirus, one of the more than 400,000 to fall victim to the pandemic that has upended the lives of people around the world. 

“She was someone with just an incredible and indomitable will to live and will to survive,” Romanowska’s daughter, Indira Lakshmanan, described her mother. “It’s just such a devastating disease — for it to take someone who had seemed basically indestructible … I’m still in shock about that. It doesn’t seem real.”

Indira Lakshmanan with her parents, T.R. Lakshmanan (left) and Teresa R. Lakshmanan (right), in 1970s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Lakshmanan is the senior executive editor for National Geographic. She had recently profiled her mother for the magazine as part of its June special edition on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. 

“I never met anyone who had survived so many disasters, and so many things that it feels like would bring down anyone human,” Lakshmanan said. “And for her to ultimately have been felled by the coronavirus, well, it brings it home really painfully.”  

Related: Coronavirus most challenging crisis since World War II, UN says

Romanowska’s resilience was evident from a young age, when Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939.

“My mom was only 8 years old when she was essentially robbed of her childhood,” Lakshmanan said.

Teresa, age 8, shortly before the outbreak of World War II in 1939.

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Romanowska experienced the terror of an air attack. She cowered in a basement as she heard soldiers fight and die in her front yard. She saw a Jewish neighbor shot dead by Nazis and her father taken away. She fled with her mother and brother after they were thrown out of their home, taking only what they could carry, with a few things thrown into a baby carriage. 

Lakshmanan says her mother always recounted one particular story of the invasion. 

“[She] had this beloved stuffed fox that she slept with. She was clutching it when she first heard the German barrage. And when the soldiers came and forced her and her mother and brother out of their house …  she was holding on to that fox. And the German soldier saw it and grabbed the stuffed fox out of my mother’s hands.”  

The Nazi soldier stuck it on top of his truck like a trophy. 

“It was essentially a perverse trophy to the subjugation of other humans,” Lakshmanan said. 

Related: Giselle Cycowicz shares her story of surviving the Holocaust 

Romanowska was not Jewish, but Nazi ideology considered Polish Catholics “subhumans,” who needed to be cleared away to create more living space for the German race.

In 1944, Romanowska’s family was rounded up and put into a camp. They were later put onto a train, bound for an “extermination through labor” camp. During a stop to air out the cars from the stench of excrement, Romanowska and her mother simply jumped from the train, and despite being fired on by Nazi guards, managed to escape, Lakshmanan said. They survived the war sheltering with relatives. 

In 2019, after a stroke, Romanowska suffered hallucinations and delusions. “Her mind regressed to the Nazi period,” Lakshmanan said. Romanowska fought off nurses trying to give her shots because she believed they were Nazis trying to conduct medical experiments, Lakshmanan added.  

“One of the things she had told me,” Lakshmanan explained, “was that in this transit camp where they were held outside of Warsaw, even though there was disease — there was cholera, there was typhus and roots, lice, there were all sorts of problems — everybody was more terrified of these so-called doctors and medical staff than they were of the actual disease.”

“That was incredibly painful, seeing the PTSD [post traumatic stress disorder] come back in that way.” 

Related: Wajahat Ali on maintaining one’s faith through crises

Many victims of COVID-19 are older. And the pandemic is robbing the world of institutional memories of the past. 

“I think about that generation of people who lived through the Great Depression, who lived through World War II, who lived through incredibly hard times,” Lakshmanan said. “We have so much to learn about how they got through it all. About grit, about determination, and about resilience.”

“But these people are dying out,” she warns, “and we really need to be able to listen to them and glean their wisdom.”  

Iran-Israel cyberattacks threaten unofficial rules of engagement

Iran-Israel cyberattacks threaten unofficial rules of engagement

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In late April, workers at a water pumping station in central Israel noticed a warning alert on their computer screens. Then, water pumps started to malfunction, turning off and on without control.  

It took a few hours to figure out what was wrong: The system that regulates the water at the facility had been hacked. According to reports, Iran was behind the attack and used American servers to carry it out.

As the eyes of the world are set on COVID-19 and global outrage over police brutality, in the shadows, Iran and Israel continue to fight — allegedly using cyberweapons.

Related: Israeli plans for annexation weigh heavily on Jordan Valley residents

The cyber breach at the water pumping station was apparently fixed before any real damage was done. Israeli officials have not gone on the record with what they know, and Iran denies it was responsible for the attack. 

But, according to a story in the Financial Times, the goal was to boost the chlorine levels in the water supplied to Israeli homes. That could have made hundreds, if not thousands of people sick. 

“What the Iranians did is, in a way, crossing international red lines,” said Ya’akov Amidror, a former Israeli national security adviser. He says that targeting critical civilian infrastructure, like a water station, was unprecedented for Iran.

“For them, civilian targets are legitimate,” said Amidror. “The Iranians did it in the past by proxies, using Hezbollah, Hamas. But here, it’s the state directly. In a way, you know, it’s terrorism run by a state.”

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has accused Iran of conducting failed cyberattacks in the past. “Iran attacks Israel on a daily basis,” Netanyahu said at a cybersecurity conference last year. “We monitor these attacks, we see these attacks and we thwart these attacks. All the time. We’re not oblivious to these threats, they don’t impress us. Because we know what our power is, both in defense and in offense,” he said. 

Related: A cyberattack could wreak destruction comparable to a nuclear weapon

Military experts consider cyberspace to be the fourth significant battleground after land, air and sea. But the line that distinguishes military and civilian targets is easily blurred.

Israel’s response to the water station attack came on May 9, when operations at the Iranian port of Shahid Rajaee were disrupted. According to news reports, Israel hacked the facility’s computer system. 

Traffic jams and hold-ups with shipping containers stalled activity at the port for days. This was a serious disruption for a country that is already suffering from crippling economic sanctions as well as the coronavirus pandemic. 

“The Iranians have downplayed the damage and some Iranian outlets have also said that there has been no such attack,” said Meir Javedanfar, a Middle East analyst based in Tel Aviv. He was born in Iran, but moved to Israel in 2004.

Javedanfar says this latest round of cyber tit-for-tat between the two regional rivals has been escalating for over a decade. “Especially starting over the Iranian nuclear program, where allegedly Israel and the United States attacked Iran’s nuclear installation in [the Iranian city of] Natanz with the ‘Stuxnet’ virus,” Javedanfar explained.

Stuxnet is a malicious computer worm discovered in 2010, considered to be one of the world’s first sophisticated cyberweapons ever to be used between countries. 

Related: The history of US-Iran relations: A timeline

Adam Meyers, senior vice president of intelligence at cybersecurity company CrowdStrike, said the discovery of Stuxnet was a watershed moment for Iran. “This is something that awoke the Iranian thinking around cyber and the capabilities of what you could do with a cyber operation.”

Meyers says Iran has recently stepped up cyberattacks against the West, beyond Israel. He notes that in 2013, authorities in Rye, New York, detected an attempt by Iranian hackers to take control over a dam. That attack failed because the dam was under repair and offline.

“We don’t always know what their intention is if it gets stopped, right?” said Meyers. “So the Rye [dam], in New York, example, they had conducted some targeting of this dam, and that may have been opportunistic, it may have been very targeted. It’s hard to say for certain, but because it was stopped, we don’t know necessarily what the outcome would have been.”

Amidror says moves to target civilian infrastructure is dangerous for the future of cyberwarfare.

“The decision to cross the line was a big mistake by the Iranians,” he said. “From now on it’s an open question how Israel will retaliate.”

In Georgia, a young Latina reluctantly casts her primary vote for Biden

In Georgia, a young Latina reluctantly casts her primary vote for Biden

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Leticia Arcila didn’t want to take any chances when it came to casting her vote in the Georgia state primary Tuesday, June 9. 

This year, state officials pushed back the primary twice due to the coronavirus pandemic. Then they sent absentee ballot request forms to all of the state’s nearly 7 million registered voters — an unprecedented step to “prioritize the health and safety of Georgians,” said Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. 

But Arcila, a 20-year-old first-generation Mexican American living in Atlanta, insisted on voting in person Tuesday. This year is her first time voting in a presidential election cycle. 

Related: For this young Latina voter, pandemic highlights need for ‘Medicare for All’

Arcila said she looked forward to casting her vote, but it’s bittersweet: she had planned to vote for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who dropped out of the race in April. To make matters worse, Georgia voters faced chaos at many polling locations Tuesday amid reports of broken voting machines, lack of provisional ballots and hours-long lines.

Georgia’s primary was originally scheduled for March 24. State officials pushed it back to May 19, due to fears about COVID-19. Finally, they pushed it back even further to June 9. In the meantime, Sanders left the race. 

“I literally needed, like, three days just in my room after I saw that Bernie dropped out. I just didn’t want to see Twitter. I didn’t want to see CNN. I didn’t want to do anything.”

Leticia Arcila,20-year-old first-time voter

“I literally needed like three days just in my room after I saw that Bernie dropped out,” Arcila said. “I just didn’t want to see Twitter. I didn’t want to see CNN. I didn’t want to do anything.”

Eventually, she recovered. If she wanted to, she could still vote for Sanders. His name is still on primary ballots in some states, including Georgia. If Sanders earns 25% of the Democratic Party’s delegates, he can secure representation on committees at the party’s convention — allowing him to heavily influence the Democratic platform on issues like health care and college tuition. 

Despite her admiration for Sanders, Leticia has resigned herself to vote for former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee.

“If you know that the country is going to go a certain way, it makes sense to do everything possible to try and get Trump out,” she said. “[That’s] basically what I’m trying to go for.”

Although Leticia is determined to vote, that might not be the case for every Latino in Georgia. 

“I think Joe Biden still has a lot of work to do in the Latino community and reaching out to the Latino community.”

Jerry Gonzalez, executive director, GALEO

“The polling indicates that the Bernie supporters among the Latino community were upset about the [primary] outcome, but they’re not necessarily not going to participate in the election,” said Jerry Gonzalez, the executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, or GALEO. “I think Joe Biden still has a lot of work to do in the Latino community and reaching out to the Latino community.”

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

GALEO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group focused on engaging Latinos in Georgia in the voting process. Gonzalez says as a group, young Latinos haven’t coalesced around Biden’s candidacy yet.

“I’ve seen the staff changes that are happening and additions that are happening on the [Biden] campaign,” Gonzalez said. “So, I certainly think that there’s going to be a significant amount of outreach associated with that.”

There are signs the Biden campaign is finally investing in targeting Latino voters. It recently hired Julie Chávez Rodriguez as a senior adviser working on Latino outreach. Chávez Rodriguez, the granddaughter of civil rights leader César Chávez, has previously worked for Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California and served as deputy director of political engagement for the Obama administration.

Investing in Latino voters in Georgia could pay off big for any campaign. According to Gonzalez, when GALEO began in 2003, there were about 10,000 Latinos registered to vote in Georgia. Now, there are almost 240,000. Gonzalez points out that some recent elections in Georgia have been won by thin margins. For example, President Donald Trump won the state in 2016 by 211,141 votes.

“If we show up to vote, the Latino community can determine a competitive statewide race.”

Jerry Gonzalez, executive director, GALEO

“If we show up to vote, the Latino community can determine a competitive statewide race,” Gonzales said.

Getting people to vote during the pandemic, though, could be a challenge. Gonzalez says because Latinos haven’t traditionally voted via absentee ballots, GALEO will spend time explaining that process. 

“The particular instructions are confusing and there’s a lot of ways in which your vote can be disqualified if you don’t follow all the particular steps associated with that process, so there’s going to be a lot of education around that,” he said.

Arcila doesn’t need to be convinced that voting is important. She just wishes she had a candidate who promises the things Sanders did, including universal access to healthcare. 

Arcila was laid off shortly after the pandemic spread in Georgia and doesn’t have health insurance. But even though she thinks Biden lacks bold ideas, she’s committed to voting for him.  

“The country is going to vote one way or another, and so I guess we might as well just go for the thing that’s going to help us in the end and if that’s Biden, then it’s Biden,” she said.

Still, Arcila says Georgia’s delayed primary makes her feel like she missed out on shaping who the Democratic candidate would be.

“It’s hard to kind of accept because you kind of feel like it’s your future,” she said. “And you want to conquer it and make something amazing out of it. It kind of feels almost, like, taken away from you.”

The power of protest: Part II

The power of protest: Part II

Critical State looks at the power and impact of protests over time. As today’s protesters lay out their demands for public safety systems that severely curb police capabilities for violence, economists Jamein Cunningham and Rib Gillezeau offer insight into the stakes of their struggle.

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Sam Ratner

Protesters rally against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, May 31, 2020. 

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Last week, Critical State’s Deep Dive looked at some of the electoral effects of mass protest.

Related: The power of protest: Part I

This week, Deep Dive digs into the research on one of the apparent mysteries of the past couple weeks: Do American police forces respond to protests against police killings by increasing their violence against civilians? Or does it just seem that way because of the unending stream of videos and reports of police violence against protesters?

paper from last year by economists Jamein Cunningham and Rob Gillezeau in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology offers a jarring answer to that question. Cunningham and Gillezeau looked back at earlier waves of protest against police violence in the 1960s and 70s, testing the effects of those actions on police killings in the years that followed.

Related: World responds to protests sparked by George Floyd’s death

They started by collecting a dataset of all the protests and riots (what Cunningham and Gillezeau call “racial uprisings”) by black Americans that took place in the US between 1964 and 1971, mapped down to the county level.

Related: Police killing of George Floyd strikes a chord in Kenya

Their data includes over 700 uprisings in that seven-year period, which gives a sense of the level of upheaval in the US during that time. With a list of counties that experienced uprisings and the year the first uprising in each county took place, Cunningham and Gillezeau could begin researching how those uprisings — often a direct result of police violence against civilians — affected subsequent police killings.

In the first three years after a county experiences a racial uprising, police killings of both white and non-white civilians jump.

The effect, it turns out, was to increase those killings. In the first three years after a county experiences a racial uprising, police killings of both white and non-white civilians jump, and by similar amounts.

Related: In France, the killing of George Floyd invokes the memory of Adama Traoré 

The average county that had an uprising saw police kill between 2.2 and 2.4 more white people in the three years following the first uprising than in the average county that had no uprising, and the increase in killings of non-white people was between 1.4 and 3.1 in the same time frame.

That might be surprising, given that the uprisings themselves were largely the result not of generalized police violence, but of specifically anti-black police violence. If police are not just violent but racist in their violence, why would killings of white people spike alongside killings of non-white people?

Related: ‘No justice, no peace’: Thousands in London protest the death of Floyd

Well, the data doesn’t stop three years from the first uprising. When Cunningham and Gillezeau looked at a wider timescale — the 15 years from the first uprising in a county — they found that the effect of killings of white people subsided over time.

In 15 years, an uprising predicted that police would kill an additional 3.8 to 6.6 white people beyond what would happen in an average county with no uprising, and the biggest effect was in the first three years. For non-white people, though, the effect of the uprising never really went away. In the 15 years following the first uprising, police in a post-uprising county killed an average of between 9 and 15.1 more non-white people than their brothers in blue from non-uprising counties.

Expressing displeasure with police violence without limiting police ability to mete out further violence is likely to lead to more civilian death.

Cunningham and Gillezeau make no claims about the mechanism that causes police killings to rise after uprisings, but it is clear from their data that expressing displeasure with police violence without limiting police ability to mete out further violence is likely to lead to more civilian death.

As today’s protesters lay out their demands for public safety systems that severely curb police capabilities for violence, Cunningham and Gillezeau offer insight into the stakes of their struggle.

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After lockdown, Milan rolls out plan to open more streets to cyclists and pedestrians

After lockdown, Milan rolls out plan to open more streets to cyclists and pedestrians

The Strade Aperte plan, translated as “Open Roads,” is one of the world’s most dramatic examples of how city planners around the world, after COVID-19 lockdowns, are redesigning city streets to be friendlier to pedestrians and cyclists.

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Pinar Pinzuti describes herself as a professional “cycling brainwasher.”

Her Milan company, Bikenomist, advocates for more bike lanes in her community. Pinzuti said that recently, there’s been an increase in public acceptance of bike lanes, particularly for commuters and families.

“More and more people accept the bicycle as a means of transportation, finally.”

Pizar Pinzuti, Bikenomist

“More and more people accept the bicycle as a means of transportation, finally,” Pinzuti said.

Related: Venice battles climate change and lack of tourism

She appreciates that her city is making more room for cyclists, and she hopes more people will soon take advantage of the changes. The impact on just one major thoroughfare, Corso Buenos Aires, she says, is already evident.

Piano di azione per la mobilità urbana postCovid è un manuale in open source pensato per i comuni nella realizzazione della mobilità urbana. A cura di Paolo Pinzuti, arch. Paolo Gandolfi, arch. Valerio Montieri, arch. Matteo Dondé, Gabriele Sangalli.https://t.co/OfKbcGap0l pic.twitter.com/b19jm7xXYx

— Bikenomist (@bikenomistcom) May 20, 2020

“The street that I once avoided visiting became my favorite destination to observe the transformation,” Pinzuti said, speaking about Milan’s decision to rapidly and dramatically change miles of urban street design. 

Corso Buenos Aires now has two new bike lanes that extend along five miles of one of the city’s most prominent shopping streets. Corso Buenos Aires is Milan’s first street to be transformed as part of a citywide plan to convert 22 miles of roads this summer into bike paths and pedestrian areas. 

The Strade Aperte plan, translated as “Open Roads,” is one of the world’s most dramatic examples of how city planners around the world, after COVID-19 lockdowns, are redesigning city streets to be friendlier to pedestrians and cyclists.

“The idea is to accelerate projects the city [started] before,” said Pierfrancesco Maran, the deputy mayor for urban planning, green areas and agriculture for the city. “It’s 10 years we’ve been working to reduce pollution, to reduce congestion, to move in a better way.”

Now, as lockdowns slowly lift in many cities around the world, cars are coming back on the roads, which will provide a test for Milan’s redesigned streets.

Related: The changing face of Venice

“There is a very long queue of traffic. I think this is longer than it used to be before quarantine. Many people are using their private cars to move in the city center.”

Fabio Moliterni, Milan resident

“There is a very long queue of traffic. I think this is longer than it used to be before quarantine,” said Fabio Moliterni, a Milan resident. “Many people are using their private cars to move in the city center.”

Maran said although many drivers in Milan may oppose the new bike lanes, he believes the redesign strikes a balance between their needs and a more walkable city for residents.

“People who use cars say that it was better before,” Maran said. “We have to listen to everybody, even the people that complain. Our idea is that cities are not just made for cars. We have to find space for everybody.”

At the height of Italy’s lockdowns, car traffic dropped by up to 75%, which contributed to major drops in the country’s air pollution. Maran said the city has a goal to reduce the amount of air pollution that comes back as cars reenter the roads. High air pollution is associated with high rates of mortality of COVID-19, and northern Italy historically has some of the worst air quality in Europe.

The Strade Aperte plan, translated as “Open Roads,” is one of the world’s most dramatic examples of how city planners around the world, after COVID-19 lockdowns, are redesigning city streets to be friendlier to pedestrians and cyclists.

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On top of new bike lanes, the Strade Aperte plan includes new and widened sidewalks, more stringent speed limits for cars and the opening of pedestrian- and bike-priority streets.

Milan has one of the most ambitious plans, according to a global overview put out by the National Association of City Transportation Officials. But other cities — Paris, Auckland, New Zealand, London, Mexico City and Bogotá, Colombia — have had similar changes, creating emergency bike lanes and extra pedestrian areas amid lockdowns.

Related: Robot nurse helps Italian doctors care for COVID-19 patients

Milan has the ability to lead the world in urban street design, said Janette Sadik-Khan, a former transportation commissioner for New York City, who now works with Bloomberg Associates and chairs NACTO. Sadik-Khan has spent the last two years working with Milan on plans to transform their public spaces. She said the pandemic sped up a process that was already in motion.

“Milan is giving the world a master class in seizing this difficult moment. We don’t just want cities to return back to normal, we want cities to come back more resilient, more equitable and economically connected.”

Janette Sadik-Khan, Bloomberg Associates

“Milan is giving the world a master class in seizing this difficult moment,” Sadik-Khan said in an email. “We don’t just want cities to return back to normal, we want cities to come back more resilient, more equitable and economically connected.”

More than half of Milan residents took public transit to work before the pandemic. And as the systems start to reopen, the capacity of buses, trams and subways will be largely diminished, down to less than a third of what was available before.

Pinar Pinzuti of the Milan company, Bikenomist, said that recently, there’s been an increase in public acceptance of bike lanes, particularly for commuters and families.

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Part of the reasoning behind Strade Aperte is to encourage residents to avoid choosing cars — by offering a pleasant alternative. The planned bike lanes follow subway lines, to create an alternative for people who used to rely on public transit for their daily commutes.

“[Commuters] can have the same itinerary every day, but do it by bike instead of by subway as before,” Maran said.

Related: Living under lockdown in the Eternal City

Sofia Carra, a 19-year-old high school student who lives in Milan, said she was heartened to see the bike lanes lining Corso Buenos Aires, but she’s worried as she sees the cars coming back to the streets.

“The fact that the government decided to create this new bike path shows how they are starting to care more about the climate change issue. But I think it would be just a drop in the ocean. I think we could easily go back to how Milan was before the lockdown.”

Sofia Carra, high school student, Milan

“The fact that the government decided to create this new bike path shows how they are starting to care more about the climate change issue. But I think it would be just a drop in the ocean,” Carra said. “I think we could easily go back to how Milan was before the lockdown.”

Corso Buenos Aires is Milan’s first street to be transformed as part of a citywide plan to convert 22 miles of roads this summer into bike paths and pedestrian areas. 

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But Sadik-Khan argues that transforming city streets is a step toward system change in cities, with lasting improvements for both people and the environment.

“The cities that take this moment to reset their streets and make it easier for people to walk, bike and take public transport will be positioned to prosper after this pandemic and not simply recover,” she said.

Maran posted a video on Twitter in May, riding along Corso Buenos Aires’ new bike lane.

“It’s incredible. We go into politics because we want to change our city,” Maran said. “The idea that after a pandemic, we try to have a better city … that’s something that is fantastic, and to ride on something you created, it’s emotional.”

North Korea stops answering daily calls with South; Past epidemics underscore importance of mental health

North Korea stops answering daily calls with South; Past epidemics underscore importance of mental health

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North Korean officials did not answer a routine daily call to the liaison office with South Korea or calls on military hotlines this morning. The move is seen as a first step toward shutting down contact with Seoul. Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, threatened last week to close the office unless South Korean groups were stopped from sending pro-democracy leaflets into the North. In an effort to salvage ties, South Korean officials pledged to legislate a ban on the leaflets.

The daily calls between North and South Korea were established in 2018 to reduce tensions after peace talks. The two countries remain technically at war because the 1950-1953 Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

What The World is following

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he and US President Donald Trump agreed on “some issues” on the conflict in Libya during a phone call yesterday. Turkey and the US support the UN-backed government of Fayez al Sarraj. In recent weeks, Sarraj’s troops have pushed back an assault on the capital of Tripoli by renegade commander Khalifa Haftar, who is backed by Russia and US allies, France, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Today, mourners in Houston, Texas, bury George Floyd, a black man killed in police custody whose death has sparked global protests over systemic racism and police violence. In London, Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for a review of all statues in the city for ties to slavery.

Also a new study of satellite images shows a surge in traffic to hospitals in Wuhan, China, in August, coinciding with a spike in online searches for “cough” and “diarrhea” — suggesting the coronavirus may have been spreading in the city far earlier than reported.

America’s BLM protests find solidarity in South Korea

Protesters in Seoul, South Korea, rallied in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement on June 6, 2020. 

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Calls for racial justice in the US are compelling some South Koreans to point out xenophobia in their own country and reexamine decades-old tensions between black and Korean communities. Over the weekend, around 100 demonstrators walked through downtown Seoul in protest of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in what was perhaps the first public showing of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the nation.

Past epidemics underscore importance of mental health amid COVID-19

Women wearing masks to prevent contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) ride a subway train in Seoul, South Korea, on June 12, 2015.

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Calls for racial justice in the US are compelling some South Koreans to point out xenophobia in their own country and reexamine decades-old tensions between black and Korean communities. Over the weekend, around 100 demonstrators walked through downtown Seoul in protest of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in what was perhaps the first public showing of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the nation.

Discussion: Reporting on the 2020 Latino vote amid the pandemic

Young Latinos could swing the outcome of the election — if they cast their ballots. That’s because approximately every 30 seconds, a young Latino turns 18 and becomes eligible to vote. For the past four months, The World’s “Every 30 Seconds” project has been following the stories of eight young Latino voters in different corners of the US.

Join The World’s Daisy Contreras for a conversation with three of the eight Every 30 Seconds journalists — Naomi Prioleau of WUNC in Chapel Hill, Max Rivlin-Nadler of KPBS in San Diego and Martha Dalton of WABE in Atlanta — focusing on their experiences reaching out to young Latinos for a yearlong reporting project and the lessons they’ve learned on reporting during the pandemic.

You can watch the Facebook Live Q&A on The World’s Facebook page Wednesday, June 10 at 12pm ET. Ask your questions during the live event or email us at [email protected].

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NEW: A bronze chest filled with gold, jewels, and other valuables worth more than $1 million and hidden a decade ago somewhere in the Rocky Mountain wilderness has finally been found. https://t.co/AzvKoMwjbd

— The Denver Post (@denverpost) June 7, 2020In case you missed itListen: Global protests against racial discrimination continue to spread

A man observes the base of the statue of Edward Colston, a slave trader in the 17th century, after protesters pulled it down and pushed into the docks, following the death of George Floyd, Bristol, Britain, June 8, 2020.

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Protests against racial discrimination and social injustice continue across the globe. At a rally last weekend in Bristol, England, activists pulled down the statue of a 17th-century slave trader and dumped it in the harbor. And, the notion of putting the US military into the streets to quell unrest is a bridge too far for many people, including many military leaders. Also, As East African countries such as Uganda begin easing lockdowns, borders remain a big concern. Truck drivers crossing borders between Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania have contributed to the spread of COVID-19.

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George Floyd to be buried Tuesday as global anti-racism protests spread

George Floyd to be buried Tuesday as global anti-racism protests spread

A portrait of George Floyd is seen during a protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of his death in Minneapolis police custody, in New York City, New York, June 8, 2020.

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Thousands of mourners paid their respects to George Floyd will be buried in Houston on Tuesday two weeks after his death while being held by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as more anti-racism rallies inspired by his treatment were set to take place around the world.

The mourners filed past Floyd’s open coffin at the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston, Texas, where he grew up.

Some mourners bowed their heads, others made the sign of the cross or raised a fist. Many wore face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in a service that lasted more than six hours. The funeral will be a private ceremony and he will buried next to his mother’s grave.

“I’m glad he got the send-off he deserved,” Marcus Williams, a 46-year-old black resident of Houston, said outside. “I want the police killings to stop. I want them to reform the process to achieve justice, and stop the killing.”

Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, died on May 25 after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Unarmed and handcuffed, he lay face down in the street, gasping for air and groaning for help before falling silent, footage filmed by a bystander showed.

His death unleashed a surge of protests across the US cities and around the world against racism and the systematic mistreatment of black people.

The case also thrust President Donald Trump into a political crisis. He has repeatedly threatened to order the military on to the streets to restore order and has struggled to unite the nation.

The demonstrations have reinvigorated the Black Lives Matter movement and raised demands for racial justice and police reforms to the top of the political agenda ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

“I’m here to protest the mistreatment of our black bodies. It’s not going to stop unless we keep protesting,” said Erica Corley, 34, one of hundreds attending a gathering in the Washington suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Floyd’s death triggered protests across the globe, particularly in countries with a history of colonialism and involvement in the slave trade.

In Britain, thousands of people of all races rallied in several cities over the weekend. In the port city of Bristol, the statue of Edward Colston, who made a fortune in the 17th century from trading African slaves, was pulled down and dumped in the harbor.

A protest is scheduled for Tuesday night at Oxford University to demand the removal of a statue of Cecil Rhodes, a 19th century businessman in southern Africa long accused of imperialist exploitation.

Mayor Sadiq Khan ordered a review of London statues and street names which largely reflect Britain’s empire in the reign of Queen Victoria.

“It is an uncomfortable truth that our nation and city owes a large part of its wealth to its role in the slave trade and while this is reflected in our public realm, the contribution of many of our communities to life in our capital has been wilfully ignored,” Khan said.

The British parliament held a minute’s silence at 11 a.m. to mark Floyd’s death.

In France, the family of a black Frenchman who died in police custody called for a nationwide protest on Saturday and spurned a government offer of talks.

Adama Traoré died in July 2016 after three police officers used their weight to restrain him. His family and supporters have demanded that the officers involved be held to account. No one has been charged.

Thousands of people marched in Paris last Saturday to mark Traoré’s death and in solidarity with the US protesters.

Murder charge

Derek Chauvin, 44, the policeman who knelt on Floyd’s neck and is charged with second-degree murder, made his first court appearance in Minneapolis by video link on Monday. A judge ordered his bail raised from $1 million to $1.25 million.

Chauvin’s co-defendants, three fellow officers, are accused of aiding and abetting Floyd’s murder. All four were dismissed from the police department the day after Floyd’s death.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden met with Floyd’s relatives for more than an hour in Houston on Monday.

“He listened, heard their pain and shared in their woe,” family lawyer Benjamin Crump said. “That compassion meant the world to this grieving family.”

In Washington, Democrats in Congress announced legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime and to allow victims of police misconduct and their families to sue law enforcement for damages in civil court, ending a legal doctrine known as qualified immunity.

Trump resisted calls to defund police departments, saying 99% of police were “great, great people.”

In Richmond, Virginia, a judge issued a 10-day injunction blocking plans by the state governor to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

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Past epidemics underscore importance of mental health amid COVID-19

Past epidemics underscore importance of mental health amid COVID-19

The mental health repercussions of the 2015 MERS outbreak were little acknowledged. But this time around, experts are sounding the alarm on the mental health crisis of the novel coronavirus as it sweeps the globe.

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Women wearing masks to prevent contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) ride a subway train in Seoul, South Korea, on June 12, 2015.

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In 2015, a never-before-seen coronavirus called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, made its way to South Korea. The outbreak ultimately infected nearly 200 people in the country, most of whom worked in the health care sector. About three dozen died. 

“People were so shocked at the time,” recalled Dr. Sun Jae Jung, a preventive medicine specialist and psychiatric epidemiologist who was working at a hospital in Seoul during the outbreak. “It didn’t have any vaccines. It didn’t have a treatment.”

Fear of the virus ripped through Korean society, Jung recalled. The mental health repercussions of the contagious disease weren’t widely acknowledged. Health workers and people in quarantine lacked psychosocial support and suffered from conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

“People were so frustrated that I think they didn’t even recognize it’s a mental health issue. So they were mostly focused on the biology of the virus and your fatality and how to prevent [it], but not about the mental health issues or of the frustrations or anxiety. … They did not talk about it at that time.”

Dr. Sun Jae Jung, preventive medicine specialist and psychiatric epidemiologist, Seoul, South Korea

“People were so frustrated that I think they didn’t even recognize it’s a mental health issue. So they were mostly focused on the biology of the virus and your fatality and how to prevent [it], but not about the mental health issues or of the frustrations or anxiety,” Jung said. “They did not talk about it at that time.” 

Five years later, it is clear the new coronavirus pandemic is causing a worldwide crisis in mental health as it makes its way around the globe, destroying lives and livelihoods. The United Nations has urged governments to take mental health consequences seriously. Previous infectious disease outbreaks, from Ebola to SARS, are now informing present-day virus responses. It helps that the global spotlight on mental health has grown in recent years. 

Related: COVID-19: The latest from The World

In South Korea, Jung said, she and others in the medical field wanted to prevent the mistakes made during the MERS outbreak. When COVID-19 emerged in the country in late January, they were keenly aware of the serious mental health challenges that could follow. Jung, who specializes in psychiatric epidemiology at Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, began conducting surveys on the mental health of the general population. The results have yet to be published.

“People were more anxious and [had] more acute stress symptoms,” Jung said. “A lot of people reported they have issues in sleep, and also they have issues in anxiety symptoms —  like they have a palpitation — they have some kind of panic symptoms.” 

Lessons from MERS

After the MERS outbreak, Jung and other health professionals came to realize that working on the medical front lines, or being infected and put in quarantine, could lead to acute stress, anxiety and PTSD. Those mental health issues were on top of broader anxiety people often felt about the possibility of getting sick and having their lives disrupted. 

Health professionals, who were likeliest to be infected, faced an additional layer of stress during the MERS outbreak: They went from being a highly regarded sector to being almost vilified, with the stigma of the disease casting blame on those who were infected or at risk of spreading it.

Related: Inside the global network of scientists racing to curb the spread of COVID-19

This time around, teams of psychologists in South Korea have been working with patients who are in quarantine for COVID-19, and more psychosocial support has been set up for hospital workers. 

But perhaps most notable, Jung said, is the shift she has observed in Korean society: People are talking about mental health. They even devised a term for pandemic-related emotional problems, especially after everyday life came to a halt.  

“We don’t say corona depression, but we say ‘corona blue.’ I mean, like, everyone was depressed.”

Dr. Sun Jae Jung, preventive medicine specialist and psychiatric epidemiologist, Seoul, South Korea

“We don’t say corona depression, but we say ‘corona blue’,” Jung said. “I mean, like, everyone was depressed.”

South Korea has experienced less than 300 COVID-19 deaths and had some 11,500 reported cases. The growing acknowledgment of  “corona blue” has spread to other countries, too. Singapore, for its part, elevated mental health awareness in the wake of coronavirus.

Early on in the coronavirus pandemic, Silver Ribbon, a group mental health agency in Singapore, set up virtual counseling services and tried to raise awareness about the emotional impact of disruptions to everyday life — such as social distancing, loss of physical connections and staying home. 

“We started receiving more calls,” said the group’s director, Porsche Poh, who is also a board member of the World Federation for Mental Health. “And many people are sharing that they were experiencing anxiety.”

In response, her group has been reaching out to the elderly, who might not be as tech-savvy. They are also organizing virtual events and concerts to encourage people to connect with one another, come forward to get help and find ways to cope. 

Related: Study tracks a growing list of COVID-19 symptoms in real-time

Musician Eugene Yip Goh Mingwei joined one recent virtual concert hosted by the group.  

“I’ve been through mental health issues in the past, and this really kept me going,” Mingwei said. He then sang a cover of “A Little Braver” by New Empire to participants on the call.

Increased global awareness

The last decade has seen a shift in mental health. Awareness has increased worldwide. 

A turning point came in the late 2000s, when The Lancet, a leading medical journal, established a major commission on global mental health. The United Nations and the World Health Organization have made mental health a priority on their global agenda, and they’ve issued guidelines on recognizing and treating psychological distress from COVID-19.

A growing body of research shows mental health interventions can be effective around the globe in a variety of settings, from refugee camps to urban centers.

Dr. Vikram Patel, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, has spent the past few decades spreading awareness of and access to mental health services worldwide.

“It turns out that psychological pain, just like physical pain, is a fundamental universal human experience.”

Dr. Vikram Patel, psychiatrist, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts

“It turns out that psychological pain, just like physical pain, is a fundamental universal human experience,” he told The World last year. “And I think this is a very powerful piece of science because it suggests to us that knowledge around how you can help people with mental health problems recover that has been generated in one context, can have great application in other contexts.” 

Expensive specialists and formal therapy are not the only ways people can build coping skills. Community members can receive training in ounseling, and there are some core methods that people can adopt to manage anxiety and depression. That includes identifying and doing activities that bring people purpose and enjoymentcan help break cycles of destructive thought and behavior. Other simple techniques that all kinds of mental health specialists recommend include breathing exercises

Still, Patel worries that even while the psychological toll of this pandemic is just beginning, mental health is “being shoved back into the shadows.” 

Though there is now more awareness about mental health, he said, it is unclear whether governments and health care systems will innovate and invest resources to better respond to the long-term psychological repercussions from COVID-19.

“The widening of inequalities in countries, the continuing uncertainties about future waves of the epidemic and the physical distancing policies begin to bite deeper into our mental health,” Patel told The World in an email. “Mental health care systems in most countries will be ill-equipped to deal with this surge, not only because of the paucity of skilled providers but also because of the narrow biomedical models which dominate mental health care.”

Discussion: Reporting on the 2020 Latino vote amid the pandemic

Discussion: Reporting on the 2020 Latino vote amid the pandemic

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The World staff

 “Every 30 Seconds” highlights the diversity of backgrounds and opinions of young Latino voters during the 2020 US election.

 

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The US presidential election in November could be the first time Latinos are the largest minority group in the electorate.

Young Latinos could swing the outcome of the election — if they come out to vote. That’s because approximately every 30 seconds, a young Latino turns 18 and becomes eligible to vote.

For the past four months, The World’s “Every 30 Seconds” project has been following the stories of eight young Latino voters in different corners of the United States, reporting on the issues, influences, concerns and challenges driving Latino decision making and turnout for the election. It’s a collaboration with public radio stations across the US.  

View the full project: Every 30 Seconds

Join The World’s Daisy Contreras for a conversation with three of the eight Every 30 Seconds journalists — Naomi Prioleau of WUNC in Chapel Hill, Max Rivlin-Nadler of KPBS in San Diego and Martha Dalton of WABE in Atlanta — focusing on their experiences reaching out to young Latinos for a yearlong reporting project and the lessons they’ve learned on reporting during the pandemic.

You can watch the Facebook Live Q&A on The World’s Facebook page Wednesday, June 10 at 12pm ET. It will be live-streamed on this page on The World’s website. Ask your questions during the live event or email us at [email protected].