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Whitesnake – Lie Down (a Modern Love Song) Lyrics

Lie down, I think I love you,
lie down, I think I care. You give an air of the Dolce Vita,
society’s made a queen out of you. Lie down, I think I love you,
lie down, I think I care. So lie down, I think I love you,
lie down, I think I care. Lie down, I think I love you,
lie down, I think I care. So lie down, I think I love you,
lie down, I think I care. Lie down, I think I love you,
lie down, I think I care. Woah, you know, m am a, that tonight’s the night,
come on and let your feelings show. Take a look in the mirror,
tell me what you see. Come on, girl, it’ll be alright,
easy does it nice and slow. Lie down, I think I love you,
lie down, I think I care. LIE DOWN (A MODERN LOVE SONG)
You got the smile of a Mona Lisa,
know it all an’ giving nothing away
you make the sins of a vestal virgin,
look nothing more that a roll in the hay. If it ain’t sweet surrender
you can blame it on somebody, not the devil in me. So lie down, i think I love you,
lie down, I think I care. If it ain’t sweet surrender
you can blame it on somebody, not the devil in me. Casanova couldn’t take all your virtue
but rock’n’roll is gonna steal it from you. Lie down, I think I love you,
lie down, I think I care. Take a look in the mirror,
tell me what you see. Lie down, I think I love you,
lie down, I think I care. – David Coverdale & Micky Moody

Lil’ Tjay – Zoo York Lyrics (feat. Fivio Foreign & Pop Smoke)

Grr, ayy (Ah)
Nah, bow-bow-bow-bow (Woo)
Bow-bow-bow-bow (Hahaha), bow
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York, Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York (Ayy)
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York, Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York (Ayy)
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York, Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York (Ayy)
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York, Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York
Walk in the spot and it’s litty, designer through city, you know I’ma turn up (Ayy)
Bro got the Henney and I got a blunt, f*ck around, throw a band when I burn up (Ayy)
Shawty right here, she a freak and she move like a pro, tryna dance, so I churn her (Bow)
Then she feelin’ my dick, it’s the burner (Ayy)
She ain’t used to my bop, she a learner (Ayy, ayy, ayy)
I had to flex up, I done copped a new pieces to glitter my neck up
They ain’t f*ckin’ protect us, we was young niggas dreamin’ ’bout flingin’ Pateks up (Bow)
They was tryna arrest us, f*ck all them niggas, don’t let me get ‘fessed up (Bow)
Nigga think he a wrestler (Bow), I might just teach him some shit, no semester (Bow-bow-bow-bow)
I gotta, I gotta, I gotta, I gotta get to the bag, ah (Bag)
Damn (Damn), I think I fell in love with the cash
I been in the studio workin’ hard to the max
I can’t (I can’t), I cannot never, ever fall back (Ayy, ayy, ayy)
I’m on my Birkin, nigga (Yeah)
Run up, we murkin’ niggas (Bow)
I got some shooters they ready to ride (Boom, boom, boom)
I send ’em, they lurkin’ nigga (Bow-bow-bow-bow)
I’m on my Birkin, nigga
Run up I’m murkin’ niggas (Gang, gang)
I got some shooters they ready to ride
I send ’em, they lurkin’ nigga (Bow-bow-bow-bow)
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York, Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York, Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York (Woo)
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York, Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York, Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York
Look, I’m from the town (I’m from the town)
Send me the ‘addy, I’m huntin’ him down (Grr)
Get off the stage and I jump in the crowd (Ayy)
They keep sayin’ we too wild (Bow)
I fell in love with the crowd (I did)
They fell in love with the sound (They did)
Grr, bow, bow-bow-bow-bow
Attention (Attention), move ’round with a vengeance (Ayy)
Bow, bend ’em, throw it down, offend them
Ayy, ayy, ayy
I’m with the demons and henchmen (I am)
Uh, we can’t wait until we see as a victim
Give me the money, I need it, I’m itchin’ (I am)
Them niggas know when I see them, it’s different (Ayy)
Uh, I know you up to my finger, keep twitchin’ (Ayy)
Bow, leavin’ him lifted (Leavin’ him lifted)
Blicky, blick him (Blick him), blick him (Blick him), blick him (Blick him)
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York, Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York, Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York (Woo)
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York, Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York, Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York
Got fifty-two shots in this Glock but a nigga won’t let him
XD, a nigga totin’ [?] Beretta
Rougher than feathers (Don’t get shot)
I leave ’em deader
I got ten bitches suckin’ on my trash
I woo from the floor, yeah, we do it better
I got the hoes like I’m Hugh Hefner
Bitch, I’m a dog, I’m a blue devil
One dead in Nieman, scannin’, it’s readin’
Perc hit, I’m geekin’, shit turned me to a demon
Bad bitch named RiRi, nice, but treeshy
She want me to breed her, I’m like "Nah, bitch, you sneaky"
I make it rain on whoever, I make it rain that Woo weather
Nigga, I put in pain, shooter in the driver in the red Cartier frames
Crush the paper, [?], put an eighth in my spliff, roll
Get in my zone, hop in my Rolls, smokin’ opps to the face
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York, Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York, Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York (Woo)
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York, Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York, Zoo York
Bitch, I’m from Zoo York

Points of Progress: Austria shuts down last coal-fired plant, and more

Einstein’s theory, published in 1915, posits that what we perceive as the force of gravity arises from the curvature of space and time. Sweden became the third European country to exit coal following Austria and Belgium, which shut down its last coal-fired plant in 2016. Points of Progress: Austria shuts down last coal-fired plant, and more

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This is more than feel-good news – it’s where the world is making concrete progress. Staff

Places where the world saw progress, for the May 18, 2020 Monitor Weekly. In a massive overhaul of the European energy industry, many countries are phasing out or immediately ending the use of coal-fired power plants. Austria shut down its last coal-fired power plant on April 17, as part of the country’s plan to end the use of fossil fuels by 2030. Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia has ended the death penalty for minors. Loading… The ESO discovery is a result of astronomers precisely measuring the orbit (at 16 years per orbit) of a star tracing a rosette-shaped pattern around a massive black hole, rather than the elliptical orbit predicted by Newtonian physics. Saudi Arabia also banned flogging as a form of punishment in the same week. The black hole has a mass estimated to be   4 million times that of the sun. Weiss/CXC/NASA/Reuters/File

In this artist’s image, a ring of stars circles the Milky Way’s central black hole. May 8, 2020

By Nusmila Lohani
Staff Writer

1. In 2019, the kingdom executed a record 184 people. Saudi Arabia holds the record for the highest number of executions after Iran and China, according to Amnesty International. Austria closed its last coal-fired plant, a Mellach facility, on April 17, 2020. The latest discovery by ESO gives further confirmation of Einstein’s theory. United StatesScientists at The Florida Aquarium have figured out how to get ridged cactus coral to reproduce in the lab for the first time. (BBC, Al Jazeera) The star is circling the black hole Sagittarius A*, located at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. A roundup of positive stories to inspire you. The government plans to shutter the remaining gas-fired and oil-fired power plants by the end of the decade to complete its transition to generating energy from renewable sources. European Southern Observatory (ESO) astronomers in Chile found a star “dancing” around a black hole in the Milky Way on April 16, as predicted by Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. “The decree helps us in establishing a more modern penal code,” said commission President Awwad Alawwad. (The Independent, CNBC)4. “Scientific breakthroughs that have a direct impact on protecting and restoring our natural environment is why we exist,” said Roger Germann, president and CEO of The Florida Aquarium. (CNN, Yale Environment 360)2. The aquarium participates in Project Coral, a program that aims to repopulate the world’s diminishing coral reefs. Six European countries are expected to follow suit by 2025 or earlier. It was one of the many species rescued from Florida’s waters after a major disease outbreak in 2014 wiped out nearly 35% of the reef. Austria

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Swans swim near a power plant in Mellach, Austria. (Reuters)3. Chile

M. Since the lab’s spawning success in early April, more than 350 coral babies have been released into the ocean, where scientists hope they will get to work rebuilding the third-largest coral reef in the world. Instead, convicted minors will serve a prison sentence of no longer than 10 years in juvenile detention centers. On April 26, its state-backed Human Rights Commission announced a royal decree by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud that exempts minors from execution.

The entrepreneurs say their emphasis on the social benefit of creating jobs for people with disabilities, rather than lecturing about the environment, is the key to their success. 5. Ethiopia lags behind other East African countries, such as Rwanda and Kenya, in reducing its plastic consumption and production primarily because of cost. EthiopiaA group of entrepreneurs in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, is helping to reduce the use of plastic shopping bags and provide a livelihood for women who are deaf or partially deaf. After the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, the country’s greenhouse gas emissions surged because all 42 of its operable nuclear power plants were taken offline. JapanJapan’s greenhouse gas emissions hit a record low for the year ending in March 2019, since the country started measuring greenhouse gas emissions in 1990. Teki, which employs 18 deaf workers and has more than 50 clients, is challenging the narrative that paper bags are too expensive – all through sign language. (The Guardian)6. The world’s fifth-largest carbon emitter aims to cut emissions by 26% from its 2013 levels by 2030. (Thomson Reuters Foundation) However, wider use of renewable energy and a gradual return to nuclear power, including the restart of nine reactors, allowed Japan to consistently see a reduction in emissions for five straight years. “With our paper bags we want to provide people with the opportunity to change the lives of deaf people, and through this create an alternative way to fight plastic,” says Clement Piguet, one of Teki’s co-founders. Japan seems to be on track with the latest 3.9% drop, for a total 12% reduction in emissions. Teki Paper Bags, an enterprise developed by women, has sold almost 1 million handmade paper bags.

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Wisdom from WWII vets as COVID-19 puts V-E Day on hold

It’s free. This story was reported by The Associated Press. Richard Drew contributed from New York and Raf Casert from Brussels.Editor’s note: As a public service, the Monitor has removed the paywall for all our coronavirus coverage.
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Sullivan is proud of his service, he points out that it wasn’t just the soldiers who won the war. “I had visions of fighting it out with the Japanese.”While Mr. As they mark Victory in Europe Day on Friday, they also are dealing with loneliness brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Not many of us are here now.”It is also a time to remember – not just the war but its aftermath. Hay said. “He’s walking around like nothing happened.”Remembering The Joy Of HomecomingV-E Day was the end of four days of celebration for Ken Hay.It began when the former prisoner of war got his first sight of home in almost a year from a Lancaster bomber he flew back in.”I went back to get a glimpse of England and was at first disappointed to see only water, but quickly realized that I was looking backwards … He attributes his longevity to “blind luck” and determination.”To me, the greatest thing that you can do is challenge the world,” he said. That’s what keeps me going.”
Fake news 101: A guide to help sniff out the truthMr. Everyone was involved in the defeat of Adolf Hitler.”We just did our bit,” he said. Kersh is proud that Europe has remained largely peaceful since then, and for his role in defeating the Nazis.”I may have been a small cog,” Mr. sergeant kissing a French girl at the end of Nazi occupation.Mr. Sullivan has taken a philosophical view to lockdown and the downsizing of the anniversary celebrations. Hay and his family listened to Winston Churchill’s broadcast, then attended a special service at church.”We were walking back home … when I heard footsteps,” Mr. He was in the hospital two days and spent another week recovering.”That was it,” she said. Mr. By the time he got to London, the party was over.The cancellation of festivities marking the 75th anniversary of V-E Day offered fresh disappointment.”There’s nothing going on, which is a great shame because this is the last chance those who took part in the war will have,” he said.”If you wait for another five years – 80 years – I don’t think many of us will be here. “Can you get leave?”On V-E Day, Mr. We just threw our arms around each other. Loading… where he worked for magazines such as Look and Life and has fond memories of photographing celebrities including Sophia Loren, John. Serving in the 4th Dorset Battalion of the 43rd Wessex Division, he was separated from his brother, Bill, and captured by Germans during the invasion of Normandy. “And most of these challenges I win. Kersh likes to joke that he was probably the last British soldier to learn the Nazis had surrendered. Vaccaro’s grit carried him into a lifetime of photography that began as a combat infantryman when he stowed a camera and captured close to 8,000 photographs.One of his famous images, “Kiss of Liberation,” showed a U.S. “But I made sure that I never let the greater machine down!”’Something Had To Be Done’Forgive British veteran Bob Sullivan for being unfussed about V-E Day.After all, on May 8, 1945, he was lying in Cossham Hospital, having been wounded in the closing days of the fight to defeat the Nazis.As he couldn’t move because of a plaster cast on his leg, he wasn’t even able to attend a celebratory supper.But more than that. Here is some of their testimony.Surviving Normandy And COVID-19Tony Vaccaro is one of the few people alive who can claim to have survived the Battle of Normandy and COVID-19.He was dealt a bad hand early, as his mother died during childbirth a few years before tuberculosis claimed his father. Hay wired his brother. And then, rather like a medal ribbon, there was the edge of the water, a grayish-blue, the white breakers, a white cliff edge and then green grass – there’s no color like English green,” he said.The past 11 months had been grim. Mr. His movements are restricted, so something simple – like a walk in the sunshine – is more meaningful than a parade these days.”We have a beautiful park here,” he said. Hay learned Bill was stationed nearby.”Home,” Mr. Wisdom from WWII vets as COVID-19 puts V-E Day on hold

Veterans mark the 75th Victory in Europe Day on Friday without celebrations amid the raging pandemic. He was forced to work in a coal mine until the Nazi war machine began to unravel, and he was liberated in Germany by American troops.After returning home to London, Mr. “I turned around and there was my brother running down the road to get home, and he’d spotted us. Something had to be done.”Now a pensioner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, a home for Army veterans, Mr. F. “Everyone was in the same boat. Kersh said. "To me, the greatest thing that you can do is challenge the world," said one senior who survived the Battle of Normandy and COVID-19. "That’s what keeps me going."

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World War II Veteran Mervyn Kersh poses in front of his house with a picture of himself in uniform in London on May 4, 2020. By age 5, he was an orphan in Italy. Vaccaro documented the reconstruction of Europe and returned to the U.S. Sullivan points out that the war wasn’t really over.”The war in the Far East was still going on,” he said. By World War II he was an American G.I.Now, he is recovering from COVID-19. The last time I’d seen him was out in the field in Normandy.”Both went into town in their uniforms. There were crowds everywhere, and some girls called for a kiss.”Who were we to demur?” he said.Missing The Big Party – TwiceMervyn Kersh likes to joke that he was probably the last British soldier to learn the Nazis had surrendered.Pvt. May 8, 2020

By Danica Kirka
Associated Press

London
Seventy-five years after World War II ended in Europe, The Associated Press spoke to veterans who endured mortal danger, oppression, and fear. Mr. Vaccaro lives in Queens, the New York City borough ravaged by the coronavirus, and next to his family.He might have caught the virus in April from his son or in their neighborhood, his daughter-in-law Maria said. Kennedy, Georgia O’Keefe, and Pablo Picasso.Mr. “It is, to my mind, quite attractive.” Kersh, who was with forces that liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, was ordered to return to England for deployment to Japan so he was on a blacked-out train crossing Europe when the celebrations began.

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‘Bridge to health’? Why some question India’s contact tracing app.

McDonald. No paywall. “This is not just a privacy-versus-public-health story anymore,” says Mr. “Instead we’re making the turn into the field of fundamental rights.”Editor’s note: As a public service,   all our coronavirus coverage   is free.
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Early on in the pandemic, he explains, observers pointed to seeming success in places like Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, and even China, so the Indian government tried to replicate some of their solutions. No data, encrypted or not, is uploaded onto the server. ‘Bridge to health’? Deb explains.Officials have dismissed such concerns, saying the app, which is a public-private partnership, was built to put “privacy first.”“All personal information submitted is securely encrypted [before being] stored on the server,” says Mr. But proximity doesn’t take into account factors such as whether people are wearing protective equipment, says Sean McDonald, a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Canada. He also defends the use of GPS technology. Manish Swarup/AP

An Indian police officer and paramilitary forces request people get inside their houses after a three-hour relaxation of restrictions to buy essential items in the old quarters of New Delhi, April 25, 2020. May 8, 2020

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Deep Read ( 5 Min. The problem will then become how to enforce policies in a way that respects human rights.“Marginalized communities all over the world now have to consider the specter of having their movement tracked by people that have not always been kind to them,” he says. Recently, a journalist’s investigation uncovered plans to combine Aadhaar with a range of other databases to create a registry of everything from someone’s caste and disabilities to his or her family tree.“Given the global scale of the coronavirus pandemic, governments may decide to use certain sophisticated technological responses. “No one is forcing anyone to go to work; one can stay home and be safe.”The Monitor has obtained a message circulating to heads of Delhi’s Residents Welfare Associations that instructs them to request residents download the app and report compliance to the city’s Disaster Management Authority. Officials have proposed making it compulsory for other public activities, like traveling by Metro or plane, and the government has reportedly asked smartphone manufacturers to install the app by default. “I particularly like the fact that the app contains all sorts of information related to COVID-19, including live updates, steps to take for personal protection, and it knows whether you are getting in touch with an infected person,” he says.Most of his neighbors and family share the same view, he says.The government maintains that the app is optional, though it has made the app mandatory for all public- and private-sector employees. The Noida municipality, in the outskirts of Delhi, has reportedly made not installing the app punishable with up to six months in jail.There are also concerns about the app’s use of Bluetooth and GPS, which critics call excessive. But he doubts that Aarogya Setu will be useful in keeping the situation under control. But in India, the world’s largest democracy, the stakes are especially high.Editor’s note: As a public service,   all our coronavirus coverage   is free. And given that it is an extraordinary situation, it may be difficult to question the use of these systems,” says Sidharth Deb, policy and parliamentary counsel at the nonprofit Internet Freedom Foundation in New Delhi, who recently released a working paper on COVID-19 tracing in India. Ray. “The location data is not used for any other purpose.”The bigger pictureOf the many app experiments around the world, the only one that could become a model of ethical contact tracing, in Mr. No paywall. A Delhi event organized by an Islamic missionary group has been blamed for about 30% of all COVID-19 cases reported between March and early April, causing another spike in anti-Muslim attacks.But here, as elsewhere, groups may not have a choice about handing over their personal information if they want access to basic services. “It’s still voluntary,” says Abhishek Singh, CEO of the National e-Governance Division with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. According to its creators, the app will enable citizens to self-assess their risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, based in part on identifying whether they’ve come in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.Many countries have toyed with using mobile phones to track the pandemic, despite concerns over privacy – including the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, and Russia. On the other hand, a GPS signal creates a map of each individual’s movements, enabling inferences about their work, socioeconomic status, and even political leanings, Mr. With contact tracing apps, “you are turning individuals at risk into criminals.”Given the scale and risks of the pandemic, some public health experts have encouraged contact tracing apps, despite concerns about privacy. But in India, the world’s largest democracy, the stakes are especially high.The country has 1.3 billion people, 23% of whom live below the poverty line, and is eager to allow laborers back to work. But the government’s record on digital tools has left many experts skeptical that a tracing app could be deployed without violating civil liberties, or building larger surveillance systems that could be exploited down the road.Aarogya Setu, or Bridge to Health, is voluntary, the government maintains. But as the costs of the stay-at-home order mount, the country is already deploying measures to gradually reopen as safely as possible. For example, Aarogya Setu can only be effective if at least half the population registers, according to its developers – in a country where only 1 in 4 own a smartphone. In the past few weeks, people suspected of having COVID-19 have been assaulted, and aggression toward health care workers is rampant. The app “lets contact tracers contact you personally if you show up as a proximity beacon to someone who’s been tested,” he says, “but the whole operation is truly voluntary.” Australian officials say that the information won’t be used in other policy areas. Singh. Why some question India’s contact tracing app. “Instead we’re making the turn into the field of fundamental rights.”

New Delhi
After over a month of a particularly strict lockdown against COVID-19, in which even walks are banned, Indians perching on terraces and balconies for what little fresh air they can get agree on one thing: Now is time to think about what comes next.It’s clear that here, as elsewhere, people will not return to the norms of pre-pandemic life for a long time. Officials are looking to ease restrictions, in part by using a contact tracing app. In India, for example, discrimination against Muslims has escalated sharply; days of deadly riots in February were the country’s worst interreligious violence in decades. India’s government, on the other hand, reserves the right to pass the data it collects through Aarogya Setu to other public agencies.As knowledge about the novel coronavirus grows, the focus will shift to monitoring people’s behavior so the virus doesn’t spread, Mr. Among these is a contact tracing app, Aarogya Setu (Bridge to Health), which has been downloaded more than 50 million times in less than two weeks from its launch. McDonald says. “Imagine what could happen to patients,” says Dr. Yet it is already mandatory for public- and private-sector workers, and officials have proposed requiring it for services like the Metro. As knowledge about the novel coronavirus grows, the focus will shift to monitoring people’s behavior so the virus doesn’t spread, says digital expert Sean McDonald. Contact tracing can be performed with Bluetooth alone: When two phones are in proximity, they exchange a “digital handshake,” acknowledging that they’ve been in close contact without keeping a record of where or with whom. An app “drives people into seeking care that they may not need, at a time when the single most important indicator of morbidity at this point is health care system capacity.”Citizens’ responsibilityShriyak Jain, a young teacher living in a gated Delhi neighborhood, says he has downloaded the app, and he sees sharing personal data with the government as his duty in a time of crisis. Fake news 101: A guide to help sniff out the truthThe country has 1.3 billion people, 23% of whom live below the poverty line, and is eager to allow laborers back to work. McDonald’s opinion, is Australia’s. “Contact tracing and isolation can be managed in other ways,” such as talking with patients to reconstruct their movements, he says, and the project is based on shaky premises. They raise questions about technology, privacy, and effectiveness, but also trust: Do people believe the government has their interests at heart? Loading… “Your location data, on an aggregated basis, will be used to identify the locations that need to be sanitized and where people need to be more deeply tested and identify emerging areas where infection outbreaks are likely to occur,” he says. And given the stigma of testing positive, and leaks that have exposed patients’ identities, people are cautious. The problem will then become how to enforce policies in a way that respects human rights – especially for marginalized communities.“This is not just a privacy-versus-public-health story anymore,” says Mr. McDonald. )

By Lou Del Bello
Contributor

Many countries have toyed with using mobile phones to track the pandemic, despite concerns over privacy – including the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, and Russia. But the government’s record on digital tools has left many experts skeptical that a tracing app could be deployed without violating civil liberties, or building larger surveillance systems that could be exploited down the road.For example Aadhaar, the world’s biggest biometric identification system, has been at the center of numerous controversies over the past decade, including massive data breaches. “But instead of investing in testing, or health care facilities,” he says, “there’s been a greater emphasis on developing technological tools in India.”False confidence?Sumit Ray, a critical care specialist in a private hospital in Delhi, says he’s seen very few positive cases so far. Why We Wrote This

Societies around the world are debating the pros and cons of apps to limit COVID-19.
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World confronts pandemic shortages. Russians have been here before.

The work was hard and the money was sparse. “But people always need bread,” she says.“We inherited a catastrophe”It wasn’t a virus but a political event – the sudden demise of the USSR – that turned Russians’ lives inside out. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff/File

A woman holding a toddler begs at a busy intersection in Moscow in July 1999. Russians have been here before. The 1990s saw a lot of Russians lose their jobs and the safety net that the former Soviet system provided, leaving them desperate to find ways to feed their families. In the late ’90s, a Russian sociologist calculated that about 40% of all food being consumed in the country was homegrown.“We were given free plots of land in 1992. “About half of those plots are abandoned today, but in the worst years they were full of people growing potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. Our correspondent lived through it. By the middle of the decade, Russia’s economy had shrunk by around half, about 40% of the population was in dire poverty, and corrupt elites were laundering what was left of the country’s wealth into foreign bank accounts. When 15 former Soviet republics went their separate ways in early 1992, it wrecked supply lines, separated industries from their traditional markets, and led to economic chaos. Even though they had received no cash wages in months, the men kept putting in their regular shifts. I was surrounded by educated people like myself, all doing the same kind of thing. But it disappeared, and she ended up doing a wide variety of jobs during the ’90s.“At first we found ourselves without hope, and it was unclear how to go on living,” she says. Not long ago, Russia experienced such a trial. I recall being astonished by the amounts they claimed to harvest from their small garden plots. About 40% of the population was in dire poverty, and corrupt elites were laundering what was left of the country’s wealth into foreign bank accounts. Then it was time for their break, which they called tormozok (coincidentally from the Russian word for “brake”) and we sat there, drinking tea from thermoses and eating bread torn from loaves.A big fellow with a smudged face leaned over to me and asked, “What do you think I do for a living?”I answered, “Well, um, I think you’re a coal miner.”He laughed and said, “No, not me. No paywall. Why We Wrote This

The coronavirus epidemic has raised worries about job security, food supplies, and social stability in many countries. The economic floor dropped away, destroying the livelihood of millions and forcing individuals to imagine entirely new ways to survive and feed their families. But I was spared the crushing, disorienting sensation experienced by millions of Russians as they realized that everything they had relied upon and formerly built their lives upon had collapsed, scrambling the social order and forcing people to face existential challenges they had never imagined.Russia’s economy is heading for its biggest contraction since those days, as unemployment soars and businesses go underwater amid a near total shutdown that will last until at least May 11. The virtual implosion of the state meant people could expect no assistance from that quarter.Russia’s economy today is heading for its biggest contraction since those days, as unemployment soars and businesses go underwater amid a near total shutdown to control the spread of the coronavirus. Now the state has become very strong, and most people are waiting for the government to take care of them.”“What do you think I do for a living?”I recall visiting a coal mine near the city of Shakhti, in southern Russia, during one of the worst years, 1994. Melnikova went on to reinvent herself as a home repair expert, an interior designer, and a teacher in a private school before immigrating, briefly, to the U.S. “I was surrounded by educated people like myself, all doing the same kind of thing. Fake news 101: A guide to help sniff out the truth“Yes, I’m afraid all those hardships will return,” says Anna Abashina, who had a good job as an economist when things fell apart in the early ’90s. “We had to contend with all that.”He says the current coronavirus crisis is different from the turmoil of the ’90s. There were mass shortages, no reserves in the banks, and few real jobs to be found. “I had a friend who bought children’s denim sundresses at wholesale prices, and I would stand all day in a Moscow market selling them retail,” she says. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff/File

Women line up to buy cookies from a street vendor in Moscow in July 1990. It wasn’t easy, but I came home with food.”

Moscow
I recall the catastrophic upheaval well. Old political verities proved worthless, and government largely failed to relieve the disaster.Today’s coronavirus lockdown is a fresh nightmare for much of the world, but in Russia it is reviving painful memories of the chaotic 1990s, a social and economic cataclysm that anyone over the age of 40 knew all too well.Through hyperinflation and a banking crash I lost my life’s savings twice. So, many people are recalling the hardships they faced in the ’90s, and how they managed to adapt to completely new circumstances. May 7, 2020

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Women sell children’s clothing on the stairs leading to a subway entrance in Moscow in July 1999. The virtual implosion of the state meant people could expect no assistance from that quarter. That was because the previous economy, the Soviet system, was completely dysfunctional,” he says. Many of us keep it up, because when you know what you’re growing, you know what you’re eating.”“It was unclear how to go on living”Maya Melnikova, a Moscow architect, had expected that to be her life’s career. I’m a farmer.”They explained to me that the mine was bankrupt, but since Russia did not yet have any bankruptcy laws, it continued a zombielike existence, producing coal and selling it wherever possible. Indeed, it’s hard to understand Vladimir Putin’s Russia, where polls consistently show that people place an overwhelming priority on political stability, without appreciating that turbulent decade.Editor’s note: As a public service,   all our coronavirus coverage   is free. They, and their families, put up huge amounts of preserves for the winter.Alexei Shishkin, the head of the Union of Gardeners in the central Russian region of Tambov, says that a Soviet-era innovation of handing out rural garden plots to urbanites may have saved the country from starvation in those desperate years. She’s now retired and living in Moscow. I had come to find out how they were managing to get by, and I received an education.A group of miners took me down to the coal face – the shafts are very deep there – and I watched them clawing out coal and sending it up to the surface in big buckets. “I had a friend who bought children’s denim sundresses at wholesale prices, and I would stand all day in a Moscow market selling them retail. It wasn’t easy, but I came home with food.”Ms. Law and order all but disintegrated.“It was a terrible time to be elderly, or without education or skills,” says Yevgeny Gontmakher, who was deputy minister for social protection in the first post-Soviet government and an official adviser on social policy for much of the decade. Loading… “But for the young, the most active people, it was a time of unimaginable freedom and opportunities to do things in a totally new way.“We inherited a catastrophe. )

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When 15 former Soviet republics went their separate ways in early 1992, it wrecked supply lines, separated industries from their traditional markets, and led to economic chaos.By the middle of the decade, Russia’s economy had shrunk by around half. Sometimes they were paid in coal, which they could barter for other goods. Shishkin says. Senior pensions dried up as Russia’s economy collapsed in the ’90s. Some raised cows and chickens, or grew vegetables and potatoes. I received mine through the hospital where I worked,” Mr. “I had a small child to raise, my job had ceased to exist, and it was really difficult to even obtain food.” She found a job in a bakery. World confronts pandemic shortages. That is reminding many people of the chaotic 1990s and how they managed to adapt to completely new circumstances.The cataclysm drove people like Maya Melnikova, a Moscow architect, into odd jobs to survive.
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Letters from teens bring warmth to vets 75 years after WWII

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He was horrified and feared the French would never forgive the Allies for laying waste to their communities, even though the bombing was part of the effort to crush the Nazis.He was so concerned about the French reaction that for years he did not want to visit Normandy. Parsons said. May 7, 2020

By Danica Kirka and Alex Turnbull
Associated Press

Cabourg, France
French student Marion Nivard started writing last year to a World War II veteran in Britain, thanking him for taking part in the Normandy invasion that freed her country from the Nazis.As V-E Day approached, Marion and her classmates in the Normandy region thought of 94-year-old Bill Ridgewell and other vets living in isolation because of the COVID-19 pandemic – just as they were. For the vets, the youthful letters "let daylight into this dark time of lockdown.” 

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World War II veteran Bill Ridgewell shows a picture of himself in uniform and a postcard from French student Marion Nivard in Shaftesbury, England, May 6, 2020. Now it’s his turn.The exchanges “let daylight into this dark time of lockdown,” he told The Associated Press from his home in Shaftesbury, in southern England. Letters have eased disappointment around canceled events celebrating the 75th anniversary of the war’s end. The teens gave the guests vials of sand or soil, depending on whether they stormed the Normandy beaches or dropped from planes. Letters from teens bring warmth to vets 75 years after WWII

What can World War II veterans and 15 year-old French teens share 75 years after the end of the war? That’s an understatement really. Nationwide celebrations would have placed them in the spotlight.But the festivities have been scaled back to mostly broadcast events, including a two-minute moment of silence. I’m delighted.” Stories. Teens record a unique time in history from their perspectives. Snapshots of lunch, happy dogs on walks, and bedrooms tidied briefly for photos are standard fare. There’s one in the front garden, another in the back garden, and one in the kitchen on a rainy day. Loading… Content is secondary.Just ask Mr. Fake news 101: A guide to help sniff out the truthWriting to the veterans brought home to the teens that they are living through a unique moment in time that will be remembered by future generations, said Mayeul Macé, a history teacher at Saint-Louis Middle School in Cabourg. The teens decided to swap stories with the men about their lives under lockdown.”I think we need to be with them even if we’re not with them – if that makes sense!” said Marion, 15. I’m more than grateful! “It’s been brilliant. Ridgewell has taken up studying French so he can talk to “mes amis.”The children started writing to express their gratitude. I’m sure it makes them happy, and it makes us happy too.”The effort to share snippets of lockdown life comes at a time of disappointment for the veterans, most of whom are now in their 90s. They were looking forward to a grand party on Friday marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe. He is even creating a wall of photographs to celebrate his new friendships.Now the man who was reluctant to go to France can’t wait to go back and catch up with the teens. Ridgewell.A former school headmaster, Mr. Queen Elizabeth II will deliver a televised message, and there will be a national singalong of “We’ll Meet Again,” led by 103-year-old Vera Lynn, who made the song famous during the war. Ridgewell had his daughter, Mary, take videos of him around the house. Ridgewell was in a trench on the outskirts of Caen on July 5, 1944, when he watched Allied planes bomb the city. “They know they aren’t on their own when something comes through that letter box.”Veterans like hearing the kids talk about lockdown in all its banality. And to be grateful is the least we can do,” Marion said.The students did more than stay in touch. He wishes he could adopt them all.To show he’s in the spirit of all things lockdown, Mr. What he found surprised him: The French treated him like a hero.”They gave us freedom, and they fought for our future. He’s quick to show off a cherished snapshot of the event.He keeps his sand vials beside his armchair. Grateful? Ties formed, and letters were exchanged, said Ian Parsons, chairman of the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, which arranged the school visit.”That’s the paramount thing.” Mr. Mr. But he finally returned last year as part of celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day. “I have students who wonder what history really is, and they realized that they were experiencing something historic.”The relationships with the vets began in 2017, when a group of them spoke at the school. The students later visited the Imperial War Museum in London, and the veterans came too. Ridgewell’s pen pal and another girl from a nearby school traveled to England last year to watch him receive the Legion D’Honneur, France’s highest military and civilian decoration. President Emmanuel Macron’s address announcing the lockdown set the stage.”The president’s use of the term ‘at war’ really left its mark on the pupils,” he said. “It’s already something to be there in thoughts and sending them messages. – so the kids can work on their English.Not content to leave it there, Mr. In that one, you can see the old schoolteacher at work: He identifies everything – this is the microwave!

Working thousands of miles from home – to build a new one

“My dream was to build a place to live, and buy a place to plant,” he says, seated in his white-walled remittance house.“It was my dream, and I did it.”

What used to be far-reaching farmland is now covered in empty homes. These homes are commonly referred to as “remittance houses.”An estimated 1.4 million Guatemalans and people with Guatemalan ancestry live in the U.S., sending more than $10.5 billion in remittances home in 2019. “Otherwise, you’re looking at a life of being impoverished.”

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Loading… Big homes can divide towns into successful migrants and those who don’t have the economic cushion of remittances. But experts note that these houses have an indirect effect. Remittances make up roughly 75% of household incomes here, community leaders estimate. Last year, more than 54,500 Guatemalans were deported back to rural communities like this one. Passing a home or farm down to the next generation has deep significance in indigenous cultures here, which believe their people have a special connection to their land. The town has a large indigenous population, and Ms. Vail López   migrated to the U.S. it’s really vital that you go to the United States,” says Richard Johnson, a researcher at the University of Arizona who studies Guatemala. Minimum wage in Guatemala hovers around $11 per day, and the majority of the economy depends on low-paying, informal labor.It’s “almost destiny” that young Guatemalans will try to move abroad, he says. Castro wears traditional Maya Mam clothing. How coronavirus will change the US, from where we live to the way we connect“If you’re young and you have any aspirations of buying a home … “My dream was to build a place to live. Remittances to Latin America   are estimated to drop by nearly 20% in 2020. A remittance home may act as a safety net, but many are driven to migrate when they see such grand homes popping up around them.“It can create [these] sort of social differentiated communities that draw more people into the ‘migration economy’ as a means of keeping up,” says Professor Johnson.It’s something Marina Díaz, a former migrant and Cajolá resident, says she’s surrounded by – literally. Isidrio López   works on one of these sites, laying down slabs of concrete and gray brick with a careful hand.For the past six years, he’s sustained his family by building homes. López   owns a remittance house himself. Vail López says of migrants like his sons. Megan Janetsky/Special to The Christian Science Monitor

Virginia Castro shovels concrete mix in front of the remittance home she is building in Cajolá with her husband, Israel Vail López. This is the idea for the Guatemalans that live [in the U.S.]”Buildings like these – often constructed in a U.S. President Donald Trump ramps up migration enforcement.Mr. … I did it.”

CAJOLÁ, GUATEMALA
Israel Vail López   walks from room to room, treading across construction dust that powders the hardwood floor in this new home. He said he’s watched construction skyrocket, a reflection of Cajolá’s remittance-based economy.“The construction has always been growing, but especially in these last two or three years,” he says, leaning on a chest-high brick wall. Her tidy one-story house is wedged between buildings mimicking New Jersey suburbs and Atlanta’s classic white architecture. That inspires others to travel north, feeding the cycle of migration.Marina Díaz, a former migrant, doesn’t see the benefit: Even if someone is deported, a big house doesn’t change Guatemala’s lacking economic and educational opportunities. May 7, 2020

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Deep Read ( 4 Min. more than 20 years ago. But for Israel Vail López, building with remittances changed his life. For now, construction continues in Cajolá.Looking out across the town, it’s easy to pick out which buildings are constructed from remittances. A big home doesn’t change the fact that Guatemala isn’t a sustainable place to build a life for many young people, she says. Rising cases of coronavirus in both the United States and Guatemala may shrink remittances and slow the rapid rise of the homes, but migration and deportation continue despite the pandemic. “There’s so much land that doesn’t give food anymore,” she says.But for Mr. Even, if the owners do return, Ms. There are slim economic and educational opportunities, forcing people to seek opportunity elsewhere.From her rooftop patio, Ms. They’re symbols of the resilience – and fragility – of the American dream. They don’t plan on returning anytime soon, but sending earnings home from their jobs as construction and landscape workers in New Jersey serves as a safety net should they be deported. as unauthorized migrants due to the difficulty in getting a visa.“You don’t know if tomorrow or the next day immigration will arrive and send them to their homeland,” Mr. Díaz looks out at the grand buildings that stand on land once used to plant corn. Díaz says many won’t stick around long enough to make Cajolá home again. Loading… This is especially true in Cajolá, where 96% of the population is Maya Mam.Having a home – and the financial security that comes with that kind of asset – was a key reason Mr. )

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The rolling, green hills here have been replaced in recent years by sprawling – mostly uninhabited – homes. This jump in remittances is a product of both increased migration northward and a feeling of instability among migrants as U.S. style, with multiple stories and ornate windows, pillars, and balconies – have grown to define towns like Cajolá, made up of 15,000 people who work largely in subsistence agriculture. They are often extravagantly large compared with the modest, single-story adobe houses historically built along the rolling green hills and farmland.Guatemala is predominantly rural, and owning land represents success. He, too, built a remittance house.Back then, when telephones were scarce and illiteracy rates were high, he mailed audio cassette tapes to his wife and sons, detailing in their language, Mam, how he wanted the new home to look.Today, Cajolá is a checkerboard of construction, with gray brick and scaffolding alongside multicolored homes. He paid for it with 10 years of work on a New York dairy farm. Vail López, that very shift has transformed his family’s life and offers them hope. It’s a motivator for many to migrate, and earn the funds to build. That money is used to pay school fees, put food on the table for family members left behind, or to bolster the local economies in towns and villages where employment opportunities are nearly nonexistent. It has high ceilings and freshly painted white walls, and he proudly turns on the lights to show his hard work.This house and another Mr. These so-called remittance homes are built with money sent back to Guatemala by migrants in the U.S., serving for many as a safety net in case of deportation. Remittances from the U.S. For many, these houses encapsulate the American dream. Vail López   is working on belong to his children, Juan and José. He came back to Cajolá in 2010 once he’d saved up enough money to build his family’s home.In Cajolá, migration and remittances have generated economic security, infrastructure, and jobs. Working thousands of miles from home – to build a new one

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Even as deportations continue, and COVID-19 shutdowns reduce work for migrants, “remittance homes” keep rising in Guatemala’s highlands. While some migrate legally, many arrive to the U.S. The majority sit vacant, changing the social structure of her town. “But here they have a place to live. Cajolá is a product of decades of migration and the inextricable relationship between migrants and the community they left behind. – $10.5 billion in 2019 – fund infrastructure projects, pay school fees, and ensure there’s food. But there are consequences. In 2014, they left the Guatemalan highlands to seek opportunity thousands of miles away in the United States.
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“They don’t confront armies firing at them lightly, or the virus, or the power of the sectarian militias that are unleashed on them every once in a while.“They need to be driven by some kind of really intense, almost insane force to get them to do this,” he adds. Hammoud. Nobody knows the answer to that. But it is the combination of wide poverty, work stoppages, and no apparent end to “dysfunctional management and corruption” that have made COVID-19 appear to be the lesser danger.“They say, ‘Let me die from the virus, but if I have a chance to bring about a better government, and have a better life for my kids, then [let me] risk that,’” he says. Hammoud in Tripoli. “They will tell you, ‘We’re going to die of hunger, so it’s either coronavirus or hunger.’ They don’t even care anymore. There is a virus; what are you guys doing?’” says Ms. No paywall. )

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Last fall it was anger against a corrupt political elite and decades of sectarian rule that sparked hundreds of thousands of Lebanese to rise up in a wave of dramatic protests that led the nation’s prime minister to resign. The holy month of fasting has been transformed by social distancing requirements that limit family gatherings and by high prices that cap meal size.“The first time they did a protest [breaking the lockdown], everyone was complaining,” says Ms. How coronavirus will change the US, from where we live to the way we connectThe result is that Lebanon’s legions of protesters – furious, and more widely poor and hungry than ever before – have arrived at a breaking point, where anger at the lack of political change overcomes the fear of infection. They are going to lose anyway; that’s why they are on the street.”On top of quarantine job losses and a currency that lost 60% of its value in just weeks, there is additional stress during Ramadan. Why Lebanese protesters are risking a return to the streets

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A defiant wave of Lebanese protests last fall sought to fundamentally change a political system seen as corrupt. “But then, with time, we couldn’t complain anymore, because we knew that they are going through hell.”

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Demonstrators with masks depicting the Lebanese flag gesture during a Labor Day protest against growing economic hardship, in Beirut, May 1, 2020. They’re part of a revival of Arab world anti-government protests – a so-called Arab Spring 2.0 – that began last autumn and took hold from Algeria and Sudan to Iraq and Lebanon.Rami Khouri, the renowned journalist and a professor at the American University of Beirut, says the latest outburst in Lebanon is a “turning point” – defying a pandemic to challenge entrenched and uncaring politicians – but should be seen as part of a longer-term Arab transformation.The greater danger“It really is one regional wave in which government or political authorities –   most of which are military-linked, or sectarian oligarchies –   have steadily lost their credibility, efficacy, and legitimacy,” says Professor Khouri, who is also a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Yahya. Now, amid a pandemic, poverty and hunger is renewing the protesters’ willingness to take risks. “What Lebanon is facing today is likely to last for years, and the chances of recovery are thin.”Post-pandemic plansThat is the calculation anti-government activists are making, as they prepare for the next round of post-pandemic protests.“People think that, after the lockdown, we are going to go back to universities, schools, and jobs, but we know that’s not going to happen,” says Ms. We don’t know. Lebanon’s protests have brought the country to the brink of chaos before, forcing a prime minister to resign. “The question then becomes: If the protesters then go back home, how long can they withstand this? The result is that Lebanon’s legions of protesters have arrived at a breaking point, where anger at the lack of political change overcomes the fear of infection.People “have been hungry for a while,” says Rami Khouri, a prominent journalist and a professor at the American University of Beirut. “The citizenry, in the meantime, in tandem, has been steadily pauperized, marginalized, and treated with disdain.”It’s not just that they are hungry, because people “have been hungry for a while,” says Professor Khouri. “And that, as far as I can see, is their own sense of dehumanization.”Indeed, even if demonstrators are not making an explicit virus-versus-bullets computation, Lebanon’s unprecedented economic crisis now overshadows all else.“Protesters who have been arrested have spoken of being tortured in custody, beaten viciously and electrocuted by army intelligence units,” Lina Mounzer, a writer and translator in Beirut, wrote today in The New York Times. Hammoud, a 20-something activist from Tripoli, about those who are demonstrating again. Citing the coronavirus pandemic, the government disbanded the last protest camps only in March.But in recent weeks the virus lockdown has triggered additional pain: massive job losses and a falling currency that have wiped out savings, sent prices soaring, and heightened desperation. London
Nisrine Hammoud, a veteran Lebanese protester, could not believe what she was seeing last week in her northern city of Tripoli.Enraged anew at a swift economic collapse that deepened both their poverty and their hunger, fellow demonstrators broke the country’s COVID-19 curfew and took to the streets.While the anger against a corrupt political elite and decades of sectarian rule that sparked hundreds of thousands of Lebanese to rise up last October have not disappeared, the government wasted little time citing the pandemic to dismantle remaining protest camps in late March.But in recent weeks, the virus lockdown has triggered additional pain: massive job losses and a currency in free fall have wiped out savings, caused a dollar shortage and soaring prices, and sparked new levels of desperation.Editor’s note: As a public service,   all our coronavirus coverage   is free. It’s going to be even more aggressive this time.”In the meantime, she and her fellow activists are gathering donations for food distributions, so far to hundreds of families, to prevent them from being catered to during Ramadan by political parties that will demand support in return.“That’s what we are afraid of, because [people] are so, so vulnerable that they can be easily controlled all over again,” she says.Indeed, the coronavirus has been used as an excuse by the political elite not to act quickly or decisively on economic reforms, says Professor Khouri.“That’s the danger: A lot of action happens, but no change happens,” he says. Lebanon shoulders more than $90 billion of debt and defaulted on sovereign debt payments for the first time in March.Those factors, and the clear unwillingness of Lebanon’s political elite – whose sectarian rule for decades has been based on plundering national resources to benefit party clients – have made international donors wary of helping without seeing reforms first.Kristalina Georgieva, the head of the International Monetary Fund, said Monday that Lebanon’s plan was “an important step forward,” and that talks would begin on “much needed reforms.” But Maha Yahya, head of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, wrote in an analysis days earlier that most of the obvious reforms “would undermine the vested interests of the politicians and the parties, who thus far have proven unwilling to accept the pain of adjustment.”The renewal of street protests, despite the coronavirus, “implicitly assumes that the public has no expectation that the politicians will address the root causes of the country’s financial crisis,” writes Ms. Hundreds took part in the funeral that day of a young man killed in Tripoli in riots the night before. May 6, 2020

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A police officer gestures to firefighters as they extinguish a police car set on fire by anti-government protesters in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, April 28, 2020. While only the latest episode in a decade of dramatic, regime-changing unrest across the Arab world, analysts note that Lebanese protesters are the first to disregard the virus in their demand for wholesale change.The anger spilled over first in Tripoli, Lebanon’s second city in one of its poorest regions, where protesters risked infection, tear gas, and live fire from the army – which left one man dead – to burn banks, battle security forces, and declare their fresh uprising a “hunger revolution.”“For them, it’s a lose-lose situation,” says Ms. “Against these horrors and the everyday despair of no longer being able to afford the simplest things, the threat of the virus, despite 741 cases and 25 deaths in Lebanon so far, has faded into abstraction.”

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A demonstrator gestures near Lebanese soldiers standing guard during a Labor Day protest in Beirut, May 1, 2020. Hammoud, who   first spoke with the Monitor last November, a Lebanese flag draped across her shoulders, at a cluster of protest tents in Martyrs’ Square in central Beirut.“Even we, the people that usually join the protest, were complaining, saying, ‘This is not the right time for it. Lebanon’s protests managed to force the resignation of one prime minister, but a long-awaited five-year economic recovery package, promised months ago and heavily dependent on winning International Monetary Fund aid, was only announced last week.The small nation’s vital statistics are as bad as at any time since the end of the 1975-90 civil war. But it is the combination of a large majority that is now “officially poor,” work stoppages, and no apparent end to “dysfunctional management and corruption,” that have made COVID-19 appear to be the lesser danger.“They say, ‘Let me die from the virus, but if I have a chance to bring about a better government, and have a better life for my kids, then [let me] risk that,’” he says.“For many people, life has lost its meaning. “We’re all going to hit the streets again. Loading… That sounds crazy, but people don’t do what they are doing lightly,” he says.
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R.a. The Rugged Man – Life Of The Party Lyrics

[Intro:]
Yeah baby it’s Phil Cassess we’re back live on night-talk talking about dirt -bag derelict   R.A   The Rugged Man,   for the love of god somebody   put a stop to this guy
[Chorus:]
Fast cats, filthy nights
The grimy, grungy ways
No jobs and startin’ fights, them dirty crusty days
All good in paradise
Woo woo woo woo
Over and over the party stay jumpin’
Over and over the party stay jumpin’
Over and over the party stay jumpin’
[Verse 1: R.A]
I was born to be the best to flow ever
I knew it before I hit puberty back when I was bumpin’ Go Stetsa
I was hateful, I’d punch you in the face for sayin’ hi to me
But today I try to chill out and not react so violently
People ask is it possible to be positive when most your life you was the opposite could a negative pessimist be an optimist
Known for being fat, being crazy and always cursin’
It was just my reputation I was even worse in person
Robbin’ Schemin’ and scammin’ rootin’ and tootin’ and shootin’
Peace to me was an illusion beefin’ was my only solution
I was banned from performing at mad places
I was known for leavin’ them bleedin’ and breaking bottles on fans’ faces
Self-depracatin’ unsavory I needed medication majorly
I was sinkin’ in morale degradation and depravity
Addicted to hookers I was an animal wreckin’ shit
The amount of p*ssy I paid for I could have probably fixed the national deficit
I was fist fightin’ fans in moshpits
Busy beating people unconscious with speakers instead of makin’ pop hits
My life
[Chorus:]
Fast cash, filthy nights
The grimey grungy ways
Blowjobs and startin’ fights, them dirty crusty days
It’s all good in paradise
Woo woo woo woo
Over and over the party stay jumpin’
Over and over the party stay jumpin’
Over and over the party stay jumpin’
[Verse 2: R.A]
Yo
I make game changin’ recordings never took precautions
I lost all of my endorsements always beefin’ with law enforcement
Gun totin’ grenade holdin’ fights that I’m in I’m winnin’ them but I’m
Getting older I’m tryin’ to keep the ignorance to the minimum
I still smack up any fan that act up but i don’t put them in a hospital I just get em to behave and back up
I used to urinate on women now I take ’em to dinners
Don’t mean to disappoint most of my degenerate listeners
Used to be in whore houses beggin’ for free bees
Bumpin’ the beasties in my tighty whitey BVD’s
Throwin’ feces Fans are like “What did Rugged man go soft?”
What they got him pumped up on Prozac or Zoloft? Yeah, I’m mad negative you want positivity now I’m doing conscious records with Talib Kweli
My belly full of hunger my heart full of hatred it was hard to take it I could barely make it hard to escape it
I had to get my head off of that hate shit
Always wanted to go ape shit and break shit gettin’ groupies and strippers naked that’s the life I created, the party
[Chorus:]
Fast cash, filthy nights
The grimey grungy ways
Blowjobs and startin’ fights, them dirty crusty days
It’s all good in paradise
Woo woo woo woo
Over and over the party stay jumpin’
Over and over the party stay jumpin’
Over and over the party stay jumpin’
Hands up
[Verse 3: R.A]
I used to curse god but now I rather say a prayer to him
My life was a modern Sodom Gomorrah livin’ in ruin
Our hearts was ice cold never thought that we would open ours
Rollin’ with coked up stock brokers with broken cigars
Rollin’ in stolen cars we was hip hops brokest stars
Road rage, break your windshield with bats and crowbars
We had specially built treadmills for training the pitbulls
I have 13 knives and four pistols quick to hit fools
Now I shake hands sign autographs I’m friendly
I used to hate fans everyone to me was my enemy
Now when I’m out with some fine females I might head to a fancy french restaurant sip wine and eat snails
Used to smack chicks in the face with my dick and make the whore spread
Now I tuck my girl into bed and kiss her on the forehead
I’m a chill dude now at least I try to be
I calmed down, but don’t try me that ignorant kid he’s still livin’ inside of me
The party
[Chorus:]
Fast cash, filthy nights
The grimey grungy ways
Blowjobs and startin’ fights, them dirty crusty days
It’s all good in paradise
Woo woo woo woo
Over and over the party stay jumpin’
Over and over the party stay jumpin’
Over and over the party stay jumpin’
Hands up

Wolfheart – The Hammer Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Last one against a legion
Brigade of death marches ahead
Reload and aim higher
Dig deeper into your   tomb
Underneath   the cannon fire
[Chorus]
In   the eye of the storm
Dead silence
Rise   of the final dawn
Dawn of the violence
[Verse 2]
Frozen soil where the blood of your brothers
Runs cold
Runs red on the ground
[Bridge]
Never surrender
Never retreat
The last defender
The hammer of the north
Never surrender
Never retreat
The last defender
The hammer of the north
[Chorus]
In the eye of the storm
Dead silence
Rise of the final dawn
Dawn of the violence
[Instrumental Break]
[Chorus]
In the eye of the storm
Dead silence
Rise of the final dawn
Dawn of the violence

So Long Forgotten – Harlot Lyrics

[Intro (Continued from Pilgrim)]
Is for the birds
[Verse 1]
If for all I care you could be an angel
Lying upon a   flower
I’d   still reach the   mighty heavens
To desecrate your wings
[Chorus]
I hold   this gift far enough from your past
To keep your begging   hands
See   I   know the formula
For   getting what I   want
[Verse 2]
But it’s all the same
And it’s where I belong
And I, I made quite a mess of things
But if it’s innocent
Than it’s where I belong
Well I surely, made a mess of it
But it’s all the same
And it’s it right where I belong
Oh we made quite a mess of things
[Bridge]
And I’m everything you want
All you held out for
Is this what it was
All you held out for
Oh harlot, pure of heart
Pure of heart, well is this passion compassion
Press on, press on, press on
We, we will press on

Tommy Torres – Interludio Jibaro Lyrics

[Verso]
Lelolelay, lelolay, lelolelo
No se puede recojer lo que se ha llevado el viento
No es posible retomar lo que ha borrado el tiempo
Hay errores en la vida que se pagan con desprecio

King Gordy – F.k. Lyrics (feat. The Fat Killahz)

All I wanted to be, a Fat Killah
I always knew I would be a Fat Killah
The only future for me, a Fat Killah
We are a family
I’m gon’ ride for F.K.! All I wanted to be, a Fat Killah
I always knew I would be a Fat Killah
The only future for me, a Fat Killah
We are a family
I will die for F.K.! (I am)
Crew shifty, been known to do semis (Huh-uh)
Act shimmy, we quick to say gimme (Gimme that)
Gimme your burger (Huh-uh), gimme your purse (Yeah)
Mad disperse, ’till your family holler “Get me a hearse!”
Fat Killahz is the name on the shirt (See), ’till I lay in the dirt (Huh-uh)
I’ma have it my way for certain, I’m big with a worthy purpose
A fat revolutionist, everybody get down! [Verse 2: Marv Won]
Yo, it’s Young Wheeze, I’m the block commando
We can’t be touched, too hot to handle
I’m a Pitbull, a Cocker Spaniel
Come equipped with lots of ammo
The fifth will slam you with the blitz and Rambo
I’m the Fat Killah that hard headed
It is the law, Marv said it
Cocky nigga with a bra fetish (What up)
I want domestic and the bra tethered
Bring your squadron, they can all get it
See it’s a lot of guys leaving at nights (Nights)
But I’m just not believing in height (Uh-uh)
See I know they man’s gassing ’em so I believe that they might
Get Hepatitis C and fight, that’s a bad move
I’ve been in this shit since niggas was playing bad dudes
Detroit raised off Faygo pops and fast foods
Nigga I’m bad news, I rep the F to the death
Play boys will confuse God, can’t move
[Hook: King Gordy]
I gon’ ride for F.K.! All I wanted to be, a Fat Killah
I always knew I would be a Fat Killah
The only future for me, a Fat Killah
We are a family
I’m gon’ ride for F.K.! All I wanted to be, a Fat Killah
I always knew I would be a Fat Killah
The only future for me, a Fat Killah
We are a family
I will die for F.K.! [Hook: King Gordy]
I gon’ ride for F.K.! [Verse 1: Fatt Father]
I’m on a whole ‘nother level (In a whole ‘nother world)
In a whole ‘nother city (With a whole ‘nother girl)
Spittin’ image of Biggie with no ditty
The D ain’t pretty you flatline for pennies (For real)
At 14 I weighed above 50
With a passion for microphones and big titties
Go, ride your bike alone, screw Timmy (I’m with that)
Eat a stake if you like this song, who with me? All I wanted to be, a Fat Killah
I always knew I would be a Fat Killah
The only future for me, a Fat Killah
We are a family
I will die for F.K.! All I wanted to be, a Fat Killah
I always knew I would be a Fat Killah
The only future for me, a Fat Killah
We are a family
I’m gon’ ride for F.K.! All I wanted to be, a Fat Killah
I always knew I would be a Fat Killah
The only future for me, a Fat Killah
We are a family
I will die for F.K.! [Hook: King Gordy]
I gon’ ride for F.K.! [Verse 3: King Gordy]
Please believe me, beens the meanest (The meanest)
To me it seems your team is weaklings (Weaklings)
They bleed from things that rings from squeezing (Squeezing)
Don’t need his rings ’cause he’s deceased and (Deceased and)
These peoples he’s did bring the fleet of marines
I’ll leave him being screaming “Please, oh king we didn’t mean it
We will flee from the scene to keep us breathing, we’re retreating
Now we can be defeated” We some G’s see we will sweep your street
We’ll creep with beings, zombie don’t you see you are sinking with me
You are leaking, you’re bleeding, you’re seeing them demons
You dreaming, you thinking of reasons you fiending to be released
But first release your Jesus peace
You’re a piece of meat we need to eat
No need to speak, capeesh? [verse 4: Bang Belushi]
Stop the F.K., get hit with nine ninas
Next week me on the cover of Don Diva (Hahaha)
Fresh as f*ck and I’m too clean with it (Huh-uh)
Them bailed your ones your boys so mean with it (Woo)
White teeth in it gotta put a team with it (Huh-uh)
Let the dice hit the wall, get cream with it (Yeah)
He talkin’ ’bout six but you never see him in it (Huh-uh)
You never see him in it ’cause he never seen your digits (No)
My watch so gaudy I can’t see the minutes
Windows all tinted, why you can’t see me in it (Huh-uh)
Flow doing kush so you know I’m seeing benus (Yeah)
Hey man, hallelujah, can I get a witness (Woo)
Take a shot of whiskey then I wash it down with Guinness (Huh-uh)
F.K., the gang, damn right I get it finished
Right, yes, I mean get it finished
International bank get hit like the dentist
[Hook: King Gordy]
I gon’ ride for F.K.! All I wanted to be, a Fat Killah
I always knew I would be a Fat Killah
The only future for me, a Fat Killah
We are a family
I’m gon’ ride for F.K.!

Alex Kyza – Muy Lento Lyrics

Kyza, masacre
Official the champion boy
Ye ye, el capitan
En la disco toda la noche yo buscandote a ti
Siento el bajo moviendo tu cuerpo
Ella mueve su cadera pa mi
Y de ai nos vamos lentos
Pegadito a tu cuerpo, lento
Calentita yo te siento, lento
Con eso no pierdo tiempo, lento
Yes, y de ai nos vamos lento
Demasido de alcohol mezclado con el humo
Nos fuimos a capella esta noche soy seguro
Ando con el combo y el tronco elefante
Si se pone ready te rompo el panthel
Bailamo toda la noche la perreo no me canso
Llegamos nosotros y ustedes se ponen manso
Diamantes brillando y el combo lleno de wawa
Botellas rosadas me tienen hablando al paso
Quemando el maon dady ya la tengo out
Ella me tira el pelo en la cara so mach
Le agarro ese bury y aprovechando el momento
Ella me dijo al oido pa lo quiero lento
Entonce la pillo ai, ai, ai
Duro a lo lento lo quiere sentir
Que le de por ai, ai, ai
Duro a lo lento la pone crazy
Entonce la pillo ai, ai, ai
Duro a lo lento lo quiere sentir
Que le de por ai, ai, ai
Duro a lo lento la pone crazy
(yes, kyza)
En la disco toda la noche yo buscandote a ti
Siento el bajo moviendo tu cuerpo
Ella mueve su cadera pa mi
Y de ai nos vamos lentos
Pegadito a tu cuerpo, lento
Calentita yo te siento, lento
Con eso no pierdo tiempo, lento
Yes, y de ai nos vamos lento
Lento, calentito que se sienta
Maniana amanecemos con dolor de cabeza
Los dos sudando ella me dice aprieta
Despues que se calienta me la como completa
Aprovecho
Con ella yo me quedo de su cuerpo no me harto
Sex cool de eso no me canso
Me grita agresivo pero me lo pide lento
Para mi perfecto …
Aunque disimula se le ve cuando camina
Un poco de medicina y le doi la vitamina
Lo hago toda la noche y los dos andamos …
En camara lenta pa que ella disfrute el show
En la disco toda la noche yo buscandote a ti
Siento el bajo moviendo tu cuerpo
Ella mueve su cadera pa mi
Y de ai nos vamos lentos

Hexvessel – Demian Lyrics

Crimson like a fever
Blood of fire in vein
A sun we rise
To magnify his name
We speak   for   the angels
Eat the   book from their hand
We suffer gladly
In   our bargain with the devil
He will show you symmetry
Earth’s satanic majesty
His voice comes from within
“Immortal souls
Of ancient star
I call to those
Who wear the mark!”
Both light and darkness
United in Cain
Take this kiss
And sanctify Abraxas
From the bondage of evil
Spirit body wakes
A gnostic host
Of devils and angels
He will show you destiny
His voice comes from within
Immortal souls
Of ancient star
I call to those
Who wear the mark
Demian!

Lonnie Donegan – Ham ‘n’ Eggs Lyrics

Ham and eggs, pork and beans
I would’a had more, boys, but the cook was so mean
I’m gonna ro-o-oll, roll in a hurry, hurry, hurry
To make it on the side o’ the road
If I had known my captain was blind
Wouldn’t’a come to work, boys, when the clock struck nine
I’m gonna ro-o-oll, roll in a hurry, hurry, hurry
To make it on the side o’ the road
Pork and beans, pork and beans
Would’a had more, but the cook was so mean
I’m gonna ro-o-oll, roll in a hurry, hurry, hurry
To make it on the side o’ the road
If I had known my captain was back
I wouldn’t’a sold that special, gun that is, that I once had
Ooh well, gonna ro-o-oll, roll in a hurry, hurry, hurry
To make it on the side o’ the road
Ham and eggs, pork and beans
Would’a had more, but the cook was so mean, ah mean
I’m gonna ro-o-oll, roll in a hurry, hurry, hurry
Oh, to make it on the side o’ the road
Ham and eggs, pork and beans
Would’a had more, boy, but the cook was so mean
I’m gonna ro-o-oll, roll in a hurry, hurry, hurry
Oh, to make it on the side o’ the road
Oh, to make it on the side o’ the road
Oh, to make it on the side o’ the road

R.a. The Rugged Man – The Slayers Club Lyrics (feat. M.o.p., Vinnie Paz, Chris Rivers, Onyx, Chino Xl, Brand Nubian & Ice-t)

Liveness, still outta control for ya
We home team, we gon’ roll for ya
Marksmen, put ’em in a hole for ya
Yeah, yeah, put ’em in a hole for ya
Yeah, yeah, creep up on ’em slow for ya
Long range, boom! the Rugged Man]
I snatch purses, I piss in churches, I work the burners
In Lucifer’s furnace, sip the blood of a virgin out of a thermos
I gun buck ’em, f*ck a fist, the Razor Ruddock cut a wrist
I cut ’em, gut ’em like a fish and let ’em lay in gutter piss
The bats, gats, battle ax make a back collapse
Slap a Democrat, pack a rat, smack crackers in MAGA hats
I rewind the time, put you in a dumpster aborted
I crush your skull into dust, chop it to powder and snort it
[Interlude]
Bran-Br-Br-Brand Nubian (Once again!)
Br-Brand Nubian
[Verse 6: Sadat X, Lord Jamar & Both]
Punks jump up to get beat down
I’ll throw you in a f*ckin’ trunk with your feet bound
Niggas want beef? (M.O.) MO-Ps
You already know my M.O. Yo R.A., love you brother, yeah
[Chorus: M.O.P., Billy Danze & Lil Fame]
Same   script, who come up outta the fold for ya? (M.O.) OGs
Bong! Let it go for ya
M.O.P., we put ’em in a hole for ya
[Verse 4: Sticky Fingaz & Fredro Starr]
Strap the f*ck up, I just came out a coma
You better buckle up, we running niggas over
If I ain’t throwin’ shots, then I must’ve been sober
You ain’t smoking sticky-icky, one hit’ll choke ya
I’m sick with it, a mental patient psyche would admit it
Where crimes get committed and niggas get drug addicted
When niggas on Rikers be biddin’, razors be getting spit in
Cut his face up, now he need stitches
[Verse 5: R.A. Let it go for ya
M.O.P., we put ’em in a hole for ya
[Verse 7: Ice-T]
Yeah, Iceberg, nigga
The Rugged Man made the call, I’m here
My niggas ain’t Bloods, they straight Crippin’
My niggas ain’t cool, they set trippin’
Thought it was a game, ’til you felt that hot lead
My gats ain’t semi, they belt fed
Pop up at ya motherf*ckin’ crib like god damn
Found out where you lived on your Instagram
25 cops at the crime scene
My niggas crash your pad like a SEAL Team
Burn motherf*cker, one syllable Ice
More whips than The Passion of Christ
[Verse 8: Billy Danze, Lil Fame & Both]
Blam-bong, blam-bong, blood lies and alibis
Tell his mama reply before this turn into a homicide
Nigga, ante up the ransom (Come on!)
Tell that bitch to hurry up before I blam son
(Cause we) Do it all day (We) do it the hard way
(We) Do it the Brook-nam way, I’m talkin’ broad day
(We) We be the M.O. Liveness, still outta control for ya
We home team, we gon’ roll for ya
Marksmen, put ’em in a hole for ya
Yeah, yeah, put ’em in a hole for ya
Yeah, yeah, creep up on ’em slow for ya
Long range, boom! Get your meat ground
NYC, this not a sweet town
Hear the crack of the bones and let the streets run red
Have you shackled in your home with the gun to your head
This is personal, it ain’t shit about bread
Reversible skull when I’m splittin’ that head
[Chorus: M.O.P., Billy Danze & Lil Fame]
Same script, who come up outta the fold for ya? Let it go for ya
M.O.P., we put ’em in a hole for ya
[Verse 1: Vinnie Paz]
This official pistol gang, Philly where we bang at
Pull up in the Bugatti and hit ’em where they hang at
There was no consideration where them bullets rang at
You was gettin’ popped if you was hangin’ where they slang at
Rugged Man is always wildin’ out, boy trippin’
That’s what you get for thinkin’ you live like an audition
Bullets coming out of the blue like they called Griffin
Fuel injector, funeral director, the mortician
[Verse 2: Chris Rivers]
Y’all better fall back or get jaws cracked
All facts, I go to your skull, y’all softer than ballsacks
Pause, but say my force is the Fourth Horsemen, I’m all that
Splatter your organs, spread it on walls and call it a Rorschach
Guess the image is a butterfly, my fist is lightning, rain and thunder
I can snuff a guy and make him wish his mother died
And break anatomy, chemically causing casualties
Endlessly blow your brains out or shatter your memories
[Verse 3: Chino XL]
The living god that is held at the highest regard
With more sick entries than Whitney Houston’s toxicology report
Who got top chart position in an image that’s tricking the children
With a little litter that’s some other bitter imbecile has written
But I’m spittin’ raw voodoo
I saw through you like a woman in a wooden box
And I’m a magician, give you a face peel
Not the type you get from an aesthetician
I stomp your skull ’til it breaks with an ice skate
If y’all niggas is lit, then Chino’s burned at the stake
[Chorus: M.O.P., Billy Danze & Lil Fame]
Same script, who come up outta the fold for ya? Liveness, still   outta   control   for ya
We home   team, we gon’   roll for ya
Marksmen, put ’em in a hole for ya
Yeah, yeah, put ’em in a hole for ya
Yeah, yeah, creep up on ’em slow for ya
Long range, boom! [Intro: Sample, Billy Danze & Vinnie Paz]
Yeah, when the devil come boy
The devil devil gon’ come come smiling
Yo, what the f*ck   these   niggas talking about,   man?

De Huilende Rappers – Liniaal Lyrics

Ik had laatst een broodje gegeten
Wat te lang was om te meten
Daarom meet ik alles met mijn liniaal
Lini-lini-lini-lini-liniaal
Daarom meet ik alles met mijn liniaal
Lini-lini-lini-lini-liniaal

Tommy Torres – El Trabajito Lyrics

¿Por qué?)
[Coro: Tommy Torres]
Cuando las mujeres quieren a los hombres
Prenden cuatro velas y se las ponen por los rincones
Compran de esos libros que les llaman de colecciones
Van a la cocina y allí les prestan sus oraciones
[Verso 3: Tego Calderón]
Te tienen que haber dao’ agua ‘e fregao’, mi socio
No era destila’, era de pozo
Que ¿cómo fué? [Puente: Tommy Torre, Tego Calderón]
Dime que me has hecho vida mía
(Dime qué, dime qué)
Porque ésto más que amor ya es brujería
(¿Por qué tú me haces esto, mija? Que un día te levantas y se te meten por dentro corriendo por toa’
Las venas
No sé desde cuando pero ella me va buscando, me va encontrando y me
Va gustando
Es que me tiene mareao’, divagando, borracho
[Puente: Tommy Torres]
Dime que me has hecho vida mía
Porque ésto a mi me huele a brujería
[Coro: Tommy Torres]
Cuando las mujeres quieren a los hombres
Prenden cuatro velas y se las ponen por los rincones
Compran de esos libros que les llaman de colecciones
Van a la cocina y allí les prestan sus oraciones
Dile
Viento va, Viento va
[Verso 2: Tommy Torres]
Algunas lo dan todo otras no dan nada
Unas se quitan la ropa y otras no le hace falta
Lo cierto es que cuando dicen que un hombre es suyo
El hombre es suyo
Y aun más cierto es que estoy aquí buscándola, deseándola, pidiéndola
Inventándola en mis lamentos
¿Qué será lo que me has hecho nena? [Coro: Tommy Torres]
Cuando las mujeres quieren a los hombres
Prenden cuatro velas y se las ponen por los rincones
Compran de esos libros que les llaman de colecciones
Van a la cocina y allí les prestan sus oraciones
[Verso 1: Tommy Torres]
¿Qué será? No te rompa el coco
Los trabajos malos con fé los destrozo
Sus porquerías se las revocamos
Si hay que perdonar perdonamos, que carajo
Papá creo un día despues del otro (¿pa’ quién?)
Pa’ gente como nosotros (OK)
Bota el golpe sin ponerse torpe
En este mundo de cemento hay monte
De sobra, Verde esperanza y por lejos que esté se alcanza
Los ciegos sin anteojos ven todo
Lo que no sirve, le dan de codo
El amor es como lotería
Gana el que tiene suerte, no el que merecía
[Coro: Tommy Torres, Tego Calderón]
Cuando las mujeres quieren a los hombres
Prenden cuatro velas y se las ponen por los rincones
Prenden cuatro velas y se ponen a
Compran de esos libros que les llaman de colecciones
(Compran libros de trucos, de cosas, de legiones)
Van a la cocina y allí les prestan sus oraciones
(¿Qué fué?)
[Cierre: Tommy Torres, Tego Calderón]
Ay, mujeres quieren a los hombres
Hay mujeres y hay mujeres
Prenden cuatro velas
Hay que tener cuidado con lo que comes
Hechizos te ponen
Cuando las mujeres
Que prendan velas por montones
Que yo tengo el que me proteje
Cuando las mujeres
Que me quiere, me cuida
Prenden cuatro velas y te las ponen por los rincones
Ten cuidao’ con lo que comes Tommy ¿Qué será lo que tienen unas pero no otras?