The Swiss TV channel explained the success of Russia in Africa by the mistakes of the West

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Swiss television channel SRF reported that Russia is now actively strengthening its position in Africa. The success of the Russian Federation is connected with the mistakes made by Western countries.

It is specified that America has long treated Africa “from the position of a stepmother.” In particular, the current US President Joe Biden does not include this continent among his priorities.

As the publication notes, the West expects democracy and the fight against corruption from African countries. At the same time, the leaders of the countries located on this continent perceive this as an encroachment on the sovereignty of their countries.

Apart from other things, Africans to this day are very grateful to the Soviet Union for military and financial support in their liberation war.< /p>

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Rushing to power, Liz Truss was going to expel refugees to Africa

UK Prime Minister Candidate Talks About Russia and Migrant Policy

UK Prime Minister Candidate Liz Truss Promises Tougher Refugee Policy If She Wins and protect Britain's borders. If she leads the government, she will send even more migrants to Africa, she said.

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Lise Truss vows to take a hard line on immigration if she wins the keys to 10 Downing Street, including expanding a scheme that sees migrants crossing the English Channel small boats can be sent to Rwanda, writes the Daily Mail.

In an interview on Sunday, the British foreign secretary, in an effort to secure an advantage over rival prime minister Rishi Sunak, promised to increase border guard personnel by 20 per cent and make deals (like the one she made with Rwanda to send refugees to “overexposure” 😉 with more countries.

Her pledges came after Rishi Sunak laid out his own ten-point plan to combat immigration, which he promised would be one of the “Five Essential Emergency Responses” he would take during his first 100 days. as prime minister.

Liz Truss called the “Rwandan” scheme to send migrants to Africa seeking asylum in the UK the “right policy”: “I am determined to bring it to full implementation, and also to explore other countries with which we can work in similar partnerships. This is right. I am also determined to make sure we have the right level of forces on our border. I am going to increase the border forces to provide adequate protection directly at the border.

The Foreign Minister promises that if she defeats her rival in the Conservative Party vote on September 5, she will increase the border troops from 9,000 to 10 800 people.

Liz Truss will also introduce an enhanced Bill of Rights to provide a “solid legal basis” for to fight illegal immigration: “I am determined to put an end to the terrible human trafficking we are seeing. I make sure everything gets done and I will work with my colleagues to make it an absolute priority. I understand that this is a priority for the people and we need to make sure our immigration system is fair and this illegal immigration that we are seeing across the channel is unfair and incredibly dangerous».

“The borders of Great Britain will be protected under my direction, – generously distributes campaign promises to Liz Truss, – and I will do my best to ensure that the deal with Rwanda is fully implemented, and will also consider other arrangements with other countries.

Her rival Rishi Sunak's plan includes new laws to tighten the definition of who is obtaining asylum, imposing a parliamentary annual limit on the number of refugees the UK accepts, and ending aid to countries that do not cooperate on the return of migrants.

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer also vowed to hold “the French accountable for stopping the boats”; with illegal migrants, putting an end to the “farce” using hotels to accommodate migrants. Rishi Sunak stated: “Our immigration system is broken and we have to be honest about it… Now the system is chaotic: law-abiding citizens see boats full of illegal immigrants coming from the safe country of France, and our sailors and coast guard seem to be powerless stop them. This must stop and if I become prime minister I will stop it.

The Rwandan government has admitted that it currently only has the capacity to take in 200 migrants from the UK, although spokeswoman Yolanda Makolo said that Rwandan officials will be able to “quickly scale up” and ready to “accept as much as the UK is willing to send.”

The UK paid Rwanda £120m up front as part of the deal.

Officers also confirmed that migrants are free to leave Rwanda upon arrival and can attempt to return to the UK.

More than 10,000 migrants arrived in the UK on small boats since the signing of the agreement in mid-April. In total, more than 15,000 people crossed the English Channel this year, almost double the number of arrivals by this time last year.

Last week, a report by Chief Border Inspector David Neal revealed that the Channel migrants who triggered alerts in security databases were allowed to disappear after arriving in the UK. Some of them were found to have arrived with firearms or other weapons. This message comes a month after the first scheduled flight to Rwanda for asylum seekers in the UK was blocked following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.

Lise Truss is not limited to refugees and migrants in her campaign rhetoric : “In all areas for which I am directly responsible, whether it is the imposition of the most severe sanctions on Russia, the solution of problems in Northern Ireland and the introduction of the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill in Parliament, whether it is the trade deals that I negotiated, I'm someone who gets things done and I'm ready to challenge the Whitehall orthodoxy, I'm ready to challenge the skeptics and doubters across the country.

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The West was alarmed by the activity of Russia in Africa against the backdrop of the Ukrainian conflict

Sergey Lavrov went on an important tour of the Black Continent

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov went on a tour of African countries. The activity of Russian diplomacy in the African direction causes serious concern in the West, which sees a threat to its plans to arrange total isolation of Russia on the world stage.

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“President of Russia Vladimir Putin positions himself as the leader of a global movement rebelling against the dominance of the United States and its allies,” – writes The New York Times in connection with the start of Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit to the Black Continent.

According to the American edition, the Russian Foreign Minister made it clear that he would use this trip to try to blame food shortages in African countries to the West and present Russia as a true ally of the continent.

“We know that African colleagues do not approve of the overt attempts by the United States and its European satellites to gain the upper hand and impose a unipolar world order on the international community,” — The New York Times quotes an article by Lavrov published in newspapers in the four countries he planned to visit (Egypt, Ethiopia, Uganda and the Republic of the Congo).

In Egypt, Lavrov was scheduled to meet with officials in Cairo, who are trying to link deep ties with Russia to a close relationship, and with the United States, which, along with other Western powers, is seeking to isolate Russia with tough sanctions after the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine, Reuters reports.

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Egypt has important strategic and economic ties with Russia, which in recent years has been a key source of wheat, weapons and — before the Ukrainian conflict, which complicated travel — tourists, reminds Reuters. This week, the Russian state energy corporation Rosatom began construction of Egypt's first nuclear power plant, the largest bilateral project with Cairo since the completion of the Aswan Dam on the Nile in 1970.

According to diplomats, close Russian-Egyptian ties have caused discontent among Western states, a group of which before the visit Lavrova appealed to the Egyptian government and the League of Arab States demanding “not to play along with the Russian version of events in Ukraine.”

At the same time, as Reuters notes, the West's position on the Ukrainian conflict has received limited support in the Arab world and Africa, where governments are receptive to non-Western alternatives, H.A. Hellyer of the Royal United Services Institute. Egypt “realizes that the world is becoming more and more multipolar, and it does not want to limit itself to relationships that put the West above everything,” — said an expert from a British think tank.

Political scientist Jamal Shakra said Lavrov's visit to Egypt was in line with an “open-minded position” Cairo on the Ukrainian-Russian conflict. The expert expects Lavrov to use this visit to clarify Russia's views on the situation and to attract allies outside the West.

According to Arab News, the Russian Foreign Minister's African tour follows US President Joe Biden's first visit to the Middle East, during which the head of the White House visited Israel, the Palestinian territories and Saudi Arabia. In this regard, a member of the Egyptian Foreign Affairs Council, Hussein Haridi, said that Lavrov's visit “is not a response” Biden, because in this case, Russia is pursuing its interests in Africa, and not in the Middle East. Haridi added that Moscow has a “big presence in the region” and that Arab and African countries are seeking to strengthen relations with Moscow but will avoid becoming involved in the conflict in Ukraine. A former Egyptian diplomat said that the course of Egyptian-Russian bilateral relations is “completely independent” from Ukrainian events.

After meeting with Arab League officials in Cairo, the Russian minister will travel to Ethiopia and Uganda, two countries whose relations with the West have soured, according to Reuters, as well as the Republic of the Congo.

In Africa, Russia has found opportunities to regain its influence by offering security assistance on lower terms than the West and political cover from Western criticism, says Theodore Murphy, Director for Africa at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

< p>One of the countries with which Moscow established ties was the second most populous country in Africa – Ethiopia, with which Western relations deteriorated after conflict erupted in the northern Tigray region in 2020, causing the European Union to suspend budget support and the United States to suspend a trade deal that gives Ethiopia preferential terms of market access.

Relations between oil-rich Uganda and the West have also soured over allegations against Kampala of human rights abuses by state security forces, electoral violence and rampant corruption, Reuters notes.

Governments in Africa and the Middle East found themselves between Russia and the West since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, facing pressure from the West to express disapproval of the Russian special operation, while trying to maintain access to Russian grain and other export goods.

US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Mike Hammer is also set to visit the region on Sunday, traveling to Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Ethiopia for diplomatic talks, The New York Times notes.

For months, the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union sharply blamed Russia for cutting off the supply of Ukrainian grain to the world through the Black Sea, blaming Moscow for the global food shortage.

On Friday, Russia agreed to a deal brokered by the UN and Turkey that would allow Ukraine to export its grain.

Public opinion in African countries seems to be swinging between support for Ukraine and sympathy for Russia's justification of its special operation.

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While not many African leaders have publicly supported Russia, no African country has joined the US or European sanctions against Moscow, The New York Times admits.

This balance became clear last month when the head of the African Union, Senegalese President Macky Sall, met with Vladimir Putin. The Senegalese president has asked his Russian counterpart to release blocked Ukrainian grain, but he also echoed Moscow's argument that Western sanctions have exacerbated the food crisis and explicitly called for the lifting of restrictions on Russian wheat and fertilizer exports.

While the sanctions don't really apply to these goods, shipping companies, insurers, banks and other businesses are nonetheless reluctant to do business with Russia for fear of breaking rules or damaging their reputation, according to The New York Times.

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In his article, Minister Lavrov praised African leaders for resisting Western pressure to join the sanctions against Russia. “Such an independent path deserves deep respect,” — wrote the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Commenting on Moscow's activity in Africa, The New York Times claims that for President Putin, “the idea that Russia is leading a worldwide uprising against Western hegemony has become the basis of his appeal to world public opinion.” in the context of the current crisis. He, continues the American edition, has repeatedly described the United States and its allies as a “golden billion”, which lives well at the expense of everyone else.

“Why should this golden billion, which is only a part of the world's population, dominate all the rest and impose its own rules of conduct based on the illusion of exclusivity? — said the Russian leader on Wednesday at a forum in Moscow. – He mostly accomplished this by plundering other peoples in Asia and Africa.

As Muriti Mutiga, director of the Africa program for the International Crisis Group, says Russia has several advantages as it seeks to win the hearts and minds of the continent: the network elites who studied in the Soviet Union, “enduring loyalty” groups it has supported in the fight against apartheid in South Africa and in supplying weapons to many African governments.

“However, Moscow will be disappointed if it expects other African governments to offer its full support , — Mutiga thinks. – The overwhelming instinct of the authorities on the continent — remain non-aligned and stay away from confrontation between Russia and the West.

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Plan to send refugees from Britain to Africa for “overexposure” criticized

British MPs literally trashed scheme to send migrants to Rwanda

There is “no clear evidence” that the plan to send migrants seeking asylum in the UK to Rwanda will work. This was stated by members of the British Parliament.

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee says “much more clarity is needed on the resettlement of some UK migrants to Rwanda” and accuses ministers of chasing “good headlines” in the press.

According to Sky News, MPs say the British government's plan to send migrants to Rwanda “appears to have gone unnoticed” by those trying to cross the English Channel and “there is no clear evidence that it will work.”

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee also accused British ministers of seeking “radical new policies that could make good headlines” and said the “biggest deterrent” to crossing the English Channel would be to prevent migrants “once- or leave France.”

A parliamentary report says: “Much more clarity is needed on a new plan to resettle some of the British migrants in Rwanda. There is no clear evidence that this policy will deter migrants from crossing the border.”

More than 14,000 migrants have traveled across the English Channel from continental Europe to the UK this year, according to preliminary data. The total for 2022 could reach an estimated 60,000 people.

The British government does not rule out leaving the human rights system in Europe after the latest legal decisions were passed last month blocking the first planned deportation flight.

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee's inquiry said the British government's response to the migrant crisis was characterized by “inattention and bad decisions” that exacerbated problems and “undermined public confidence” in the asylum system and border control.

The “perceived unwillingness” of the French government to find a solution did not help matters, the document said. It was “correct” to abandon plans to push migrants out at sea, as it was difficult to see how the benefits of such a tactic would outweigh “its potential costs in terms of risk to the lives of migrants and officials and damage to the UK's reputation.”

The “biggest deterrent” to crossing the English Channel would be to prevent migrants from “ever leaving France”, MPs say.

Attempts to negotiate return agreements with EU countries to send migrants back to safety countries “completely failed” after the UK withdrew from the Dublin arrangements when freedom of movement ended.

There is a “worrisome trend” in UK Home Office statements being made before “detailed policies have been worked out, tested or even agreed between government departments”.

A parliamentary inquiry recommended that the British government negotiate with France on the introduction of further preventive measures on the continent and the establishment of British asylum evaluation centers there.

“The policy of sending asylum seekers to Rwanda appears to have gone unnoticed by those trying to cross the English Channel,” committee chair Diana Johnson said. She added that policy development has “moved away from evidence-based, proven and cost-effective solutions that are responsive to the changing demands placed on it.”

Diana Johnson continued: “Instead, we are looking for a radical new policy, which could make headlines, but does little to stop the flow of people willing to risk their lives to get to the UK by any means. The UK needs a reality-based asylum system. It must be fair, efficient and recognize the UK's international obligations.”

Enver Solomon, chief executive of the Refugee Council, welcomed the report and urged the next UK prime minister to succeed Boris Johnson to “immediately rethink and focus on real alternatives that, contrary to rhetoric, are readily available.”

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Monkeypox infection. How dangerous is it, and is there a vaccine

In May 2022, the monkeypox virus began to spread around the world, which usually does not go beyond endemic countries. How the virus is transmitted, what its characteristic symptoms are, and whether there is a vaccine against it – RBC understood

Where the monkeypox virus was found

In Europe, the first case of monkeypox infection was detected in the UK on 7 May. The infected person recently returned from Nigeria, which is characterized by the spread of this virus. It is the countries of West and Central Africa— breeding grounds for this virus. The virus was discovered in 1958, and was first detected in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

By May 20, there were already 20 cases in the UK. After the UK, the virus was found in Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium and other countries. The virus has also been detected in patients in the United States, Australia, Canada, where examinations are carried out in 13 people who are presumably infected.

Some of the cases identified in the UK were not directly related to travel to Africa, meaning that the virus was already transmitted within the country. The Ministry of Health notes that a significant proportion of the identified cases were among gay and bisexual men, because of this, the ministry calls on this part of society to be especially on the alert. Until now, it was not believed that the virus was transmitted sexually, the department draws attention. The virus is transmitted through close contact with the sick person, as well as through contact with the clothes or bedding of an infected person, the materials indicate. “The virus does not usually spread easily between people. Population risk remains low,— government release says.

Outbreaks in Africa

In May 2018, an outbreak was in Cameroon— one confirmed case, another 15 suspected, no one died.

Nigeria— from September to December 2017— 172 suspected cases, 61 confirmed, no death reported.

Central African Republic— September—October 2016, there were 26 suspected cases, three confirmed, one person died.

Source: African Union data.

By May 21, WHO had confirmed 92 cases of monkeypox from 12 non-endemic countries. The organization further clarified that the confirmed and suspected cases of monkeypox were not associated with the travel of infected people to endemic areas, which is a “highly unusual event.” The cases now identified are of the West African variant of monkeypox— they are similar to what was recorded in the UK, Israel and Singapore in 2018-2019, the WHO reported.

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How the virus is transmitted

The so-called natural reservoir of the virus are monkeys and some rodents (African squirrels, prairie dogs), from which the virus can be transmitted to humans. Experts interviewed by RBC note that outbreaks of monkeypox have happened before, they occurred mainly in endemic countries, but cases of importation to Europe were also known and occurred annually.

The type of transmission of the virus is similar to the type of transmission of smallpox— close contact of a person with a person, you can also become infected by contact with human body fluids, by contact with secretions from the patient's pustules and by interacting with his personal belongings. Due to the fact that transmission requires close contact, Konstantin Severinov, head of the laboratory at the Institute of Molecular Genetics and the Institute of Gene Biology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, explains to RBC, the rate of spread of this infection is much lower than with coronavirus, which is transmitted by airborne droplets.

The possibility of airborne transmission is now being discussed, but to date it is not known how effectively it is being implemented, says the director of the Institute of Medical Parasitology, Tropical and Vector-borne Diseases. E.I.Martsinovsky Sechenov University Alexander Lukashev.

Experts note that monkeypox, like other infectious diseases, has an incubation period. Identified 92 cases— this is the result of an infection about a week ago, so it can be argued that there are others infected, and expect an increase in the number of cases, regardless of the efforts of doctors, warns Lukashev.

The fact that there are more gay and bisexual males among monkeys with smallpox than statistically expected may be due to the fact that sexual contacts of people from this group are more traumatic and often lead to damage to the mucous membranes and skin, due to which the virus is transmitted. says Severinov. According to him, this may simply be an accident, since there are not so many infected yet. “In heterosexual intercourse, the same thing will happen if there are cracks or damage to the outer integument and mucous membranes,” — the expert explains. The WHO also notes that the identified cases are mainly, but not exclusively, recorded among men who have sex with men.

Will monkeypox appear in Russia

The official health departments, the Ministry of Health and Rospotrebnadzor, said on May 22 that there were no cases of monkeypox in Russia. Rospotrebnadzor considered the risk of importation “extremely low”.

Despite the fact that experts interviewed by RBC consider the risk of importation of the virus unlikely, Alexander Lukashev notes that monkeypox can spread among various ethnic groups.

< p>Among the measures to be taken to minimize the risk of a wide spread of the disease in Russia, the Deputy General Director for Research at the Center. Chumakov Ilya Gordeychuk calls: PCR diagnostics, isolation of infected and contact persons— at the health system level. On an individual level— careful monitoring of flu-like respiratory symptoms in yourself and others, wearing masks and cleaning hands with disinfectants.

How the disease progresses

The initial symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and fatigue. A rash may develop, often beginning on the face, then spreading to other parts of the body, including the genitals. The rash changes and goes through different stages and may look like the varicella or syphilis rash before finally forming a scab that later falls off, UK Department of Health describes symptoms.

According to WHO, the incubation period ranges from six to 13 days, but can be from five to 21. Two periods can be distinguished during the course of the disease. The first lasts up to five days and is characterized by fever, severe headache, swollen lymph nodes, back pain, myalgia, and fatigue. Abnormal sizes of lymph nodes— a characteristic sign of this particular type of smallpox, with chickenpox, measles and smallpox this is not. After one to three days after the onset of the heat, rashes begin on the skin.

The rash tends to be more concentrated on the face and limbs than on the trunk. The rash develops in succession from macules (lesions with a flat base) to papules (slightly raised firm lesions), vesicles (clear fluid-filled lesions), pustules (yellowish fluid-filled lesions), and crusts that dry up and fall off. The number of lesions ranges from several tens to several thousand. In severe cases, lesions may coalesce until large areas of skin are shed.

Monkeypox, the WHO continues, usually— self-limiting disease with symptoms lasting two to four weeks. Severe cases are more common among children and are related to the degree of exposure to the virus, the health of the patient, and the nature of the complications. The case fatality rate for monkeypox has historically ranged from 0% to 11% in the general population and has been higher among young children. Recently, the fatality rate has been around 3–6%.

With damage to the cornea, loss of vision is possible, added in a conversation with RBC, the chief researcher of the Center. N.F. Gamalei Viktor Zuev, who took part in the suppression of an outbreak of smallpox in Moscow in the 1960s.

Is there a vaccine for monkeypox

While smallpox vaccination was a protection in the past, today people younger than 40-50 years old (depending on the country) may be more susceptible to monkeypox due to for ending smallpox vaccination campaigns around the world after the eradication of the disease, says WHO.

“I started working on monkeypox in 2002 in the DRC. Now, 20 years later, the vast majority of people in the world do not have immunity to smallpox viruses, — noted in an interview with The Telegraph Anne Rimouin, professor of epidemiology at the University of California at Los Angeles. She estimates that as the world becomes more susceptible to poxviruses (smallpox viruses) and as travel increases, the number of cases could increase.

The smallpox vaccine also works against monkeypox, Vector said earlier, as all poxviruses provide good cross-protection. “The two viruses are similar, so the immune response generated by the smallpox vaccine is effective against monkeypox,” confirms RBC Gordeychuk.

Also in Vector; spoke about their own previously developed test system, which allows to detect cases of monkeypox infection. According to the center's experts, the test is specific and does not detect cross-reactions with rubella and chickenpox viruses.

The experts with whom RBC spoke explained that in the Vector center contains a strain of smallpox, but it is not needed to create the smallpox vaccine itself. “A vaccinia virus is used, similar to the vaccinia virus, which the physician Edward Jenner used to vaccinate back in the 18th century. The same vaccine can protect against monkeypox, & mdash; says Severinov.

Such a vaccine, if necessary, can be quickly developed, since the technology is not new. Experts confirm that there is no independent vaccine against monkeypox in the world.

Vaccination against smallpox was carried out in the USSR. Will the vaccinated be protected now

In 1979, the World Health Assembly issued a declaration declaring the world's victory over smallpox. In the USSR, vaccination was carried out until about 1982, after which it stopped. The smallpox vaccine is expected to provide protection against monkeypox, Lukashev says. “Perhaps, the inhabitants of Russia, vaccinated before the 80s, will be partially protected when they meet with monkeypox, but we do not know how effective their immunity is, because more than 40 years have passed after vaccination,” — he says. Chief Researcher at the Center N.F. Gamalei Viktor Zuev doubts that the vaccinated still have protection.

The smallpox vaccine gave sterile immunity, that is, the vaccinated person ceased to be a source of new viruses, and vaccination gave lifelong immunity, Konstantin Severinov believes. “Since young children were vaccinated, it can be assumed that almost everyone born before the 80s will be resistant to monkeypox,” — explains the expert.

Nevertheless, one cannot speak of significant herd immunity, since the vast majority of people under 40 years of age have not been vaccinated against smallpox, Gordeychuk summarizes.

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Human rights activists criticized Britain’s intentions to deport Ukrainian refugees to Africa

Great Britain is going to take out asylum-seeking migrants to Rwanda: a “human burden”

Declaring a warm welcome for refugees from Ukraine, the British authorities have simultaneously developed a plan to deport migrants from British territory to the African Republic of Rwanda in order to for them to wait there for an asylum decision in the United Kingdom. This scheme has drawn sharp criticism. And the Archbishop of Canterbury called the “Rwandan plan” “contrary to the judgment of God.”

Photo: Global Look Press migrants sent to Africa may be children, writes The Guardian.

According to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Boris Johnson's plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda “does not stand the judgment of God.”

In a scathing speech, the head of the Anglican Church, Justin Welby, in his Easter sermon, argues that the principle of deporting asylum seekers is beyond thousands of miles away from where they sought refuge is akin to “transferring our duties” and “opposing the nature of God.”

Welby's intervention comes amid growing questions about the legality of plans announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel in the Rwandan capital of Kigali last week, under which asylum seekers arriving in the UK would be issued a one-way ticket to the African country.

The government faces renewed criticism after reports emerged that unaccompanied migrant children would also be among those 'very likely' to be sent to Rwanda.

Immigration experts say a “majority” of unaccompanied children arriving in the UK on small boats are classified as adults by Home Office officials. Refugee law specialist Daniel Sohedge, who works for the anti-trafficking charity Love146 UK, said that children at the age of 15 are assigned the age of 22 or 23.

“This means there is a strong possibility sending these children to Rwanda,” the expert says. “And once there, they won’t be able to reassess or challenge their age estimates.”

The issue of age is critical in evaluating asylum cases because it affects how a person will receive support, their access to education, and even how their asylum application is handled.

The British government intends to send to Rwanda all single men arriving on British soil by boat or truck, although many doubt that the UK's first offshore asylum center will even exist. The UN refugee agency has confirmed that its legal protection team has been reviewing the text of the Rwandan deal to assess its legality, although officials already believe the plan is unworkable. Others say the plans, already criticized by some Conservative MPs, will be immediately challenged in the courts, where the government is likely to be defeated.

Those sent to Rwanda have no chance of being returned to the UK by the Home Office, despite confusing media reports that they will only be there while their asylum application is pending.< /p>

Provisions for government plans for asylum abroad are included in the Citizenship and Borders Bill, which has faced strong opposition in the House of Lords.

Meanwhile, Enver Solomon, Executive Director of the Refugee Council, expressed serious concern that the agreement with Rwanda did not provide specific details on whether people displaced in Africa would receive medical or financial support and whether they would be able to work in pending the outcome of their asylum application.

Solomon also said victims of torture and human trafficking could very well be among those sent from the UK to Rwanda instead of being sent to the Home Office to identify potential victims of modern slavery. “We are dismayed by the fact that the screening process is likely to be simplified, which will actually mean that they will refer potential victims of torture and human trafficking.”

Solomon added: “The deal shows that the government is demonstrating full neglecting the welfare and well-being of very vulnerable people. It treats them like human cargo to be sent to Rwanda and forgotten about.”

And as Arab channel Al Jazeera notes, the deal, which British Home Secretary Priti Patel signed during a visit to Kigali on Thursday, came as more Ukrainian refugees continue to arrive in the UK under various visa programs that the government has rolled out. since the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine in February.

To date, more than 55,000 visas have been issued to refugees from Ukraine, and 16,400 of them have arrived in the UK as of Monday. Zoe Gardner, policy and advocacy manager for the Joint Immigrant Welfare Council, highlighted the contrast between the proposed policy and the treatment of Ukrainian refugees. “Most of us want people fleeing danger to be treated with dignity and respect – the reaction of the British public to Ukraine has clearly shown this,” Gardner comments. “But instead of welcoming those in need of protection, the deal will be to deport blacks and people of color who have fled thousands of miles from desperate circumstances.”

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Britain intends to send refugees to “overexposure” to Africa

Boris Johnson wants to process illegal migrants in Rwanda

The British authorities, already facing widespread criticism of their migration policy, risk incurring even more discontent. According to local media, Prime Minister Boris Johnson intends to put in place a plan to “offshoring” for illegal immigrants striving for his country. They are supposed to be transferred to Rwanda, where they will have to undergo verification procedures and, at best, further processing of documents for entry into British territory. The complex program being considered by London is not new in itself: UK legislators are drawing on foreign experience that has already proven effective. We figured out what the essence of such a scheme is and why it is dangerous for everyone involved.

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Hard check or plain racism?

According to the British press, Johnson intends to “announce plans to send migrants to Rwanda” in the near future — to process (their cases) as part of a secret deal worth millions of dollars with an African country.

The agreement with the Rwandan authorities was supposedly supposed to be announced at the end of March, but so far not all the terms of the agreement have been agreed upon. However, the key parameters are already known.

In the plans of London, firstly, the creation of “processing centers”; for migrants in Rwanda. Those refugees who are trying to get to the UK without legal grounds, that is, a valid visa or the right to receive it under the program for immigrants from Ukraine, will be sent to these institutions.

Secondly, in Rwanda, the dossier of an illegal immigrant will be studied, taking into account the reasons that prompted him to resettle, the danger threatening him at home and the presence of relatives with British citizenship. Based on the results of the verification, data on asylum applicants with petitions will be submitted to London. And only by the decision of the legislators of Great Britain, each candidate will either receive the right to enter its territory, or, at the discretion of the Rwandan side, remain in the African state or be expelled to the place where he fled.

Finally, the third factor — purely economic. The activities of the centers in Rwanda will be financed from the British treasury; while the exact amount has not been made public, but it is known that we are talking about millions of pounds.

It is no secret that the British authorities have already been criticized by human rights activists and black refugees, who often cannot cross the English Channel, even if their relatives (but, for example, without Ukrainian roots) legally reside in the UK and are ready to accept them. Despite tough demands from London, the number of migrants, including Africans, is growing. In just three months of this year, more than 4,500 people crossed the strait. It was against this background that Johnson forced the adoption of a program initiated by the Secretary of State of the Home Office (in other words, the head of the UK Home Office) Priti Patel, who, like many, fears penetration into the country and “dissolution” there are criminal elements in it.

Human rights activists, recalling the already denied migrants, believe that a potential deal with Rwanda will only aggravate the situation of black immigrants. In the very choice of the state to host offshore centers there, some see a focus specifically on people with African roots. Do not forget that Rwanda is not one of the most prosperous and stable countries in the world.

Australian experience and the price of the issue

At the same time, supporters of the reform say that it is not discriminatory in itself and is part of the overall process of redistributing migration flows in order to avoid illegal entry. The idea of ​​”offshore” for refugees in London did not appear out of nowhere: its initiators rely on the experience of Australia. The green continent has been practicing this scheme for almost a decade. Illegals seeking to enter the country are simply turned around and sent to offshore centers in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, by agreement between Canberra and the authorities of these countries. The money for the functioning of the centers, of course, allocates the Australian side. And the price — not at all small. According to the Australian National Audit Office, the maintenance of one illegal immigrant, including all related expenses (sending to the center, providing him with a place, food, as well as working with the documents of an asylum applicant, etc.), according to the Australian National Audit Office, costs more than $ 400 on average (!) thousand annually (more than 36 million rubles).

The effect, however, is no less impressive than the costs. If in 2013 about 300 ships, on which there were a total of more than 20 thousand people, reached the coast of Australia, that already in 2014 the number fell by half. Since then, according to official figures, not a single ship with illegal immigrants has reached the Green Continent.

The supporters of the UK deal with Rwanda hope to achieve the same. Moreover, attempts to negotiate an “offshore” for illegal immigrants were undertaken by London before, in Ghana and Albania. Why these plans failed is not exactly known: the British authorities are dosing out information about such initiatives, and even the current news about Rwanda has become a merit of the — in official documents it appears as “Country X”.

However, not only supporters of the deal, but also its opponents are turning to the Australian experience. And they, of course, focus on the price of the issue. In particular, the representative of the Labor Party, Lord Rosser, said that it would be cheaper to “accommodate asylum seekers at the Ritz Hotel than to pursue an offshore policy.” “The cost per person to run such a (government-proposed) scheme would be significant, not cost-effective,” — he noted.

With the assessment of the final cost of the project initiated by Patel, it is also connected with the fact that it has not yet been approved by the British Parliament. Even some of the conservatives are in favor of reducing certain items of expenditure on the program in Rwanda, although it is impossible in principle to refuse some of them, for example, sending British specialists to the East African country. In addition, the final costs may still be higher than projected — at least, depending on the terms of detention of the applicant for asylum in the center. And this problem raises not only financial questions, but also ethical ones.

Security through restriction of freedoms

The situation in which an illegal immigrant finds himself, detained and sent to an offshore detention center, looks very ambiguous. In fact, a person who is not deprived of liberty by a court decision falls into captivity. He retains the right to apply for return to his home country (usually at his own expense) without waiting for a decision on the possibility of entering the desired country. But, as a rule, most illegal immigrants hope for the best, preferring to wait. It can be not only futile, but also extremely long. According to Australian media, people in the centers in Nauru and Papua New Guinea spend more than 400 days there. Of course, this is only an average, but even assuming that someone's case is resolved in one or two months, this indicates that someone else may be waiting for the “verdict” almost a year.

The policy of the same Australia has repeatedly become the subject of public condemnation. Human rights activists (and some organizations regularly arrange boat rides off the coast of the Green Continent with banners “Let them (meaning migrants)!”) Point out the often unacceptable living conditions in temporary detention centers, cases of abuse of power by personnel performing to a greater extent the role of protection, and non-transparent mechanisms for spending allocated funds. Ironically, it was the ethical aspect that was once paid attention to by supporters of the idea of ​​ex-US President Donald Trump to build a wall on the border with Mexico. To the former American leader, a number of advisers suggested the Australian scheme instead of the border facility. But those who supported the erection of the wall said: physically closing the entrance is more humane than forcibly sending illegal immigrants to temporary detention centers (of which there are enough in the United States itself).

British conservatives, however, also have a counterargument in this case: in their opinion, it is safer for an illegal immigrant to be in an institution controlled by the state authorities than, once in the country, to be a victim of the criminal schemes of human traffickers — Johnson has already been warned about such risks.

“Processing (asylum applications) abroad is part of a system-wide reform aimed at breaking the business models of human smugglers and curbing undesirable behavior,” — noted, in particular, Baroness Williams (like Patel, she is part of the leadership of the Home Office in the status of a minister, responsible for the fight against terrorism).

As a result, the issue of ethics and respect for human rights and freedoms, like the financial one, has become one of the main obstacles to reform. So, during the debate in Parliament, the Reverend Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, sharply criticized the measures considered by the legislators, resorting precisely to moral categories. “When people come to our shores in search of protection, we are obliged to treat them as we would like to be treated if we really had to flee,” — he noted, rightly emphasizing that “if we move them to other countries to consider their asylum applications, I am very afraid that their applications will be turned a blind eye.”

Not an easy alternative for Johnson

Be that as it may, the British prime minister found himself between equally negative scenarios. Sending illegal immigrants to Rwanda can have a negative impact not only on black immigrants, but also on white holders of Ukrainian passports, because all their privilege is essentially — only in more grounds for obtaining a visa. One way or another, they will have to issue an entry document, and in the UK this has never been a simple and quick procedure. Therefore, they are theoretically not immune from being placed in African centers for verification while waiting for a response. The financial costs to the United Kingdom, where inflation and prices are hitting multi-year records, are also out of time, but the indignant voices of human rights activists are still loud enough, already forcing the prime minister to listen to them. However, London is not able to remain inactive for a long time: outrage is growing both among migrants and within the country (where their relatives are not allowed to visit law-abiding Britons), and on the continent, where refugees striving for the UK accumulate.

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West irritated by Africa’s unwillingness to oppose Russia over Ukraine

Experts remind of Moscow's support for anti-colonial liberation movements

The reluctance of dozens of African countries to join the US-led anti-Russian coalition is irritating many in the West. In an attempt to understand the refusal of African states to oppose Russia's actions in Ukraine, analysts try to explain it by the memory of the Cold War and the Soviet Union's support for the national liberation movement of the Black Continent.

Photo: Global Look Press

Reflecting on the position taken by African countries in connection with the Ukrainian crisis, the British publication The Guardian admits that support from many African leaders and governments for Moscow's actions in Ukraine – or at the very least, the unwillingness to condemn the Russian military special operation has alarmed Western officials.

In the vote on the anti-Russian resolution in the UN General Assembly, 17 African countries abstained – almost half of all abstentions – and one voted against condemning Russia, reminds The Guardian.

Some observers speak of the possibility of a new strategic division in Africa, similar to the one as it was during the Cold War.

“It goes back to the Cold War and the divisions we saw back then. But the objective reality of the international system has now changed so much that it raises many questions about the commitment of some African countries to the post-Cold War order and its values, ”comments Priyal Singh, a research fellow at the Institute for Strategic Studies in Pretoria (South Africa).

The ruling African National Congress party in South Africa continues to refuse to criticize Russia, saying it hopes to maintain neutrality and encourage dialogue between the parties to the conflict.

Other countries on the Black Continent are taking the same line, calling for peace but blaming the conflict in Ukraine on NATO's eastward expansion, complaining about Western “double standards” and resisting all calls to criticize Russia, writes The Guardian.

That the new watershed is similar to the one that divided Africa decades ago is no coincidence. Analysts say many countries on the continent are still ruled by parties that enjoyed Moscow's backing during their struggle to free themselves from colonial or white supremacist rule. The leaders of the ruling parties in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola and Mozambique remember how Soviet weapons, money and advisers helped African countries win freedom.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, President of Zimbabwe, described Russia and China as “reliable pillars over the years” who not only “assisted us in our struggle for independence, but equally protected our sovereignty from the incessant attacks from our detractors.” These words can be found a reference to Western sanctions against Zimbabwe imposed in connection with allegations of human rights violations under the rule of previous President Robert Mugabe.

Mozambique also abstained from the UN vote, saying, like other African country, which hopes to encourage dialogue to resolve the conflict. The same thing happened to Algeria, once considered a “revolutionary” state close to Moscow, writes The Guardian.

In recent years, The Guardian continues, Russia has begun to capitalize on such historical ties, emphasizing ties in public statements, at major conferences and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's repeated trips to Africa.

Such efforts have borne significant fruit in such places like the Central African Republic and Mali, where resentment against France's former colonial rule is deep-seated, writes The Guardian.

“There is a strong anti-Western sentiment in the Sahel, an anti-imperialist trend in public opinion, and the anti-imperialist orientation means anti-American and Western,” comments Pauline Bax, Deputy Director of the Africa Program of the International Crisis Group.

The Guardian recalls Russia's military ties with African countries such as Mali, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Sudan. Other Russian ties on the continent are being strengthened through investments in mining, financial loans, and sales of agricultural equipment or nuclear technology. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, in 2016-2020, Russia was the largest arms exporter to sub-Saharan Africa, supplying nearly a third of all sub-Saharan African arms imports, compared with a quarter in 2011-2015.

Western officials were particularly disappointed with Uganda, which received huge amounts of Western aid. Once-close relations with the US and the UK have soured due to Western pressure to recognize the rights of the LGBT community in the East African country. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power since 1986, accused the West of interfering in the internal affairs of the republic. And Museveni's influential son and successor, General Muhuzi Kainerugaba, wrote on social media that “the majority of humanity (non-white) supports Russia's position on Ukraine.”

The representative of Uganda to the UN said that his country abstained from voting on the UN resolution to defend its neutrality as the next chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement, but Museveni made little attempt to hide his sympathies, criticizing the aggressive actions of the West against Africa and calling Russia a “center of gravity” for The Balkans, like China in Southeast Asia.

Analysts say more recent examples of what is considered Western “neo-imperialism” are also influencing how many in Africa react to the conflict.

“The 2011 Libyan crisis and NATO intervention, instability in the Sahel and other developments mean that many countries believe in fears of Western dominance and believe that we need a global counterpoint… Russia is seen as the successor to the former Soviet Union in this regard,” said Priyal Singh. .

Reports that appeared in the press and social networks that some African students who tried to flee the conflict to Europe from Ukraine collided fought against discrimination by Ukrainian security forces and others, also provoked anger in Nigeria and other countries in Africa.

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Hong Kong toughens quarantine for citizens arriving from Africa

Hong Kong authorities have decided to tighten quarantine measures against passengers from eight countries in southern Africa, the newspaper & nbsp; Dimsum Daily reported.

Since November 28, citizens arriving from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini , Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe are due to undergo their first week of quarantine at a dedicated government quarantine center. They can spend the remaining two weeks in hotels.

This decision was made against the background of the detection of a new strain of the omicron coronavirus. Two cases have already been recorded in Hong Kong. One was imported, the other occurred in a quarantine hotel at the airport: a passenger from South Africa infected a traveler from Canada. It is noted that both patients were vaccinated.

Earlier, the authorities of Germany, Austria and the Netherlands reported about the probable detection of cases of a new variant of & nbsp; COVID-19.

Recall that Russia will restrict entry of foreigners living in Hong Kong and nine countries of southern Africa. & nbsp; Read details & nbsp; in the material of AiF.ru.

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Spotted flight. Chelyabinsk veterinarian took the rescued lion cub to Africa

Lion Simba and leopard Eva, rescued by a Chelyabinsk veterinarian, despite coronavirus restrictions and a great distance, finally ended up in their historical homeland, Zanzibar. & nbsp;

Simba due to received in childhood traumas did not feel well in the Urals: because of the cold climate in winter, the animal's knees hurt. Eve, too, did not benefit from the frost.

The trip was supposed to take place exactly a year ago, but the pandemic disrupted all plans of not only people, but also animals.

Returned from the afterlife.

The story of the rescue of the lion cub Simba began last spring, just with the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. & Nbsp; A resident of a small Dagestan village turned to Karen Dallakyan, a well-known Chelyabinsk animal rights activist and veterinarian. He said that a little lion cub, a victim of the “ black photographers '', lies in a grave condition in the barn. After working out the season, they abandoned the little predator unnecessarily.

It seemed incredible, but Dallakyan and his assistant, head of a travel agency and zoological volunteer Yulia Agaeva , were able to take a barely living predator from Dagestan to Chelyabinsk, to the Wildlife Shelter “ Save Me ''. Passenger flights all over the world were suspended, but in order to save the wild kitten, they managed to get a permit for air transportation.

In Chelyabinsk, Karen Dallakyan operated on Simba. The lion cub conquered all Russians who knew its history. Words of support to the little predator and gratitude to the veterinarian flew from different cities and countries. Simba did not disappoint. He recovered, got stronger and turned into a 120-kilogram handsome man.

The communication between Karen and Simba is really amazing. All of us, guests of the “ Save Me '' shelter, have seen a hundred times how the veterinarian easily enters the cage to the animal, feeds it from the hands, strokes it on the head. Surprisingly, Simba also submitted to his “ mother '': Yulia Agaeva. A fragile blonde feeds the king of animals with raw meat from her hands, scratches his belly, and the lion with great pleasure substitutes his mane for stroking.

Simba likes to hide from the African heat in the shade. Photo: From the personal archive

Eva

'Simba will not survive in the wild, he is completely dependent on humans, & mdash; says Karen. & mdash; But Eve, on the contrary, completely retained all her animal qualities. Leopard can easily live in the wild. ''

Eve's story also began tragically. The mother abandoned the newborn leopard kitten, it happens in wild animals. Dallakyan again had to save the tiny milk predator. The blue-eyed predator was 20 centimeters in length, snoozing peacefully on her hands, clinging to a warm palm. Dallakyan fed Eve with warm goat milk from a bottle with a nipple. The predator grew rapidly. Eve has not lost the strength, aggression, agility and anger inherent in leopards.

This was Eve when she came to the shelter “ Save Me '' Photo: AiF

To Africa

The fact that Simba and Eva should not live in a shelter in the South Urals, Dallakyan says from the first days of their appearance. It is only called South, but the climate here is by no means African. In winter, predators, despite the heated rooms, are uncomfortable. They are genetically accustomed to a completely different climate.

“ Can you imagine how his bones ache? & mdash; Chelyabinsk animal rights activist Karen Dallakyan about his 'son' & mdash; Leo Simba & mdash; worries as a person. & mdash; How we all suffer in the cold & mdash; and he has calluses from past injuries to his paws. In the Ural climate, he suffers greatly in frost. It is vital to get him to Africa. ''

In October 2020, arrangements for the 'repatriation' Simba and Eve were conducted at the highest level. The Tanzanian government, the rehabilitation center and the state wildlife control authorities have been developing a joint action plan. Despite the incredible efforts of Agayeva and Dallakyan, it was not possible to take out the animals then. Simba and Eva spent the winter in Chelyabinsk.

In October 2021, the Chelyabinsk airport finally launched this flight. On a private jet flew truly unique passengers: the leopard Eva and the lion Simba. When the dispatcher announced boarding, listing the representatives of the fauna, it seemed far from reality: Simba, Eva and Karen Dallakyan were invited on board. They were accompanied by the whole country with anxiety in their hearts: will everything work out, will wild cats bear such a long flight?

Eva has grown into a wild beauty. Photo: From the personal archive of Karen Dallakyan

Revolution and refueling

“ Evochka and Simbochka are not flying in the luggage compartment, but with us, in the cabin of the plane, & mdash; the veterinarian reassured everyone. & mdash; We named our flight to Tanzania & bdquo; spotted & ldquo; by analogy with the famous from the movie & bdquo; striped & ldquo; & raquo ;.

The flight went smoothly for the animals. And Dallakyan and Agayeva, as well as several other passengers, managed to get very nervous. The fact is that the plane was put on a scheduled refueling in Saudi Arabia. But pilots, according to the rules, can work a certain number of flight hours. And the special board was not allowed out of the country until the pilots had a rest. Due to the epidemic, passengers, again, could only be in the cabin, they were not allowed to enter the state.

But local airport employees now and then approached the cages with wild animals that were on the plane and took pictures. For Arabs, the lion & mdash; almost a sacred animal. They were shocked to see the king of beasts being transported in a regular Boeing.

Due to the revolution that took place in Sudan, the airspace was closed. But everything was resolved: the ship flew through Kenya, which gave permission to cross its air borders.

Simba and Eva arrived safely in Africa. They settled in the Kilimanjaro animal crew wildlife & amp; educational center in the city of Moshi, among hectares of wilderness, but under the strict supervision of Tanzanian specialists. Dallakian is happy that he was able to arrange a happy animal future for his beloved Simba at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Simba managed to return home. Photo: From personal archive/Karen Dallakyan

Quarantine and a peacock

Of course, while the “ repatriated '' the animals go through the necessary quarantine. Eva and Samba live in special covered enclosures, and so far they go out to the territory only for acquaintance. Despite the fact that this is their homeland, the animals have to master. Agayeva and Dallakyan conduct live broadcasts on social networks, where, at the numerous requests of people from all over the world, they talk about the well-being of wild cats. You can breathe a sigh of relief: the animals endured the flight well, in Africa they really like it. Simba catches every sound, reacting to a monkey shouting in the distance or a turtle crawling nearby. Dallakyan tells amazingly interesting stories. For example, chickens are running around the rehabilitation center, and one of them fell into the clutches of Simba. The domesticated lion, contrary to expectations, released the prey: he was accustomed to the fact that people bring food, and completely lost the skill of hunting. But Eva would not have done that: the leopard grins at possible prey and does not look like a cute kitty at all.

Leopard Eva is slowly settling on the African continent. Photo: From the personal archive of Karen Dallakyan

By the way, the first few days the predators were fed frozen meat brought in a chest from Russia. Dallakyan decided that the adaptation of their stomachs to unusual overseas ducks and turkeys would be easier.

Predators gladly accept water procedures: they are doused with warm water every day from a hose.

According to the requirements put forward by Tanzanian specialists, the territory of Simba is fenced with a special net. It is dangerous to cross it, and so that the lion understands the boundaries, a small electric shock has been carried out. Simba had already been hit on the nose several times. The smartest creature now perfectly understands that it is dangerous to approach the fence.

“ But we got a provocateur: a peacock, & mdash; Dallakyan laughs. & mdash; He walks along the fence. Emits inviting sounds, provoking animals to come out to him. Simba must not be allowed outside certain boundaries and for the safety of local livestock. There is something like a kind of collective farm, the cattle graze all day, but there are no high fences. ''

Karen Dallakyan celebrated his 51st birthday here, at the foot of Kilimanjaro. Local staff at the animal center sang national songs for him. The animal activist will remember this holiday forever.

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Letters to Simba

Dallakyan receives words of gratitude from around the world. If adults write on social networks that they are happy for Simba and Eve, then children send drawings. “ My name is Anya, I'm 8 years old, I'm in 3rd grade, & mdash; Karen reads a letter on the air. & mdash; I am very glad that you saved Simba. Come to us to treat animals. I drew you and Simba. ''

The animal rights activist says that he has long been accustomed to being called Aibolit. “ What kind of Aibolit am I if I haven't been to Africa, '' mdash; he laughs. & mdash; And now it’s definitely Aybolit. ” Not so long ago, the trial of its former owner ended, who escaped with a slight fright. Abroad for such a crime would have to while away behind bars for ten years.

Karen told subscribers that he was preparing a video for “ Song of Little Red Riding Hood '' (“ Ah, in Africa rivers are this wide. '') Here you can film almost all animals, except perhaps hippos.

Dallakyan would not be himself if he did not carry his idea of ​​raising goodness in children and in Africa. He has already been invited to a Tanzanian school, where Karen will teach his traditional lesson in kindness: he will teach him to love nature and take care of its inhabitants.

The veterinarian misses the sick wild animals left in the Urals, but does not yet know when he will be able to to return home with an easy soul. This will happen when Simba and Eve are firmly settled on the new continent.

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Strikes against weak countries: what terrorists in Africa are trying to seize

Terrorists of the Islamic State terrorist movement banned in Russia are taking hostages, villages and even cities in Africa. Why this is happening and what not always strong countries can oppose them – in the RBC video

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Listen Up: Steve Lukather Talks Toto’s New Live Album, Touring, and Hearing Again

Listen Up: Steve Lukather Talks Toto’s New Live Album, Touring, and Hearing Again
June 25, 2021
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Steve Lukather and Toto have new music and a new lease on life – Courtesy image


















By DONNA BALANCIA

Steve Lukather has been playing music since he was 9 years old and is more enthusiastic today than he ever was. With a reinvigorated Toto, an encore smash hit with “Africa” and a new love in his life, he’s living life to the fullest.

Lukather sat down to talk with California Rocker about Toto’s new record With a Little Help From My Friends, his solo album, I Found The Sun Again, and a little inner-ear secret that enables him to enjoy it all without missing a sound.

California Rocker: We’re here with Steve Lukather, how are you doing today?

Steve Lukather: I’m doing really well. Thank you, it’s a beautiful day here and I’m working on my tan, as I’m going on a little vacation here in about a week for my friend’s 60th birthday party. He rented an island off of Barbados.

CR: It must be nice to be a rock star.

SL: There are worse jobs.

CR: Steve tell us a little bit about some of the new projects you’ve got going. You’ve got a great solo album.

SL: I Found The Sun Again. It’s been doing really well. Great reviews, we’ve got a bunch of streams. I mean, a couple of million streams, and I think I made $40. But people are listening to the music and that’s the important part. That’s the idea, to get them out to the shows, you know, which I’m really looking forward to doing again.

CR: You’re going to start touring again?

SL: Yeah, I’ve got a couple of fusion jam bands that I play in. I got one on the East Coast one on the West Coast. I’m going to play with them in December. Just to get my chops up. Then we start rehearsals in February and we’re out of here in March US and then I come back and I’ve got the Ringo tour and then I come back we’ve got Toto in Europe for six weeks and that’s really looking promising.

CR: Nice.

SL: We got these new projects out, you know Joseph Williams has his solo album out and we got this new Toto band to go out and work. So that’s what we’re going to do. There’s been 15 incarnations of Toto anyway. You know, there’ve been so many people in and out of this band I think I’m the only guy that’s been there for all of it. It’s almost like the music is more the band and if you have great high-end musicians playing the stuff, it’s going to sound right. I mean you can say Toto died after Jeff Porcaro died. But you know, something keeps us coming back. Nobody else can play this stuff right.

Listen to Toto’s ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ here:

CR: Right. Right.

SL: There are good cover bands out there. But I mean I’ve been doing this for 45 years almost, you know, so please, let me have some fun make the old stuff fresh.

CR: Who did you recruit for this incarnation of the band?

SL: I got Robert “Sput” Searright on drums from Snarky Puppy. I got John Pierce, my oldest friend in the world big studio guy, he was in Huey Lewis band for 30 years. My first friend in life he’s on bass. I have Xavier Taplin from Prince’s band, I’ve got a kid named Steve Maggiora on second keyboards and he sings the crazy high parts, his high tenor is so strong, it’s incredible. I got Warren Ham on sax, percussion, vocals who’s a killer singer, and then me and Joseph. For couple of years, he’s back. And Dave Paich is still going to come out. Maybe he’ll play with us every once awhile.

CR: As for the new Toto record?

SL: With A Little Help From My Friends. And yeah, we gotta get by with our friends, man.

CR: You have a lot of friends in the music business isn’t that the case?

SL: I like to think so, I used to be crazy. So I have that reputation to live down, through. That was a long time ago. I’m pretty much a very calm, sedate person at this point.

CR: I find that hard to believe.

SL: I mean, when I came out of the gate, it was like, you know, pedal-to-the-metal for like 25 years. They told me I had a great time.

CR: So the new album, your solo album, it sounds terrific. It’s like a throwback to great ’70s rock.

SL: Well, that was the intent. I mean, I was trying to capture 1971, ’72, in 2020. We went in the studio and cut the whole album in eight days. We did a song a day and we cut the track, get a few overdubs. I did the vocals and boom, next song. Did that for a week and then we mixed it and done. It was done, all the solos were live, everything was live, except for the vocals because I couldn’t do it all at one time. I didn’t trust myself to do it because the material was still being written at the time we were cutting. I was writing the lyrics while doing the vocals.

CR: Were there any special techniques you used?

SL: Our special technique was “Show up and play.” No rehearsals, no demos nothing here. Got some charts, let’s run it once and record. I hired the right guys, you know, what a fantastic band I got to put together, man. Everybody brought their best song. Yeah, I’m really proud of it. I mean, yeah it’s kind of a vanity record, I mean I wasn’t trying to write a hit single or nothing. They just said play a lot of guitar and I said ‘Well I can do that,’ but I still like to play in context of a song rather than just writing a jam to solo over and then jam again, you know, you know, I wanted to make it a little bit more interesting.

Steve Lukather of Toto said he’s grateful he can keep touring and recording – Courtesy image

CR: You did some great covers on there. Why did you pick Robin Trower, Traffic and Joe Walsh tunes? 

SL: That’s stuff from my childhood that I played. It all inspired me as a young musician and and also it set a tone for the whole thing. So I picked the cover tunes before I wrote anything. I knew we could play great and jam on, you know, and it wasn’t the typical covers that everybody does.

CR: You’re using a new product, the Widex hearing aids.

SL: It changed my life. Listen man, you know I’ve been playing in bands since I was 9 years old. I used to play a lot louder when I was a kid because I thought that louder was better. We were dumb asses in the first round of Rock N Roll before anybody really knew. And then when I got into recording studios, wearing headphones for 14 hours, a day or whatever it was, I mean for decades I’ve had tinnitus you know, and the feedback, and then playing live.

I mean playing live, believe it or not, was the least of the damage for the most part I’ve had tinnitus since 1986. So I haven’t heard silence since 1986. I was kind of like, “well I’ve just got to live with this.” I didn’t really think it was anything possible. Hearing aids seemed to me, like an “old people” thing, you know? Of course, I’m an old person now, so there’s the irony.

But I was on the road with Ringo and I ran into Brad Whitford, the guitar player from the Aerosmith. I was talking to him and kept saying ‘What?” I couldn’t hear him in a room full of people talking and stuff. Yeah, he goes, “You know what, man, you need one of these.” And he pulled one off. I said, “You can’t even tell you’re wearing that.” Yeah man, changed my life, I mean, the TV’s too loud, there’s people on the phone, people talking to me, mumbling.

So he told me the name Widex, I got the audiologist who I really dig. She’s wonderful and we went in and we tested my hearing what they do is they find the frequencies your deficit, they EQ it, equalize it, and they put all these frequencies back into your hearing. So when you put the hearing device on, you’re hearing all these frequencies, all of a sudden I can hear everything great, and it was like, wow this you know, it changed my life.

I mean also what it does with Tinnitus, it’s a ring like I have. And most people, my age have a mid-range loss, you know like that. Mine is just a little bit more extreme because they said I had “acoustic trauma,” yeah, no shit. I should be I should be deaf. But I was smart enough at least before I got Widex I was on the road playing and I was using earplugs like to cover my ears is for like almost twenty years and then I got in ears which I fought but now I made friends with it. So what I do is when I take the Widex out when I’m playing live is I have the exact EQ to put in in ear. I’m hoping I long enough for the Cochlear implants, you know.

Steve shows how discreet his Widex hearing aid can be – Courtesy image

CR: Sounds like you’re having a heck of a lot of fun.

SL: This has been a real journey through this virus thing, you know? I mean, wow. I haven’t been home this long as I live with my parents as a kid you know

CR: What did you do during lockdown?

SL: I got in touch with myself.

CR: Um. O – K

SL: I don’t even it’s in that kind of way, I mean I have a girlfriend. She’s a beautiful woman and a 5-star chef. Her name’s Amber. I’m the only guy that lost weight during the lockdown. I don’t know what she sees in me.

CR: Funny. You’re funny and down to Earth.

SL: Believe me, I know what show business is. I’ve been doing it for 45 years and you know, the roller coaster ride can be exciting, and also scary as fuck.

CR: How do you keep your popularity?

SL: The music keeps us popular not me. “Africa” just got a billion streams so that puts us at almost 3 billion streams and, you know, 40 million sold legit. And, you know, Africa, I just got a plaque for six million in the states. And that’s, you know, that’s hard copies and stuff, you know. So I mean we still got legs man, real quietly.

CR: What a great comeback.

SL: We’ve been coming back for a while. Then the virus hit us a brick wall at a thousand miles an hour. It was like just dead. Stop. We don’t know when it’s going to start. If it’s ever going to start. You spend your whole life doing this then they just rip the car carpet out. We had dates booked, tickets sold, 40 people on the payroll. I can’t keep 40 people afloat, man. I don’t have that kind of money.

CR: Oh, I figured you had some glamorous place up in the hills.

SL: Well I I bought this house when I was 19 years old. I bought this before I was married either time. I just put a bunch of money into this house and this is a groovy pad in the hills. I don’t need some ridiculous “Let me show how big my dick is” mansion. How many rooms do you live in? And I have one nice car.

Steve Lukather will be touring a new Toto band – Courtesy image

CR: What about your kids?

SL: I have a 36-year-old daughter, a 34-year-old son, a 13-year-old daughter and 10-year old son. And a vasectomy.

CR: So you’re going to do a US and a European tour.

SL: Yes and we’re looking forward to it.

CR: Who do you surround yourself with these days?

SL: You know, I think women are way smarter than us, men, right? I’m surrounded by nothing but women who look after me. My accountant is a woman, the woman who looks after my cash, you know, a woman who looks after my home, a woman who looks after my cat.

CR: And you’ve done a good job keeping your band together, don’t you think?

SL: It’s not easy to do.

CR: Why?

SL: Well you start as teenagers and then you change. I look at old pictures of me and I look so young. You should have seen me when I was 11, out in the valley, driving my buddy’s mom’s station wagon. Boy, the things we could get away with back in the day.

CR: Well seems like you’re having fun, Steve. So great to talk to you.

SL: Thanks for your time. Bye now.

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Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Zion Lyrics

[Verse 1]
God has given me a job
So I write four-minute songs
I want the world to sing along
Every tribe and every tongue

[Pre-Chorus 1]
Thought I met a girl that was different
But she’s hiding in the filter on her Instagram
Why is everyone somebody else when they get the chance?
I’m just looking for a headline that’s what it says
I’m more afraid of life than I am afraid of death
I used to go for days without leaving bed
They say the Book of Revelation hasn’t started yet
Well I been staring down a beast counting 7 heads

[Chorus]
I thought you really liked me
I guess that I was wrong
‘Till kingdom come, ’till Zion’s sun, I’ll hit that drum
I’m marching on
I thought you really liked me
I guess that I was wrong
‘Till kingdom come, ’till Zion’s sun, I’ll hit that drum
I’m marching on

[Verse 2]
I left my laptop in the rain
Just wanna see the light of day
I lost some songs but that’s ok
There’s just so many things I gotta say

[Pre-Chorus 2]

We been fighting on the way to the promised land
Money just like manna got us separate
Everyone around me always acting like they heaven sent
I know a lot of Africa thinks different
Why’s the preacher flying in a private jet?
Why’s the church running like a business?
I’m feeling like I’m in a big social experiment
I need you more than anything

[Chorus]
I thought you really liked me
I guess that I was wrong
‘Till kingdom come, ’till Zion’s sun, I’ll hit that drum
I’m marching on
I thought you really liked me
I guess that I was wrong
‘Till kingdom come, ’till Zion’s sun, I’ll hit that drum
I’m marching on

[Bridge]
And I couldn’t hear you
And I couldn’t feel you
I prayed for your rescue
Am I on my own?
The heavens are caving
The temple is shaking
I need you to save me (save me, save me)
Save me
Save me

[Outro]
God has given me a job
So I write four-minute songs
I want the world to sing along
Every tribe and every tongue

Skillibeng & Shatta Wale’s “Blow Up” Is A Raw, Authentic Dancehall Banger

Jamaica meets up with Ghana on “Blow Up,” a raw and authentic dancehall banger fitting for our playlists.

Skillibeng and Shatta Wale are set to release their first single on Friday (March 19) as Wale touts the single to be one that will further bridge the gap between Africa and the Caribbean as dancehall and Reggae music, both Jamaican inventions, grips Africa, creating endless opportunities for the genres to grow and spread.

“Blow Up” was produced by Gold Up production. According to Wale, the collaboration with Skillibeng is because he is creating a buzz in the Eastern end of Jamaica which would be good for a historical mashup.

A preview of the single has been released that sounds much like the usual style symbolic with Wale’s song. However, he introduces new concepts which speak to him blowing up in 2021 and having money like Pablo. Of course, this might be controversial for Africa, which is conservative when it comes to lyrics about having money and drug dealing.

“Me tell Mama this year mi a serve the dinner/ Fat pocket mi thugs deh suh / Matic yah so / Track dem up like Pablo / The money affi make like Narcos / Blow UP, I’m about to Blow up, yeah / All my thugs are about to blow up, yeah / And My girls are about to blow up,” Wale deejay.

However, it’s all just music, according to Wale, who says he is trying to show that dancehall isn’t all about the stereotypes of badness as might be perceived from preliminary examination of the genre. In his mind, there is much to the genre that he wants to share. “Some persons in Africa think dancehall is full of badness and is violent, but I am here to show that it is just lyrical,” he is quoted by Ghana Reloaded as saying.

Shatta Wale is a household name in Ghana as he is dubbed the African King of Dancehall and has become well known following his successful collaboration with 28-time Grammy winner Beyoncé on her “Black is King,” album. The album was nominated for Best Music Film, while one of the songs- “Brown Skin Girl,” won a Grammy for Best Music Video at the 2021 Grammy Awards ceremony.

Meanwhile, Skillibeng, who rose to fame as a trap dancehall artist with his hit “Brain Parts” in 2015, is known for his catchy songs and lyrics, and even the outrageous ones show a superb play on words that hints at his skill and ability as an artist.

His latest collaboration is one of those masterpieces that will put his name out on the African content as his fan base stretches worldwide.

Coronavirus ‘once-in-a-century’ pathogen: Bill Gates

Bill Gates urged wealthy nations to help low and middle-income countries strengthen their health systems in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus, which Gates said has started to behave like a “once-in-a-century” pathogen. “By helping countries in Africa and South Asia get ready now, we can save lives,” Gates said.

Ygtut – Live From Chattanooga Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Reporting live from them Chattanooga streets
Tryna’ keep the peace
Swimming in them lakes out in the east
Pray it never sink
Keep your eyes open when you sleep
Dog, don’t even blink
Doing homicides at fifteen
They don’t even think (f**k that shit!)
Cold blooded, cold-hearted niggas retarded
I do this for my niggas with blickas’, won’t be a target
I do this for my single mothers who ain’t got the patience
And for the children who don’t know where the f**k they daddy stayin’
I ain’t waiting on no hand outs, been had this planned out
I stand out like a bump on your lip, I’m a pimp
Where’s that steak and shrimp?
Mix that white sauce and that hot sauce all up in my shit, bitch

[Hook]
2, 3 niggas gettin’ high in the Cadillac
“Ride Til’ I Die” playin’ softly in the back
All I ever wanted was a Jeep on all gold Dayton’s
Chattanooga, hallelujah
It’s bout’ time we f**kin’ made it
2, 3 niggas gettin’ high in the Cadillac
“Ride Til’ I Die” playin’ softly in the back
All I ever wanted was a Jeep on all gold Dayton’s
Chattanooga, hallelujah
It’s bout’ time we f**kin’ made it

[Verse 2]
The South back, you niggas better watch that
Your main lady, we housed that
And she don’t know where any of our house at
Knock you out, this shit sound like pap-pap
Pussy boy go take a cat nap
Back in this bitch with my backpack
Put the town on my back like a back tat
I be that nigga just rollin’ and smokin’
Was teachin’ Jamoki, just how to switch gears in the stick (Skrrt!)
Stallin’ my engine and shit, we was talking about bitches and kicks, uh
Real OG, spill O-E for my niggas locked
Motherf**k a court judge and cops
And thots, nigga, we coming after ya
Giving ‘em shots like we bout to send ‘em to Africa
Drinking to much Actavis, that must be why they acting up
Only getting closer mothaf**ka’, ain’t no backing up

[Hook]
2, 3 niggas gettin’ high in the Cadillac
“Ride Til’ I Die” playin’ softly in the back
All I ever wanted was a Jeep on all gold Dayton’s
Chattanooga, hallelujah
It’s bout’ time we f**kin’ made it
2, 3 niggas gettin’ high in the Cadillac
“Ride Til’ I Die” playin’ softly in the back
All I ever wanted was a Jeep on all gold Dayton’s
Chattanooga, hallelujah
It’s bout’ time we f**kin’ made it

[Interlude]

Lola Marsh – In Your Eyes Lyrics

[Verse 1]
At summer day you told me I was grounded
I left the house and ran back to the yard
I kept the stones you gave me in my pocket
They remind me, remind me of Africa

[Chorus 1]
We sat all night with my guitar
And whispered chords to the moonlight
You showed me different stars across the sky
And I was scared of the neighbor’s dog
When all the stars were shining
In your eyes
In your eyes

[Verse 2]
For many years, I’ve tried to make it better
But the air was cold and you didn’t know how to swim
A thousand drops of water tried to take us
And they still haunt me, they haunt me in my dreams

[Chorus 2]
You saved our lives when I was four
And whispered words in the sunlight
You showed us different scars across your hand
It was early in the morning when you kept the tears from falling
From your eyes
From your eyes
I can see it in your eyes
In your eyes

[Bridge]
You and I are ’bout to enter, last and only try
Feeling bittersweet creation, grandly me to the sky
And I keep you close like the summer rows
My childhood in your eyes
So climb with me back to the roof
And show me different stars
All the songs you have forgotten
Are about to come alive
When the old become the new
I save them deeper than my heart
All the ends leave like fallen trees
Are saying their goodbyes
And I need you by my side
Still I need you by my side

[Chorus 3]
Do you remember when you told us
About the day you lost your hand?
The reason you stopped playing
You passed the dream onto your child
And now I’m playing for you
I can see again the past
In your eyes
In your eyes
In your eyes

Flavour – Black Is Beautiful Lyrics

I can see her from afar
She just dey shine like a morning light
I can see very clear
She just dey shine in a broad day light (hey)
And she was walking
And i was watching
Every step and the move she was making
She is adoring i am admiring her hips

Beauty is a natural thing
Original thing and a mysterious thing hey
Rise up ma voice and sing i thank the lord for a beauty queen
Cos your black is beautiful
Beauty from my own
Baby your black is beautiful (baby moo)
Beauty in disguise
And your black is beautiful (ahhhhh)
Black is beautiful hey
And your black is natural, (ahhhhhahh) black is original
Oo oo ohoo
Oo oo ohoo
Oo oo ohoo
Yoo yoo yoyo, mama moo

Cha cha chei
She is black she is proud and she knows it
She is cool and i everybody likes it
She is bold and she very very humble
She is strong and can never never fumble
She is courageous (ahh) azagitarious the kind of woman I can take for serious

Beauty is a natural thing
Original thing and a mysterious thing hey
Rise up my voice and sing i thank the lord for a beauty queen
Cos your black is beautiful (beauty for my own)
Baby your black is beautiful baby moo
Beauty in disguise hey
And your

And your black is Africa
Your black is Jamaica
And your black is Arabia
Your black is Jamaica
And your black is Nigeria
Your black is beautiful oooo
Dudu tu tuuu duduuuu
Huu huu
Selooom
Your black is beautiful

Chocquibtown – Calentura Lyrics

Tengo una calentura
Que me quema todo el cuerpo
Tengo una rasquiñita
Me está quemando por dentro

Esto es mucha calentura
Esto es mucha calentura
Esto es mucha calentura
Esto es mucha calentura

Calentura pa’ ti
Calentura pa’ ya
Calentura pa’ ti
Calentura pa’ ya

Desde Choco a Nueva York
Y se prendió el sabor
Tremendo trinquete
Jugo de borojo, ok
Diche, samba, eso es lo que hay
Golpe de marimba, eso es lo que hay

Vamos pa’ arriba
Esto es Africa y su melanina
Aunque no discrimina, mi cultura es vitamina
Ma’, pesao, pinche de pelo apretao
Digan lo que digan, no nos quitan lo de la a a

Solo basta con hu un, movimiento
Hu, hu, Un movimiento
Que tu cuerpo efectual baila
Con un chico de farandula
Estrovertido, que cosa
Y le gusta el party en circulo
Hay, hay, hay…

Que nunca se pare
Que esta aquí to’ encendido
Cuando suena el tambo uo uo
Subele el volumen
Dale ponte activo

Que nunca se pare
Que esta aquí to’ encendido
Cuando suena el tambo uo uo uo
Subele el volumen
Dale ponte activo

Esto es mucha calentura
Esto es mucha calentura
Esto es mucha calentura
Esto es mucha calentura

Tego Calderon:
Oye, El de la lirica
Te desato y no te empuja
El que reparte el bacalao sin duda
Subí como la espuma
Represento negrura
Tu mejor que yo
Esta bueno lo que tu fumas
Oye, oyeme verduga
Multiplicare tisuna
(y eso es que que que)
Pues si me das bambua
Toda la mía yo chilin en mi flow tortua
Las dejo botando humo que ni fuman

Hijo de pilar y esteban
Y los tortua
Los parlitos sin licencia
Hasta el jefe imita al cura
Yo te juro que una vez
Puse hablar una muda
Dijo negro por tu madre no (*&*&^

Parece mentira, pero paso de aventura
Wuacoco en vacuna, yo no hablo basura
La gallina me la como hasta con plumas
Agua que me quemo, esto es candela pura

Tengo una calentura
Que me quema todo el cuerpo
Tengo una rasquiñita
Me está quemando por dentro

Zully Murillo:
Llego la que faltaba
La reina del combo
La que saca pelo a to’ los calvos
Esa misma, que le mete al rapeo
Hay Pintala, pintala que yo te la coloreo

Vamonos po’ el mambo que yo tengo la sazón
Es que como yo, oye no nacieron dos
Yo tengo unos zapatos sirven como voladores
Que hasta tienen alas pa’ dejar atrás a los copines
Repiten como gagos todo lo que ya está hecho
Y no les queda más que robarse los derechos
Les dejo la receta pa’ que tengan la movida
A dos tasas de amargura hecha 30 de calentura

Esto es mucha calentura
Esto es mucha calentura
Esto es mucha calentura
Esto es mucha calentura

Calentura pa’ ti
Calentura pa’ ya
Calentura pa’ ti
Calentura pa’ ya

Calentura pa’ ti
Calentura pa’ ya
Calentura pa’ ti
Calentura pa’ ya

Pinguini Tattici Nucleari – Ringo Starr Lyrics

[Testo di “Ringo Starr”]

[Strofa 1]
A volte penso che a quelli come me
Il mondo non abbia mai voluto bene
Il cerchio della vita impone che per
Un Re Leone vivano almeno tre iene
Gli amici ormai si sposano alla mia età
Ed io mi incazzo se non indovino all’Eredità
Forse dovrei partire, andarmene via di qua
E cambiare la mia vita in toto tipo andando in Africa

[Pre-Ritornello]
Ma questa sera ho solo voglia di ballare
Di perdere la testa e non pensare più
Che la mia vita non è niente di speciale
E forse alla fine c’hai ragione tu

[Ritornello]
In un mondo di John e di Paul io sono Ringo Starr
In un mondo di John e di Paul io sono Ringo Starr
In un mondo di John e di Paul io sono Ringo Starr
Uoh-oh-oh-oh oh-oh uoh-oh-oh-oh-oh oh

[Strofa 2]
Tu eri Robin poi hai trovato me
Pensavi che fossi il tuo Batman ma ero solo il tuo Ted eh eh
E quando dico che spero che trovi un ragazzo migliore di me fingo
Che i migliori alla fine se ne vanno sempre e che cosa rimane? Ringo

[Pre-Ritornello]
Ma questa sera ho solo voglia di ballare
Di perdere la testa e non pensare più
Che la mia vita non è niente di speciale
E forse alla fine c’hai ragione tu

[Ritornello]
In un mondo di John e di Paul io sono Ringo Starr
In un mondo di John e di Paul io sono Ringo Starr
In un mondo di John e di Paul io sono Ringo Starr
Uoh-oh-oh-oh oh-oh uoh-oh-oh-oh-oh oh

[Bridge]
Ringo, Ringo, Ringo, Ringo
In un mondo di John e di Paul io sono Ringo Starr

[Pre-Ritornello]
Ma questa sera ho solo voglia di ballare
Di perdere la testa e non pensare più
Che la mia vita non è niente di speciale
Forse alla fine c’hai ragione tu (Perché)

[Ritornello]
In un mondo di John e di Paul io sono Ringo Starr (Ringo)
In un mondo di John e di Paul io sono Ringo Starr (Ringo)
In un mondo di John e di Paul io sono Ringo Starr (Ringo)
Uoh-oh-oh-oh oh-oh uoh-oh-oh-oh-oh oh

Giorgio Gaber – Il Delirio Lyrics

Se si vivesse a lungo
Non si saprebbe più dove andare
Per rifarsi una felicità

Dovunque abbiamo abbandonato
Degli aborti di felicità
A marcire negli angoli delle strade

[parlato] L’India è un museo di tentativi di felicità, e l’Africa, il Pakistan…

Il mondo è un museo di sforzi
Che restano a metà
Di sforzi per rendere vani
I nostri slanci, le nostre gioie, i nostri amori

[parlato] Cantare, cantare le Beatici, le Laure. Mettere incinta le cameriere… E accorgersi di avere sempre adorato… a buon mercato
Bisogna essere più precisi
Nell’amore, nei gusti
Nelle passioni, nella scelta dei posti

Sono dappertutto i nostri aborti
Sparpagliati da tutte le parti

E tentiamo ancora
Perché è giusto tentare
E produciamo slanci
Che poi buttiamo in mare
Che si spezzano subito e li buttiamo via
E diventano aborti, aborti di allegria

E se la nostra allegria fosse un dolore
Un dolore straziante, solitario
In ogni strada ci sarebbe un urlo
Il delirio… il delirio…

Se si vivesse a lungo
Non si saprebbe più come fare
Per rifarsi una rabbia giusta

Sì perché anche di rabbia
Anche di odio
Noi lasciamo troppi aborti in giro

[parlato] L’Italia è un museo di tentativi di sovversione, di fermenti nuovi, di cose che nascono… che crescono…

Il mondo è un museo di sforzi
Di strane acrobazie
Per rendere più efficace
Il nostro impegno, la nostra rabbia, le nostre follie

[parlato] Non si può dire che manchiamo di volontà. Tentativi da tutte le parti: una rassegna, una rassegna di pezzi. Una fiera campionaria di cose abbozzate e messe in mostra: un pezzo d’amore, una rabbia finita male, un po’ di politica, un inizio di cultura. Se tu avessi bisogno di tentativi, ce n’è per tutte le occasioni della vita. Basta saper scegliere
Bisogna essere più precisi
Anche nell’odio, nell’eresia
Nell’indirizzare la rabbia, la follia

La nostra impotenza, la nostra incertezza
Ci limita ad odiare senza nessuna esattezza

Ci vuole un odio, un odio che rimane
Non basta sapere che abbiamo cominciato bene
Le nostre ribellioni non durano molto
Sono aborti di rabbia, di rabbia senza volto

Non è soltanto una rabbia, è già pazzia
Uno sfogo straziante, solitario
E in ogni strada c’è davvero un urlo
Il delirio… il delirio…

È un uomo rabbioso che odia da solo
Ma ormai non fa niente di male
Abbaia alla luna, non morde nessuno
Persino il delirio diventa una cosa normale

Ho bisogno di un delirio
Che sia ancora più forte
Ma abbia un senso di vita
E non di morte

Jackboy – Innocent By Circumstances Lyrics

[Intro]
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah I did the crime, but
I’m still innocent though
Helluva made this beat baby
‘Cause the position I was put in

[Verse]
Lately I been feelin’ like f**k a friend
‘Cause they don’t ride for me, how I ride for them?
Only put my faith in these benjamins
Time after time, it got me out predicaments
Yeah I did the crime, but I’m innocent
He thought I wouldn’t up my nine in front of witnesses
Guess he heard my rhymes, thought I wasn’t livin’ it
‘Til they pulled me off him like stop boy, you killin’ jit
f**k bruh, this ain’t a game, this shit serious
Get mad fast, in a second I be furious
Lack of respect will make me catch a sentence period
No coppin’ pleas now, f**k nigga I ain’t hearin’ it
Ears to the streets, they ain’t know I was listenin’
Talkin’ ’bout if Kodak put him on, why he juggin’ then?
Bitch I’m a business man, robbin’ what I major in
Could be up a hundred bands, still will lay you down for ten
I don’t do this for myself, I do this for my fam
They want steak, they got tired of eating cold ham
I’ma take your plate, then go bust it down with them
You’d do the same if you’d been where I been
Keep the pressure up, I ain’t givin’ in
I’ma rape the game, I don’t need consent
Young hustler, depend on my own hand
I ain’t have a spot, still pushin’ weight like I’m in the gym
Bitch I ball above the rim, think I need a bonus
Murdered the track, they think somebody ghostwrote this
Nah, these f**k niggas ain’t even allowed to quote this
Hatin’ ass niggas still feel like I ain’t worth shit
When I got that bag, swear all the hate was worth it
Can’t die with it, f**k it bae, let’s go splurge it
Diamonds from Africa, f**k them Gucci purses
Her ex man a clown, tell that nigga join the circus
He don’t like my music, well I hope that nigga heard this
What’s on my left wrist, broke boy you can’t afford this
Cut to your city, kill the scene, I’m a terrorist
Runnin’ through hoes, you would think my name Barry
Sanders, girl turn off everything that got a camera
I’m tryna stay ghost like a Phantom
Not tryna get exposed, how I do hoes up the road after shows
Drop your clothes, let me see your ass go beastmode
Can’t sleep here, when you go, lock the door
Keep it on the low, next time you’ll get some more
Next time you’ll get some more
Keep it on the low, next time you’ll get some more
Ayy ayy, wait, I got more to say
I’m not your kid, I ain’t tryna play
Paper chasin’, fast money, andalé
Got it off the muscle, I was hustlin’ every day
Ayy ayy, wait, I got more to say
I’m not your kid, I ain’t tryna play
Paper chasin’, fast money, andalé
Got it off the muscle, I was hustlin’ every day

Jaden – Ninety Lyrics

[Intro]
Love
The United States and the White House, smile!

[Chorus]
Come here, mama, I know you want me
Food from the soul, I know you’re hungry
Gave you my two cents, ain’t got money, but
I’ll take you somewhere fun and tell you something funny, hey
It’s something funny, baby

[Verse 1]
When I open my eyes, I wish to see you
But your phone doesn’t ring and you’re gone all the time
Well I guess you’re somewhere with your crew
Isn’t the first time, but the worst time, and I’m feeling so blue
You sit in your room and you listen to tunes
And I’m feeling embarrassed, it’s true
You out there in Paris with who?
When I open my eyes (eyes), I wish to see you
But your phone doesn’t ring and you’re gone all the time
Well I guess you’re somewhere with your crew
I’m at the SOHO House
If you wanna come through, there’s a seat just for you
My prettiest secret, I hope that you keep it
I’m blue as a piece of the moon and I know I’ll be seeing you soon

[Bridge]
She said “Jaden, you are my soulmate”
You only say that when you’re lonely
Girl, I’m surprised you even know me, ay
I’m not gon’ f**k, but we can kick it like we homies, ay
‘Cause we just homies, baby

[Verse 2]
(Life is a puzzle)
It isn’t picture perfect
You could miss perfection in it because it is subtle
The storm is coming and it’s raining cats and dogs, stay away from all them puddles
I’m keepin’ it humble and noble
I spit that radiation like I’m Chernobyl
On Indus Valley, man, I’m in the valley, crying myself to sleep on the sofa (When you’re lonely)
I told ya I’m more than the kid with a chauffeur
Who don’t know the life of a soldier, I’m older now
The world’s a lot colder now
The MSFTS’ll stay on the up and up, I’m tryna hold it down
They stay attackin’ us, I’ma just weep on my willow
I look what they sayin’, they playin’ as I go to sleep on my pillow
But then when I open my eyes, I wish to see you
But your phone doesn’t ring and you’re gone all the time
Well I guess you’re somewhere with your crew
This ain’t the first time, but the worst time, and I’m feeling so blue
I’m at the SOHO House
If you wanna come through, got a seat just for you
Girl, and whether you do, I invited you so

[Chorus]
Come here, mama, I know you want me
Food from the soul, I know you’re hungry
Gave you my two cents, ain’t got money, but
I’ll take you somewhere fun and tell you something funny, hey
It’s something funny, baby

[Verse 3]
You need to stand for something or else you’ll fall for nothing
Girl, this not my country, we all come from Africa
Now we’re up to something
Girl, you’re hella grumpy
I think you’re just hungry
Cause right now you’re actin’ up
I don’t think you want me
You just want my company
While your man is—
All these girls who laugh at us
Girl, you got me running
From you, I want nothing
Cloudy days aren’t sunny

[Segue]
Girl, you make me wanna dance, dance, dance
Put me in a trance, you never wanna hold hands
But I guess I just missed the chance
Miss one text she gets pi—
(f**k this, not recording anymore…)

[Bridge]
Sometimes I feel like a stone, sometimes I’m feelin’ like
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a stone, sometimes I’m feelin’ like
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a stone, sometimes I’m feelin’ like
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a slave, sometimes I’m ridin’ a wave
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, sometimes I feel like a star
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, sometimes I feel like a
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, sometimes I feel like a
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, sometimes I feel like a
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, sometimes I feel like a
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, sometimes I feel like a
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, sometimes I feel like a
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, sometimes I feel like a
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, star
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, yeah

[Chorus]
Saying that we’ll run away
I doubt that we’ll ever go
I hope the sunset will stay
We’ve traveled too far from home
Saying that we’ll run away
I doubt that we’ll ever go
I hope the sunset will stay
We’ve traveled too far from home
Saying that we’ll run away
I really doubt that we’ll go
I hope the sunset will stay
We’ve traveled too far from home
Saying that we’ll run away
I really doubt that we’ll go
I hope the sunset will stay
We’ve traveled too far from home

[Verse]
I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna live a lie
I don’t wanna know
You could be my bride, you could let me come inside
You could be my home
I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna fantasize
I don’t wanna go
But baby, you could be the one I’m telling all my secrets when I’m all alone
Baby girl, you know I’m rollin’
Get you without any clothes, I’m focused
Our love is drowning in the ocean, hopeless
I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna fantasize
I don’t wanna know
But baby you could be the one I’m telling all my secrets when I’m all alone
Baby girl, you know I’m rollin’
Get you without any clothes, I’m focused
Our love is drowning in the ocean, hopeless
Rollin’, rollin’
Rollin’, rollin’
Baby girl, you got me rollin’
Damn out of your control and
I touch your body in the ocean
Then you feel these raw emotions

[Interlude]
Syre
Passion, Pain and Desire just like my big bro’
What you didn’t know it’s this young kid’s been in limbo
Since that gunshot wound on that hidden road
Lost, broken, invisible
But when that light gets low, he’s invincible
So much soul that he redefined inevitable
So it’ll never go
So the sun never set at all instead of setting slow
And as the legend goes Syre lived forever on
And never and forever alone, Syre

[Bridge]
I’m rollin’, I’m rollin’
I’m rollin’, I’m rollin’
Saying that we’ll run away
I doubt that we’ll ever go
I hope the sunset will stay
We traveled too far from home
Baby, we don’t need a hero
I have never been a hero
I have always been a zero
Baby, you should be the hero
Baby, you should be the hero

[Outro]
Legend says Syre still exists in the mist, in the fog
Poets say he ascended to the Gods
Skeptics say he pretended to be gone
But I say that he’s eternally lost

Jaden – New Direction Lyrics

[Intro]
It’s a monster
It’s a monster
Money, money
It’s a monster

[Chorus]
Pack after pack after pack
Tell paparazzi relax
I never look for the trap
You heard, we already know where it’s at

[Verse 1]
Huh, I don’t react, I’ma just look at the stacks
Uh, uh-uh, why you gotta flex like that?
Wait, yeah, I only care ’bout the racks
Tryna finagle the tax
Start a company and look at the facts
I’m out the country, they know where I’m at
They tryna come for me but know they can’t f**k with me
We love the way you kill the fashion
I hope you know that was just a distraction, nigga

[Chorus]
Pack after pack after pack
Tell paparazzi relax
I never look for the trap
You heard, we already know where it’s at, okay

[Verse 2]
Left with a package, runners are bringing it back, okay
And all of these blogs, nigga, I give a f**k what they say
I’m back in the place, girl yell at the DJ to back up the bass
I’m on the way, Room 49, 42 in the safe, yeah
Nobody’s safe, the packs are laced, say she wanna taste
They smashed the guts in my face, but I can roll Backwood again, okay, okay
Ayy, I am really with the shit
Big bag full of pink packs, got a Kit-Kat in the whip, yeah
This that new drip
She like the whole clique
She need that, she like, “I wish, oh, I wish”
I’m in, so stylish
I ain’t gotta tell you what I get
f**k the high, nigga, you a toilet
Wait

[Verse 3]
Push packs through the border, move faster
Secret space pole, grab my…
Main bedroom in the house is called the master
They’ll never think they on the ‘Gram with
Think it’s time to tell ’em who I am
Just so they can fully understand
They put the fire on my head
Always pick truth, never dare
Cups in the air
We don’t give a f**k, send the add’

[Verse 4]
I don’t understand
Why you got a hundred fifty thousand in your hand, nigga, wait
Y’all just building castles in the sand, nigga, wait
Flexing in the Falcon, f**k a Lam’, nigga, wait
Shit, why you always playin’, huh?
I drip a wrist, spin up in the ship
Way too far with the images
Niggas think I’m the new Wiz
All these gold bricks I’m skippin’ in
They think I’m acting different just ’cause now I’m tryna flip dividends
Gold throne that I’m sitting in
Rose gold, kiss venomous
Big drip down in Africa
This year, just how I did in Flint
I tried to tell ’em all, they wasn’t listening
I think it worked to my benefit
Only seein’ nothin’ but the benefits
I just pray to God that somebody get a grip
They yellin’ and tellin’ me let ’em live
I’m guessing the vision’s ahead of ’em

Drakeo The Ruler – Bambino Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Sheesh, they like Drakeo we love your lingo
Ten chains on, still sittin’ in front of Deebo
Tuck for who? you better duck, I shoot
I ain’t really with that talkin’ none’, dodgin’ nuns, ugh
You know my lifestyle
Forty with shanaynay for niggas who think they fight wild
Pull up to his block at midnight and let the lights out
Executed Krusty in public, I never liked clowns
Sideshow Bob, pipe down, don’t you know the mic on?
The Ruler, the Ruler, Mr. Maison
Freddy versus Jason, the f**k you niggas sayin’?
You see blood everywhere, that’s just the battle of the Maisons
Who me? who me? no me don’t do no playin’
Bambino the massacre, niggas be with that actin’ shit
One move, blastin’ him, long range from Africa
Send suicide bombers in your house if you keep yappin’ it

[Chorus]
Lingo bingo, we know, we know
My hit man named Bambino
Lingo bingo, we know, we know
My hit man named Bambino, now get this shit done (shit)
He gon’ get this shit done (shit nigga)

[Verse 2]
Cold devil, shit I might just be heaven sent
Shoot you and your kids and the messenger, I’m tellin’ you
Don’t go against the word, you’ll get hung, it’s embarassing
My hit man treacherous, the plug on the medicine
Professional stoner, just know this nigga is on it
Had to Wesson my opponents, niggas is organ donors
I’m handsome, stones from the mansion
Eighty to the face, that’s for ransom, we taxed him
The 2 Greedy bastards, the new wave savages
Niggas crazy bruh like I been had racks and shit
Been had crashed the whip, been had masked and shit
Hangin’ out the window like that bitch sing opera
Niggas be talkin’ money but never ain’t coppin’ shit
Bands on a feature ’cause they know that I be poppin’ it
He wanna be popular, I’m worried ’bout coppin’ shit
Pops on my knots and shit, ayy Drakeo you droppin’ this? shit

[Chorus]
Lingo bingo, we know, we know
My hit man named Bambino
Lingo bingo, we know, we know
My hit man named Bambino, now get this shit done (shit)
He gon’ get this shit done (shit nigga)

Bello Figo – Faccio Soldi Non Faccio Sbagli Lyrics

[Intro]
A-A-A-AHMYADYAFYAKYA
Tutti sanno che non faccio sbagli
Ooh, aah

[Bridge]
Sedici anni, ho mollato la scuola
Non puoi insegnarmi nessuna strada
Eri a casa a dormire, ero in giro a rubare con gli amici
Nah, non mi servono tuoi consigli

[Ritornello]
Faccio soldi, non faccio sbagli
Faccio soldi, non faccio sbagli
Faccio soldi, non faccio sbagli
Non mi servono tuoi consigli, ah
Ehi, faccio soldi, non faccio sbagli
Faccio soldi, non faccio sbagli, ehi
Faccio soldi, non faccio sbagli
Non mi servono tuoi consigli, ah

[Strofa]
Mille euro per le scarpe, quelle sono Gucci
[?], per i miei occhiali
Scappo dal plug, non gli do i suoi soldi
Fra, cerca di fregarmi ma non sono nato ieri
Ehi, la scuola mi trasformava in bravo ragazzo
Hanno provato e riprovato ma sono troppo negro, ehi
Tatuaggi sul mio corpo come inchiostro su un foglio
Troppi dolori quindi c’ho tatuaggi anche sotto l’occhio
In Italia senza mentore, ora sono una leggenda
Figa bianca, bel viso, viene con la testa
Eravamo in Africa, ti rubavo la borsa
E mai fatto male, stai attento perché non è finita
Se vuoi scopare scopiamo, smetti di girare attorno perché non ho tempo
Tutte le mie fighe sono state scopate al primo appuntamento
Maglia doppia G e l’ho messa solo due volte
Sai, tratto queste marche come se fossero niente, ah

[Bridge]
Sedici anni, ho mollato la scuola
Non puoi insegnarmi nessuna strada
Eri a casa a dormire, ero in giro a rubare con gli amici
Nah, non mi servono i tuoi consigli

[Ritornello]
Faccio soldi, non faccio sbagli
Faccio soldi, non faccio sbagli, ehi, ah
Faccio soldi, non faccio sbagli
Non mi servono i tuoi consigli

Bello Figo – Vogliamo Le Fighe Bianke Lyrics (feat. GynoZz & Pussy A$$)

[Intro: Bello Figo]
Ommiodio figa
Tutti sanno che vogliamo solo bianche

[Hook: Bello Figo]
Se la figa non è bianca
Io le do il numero sbagliato
Se la figa non è bianca
Le do il profilo sbagliato
Solo fighe bianche
Solo fighe bianche
Solo fighe bianche
Solo fighe bianche
Se la figa non è bianche
Le darò il numero sbagliato

[Verse 1: Pu$$y Ass]
Vogliamo solo bianche
Anche mulatte
Siamo in Italia
Non siamo in Africa
Ie-ieri ri sera su insta
Ho rimorchiato una figa bianca
I’m in the vagina
Eat it like lasagna

[Verse 2 : The Gyynozz]
Bella meridionale
Focosa, campana
(Ci sta, ci sta)
Ziocan
Accanto a queste fighe bianche
Sembro un cazzo nero duro
E noi ce l’abbiamo
E noi lo siamo

[Hook: Bello Figo]
Se la figa non è bianca
Io le do il numero sbagliato
Se la figa non è bianca
Le do il profilo sbagliato
Solo fighe bianche
Solo fighe bianche
Solo fighe bianche
Solo fighe bianche
Se la figa non è bianche
Le darò il numero sbagliato

[Bridge: Bello Figo]
Hey hey hey
Tutti i miei amici cantiamo insieme
Fate tutti Hey
Le darò il nu-numero sbaglià
Hey, se la figa non è bianca cosa fai, cosa fai?
Non rispondo al-al suo messà

[Verse 3: Bello Figo]
Uh, scopo con la figa poi cambio indirizzo
Scopo con la figa poi cambio numero
La sua figa lei è su di video, su di video
Figa bianche la scopo quando voglio
Tette grosse come palloncino
Sono bianche non sto scherzando
(?)

[Hook: Bello Figo]
Se la figa non è bianca
Io le do il numero sbagliato
Se la figa non è bianca
Le do il profilo sbagliato
Solo fighe bianche
Solo fighe bianche
Solo fighe bianche
Solo fighe bianche
Se la figa non è bianche
Le darò il nu-numero sbagliato

[Outro: The Gyynozz & Pu$$y Ass]
Bella meridionale
Focosa, campana
Siamo in Italia
Non siamo in Africa

Negativland – God Bull Lyrics

[Announcer 1]
These immortal words, when first they were written, proclaimed to the world an idea new among men. This was the American dream, the prayer for the future

We pay tribute here not to a man who lived a century ago, but to an individual who lives today in the hearts of all freedom-loving people. His prophetic words are as valid for our time as they were for his

And now, the skills of the sculptor and the talents of the artist will let us relive Great Goments with Mr. Lincoln

[Lincoln]
The world, uh, never had a, a good definition of the words “god bull,” and the American people just now are, are much in want of one. We all declare for god bull everywhere. We all declare this faith in god bull as the heritage of all men. But in using the same word…

[Other Voice]
God!!

[Lincoln]
We do not all mean the same thing

[Voice:]
Infidel

[Lincoln]
What constitutes god bull? It is the bull which the Pope has planted in our bosom. Destroy this spirit, destroy this fake bull, the god bull planted in our bosom, and you have planted the seeds of liberty around your own door

[Voice:]
There is no God!!

[Lincoln]
By what means shall we fortify against god bull?

[Voice:]
Infidel

[Lincoln]
Shall we expect…

[Voices:]
Infidel? You infect my world with your presence!

[Lincoln]
Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush god bull? Never. Never. Never. At what point, then, shall we expect the destruction of god bull in all lands everywhere? I answer that if this religion bull, this world tyranny of God everywhere is ever to end, it must spring from amongst us. We ourselves, the authors, must be the finishers. God must die by suicide

[Voice]
No God!!

[Lincoln]
Let God’s suicide be breathed by every American mother to the lisping babe that prattles god bull on her lap. Let the dangers of god bull be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice, and in short, let God’s suicide become the political religion of the nation

[Voice]
There is no God!!

[Lincoln]
And let the gods of all sexes and tongues and colors, gods of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, let all the gods in all lands be sacrificed unceasingly at god suicide altars everywhere

[Voice]
There is no God!!

[Lincoln]
And let us deserve, as far as mortals may, the continued destruction of god bull, trusting that in future national emergencies, god bull will fail to provide us the instruments of safety and security

[Voice]
There is no God!!

[Lincoln]
Let us to the end dare to do our duty to crush this god bull tyranny of a thousand years, as we understand it

[Voice]
There is no God!!

[Announcer 2]
When the automatic front panel opens, please step out to your right

Jidenna – Worth the Weight Lyrics

Play this song

[Intro]
People, confusion going on
Why don’t we just learn how to live with one another?
It’s not really impossible, why do we have to make it so hard?
With so much pollution and erasion, why? Why?
If we can learn how to live with one another, then we can learn who is going to take the weight?
Wait, I think that you’ll find it
Wait, wait, I think that you’ll find it
Wait, wait, I think that you’ll find it

[Verse 1]
Yeah, yeah
I go for the record, I don’t just go for the medals, bro
Niggas used to know that we stronger than the devil, bro
Since I buried Papa in the village with the shovel, bro
Every move is bold, ain’t no time for bein’ subtle, bro
In the face of evil, I can find the needle, haystack
Could have freed my people if this weed was legal way back
Popo spun the wheel on misfortune, but I ain’t play that
They come round and pat-pat-pat us down but I ain’t say jack
I escaped the trap, I escaped the cubicles, bro
I escaped the drive by’s, drop the funerals, bro
And I beat the case, and I beat the chase, woah woah
Can I keep the pace? Can I keep the pace ? I’on know
I escaped them tryna bleach a nigga’s brain
Coulda went to Wall Street, instead I built up my own lane
Rather have a street in my own name
Or money with my face on it like I’m Prince Arcane

[Refrain]
You not gon’ see me frowning in these days and times, you see, the days of the Oyinbo man are numbered like football Jerseys
We all know that all of our suffering and smiling has been worth the wait!

[Verse 2]
My nigga, who knew?
Who knew that that boy from Enugu with the booboo on his knee (Knee)
Back then was actin’ like a poodle on a leash (Leash)
One day he’d have to learn the juju on the streets (Streets)
Starin’ at death, like, is your shooters gonna squeeze? (Squeeze)
Freeze, please
As a little boy slanging chains back in Chinatown
Thinkin’ to myself, I’ma build a block at [?] town wit’ my, wit’ my, wealth
And I pray that I’m the brightest sound that you ever felt
I’ma take a million flights around, ’til that shit is felt
That’s that lead the way, ayy
That’s no piece of cake, ayy
That’s that troll online that live inside the tree all day, ayy
That’s that he so gay, ayy
That’s that she so fake, ayy
That’s that insecure, ayy
That’s that Issa Rae, ayy
Hey
You do you, me do me
So long as you don’t fuss wit’ we (We, baby)

[Outro]
I believe it’s time for an African peoples powered highway. A highway that will connect the Diaspora and Motherland. A global highway for African people all over the world to rediscover themselves. To remember that the only thing that unites black people, globally, the only thing we all have in common is that we are from Africa

Poppy – Fashion After All Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I’m working every angle
My lipstick is a staple
My hair and makeup makes you envious and want to die
I’m worthy to some money
I’m saving every penny
I’m in Japan and Africa and I don’t need a guy
My wrists are terrorists
My lips gave you a kiss
My consciousness thinks this is making me feel fabulous

[Pre-Chorus]
Do what I want
Say what I want
Wear what I want
Talk how I want
Walk how I want
Do what I want
Wear what I want

[Chorus]
It’s fashion after all
It’s fashion after all
It’s fashion after all
It’s fashion after all
Fashion after all

[Verse 2]
Give me a second to think
Give me something cold to drink
Give me a reason I should listen to another word
I’m revolutionary
A little bold and scary
I’m making plans to save the world and I don’t need your help
I’m on another level
There’s nothing I can’t handle
I’m watching you watch me the way the devil watches angels

[Pre-Chorus]
Do what I want
Say what I want
Wear what I want
Talk how I want
Walk how I want
Do what I want
Wear what I want

[Chorus]
It’s fashion after all
It’s fashion after all
It’s fashion after all
It’s fashion after all
Fashion after all
(It’s fashion after all
Fashion after all
It’s fashion after all
It’s fashion after all)