Il Tre 3 – Pioggia Lyrics

[Testo di “Pioggia”]

[Strofa 1]
A volte non so comportarmi
Non vorrei mentire, tu piangi
Non posso nascondere i miei tagli
Non posso cancellare i miei sbagli
Non posso tornare indietro, no
No, no, non ho la forza d’andare avanti
Sì, ho confuso il mare con il cielo e
No, no, cerchi nei lobi come i pirati
Quando avevo tredici anni stavo un po’ perso
Cercavo qualcuno che capisse il mio senso
Un adolescente che non trova se stesso
È come una relazione senza buon sesso
E fuori era buio, eh
Sono come un cane senza la strada di casa che è diventato un lupo, eh
La paura è uno scudo, fra’, te lo giuro

[Pre-Ritornello 1]
Ho sofferto come tutti per una stronza
Che mi ha fatto diventare il cuore di ghiaccio
Ho capito che l’amore spesso è un inganno
Io sono stanco, eh

[Ritornello]
Siamo come la pioggia, eh
Come un fuoco che scotta, eh
Una bomba che scoppia
Questa vita è bella ma costa
Voglio stare solo con te
Siamo come la notte, eh
Sotto un cielo di gocce, eh
Quando corri più forte
Io non ho paura di niente
Tornerò con le mani rotte
Stai con me

[Strofa 2]
Ricordo che
Parlavano lontano come se fossi estraneo al discorso
Ero solo un bimbo in disparte, volevo fare il grande, l’opposto

Alla fine ho fatto, concluso, sono soddisfatto e tu illusa
Lei voleva un cuore, io niente, lei mi dice: “Vattene”, io “Scusa”
E mi sento in gabbia, come se fossi legato sì, dalle mie corde
Dentro ho rabbia, come se avessi potuto trovare le forze
Adesso basta, se avessi avuto coraggio magari sai forse
Ma non importa, chiudo le porte, se tornerò torneremo più forti

[Pre-Ritornello 2]
Prima eri il mio punto di forza
Ora sei soltanto un messaggio nell’archivio
Hai curato le ferite di quella stronza
E dopo ti ho persa, eh

[Ritornello]
Siamo come la pioggia, eh
Come un fuoco che scotta, eh
Una bomba che scoppia
Questa vita è bella ma costa
Voglio stare solo con te
Siamo come la notte, eh
Sotto un cielo di gocce, eh
Quando corri più forte
Io non ho paura di niente
Tornerò con le mani rotte
Stai con me

[Outro]
Eh, eh
Siamo come la pioggia, eh
Come un fuoco che scotta, eh
Una bomba che scoppia
Questa vita è bella ma costa
Voglio stare solo con te
Siamo come la notte, eh
Sotto un cielo di gocce, eh
Quando corri più forte
Io non ho paura di niente
Tornerò con le mani rotte
Stai con me

Marlon Craft – State Of The Union Lyrics

The state of the union is that there isn’t one
If a house divided can’t stand, we been sitting but sitting officials lettin’ you starve and die
They’d say for a party, I say it’s dogma to America’s artful lie
Sniffin’ the party line, intoxicated from white
That fake superiority created by authority to convince the poorest he still one caste up
‘Cause at least you not black, and if at least you not that
And if you see and got mad
That the elite eat on backs of your labor, you’d point at your neighbor – instead of up
To keep you off track, they told you your sins weren’t sins but, beneath that hatred is shame
Your humanity was picked and sold with the cotton of slaves
System is f*cked, we benefit passively
White liberals and such, make a social identity from giving a f*ck
But that privilege they may acknowledge, they ain’t giving it up
We ain’t living it much, the ego’s driving the car
And it just depends on where it got it’s license
How many of us really choose our own thoughts and vices?
You don’t get paid, but you a walking advertisement
Made us all addicted to fame, so that we’d work for free
Million factless ’cause their schools ain’t teach ’em how to find them
If they get to choose, they pick the ones that their wants align with
Can you track your opinion to it’s origin? If not, aight then
We move without intent, they profit when we not decisive
Rappers been lazily referencing The Matrix for years
Who knew algorithms would really dictate what we cheer?
Too lazy to care, afraid to look inward
We’d live in our own noose ‘fore we live in our own truth
Vague tweets about how you love everyone
You won’t even wear a mask to save somebody’s grandmother
Entitled to the lies of freedom, you in denial
I seen this shit for a while
It’s lethal man, word to Dan Glover

You can’t fake lightning but you can plan thunder
Pay a racist brand before we’d pay attention
I sit in damn wonder

And everyone talking generational wealth
But outside making money for ourselves
We won’t give the next generation no help
It may already be too late to save the f*cking planet
If we don’t stop playing, there will be no more generations to help
We trained people for survival of the fittest
In traumatic conditions and sold them things that kill ’em
We made life into a gamble, in the name of capitalism
Then tried to hit the democracy switch when COVID hit and that was destined to fail
You can’t abuse populations, leave ’em destitute and vacant and then ask them to care
About anything but their next move, our own nation to blame

So I get why we at the club, still I ain’t say I’m not enraged
I want better from us, I just don’t expect it
Trauma is cyclical, the most likely ones to neglect are the neglected
They had Future sellin’ you – Molly, Lean, Percocet
And you think for a check, they need a scheme on vaccine injections?
Lot of the soft bigotry of low expectations
Lot of fetishization, celebrating regressive themes in the name of progression
And when something truly powerful come
It’s hesitation

And there’s this fishy correlation, between what’s considered cool and what profits for corporations
Rappers streamin’ tens of mills considered not as poppin’
‘Cause on their next endeavor, no label holds an option
Soul vacancy across the culture
So when they say they do it for it, man I gotta wonder
The only culture is validate wins, and win equals money
The truth’s like my chest in ’06, it’s beneath where the rug be
I don’t even like talking this direct
I ain’t no book report ass rapper but I object
To the marriage to greed and clout, without heeding doubt of what winnin’ means
Ask why we on different teams
We don’t play the same sport
Started getting to some places I been tryna go and lookin’ round like
Yo, this ain’t what I came for
So if I gotta give up what’s righteous to get it, you can keep it
f*ck a popular lie I’d rather be a truthful secret
Herd immunity to truth and self-assestment
Truth is if not for COVID, Trump would’ve won re-election in a landslide
So we evaded armageddon, for good old store brand oppression
But if a leader more savvy, and less sociopathic with true fascist aspirations come along, it’s gon’ be tragic
74 million proved if the right rhetoric is used
We could end up on the wrong side of World War II 2
And to defeat white supremacy, you gotta first want to defeat white supremacy
I don’t think most of us really do
How many white mirror convos really bearing fruit?
The only hope is that this moment in history
Looks the same in both timelines of what the end could be
Whether this the infection rising up and we fight and quell, or if it outscrapes us, and humanity just dies and fails
It was always gon’ get worse ‘fore it got better
Racism was never gon’ go quietly to the night
It never will but I do believe that it along with greed, can make it’s way out of our institutions so that all are free one day
I ain’t say that it will, but today looks like today
In both versions of the story
So gon’ grab you a quill
It depends what we do, there’s only one person the future starts and ends with
It’s you

Robin Thicke – Take Me Higher Lyrics

Yeahh
Ah baby
Let’s get saved
Well well well
I need
I need to be saved

I’m coming baby
I hear your tone
I’m running red lights
I’m rushing home
I got it baby
You feel alone
Your body’s cold and naked
You need me to hold

So in love
Girl you’re like the morning sun
When I’m down you lift me up
I wanna overdose on your touch

Na na na na na na na na
(Take me higher baby)
Take me to the sky
Then ya, yank on the line
And I get high high high
But baby, baby I don’t mind
(I get higher baby)
Like a grape on the vine
You turn me, turn me into wine
And I get high high high
But listen, baby I don’t mind

Na na na na na na na na
I’m coming baby
I hear your tone
I’m running red lights
I’m rushing home
I got it baby
You feel alone
Your body’s cold and naked
You need me to hold

Just because girl you know I love us some us
Better than I thought it was

I want to overdose on your touch

Na na na na na na na na
(Take me higher baby)
Take me to the sky
Then ya, yank on the line
And I get high high high
But baby, baby I don’t mind
(Take me higher baby)
Like a grape on the vine
You turn me, turn me into wine
And I get high high high
But listen, baby I don’t mind
Take me higher baby

Na na na na na na na na
I’m coming baby
I hear your tone
I’m running red lights
I’m rushing home
I got it baby
You feel alone
Your body’s cold and naked
You need me to hold

Na na na na na na na na
(Take me higher baby)
Take me to the sky
Then ya, yank on the line
And I get high high high
But baby, baby I don’t mind
(I get higher baby)
Like a grape on the vine
You turn me, turn me into wine
And I get high high high
But listen, baby I don’t mind
Take me higher baby
I get high baby
Yes I do
Take me higher

Justin Courtney Pierre – Dying To Know Lyrics

One day a word with my mother
Questions and answers and
Suddenly I find
This mystery is mine
I’m struggling to breathe
From disarranging me
Drown out the fathers of fiction with electric guitars
I’m just dying to know who you are

Searching for signs of another
One day a mugshot and
Everything implodes
I’m sickened to my toes
You can’t undo what’s done
When staring at the son

Violence a week before bells our cesarean scar
I’m just dying to know who you are

But my life somehow goes on without me
Stranded in knowledge
Now everything is wrong
Where do I belong?
I’m not quite in my body
I’m feeling a lot like an anthropologist on Mars
I’m just dying to know
I’m just dying to know
I’m just dying to know
I’m just dying to know who you are

Adult Mom – Sober Lyrics

You’ve been sober now
For a few days and I bet that it helps
You not to send me a text
That says you love me still

The only thing that I’ve done
This month is drink beer
Masturbate, and ignore
Phone calls from you
What else am I supposed to do?

Because the last image of you I remember
Is your hunched over back on the side of the bed
Telling me that I shouldn’t leave

And I didn’t wanna lie I guess
When you asked me if I loved you less
In the passenger side of my car
So I didn’t respond

And the last image of me you remember

Is my hunched over back on the driver’s side
Begging you to get out when you said that You wanted to die
Can’t you see that’s the kind of shit
I can’t be the one to decide?

But if you asked me now, I’d want you alive

It’s a chilling confidence that
I don’t need you anymore
But you knew that, I’m sure
Honesty broke the glass of the bottle
That I struck at the door
When I couldn’t do this any longer
Now I don’t even think of you
When I am sober

Now I don’t even think of you
When I am sober

Dusty Locane – Rollin N Controllin Freestyle Lyrics

Grrt, pow-pow-pow-pow
Yeah, y’all know the vibes
It’s that six times ten shit
Neighbors don’t need no favors
Them ends don’t need no friends
Get me? Look (CP did it baby)
Huh, look, look
Listen

I walk in the spot, thirty on me and some chops
All my niggas really rock, roll, control
Shout my ‘Layos, you know how my niggas move
But I ain’t movin’, I’m rollin’ and I’m shootin’
I said, "Baby, it’s crazy," hahahahaha
I be really wit’ them killin’ niggas and them drillin’ niggas and we back
In the Floss, get you offed
I don’t do this too much, I just talk that talk
Gimme talk back too, what’s the word? What y’all wanna do?
Empty out the clip, I’m wit’ the Crips, neighborhood shit
All of my niggas, they on shit, I ain’t gotta be on, bitch
Hol’ on, I be so gone
Call up that boy YJ grippin’ on the tool
He gon’ break the rules, boy, you a fool, you a fool
I said, "Mad Max, he a demon, he let llamas fly"
Soso, one call, that boy built for homicide
I am war ready, stay steady, don’t gotta say too much
I was in the pen’ wit’ a couple killer niggas and I stay tooled up
I could get you shot, get you packed up, huh, that’s on the sеt

I ain’t gotta say too much, and I just let that bitch, let that bitch off
Stupid nigga, what you talking for?
I am really in these streets, and I won’t say no more
Hol’ on, shake it, huh, just, I said, "Just shake it"
All this money that I’m makin’, bad bitches and they cakin’
Ass fat, huh, heard that bad bitch was Jamaican
Put her in her place, put it in her face, hol’ on
She was so wet, haha, grabbed on the TEC
Now I gotta lift a nigga up, leave his brother upset
Heard that lil’ nigga tellin’, huh, I’m a felon
But I ain’t even gonna act like I’m playin’ wit’ a nigga, I’ma get em
Rr, I’m nasty, bad bitches and they classy, they ain’t trashy
Ask me, anything you really want
I’ma let em up, I’ma go dumb, huh
I do this shit for fun
Tell ’em niggas, "Check in with me ’cause I keep a gun"
Huh? You can not play, .38, let it spray
That nine milli’, thirty clip, let ’em
This is all I gotta say, I do it all for the gang
Me and you is not the same, stay in your place
Boy, you a lame, I’ll carry the tool
And I’m still on the Fifth, wit’ an eighth

Woo, woo, woo
Grrt, pow-pow-pow-pow

Billie Eilish & Rosalia – Lo Vas A Olvidar Lyrics

[Letra de "Lo Vas A Olvidar"]

[Verso 1: ROSALÍA & Billie Eilish, Ambos]
Dime si me echas de meno' aún
Dime si no me perdonas aún
¿Qué harás con to' este veneno? Na' bueno
Dime si me echas de meno' aún

[Coro: ROSALÍA & Billie Eilish]
¿Lo va' a olvidar? Can you let it go? Can you let it go?
¿Lo va' a olvidar? Can you let it go? ¿Lo va' a olvidar?
¿Lo va' a olvidar? Can you let it go? Can you let it go?
¿Lo va' a olvidar? Can you let it go? ¿Lo va' a olvidar?

[Interludio: ROSALÍA]
Isn't good
And that's it
Ah, besitos, hahaha
Take care, please

[Verso 2: Billie Eilish & ROSALÍA]
Dime que no te arrepientes aún
Dime si aún queda algo en común
El tiempo que se pierde no vuelve
Dame un beso y bájame de la cru'
[Coro: ROSALÍA & Billie Eilish]

¿Lo va' a olvidar? Can you let it go? Can you let it go?
¿Lo va' a olvidar? Can you let it go? ¿Lo va' a olvidar?
¿Lo va' a olvidar? Can you let it go? Can you let it go?
¿Lo va' a olvidar? Can you let it go? ¿Lo va' a olvidar?

[Puente: ROSALÍA]
Ay, ay
Ay, ay, ay, ah-ah

[Outro: ROSALÍA & Billie Eilish]
El amor no puede medirse en paso firme
Un día soy un dio' y al otro puedo partirme
I needed to go 'cause I needed to know you don't need me
You reap what you saw, but it seems like you don't even see me
El amor no puede medirse en paso firme
Un día soy un dio' y al otro puedo partirme
You say it to me like it's something I have any choice in
If I wasn't important, then why would you waste all your poison?

Macklemore – Trump’s Over Freestyle Lyrics

[Intro]
(Hah, hah, that's enough, that's enough, that's enough!)
Fifty grand I get this all in one take, ey
(Turn it up!)

[Part 1]
Now, all you high fiving, MAGA white boys, drinking white claws
Care about your taxes more than human rights sign off
You no mask wearing, big truck driving
Blue lives matter, talking shit about the riots
Double standard once the white folks went and tried it
They're Patriots, no those are terrorists Brian
And all you liberals out there being silent
While black people dying, at the hands of police violence
That care more about animal rights and recycling
And bicycling and the climate and tooth paste with iron
You too are complicit, you too getting brought up
I'll give it to you pro bono, you too are the problem
I'm white there with ya, silence on all us
Comfy in my privilege like should I risk all this?
Yes, and if you think I care to lose you as a fan
Peace out bitch you know exactly where I stand

[Hook]
Trump's over, he lost (he lost)
Social Media kicked him off, he gone (he gone)
Throw a party on the White House lawn, retire the liar
Impeach that orange hoe, so long (you're fired)
Trump's over, he lost (he lost)
Social Media kicked him off, he gone (Yeah)
Throw a party on the White House lawn, retire the liar

Impeach that orange hoe, so long
[Part 2]
It's like Trump is just a symptom, that we ain't free from
Just old white supremacy that he would feed us
We celebrating, but to think a new era's begun
Still half the country feels the same way that he does so
What the f*ck are we gonna do now
Biden my dog, but he's close to getting put down
Surprise, another old white guy in the house
Who's fine, we just hold our breath when he opens his mouth
We thought 2021 was gonna save us
We thought that we were gonna all love our neighbors
We thought covid was over being contagious
Nope, America still armed, dumb and dangerous

[Hook]
Trump's over, he lost (he lost)
Social Media kicked him off, he gone (he gone)
Throw a party on the White House lawn, retire the liar
Impeach that orange hoe, so long (you're fired)
Trump's over, he lost (he lost)
Social Media kicked him off, he gone (Yeah)
Throw a party on the White House lawn, retire the liar
Impeach that orange hoe, so long (you're fired)

Dad, wait one second
Look, I want you to say the rest of the part and then I say
Donald Trump is gone!
Donald Trump's gone, sick-a-nin-nin town?
Got that voice, now sick-a-nin-nin lime?

Fredo Bang – Low Ridin Lyrics

RIP Ivy Smith
You gone but never forgotten
Imma hold it down
Put this shit on my back
Ya heard me

Low ridin’ on a hunt with a big pocket rocket
We int with none of that talkin’ we go in your pockets
We ain’t with none of that boxin’ I’m bustin’ your noggin
RIP to Ivy Smith was never forgotten

I do my own f*ckin’ hit just for sure your loss
Yeah I had to pay the cost just to be a big boss
Head yungin records yeah you know I’m with that sport
Disrespect my brother bang I’m knockin ya off
Pullin’ up hoppin’ out we choppin ’em down
When we hopped out he got down he knownin’ what that’s bout
I’m the reason that he made that paranoid song
I know whats going through his mind that youngin’ back home
Holdin it down for that top you know he ain’t wrong
Disrespect that f*ckin’ top you know that you gone
Gorrilas beaten on they chest tryna beat down your dome
Its like 2 something in the morning he ain’t make it home
Im out late ain’t tryna play I’m getting in your face
Pull up on side em doin’ a 100 we ain’t tryna race
Stop this bitch right on side em and let this bitch spray
Then hit the split ya bitch we had to get away
He say he hit back what he hit the f*ckin’ interstate
Yeah I pull off comfortable and smooth know how to get away
Smile on my face cause we made that p*ssy nigga lay
Go home go to sleep then we think about that f*ckin’ K

Low ridin’ on a hunt with a big pocket rocket
We int with none of that talkin’ we go in your pockets
We ain’t with none of that boxin’ I’m bustin’ your noggin’
RIP to Ivy Smith was never forgotten

All the opps be talkin’ shit guess I ain’t kill enough
Yeah all the dracos I done bought guess they ain’t feel enough
I copped the rental for my youngins now they fillin’ up
Pull on side the whip and put him down go pick your nigga up
Quick had died my momma creid that shit was funny huh
Niggas was laughin’ like they don’t know how I be comin’ huh
Yeah I just slimed me out a slime that nose was runnin’ huh
He put in a hunnid on a opp he getting that money now
Niggas be talkin’ bout this and that come get your shake back nigga
Before you diss me on a track come get your shake back nigga
How many times I gotta say it get your shake back nigga
I could of did it I’m on my Ivy shit I paid that nigga

Low ridin’ on a hunt with a big pocket rocket
We int with none of that talkin’ we go in your pockets
We ain’t with none of that boxin’ I’m bustin’ your noggin’
RIP to Ivy Smith was never forgotten

Smile on my face cause we made that p*ssy nigga lay
Go home go to sleep then we think about that f*ckin’
Smile on my face, smile smile on my face
Smile on my face when I think about that f*ckin’ K

Metro Marrs – Nonchalant Lyrics

[Intro]
(Ayy, Woods, light that shit up)
(LeVieux)
I'm So Nonchalant

[Chorus]
I'm so nonchalant
I'm so nonchalant
I keep two of 'em like my two red cups
Oh, on the beat, I OD [?]
Now I gotta keep one on sight, I'm a trophy
You know it's nothing, nonchalant
I drip down in Saint Laurent
You f*cked up, so what you want?

[Verse 1]
Heard she get the chills for it
Know she probably kill for it
Played her like a victim
I'm too up like asteroid
Bitch, I'm in my bag, boy
Duffle full of cash, boy, yeah
Stuff it all in my jeans
Like the brand, bitch, you know I go Supreme
Talking shit, it get turnt to extreme
[?]
Got varieties, like its Pokémon, yeah
[Chorus]
I'm so nonchalant
I'm so nonchalant
I keep two of 'em like my two red cups
Oh, on the beat, I OD [?]
Now I gotta keep one on sight, I'm a trophy

You know it's nothing, nonchalant
I drip down in Saint Laurent
You f*ckеd up, so what you want?

[Verse 2]
Amiri on my ass
I got Fendi on her bag , (whatchu want?)
Like how much it is and how much it cost
Likе f*ck the receipt, I won't take a loss
Ain't no layaway
I tell the opps just stay away, yeah
Talk out they neck and not they mouth
I'm the hardest out the South, yeah (oh, oh, oh,)
It's a new nigga in town
I f*ck your bitch and we don't lounge, no, no, no

[Chorus]
I'm so nonchalant
I'm so nonchalant
I keep two of 'em like my two red cups
Oh, on the beat, I OD [?]
Now I gotta keep one on sight, I'm a trophy
You know it's nothing, nonchalant
I drip down in Saint Laurent
You f*cked up, so what you want?
[Outro]
I'm so nonchalant
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Chip – Lumidee Lyrics (feat. Young Adz & Young M.a)

[Intro: Young Adz & Chip]
Oh, oh, oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Bikini on my bed, f*ck you in the sand (Fanatix)
p*ssy spectacular (Yeah)

[Verse 1: Chip]
You might end up in the club when you should be at home (Roamin’)
When you sure to settle, but don’t wanna be alone (Tourin’)
I’ve seen bitches come and go, I seen rats come and go
Gyaldem hate when I come becah I cum and then I go (Bussin’ out)
And we ain’t nothin’ like we used to be (Mm-mm)
All them times I was lyin’, she was true to me
I should’ve been with her, but I was doin’ truancy (Listen)
When she caught me, I said, “Uh-oh”, on my Lumidee (Mad ting)
Wonder who you’rе gonna f*ck after me, I’m Big Chip
Every gyal want to walk off from mе (Sheesh)
But I’m not with the cuffin’, you can choose him if you like
But my spirit’s gonna haunt you if you choose him out of spite (Facts)

[Pre-Chorus: Chip]
Three gyal on me from my past, triple X’d in (Woo)
Feel like Vin Diesel, it got me steppin’ out flexin’ (Yeah)
You know how I stay, dawg, big zoobie, phone on plane mode
But I know it’s you I should be textin’

[Chorus: Young Adz & Young M.A.]
Baby girl, you gotta take me as I am
You know deep down you’re in my future plans, uh-huh
Catch me cheatin’ then you’re gonna get a tan
Louis V bag, it straight from Milan, uh-huh
Got ’em all mad on the ‘Gram about my main thing
She love me for who I am, and that’s the main thing
Bikini on my bed, f*ck you in the sand
And the p*ssy spectacular (Yeah)

[Verse 2: Young M.A.]
She loyal (Uh), do anything for you (Uh)
Spend a bag on designer clothes ’cause she spoil you (Drip)
I be in the trap five times out the week (Uh)
I tell her, “I’ll be back”, she thinkin’ I’m just tryna creep (Nah)
Can’t lie, had a couple baddies in the suite with the guys
Had to tell her, “Baby, they ain’t here for me” (Nah)
Gotta keep it G ’cause she a real one (Real one)
We ain’t got a family, shawty, we can build one (We can build one)
Tell your exes stop playin’, I will kill one (Oh, grrr)
I ain’t on that gangsta shit, but I’m still one (You know)
You know the drip got ’em sick, I’m a ill one (I’m an ill one)
And when I’m off the Hennessy, I don’t feel none (The Henny)
You know I’m rich, and if I’m rich, then you rich, too

And please don’t be a bitch and do the shit that a bitch do (Don’t do that)
I don’t wanna argue, baby, show me what them lips do (Ooh)
You know you come first like the rent due, stop playin’

[Chorus: Young Adz]
Baby girl, you gotta take me as I am
You know deep down you’re in my future plans, uh-huh
Catch me cheatin’ then you’re gonna get a tan
Louis V bag, it straight from Milan, uh-huh
Got ’em all mad on the ‘Gram about my main thing
She love me for who I am, and that’s the main thing
Bikini on my bed, f*ck you in the sand
And the p*ssy spectacular

[Verse 3: Chip]
Yeah, p*ssy spectacular (Mm)
From the front, on the sides, or the back, you know? (Woah)
Let me bite up your neck like I’m Dracula (Let me)
Might be gone in the morn, but I’ll be back, you know? (Skrr)
Now are you really tryna find another papi? (Huh?)
Now you got me thinking ’bout the nights you called me daddy (Come on)
I ain’t gonna answer, know your exes can’t stand me, but
Even if you’re not with me, I’ll rather see you happy, settle down and have a family, yo (Woo)
Me ah man wan’ nah fight over gyal, but still
You got me thinkin’ ’bout the future, I do’s and I will’s
NSG, options, he won’t, I will
I don’t argue, I go silent, baby, you know time heals (Yeah)

[Pre-Chorus: Chip]
Three gyal on me from my past, triple X (Woo)
Feel like Vin Diesel when I step (Dom)
You know how I stay, dawg, big zoobie, phone on plane mode
But it’s really you I wanna text (Check)

[Chorus: Young Adz]
Baby girl, you gotta take me as I am
You know deep down you’re in my future plans, uh-huh
Catch me cheatin’ then you’re gonna get a tan
Louis V bag, it straight from Milan, uh-huh
Got ’em all mad on the ‘Gram about my main thing
She love me for who I am, and that’s the main thing
Bikini on my bed, f*ck you in the sand
And the p*ssy spectacular

[Outro: Young Adz]
Baby girl, you gotta take me as I am
You know deep down you’re in my future plans, uh-huh
Catch me cheatin’ then you’re gonna get a tan
Louis V bag, it straight from Milan, uh-huh
Got ’em all mad on the ‘Gram about my main thing
She love me for who I am, and that’s the main thing
Bikini on my bed, f*ck you in the sand
And the p*ssy spectacular

Lilhuddy – 21st Century Vampire Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Dark circles under my eyes
No sunlight up in my sky
Can't feel the pain I'm immune

[Chorus]
I don't get tired
I'm a 21st century vampire
21st century vampire
I guess I'm just meant to be sleepin' all day
I don't got no f*cking life
I'm just a 21st century vampire
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

[Verse 2]
I'm not afraid to die
I'll make your boyfriend cry
I'm howling at the moon

[Chorus]
I don't get tired
I'm a 21st century vampire

21st century vampire
I guess I'm just meant to be sleepin' all day
I don't got no f*cking life
I'm just a 21st century vampire
Yeah, yeah, yеah
[Bridge]
Save your heart for someonе who's got one

[Guitar Solo]
Yeah, yeah, yeah

[Chorus]
I don't get tired
I'm a 21st century vampire
21st century vampire
I guess I'm just meant to be sleepin' all day
I don't got no f*cking life
I'm just a 21st century vampire
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Kaleb Austin – Sound Of The South Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Got a tattoo on the back of my mind
You burned it there last Saturday night
Had a bed in the bed of my truck moonshine to kill
Made love like rain on red hot steel

[Chorus]
And we're gettin' down all night long
With all of them crickets singin' little love songs
South Georgia wind runnin' over our skin
Had the radio down on low
Listen to the creek rollin' by real slow
And when the sun came around, we were still gettin' down
To the sound of the South (Whoa, whoa, oh)
To the sound of the South (Whoa, whoa, oh)

[Verse 2]
Both high buzzin' like a fire fly
Lightin' up the midnight sky
Had the stars wrappin' us up and all I could hear
Was is the sound of you whispеrin' in my ear

[Chorus]
And gettin' down all night long
With all of them crickеts singin' little love songs
South Georgia wind runnin' over our skin

Had the radio down on low
Listen to the creek rollin' by real slow
And when the sun came around, we were still gettin' down
To the sound of the South (Whoa, whoa, oh)
To the sound of the South (Whoa, whoa, oh)
[Bridge]
Gettin' down, down, down
To the sound, sound, sound
Gettin' down, down, down
To the sound, sound, sound
Gettin' down, down, down
To the sound, sound, sound
Gettin' down, down, down
To the… sound

[Chorus]
Gettin' down all night long
All of them crickets singin' little love songs
South Georgia wind runnin' over our skin
Had the radio down on low
Listen to the creek rollin' by real slow
And when the sun came around, we were still gettin' down
Yeah
When that sun came around, we were still gettin' down
To the sound of the South
(Whoa, whoa, oh)
The sound of the South
(Whoa, whoa, oh)

Can Spain’s new paternity leave law address entrenched gender roles?

Can Spain’s new paternity leave law address entrenched gender roles?

Starting this year, fathers in Spain have four months of federal mandated paid leave — the same amount of time mothers have had for years. While that puts Spain ahead of many European countries, some critics say the law won't do much to change gender norms and roles.

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Every Friday, María Gallardo and Francesc Turmo pick up their three children from school together. They first head to one building to wait for 3-year-old Martí and 5-year-old Mia, who run to their parents with painted faces as soon as they spot them. 

Their third child, 7-year-old Alex, won’t get out of his Capoeira class for another couple of hours, so the family heads to a nearby Barcelona plaza, where dozens of children have thrown their backpacks aside and swarm the playground. A small group of children plays a game of soccer.

For Gallardo and Turmo, this Friday ritual is important. In fact, sharing child care duties has been a crucial part of becoming parents, which is why Turmo took as much paternity leave as he could for each child.

“I was able to have four months off with all of them,” Gallardo said. “But [Turmo] had two weeks off for the first child, three weeks off for the second child, and a month off for the youngest.”

Turmo added that fathers were granted one extra week of leave for each child they had. 

But now, that’s all changed. Starting this year, fathers have four months of federally mandated paid leave — the same amount of time mothers have had for years. It’s nontransferable, which means men have to use it themselves or risk losing the compensation — it’s paid entirely by the Spanish government at 100% of their yearly salary. 

Related: Abortion is a protected right in Spain

In terms of paternity leave, that puts Spain ahead of many European countries, where even places like Sweden pay fathers only 80% of their salary for their leave and give them the option of transferring the allotted time to their partners. (Though, in all, parents in Sweden have 16 months of leave — double the amount in Spain.)

Turmo says this is an important step forward.

“I think it’s a good thing that men are able to stay with their child after the mom has returned to work. …It’s good for the children, too, to have time with each parent.”

Francesc Turmo, father of three, Spain

“I think it’s a good thing that men are able to stay with their child after the mom has returned to work,” he said. “It’s good for the children, too, to have time with each parent.”

Turmo and Gallardo say many of their male friends are already taking advantage of longer paternity leave, which has increased progressively since 2017.

The paternity leave law in Spain is the result of over a decade of lobbying from the organization, Platform for Equal and Non-Transferable Birth and Adoption Leave. Spokesperson María Pazos says the idea was to push men to take a more active role in child care and ensure better work opportunities for women — since companies are less likely to discriminate against an employee’s gender if every person is guaranteed the same amount of paid leave.

“When you give men paternity leave, and it’s well paid, they take it, and they get involved in child care,” Pazos said.

In 2018, the leftist party Unidas Podemos sponsored a bill based on the organization’s proposal, which was approved by the Spanish Parliament in early 2019. In a speech given just weeks before becoming a father himself, the leader of Unidas Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, says men need to step up their child care duties.

“We’re not here to help women raise our children, we’re here to split the responsibilities fifty-fifty.”

Pablo Iglesias, leader, Unidas Podemas, a leftist political party

“We’re not here to help women raise our children, we’re here to split the responsibilities 50/50,” he said. 

But Pazos says the law isn’t exactly what the organization had proposed: nontransferable paid leave for men to take separately from their female partners. The law requires fathers to take the first six weeks in conjunction with the mother — and the last 10 weeks, which can be taken part time, to be arranged with their employers.

“It undermines the purpose of a paternity leave and ultimately pressures fathers to take their entire leave alongside the mothers, or to take it when it’s most convenient for their company.”

María Pazos, spokesperson, Platform for Equal and Non-Transferable Birth and Adoption Leave

“It undermines the purpose of a paternity leave and ultimately pressures fathers to take their entire leave alongside the mothers, or to take it when it’s most convenient for their company,” Pazos said.

The idea behind a nontransferable leave is to ensure men take it, she says, because if it were transferable, they would likely hand it over to their female partners instead.

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

But Gracia Trujillo, sociology professor at the Complutense University of Madrid, says only a small percentage of fathers actually take their paternity leave — and that’s unlikely to change with the new law.

“This law is being implemented in the name of equality, but the reality is that caretaker duties still aren’t equal.”

Gracia Trujillo, sociology professor, Complutense University of Madrid 

“Until now, men who wanted to take care of their children had the option of taking paternity leave or a leave of absence. So, if you really want to be involved in your child’s life, you don’t need the government to give you four months off,” she said. “This law is being implemented in the name of equality, but the reality is that caretaker duties still aren’t equal.”

Trujillo says that changing the law won’t change gender roles. Women continue to be the primary caretakers and are disproportionately affected by low-paid or precarious jobs, so Trujillo says they’re the ones who need more paid time off. Or it should at least be transferable, she adds, so that couples can decide for themselves how to best distribute the time.

Related: Centuries ago, Spanish writers challenged gender norms and barriers

And the law has other setbacks, Trujillo says. For example, it doesn’t keep in mind families outside the heteronormative framework. 

When Trujillo and her female partner had twin girls in 2017, Trujillo had to take a “paternity leave” because she wasn’t the biological mother — and it wasn’t possible for both mothers to take maternity leave. This also applied to gay fathers, who were able to access 16 weeks of paid leave before the paternity law was implemented by having one of them take a “maternity leave.” Legally, same-sex parents are now bureaucratically recognized, Trujillo says, but some government offices continue to have paperwork that only allows for one paternity leave and one maternity leave per child.

Vicent Borràs, a sociology professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, says that while the law protects every parent, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, it’s largely geared toward heterosexual couples. 

“There’s more inequality between heterosexual couples because of the history of gender roles between men and women.”

Vincent Borràs, vice president, Families LGTBI

“There’s more inequality between heterosexual couples because of the history of gender roles between men and women,” said Borràs, who is also the vice president of the organization Families LGTBI

He says the law will not get rid of centuries’ worth of inequality between men and women in the household — but it’s a start.

“This law attempts to bring men into the world of child care,” Borràs said. “Because according to nearly every study, if the father is present in the first year of his child’s life, he’s likely to be present throughout the child’s entire life.”

Trujillo says that, in the end, the key to having a good parental leave is ensuring that the law centers around the well-being of those who need care — in this case, the child and the caretakers.

“This is one small part of a larger discussion about vulnerability, about caretaking duties and about who takes on those roles,” Trujillo said. “Historically, it’s been women, and it’s a job that hasn’t been valued, neither from a material nor from a cultural or social dimension. That needs to change radically.”

Revisiting Wuhan a year after the coronavirus hit the city 

Revisiting Wuhan a year after the coronavirus hit the city 

More than 3,000 people died of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China. But there hasn’t been a case there since last spring.

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A year ago, I passed through Wuhan just before the city went into lockdown for 76 days.

More than 3,000 people died of the coronavirus here, but there hasn’t been a single new case in Wuhan since last spring. I wanted to return to see how the city has recovered.

Related: China hopes for cooperation, better relations under Biden

First stop, this sprawling exhibition hall. It used to be a temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients. Today, it’s a museum documenting the city’s fight against the virus. It’s strange to walk through a museum that explores a threat that is still very real for so many people — even here.

Outside, large banners feature the faces of front-line workers. And giant Chinese characters read, “The people and life above all else.”

Inside, a massive screen displays China’s leader Xi Jinping larger than life, praising the response to the pandemic. There’s a timeline of what the government did and when, and photos and videos showing the actions of top leaders.

Related: US bans cotton products from China’s Uighur region over forced labor concerns

The heart of the exhibition is a re-creation of the hospital ward that stood at this very spot. A 3D hologram shows hospital workers in full protective gear fighting to save their patients’ lives. Hospital cots are set up as if still in use.

An exhibit in Wuhan, China, documents the story of the coronavirus in the city.

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Tour guides lead visitors through the hall filled with drawings made by patients, even an ambulance. Visitors can lay virtual flowers in front of small black-and-white photos of COVID-19 martyrs, including Li Wenliang, one of the doctors who warned about the virus early on and was punished for doing so. Of course, that part was left out.

Related: Green China: Where authoritarianism and environmentalism meet 

College student Zhao Xin Yu says he traveled from Beijing to see for himself how Wuhan has recovered.

“I feel like they gave so much. So many people from the top government leaders down to each volunteer really pitched in to help out.”

Zhao Xin Yu, Beijing resident, student

“I feel like they gave so much,” he said. “So many people from the top government leaders down to each volunteer really pitched in to help out.”

One of the videos shows Wuhan residents saying farewell to the medical teams who came from all over China to help out, with a song playing in the background called, “Let Me Thank You.”

Then the mood of the exhibit lifts, and one last display shows Wuhan’s vibrant street life, everything back to normal. The message is clear: The government led the city out of the crisis.

Not everyone feels that way though. I talked to a few people here who feel their lives can never go back to normal.

Last January, Yang Min’s 24-year-old daughter went to the hospital for chemotherapy. Then she got a fever. Doctors said she was getting better, but she died of COVID-19 shortly after. Because Yang was also sick, she didn’t learn about her daughter’s death until weeks later. She’s angry at what she calls a cover-up.

Related: WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate pandemic origins

I want justice for my daughter, she says. I want the officials who concealed the epidemic and didn’t act to be held accountable. This is my only reason to live now.

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Like everyone who has lost a family member to the virus, Yang was offered just under $500 compensation. She refused it and has been trying to sue the government ever since. The courts won’t take her case. After she visited the local government office to complain, the police came.

“The next day, they restricted my personal freedom and prevented me from going outside my apartment complex. They changed my health code color from green to red and said I couldn’t go out.”

Yang Min, Wuhan resident

“The next day, they restricted my personal freedom and prevented me from going outside my apartment complex,” she said. “They changed my health code color from green to red and said I couldn’t go out.”

Zhang Hai is also trying to sue. A year ago, he brought his 76-year-old father to Wuhan for hip surgery. Within 15 days, his father contracted COVID-19 and died.

Zhang is filled with guilt. I sent my father to his death, he says. Zhang thinks the government needs to be held accountable for its mismanagement in the early days.

“The virus broke out because of the government’s underreporting,” he said. “That killed people. How can you praise yourself for later actions? What matters most is what you did at the beginning.”

But a year after the lockdown, voices like Zhang’s and Yang’s are not welcome. They say they are under surveillance. They’ve been blocked from social media, and have been called to talk to police numerous times. Local journalists can’t publish interviews with them.

There are others here in Wuhan who just want to put that difficult time behind them.

Like at a pub in Wuhan that is packed with customers who drink and laugh, masks off.

Hu Zheng Hong was having a beer with a couple of friends. He says that going through the lockdown brought people together. I ask him if he feels like Wuhan is back to normal.

The COVID-19 Exhibition in Wuhan, China, honors medical workers. 

 

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“Well, 80% really,” he said. “As long you have your health and your life, that’s most important.”

He and his friends just want to enjoy themselves. Others tell me there’s a feeling of anxiety bubbling beneath the surface. No one wants to let down their guard too much. Some are hoarding food to prepare for a second wave.

Zhou Zhu, a young office worker, says he’s anxious about a potential second lockdown now that there’s another outbreak in Hebei province.

“But there’s a vaccine now and we’ve learned from our experience last year, so we’re not as worried as we were then,” he said.

The people of Wuhan want to move on but until the pandemic ends, it seems they will always have to be on alert. 

Biden tackles the coronavirus; Twin suicide bombings in Baghdad; Migrant shipwreck off Libyan coast

Biden tackles the coronavirus; Twin suicide bombings in Baghdad; Migrant shipwreck off Libyan coast

Newly inaugurated US President Joe Biden will sign 10 key executive orders to combat the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, as cases surge and troubling new variants appear around the world. Biden is asking all Americans to mask up during travel as a federal mandate, radically shifting the culture of mask-wearing in the US.

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Newly inaugurated US President Joe Biden will sign 10 key executive orders to combat the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, as cases surge and troubling new variants appear around the world. Initiating the national COVID-19 strategy rollout on Biden’s first day in office, the US announced plans to rejoin the World Health Organization after the former Trump administration had admonished it. Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the president, also said the US would join the COVAX Facility, a global project to ensure equitable vaccine distribution around the world. A new COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force in the US will ensure that all minority and underserved communities are not neglected.

Biden is asking all Americans to mask up during travel as a federal mandate, radically shifting the culture of mask-wearing in the US after Trump often discouraged it. And Biden plans to amp up vaccine distribution in the US, shooting for 100 million jabs during the first 100 days in office. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is charged with setting up 100 vaccine centers within the month and to reimburse states to use their National Guard troops to help with vaccine distribution. After many schools shut down due to the virus, states can now turn to FEMA for disaster relief funding to reopen, depending on increased testing.

What the world is following

Twin suicide bombings shook the Bab al-Sharqi commercial area of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 32 people and wounding more than 100 others, according to Iraq’s Health Minister Hassan Mohammed al-Tamimi. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, Iraqi Maj. Gen. Tahsin al-Khafaji said: “This is a terrorist act perpetrated by a sleeper cell of the Islamic State.” ISIS may want to “prove its existence” after several military operations in Iraq to root them out. ISIS has been largely defeated in Iraq since 2017, but ISIS militants continue to assert power. While the US has reduced its troops in Iraq in the last few years, Biden’s pick for defense secretary, Gen. Lloyd Austin, said in his confirmation hearing that he remains concerned about the threat ISIS poses inside Iraq and beyond.

boat bound for Europe carrying 43 migrants capsized on Tuesday in the Mediterrean Sea, off the coast of Libya, drowning all 43 passengers. The International Organization for Migration said the tragic shipwreck was the first boat disaster of this kind in 2021. It  follows the trend of migrants from North and West Africa and the Middle East who flee poverty and political instability in their home countries and make dangerous sea crossings in search of better lives in Europe. The EU has partnered with Libya’s coast guard to manage migrant traffic, but rights groups say these policies place migrants in further peril by holding them in squalid detention centers and jails.

From The WorldA post-America world: Biden’s challenges begin at home, former diplomat Richard Haass says

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Former diplomat Richard Haass suggests that a “post-America world” may come sooner than we think — and that it’s been hastened by and connected to the Jan. 6 riots at the US Capitol.

“The connection is that the insurrection raised questions around the world, particularly on the part of our allies, as to our constancy,” Haass told The World.

“Even though Mr. Trump will be departing the Oval Office, it raised fundamental questions about the long-term trajectory of the United States, American society and American politics. In order to be an alliance leader, you need to be steadfast, reliable, predictable — and suddenly, those things seem to be in short supply. And more specifically, the concern is, even if Joe Biden is a familiar and traditional American president, what might follow him?”

Biden supporters across the political spectrum unified by outrage, heartbreak and hope

Lady Gaga performs the national anthem during the 59th presidential inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, Jan. 20, 2021.

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As Joe Biden starts his work as US president, the balance of power is changing everywhere. And the anti-Trump coalition believes Biden must succeed, said Leah Greenberg, co-founder of the nonprofit Indivisible. She said they believe Biden can only do that by addressing structural problems in the US government.

“I think what we’re seeing is that people want to both cheer President Biden on and they want to make him be bold. And they’re coming at that from a supportive but pressuring angle,” Greenberg said.

Bright spot

In one of the most talked about moments at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, poet Amanda Gorman summoned images dire and triumphant Wednesday as she called out to the world: “Even as we grieved, we grew.”

Watch the video of Gorman’s poem here.

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US President Joe Biden used his inaugural address to send a message to the world, taking the opportunity to directly repudiate Trump’s “America First” policy. And, Biden outlined his top priorities on Wednesday including the environment, calling climate change one of the “cascading crises” America faces as he takes office. Also, in stark contrast to former President Trump’s policies and approach, the Biden administration marks a major shift in the US pandemic response globally.

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China hopes for cooperation, better relations under Biden

China hopes for cooperation, better relations under Biden

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After a sometimes confrontational and often turbulent relationship with the the Trump administration, China on Thursday expressed hope the newly inaugurated Biden administration will improve prospects for people of both countries and give a boost to relations.

“I think after this very difficult and extraordinary time, both the Chinese and American people deserve a better future,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters at a daily briefing.

She said China and the US need to relaunch cooperation in a number of areas. She particularly welcomed the new administration’s decision to remain in the World Health Organization and return to the Paris Agreement on climate change.

“Many people of insight in the international community are looking forward to the early return of Sino-US relations to the correct track in making due contributions to jointly address the major and urgent challenges facing the world today,” Hua said.

She also criticized ex-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other former officials, a day after Beijing imposed travel and business sanctions on 28 of them, including Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien and UN Ambassador Kelly Craft.

“Over the past few years, the Trump administration, especially Pompeo, has buried too many mines in Sino-US relations that need to be eliminated, burned too many bridges that need to be rebuilt and wrecked too many roads that need to be repaired,” Hua said.

Hua on Wednesday described Pompeo as a “doomsday clown” and said his designation of China as a perpetrator of genocide and crimes against humanity was merely “a piece of wastepaper.”

Hua’s markedly more friendly tone Thursday appeared to signal Chinese hopes to cool the rhetoric on both sides and give the relationship a chance to heal over some of the worst divisions.

“I think both China and the United States need to show courage, show wisdom, listen to each other, face up to each other and respect each other,” Hua said. “I think this is the responsibility of the two major countries of China and the United States, and it is also the expectation of the international community.”

Also Thursday, China’s Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai offered his congratulations to Biden on Twitter, which is widely used by the Chinese government despite being blocked in the country.

“Congratulations to President Biden on his inauguration! China looks forward to working with the new administration to promote sound & steady development of China-U.S. relations and jointly address global challenges in public health, climate change & growth,” Cui tweeted.

Chinese President and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping congratulated Biden on his election but had no immediate comment on Wednesday’s inauguration.

While Biden’s administration is expected to seek to put relations with China back on an even keel, he is unlikely to significantly alter US policies on trade, Taiwan, human rights and the South China Sea that have angered Xi’s increasingly assertive government.

A post-America world: Biden’s challenges begin at home, former diplomat Richard Haass says

A post-America world: Biden's challenges begin at home, former diplomat Richard Haass says

Former diplomat Richard Haass wrote recently that a "post-America world" may come sooner than we think — and that it's been hastened by the Jan. 6 riots at the US Capitol.

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Biden supporters across the political spectrum unified by outrage, heartbreak and hope

Biden supporters across the political spectrum unified by outrage, heartbreak and hope

People want to cheer on Biden and make him be bold, Leah Greenberg, a co-founder of the nonprofit Indivisible, told The World. 

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As Joe Biden starts his work as US president, the balance of power is changing everywhere.

Former President Donald Trump identified with, aided and supported strongman leaders across the globe. But Trump also united the protesters pushing back — creating momentum that organizers say may help make the Biden administration successful.

Related: ‘Even as we grieved, we grew’: Poet Amanda Gorman gives powerful performance at inauguration

Trump’s tenure began in January 2017 with the Women’s March — the largest single-day protest in US history. Afterward, Harvard University sociologist Theda Skocpol and other researchers tracked protesters as they sought to continue their activism.

“Suddenly, people turned up at Democratic Party meetings that had been nobody there. I would describe it as a revitalization of the roots of the Democratic Party.”

Theda Skocpol, Harvard University 

“Suddenly, people turned up at Democratic Party meetings that had been nobody there,” she said. “I would describe it as a revitalization of the roots of the Democratic Party.”

New grassroots groups also sprang up across the country, many of them led by women. And their collective efforts paid off pretty quickly. Skocpol says the 2018 midterm elections were “a turning point.” The newly mobilized activists phone-banked and went door-to-door for the midterms to elect — in many cases — moderate Democrats. She says they increased voter turnout with a broad coalition.

“The way they looked at it is any Democrat that can build a majority, we’re going all out for him,” Skocpol said. “I think they saw it as a way to save the country really from Trump and Trumpism.”

Then, George Floyd, a Black man, was killed in May 2020 by a Minneapolis police officer, and people protested racism and police brutality in countries across the globe.

Related: How the Biden administration might undo some of Trump’s immigration policies

“This summer was a very, very transformational moment. We saw more non-Black people joining protests, we saw corporations speaking out for the first time. And it happened in the middle of the pandemic,” said Arisha Hatch, vice president of Color Of Change, a group that leads campaigns for racial justice. “We believe racial justice is becoming a majority issue.”

Movements have coalesced, she said. People across the political and demographic spectrum have been unified by a similar feeling of outrage and heartbreak. They’re motivated by an array of issues — from police brutality and family separation to health care and student loan debt.

Hatch believes the sense of unity among groups that helped elect Biden will last — especially because of the attack on the Capitol two weeks ago. But she said Biden still has to use his slim Democratic majority in Congress to deliver.

“Democrats should be very aware that there’s an expectation that people’s lives will be improved on a host of different issues because they are in the majority,” Hatch said. “Democrats have to begin to figure out how they’re going to deliver for that coalition if they hope to hold that majority for longer than two years. And yeah, that will involve negotiation and back and forth and sometimes criticisms.”

Related: 5 major challenges facing Biden on Day One   

The anti-Trump coalition believes Biden must succeed, said Leah Greenberg, co-founder of the nonprofit Indivisible. And she said they believe Biden can only do that by addressing structural problems in the US government.

“I think what we’re seeing is that people want to both cheer President Biden on and they want to make him be bold. And they’re coming at that from a supportive but pressuring angle.” 

Leah Greenberg, Indivisible

“I think what we’re seeing is that people want to both cheer President Biden on and they want to make him be bold. And they’re coming at that from a supportive but pressuring angle,” Greenberg said.

If the coalition that defeated Trump remains unified and keeps pushing, Greenberg said it ultimately could help defeat right-wing authoritarian figures around the globe.

“What I would hope is that the defeat of Trump and the successful transfer to Joe Biden is part of a broader wave, turning back this right-wing, ethnonationalist current,” she said.

Related: Georgia’s green voters helped deliver the Senate to the Democrats

If the US can make the reforms necessary to represent and care for all its people, Greenberg said, it may help countries keep strongmen like Trump from taking power again.

5 major challenges facing Biden on Day One   

5 major challenges facing Biden on Day One   

Here’s a roundup of coverage on The World that will get you caught up on the fraught transition of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.

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Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Jill Biden holds the Bible during the 59th presidential inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, Jan. 20, 2021.

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Democratic President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office in a pandemic-friendly, high-security ceremony in Washington, DC, on Wednesday.

Harris is now the highest-ranking woman and woman of color to ever hold national government office. Prior to Wednesday’s formal proceedings, Biden’s Cabinet nominees began confirmation hearings in the Senate.

Related: Watch live: Biden takes the helm as president — ‘Democracy has prevailed’

In a break from tradition, former President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were notably absent from the inaugural proceedings. Donald Trump did not immediately concede the election, and his final days in Washington were rife with conflict. He was impeached for a historic second time by the US House following Jan. 6’s deadly insurrection at the Capitol.

Related: Watch live: Biden’s national security Cabinet nominees face Senate tests

Biden, who plans to undo plenty of the Republican president’s policies, is inheriting a great many challenges from the Trump administration while the pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the globe and economies falter. The coronavirus, climate and environment, immigration, national security and US-China trade relations are just some of the key policy areas that Biden will begin focusing on, starting on Day One.

“We have much to do in this winter of peril, and significant possibilities. Much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build and much to gain.” 

Joe Biden, US president

“We have much to do in this winter of peril, and significant possibilities. Much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build and much to gain,” Biden said during the inaugural address, stressing the need to overcome political divisiveness. 

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— Bo Erickson CBS (@BoKnowsNews) January 20, 2021

Here’s a roundup of presidential transition coverage on The World that will get you caught up on what’s in store as Biden steps into the White House.   

Coronavirus 

In the lead-up to the election, many voters said they were disappointed in Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus and it was a deal-breaker at the polls, including for 18-year-old Jacob Cuenca, of Homestead, Florida.

“He has fallen. There’s no way he’s going to be able to resurrect himself.”

Jacob Cuneca, 18, Homestead, Florida

“He has fallen,” Cuenca said of Donald Trump prior to Election Day. “There’s no way he’s going to be able to resurrect himself.”

Donald Trump, who himself got COVID-19, was not in sync with top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, about staving off the pandemic that has already claimed more than 400,000 lives in the US.

“If we can get the overwhelming majority of people vaccinated, we can put an end to this outbreak,” Fauci, who will be part of the Biden administration team in charge of managing the pandemic, told The World.

In addition, other less wealthy countries are faced with a dearth of vaccines as a result of  “vaccine nationalism.”  

Climate

While all eyes were on the US Capitol attack and its aftermath, the Trump administration plowed on with a Jan. 6 auction of oil and gas drilling leases in the Arctic wildlife refuge. Biden plans to reverse this by executive order. 

Previously, Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Paris climate agreement and pressures from his administration to downplay environmental issues have been detrimental to the Arctic Council. Biden has also said he will restore US involvement in the accord. 

Immigration   

Donald Trump’s hard-line, anti-immigrant rhetoric and border wall plans have been front and center since he entered office. Biden says he will overturn immigration policies such as the bilateral agreements the Trump administration made with Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to keep asylum-seekers away from the US-Mexico border.

He is also canceling the travel ban against Muslim-majority countries. But it’s unclear how the Biden administration will handle the controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy as he has walked back his promises to undo it. 

National security 

The recent violence at the Capitol has exposed a national security issue brewing from within the country: white extremism.

Fiona Hill, who was a top Russia adviser, said the attack “has all the elements of a civil conflict.”

And, some warn that a similar breach could happen again while misinformation continues to circulate online, with dangerous offline implications. US scholars and other observers say the events signal the “death of American exceptionalism.”

Canada, seeing the rise of US-inspired, right-wing extremism within its borders, may designate the Proud Boys, who’ve been connected to the recent Washington events, as a terrorist group.

A former FBI agent says that the Capitol breach requires a 9/11-style commission. Michael McFaul, who was the US ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, says Biden, together with his State Department pick, Antony Blinken, has a chance to restore US footing on the world stage.

“They share a similar worldview, and that means a lot in diplomacy, because every time Secretary Blinken, I hope that’ll be the case, goes abroad, everyone will know that they are speaking directly to somebody that has direct access to the president.”

Michael McFaul, former US ambassador to Russia

“They share a similar worldview, and that means a lot in diplomacy, because every time Secretary Blinken, I hope that’ll be the case, goes abroad, everyone will know that they are speaking directly to somebody that has direct access to the president.” 

US-China relations  

Biden steps into fraught US-China relations. Over the past four years, the power struggle with China has centered on trade.

Recently, the Trump administration banned cotton products from China’s Uighur region over forced labor concerns. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said China has “committed genocide” against the Uighur ethnic group.

The US also drew a red line, saying that China cannot name Tibetan Buddhism’s next leader

‘Even as we grieved, we grew’: Poet Amanda Gorman gives powerful performance at inauguration

'Even as we grieved, we grew': Poet Amanda Gorman gives powerful performance at inauguration

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In one of the most talked about moments at the inauguration of President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, poet Amanda Gorman summoned images dire and triumphant Wednesday as she called out to the world: “Even as we grieved, we grew.”

Related: A poem penned during Libya’s 2011 uprising continues to inspire hope 

The 22-year-old Gorman referenced everything from Biblical scripture to the Broadway musical, “Hamilton,” and at times echoed the oratory of John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. With urgency and assertion, she began by asking, “Where can we find light/In this never-ending shade?” and used her own poetry and life story as an answer.

The poem’s very title, “The Hill We Climb,” suggested both labor and transcendence.

Related: A Uighur poem travels from Chinese internment camp to New Jersey

It was an extraordinary task for Gorman, the youngest by far of the poets who have read at presidential inaugurations since Kennedy invited Robert Frost in 1961, with other predecessors including poets Maya Angelou and Elizabeth Alexander. Mindful of the past, Gorman wore earrings and a caged bird ring given to her by Oprah Winfrey, as a tribute to the late writer Maya Angelou, who penned the memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

I have never been prouder to see another young woman rise! Brava Brava, @TheAmandaGorman! Maya Angelou is cheering—and so am I. pic.twitter.com/I5HLE0qbPs

— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) January 20, 2021

Gorman, a native and resident of Los Angeles, California, and the country’s first National Youth Poet Laureate, Gorman told The Associated Press last week that she planned to combine a message of hope for President Joseph Biden’s inaugural without ignoring “the evidence of discord and division.” She had completed a little more than half of “The Hill We Climb” before the Jan. 6 siege of the US Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.

“That day gave me a second wave of energy to finish the poem,” Gorman told the AP. 

Related: Global youth network writes poems to cope with climate crisis

Read the full text of the poem below:

Mr. President, Dr. Biden, Madam Vice President, Mr. Emhoff, Americans and the world:
When day comes we ask ourselves,
where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry,
a sea we must wade
We’ve braved the belly of the beast
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace
And the norms and notions
of what just is
Isn’t always justice
And yet the dawn is ours
before we knew it
Somehow we do it
Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn’t broken
but simply unfinished
We the successors of a country and a time
where a skinny Black girl
descended from slaves and raised by a single mother
can dream of becoming president
only to find herself reciting for one
And yes we are far from polished
far from pristine
but that doesn’t mean we are
striving to form a union that is perfect
We are striving to forge a union with purpose
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and
conditions of man
And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us
but what stands before us
We close the divide because we know, to put our future first,
we must first put our differences aside
We lay down our arms
so we can reach out our arms
to one another
We seek harm to none and harmony for all
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
That even as we grieved, we grew
That even as we hurt, we hoped
That even as we tired, we tried
That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious
Not because we will never again know defeat
but because we will never again sow division
Scripture tells us to envision
that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree
And no one shall make them afraid
If we’re to live up to our own time
Then victory won’t lie in the blade
But in all the bridges we’ve made
That is the promise to glade
The hill we climb
If only we dare
It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit,
it’s the past we step into
and how we repair it
We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation
rather than share it
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy
And this effort very nearly succeeded
But while democracy can be periodically delayed
it can never be permanently defeated
In this truth
in this faith we trust
For while we have our eyes on the future
history has its eyes on us
This is the era of just redemption
We feared at its inception
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs
of such a terrifying hour
but within it we found the power
to author a new chapter
To offer hope and laughter to ourselves
So while once we asked,
how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?
Now we assert
How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
We will not march back to what was
but move to what shall be
A country that is bruised but whole,
benevolent but bold,
fierce and free
We will not be turned around
or interrupted by intimidation
because we know our inaction and inertia
will be the inheritance of the next generation
Our blunders become their burdens
But one thing is certain:
If we merge mercy with might,
and might with right,
then love becomes our legacy
and change our children’s birthright
So let us leave behind a country
better than the one we were left with
Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest,
we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one
We will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the west,
we will rise from the windswept northeast
where our forefathers first realized revolution
We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states,
we will rise from the sunbaked south
We will rebuild, reconcile and recover
and every known nook of our nation and
every corner called our country,
our people diverse and beautiful will emerge,
battered and beautiful
When day comes we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid
The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Georgia’s green voters helped deliver the Senate to the Democrats

Georgia's green voters helped deliver the Senate to the Democrats

Voters most likely to rank the environment as their top priority are young, Black or Latino, and they were key voters in the two recent senatorial wins in Georgia that gave the majority to Democrats.

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Inauguration Day for Biden-Harris; Biden to sign 15 executive orders upending Trump-era policies; Trump’s flurry of pardons

Inauguration Day for Biden-Harris; Biden to sign 15 executive orders upending Trump-era policies; Trump's flurry of pardons

Today is Inauguration Day — Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in at noon as the 46th president and vice president of the United States. On Day One, Biden announced plans to sign at least 15 executive orders, upending a broad range of Trump-era policies.

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Watch live: Biden takes the helm as president — ‘Democracy has prevailed’

Watch live: Biden takes the helm as president — 'Democracy has prevailed'

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Joe Biden became the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed.” He swore the oath of office to take the helm of a deeply divided nation and inheriting a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors.

Biden’s inauguration came at a time of national tumult and uncertainty, a ceremony of resilience as the hallowed American democratic rite unfurled at a U.S. Capitol battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks ago. On a chilly Washington day dotted with snow flurries, a bipartisan trio of ex-presidents along with the elite of nation’s government gathered, ensuring the quadrennial ceremony persevered, even though it was encircled by security forces evocative of a war zone and devoid of crowds because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded. We’ve learned again that democracy is precious and democracy is fragile. At this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed,” Biden said. “This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day in history and hope, of renewal and resolve.”

And then he pivoted to challenges ahead, acknowledging the surging virus that has claimed more than 400,000 lives in the United States. Biden looked out over a capital city dotted with empty storefronts that attest to the pandemic’s deep economic toll and where summer protests laid bare the nation’s renewed reckoning on racial injustice.

And he was not applauded by his predecessor.

Flouting tradition, Donald Trump departed Washington on Wednesday morning ahead of the inauguration rather than accompany his successor to the Capitol. Though three other former presidents — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — gathered to watch the ceremonial transfer of power, Trump, awaiting his second impeachment trial, instead flew to Florida after stoking grievance among his supporters with the lie that Biden’s win was illegitimate.

Biden, in his third run for the presidency, staked his candidacy less on any distinctive political ideology than on galvanizing a broad coalition of voters around the notion that Trump posed an existential threat to American democracy. On his first day, Biden will take a series of executive actions — on the pandemic, climate, immigration and more — to undo the heart of Trump’s agenda at a moment with the bonds of the republic strained.

“Biden will face a series of urgent, burning crises like we have not seen before, and they all have to be solved at once. It is very hard to find a parallel in history,” said presidential historian Michael Beschloss. “I think we have been through a near-death experience as a democracy. Americans who will watch the new president be sworn in are now acutely aware of how fragile our democracy is and how much it needs to be protected.”

Biden will come to office with a well of empathy and resolve born by personal tragedy as well as a depth of experience forged from more than four decades in Washington. At age 78, he was the oldest president inaugurated.

More history was made at his side, as Kamala Harris became the first woman to be vice president. The former U.S. senator from California is also the first Black person and the first person of South Asian descent elected to the vice presidency and will become the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in government.

The two will be sworn in during an inauguration ceremony with few parallels in history.

Tens of thousands of troops are on the streets to provide security precisely two weeks after a violent mob of Trump supporters, incited by the Republican president, stormed the Capitol in an attempt to prevent the certification of Biden’s victory.

The tense atmosphere evoked the 1861 inauguration of Lincoln, who was secretly transported to Washington to avoid assassins on the eve of the Civil War, or Roosevelt’s inaugural in 1945, when he opted for a small, secure ceremony at the White House in the waning months of World War II.

The day began with a reach across the aisle after four years of bitter partisan battles under Trump. At Biden’s invitation, congressional leaders from both parties bowed their heads in prayer in the socially distanced service just a few blocks from the White House.

Once at the Capitol, Biden will be administered the oath by Chief Justice John Roberts; Harris will be sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina member of the Supreme Court. Vice President Mike Pence, standing in for Trump, was sitting nearby as Lady Gaga, holding a gold microphone, sang the National Anthem accompanied by the U.S. Marine Corps band.

The theme of Biden’s approximately 30-minute speech will be “America United,” and aides said it would be a call to set aside differences during a moment of national trial.

Biden will then oversee a “Pass in Review,” a military tradition that honors the peaceful transfer of power to a new commander in chief. Then, Biden, Harris and their spouses will be joined by that bipartisan trio of former presidents to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Ceremony.

Later, Biden will join the end of a slimmed-down inaugural parade as he moves into the White House. Because of the pandemic, much of this year’s parade will be a virtual affair featuring performances from around the nation.

In the evening, in lieu of the traditional glitzy balls that welcome a new president to Washington, Biden will take part in a televised concert that also marks the return of A-list celebrities to the White House orbit after they largely eschewed Trump. Among those in the lineup: Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“I protested 45’s inauguration, and I wanted to be here when he left,” said Raelyn Maxwell of Park City, Utah. “And I wanted to celebrate the new president.” She brought a bouquet of roses she hoped to toss to Harris and some champagne to toast the occasion.

Trump is the first president in more than a century to skip the inauguration of his successor. In a cold wind, Marine One took off from the White House and soared above a deserted capital city to his own farewell celebration at nearby Joint Base Andrews. There, he boarded Air Force One for the final time as president for the flight to his Florida estate.

“I will always fight for you. I will be watching. I will be listening and I will tell you that the future of this country has never been better,” said Trump, who wished the incoming administration well but once again declined to mention Biden’s name.

The symbolism was striking: The very moment Trump disappeared into the doorway of Air Force One, Biden stepped out of the Blair House, the traditional guest lodging for presidents-in-waiting, and into his motorcade for the short ride to church.

Trump did adhere to one tradition and left a note for Biden in the Oval Office, according to the White House, which did not release its contents. And Trump, in his farewell remarks, hinted at a political return, saying “we will be back in some form.”

And he, without question, will shadow Biden’s first days in office.

Trump’s second impeachment trial could start as early as this week. That could test the ability of the Senate, poised to come under Democratic control, to balance impeachment proceedings with confirmation hearings and votes on Biden’s Cabinet choices.

Biden was eager to go big early, with an ambitious first 100 days that includes a push to speed up the distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations to anxious Americans and pass a $1.9 trillion virus relief package. On Day One, he’ll also send an immigration proposal to Capitol Hill that would create an eight-year path to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally.

He also planned a 10-day blitz of executive orders on matters that don’t require congressional approval — a mix of substantive and symbolic steps to unwind the Trump years. Among the planned steps: rescinding travel restrictions on people from several predominantly Muslim countries; rejoining the Paris climate accord; issuing a mask mandate for those on federal property; and ordering agencies to figure out how to reunite children separated from their families after crossing the border.

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After Museveni wins presidency, Ugandans gradually return to preelection normal 

After Museveni wins presidency, Ugandans gradually return to preelection normal 

People who had left Kampala, either out of fear of postelection violence or to vote in their rural homes, have begun to return to the city. 

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Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni attends the state funeral of Kenya’s former president Daniel Arap Moi in Nairobi, Kenya. Despite failing to dislodge the long-time leader Museveni, opposition challenger Bobi Wine has emerged from Uganda’s Jan. 14, 2021, disputed polls as the country’s most powerful opposition leader after his party won the most seats of any opposition group in the national assembly.

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In the days since the Ugandan Electoral Commission announced President Yoweri Museveni won his sixth term in office, the streets of the capital city, Kampala, have begun to return to some semblance of preelection normal.

People who had left Kampala, either out of fear of postelection violence or to vote from rural outposts, are coming back to the city. The streets, eerily quiet in the lead-up to the election — are filled with the sounds of urban life once again and the military presence seems to be tapering off.  

Related: After months without work, Uganda’s boda boda drivers hit the road

Still, for many in Kampala, the air is heavy with profound disappointment. Museveni secured 58% of the vote, overall, but according to local media, more than 70% of the District of Kampala voters supported political newcomer and musician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine.

“People expected something to change. But nothing has changed in this election. So, according to me, I won’t vote again in Uganda.”

Mahamoodu Tenywa, voter, Kampala

“People expected something to change. But nothing has changed in this election. So, according to me, I won’t vote again in Uganda,” lamented Mahamoodu Tenywa, a 26-year-old who runs a food stall in Kampala.

Tenywa opened the stall after having to drop out of school when he could no longer afford the fees. As he spoke, he chopped onions to add to kikomondo, a local dish made of beans and sliced chapati bread.

“You can find someone who is educated. But you can get him making chapati [local flatbread] because of the situation that is in Uganda. Corruption,” Tenywa said, explaining how hard it is for people to break into local politics.

Related: Ugandan archbishop breaks with tradition to promote birth control during pandemic

He hoped Bobi Wine, a political newcomer whose anti-corruption message resonated with many, would change the status quo.

But those who voted for Museveni, it seemed, wanted business as usual.

In the Bugolobi market, Sam Kato Kyazze, 57, waited for his shoes to be shined. As if emboldened by the election results, Kyazze wore a bright yellow shirt with Museveni’s face printed on the front — a rare show of support for Museveni in Kampala.

“I’m feeling quite good. Very happy for winning. My party has won,” said Kyazze, who works as a casual laborer, finding odd jobs to support his four children.

Kyazze points to free public health care as an example of how the president has improved the lives of ordinary Ugandans in the past 30 years.

“If you go to hospital, sometimes I’m treated free of charge. And other ones, like immunizing. That one he has done a lot.”

During a presidential speech on Saturday evening, Museveni said he would continue to develop these programs over the next five years, and claimed, “I think this may turn out to be the most cheating-free election.”

Museveni, who first became president in 1986 at the age of 44, was only able to run again after Uganda’s Parliament, headed by his party, removed an age restriction for candidates.

But this election was criticized both at home and abroad, long before votes were cast on Thursday.

Related: Ugandan farmers take on French oil giant in game changer case

“From the human rights perspective, there’s been a bit of high-handedness, torture, arrest. A number of cases have been reported where people have disappeared,” human rights lawyer and Chapter Four program manager Peter Gwayaka Magelah told The World in an interview last Tuesday.

“I can safely say this is the worst yet,” Magelah said, referring to the violence that has mostly been directed at members of Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform and other opposition members and their supporters.

Many international and local election observers were also restricted from observing the election, Magelah said.

One Kenyan election observer, Sen. Fredrick Outa of Kenya, said his preliminary evaluation of election day itself was that it was free and fair — with one major exception: “A hitch was the blackout of the internet. Now, I can’t even know what’s happening. That’s the only thing I think needs to be improved in the future.”

During the election on Thursday, many Ugandans told The World that the internet shutdown made them feel less confident in the electoral system, and made others suspicious that the government was trying to rig the election by preventing Ugandans from sharing videos of election irregularities online.

After a five-day shutdown, the internet in Uganda was restored on Monday, although social media continues to be restricted.

“There was gross fraud. Gross irregularities.”

Bobi Wine, Uganda presidential candidate

“There was gross fraud. Gross irregularities,” candidate Bobi Wine told The World on Friday, from his home in Magere, which remains surrounded by military and security forces who have set up checkpoints to control who can enter.

“The military facilitated ballot stuffing, and in some areas, people were blocked from voting,” he claimed.

Bobi Wine and his party have said they will produce evidence of electoral fraud.

For now, Bobi Wine remains effectively under house arrest.

Related: In Uganda, a refugee camp becomes a city

On Saturday, a military spokesman told The World that the heavy security presence was for Bobi Wine’s protection. But on Monday, US Ambassador to Uganda Natalie Brown was prevented from entering his home, according to the US Embassy. Still, Bobi Wine remains undeterred and says the primary mission in his campaign has been accomplished.

“Now, we are paying attention to the way we are governed,” said Wine, who has been arrested and beaten and seen his family members and friends disappear or be killed over the course of his campaign.

Despite losing the presidential election, members of Wine’s nascent political party won a number of parliamentary seats.

“I know it will never be the same again,” he said, adding that he will consider all peaceful legal and constitutional pathways to contest the election.

“I did not show up just to run for an election. I showed up to add to many efforts to remove a dictator. And the sooner we do that, the better.” 

How the Biden administration might undo some of Trump’s immigration policies

How the Biden administration might undo some of Trump's immigration policies

The incoming Biden administration has said it will overturn policies such as the bilateral agreements the Trump administration made with Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to keep asylum-seekers away from the US-Mexico border.

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McFaul: Blinken has a chance to ‘reinvigorate America’s place in the world’

McFaul: Blinken has a chance to 'reinvigorate America's place in the world'

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Trump administration tries to sell off Arctic wildlife refuge in its final days

Trump administration tries to sell off Arctic wildlife refuge in its final days

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge likely has billions of gallons of oil under it and for decades has been one of the most high-profile environmental battles. Despite opposition from conservationists and Indigenous peoples, a judge allowed the Trump administration to proceed with a Jan. 6 auction of oil and gas drilling leases in the refuge.

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The fight to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to drilling has raged for decades. In Trump’s final days, despite opposition from conservationists and native peoples, a judge allowed the Trump administration to proceed with a Jan. 6 auction of oil and gas drilling leases in the refuge.

Supporters of oil drilling, especially Alaskan Republicans, claim opening ANWR is key to revenue and job creation. In 2017, the Alaska congressional delegation was able to get a sale of oil leases into the budget resolution bill, claiming it would generate $1 billion of revenue for the government.

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ANWR is a crucial wildlife habitat and, for the Gwich’in Indigenous peoples, it’s known as “sacred land where life begins.” Several conservation and Indigenous groups sued the Trump administration to try to block oil leasing but, despite the lawsuits, the Bureau of Land Management scheduled ANWR lease sales for Jan. 6, 2020. And on Jan. 5, US District Court Judge Sharon Gleason denied request for an injunction that would have delayed the bidding process until after president Trump leaves office.

According to Anchorage Daily News Reporter Alex DeMarban, Gleason didn’t focus on arguments conservation groups had made regarding improper environmental review. Instead, DeMarban says, she noted that the conservation groups did not claim that issuance of the leases would cause “immediate and irreparable harm,” which was something she needed to see in order to immediately halt the them.

Judge Gleason said she still has time to make a decision “before any irreparable harm is done,” DeMarban reports. “She also said that that the seismic exploration program isn’t even approved yet, so there’s nothing she can rule on there. But she invited the conservation groups to try again if they want to stop that, once it is approved, and she would consider that request. So it’s not an end to the case.”

The lease sales began the day after Judge Gleason gave her ruling. Twenty-two tracts of land were available for lease, but only half of them were purchased and none of the big oil companies put in a bid.

This lack of interest is likely due to several factors. First, half a dozen financial institutions, including Bank of America, bowed to pressure from conservation groups and pledged not to fund any Arctic drilling. That means extraction companies would mostly have to invest their own money in the project. Second, the price of a barrel of oil is quite low right now, so there’s little economic incentive for big companies to take on drilling in a remote, controversial region like ANWR.

Two small companies bought one parcel each: Regenerate Alaska, which is an affiliate of an Australian oil company, and Knick Arm Services, which appears to be an LLC based in Alaska, but very little information is available about it.

The biggest bidder was the Alaskan state itself. The government relies heavily on extraction for both revenue and jobs. So, the state-owned Alaska Economic Corporation bought the rights to nine parcels of land, totaling roughly half a million acres. They paid the minimum of $25 per acre, but will get half of that money back as part of the sale.

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President Trump made opening ANWR a key part of his plan for expanding domestic oil production, and the administration hoped the sale would bring in about $1 billion in revenue, Instead, it totaled less than $15 million.

President-elect Biden has said he opposes drilling in the Arctic and is against allowing new leases on any public land. If the ANWR sales aren’t finalized by Inauguration Day, it’s possible the new administration could block them. Congress could also pursue a more long-lasting solution and reverse the 2017 law that allowed the sale to move forward to begin with and then work to pass legislation to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

This article is based on a report by Steve Curwood and Bobby Bascomb that aired on Living on Earth from PRX.

Political science of the periphery: Part I

Political science of the periphery: Part I

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Sam Ratner

A Venezuelan migrant family walks away from the Venezuelan border in Pamplona, Colombia, Oct. 7, 2020. 

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You know the state, right? It’s got borders, and a monopoly on the legitimate use of violence within them? On the international stage, it acts on an equal legal basis to all the other states? It has a flag? Most international politics studies rest on this classical conception of the state, and yet, anyone who actually studies statehood will readily admit that few, if any, states actually meet those definitional requirements. Borders can be fluid, claims to a universal monopoly on force strain credulity, and states are self-evidently unequal in international law — check out who gets seats on the UN Security Council, for starters.

Related: Federalism in violence: Part I

On the edges of countries, states tend to get a lot less state-y.

Recognizing this conundrum, political scientists have tried to build other models for understanding how people experience international politics in areas where the classical definition breaks down. The next two editions of Deep Dive will look closely at border areas. On the edges of countries, states tend to get a lot less state-y. A boundary that might be clear when viewed on a map in a national capital can become much fuzzier when you’re actually looking at the mountain range that contains some unmarked border. And the concept of legitimate violence gets complicated in places where smuggling gangs are more capable of providing security to civilians than police. This week and next, we’ll look at new research that considers border areas as distinct political phenomena, related to but different from classical ideas of the state.

A recent article in the Journal of Latin American Geography uses a border lens to look at the most contemporary of security problems: COVID-19. Oxford political scientists Annette Idler and Markus Hochmüller examined how the unique characteristics of borderlands have affected the course of the pandemic on the Colombian periphery. 

Related: Peacekeeping work: Part II

Idler and Hochmüller call the reduced state-ness of areas around national borders the “border effect.” The effect increases insecurity in border areas due to a mix of lowered state capacity and high potential illicit gains from cross-border smuggling, but it also creates opportunities for non-state service provision. The pandemic has brought examples of both phenomena. In border areas where non-state armed groups have a bigger footprint and more local legitimacy than state forces, Idler and Hochmüller’s contacts reported some of those groups were enforcing curfews and other public health measures. The National Liberation Army (ELN), a leftist rebel group, even declared a unilateral ceasefire in their war with the Colombian government in order to address the pandemic.

Related: Colombia to refuse coronavirus vaccines for undocumented immigrants 

Colombia closed its border with Venezuela in response to the pandemic, despite the fact that thousands of Venezuelans living near the border need to commute into Colombia regularly to work and buy goods.

Yet many of these same groups have sought ways to profit from lessened state control during the pandemic. Colombia closed its border with Venezuela in response to the pandemic, despite the fact that thousands of Venezuelans living near the border need to commute into Colombia regularly to work and buy goods. As many as 4,000 Venezuelans are still crossing the border illegally each day, but they must now do so using informal routes that put them at the mercy of non-state armed groups. Checkpoints have sprung up, at which border crossers must pay exorbitant fees to various armed actors, and kidnappings of border crossers is on the rise. 

The more non-state groups shape daily life in this public health crisis, the less people will think of themselves as being members of a classical state when the crisis abates.

In general, the pandemic has led to an increase in state involvement in most people’s lives. From stay-at-home orders to stimulus checks, citizens have directly felt their government’s responses to the virus. In borderlands like those on the Colombian periphery, the opposite effect can happen. An increase in discussion of state involvement without the capacity to actually extend state power into border areas can lead to those residents feeling even more disconnected from the central state than they did before. That feeling, Idler and Hochmüller argue, is what non-state groups are pursuing in both their positive and negative responses to the pandemic. The more non-state groups shape daily life in this public health crisis, the less people will think of themselves as being members of a classical state when the crisis abates.

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