Oregon protesters confront ICE officials; India registered its highest increase in coronavirus cases; ISIS has taken a port in Mozambique

Oregon protesters confront ICE officials; India registered its highest increase in coronavirus cases; ISIS has taken a port in Mozambique

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Scores of protesters rallied on Wednesday to block Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials from detaining two men in Bend, Oregon, who were taken to unmarked, white buses. Activists surrounded the buses for 12 hours.

Protestors in bend block buses from taking at atleast two men, immigration attorneys confirmed ice raid. Bend police just announced they are criminally trespassing pic.twitter.com/F0KoLH4O20

— Emily Cureton (@emilycureton) August 12, 2020

Late into the night, it appeared that federal agents from US Border Patrol had emptied the buses and the crowd was forcibly dispersed.

Bend Mayor Sally Russell said on Twitter that the arrests were not an immigration sweep and that she had been informed that there were warrants out for the men’s arrests. She asked people to leave the area.

For the Department of Homeland Security, acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli criticized the demonstrators and defended the intervention that included tear gas and nonlethal munitions. Cuccinelli said in a statement that “ICE will take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of its officers and detainees.”

Portland-based nonprofit Innovation Law Lab has asked a federal court to keep ICE from taking the men out of central Oregon, the ACLU announced.

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On Thursday, India registered its highest increase in COVID-19 cases yet, with nearly 67,000 new cases and 942 deaths in the previous 24 hours. The country’s total infections approached 2.4 million, with more than 47,000 fatalities. India ranks behind only the US and Brazil in number of cases, and is also trailing behind Mexico in the number of deaths from the novel coronavirus.

And, militants tied to ISIS have taken a key port in Mozambique after several days of clashes. Government troops in the northern town of Mocimboa da Praia left by boat after Islamist fighters stepped up attacks in an area near valuable natural gas extraction sites.

From The WorldA Texas couple wrote a bilingual book to encourage children to wear masks

Martha Samaniego Calderón reads “Behind My Mask,” or “Detrás De Mi Cubreboca,” to her children Natalia and Nicolas, at their home. 

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Martha Samaniego Calderón and her husband, Dan Heiman, decided to self-publish a Spanish-English children’s book called, “Behind My Mask,” or “Detrás de Mi Cubrebocas,” to encourage children to wear masks and help them process difficult emotions about COVID-19.

Brazilian housing movements fight surging evictions amid coronavirus

Homeless Workers Movement (MTST) attend a rally against the eviction of the “Povo sem Medo” or “People without Fear” occupants in São Paulo, Brazil, Oct. 31, 2017.

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Despite the pandemic — and rising unemployment — the number of forced evictions in Brazil has roughly doubled in recent months. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, more than 1,700 families have been thrown out of their homes just in the state of São Paulo, according to the Observatory of Forced Removals at the ABC Federal University. That number rises each week, with thousands more at risk of being forcibly removed.

Activists are fighting back. Late last month, a coalition of more than 50 Brazilian social groups launched a campaign to end the evictions. They’re demanding judicial and legislative action.

Bright spot

Music fans in the UK got to see live music — in person. Around 2,500 people went to see singer-songwriter Sam Fender perform on Tuesday night in Newcastle, in what promoters called the “first socially distanced music venue.”

The UK’s first socially distanced gig happened in Newcastle last night.

500 separate raised metal platforms, each accommodating up to five people from the same family/household. Hand sanitizer station and mini fridge included. Singing allowed too! pic.twitter.com/49pp1EnVFj

— Ian Dempsey (@IanDempsey) August 12, 2020In case you missed itListen: Ongoing protests in Belarus after controversial election

Protesters gather on a street against election results in Minsk, Russia, Aug. 12, 2020.

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People in the Belarusian capital Minsk and across the country are protesting the election of Alexander Lukashenko. Protesters say the election was rigged and leaders across the EU and the US are raising some of the same concerns. And, Kamala Harris’ father is an immigrant from Jamaica. Jamaicans have been following her career closely and many are now rejoicing her appearance on US presidential hopeful Joe Biden’s ticket. Also, if the US can’t build better airports or trains than China, or even manage the coronavirus, how exactly is it supposed to compete with China’s economic power?

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China flexes its muscles; US, India hit single-day COVID-19 case highs; Evil Corp targets corporate America

China flexes its muscles; US, India hit single-day COVID-19 case highs; Evil Corp targets corporate America

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Riot police disperse pro-democracy demonstrators as they take part a singing song protest at Mong Kok, in Hong Kong, China June 12, 2020.

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As the pandemic has grasped the world’s attention, China has been testing boundaries — both geographically and legally. Submarines in Japanese waters, incursions into Taiwanese airspace and deadly clashes with Indian soldiers in the Himalayas have been displays of China’s military assertiveness that are raising alarms in Washington.

In Hong Kong, Chinese lawmakers are keeping the details of a controversial national security law under wraps, possibly to avoid provoking additional outrage over the legislation. The law targets secession, subversion and collusion with foreign forces, and has been widely criticized as eroding Hong Kong’s autonomy. The full text is likely to remain secret until it goes into effect. It is expected to be approved next week.  

Father afield, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will not release Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in exchange for two Canadians who were detained in China weeks after Meng’s arrest in Vancouver. And in Australia, a lawmaker is facing an investigation by national security agencies into alleged influence by China.

What The World is following

The US hit a record single-day high of 40,000 reported coronavirus infections Thursday. More than 2.4 million people in the US have contracted the virus. India also experienced a record 24-hour spike, as infections there close in on half a million. In Brazil, which is second to the US in case numbers, President Jair Bolsonaro says he may have previously contracted the disease.

Joyous news for sports fans in New Zealand and Australia, as they learned the Oceanic countries have won a joint bid to host the Women’s World Cup in 2023.

A Russian ransomware group is launching sophisticated attacks on corporate America as employees have shifted to remote work, The New York Times reports. Officials now worry about threats to election infrastruture. You’d be forgiven for thinking the hacking group took their name right out of the movies: They call themselves Evil Corp.

From The WorldIn Thailand, posting a selfie with a beer is a potential crime

A man drinks beer at a restaurant in Hanoi, July 20, 2009. In smaller markets in Southeast Asia such as Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, drinking beer is becoming a popular pastime due to rising disposable income and relatively young populations who are embracing the party scene. 

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Under a sporadically enforced law in Thailand, it is risky to say anything flattering about alcohol on social media. You can’t hold up a bottle of bourbon in a selfie and grin. Or show off a pint glass with a Heineken logo. All of that runs afoul of a very vague crime: “Encouraging people to drink.”

Centuries ago, Spanish writers challenged gender norms and barriers

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Think “Spanish literature” and you might come up with “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes. But there’s so much more to classic Spanish lit than the “Man of La Mancha.”

That’s the focus of an exhibition at the Cervantes Institute in Madrid, which looks at some of the most important — but largely ignored — women writers of Spain’s 16th and 17th centuries. Many of the women writers of Spain’s Golden Age were nuns, and some, like Catalina de Erauso, “The Lieutenant Nun,” challenged norms around gender expression.  

Morning focus

Two US Navy ships have broken the 161-day record for the most consecutive days at sea. The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and the USS San Jacinto have gone 23 weeks without a port call in an effort to skirt the coronavirus pandemic — talk about a lockdown.

161 Days and Counting! USS Dwight D. Eisenhower @TheCVN69 and the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) go into the @USNavy’s history book today as record-holders of spending the most consecutive days at sea – without one single port call #ForgedByTheSea #CSG10 pic.twitter.com/I4u4o1fWqO

— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) June 25, 2020

 

In case you missed itListen: European Union set to reopen, but likely not to Americans

A police officer looks on as people enjoy the sunny weather on the beach, as Spain officially reopens the borders amid the coronavirus outbreak, in Barcelona, Spain, June 21, 2020.

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The European Union is getting ready to reopen to international travelers after months of restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. But draft plans are expected to maintain limitations on travel from countries that have failed to bring the virus under a certain degree of control — including the United States. And, Russians began casting ballots on Thursday at the start of a week-long vote that could clear the way for President Vladimir Putin to stay in the office until 2036 if re-elected. Plus, the Eiffel Tower has reopened to visitors after being closed for three months amid the pandemic.

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Colleges brace for steep drop in international enrollment this fall

Colleges brace for steep drop in international enrollment this fall

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Northeastern University sophomore Pavithra Rajesh, 18, took the last three weeks of her spring classes online from her parents’ apartment in Bangalore, India. Like many international students, Rajesh says she is unsure whether she will return to Boston for classes in the fall.

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Pavithra Rajesh, a Northeastern University sophomore from India, frantically packed her bags and boarded a plane home when the college abruptly shut down in March.

“I’m a very careful planner. … So, telling me that within three days you have to figure out where you’re going to go, move things into storage, figure out how you’re going to do online classes from a country whose time zone is so different from the one I’m in right now — it was pretty nerve-wracking.”

Pavithra Rajesh, sophomore student from India, Northeastern University

“I’m a very careful planner,” Rajesh, 18, said. “So, telling me that within three days you have to figure out where you’re going to go, move things into storage, figure out how you’re going to do online classes from a country whose time zone is so different from the one I’m in right now — it was pretty nerve-wracking.”

Related: International students are in coronavirus limbo. So are universities.

Back home, Rajesh quarantined herself in her parents’ apartment in the southern city of Bangalore for 14 days. The journalism major and theater minor took her last three weeks of spring courses online. India is 9.5 hours ahead of eastern daylight saving time. 

“Every night I was up till almost 3 a.m., 4 a.m.,” she said.

Looking ahead to the fall, Rajesh and her parents worry about her returning to campus in just two months.

“I’d be transiting through three very crowded airports,” she said. “The US right now has quite a lot of cases. It’s pretty vulnerable.”

So are the finances for universities like Northeastern, where more than a third of all students come from abroad — many from India and China — with most paying full freight. Hundreds of thousands of international college students sent home this spring are still stuck there because of travel and visa restrictions. Major colleges in the Boston area, which were already losing enrollment because of the anti-immigrant political environment, are bracing for losing still more students this fall.

The Trump administration had already been tightening travel and visa restrictions on foreign students and workers. Now, both the federal government and the pandemic are preventing international students who aren’t already in the US from returning in time for the fall semester. That’s all leading to a lot of confusion and anxiety for students.

“The pandemic, as well as the political difficulties between China and the United States, has ushered in a period of enormous uncertainty.”

Bill Kirby, history professor of Chinese studies, Harvard University

“The pandemic, as well as the political difficulties between China and the United States, has ushered in a period of enormous uncertainty,” said Bill Kirby, a history professor who teaches Chinese studies at Harvard University. 

Kirby points to a recent study by the Institute of International Education that finds nearly 90% of colleges expect international enrollment to decrease next semester.

“And some 70% anticipate that some international students won’t be able to get to their campuses for in-person classes this fall,” said Kirby, adding that the virus and uncertainty on campuses are damaging the country’s global relationship with China, India and other countries.

“Parents always worry about the health of their children,” Kirby said. “So I wouldn’t be surprised to see at least some pause, even if the world were to open up immediately, about sending students to a place where the public health systems are clearly not as robust as they are in Europe or Japan or Korea.”

If international students take their studies and dollars elsewhere, that would have devastating effects on Boston’s economy.

“We are — particularly in higher education — in a highly globalized and interdependent world. This is the most serious thing that’s ever happened [to American higher education] without any question whatsoever.”

Phillip Altbach, founder, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College

“We are — particularly in higher education — in a highly globalized and interdependent world. This is the most serious thing that’s ever happened [to American higher education] without any question whatsoever,” said Phillip Altbach, founder of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College.

“International students spend a lot of money in this area, not only the direct tuition cost for universities but also housing and other expenses that they have around town,” said Altbach.

International students contribute about $4 billion to the state’s economy each year, nearly a tenth of the more than $40 billion they spend in the entire US economy, according to the Association of International Educators. Colleges that are overly dependent on international dollars are going to take a big hit, said Altbach.

“In the Boston area, that includes, of course, Boston University and Northeastern particularly, but also smaller schools like the Berklee College of Music, Emerson [College] to some extent,” he added.

Students and researchers from other countries bring significant brainpower to their work in the US, Altbach said.

“If you look at Silicon Valley or the biotech industry here in Massachusetts, international students, scholars and high-skilled immigrants are a key part of the labor force for these industries, so it’s a huge hit and a terrible mistake for the country,” he said.

It remains unclear how many international students will want — or be able — to return this fall.

Related: What the US can learn from other nations with free college tuition

This month, Northeastern announced its Boston campus and dorms will reopen in the fall and students will have the option to take classes in-person, online, or a mixture of both. This summer, the university is surveying thousands of international students about their plans for the fall and developing online platforms for any students who see a delay in returning to Boston.

Sitting in her room in Bangalore, Rajesh says she’s eager to get back in the classroom.

“I don’t think anyone can say that online classes will ever match up to the worth of an in-person class,” she said. “For me, doing three weeks of online classes from India was hard for sure. I don’t think I could do that same thing for three months.”

Still, she’s skeptical about whether students packed into dorms would be willing to follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks.

“There’s so many people, so little residence halls on campus,” she said. “I don’t really know how that is going to play out.”

FIRSE MACHAYENGE REMIX Lyrics and Video Song – Emiway Bantai, Macklemore

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How to deal with a cyclone in the middle of a pandemic?

How to deal with a cyclone in the middle of a pandemic?

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Clouds cover the skies over the river Ganges ahead of Cyclone Amphan, in Kolkata, India, May 19, 2020.

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India and Bangladesh evacuated around half a million people out of the way of the most powerful storm in a decade ahead of its landfall on Wednesday amid fears of heavy damage to houses and crops and disruption of road, rail and power links.

The authorities’ task to save lives was complicated by ongoing efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic and enforce social distancing to avoid a surge of infections. Many thousands of migrant workers are on the roads trying to get home from big cities after a nationwide lockdown destroyed their livelihoods.

Approaching from the Bay of Bengal, Cyclone Amphan was expected to hit the coast of eastern India and southern Bangladesh with winds roughly the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane.

The Indian weather department forecast a storm surge of 10- to 16-foot waves — as high as a two-story house — that could swamp mud dwellings along the coast, uproot communication towers and inundate roads and rail tracks.

There will be extensive damage to standing crops and plantations in the states of West Bengal and Odisha while large boats and ships could get torn from their moorings, the weather service said in a bulletin late on Tuesday.

Samarendra Karmakar is a retired director of Bangladesh’s Meteorological Department. He spoke with the World’s host Marco Werman from Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.

Related: Preparing for hurricanes: 3 essential reads

Marco Werman: What can you tell us about this storm?

Samarendra Karmakar: It is already weakened slightly in the afternoon, late afternoon, with sustained wind speed of about 200 kilometers [and it] may weaken a little more during landfall.

So, you’re looking at wind speeds now between 120-150, but expecting some weakening. The people most at risk to the severe flooding live in coastal cities. They live in mud and wooden shacks. Where is the government evacuating these people to? Are there shelters? And are they adequate?

I think the government is making a lot of preparations. They are making these shelters ready. They have increased the number of shelters because the schools are now closed because of the coronavirus. So, that will be useful. And the volunteers of the cyclone preparedness program — they are already in the coastal areas and requesting the people to take shelter in the cyclone shelters. That is what I have seen from the news.

Related: Climate change linked to refugees in Georgia 

So, among the people in very basic shacks are about a million Rohingya refugees who fled the ethnically driven massacres in Myanmar a few years ago. And they’ve been living in this giant refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. What do you know about their situation? Do they have enough space to relocate?

I think the Cox’s Bazar region will be a less impacted area because it is likely to make landfall to the west and southwest — that is, in India and Bangladesh border area. So, the coastal area of Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong, I think that it will be less affected. So, the Rohingya people who are in the tents, I think they will not be impacted so much, but there will be some thunderstorms or rainfall or something like that, what is usual during this time.

I’ve read that across Bangladesh, some people are hesitant to evacuate. Why do you think that is?

It happens always. In our country or in other countries also; what I have seen is that people don’t like to go to the shelters sometimes. And there are many reasons for this. And this year, you know, the coronavirus is a new addition; it is a new issue. And they may think that the social distance will not be maintained properly — that may also create a problem among them this year. But the government has requested that the people do use masks and increase the number of shelters for managing some social distance among the people.

Related: A climate migration crisis is escalating in Bangladesh 

I just learned today that about 40% of global storm surges hit Bangladesh. In fact, some of the deadliest cyclones have hit Bangladesh in the past half-century. As you say, now, there’s the coronavirus. How prepared do you think Bangladesh really is for the effects of this storm?

The people are now [aware] than before. So, this is my thinking that people will be going to the shelter and also take precautions in this case.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Reuters contributed reporting. 

Facebook will pay $52M to US content moderators for trauma on the job. What about its international contractors?

Facebook will pay $52M to US content moderators for trauma on the job. What about its international contractors?

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In a landmark decision that could have implications for content moderators around the world, Facebook has agreed to pay $52 million to compensate some US-based workers for the trauma they endured on the job.

Related: Twitter and Facebook are collaborating to stop the spread of coronavirus misinformation. Is it enough?

According to the agreement announced on Tuesday, Facebook will make payments to more than 10,000 current and former content moderators to settle a class-action lawsuit they brought against the company alleging that they developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other conditions as a result of the work. The settlement was first reported by the technology publication, The Verge.

Facebook relies on tens of thousands of content moderators around the world to review often graphic and disturbing posts and determine whether they should be removed from the platform. Many of these workers are contractors, employed by third-party firms that work with Facebook.

Related: Catholic Twitter debates Trump’s handling of coronavirus pandemic

This is the first time a social media company will pay workers who say their mental health suffered as a result of exposure to disturbing content, according to lawyers who represented the content moderators in the lawsuit. The new settlement covers only workers based in the US, but the unprecedented move could have an impact on content moderators in other parts of the world.

“What we’ve seen is that after kind of years of holding out their workforce of content moderators at arm’s length, Facebook is at least trying to take some responsibility for the mental health of some of its content moderators.”

Cori Crider, Foxglove

“What we’ve seen is that after kind of years of holding out their workforce of content moderators at arm’s length, Facebook is at least trying to take some responsibility for the mental health of some of its content moderators,” said Cori Crider, director of Foxglove, a London-based nonprofit that’s assisting with a separate lawsuit launched by content moderators in Europe.

“And I would put it in front of a court pretty much anywhere and say, look, if they take responsibility for [content moderators] in the [United States], they should take responsibility for them in India. They should take responsibility for them in South America. They should take responsibility for them in Europe.

Related: ‘Straight-up debunking’: How a fact-checker vets fake news

“The last thing you want to see is a kind of half-measure payment to some workers in the United States, but people in even more precarious situations in North Africa, and India and all other places where content moderation is done get nothing and see no improvement in their conditions,” Crider said.

India begins to ease restrictions on areas with no new coronavirus cases 

India begins to ease restrictions on areas with no new coronavirus cases 

The government is taking a phased approach to the lockdown, easing restrictions only on areas that haven’t seen infections for a month. That’s despite the fact that India recently saw a spike in cases of the coronavirus, and projections show they still have not peaked.

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Stranded residents of Ladakh, a union territory in India, wait in a stadium for being thermal screened before taking buses back to Ladakh, after few restrictions were lifted by Delhi government during an extended nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Delhi, India, May 11, 2020.

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When India’s lockdown began six weeks ago, millions of migrant workers lost construction and factory jobs in big cities.

Many tried to walk back to their villages when public transportation shut down, but police sealed the borders. Last week, 16 migrants who were sleeping on train tracks were run over.

“It’s difficult to find something to eat or a place to sleep anywhere,” one of the stranded workers, Mohamad Jalal, said in Hindi in a BBC interview. “They tell us to stay in one place. But can we stay hungry?”

As the crisis grew, some in Mumbai took action, including advertising consultant Mazher Ramzanali, whose group of about 50 volunteers partnered with high-end restaurants to deliver simple vegetarian meals to 80,000 people every day.

Related: Women leaders eschew ‘macho-man’ politics in COVID-19 response 

“If somebody told me — and I was not involved — I would not believe it was possible to do it — just citizens coming together and figuring it out. … And it was amazing. I feel so gratified.”

Citizens came together to help India’s 1.3 billion people during the lockdown, said Vijay Chauthaiwale, who directs the Foreign Affairs Department of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. There was unprecedented cooperation between India’s federal government and its states, he said, and political parties put aside their divisions.

“In this hour of crisis, all these political parties have shown enormous consensus.”

Vijay Chauthaiwale, Bharatiya Janata Party

“In this hour of crisis, all these political parties have shown enormous consensus,” Chauthaiwale said.

That consensus among politicians has had an impact, he said — it helped keep India’s number of cases of the coronavirus low at under 70,000. Skeptics believe that number is low because there hasn’t been enough testing, but Chauthaiwale dismisses those concerns.

“India is doing adequate testing, and it is comparable to other countries like South Korea or Germany where the disease has been managed very well,” he said.

Now, with India’s unemployment at a record high of 27%, the country is gradually lifting its lockdown. The government is arranging special trains to take migrants to their home villages. Officials are also in the early stages of bringing back 200,000 Indian citizens who were stranded abroad when the country locked down.

Related: With test kits so scarce, doctors in Yemen are flying blind

“This will be the most complex and the biggest rescue operation in the world any country has ever taken,” Chauthaiwale said.

The government is taking a phased approach to the lockdown, easing restrictions only on areas that haven’t seen infections for a month. That’s despite the fact that India recently saw a spike in cases of the coronavirus, and projections show they still have not peaked. State hospitals are already overwhelmed and don’t have enough ventilators.

At the same time, critics say religious tensions that were rising before the pandemic have continued, with the help of the country’s largest newspapers and television networks.

“The mainstream media are continuously spreading fake [news] against Muslims,” said Sanjar Alam, an engineer and activist in Delhi. He said the media have blamed Muslims for the spread of the virus.

“This Islamophobic propaganda by media and some political leaders has serious consequences on the ground, they are the main reason, the main cause of Hindu-Muslim violence in India.”

Sanjar Alam, engineer and activist, Delhi

“This Islamophobic propaganda by media and some political leaders has serious consequences on the ground, they are the main reason, the main cause of Hindu-Muslim violence in India.”

Before the coronavirus hit, violence against Muslims was rising in India. Alam worries that attacks on Muslims will go up again once the lockdown is lifted. And he said India’s Hindu nationalist government may let it happen, as they have before. Yet, Alam feels he has to be optimistic.

Related: Researchers in Senegal are developing a coronavirus test kit to be used across Africa

“We are going through a tough time, but we have hopes here,” he said.

He said it’s a relatively small group of people who are responsible for the increase in religious tension. As the lockdown is lifted, Alam believes most Indians want their country to return to being a place where people of all faiths can prosper.

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(Mommy, India got the beats)

[Verse 1]
I just flew the private out to LA, come and meet me (Come and meet me)
And once you land, you better be glad to see me (Glad to see me)
Why you can’t jump on top of me? I don’t wan’ hear nan’ reason (Nan’ reason)
This brand-new ring make me feel like I won a whole season
You supposed to make me feel like a king without it on
Brand new Chanel, put it on
Ayy, fuck that (Ayy, put it on)
You gon’ make me go buy a new G-Wagen for your fine ass
Fuck your friends, you better be in ‘fore I get home, oh
Mmh, mmh, hittin’ it from behind, in your spine, take that, yeah
We went plenty of times in the ride
Fuck these skeezers, she gon’ ride like my guys (She in there with who?)
Pullin’ up, bitch, you in here, come outside
Pack your bags, we gon’ board the G5
I’m tryna join the mile high club, just you and me
Thank Most High I got a girl to take me from the streets
You the one I want, baby, you the one I need

[Chorus]
Steady tryna win over your love
You could get violent, I don’t mind bein’ in trouble
Your love been leavin’ behind cold-blooded bodies
Please don’t murder me for tryin’, yeah
You can’t fit them jeans on, I can’t quit that lean, no
Pull up in that four-door, jump out, stand tall, Hakeem, ho
Baby girl, you know just what that ring for, yeah, yeah
Hood nigga tryna impress, pull up in clean clothes, yeah, yeah
Nigga get shot down if he run up on this Rolls, yeah, yeah
My bae inside of here, it was self-defense, officer
My name so fucked up ’cause these hoes, what can I offer her?
Tell you I’m done, then double back and catch me callin’ her (Brrt)

[Verse 2]
I’m outside, nah, I know you heard me knockin’ at this front door
(I was in the shower)
I don’t care ’bout what you doin’, fuck you takin’ long for?
Come here, give me a kiss, no, fuck that shit, how you been?
You’ll be with me to the end, that’s what the fuck they don’t know

[Chorus]
Steady tryna win over your love
You could get violent, I don’t mind bein’ in trouble
Your love been leavin’ behind cold-blooded bodies
Please don’t murder me for tryin’, yeah
You can’t fit them jeans on, I can’t quit that lean, no
Pull up in that four-door, jump out, stand tall, Hakeem, ho
Baby girl, you know just what that ring for, yeah, yeah
Hood nigga tryna impress, pull up in clean clothes, yeah, yeah
Nigga get shot down if he run up on this Rolls, yeah, yeah
My bae on side of him, it was self-defense, officer
My name so fucked up ’cause these hoes, what can I offer her?
Tell you I’m done, then double back and catch me callin’ her, oh, oh

[Outro]
At this front door
Give a fuck ’bout what you doin’, what you takin’ long for?
Come here, give me a kiss, no, fuck that shit, how you been?
To the end, that’s what the fuck they don’t know
Haha, come on

YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Nawfside Lyrics

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[Intro]
(Mommy, India got the beats)
Northside (I’m ready to go home right now)
Rich, where the drank at, fool?
(I ain’t take one out the top, nigga, I’m known to take one out, bitch)

[Verse 1]
I-10 spinnin’ and I swerve on the block (Northside, skrrt, skrrt)
I got youngins on the corner strapped with Glocks watchin’ for opps
Got plenty shooters, got plenty guns, how many drugs? I’d say a lot
Reporting live, and bitch, you in here with Lil Top
Who they fuck they thought this was? We ain’t moving no cars
Bitch, this me out here (It’s me)
He can try and that nigga gon’ die, go to playin’ with them rods
We gon’ put him to sleep out here (Bah)
Old snake ass hoes, nigga know that they fuck with them boys
They ain’t ‘posed to be out here
I’m slime, see straight green out here
4KTrey, bitch, we deep out here
Gon’ make her take her top off
Make her get straight out her body
I’ma get that nigga knocked off
You’d do the same if you knew ’bout it
Hold on, wait, and blow the cock off
Shoot this bitch at everybody (Bah, bah)
Don YoungBoy, know I’m Gotti
I don’t pay for the drop, I cop it (Let’s go)

[Chorus]
Twenty for to split a nigga’s shit, okay
Check how bloody it get, okay
Pussy nigga can’t spin back, no way
I’ma pop a nigga cap off top, on Dave
Steady spendin’ money and it’s coming each way
Flyin’ in the Lam’ through the land, out of state
All the hoes wanna stay, but it’s no cheap stay
Double cup to the face, out of line with the gang

[Verse 2]
No mans, take a nigga pack with ten
Hit a nigga ass soon as he whipped in (Bah)
Load up, spinnin’ the pack, where they been?
‘Fore we hopped in the car, I done had me one in
Sent them slimes at that bitch, I’ma send ’em again
I’m the slimiest, bitch, I’ma say it again
And my mom with the shit, we be lockin’ it in
On the Wraith with my bitch, two-hundred and ten
Come from LP to Marco, check my barcode, I’m straight out the pen
Red River plus Wells Fargo, what’s the amount? Do I spend my advance?
Keep a dirty pistol in my fuckin’ pants (Oh, come on, yeah)
We stepped on them, we gon’ murder you with that fuckin’ plan (Go ‘head, fuck nigga, don’t show)

[Chorus]
Twenty for to split a nigga’s shit, okay
Check how bloody it get, okay
Pussy nigga can’t spin back, no way
I’ma pop a nigga cap off top, on Dave
Steady spendin’ money and it’s coming each way
Flyin’ in the Lam’ through the land, out of state
All the hoes wanna stay, but it’s no cheap stay
Double cup to the face, out of line with the gang

[Verse 3]
I said, “Stop it”
You could act like you want smoke, I ain’t here for no joke, I’ll fuck ’round and pop it
Give a fuck ’bout no camera, don’t play with my bro
Strip his ass at the store, we gon’ go in his pockets
Go back-to-back, tally for tally
No, hollow for hollow, stand toe-to-toe with anybody
We gon’ get at ’em back-to-back with the strap
Me and DD do that, nigga, check how he move with that shotty
Let that nigga talk, he ain’t taking nothin’ off
Let that nigga live ’til he come to the North
I already know the deal, I ain’t even gotta talk
Big B get him killed, meet me back at the house
Two up for to serve to somebody
My brother who got it, we ridin’ around in a drought
I’m stuffing that in my pocket
I’ll step on somebody, I’ll flash, they open they mouth

[Outro]
Mmm, okay, uh
Pussy ass nigga, okay, uh
Broke ass nigga, okay, uh
Scary ass nigga, no way
Bitch, I’m fine, I’m straight, uh
Bitch, I’m doing okay, mm
Bitch, get out my face
YoungBoy, 4KTrey

Action Bronson – Sven Lyrics

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[Intro]
[?]
Who the hell, how the hell, why the hell?

[Verse 1]
You see my story got a strange plot
Eight shots, now behind the camera, ah
I meant behind the hammer
Leavin’ peace like a dyin’ grandma, dyin’ my hair blonde
The double shotty like a bears arm
Mention money and my eyebrows lift up
The five pound fist leave you cut up, quicker than butter
I view the mountains once the suns up
Do anything to get the funds up
Motherfuckers is on the front stuntin’, ah
Weedblazer, I’m a master
[?] help me think faster
Throw some acid on your cheek now you’re art
Scars over my heart, the [?], European shark
Big engine like a dozen bagels
With a stable, maikin’ my rounds at all the number tables
Health is wealth, but wealth buy the fancy belts
Good, it’s even easier to hang yourself

[Chorus]
You ain’t shit, you need to hang yourself
You ain’t shit man, you ain’t shit
You ain’t shit motherfucker, need to hang yourself, uh
You ain’t shit, uh, you ain’t shit

[Verse 2]
The whips at India style like [?] student
I’m only part human, tryna get paid but like Mark Cuban
Spark the Cuban, double park the Buick
What’d you do to beef Stewart, half Jewish, uh
I’m a star like good homework
Skull and crossbone on a low shirt, chrome hurst
The skull burst ’cause the work was a ten
The limo driver named Sven peace to Killa Ben
Shit’s strange, I could feel the wind
All this pain I could feel within
Goes away when I’m in a Benz
But comes back when I’m starin’ inthe rims
Take ten, uh
Standin’ at the wall on the pool hall
Dominican hoe with a culo
[?]
[?] tu yo
And I’m known to be hoppin’ up out the two door
When your man get called, you better be ready for sure
‘Cause these motherfuckers ain’t playin’
These motherfuckers be sprayin’
Now you sleepin’ with the Earth
Light the Earth up, hop up in the red Caddy, Big Bertha
Wig Turner, money washin’ detergent
Round glass, quarter cup of the bourbon swervin’
Traverse, lookin’, think I’m German, it’s me

[Outro]
Yeah
Bam Bam

Lil Durk – Turn Myself In Lyrics

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[Intro]
Ooh
Squat made the beat
Turn me up, Josh
Ooh
Go Grizz
Ooh
W-W-W-Winner’s Circle

[Chorus]
Yeah, yeah, yeah, God, can you hear me?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, niggas ain’t really with me
Yeah, yeah, yeah, main homies turned against me
Yeah, yeah, yeah, heard the story, think I’m finished
Yeah, yeah, yeah, give my lawyer a hundred and fifty
Ooh, oh

[Verse 1]
I wish I would turn myself in before I fuck one last time
I wish I would turn myself in before I pour up one pint
I wish I would turn myself in without kissin’ my kids, no, it ain’t right
I wish I would turn myself in without playin’ that shit back that night
I wish I would turn myself in without droppin’ my album
I wish I would put trust in a nigga knowin’ they goin’ sour
I told ’em I wish I would, I fuck her in the butt, go douche
Told her put a big bag on my books, make sure my artist get pushed
Look up at the judge, can’t look, stay makin’ up lies for sure
I’m a innocent man for sure, it is what it is for sure
Nobody gon’ ride, had a warrant so I can’t hide
India gon’ stay by my side, I did a song with Chance tonight
He gave me positive vibes, to better my image for life
I turn myself in tonight, head down with these cuffs on, then read me my rights

[Chorus]
Yeah, yeah, yeah, God, can you hear me?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, niggas ain’t really with me
Yeah, yeah, yeah, main homies turned against me
Yeah, yeah, yeah, heard the story, think I’m finished
Yeah, yeah, yeah, give my lawyer a hundred and fifty
Ooh, oh

[Verse 2]
I got 5 million followers, I need 5 million dollars
I scream “Free Melly” from my cell even though they ain’t got em
Mmm, free Von, free Zoo, even though they got the same problem
Mmm, false accusation, why they name droppin’?
They wanna know if I’m rappin’ or robbin’, takin’ these drugs for family problems
I get a call, I call my mama, mmm, I’m sorry
I get a bond, not givin’ them property, no, I can’t tell, that’s part of the policy
If you don’t fuck with me, nigga, then fuck you, but I show love for niggas apart of me
I went from Margielas to state shoes, Amiri denims to jump suits
Locked in a cell with a curfew, in population, they can hurt you
No PC, commissary and receipts, fan mail, I gotta reread
New rappers wanna be, can’t be me, I’m gangsta

[Chorus]
Yeah, yeah, yeah, God, can you hear me?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, niggas ain’t really with me
Yeah, yeah, yeah, main homies turned against me
Yeah, yeah, yeah, heard the story, think I’m finished
Yeah, yeah, yeah, give my lawyer a hundred and fifty
Ooh, oh
Yeah, yeah, yeah, God, can you hear me?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, niggas ain’t really with me
Yeah, yeah, yeah, main homies turned against me
Yeah, yeah, yeah, heard the story, think I’m finished
Yeah, yeah, yeah, give my lawyer a hundred and fifty
Yeah, yeah, yeah, niggas ain’t really with me