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Northeast Atlantic countries create new protected sea area

Northeast Atlantic countries create new protected sea area

The governments of 15 countries in the Northeast Atlantic have created a new protected area of the sea they say is bigger than the combined area of Germany and the United Kingdom

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The countries designated a marine protected area for seabirds covering nearly 600,000 square kilometers (about 230,000 square miles) as part of their efforts to ensure the conservation and sustainability of marine biodiversity.

The protected zone area is viewed as crucial for the feeding and breeding of local and migrating seabirds.

Government representatives also gave their blessing at a meeting in Portugal to a new North-East Atlantic Environment Strategy, which features commitments to reduce the impact of climate change and ocean acidification, biodiversity loss, and pollution, including marine plastic pollution.

The plan includes a target to reduce trash in the sea by 50% by 2025, and by 75% by 2030.

‘Anti-feminist’ vandals in Israel deface images of women

‘Anti-feminist’ vandals in Israel deface images of women

Israel is having a difficult time keeping images of women in public from being defaced

By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated PressOctober 1, 2021, 7:30 PM• 6 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article3:17

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JERUSALEM — The joyful glint in Peggy Parnass’ eyes is so sharp it can be seen from the walls of Jerusalem’s bustling Old City. Posted across the street at the gateway to City Hall, twin images of the Holocaust survivor and activist gaze out at the ancient warren of holy monuments of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

But just outside this center of spirituality, someone saw her image as a problem. Five times since the photos of Parnass were posted as part of an exhibition that began in April, vandals — widely believed to be ultra-Orthodox extremists — spray-painted over her eyes and mouth.

The graffiti was cleaned each time, leaving Parnass smiling again. For many Israelis, however, the short-term fix highlighted a familiar pattern that’s all the more painful because the destruction is coming not from enemies across Israel’s borders but from within.

“It’s not anti-Semitic,” said Jim Hollander, the curator of The Lonka Project art installation at Safra Square. “This is anti-feminist.”

For all of its modernity, military firepower and high-tech know-how, Israel has for decades been unable to keep images of women from being defaced in some public spaces. Billboards showing women — including soccer players, musicians and young girls — have been repeatedly defaced and torn down by religious extremists in Jerusalem and other cities with large ultra-Orthodox populations over the past 20 years.

Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel was erased from a 2015 photograph of world leaders in Paris published by an ultra-Orthodox newspaper.

The pattern is especially uncomfortable now.

“This is not Kabul, this is Jerusalem,” said Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, a Jerusalem deputy mayor. “This is a concerted campaign by radicals to erase women from the public space, which belongs to all of us.”

The double photo of 94-year-old Parnass, who lives in Germany, is posted on an outside wall of Jerusalem’s City Hall complex.

Hollander said he specifically chose it among dozens of others posted around the complex to hang in the marquee spot because it projects vitality, perseverance and survival across one of Israel’s most famous expanses. Its central location makes it visible to thousands every day.

The vandalism is widely blamed on a small number of fringe members of the insular ultra-Orthodox community, which emphasizes modesty among women and has traditionally carried outsized influence in Israeli politics. The photo is posted next to a street that borders an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood and is a popular walkway to the Old City’s Western Wall, the holiest Jewish prayer site.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews make up about 12.6% of Israel’s population of 9.3 million. That community’s population is growing faster than those of other Israeli Jews and Arabs, according to the Israel Democracy Institute, a nonpartisan Jerusalem think tank. A majority of Jerusalem’s Jewish community is ultra-Orthodox, the institute said.

There is a difference, one expert cautioned, between the more pragmatic mainstream ultra-Orthodox Judaism and the vandals defacing photos of women.

“In the mainstream, they know that the world outside is functioning in a different way,” said Gilad Malach, who leads the ultra-Orthodox program at the Israel Democracy Institute. “And they know that in some situations, they need to cooperate with that.”

In the mainstream Orthodox community, some women have begun to push back on social media.

“The men aren’t in charge there,” said Kerry Bar-Cohn, 48, an Orthodox chiropractor and performer who a few years ago started posting YouTube videos of herself singing children’s songs. Recently, she tried to publish an ad in a local circular with her photo on it, and was refused.

“It’s straight-out discrimination,” said Bar-Cohn, wife of a rabbi and a mother of four. “I was thinking I want to sue them, but No. 1, who has the time? And No. 2, you don’t want to be that person.”

Advocates say erasing women carries dire societal risks.

“You don’t see women, you don’t hear their needs and their needs are not met,” said Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll, 46.

Keats Jaskoll recently launched the subscription-only Jewish Life Photo Bank, a collection of what she calls “positive” images of Orthodox women for the Chochmat Nashim organization. The idea is to sell images of women that are acceptable to an Orthodox audience and better understood by people in general.

None of these initiatives has halted the constant wave of vandalism.

The Israel Religious Action Center, which is connected to the liberal Reform movement of Judaism, has tracked the vandalism and other attacks on women’s images for five years and filed a court petition to compel the city of Jerusalem to crack down.

Over time, the municipality has responded by saying it is engaged in “massive, effective and focused enforcement” of city bylaws against vandalism, but it acknowledged difficulty in collecting testimony and prosecuting suspects.

“The Jerusalem municipality has and will continue to condemn any damage to public images and deals with the problem if appears on the spot,” the city said in a statement.

Police say they investigate all complaints of vandalism and property damage and try to find those responsible, but had no information about the Parnass case.

By refusing or being unable to crack down, “the state sponsors this practice,” said Ori Narov, an attorney for IRAC. “We keep getting this impression that they keep making excuses,” ranging from a shortage of labor to even more limits due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The municipality said the Parnass photos have been restored and it has increased patrols around City Hall.

Parnass’ niece, Keren-Or Peled, who lives in Israel, says Parnass has been told what happened. After her photos were cleaned for a third time, Peled traveled to Jerusalem to take a photo to send to her aunt.

By the time Peled got there, however, the set of photos had been defaced again. She helped clean it herself.

“They paint over your picture time and time again because you are a woman,” Peled wrote to her aunt in an article published in Haaretz. ”A beautiful, strong, confident 94-year-old woman.”

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Associated Press writer Ilan Ben Zion contributed.

Venezuela introduces new currency with 6 fewer zeros

Venezuela introduces new currency with 6 fewer zeros

A new currency with six fewer zeros is debuting in Venezuela, whose currency has been made nearly worthless by years of the world’s worst inflation

By REGINA GARCIA CANO and JORGE RUEDA Associated PressOctober 1, 2021, 6:25 PM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article3:17

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But the new bills were nowhere to be found in the capital, where consumers’ fears that prices will continue to spiral upward proved to be right.

“Today, I went to the supermarket and everything was marked in dollars,” Lourdes Pórtelo, an office worker, said in a shopping center in the east side of Caracas. “In the end, I couldn’t buy anything, I didn’t have enough money.”

Before the adjustment, the highest denomination was a 1 million bolivar bill that was worth a little less than a quarter as of Thursday. The new currency tops out at 100 bolivars, a little less than $25 — until inflation starts to eat away at that as well.

The million-to-1 change for the bolivar is intended to ease both cash transactions and bookkeeping calculations in bolivars that now require juggling almost endless strings of zeros.

“The most important and fundamental reason is that the payment systems are already collapsed because the number of digits make the payment systems and doing the math practically unmanageable,” said Jose Guerra, an economics professor at the Central University of Venezuela. “These debit card payment processing systems or an accounting system for companies… are not intended for hyperinflation, but for a normal economy.”

Under the old system, a two-liter bottle of soda pop could cost more than 8 million bolivars — and many of those bills were scarce, so a customer might have to pay with a thick wad of paper.

Banks allowed customers to withdraw a maximum of 20 million bolivars in cash per day, or sometimes less if the branch was running short.

So, consumers have come to rely on U.S. dollars and digital payment methods, such as Zelle and PayPal, to make purchases. Nowadays, most transactions are made electronically, and Guerra said, more than 60% are made in U.S. dollars.

When Venezuela’s Central Bank announced the currency change last month, officials said payment systems will be modernized to expand digital use of the bolivar.

They also underscored that the elimination of six zeros doesn’t otherwise affect the value of the currency. The bolivar “will not be worth more or less; it is only to facilitate its use on a simpler monetary scale,” according to a Central Bank statement.

But currency exchange differences confirmed people’s fears that prices would go up when the currency change occured.

The price of the dollar on the black market rose Friday by more than 500,000 bolivars and stood at 5,200,000 in the previous denomination and 5.2 bolivars per dollar in the new currency. The official exchange rate increased slightly to 4,181,781.84 bolivars, but most businesses use the black market dollar as a reference for setting prices.

This is the third time Venezuela’s socialist leaders have lopped zeros off the currency. The bolivar lost three zeros in 2008 under the late President Hugo Chávez, while his successor, current President Nicolás Maduro, eliminated five zeros in 2018.

After more than four years of hyperinflation, many Venezuelans think the new bills will be short-lived as well. The central bank does not publish inflation statistics anymore, but the International Monetary Fund estimates that Venezuela’s rate at the end of 2021 will be 5,500%.

“I only had 3 million bolivars in my account, with that you don’t buy a single (piece of bread), said Elena Díaz, a 28-year-old cleaning worker standing outside a supermarket. “When they remove the six zeros, with those 3 bolivars, I won’t be able to buy anything either.“

The use of greenbacks accelerated after Maduro’s government two years ago gave up its long and complicated efforts to restrict transactions in dollars in favor of the local currency — restrictions that only fed inflation.

Dollar bills flow into Venezuela through a network of foreign bank account holders who charge commissions or via people traveling home with cash.

Ahead of the change, some stores already had begun to display three prices for each product, in U.S. dollars as well as new and old bolivars. By Friday morning, some had prices only in dollars.

Banks were to freeze operations for several hours between Thursday and Friday to make adjustments for the change. In Caracas, many branches did not open Friday, but according to the Superintendency of Institutions of the Banking Sector, electronic transactions were active in most banks.

Guerra, who was an adviser to a former opposition presidential candidate, said Venezuelans are now used to currency adjustments — and more may be coming unless government policies change.

“Basically, if there is no economic program to stop hyperinflation, this will happen again…,” Guerra said. “The problem is that hyperinflation was so aggressive in 2018 and 2019 that the reconversion of 2018 (when five zeros were trimmed off) was lost in a year and a half.”

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Garcia Cano reported from Mexico City.

Officials: Libyan forces round up 500 migrants in crackdown

Officials: Libyan forces round up 500 migrants in crackdown

Libyan officials say security forces have rounded up and detained at least 500 African migrants, including women and children, in a town in western Libya

By SAMY MAGDY Associated PressOctober 1, 2021, 6:19 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article

CAIRO — Libyan security forces on Friday detained at least 500 African migrants, including women and children, two officials and a refugee group said. The authorities described the raid as part of a crackdown on illegal migration but made no mention of any traffickers or smugglers being arrested.

Libya’s Interior Ministry said the migrants were rounded up in the western town of Gargaresh and taken to detention centers in Tripoli — places that rights activists say are rife with abuse and where migrants are kept in miserable conditions.

Two security officials and the Norwegian Refugee Council said that “more than 500″ were rounded up. The officials said many of those detained had “lived illegally in Libya” for years. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

The chief prosecutor office said hundreds of arrested migrants were taken to detention centers. The Interior Ministry posted images purporting to show some of those detained, sitting clustered together on a street with their hands tied behind their backs. Another image, an aerial photo, showed men lying face-down on the ground at a crossroads, with military trucks and guards around them.

Tarik Lamloum, a Libyan activist working with the Belaady Organization for Human Rights, described the raid as the fiercest crackdown in western Libya in years.

Dax Roque, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s director in Libya, expressed his concerns over the detentions, saying the arrested migrants are at risk of abuse and ill-treatment. “Torture, sexual violence, and extortion is rampant in Libyan detention centers,” he said.

Libya has for years been a hub for African and Middle Eastern migrants fleeing war and poverty in their homelands and hoping for a better life in Europe. The oil-rich country plunged into chaos following a NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed longtime autocrat Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

Traffickers have exploited the chaos and often pack desperate families into ill-equipped rubber or wooden boats that stall and founder along the perilous Central Mediterranean route. Thousands have drowned along the way, others were intercepted and returned to Libya.

Those returned to shore have been taken to government-run detention centers, where they are often abused and extorted for ransom under the very nose of U.N. officials.

Mexico to reserve future lithium production for government

Mexico to reserve future lithium production for government

Mexico wants to declare lithium a “strategic mineral” and reserve any future exploration and mining for the government

ByThe Associated PressOctober 1, 2021, 6:10 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article

MEXICO CITY — Mexico said Friday it wants to declare lithium a “strategic mineral” and reserve any future exploration and mining for the government.

The changes are contained in a bill that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has sent to congress. The bill also changes the Constitution to strengthen government control over electricity production and distribution.

The bill would eliminate much of the framework of private sector openings in Mexico’s electrical power market, giving the state-owned utility a guarantee majority market share and allowing it to buy power from private plants if it so chooses.

Because it changes the Constitution, the bill requires a two-thirds majority and approval from a majority of state legislatures.

“This bill establishes that only the government will be able to mine lithium,” López Obrador said. “That is, all the lithium in the nation’s soils, in our territory, belongs to Mexicans, the nation.”

However, Secretary of the Interior Adán López Hernández said that the eight concessions for mining lithium that have already been granted in Mexico would be respected, as long as they are well on the way to producing the metal, which is used in batteries.

López Hernández said it appears only one private mining company meets those criteria.

That appears to be a reference to Bacanora Lithium, a project in the northern border state of Sonora that hopes to produce 35,000 tons of lithium annually starting in 2023. That company recently accepted a buyout offer from Chinese lithium giant Ganfeng International.

Still, he left out some hope for other companies. “Up to now, there is information that only one of these eight concession holders, these eight companies, meets these standards, but if the eight manage to meet them, the concessions will remain valid,” López Hernández said.

López Obrador’s previous efforts to strengthen Mexico’s state-owned utility, the Federal Electricity Commission, have been blocked in courts because they appeared to violate a constitutional requirement for free competition in the sector.

López Obrador is a firm proponent of fossil fuels and large, state-run projects in the energy sector, and has made building new oil refineries a priority. He has never liked a 2013 market reform instituted by his predecessor that created a regulated electrical power market in which private power generators could sell into the national grid on an equal basis.

López Obrador claims the private companies were given an unfair advantage over the state-run utility because they were guaranteed higher prices or did not have to pay for the cost of transmission.

But the new private plants are cleaner, more modern and more aimed at renewable power sources, while the federal utility relies heavily on older, more polluting plants that burn coal, diesel or excess fuel oil from state-owned refineries. The Federal Electricity Commission has also been plagued by corruption, high costs, an unwieldy bureaucracy and insufficient capacity.

Earlier this year, López Obrador managed to pass a law that didn’t change the Constitution, but mandated that electricity must first be bought from government-owned generating plants, and if any demand remains, power was to be purchased from renewable and private natural gas-fired plants.

Courts blocked that law, saying it violated the Constitution. So the new bill grants the Commission a guaranteed 54% share of the market. It simply dissolves the old regulatory agencies aimed at guaranteeing competition in energy markets, and gives their responsibilities to the Commission.

“The former policy strengthened private, for-profit companies, mainly foreign ones, that were taking over the whole market,” López Obrador said. He referred to winter storms in Texas temporarily cut off supplies of imported natural gas early this year as an argument for his position.

“Do you remember when there were frosts and blackouts and Texas lost power?” he said. “We re-established service in a week because we still had a state-run company like the Federal Electricity Commission which controls all the transmission lines, something that doesn’t happen in Texas, where all the lines are privatized.”

López Obrador’s moves have drawn complaints from investors, many of them foreign, who say it violates the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade pact and Mexico’s commitments to cut carbon emissions. Many wind, solar and gas-fired power stations were built in Mexico by foreign companies following the previous administration’s 2013 energy reform.

The companies claim the president’s plan creates a de facto government monopoly, hurts competition and will make Mexicans buy dirtier, more expensive electricity.

Morocco holds belated back-to-school day as virus recedes

Morocco holds belated back-to-school day as virus recedes

Millions of Moroccan students have returned to school for in-person classes after a prolonged summer vacation

By TARIK EL-BARAKAH Associated PresssOctober 1, 2021, 6:02 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleThe Associated PressStudents wear robes and face masks as they attend first day of new school year in Rabat, Morocco, Friday, Oct. 1 2021. Morocco delayed the return of schools until first of October to vaccinate 12-17 year old children against covid-19. (AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy)

RABAT, Morocco — Millions of Moroccan students returned to school on Friday for in-person classes after a prolonged summer vacation.

The government had planned to reopen schools back in September but postponed the start date because of virus fears.

The North African kingdom has the continent’s highest vaccination rate and virus infections are now receding. The school reopening came a month after the government kicked off an ambitious vaccination campaign for children aged 12 to 17, becoming one of the first African countries to inoculate that age group.

School staff and teachers across the country greeted waves of students who showed up for the first day at school. Many safety measures are still in place. They are required to mask up at all times, use hand sanitizer and respect social distancing guidelines.

In the Abdeslam Sayeh middle school in Rabat, 95% of students are vaccinated, according to director Touria Tourayf, who expressed hope Friday that this will be more like a normal school year at last.

“The students were also eager to return to study in the classrooms. They felt how important it is to attend school and study in classrooms, as well as their closeness to their classmates and teachers,” said Islamic education teacher Hajar Yazghi.

Overall Morocco has registered more than 933,000 infections and 14,000 deaths from COVID-19, according to the Health Ministry.

In recent weeks, the country has witnessed a drop in infections. More than 50% of the population is fully vaccinated, according to figures by the Health Ministry.

As a result, the government has decided to ease some COVID-19 restrictions, notably allowing the assembly of 50 people for wedding ceremonies and other events.

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Houda Benalla in Rabat, Morocco contributed.

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French cold case: Ex-police officer linked to rapes, murders

French cold case: Ex-police officer linked to rapes, murders

One of France’s biggest unsolved criminal cases appears to have been cracked

By NICOLAS VAUX-MONTAGNY Associated PressOctober 1, 2021, 5:49 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleThe Associated PressFILE – In this April 15, 2020 file photo a police car drives past the Ritz hotel in Paris. One of France’s biggest unsolved criminal cases appears to have been cracked. Prosecutors announced that DNA from a 59-year-old former gendarme who killed himself this week corresponded to genetic traces found at the scene of the crimes. The horrors began with the rape and strangling of an 8-year-old girl named Sarah in 1986 that was never solved. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Prosecutors announced late Thursday that DNA from a 59-year-old retired officer corresponded to genetic traces found at the scene of multiple crimes in the 1980s and 1990s.

The horrors began with the rape of an 8-year-old girl in 1986 and continued with five other rapes, a kidnapping and four slayings, mostly of underage girls.

After 35 years of digging, investigators determined that the suspect had worked as a gendarme in the Paris region between 1986 and 1994, and summoned 750 current or former officers for questioning this week.

One, identified in French media as Francois V., did not show up, and was declared missing by his wife, according to a statement by the Paris prosecutor’s office. He was found dead in an apartment in the Mediterranean seaside resort of Grau-du Roi from an apparent medication overdose.

A letter was found near his body admitting he had committed gruesome, unspecified crimes, according to Paris police.

After DNA testing, the prosecutor’s office confirmed that his genetic profile corresponded to that found at several crime scenes.

The 8-year-old girl who is the first known victim was approached in the elevator of her building on April 8, 1986, by a man who identified himself as a police officer, then took her to the basement and raped and strangled her. The girl, Sarah, lost consciousness, but did not die.

A month later, an 11-year-old girl named Cecile was raped and killed in the basement of her Paris apartment building. Her half-brother crossed paths with the suspect and described him to investigators, allowing production of a police sketch that hung for years in many police stations around France.

But police had no leads, so the investigation was closed in 1992. In 1996, a new judge reopened the case and ordered a genetic analysis of the evidence, which made it possible to get the suspect’s DNA.

The same genetic profile was found in several other cases: the killing of a 21-year-old German au pair in 1987, and her employer. The rape of a 14-year-old girl in 1987 in Paris. The kidnapping and rape of an 11-year-old girl in a forest in Mitry, in the eastern suburbs of Paris, in 1994. And the killing of a 19-year-old woman in 1994 in another forest.

Investigators looked in all directions over the years but couldn’t find the perpetrator. Magistrates moved on, and others took over the case.

Francois V had indeed worked as a gendarme and a police officer, and as a town councilor in the town of Prades-le-Lez in southern France.

After this week’s developments, police are now checking his DNA for possible links to other unsolved crimes.

The prosecutor’s office praised the “courage and determination” of investigator Nathalie Turquey, whose efforts to keep the case alive helped provide answers at last for loved ones of the victims.

France’s police network launched a “cold cases” unit last year, and a similar effort is under way in the justice system to foster cooperation across regions and jurisdictions.

Germany urges humane treatment of migrants at Belarus border

Germany urges humane treatment of migrants at Belarus border

The German government has called for the “humane” treatment of migrants at the European Union’s external border with Belarus

ByThe Associated PressOctober 1, 2021, 5:39 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article

BERLIN — The German government on Friday called for the “humane” treatment of migrants at the European Union’s external border with Belarus.

Thousands of people from Syria, Iraq and other conflict-ridden countries have traveled to Belarus in recent months in the hope of crossing into Poland. From there, many aim to seek shelter in other EU countries such as Germany.

The 27-nation bloc has accused Belarus of helping the migrants in an effort to put pressure on the EU, which has placed sanctions on the government of authoritarian Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

Human rights groups, meanwhile, have criticized Poland’s treatment of the migrants, who are pushed back to Belarus despite worsening weather conditions.

“At the same time effective border protection must always uphold humanitarianism and applicable law,” Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin.

“From the point of view of the German government, the most important thing is that the people who are now at the border … get the necessary support quickly, especially now when temperatures are dropping,” he said. “Humane solutions for these people have to be found quickly.”

He said Merkel had discussed the issue with Poland’s prime minister during a visit to Warsaw last month.

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Portugal records its fewest summer wildfires in 10 years

Portugal records its fewest summer wildfires in 10 years

Portugal has so far this year recorded its lowest number of wildfires since 2011

ByThe Associated PressOctober 1, 2021, 5:39 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article

LISBON, Portugal — Portugal has so far this year recorded its lowest number of wildfires since 2011, and the blazes have claimed no lives since more than 100 people died in 2017, authorities said Friday.

More than 80% of the 7,253 wildfires reported through Sept. 30 were put out before they grew to more than 1 hectare (2.5 acres) in area, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

More than 90% were extinguished within an hour and a half.

Portugal and other southern European countries are usually plagued by massive wildfires during the hot, dry summer months.

But Portugal this year mostly avoided summer weather extremes, including heat waves, which often spark and fuel wildfires.

After the 2017 deaths, the Portuguese government enacted a range of measures to prevent and contain wildfires.

These included public education campaigns on how fires start, establishing a rapid reaction force of firefighters and cutting several thousand kilometers (miles) of firebreaks, as well as making available a large number of firefighting assets. This year, Portugal had more than 12,000 firefighters, 2,600 vehicles and 60 aircraft on standby.

However, some underlying causes of wildfires remain to be addressed, such as the migration of people from the countryside to urban areas, leaving large areas untended, and extensive swathes of unbroken conifer forests and eucalyptus plantations, which are economically profitable but burn fiercely.

Brazil’s Amazon records least September fires in 20 years

Brazil’s Amazon records least September fires in 20 years

The number of fires in Brazil’s Amazon during the month of September dropped to the lowest in two decades

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September is historically Brazil’s worst month for forest fires and, while the data is positive, environmental experts question whether the trend will be confirmed by coming months.

The number of Amazon fires was just over half the level recorded in September last year, according to the data. That helped push down the nationwide total, along with a sharp drop in the amount of fires in the Pantanal wetlands. Fires in September retreated to the lowest number for the month since 2018, several months before President Jair Bolsonaro took office.

Since taking office, Bolsonaro has encouraged development within the Amazon and dismissed global complaints about its destruction as a plot to hold back the nation’s agribusiness. His administration also weakened environmental authorities and backed legislative measures to loosen land protections, emboldening land grabbers.

Environmentalists roundly dismiss his shift as disingenuous and say his deployment of the military to the Amazon is ineffective for preservation; an Associated Press investigation last year found the same results.

Márcio Astrini, executive secretary of the Climate Observatory, a network of environmental nonprofit groups, welcomed September fire data, but said he would need to see lower figures through at least year-end before declaring it a trend, particularly given still-elevated deforestation levels and limited enforcement.

“As government action in the Amazon is very weak, even with these variations, it’s hard to say it will be maintained. Why would it be maintained?” Astrini said. “The government isn’t there, there’s no repression. So it depends on the will of the people who are deforesting, setting fires.″

Severe drought and early data at the start of the forest fire season had raised widespread concern that this year’s blazes would reach the same destruction recorded in the past two years.

But rainfall in the Amazon during August was significantly above average. That was the main inhibitor keeping ranchers from setting fire to felled trees in September, which seemed “almost divine intervention,” said Ane Alencar, science director at the Amazon Environmental Research Institute.

By contrast in the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetlands, there has been a shift in behavior from last year leading to far fewer fires, despite the ongoing drought that has rendered the area a powder keg, Alencar added. Fires are down by more than two-thirds in the first nine months of 2020 after last year’s explosion brought ruin to the local tourism industry.

“The disaster of last year served to help people better organize firefighting and prevention this year,” Alencar said. “The economic losses last year had an important impact in making people think more about their actions and, with peer enforcement, reduce the use of fire.”

Aid group: 57 dead as African migrant boat aims for Canaries

Aid group: 57 dead as African migrant boat aims for Canaries

A humanitarian aid group that monitors the plight of migrants making dangerous sea voyages to Spain says that 57 people have died trying to reach the Canary Islands from Morocco on a boat

ByThe Associated PressOctober 1, 2021, 5:29 PM• 1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article

Helena Maleno, founder of nongovernmental organization Walking Borders, tweeted that those on the boat who died Thursday were 28 women, 17 men and 12 children. She provided no further details.

Contacted by The Associated Press, neither Spain’s maritime rescue service nor emergency services in the Canary Islands had information about the reported incident.

The International Organization for Migration did not immediately reply to requests for information. Moroccan officials could not immediately be reached.

The Atlantic route from the west coast of Africa to Spain’s Canary Islands has become one of the most used and deadliest routes for those desperate to reach Europe.

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Hungary: EU delegation raises questions about spyware use

Hungary: EU delegation raises questions about spyware use

A lack of answers from Hungary’s government about alleged spying on journalists, politicians and business figures has raised questions for a fact-finding committee of the European Union’s legislature

By JUSTIN SPIKE Associated PressOctober 1, 2021, 5:00 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article

BUDAPEST, Hungary — A lack of answers from Hungary’s government about alleged spying on journalists, politicians and business figures has raised questions for a fact-finding committee of the European Union’s legislature on whether the government itself may be behind the surveillance.

The head of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield, said Friday that while on an official visit to Hungary this week, her delegation interviewed several Hungarian journalists whose phones had been infected by Pegasus, a malicious spying software.

An investigation by a global media consortium published in July showed that Pegasus, a military-grade spyware from Israel-based NSO Group, was used in Hungary to infiltrate the digital devices of a range of targets — including at least 10 lawyers, one opposition politician and several government-critical journalists.

Speaking at a news conference in Budapest, Delbos-Corfield said that several of the journalists the delegation spoke with said the Pegasus affair had been “quite traumatizing.” The malware infiltrates phones to collect personal and location data, and can surreptitiously control the phone’s microphones and cameras.

In the case of journalists, that lets hackers spy on reporters’ communications with sources.

Delbos-Corfield said the Hungarian government’s refusal so far to confirm or deny whether it was responsible for the spying was “of great concern for the European Parliament.” While the malware was shown to have been used in other EU countries, “elsewhere it seems that it’s not coming from the governments of the member states,” she said.

“I’m not saying for sure, because I have doubts about this, but Hungary is the case where today, we have a clear sign that it was done by the government itself,” Delbos-Corfield said.

Hungarian officials, without denying having used Pegasus, have maintained that all secret surveillance activities are conducted in accordance with Hungarian law.

Justice Minister Judit Varga declined to appear for questioning by the Hungarian Parliament’s national security committee and told reporters in July that “every country needs such tools.”

“It’s an illusion if anyone tries to make an issue out of it,” Varga said.

The LIBE committee was in Hungary to gather information on judicial independence, media pluralism, fundamental rights, academic freedom and the functioning of democratic institutions, part of a so-called Article 7 procedure the EU launched against Hungary in 2018 for alleged breaches of the bloc’s fundamental values.

Delbos-Corfield said the delegation had met with “refusal to answer questions” and “clear hostility” in meetings with Hungary’s Constitutional Court and the Curia, its highest court.

Delegates were twice threatened with “contempt of justice” in meetings with the Curia, she said.

The delegation originally planned to be in Hungary in March 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the visit.

“We came with concerns. Those concerns are there since 2018, at least.…These concerns remain,” Delbos-Corfield said.

China sends 25 fighter planes toward Taiwan on National Day

China sends 38 fighter planes toward Taiwan on National Day

China has sent 38 fighter jets toward self-ruled Taiwan in a large display on China’s National Day

By Associated PressOctober 1, 2021, 4:55 PM• 1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article3:17

Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.The Associated Press

TAIPEI, Taiwan — China sent 38 fighter jets toward self-ruled Taiwan in the largest display of force this year on China’s National Day.

The People’s Liberation Army flew 25 fighter jets Friday in the first maneuver, then sent an additional 13 planes that night. Taiwan deployed air patrol forces in response and tracked the Chinese aircraft on its air defense systems, the island’s Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The first group of planes included 18 J-16 fighter jets and two H-6 bombers.

China has sent planes toward the island it claims as part of its territory on a near daily basis in the last couple of years, stepping up military harassment with drills.

Last week, China flew 24 fighter jets toward Taiwan after it announced it would apply to join a Pacific trade group that China also applied to join.

Taiwan and China split during a civil war in 1949, and China has not ruled out force to reunify with Taiwan. Beijing opposes Taiwan’s involvement in international organizations.

Taliban say they have raided IS hideout north of Kabul

Taliban say they have raided IS hideout north of Kabul

A Taliban spokesman says Taliban fighters have raided a hideout of the Islamic State group north of the capital, Kabul, killing and arresting an unspecified number of militants

ByThe Associated PressOctober 1, 2021, 4:18 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article0:00

Military leaders were on Capitol Hill for a second day where they faced questions from members of the House Armed Services Committee. ABCNews.com

Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in mid-August, there has been an increase in attacks by IS militants targeting Taliban members. The Taliban and IS are enemies, and the attacks have raised the specter of a wider conflict between the long-time rivals.

In late August, an IS suicide bomber targeted U.S. evacuation efforts outside Kabul international airport in one of the deadliest attacks in the country in years. The blast killed 169 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members.

Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi told The Associated Press that Friday’s raid took place in the city of Charikar in Parwan province. He did not provide more details and his statement could not be independently verified.

The raid followed an arrest by the Taliban of two IS members linked to a roadside bombing that targeted their vehicle in the city, wounding four fighters, Karimi said. The two were questioned and the information they provided helped the Taliban identify the hideout, he added.

The IS is based largely in eastern Nangarhar province but the group has ramped up attacks across Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover. Several Taliban fighters have been killed in IS attacks in the provincial capital of Jalalabad. In response, the Taliban have carried out crackdowns in Nangarhar.

Daimler’s trucks, luxury cars to go their separate ways

Daimler’s trucks, luxury cars to go their separate ways

Daimler’s truck and luxury car businesses are going their separate ways

By DAVID McHUGH AP Business WriterOctober 1, 2021, 4:04 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleThe Associated PressDaimler AG’s corporate headquarters reflected in a window in Stuttgart, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. Shareholders in Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars, have an extraordinary online meeting Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, on the spinoff of the company’s truck business. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)

The voting at an online shareholder meeting also means that Stuttgart-based Daimler will rename itself as Mercedes-Benz Group AG as of Feb. 1, 2022.

Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius said that “by unlocking the full potential of both companies, we are establishing two undisputed innovation leaders who will set the pace in the transformation of their industries.”

The company says luxury cars and big trucks are fundamentally different businesses. The Mercedes-Benz car division sells a luxury product to well-heeled consumers, while the truck division sells big-ticket goods to businesses focused on the return on their investment. Splitting the two businesses will, Daimler hopes, reduce what it calls a conglomerate discount — meaning the two companies would be worth more separately than they are together.

Daimler Truck is testing the GenH2 long-haul truck which uses liquid hydrogen to generate electric power from a fuel cell; the vehicle could be ready for use by 2027 if the hydrogen fuel infrastructure is ready. Hydrogen trucks will be needed because increasing numbers of electric vehicles put more pressure on the electricity grid as tougher emission standards in Europe aimed at fighting climate change mandate larger numbers of electric cars. “Europe needs a hydrogen economy,” said Daimler Truck CEO Martin Daum.

Daimler Truck includes Freightliner trucks made in Cleveland, North Carolina, Mt. Holly, North Carolina and Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico, as well as its North American headquarters and styling and test centers in Portland, Oregon.

The spinoff was approved by 99.9% of represented capital, and the renaming by 99.9%, with 56.4% of share capital represented at the meeting.

Shareholders in Daimler are to get one share in Daimler Truck Holding AG for every two shares they hold, giving them 65% of the new company. Daimler will keep a minority interest of 35%. The company expects that the listing will take place later this year on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Corruption trial of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi hears payoff claim

Corruption trial of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi hears payoff claim

A former ally of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s leader ousted in a February military takeover, has testified at her corruption trial that he had handed to her large amounts of cash and gold in proceedings supporters say are meant to discredit her

ByThe Associated PressOctober 1, 2021, 3:59 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleThe Associated PressFILE – In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi waits to address judges of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands. A trial of Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on corruption charges is set to begin on Oct. 1 in the capital Naypyitaw, a member of her legal team said Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

BANGKOK — A former ally of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s leader ousted in a February military takeover, testified at her corruption trial on Friday that he had handed to her large amounts of cash and gold in proceedings supporters say are meant to discredit her.

A Special Court in the capital Naypyitaw is hearing four corruption cases against Suu Kyi, each of which carries a penalty of up to 15 years’ imprisonment, the longest possible prison terms of the several offenses she has been charged with.

All the proceedings against the 76-year-old Suu Kyi are closed to the public and press. She has been detained by the military at an undisclosed location in Naypyitaw.

Like other top members of her party and government, Phyo Min Thein, who testified Friday, was arrested by the military when it took power on Feb 1. The allegations of payoffs were first raised in March by the military government and have been denied by her lawyers.

She faces two charges of accepting bribes and two of conspiring to carry out corruption in connection with real estate transactions. A fifth corruption charge has not yet gone to trial.

Phyo Min Thein, a top figure in Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party who held the important job of chief minister for Yangon Region before the military seized power, testified for the prosecution. He said that he had personally handed over $600,000 and seven gold bars to Suu Kyi in 2017-18, lawyer Min Soe said.

The military at a March news conference had presented a videotape of Phyo Min Thein making the same allegations. In his court testimony, he added that he presented Suu Kyi with a statue from a prominent Buddhist monk, Min Soe said.

Suu Kyi’s supporters and independent analysts say all the charges against her are politically motivated and an attempt to discredit her and legitimize the military’s seizure of power while keeping her from returning to politics.

Suu Kyi is also being tried on lesser charges of sedition, two counts of flouting COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, illegally importing walkie-talkies and the unlicensed use of the radios.

Preparations have also begun to try her for breaching the official secrets law, which carried a maximum prison term of 14 years.

Security forces used deadly force to try to quash the peaceful protests, killing more than 1,100 people, according to the detailed tallies of the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners and human rights groups. Opponents of military rule have turned to armed self-defense, sabotage and killings of soldiers and officials on a near-daily basis.

The prime minister of Georgia says former president Mikheil Saakashvili has been arrested

The prime minister of Georgia says former president Mikheil Saakashvili has been arrested

The prime minister of Georgia says former president Mikheil Saakashvili has been arrested

ByThe Associated PressOctober 1, 2021, 3:57 PM• 1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article

TBILISI, Georgia — The prime minister of Georgia says former president Mikheil Saakashvili has been arrested.

Turkish company halts power supplies to crisis-hit Lebanon

Turkish company halts power supplies to crisis-hit Lebanon

A Turkish company supplying electricity to Lebanon from two power barges off the coast of Beirut says it’s halted supplies after its contract with the Lebanese state electricity company expired

By BASSEM MROUE Associated PressOctober 1, 2021, 3:01 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleThe Associated PressFILE – In this July 16, 2018 file photo, shows the Karadeniz Powership Orhan Bey, foreground, and a second floating power station off the coast at Jiyeh, south of Beirut, Lebanon. The Turkish company, Karpowership, supplying electricity to Lebanon from two power barges off the coast of Beirut said Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, it has halted supplies after its contract with the Lebanese state electricity company expired. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

BEIRUT — A Turkish company supplying electricity to Lebanon from two power barges off the coast of Beirut said Friday it has halted supplies after its contract with the Lebanese state electricity company expired.

The move by the Turkish company, Karpowership, which has provided electricity for the past eight years, was expected. It had said earlier that Lebanon’s state power company owes Karpowership overdue payments in excess of $100 million.

Lebanon is grappling with an economic meltdown that includes fuel and power shortages; blackouts last up to 22 hours a day. The country’s new government, voted in last week, has said that improving electricity production is one of its top priorities. Successive governments have failed to agree on a permanent solution for the chronic shortages, largely because of profiteering and endemic corruption.

“During our eight years operating in Lebanon, despite all the challenges, we have done all we can to support the Lebanese people,” Karpowership said in its statement.

Since 2013, the company has been providing around 370 megawatts — about a quarter of Lebanon’s supply — from giant generators on its two barges, docked south and north of the Lebanese capital.

Karpowership said its contract expired at midnight Thursday. In May, the company briefly shut down its operations over delayed payments and the threat of legal action against its vessels.

Blackouts have been a fixture of life in this Mediterranean country since the 1975-1990 civil war, with Lebanon relying mostly on imported diesel for powerful generators owned by a cartel that light up people’s houses in the absence of government-provided electricity.

Lebanon hopes to improve production in the coming weeks with power supplies from Jordan and Egyptian natural gas supplies to one of its main power stations.

Corruption in the electricity sector has compounded Lebanon’s economic crisis, which has thrown more than half of the country’s population of 6 million, including a million Syrian refugees, into poverty. According to the United Nations, 36% of the people live in extreme poverty.

On Friday, the U.N. unveiled a $383 million emergency plan to provide lifesaving aid over the next 12 months to 1.1 million of the most vulnerable Lebanese and others, mainly Syrians and Palestinians.

Lebanon’s U.N. humanitarian coordinator, Najat Rochdi, told reporters that the plan includes 119 projects in education, food security, health, nutrition, water and sanitation, child protection and protection against gender-based violence.

Rochdi said the plan involves providing direct support, including distribution of food and cash assistance to around half a million people, and improved access to doctors and medicine in primary health care centers for around 250,000 people.

Choir – Tears Don’t Fall Lyrics

He feigns a heart of passion
And stains to emphathize
He prays for hungry children
But tears don’t fill his eyes
He hears men scream in darkness
And fears for their demise
He calls on God to save them
But tears don’t fill his eyes

Tears don’t fall, they don’t fall down

He wants to be a soldier
But not enough to die

He loves the Man of Sorrows
But not enough to cry

Tears don’t fall, they don’t fall down

In the mirror I fear the man I see
And wonder how his heart grew cold
I lie awake at night and I curse this apathy
Where’s the fire in this soul?

Tears don’t fall, they don’t fall down

Chris De Burgh – Love & Time Lyrics

Love and time
She is alone again, wondering how her world could have been,
he’s on the phone again, telling her he’ll be working late,
“we’re gonna have a real good life, the money keeps rolling in,
we can never really have enough,”
but he doesn’t see what she wants is:
Love and time,
dreams and affection,
love and time,
hope and emotion;
She is alone again, wondering how her night could have been,
he’s had to go again, leaving her at a table for two,
“i’m working on the next big thing, this is really what i’m living for,

you can stay and have another drink,”
he just doesn’t see what she needs is:
Love and time,
dreams and affection,
love and time,
hope and emotion;
One day he’ll wake up,
and find out that she has gone away,
she’ll be looking for:
Love and time,
dreams and affection,
love and time,
hope and emotion;
Love and time,
dreams and affection,
love and time,
hope and emotion;

Kiiara – Presents Lyrics

[Verse 1]
All these, all these flames in my head
And I don’t where they begin (Oh, Oh)
All these words on my tongue
I could scream, can’t spit ‘em out
I don’t know why you got me choking

[Chorus]
Maybe it’s your presence
I don’t really know
It don’t really make sense
And you give me presents and it ain’t Christmas
I don’t got a wish list yet
I don’t got a wish list yet

[Drop]
I don’t got a wish list yet
I don’t got a wish list yet
I don’t got a wish list yet
I don’t got a wish list yet

[Verse 2]
All this glass in my hand
Walk a block then I disappear
All alone, all I get in an alley listening to the whitе noise that’s inside my head

[Chorus]
Maybе it’s your presence
I don’t really know
It don’t really make sense
And you give me presents but it ain’t Christmas
I don’t got a wish list yet

[Drop]
I don’t got a wish list yet
I don’t got a wish list yet
I don’t got a wish list yet
I don’t got a wish list yet

Yellow Days – Belong Togetger Lyrics

Don’t you know we belong together babe?
I’d be useless on my own (Don’t!)
Don’t you know we belong together babe?
I’d be useless on my own (Don’t!)

Oh baby please
Don’t make a fool out of me
(Oh no)
Cause it feels like
We’ve been down this road before
(Ooo my girl)

Don’t you know we belong together babe?
I’d be useless on my own (Don’t!)
Don’t you know we belong together babe?
I’d be useless on my own (Don’t!)

Oh baby plеase
You know the power you havе over me
Cause I feel like such a clown
Asking you for more
(Ooo!)

Don’t you know we belong together babe?
I’d be useless on my own (Don’t!)
Don’t you know we belong together babe?
I’d be useless on my own (Don’t!)

Oh baby please
I’ma try to put it so, so carefully
Cause it feels like
I’m stuck, always knocking at your door
(Ooo!)

Don’t you know we belong together babe?
I’d be useless on my own (Don’t!)
Don’t you know we belong together babe?
I’d be useless on my own (Don’t!)

Ann Marie – Toxic Lyrics

[Intro]
[?]
Kio

[Verse 1]
Lately it feels like you been driftin’
In this bed, boy, I can feel the difference
Tell me how the fuck we ‘posed to fix this
When all we do is argue, you don’t listen

[Pre-Chorus]
It was all good in the beginning
Boy, what happened? Is there someone that you feel can make you happy? (Oh)
Lately we been fussin’ more and fuckin’ less
Tell me what happened to the love we had

[Chorus]
When it’s bad, boy, it’s the worst
Sometimes you work my nerves
But baby, whеn it’s good, there ain’t no feelin’ on this earth
That could comparе to how we vibe
You understand my mind
Sometimes this shit is toxic, but what we got hard to find

[Verse 2]
Sometimes it’s crazy, but I swear I wouldn’t change a thang
They don’t get why I love you, but it ain’t for them to understand
We know we don’t wanna see each other with nobody else
We both know that we need to work shit out

[Pre-Chorus]
It was all good in the beginning
Boy, what happened? Is there someone that you feel can make you happy? (Oh)
Lately we been fussin’ more and fuckin’ less
Tell me what happened to the love we had

[Chorus]
When it’s bad, boy, it’s the worst
Sometimes you work my nerves
But baby, when it’s good, there ain’t no feelin’ on this earth
That could compare to how we vibe
You understand my mind
Sometimes this shit is toxic, but what we got hard to find

[Outro]
When it’s bad, boy, it’s the worst
Sometimes this shit is toxic, but what we got hard to find
When it’s bad, boy, it’s the worst
But baby, when it’s good, there ain’t no feelin’ on this earth

Ghost – Hunter’s Moon Lyrics

[Verse 1]
It’s been a long time coming
I’m coming back for you, my friend
To where we’d hide as children
I’m coming back for you, my friend

[Chorus]
Though my memories have faded
They come back to haunt me once again
And though my mind is somewhat jaded now
It’s time for me to strike again
Tonight, it’s a Hunter’s Moon

[Verse 2]
Under a headstone, sister
I’m dying to see you, my friend (Ah)
Back in the old cemetery
I’m dying to see you, my friend

[Chorus]
Though my memories have faded
They come back to haunt me once again
And though my mind is somewhat jaded now
It’s time for me to strike again
Tonight, it’s a Hunter’s Moon

[Bridge]
Ooh, I’m coming
I’m dying
To see you one last time, together

[Chorus]
Though my memories have faded
They come back to haunt me once again
And though my mind is somewhat jaded now
It’s time for me to strike again
I’m coming back for you, my friend
Tonight, it’s a Hunter’s Moon

[Outro]
(Hunt, hunt, Hunter’s Moon)
(Hunt, hunt, hunter)
(Hunt, hunt, hunt)

Ashnikko – Panic Attacks in Paradise Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Typical of me to go and ruin the party
Everybody says they love me but I’m still broken hearted
They call me Polly Pessimism, I’m a macabre Barbie (I love you)

[Pre-Chorus]
My boyfriend wants to love me but I won’t let him
I’ve been predisposed to trauma since I was eleven
So I wrote a couple albums to let out some aggression
I hate that I’m so self-deprecating
More comfortable in bad situations
Sucker for a little devastation
And this always happens

[Chorus: Ashnikko]
Panic attacks in paradise
Piña coladas, I’m terrified
I swear I’m not crying, the sun’s just bright
I’m having the best time of my life
Panic attacks in paradise
Hyperventilating under candy skies
Telling myself that this is fine
I’m having the best time of my life

[Verse 2]
It’s a big joke, ha ha, I love laughin’
It’s a big hoax, you’re self-help happy
Cause I’m okay, I’m pure propane
On an open flame (Watch me blow up)

[Pre-Chorus]
My boyfriend wants to love me but I won’t let him
I’ve been predisposed to trauma since I was eleven
So I wrote a couple albums to let out some aggression
I hate that I’m so self-deprecating
More comfortable in bad situations
Sucker for a little devastation
And this always happens

[Chorus]
Panic attacks in paradise
Piña coladas, I’m terrified
I swear I’m not crying, the sun’s just bright
I’m having the best time of my life
Panic attacks in paradise
Hyperventilating under candy skies
Telling myself that this is fine
I’m having the best time of my life

Skylar Grey, Polo G, Mozzy & Eminem – Last One Standing Lyrics

[Chorus: Skylar Grey]
Now you see me standin’ in the lights
But you never saw my sacrifice
Or all the nights I had to struggle to survive
Had to lose it all to win the fight
I had to fall so many times (Oh)
Now I’m the last one standin’

[Verse 1: Polo G, Skylar Grey]
Uh, you weren’t with me on the cold block nights
Now you front row for the spotlight
Now the diamonds in the Audemars bright
Jets overseas for a far flight (Oh)
Young nigga on bullshit, and I ball on ’em, Bill Cartwright
Knew I could shine through the darkness
I guess I always been a star type
That lion in me made my heart fight
Could’ve been a victim of a opp pipe
Took a million risks just to get to this
‘Cause we ain’t the ones that the cops likе (Oh)
Been so many times God tested mе
They only see the answers I got right
They commentin’ all on the blogs
Tryna tell me how to live my life
And I waited so patiently
If you could take off, don’t wait for me
No days off, grind faithfully
I keep thankin’ God for savin’ me
Front line, showcasin’ our bravery
I know that top spot, it was made for me
It all paid off, so we felt the struggle so painfully

[Chorus: Skylar Grey]
Now you see me standin’ in the lights
But you never saw my sacrifice
Or all the nights I had to struggle to survive
Had to lose it all to win the fight
I had to fall so many times (Oh)
Now I’m the last one standin’

[Verse 2: Mozzy]
Yeah, you know the code we gotta live by
Never mind all the ice cubes on this wrist, wearin’ the big body
Live by the gun, get bodied, or it’s hella time in that cell
It was hella times where I failed
When I had to double back from them Ls
Bet he don’t double back when he tell
‘Cause it ain’t no comin’ back when you tell
Why would you leave me here by myself? A nigga be lonely
Ayy, I blew the whole bag on they flights, ain’t leavin’ the homies
If he really gang, then get him a chain, no cubic zirconies
Why’s [?] in a stogie, stood firm, never folded
Furthest thing from a rodent, you put the jacket on and you bogus
Yeah, big dawg and they know it
I had to spin off to stay focused
Longev’ on the motion
We don’t abandon ship when it’s hopeless
Sound of the microphone, and they know

[Bridge: Skylar Grey, Eminem]
I make it look easy
Like I made it overnight
I make it look easy
But you don’t see the dark side
And all of the monsters I had to fight
And all of the nightmares, made me stronger than life (Yeah)

[Verse 3: Eminem]
Y’all say (What?), I’ve changed (Huh?)
Really, though? (Tell me) How so? (I got)
Got all (What?), this bread (Yeah)
I’m still (What?), sour though (Huh)
I don’t know (I’m a), square peg (In a), round hole (Yeah)
Like a block of cheese in a paper towel roll
Rocky Balboa (I), never been no (What?), towel thrower
Even when I got kicked to the curb (Yeah)
Life knocked my dick in the dirt
I got back up, flipped it the bird
‘Til I earned the attention I yearned
Not to mention, I learned
How to turn resentment and hurt
To an unquenchable thirst, in the simplest terms
It’s revenge of the nerd, in every sense of the word
But all you see is the fame and the millions
You don’t see the strength, the resilience (Nah)
How I rack my brain but it feels as if I’m tryna explain it to children (Damn)
So a lot of this pain isn’t healin’, no escapin’ it, this anger is spilling
Almost like recreatin’ a feelin’ of 9/11 when the second plane hit the building
So let ’em paint you the villain
Some of this just may be a symptom (Yeah)
Of havin’ way too much income (Mm)
But when you struggled every day just to get some (Yeah)
Now all of this hate is a syndrome (Yuh)
When they can’t relate, and that stems from (What?)
Money lookin’ like it grows on trees
Yeah, they’re green but those aren’t leaves (Leaves)
Sufficed to say, with every sacrifice I made
It’s like I gave up my life to fame
All the nights that I lied awake
Nights I stayed up to write and pray
Had to claw, scratch, and fight my way
Just follow me, and I’ll light the way
Look to the hook if your sky look grey (Skylar Grey)
And rappers, how can we be on the same level now?
When I gotta look down and see these clowns that are on the ground
Bitch, I got the clouds beneath me
Ever since I put out the EP to the height of 2003 me
You ain’t see the struggle to make it out the D
Because I made it somehow look easy

[Chorus: Skylar Grey]
Now you see me standin’ in the lights
But you never saw my sacrifice
Or all the nights I had to struggle to survive
Had to lose it all to win the fight
I had to fall so many times (Oh)
Now I’m the last one standin’ (Oh)
Now I’m the last one standin’

Pistol Annies – Snow Globe

If I could put us in a snow globe
Ooh, then maybe we could let it go
And we could spin around in circles
In a world that’s all our own

And we could shake it up
Shake it loose
A white Christmas all year through

If I could put us in a snow globe
Then we could let it go

We’ll be kissing on the steps of the little white church
From January 1 to December 31st
We could cruise around in a little red Ford
Pick a pretty tree from the All Country store

Chorus:
If I could put us in a snow globe
Ooh, then maybe we could let it go
And we could spin around in circles
In a world that’s all our own

And we could shake it up
Shake it loose
A white Christmas all year through

If I could put us in a snow globe
Then we could let it go

We wouldn’t have to wait around for the magic to finally happen
We’ll live right here in Tinsel town, cuddled up by the fire and laughing

Chorus:
If I could put us in a snow globe
Ooh, then maybe we could let it go
And we could spin around in circles
In a world that’s all our own

And we could shake it up
Shake it loose
A white Christmas all year through

If I could put us in a snow globe
Then we could let it go

Chorus:
If I could put us in a snow globe
Ooh, then maybe we could let it go
And we could spin around in circles
In a world that’s all our own

And we could shake it up
Shake it loose
A white Christmas all year through

If I could put us in a snow globe
Then we could let it go

If I could put us in a snow globe
Then baby, let it snow

Lil Wayne & Rich The Kid – Still

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Lil Wayne & Rich The Kid – Shh

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Lil Wayne & Rich The Kid – Buzzin’ ft. YG

We will update the lyrics as soon as possible – Buzzin’ Lyrics by Lil Wayne & Rich The Kid

The album “Trust Fund Babies” is available for streaming online in here: