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By Joseph Clark

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Friday, October 1, 2021

U.S. officials remain determined to get to the bottom of mysterious, neurological “anomalous health incidents” which have befallen a growing number of diplomats, military personnel and intelligence officials.

Senior leaders in the Biden administration have ramped up efforts to treat those with the mysterious symptoms, which a December National Academy of Sciences report said “are consistent with the effects of directed, pulsed radiofrequency (RF) energy.”

The suspected attacks — causing what’s known as Havana Syndrome, after a rash of reports from U.S. Embassy staff in Cuba — cause often debilitating symptoms, including vertigo and headaches, that can last years. Many suspect the attacks are from a microwave or directed-energy weapon.

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Congress, too, has stepped up its efforts, passing legislation this month to provide financial assistance to victims.

But as for definitively pinning down the source and who may be responsible, the U.S. remains baffled. 

“I feel, still, a strong degree of humility about being able to give you a best guess, because it could be completely wrong,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, California Democrat, told reporters last week.

Mr. Schiff said the U.S. government has not ruled anything out in terms of who or what may be causing the incidents. He said not all of the reported incidents may be “attributable to the same cause.”

“At the same time, the seriousness of the injuries and the proliferating nature of these anomalies demands are full, for the deployment of resources across the government to find out,” he said.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and CIA Director William J. Burns have both made firm commitments to determining the cause, and ensuring victims are cared for.

“This was one of the few issues that Secretary Blinken asked to have added to his roster of briefings, even before he was sworn in,” a State Department spokesperson said Friday. “He wanted to make sure that we get a full understanding of where we were in terms of understanding anomalous health incidents, and what more we needed to do.”

Mr. Blinken remains personally engaged in the matter and has appointed a senior official to oversee the State Department’s work alongside the National Security Council, the Department of Defense and the intelligence community to continue to press for answers.

Mr. Burns told NPR in July that the attacks on CIA personnel were among his top priorities.

“I’m certainly persuaded that what our officers and some family members, as well as other U.S. government employees, have experienced is real, and it’s serious,” Mr. Burns told NPR. “I am absolutely determined … to get to the bottom of the question of what and who caused this.”

In August, Mr. Burns recalled the chief of station in Vienna after agency officials determined he did not adequately address multiple anomalous health incidents in Austria.

Earlier this month, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin urged service members to come forward if they experience any symptoms.

“As part of a government-wide effort, the Department is committed to finding the cause and the source of these AHI and ensuring that affected individuals receive appropriate medical care as possible when needed,” Mr. Austin said in a memo. 

Some estimate that more than 200 officials have been targeted in the attacks, which have affected officials from the State Department, the Defense Department and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Since the initial diagnoses in 2016, the number of U.S. officials around the globe reporting symptoms, including on U.S. soil, has continued to swell.

In May, reports revealed information about two U.S. officials struck by Havana syndrome near the White House.

In August, a “possible anomalous health incident” — which some believed to be a Havana syndrome case — was reported by the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and briefly delayed Vice President Kamala D. Harris’ trip to Vietnam.

Earlier this month, a CIA officer reported symptoms while traveling in India, at the same time Mr. Burns was in the country.

When the incidents first began being reported, several officials said their cases were dismissed by leadership within the State Department and CIA, and that the government denied them access to medical treatment for the symptoms. In some cases, the victims were forced to end their service due to the injuries they sustained, which they said were ignored.

In an early investigation into the rash of reports from the U.S. embassy in Cuba, the State Department in 2018 commissioned a study by the JASON advisory group, which investigated sounds recorded by victims who suffered from anomalous health incidents in Havana.

The report, a declassified version of which was published Thursday by Buzzfeed, paints a picture of the uphill battle early victims faced.

In its report, JASON concluded that the recorded sounds were “mechanical or biological in origin, rather than electronic” and not consistent with a microwave energy attack. The report also concluded that “a possible explanation for the reported symptoms is a psychogenic illness,” though it stopped short of declaring a targeted attack by a bad actor.

The State Department has since dismissed the 2018 study, according to a spokesperson who said the report exhibits several shortcomings, including reliance on scant data and a lack of “broad access to information and effective personnel necessary to fully understand such a complex issue.” The researchers behind the JASON report interviewed only one person who had reported symptoms commonly associated with anomalous health incidents.

“And it was because of the flaws and shortcomings in prior studies including this one, that we have focused on sharing information across departments and agencies and making all of that data available to the [intelligence community’s] expert panel,” he said.

The State Department spokesperson said the JASON report is not “aligned with this administration’s understanding” of the anomalous health incidents and has not “informed” the government’s more recent inquiry into the matter.

“I think we’ve made a lot of improvements in terms of how the government, the whole government, is treating those who are suffering from these anomalies,” Mr. Schiff said.

But Mr. Schiff says there are still questions to be answered. He said he still thinks there could be a variety of causes behind the symptoms.

“These attacks, there’s certainly many of them that seem quite deliberate and what the causes and what the motivation is, what the intent is — I think these are still very much open questions,” he said. “But I do think that we are getting closer to some of the answers, and bringing new tools to bear to help us get those answers.”

Mr. Schiff said he is still open to the possibility that Havana Syndrome is not a result of targeted attacks.

But, he said, “if a nation-state actor is behind it or more than one nation-state actor, and these are deliberate attacks where their efforts are undertaken with the knowledge that they’re causing people physical injury, I’m also confident there’ll be very serious repercussions.”

Lt. Col. Scheller to remain in the brig until next week without charges

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Friday, October 1, 2021

Marine Corps Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller will remain in the brig until at least next week following an initial hearing into his insubordination case Thursday at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Lt. Col. Scheller, a combat veteran with 17 years in the Marine Corps, is in pre-trial confinement and facing four possible charges: contempt toward officials; willfully disobeying a superior officer; failure to obey an order, and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. The charges stem from several media posts and videos he released in recent weeks openly and sharply criticizing senior military commanders over their handling of the war in Afghanistan.

When given a “gag order” to stop his posts, Lt. Col. Scheller discussed that as well online.

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Marine Corps officials and his defense team both agreed to put the next hearing on hold until next week. The delay will allow the parties to seek a joint resolution of the matter, according to someone familiar with the case who asked to remain anonymous because of a Marine Corps-imposed gag order.

While he has yet to be charged, Marine Corps officials say they consider him a flight risk and believe China may intend to use his comments as propaganda. But he has also become a cause celebre for some who support his criticisms.

In addition to almost 23,000 people who contributed to his legal defense, Lt. Col. Scheller has some powerful backers on Capitol Hill. Almost three dozen lawmakers wrote to Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger this week questioning how the case is being handled. Rep. Louie Gohmert, Texas Republican, called the decision to jail the Marine lieutenant colonel before any charges had been filed “completely unwarranted.”

“It is tragic that such swift action has been taken against Lt. Col. Scheller for his demands for accountability from military leadership due to their disastrous and deadly handling of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan,” Mr. Gohmert said in a statement.

By Friday, supporters raised almost $2 million for his defense. He was three years away from securing a 20-year retirement pension when he released his first video soon after the August 26 suicide bombing at Kabul’s international airport during the rushed U.S. military withdrawal, an attack that killed 13 American military personnel and over 160 Afghan civilians.

Lt. Col. Scheller said he was willing to continue serving his time in the brig if it will give “peace of mind” to Marine Corps officials while allowing negotiations for an “honorable departure” to continue. He told supporters that the staff at the Marine Brig on Camp Lejeune are treating him well, a source said.

In one of his videos, Lt. Col. Scheller said he was considering filing a court-martial case against Marine Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., commander of U.S. Central Command, over his handling of the Afghan endgame. Gen. McKenzie has faced tough questions on Capitol Hill about the end of the Afghan war effort and the rapid collapse of the government and U.S.-trained and equipped army.

Some Republicans in Washington have accused Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his aides of trying to purge anyone with a conservative or traditional viewpoint from the military — a charge denied by the Pentagon. But, the videos and social media posts released by Lt. Col. Scheller were not particularly partisan. He criticized Democrats and Republicans alike, including former Presidents Trump and Obama, along with a number of active-duty and retired generals, such as former Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Mr. Gohmert called for the immediate release of Lt. Col. Scheller from pre-trial confinement.

“The military’s treatment of Lt. Col. Scheller has been shamefully political and retaliatory and must not be tolerated,” he said in a statement.

 

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Friday, October 1, 2021

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will aim to ease the U.S.-France diplomatic rift with a trip to Paris next week, amid ongoing French outrage over President Biden‘s recent inking of a nuclear-powered submarine deal with Australia that undercut a previous $65 billion deal Canberra had signed with France.

The State Department did not mention the submarine deal fracas in announcing Mr. Blinken‘s visit, which is slated to occur Monday through Wednesday. A department statement Friday said a key focus of the trip will be discussions toward bolstering the bilateral relationship on a number of issues, “including security in the Indo-Pacific.”

Mr. Blinken will follow the France visit with a trip to Mexico next Thursday and Friday to lead a U.S. delegation participating in a high-level security dialogue there.

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The France visit will be watched closely for signs of friction with the government of President Emmanuel Macron, who has used anger over the submarine deal to push fellow European countries to assert their independence from the current security reliance on the United States.

The Biden administration has downplayed the diplomatic tension with Paris while signaling it will press forward with the new security alliance with Australia and Britain.

As part of the new alliance, the U.S. will provide Australia with nuclear-powered technology for eight new submarines in a bid to bolster the West’s military assets in China’s backyard. Australia canceled a previous deal to buy French-built diesel-electric submarines. France was kept out of talks on the new strategic alliance and was only alerted just before the submarine deal shift was announced.

The Macron government responded by briefly recalling France‘s ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia — the first-ever such recall by Paris of an ambassador to Washington.

Mr. Macron ordered the ambassador to return to Washington last week, following a phone call with President Biden, after which the two leaders issued a joint statement saying French and U.S. officials would work on trying to restore “confidence” to the longstanding U.S.-France alliance.

The State Department said Friday that Mr. Blinken, who spent time growing up in France and speaks French, will chair a “Ministerial Council Meeting” of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and commemorate the OECD’s 60th anniversary.

Mr. Kerry, a former secretary of state himself who is now Mr. Biden‘s special envoy on climate issues, is traveling to Paris just weeks before the opening of a global summit on climate change in Britain

The State Department said the U.S. delegation will engage in discussions with French officials on a range of topics, including “the climate crisis, economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the transatlantic relationship, and working with our allies and partners to address global challenges and opportunities.”

• Joseph Clark contributed to this story.

Lancet medical journal apologizes for referring to women as ‘bodies with vaginas’

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Friday, October 1, 2021

The editor of The Lancet, a leading medical journal in Britain, has apologized for a pro-transgender cover about menstruation that referred to women as “bodies with vaginas.”

Editor-in-chief Richard Horton issued the apology this week in response to blowback from feminist and medical groups against the journal’s effort to be inclusive of biologically born men who now identify as women.

“In this instance, we have conveyed the impression that we have dehumanized and marginalized women,” Mr. Horton said in a statement. “Those who read The Lancet regularly will understand that this would never have been our intention.”

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“Historically, the anatomy and physiology of bodies with vaginas have been neglected,” the journal’s Sept. 25 issue cover proclaimed in blue ink, centering the text on a blank white background.

The line, touting an article about menstruation stigmas, drew harsh criticism.

Feminists and doctors had pointed out that the London-based journal did not likewise refer to men as “bodies with penises.”

Following the apology, they also pointed out that the journal did not remove an electronic image of the cover from its website.

“Despite the outrage at calling women ‘bodies with vaginas’ and an apology from the Editor-in-Chief at The Lancet, the front page still remains,” Jane Chalmers, a senior lecturer in pain sciences at the University of South Australia, wrote in a Sept. 25 tweet.

In her tweet, Ms. Chalmers also suggested an alternative cover tease for the issue: “Historically, we’ve focused too much on men.”

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Friday, October 1, 2021

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) – An erupting volcano on a Spanish island off northwest Africa blew open two more fissures on its cone Friday that belched forth lava, with authorities reporting “intense” activity in the area.

The new fissures, about 50 feet apart, sent streaks of fiery red and orange molten rock down toward the sea, parallel to an earlier flow that reached the Atlantic Ocean earlier this week.

The volcano was “much more aggressive,” almost two weeks after it erupted on the island of La Palma, said Miguel Ángel Morcuende, technical director of the Canary Islands‘ emergency volcano response department.

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Overnight, scientists recorded eight new earthquakes up to magnitude 3.5.

The eruption was sending gas and ash almost 20,000 feet into the air, officials said.

The prompt evacuation of more than 6,000 people since the Sept. 19 eruption helped prevent casualties.

A new area of solidified lava where the molten rock is flowing into the sea extends over more than 20 hectares (50 acres).

Officials were monitoring air quality along the shoreline. Sulfur dioxide levels in the area rose but did not represent a health threat, La Palma’s government said.

However, it advised local residents to stay indoors. It also recommended that people on the island wear face masks and eye protection against heavy falls of volcanic ash.

The volcano has so far emitted some 80 million cubic meters of molten rock, scientists estimate – more than double the amount in the island’s last eruption, in 1971.

The lava has so far destroyed or partially destroyed more than 1,000 buildings, including homes and farming infrastructure, and entombed around 1,750 acres.

La Palma, home to about 85,000 people who live mostly from fruit farming and tourism, is part of the volcanic Canary Islands, an archipelago off northwest Africa that is part of Spain’s territory.

The island is roughly 22 miles long and 12 miles wide at its broadest point. Life has continued as usual on most of the island while the volcano is active.

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) – The Philippine president says he will prohibit Cabinet officials from attending an ongoing Senate inquiry on suspected irregularities in massive government purchases of medical supplies in a brewing constitutional crisis.

President Rodrigo Duterte told Cabinet members in a televised meeting Thursday night that he‘ll issue a written order barring them and other officials, including three secretaries dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, from attending the inquiry.

The tough-talking president accused critical senators of using the televised hearings to gain political mileage ahead of next year’s national, local and congressional elections.

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He said Sen. Richard Gordon, who leads the inquiry, has failed to produce any evidence of corruption in government purchases of protective masks and face shields after several hearings and had berated invited guests like a “despot.”

“That power to compel people to be there does not include abuse, does not include despotic ways, does not include making a very reckless but deliberate statement which is an affront to the constitution when you say, `I will conduct the investigation until kingdom come,’” Duterte said.

If Cabinet officials ignore Senate summons and are ordered arrested for contempt, Duterte said he would order the police and the military to refrain from helping the Senate sergeant-at-arms enforce the arrests.

“I’m the commander-in-chief anyway of all uniformed personnel of government. I am ordering the police and the military and everybody to stay out of this trouble. Do not get involved, don’t follow, because we have a crisis already,” Duterte said.

Gordon’s committee has been investigating what he and other senators said were the overpricing and other possible irregularities in purchases of masks and other medical supplies from a Philippine company, the Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp.

Registered in 2019 with a capital of 625,000 pesos ($12,500), the company managed to secure multi-billion-peso (multi-million-dollar) government contracts to supply the gear as the Duterte administration scrambled to deal with coronavirus surges last year.

A Chinese businessman, who Duterte once appointed as an economic adviser, has been linked to Pharmally as a financier of the medical supplies the company purchased from China and eventually supplied to the Philippine government, Gordon and other senators said, citing testimony from a company official.

Duterte and Pharmally officials have denied allegations the supplies were overpriced. Duterte has also said he authorized health officials to skip the required bidding to deal with the pandemic.

Duterte has shot back by publicly accusing Gordon of misusing funds as chairman of the local Red Cross, an allegation the senator dismissed. Gordon criticized Duterte for defending government and company officials who have been linked to the irregularities and said the Senate investigation wound not be deterred by the president’s threats.

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BAGHDAD (AP) – Hundreds of Iraqis marched in the center of Baghdad on Friday to mark two years since mass anti-government protests erupted in the Iraqi capital and southern provinces calling for reforms.

Around 1,000 protesters took part in the event, including a significant number of women, many carrying photos of loved ones who were killed by security forces during the protests. The commemoration comes a week before Iraq plans to hold early elections, which had been a key demand of tens of thousands of protesters who thronged the streets and public squares from October 2019 until early 2020.

Demonstrators, mostly young people, had camped out in the capital’s Tahrir Square for months, decrying endemic corruption, poor services and unemployment.

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The movement petered out owing to the government’s heavy-handed response and the coronavirus pandemic. Over 600 people died as security forces used live ammunition and tear gas to disperse crowds.

Now, many among the protest movement are calling for a boycott of the elections scheduled for Oct. 10, convinced that nothing will change. They are protesting, in particular, a string of targeted killings against civil society groups and outspoken activists for which no one has been held accountable. The killings have created a climate of fear and widespread reluctance to take part in the voting, particularly among young Iraqis who constitute the largest group of voters in Iraq.

“I am against participating in these elections because they are meaningless. It’s the same parties in power and nothing will change,” said Walid al-Madani, a 39-year-old civil servant taking part in Friday’s protest.

Hundreds of riot police and federal policemen fanned out in Baghdad ahead of the planned march.

“We don’t want a paradise, we want a nation,” read one of the banners carried by protesters who gathered Friday at Fardous Square and marched toward Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the October 2019 protests.

Another banner read: “You will not silence the voice of Tishreen,” Arabic for October, as Iraqis refer to the protests after the month they broke out.

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In this Sept. 24, 2021 photo, President Joe Biden listens during the Quad summit in the East Room of the White House. President Joe Biden’s popularity has slumped — with half of Americans now approving and half disapproving of his … more >

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By Josh Boak and Emily Swanson

Associated Press

Friday, October 1, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden‘s popularity has slumped after a slew of challenges in recent weeks at home and abroad for the leader who pledged to bring the country together and restore competence in government, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Fifty percent now say they approve of Biden, while 49% disapprove. Fifty-four percent approved in August, and 59% did in July. The results come as Americans process the harried and deadly evacuation from Afghanistan, mounted border patrol agents charging at Haitian refugees, the unshakable threat of the coronavirus with its delta variant and the legislative drama of Biden trying to negotiate his economic, infrastructure and tax policies through Congress.

Since July, Biden’s approval rating has dipped slightly among Democrats (from 92% to 85%) and among independents who don’t lean toward either party (from 62% to 38%). Just 11% of Republicans approve of the president, which is similar to July.

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Approval also dipped somewhat among both white Americans (49% to 42%) and Black Americans (86% to 64%).

In follow-up interviews, some of those who had mixed feelings about Biden‘s performance still saw him as preferable to former President Donald Trump. They said that Biden was dealing with a pandemic that began under the former president, an Afghanistan withdrawal negotiated on Trump’s behalf and an economy that tilted in favor of corporations and the wealthy because of Trump’s tax cuts.

“Trump had a lot to do with what’s going on now,” said Acarla Strickland, 41, a health care worker from Atlanta who voted for Biden yet now feels lukewarm about him.

As a mother of four, Strickland said she has benefited from the monthly child tax credit payments that are flowing as part of Biden‘s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. But she feels the government needs to do more to help Americans. Strickland said she borrowed $66,000 to get a master’s degree and fears the debt will never be repaid.

Just 34% of Americans say the country is headed in the right direction, down from about half who said that through the first months of Biden’s presidency. Trump supporters such as Larry Schuth feel as though Biden is damaging the nation by seeking to enlarge government and mismanaging the southern border. The Hilton, New York, resident added that he would like to travel to Canada but can’t because of COVID-19 restrictions.

“If he had a plan to destroy this country and divide this country, I don’t know how you could carry it out any better,” said Schuth, 81. “We’re spending way too much money. We’re planning on spending even more. We don’t have a southern border.”

The poll shows that 47% of Americans approve of how Biden is handling the economy, down from a high of 60% in March but similar to where it stood in August.

The initial burst of optimism from Biden‘s rescue package has been met with the hard realities of employers struggling to find workers and higher-than-expected inflation as supply chain issues have made it harder to find automobiles, household appliances and other goods. The rise of the delta variant and reluctance by some Americans to get vaccinated also slowed hiring in August.

Roni Klass, a tutor in her 70s living in Miami, said she was glad to vote Trump out, but she’s worried about inflation given her dependence on Social Security and wages that have yet to rise.

“When I go to the grocery store, the prices have really shot up,” she said. “My money coming in is not keeping up with the money that I have to spend going out, and I have to cut back as much as I can.”

The poll finds 57% approve of Biden’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. That number is similar to August but remains significantly below where it stood as recently as July, when 66% approved. Still, it remains Biden’s strongest issue in the poll. Close to 9 in 10 Democrats approve of Biden’s handling of the pandemic, compared with about 2 in 10 Republicans. In July, about 3 in 10 Republicans said they approved.

More also approve than disapprove of Biden’s decision to require that most U.S. workers be vaccinated or face regular testing, 51% to 34%, with 14% saying they neither approve nor disapprove. About 8 in 10 Democrats approve; roughly 6 in 10 of Republicans disapprove.

Biden struggles on several issues related to foreign policy. Forty-three percent say they approve of his handling of foreign policy overall, and only 34% approve of his handling of the situation in Afghanistan. Even among Democrats, only 54% say they approve of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan. Just 10% of Republicans say the same.

At the same time, Americans are slightly more likely to approve than disapprove of the decision to remove the last remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan at the end of August, with 45% saying they approve of that decision and 39% saying they disapprove. About two-thirds of Democrats approve of the decision to withdraw troops, compared with about a quarter of Republicans. Roughly two-thirds of Republicans disapprove.

Forty-six percent of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of national security, while 52% disapprove.

The poll was conducted just after tensions emerged with France over a submarine deal with Australia, but it finds 50% approve of how Biden is handling relationships with allies – similar to his approval rating overall.

Just 35% of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of immigration, down from 43% in April, when it was already one of Biden’s worst issues. Immigration is a relative low point for Biden within his own party with 60% of Democrats saying they approve, along with 6% of Republicans.

The president has committed himself toward humane immigration policies, yet the persistent border-crossings and flow of refugees from Haiti and Afghanistan has led to challenging debates and troubling images. Immigration poses a challenge because voters are divided over whether to welcome more foreigners or focus the government more on the needs of existing citizens.

“There isn’t enough money to take care of our own, why do we have to take care of some other country?” said Anthony Beard, 48, a chef from Lansing, Michigan.

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By Hyung-jin Kim

Associated Press

Friday, October 1, 2021

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday it test-fired a new anti-aircraft missile, the fourth weapons launch in recent weeks that experts say is part of a strategy to win relief from sanctions and other concessions.

South Korea, Japan and the United States typically publicly confirm North Korean ballistic missile launches, which are banned by U.N. resolutions, soon after they occur. But they did not do so for Thursday’s, indicating the weapon tested may have been a different kind. Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday that South Korean and U.S. intelligence authorities monitored moves by North Korea but didn’t elaborate.

Three weeks ago, North Korea resumed missile tests after a six-month lull. As it has sometimes done before, the North combined the show of force with a more conciliatory gesture, offering earlier this week to reactivate hotlines that North and South Korea use to set up meetings, arrange border crossings and avoid accidental clashes.

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Diplomacy aimed at getting the North to abandon its nuclear arsenal in return for economic and political rewards has largely been deadlocked since early 2019. That has left North Korea under crippling U.S.-led economic sanctions, at a time when its fragile economy is suffering massive setbacks due to the coronavirus pandemic. The North’s latest moves appear aimed at pressuring South Korea, which wants to improve strained ties on the peninsula, to persuade the U.S. to relax the sanctions.

On Friday, the Korean Central News Agency said the anti-aircraft missile test was “of very practical significance in studying and developing various prospective anti-aircraft missile system.”

Kim Dong-yub, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, said the launch appears to be the primitive stage of a test to develop a missile designed to shoot down incoming enemy missiles and aircraft. He said the missile resembles the Russian-made S-400 air defense system, which he said has a maximum range of 400 kilometers (250 miles) and is reportedly capable of intercepting stealth jets.

Earlier this week, in his government’s latest mixed signal, North Korea leader Kim Jong-un expressed his willingness to restore the communication hotlines with South Korea in the coming days, but he also shrugged off U.S. offers for dialogue as a “cunning” concealment of its hostility against the North. He also insisted that South Korea abandon its “double-dealing attitude” if it wants to see an improvement in Korean relations. His comments largely echoed demands from his powerful sister, who has taken the lead in the North’s ongoing pressure campaign.

South Korea has said it would prepare for the restoration of the cross-border phone and fax lines, which have been largely dormant for more than a year. But as of Friday afternoon, North Korea remained unresponsive to South Korea‘s attempt to exchange messages through the channels, according to Seoul’s Unifications Ministry.

During the Armed Forces Day ceremony on Friday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed to repel any attempt to threaten his people’s lives and would strive to achieve lasting peace. But he didn’t mention North Korea’s recent tests in a possible effort to keep alive the possibility of talks between the Koreas.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters Thursday that Washington “certainly supports” inter-Korean dialogue in principle. But he said the U.S. was concerned about North Korea’s recent launches, which he noted were in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and created “greater prospects for instability and insecurity.”

U.N. resolutions ban any ballistic activity by North Korea.

Among the weapons North Korea tested in September were a new hypersonic missile, a newly developed cruise missile and a ballistic missile launched from a train. South Korea’s military assessed the hypersonic missile to be at an early stage of development, but experts say the other weapons launched displayed the North’s ability to attack targets in South Korea and Japan, key U.S. allies that host American troops. Earlier this week, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said its commitment to the defense of South Korea and Japan “remains ironclad.”

North Korea has not tested a long-range missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland for about four years – what experts see as an indication it is carefully calibrating its provocations to keep alive its chances for diplomacy.

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Associated Press writer Matthew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.

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By Rod McGuirk

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Friday, October 1, 2021

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australia has outlined plans to lift a pandemic ban on its vaccinated citizens traveling overseas from November. But no date has yet been set for welcoming international tourists back.

Travel restrictions that have trapped most Australians and permanent residents at home over the past 18 months would be removed when 80% of the population aged 16 and older were fully vaccinated, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday.

Australia introduced some of the toughest travel restrictions of any democracy in the world on people entering and leaving the island nation on March 20 last year.

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Most Australians have had to argue for rare exemptions from the travel ban to leave the country. There are a few exceptions from the ban including government employees and essential workers. Tourism is never accepted as a reason to cross the border.

Hundreds of thousands have failed to reach relatives’ death beads, missed funerals or weddings and have yet to be introduced to grandchildren because of restrictions aimed at keeping COVID-19 out of Australia.

New South Wales would likely become the first state to reach the 80% vaccination benchmark and Sydney’s airport the first to open to international travel, Morrison said.

“We’ve saved lives. We’ve saved livelihoods, but we must work together to ensure that Australians can reclaim the lives that they once had in this country,” Morrison said.

Sydney-based Qantas Airways announced international flights would resume from Nov. 14 to London and Los Angeles.

Morrison offered no clue to when other nationalities would be welcome to visit Australia.

“We’ll be working towards complete quarantine-free travel for certain countries, such as New Zealand, when it is safe to do so,” he said.

Australia has its closest relationship with New Zealand, whose citizens are considered Australian permanent residents. The neighbors allowed quarantine-free travel across the Tasman Sea before the delta variant outbreak began in Sydney in June.

The Australian Tourism Export Council, which represents a sector that made 45 billion Australian dollars ($33 billion) a year from international tourists before the pandemic, said the end of the travel ban paved the way for visitors from around the world returning by March.

“It marks a shift in thinking within both the government and community sentiment to reengaging with the world,” the council’s managing director Peter Shelley said in a statement.

A cap on the number of Australian citizens and permanent residents allowed to return each week has left 45,000 people stranded overseas. It’s aimed at reducing pressure on hotel quarantine, which the more contagious delta variant had made more difficult to manage.

The cap would only apply to the unvaccinated under the new regime. Fully vaccinated Australians would be able to quarantine at home and for only a week instead of the current two weeks in a hotel.

Australia on Friday added China’s Sinovac and Indian-made AstraZeneca shots known as Covishield to a list of vaccines that Australians can take and be recognized as fully vaccinated.

Travel restrictions would not be lifted for Australians who chose not to be vaccinated. People who could not be vaccinated for medical reasons or children too young to get the jab would have the same privileges as those inoculated.

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By Laurie Kellman

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Friday, October 1, 2021

JERUSALEM (AP) — 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.

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“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 a subscription-only photo bank of what she calls “positive” images of Orthodox women called Chochmat Nashim, or “women’s wisdom.” 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.

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By Mari Yamaguchi

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Friday, October 1, 2021

TOKYO (AP) – Japan fully came out of a coronavirus state of emergency for the first time in more than six months as the country starts to gradually ease virus measures to help rejuvenate the pandemic-hit economy as the infections slowed.

At Tokyo’s busy Shinagawa train station, a sea of mask-wearing commuters rushed to their work despite an approaching typhoon, with some returning to their offices after months of remote work.

The emergency measures, in place for more than half of the country including Tokyo, ended Thursday following a steady fall in new caseloads over the past few weeks, helping to ease pressure on Japanese health care systems.

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Outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga thanked the people for their patience and cooperation, and asked them to stick to their basic anti-virus measures.

“Once again, I seek your cooperation so that we can return to our daily lives feeling safe,” he said.

The lifting of the emergency marked a fresh start for some people.

Office worker Akifumi Sugihara, 46, said he is back to the train station for the first time in about a year. “I had been working from home for more than a year, and I came to the office in Tokyo as (the emergency) was lifted today,” he said. “It’s really been a while. I feel it’s a new start.”

Another office worker, Kaori Hayashi, 37, said it was an ordinary Friday. “In my mind nothing really has changed,” she said. “We still need to be careful. I will stay vigilant and carry on my life as usual.”

Japan is eager to expand social and economic activities while balancing the need to prevent another wave of infections as the weather turns cooler. Officials say the government still needs time to create more temporary COVID-19 treatment facilities and continue vaccinations to prepare for any future resurgence.

The emergency measures have mainly involved requests for eateries to curb alcohol and hours. They can now serve alcohol and operate an hour longer but still have to close at 9 p.m.

Daily reported cases have fallen to below 1,600 as of Wednesday nationwide – less than one-tenth of the mid-August peak of around 25,000. Experts attributed the declining numbers to the progress of vaccinations and to people increased their social distancing efforts after being alarmed by the collapse of medical systems during the summer.

Nearly more than 59% of Japanese people have been fully vaccinated. Japan has had about 1.69 million cases and 17,641 deaths from COVID-19.

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

DJ Sava – No More Lies

feat. Dayana

Someone tell me why the lovers alive
Are just passing by cause they are not pride
There’s nowhere to hide from darkness and light
You’re just ride or die

But I got hope
Which pulls out of the road
Like a drug
Wont say goodbye
Leave you a last kiss
Before I go

I get you (no more lies)
(No more lies)

Cause I got hope
Which pull me out of the road
Won’t say goodbye
I leave you a last kiss
Before I go

(No more lies)
(No more lies)
(No more lies)
(No more lies)

Fleurie – Supertropicali

Let me start at the beginning
Woke up in a world of lemmings (Oh my!)
Everybody was racing, no one was winning
All the girls were living
Living in circles, spinning (Like knives)
And before I knew it, I got sucked into it

I wanna see my name on billboards under these city
Lights
And be the face you can’t forget when you close your
Eyes
Take my picture by the Hollywood sign
Alright, okay, I can hear them calling my name, it’s

Chorus:
Super-tropi-cali-fragi-listic-expi-ali-docious
When you fall into the motion, you will never be thе same

You will never bе the same

I don’t wanna be hated
I don’t wanna be persuaded (To think that)
I’m a little bit manic, too complicated
And I wanna be painted
Famous but not incorporated
And I wanna be retro, ’90s but not outdated

I wanna burst onto the scene out of the blue
Like double denim and juicy suits in 2002
Take my picture by the water, swoon swoon
Alright, okay, this California moon’s got me like…

Chorus:
Super-tropi-cali-fragi-listic-expi-ali-docious
When you fall into the motion, you will never be the same

You will never be the same

Lights go down and the stars don’t shine anymore
In Supertropicali
Lights go down and the stars don’t shine anymore
In Supertropicali
In Supertropicali
Supertropicali

Chorus:
Super-tropi-cali-fragi-listic-expi-ali-docious
When you fall into the motion, you will never be the…

You will never be the same
You will never be the

Official video in here: Fleurie – Supertropicali

Courtney Barnett – Write A List of Things To Look Forward To

Nobody knows why we keep trying, why we keep trying
And so on it goes, I’m looking forward to the next letter that I’m gonna get from you.

A baby is born, as a man lay dying, as a man lay dying
and so on it goes, I’m looking forward to the next letter that I’m gonna get from you.

Sit beside me, watch the world burn, we’ll never learn we don’t deserve nice things
and we’ll scream, self-righteously, we did our best but what does that even mean

I’m walking around, walking around
With my head down, my head down
I’m pushing away, I’m pushing away
Yeah I’m pushing away, pushing away

MIL MAHIYA Lyrics and Video Song – Raashi Sood

Upsidedown!

Cute jehi smile meri sohneya
Tu vi kehda ghatt bamb lagda
Sonh rab di je tainu takkdi
Haaye rabba mera dil sanghda

Mummy nu pasand main aayi hoyi aan
Teri behan naal setting main laayi hoyi aan
Time na ganva tu mainu phone te laa
Aaja scene banaiye kal shaam da
Kal shaam da, kal shaam da, kal shaam da

Aaja baithiye banere utte mil mahiya
Mil mahiya, mainu mil mahiya

Mainu mileya badi mushqil mahiya
Mil mahiya, mainu mil mahiya
Mainu mileya badi mushqil mahiya
Mil mahiya, mainu mil mahiya

Behke gallan karni hazaar ae
Mainu dass kinna mere naal pyaar ae
Naale zindagi bitaun layin taiyar ae
Tu hi meri ankhiyan da star ae

Tere layin main risk utha rahi aan
Naale champagne di bottle vi laa rahi aan
Hauli hauli tera vi mood ban ju
Gall pyaar wali munh te teri aa rahi aan

Haaye kehnda na tu haaye
Haaye kehnda na tu dil wali gall mahiya
Still mahiya kar chill mahiya

Aaja baithiye banere utte mil mahiya
Mil mahiya, mainu mil mahiya
Mainu mileya badi mushqil mahiya
Mil mahiya, mainu mil mahiya