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Brent oil futures drop to near two-decade low amid falling demand and storage woes


United States

Benchmark Brent and US oil futures for June delivery have plunged to around two-decade lows.

Key points:

  • OPEC has announced sweeping cuts in production, almost 10 per cent of global supplies
  • But coronavirus lockdowns have seen demand drop as much as 30 per cent
  • Donald Trump has called on the US Government to make funds available to his nation’s oil and gas industry

It came a day after US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil May futures sank below $0 for the first time in history due to demand tumbling amid the coronavirus crisis.

Brent oil is considered the key benchmark price for crude oil globally, while WTI is the main US price.

Brent comes from oil fields in the North Sea, between the United Kingdom and Norway, while West Texas Intermediate is sourced from US oil fields.

Brent for June delivery, known as the front-month contract after the May futures contract expired, fell to as low as $US18.10, its lowest since November 2001.

At midnight AEST, it was down 20 per cent at $US20.47.

The West Texas Intermediate crude oil for May delivery rose to $US1.30, after plunging below $0 for the first time ever on Monday (local time).

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The US crude futures had slumped in dramatic fashion, with the front-month May contract, which expires Tuesday (local time), settling at negative $US37.63 a barrel.

“It’s the worst oil price in history,” said Ryan Sitton, commissioner at the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the state’s oil industry.

“Which shouldn’t surprise us, because it’s the inevitable result of the biggest supply and demand disparity in history.”

With the market oversupplied and storage facilities already brimming, holders of the May contract were in the unprecedented position of having to pay those taking the crude.

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Traders essentially offered to pay someone else to deal with the oil they were due to have delivered next month.

The main US storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, is expected to be full within weeks.

The June contract for US West Texas Intermediate crude dropped 23.7 per cent to $US15.59, after hitting its lowest since 1999.

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Trump calls for government funds to relieve oil industry



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US President Donald Trump has proposed a halt to Saudi oil imports. (AP: Manuel Balce Ceneta)

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on the Government to make funds available to the US oil and gas industry, calling Monday’s crash a “financial squeeze” and mooting a halt to Saudi imports.

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The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies, including Russia, have announced sweeping cuts in production, amounting to almost 10 per cent of global supplies.

But with economies virtually at a standstill due to coronavirus lockdowns, demand has dropped as much as 30 per cent.

Efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus have put major cities around the world in lockdown. Air travel has been seriously curtailed and millions of people are working from home, leading to far fewer commuters on the roads.

“With no more generous production cuts announced and as the last remaining storage facilities get filled to the top with oil, we can expect to see such huge swings in oil prices from now on,” Louise Dickson of consultancy Rystad Energy, said.

“The mild daily changes in the oil price that we were used to some months ago may now become luxuries of another era.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said leading global oil producers could hold talks again to discuss their output deal further if needed.

Top oil exporter and de facto OPEC leader Saudi Arabia said it was ready to take extra measures to stabilise oil markets along with other producers.

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Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


MOSCOW SUKA Lyrics and Video Song – Yo Yo Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar, Ekaterina Sizova


All the way from Moscow
Kat (Unh haan)
It’s me Neha (ahaha..)

I love my Moscow suka
I love my Moscow suka

[Russian Vocals by Ekaterina Sizova]
Kruzhit vokrug vso bystrey
Ot tebya zhdu novostey
Bud’ zhe so mnoy posmeley
No vso ravno ne nagley
Kruzhit vokrug vso bystrey
Ot tebya zhdu novostey
Bud’ zhe so mnoy posmeley
No vso ravno ne nagley
English Meaning:
Spinning around faster
I’m waiting for news from you
Be bolder with me
But don’t be impudent anyway
Spinning around faster
I’m waiting for news from you
Be bolder with me
But don’t be impudent anyway

Yo Yo Honey Singh!
Tera good luck, tere te aa meri akh
Koka mein chadadu
Tera khaali khali lage nak
Patla ja lakk
Tenu lena billo godi chakk
Kalashnikov varga jatt
Russia ch paunda dhakk

[Russian]
Podnimi bokal v nebo
YA tvoya koroleva

English Meaning:
Raise a glass to the sky
I’m your queen

Turn the music on
Don’t let me be alone
DJ hold on
My gangsta boy come on

Deek la ke pee lai aja gatt gatt oye
Daaru ton tu tauba kare kahda jatt aein
Mein keha deek la ke pee le
Aaja gatt gatt oye
Daaru ton tu tauba kare kahda jatt aein

I love my Moscow suka
I love my Moscow suka
I love my Moscow suka (yeah, aanh)
Aanh, I love my Moscow suka

Chadheya chand, chand
Gangsta’ fun (fun)
Glock gun (gun)
Naal valaiti rann
Mere shaunk avalle (‘valle)
Meri balle balle (balle)
Haterz, pozers nu rakha jutti thalle
Jatt sirre da shikari (aanh)
Gusse di bimari (aanh)
Geet likhaan khare (khare)
Mein Gall karaari
Meri black ferrari (aanh)
Naale chitti Lambo
Hor ki vikhava thonu chaddo rehndo
Laayi main yaari, (aanh)
Neeli dagaah, (aanh)
Ishq ch v na kade mili meinu wafaa
Vafah, sajah sala kauda nasha
Chaddo fuddu gallan veere
Peg paa, unh!

Deek la ke pee lai aja gatt gatt oye
Daaru to tu tauba kare kahda jatt aein
Mein keha deek la ke pee lai aja gatt gatt oye
Daaru to tu tauba kare kahda jatt aein
I love my Moscow, suka

[Russian]
Kruzhit vokrug vso bystrey
Ot tebya zhdu novostey
Bud’ zhe so mnoy posmeley
No vso ravno ne nagley
Kruzhit vokrug vso bystrey
Ot tebya zhdu novostey
Bud’ zhe so mnoy posmeley
No vso ravno ne nagley

I love my Moscow suka
I love my Moscow suka
I love my Moscow suka
I love my Moscow suka
Yo Yo Honey Singh!


Wall St enjoys best week since 1974, despite surging unemployment and OPEC oil supply cut


Australia

Unemployment claims in the United States have skyrocketed again, while the Federal Reserve has injected $3.6 trillion worth of additional stimulus to minimise the economic fallout of COVID-19.

The Australian dollar jumped to a one-month high of 63.4 US cents this morning as the record Fed stimulus weakened the greenback.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, Russia and the world’s biggest oil producers have struck a deal to cut production by a record amount (10 million barrels per day), but that was not enough to prevent a further slump in oil prices.

Market snapshot at 8:00am (AEDT):

  • ASX SPI futures +0.8pc at 5,442, ASX 200 (Thursday’s close) +3.5pc at 5,387
  • AUD: 63.3 US cents, 50.8 British pence, 57.9 Euro cents, 68.64 Japanese yen, $NZ1.04
  • US: Dow Jones +1.2pc at 23,719, S&P 500 +1.5pc at 2,790, Nasdaq +0.8pc at 8,154
  • Europe: FTSE 100 +2.9pc at 5,843, DAX +2.2pc at 10,565, CAC +1.4pc at 4,507, Euro Stoxx 50 +1.5pc at 2,893
  • Commodities: Brent crude -2.4pc at $US32.03/barrel, spot gold +2.3pc at $US1,683.82/ounce

The Australian share market is closed for the Easter long weekend, but might enjoy solid gains when it reopens next Tuesday.

It may follow a strong lead from Wall Street’s benchmark index (the S&P 500), which surged by 12 per cent this week — its biggest weekly gain since 1974.

Overnight, the S&P index added 1.5 per cent to close at 2,790 points.

The industrial-skewed Dow Jones index lifted by 286 points (or 1.2 per cent) to 23,719, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq rose 0.8 per cent to 8,154.

European markets also jumped. London’s FTSE and Germany’s DAX were up by 2.8 and 2.2 per cent respectively.

The spot price of gold also surged to a one-month high, around $US1,684 an ounce.

Global markets were propped up by hope the number of new coronavirus cases was slowing down and the latest announcement from the US central bank on further stimulus being pumped into the system.

Fed pushes deeper into uncharted territory

The Fed said it would allocate a massive $US2.3 trillion ($3.6 trillion) to further shield the US economy from the economic damage from coronavirus.

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It had already cut interest rates to almost zero and re-launched its quantitative easing program in March, pledging to buy an unlimited number of bonds.

Under its latest stimulus measures, the Fed will offer four-year loans, through the banks, to struggling American businesses.

This new “Main Street” facility will funnel up to $US600 billion in loans (of at least $US1 million) to companies that have up to 10,000 employees or less than $US2.5 billion in revenue.

Firms receiving the loans “must commit to make reasonable efforts to maintain payroll and retain workers” and not use the funds to refinance existing debt.

The central bank will also spend up to $US500 billion purchasing municipal bonds from local governments, which are on the front lines of the health crisis and are also facing a possible collapse in their tax revenue as unemployment spikes and businesses shut under tough social-distancing rules.

Many of these programs are due to lapse in September, but Fed chair Jerome Powell said the Fed would spend whatever it takes to get the pandemic under control and get the economy back on track.

“We are deploying these lending powers to an unprecedented extent,” Mr Powell said.

“We will continue to use these powers forcefully, proactively, and aggressively until we are confident that we are solidly on the road to recovery.”

Surging unemployment

It was enough to make investors ignore the bad news — that 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment insurance claims last week, according to figures released by the US Labor Department.

That brought the total to 16.8 million people who had lost their jobs in the past three weeks.

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The record number of applications for unemployment benefits are the result of businesses such as restaurants, bars and other social venues being closed.

“In its first month alone, the coronavirus crisis is poised to exceed any comparison to the [2008] Great Recession,” said Daniel Zhao, senior economist at Glassdoor, an online recruitment firm.

“The new normal for unemployment insurance claims will be the canary in the coal mine for how long effects of the crisis will linger for the millions of newly unemployed Americans.”

OPEC strikes record oil deal

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies agreed on Thursday to cut oil output by a record 10 million barrels per day (or 10 per cent of global supplies) for two months.

All members will reduce their output by 23 per cent, with Saudi Arabia and Russia each cutting 2.5 million bpd and Iraq cutting over 1 million bpd.

But the price of Brent crude tumbled by 2.5 per cent to $US32 a barrel. Its value has plummeted by half since the year began.

Investors are worried these supply cuts still won’t be enough to combat the unprecedented plunge in oil demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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OPEC+, which includes non-members like Russia, is also expecting the US and other producers to join in its effort to cut production (by 5 million bpd) and prop up prices to help deal with the deepest oil crisis in decades.

Global fuel demand has plunged by around 30 million bpd (or 30pc of global supplies) as steps to fight the virus have grounded planes, cut vehicle usage and curbed economic activity.

If an unprecedented 15 million bpd cut were to happen, it would not be enough to stop the world’s storage facilities quickly filling up.

And far from signalling any readiness to offer support, US President Donald Trump has threatened OPEC member Saudi Arabia, saying it could face sanctions and tariffs if it does not cut supply enough to help the struggling US oil industry.

“We are expecting other producers outside the OPEC+ club to join the measures, which might happen tomorrow during G20,” the head of Russia’s wealth fund (and one of Moscow’s top oil negotiators), Kirill Dmitriev, told Reuters.

On Friday Saudi Arabia will host a call between energy ministers from the Group of 20 major economies.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


ASX falls as COVID-19 relief rally fizzles out


Australia

The Australian share market has closed lower after a volatile session, with the major bank stocks leading the falls

Key points:

  • The ASX 200 ended 0.9 per cent weaker after a volatile session
  • The Australian dollar slipped to 61.25 US cents
  • The Dow Jones wiped out its 900-point surge after oil prices dropped in afternoon trade

At its worst, the ASX 200 dropped as low as 2.5 per cent after a massive rally overseas, which was sparked by hopes of slowing the coronavirus infection curve, fizzled out.

The benchmark index recovered in mid-afternoon trade before retreating again, to finish 0.9 per cent lower at 5,206 points.

The big four banks were a drag on the broader market, with shares in ANZ (-4.9pc), Commonwealth Bank (-3.3pc), NAB (-4.8pc) and Westpac (-5.3pc) all tumbling.

The stocks fell after the financial regulator wrote letters to banks and insurers, asking them to reconsider their need to pay dividends during the pandemic.

Westpac said it had not made a decision yet but would do so on May 4, when its first-half results are released.

BoQ profit dives

Bank of Queensland has confirmed it will defer paying dividends to its shareholders until “the economic outlook is clearer”, citing the “significant disruption caused by COVID-19”.

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This led to a 2.1 per cent slide in the bank’s share price.

The regional lender was also influenced by a letter from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), urging all banks and insurers to “seriously” consider the “deferment of dividends” and “limit discretionary capital distributions in the months ahead”.

It also reported a 40 per cent slump in statutory first-half profit (to $93 million), and its cash earnings after tax dropped by 10 per cent (to $151 million).

BoQ chairman Patrick Allaway said the bank understood the impact of its decision on shareholders but said following APRA’s guidance was a prudent step.

The bank’s revenue was flat at $545 million for the six months to the end of February, while expenses soared 31 per cent to $377 million.

Australia and its banks downgraded to ‘negative’

The Australian dollar has slipped to 61.25 US cents, from its overnight high of 62 cents.

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This was after the Australian economy’s “AAA” credit rating outlook was downgraded to “negative” by S&P Global Ratings.

S&P expects the nation to plunge into recession for the first time in almost 30 years.

It also said there had been a “substantial deterioration” of the Government’s “fiscal headroom” due to its massive debt burden, resulting from its coronavirus stimulus packages, which was worth more than $210 billion.

However, another agency, Moody’s, reached the opposite conclusion and rated Australia as “AAA stable” .

Moody’s said this was due to the nation’s “very high economic strength, reflected in its solid and stable growth history, as well as strong growth potential, notwithstanding current challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak”.

Both agencies agreed Australia’s weakness was its high levels of household debt, which could be a problem if there was a significant housing downturn.

Meanwhile, Fitch Ratings downgraded its outlook for Australia’s major banks to “negative”.

Fitch said the big four banks were likely to experience a substantial jump in bad debts as more businesses failed and unemployment spiked amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rio Tinto reveals tax payments

Rio Tinto has disclosed it paid $US7.6 billion ($12.37 billion) worth of tax and royalties across its vast network of global businesses in 2019, including $US4.8 billion in corporate tax.

The overwhelming majority of its taxes were paid in Australia ($US6.2 billion), where the largest part of the miner’s business is located.

It also made significant payments in Chile ($US311 million), Mongolia ($US305m), Canada (US$291m), United States ($US178m), the United Kingdom ($US117m) and South Africa ($US80m), according to the company’s latest “taxes paid” report.

But Rio also revealed the profit from its controversial Singapore marketing hub surged by 73 per cent to $US459 million last year.

Furthermore, it revealed the extent of its latest tax dispute with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

“In March 2020, the ATO issued amended assessments to our company for the 2010 through 2016 calendar years in relation to the pricing of the sale of aluminium between Australia and our Singapore commercial centre,” Rio said in its report.

“The amended assessments are for a total amount of A$86.1m.”

Penfolds may go its own way

Shares in Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) have lifted by 0.5 per cent.

This was after the Melbourne-based company revealed that it wants to spin off its Penfolds wine division as a separately listed company.



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Treasury Wine Estates may spin-off its Penfolds wine division into a separate company. (Penfolds: AAP)

The company, which also owns the Beringer and Wolf Blass labels, is struggling with falling demand for its wine amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Penfolds accounts for about 10 per cent of the company’s total volume, but more than half of its earnings.

Any decision over whether or not to demerge Penfolds would depend on TWE getting approval from shareholders and regulators, as well as market conditions in light of the virus outbreak.

If a potential demerger proceeds, the company expects it to be finalised by the end of 2021.

Shareholders would then own a share in Penfolds and “New TWE” — the remaining business.

TWE is also looking to downsize its commercial wine business, and has considered selling some of its brands and restructuring its supply chain.

“The retained commercial business will comprise a smaller portfolio of profitable and differentiated brands that will continue to appeal to consumer trends and preferences across key markets,” TWE said.

Wall Street volatility

The local bourse’s volatile performance comes after Wall Street’s rollercoaster session, which saw massive gains at the start before ending with slight losses.

The Dow Jones index finished 26 points (or 0.1 per cent) lower at 22,654, a big comedown from its earlier 900-point surge.

Likewise, the benchmark S&P 500 index posted a 0.2 per cent loss, after surging by as much as 3.5 per cent during the day.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq index fell by 0.3 per cent.



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The Dow Jones surged by more than 900 points, but wiped out all its gains by the close. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Despite the minor falls, US markets have surged by about 20 per cent in the past fortnight, and global markets have also jumped.

This was mainly due to expectations that many countries would fall into short recessions, followed by fast “V-shaped” economic recoveries, and the decisions by governments and central banks to inject record amounts of stimulus into their economies.

Sentiment was also boosted by early signs that the rate of new COVID-19 infections and deaths may be starting to slow down in the epicentres of New York, Italy and Spain.

But Wall Street is still in a bear market, having fallen by about 20 per cent from the record high it reached in mid-February.

‘Premature’ market rally

Some investors believe markets are getting ahead of themselves given the economic fallout from COVID-19 is widely expected to be worse than the global financial crisis (GFC) more than a decade ago.

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In previous bear markets, including the GFC, markets had surged several times before hitting a new low within months.

“The rally is sentimental and a little premature because if we lift these lockdown measures too soon and try to resume economic activity, we’re going to get a very severe pandemic rebound,” said Indranil Ghosh, chief executive of Tiger Hill Capital in London.

However, US markets lost their steam as oil prices tumbled in the afternoon trading session.

Brent crude plummeted by 3 per cent to $US32 a barrel.

Investors are concerned about an oil oversupply, particularly when demand for jet fuel has plunged amid worldwide travel bans and widespread businesses closures.

These worries are on top of the rising scepticism that Saudi Arabia and Russia can reach a deal to end their self-destructive price war at their Thursday (local time) OPEC+ meeting.

“Reports suggest they are focused on a three-month cut to output, although volumes have not been discussed,” ANZ senior economist Felicity Emmett said.

“What is clear is that the US must be involved [and] President Trump said he hasn’t been approached by OPEC yet.

“But following his meeting with oil executives over the weekend, the likelihood of them agreeing to a voluntary cut to output looks unlikely.”

European markets experienced strong gains, particularly London’s FTSE (+2.2pc) and Germany’s DAX (+2.8pc), as they finished trading before the slide in afternoon oil prices.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


Tokyo Olympics organisers have ‘serious concerns’ over coronavirus threat


China

The spread of a new coronavirus could throw “cold water over the growing momentum of the 2020 Games,” Tokyo Organising Committee chief executive Toshiro Muto said.

Key points:

  • Vaccines for the virus will likely not be ready by the start of the Summer Olympics
  • Japan Sports Agency has started examining the impact on preparations of athletes
  • The Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix may not go ahead this year because of the coronavirus threat

“I am seriously concerned … I hope this will be resolved as soon as possible,” Mr Muto said at a meeting in Tokyo with the organisers of the Paralympic Games.

Japanese Government officials including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have said the Government would work hard to minimise any impact from the virus outbreak on the Games, which start on July 24.

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The death toll from the flu-like virus that originated in China’s central city of Wuhan has passed 500, as two US airlines suspended flights to Hong Kong following the first fatality there and 10 cases were confirmed on a quarantined Japanese cruise ship.

Vaccines against the virus probably will not be ready by the start of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, a professor who looked at health risks ahead of the Games said earlier, adding he hoped there was enough time to build defences.

Saburo Kawabuchi, head of the athletes’ village for the 2020 Olympics, said he hoped the games would proceed smoothly, free from the virus.

Separately, Japan Sports Agency has started examining the impact of the virus on preparations by athletes for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, NHK reported.

Chinese F1 Grand Prix under threat



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Daniel Ricciardo won in Shanghai in 2018. (AP: Andy Wong)

Meanwhile, Shanghai sports authorities have recommended the suspension of all sporting events in the city due to the coronavirus outbreak, casting further doubt on whether the Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix will take place.

The fourth grand prix of the season is scheduled for April 19 in Shanghai.

The race was expected to be on the agenda at a Formula 1 Strategy Group meeting amid increasing speculation that it could join the growing list of sports events already postponed or cancelled.

The Shanghai Sports General Association called on sports organisers to “strictly abide by the requirement of the Shanghai Sports Bureau to stop organising sports events during the epidemic”.

It said, in a statement, that all sports events should be suspended “until the epidemic is over”.

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Some Formula 1 insiders hold out little hope of the race happening.

“I’m sure they [Formula 1 and the FIA] will take the necessary due diligence before making any commitment about either delaying or postponing or cancelling the race,” said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner ahead of the meeting.

“So we have to trust their judgement, their knowledge.”

The last Formula 1 race to be cancelled was the Bahrain Grand Prix of 2011, due to months of social unrest in the Gulf kingdom.

This year’s calendar has a record 22 races, leaving little chance of any rescheduling. Russia, whose race is in September but has previously been held in April, has already ruled out a date swap.

The outbreak has affected numerous international sports events in China. Among them was the world indoor athletics championships scheduled to be held in Nanjing on March 13-15, which have been postponed until next year.

The all-electric Formula E motor racing series has abandoned plans for a race in Sanya next month.

An LPGA Tour golf tournament has been moved to next year, while women’s football matches have been moved to Australia.

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Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


The clock is ticking for Putin — but he has a surprise plan to hold on to power


Russian Federation

Twenty years into his tenure at the summit of Russian politics, Vladimir Putin is planning his next move — and unfortunately for a group of senior politicians, it means they’ve got to look for a new job.

The Russian constitution, adopted on Christmas Day 1993, was explicitly written to prevent someone like Vladimir Putin from ruling the country in the way he has.

It imposed a limit of two consecutive terms of four years for people elected president.

So when Putin became president in 2000, an eight-year countdown began.

As the deadline approached, he was an incredibly powerful and popular figure.

High oil prices had fuelled a booming economy.

He had been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, and he had started releasing an annual calendar showing him shirtless in various action-man scenarios.



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Putin is renowned for these shirtless publicity shots. (AP/Kremlin: Alexei Nikolsky)

Musical chairs at the Kremlin

But the rules are the rules — sort of. Keen to hold onto as much power as possible, he supported his long-time sidekick Dmitry Medvedev to succeed him as president.

Medvedev appointed Putin as prime minister, and immediately set about introducing a constitutional amendment to extend the length of the next president’s term to six years, and making sure Putin would be back in the top job as soon as possible.

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During his four years in office, Medvedev mostly stayed within the parameters set for him by Putin, with a few exceptions.

The Medvedev years were characterised by warmer relations between Russia, Europe and the United States than were seen under Putin.

In 2009, the Obama administration attempted to capitalise on this with an attempt to “reset” relations with Russia, and the two countries signed a nuclear arms reduction treaty.

But under Medvedev, the popularity of the ruling party waned.

The global economic crisis hit Russia hard, and while Putin was successful in being re-elected as president of Russia in 2012, he received more than 4 million fewer votes than he had in his last election.



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Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev during Putin’s inauguration ceremony in 2012. (Reuters/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool )

Popularity waxes and wanes

His popularity slump wouldn’t last long.

In 2014, beginning with the annexation of Crimea, he engaged in a spectacular campaign of foreign interference, aimed at restoring Russia’s status as a global superpower.

That came at a cost though. Sanctions imposed by the countries he meddled with and a slump in oil prices tanked the Russian economy.

In mid-2018, as he was at the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in Moscow, his political party introduced a significant raising of the retirement age in an effort to lessen the country’s economic stress.

The reforms were wildly unpopular.

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They lit a spark among Russians which became large, sustained anti-Putin protests.

Polls — even those controlled by the Kremlin — showed a significant drop in his popularity, which has remained low in the year and a half since the reforms were announced.

And yet Putin sees another constitutionally mandated deadline looming.

In 2024 he will, for the second time, reach the presidential term limit — and Putin knows he cannot risk reaching it without a plan to stay in power.

Putin hatches a plan

Overnight, he unveiled his plan — and it was a surprising one.

Instead of amending the constitution to allow him another term as president, he appears to be setting himself up to switch roles to prime minister once again.

But this time he will not be risking even a loyalist like Medvedev having more power than him.

In his state-of-the-nation address overnight, he announced that he would be amending the constitution to transfer many of the president’s powers to the office of the prime minister.



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With the resignation of his cabinet, Putin can appoint new loyalists to see through the constitutional changes. (AP: Dmitry Astakhov)

The suite of constitutional changes is extensive — altering not just offices of president and prime minister, but increasing the power of the State Council — a presidential advisory body, and the role of the judiciary.

An hour after the announcement, Medvedev and the entire cabinet resigned to facilitate the changes, leaving Putin open to appoint technocratic loyalists without political ambition to do his bidding.

Public support won’t be tested

Why Putin chose this path instead of staying on as president — as many predicted — is still unclear.

Perhaps with his popularity low, he was hesitant to risk calling a term-limits referendum which would so obviously benefit him.

Anything less than emphatic support for him remaining in office indefinitely could damage him even more.

His chosen path may allow him to rewrite the constitution to suit his purposes without turning it into a plebiscite on his personal popularity.

Another consideration on his mind may be his own longevity.

At the 2024 election he will be approaching his 72nd birthday, and while he is unwilling to relinquish power, he may be crafting a powerful role for himself as head of the State Council, where he could enjoy a semi-retirement.

By making the announcement with four years on the clock, Putin has left his options open.

Matt Bevan is the host of Russia, If You’re Listening.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


‘Bad faith’: Former Trump aide Michael Flynn seeks to withdraw guilty plea


United States

Michael Flynn, US President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has filed court papers to withdraw his guilty plea in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Key points:

  • Mr Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contact he had with Russia’s ambassador
  • Prosecutors had said he should avoid jail because he cooperated with the Mueller probe
  • But last week they changed their position, suggesting he should be jailed for six months

Mr Flynn pleaded guilty in late 2017 to lying to the FBI about interactions he had with Russia’s ambassador to the United States in the weeks before Mr Trump took office, but has since argued that prosecutors violated his rights and duped him into a plea agreement.

The request comes one week after the Justice Department changed its position on Mr Flynn’s punishment by recommending he serve up to six months behind bars — prosecutors had earlier said Mr Flynn was entitled to avoid prison time because of his extensive cooperation.

In the court papers, Mr Flynn’s lawyers said the Justice Department was attempting to “rewrite history” by withdrawing its recommendation that he receive probation, and by suggesting he had not been forthcoming or cooperative with the investigation.

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They asked to withdraw the plea because “of the Government’s bad faith, vindictiveness, and breach of the plea agreement”.

“Michael T Flynn is innocent. Mr Flynn has cooperated with the Government in good faith for two years. He gave the prosecution his full cooperation,” the lawyers wrote.

“He endured massive, unnecessary, and frankly counterproductive demands on his time, his family, his scarce resources and his life,” they added.

“The same cannot be said for the prosecution which has operated in bad faith from the inception of the ‘investigation’ and continues relentlessly through this specious prosecution.”



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Mr Flynn’s lawyers have repeatedly made misconduct claims against the prosecution. (AP: Carolyn Kaster)

The relationship between the prosecutors and the retired US Army lieutenant general grew increasingly contentious in recent months, particularly after Mr Flynn hired a new set of lawyers.

Those lawyers raised repeated misconduct allegations against the Government — which a judge has since rejected — and prosecutors have responded by calling into question whether Mr Flynn truly accepts guilt.

Lawyers ask to postpone sentencing

Mr Flynn was one of several former Trump administration aides to plead guilty or be convicted at trial in Mr Mueller’s investigation, which detailed Moscow’s interference in the 2016 US election to boost Mr Trump’s candidacy, as well as numerous contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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A federal judge in December rejected a bid by Mr Flynn to get the criminal charge of lying to the FBI dropped, brushing aside his claims of misconduct by prosecutors and the FBI.

The judge, Emmet Sullivan, ordered Mr Flynn to appear for sentencing on January 28, concluding that he had failed to prove a single violation by the prosecution or FBI officials for withholding evidence that could exonerate him.

Tuesday’s filing by Mr Flynn’s lawyers asked Judge Sullivan to postpone that sentencing date.

At a December 2018 court hearing, Judge Sullivan fiercely criticised Mr Flynn and appeared poised to sentence him to prison.

But he instead gave Mr Flynn the option of delaying the sentencing to allow him to fully cooperate with pending investigations.

Reuters/AP

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


Trump spoke for 10 minutes while the world watched. But 10 words tell us all we need to know about what might come next


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

He knew the world was watching, so US President Donald Trump chose a provocative first line.

“As long as I am President of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon,” he said, before saying good morning and launching into scripted remarks.

It’s not the first time he’s made such a statement, but it was a notable choice for what was the President’s first formal explanation of the US position on Iran.

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@realDonaldTrump: IRAN WILL NEVER HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON!

Flanked by his top military brass, Mr Trump spoke for roughly 10 minutes during America’s work day but Iran’s primetime hours.

It’s been five days since the US assassinated Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in retaliation for an Iranian strike that left four servicemen wounded and one American contractor dead.

But it’s been more than a year since Mr Trump fulfilled his campaign promise to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. Tensions have only escalated as Iran and America exchange threats and provocations.

A history of hate
Iran and the United States haven’t had formal diplomatic relations for decades, and at times appear on the brink of war. But why?

With his latest remarks, Mr Trump appears to be maintaining, but not escalating, the sense of tension. He’s decided to respond to Iran’s latest move with another round of economic sanctions, which will “remain until Iran changes its behaviour”.

“Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned, and a very good thing for the world,” he said.

“The United States is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.”

In other words, military escalation appears to be on pause for now.

But given his choice of an opening salvo, it’s clear peace comes with conditions. Mr Trump is leaving the door open to resuming the rhetoric if Iran pursues a bloodier revenge.



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A satellite image taken hours after the Iranian attack on the Al Asad air base in Iraq shows several impact sites. (Planet Labs)

New nuclear deal still one of Trump’s campaign promises

Mr Trump took time to praise America’s military preparedness and mentioned new supersonic weapons capabilities.

“We continue to evaluate options,” he said.


Video: Iran said 80 Americans were killed in the strikes, but Donald Trump disputed that.

(ABC News)

It’s unclear what the sanctions will target and what effect, if any, they’d have. There are years’ worth of sanctions already stacked on Iran’s beleaguered economy.

Mr Trump has long detested the Obama-era JCPOA, also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, which promised to end many of the sanctions on Iran in exchange for the country’s responsible and peaceful development of nuclear power.

The deal was considered Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy agreement. Mr Trump called it “weak” and “a failure” while on the campaign trail in 2016.

Why the killing of General Soleimani is such a big deal
The death of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani is a watershed moment, even in the long and bloody history of Middle East conflict.

“This was a horrible, one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made … It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will,” he said.

The Trump administration officially pulled out of the agreement in May 2018, and began a “maximum pressure campaign” that involved slapping a lot of sanctions on the country. The White House promised to renegotiate the deal and outlined 12 criteria for Iran to meet in order to start talks.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei scoffed at the suggestion.

“Even if we ever — impossible as it is — negotiated with the US, it would never ever be with the current US administration,” he said.

Mr Trump was heavily criticised for the change in policy and the resulting tensions that boiled up.

The remaining seven parties signed onto the deal have struggled to salvage the agreement, and after the death of Soleimani last week, Iran announced it would begin enriching more uranium.

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@JZarif: As 5th & final REMEDIAL step under paragraph 36 of JCPOA, there will no longer be any restriction on number of centrifuges This step is within JCPOA & all 5 steps are reversible upon EFFECTIVE implementation of reciprocal obligations Iran's full cooperation w/IAEA will continue

Foreign policy experts said this quashed any hopes the deal might be restored.

But if today means Mr Trump is keeping one campaign promise stagnant, he’ll use the occasion to boast a victory on another: Keeping the US out of foreign entanglements.

True, the US has positioned an extra 2,800 troops in the area in recent days. But threats and sanctions aren’t the same as actual bloodshed, especially in the eyes of his supporters.

Trump puts pressure on US allies

Mr Trump also spent part of today’s speech urging European countries to ditch the deal and join his maximum pressure campaign.

“Iran’s hostilities substantially increased after the foolish Iran nuclear deal was signed,” Mr Trump said.



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Scott Morrison released a statement just after the strikes, saying his Government was “closely monitoring” events. (AP: Susan Walsh)

“Instead of saying thank you to the United States, they chanted ‘Death to America’. In fact, they chanted ‘Death to America’ the day the agreement was signed.

“Iran went on a terrorist spree funded by the money from the deal and created hell in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq.”

It’s unclear what the JCPOA parties — including Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and China — will do next. Mr Trump’s actions put them in a tough spot.

Five quick US-Iran questions answered
Let’s get you up to speed on the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran.

The deal was considered one of the European Union’s crowning foreign policy achievements, in part because it helped the region keep good ties with both the US and China.

China has a good track record of relations with Iran and is an economically important ally to Europe.

Mr Trump is effectively asking America’s long-standing European allies to choose between him or the leaders in Beijing.

That’d be a tough decision to make, even without the chance that the President might be out of office after the election.

The allies are surely also considering that the President could do something predictably unpredictable like suddenly kill an Iranian general or reverse course and start new talks.



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A man holds a picture of late Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, as people celebrate in the street after Iran launched missiles against US forces. (Reuters: West Asia News Agency)

Much depends on Iran’s response

Mr Trump’s speech gave little clarification of the specific motivations for killing General Soleimani other than to say he was responsible for taking the lives of hundreds of Americans and had been planning something very big.

The administration has offered only vague explanations after being pressed by the media and the public over the past few days. Mr Trump and his top aides are expected to discuss that intelligence today and decide whether to declassify the information for public release.

In terms of an Iranian response, the country’s Foreign Minister has already indicated the country has responded with proportionate force and does not seek to escalate tensions or go to war.

But with that slap-in-the-face-type opening line Mr Trump used, it could enrage the Iranians into taking more subtle steps to provoke the US in coming months. The question is how much.

More stories on the tension between the US and Iran:

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


Dozens of Iranians and Canadians among 176 killed in Boeing crash


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

A Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 176 people has crashed due to technical problems after take-off from Tehran’s main international airport, killing all on board, Iran’s state television and Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry say.

Key points:

  • Rescuers are attempting to recover the bodies from the crash site
  • Air tracking service FlightRadar24 says the plane that crashed was Flight PS 752
  • The crash comes hours after Iran launched a missile attack targeting two bases in Iraq housing US forces

The Boeing 737-800, which belongs to Ukraine International Airlines and took off on Wednesday morning (local time), crashed near Imam Khomeini International Airport and burst into flames after a fire struck one of its engines, said Qassem Biniaz, a spokesman for Iran’s Road and Transportation Ministry.

The pilot lost control of the plane, sending it crashing into farmland near the town of Shahedshahr on the outskirts of Tehran, Mr Biniaz said, according to the state-run IRNA news agency.

Hassan Razaeifar, the head of Iran’s air crash investigation committee, said it appeared the pilot could not communicate with air-traffic controllers in the last moments of the flight.



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A relative of a flight attendant on the plane at an airport in Ukraine following the news. (AP: Efrem Lukatsky)

According to website FlightRadar24, the plane was Flight PS 752 and it had stopped sending data almost immediately after take-off.

Prior to take-off, it had been delayed by almost an hour. It took off to the west, but never made it above 8,000 feet in the air, according to FlightRadar24.

The Boeing 737-800 carried 167 passengers and nine crew members on its flight to the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, Mr Biniaz said.

According to Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, on the plane there were:

  • 82 Iranians
  • 11 Ukrainians
  • 63 Canadians
  • 10 Swedes
  • Four Afghans
  • Three Germans
  • Three British people

Airline officials said most of the passengers were transiting through Kiev to other destinations.

Ukraine International Airlines said it had indefinitely suspended flights to Tehran after the crash.

“It was one of the best planes we had, with an amazing, reliable crew,” Yevhen Dykhne, president of the airline, said at a briefing following the crash.

The crash came hours after Iran launched a missile attack targeting two bases in Iraq housing US forces in retaliation for the killing of top general Qassem Soleimani last week.



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The plane is believed to have stopped sending data almost immediately after take-off. (AP: Mohammad Nasiri)

Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s emergency services, said rescuers were trying to recover the bodies from the crash site.

But he later told state television: “The fire is so heavy that we cannot [do] any rescue … we have 22 ambulances, four bus ambulances and a helicopter at the site.”

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy confirmed all passengers and crew on board were killed, citing preliminary information.

In a statement, Mr Zelenskiy said Ukraine was trying to establish the circumstances of the crash.

“My sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of all passengers and crew,” he said.

Mr Zelenskiy later ordered a sweeping inspection of all civil airplanes in the country, “no matter the conclusions about the crash in Iran”.



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The plane went down after a fire reportedly struck one of its engines. (AP: Mohammad Nasiri)

His office said he had cut his visit to Oman short and was returning to Kiev because of the crash.

“Our task is to establish the cause of the crash of the Boeing and provide all necessary help to the families of the victims,” said Parliament Speaker Dmytro Razumkov, in a Facebook statement.

Ukrainian authorities have offered to help with the investigation of the plane crash.

“We’re preparing a group of specialists in order to help with the search operation and the investigation of the cause of the crash,” Ukraine’s Prime Minister, Oleksiy Honcharuk, said.

‘Body parts were lying around everywhere’

AP journalists who reached the crash site saw a wide field of debris scattered across farmland, the dead laying among shattered pieces of the aircraft.

Their possessions — a child’s cartoon-covered electric toothbrush, a stuffed animal, luggage and electronics — stretched everywhere.

Resident Din Mohammad Qassemi said he had been watching the news about the Iranian ballistic missile attack on US forces in Iraq in revenge for the killing of Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani when he heard the crash.

“I heard a massive explosion and all the houses started to shake. There was fire everywhere,” he told Associated Press.



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Thousands of Boeing 737-800s are used by airlines around the world. (AP: Mohammad Nasiri)

“At first I thought [the Americans] have hit here with missiles and went in the basement as a shelter. After a while, I went out and saw a plane has crashed over there. Body parts were lying around everywhere.”

Rescuers in masks shouted over the noise of hovering helicopters as they arrived at the scene. They quickly realised there would be no survivors.

“The only thing that the pilot managed to do was steer the plane towards a soccer field near here instead of a residential area back there,” witness Aref Geravand said. “It crashed near the field and in a water canal.”

Tehran nuclear deal could hamper Boeing’s assistance in crash investigation

Boeing issued a brief statement on Twitter acknowledging the crash.

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@Boeing: We are aware of the media reports out of Iran and we are gathering more information.

Boeing, like other airline manufacturers, typically assists in crash investigations.

However, that effort in this case could be affected by the US sanctions campaign in place on Iran since US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers in May 2018.

Why the killing of General Soleimani is such a big deal
The death of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani is a watershed moment, even in the long and bloody history of Middle East conflict.

The Boeing 737-800 is a very common single-aisle, twin-engine jetliner used for short to medium-range flights.

Thousands of the planes are used by airlines around the world.

Introduced in the late 1990s, it is an older model than the Boeing 737 MAX, which has been grounded for nearly 10 months following two deadly crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

A number of Boeing 737-800 aircraft have been involved in deadly accidents over the years.

In March 2016, a Flydubai 737-800 from Dubai crashed while trying to land at Rostov-on-Don airport in Russia, killing 62 people onboard.

Another 737-800 flight from Dubai, operated by Air India Express, crashed in May 2010 while trying to land in Mangalore, India, killing more than 150 onboard.

Reuters/AP

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


Juice WRLD – Spanglish Lyrics


Play this song

[Intro]
999, oh
Daytrip took it to ten

[Chorus]
I’m just tryna fuck his main bitch (Woah, woah, woah)
I’m just toting on my stainless (Gang, gang, gang, gang)
Nigga fuck ya’ and everyone ya’ hang with (Nigga fuck you)
Choppa talking, that bitch speaking spanglish (Gra, gra, gra)
Flex on that bitch like a sit-up, drink Codeine, no liquor (Huh, ya dig)
White mask on my face, I do not fuck with these niggas
You ain’t tough nigga, you’s a fuck nigga (Huh, what else)
My lil’ gun a thottie, load it up, it fuck niggas (Uh huh, fuck)
Perky in my body, I love to bust niggas (Bitch)
Bomb like Kamikaze, this K from Russia ho’ (Gra)
Desert eagle show no love, it just lust niggas (Fuck ’em)
I see all the fuck shit with my eyes closed

[Verse 1]
I’m in the cut getting green like a farmer (Uh, huh)
I put the gun to your head like a barber (Uh, huh)
I fuck in your bitch in a room in Ramada (Uh, huh)
Not at the W, save me some drama (Uh, huh)
I’m taking W’s, no I ain’t not losing (Uh, huh)
Crank that gun like Soulja Boy, you (Uh, huh)
Smoke the strongest marijuana (Uh, huh)
It’ll take you the moon
I’ma admit, I’m taking the shrooms (Woo)
Gun on my hip move dirt like brooms (Yeah)
Shit, I’d rather be rich and mad
Then to be broke and hurt like you (Lil’ bitch)
Long ass barrel, pool stick
Load the clip, lose it
Beat it up, give it a fight
Fuck the bitch, abuse it (Lil’ bitch)

[Chorus]
I’m just tryna fuck his main bitch (Fuck his main bitch)
I’m just toting on my stainless (On my motherfucking)
Nigga fuck ya’ and everyone ya’ hang with (Nigga fuck you)
Choppa talking, that bitch speaking spanglish (Gra gra gra)
Flex on that bitch like a sit-up, drink Codeine, no liquor (Huh, ya dig)
White mask on my face, I do not fuck with these niggas
You ain’t tough nigga, you’s a fuck nigga (Huh, what else)
My lil’ gun a thottie, load it up, it fuck niggas (Uh huh, fuck)
Perky in my body, I love to bust niggas (Yeah I do)
Bomb like Kamikaze, this K from Russia ho’ (Gra)
Desert eagle show no love, it just lust niggas (Fuck ’em)
I see all the fuck shit with my eyes closed (I do)

[Verse 2]
Perks by the case load
Run up on me, case closed (Uh)
I’ma let the K blow
Let the K blow
Fucking on a slut ho’ (Lil’ bitch)
That’s your slut bro
Come and get your slut bro
Yeah she got’s to go
Suck my dick so sloppily
Put the sloppy in sloppy joe
Pull up on the scene, Monopoly
Damn that’s a money [?]
Fuck with me that’s a catastrophe
One million plus two million, bitch do the math for me (Count it up, count it up)
I’m smoking on gas, I’m chilling
These fuck niggas in they feelings (What else)
Mad cause a young nigga stay winning (What else)
Mad cause a young nigga stay shining (What else)
Mad cause a young nigga stay grinning
Take off those fake ass diamonds
Who the fuck you thought you was tricking
Who the fuck you thought you was running up on
You thought a young nigga was slippin’?
Put that bitch in the back of a Beamer
In the cut and I’m toting my nina
Spill lean on my clothes, race to the dry cleaners
I take off in that car like a cheetah
Got a Spanish bitch, that’s my amiga
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe
I choose hoes nigga (I choose you)

[Chorus]
I’m just tryna fuck his main bitch (I choose you)
I’m just toting on my stainless (I choose you)
Nigga fuck ya’ and everyone ya’ hang with (I choose you)
Choppa talking, that bitch speaking spanglish (I choose you)
Flex on that bitch like a sit-up, drink Codeine, no liquor (Aye)
White mask on my face, I do not fuck with these niggas (Aye, skrt skrt aye)
You ain’t tough nigga, you’s a fuck nigga (Huh, what else)
My lil’ gun a thottie, load it up, it fuck niggas (Gang gang gang)
Perky in my body, I love to bust niggas (Gang gang, gang)
Bomb like Kamikaze, this K from Russia ho’ (Gang gang, gang)
Desert eagle show no love, it just lust niggas (Gang)
I see all the fuck shit with my eyes closed (Gang)

[Outro]
Daytrip took it to ten
Gang
999 that’s the gang
ABK that’s the gang
808 that’s the gang
That’s the gang
That’s the gang
Daytrip took it to ten


Kodak Black – ZEZE lyrics


D.A. got that dope!

[Chorus: Travis Scott]
Ice water, turned Atlantic (Freeze)
Nightcrawlin’ in the Phantom (Skrrt, skrrt)
Told them hoes that don’t you panic
Took an island, flood the mansion (Yeah, big water)
Dropped the roof, more expansion
Drive a coupe you can stand in (It’s lit)
See the bitches undercover (In the sheets)
I’m an ass and titties lover (Big ass)
Guess we all made for each other
Now that all the dawgs free (Yeah, yeah)
And we out in these streets (Alright)
Can you do it, can you pop it for me?

[Refrain: Kodak Black]
Pull up in a demon, on God (On God)
Lookin’ like I still do fraud (Fraud)
Flyin’ private jet with the rod (Rod)
This that Z shit, this that Z shit (This that Z shit)
Pull up in a demon, on God (On God)
Lookin’ like I still do fraud (Fraud)
Flyin’ private jet with the rod (Rod)
This that Z shit, this that Z shit (This that Z shit)

[Verse 1: Offset]
Offset! Blow the brains out the coupe (Boo)
Police wanna talk, but I’m on mute (Woo, woo, hey)
I’ma bust her wrist down ’cause she cute (Ice)
Fuck her on a yacht, dive in a pool (Yeah)
She an addict (Addict), addict for the lifestyle and the Patek (Patek)
Big daddy, have you ever felt Chanel fabrics? (Chanel)
I be drippin’ to death, I need a casket (Drippin’)
And we got more stripes than the ref, he foul, TEC him (Bow, stripes)
In the middle of the field like David Beckham (Field, bow-bow)
All my niggas locked up, for real, I’m tryna help ’em (Free, free)
When I got a mil’, got me the chills, don’t know what happened (Hoo, chills)
Pop pills, do what you feel, I’m on that zombie (Hey, hoo)
I’m more like Gaddafi, I’m not no Gandhi (Gaddafi, hey)
I’m more like I’m David, Goliath runnin’ (Hey, hey)
Niggas be clonin’, I find it funny (Clone, haha)
We from the Nawf, straight out of the dungeon (We from the Nawf, hey)
I go in her mouth, she can’t tell me nothin’ (Eghck, eghck, egchk)
300, the watch is out of your budget (Woo, woo, 300)
Mean-muggin’ got me clutchin’
Yeah, and this stick right out of Russia

[Chorus: Travis Scott]
Ice water, turned Atlantic (Freeze)
Nightcrawlin’ in the Phantom (Skrrt, skrrt)
Told them hoes that don’t you panic
Took an island, flood the mansion (Yeah, big water)
Dropped the roof, more expansion
Drive a coupe you can stand in (It’s lit)
Bitches undercover (In the sheets)
I’m an ass and titties lover (Big ass)
Guess we all went for each other
Now that all the dawgs free (Yeah, yeah)
And we out in these streets (Alright)
Can you do it, can you pop it for me?

[Refrain: Kodak Black]
Pull up in a demon, on God (On God)
Lookin’ like I still do fraud (Fraud)
Flyin’ private jet with the rod (Rod)
This that Z shit, this that Z shit (This that Z shit)
Pull up in a demon, on God (On God)
Lookin’ like I still do fraud (Fraud)
Flyin’ private jet with the rod (Rod)
This that Z shit, this that Z shit (This that Z shit)

[Verse 2: Kodak Black]
In a Hellcat ’cause I’m a hell-raiser
Self-made, I don’t owe a nigga nann favor
When you get that money, nigga, keep your heart
I’m slidin’ in a coupe, ain’t got no key to start
I got the fire on me in BET Awards
When your well run dry, you know you need me for it
When I pull up in the Buick, you know what I’m doin’
If the police get behind me, I’m fleein’ and eludin’
Sleepin’ on the palette turned me to a savage
I’m a project baby, now I stay in Calabasas
Like I still serve fiends, like I’m still jackin’
I be sippin’ on lean, tryna keep balance
Hit that Z-Walk, Dickie’s with my Reeboks
I don’t say much, I just let the heat talk
Your jewelry water whip, diamonds like re-rock
My lil’ baby ride the dick like a seesaw
When I stepped up on the scene, I was on a bean
When I jumped up out the Beam’, I was in Celine
Baby girl you just a fling, that ain’t what I mean
Money bustin’ out my jeans like I do the scheme

[Refrain: Kodak Black]
Pull up in a demon, on God (On God)
Lookin’ like I still do fraud (Fraud)
Flyin’ private jet with the rod (Rod)
This that Z shit, this that Z shit (This that Z shit)
Pull up in a demon, on God (On God)
Lookin’ like I still do fraud (Fraud)
Flyin’ private jet with the rod (Rod)
This that Z shit, this that Z shit (This that Z shit)

Uh-huh, ha, oh-ah-oh
Uh-huh, ha, oh-ah-oh
Uh-huh, ha, oh-ah-oh
Uh-huh, ha, oh-ah-oh


Travis Scott – CAN’T SAY Lyrics


[Chorus: Travis Scott & (Don Toliver)]
No you can’t say if I’m mad or not
Smoking hella weed, I’m on that alcohol
Shawty lick me clean the way she suck me off
I keep two hoes in my bed, I got ’em turning out
What would you do if you heard I got it going on?
I had to burn, I left skrt marks, I had to dip (I had to)
Gotta watch for 12, ’round my town you might get killed
(better watch for 12)
I’m out my mind, yeah I’m high above the rim (I’m on my mind)
You cop it live, boy I got in on film

[Verse 1: Travis Scott]
You gotta watch out where you rockin’, shit get real
Drink too real, I can’t be fake, don’t know the feel
Gotta take a long drive up the hill
Gang too wavy, move like Navy Seals
I’m too wavy, think I need a Lyft
Chicago baby she just wanna drill
The vibes too wavy, it’s too hard to kill
Gotta watch out where you go ’cause shit get real

[Interlude]
I’ma swang, and a-swang, and a-swang to the left
Pop-pop my trunk
Dip-dip-dip-dip
Oh my

[Chorus: Don Toliver]
No you can’t say if I’m mad or not
Smoking hella weed, I’m on that alcohol
Shawty lick me clean the way she suck me off
I keep two hoes in my bed, I got ’em turning out
What would you do if you heard I got it, burned it all?
I let it burn, skrt that mark, I had to dip (I had to)
Better watch for 12, ’round my town you might get killed
(better watch for 12)
I’m out my mind, yeah I’m high above the rim (I’m out my mind)
You cop it live, boy I got it all on film

[Verse 2: Don Toliver]
You must be cautious, told the lil’ hoes I’m all in
Play this ballers offense, I left ol’ girl, she callin’
You know I hit in morning, oh yeah she yawning
I met you in the club, bitch you know this shit mean nothing
Oh then I hit your cousin, mhm, no-no discussion
Sipping on lean, no Robitussin
Oh yeah, I know you love me, I beat it ain’t no cuddling
You down bad, you suffering
I don’t give a fuck how hard it get
That lil’ bitch know I started this
Uh-huh, oh yeah
Get to the cash, no layup
Spend a big bag, Rodeo
Some may ride for the first time
Hoes come through just to touch us
I’ma tell the truth like Usher
You already know how I bust her
Slang my chop from Russia

[Interlude]
I’ma swang, and a swang, when I swang to the left
Pop-pop my trunk
Dip-dip-dip-dip
I’ma swang, and a swang, when I swang to the left
Pop-pop my trunk
Dip

[Chorus: Travis Scott]
No you can’t say if I’m mad or not
Smoking hella weed, I’m on that alcohol
Shawty lick me clean the way she suck me off
I keep two hoes in my bed, I got ’em turning out
What would you do if you heard I got it going on?
I had to burn, I left skrt marks, I had to dip
Gotta watch for 12, ’round my town you might get killed
I’m out my mind, yeah I’m high, but I’m real
You cop it live, boy I got it all on film


T-Wayne – Fuck Russ Lyrics


[Intro]
[?] on that beat
Yeah, foreign, foreign, foreign

[Verse 1]
I told em, fuck Russ
You ain’t shit
You a bitch
Diamond wrist, peep the drip
Water whip, Plain Jane, new Mulsanne
Shorty wanna give me brain, cuz the fame (yea, yea)
I’m coming live and direct
I got you niggas upset
Hoping out the private jet, got your bitch wet
Snake on my belt, lookin like a new pet
Cut my ex off, need a new thang
Copped a new chain and a pinky ring
Southwest airline, that’s a plain jane
I just dropped a bag and the Blue Flame

[Chorus]
I want the new Ferrari
I want the Plain Jane
I want the presidential Rollie
She want the whole gang (gang, gang)
She a little freak she’ll bust it
Diamonds real cold like Russia
Told lil bitch don’t touch it
Young, rich, came up from nothing
I want the new Ferrari
I want the Plain Jane
I want the presidential Rollie
She want the whole gang (gang, gang)
She a little freak she’ll bust it
Diamonds real cold like Russia
Told lil bitch don’t touch it
Young, rich, came up from nothing

[Verse 2]
I’m hoppin off of a jet
I’m on a run for a check
I gotta flex
I put your bitch in a vette
Runnin up plays like I’m Brett
I got her wet
I got my gun like a sketch
Keep that bitch I ain’t impressed
Don’t give a damn bout my ex
Fuck on her friend and I jet
I want Patek Phillipe
I got my choppa on me
I fuck around in the suite
I be feelin like skreets, bitch I be geeked
Light up the sweet in a suite
I be ridin’ a foreign
You know the engine be roarin’
I’m outta space like the orbit
The whip gotta horsey
You would think it was Ralph Lauren
I’m on the track like Jeff Gordon, yea

[Chorus]
I want the new Ferrari
I want the Plain Jane
I want the presidential Rollie
She want the whole gang (gang, gang)
She a little freak she’ll bust it
Diamonds real cold like Russia
Told lil bitch don’t touch it
Young, rich, came up from nothing
I want the new Ferrari
I want the Plain Jane
I want the presidential Rollie
She want the whole gang (gang, gang)
She a little freak she’ll bust it
Diamonds real cold like Russia
Told lil bitch don’t touch it
Young, rich, came up from nothing


Musicals – Chess – Anatoly And The Press lyrics


Reporter #3: [Spoken]
Excuse me, Mr. Sergievsky, why are you leaving
Russia? What about your wife and family?

Reporters:
How long was this planned?
What made you defect?
Did anyone help you?
And do you expect
To be joined in your exile
By loved ones, e.g. your wife?
Or are you starting again
In all aspects of life?

Reporter #7: [Spoken]
Will you be defending your title next year in
Bangkok?

Anatoly: [Spoken]
Walter, you bastard, you never told me you and
Global would fix all this!

Walter: [Spoken]
Welcome to the West, Anatoly.

Reporter #6: [Spoken]
Why did you leave Russia?

Anatoly: [Spoken]
I don’t leave anything!


Musicals – Chess – Embassy Lament lyrics


Embassy Officials:
Oh, my dear how boring,
He’s defecting
Just like all the others,
He’s expecting
Us to be impressed
With what he’s done here,
But he hasn’t stopped
To think about the paperwork
His gesture causes–
We’ve an embassy to run here.

If these people can’t strike
Blows for freedom
With a valid visa,
We don’t need ’em.
If we seem offhand
Then please remember
This is nothing very special
He’s the fourth we’ve had
Since last November.
Who do these foreign
Chappies think they are?

Official #1:
And when he’s safely in the West
He’ll be the hero to discuss.
The media will lionize him,
Fame and fortune plus,

Officials:
No-one will recall it’s
Thanks to us.

Official #1: [Spoken]
You have a wife?

Anatoly: [Spoken]
Yes.

Official #3: [Spoken]
You have two children?

Anatoly: [Spoken]
Yes.

Official #2: [Spoken]
And they’re not coming with you?

Anatoly: [Spoken]
No, not for the moment.

Official #4: [Spoken]
You play chess. You are good at it?
[Official #3 whispers in #4’s ear]
Oh. I hear you’re world champion.

Anatoly: [Spoken]
Since yesterday.

Officials: [Spoken]
That’s still good.
[Sung]
Have you an appointment
With the consul?
If you don’t
We know what his
Response’ll be,
He will not see you–
With respect it buggers up
His very taxing schedule,
Pushing peace and understanding.
Let us hope this won’t affect it.

Far too many joker
Cross the border,
Not a single
Document in order.
Russia must be empty
Though we’re all for
Basic human rights,
It makes you wonder,
What they built the Berlin wall for
Who do these foreign
Chappies think they are?

And when you’ve
Filled in all the forms,
And been passed
Clear of all disease,
Debriefed, debugged,
Dedrugged, disarmed,
And disinfected, please
Don’t forget the guys
Who cut your keys.


Shia LaBeouf – Hattrick Freestyle Lyrics


Me again
It’s heat again
Thats three of them
You’d think I was trying to achieve something
What’s the reasoning?
What’s been eating him?
Why’s he got this gusto?
I just finished playing tennis like I’m John McEnroe

Compare me to Brando, Eminem
Pen to pen
I’m better then him and him
20 men, 2 teams of QM’s, with new gems
Who all know him, could speak fluid
I just do this
The truth is, I’m Kubrick
You lose this
Your roof is in jeopardy
Ebro, needs no accessory
Please know you equal a cent to me
Your raps Phil Spector g
Alive for a century
Maintaining impressively

Give him a hand, not applause
His draws is hitting the sand
Can’t get it
Cause attempting Risks shit in his pants
Ignorant, insignificant man
The difference is damn!!!!!
Thats me and your like, “Uh-huh”
You better hide like Trump with Russia
You from the side where guys be stuck up
I’m from the side where guys get…

Emailing Ben to get at me
While I’m in Tallahassee
Pull my phone start writing in taxis
Paying the flat fee
Making it nasty
Great like I’m Gatspy
At you like you owe me
Re-cooper like Bradley
So you agree?
Are you beaten or what?
You got the demeanor.. of a vacuum-cleaner
You suck
Your archeology
I’m the shit—I’m colostomy
Eat you for the novelty
Harbor no animosity
This is all for fun and for free
Just killed rap’s bougoisie
You not hip-hop, you’re
Youre MM-Bop
Just an obscure fruit my dude your kumquat
I’m cultured
I’m umlaut
Above t-dot
That’s three dots like texts when your thinking bout the response
Connection
That’s my profession, holmes
I’m an accessible spectacle
I’ll be in Atlanta when my schedule’s flexible

Dealing with dummies both of you should take some classes The masses ask for this hat trick
Eating red vines and the guy who writes on sunglasses
Ashes to ashes and dust to dust
This my last line cause you cats ain’t rapping much


P Money –


[Hook]
Whoa, big boy lyric and flow
Whoa, big boy lyric and flow
Whoa, round and round it goes
Whoa, round and round it goes
Hey, big boy lyric and flow
Hey, big boy lyric and flow
Hey, round and round it goes
Hey, round and round it goes

[Verse 1]
Yo, I don’t play, this is not EA
Minimum wage? Promoter, behave
Make sure I’ve got a rider onstage
And three hotel rooms, prepaid
Got a big lyric called “what did he say?”
When I start it, the crowd say “what did he say?”
But I don’t repeat it on the third line
But I hit ’em with the fourth like “what did he say?”
Cause I’m grimy when I’m rhyming with my hood up
In quick time and when I ride in, I get a pull-up
If it’s a hype ting, we’ll slide in when I pull up
DM sliding when I glide in, skrrt, pull up
I does this, then man shoulda, woulda, coulda
I got clarity, dem man dududududu
I’m P Money in a snapback and my hood up
But I’m Wiley to every single girl that I stood up, cause

[Hook]
Whoa, big boy lyric and flow
Whoa, big boy lyric and flow
Whoa, round and round it goes
Whoa, round and round it goes
Hey, big boy lyric and flow
Hey, big boy lyric and flow
Hey, round and round it goes
Hey, round and round it goes

[Verse 2]
Yo, fam, let me tell you why I’m nang
Probably the first grime man in Japan
Every single MC that clashed me ran
Left with their girlfriends, I left with their fans
Money Over Everyone, yeah, that was me
Put together dubstep and grime, that was me
Bosnia, Russia, Australia, Croatia
Can’t forget Germany, bro, that was me
If you wanna spar me, you are barmy, you need an army
You ain’t dark, G, can’t dark me cause I’m a darkie
Can’t harm me, run up, charge me or disarm me
I’m old school but I ain’t Atari, bro, wallahi
My conservative labour works more than a party
Nah, G, on my own, I was calling the party
Humble with it, but I’ll get a D Double rewind
If you might see me go back to being nasty

[Hook]
Whoa, big boy lyric and flow
Whoa, big boy lyric and flow
Whoa, round and round it goes
Whoa, round and round it goes
Hey, big boy lyric and flow
Hey, big boy lyric and flow
Hey, round and round it goes
Hey, round and round it goes

[Verse 3]
Like yo, let me tell you why I’m cold
Made a lot of bangers, [?]
“Slang Like This”, man, you already know
“10/10” now, you already know
Younger than them but I was one of the seniors
Badded up festivals and I done arenas
They ain’t even done this and they was on a major
I ain’t even dropped no album, idiots
Zim zimma, I was getting bigger and bigger
They couldn’t say I weren’t the winner when I got in the bimmer
They can’t buy my style, I’ll six-figure the bidder
They call me chinchilla cause I’ll put their chin on a chiller, it’s mad
Are you hearing the way I’ve been flowing? It’s mad
All the rates and the raves I’ve been going, it’s mad
Lowkey at the show so we go in the back
When your chick picks me up, we go in the back

[Hook]
Whoa, big boy lyric and flow
Whoa, big boy lyric and flow
Whoa, round and round it goes
Whoa, round and round it goes
Hey, big boy lyric and flow
Hey, big boy lyric and flow
Hey, round and round it goes
Hey, round and round it goes

[Hook]
Whoa, big boy lyric and flow
Whoa, big boy lyric and flow
Whoa, round and round it goes
Whoa, round and round it goes
Hey, big boy lyric and flow
Hey, big boy lyric and flow
Hey, round and round it goes
Hey, round and round it goes


B.o.B – Summers Day (Elements Album)


If money is your God who’s your devil?
If everybody die what make’s you special?
I wonder if heaven got a ghetto
And I wonder if it’s crowded
Okay now I’m acting childish but hey
Don’t force your religion on me
And I won’t force my non-religion on you
Truth’s the only thing I’m devoted to
So am I equal or just boredom to you
So Bobby, fourth album how does it feel?
Ever wonder why every artist run out on they deal?
The price you pay to sell out record stores
When they say they sell they soul it’s not a metaphor

Yeah
I wonder if JFK tried to warn us a storm was around the corner
Most of these law enforcers just force us all in a corner
They make it harder for the foreigners
Your son your wife and you daughter
And make it hard to support them
I’m just here to inform ya
The power structures enormous
Speaking out on these topics is like swatting a nest of hornets
They come from the left and right
They swarm our bodies like garments
With chemicals here to harm us
After you bust your ass they tax your ass for a portion
That’s parasitic behavior
How dare they minimum wage us
How dare you mention a pay cut
Like we here to read the terms and conditions
And they betrayed us
Don’t need permission to wake up
‘Cause silence is your consent for them to consistently wake us
Let’s go

Let’s
Let’s go
Let’s let’s go
Let’s go
Let’s, let’s go
Let’s, let’s, let’s go
Let’s go
let’s
Let’s go
Let’s let’s go
Let’s go
Let’s, let’s go
Let’s, let’s, let’s go

My mentality is post apocalyptic
I think in hieroglyphic
We live inside a system that’s mostly monolithic
America the company who owns the title?
Shit. I don’t know it could be Russia or China
That’s why they identify it as property
Born in the robbery
No Robin Hood
If Satan had a house it’d be in Hollywood
Walking away is the most difficult part
Red carpet for the ritual start
They know they can’t keep me in check
Or keep me asleep with a check
As long as there’s breath in my chest I’m pressing these niggas to death
I’ll never regret
The past that I lived
Or the path that I took
I run when I needed, with every step

let’s go
Let’s
Let’s go
Let’s let’s go
Let’s go
Let’s, let’s go
Let’s, let’s, let’s go
Let’s go
let’s
Let’s go
Let’s let’s go
Let’s go
Let’s, let’s go
Let’s, let’s, let’s go