Chicago police release video tied to shooting of unarmed man [CNN – 5/8/16]:


... The actual shooting, which occurred on July 28, isn't seen in the footage because the officer's body camera didn't record the moment he opened fire.

 However, police say the officer who shot O'Neal in the back violated policy. The teen, police learned, was not armed. ...



Black woman calls 911 during traffic stop because she fears Houston police officer — who then attacks her [Raw Story - 4/8/16]



In response to a court order in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Obama administration has released a redacted version of the White House document that sets out the government’s policy framework for drone strikes “outside the United States and areas of actual hostilities.” ... [ACLU - 6/8/16]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [CENTCOM - 6/8/16]



Police in Italy, Hungary and Slovenia on Saturday arrested four people in a coordinated operation targeting a group suspected of smuggling illegal migrants into Italy from the Balkans, Italian police said. ... [Reuters - 6/8/16]



Migrants teargassed, stranded on Italian-French border [EURO News – 5/8/16]



"UN WE ARE TIRED OF YOUR EMPTY PROMISES!!!"  ‏@AlbaFerrs [5/8/16]:  Campo de Oraikastro. ...



Two years ago, a small, privately-run ship set out to lend a hand to military operations in the Mediterranean rescuing migrants on boats near capsizing off Libya.

Today, there are a dozen such aid ships engaged in over 20 percent of the life-saving missions. ... [The Local - 6/8/16]



At the Crossing Borders Conference in Greece, critical theorist Maria Nikolakaki says 24 people are displaced every minute, which equals 34,000 every day - and this is, at its core, a class war.  [TRNN - 5/8/16]



Day 140 refugee protests, Nauru



Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [6/8/16]



@elahe_zivardar:  We stand with aboriginal Australia Peaceful protest in Nauru Saturday 06/08/2016 Day 140



By pretending refugee torture is only LNP policy you are perpetuating the cruelty you claim to be concerned about --> Peter Dutton MP, Malcolm Turnbull PM note this.  You are now fixed with knowledge of the fact that medical care for refugees on Manus and Nauru are appalling.  You will not be able to hide behind a pretence of not knowing about it, when the next person dies because of YOUR neglect. ... [Julian Burnside - 6/8/16]



Labor will be supporting this legislation because it is our policy.  "Opposition" Leader, Bill Shorten speaking on the Migration Amendment (Regional Processing Arrangements) Bill 2015  [House of Representatives Hansard - 24/6/15]



ALP helps LNP lock in offshore concentration camps [ABC - 24/6/15]



The only way to challenge a bipartisan policy of torture and genocide is with sustained, non partisan opposition eg --> Dear Malcolm and Bill ...


I do understand your job is difficult but this is not a “policy”, it has crossed the line and become a crime. Please get together and fix it.



Asylum seekers to Australia — and acting morally, Dally Messenger [26/7/16]:


... I am particularly sickened, Malcolm and Bill, to cause you to face the fact that these crimes are all the more hideous because they are enacted by people, like you, who claim to be doing the right thing.

Like all criminals committing criminal acts,  there is always the attempt to justify.

But all the spin doctors in the world cannot make this one wash.

I am particularly galled to note that the worst perpetrators of this crime are practising catholics and practising christians.

How am I supposed to get my brain around that? “Do unto others”, the most basic of all Christian tenets, has become a sick joke. ...



Be nice to the thousands of refugees trapped in our country says Malaysian official [New Straits Times - 5/8/16]



Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today urged the American Psychological Association (APA) to reaffirm rather than weaken its 2015 resolution banning psychologists from participating in national security interrogations and serving at illegal detention sites like Guantánamo Bay. ... [Media Release - 4/8/16]



Legal clash over US base in Okinawa reopens; ruling set for September 16 [Japan Today - 6/8/16]



Thailand votes on sweeping new constitution that empowers military [ - 5/8/16]



Ousted former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra defended her management of a rice subsidy scheme, which critics say haemorrhaged billions of dollars, and told a court on Friday it had not distorted global prices.

Yingluck, Thailand's first female prime minister, was removed from office by a court days before the military took power in a May 2014 coup.

The rice scheme, a flagship election policy that helped sweep her to office in a landslide in 2011, was a catalyst for months of crippling street protests in 2014 that led to the military takeover. ... [Reuters - 5/8/16]


Victorian police and MSM enact a spectacle designed to garner the "left leaning" public's acceptance of militarised policing for thought crimes
[Nine MSN - 6/8/16]:


A man believed to have links to far right extremist groups Reclaim Australia and the True Blue Crew has been arrested in counter-terrorism raids across Victoria.

Phillip Galea, 31, was arrested at 1pm at a residence on Ballarat Road, Braybrook, north-west of Melbourne.

Galea was jailed last year for a month after being charged with possessing tasers.

He was also previously fined for carrying a knife and a flare when attending an anti-immigration rally.

He is assisting police with their enquiries.

Police remain at the scene on Ballarat Road this evening and have seized items from the home.

9NEWS understands earlier this year police received information an individual or individuals had been advocating causing harm to some members of the community and producing documents and that there was a serious concern the threats were escalating.

“I’m very happy to say I think we’ve interrupted what could have been something that’s quite serious in terms of harm to our community,” Assistant Commissioner Ross Guenther said.

Police also searched another home in Braybrook and residences in Bacchus Marsh and Tatura.

Police said there was no ongoing threat or risk to the community.



Indonesian police arrest six Batam militants, including leader who "planned to attack Singapore" [Jakarta Post - 5/8/16]



President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday repeated his “shoot-to-kill” order against those involved in the illegal drugs trade who would resist arrest.

In an interview in Davao City, Duterte guaranteed to answer for state forces involved in shooting incidents related to their duty in his administration’s war against drugs. ... [Inquirer - 5/8/16]



2016 Rio Olympics begin with government dysfunction and police violence [Democracy Now - 5/8/16]:


... AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about Dilma Rousseff now? I mean, as they say, they’re going to put her on trial, that could lead to impeachment. They’ve already removed her as president.

DAVE ZIRIN [Sports Editor for The Nation] : Yeah. I mean, and this is going—this is beginning to take place just this week. And it’s interesting that it happens the same week that her predecessor, the person who got the Olympics, Lula da Silva, once the most popular politician, literally, in the world, has been brought up on obstruction charges, obstructing the investigation into the bribery scandals that have affected every facet of Brazilian politics.

I think what’s so interesting right now is that their plans—when I say "their plans," I’m talking about the people who organized the coup against Dilma—aren’t quite working out as they thought.

Like, their plan, I believe—and I think this is what a lot of observers inside of Brazil believe—is that they impeached her very specifically at a time so they could wait the six months, because that’s what it says in Brazil’s constitution—it’s a six-month wait between impeachment and conviction—so it could take place within the shadow of these Olympics as a kind of kabuki theater to say to the world, "Brazil is now under new management. The economy is up and running again. We’re now a safe place to invest. You don’t have to worry about, you know, any of our profits being used to fight inequality or all the things that were objectionable about the Workers’ Party." ...



Bilateral investment treaties imposing neocolonialism in the global south [TRNN - 3/8/16]



Interview with Rafael Correa | President of Ecuador [teleSUR - 29/7/16]



China Cosco Shipping, which owns the world’s fourth largest container fleet in terms of capacity, is expected to wrap up the purchase of a majority stake in Greece’s largest port, Piraeus Port (OLP), next week, sources close to the matter said on Friday.

Under a deal signed in April between Cosco and Greece's privatization agency (HRADF), Cosco will buy 51 percent of Piraeus for 280.5 million euros ($312.5 million). ... [Ekathimerini - 5/8/16]



A proposal to sell the Renmark Airport and transform it into an international airport exporting fresh produce and housing an international flying school is under consideration.

The ambitious bid was submitted to Renmark Paringa Council and discussed in confidence this month.

Council chief executive Tony Siviour today announced it had invited Sino Australia Clean Energy Company (Sino Australia) to submit a more detailed proposal.

Council has agreed to an exclusive negotiating period with Sino Australia for 12 months.

Sino Australia heads up an international consortium of Australian, Chinese and Asian investors. ... [ABC - 28/7/16]



The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cleared payment to Pakistan of a final $102 million tranche in a $6.4 billion three-year programme on Thursday, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif echoed the sentiment, saying Pakistan was able to stand on its own feet economically.

"It is now my desire... that we say goodbye to the IMF," he said, addressing a group of his party's lawmakers in Islamabad shortly after the announcement of the programme's conclusion. ... [DAWN - 5/8/16]



South Africa:  The United Front (UF) and Cope said they were open to being courted for a coalition in Nelson Mandela Bay – but only if their demands were met.

The DA has managed to get 57 of the seats in council, while the ANC has secured 50.

Both parties now have to knock on the doors of the smaller parties, if they want to form a coalition. ... [News24 - 6/8/16]



A fire swept through a Friday night birthday party at a bar in the Normandy city of Rouen, killing at least 13 people and injuring six others, French authorities said. ... [France 24 - 6/8/16]



Historic flea market in northern France cancelled over security fears [France 24 - 5/8/16]



The French city of Nice says it will not host the European Road Cycling Championships, planned for 14-18 September, for security reasons. ... [BBC - 5/8/16]



France said it expelled an Algerian man on Thursday who was suspected of having links with jihadist networks.

Authorities on high alert after a string of militant attacks spotted Andelkrim Mostefai, detained him and sent back to Algeria, the interior ministry said.

He was not linked to the similarly named Ismael Omar Mostefai, one of the attackers inside Paris' Bataclan concert hall in November, a source at the ministry said. [Reuters - 4/8/16]



And our government signalling to sovereign nations we are liars and cheats?


... LOUISE YAXLEY: The order can be a maximum of three years though, this post-sentencing detention order. Is that too long?

STUART CLARK [Law Council of Australia]: I don't think it's too long given the fact that, as I understand it, there will be the opportunity for a person who has had an order made against them to apply for the court if their circumstances change or if the new evidence comes to light to allow for the order to be discharged earlier than the three years. ... [ABC- 6/8/16]



Huffington Post [3/8/16]:


... Ben Lomai, a lawyer for some of the Manus detainees who is seeking compensation for the men's detention, claimed the Australian government was trying to drag out the legal proceedings for as long as possible.

"My clients are concerned it has been going on and on without any end to it," he told HuffPost Australia.

"From day one last year, when I filed [his case for compensation for the men], I sent all the documents to the Australian High Commission, and there has been no response from the government. As I understand it, they may claim immunity, that they can't be subject to another country's jurisdiction. This might be the case tomorrow, that they might claim immunity."

Lomai said the case was being advanced "piecemeal", as lawyers for the asylum seekers waited for responses.

"We don't know what happens next. The way things are going on, it will take a long while. We have two separate enforcement applications and that hasn't helped. Its very unfair on our clients. What more time do we require to resolve the matter? It will go on and on forever," he said.

"The Australian government must step up. That is the whole reason this has been tied up, because at the moment they're keeping their hands closed, they're delaying it. From my perspective as a lawyer for the asylum seekers, I'm blaming the Australian government, they're not coming up straight. The court has made a decision." ...



Who is human in the eyes of the Australian medical establishment?


Fundamental principle of medical #ethics impartiality of health workers in conflict, war. Deserve protection #Turkey



"tweeted" by ‏@amapresident [4/8/16]



‏@elahe_zivardar:  We stand with aboriginal Australia Peaceful protest in Nauru Friday 05/08/2016 Day 139


Refugee with growing breast lump has medical transfer from Nauru cancelled [Guardian - 6/8/16]



‘It’s better to die from one bullet than being slowly killed every day’ [Amnesty - 4/8/16]:


... Faraz*, an art teacher from Iran, came to Nauru with his wife and 10-year-old son.

He said that his wife had been very depressed from the moment they arrived and had got much worse over the past year, especially after their house was attacked twice by locals.

Two months ago he went out for a smoke and came back to find his wife unconscious, with empty pill packets around her bed.

Doctors managed to save her, but in hospital, and during the two months that she spent in a psychiatric ward in the camps, she persistently tried to end her life – swallowing pills or shampoo, hanging herself with bedsheets, and cutting her veins with a plastic knife.

“When I visited her, I was going crazy myself – I saw bruises and scratches on her arms: they were forcibly giving her food and medication, and were dragging her into the shower and toilet with her hands tied,” said Faraz.

“And when I asked the doctor, he said that was the treatment plan. I couldn’t take it anymore, and brought her back home… My son is so deeply traumatized, he doesn’t go out anymore; he just stopped doing anything. I feel I am losing my family in front of my eyes, and worst of all, there is nothing I can do about it.” ...



"ENOUGH TORTURING PLEASE" ‏@Mums4Refugees [6/8/16]:  Day 85 peaceful protest on Manus. Day 4 without Kamil. ...



Pakistan agrees to repatriate Manus refugee body [RNZI – 6/8/16]



US State Department's Anne Richard continues invisibilising the refugee crisis in her own backyard [Reuters - 5/8/16]:


The United States has taken in 8,000 Syrian refugees since October and is on track to meet President Barack Obama's goal of resettling 10,000 by the end of the fiscal year, a U.S. State Department official told reporters on Friday.

Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne Richard said additional U.S. personnel had been deployed to vet refugees overseas and that many other refugees had already been vetted and were awaiting resettlement. ...



... Farinas has been a vocal critic of the detente between the United States and Cuba that began in December 2014, when he said dissidents should have been included in secret talks preceding it that he called a betrayal. ...  Cuban dissident briefly hospitalised, hunger strike in third week [Reuters - 5/8/16]



Central Americans seek refuge in US only to be deported [VIDEO - Guardian - 5/8/16]



US Envoy on Refugees, Migration Policy in Southeast Asia [Anne Richard] press conference with UNHCR and IOM fobs off concerns about Myanmar human rights abuses and refugee exodus [3/6/15]:


... A/S RICHARD: Well thank you for your question. I did meet with Australian colleagues at the May 29th meeting in Bangkok including the Ambassador for People Smuggling -- or Against People Smuggling, I guess. The United States takes a different approach off our shores to people coming toward us in boats.

You know our Coast Guard intercepts the boats and then conducts interviews on its decks to find out if the people, if the boat people in the Caribbean have a credible fear of persecution or not.

And if it is judged that they are economic migrants they’re returned to places from which they’ve come.

But if it’s judged that they may have a case for asylum then they are not returned and that they get follow-on interviews and they may end up being moved as refugees to a new country. So the numbers we’re talking about in the Caribbean are quite small, but this, with this approach of ensuring that people get a chance to express their case is a part of what the US is doing that I think is needed throughout the region. I think that’s mostly on that issue. ...



Yahoo [1/6/15]:


... Anne Richard, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for population, migration and refugees, said resettling all Rohingya refugees in the United States would entice others to leave their homeland.

"The answer to the issue is peace and stability and citizenship for the Rohingyas in Rakhine state, and that is the solution," she said at the end of a three-day visit to Malaysia. ...



South East Asia refugee and migrant genocide can continue being covered up with weasel words and the complicity of a racist, victim blaming media [UNHCR Media Release - 4/12/15]



Helen Clark has expressed disappointment over falling seventh place in the second United Nations straw poll results in the race for its top job.

The former Prime Minister has dropped to sixth place, after the second UN Security Council straw poll -which is carried out in secret, and the results of which are never officially publicised.

In the first straw poll she was reported to have won eight 'encourage' votes and five 'discourage' from the 15 security council members. Two had 'no opinion'.

This time round, she won six 'encourage' votes, but eight 'discourage', with only one 'no opinion'.

Ms Clark took to Twitter to thank her fellow UN members and to say that she was both disappointed by the outcome.

She said she would be discussing it over the coming days.

The former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres was still the frontrunner.

The former Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic had moved up to second, followed by the Argentinian Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra.

In the latest ballot the former Slovenian President Danilo Turk dropped to fourth from second while Irina Bokova of Bulgaria, the director-general of UNESCO, took fifth spot.

Despite many calls for a female successor to Ban Ki Moon, both straw polls so far have seen men win the top two spots.

Several other straw polls will be held before the council's choice is put before the General Assembly for a final vote, which is expected in October.

There are now 11 candidates - six men and five women - vying for the top job after the former Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic, who came last in the first ballot, dropped out of the race on Thursday. [RNZI - 6/8/16]




Japan protested to China on Friday after Chinese coastguard ships and fishing vessels entered what Tokyo considers its territorial waters around a group of disputed islets, the Japanese foreign ministry said. ... [Reuters - 5/8/16]




... It's eight fifteen

And that's the time that it's always been

We got your message on the radio

Conditions normal and you're coming home ...



'Enola Gay', Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark [1980]




Atomic bomb diaries of poet Sankichi Toge donated to Hiroshima museum [Japan Times - 5/8/16]



Hiroshima in four poems [PBS]



In a gross display of wasted taxpayer dollars, dozens of Massachusetts National Guard personnel, operating under a grant from the DEA, alongside Massachusetts State Police, descended into the backyard of an 81-year-old cancer patient in a raid last week — to protect society from the dangers of his four marijuana plants. ... [Mint Press News - 4/8/16]



Assange to speak to US Green Party Convention via live feed [Houston Chronicle - 5/8/16]



Turkey has dismissed 167 staff from its Scientific and Technological Research Council (Tubitak), broadcaster NTV cited Industry Minister Faruk Ozlu as saying on Friday, as a purge of state institutions continued after last month's failed coup. ... [Reuters - 5/8/16]


A lawyer for US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen said Friday that Turkey had no proof he was involved in last month's failed coup attempt and would not succeed in its bid for his extradition. ... [Yahoo - 6/8/16]


No US planning, support, knowledge in coup attempt in Turkey: Ambassador [Hurriyet Daily News - 5/8/16]


World giants will keep a "democracy watch over the economy" along with a campaign, which will be run in 24 countries for 30 days, under the aegis of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

World-prominent CEOs including Britta Seeger (Mercedes), Mark Fields (Ford Company), Muhtar Kent (Coca-Cola), Dr. Volkmar Denner (Bosch), Poul Polman (Unilever), Vittorio Colao (Vodafone Group) and Morris Enrique Jimenez (Philip Morris) will talk about Turkey and its growing economy in various countries, from New York to Berlin. ... [Daily Sabah - 5/8/16]



Remembering American journalist killed in suspicious car crash in Turkey after entering Erdogan’s crosshairs [Mint Press News - 5/8/16]:


... The local gendarmerie in Turkey wrote in their official crash report that Shim’s cousin was the “sole culprit in the accident,” while, that December, Today’s Zaman reported that prosecutors were seeking six years in prison for the operator of the concrete mixer instead, accusing the driver of causing “death through negligence.”

The trial, allegedly set for March 2015, never occurred. Without any official inquiry ever being issued or carried out, let alone any verifiable autopsy report, news coverage from the suppressed and increasingly government-controlled Turkish media has made up the crux of what information the family has received.

Adding to the cumulative affront was a brief statement two weeks later by the U.S. State Department, which claimed that it “does not conduct investigations into deaths overseas.” ...

Attackers kill 13 at busy market in India's Assam [Al Jazeera – 5/8/16]



6 Palestinians injured with Israeli live fire in Gaza clashes [Maan - 5/8/16]



What’s really behind Israel’s attack on Christian charity World Vision? [Electronic Intifada - 5/8/16]:


... Israel has ordered its representatives around the world to go on an offensive over the matter.

“Specifically, the diplomats were instructed to spread the news of Halabi’s alleged actions among liberal and religious groups who support World Vision,” the Israeli news website Ynet reported.

“Contacts, journalists and relevant opinion makers should be briefed, and an emphasis needs to also be put on the digital arena,” a senior foreign ministry official reportedly ordered.

Diplomats were also armed with “detailed background materials about the case and talking points to be used in meetings, posts on social media and infographics,” Ynet said. ...



The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will shut down their services in the Jerusalem office on Sunday in response to a group of protesters and prisoners’ families storming the office on Wednesday evening, according to ICRC officials.

A spokesperson for ICRC told Ma’an that the protesters obstructed work from being carried out in the office, while threatening the safety of the employees.

Deputy Director of ICRC in Jerusalem and the West Bank Ajat Sricker in a statement called the protest “unacceptable” and announced the suspension of all ICRC activities in Jerusalem on August 7 until “a safe work environment is guaranteed for our employees.”

She added that the suspension of activities in the Jerusalem office would not affect ICRC offices in the occupied West Bank.

ICRC has been a target of protests in recent weeks after the group reduced family visits to male Palestinian prisoners from two times a month to just one.

Four prisoners declared hunger strikes on July 18 -- identified as Ahmad al-Barghouthi, Mahmoud Sarahneh, Ziyad al-Bazzar, and Amin Kamil -- in protest of the decision. ... [Maan - 5/8/16]



41 Palestinian women, including 12 minors, currently held in Israel's HaSharon prison [Maan - 5/8/16]:


... Israel's HaSharon prison was also where the youngest Palestinian prisoner, 12-year-old Dima al-Wawi, was held for more than two months after Israeli forces accused her of attempted manslaughter and being in possession of a knife when she was detained. ...



The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today emphasized the closeness of the relationship between the U.S. and Israeli militaries during a meeting at the Pentagon with his Israeli counterpart.

In a statement summarizing the meeting between Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford and Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, chief of the General Staff for Israel Defense Forces, Joint Staff spokesman Navy Capt. Greg Hicks said Dunford highlighted the trust and bond between the two militaries. ... [US Department of Defense - 4/8/16]



The leader of the Sinai branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has been killed in a series of air strikes south of the peninsula's El Arish town, according to Egypt's military.

Abu Duaa al-Ansari was killed with 45 other ISIL fighters in an operation guided by "accurate intelligence", Brigadier-General Mohammed Samir, the military's chief spokesman, said on his Facebook page.

He also said the army destroyed arms and ammunition stores used by the group, but did not say when the operation took place. ... [Al Jazeera - 5/8/16]



Egypt's former Grand Mufti survives assassination attempt [Reuters - 5/8/16]



In a rare demonstration of similar thinking, arch enemies Sadek Al-Ghariani and Khalifa Hafter have both come out firmly against Monday’s US air attack on the so-called Islamic State in Sirte.

Describing it as “illegal” at a press conference yesterday, Ahmed Mismari, the spokesman for Hafter’s Libyan National Army’s, claimed that the air raid had been carried out for US electoral purposes to help Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

It would be the LNA that liberated Sirte, he insisted. ... [Libya Herald - 4/8/16]



NOC will not lift force majeure on ports until it is paid its outstanding budget: NOC source [Libya Herald - 4/8/16]


Frozen sovereign funds behind the Libyan 'invitation' to bomb Sirte [TRNN – 4/8/16]


Uganda's Police raided a night club where a Gay Pride event was underway and arrested at least 15 people, accusing them of staging an illegal gathering and promoting homosexuality, a rights activist told Reuters on Friday. ... [Reuters - 5/8/16]



Ten people were arrested on Friday after protesters from the British arm of the "Black Lives Matter" movement blocked the main road to London's Heathrow Airport, police said.

Four people were in custody while the other six were being disentangled having locked themselves together across the five-lane slip road leading to the airport, causing traffic congestion at the Europe's busiest hub. ... [Reuters - 5/8/16]



5 Years after Mark Duggan’s murder – is the UK more dangerous? [RT - 4/8/16]



... Andrew Smith from the Campaign against Arms Trade talks about the impact of the UK 3.3 billion pound arms deal with the Saudis.

Plus why can’t the government make up their mind on the breaking of humanitarian law in Yemen. [RT - 3/8/16]



At least 10 people have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries when Saudi fighter jets carried out a number of airstrikes against residential neighborhoods across Yemen. ... [Press TV - 5/8/16]



US says strike in Yemen kills "three al Qaeda operatives" [Reuters - 5/8/16]



A jury has recommended a sentence of two-and-a-half years for Virginia police officer Stephen Rankin, who was convicted of shooting an unarmed African-American man he had suspected of shoplifting.

The killing of William Chapman was Officer Rankin’s second fatal shooting of an unarmed man. [Democracy Now - 5/8/16]




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