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    BJP and the poor

    On January 9, the upper house of India’s parliament - the Rajya Sabha - passed a constitutional amendment to lift the cap on reservations in edu... Read More

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    Let?s start with humility

    Five months into power, the PTI government is widely seen as falling way short of fulfilling its electoral promises – except the one about carry... Read More

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    The climate test

    The science on climate change is clear: All countries desperately need to restructure fossil fuels out of their economies. Naturally, the Trump admini... Read More

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    How to buy happiness

    Corporatists castigated two lawmakers in recent weeks for daring to offer economic Xanax prescriptions to cure rampant American economic anxiety.&ldqu... Read More

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    The green deal

    Donald Trump and his base – the leftover scraps of Jim Crow, the broken shards of racist hatred that once were the American mainstream and made ... Read More

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    Japan?s new dawn

    The advent of the new year has marked the end of an era in Japan. The curtains are being drawn this April on the Heisei period, which began on January... Read More

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    The corporatisation of education

    A major objective of education, which most schools of thought subscribe to, is to broaden mental horizons, ensure personal and societal development, a... Read More

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    Trade wars

    The past three days US and China negotiators have met in Beijing to try one last time before a true trade war erupts between them in March 2019. Highe... Read More

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    The fault in US strategy

    The Trump administration has admitted that a report from last year that linked terrorism to immigration was badly flawed. But the episode is the lates... Read More

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    Trump?s wall

    The Republican Party has long favored shrinking the federal government to the point at which it can be “drowned in the bathtub”, to use Gr... Read More

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    Why are we still logging forests?

    Anyone who accepts true science realizes that today’s big forest fires are driven far more by climate warming than by a lack of “active fo... Read More

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    Taxing the rich

    Taxes impede economic growth and high taxes kill the economy, right?. This is the belief among many who criticize Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cor... Read More

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    The billionaires

    In March 2018, Forbes reported that it had identified 2,208 billionaires from 72 countries and territories. Collectively, this group was worth $9.1 tr... Read More

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    A joy forever

    George Leigh Mallory, who died on Mt. Everest in 1924, was asked why he wanted to climb the world’s tallest peak. “Because it’s ther... Read More

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    Reap what you sow

    There is an old saying: ‘As you sow, so shall you reap’, which can be applied to many instances, but basically means that you will have to... Read More

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    The power of degrowth

    When orthodox economists first encounter the idea of degrowth, they often jump to the conclusion that the objective is to reduce GDP. And because the... Read More

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    Yellow vests

    Most coverage of the Yellow Vest movement in France – lasting seven weeks and drawing hundreds of thousands onto the streets – misses a ke... Read More

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    Will Bernie be president?

    The 2016 Presidential election had two starkly different primaries. Inspired by hatred of Barack Obama, every Republican, big hands and small, came ou... Read More

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    Ruins of the past

    Throughout history, it was customary for ruling dynasties to build palaces, fortresses, temples and public buildings to display their power and wealth... Read More

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    Capitalism kills

    Hitchhiking through Venezuela some years ago, a friend and I availed ourselves of the novel opportunity to receive free medical care at health clinics... Read More

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    Vigilantism

    India’s so-called ‘cow protection gangs’ display antithetical qualities to the ones they attribute to their sacred animal – th... Read More

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    Reality bites

    So, what’s the year’s lasting lament as 2018 fades out? That the government, the military and the judiciary, all seem to be working in coh... Read More

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    The Chinese economy

    There is no future in predictions, as common as they are at this time of year. Add China into the mix and fate will be tempted to a dangerous degree. ... Read More

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    Tax reforms

    One year ago, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, promising a “bill for the middle class and a bill for jobs” that ... Read More

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    Bangladesh: the people?s republic?

    Mockery, death of democracy, dictatorship, authoritarianism – these are amongst a plenitude of other terms that have been used to describe the 1... Read More

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    Crackdown on refugees

    The world is pulsing with hundreds of millions of people desperate to flee their homes under the weight of the crisis of world capitalism. According t... Read More

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    The new green deal

    Lately there’s been a lot of bad news about climate change and the future of humanity. In October, the United Nations issued a major report warn... Read More

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    Best films of the year

    The top ten films of 2018: 10) A Heathers for Generation Z, the protagonists of Sam Levinson’s biting, bloody, and over-the-top satire Assassina... Read More

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    The fall of the Roman Empire

    The history of the Roman Empire fascinates European nations. Many of them tend to admire those emperors and generals who defeated the so-called barbar... Read More

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    Sleepwalking to extinction

    According to a study by the WWF the earth has lost over half of its wildlife in just 40 years. A staggering statistic that should shake every consciou... Read More

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    After the drawdown

    US President Donald Trump’s announcement to pull out 7,000 US troops from Afghanistan took both his allies and adversaries by surprise. As expec... Read More

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    The crises we cannot ignore

    The year 2018 is about to end with seemingly little having been achieved to resolve major crises around the world. Syrians continued to try to flee th... Read More

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    Protests in Sudan

    The International Criminal Court issued two arrest warrants in 2009 and 2010, respectively, against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, accusing him of... Read More

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    Creative destruction

    According to the WWF (World Wildlife Fund), since 1970 60 percent of the mammals, birds, fish and reptiles on the planet have been driven to extinctio... Read More

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    US in Syria

    In 2013, amidst highly-doubted, unproven allegations of a chemical attack by Syrian President Assad (debunked a year later), the threat of war escalat... Read More

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    The fight for food

    Over eight decades ago, the Dust Bowl devastated over 100,000,000 acres of agricultural land and the Great Depression threw 15 million Americans out o... Read More

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    In praise of dead trees

    Dead. Most of us have negative associations with the word. After all how did Death Valley get its name? Not because it was a favorite vacation spot fo... Read More

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    An all-time high

    Student loan debt has just reached an all-time high of $1.465 trillion. That’s double the $675 billion in loan debt amassed in June 2009, accord... Read More

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    The use of fake news

    These days, ‘fake news’ is regularly evoked against inconvenient reporting not just by the usual authoritarian suspects, such as in Russia... Read More

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    Border policies

    Amy Goodman and Denis MoynihanMaria Meza desperately sought safety for herself and her children. The 39-year-old Honduran mother had trekked northward... Read More

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    The world of traders

    Generally, historians recognised the contribution of elite classes such as royal dynasties, the aristocracy and feudal lords but ignored the role of t... Read More

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    Time to act

    The good news from the annual climate summit just concluded in Katowice, Poland, is that the world’s governments agreed on a ‘rulebook&rsq... Read More

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    Death penalty

    Fifty-seven years ago, Adolf Eichmann, the infamous Nazi SS leader and the ‘architect’ of the Holocaust was sentenced to death by the Jeru... Read More

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    The Pulwama massacre

    India once again displayed brutal use of state force in Indian-occupied Kashmir, with the occupying forces using lethal weapons and dirty tactics to r... Read More

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    Barbed wires

    During a Thanksgiving Day teleconference with members of the US armed forces, US President Donald Trump took the opportunity to exult over the intensi... Read More

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    Brexit?s darkest hour

    The UK government, led by Prime Minister Theresa May, has faced its worst crisis and all of it boils down to Brexit.The need to hold the Brexit refere... Read More

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    Whitewashing the Bush legacy

    If “the present conducts the past the way a conductor conducts an orchestra”, bringing forward “these particular sounds, or those, a... Read More

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    Britain?s theft

    After the British Raj took over in 1847, colonisers added a special new twist to the tax-and-buy system. As the East India Company’s monopoly br... Read More

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    Our rich culture

    Our Islamic history is full of outstanding personalities who will always be remembered. There are the Apostles, companions of the Apostles, Waliallahs... Read More

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    Migrant birds

    It’s not been a good era for migrants – and no, I’m not talking about those ‘caravans’ of desperate human beings from Ce... Read More

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    The first taste of defeat

    The BJP’s defeat in the recently-concluded state assembly elections in India has damaged the impression of invincibility that the party had proj... Read More

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    The choice

    A bleak irony is emerging in Tijuana’s border zone. For all the raging conservative rhetoric about how Central American migrants are lawbreakers... Read More

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    Democratising money

    The Green New Deal has been in the air lately. In a recent piece on this website, Rob Urie writes that the Green New Deal is “the last, best hop... Read More

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    Biological annihilation

    If you’ve been paying attention to what’s happening to the nonhuman life forms with which we share this planet, you’ve likely heard ... Read More

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    Peace talks

    The Afghan president’s peace initiative has been criticised by different stakeholders, including Afghan political figures and some factions of t... Read More

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    Has enlightenment liberalism failed?

    Is modernity the answer to all human woes? Ask a modern liberal and the answer is a resounding yes. Enlightenment values, the liberals argue, are the ... Read More

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    The proposal

    The Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, launched decades ago in another time of nuclear crisis, suggests one possible strategy. Developed at the end of t... Read More

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    The Brexit crisis

    The UK has long been divided by class, region and race, but these divisions have been masked by political and economic success. This has meant the Eng... Read More

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    Conflicts in cyberspace

    In ‘What Really Matters in “Defending Forward”’, published in Lawfare on November 26, 2018, Lyu Jinghua offers a thoughtful an... Read More

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    African artefacts

    On November 23, France announced it was going to return 26 works of art to Benin illegally obtained after the French conquest of the Kingdom of Dahome... Read More

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    Emperor Jahangir and the veneer of justice

    When the Iranian faction gained influence during the Abbasid period, they restored ancient Persian court ceremonies that were part of the Abbasid Cali... Read More

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    The tax revolt

    For the past three weeks, France has been experiencing one of the most significant social mobilisations in its recent history, which laid bare the cou... Read More

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    A deathly dilemma

    Insect abundance is plummeting with wild abandon, worldwide! Species evolve and go extinct as part of nature’s normal course over thousands and ... Read More

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    Alarm bells

    “What’s good for General Motors...” once upon a time was “... good for the USA”.That’s a reasonable paraphrase of ... Read More

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    The first hundred days

    This is what I got from the PTI’s first hundred days in power: that Imran Khan is a sincere, well-meaning and honest person who has reached the ... Read More

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    Power of protest

    The power of the people of France has forced the French government to retreat on fuel tax, and suspend planned increases in fuel taxes for six months ... Read More

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    Civilian deaths

    While campaigning for president in late 2015, Donald Trump promised a bloody escalation of the US-led war against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, vow... Read More

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    A respectful welcome

    Several days ago, I joined an unusual Skype call originated by young South Korean founders of ‘The Hope School’. Located on Jeju Island, t... Read More

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    Dry corridors

    Less than a mile south of the US-Mexico border, in Sasabe, Mexico, a Guatemalan man named Giovanni (whose first name is used to protect his undocument... Read More

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    The future of Trump?s trade war

    Since the end of the cold war, the US has relied more on aggressive economic statecraft to advance its foreign policy goals. Under the Trump administr... Read More

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    Bush and wars

    Nowhere in the so-called print/online major media was there any hint that the late George H W Bush was a bit of a public predator. The New York Times,... Read More

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    At the border

    On Sunday, US border officers fired tear gas at groups of asylum seekers attempting to reach the US border. Images of mothers and small children fleei... Read More

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    A new green deal

    Across America, calls for climate action are growing louder and more fervent. As Naomi Klein wrote this week, “[we have] been waiting a very lon... Read More

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    Addressing change

    Abigail Sullivan and Matthew Houser... Read More

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    Tear-­gassing migrants

    The Trump administration’s use of tear gas at the US border with Mexico over the weekend has rightfully generated outrage. Just as the photo of ... Read More

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    Fighting phantoms in India

    Aijaz Zaka SyedChildren break toys they get bored with. Adults invent more ingenious ways of venting their ennui. Like those who are blowing up prized... Read More

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    Dark days

    The work I do demands interaction with homeless, often desperate people. Like me when I was on the streets, these men and women know the location of e... Read More

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    A world divided

    A spread view of the world’s map is most revealing and may help understand better how the new world is turning out. The Pacific Ocean acts as th... Read More

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    The wildfire

    By now the worst wildfire in California has been extensively covered, even as rains drown the ashes and bones during the grim search for the missing. ... Read More

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    America Incorporated

    In the runup to the 2016 election, candidate Donald J. Trump proposed, if elected, to run government “like a business.” As President, he h... Read More

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    War in Yemen

    The numbers are mind-blowing: Since the beginning of the conflict in Yemen, an estimated 85,000 children under five may have died from extreme hunger ... Read More

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    Fate of Brexiteers

    When a majority of the British people voted to leave the EU in 2016, I was struck by the similarity between the Brexiteers’ plans for their peri... Read More

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    Free speech

    Shahidul Alam, the internationally recognised photographer who was detained by the Bangladeshi authorities in August after making allegedly “pro... Read More

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    Violence against women

    Sexual assault, insults, humiliation, discrimination, and beyond that contradictory orders or isolation are becoming ‘natural’ aspects of ... Read More

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    Press freedom

    There are some in the West who are fully convinced that Assange deserves to be tried and thrown in jail for ‘threatening’ US national secu... Read More

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    Rohingya repatriation

    The rushed attempt to send the Rohingya refugees back to their home state caused concern in the international community and led many to question the r... Read More

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    A walk through history

    Sir Syed Ahmad Khan is remembered as an educationist and religious scholar who took a keen interest in the social and political affairs of his time. H... Read More

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    California on fire

    California’s in the midst of the deadliest fire our state has ever suffered. As I write, there are 79 confirmed dead, and that number may grow a... Read More

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    Lawless lawyers

    Lawyers were at it again. Taking the law into their own hands seems to have become an ongoing practice and their favourite pastime. Recently, they cho... Read More

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    A new green deal

    Donning particle masks in the smoke-fogged air Tuesday morning, dozens of protesters urged Bay Area congressional representatives Nancy Pelosi and Bar... Read More

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    Abolish ICE

    Many progressive Democrats that won their midterm election bids, from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, to Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar, campaigne... Read More

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    The rise of the populist

    The 20th century witnessed the rise of working class and radical Left movements, revolutions and counter-revolutions, the emergence of gigantic Commun... Read More

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    Reinventing the past

    Can you change the past by changing the present? Would Hinduising Faizabad, Allahabad, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Hyderabad and so many other great Indian... Read More

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    Nature?s help

    In the midst of months of heat and wildfires and a fall full of hurricanes – phrases like ‘unprecedented’ and ‘record-breaking... Read More

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    Living the war

    There was something gruesomely familiar about the way we commemorated the supposed end of the First World War a hundred years ago. Not just the waterf... Read More

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    The fight for democracy

    In October, Latin America’s most populous nation, Brazil, elected as president Jair Bolsonaro, a former military man and historically fringe, fa... Read More

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    When the flames go up

    With the shocking loss of thousands of homes and dozens of lives in the Camp and Woolsey fires in Northern and Southern California, people are looking... Read More

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    The Brexit mess

    Britain is now in its deepest political crisis since the World War II. May’s deal seems all but dead, as there is no viable way for it to pass t... Read More

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    The new abnormal

    Thousand Oaks, California: a city torn apart by wildfire and gunfire. Both are unnatural disasters.“This is the new abnormal,” Gov Jerry B... Read More

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    Naya Bharat!

    There is a sudden surge in changing names of places in India. As the national elections for parliament slated for the next year draw closer, the rulin... Read More

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