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    What the US has done

    Latinx migrants at the southern border have been in the national spotlight. But too rarely has the question been asked: What situation would compel so... Read More

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    Immigration chaos

    If you scan the Internet for immigration-related news stories following the Trump administration’s May 7 announcement of its ‘zero toleran... Read More

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    Mob violence and political will

    Aijaz Zaka SyedAnd so it goes on and on. If a widely respected 80-year-old public figure and civil society activist like Swami Agnivesh can be brutall... Read More

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    Nature strikes back

    The Trump administration’s every move is marked with a strange creepiness as well as confusing messages that can only mean: They don’t get... Read More

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    No cause for celebration

    Momentous things are happening in our national politics. The media is in a state of frenzy. There is euphoria, but very little cause for celebration.T... Read More

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    Tax the rich

    The United States ended the 20th century on a roll – for the rich. Between 1973 and 2000, the nation’s most prosperous 1 percent tripled t... Read More

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    A post-growth economy

    The crowds of protesters that confronted US President Donald Trump during his visit to London last week have channelled the world’s outrage at a... Read More

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    Digital aesthetics: me, myself and myselfie

    Expressing one’s love for his/her partner at a wedding anniversary used to be a very private affair. Not anymore. Now, love is not real unless e... Read More

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    Change behind waves

    Last week’s heatwave brought record temperatures to Southern California. Hot winds blew fire into my community in Santa Barbara County, ripping ... Read More

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    Reorienting the media

    The media has permeated our lives so much that now we cannot live without it. It gives us information, entertainment and views on personal and collect... Read More

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    From summits to strategic tensions

    After the demise of the USSR, it was widely believed by people in the West that Nato would become democratic and work for peace. But to their utter su... Read More

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    Baby snatchers

    Soon after Trump ordered the separation of immigrant children from their parents, conscientious observers began exposing the longer roots of such raci... Read More

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    Workers in America

    According to the Federal Reserve’s Survey on the Economic Well-Being of US Households in 2017 40 percent of adults said they would be unable to ... Read More

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    Remembering Srebrenica

    It has been more than 23 years since the Srebrenica genocide happened. In the dark days of July 1995, the Bosnian Serb Army – under the command ... Read More

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    Drivers of disbelief

    The last few days of June 2018 saw most people in the United States sweltering in an epic heat wave. High temperatures were uniformly between 90 and 1... Read More

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    Can the south save India?

    It has been raining like cats and dogs in Hyderabad in India since the return of the native. Yet, the heat coupled with humidity is never far away. It... Read More

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    Children in the US

    Children are crying for their parents while being held in small cages. The attorney general tells us the Bible justifies what we see and the White Hou... Read More

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    A historic bill

    On July 11, the upper house of the Irish parliament, the Seanad, will vote on a landmark bill that, if passed, would ban the purchase of goods and ser... Read More

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    Racism in a cage

    Kenneth C Davis wrote in a New York Times op-ed more than a decade ago, pointing out, among much else, Benjamin Franklin’s contempt for the newl... Read More

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    The Helsinki summit

    On July 16, US President Donald Trump will meet in the Finnish capital Helsinki a triumphant Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has just secured an... Read More

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    Theories of evolution

    In 1859, British naturalist Charles Darwin proposed a theory of biological evolution in his book ‘On the Origin of Species’. This later be... Read More

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    Privacy problem

    The United States has a privacy problem. Sensitive consumer data are everywhere, and they are vulnerable. Just this year, we learned that two billion ... Read More

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    Images of death

    Although everybody knows that death is inevitable, nobody is ready to recognise this fact and continue to desire to live for as long as possible. The ... Read More

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    Saving tigers, killing people

    From forced eviction to restrictions on access to resources, conservation practices have long been tied to violence against the indigenous peoples tha... Read More

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    Deep poverty

    This summer, UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty Philip Alston presented his observations on the state of international poverty to the UN Human R... Read More

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    Boat to Gaza

    Aboard the international solidarity boat Al-Awda, part of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC), we are a more motley crew than the passengers aboard t... Read More

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    Demonising children

    In a June 18 press conference, Kirstjen Nielsen, the US Secretary of Homeland Security, was challenged on the problematic nature of the imagery releas... Read More

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    The American nightmare

    Deniers like Nikki Haley refuse to admit that mass poverty exists in their prosperous nation. That would reflect poorly on their capitalist beliefs. B... Read More

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    Ignorance is catastrophe

    Tropical rainforests are the lungs of the planet, but an acre of this most precious land is being cleared every second, and it’s increasing: In ... Read More

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    The wall

    The wailing in our country about the ‘invasion of immigrants’ has been long and loud. As one complainant put it, “Few of their child... Read More

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    Trump?s Muslim ban

    June 26, 2018, will forever stand as one of those moments. On that day, with a 5-to-4 vote the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited rul... Read More

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    Living on a prayer

    Homelessness happens. Maybe you have no pension, or maybe your pension is too little to keep up with what the real estate speculators are doing to ren... Read More

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    Executive President Erdogan

    If we believed the so-called liberal Western media, from the US mainstream corporate houses to their smaller European cousins, including the officiall... Read More

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    The next step

    Julian Assange is the helmsman of a publishing outfit that has blended the nature of journalism with the biting effect of politics, and duly condemned... Read More

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    Trump shuts out the world

    Check this out. With more than 1.8 billion population, Muslims are currently the second largest religious community in the world after Christianity. I... Read More

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    Grizzly delisting

    Broken promises, disrespect and outright lies. These are at the heart of the Trump Administration blitzkrieg against environmental laws across the nat... Read More

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    The border crisis

    As Trump and his enablers gin up anti-immigrant rhetoric, labeling undocumented immigrants as law-breakers for crossing the border without papers, and... Read More

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    A global nuclear threat

    India’s nuclear weapons now pose a potential threat to the world. The Agni-V, India’s longest-range intercontinental ballistic missile (IC... Read More

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    Europe?s dark past

    Various European powers constructed the image of non-European nations on the basis of three elements: rational, religious and civilisational superiori... Read More

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    After the storm

    Puerto Rico was already in trouble after suffering a ‘lost decade’ without economic growth after 2005, leading to a default on its public ... Read More

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    Economic reformsBy Waqar Masood KhanThe second major initiative taken in the last decade was the devolution of power to provinces under the 18th Const... Read More

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    Power and perception in the US

    US President Donald Trump’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents triggered a wave of anger across America, forcing the &ld... Read More

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    Refugees? plight

    The world is experiencing the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. The Trump administration’s response has been to reduce the annual numb... Read More

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    Prohibiting chemical weapons

    Like architecture and art, the value of some international agreements lies in the eye of the beholder. But no one would seriously question the worth o... Read More

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    Forecasting elections

    Forecasting the winners and losers in the upcoming national and provincial elections is akin to trusting prodigious parrots to pick the team that will... Read More

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    End the wars

    African immigrants are often blamed for ‘taking advantage’ of the porous Libyan coastline to ‘sneak’ into Europe. Yet, many of... Read More

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    The myth of voting rights

    There is a myth among election law experts that voting is a fundamental right in the United States. However, the Supreme Court’s recent Husted v... Read More

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    The public value of forests

    Recently in an interview about the 2018 Farm Bill, US Sen Steve Daines advocated more ‘active’ management of our national forests. ‘... Read More

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    The Trump-Kim rendezvous

    Who says we are not living in interesting times? If you still doubt this assertion, a look at what transpired in Singapore on June 12 is enough to con... Read More

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    Notions of development

    In modern times, tall buildings, shiny commercial plazas and dazzling shopping malls are considered to be symbols of progress and advancement. We neve... Read More

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    Terror in Gaza

    The Israeli military has been disseminating on social media images and videos of young children at protests. One short clip plays a lullaby interrupte... Read More

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    The post-West order

    During the recent G7 summit, the president of the European Council – a subsidiary of the EU – sent out the warning that Donald Trump&rsquo... Read More

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    Protect forests

    A few weeks ago, my wife and I were backpacking on the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail along Rock Creek in McCreary County when we came acro... Read More

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    Actions without solutions

    On June 11, Italy’s new Interior Minister Matteo Salvini blocked the Aquarius rescue ship carrying 629 refugees and migrants from docking at its... Read More

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    Economic reforms

    The second Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) was prepared in 2009, after a lapse of eight years. The methodology was getting out of fashion and,... Read More

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    Life in plastic

    Mainstream western culture is addicted to the convenience of plastic, to single-use items, cheap electronics of limited lifespan, and excessive packag... Read More

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    Qatar?s miracle

    The Gulf state of Qatar has just completed its first year of an all-out land, sea and air blockade that was aimed at cowering down the tiny nation of... Read More

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    Europe?s Enlightenment

    The Enlightenment emerged in 18th century Europe and played an important role in changing the nature of its political, social and religious life.Philo... Read More

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    The end of the Modi affair

    Isn’t it interesting that just when the battle for 2019 is about to take off in India, more and more ardent admirers of Indian Prime Minister Na... Read More

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    Who benefits from booms?

    Although the US mass media are awash with stories about America’s “booming economy,” the benefits are distributed very unequally, wh... Read More

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    Stop the border separation

    Between October 2017 and April 2018, 700 children have been separated from their parents at the border. One-hundred of these children are under 4 year... Read More

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    Net neutrality

    A future without net neutrality is here. Well, almost. The Federal Communications Commission will take away the rights of internet users on Monday. Of... Read More

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    Healthy forests

    The Northern Rockies Ecosystem is unique. These wildlands support almost all the fish and wildlife species that were present when Lewis and Clark pass... Read More

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    Crime against humanity

    In an unprecedented move, the prosecutor of the ICC is seeking to assert the jurisdiction of the court for the deportation of Rohingya from Myanmar to... Read More

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    Appropriating history

    In the 15th century when the movement of the Renaissance emerged in Italy, scholars who were its forerunners were termed humanists. Their main objecti... Read More

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    Gaza in peril

    It is often argued that Israel is an Occupier that has violated the rules of Occupation as stated in international law. This would have been the case ... Read More

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    Migrant children

    Most mornings lately, I’ve woken up to two things. First I hear my toddler, sounding off that it’s time to get up. Then I see the news sto... Read More

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    Anonymous snipers

    We know her name: Razan al-Najjar. But what’s his? What’s the name of the soldier who killed her, with direct fire to the chest last Frida... Read More

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    Dawn of a new era

    The holy month of Ramazan this year has brought special blessings to the people of the tribal areas – and the whole country. Unlike the past pra... Read More

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    A troubled society

    Every time a horrific incident of mass violence occurs, we should study it with the same care that we study any subject in which our own life is at a ... Read More

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    US poverty

    The United Nations has released a scathing report on poverty and inequality in the United States. The findings, which will be presented to the UN Huma... Read More

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    Taming Trump?s trade war

    After coming down hard on China, the unpredictable Donald Trump has turned his guns towards Washington’s inveterate allies in the ongoing trade ... Read More

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    Families belong together

    It’s not right. Infants are being taken from their mothers. Families are being separated, and parents charged as criminals for sheltering childr... Read More

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    Broadening the bounds of condemnable bigotry

    TV star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett is a symbol of just how overtly the racist dehumanization of people of color continue... Read More

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    Toynbee on civilisation

    In his monumental work, ‘A Study of history’, British historian Arnold J Toynbee surveyed 23 civilisations. Some of these civilisations co... Read More

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    Justice for the Rohingya

    The ICC’s jurisdiction extends to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide that have either been committed within the territory or by a ... Read More

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    Cruel policies

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the country the administration would start systematically separating children from their parents at the border, no... Read More

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    Selfiestan

    In a latest tragic incident, a 20-year-old Indian student died while taking a selfie during a trip in Western Australia. Last week, Ankit was with a g... Read More

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    Rich CEOs

    No single statistic, in isolation, tells us particularly much. Numbers only gain real meaning when we compare them. Take, for instance, the figure for... Read More

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    Hurricane Maria and the cover-up

    On Tuesday, a Harvard University study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealing that the true death toll from Hurricane Mar&iacu... Read More

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    Trade deficit

    A trade deficit reduces demand in the economy. It means that some of our spending is creating demand in Europe or Mexico, rather than in the United St... Read More

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    End the wars

    Millions of Americans will spend Memorial Day at community picnics, family barbecues, or local parades. “Thank you for your service” will ... Read More

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    Netanyahu?s luck

    Benjamin Netanyahu has luck. A lot of luck. It is uncanny. The whole country sees the luck. His popularity rises to the heavens.The economy is flouris... Read More

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    Deadly heat

    Long ago humans first recognized the dangers of heat waves, and effective adaptations have been around since humans first inhabited the deserts and tr... Read More

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    Reflections on Haspel?s confirmation

    It is appalling that the Senate would approve for CIA Director someone who was directly involved in carrying out torture. Haspel should have been disq... Read More

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    Hazards of duty

    One of the main complaints against government officials is that they do not perform their duties diligently. And everyone readily agrees with this obs... Read More

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    Ramazan: blessings and obligations Part - II

    In continuation of last week’s article, here are some more verses of the Quran on the blessings and obligations of Ramazan.“(And) We comma... Read More

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    Spengler on mass culture

    When Spengler was writing his book the ‘Decline of the West’, published in 1918, he had plenty of material at his disposal. Archaeologists... Read More

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    An excuse for a war

    The question is: has the Trump administration already made a decision to go to war with Iran, similar to the determination of the Bush administration ... Read More

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    Knowledge over violence

    Let’s open the classroom doors – all of them. Open up the schools, open up America, looking for the lost souls. “Woo hoo!” he ... Read More

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    The immigration debate

    I don’t think I’m alone in believing there’s an intrinsic value to human life.That is, any human, no matter who they are or what the... Read More

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    Digital surveillance

    There’s no evidence that social media surveillance improves our security. Research contradicts the notion that reliable indicators exist to iden... Read More

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    Life in prison

    The most important aspect of this new Irish film, Michael Inside, is its cinematic approach to telling the story. Ireland has a long history of theatr... Read More

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    Democratic triumph in Malaysia

    On May 9, the Malaysian voters defeated a sitting government and the dominant ruling party in the 14th general elections held in the country. This ele... Read More

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    Modi and the southern challenge

    Nothing succeeds like sweet success. And it is doubly sweet when it is snatched from the jaws of defeat as it has been in Karnataka. Working with the ... Read More

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    Selective celebration

    Award winning Indian author Arundhati Roy writes in her article ‘The End of Imagination’, “My world has died. And I write to mourn i... Read More

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    A Faustian bargain

    You’re a passenger on the Titanic on its fateful maiden voyage in 1912. As it draws away from the dock at Southampton you get a premonition that... Read More

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    Shooting statistics

    Over the 12 months leading up to May 18, 2018, a gun was fired in 63 American schools, including 24 where homicides occurred. We can all agree that sh... Read More

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    The day of shame

    For me, the moving of the US embassy means nothing. It is a symbolic act that does not change reality. If and when peace does come, no one will care a... Read More

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    Trump?s Jerusalem move

    What transpired on the fateful day of May 14 in Palestine could not have been put more symbolically and succinctly than it was in a cartoon published ... Read More

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