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Time is Running Out for Mugabe.

Posted by Exile on March 29, 2007

It has taken Mr. Robert Mugabe 27 years to ruin Zimbabwe. After the country was officially made independent in 1980 it has had no other leader. All efforts to organize an opposition have been crushed and the ZANU PF under Mugabe has no immediate plans to let it be formed now.
The country has gone from powerhouse to derelict in those years. From a land that produced an excess of food to a third world banana republic. It’s independence lost to foreign aid. Mugabe has lost it.

The African states surrounding Mugabe’s ruined Zimbabwe have finally had enough of this state of affairs. A summit of 14 southern African countries is being held in Tanzania, with the crisis in Zimbabwe at the top of its agenda. Diplomats say leaders will tell Robert Mugabe that he should not stand for re-election in Zimbabwe next year.
Until now, the African states have continued a policy of non-interference. That means allowing countries to develop at their own pace under their own cogniscance. They call it “Silent Diplomacy”. Not interfering is a good thing, but there comes a point when the overspill of civil unrest and constant upheaval begins to affect ones neighbours. That time has apparently come for Mugabe. There is no doubt that the agricultural demise of Zimbabwe has affected its neighbours that once imported food from Zimbabwe. That no longer takes place and the lack of income has pushed Zimbabwes inflation to over 1700%. Civil war may even be looming in the wings.
The people of Zimbabwe deserve better.
If the countries around them begin to involve themselves now, they might even get it.

I have found a “must read” blog for those interested in what is moving and shaking in Zimbabwe.
Follow this link to the Zimbabwean Pundit. Please, go and read him.

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Racism. A One-way Street in the EU.

Posted by Exile on March 28, 2007

The following text is taken directly from the pages of the EU parliament webside’s press service report, dated 20-03-2007.

Since the German EU Presidency committed itself in January to putting the fight against racism throughout Europe back on the political agenda, MEPs have been working to find common ground on the future framework decision to combat racism and xenophobia, on which negotiations have been stalled in Council since 2005. The latest state of play was the subject of a public hearing in Parliament on Monday, with the issue of holocaust denial featuring prominently.

“Unfortunately, the 2006 report of the EU Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia in Vienna shows that the number of racist acts increased again last year by between 20 and 45 per cent depending on the Member State,” said Parliament’s rapporteur Martine Roure as she opened the hearing. “These alarming figures show the urgency of achieving a minimum harmonisation in Europe, to include a common definition of racist and xenophobic behaviour to be subject to criminal penalties which are effective, proportionate and have a deterrent effect.” Commenting on the text currently under discussion in Council, she said “the current balance of the text, which specifies charges, allows certain well defined derogations and provides for judicial cooperation should be preserved.”
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“Unfortunately, the 2006 report of the EU Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia in Vienna shows that the number of racist acts increased again last year by between 20 and 45 per cent depending on the Member State,” said Parliament’s rapporteur Martine Roure as she opened the hearing. “These alarming figures show the urgency of achieving a minimum harmonisation in Europe, to include a common definition of racist and xenophobic behaviour to be subject to criminal penalties which are effective, proportionate and have a deterrent effect.” Commenting on the text currently under discussion in Council, she said “the current balance of the text, which specifies charges, allows certain well defined derogations and provides for judicial cooperation should be preserved.”

Obviously the racism question is getting some attention, but in which direction? The traffic appears to be all one-way. The general feeling one gets, is that it is only acts of racism perpetrated by indigenous European citizens that are of any importance. What of racism being directed at indigenous europeans? This is basically ignored by the EU and apparently does not exist. The article goes on to describe the discussion caused by the publishing of a booklet by Polish-born Maciej Giertych, a free MEP, which is basically denying the Holocaust. The EU is up in arms:

Referring to the framework decision, Ms Roure spoke of the “necessity of including negationism.” She said that she understood the need to respect each Member State’s history and traditions, but “recent events, including in our own institution with Maciej Giertych’s publication suggesting that the Third Reich did no more than shut Jews into the ghettos they had themselves created, show that we must redouble our efforts to ban this type of historical minimisation which is a veiled form of anti-Semitism.” It would be, however, for each Member State to decide how to punish such acts.

Stavros Lambrinidis (PES, EL) said, on the other hand, that “freedom of speech is most important to be protected. There is no question that the Nazi genocide started with words and incitement to hatred but I wonder if sending some people to jail for their words would have saved us from the holocaust or rather would have transformed them into heroes. There should be a clear line to define what should be punished. In democracy, freedom of speech should always be protected, in any circumstances. I come from a country which suffered a dictatorship and I consider it very dangerous to allow anybody to judge what can be said and what cannot”.

Isil Gachet (Council of Europe) said that freedom of expression and banning racist speeches are not in contradiction and that there is a way of making them compatible. She said that article 10 of the European convention on Human Rights guarantees freedom of speech but it also defines limits, which include racist speeches and incitation of hatred or intolerance.

While I have no doubt that Maciej Giertych is on the wrong course and that those 6.5 million people didn’t choose their awful fate, the interesting thing is the invocation of the 10th article of the European Convention on Human rights.
Article 10 concerns itself with freedom of speech. Reading it makes it very clear, that there is no such thing as freedom of speech, as more text is dedicated to denying you that right, than to allowing it.

ARTICLE 10

1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.
2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or the rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.

If the EU Parliament is serious about making such claims as denying the holocaust a racist crime, then why are we not exposing and condemning the racism inferred by Islam? More antisemitic than that would be hard to find. Also the racism directed against Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Zoroastroans, in fact every religion in the world other than Islam itself?
And why are we not calling it a racist crime when some Imam, somewhere, calls for “Death to America”, or Israel or Denmark or “those that insult Islam”, whoever they may be?
Why are they not being rounded up and tried for racist crimes?
Perhaps the next time a european girl is raped by a muslim (that would be today, at some point), we should push to get it tried as a race-hate crime? Maybe that would set the ball rolling.

Links:
EU press service article.
European Convention on Human rights.

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Vote Like an Egyptian.

Posted by Exile on March 27, 2007

Poor old Hosni Mubarak.
It seems everyone is against him and his efforts to secularise Egypt. The latest referendum to allow the curtailing of the activities of the Islamic opposition has just been held with the resounding and underwhelming participation of around 27% of the population turning out to vote.
It seems everybody had decided to take the advice of the opposition and stay at home. Nevertheless, the government is claiming a victory saying that 75% of the voters said yes to the new ammendments to the constitiution and to the further restrictions on the activities of the Islamic Brotherhood.

I went off to do a bit of digging in the “local” press.

The Middle East Times is as independent as anything I’m going to find on the internet, so here goes:

“The people were the real winners yesterday,” President Hosni Mubarak said after it was announced that 75.9 percent of Egyptians who took part in Monday’s referendum voted in favor of amendments to 34 articles in the constitution. The regime has defended the move as a boost to democracy and security, but the opposition and civil rights groups have described the changes, especially new anti-terrorism measures, as a major setback for basic freedoms.

However, officially only 27.1 percent of the 35-million-strong electorate turned out, compared with 53 percent in a referendum two years earlier that paved the way for Egypt’s first contested presidential election. Opposition parties – which had called for a boycott – contested the official figure, arguing that turnout did not even reach 10 percent, while civil society groups complained of widespread vote rigging.
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Egypt’s judges, who were charged with supervising the referendum, also said that election officials prevented them from supervising the referendum and stuffed ballot boxes when their backs were turned. “The judges wash their hands of the referendum results,” Ahmed Sabr, a spokesman for the Judges’ Club, said. “We will no longer be a fig leaf to cover something shameful.”
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The opposition, including civil society organizations and the Muslim Brotherhood, maintain that the amendments will only strengthen the regime’s grip on power and ensure a smooth transition to the president’s son Gamal.

“..anti-terrorism measures …a major setback for basic freedoms.” Hmmm.. I wonder what they mean by that?

It would appear that not everyone thinks like our Hosni.
If the turnout was only 27% of the voting population, and only 75% of them said yes, then Mubarak has about 21% of the population behind him. Unless a whole bunch of those who didn’t turn out to vote thinks he’s a great guy, agree with him, but just couldn’t be bothered to lift their lazy arses out of the sand to go and vote in his referendum. If I was him, I’d be a worried man. The judges are against him, the banned-but-tolerated Muslim Brotherhood is against him and civil society organiations, whatever they are, are also against him. Life ain’t easy at the top of the pyramid.
The Egyptian Gazette wasn’t exactly whooping for joy either.

Islamist and secular opposition groups protested against the amendments, calling for a boycott of the referendum.Members of the Muslim Brotherhood outside the Bar Association in downtown Cairo criticised the amendments as “unilateral on the part of the ruling National Democratic Party”. “The Bar Association rejects the way in which the Constitution has been amended and calls for an independent committee to perform that function,”

How and where they are going to find an independent committee in Egypt is an open question. But apart from that, they had little else to say that the Middle East Times hadn’t already said.

The independent newspaper “Al Masri Al Youm” struck a more resigned note with a red banner headline reading “Nothing New,” in reference to what it said was a rigged referendum. The paper, which has one of the largest circulations in Egypt, ran a photograph of a woman weeping over the referendum and black-clad security forces filling downtown Cairo. How those two images relate to one another is beyond me.

All in all, not a good result for Hosni Mubarak, even if it does mean that he can swat the islamofascists in his own backyard with a bigger stick now. Which has to be step in the right direction. However it does seem, that it is not just the camels in Egypt, that have the hump.

But the final insult comes here. From Reuters.

Human rights groups in Egypt and abroad have criticised the vote, which will increase Government powers to detain people in the name of fighting terrorism.

Yes. Yes. Well, of course. We wouldn’t want to upset our nice terrorists, would we? Perish the thought.

I didn’t know they had human rights groups in Egypt.

“The Left” is everywhere.

Be afraid.

Links:
Middle East Times
Egyptian Gazette

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The Berlin Declaration

Posted by Exile on March 25, 2007

Here it is, in all its jumped up, meaningless glory:

The Berlin Declaration: full text.

Europe was for centuries an Idea, a hope for freedom and understanding. This hope has been fulfilled. European unity has enabled us to live in peace and prosperity. It has created a community and overcome differences. Every member has helped to unite Europe and to strengthen democracy, the rule of law. We have to thank the love of freedom of the people of central and eastern Europe that Europe’s unnatural divisions are today finally overcome. With European unity, we have learned the lessons from our bloody conflicts and painful history. We live today together in a way that was never previously possible. We citizens of the European Union are united in our good fortune.

Section 1

In the European Union we realise our common ideals: for us the individual is central. His dignity is inviolable. His rights are inalienable. Women and men have equal rights. We strive for peace and freedom, for democracy and the rule of law, for mutual respect and responsibility, for prosperity and security, for tolerance and participation, justice and solidarity. We live and function together in the European Union in a unique way. This expresses itself in the democratic co-operation of member states and European institutions. The European Union is based on equal rights and solidarity. That is how we make possible a fair balance of interests between the member states. We uphold in the European Union the individuality and the diverse traditions of its members. The open frontiers and the lively diversity of languages, cultures and regions enrich us. Many goals cannot be achieved independently but only through common action. The European Union, the member states and their regions and local communities share these tasks.

Section 2

We face great challenges which cannot be confined to national frontiers. The European Union is our answer to them. Only together can we preserve our European social model in the future to the benefit of all citizens in the European Union. This European model unites economic success and social responsibility. The common market and the euro make us strong.

That is how we can shape the increasing worldwide interdependency of the economy and ever expanding competition on international markets according to our values. Europe’s wealth lies in the knowledge and abilities of its people; this is the key to growth, employment and social cohesion. We will jointly fight terrorism and organised crime. We will also defend our freedom and civil rights against their enemies. Racism and xenophobia must never again be given their chance. We will act to ensure that conflicts in the world are solved peacefully and that people do not become victims of war, terrorism or violence.

The European Union will promote freedom and development in the world. We want to push back poverty, hunger and disease. In doing so, we will continue to play a leading role. In energy policy and protection of the climate we want to go forward together and make our contribution to heading off the global threat of climate change.

Section 3

The European Union will continue to live in the future on the basis of its openness and the will of its members to strengthen together the inner development of the European Union. The European Union will continue to promote democracy, stability and prosperity beyond its frontiers. European unity has made reality out of a dream nurtured by earlier generations. Our history warns us that we have to protect this good fortune for future generations. We must continue to renew and update the political shape of Europe. That is why, 50 years after the signing of the Treaties of Rome, we are today united in the goal of achieving a renewed common foundation for the European Union before the elections to the European Parliament in 2009.

Because we know: Europe is our common future.

My Declaration:
Poppycock!

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Let’s Start Fighting Back.

Posted by Exile on March 23, 2007

We are all aware of the need to stop the Islamisation of our various lands. We all know, that the politicians of our time are not going to help us. If they were, they would have done so by now and stopped the desecration of our right to freedom of speech. They would not give in to the pressure from hordes of screaming muslims demanding the beheading of various editors, politicians and writers, nor would they continue the constant apologising for nothing more than trivia.

The question is, how do we fight back? What can we do?

Statistically, and thereby democratically, we are in a stronger position. All we need to do is get organized. No nation in Europe is, as yet, outnumbered by its immigrant population. Which means that the indigenous population is still the larger and more dominant. Therefore we have to use that numerical advantage as best we can, while we still have it.

That alone is our single most effective weapon. How are we to use it?

Our rights are being eroded only because we allow it to happen. We do not complain loudly enough. This has to change. We have to make more noise. We especially have to make more noise than that which the muslim communities in our own countries do.
We must collectively lobby our politicians for active resistance. Every time the muslims begin demanding this or that, simply because of their superstition religion, we must lobby harder for that change not to take place. If they have 5 organisations, we must have 10. If they demonstrate, so must we, twice for their once. We can bombard the do-nothing politicians with e-mail and post. Learn your MP’s address and memorise it. Put them on your mailing list. Encourage others to do the same. Write to these politicians, that you think things to be unaccceptable and demand a response. Start petitioning. Organize the resistance. Start the groups and join whatever local national organisations that exist already. Form new chapters. Increase the numbers.
Only by active lobbying can we make a difference. Writing amongst ourselves is narcissistic and basically only preaching to the choir. We need to get the choir out of the church and on to the street. We are that choir. We ourselves need to get involved. No one else is going to do this for us. And unless we begin to make a very loud and very public noise, the politicians in Europe will slumber peacefully on, oblivious to our opinions and laughing all the way to the bank.
We are their masters. They are elected to serve us. We must tell them what we want. If we do that, loudly, clearly, legally, peacefully and collectively, they have no alternative but to supply it.

We have less than six months left to prepare to put our views forward by demonstration in Brusssels on the 11th of September. I suggest we all get busy.
Let’s start fighting back.

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Yay France!

Posted by Exile on March 23, 2007

It isn’t that often that I have anything good to say about the French. Today however, is an absolute exception and they are, for the moment at least, a few notches higher up on my “respectometer”.

The Paris court that was trying the weekly satirical magasine “Charlie Hebdo” for insulting Islam has thrown the case out and thereby acquitted the editor, Phillipe Val of insulting Islam by printing two of the Jyllands Posten “Motoons” and a third, home grown, cartoon depicting the prophet Mohammed. The magasine printed the cartoons in february last year and two of the largest muslim organisations in France sued. The courts declared the cartoons as being within the limits of free speech and that they did not constitute an attack on Islam.

I don’t like the term “limits of free speech”. If there are limits on anything, then it is not free. But hey, the judge in France said it, not me. They don’t have free speech in France these days.

This may be a step toward restoring it.

Phillipe Val commented as he left the court, “It is a European victory, that a European court has decided that it is not religious groups or extreme muslim groups that dictate the limits of freedom of speech. This is also good news for secular and democratic muslims in France.”
Of course, had there not been any muslims in France, secular, moderate, democratic or otherwise, then this would never have been an issue. But that’s another story, I suppose.

Jyllands Posten, the Danish newspaper that started all the fuss, called the decision “a resounding victory for the freedom of speech”.

My congratulations to Phillipe Val and to the court. All praise to the judges. You have to be grateful for small victories, resounding or not. This was one.

Vive La France!

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Sharia Law in Germany.

Posted by Exile on March 22, 2007

A German female judge in Frankfurt has been removed from a case concerning a simple divorce. The woman seeking the divorce had used her Moroccan born husbands mistreatment of her as grounds for divorce. According to German law, violence is grounds for speedy process. According to the judge, the Koran allows the beating of a wife by the husband, and she should have known that before she married the man. Therefore, said the judge, there is no reason for dissolving the marriage. The woman would have to wait for the mandatory year to pass before any divorce could be finalised. The judge also went on to say that both parties had their cultural roots in Morocco, they were both aware of the ruling in the Koran and that “in that culture, it is not unusual for a man to beat his wife”. This was her own fault.

The judge was removed from the case after the German magasine “Der Spiegel” published the story.

Sharia is creeping ever nearer, people.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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Sorry Seems To Be the Daftest Word.

Posted by Exile on March 22, 2007

The Bicentenary of the Abolition of Slavery Act, which banned slavery in the British Empire, is on 25 March. I would have thought this to be a joyous occasion. A celebration of the most humane piece of legislation ever passed by the British Parliament. The people, the government of the time and the lawmakers all realising that slavery is and was then an abomination, decided to make it illegal. To stop the slave trade by outlawing it in the entire British Empire, which was considerably larger then than now. Almost three quarters of the world was affected. Surely, this is cause for celebration?

No. Sorry. And that’s the point. “Sorry”.

Red Ken Livingstone has been on the soap box again. Proclaiming now that London is “sorry” for its part in the slave trade. And he would like Tony Blair to be sorry too. On behalf of the country. The BBC has quoted him thus;

“The government’s refusal of such an apology is squalid. It will be infinitely better for our country’s reputation if that apology is made now justly, frankly and openly.” he said, and added:
“Delay demeans our country.”

Red Ken goes further, urging fellow Londoners to join him in apologising for this “monstrous crime”.
Simon Woolley, the director of Operation Black Vote, said the mayor had made a “bold but undeniable statement. By apologising, we begin the process of reconciliation and addressing the legacy of this gross act of inhumanity. It is important because the legacy of slavery remains with many black people on a daily basis.”

Just how that is, is beyond me. Legacy? What legacy? Equal rights for all men?
I didn’t hear shouts of “Lift that bale” or “Tote that barge” the last time I was in London and the local population didn’t appear to be involved in the buying and selling of human beings, black or otherwise. Not surprising really, as the whole despicable process was, thankfully, made illegal 200 years ago.

Any “apology” now would be as hollow as a drinking straw and equally as meaningless. Those that were involved are dead and gone. Both slave and slaveowner. So who are we apologising to, Mr. Livingstone? And why? On behalf of who? It had little to do with our generation. It may be a disgraceful blemish on our history but it was stopped. Luckily, our forefathers saw the inhumanity of the trade and stopped it. Surely that piece of historic legislative action is more meaningful than a half baked attempt at righting the wrongs of the past with a few belated and meaningless statements of apology now, or by carrying the blame forward to the present?

I am glad that those brave men decided to put an end to the human trafficking. It is an abhorrent crime. It is disgraceful. Thankfully, it is also illegal now.

We should be celebrating that. We should be celebrating the setting free of those people who were enslaved. Not whining. We should be thankful for the events of 200 years ago. Not falsely apologetic for what went before.

Methinks Ken Livingstone’s statements have more to do with Mr. Woolley and those people he represents, than any thoughts of genuine atonement for the sins of our fathers. The former being more relevant to Mr. Livingstone’s public position than the latter.

Link: The BBC article.

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SIOE. A New Blog to Watch For.

Posted by Exile on March 21, 2007

Now that SIAD (Stop the Islamisation of Denmark)has got itself well and truly established in the blogosphere, a new blog has surfaced. This one is more interested in the broader picture. Stopping the Islamisation of Europe.

Hopefully, the initiative will grow, and a new organisation will grow from it.

Resistance has to start at some point. That point may well have been passed already.
I believe that it is never too late to start.

Bookmark this one.

SIOE

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One Reporter = Five Taleban Leaders.

Posted by Exile on March 20, 2007

I could hardly be more disgusted.

The irresponsible activities of a reporter have led to the freeing of Taleban leaders in Afghanistan. The reporter, an Italian idiot called Daniele Mastrogiacomo, was abducted as he tried to interview senior Taleban officials in Helmand province in Afghanistan. Why would he wish to do that? Who is interested in what these terrorist animals have to say? And can’t Al-jazeera, the Taleban mouthpiece, report that well enough for all of us? What was this fool trying to achieve? All he has done, is make himself the instrument of release for five known terrorist leaders. How many of our troops had to risk their lives to put these five away? He should have been left to face the consequences of his own foolhardy actions. The BBC reported it like this:

The Afghan government has said it met some of the demands the Taleban made in exchange for the release of an Italian journalist they abducted two weeks ago.
A spokesman did not specify what the demands were, but a senior Taleban commander said several leaders had been freed from government custody.

In fact he said five have been released.
If I was the commander of ISAF, or anywhere near the top of the NATO command in Afghanistan, I would be ordering my troops to disengage from the field and start packing their gear. Obviously the Afghan government is not really interested in defeating the enemy within, so what’s the point of us being there? How can they let the life of one unthinking reporter undo the good work that hundreds of men have done? Is he alone worth more than those mens lives?
Not in my book.
He didn’t have to be there. His presence there was neither important nor mandatory. He would not have achieved anything except private reward and personal fame.
Well, he’s famous now, but for all the wrong reasons. And at the cost of his Afghan driver’s life. He was beheaded by the Taleban.

The BBC continues:

Journalists have also denounced the deal, saying the precedent it sets is likely to make their work much more dangerous. An Afghan translator also kidnapped with Mr Mastrogiacomo, Ajmal Naqshbandi, is still being held. The three men were seized two weeks ago in Helmand.

If the journalists really are worried about their safety, they wouldn’t go into Helmand province. I truly don’t care a hoot for them. Everybody knows it is a dangerous place and only a fool would go there unarmed and unescorted. If they go there hell bent on interviewing the nice Taleban folks, and expect to be treated differently than any other westerner in the area, then they should be alone in respect of the consequences of their actions. A press card is not a free pass to irresponsibility. It should be made clear to them: Go there at your own risk. Better still, don’t go there.

A spokesman for President Hamid Karzai said the government had taken an “exceptional measure”, which it would not repeat, to free the journalist. Mohammad Karim Rahimi said the Talebans demands were met because of his governments friendship with Italy. Or, to put it another (less diplomatic) way, the Italian government successfully pressured the Afghan government to give in.

Needless to say, the exchange prompted accusations from opposition parties in Italy that Rome had given in to terrorists. “Italy is in Afghanistan … to help with the country’s reconstruction, achieving that also by combating terrorism,” Senator Alfredo Mantovano was quoted as saying by the ANSA news agency. “Now it turns out that terrorists are released in exchange for the release of an Italian. There are no known precedents for that in Italian missions abroad.”

There are now.

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