Sunday, 23. July 2017

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  1. Provinces, SANA – Army and Armed Forces units, in cooperation with the resistance, continued pursing Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization in al-Qalamoun al-Gharabi in Damascus Countryside, breaching the terrorists’ defenses and inflicting heavy losses upon them in personnel and equipment. A military source told SANA that after fierce battles, army units, in cooperation with the resistance, breached...
  2. Homs, SANA – Prime Minister Imad Khamis, accompanied by a governmental delegation, inspected on Saturday work on al-Baath University’s power substation in al-Shammas neighborhood in Homs city. The plant, which cost SYP 17 billion, is scheduled to come online at beginning of August. Electricity Minister Mohammad Zuhair Kharboutli said that this substation is one of...
  3. Damascus Countryside, SANA – Several people were injured in a bus accident on Homs-Damascus road on Saturday. A source at Damascus Countryside Police Command told SANA that a bus was coming towards Damascus and went off-road after the Maaloula junction due to a technical malfunction. The source added that a number of passengers were injured,...
  4. Damascus, SANA- General Command of the Army and Armed Forces announced the cessation of hostilities in a number of areas in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside starting Saturday. The General Command said in a statement that the cessation of hostilities enters into effect in a number of areas in the Eastern Ghouta as of 22/7/2017...
  5. Doha, SANA – The Syrian Olympic football team’s match with the Turkmenistan team, held Friday in Doha, ended with a goalless draw. The Syrian team missed a chance of having two precious points after the draw in the match that comes in the second round qualifying to under-23 Asian finals to be held in China...
  6. Damascus, SANA- Temperatures will remain above average from 2 to 4 degrees as the country is affected by a superficial seasonal low pressure accompanied by a subtropical high pressure in the upper layers of the atmosphere. The Meteorology Department expected in its Saturday bulletin that the skies will be hot and clear in general and...
  7. Auditing, consultation, human resource training, and international programs. These are the key functions of the Havana International Center (CIH)

  8. Homs, SANA – Army and Armed Forces units operating in the eastern countryside of Homs province continued pursuing ISIS terrorists and targeting their positions and movements, inflicting losses upon them. A military source told SANA that an army unit destroyed a command and communications center for ISIS terrorists in the village of Oum al-Reesh in...
  9. Interview with the Bolivian President during his visit to Nicaragua to participate in the Sao Paulo Forum and celebrations marking the 38th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution

  10. Moscow, SANA – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the process of discussing the main parameters for the establishment of a de-escalation zone in the south of Syria has been completed, noting that the details related to this issue are currently being settled. “The process of creating this zone continues. The main parameters have...
  11. Homs, SANA – Prime Minister Imad Khamis and the accompanying governmental delegation visited on Friday the General Fertilizer Company (GFC) and the ammonia-urea and cal-nitro fertilizer plant in Homs province. Primer Khamis affirmed that the fertilizer plants back online is a great achievement that would not have been possible without the victories of the Syrian...
  12. By his own public declarations and expressions of admiration for the fascist dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte has long been obsessed with his scheme to establish his own iron-fisted rule through martial law and extrajudicial killings by way of asserting “strong man” leadership and intimidating the opposition and the people under the pretext of solving not only the problem of illegal drugs but also far graver social, economic and political problems of the US-dominated ruling system of big compradors and landlords.

    The post Duterte Kills Peace Talks, Blames Revolutionaries for Martial Law appeared first on ...

  13. The National Office of Statistics and Information released official figures regarding damage caused by Hurricane Matthew which hit Cuba’s eastern region in October 2016

  14. “It was assessed that there was not sufficient information there to provide a report this year on Cuba,” according to Justin Siberell, Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism in the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State, quoted by U.S. newspaper the Miami Herald

  15. Speech by Party Political Bureau member and First Vice President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, during the main act commemorating the 38th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution, on July 19, in Managua, Nicaragua

  16. The entire city is celebrating. People from all over the country arrive with red and black flags, filling Plaza de la Fe

  17. The World Federation of Trade Unions, on the behalf of its 92 million members in 126 countries all over the world, expresses its firm solidarity and support to the 16 residents who have been taken into custody in Kirazpınar, Gebze including Erdal Kopal, head of organization department of Nakliyat-İş trade union. The residents living in Kirazpınar have been resisting against the unlawful demolition of their houses for months. The resistants, some of whom are Nakliyat-İş members, say they struggle against unjust and unlawful pillage and destruction of their houses. In spite of the counter decisions made by two different administrative courts, the district governorship of Gebze insists on demolishing the houses inhabited by workers and poor people in Kirazpınar. Today, the district...
  18. The WFTU Secretariat, during its first meeting day held on 19 July 2017, unanimously decided to organized the International Action Day for the refugees and Immigrants on October 3rd, 2017. The WFTU secretariat calls the trade unions in all countries to organize activities, strikes, demonstrations, rallies to express the firm, internationalist solidarity of the international class oriented trade union movement with the millions of immigrants, refugees and displaced persons who are forced to abandon their countries, their homes because of the capitalist its imperialist wars and conflicts. The World Federation of Trade Unions with its anti-imperialist and internationalist position and action denounces the murderous and hypocritical policy of the European Union and its Governments and...
  19. WITHIN 10 days, the New People's Army Front 6, South Central Bukidnon Sub-Regional Command, North Central Mindanao Region (NPA-SCB-NCMR) has launched two tactical offensives against enemy forces and two punitive actions against criminal offenders.

    The post 4 NPA military actions launched within ten days appeared first on NDFP.

  20. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro emphasized that broad participation in the trail run for the upcoming Constituent Assembly election was a sure sign of the resounding victory that will be won in the actual vote July 30

  21. "There is really no need for GRP-NDFP (Government of the Republic of the Philippines-National Democratic Front of the Philippines) peace negotiations if the Duterte regime is obsessed with martial rule and mass murder as the way to solve social, economic and political problems and to frighten in vain the revolutionary forces and people to surrender and give up their revolutionary struggle for national and social liberation," Sison said in a statement.

    The post Joma Sison: No need for peace talks amid martial law, killings appeared first on NDFP.

  22. How to expand relations between two regions which already have substantial economic and governmental ties, but aspire to greater levels of mutual understanding, was the main theme of debates in a forum between academics and political experts from China, Latin America, and the Caribbean

  23. With the approval of the Our America Consensus, the first programmatic document stemming from the Sao Paulo Forum, leftist and progressive parties from Latin America and the Caribbean have a new instrument with which to resist the right-wing onslaught and continue implementing political and social changes in the region

  24. Solidarity with the Cuban people is being reaffirmed this month by members of the 28th US-Cuba Friendship Caravan, coordinated by the Interfaith Community Organization IFCO-Pastors for Peace

  25. According to Professor Jesús Menéndez, specialist at the Longevity, Aging, and Health Research Center (Cited), “elderly women (53.2%) outnumber elderly men, living an average of four years more…But living longer doesn’t necessarily mean living better”

  26. We feed our peoples and build the movement to change the world! Source: La Vía Campesina / The Dawn News / July 19, 2017 The VIIth International Conference of La Via Campesina, the world’s largest peasant movement, begins today in Derio, a quiet town in the Biscay province of the Basque […]
  27. Party Political Bureau member and First Vice President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, is leading a delegation from the island to the main act commemorating the 38th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution, this July 19, in Managua, Nicaragua

  28. The WFTU Secretariat meeting kicked of today morning on July 19th in the Central Offices of WFTU in Athens, Greece. The Secretariat discusses in militatant spirit the developements around the world, the affiliation of new organisations and the next initiatives  of WFTU in all the five continents.
  29. Duterte's decline of Bayan's reasonable plea for the end of martial law and, on the contrary, his push for the further extension of martial law in Mindanao and relatedly the GPH's insistence for a "prolonged ceasefire" as a precondition for the continuation of the GPH-NDFP peace talks – all these do not at all bide well for the peace negotiations.

    The post Duterte’s dialogue with Bayan shows: change would only come from the people appeared first on NDFP.

  30. Judge Sergio Moro condemned the former president last Wednesday Source: Brasil de Fato / The Dawn News / July 13, 2017 The sentence of 9 and a half years applied to the former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva by the judge Sergio Moro has immediately raised negative reactions in […]
  31. By: Joe Lauria / Source: Consortiumnews / The Dawn News / July 7, 2017 In George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel 1984, the protagonist Winston Smith’s job was to delve into The Times of London archive and rewrite stories that could cause trouble for the totalitarian government ruling Britain. For instance, […]
  32. Free trade agreements scripted by powerful governments and corporations destroy rural areas. Peasants will resist them!   By: Geumsoon Yoon / Source: ViaCampesina.org / The Dawn News / July 13, 2017 Put together, Asia, Africa and Latin America accommodate more than 88 percent of the world’s population. A predominantly high number […]
  33. By: Zaid Jilani / Source: The Intercept / The Dawn News / July 18, 2017 In May, a Melbourne-Based real estate mogul’s claim that millennials would be able to afford homes if only they cut back on discretionary expenses such as avocado toast went viral — with many heaping mockery […]
  34. Israel is weaponizing social media in order to wage a propaganda war against BDS. By: Michael Bueckert / Source: Jacobin / The Dawn News / July 18, 2017 In New York City in June 2017, the Israeli minister of strategic affairs Gilad Erdan stood in front of a crowd celebrating […]
  35. by N. Alva / Source: MER281 / The Dawn News /  On the hot afternoon of April 19, 2016, thousands of workers and unemployed took to the streets of the West Bank city of Ramallah in protest the labor policies of the Palestinian Authority (PA). As the sun beat down on their shoulders, the […]
  36. By: Carlos Aznárez / Source: Resumen Latinoamericano / July 16, 2017 Hegemonic media outlets —those that practice communicational terrorism every day—can say whatever they want, but last Sunday in Venezuela was impressive. Since the early hours in the morning, thousands of people who support the government took to the streets […]
  37. By: Rolando Astarita / Source: Rolando Astarita Blog / The Dawn News / July 12, 2017 In a previous article, I said the reduction of the weekly work schedule to 35 hours in France didn’t have a palpable effect on diminishing unemployment, and instead it flexibilized work relations. In this […]
  38. Granma International talks with Anier García to learn more about his opinions on prospects for Cuban athletics

  39. By: Carlos Aznárez / Source: Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn News / July 14, 2017 With the participation of Venezuelan, Argentinian, Mexican, Guatemalan, Brazilian, Uruguayan, Cuban and Basque journalists, the Journalistic Forum “Venezuela responds” was developed in Caracas. The Forum had as its main theme the offensive on behalf of […]
  40. The country’s Social Security budget set to double by 2030


  41. Participants to the 23rd Sao Paulo Forum, bringing together leftist and progressive forces from the region in Managua, Nicaragua, paid tribute to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro, Heroic Guerilla Ernesto Che Guevara, and Venezuelan comrade Hugo Chávez

  42. With the aim of improving the quality of services, two of the capital’s most well known hospitals, the Miguel Enríquez and Salvador Allende, are benefitting from a nationwide investment, repair and maintenance process, ongoing for the last four year

  43. In a cordial conversation, the two leaders discussed the positive state of bilateral relations, the process underway to implement the peace accords in Colombia, as well as other issues on the international agenda

  44. Despite drought conditions, affecting plantations in the north of the province, Pinar del Río is reporting its best tobacco harvest in 11 years, an accomplishment that joins many others in the province where the country's principal celebration of National Rebellion Day is taking place July 26

  45. Three young Cuban doctors, united by the decision to fulfill their internationalist duty, talk about their time serving in Venezuela

  46. The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) firmly denounces the plan of GRP President Duterte to extend martial law in Mindanao up to December 31, 2017. This will result in worse military and police abuses. It will prolong the restrictions against civil and political freedom and aggravate violations of people's democratic rights. It will further suppress the truth to control the narrative to favor the AFP.

    The post On the plan to extend martial law in Mindanao to end of year appeared first on NDFP.

  47. Full text of speech by President Raúl Castro Ruz during the closing session of the National Assembly of People's Power, July 14

  48. Over 300 delegates and guests from 32 countries worldwide are meeting in Managua, Nicaragua, to discuss challenges facing the left and the continuation of transformations begun in the region

  49. Bike-sharing firm Ofo recently established its own Communist Party of China (CPC) committee and held its first meeting for its Party member employees, a significant move that shows that Party units are now represented in the country's cutting-edge economic fields.
    Ofo currently has 167 Party members and CEO Dai Wei heads up their CPC committee, according to a statement the company sent to the Global Times on July 6.
    Besides Ofo, live streaming website douyu.com established a Party branch (...)

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  50. Interview with María del Carmen Ariet and Dr. Jorge González, who led the team that found Che's remains in Bolivia, and returned them to Cuba July 12, 1997

  51. Cuban director Patricia Ramos releases debut feature film


  52. “We expect that there will be no more delays. The talks have already wasted so much time. We have done our assignment and will bring to the table concrete proposals on agrarian reform and rural development, national industrialization, protection of the environment. This is a clear path to take for a just and lasting peace,” Jazmines concluded.

    The post Discussing socio-economic reform proposals is the enabling environment conducive to peace talks – NDFP RWC-SER appeared first on NDFP.

  53. The ninth period of ordinary sessions of the National Assembly's Eight Legislature is taking place today in Havana's International Convention Center

  54. The Communist Party of Canada condemns the federal Liberal government’s June announcement of its plan to increase military spending by 70% over the next ten years. This massive militarization means the government is committing to increase its already significant role in military interventions and full-scale wars around the world, further escalating imperialism’s drive towards world [...]
  55. The Communist Party of South Africa presented a special award to Cuban doctors for their continuous humanitarian and solidarity work around the world

  56. Invitation TUI PS&A Asia Pacific Regional Meeting 11th September Trivandrum, Kerala – India Asia Pacific Regional Meeting is convened in Trivandrum Kerala the following 11th September, to discuss : – 17° WTUC in Durban / Presidential Council – TUI PS&A trade unions organizations in Asia pacific : developments and work organization – Assessment of the financial situation – Miscellaneous The AISGEF will cover accommodation, meals and local transport from 10 to 12 September Participants have to cover airfare. As soon as possible please confirm your attendance to : info@tui-ps.org aisgefgs@gmail.com
  57. Two new pedagogical schools to open in September • Outstanding provinces recognized

  58. The World Federatin of Trade Unions stands on the side of the Air Zimbabwe workers. The air company announced the dismissal of 200 more workers  in its fourth round of lay-offs in eight years after having  cut 300 jobs in August 2015 following cuts in 2009 and 2013. We believe that the excuses of the management that the company is overstaffed are hypocritical since they are planning to hire more planes. This developement proves once more that both in public and private companies the motivation is the same: the augmentation of the profits. The WFTU calls the class oriented trade unions in the country and internationally to struggle against dismissals and privatisation in public companies. The Secretariat
  59. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury will publish new regulations regarding Cuba on September 15, reported the U.S.-Cuba Economic and Trade Council, July 10

  60. On July 14, 2015, the news emerged from Vienna that following 18 months of negotiations, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States, heading the so-called G5+1 group (the U.S., Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany), had reached a historic agreement which would limit Iran’s nuclear program…

  61. Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, received His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic, on July 7, during an official visit to the island

  62. On Thursday, Unicef's Innocenti Research Centre published a report on the well-being of children in developed countries. France's results were mixed.
    With repect to education, France comes in 14th place
    Photo : Martin Bureau/AFP
    Children's well-being in developed countries differs. The report published on Thursday by Unicef's Innocenti Research Centre shows there is still a lot of inequality in the 41 countries of the EU and the OECD. The research was based on nine criteria such as health, (...)

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  63. Members of the New People's Army – South Central Bukidnon Sub-Regional Command (NPA-SCB-SRC) harassed the 24 troops of the 8th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army on July 4, 2015, 4:20 PM, in Sityo Kalakapan, Brgy. Kanangaan, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon. According to reports, a member of the 8th IB was killed while other two were wounded in the two to three minutes' exchange of fire. Meanwhile, NPA troops safely withdrew from the said area.

    The post 2 days of encounter: NPA vs. 8th IB appeared first on NDFP.

  64. Bill C-59, the Liberals’ new national security legislation, is a cleaned up continuation of the Tories’ infamous and draconian Bill C-51, which the Liberals promised to significantly amend if elected in 2015. In fact they voted for C-51 despite mass country-wide protests against the Bill before and during the election. Their promises to amend it [...]
  65. Media Release | 08 July 2017 The National Democratic Front of the Philippines’ Reciprocal Working Committee on Social and Economic Reforms (NDFP RWC SER) said rural-based sectors are looking forward to the resumption of the formal peace negotiations that will discuss and firm-up unities on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development and fast-track discussions on other […]

    The post Rural industrialization is key to self-reliant economic development appeared first on NDFP.

  66. A Political Solution to the Crisis is Possible and Urgent US President Donald Trump’s threatening statements regarding the DPRK and its missile tests this week are a serious danger to peace in the region and in the world. President Trump and his administration are not the world’s policeman, and have no right to threaten “punishment” [...]
  67. The World Federation of Trade Unions, which is the militant voice of 92 million workers in 126 countries all over the world, stands firmly by the side of the 2.000 workers of the factory of FIAT Chrysler Automobiles, automobile assembly plant in Kragujevac, Serbia, who are on strike since Tuesday 27 June 2017. The workers have taken strike action against the intensification of work, which increased after numerous workers were dismissed from the factory, while the factory tries to produce a high number of cars per day. Their main demands also include wage increase and transport allowance. WFTU, on behalf of the world class-oriented trade union movement, calls the working class of Serbia and internationally to support the struggle of the workers of the factory of FIAT in Kragujevac. This...
  68. The G20 Heads of State and Government will meet once again on 7 and 8 July 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. They have met annually since 2008 to address issues related to global financial stability, economic growth and international trade. In recent years they have expanded their agenda to include other issues closely linked with the global economy, including climate change, development policy, labour market and employment policy, the spread of digital technology and even counter-terrorism.

    The post ILPS statement on G20 Summit in Hamburg, refers to economic crisis and extreme global debt appeared first on ...

  69. The World Federation of Trade Unions Expresses its sympathy and condolences to the families of at least 14 people died after an illegal gold mine in western Ghana in which they were working collapsed. Ghana is Africa’s second largest gold producer after South Africa, but the poverty of its people drives the local people to mine in the abandoned pits for gold and other resources leading to disasters and deaths of these people. While the mineral resources and especially gold is more than adequate for the people of Ghana to live with dignity, the national and international monopolies are stealing the wealth from the workers that produce it and make them suffering in poverty. The World Federation of Trade Unions strongly believes that the people and the workers of Africa have the power to...
  70. The death toll from Monday’s boiler blast at a Gazipur apparel factory rose to 13 as the firefighters recovered four more bodies from the debris of the factory building until Tuesday evening. ‘We have recovered four bodies from the debris of the collapsed part of the building of Multifabs Limited at Kashimpur in Gazipur until evening. One of them was recovered at about 8:30am and three others were found at about 6:30pm,’ said fire service and civil defence deputy director Md Akhteruzzaman in Gazipur, who was leading the rescue operation. The authorities so far found about 50 injured people, including few passersby, admitted at different hospitals including Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Medical College Hospital in Gazipur and Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Gazipur district administration...
  71. The Reciprocal Working Committee on Socio-Economic Reforms of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP RWC-SER) welcomes the announcement that the fifth round of formal peace talks between the NDFP and the GRP might resume in August. At the same time, the NDFP RWC-SER condemns Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana's earlier statement that the "government panel should consider ending the peace process."

    The post Lorenzana ignorant that reforms are at peace talks’ heart appeared first on NDFP.

  72. Trump continues to obstruct the fight against climate change. The backdrop against which the climate skeptic President has suspended his decision says a great deal about his national strategy.
    A protester wearing a mask caricaturing Donald Trump at the People's Climate March in front of the White House in Washington, April 29th. Photo : Nicolas kamm/AFP
    The speech made Thursday night by Donald Trump brought to a close a skillfully orchestrated performance regarding his position on the (...)

    - World
  73. One scandal can hide others. While he is being investigated on suspicion of obstruction of justice related to collusion with Russia, the President has also enriched his personal real estate empire and supported a new law to destroy unions.
    Speculation about a possible conspiracy between Donald Trump and Russia, which continues to circulate, has pushed other, more serious issues, into the background. These include the real estate mogul's conflicts of interest and the anti-social shock (...)

    - World
  74. May 20, 2017
    Consortium News: A prototype of the modern foreign lobby in Washington was the China Lobby, bribing and bending U.S. politicians to serve the will of the Nationalists who fled to Taiwan and helped fuel McCarthyism, reports Jonathan Marshall.
    One of the first big foreign lobbies to blossom after passage of the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act was the infamous China Lobby, defined by William Safire in his political dictionary as an “attack phrase used against those urging (...)

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  75. The TUI HOTOUR Conference on Dignified work for Tourism and Hotel workers successfully concluded yesterday, 3rd of July 2017. The Egyptian and international participants of the Conference had the opportunity to exchange their rich experience and discuss about the problems of the sector, as well as propose solutions for the improvement of working conditions and they adopted a respective resolution at the end of the Conference.
  76. The Ban

    In December 2015, the Communist Party of Ukraine (CPU) was outlawed. The ban has been condemned around the world. Amnesty International called it 'a flagrant violation of freedom of expression and association' which should be immediately overturned.

  77. The Queen's Speech and the EU exit negotiations underline the urgent need for a General Election and a change of government, according to Britain's Communists.

  78. Welsh Communists are urging all workers, trade unionists and socialists to unite in a 'mass movement of action' to secure another General Election as soon as possible.

  79. Pride 2017 Statement from the Communist Party of Canada and the Young Communist League In 2017, Pride events across Canada take place in a much different context than one short year ago. The election of Donald Trump has encouraged fascists and other reactionaries to emerge from their dark corners and to openly promote hatred in [...]
  80. While the djihadists of Daesh (ISIS) are under siege in their two ``capitals'', tensions are mounting between the different forces present on the terrain. At risk, not only the future of two cities, but also of the nation-states as they presently exist.
    Several non-governmental organisations have expressed their fears in face of risks encountered by the inhabitants of Mosul, themselves under siege and lacking everything.
    Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP
    In Mosul, the combat against Daesh has (...)

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  81. On February 19, 2016, Bulu Roy Chowdhury, a National Council member of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), member of National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW), All India Youth Federation( AIYF), All India Students Federation (AISF) and champion of the oppressed, former Lady Irwin School (LIS ), Delhi, student (1951), passed on in the town of Tiruvananthapuram which she had made her home for many years. The Hindu in its obituary mentioned that, “ Ms. Chowdhury played an active role (...)

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  82. On National Aboriginal Day, June 21, the Communist Party of Canada sends our warmest greetings to all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We take this important occasion to renew our solidarity with the resistance against the expansion of resource extraction industries on traditional indigenous territories, and with all those who stand for an end [...]
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