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    World News
4/28/03 - 5/4/03

Sunday  5/4/03

Unearthing Iraq's atrocities  5/4/03 Boston Globe 

ICRC calls for complete access to Iraqi POWs  5/4/03 Deutsche Welle: "The International Committee of the Red Cross has again called on U.S. military forces in Iraq to allow its staff complete access to Iraqi prisioners of war. An ICRC spokeswoman in Baghdad said so far, the humanitarian organisation's staff had not been given sufficient access to Iraqi POWs."

Dead cameraman 'carried white flag'  5/4/03 Independent, UK: "Israeli soldiers who killed a British television cameraman, James Miller, in southern Gaza could have been in no doubt about his identity as a journalist, according to witnesses. They said yesterday that he was shot at close range while in a group carrying a large white flag and shouting repeatedly that they were journalists."

Iraqi rage grows after Fallujah massacre  5/4/03 Independent, UK: "Al-Ka'at primary and secondary school is a yellow concrete building about the length and height of seven terraced houses located in a walled compound. The soldiers fired at people gathered below them. There are no bullet marks on the façade of the school or the perimeter wall in front of it. The top floors of the houses directly opposite, from where the troops say they were fired on, also appear unmarked. Their upper windows are intact. The day after the bloodbath, US soldiers displayed three guns which they said they had recovered from a home opposite, but this proved nothing. Every other Iraqi home has at least one firearm. Centcom also refused to confirm that the soldiers from the 82nd Airborne who raked the crowd had killed or injured unarmed civilians. Although it conceded that this was possible, it described the deaths of unarmed people as "allegations" and estimated the toll at seven injuries, all people who were armed."

MSNBC Article on Bush "Misstatement" Pulled Off Site  5/4/03 Memory Hole: "Some strange things certainly happened. For example, in September Mr. Bush cited an International Atomic Energy Agency report that he said showed that Saddam was only months from having nuclear weapons. "I don't know what more evidence we need," he said. In fact, the report said no such thing — and for a few hours the lead story on MSNBC's Web site bore the headline "White House: Bush Misstated Report on Iraq." Then the story vanished — not just from the top of the page, but from the site."

Bush Shifts Focus to Nuclear Sales by North Korea  5/4/03 NYT: "Tacitly acknowledging that North Korea may not be deterred from producing plutonium for nuclear weapons, President Bush is now trying to marshal international support for preventing the country from exporting nuclear material, American and foreign officials say." - it pays to go nuclear.

Bloodshed and bullets fuel rising hatred of Americans  5/4/03 Observer, UK: " Also in his shop was Saad al-Iraqi, who said he saw soldiers grab and shoot a youth two days earlier. 'This is not a good thing,' he said 'because we all have guns now and if the Americans can kill our people, we can kill the Americans'."

US denies rift over weapons search  5/4/03 Observer, UK: "A WMD find is not seen as politically crucial in Washington. In London, however, Blair has made it clear that he expects to be able to demonstrate that the invasion was sparked by legitimate concerns. Peter Kilfoyle, the former Defence Minister, said if there were no weapons of mass destruction then Parliament would have been misled."

'Unlike the American troops, we look the Iraqis in the eye'  5/4/03 Telegraph, UK: "In the Shia ghettos of Saddam City and Khadamia, where the Americans are reluctant to go even in tanks, the local imams have taken matters in hand. "Imams have set up local security stations in the hospitals," says Yousef al Alwani. "Guns that have been looted, many from Saddam's palace, are brought to the mosques and from there the imams take them to the hospital and arm the local militia who are now policing us. The Americans don't protect us and they don't help us. What else are they doing but occupying us?" "

The Killings At Fallujah  5/4/03 Znet: the media as collaborators in genocide - "A second version of Fisher's article entitled "U.S. Troops Fire on Iraqi Protesters, Leaving 15 Dead," was heavily re-edited to give prominence to the U.S. version of events. It replaced most of the eyewitness testimony of Iraqis with quotes from official sources at U.S. Central Command."

Saturday  5/3/03

topAfghanistan: Launchpad for terror  5/3/03 Asia Times 

Fears over move by Shias based in Iran  5/3/03 Financial Times: "Thousands of Iranian-backed Iraqi Shia forces have crossed into Iraq from Iran after about 20 years of exile, in a move that could increase US worries about Iranian interference in postwar Iraq. The Badr brigade, estimated to number between 12,000 and 15,000 in Iran, is the armed wing of the main Shia opposition group, the Supreme Council of Islamic Revolution in Iraq (Sciri), under the command of Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim. "Most of Badr forces returned to Iraq during the past weeks through Iran's borders, leaving behind their heavy artillery, including tanks," a source in the holy city of Qom - whose seminary has been Sciri's clerical base - told the FT."

Baghdad battle 'killed 2,300'  5/3/03 The Age, Australia: "The battle for Baghdad cost the lives of at least 1,101 Iraqi civilians, many of them women and children, according to records at the city's 19 largest hospitals. The civilian death toll was almost certainly higher. The hospital records say that another 1,255 dead were "probably" civilians, including many women and children. Uncounted others who died never made it to hospitals and now are buried in shallow graves that have been dug throughout the city - in cemeteries, back yards, hospital gardens, city parks and mosque grounds."

Friday  5/2/03

topFemale Fedayeen  5/2/03 Alternet: "The concept of female terrorists is hardly a matter of idle rhetoric. As Arwa's mother proudly notes, two female suicide bombers have already blown themselves up to kill American soldiers in Iraq, while another woman with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher destroyed an American tank in Nasiriyah. Female suicide bombers have increasingly becoming more common in Palestine and Chechnya… Given opportunities in schools, offices and the military unheard of in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Arwa and Lubna say their generation suspects that a post-war government of old guard Iraqi exiles backed by the United States will push women back behind the veil, like the mullahs who led Iran's Islamic Revolution. "America has come to control us, and control any fortune we have. I can't go out in the street because I see American soldiers walking there. My uncles go out but we stay here all day, making food and eating," she says."

U.S. Hires Christian Extremists to Produce Arabic News  5/2/03 Alternet: "The U.S. government this week launched its Arabic language satellite TV news station for mostly Muslim Iraq. It is being produced in a studio – Grace Digital Media – controlled by fundamentalist Christians who are rabidly pro-Israel. That's grace as in "by the grace of God." Grace Digital Media is controlled by a fundamentalist Christian millionaire, Cheryl Reagan, who last year wrested control of Federal News Service, a transcription news service, from its former owner, Cortes Randell. Randell says he met Reagan at a prayer meeting, brought her in as an investor in Federal News Service, and then she forced him out of his own company… While it's unclear whether Grace News Network actually produces any news, it has produced a documentary movie titled "Israel: Divine Destiny" which it showed at the National Press Club in September 2002. The film is about "Israel's destiny and the United States' role in that destiny," according to Grace News Network."

American Civilian Shot in Jubail  5/2/03 Arab News: "An American working at a Saudi naval base was shot and injured here yesterday, a Defense Ministry spokesman said. The motive for the shooting was unclear."

Powell man tipped for Iraq job  5/2/03 BBC: "A former US state department official is reported to have been appointed civilian administrator of Iraq."

Bush's Military Defeat - Where's the Superpower of Peace?  5/2/03 Counterpunch 

16 Palestinians killed in Gaza, West Bank  5/2/03 Haaretz 

Cleric's Killing a Setback to U.S. - CIA lost an ally and $13M  5/2/03 Newsday: on the same model as funding dissidents in Cuba…

British bombers posed as peace activists  5/2/03 Telegraph 

Iraqis vow revenge as hatred of US grows  5/2/03 Telegraph: "Outside the mayor's office, which is next to the American compound, staff had hung an uncompromising banner: "Sooner or later, US killers, we will kick you out." According to the mayor, Taha Bedeiwi, who is recognised by the US forces, 20 people have been shot dead by the Americans so far - 16 in a late-night incident on Monday and four more when a US convoy clashed with stone-throwing demonstrators on Wednesday."

Rice actions on Syria disputed  5/2/03 UPI 

Thursday  5/1/03

topWhy the Bush Cartel "Ruling Triumvirate" Sent Newt Gingrich Out to "Eat Cheese" on Colin Powell  5/1/03 Buzzflash 

Intelligence Fiasco  5/1/03 Counterpunch: "The failure to find weapons of mass destruction six weeks after US and UK forces invaded Iraq suggests either that such weapons are simply not there, or that those eventually found there will not be in sufficient quantity or capability to support your repeated claim that Iraq posed a grave threat to our countrya's security. Your opposition to inviting UN inspectors into Iraq feeds the suspicion that you wish to avoid independent verification; some even suggest that your administration wishes to preserve the option of "planting" such weapons to be "discovered" later. Sen. Carl Levin recently warned that, if some are found "Many people around the world will think we planted those weapons, unless the UN inspectors are there with us."

Killings in Al Fallujah, City of Mosques - Has America Taken on a New Military Culture with New Rules that Allow Us to Kill Civilians at Will?  5/1/03 Counterpunch: "Or, are these commanders following orders from above so that there can be cause for firing on the crowds in order to terrorize them into submission-just as the Israelis do to the Palestinians? Are the American troops following the Israeli style of occupation, massive force, even against stone and shoe throwing protesters to show them that America controls Iraq and that the Iraqis had better get used to it in a hurry?"

But where are Saddam’s WMDs, Putin mocks Blair  5/1/03 Daily Times, Pakistan: "Speaking at the end of what was supposed to be a fence-mending meeting with Mr Blair in Moscow, Mr Putin mocked the coalition’s failure to find any biological or nuclear weapons. He said UN oil sanctions should not be lifted until they came to light. Mr Putin reminded the grim-faced Prime Minister that the only reason he went to war was to eliminate the danger posed by Saddam’s weapons programme. “Two weeks later they still have not been found,” he told a press conference. “The question is, where is Saddam Hussein? Where are those weapons of mass destruction, if they were ever in existence? Is Saddam Hussein in a bunker sitting on cases containing weapons of mass destruction, preparing to blow the whole place up?”

U.S. government purchase data on Mexico’s 65 million registered Voters  5/1/03 Information Clearing House 

Syria's secret weapons  5/1/03 Jane's: from a respected UK defense publication - "While the hunt for Iraq's weapons of mass destruction continues - so far without concrete results - Syria has been accused by Washington of having concealed Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological weapons, a charge that most regional specialists regard as unfounded."

A Letter from Saddam Hussein to the Iraqi People and the Arab Nation  5/1/03 Jihad Unspun 


Chávez on the Offensive  5/1/03 Radio Progresso 

More nations condemn Euro army as a threat to Nato  5/1/03 Telegraph, UK: "Russia added its weight, to the consternation of its erstwhile central European satellites, saying it considered "that yesterday's meeting marks the start of a process at the heart of the European Union". Igor Ivanov, the foreign minister, said Russia would "follow closely how it develops." " -- this Tory newspaper condemns the move and claims everyone else in Europe does too, much as it once claimed that many were for the war on Iraq.

Wednesday  4/30/03

topGreece welcomes EU defence initiative  4/30/03 AFP: "Greece welcomed on Wednesday an initiative of four European countries aiming at bolstering the European Union's common defence policy, saying it will join the plan and said it will participate in it once it hands over the bloc's presidency in July."

US, Iraqis at odds on protesters' deaths  4/30/03 Boston Globe: "Saleh said the Americans threw a grenade into his driveway when he rushed out to help the injured. The demonstrators were unarmed, he and other residents said, and the only slogans chanted were those praising Allah. ''One of the soldiers with a heavy machine gun just fired at a protester,'' said Rawi. ''Then they were shooting randomly. It was shot to kill. They even threw hand grenades.'' Some residents said that armed protesters, possibly drunk, did mingle with the demonstrators. But they ''shot into the air, yelling `we support you Saddam,''' said Adnan al Timimi, a 20-year-old student. Protesters did not fire at US soldiers, he said." - sounds like 'Nam.

The Age of Unilateral War: Iraq, the United States and the End of the European Coalition  4/30/03 Counterpunch: "The Bush Administration does not believe it needs allies, and this erroneous presumption is changing the nature of global power and will lead to the U. S. being isolated. It is folly to guess the next American move, for the war in Afghanistan also destabilized Pakistan--a nuclear power--and North Korea is high on the president's list of evil states. Given its global ambitions and commitments, the U.S. may very well be drawn elsewhere, and soon. The men who lead it now are capable of anything. The world has reached the most dangerous point in recent history, one full of threats of wars and instability unlike anything which prevailed when a Soviet-led bloc existed. The war against Iraq and those very likely to follow it are the logic of United States foreign and military policies, one that assumes it has a near monopoly of power, that emerged first after the collapse of Communism. The Bush Administration has brought them to their inevitable culmination."

THREE DEAD IN NEW FALLUJAH BLOODSHED  4/30/03 Daily Mirror, UK: "There was new bloodshed in the Iraqi town of Fallujah today as American troops shot dead three people during a protest march. Hospital officials said at least 16 others were wounded when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators protesting at the shooting of 13 Iraqis on Monday night in the town. Major Michael Marti, an intelligence officer for the 82nd Airborne Division 2nd Brigade, said the troops were fired on first. He said demonstrators "started throwing rocks and then at one point, the soldiers were engaged by what they believed was an AK-47". Local eyewitnesses said there was no shooting from the protesters. US Apache attack helicopters were airborne and monitoring the march but did not open fire."

Latin American rally hails Chavez  4/30/03 Final Call: "Cuban Vice-President Lage said in his speech, "There are sectors of the opposition that are afraid that the Venezuelan revolution is going to be ‘Cubanized.’ They can relax. The real danger is that the Cuban revolution will ‘Venezuelanize.’" "

Crusade Versus Jihad  4/30/03 Jihad Unspun: "One result of this smoldering resentment of the American presence is that many of the grandiose plans floated by the Washington neo-cons have had to be quietly shelved or publicly denied. Thus, Rumsfeld has said that he has no knowledge of any plans for a long-term American military presence in Iraq. And yet, this is precisely what people like Wolfowitz have long advocated. Then there was talk of an oil pipeline from North Iraq to Israel; that, too, seems to be a non-starter."

Taliban Continue To Occupy Afghan District  4/30/03 Jihad Unspun: "The Taliban are still occupying the subdivision of Dao Chopan in Zabul province. Government soldiers, who have support of American military, jets, tanks and helicopters are relentlessly trying to regain control of the district. A fierce battle is underway from both sides. During the last seven days, ever since Taliban have taken control of Dao Chopan, there have been fierce clashes three times. To date, reports of twelve Taliban martyred and seventeen others injured, while 12 Afghan soldiers have been killed and two Afghan as well as two Americans have been severely wounded."

The Secrets of September 11  4/30/03 MSNBC: "The report was completed last December; only a bare-bones list of “findings” with virtually no details was made public. But nearly six months later, a “working group” of Bush administration intelligence officials assigned to review the document has taken a hard line against further public disclosure. By refusing to declassify many of its most significant conclusions, the administration has essentially thwarted congressional plans to release the report by the end of this month, congressional and administration sources tell NEWSWEEK. In some cases, these sources say, the administration has even sought to “reclassify” some material that was already discussed in public testimony—a move one Senate staffer described as “ludicrous.” The administration’s stand has infuriated the two members of Congress who oversaw the report—Democratic Sen. Bob Graham and Republican Rep. Porter Goss. The two are now preparing a letter of complaint to Vice President Dick Cheney."

North Korea Warns of War if U.S. Uses Sanctions  4/30/03 NYT 

Bin Laden's main demand is met  4/30/03 Telegraph, UK: mentioned only in passing in the US media - "America's announcement of its intention to withdraw its military bases from Saudi Arabia answers Osama bin Laden's most persistent demand. More than any other cause it was the presence of "crusader" forces in the land of Islam's holiest sites - Mecca and Medina - that turned bin Laden from Afghan jihadi into an international terrorist."

Steps towards a Euro Army  4/30/03 Times, UK: from the British point of view.

Tuesday  4/29/03

topAbout Those Iraqi Intelligence Documents - Were They Planted?  4/29/03 Counterpunch: "The problem with these documents is that they are being provided by the U.S. military to a few reporters working for a very suspect newspaper, London's Daily Telegraph (affectionately known as the Daily Torygraph" by those who understand the paper's right-wing slant). The Telegraph's April 27 Sunday edition reported that its correspondent in Baghdad, Inigo Gilmore, had been invited into the intelligence headquarters by U.S. troops and miraculously "found" amid the rubble a document indicating that Iraq invited Osama bin Laden to visit Iraq in March 1998."

Closing Down the Press - Did the US Murder Journalists? By ROBERT FISK  4/29/03 Counterpunch 

Spinning Israeli Policy on the Hill - Internal Documents Show the Way  4/29/03 Counterpunch 

U.S. troops fire on Iraqi protestors  4/29/03 MSNBC: "U.S. soldiers opened fire on Iraqi protesters in a town west of Baghdad after being shot at and least seven demonstrators were hit, a U.S. officer said Tuesday. Residents said at least 15 people were killed… “Our soul and our blood we will sacrifice to you martyrs,” the mourners chanted as they buried six of the dead at a cemetery while U.S. helicopters flew overhead, according to Reuters. A local Sunni Muslim cleric, Kamal Shaker Mahmoud, said the demonstrators were unarmed and had gone to a local school occupied by U.S. troops to ask them to leave. The soldiers then opened fire, he told Reuters. “It was a peaceful demonstration. They did not have any weapons,” the cleric said. “They were asking the Americans to leave the school so they could use it.” "

Anthrax Did Not Kill Egypt Sailor in Brazil-Medic  4/29/03 Reuters 

ANALYSIS-U.S. pullout from Saudi seals shift in old alliance  4/29/03 Reuters, UK: "The U.S. troop presence, which doubled from its normal 5,000 during the Iraq war, has long irked many Saudis, already angry with Washington over its perceived bias towards Israel. It was among the first grievances aired by Saudi-born Islamic militant bin Laden to justify attacks against the United States. Washington blames bin Laden for the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in September 2001, in which 15 of the 19 suicide hijackers were Saudi nationals. To the Saudi government's distress, rightwingers inside and outside the Bush administration had questioned U.S. ties with Saudi Arabia, which they saw as a source of Islamist militancy."

Colombian rebel urges surrender  4/29/03 Scotsman, UK: "A COMMANDER of Colombia’s largest rebel group who recently surrendered yesterday urged his former comrades-in-arms to do the same, flanked by the country’s president and top generals."

Israeli Communications Priorities 2003  4/29/03 The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee: "ADC has obtained, and is publishing in full, a vital new Israeli propaganda strategy document for the period following the war in Iraq. The document, entitled “Wexner Analysis: Israeli Communications Priorities 2003,” was prepared for the Wexner Foundation, which operates leadership training programs such as the “Birthright Israel” project which offers free trips for young Jewish Americans to Israel, by the public relations firm the Luntz Research Companies and the Israel Project. However, please note that the report’s suggested language is written in a distinctly Israeli, as opposed to a Jewish American, voice."

Monday  4/28/03

topTwo bodies found near site of deadly Afghan firefight: US military  4/28/03 AFP: "Four US servicemen have been killed in Afghanistan in the past four weeks."

High Court Rejects Abortion Privacy Case  4/28/03 AP: next stop: public shaming for women seeking abortions.

Blair: Chirac's world view 'dangerous'  4/28/03 Guardian, UK: "The defence secretary, Geoff Hoon, also warned yesterday that a "mini-summit" in Brussels today between Mr Chirac, the German chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, and the prime ministers of Belgium and Luxembourg, "risks sending a message of division about the creation of a defence policy separate from Nato". "

Iraq: After 13 years fighting Saddam, Lord of the Marshes wants his country back  4/28/03 Guardian, UK: "Until now, the idea of someone being able to sustain a campaign for 13 years against the repressive power of Saddam's military seemed extremely improbable. But the events of the past weeks have revealed a powerful rebel leader, whose forces reached the eastern town of Amarra before the US and British; they are now running the town. Politically ambitious, he feels this record entitles him to a say in the future of Iraq. But he is also leader of Hizbollah of Iraq, a name that for the US conjures up Islamist extremism and it may seek to exclude him. He was not invited to the first meeting of Iraqi opposition groups in Nassiriya, in southern Iraq, two weeks ago, hosted by the US and Britain. He may yet abandon the gun and enter into peaceful politics but he said he is prepared too, if necessary, to turn his forces loose against the US and Britain if they overstay their welcome… He insisted that though his group is called Hizbollah, it has no links with the Lebanese-based organisation of the same name. Hizbollah in Lebanon is backed by both Syria and Iran but Abu Hattem said he had not received backing from any country, including Iran."

Americans arrest 'mayor' as Garner struggles for control  4/28/03 Independent, UK: "Hours before the arrest, US forces interrupted him as he was being interviewed by several television networks. His bodyguards evicted the journalists while he negotiated with the Americans. When they emerged, his supporters lifted a beaming al-Zubaidi on their shoulders and chanted: "Yes! Yes! Al-Zubaidi!" His conduct has become increasingly irksome to the Americans, not least because he appeared to Iraqis on the street to be doing more than them. Yesterday morning his headquarters was a hive a activity. Officials were laboriously compiling lists of employees. Aides were collecting job- application forms from thousands of men who descended on the building brandishing forms bought on the streets for 250 dinars (10p). A different reception met those job-seekers who took the same forms to General Garner's headquarters in one of Saddam's former palaces. They found their path was barred by razor wire, US soldiers and an Abrams tank. "I was just told to go away," said Muhammad al-Mandalawi, an accountant. "It was just the way the bureaucrats behaved under Saddam." "

British MP’s contact with Saddam’s toppled regime refutes allegations of oil payoffs  4/28/03 MENA Report: "Jordanian businessman Fawaz Zureikat, accused of being the front man for British MP George Galloway’s alleged oil deals in Baghdad, told that the charges are “part of the Blair and Bush administrations’ campaign against all those who were opposed to war on Iraq.” "

Suspect Charged With Plotting to Fight U.S. in Afghanistan  4/28/03 NYT 

Egyptian sailor dies in Brazil from anthrax-police  4/28/03 Reuters: "A crew member of an Egyptian merchant ship has died in northern Brazil, almost certainly from anthrax, after opening a suitcase suspected of containing the substance which he was taking to Canada."

Paris and Berlin prepare alliance to rival Nato  4/28/03 Times, UK: "At a meeting in Brussels with the Prime Ministers of Belgium and Luxembourg, President Chirac and Gerhard Schröder, the German Chancellor, want to clear the way for a common European defence system that would start with a core of volunteer states. Although the Germans have qualms about a confrontation with Nato, the French are not hiding their aim to achieve their long-standing goal of unhitching the United States from European defence. This has become more pressing with the reported plans of the US to punish France for its stand on the war in Iraq by excluding it from Nato decision-making. Last night, however, Tony Blair gave warning to M Chirac against placing Europe as a rival to the United States, calling such a move “destabilising”. In an interview with the Financial Times, he said: “I am not really interested in talk about punishing countries, but I think there is an issue that we have to resolve here between America and Europe and within Europe about Europe’s attitutde towards the transatlantic alliance." -- Indeed there is, Tony, and you will be the looser.

Saddam link to al-Qaeda in doubt  4/28/03 Times, UK: "BRITISH Intelligence officials have expressed doubt that Saddam Hussein established any working relationship with al-Qaeda despite the discovery of documents showing that an “envoy” for Osama bin Laden visited Baghdad in 1998."

Iraqis target Gen. Franks for war crimes trial  4/28/03 Washington Times: "The Bush administration has reacted angrily to the complaint. A senior administration official warned that "there will be diplomatic consequences for Belgium" if the complaint is taken up by a court there and Belgian authorities issue indictments against Gen. Franks and other U.S. officials."

Shi'ite clergy take charge in Iraq  4/28/03 Washington Times: "The attitude toward U.S. military presence here is a combination of hostility and suspicion of American intentions, and an insistence that the United States maintain security and help rebuild the country. "We need American help but not American domination," said Sayyid Al-Mousayi. "And we will not oppose them if they behave correctly." "

Antiwar Protesters Say Cops Used Excessive Force  4/28/03 WNBC: "The New York Civil Liberties Union is scheduled to release a report Monday detailing protesters' complaints that police used excessive force at the Feb. 15 rally against war in Iraq."

US government implicated in planned theft of Iraqi artistic treasures  4/28/03 World Socialist 

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Death from Americatop

Iraq news: Soaring death rates among Iraqi children, 1999 BBC, UNICEF 500,000 child deaths

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