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How to Rob Africa

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Why does the Western world feed Africa with one hand while taking from it with the other?

 

The world's wealthy countries often criticise African nations for corruption - especially that perpetrated by those among the continent's government and business leaders who abuse their positions by looting tens of billions of dollars in national assets or the profits from state-owned enterprises that could otherwise be used to relieve the plight of some of the world's poorest peoples.

Yet the West is culpable too in that it often looks the other way when that same dirty money is channelled into bank accounts in Europe and the US.

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The World War One in Africa Project: What happened in Africa should not stay in Africa

The World War One in Africa Project: What happened in Africa should not stay in Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
For the next four years, the world is celebrating the Centenary of World War I,  and once again Africa is not invited to the party. The story of Africans' involvement in the Great War is unheard of...
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Vast methane 'plumes' seen in Arctic ocean as sea ice retreats

Vast methane 'plumes' seen in Arctic ocean as sea ice retreats | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

 National Geographic, July 30, 2014
▶ 16-FOOT WAVES MEASURED IN ARCTIC OCEAN WHERE THERE WAS ONCE ONLY ICE. wave action breaks up sea ice, allowing more sunlight to warm the ocean, it can trigger a cycle that leads to even less ice, more wind, and higher waves http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140730-arctic-wave-height-sea-ice-climate-change-science/

 

 

-▶  METHANE IS ABOUT 20 TIMES MORE POTENT IN WARMING THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE THAN CARBON DIOXIDE *****

 

Independent, July 08, 2014
▶ VAST METHANE 'PLUMES' SEEN IN ARCTIC OCEAN AS SEA ICE RETREATS. Dramatic and unprecedented plumes of methane -

A GREENHOUSE GAS 20 TIMES MORE POTENT THAN CARBON DIOXIDE  - have been seen bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean by scientists undertaking an extensive survey of the region.... it’s strongly reminiscent of what is probably the worst possible climate scenario imaginable, a feedback loop so humongous and destructive that it would lead to runaway warming that makes today's runaway warming look tame by comparison. The last time this happened, it poisoned 90 percent of all life on earth with hydrogen sulfide gas, in a process described by paleontologist Peter Ward as "life killing itself off."... http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/vast-methane-plumes-seen-in-arctic-ocean-as-sea-ice-retreats-6276278.html

 

DailyKoz, July 28, 2014
 ▶  "VAST METHANE PLUMES ESCAPING FROM THE SEAFLOOR" DISCOVERED IN SIBERIAN ARCTIC SEA http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/28/1317252/--Vast-methane-plumes-escaping-from-the-seafloor-discovered-in-Siberian-Arctic-Sea

 

New Scientist

-▶ MAJOR METHANE RELEASE IS ALMOST INEVITABLE   http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23205-major-methane-release-is-almost-inevitable.html

 

Center for Biological Diversity, July 29, 2014
▶ TOP SCIENTISTS URGE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO USE ACCURATE ESTIMATES OF METHANE'S DANGEROUS CLIMATE EFFECTS http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2014/methane-07-29-2014.html

 

                                         --   WATCH --

                       March 3, 2013 The Energy Collective

                                 MELTING PERMAFROST

                          A CLIMATE CHANGE TIME BOMB

 http://theenergycollective.com/globalwarmingisreal/193961/permafrost-climate-change-time-bomb

 

February 22, 2013 Spiegel Online

     ▶SCIENTISTS WARN OF DANGER OF TRAPPED CARBON - MELTING PERMAFROST http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/new-science-research-shows-dangerous-carbon-lurking-in-permafrost-a-885052.html

July 22, 2013 Climate Central

 

     ▶ARCTIC'S BOREAL FORESTS, WHICH CONTAIN HUGE AMOUNTS OF BURIED CARBON, ARE BURNING AT AN UNPRECEDENTED RATE - NEW STUDY http://www.climatecentral.org/news/arctics-boreal-forests-burning-at-unprecedented-rate-16278

 

Alternet, July 04, 2014

▶ THE GIANT METHANE MONSTER THAT CAN WIPE OUT THE HUMAN RACE: Underneath the frozen Arctic are 1,000 gigatons of the world's most deadly greenhouse gas http://www.alternet.org/environment/giant-methane-monster-lurking

 

July 24, 2013 New Scientist

-▶  HUGE METHANE BELCH IN ARCTIC COULD COST $60 TRILLION http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23923-huge-methane-belch-in-arctic-could-cost-60-trillion.html#.UfDLLlPc-RQ

 

 

                                                A WAKE-UP VIDEO:

                                                   "EXTREME ICE"

                          Just How Fast Are We Melting? As It Happens

                                                http://sco.lt/8zIJfd

 

 Alternet, July 04, 2014
▶ THE GIANT METHANE MONSTER THAT CAN WIPE OUT THE HUMAN RACE: Underneath the frozen Arctic are 1,000 gigatons of the world's most deadly greenhouse gas http://www.alternet.org/environment/giant-methane-monster-lurking

 

 4 TRILLION TONS OF ICE MELT RAISING SEA AT ALARMING RATE Journal "Science" Study: http://www.scoop.it/t/changingplanet/p/3533121273/4-trillion-tons-of-ice-melt-raising-seas-at-alarming-rate-journal-science-study

 

 

 

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                                      FRACKING & METHANE

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                                                  Ralph Nader:

                FRACKING' LURE, TRAP AND ENDLESS DAMAGE

http://www.eurasiareview.com/14122012-ralph-nader-frackings-lure-trap-and-endless-damage-oped/

 

 

Living on Earth, June 13, 2014
- ▶ NEW EPA RULES IGNORE METHANE (FRACKING) http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=14-P13-00024&segmentID=1

 

HuffPost Green, April 15, 2014
-▶ METHANE EMISSIONS FROM GAS WELLS UP TO 1,000 TIMES HIGHER THAN FEDERAL ESTIMATE http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/15/methane-natural-gas-epa_n_5153205.html

 

Climate Central, Aprl 15, 2014
▶ HUGE METHANE LEAKS ADD DOUBT ON GAS AS 'BRIDGE' FUEL. Natural gas drilling (Fracking) could emit up to 1,000 times the methane previously thought, possibly significantly increasing the greenhouse gas footprint of the production of natural gas, the study shows. http://www.climatecentral.org/news/huge-methane-leaks-add-doubt-on-natural-gas-as-a-bridge-fuel-17309

 

 Vancouver Observer, January 5, 2014
▶ UNCONVENTIONAL OIL AND GAS WILL FRY CLIMATE -- SAYS EXXONMOBIL REPORT https://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/climatesnapshot/unconventional-oil-and-gas-will-fry-climate-exxonmobil-report

 

31 March 2013 Global Possibilities

-▶  LEAKAGES OF GAS IN PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS CAN LEAD TO HIGHER GREENHOUSE GAS LEVELS THAN BURNING OTHER FOSSIL FUEL LIKE COAL AND OIL http://www.globalpossibilities.org/new-study-exposes-how-natural-gas-isnt-the-clean-fossil-fuel-its-hyped-up-to-be-2/

  

 

 HuffPost Green, April 15, 2014

-▶  METHANE EMISSIONS FROM GAS WELLS UP TO 1,000 TIMES HIGHER THAN FEDERAL ESTIMATE http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/15/methane-natural-gas-epa_n_5153205.html

 

Living on Earth, June 13, 2014
- ▶ NEW EPA RULES IGNORE METHANE http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=14-P13-00024&segmentID=1

 

ClimateProgress, July 26, 2014
-▶  EPA IS FAILING TO STOP METHANE LEAKS FROM PIPELINES, INSPECTOR GENERAL SAYS http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/07/26/3464570/epa-inspector-general-methane-report/

 

 Softpedia, April 16, 2014
 -▶SHALE GAS WELLS FEATURE MASSIVE METHANE LEVELS http://news.softpedia.com/news/Shale-Gas-Wells-Feature-Massive-Methane-Levels-437922.shtml

 

New York Times, February 13, 2014

-▶  STUDY FINDS METHANE LEAKS NEGATE BENEFITS OF NATURAL GAS AS A FUEL FOR VEHICLES http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/14/us/study-finds-methane-leaks-negate-climate-benefits-of-natural-gas.html?hp&_r=0

 

April 5, 2013 Mother Jones

-▶  FRACKERS LOSING $1.5 BILLION YEARLY TO METHANE LEAKS INTO ATMOSPHERE  http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/04/frackers-are-losing-15-billion-yearly-leaks

 

Bloomberg Sustainability, February 23, 2014
 -▶ COLORADO FIRST STATE TO CLAMP DOWN ON FRACKING METHANE POLLUTION http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-24/colorado-first-state-to-clamp-down-on-fracking-methane-pollution.html

 

27 March 2013 - Global Possiibilities

-▶  NEW STUDY SERIOUSLY CHALLENGES CLAIM THAT NATURAL GAS IS A CLEAN FOSSIL FUEL. Leakages of gas in production and distribution systems can lead to higher greenhouse gas levels.. http://www.globalpossibilities.org/how-a-new-study-seriously-challenges-the-claim-that-natural-gas-is-a-clean-fossil-fuel/

 

 May 6, 2013 WRI Insights
-▶  5 REASONS WHY IT'S (STILL) IMPORTANT TO REDUCE FUGITIVE METHANE EMISSIONS http://insights.wri.org/news/2013/05/5-reasons-why-its-still-important-reduce-fugitive-methane-emissions

 

ClimateProgress, July 26, 2014
-▶  EPA IS FAILING TO STOP METHANE LEAKS FROM PIPELINES, INSPECTOR GENERAL SAYS http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/07/26/3464570/epa-inspector-general-methane-report/

 

HOW A NEW STUDY SERIOUSLY CHALLENGES NATURAL GAS AS A CLEAN FOSSIL FUEL - METHANE GREENHOUSE GAS RISES http://sco.lt/7Ftflp

 

             -▶  THE SHALE GAS 'FRACKING' REVOLUTION -

                          AN ENVIRONMENTAL NIGHTMARE 

                                       http://sco.lt/8qklOr

 

                            FRACKING OURSELVES INTO OBLIVION

                                       http://sco.lt/8mKlIP

 

 

    OBAMA'S ARCTIC STRATEGY SETS OFF A CLIMATE TIME BOMB. 

         THE SUICIDAL RACE FOR ARCTIC'S NATURAL RESOURCES

                                       http://sco.lt/5pPxWD

 

                     AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

                   New Economic Perspectives, January 31, 2014
 ▶ ARE YOU GOING TO DETONATE THE WORLD'S LARGEST "CARBON BOMB"? http://neweconomicperspectives.org/2014/02/president-obama-going-detonate-worlds-largest-carbon-bomb.html

 

Guardian, November 9, 2013

▶  IPCC CHAIRMAN: ARE WE PREPARED TO "PASS ON A LOUSY, SPOILT AND DEFILED PLANET? http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/ippc-pachauri-climate-change-spoilt-defiled-planet

 

Albuquerque Journal,  April 05, 2014
▶  FOSSIL-FUEL MONEY MONEY DROWNING DEMOCRACY http://www.abqjournal.com/379429/opinion/fossilfuel-money-drowning-democracy.html

 

▶  HOW RIGGED IS THE FOSSIL FUEL MARKET? UNEARTHING THE TRUE COST OF FOSSIL FUELS http://sco.lt/97hfX7

 

                                                         WATCH:

                                 'YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY"

                         Must See  Video:  Showtime Climate Series

                                             http://sco.lt/7NBCPh

 

IS "THREAT" ANOTHER PLOY FOR THE HIGHLY PROFITABLE, RADICAL GEOENGINEERING OF THE ARCTIC AND OUR CLIMATE? "Raining Chemicals From the Skies – Unregulated Climate Geoengineering" « The Natural Eye Project http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/raining-chemicals-from-the-skies-geoengineering/

 

                                                          VIDEO

                                   CLIMATE GEOENGINEERING:

               CAN WE SAVE THE PLANET BY MESSING WITH NATURE?

                                             http://sco.lt/5R121p

 

 -▶ THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION IS UPON US -- CAN HUMANS SURVIVE? http://sco.lt/95E5aL

 

 

                                               --- WATCH ---

               "THE DIRTY TRUTH" TAR SANDS OIL EXTRACTION -

                          THE DIRTIEST OIL ON EARTH

                                    http://sco.lt/6OpdeT

 

                      THE SHALE GAS 'FRACKING' REVOLUTION

                          AN ENVIRONMENTAL NIGHTMARE 

                                           http://sco.lt/8qklOr

 

                            COAL BURNING EXACTS A LETHAL PRICE

                                            http://sco.lt/8wLmKX


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Why have there been so many despotic governments in Africa?

Why have there been so many despotic governments in Africa? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Independent African states never broke with the legacy and structures of colonialism.
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Nigeria: Boko Haram Born of Poverty and Elite Politics (1/3)

Nigeria: Boko Haram Born of Poverty and Elite Politics (1/3) | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Baba Aye: Boko Haram is a product of desperate poverty in the North
East of Nigeria and a reflection of elite politics played with the mask of
ethnicity
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Group wants Israeli embassy in Kenya closed in protest over Gaza attacks

Group wants Israeli embassy in Kenya closed in protest over Gaza attacks | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A group of local Muslim leaders wants the Israeli embassy in Kenya closed as a sign of protest against the ongoing attacks in Gaza.
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#Palestine: Nous sommes en face d’un génocide avec une complicité internationale

#Palestine: Nous sommes en face d’un génocide avec une complicité internationale | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
«Nous sommes en face d’un génocide avec une complicité internationale» -
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Israel Attacks on Gaza: Statement of Protest by the Social Democratic Party of Kenya

Israel Attacks on Gaza: Statement of Protest by the Social Democratic Party of Kenya | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The Social Democratic Party of Kenya (SDP) condemns in the strongest terms possible the on-going Israeli attacks on Gaza (to date Israel has killed over 700 Palestinians including children).
As we speak Shellfire has killed a further 15 people and more than 200 have been injured in an attack on a
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Analysis of the draft #TTIP chapter on food safety, and animal and plant health issues

Analysis of the draft #TTIP chapter on food safety, and animal and plant health issues | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Trade agreements have a profound influence on how regulations to protect public health and how we produce food are developed, implemented and enforced or not enforced. U.S. and EU food safety regulations in the US and the EU often set the bar for such standards around the world. There is much at stake in the wording of trade agreements, but remarkably, draft negotiations texts remained undisclosed to the public affected by the trade related food safety chapters in those texts. Instead of a public debate about appropriate protections for health and the type of agriculture we want, these negotiations are taking place behind closed doors, and heavily influenced by corporate trade advisors whose employers are the main beneficiaries of the trade agreements. This is a perverse approach to trade negotiations, forcing the public to read between the lines of leaked, partial texts. This leaked draft TTIP chapter doesn’t tell us everything about where negotiations are headed on food safety, but it tells us enough to raise serious concerns. - See more at: http://www.iatp.org/documents/analysis-of-the-draft-transatlantic-trade-and-investment-partnership-ttip-chapter-on-food-#sthash.BEtdbyiK.dpuf

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President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan commissions Olam’s integrated rice mill

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan commissions Olam’s integrated rice mill | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The integrated rice milling facility is situated at the heart of Olam’s 6,000-hectare greenfield irrigated and mechanised paddy farm in Nigeria’s Nasarawa State.
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Congo launches agri-business park in move to revamp farming

Congo launches agri-business park in move to revamp farming | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The government spent $83 million setting up the 75,000 ha Bukanga Lonzo park, where a South African consortium called Africom has been handed the management contract.
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Liberia - communities join to fight the palm oil land grab

Liberia - communities join to fight the palm oil land grab | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Liberia's Jogbahn Clan is at the forefront of efforts to resist the grab of land and forests for palm oil plantations. But the country's President says they are only 'harrassing and extorting' international investors.
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Cash crops with dividends: Financiers transforming strawberries into securities

Cash crops with dividends: Financiers transforming strawberries into securities | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A small but growing group of sophisticated investors and bankers are combining crops and the soil they grow in into an asset class that ordinary investors can buy a piece of.
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Are Indian companies

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India's Ambassador to Ethiopia Sanjay Verma says India's
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Israeli officer: I was right to shoot 13-year-old child

Israeli officer: I was right to shoot 13-year-old child | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Radio exchange contradicts army version of Gaza killing.
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Deleted BBC Report. "Ukrainian Fighter Jet Shot Down MHI7", Donetsk Eyewitnesses

Deleted BBC Report. "Ukrainian Fighter Jet Shot Down MHI7", Donetsk Eyewitnesses | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
In a bitter irony, The BBC is censoring its own news. Every eyewitness interviewed by the BBC indicated the presence of a Ukrainian military aircraft right beside the Malaysian Airlines Boeing MH17...

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Gaza is Israel's Vietnam -- Kasrils

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Anything but supporting BDS is mere words, says Ronnie Kasrils, in stating that the strategy of Hamas in Gaza recalls Vietnamese and South African resistance to oppression
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Entire Gaza Family Killed Prior To Ceasefire, As Death Toll Tops 985

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Thinly Veiled Code for Genocid Israel’s War of Attrition in Gaza

Following World War II U.S. General Curtis LeMay, the reported inspiration for the psychotic General Jack Ripper in Stanley Kubrick’s dark comedy Dr. Strangelove, was said to have remarked that had the Allies lost the war he would likely have been hanged as a war criminal for the bombing of Tokyo. Hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians perished under American bombs in a series of raids on the Japanese city. Separately, the Japanese leadership was widely reported to have been ready to surrender before atomic bombs were dropped on primarily civilian populations in the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. With this history it seems difficult to remember that upon entering World War I aerial bombardment of a civilian population was widely understood to be a war crime.

As it was applied to the U.S. war on Southeast Asia (Vietnam) the term ‘war of attrition’ was barely veiled code for a racist slaughter, the ‘kill ratio’ of 58,000 U.S. soldiers to 3,500,000 Vietnamese and likely millions more in Cambodia and Laos is evidence of a degree of military mismatch perhaps better called genocide. The theory behind the term is that causing an ‘appropriate’ level of death and destruction against one’s enemies produces two outcomes: it turns people against ‘their own’ governments causing a loss of internal political support for them and it kills so many potential adversaries that there is no ‘will’ (no one) left to fight. The dim socio-pathology of the U.S. strategy in Vietnam can be found in the utter implausibility of the largely agrarian-peasant population having any geopolitical ‘vision’ at all, let alone on the side of ‘their’ enemies for preceding millennia, the Chinese.

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How US evangelicals are shaping development in Uganda

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US evangelical groups are increasingly shaping Uganda's development policies to suit their religious agenda.
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Israel and Kenya: Narratives of disposability

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Why does the loss of some lives merit more grieving than the loss of others?
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When Wall Street went to Africa

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A New York tycoon won a sweetheart deal to build a massive "sustainable" palm oil plantation in Cameroon. What followed were accusations of intimidation, corruption, bribery, and deceit. - See more at: http://farmlandgrab.org/post/view/23721#sthash.1vi9YGrg.dpuf

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African overdrive: Move to widen Indian investments in continent

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A delegation of the Confederation of Indian Industry is in Ethiopia to meet with the Agriculture Investment and Land Administration Agency and other government agencies to discuss business opportunities.
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Olam to invest $100m in commercial rice production

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Olam reveals plans to expand its rice farm in Nigeria to 10,000 hectares.
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Japan’s Nitori postpones construction of textile complex in Mozambique

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Japanese company drops plans to establish a 4,000 ha cotton farm in Mozambique's Nampula Province, within the Nacala Corridor.
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Reclaiming Free Prior and Informed Consent in the context of global land grabs

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Will FPIC ‘help’ or ‘hurt’ the cause of agrarian justice? The dilemmas and challenges of using FPIC are already surfacing and warrant closer attention.
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