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Will a new government end unrest in Lebanon?

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15.11.2019 18:30
Al Jazeera English
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Lebanon could soon have a new Prime Minister after the main political players reportedly reached an agreement. It's almost a month since protests erupted across Lebanon. Yet a solution to the political crisis hasn't been reached. There's some hope for a new government, after three parties nominated the former finance minister to be the next leader. But that decison's led to people protesting outside Mohammad Safadi's house, calling him a thief. And demonstrators are still blocking roads in Beirut. They want the political system overhauled and the economy, and their lives, to improve. So, is a new government the answer? And what about the calls to change the entire political system? Presenter: Dareen Abughaida Guests Kamel Wazne, political analyst and economist. Jamil Mouawad, political lecturer at the American University of Beirut. Habib Battah, independent journalist and founder of news website Beirut Report. Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/ #Aljazeeraenglish #Lebanon #InsideStory Číst dále >>>

Celebrities Once Again Demand Gun Control After CA School Shooting: ‘Americans Are a Violent People’

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Celebrities screamed to the heavens in support of gun control yesterday after the school shooting in Santa Clarita, California by a 16-year-old student who shot five other students, killing two. They claimed President Trump avoided publicity after that… no, he didn’t. He has a ton of things he’s doing and he’s being impeached. What lies. […] The post Celebrities Once Again Demand Gun Control After CA School Shooting: ‘Americans Are a Violent People’ appeared first on Joe For America . Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

Lebanon’s Divide Flares Anew With Tycoon’s Pick for Premier

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Lebanon’s Divide Flares Anew With Tycoon’s Pick for Premier (Bloomberg) -- The candidacy of a wealthy Lebanese businessman to become the country’s new premier is reinforcing the very rift that’s separated demonstrators and the political elites they deem corrupt over weeks of protests.Mohammad Safadi, who’s also a former finance minister, has the backing of Lebanon’s major political parties after a meeting late on Thursday, but it’s a choice that generated an immediate backlash from anti-government demonstrators pressing for deeper reform. Involved in a coastal development that’s provoked protests, Safadi has been a member in various governments for over a decade, hardly a harbinger of the change demanded during the unrest.The nomination “shows once again the audacity of the political establishment in dismissing peoples’ voices,” Sami Atallah, director of the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, said on Twitter.Lebanon, one of the world’s most indebted nations, has been without a government since Saad Hariri resigned late last month as protesters lashed out over alleged corruption and mismanagement that’s pushed the economy to the verge of bankruptcy.It’s not only on the streets that Safadi’s candidacy is viewed with qualms. Snubbing the proposal, three former prime ministers -- Tammam Salam, Najib Mikati and Fouad Siniora -- issued a joint statement on Friday, saying that given the current situation, they had insisted on reappointing Hariri and called on political parties to support his nomination instead. Safadi was a minister under both Mikati and Siniora.Four weeks in, the uprising in Lebanon has grown into one of the most serious challenges yet to the sectarian power-sharing system that emerged from the ashes of its 1975-1990 civil war. The apparent inability of senior officials to respond to popular demands has further shaken confidence in the economy and seen the currency tumble on the black market.Breaking the Stalemate?A former lawmaker, Safadi hails from predominantly Sunni Tripoli, a northern city that has some of the highest rates of poverty in Lebanon and has witnessed some of the biggest protests. As well as holding the finance portfolio, Safadi has served as minister of public works, transport and economy.Lebanon’s political system dictates that the prime minister must be a Sunni Muslim, the president a Christian and the speaker a Shiite, while parliament seats are divided among different religious sects.Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, who has also been a target of protests, said Safadi agreed to head the new government if he gets the approval of the parliamentary blocs.In comments to MTV Lebanon, Bassil said consultations could take place Monday and Safadi will be named at the end “or else we will be in this stalemate as we wait for an agreement on a new prime minister.”Hariri, HezbollahLocal media reported that Hariri, President Michel Aoun as well as the Iran-backed Hezbollah group and allies all agreed to name Safadi to head the next cabinet. Aoun has yet to set a date for parliamentary consultations to name a new premier.Hariri’s Future parliamentary bloc would accept Safadi but is also open to other options, said a prominent member, Hadi Hobeish. Safadi’s wife, Violette, is a minister in Hariri’s caretaker cabinet.Safadi, 75, wouldn’t comment on his possible designation and will wait for consultations to officially name him, a person at his office said.Almost immediately after reports trickled out of Safadi’s candidacy, a video was circulated online summarizing his role in a controversial Saudi arms deal and construction along the coast that’s been at the center of protests against the illegal privatization of public property. On Twitter, commentators denounced him as part of the political class protesters want to push out.Earlier this month, Safadi denied allegations that he benefited from his status to buy property from the government at an undervalued price and build a posh promenade lined with restaurants and shops in the center of the capital, Beirut. In a statement, Safadi also said the project doesn’t infringe on public space.Challenges AboundIf confirmed, Safadi will face formidable challenges, not just from the street. Lebanon is confronting its most serious economic crisis in decades. Banks are closed, trade is stymied by a shortage of hard currency and the pound has depreciated on the black market as concerns rise that the country is heading toward a debt crisis.Yet political squabbling has stalled economic reform plans required to win back investor confidence and unlock Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

Lebanon’s Divide Flares Anew With Tycoon’s Pick for Premier

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Lebanon’s Divide Flares Anew With Tycoon’s Pick for Premier (Bloomberg) -- The candidacy of a wealthy Lebanese businessman to become the country’s new premier is reinforcing the very rift that’s separated demonstrators and the political elites they deem corrupt over weeks of protests.Mohammad Safadi, who’s also a former finance minister, has the backing of Lebanon’s major political parties after a meeting late on Thursday, but it’s a choice that generated an immediate backlash from anti-government demonstrators pressing for deeper reform. Involved in a coastal development that’s provoked protests, Safadi has been a member in various governments for over a decade, hardly a harbinger of the change demanded during the unrest.The nomination “shows once again the audacity of the political establishment in dismissing peoples’ voices,” Sami Atallah, director of the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, said on Twitter.Lebanon, one of the world’s most indebted nations, has been without a government since Saad Hariri resigned late last month as protesters lashed out over alleged corruption and mismanagement that’s pushed the economy to the verge of bankruptcy.It’s not only on the streets that Safadi’s candidacy is viewed with qualms. Snubbing the proposal, three former prime ministers -- Tammam Salam, Najib Mikati and Fouad Siniora -- issued a joint statement on Friday, saying that given the current situation, they had insisted on reappointing Hariri and called on political parties to support his nomination instead. Safadi was a minister under both Mikati and Siniora.Four weeks in, the uprising in Lebanon has grown into one of the most serious challenges yet to the sectarian power-sharing system that emerged from the ashes of its 1975-1990 civil war. The apparent inability of senior officials to respond to popular demands has further shaken confidence in the economy and seen the currency tumble on the black market.Breaking the Stalemate?A former lawmaker, Safadi hails from predominantly Sunni Tripoli, a northern city that has some of the highest rates of poverty in Lebanon and has witnessed some of the biggest protests. As well as holding the finance portfolio, Safadi has served as minister of public works, transport and economy.Lebanon’s political system dictates that the prime minister must be a Sunni Muslim, the president a Christian and the speaker a Shiite, while parliament seats are divided among different religious sects.Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, who has also been a target of protests, said Safadi agreed to head the new government if he gets the approval of the parliamentary blocs.In comments to MTV Lebanon, Bassil said consultations could take place Monday and Safadi will be named at the end “or else we will be in this stalemate as we wait for an agreement on a new prime minister.”Hariri, HezbollahLocal media reported that Hariri, President Michel Aoun as well as the Iran-backed Hezbollah group and allies all agreed to name Safadi to head the next cabinet. Aoun has yet to set a date for parliamentary consultations to name a new premier.Hariri’s Future parliamentary bloc would accept Safadi but is also open to other options, said a prominent member, Hadi Hobeish. Safadi’s wife, Violette, is a minister in Hariri’s caretaker cabinet.Safadi, 75, wouldn’t comment on his possible designation and will wait for consultations to officially name him, a person at his office said.Almost immediately after reports trickled out of Safadi’s candidacy, a video was circulated online summarizing his role in a controversial Saudi arms deal and construction along the coast that’s been at the center of protests against the illegal privatization of public property. On Twitter, commentators denounced him as part of the political class protesters want to push out.Earlier this month, Safadi denied allegations that he benefited from his status to buy property from the government at an undervalued price and build a posh promenade lined with restaurants and shops in the center of the capital, Beirut. In a statement, Safadi also said the project doesn’t infringe on public space.Challenges AboundIf confirmed, Safadi will face formidable challenges, not just from the street. Lebanon is confronting its most serious economic crisis in decades. Banks are closed, trade is stymied by a shortage of hard currency and the pound has depreciated on the black market as concerns rise that the country is heading toward a debt crisis.Yet political squabbling has stalled economic reform plans required to win back investor confidence and unlock Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

The psychology of riots: Why it's never just mindless violence

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media thumbnail It seemingly can happen anywhere—and at any time. From London to Hong Kong, apparently peaceful cities can sometimes erupt suddenly into widespread, and often sustained, unrest. But what role does psychology play in this? And can it explain how, why and when crowds turn to violence? Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

‘Everyone Is Angry’: Police Aggression Fuels Hong Kong Protests

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‘Everyone Is Angry’: Police Aggression Fuels Hong Kong Protests (Bloomberg) -- A traffic cop rode his motorcycle into a crowd of demonstrators. A group of officers pepper-sprayed a woman in the face. Riot police slammed a Citigroup Inc. staffer to the ground.This week saw a litany of alleged police abuses quickly go viral on social media. But only one of the officers involved was suspended -- with pay. And that was only the first publicly announced punishment of an officer in five months of unrest.The incidents contributed to anger that sparked a week of unprecedented chaos in Hong Kong, where the lack of accountability for police abuses has become a key reason many protesters are hitting the streets. And while officers are facing increasingly violent demonstrators armed with Molotov cocktails, bricks and even flaming arrows, fears are growing that police tactics -- and the lack of an independent agency with sufficient power to investigate the protests-- are actually making the violence worse.“What we can see is a pattern of escalation whereby police tactics have functioned to radicalize the population,” said Clifford Stott, a member of the expert panel appointed by Hong Kong’s government to examine the city’s Independent Police Complaints Council.“We know on a scientific level that these things escalate, polarize and entrench conflict,” said Stott, who is a policing expert at the U.K.’s Keele University and has advised forces around the world. “And what we would see, and what we would expect, is exactly what we’re beginning to see -- an increasingly forceful level of intervention by the police and then by the government.”Bows, ArrowsThe police have consistently defended officers, saying they are using appropriate force at a time of rising violence from protesters. That includes a traffic cop who shot a protester during a confrontation at a busy intersection during the morning commute on Monday.“Many people point their fingers at the police and play the blame game, accusing us of provoking violence in universities and causing social unrest,” said John Tse, chief superintendent of the Police Public Relations Branch. “We have stressed repeatedly that police officers are in a reactive mode. If rioters did not commit dangerous and destructive acts, there is no reason for the police to respond with force.”This week, demonstrators shocked the city by setting a man on fire after an argument, while others beat a truck driver trying to clear a roadblock. Overnight, a 70-year-old man died after being hit earlier in the week by a brick thrown in a street clash that police blamed on “rioters.” On Thursday, police said students shot arrows at officers, while the city’s justice secretary was injured on a trip to London after being surrounded by “a violent mob.”Protesters have also set up flaming street barricades, vandalized subway stations, lobbed petrol bombs, and attacked police officers with metal pipes and wrenches.“It’s unfair to just focus on the traffic cops -- what about the rioters who set an innocent bystander on fire?” said Regina Ip, a pro-establishment lawmaker. “They have been working extremely long hours for five months with very little support. I really object strongly to anyone who picks on our police.”‘Gone Nuts’Still, protesters say the police abuses are giving them renewed support among the general public. That was evident this week when police fired tear gas in the Central financial district at lunch time, causing office workers and bystanders to flee in thick clouds of fumes.“Before, it’s mostly students on the streets, but now you can see professionals, lawyers,” said a man with the surname Chan, a 30-something professional who works in insurance who was at a protest in Central. “Everyone is angry about the violence.”In one widely circulated incident, a trio of cops detained a Citibank employee in Central, who said he worked in a nearby office. They berated and swore at him in an increasingly angry exchange. The man, arguing against his arrest, eventually tried to flee and was tackled. He grabbed a baton and swung it as he went down, appearing to yell “Hong Kong people, resist!”“The Hong Kong police have gone nuts,” said Claudia Mo, a pro-democracy lawmaker. “I can only expect things to get worse.”Torture AllegationsAs the protests have dragged on, the accusations have gradually piled up, with little sign that an investigation will be independent enough. While more than 4,000 protesters have been detained in the chaos and 600 have faced charges -- some carrying sentences of up to 10 years -- the traffic cop who drove his motorcycle into protesters was the first officer whose suspension was publicly announced.A poll by the Chinese University of Hong Kong in October foun Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

‘Everyone Is Angry’: Police Aggression Fuels Hong Kong Protests

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‘Everyone Is Angry’: Police Aggression Fuels Hong Kong Protests (Bloomberg) -- A traffic cop rode his motorcycle into a crowd of demonstrators. A group of officers pepper-sprayed a woman in the face. Riot police slammed a Citigroup Inc. staffer to the ground.This week saw a litany of alleged police abuses quickly go viral on social media. But only one of the officers involved was suspended -- with pay. And that was only the first publicly announced punishment of an officer in five months of unrest.The incidents contributed to anger that sparked a week of unprecedented chaos in Hong Kong, where the lack of accountability for police abuses has become a key reason many protesters are hitting the streets. And while officers are facing increasingly violent demonstrators armed with Molotov cocktails, bricks and even flaming arrows, fears are growing that police tactics -- and the lack of an independent agency with sufficient power to investigate the protests-- are actually making the violence worse.“What we can see is a pattern of escalation whereby police tactics have functioned to radicalize the population,” said Clifford Stott, a member of the expert panel appointed by Hong Kong’s government to examine the city’s Independent Police Complaints Council.“We know on a scientific level that these things escalate, polarize and entrench conflict,” said Stott, who is a policing expert at the U.K.’s Keele University and has advised forces around the world. “And what we would see, and what we would expect, is exactly what we’re beginning to see -- an increasingly forceful level of intervention by the police and then by the government.”Bows, ArrowsThe police have consistently defended officers, saying they are using appropriate force at a time of rising violence from protesters. That includes a traffic cop who shot a protester during a confrontation at a busy intersection during the morning commute on Monday.“Many people point their fingers at the police and play the blame game, accusing us of provoking violence in universities and causing social unrest,” said John Tse, chief superintendent of the Police Public Relations Branch. “We have stressed repeatedly that police officers are in a reactive mode. If rioters did not commit dangerous and destructive acts, there is no reason for the police to respond with force.”This week, demonstrators shocked the city by setting a man on fire after an argument, while others beat a truck driver trying to clear a roadblock. Overnight, a 70-year-old man died after being hit earlier in the week by a brick thrown in a street clash that police blamed on “rioters.” On Thursday, police said students shot arrows at officers, while the city’s justice secretary was injured on a trip to London after being surrounded by “a violent mob.”Protesters have also set up flaming street barricades, vandalized subway stations, lobbed petrol bombs, and attacked police officers with metal pipes and wrenches.“It’s unfair to just focus on the traffic cops -- what about the rioters who set an innocent bystander on fire?” said Regina Ip, a pro-establishment lawmaker. “They have been working extremely long hours for five months with very little support. I really object strongly to anyone who picks on our police.”‘Gone Nuts’Still, protesters say the police abuses are giving them renewed support among the general public. That was evident this week when police fired tear gas in the Central financial district at lunch time, causing office workers and bystanders to flee in thick clouds of fumes.“Before, it’s mostly students on the streets, but now you can see professionals, lawyers,” said a man with the surname Chan, a 30-something professional who works in insurance who was at a protest in Central. “Everyone is angry about the violence.”In one widely circulated incident, a trio of cops detained a Citibank employee in Central, who said he worked in a nearby office. They berated and swore at him in an increasingly angry exchange. The man, arguing against his arrest, eventually tried to flee and was tackled. He grabbed a baton and swung it as he went down, appearing to yell “Hong Kong people, resist!”“The Hong Kong police have gone nuts,” said Claudia Mo, a pro-democracy lawmaker. “I can only expect things to get worse.”Torture AllegationsAs the protests have dragged on, the accusations have gradually piled up, with little sign that an investigation will be independent enough. While more than 4,000 protesters have been detained in the chaos and 600 have faced charges -- some carrying sentences of up to 10 years -- the traffic cop who drove his motorcycle into protesters was the first officer whose suspension was publicly announced.A poll by the Chinese University of Hong Kong in October foun Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

‘Everyone Is Angry’: Police Aggression Fuels Hong Kong Protests

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‘Everyone Is Angry’: Police Aggression Fuels Hong Kong Protests (Bloomberg) -- A traffic cop rode his motorcycle into a crowd of demonstrators. A group of officers pepper-sprayed a woman in the face. Riot police slammed a Citigroup Inc. staffer to the ground.This week saw a litany of alleged police abuses quickly go viral on social media. But only one of the officers involved was suspended -- with pay. And that was only the first publicly announced punishment of an officer in five months of unrest.The incidents contributed to anger that sparked a week of unprecedented chaos in Hong Kong, where the lack of accountability for police abuses has become a key reason many protesters are hitting the streets. And while officers are facing increasingly violent demonstrators armed with Molotov cocktails, bricks and even flaming arrows, fears are growing that police tactics -- and the lack of an independent agency with sufficient power to investigate the protests-- are actually making the violence worse.“What we can see is a pattern of escalation whereby police tactics have functioned to radicalize the population,” said Clifford Stott, a member of the expert panel appointed by Hong Kong’s government to examine the city’s Independent Police Complaints Council.“We know on a scientific level that these things escalate, polarize and entrench conflict,” said Stott, who is a policing expert at the U.K.’s Keele University and has advised forces around the world. “And what we would see, and what we would expect, is exactly what we’re beginning to see -- an increasingly forceful level of intervention by the police and then by the government.”Bows, ArrowsThe police have consistently defended officers, saying they are using appropriate force at a time of rising violence from protesters. That includes a traffic cop who shot a protester during a confrontation at a busy intersection during the morning commute on Monday.“Many people point their fingers at the police and play the blame game, accusing us of provoking violence in universities and causing social unrest,” said John Tse, chief superintendent of the Police Public Relations Branch. “We have stressed repeatedly that police officers are in a reactive mode. If rioters did not commit dangerous and destructive acts, there is no reason for the police to respond with force.”This week, demonstrators shocked the city by setting a man on fire after an argument, while others beat a truck driver trying to clear a roadblock. Overnight, a 70-year-old man died after being hit earlier in the week by a brick thrown in a street clash that police blamed on “rioters.” On Thursday, police said students shot arrows at officers, while the city’s justice secretary was injured on a trip to London after being surrounded by “a violent mob.”Protesters have also set up flaming street barricades, vandalized subway stations, lobbed petrol bombs, and attacked police officers with metal pipes and wrenches.“It’s unfair to just focus on the traffic cops -- what about the rioters who set an innocent bystander on fire?” said Regina Ip, a pro-establishment lawmaker. “They have been working extremely long hours for five months with very little support. I really object strongly to anyone who picks on our police.”‘Gone Nuts’Still, protesters say the police abuses are giving them renewed support among the general public. That was evident this week when police fired tear gas in the Central financial district at lunch time, causing office workers and bystanders to flee in thick clouds of fumes.“Before, it’s mostly students on the streets, but now you can see professionals, lawyers,” said a man with the surname Chan, a 30-something professional who works in insurance who was at a protest in Central. “Everyone is angry about the violence.”In one widely circulated incident, a trio of cops detained a Citibank employee in Central, who said he worked in a nearby office. They berated and swore at him in an increasingly angry exchange. The man, arguing against his arrest, eventually tried to flee and was tackled. He grabbed a baton and swung it as he went down, appearing to yell “Hong Kong people, resist!”“The Hong Kong police have gone nuts,” said Claudia Mo, a pro-democracy lawmaker. “I can only expect things to get worse.”Torture AllegationsAs the protests have dragged on, the accusations have gradually piled up, with little sign that an investigation will be independent enough. While more than 4,000 protesters have been detained in the chaos and 600 have faced charges -- some carrying sentences of up to 10 years -- the traffic cop who drove his motorcycle into protesters was the first officer whose suspension was publicly announced.A poll by the Chinese University of Hong Kong in October foun Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

‘Everyone Is Angry’: Police Aggression Fuels Hong Kong Protests

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‘Everyone Is Angry’: Police Aggression Fuels Hong Kong Protests (Bloomberg) -- A traffic cop rode his motorcycle into a crowd of demonstrators. A group of officers pepper-sprayed a woman in the face. Riot police slammed a Citigroup Inc. staffer to the ground.This week saw a litany of alleged police abuses quickly go viral on social media. But only one of the officers involved was suspended -- with pay. And that was only the first publicly announced punishment of an officer in five months of unrest.The incidents contributed to anger that sparked a week of unprecedented chaos in Hong Kong, where the lack of accountability for police abuses has become a key reason many protesters are hitting the streets. And while officers are facing increasingly violent demonstrators armed with Molotov cocktails, bricks and even flaming arrows, fears are growing that police tactics -- and the lack of an independent agency with sufficient power to investigate the protests-- are actually making the violence worse.“What we can see is a pattern of escalation whereby police tactics have functioned to radicalize the population,” said Clifford Stott, a member of the expert panel appointed by Hong Kong’s government to examine the city’s Independent Police Complaints Council.“We know on a scientific level that these things escalate, polarize and entrench conflict,” said Stott, who is a policing expert at the U.K.’s Keele University and has advised forces around the world. “And what we would see, and what we would expect, is exactly what we’re beginning to see -- an increasingly forceful level of intervention by the police and then by the government.”Bows, ArrowsThe police have consistently defended officers, saying they are using appropriate force at a time of rising violence from protesters. That includes a traffic cop who shot a protester during a confrontation at a busy intersection during the morning commute on Monday.“Many people point their fingers at the police and play the blame game, accusing us of provoking violence in universities and causing social unrest,” said John Tse, chief superintendent of the Police Public Relations Branch. “We have stressed repeatedly that police officers are in a reactive mode. If rioters did not commit dangerous and destructive acts, there is no reason for the police to respond with force.”This week, demonstrators shocked the city by setting a man on fire after an argument, while others beat a truck driver trying to clear a roadblock. Overnight, a 70-year-old man died after being hit earlier in the week by a brick thrown in a street clash that police blamed on “rioters.” On Thursday, police said students shot arrows at officers, while the city’s justice secretary was injured on a trip to London after being surrounded by “a violent mob.”Protesters have also set up flaming street barricades, vandalized subway stations, lobbed petrol bombs, and attacked police officers with metal pipes and wrenches.“It’s unfair to just focus on the traffic cops -- what about the rioters who set an innocent bystander on fire?” said Regina Ip, a pro-establishment lawmaker. “They have been working extremely long hours for five months with very little support. I really object strongly to anyone who picks on our police.”‘Gone Nuts’Still, protesters say the police abuses are giving them renewed support among the general public. That was evident this week when police fired tear gas in the Central financial district at lunch time, causing office workers and bystanders to flee in thick clouds of fumes.“Before, it’s mostly students on the streets, but now you can see professionals, lawyers,” said a man with the surname Chan, a 30-something professional who works in insurance who was at a protest in Central. “Everyone is angry about the violence.”In one widely circulated incident, a trio of cops detained a Citibank employee in Central, who said he worked in a nearby office. They berated and swore at him in an increasingly angry exchange. The man, arguing against his arrest, eventually tried to flee and was tackled. He grabbed a baton and swung it as he went down, appearing to yell “Hong Kong people, resist!”“The Hong Kong police have gone nuts,” said Claudia Mo, a pro-democracy lawmaker. “I can only expect things to get worse.”Torture AllegationsAs the protests have dragged on, the accusations have gradually piled up, with little sign that an investigation will be independent enough. While more than 4,000 protesters have been detained in the chaos and 600 have faced charges -- some carrying sentences of up to 10 years -- the traffic cop who drove his motorcycle into protesters was the first officer whose suspension was publicly announced.A poll by the Chinese University of Hong Kong in October foun Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

‘Everyone Is Angry’: Police Aggression Fuels Hong Kong Protests

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‘Everyone Is Angry’: Police Aggression Fuels Hong Kong Protests (Bloomberg) -- A traffic cop rode his motorcycle into a crowd of demonstrators. A group of officers pepper-sprayed a woman in the face. Riot police slammed a Citigroup Inc. staffer to the ground.This week saw a litany of alleged police abuses quickly go viral on social media. But only one of the officers involved was suspended -- with pay. And that was only the first publicly announced punishment of an officer in five months of unrest.The incidents contributed to anger that sparked a week of unprecedented chaos in Hong Kong, where the lack of accountability for police abuses has become a key reason many protesters are hitting the streets. And while officers are facing increasingly violent demonstrators armed with Molotov cocktails, bricks and even flaming arrows, fears are growing that police tactics -- and the lack of an independent agency with sufficient power to investigate the protests-- are actually making the violence worse.“What we can see is a pattern of escalation whereby police tactics have functioned to radicalize the population,” said Clifford Stott, a member of the expert panel appointed by Hong Kong’s government to examine the city’s Independent Police Complaints Council.“We know on a scientific level that these things escalate, polarize and entrench conflict,” said Stott, who is a policing expert at the U.K.’s Keele University and has advised forces around the world. “And what we would see, and what we would expect, is exactly what we’re beginning to see -- an increasingly forceful level of intervention by the police and then by the government.”Bows, ArrowsThe police have consistently defended officers, saying they are using appropriate force at a time of rising violence from protesters. That includes a traffic cop who shot a protester during a confrontation at a busy intersection during the morning commute on Monday.“Many people point their fingers at the police and play the blame game, accusing us of provoking violence in universities and causing social unrest,” said John Tse, chief superintendent of the Police Public Relations Branch. “We have stressed repeatedly that police officers are in a reactive mode. If rioters did not commit dangerous and destructive acts, there is no reason for the police to respond with force.”This week, demonstrators shocked the city by setting a man on fire after an argument, while others beat a truck driver trying to clear a roadblock. Overnight, a 70-year-old man died after being hit earlier in the week by a brick thrown in a street clash that police blamed on “rioters.” On Thursday, police said students shot arrows at officers, while the city’s justice secretary was injured on a trip to London after being surrounded by “a violent mob.”Protesters have also set up flaming street barricades, vandalized subway stations, lobbed petrol bombs, and attacked police officers with metal pipes and wrenches.“It’s unfair to just focus on the traffic cops -- what about the rioters who set an innocent bystander on fire?” said Regina Ip, a pro-establishment lawmaker. “They have been working extremely long hours for five months with very little support. I really object strongly to anyone who picks on our police.”‘Gone Nuts’Still, protesters say the police abuses are giving them renewed support among the general public. That was evident this week when police fired tear gas in the Central financial district at lunch time, causing office workers and bystanders to flee in thick clouds of fumes.“Before, it’s mostly students on the streets, but now you can see professionals, lawyers,” said a man with the surname Chan, a 30-something professional who works in insurance who was at a protest in Central. “Everyone is angry about the violence.”In one widely circulated incident, a trio of cops detained a Citibank employee in Central, who said he worked in a nearby office. They berated and swore at him in an increasingly angry exchange. The man, arguing against his arrest, eventually tried to flee and was tackled. He grabbed a baton and swung it as he went down, appearing to yell “Hong Kong people, resist!”“The Hong Kong police have gone nuts,” said Claudia Mo, a pro-democracy lawmaker. “I can only expect things to get worse.”Torture AllegationsAs the protests have dragged on, the accusations have gradually piled up, with little sign that an investigation will be independent enough. While more than 4,000 protesters have been detained in the chaos and 600 have faced charges -- some carrying sentences of up to 10 years -- the traffic cop who drove his motorcycle into protesters was the first officer whose suspension was publicly announced.A poll by the Chinese University of Hong Kong in October foun Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

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Petr Novák 14.11.2019, 10:01

Abychom skutečně pochopili, co se stalo v roce 1989 v ČSSR, tak se musíme vrátit velmi daleko do minulosti (hlavně do SSSR) a protože to většinu lidí (a „analytiků“ už vůbec) ani nenapadne, tak se dívají na toto významné období zcela mylně a to na základě propagandy jedné, nebo druhé strany a to je samozřejmě
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Albánská stopa za Milionem chvilek pro demokracii?

admin 14.11.2019, 09:57

21. srpna 2019 se v Praze konalo protestní shromáždění, které organizoval spolek Milion chvilek pro demokracii. Krátce poté se na webové stránce kosovsko-albánského listu Bota Sot (Svět dnes) objevil pozoruhodný článek od Ardiana Sokoliho s názvem: „Protest v Praze: více než 5 tisíc občanů proti vládě a prezidentovi Zemanovi“. Níže je publikován překlad celého článku, přičemž dvě klíčové
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P.C.Roberts: Americkou demokracii může zachránit jedině Trump – a jedině s naší pomocí

Lubomír Man 14.11.2019, 09:53

Nyní, kdy splaskl podfuk „něco za něco“ nazvaný Russiagate, vymýšlejí presstitutky další podfuk tohoto stylu, který by se na Trumpovu hlavu dal hodit. A jaký podfuk má to být tentokrát? Právě jsem doposlouchal CIA řízenou debatu tří pochybně vyhlížejících mužů na televizi NPR, kteří sdělili národu následovné: Je sice pravda, že Trump v telefonickém hovoru
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Na Letnou do boje za demokracií, která je proti demokracii

Lubomír Man 14.11.2019, 09:50

Chvilkaři nás zvou znovu na Letnou a znovu zde budou žádat totéž, co loni. To je demisi premiéra Babiše a ministryně spravedlnosti Benešové. A též prý obecnou podporu demokracie. A jakoby na zavolanou k otázce, nakolik jsou tyto chvilkařské požadavky oprávněné a požadavkům na demokratické řešení odpovídající, zveřejnily dnes ráno na internetu Novinky.cz výsledek šetření
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Přehled zpráv – RusVesna, RusNext 13.11.2019

Božena W. 14.11.2019, 09:44

1; Nový velitel brigády Ukrajinské armády byl těžce zraněn v Donbasu v důsledku výbuchu miny při obhlídce frontových pozic. Nového velitele brigády údajně zlikvidovali nacističtí ozbrojenci. 2; Filaretovi stoupenci zaútočili na soud a zlámali ruku příslušníkovi Národní gardy. Skupina agresivních Filaretových stoupenců s kříži a korouhvemi se pokoušela dostat do budovy soudu. 3; Lukašenko se
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S MUDr. Jonášem o zdraví - 12. díl

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MUDr. Josef Jonáš, jeden z nejznámějších českých badatelů v oblasti přírodní a celostní medicíny, radí jak pečovat o své tělesné a vlastně i duševní zdraví.
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S MUDr. Jonášem o zdraví - 11. díl

Kinosvět - záhady a tajemství 28.11.2016, 15:53

MUDr. Josef Jonáš, jeden z nejznámějších českých badatelů v oblasti přírodní a celostní medicíny, radí jak pečovat o své tělesné a vlastně i duševní zdraví.
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S MUDr. Jonášem o zdraví - 10. díl

Kinosvět - záhady a tajemství 23.11.2016, 01:35

MUDr. Josef Jonáš, jeden z nejznámějších českých badatelů v oblasti přírodní a celostní medicíny, radí jak pečovat o své tělesné a vlastně i duševní zdraví.
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S MUDr. Jonášem o zdraví - 9. díl

Kinosvět - záhady a tajemství 16.11.2016, 13:26

MUDr. Josef Jonáš, jeden z nejznámějších českých badatelů v oblasti přírodní a celostní medicíny, radí jak pečovat o své tělesné a vlastně i duševní zdraví.
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S MUDr. Jonášem o zdraví - 8. díl

Kinosvět - záhady a tajemství 08.11.2016, 11:57

MUDr. Josef Jonáš, jeden z nejznámějších českých badatelů v oblasti přírodní a celostní medicíny, radí jak pečovat o své tělesné a vlastně i duševní zdraví.
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Tomio Okamura: Zákulisí nejaktuálnějšího dění v ČR.

Tomio Okamura 14.11.2019, 21:47

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Tomio Okamura: Boj o způsob volení vedení zdravotních pojišťoven.

Tomio Okamura 14.11.2019, 13:31

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Tomio Okamura: Další zbytečná byrokracie pro občany i podnikatele.

Tomio Okamura 12.11.2019, 13:38

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Tomio Okamura: Pomoc lidem v exekucích.

Tomio Okamura 11.11.2019, 20:10

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Tomio Okamura: Koho považuje SPD za konkurenta?

Tomio Okamura 11.11.2019, 11:02

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Česká televize

REPORTÉŘI ČT - Kutilova M., Klicperova L. - Mezi migranty v Libyi

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StarDance jede za Vámi! Flashmob

Česká televize 13.09.2019, 13:45

Doražte na jednu z našich událostí StarDance do Ostravy, Brna, či Hradce Králové a zúčastněte se tak naprosto originálního flashmobu. Jak se na něj připravit naleznete ve videu. 🕺 Odkazy na jednotlivé akce: ▶️27. 9. Ostrava https://www.facebook.com/events/714784212339612/ ▶️28. 9. Brno https://www.facebook.com/events/694771571022939/ ▶️29. 9. Hradec Králové https://www.facebook.com/events/382608159357237/
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REPORTÉŘI ČT - Proč věří návštěvníci Čapího hnízda premiérovi

Česká televize 12.09.2019, 10:01

Anketa pořadu Reprotéři ČT s návštěvníky Čapího hnízda. Celý díl pořadu Reportéři ČT sledujte na iVysilani a nebo zde v odkazech. https://www.ceskatelevize.cz/porady/1142743803-reporteri-ct/219452801240026/video/718068 https://www.facebook.com/reporterict/videos/2262678957192058/ Sledujet nás na našich sociálních sítích: FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/reporterict/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/reporterict WEB: https://www.ceskatelevize.cz/reporterict #teaser #babis #navstevnici #capihnizdo
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Reportéři ČT - Fiala M., Paclíková A. - Horká planeta

Česká televize 10.09.2019, 11:05

REPORTÉŘI ČT - Paclíková A., Srnka V. - V rybníčku pana kancléře

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REPORTÉŘI ČT - Paclíková A., Srnka V. - Příběh jednoho podnámu

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REPORTÉŘI ČT - Vondráček David - Vy tanky, my branky

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REPORTÉŘI ČT - Vondráček David - Ve šroubovici Přemyslovců

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REPORTÉŘI ČT - Vondráček David - Dědečci

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„Duševně nenormální!“ Zeman pro PL ze Slovenska udeřil na Milion chvilek a poslal vzkaz na Letnou

15.11.2019, 19:56

Milion chvilek pro demokracii a na něj navázaní opoziční politici by měli přestat otravovat. Je o tom přesvědčen prezident Miloš Zeman, který to řekl serveru ParlamentníListy.cz po příletu do Bratislavy. Ve slovenské metropoli hlava státu v sobotu otevírá Český dům. Přinášíme ukázku z rozhovoru.
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Hrušínský vynesl hodně silný výrok směrem k Hradu. Komentátor varuje: Takový člověk u moci? Lidé s jiným názorem by skončili v lágrech nebo na oprátkách!

15.11.2019, 17:21

PÁTEČNÍ ZÚČTOVÁNÍ TOMÁŠE VYORALA Komentátor Tomáš Vyoral jako každý pátek v rozhovoru pro ParlamentníListy.cz hodnotí svým pohledem aktuální události v naší zemi. Tentokrát reaguje třeba na ostré vyjádření principála Divadla Na Jezerce Jana Hrušínského, podle kterého „to, co se děje na Hradě, je jen soukromou záležitostí Zemana“. Doufá, že tam vtrhnou těžkooděnci a „celé to ukončí“. Vyoral se takového způsobu myšlení obává a varuje před tím, aby se lidé jako Hrušínský dostali k moci.
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„Nevědomky otevírají dveře mnohem větší hrůze!“ Markéta Šichtařová na poslední chvíli oslovuje lidi jdoucí demonstrovat za „chvilkaře“

15.11.2019, 18:44

Při sobotní demonstraci na Letné chce spolek Milion chvilek dát premiérovi Andreji Babišovi (ANO) ultimátum. Buď vyřeší svůj střet zájmů, zbaví se holdingu Agrofert a médií a odvolá ministryni spravedlnosti Marii Benešovou (za ANO), anebo ať sám odstoupí. V opačném případě vypukne další vlna protestů. A proč na Letnou v žádném případě nepůjde ekonomka Markéta Šichtařová? O tom napsala na svém facebookovém profilu.
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Cyril Svoboda: Výročí 17. listopadu? Má jít o setkání lidí, ne o koncert nebo soutěž, proč nejsem na pódiu já a nikdo jiný

15.11.2019, 22:13

30 LET OD LISTOPADU 89 „Komunismus se zhroutil sám, což znamená, že musel mít odpůrce a musel mít špatné ochránce. Třetí generace komunistů, která ho měla chránit, selhala. Nemůžeme říci, že se stalo něco samo o sobě,“ říká jasně lidovec a bývalý ministr zahraničních věcí Cyril Svoboda. Podle něj nelze opomínat roli disidentů a odpůrců. V den výročí 17. listopadu by nejraději pražská místa, kudy „šly dějiny“, uzavřel od dopravy a prostor nechal lidem k setkání a povídání. Politik v rozhovoru upozornil, že soudní spravedlnost kvůli činům z minulého režimu jsme už propásli. A navíc přidal několik vzpomínek z doby revoluce.
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Za stáří Zdeňka Svěráka nemůže Putin. Právník Koudelka vzpomíná na studentský Listopad i na to, co se za 30 let povedlo

15.11.2019, 20:15

30 LET OD LISTOPADU V roce 1989 byl Zdeněk Koudelka jedním ze studentů, kteří vedli protesty na brněnských právech. Dnes přináší pozoruhodné vzpomínky na tehdejší dění na fakultě, o které se v souvislosti s Listopadem 1989 příliš nemluví. Jako právník, který působil v politice i na státním zastupitelství také vzpomíná, co se v této oblasti za posledních třicet let podařilo. A neopomněl ani to, čím žijeme třicet let po Listopadu, například strach z Vladimíra Putina nebo posedlost obranou České televize.
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Třicet let svobody

Valentin Dobrotivý 15.11.2019, 01:28

Blíží se víkend a s ním i třicáté výročí Sametové revoluce. Významný den, který propagandisté starající se o pevné ukotvení českého protektorátu v amerických okovech musejí náležitě vytěžit. Budeme bombardováni argumenty o tom, jak špatně jsme se měli před Listopadem '89 a jak skvěle se máme dnes. S varovným upozorněním, že kdo se s těmito argumenty plně neztotožní, musí být úplný hlupák nebo placený agent Kremlu.
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Global restart button - aneb fiktivní otevřený dopis Gretě Thunbergové

Aleš Stebel 14.11.2019, 02:21

Milá Gretko, jsi-li vystrašená a rozhořčená, máš zajisté právo nepokrytě vyjádřit tyto pocity, které pak může sdílet významná část tvé generace. Můžeš se tak stát ikonou generačního konfliktu, ve kterém bude zajisté i dost prostoru pro různá neporozumění, nepochopení i pro klikaté cestičky do pekel, dlážděné dobrými úmysly. Nechci ti vyjádřit podporu, ale ani ti nechci odporovat. Chci ti vyjádřit porozumění, spojené s jistou útěchou. Jsem totiž součástí skupiny lidí, která již delší dobu analyzuje rizika pro tuto planetu, z nichž jedno je předmětem tvé vášnivé snahy přimět mocné tohoto světa brát právě toto riziko nanejvýš vážně.
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Prezident Macron oznamuje prvú bezprecedentnú krízu nesúvisiacu s vojnou

Sergej Gurjanov 14.11.2019, 02:18

Svetový systém prechádza bezprecedentnou krízou a prvýkrát to nie je dôsledok svetových vojen, uviedol francúzsky prezident Emmanuel Macron. „Medzinárodný systém prechádza bezprecedentnou krízou. Po prvýkrát kríza nie je výsledkom svetových vojen“, hovorí Macron.
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Čemu máme věřit

Pavel Šafář 13.11.2019, 01:05

Pravda je a vždy byla přeci jen pro malou hrstku odvážných, zvědavých lidí s kritickým myšlením. Vládní systémy ve všech dobách odvozovaly svoji moc z nějaké ideologie, propagandy, pravdy, které byly nezpochybnitelné. Moderní doba svým médii sebou ovšem přinesla mnohem větší možnosti propagandy než byly kdy dříve.
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Ruské „stealth“ ponorky třídy Borej 955. Protiraketová obrana Aegis Ashore (USA-NATO)

Padraig McGrath 12.11.2019, 01:43

Norská zpravodajská stanice NRK uvedla 29. října mimořádnou zprávu, že 8 - 10 ruských ponorek, včetně ponorek třídy Sierra II, zahájilo v severním Atlantiku námořní cvičení. Je to jedno z největších ruských námořních cvičení, zaměřených na podmořské válčení, od konce studené války. Je pravděpodobné, že jedním z hlavních důvodů tohoto cvičení je testování schopnosti stealth ruských ponorek a také zjištění sledovacích schopností sil NATO v prostoru Grónsko-Island-Velká Británie (zkráceně „mezera GIUK“), pečlivě monitorovaném, strategicky zúženém terénu.
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Se zavedením páté generace mobilních sítí český národ nejspíš zblbne

Mojmír Babáček 11.11.2019, 02:29

Allanu Freyovi bylo v roce 1960 25 let, měl vystudovanou biofyziku a pracoval na Cornellově universitě ve vývojovém elektronickém centru americké společnosti General Electrics. Když ho tamní radarový technik pozval, aby si šel poslechnout vysílání radaru, které se mu na jeho pracovišti ozývalo v mozku, nastartovalo to Freyovu celoživotní vědeckou dráhu. Už o rok později, v roce 1961 zveřejnil ve vědeckém časopise pokusy, při kterých vysílal do mozků pokusných subjektů ze vzdálenosti až 100 metrů různé zvuky s použitím pulsovaných mikrovln a vyvolával v nich pocit prudkého úderu do hlavy nebo pocity mravenčení. Jeho další pokusy financovalo americké válečné námořnictvo a letectvo, které v nich začaly vidět cestu k vyvinutí nových zbraní. Allan Frey se pustil do experimentů s krysami a žábami a zjistil, že k ovlivnění činnosti jejich nervového systému stačí menší intenzita elektromagnetického záření, než jaká je dnes používána při komunikaci mobilními telefony.
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“2000 slov dnes” od obyčejné ženy

Jana Hamplová 10.11.2019, 00:53

Za pár dnů oslavíme 28. října a 17. listopadu. Čeká nás mnoho frází, mnoho osočujících diskuzí a mnoho bojů o místa na slunci a o zásluhy pro kde koho. A tak bych také ráda přispěla. Tak nějak normálně… od srdce. Protože se mi už dlouho zdá, že obsah našich životů uniká jak těm na pódiích, tak těm pod nimi. Jako by nešlo o to, proč se křičí, ale že se vůbec křičí. Bez ohledu na smysl toho křiku a bez ohledu na pravdu. A hlavně bez ohledu na zdravý rozum. V tom bezduchém překřikování všech těch part včetně té bruselské se ztrácí obyčejný člověk. Občan. Máma. Táta. Děti. Babička a děda. Obce. Města. Domov. Naše země. Naše Evropa. Ztrácíme se v tom my všichni a začínáme být bezradní a zmatení. Protože o nás na těch pódiích přestalo jít. Bez ohledu na všechny proklamace.
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Knížečka k Vánocům

Lubomír Man 10.11.2019, 00:33

Knížka ADOLFE VSTAŇ, VŠE ODPUŠTĚNOaneb DUTÉ HLAVY, VZHŮRU NA LETNOUje samostatným pokračováním předchozích Manových svazků Psáno ze vzteku, Braň se, nevzdávej to! Kdyby tak tohle řekl Putin, a Vím, jak sjednotit národ, zabírajících děje od roku 2008 až 2018.
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