2019-06-04: Social Media Postees

Jordan: Crackdown on Political Activists
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-06-04
Protestor raises the Jordanian flag during 2018 protests in front for the prime ministry building in Amman, Jordan. | © 2018 AlMothanna B. AlGhazzawi | (Amman) — Jordanian authorities have increasingly targeted political and anti-corruption activists on charges that violate the right to free expression, Human Rights Watch said today. Since mid-March 2019, the authorities have detained over a dozen people, most linked to a loose coalition of politic…
hrw.org/news/2019/06/04/jordan-crackdown-political-activists

Nearly 100 Animal Rights Activists Arrested for Protesting 'Torturous Practices' at Duck Slaughterhouse
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-04
"The real criminality is the systemic torture and slaughter of billions of animals in the cruelest, filthiest, most sadistic conditions. But the police protect the corporate criminals." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/06/04/nearly-100-animal-rights-activists-arrested-protesting-torturous-practices-duck?cd-origin=rss

Hundreds of Animal Rights Activists Descend on Slaughterhouse, Locking Necks to Slaughter Line
DXE | indybay.org | 2019-06-04
Over 600 activists with the animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) are marching to a massive duck slaughterhouse (facebook live video), with dozens planning to lock their necks to the slaughterhouse shackles and other machinery.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/03/18823714.php

Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks on Syria, Killing 15
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-04
(ANTIWAR.COM) — After killing ten people in a flurry of attacks early Sunday, Israeli warplanes continued with a second round of strikes into the evening, killing at least five more, and bringing the death toll to 15. Overall, four Syrian soldiers have been confirmed killed in the attacks, while seven others from the early attacks were described as foreign …

Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks on Syria, Killing 15

Video: Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks on Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-04
Overnight on June 2, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) carried out a missile strike on Syrian Arab Army (SAA) targets in the southern part of the country. According to the IDF, the missiles hit 2 artillery batteries, observation and intelligence …
globalresearch.ca/israeli-military-intensifies-attacks-syria/5679483

Why the US is Persecuting Assange
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-04
I was in Kabul a decade ago when WikiLeaks released a massive tranche of US government documents about the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen. On the day of the release, I was arranging by phone to meet an American official for an unattributable briefing. I told him in the course of our conversation what I had just learned from the news wires.He was intensely interested and asked me what was known about the degree of classification of the files. When I told him, he said in a relieved tone: "No real secrets, then."
counterpunch.org/2019/06/04/why-the-us-is-persecuting-assange/

Bolton's Dangerous Psychopathology
Manuel E. Yepe | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-04
John Bolton has been saying for years that he wants to overthrow the Iranian government, but this time he seems to have gone too far, writes Joe Lauria, editor-in-chief of Consortium News and former correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Sunday Times of London and many other newspapers.
counterpunch.org/2019/06/04/boltons-dangerous-psychopathology/

US Gears Up for War With Iran
Serge Halimi | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-04
Can a state that condemns, without real justification, an international disarmament treaty it spent years negotiating then threaten a co-signatory with military aggression? Can it order other countries to fall into line with its capricious, bellicose stance or face punitive sanctions? The US can. It's pointless trying to argue with the Trump administration's claimed reasons…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/04/us-gears-up-for-war-with-iran/

Palestinian Solidarity, South Africa BDS & Director Muhammed Desai
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-06-04
WorkWeek interviews SJSU professor Sang Hea Kil about her trip to South Africa to attend the Teaching Palestine confernce in March 2019. While at the conference she and two other women were sexually harassed by Muhammed Desai, the director of South Africa BDS. She talks about that experience and the cover-up that followed. She also discusses the role of Israel and the attacks against professors and students in the United States who are critical of Israel…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/03/18823720.php

On Equating BDS With Anti-Semitism: a Letter to the Members of the German Government
Sara Roy | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-04
To the Members of the German Government: I write to you regarding the motion recently passed by the Bundestag that equated BDS with anti-Semitism. I also write to you as Jew, a child of Holocaust survivors and as a scholar of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. My mother, Taube, and father, Abraham, survived Auschwitz among other horrors.
counterpunch.org/2019/06/04/on-equating-bds-with-anti-semitism-a-letter-to-the-members-of-the-german-government/

U.S. Prepares Sanctions to Block Food Subsidy for Millions of Venezuelans
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-04
Over half of Venezuelans currently receive a direct food subsidy delivered to their neighborhoods. Trump officials say that they are looking for ways to sanctions these. Mike Fox reports from Venezuela about the program…
therealnews.com/stories/u-s-prepares-sanctions-to-block-food-subsidy-for-millions-of-venezuelans

"One, Two, Three Strikes, You're Out…"
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-04
Just when those who think the situation vis-à -vis U.S. militarism and empire can't get any worse, there are visible signs they are. Such was the visit to the militarized and right-wing government of Japan by Donald Trump. With new calls for impeachment–a grand waste of time at this point in Trump's disastrous presidency–readers might think…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/04/one-two-three-strikes-youre-out/

Environmental Activists Being Killed Globally: Why Are World Leaders Still Silent?
George Stacey | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-03
"Planet earth is a beautiful place and worth dying for" This is not a quote; this was a belief of a number of environmental activists that were killed mercilessly in the span of the last 10 years. More than 500 environmentalists were assassinated and the ongoing investigation regarding their murders seems to get nowhere. …
nationofchange.org/2019/06/03/environmental-activists-being-killed-globally-why-are-world-leaders-still-silent/

Activists Stage Blockade to Block Work on Line 3 as Court Tosses Out Proposed Pipeline's Approval From Regulators
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-03
Small defeat for tar sands pipeline welcomed as "such great news" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/06/03/activists-stage-blockade-block-work-line-3-court-tosses-out-proposed-pipelines?cd-origin=rss

San Francisco Joins National Push to Abolish Youth Prisons
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-03
It's happening in Minneapolis. New Jersey. Arkansas. Upstate New York. Durango, Colorado. One by one, juvenile prisons are closing, or are slated to close, in response to child abuse reports, sustained pressure from activists and a halving of national juvenile confinement rates since 2002. | San Francisco is on the verge of joining the national trend, following decades of organizing led by Black and Brown activists, and a San Francisco Chronicle report that documented stable spending o…
truthout.org/articles/san-francisco-joins-national-push-to-abolish-youth-prisons/

Not discussed at MoveOn presidential candidate forum: Impeachment, workers' rights
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-03
SAN FRANCISCO–It was a forum of Big Ideas. But two of them were missing. One by one, eight Democratic presidential hopefuls marched to the stage of an auditorium in San Francisco the weekend of June 1-2, there — in five minutes apiece — to tell hundreds of MoveOn activists one "Big Idea" that motivates their …
peoplesworld.org/article/not-discussed-at-moveon-presidential-candidate-forum-impeachment-workers-rights/

30+ Arrested as Hundreds of Animal Rights Activists Descend on Slaughterhouse, Locking Necks to Slaughter Line
commondreams.org | 2019-06-03
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/06/03/30-arrested-hundreds-animal-rights-activists-descend-slaughterhouse-locking?cd-origin=rss

Sunrise Movement Vows to "Turn Up the Heat on Biden" as New Survey Details 2020 Dems' Climate Policies
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-03
Four of the 23 Democratic presidential hopefuls did not participate in the Washington Post's new survey on climate policy, "but Joe Biden remains the biggest enigma of them all," according to an analysis the newspaper published Monday as activists vowed to increase pressure on Biden to back bold plans to combat the global crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/06/03/sunrise-movement-vows-turn-heat-biden-new-survey-details-2020-dems-climate-policies?cd-origin=rss

Not discussed at MoveOn presidential candidate forum: Impeachment, workers' rights
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-03
SAN FRANCISCO–It was a forum of Big Ideas. But two of them were missing. One by one, eight Democratic presidential hopefuls marched to the stage of an auditorium in San Francisco the weekend of June 1-2, there — in five minutes apiece — to tell hundreds of MoveOn activists one "Big Idea" that motivates their …
peoplesworld.org/article/not-discussed-at-moveon-presidential-candidate-forum-impeachment-workers-rights/

St. Paul marks police killing of Marcus Golden
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-06-03
St. Paul, MN – June 2 would have been Marcus Golden's 29th birthday, but he was shot in the back of the head and killed by St. Paul police four years ago. About three dozen friends and family of Marcus and other victims of police killing, activists, and supporters gathered, June 2, in front of the Minnesota Governor's Mansion to celebrate Marcus' birthday and call for justice for all victims of police violence. | Monique Collars Doty, Marcus' aunt and member of Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar and Black Lives Matter Minnesota, said, "I thank you so much for being out here to show Marcus some love, to sho…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/6/3/st-paul-m…

Hundreds of Animal Rights Activists Descend on Slaughterhouse, Locking Necks to Slaughter Line
DXE | indybay.org | 2019-06-03
Over 600 activists with the animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) are marching to a massive duck slaughterhouse (facebook live video), with dozens planning to lock their necks to the slaughterhouse shackles and other machinery.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/03/18823714.php

Minnesota BDS movement demands state divestment from apartheid
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-06-03
St. Paul, MN – On May 30, Palestinian-Americans and solidarity activists called on the Minnesota State Board of Investment (SBI) to divest from Israeli companies that violate international law and profit from the occupation of Palestine. | Speaking to the SBI at the state capitol, the activists highlighted several problematic companies the State of Minnesota currently is invested in. These included high-tech weapons manufacturer Elbit Systems, telecom company Bezeq and several Israeli banks. | "It is only appropriate that we hold ourselves to the highest standard and become an example for the rest of the nation,"
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/6/2/minnesota…

Trump Calls on Russia, Syria and Iran to Stop "Bombing the Hell Out of Idlib"
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-03
(MEMO) — US President Donald Trump on Sunday urged Russia and Syrian government forces to stop bombing Syria's Idlib province, following a Friday Kremlin statement that signaled Moscow would continue to back a month-long Syrian government offensive there, Reuters reports. "Hearing word that Russia, Syria and, to a lesser extent, Iran, are bombing the hell out of Idlib Province …

Trump Calls on Russia, Syria and Iran to Stop "Bombing the Hell Out of Idlib"

No Chemical Attacks in Syria. Misleading Public Opinion. Blaming Bashar Al Assad. The Media's "Humanitarian" Pro-War Narrative
Margaret Kimberley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-03
The corporate media is concealing a leaked UN agency report that shows Syrian government innocence in an alleged chemical attack. | "Americans have been fed a steady diet of 'Assad the butcher' and any counter narrative is disappeared." | The corporate media …
globalresearch.ca/no-chemical-attacks-in-syria-misleading-public-opinion-blaming-bashar-al-assad-the-medias-humanitarian-pro-war-narrative/5679410

Moscow Responds to Trump: Strikes in Syria Target 'Terrorists'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-03
The Russian government responded Monday to U.S. President Donald Trump criticism against the country's ongoing military operations in the Syrian northern province of Idlib, saying that such attacks are meant to "neutralize terrorists." | RELATED: | Turkey, Russia to Fight Terrorism, Establish Safe Zone in Syria | "It goes without saying that bombardments by terrorists from Idlib are unacceptable and measures are being taken for neutralizing their fire emplacements," Kremlin's s…
telesurenglish.net/news/Moscow-Responds-to-Trump-Strikes-in-Syria-Target-Terrorists-20190603-0010.html

Half of Black Caucus Signs on to Israeli Stance on Syria, in Defiance of Black Public Opinion
Glen Ford | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-03
The Congressional Black Caucus sides with its party's war mongers and in fear of the Israel lobby, while large Black majorities believe Israel is neither an ally nor a friend. | "The Black Caucus' tolerance of apartheid Israel's barbarism is infinite."…
globalresearch.ca/half-black-caucus-signs-israeli-stance-syria-defiance-black-public-opinion/5679413

Russia/Syria: Flurry of Prohibited Weapons Attacks
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-06-03
A man inspects the destruction left by overnight air strikes targeting residential areas at Kafr Nabl in the rebel-held Idlib Province, Syria, May 20 2019. | © 2019 Anas Alkharboutli/AP Images | (Beirut) — The Russian- Syrian joint military operation has used internationally banned and other indiscriminate weapons in unlawful attacks on civilians in northwest Syria in recent weeks, Human…
hrw.org/news/2019/06/03/russia/syria-flurry-prohibited-weapons-attacks

Syria Wants Peace, Patriarch of Greek-Orthodox Church Says
plenglish.com | 2019-06-03
Damascus, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian people want peace and despite pains and suffering, shakes off the dust of war, terrorism and extremism, Juan X Yazigi, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East, stressed on Monday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Israeli Strikes Hit Iranian and Hezbollah Positions in Syria, Killing 10
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-03
(MEE) — Israeli strikes on positions in Syria killed 10 people on Sunday, including three Syrian soldiers and seven foreign fighters, according to an activist group, and they were later followed by further strikes in Homs province, state media said. According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Israeli missiles fired from warplanes struck areas south …

Israeli Strikes Hit Iranian and Hezbollah Positions in Syria, Killing 10

Scandalous Details of Trump's 'Deal of Century' for Palestine
Press TV | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-03
US President Donald Trump's "the deal of the century" wants Palestinian refugees to be naturalized and settled in several countries, including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Iraq, Israeli daily Haaretz reports. | As the world marked the International Quds Day on Friday, …
globalresearch.ca/israeli-paper-betrays-scandalous-details-deal-century/5679355

Moscow Responds to Trump: Strikes in Syria Target 'Terrorists'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-03
The Russian government responded Monday to U.S. President Donald Trump criticism against the country's ongoing military operations in the Syrian northern province of Idlib, saying that such attacks are meant to "neutralize terrorists." | RELATED: | Turkey, Russia to Fight Terrorism, Establish Safe Zone in Syria | "It goes without saying that bombardments by terrorists from Idlib are unacceptable and measures are being taken for neutralizing their fire emplacements," Kremlin's s…
telesurenglish.net/news/Moscow-Responds-to-Trump-Strikes-in-Syria-Target-Terrorists-20190603-0010.html

US Warplanes Destroy 3 Oil Tankers in Syria, Killing at Least 4 People
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-03
(ANTIWAR.COM) — On Friday, US warplanes attacked and destroyed three oil tankers that were traveling through Syrian Kurdish territory. At least four people were killed in the course of the attacks. Details are still scant, and the US hasn't made a formal statement on what happened. The tankers are believed to have entered from Iraq, and were heading …

US Warplanes Destroy 3 Oil Tankers in Syria, Killing at Least 4 People

Ishmael Reed Tries to Undo the Damage 'Hamilton' Has Wrought
Nawal Arjini | thenation.com | 2019-06-03
Ishmael Reed Tries to Undo the Damage 'Hamilton' Has Wrought…
thenation.com/article/ishmael-reed-haunting-of-lin-manuel-miranda-hamilton-play-review/

Iran, US Showing Off Power
plenglish.com | 2019-06-03
Beirut, Jun 3 ( Prensa Latina ) Official sources have reportedly stated that Iran will deploy on Tuesday its most modern anti-aircraft system, while the United States is conducting drills with B-52H bombers and other war planes in what analysts estimate to be a dangerous show of power in the Middle East.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

US-Iran: Inverted Reality, Real War. America's Al Qaeda Mercenaries. Iran is Fighting the Largest State Sponsor of Terror
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-03
In its march toward yet another war, the United States accuses Iran of using military force to establish itself as a "regional hegemon." It accuses Iran of being the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. It accuses Iran …
globalresearch.ca/us-iran-inverted-reality-real-war-americas-al-qaeda-mercenaries-iran-is-fighting-the-largest-state-sponsor-of-terror/5679381

Bipartisan Support for Trump's Aggressive Iran Policy Reveals the Hollowness of Russiagate
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-03
While Russia often serves as a useful "boogeyman" for promoting militaristic policies, the odd moments when those same policies actually benefit Russia and avoid strong opposition from U.S. politicians and media provide a rare glimpse into the real motivations behind Cold War 2.0.
mintpressnews.com/bipartisan-support-for-trumps-aggressive-iran-policy-reveals-the-hollowness-of-russiagate/258953/

For the US and Israel, Iran Works Best as a Perpetual Threat
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-03
Both Israel and the U.S. need Iran: they need to be able to point to Iran as a threat, as a menace, as the source of terrorism and evil in the world. That threat is also an important part of any election campaign for politicians in both countries. The fact that Iran is none of those things is beside the point.
mintpressnews.com/for-the-us-and-israel-iran-works-best-as-a-perpetual-threat/258942/

The Pentagon's Spoiling for Another War, Just Not With Iran
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-03
While military officials are unenthusiastic about another Mideast war, they are setting their sights on another type of war in another locale entirely.
truthdig.com/articles/the-pentagons-spoiling-for-another-war-just-not-with-iran/

How mainstream US media is failing us on Trump and Bolton's march to war with Iran
Ben Armbruster | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-03
The Trump administration and its allies are slow-walking the United States into war with Iran, and, with a few notable exceptions, mainstream U.S. media is helping them. | Much of this assistance has been overt. | Just like during the run-up to the Iraq war, outlets like CNN, NBC, and | the New York Times have in recent we…
nationofchange.org/2019/06/03/how-mainstream-us-media-is-failing-us-on-trump-and-boltons-march-to-war-with-iran/

Pompeo's Phony Outreach to Iran
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-03
Since its 1979 revolution, ending a generation of US-installed fascist dictatorship, Washington has been militantly hostile toward Iran — especially since Trump took office. | His regime continues all out war by other means to topple its government, wanting the Islamic …
globalresearch.ca/pompeos-phony-outreach-iran/5679434

The Pentagon's Spoiling for Another War, But With China, Not Iran
Michael Klare | commondreams.org | 2019-06-03
The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense. (Photo: Master Sgt. Ken Hammond / U.S. Air Force / Wikimedia Commons) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/03/pentagons-spoiling-another-war-china-not-iran?cd-origin=rss

Bipartisan Support for Trump's Aggressive Iran Policy Reveals the Hollowness of Russiagate
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-03
While Russia often serves as a useful "boogeyman" for promoting militaristic policies, the odd moments when those same policies actually benefit Russia and avoid strong opposition from U.S. politicians and media provide a rare glimpse into the real motivations behind Cold War 2.0.
mintpressnews.com/bipartisan-support-for-trumps-aggressive-iran-policy-reveals-the-hollowness-of-russiagate/258953/

How Mainstream U.S. Media Is Failing Us on Trump and Bolton's March to War with Iran
Ben Armbruster | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-03
The Trump administration and its allies are slow-walking the United States into war with Iran, and, with a few notable exceptions, mainstream U.S. media is helping them. | Much of this assistance has been overt. Just like during the run-up …
globalresearch.ca/mainstream-u-s-media-failing-us-trump-boltons-march-war-iran/5679327

The Tangled History of American and Israeli Exceptionalism
Rashid Khalidi | thenation.com | 2019-06-03
The Tangled History of American and Israeli Exceptionalism…
thenation.com/article/amy-kaplan-our-american-israel-book-review/

Scientists Protest Holding International Physics Olympiad in Israel over Its Denial of Palestinian Right to Education
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-06-03
Scientists Protest Holding International Physics Olympiad in Israel over Its Denial of Palestinian Right to Education: In the NewsTwenty scientists, including the 2018 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry George P. Smith, wrote an open letter to the organizers of the next International Physics Olympiad to protest against holding the contest in Israel due to its denial of Palestinian human ri…
bdsmovement.net/news/scientists-protest-holding-international-physics-olympiad-israel-over-its-denial-palestinian

Netanyahu is Gambling on New Elections to Stay in Power
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-03
JERUSALEM — For the first time in the history of the state of Israel, the head of the party that won the largest number of seats has failed to form a coalition government. Rather than allowing the head of the party that came in second to attempt to form a government, the Knesset voted to hold re-elections only six weeks after Israelis first cast their ballots. | Could this be the end the political career of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? It seems that this is indeed what the heads of several political parties here are determined to achieve. Not unlike hyenas who see a broken down and weak lion a…
mintpressnews.com/netanyahu-is-gambling-on-new-elections-to-stay-in-power/258931/

Pompeo Admits Kushner Peace Plan Likely Unworkable as Trump's Son-in-Law Openly Dehumanizes Palestinian People
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-03
"I get why people think this is going to be a deal that only the Israelis could love," secretary of state says in leaked audio | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/06/03/pompeo-admits-kushner-peace-plan-likely-unworkable-trumps-son-law-openly-dehumanizes?cd-origin=rss

New York rallies on Al-Quds Day
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-06-03
New York, NY – Over 100 people gathered in Times Square on May 31 in honor of the International Day of Al-Quds. This day marks the occupation of Palestine and is in protest of Israel's apartheid regime. | The speakers addressed different topics, from the United States' role in the occupation to other examples of intervention in the Middle East and around the world. | Joe Catron, of the group Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Network, read a statement from Ahmad Sa'adat, General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine that stated, "The goal of every struggling revolutionary prisoner, whether in…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/6/3/new-york-…

Egypt Rejects US Proposed Deal for Palestine
plenglish.com | 2019-06-03
Cairo, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has rejected the most recent rumors about the so-called Deal of the Century, which the United States is proposing to tackle the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Mike Pompeo Destroys Jared Kushner's 'Deal of the Century'
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-03
In private remarks that were recorded and leaked, the Secretary of State threw cold water on the unrevealed plan for Israel and Palestine.
truthdig.com/articles/mike-pompeo-destroys-jared-kushners-deal-of-the-century/

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