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To Come Back from Qunu

Author Herman Wasserman, originally posted on December 17 2013, cross-posted on January 29 2014:       I do not have a background in the struggle. Unlike the many people who over the past week shared their stories of their personal interactions with Nelson Mandela during the struggle, my only brief meeting with Mandela was as a journalist for the Afrikaans newspaper Die Burger, which he visited despite the editor, Ebbe Dommisse's ongoing demonization of the ANC [African National Congress] and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

No excuse for not emulating Nelson Mandela

Author Raphael Obonyo, originally published December 13 2013, cross-posted on January 29 2014:

Nelson Mandela who passed away at age 95 years was a true legend if one considers what he was able to achieve in his lifetime. African leaders have a tough act to follow.

As we mourn his passing, there are many lessons we can pick from the man who impacted the lives of millions.

When Mandela toured African nations, particularly Kenya in 1990 after he was released from prison, I was only nine years old.

Madiba: Emblem of Peace, Master of his Work, Patriot of his Fatherland

Author Jimm C. Fomunjong, January 29 2014:        What lessons can Cameroonians draw from the life of a unique son of African soil?

My dear compatriots, at the dawn of December 2013, the global media sphere experienced one of the world’s largest traffic jams caused by words. This was provoked by the passing away of a great man - Nelson Mandela, on the 5th day of this month.

Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013): He sacrificed his freedom so others could be free

Author Vikas Nath, originally posted on December 10 2013, cross-posted January 29 2014:      Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the last of the giants who led South Africa’s struggle against colonialism, is no more. "White supremacy implies black inferiority." His words were truth to the powers. It made him the most recognisable icon of struggle against oppression, injustice and discrimination all over the world.

How to create PSAs in emergencies

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Author: Parambrahma Tripathy, January 24 2014       The BBC Media Action team in India are used to tight deadlines. But last October, we faced a deadline with a difference: after cyclone Phailin hit the eastern state of Odisha, we had 72 hours to script, produce and broadcast three radio public service announcements [PSAs] to provide life-saving information to those affected.

REMEMBERING MANDELA: How Canada's Coady Institute was quietly training anti-apartheid leaders

Author Olga Gladkikh, January 28 2014:         The world’s attention was focused on South Africa as Nelson Mandela was laid to rest. People inside and outside South Africa are remembering the years of struggle to end apartheid and the birth of a new inclusive democracy.

Perhaps less known is the long history that the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier University has had in building the Canadian-South African connection.

Internet Rights in Ecuador: the possible triumph of activists

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Authors: Analia Lavin and Valeria Betancourt, originally posted on December 21 2013, cross posted on January 21 2014     The appearance of the "Free Internet” coalition was crucial in raising the alarm on one of the most controversial articles of the new criminal code, that would allow the monitoring of Internet. But is the possible end of Article 474 sufficient enough for the government to respect fundamental rights in communications?

Mungu Fm 88.5MHZ - Second Chapter

Author: Mukeya Liwena, January 21 2014 [This blog follows an earlier blog: Mungu Fm 88.5MHZ - The Heartbeat & Voice of Southern Africa]       On 18th October 2013, The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) Zambia issued Mungu Fm Radio a full time broadcasting License,  after the Licensing committee were satisfied our application. The full License brought to an end our test transmission period which began on July 17th 2013.

Remembering Nelson Mandela: A True Youth and Development Advocate

Author: Michael Boampong, originally posted January 7, cross-posted January 17 2014:
From the 3-year-old who salutes Nelson Mandela (Madiba) in Soweto to the school children who grip portraits of the icon during a ceremony in India, it is evident that people across the globe feel the loss of Madiba’s passing.

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Author: Boyd Chibale, July 25 2014 - "Well, I am made of latex, and I come in lots of different brands, shapes and sizes. I am anything from small to extra-large, strawberry and banana flavoured," says Mr Condom, one of the stars of a brand new radio show in Zambia. "Sex is still sweet with me and you save yourself stress about STIs...

Author: Rana Tassawar Ali, July 9 2014 - Mental health is not a priority of any regime; it is a most neglected field in Pakistan. Mental health crises do not get attention at any time in this country; there is no good mental health care in Pakistan.

Pakistan is a disaster-prone country; many disasters occur through natural and manmade...

Author: Haider Al-Safi, July 3 2014 - As news came in earlier this month that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) had taken Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, I turned on my TV and satellite...

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Blogs: Social Media and Development

Author: Haider Al-Safi, July 3 2014 - As news came in earlier this month that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) had taken Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, I turned on my TV and satellite...

Author: Radharani Mitra, June 26 2014 - Over the past three and a half years, a large team of over 250 people has been hard at work on an ambitious project that aims to improve...

Authors: Noora Sharrab, Social Media Coordinator, "Be 100 Ragl", and Antonella Notari Vischer, Executive Director, The Womanity Foundation, May 13 2014

Harnessing the power of fiction to talk about social change

Author: Vusumuzi Sifile, February 13 2014:      In the past, traditional authorities across Southern Africa would send messengers to beat some drums, blow trumpets or unleash some smoke in order to communicate a message to their subject. The sound of the drum or the blowing of a certain type of smoke was believed to be...

Author Nalaka Gunawardene, January 31 2014: My former boss Robert Lamb, science writer and multi-award winning producer of environmental TV shows, once interviewed a bright young...

Progressio Development Worker Kuziva Zimunya

Cross-posted from the Progressio website 10 February 2014: Kuziva Zimunya reports from Zimbabwe on how communications skills can empower people to improve their lives.

Progressio believes in what I believe in - capacity building at grassroots level. I was inspired by Progressio’s approach to working with...

CREDITS: MKULIMA YOUNG

Author Sandra Margaret Chao, December 12 2013:       "Hi farmers, anyone with ideas on how to improve clay soil for farming?"

It is a post that has attracted about eight comments in the last ten hours since it was posted on the Facebook page Mkulima Young, where the advice ranges from soil techniques to better...

International Conference on ICT4ag

Author Arison Tamfu, December 12 2013:        In the remote Bokwaogo locality in Buea on the eastern slopes of Mount Cameroon, Mama Mologan Francisca battles with the soil hurrying to meet weather deadlines for her maize and tea farm. She is a proud owner of a vast piece of land extending beyond half a hectare.

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Author: Esfandiar Adena,  November 5 2013      On 6 November, Tajikistan will elect its president. The run-up to the election has proved a milestone for social media networks in the country – with fierce political debate taking place online and opposition leaders using social networks to call for a...

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Author: Aveseh Asough, September 17 2013      "Isn't Facebook just for dating?" That was the response I got at the beginning of a social media training session I was running for staff at our partner radio stations in Nigeria. And it's a common response - particularly from older journalists. So let me tell you a...

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Blogs: Conflict and Fragility

Author: Kerida McDonald, UNICEF Senior Advisor, May 19 2014 - Juba, South Sudan - Without the luxury of coffee to start the first day of our mission in Mingkaman we joined the early morning community leaders meeting which provided a perfectly timed general briefing of the context of the camp. We were accompanied by one of the 11 local C4D staff...

Author Manuel Manrique Castro, originally in El Mundo de Medellín, Colombia, March 12, 2014, cross-posted on March 14 2014, translation by Cynthia Selde:        It seems so very long ago when, in October of 1997, ten million Colombians showed up en masse to vote for El Mandato Ciudadano por la Paz (the...

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Author: Manyang David Mayar, January 15 2014      In my hideout for about 200 displaced people near the town of Bor in South Sudan, our day usually started with questions like ‘What have you heard?’ or 'What is new today?'.

But information gleaned from news reports or phone calls with...

Author: Jawahir Habib, November 14 2013        "Anytime where you have areas with complex emergencies where health systems deteriorate, where immunisation levels deteriorate, children are much more vulnerable to diseases such as polio," Oliver Rosenbauer, World Health Organization

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Author: Karen Wespieser, October 29 2013      If you mention Tunisia to most people in the UK, they'd probably think of two very different things: the country which sparked the Arab Spring after protests in December 2010 and a holiday destination for those eager for winter sun. On my visit to the country...

Author: Jawahir Habib, November 13 2013      "Lucky are the people of Yugoslavia and Somalia as the world's eyes rest on them. Condemned are the people of Juba … It may be a blessing to die in front of a camera - then at least the world will get to know about it. But it is painful to die or be killed, without anybody knowing...

Female Polio Workers

Author: Jawahir Habib, October 23 2013      This story is about a female communication worker - Dedicated to all women who are working in difficult circumstances to eradicate polio.

Author: Tassawar Ali, September 13 2013        Psychosocial intervention has become a valued dimension of immediate and long-term disaster response all over the world. Pakistan is a country that is facing both natural and manmade disasters. These disasters are a hurdle in continuing psychosocial awareness...

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Author: Abir Awad, August 8 2013     Eid in Egypt this year sees the broadcast of the final episode of a TV series titled A Girl Called Zaat.  

Produced by independent production company...

Take the Kids off the Streets!

The role of children in armed conflicts has always been condemned all over the world, and the Arab region with its turmoil and spring of revolutions is not an exception.

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Blogs: Donors and the Development System

I am deeply dissatisfied with the current state of public discourse about the role of media in international development. It appears to be dominated by 'techno-utopian' narratives which celebrate the apparent capacity of the media to directly deliver 'positive' benefits to communities.

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, April 23 2014       The Zero Draft Political Outcome Document for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) which will be held in Rome in 2014 recognises that a framework for collective commitment, action and results is needed to reshape the global food system to improve...

Author Nalaka Gunawardene, January 31 2014: My former boss Robert Lamb, science writer and multi-award winning producer of environmental TV shows, once interviewed a bright young...

Author: Shaka Bello, January 14 2014       It is true that the best way to determine the greatness of a leader is by the legacy he or she leaves behind. Since the demise of Nelson Mandela, I have been reflecting on some of the values and principles he espoused, which endeared him to whole world, and how they can be...

Bringing Mandela to grassroots evaluation

Author: Jindra Cekan, posted at Valuing Voices on December 19 2013, cross-posted January 10 2014         After South Africa's Nelson Mandela died, accolades flowed as did deep sorrow for a passing of a man of such forgiveness and peace. I too was one of millions who went to anti-apartheid rallies...

From: Warren Feek - Executive Director - The Communication Initiative, January 7 2014

Wishing you a very happy and fulfilling new year. May your crucial and important work thrive.

As an initial contribution to 2014, a few ideas for your consideration and...

Author: Jawahir Habib, November 13 2013      "Lucky are the people of Yugoslavia and Somalia as the world's eyes rest on them. Condemned are the people of Juba … It may be a blessing to die in front of a camera - then at least the world will get to know about it. But it is painful to die or be killed, without anybody knowing...

Ikhwezi Wellness Centre

Author: David Patient, September 26 2013       All too often in community based programs, those driving them make fatal calls, with the best intentions, without thinking it through and looking at the long term implications of their interventions.

Author: Sebastian Taylor, Date: July 30 2013      Having spent USD$9.46 billion dollars between 1988 and 2010, a targeted USD$1.8 billion between 2010 and 2012 (totalling USD$11.26 billion) - and with an estimated budget of USD$5.5 billion for the end-game between 2013 and 2018 - there is a lot riding on the strategy...

Author: Jennifer Lentfer. July 26 2013     When Time to Listen: Hearing people on the receiving end of international aid came out earlier this year, I was excited to see how many organizations, including...

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Blogs: Global Health Policies

Author: Boyd Chibale, July 25 2014 - "Well, I am made of latex, and I come in lots of different brands, shapes and sizes. I am anything from small to extra-large, strawberry and banana flavoured," says Mr Condom, one of the stars of a brand new radio show in Zambia. "Sex is still sweet with me and you save yourself stress about STIs...

Author: Rana Tassawar Ali, July 9 2014 - Mental health is not a priority of any regime; it is a most neglected field in Pakistan. Mental health crises do not get attention at any time in this country; there is no good mental health care in Pakistan.

Pakistan is a disaster-prone country; many disasters occur through natural and manmade...

Author: Shefali Chaturvedi, June 13 2014 - It was my first foreign trip. My first international conference. And my first chance to talk about our radio programme Khirki Mehendiwali on the international stage.

From bloggers Neil M. Orr and David R. Patient, June 3 2014 - The Failure of the ABC Approach

Author: Daniel Realkuy Awad Barnaba, June 11 2014 - When fighting broke out last December in South Sudan, members of our radio team were among the thousands who had to flee.  After a few very difficult months, we’re all back in Juba and our health radio shows...

Author Rana Tassawar Ali, June 12 2014 - The concept of palliative care emerges in the 1960s, and the philosophy of palliation includes managing end-of-life symptoms medically.

Rana Tassawar Ali

From blogger Rana Tassawar Ali, May 30 2014 - Dekho Bolo Roko is a message, a message against child marriage. Pakistan faces an inherent social problem that is now a clinical or health problem. In Pakistan, according to a survey, more...

Authors: Todd Summers and J. Stephen Morrison, May 28 2014 - In early January 2013, a dozen deans from America's premier public health schools wrote President Obama a letter protesting the CIA's use of a faked vaccination campaign in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Authors: David Patient and Neil Orr, May 8 2014       On the 1st April, 2014, The South African (SA) National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey, 2012 was released.

Not only has the incidence of HIV increased in SA since the last survey; the rate at which prevalence is increasing is also going up...

Authors: David Patient and Neil Orr, May 9 2014        Empowerment Concepts

No doubt you have seen or heard about the massive public drive to get men circumcised? If you haven’t, it’s referred to as Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision (VMMC), and government and numerous international agencies...

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Blogs: Media Development

Author: Radharani Mitra, June 26 2014 - Over the past three and a half years, a large team of over 250 people has been hard at work on an ambitious project that aims to improve...

Author: Cassie Biggs, June 27 2014 - Voice of Hope radio station in the South Sudanese town of Wau lies in a green and peaceful compound, overlooked by an impressive red brick cathedral built in the 1900s.

I had the chance to visit this friendly station last month while training eight partner radio stations to...

Author: Kavita Abraham Dowsing and Leonie Hoijtink, June 20 2014 - The expectations and excitement levels among our research and learning team here at BBC Media Action were high. The largest single study using a randomised...

Author: Delia Lloyd, June 13 2014 - When I was invited to speak on a panel at a UN conference on climate change in Bonn, Germany, I wasn't sure what to expect. I envisioned a large, dimly lit amphitheatre filled with diplomats in dark suits, whispering to...

Author: Shefali Chaturvedi, June 13 2014 - It was my first foreign trip. My first international conference. And my first chance to talk about our radio programme Khirki Mehendiwali on the international stage.

Author: Chris Haydon, June 12 2014 - It is now some months since we considered whether I might be able to  submit a blog to your project about a 'Mandela' production I was to  create for a disabled theatre company. This is the ...

UNESCO

Author: Antonio Savoia, crossposted on May 29 2014 - Access to independent media as a development goal: can we measure it? This was the key question that emerged at the...

Author: James Deane, May 12 2014    The World Press Freedom Day conference took place at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris earlier...

Author: James Deane, May 8 2014       This year's World Press Freedom Day celebrations will focus on whether issues of media freedom can realistically be integrated into the post-2015 framework that will replace the current Millennium Development Goals.  Unesco [the United Nations Educational,...

Elias Banda

Author: Elias M. Banda, May 9 2014      The advancement in mobile phone technologies has brought about unlimited opportunities for seeking, storing and sharing of information.

Ten years ago, mobile phones appeared to be a preserve for a select few, mostly urban based. But the number has been rapidly growing. According to...

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Blogs: Political Accountability and Participation

Author: Sonia Whitehead, July 2 2014 - The world engulfed in flames, smoke smothering innocent bystanders, cow carcasses lying on dry bed of earth - these doomsday images have become synonymous with climate change communication efforts. But the feeling of helplessness they evoke is one of the reasons why many audiences feel disempowered to take...

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, July 1 2014 - Sex-disaggregated data on ownership of agricultural land is scarce. The Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO] provides data on share of women amongst agriculture holders, defined as those who exercise decisions and manage agricultural operations (FAO, 2011). This data, available for a limited number of...

Author: Abosede Olowoyeye, February 14 2014 - It was a typical Sunday morning. I was in the car driving to church and happily humming a tune to myself. But then, as I took a turn off the highway, I found the road ahead blocked - cordoned off for some high-level government official to pass.

Now road blocks and...

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, June 17 2014 - It is three years since the ILO [International Labour Organization] Domestic Workers Convention (C 189) was adopted on June 16, 2011 (ILO, n.da). The Convention emphasises State responsibility in elimination of child domestic worker, discrimination in employment and forced domestic work. It also...

Author: Chris Haydon, June 12 2014 - It is now some months since we considered whether I might be able to  submit a blog to your project about a 'Mandela' production I was to  create for a disabled theatre company. This is the ...

Author: Ismael Saadat, June 11 2014 - "Sir, I have a request. As a future president of Afghanistan, please make sure we are no longer killed for political reasons. Let us die our natural deaths.”

Lilian Kiefer

Author: Lilian Kiefer, Lusaka, Zambia, June 4 2014 - As the world commemorates the World Environment Day this Thursday, Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) is appealing to the government, civil society organisations, cooperating partners and other stakeholders to work with poor and marginalised communities to address the effects of...

Nervious Siantombo

Author: Nervious Siantombo, May 30 2014 - One of the fundamental tenets of good governance is active citizen participation in processes such as policy and development programme formulation and implementation.

Citizen involvement in governance ensures that the governed, especially those regarded as poor and marginalised in society, have...

UNESCO

Author: Antonio Savoia, crossposted on May 29 2014 - Access to independent media as a development goal: can we measure it? This was the key question that emerged at the...

Jannatul Mawa

Author: Ranjani.K.Murthy, May 29 2014 - In 1975, when the first International Women’s Year was declared, women were seen as victims of patriarchy. Patriarchy was seen as an ideology of male privilege perpetuated through social institutions like family, community, market, state and supra-state organisations. Men were seen as oppressors. Welfare...

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Blogs: Rights and Development

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, July 1 2014 - Sex-disaggregated data on ownership of agricultural land is scarce. The Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO] provides data on share of women amongst agriculture holders, defined as those who exercise decisions and manage agricultural operations (FAO, 2011). This data, available for a limited number of...

Author: Mehta Garima, June 28 2014 - The Millennium Development Goals for Africa are due to run out in 2015 and this has led to some of the best minds on the continent and the UN [United Nations] turning to what future targets should be set to follow them. A primary concern of many is the successful growth and development of science and...

Elias Banda

Author: Elias Banda, June 23 2014 - The large number of Zambian school girls under the age of 16-years-old falling pregnant within the school system is a serious cause for concern that should make all of us to pause and seek honest answers on how to curb child pregnancy.

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, June 17 2014 - It is three years since the ILO [International Labour Organization] Domestic Workers Convention (C 189) was adopted on June 16, 2011 (ILO, n.da). The Convention emphasises State responsibility in elimination of child domestic worker, discrimination in employment and forced domestic work. It also...

Author: Ismael Saadat, June 11 2014 - "Sir, I have a request. As a future president of Afghanistan, please make sure we are no longer killed for political reasons. Let us die our natural deaths.”

Lilian Kiefer

Author: Lilian Kiefer, Lusaka, Zambia, June 4 2014 - As the world commemorates the World Environment Day this Thursday, Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) is appealing to the government, civil society organisations, cooperating partners and other stakeholders to work with poor and marginalised communities to address the effects of...

Author: Laura Smethurst, May 28 2014 - “Men know more about everything. They also understand [things] better. We women are very emotional and thus do not take practical decisions. They are also the ones who earn money by working tirelessly and understand the value of money.”

These words were spoken by a woman we...

Author: Kerida McDonald, UNICEF Senior Advisor, May 19 2014 - Juba, South Sudan - Without the luxury of coffee to start the first day of our mission in Mingkaman we joined the early morning community leaders meeting which provided a perfectly timed general briefing of the context of the camp. We were accompanied by one of the 11 local C4D staff...

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, May 15 2014 - Thanks to a friend of mine, on 11th of May, 2014 I had the opportunity to speak on a Tamil television channel called Puthiyathalaimurai (meaning new generation) on gender and women’s health in India. The half an hour question and answer session was in Tamil. While my mother tongue is Tamil, I grew up in...

Lilian Kiefer

Author: Lilian Kiefer, May 14 2014 -As we reflect on the strides made in celebrating Press Freedom in Southern Africa, it is disheartening to note that there are still number of legal and attitudinal impediments from those in power and government hindering the full enjoyment of the freedom of the press.

 

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Blogs: Shifting Media Landscapes

Author: Haider Al-Safi, July 3 2014 - As news came in earlier this month that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) had taken Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, I turned on my TV and satellite...

Author: Mehta Garima, June 28 2014 - The Millennium Development Goals for Africa are due to run out in 2015 and this has led to some of the best minds on the continent and the UN [United Nations] turning to what future targets should be set to follow them. A primary concern of many is the successful growth and development of science and...

UNESCO

Author: Antonio Savoia, crossposted on May 29 2014 - Access to independent media as a development goal: can we measure it? This was the key question that emerged at the...

Author: James Deane, May 12 2014    The World Press Freedom Day conference took place at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris earlier...

Author: Kirsty Cockburn, May 9 2014      I'm just back from Burma, also known as Myanmar, where I met the team who put together radio show Lin Lat Kyair Sin (Bright Young Stars). Designed for a new era in the country, it offers an unprecedented opportunity for young people to exchange ideas and talk to each...

Author: James Deane, May 8 2014       This year's World Press Freedom Day celebrations will focus on whether issues of media freedom can realistically be integrated into the post-2015 framework that will replace the current Millennium Development Goals.  Unesco [the United Nations Educational,...

Author: Anna Godfrey, May 2 2014    

I am deeply dissatisfied with the current state of public discourse about the role of media in international development. It appears to be dominated by 'techno-utopian' narratives which celebrate the apparent capacity of the media to directly deliver 'positive' benefits to communities.

Author: Victor Sawyerr, April 22 2014        In most of Africa, rape is simply regarded as forcing sexual intercourse. I believe the definition of what constitutes an act of rape and the laws against rape in Africa are hardly, if ever, derived from our cultures and approaches to tackling this rising anti-...

Author: Dr. Arpita Sharma, February 20 2014:     Agriculture is the most important sector in developing countries, with the majority of the rural population depending on it. In our Indian scenario, it is said that the country lives in villages, which means that the farming and agriculture sector contributes to the GDP of the...

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