Iraq’s breadbasket gets a $15 million EU grant in agriculture

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Farming families in northern Iraq’s Nineveh Governorate (the setting of the Jonah and the Whale biblical story!) There have also been plans to rehabilitate the Iraqi marshlands. “As part of the EU’s commitment to the whole of Iraq, supporting the regions so tragically devastated by the recent conflict remains a high priority. in Iraq. The project is an EU contribution to the UN’s Recovery and Resilience Programme (RRP) in Iraq.

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Iraq’s Newly Protected Marshes a Huge Conservation Turnaround

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We first learned about Nature Iraq’s conservation in a combat zone in 2010. Back then Iraq’s only conservation NGO seemed to receive little ministerial support; three years later and the Council of Ministries has approved the group’s push to protect the Mesopotamian Marshlands as the country’s first national park. Nature Iraq has worked diligently to save this magical place.

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Nature Iraq Promotes World Migratory Bird Day

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Iraq is rife with environmental woes, as Arwa points out in her survey. And some of the most endangered animals are migratory birds: the Basra Reed Warbler (found in the southern Marshlands) and the Egyptian Vulture (found in the Kurdistan-Iraq Mountains) are especially at risk. Additional activities are planned in Baghdad and Chibaish where Iraq’s southern marshes are arguably the most important site in the whole of the Middle East as a stop-over site for migratory birds.

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Iraq and Libya For Eco-Seeking Bravehearts

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But if you are looking for really unusual travel destinations in today’s politically changing Middle East, consider places like Iraq or Libya, where archeological sites intermingle with unfinished ecological projects started by the country’s former strong man, Muamar Gadaffi. Ancient Babylonia is now modern day Iraq. True, some of the world’s greatest civilizations had their origins in Iraq, including the Babylonians and Chaldeans, as well as the Assyrians.

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Iraq’s leaning Hadba Tower is dangerously close to collapse

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A beloved old minaret in a Mosul mosque that leans 8 feet off its perpendicular axis may soon topple; an unusual casualty of ongoing unrest in one of Iraq’ s most dangerous cities. According to Iraq’s UNESCO office, the minaret has been bowing since the 14th century. Cities architectural preservation Hadba Tower Iraq minaret Mosul Wait a minute, there, Pisa, you’re not the only contortionist building on the block!

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Nature Iraq Acts as “Waterkeeper” for Ailing Upper Tigris River

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The Upper Tigris River in Iraq could get a new lease on life as an Iraqi conservation group receives support to study its numerous environmental threats. Western governments are much more interested in Iraq’s post-conflict “democracy building” than environmental issues, according to the folks over at Nature Iraq, who are well known for their combat zone conservation work.

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From the Euphrates to the Tigris, water matters conference in Iraq

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Save the Tigris Campaign and partners announce the first alternative civil society forum for water in Mesopotamia: the Mesopotamian Water Forum will be held from 5-7 April 2019 in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and will involve civil society actors from the states of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria. The idea of the Forum was launched during a joint meeting of Save the Tigris Campaign in the city of Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region if Iraq, in April 2017.

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Tigris River Flotilla Puts Iraq Back in the News

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They’ll cruise along a 1200 kilometer stretch of legendary waterway , traveling from southeastern Turkey to southern Iraq on a journey that will span weeks. Throughout the journey, launched in partnership with Waterkeepers Iraq , participants from many nations will collect data on local ecology for later analysis in Iraq and Turkey.

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Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan among the world’s hungriest countries (UN report)

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Yemen — Village in the Manakhah District of the Sana’a Governorate in the Haraz Mountains. Some 41 countries continue to be in need of external assistance for food, with conflicts acting as the primary cause of high levels of food insecurity and adverse weather conditions – particularly rainfall shortages in Africa – acutely affecting food availability and access for millions of people, a quarterly report by the United Nations says.

A Prince Leads Liquid Peace Initiative for Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey

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The countries are Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey. Others from Iraq and Syria will represent in due course. The Group analyses dangers arising from depletion of water resources and the report has suggested that a special mechanism be formed for sustainable management of water resources between five countries: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey. Business & Politics Iraq Jordan Lebanon Syria Turkey

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Climate change means unexpected rain increase for Iran and Iraq?

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This is land encompassing parts of Turkey, Syria, northern Iraq, and north-eastern Iran and the strategically important headwaters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The prospect of climate change sparking food and water shortages in the Middle East is less likely than previously thought, with new research by an Australian climate scientist suggesting that rainfall will be significantly higher in key parts of the region.

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Why Terrorism Repeats Itself: Understanding Iraq.

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“Take Off Your Body Condom and Impregnate the World With Love.”. Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good

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Get Into Green Music and Art in Iraq Before Earth Day

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Two non-profits, Nature Iraq and Development Now are holding the first Green Music and Arts Festival in Iraq tomorrow to honor Earth Day the day after. To be held in Sulaimani’s Azadi Park in Sulaimani, it will be the first event of its kind held in Iraq, and it will celebrate the beauty of nature, the unique landscape of Iraq, and the people and organizations who are devoted to protecting the environment through the arts and education.

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Mushroom Farmers Start to Sprout Up in Iraq

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While they might not completely satisfy the Middle East vegetarian , Iraq’s Kurds have found a lucrative new way to cash in on year-round crops, which require no chemicals or pesticides: they have turned to mushroom farming, reports the local paper rudaw. In the Kurdistan region of Iraq vegetarians could only get natural mushrooms in the spring.

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Iraq’s first coral reef in cold, polluted water shocks scientists

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Scientists exploring a cold, polluted, and murky river mouth in southeastern Iraq were shocked to discover what is thought to be the country’s first coral reef. The only waterway in Iraq that empties into the Persian Gulf, the confluence of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers also forms a natural border with Iran, making it of critical strategic importance to both countries.

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Blaming Iraq for Sandstorms that Cripple Iran

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According to the AFP , the Iranian media is blaming countries west of the Islamic republic, namely Iraq which is now suffering from deforestation and desertification due to a series of dams Iran has constructed. “Unprecedented sandstorms which entered from west are the most violent storms that have ever reached Iran,&# said Touraj Hemmati, an environmental official in the southwestern Khuzestan province bordering Iraq.

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Iraq-born Zaha Hadid’s new towers on former radiation zone in Australia

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Just about every week UK-based and Iraq-born architect Zaha Hadid unveils new plans for eloquent but often outrageous skyscrapers and building projects around the world. The latest is a $420 million trio of skyscrapers for Brisbane, Australia, in her words, with “ design [that] tapers each structure to minimise their footprint and open the riverfront to the public; creating a vibrant civic space for Toowong within a new riverside park.”

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Mining Silt, Sewage and Transformer Waste Streaming Into Iraq Rivers

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The Tanjero River that flows southwest of the city of Sulaimani in Iraq, is remembered by many to be a sizeable and beautiful river. In a recent visit to the river conducted by Nature Iraq, the organization found extensive damage caused by in-stream gravel-mining, a common occurrence throughout Iraqi river systems. Ultimately, Sulaimani and the cities and towns of Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan must face up to the challenge of cleaning up their rivers and streams.

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Oil and Politics in Iraq

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By some estimates, Iraq could hold some of the largest oil reserves in the world and an international auction for oil and natural gas blocks is planned for May. A delegation from the International Energy Agency spent two days in Baghdad speaking with high-ranking officials in preparation for an end-of-year report on the country's oil sector.

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World’s Largest Solar Clock Gives Full Measure To Iraq

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The world’s largest solar-powered clock in Iraq will tell time sustainably! As part of the war-torn country’s restoration plan, Baghdad University in Iraq commissioned the world’s largest solar powered clock. Designed by UK-based Smith of Derby , which has been making and servicing historic clocks for over 150 years, the Beacon Clock will be 3.5m in diameter, and will feature 4 dials and backlit lighting.

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Iraq Puts Hope in Wind, Solar Power to Buttress Energy Sector

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In Iraq , large multinational corporations are working with the country’s ministry of electricity to see clean and renewable resources become a reality in the post-war environment, where investment is expected to skyrocket. billion on solar and wind power stations across the country over the next few years; not only will this add some 400 megawatts of power to Iraq’s national grid, which has been hit by daily blackouts, but it also has positive results for the environment.

Student Proposes Iraq Embassy Design for Oslo a la Zaha but Greener

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Daring, futuristic, and swooping , the design appears to be influenced by Iraq’s most famous architect’s style, except the Oslo School of Architecture and Design student’s work is so much greener. Zaha Hadid’s flowing architecture instantly sprung to mind when we came across Zaid Bin Talib’s design proposal for an Iraqi embassy in Oslo.

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Environmentalist Torn Between Red and Green on Valentine’s Day in Iraq

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Having access to this suggestive merchandise is a new thing in Iraq, which is a conservative country, and Nina associates it with a new found openness and happiness even as bombs continue to fall in certain neighborhoods. Iraqis are celebrating this Valentine’s Day with shelves full of red stuff, but Tafline questions whether this is love.

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“The Garden of Eden Had Been Turned Into The Ashes of Hell”- Azzam Alwash On The Destruction Of The Marshlands of Iraq

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In this two-part feature, Azzam Alwash tells us how he achieved the impossible and helped restore the Marshlands of south Iraq after its destruction under the Saddam regime. Travelling through the Mesopotamian Marshlands of Iraq on a boat with his father, Azzam Alwash felt he had glimpsed a garden of Eden- a land of abundance, peace and natural beauty. “In After a 25-year absence, Alwash decided to travel to Iraq in the summer of 2003 to visit the marshes.

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A Profile of Iraq's Environmental Woes

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Well, if you’re anything like me surprisingly little considering its pivotal place in the Middle East I think this post was born at the moment I realised I knew so little about Iraq and it environmental concerns. I get to write a lot on all sorts of countries through my work at Green Prophet – Yemen, Morocco, Turkey, Lebanon, Dubai- but Iraq remains conspicuously absent from my portfolio of work.

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Humans of Iraq – by Brandon Stanton and the UN

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” (Dohuk, Iraq). ” (Dohuk, Iraq). Because she plays with all the children in the street. (Erbil, Iraq). One follower of his Iraq content posted, “Your pictures give me a whole new view of Iraq and its people; unlike what the media usually portrays. HONY caption: “There were dozens of them and only four of us. They took all my sheep.”

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Why War with Iran Would Go Global.

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If Americans wish to invade Iran, they should be prepared to fight a much larger, more unified, and wealthier population than that of Iraq in 2003. Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) WAYLON: Editor's Picks—Hidden Gems Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today iran Iraq war nuclear proliferation warIran’s per capita.

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Yezidis get winter aid from Israelis

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In times of trouble, Israelis too are reaching out to the Yazidis – Christians from Iraq who have been displaced and slaughtered for their religious beliefs. Lifestyle Iraq refugees Green Prophet’s own Laurie Balbo has spearheaded relief efforts to warm Syrian refugees in Northern Jordan.

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When I Almost Shot a Man.

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Family, Youth, Enlightened Education Love & Relationships (see below for Sexy) Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) close call Iraq matter of life and death perfectly human characteristics warI realized that common traits between human beings outshine differences.

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The Green Buzz: Thursday, August 1

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Iraq has declared its first national park in the southern marshlands that many call the cradle of civilization. It’s a new day and a new month, so let’s start it off right with some green news. Want to get closer to nature? Try following a toddler, for whom “…the dried worm as tragic as a starving polar bear; the walnut shell as mysterious as the queen conch.” ” ( Grist ).

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Op Ed: Why Zaha Hadid Should Green the Central Bank of Iraq Headquarters

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It’s official: Zaha Hadid is going to design the new Central Bank of Iraq’s Headquarters; Tafline argues that it should be green. So when we learned that the deal to design a major project for her home country, the Central Bank of Iraq’s Headquarters, is now official, we went looking for the slightest sign that this project might be at least a little bit green. Iraq needs lean green development.

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Letter From a Veteran: I Didn’t “Serve” Our Country, So Please Stop Thanking Me.

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Arts & Culture Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) WAYLON: Today Only conscription Iraq war military service patriotism politics USA veteran's day warYes, I enlisted and “served” in the US Navy but it was entirely self-serving.

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Animal Agriculture, Climate Change & Syria: How Factory Farming has Caused the Greatest Humanitarian Crisis of our Time.

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Adult/NFS Animal Rights (Vegan, Pets, Wildlife) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Green WAYLON: Editor's Picks—Hidden Gems Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today climate change factory farming Iraq refugee Syria UN warBut did climate change start the Syrian Civil War? Multiple media publications have recently identified climate change as a leading factor in the.

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This Spoken Word Poetry will Give you Chills. {Video}

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Enlightened Society Right Livelihood WAYLON: Today Only Afghanistan greed how to help Iraq leaders refugees spoken word poetry Syria united states warI honestly had no idea how to answer the question, "What would you do if you were me?" I found myself humbled in the most beautiful way.

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Why our Words Matter & How we can Start Telling the Truth.

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Enlightened Society Right Livelihood WAYLON: Today Only Enlightened Society (Politics Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) how we narrate war Iraq media mosul attacks social good Syria truth united states airstrikes US politics words matterThe way we describe things to people who don’t know about them is critical to changing the norm. Tragedy is not.

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The Real Motives Behind Police Militarization in the U.S.

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gifts surplus military equipment recently used on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan to county sheriffs and local police departments. Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Equal Rights New York Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today 1984 abuse drugs Ferguson fox news government Iraq military police police militarization police state PTSD war Through our research at the Truth in Media Project, in this video we outline “The 1033 Program,” a.k.a.

The Marsh Arabs Who Restored A Global Ecosystem

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Azzam Alwash (left), director of the environmental organisation Nature Iraq, talks with a Marsh Arab who lives in the Mesopotamian Marshlands of Iraq. Soon after arriving in Iraq I realized that the devastation [to the marshes] was all the way up stream with most cities dumping raw sewage and industrial waste directly into the water of the Tigris and Euphrates – in other words, Iraq is using the Tigris and Euphrates as open sewers!”. Images via Nature Iraq.

Drone Wars Exposed: Secret Documents Reveal the Stark Reality of Drone Warfare.

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Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Equal Rights Europe Afghanistan assassination CIA classified drone slides drone papers drone strikes drone wars Iraq military Obama politics secret tactics terrorism The Source war ISIS White House YemenSecret military documents released from "the source", an anonymous whistleblower to a digital news source, shine light on the very mysterious drone wars and assassinations being carried out by the U.S. government.

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This is What Happens When Our Government Acts on a Lie.

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I knew Bush was lying to us about the reasons we should invade Iraq. Arts & Culture Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) WAYLON: Today Only Bush global conflict Iraq islamic state terrorism warI also knew we wanted to be lied to.

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Life After Genocide with Yazidi Refugees. ~ Theo Horesh

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Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) genocide innocent Iraq killing peace refugees Syria war yazidi The Yazidis I spoke with do not trust any other group in the Middle East. They say they have suffered 74 genocides since ancient times.

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Spiritual Escapism & the Illusion of Cosmic Justice.

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cosmic justice genocide injustice Iraq just-world hypothesis middle east refugees Syria theo horesh yezidiEveryone knows life is not fair, but nobody expects to lose a buttock to starving men. It can seem quite impossible that one fine day you would wa. Enlightened Society Non New-Agey Spirituality Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Today Only.

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The Rise of the Global Grassroots.

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Iraq Obama politics protests united states warFebruary 15th, 2003 is believed to have been the largest demonstration in history, with millions of people in at least 600 cities, including an estimated three. Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) WAYLON: Editor's Picks—Hidden Gems Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today globalization.

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Whatever Happened to the Yezidis?

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Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today genocide Iraq Kurds PKK refugees Syria theo horesh yazidis yezidis The Yezidis passed from being citizens to refugees, from 15 minutes of fame to anonymity. And somehow we assume they are now secure. But the caldron of violence we call the Middle East is no place to be a small, persecuted minority, with no outside protectors.

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