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#GreatGreenWall's #challenges (1/2)

The catalyst for the Great Green Wall is the daily impact of #desertification and #ClimateChange that is undermining the futures of millions of communities across #Africa's #Sahel region.

Since the 1970s, the Sahel has been heavily affected by recurrent periods of #drought. These droughts have threatened the livelihoods and future of entire populations across the region.

The lack of rain has led to the disappearance of livestock and the destruction of cereal crops. The great #famine|s that rocked the Sub-Saharan region in the 80s each affected millions of people. In addition, the high population growth rate is increasing demand for food and pressure to gain access to other natural resources which are the basis for livelihoods and the survival of the rural population.

Millions of people – particularly rural youth – are currently facing an uncertain future due to the lack of decent rural jobs and continuous loss of livelihoods due to land degradation and falling yields.

(Source: official website)

#poverty #hunger #climate #ClimateCrisis
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America is such a strong, powerful, rich, and great country
that its citizens have to beg strangers on the internet
for money so they can get life-saving treatments
that are FREE in the rest of the developed world.
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I guess, that are the costs of war.

#USA #Healthcare #poverty #debts #loans #freedom
 
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Cafe rejects MP who voted against free meals to help pack lunches


A tea room has refused to allow a Tory MP to help them pack children’s lunches after he voted against providing meals to kids in poverty over the school holidays.

Curiositea tea rooms, in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, shared a screenshot of an email they received asking if Tory MP, Greg Smith, could visit the cafe. The email said Smith was hoping to help staff prepare meals for distribution, after the tea rooms pledged to feed disadvantaged children over the October half-term break. The cafe said it was ‘overwhelmed’ trying to feed 44 children this week. Smith was one of 322 MPs who voted against a Labour motion to provide food vouchers to struggling families.

https://metro.co.uk/2020/10/29/cafe-rejects-mp-who-voted-against-free-meals-to-help-them-pack-kids-lunches-13499169/

#SchoolMeals #ToryScum #Tory #Tories #BorisHasFailedBritain #FoodPoverty #Children #Students #Schools #UK #greed #hunger #poverty
 
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Cafe rejects MP who voted against free meals to help pack lunches


A tea room has refused to allow a Tory MP to help them pack children’s lunches after he voted against providing meals to kids in poverty over the school holidays.

Curiositea tea rooms, in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, shared a screenshot of an email they received asking if Tory MP, Greg Smith, could visit the cafe. The email said Smith was hoping to help staff prepare meals for distribution, after the tea rooms pledged to feed disadvantaged children over the October half-term break. The cafe said it was ‘overwhelmed’ trying to feed 44 children this week. Smith was one of 322 MPs who voted against a Labour motion to provide food vouchers to struggling families.

https://metro.co.uk/2020/10/29/cafe-rejects-mp-who-voted-against-free-meals-to-help-them-pack-kids-lunches-13499169/

#SchoolMeals #ToryScum #Tory #Tories #BorisHasFailedBritain #FoodPoverty #Children #Students #Schools #UK #greed #hunger #poverty
 









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#Firefighter douse a blaze at the scene of an explosion at the port of #Lebanon’s capital #Beirut, on August 4, #2020.

A ship moored off the port was on fire, and the blasts also damaged a vessel deployed with United Nations peacekeeping force UNIFIL and injured some of its personnel.

Like an earthquake

Hundreds immediately shared their shock and grief on social media.

“Buildings are shaking,” tweeted one resident, while another wrote: “An enormous, deafening #explosion just engulfed Beirut. Heard it from miles away.”
Online footage from a #Lebanese newspaper office showed blown out windows, scattered furniture and demolished interior paneling.

The explosions hit a country already reeling from its worst economic crisis in decades which has left nearly half of the population in #poverty, as well as from the #coronavirus pandemic.

Lebanon’s economy has collapsed in recent months, with the local currency plummeting, businesses closing en masse and poverty soaring at the same alarming rate as unemployment.
Charity Save the Children said “the incident could not have occurred at a worse time”.

The explosions came three days before a #UN tribunal’s #verdict on the murder of former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri, who was killed in a huge 2005 truck bomb attack.

Four alleged members of the Shiite Muslim terror group Hezbollah are on trial in absentia at the court in the Netherlands over the huge Beirut bombing that killed Sunni billionaire Hariri and 21 other people.
 









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#Firefighter douse a blaze at the scene of an explosion at the port of #Lebanon’s capital #Beirut, on August 4, #2020.

A ship moored off the port was on fire, and the blasts also damaged a vessel deployed with United Nations peacekeeping force UNIFIL and injured some of its personnel.

Like an earthquake

Hundreds immediately shared their shock and grief on social media.

“Buildings are shaking,” tweeted one resident, while another wrote: “An enormous, deafening #explosion just engulfed Beirut. Heard it from miles away.”
Online footage from a #Lebanese newspaper office showed blown out windows, scattered furniture and demolished interior paneling.

The explosions hit a country already reeling from its worst economic crisis in decades which has left nearly half of the population in #poverty, as well as from the #coronavirus pandemic.

Lebanon’s economy has collapsed in recent months, with the local currency plummeting, businesses closing en masse and poverty soaring at the same alarming rate as unemployment.
Charity Save the Children said “the incident could not have occurred at a worse time”.

The explosions came three days before a #UN tribunal’s #verdict on the murder of former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri, who was killed in a huge 2005 truck bomb attack.

Four alleged members of the Shiite Muslim terror group Hezbollah are on trial in absentia at the court in the Netherlands over the huge Beirut bombing that killed Sunni billionaire Hariri and 21 other people.
 
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The Scottish Parliament Does Have the Right to Withdraw from the Act of Union


17 Dec, 2018 in Uncategorized by craig

The London Supreme Court last week not only confirmed that the Westminster Parliament could overrule at will any Scottish Government legislation, irrespective of the Scotland Act and the Sewell Convention, but it also ruled that Westminster had already successfully done so, by retrospectively passing provisions in the EU (Withdrawal) Act that overruled the Bill on the same subject, within the competence of the Scottish Parliament, that had already been passed by Holyrood.

Not content with that, the London Supreme Court confirmed that London ministers may, by secondary legislation, under the Scotland Act decree laws for Scotland that are not even passed through the Westminster parliament.

Which leaves Scotland in this extraordinary situation. English MPs or English ministers in their London Parliament can, at any time, impose any legislation they choose on Scotland, overriding Scotland’s parliament and Scotland’s representation in the London parliament. Yet, under the English Votes for English Laws rules of the London Parliament introduced by the Tories in 2015, Scottish MPs cannot vote at all on matters solely affecting England.

That is plainly a situation of colonial subservience.

I am firmly of the view that the Scottish government should now move to withdraw from the Treaty of Union. Scotland’s right to self determination is inalienable. It cannot be signed away forever or restricted by past decisions.

The Independence of a country is not a matter of domestic law it is a matter of international law. The right of the Scottish Parliament to declare Independence may not be restricted by UK domestic law or by purported limitations on the powers of the Scottish Parliament. The legal position is set out very clearly here:

5.5 Consistent with this general approach, international law has not treated the legality of
the act of secession under the internal law of the predecessor State as determining the effect
of that act on the international plane. In most cases of secession, of course, the predecessor
State‟s law will not have been complied with: that is true almost as a matter of definition.

5.6 Nor is compliance with the law of the predecessor State a condition for the declaration
of independence to be recognised by third States, if other conditions for recognition are
fulfilled. The conditions do not include compliance with the internal legal requirements of
the predecessor State. Otherwise the international legality of a secession would be
predetermined by the very system of internal law called in question by the circumstances in
which the secession is occurring.

5.7 For the same reason, the constitutional authority of the seceding entity to proclaim
independence within the predecessor State is not determinative as a matter of international
law. In most if not all cases, provincial or regional authorities will lack the constitutional
authority to secede. The act of secession is not thereby excluded. Moreover, representative
institutions may legitimately act, and seek to reflect the views of their constituents, beyond
the scope of already conferred power.

That is a commendably concise and accurate description of the legal position. Of major relevance, it is the legal opinion of the Government of the United Kingdom, as submitted to the International Court of Justice in the Kosovo case. The International Court of Justice endorsed this view, so it is both established law and the opinion of the British Government that the Scottish Government has the right to declare Independence without the agreement or permission of London and completely irrespective of the London Supreme Court.

I have continually explained on this site that the legality of a Declaration of Independence is in no sense determined by the law of the metropolitan state, but is purely a matter of recognition by other countries and thus acceptance into the United Nations. The UK Government set this out plainly in response to a question from a judge in the Kosovo case:
  • As the United Kingdom stated in oral argument, international law contains no
    prohibition against declarations of independence as such. 1 Whether a declaration of
    independence leads to the creation of a new State by separation or secession depends
    not on the fact of the declaration but on subsequent developments, notably recognition
    by other States. As a general matter, an act not prohibited by international law needs
    no authorization. This position holds with respect to States. It holds also with respect
    to acts of individuals or groups, for international law prohibits conduct of non-State
    entities only exceptionally and where expressly indicated.
As I have stressed, the SNP should now be making a massive effort to prepare other countries, especially in the EU and in the developing world, to recognise Scotland when the moment comes. There is no task more important. There is a worrying lack of activity in this area. It may currently not be possible to spend government money on sending out envoys for this task, but if personal envoys were endorsed by the First Minister they would get access and could easily be crowd funded by the Independence Movement. I am one of a number of former senior British diplomats who would happily undertake this work without pay. We should be lobbying not just the EU but every country in Africa, Asia and South America.

My preferred route to Independence is this. The Scottish Parliament should immediately legislate for a new Independence referendum. The London Government will attempt to block it. The Scottish Parliament should then convene a National Assembly of all nationally elected Scottish representatives – MSPs, MPs and MEPs. That National Assembly should declare Independence, appeal to other countries for recognition, reach agreements with the rump UK and organise a confirmatory plebiscite. That is legal, democratic and consistent with normal international practice.

There will never be a better time than now for Scotland to become an Independent, normal, nation once again. It is no time for faint hearts or haverers; we must seize the moment.

Craig Murray

#GE2019 #AusterityKills #ToryAusterity #BorisBot #BorisTheCoward #BorisTheLiar #ToryLies #ToriesOut #VoteNHS #death #poverty #UKPolitics #RevokeRemainRebuild #Brexit #NorthernIreland #NI #GeneralElection2019 #GE19 #LabourBrexitPolicy #JC4PM #Yellowhammer #UK #GB #UnitedKingdom #GreatBritain #England #Britain #HouseOfCommons #DowningStreetNo10 #Labour #Tories #Tory #Farage #NigelFarage #ProjectFear #Europe #Europa #EuropeanUnion #NoDealBrexit #HardBrexit #WTO #Ireland #Ulster #HardBorder #Backstop #OrderlyBrexit #DownAndOut #London #Scotland #Independence #Economics #Economy #NoDeal #Parliament #Brexit #NoDealBrexit #PoliticsLive 🎩 🍾 😴 💤 #coupdEtat #Brexit #StopBrexit #LostDemocracy #StopTheCoup #Palpatine #Empire #capitalism #corporatocracy #ToryLies #ToriesOut #BrexitChaos #PeoplesVote #democracy #Parliament #LostDemocracy #BorisJohnsonLies #StopTheCoup #LiarLiar #ToryLies #ToriesOut #BrexitChaos #BrexitShambles #PeoplesVote #ConservativesOUT #NHS #SavetheNHS #HedgeFunds #SNP #Scotland #independence
 
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The Scottish Parliament Does Have the Right to Withdraw from the Act of Union


17 Dec, 2018 in Uncategorized by craig

The London Supreme Court last week not only confirmed that the Westminster Parliament could overrule at will any Scottish Government legislation, irrespective of the Scotland Act and the Sewell Convention, but it also ruled that Westminster had already successfully done so, by retrospectively passing provisions in the EU (Withdrawal) Act that overruled the Bill on the same subject, within the competence of the Scottish Parliament, that had already been passed by Holyrood.

Not content with that, the London Supreme Court confirmed that London ministers may, by secondary legislation, under the Scotland Act decree laws for Scotland that are not even passed through the Westminster parliament.

Which leaves Scotland in this extraordinary situation. English MPs or English ministers in their London Parliament can, at any time, impose any legislation they choose on Scotland, overriding Scotland’s parliament and Scotland’s representation in the London parliament. Yet, under the English Votes for English Laws rules of the London Parliament introduced by the Tories in 2015, Scottish MPs cannot vote at all on matters solely affecting England.

That is plainly a situation of colonial subservience.

I am firmly of the view that the Scottish government should now move to withdraw from the Treaty of Union. Scotland’s right to self determination is inalienable. It cannot be signed away forever or restricted by past decisions.

The Independence of a country is not a matter of domestic law it is a matter of international law. The right of the Scottish Parliament to declare Independence may not be restricted by UK domestic law or by purported limitations on the powers of the Scottish Parliament. The legal position is set out very clearly here:

5.5 Consistent with this general approach, international law has not treated the legality of
the act of secession under the internal law of the predecessor State as determining the effect
of that act on the international plane. In most cases of secession, of course, the predecessor
State‟s law will not have been complied with: that is true almost as a matter of definition.

5.6 Nor is compliance with the law of the predecessor State a condition for the declaration
of independence to be recognised by third States, if other conditions for recognition are
fulfilled. The conditions do not include compliance with the internal legal requirements of
the predecessor State. Otherwise the international legality of a secession would be
predetermined by the very system of internal law called in question by the circumstances in
which the secession is occurring.

5.7 For the same reason, the constitutional authority of the seceding entity to proclaim
independence within the predecessor State is not determinative as a matter of international
law. In most if not all cases, provincial or regional authorities will lack the constitutional
authority to secede. The act of secession is not thereby excluded. Moreover, representative
institutions may legitimately act, and seek to reflect the views of their constituents, beyond
the scope of already conferred power.

That is a commendably concise and accurate description of the legal position. Of major relevance, it is the legal opinion of the Government of the United Kingdom, as submitted to the International Court of Justice in the Kosovo case. The International Court of Justice endorsed this view, so it is both established law and the opinion of the British Government that the Scottish Government has the right to declare Independence without the agreement or permission of London and completely irrespective of the London Supreme Court.

I have continually explained on this site that the legality of a Declaration of Independence is in no sense determined by the law of the metropolitan state, but is purely a matter of recognition by other countries and thus acceptance into the United Nations. The UK Government set this out plainly in response to a question from a judge in the Kosovo case:
  • As the United Kingdom stated in oral argument, international law contains no
    prohibition against declarations of independence as such. 1 Whether a declaration of
    independence leads to the creation of a new State by separation or secession depends
    not on the fact of the declaration but on subsequent developments, notably recognition
    by other States. As a general matter, an act not prohibited by international law needs
    no authorization. This position holds with respect to States. It holds also with respect
    to acts of individuals or groups, for international law prohibits conduct of non-State
    entities only exceptionally and where expressly indicated.
As I have stressed, the SNP should now be making a massive effort to prepare other countries, especially in the EU and in the developing world, to recognise Scotland when the moment comes. There is no task more important. There is a worrying lack of activity in this area. It may currently not be possible to spend government money on sending out envoys for this task, but if personal envoys were endorsed by the First Minister they would get access and could easily be crowd funded by the Independence Movement. I am one of a number of former senior British diplomats who would happily undertake this work without pay. We should be lobbying not just the EU but every country in Africa, Asia and South America.

My preferred route to Independence is this. The Scottish Parliament should immediately legislate for a new Independence referendum. The London Government will attempt to block it. The Scottish Parliament should then convene a National Assembly of all nationally elected Scottish representatives – MSPs, MPs and MEPs. That National Assembly should declare Independence, appeal to other countries for recognition, reach agreements with the rump UK and organise a confirmatory plebiscite. That is legal, democratic and consistent with normal international practice.

There will never be a better time than now for Scotland to become an Independent, normal, nation once again. It is no time for faint hearts or haverers; we must seize the moment.

Craig Murray

#GE2019 #AusterityKills #ToryAusterity #BorisBot #BorisTheCoward #BorisTheLiar #ToryLies #ToriesOut #VoteNHS #death #poverty #UKPolitics #RevokeRemainRebuild #Brexit #NorthernIreland #NI #GeneralElection2019 #GE19 #LabourBrexitPolicy #JC4PM #Yellowhammer #UK #GB #UnitedKingdom #GreatBritain #England #Britain #HouseOfCommons #DowningStreetNo10 #Labour #Tories #Tory #Farage #NigelFarage #ProjectFear #Europe #Europa #EuropeanUnion #NoDealBrexit #HardBrexit #WTO #Ireland #Ulster #HardBorder #Backstop #OrderlyBrexit #DownAndOut #London #Scotland #Independence #Economics #Economy #NoDeal #Parliament #Brexit #NoDealBrexit #PoliticsLive 🎩 🍾 😴 💤 #coupdEtat #Brexit #StopBrexit #LostDemocracy #StopTheCoup #Palpatine #Empire #capitalism #corporatocracy #ToryLies #ToriesOut #BrexitChaos #PeoplesVote #democracy #Parliament #LostDemocracy #BorisJohnsonLies #StopTheCoup #LiarLiar #ToryLies #ToriesOut #BrexitChaos #BrexitShambles #PeoplesVote #ConservativesOUT #NHS #SavetheNHS #HedgeFunds #SNP #Scotland #independence
 
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This is one of many most accurate images that depict of America today, but when you try to explain this to a MAGA racist Trump supportive bastard, they respond with: "Stop pulling the race card."

#America #Trump #Racism #MAGA #WhiteSupremacist #terrorism #TrumpTweets #Inequality #Poverty #Racism #Justice #elpaso #Politics #Fascism #AltRight #Nazis #Fascist #Republicans #racism #threatening #USA
 
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This is one of many most accurate images that depict of America today, but when you try to explain this to a MAGA racist Trump supportive bastard, they respond with: "Stop pulling the race card."

#America #Trump #Racism #MAGA #WhiteSupremacist #terrorism #TrumpTweets #Inequality #Poverty #Racism #Justice #elpaso #Politics #Fascism #AltRight #Nazis #Fascist #Republicans #racism #threatening #USA
 
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This is one of many most accurate images that depict of America today, but when you try to explain this to a MAGA racist Trump supportive bastard, they respond with: "Stop pulling the race card."

#America #Trump #Racism #MAGA #WhiteSupremacist #terrorism #TrumpTweets #Inequality #Poverty #Racism #Justice #elpaso #Politics #Fascism #AltRight #Nazis #Fascist #Republicans #racism #threatening #USA
 
Watching a documentary about the first man on the moon I wondered again: is space exploration really worth the enormous amount of money spent on it? Probably not. Just as a reminder some opposing arguments:

Moondoggle: The Forgotten Opposition to the Apollo Program


The Atlantic

For most of our lunar adventure, a majority of Americans did not support going to the moon. On the 50th anniversary of JFK’s "We choose to go the moon" speech, we excavate this forgotten opposition. (...)

Polls both by USA Today and Gallup have shown support for the moon landing has increased the farther we've gotten away from it. 77 percent of people in 1989 thought the moon landing was worth it; only 47 percent felt that way in 1979.

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, a process began that has all but eradicated any reference to the substantial opposition by scientists, scholars, and regular old people to spending money on sending humans to the moon. (...)

Consistently throughout the 1960s a majority of Americans did not believe Apollo was worth the cost, with the one exception to this a poll taken at the time of the Apollo 11 lunar landing in July 1969. (...)

[W]hat I can do is tell you about two individuals who, in their own ways, opposed the government and tried to direct funds to more earthly pursuits: poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron and the sociologist Amitai Etzioni, then at Columbia University.

Heron performed a song called, "" that mocked "our" achievements in space.(...)

“To which America went the glory of the moon landing? And what did it cost our nation to put whitey on the moon?”

Many black papers questioned the use of American funds for space research at a time when many African Americans were struggling at the margins of the working class. (...)

"America is sending lazy white boys to the moon because all they're doing is looking for moon rocks. If there was work to be done, they'd send a nigger." (...)

Perhaps the most comprehensive attempt to lay out the case against the space program came from the sociologist Etizioni, in his now nearly impossible to find 1964 book, *The Moon-Doggle: Domestic and International Implications of the Space Race. (...)

Etzioni attacked the manned space program by pointing out that many scientists opposed both the mission and the "cash-and-crash approach to science" it represented. (...)

“Of every three dollars spent on research and development in the United States in 1963, one went for defense, one for space, and the remaining one for all other research purposes, including private industry and medical research.”

He keeps piling up the evidence that scientists opposed or at best, tepidly supported, the space program. (...)

"Above all, the space race is used as an escape, by focusing on the moon we delay facing ourselves, as Americans and as citizens of the earth." (...)

Americans might not have supported the space program in real life, but they loved the one they saw on TV.

Full article

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Tags: #space #space exploration #moon landing #apollo program #sputnik #space program #space station #shuttle #science #poverty #priorities #etzioni #moondoggle #research #research program
 
Watching a documentary about the first man on the moon I wondered again: is space exploration really worth the enormous amount of money spent on it? Probably not. Just as a reminder some opposing arguments:

Moondoggle: The Forgotten Opposition to the Apollo Program


The Atlantic

For most of our lunar adventure, a majority of Americans did not support going to the moon. On the 50th anniversary of JFK’s "We choose to go the moon" speech, we excavate this forgotten opposition. (...)

Polls both by USA Today and Gallup have shown support for the moon landing has increased the farther we've gotten away from it. 77 percent of people in 1989 thought the moon landing was worth it; only 47 percent felt that way in 1979.

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, a process began that has all but eradicated any reference to the substantial opposition by scientists, scholars, and regular old people to spending money on sending humans to the moon. (...)

Consistently throughout the 1960s a majority of Americans did not believe Apollo was worth the cost, with the one exception to this a poll taken at the time of the Apollo 11 lunar landing in July 1969. (...)

[W]hat I can do is tell you about two individuals who, in their own ways, opposed the government and tried to direct funds to more earthly pursuits: poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron and the sociologist Amitai Etzioni, then at Columbia University.

Heron performed a song called, "" that mocked "our" achievements in space.(...)

“To which America went the glory of the moon landing? And what did it cost our nation to put whitey on the moon?”

Many black papers questioned the use of American funds for space research at a time when many African Americans were struggling at the margins of the working class. (...)

"America is sending lazy white boys to the moon because all they're doing is looking for moon rocks. If there was work to be done, they'd send a nigger." (...)

Perhaps the most comprehensive attempt to lay out the case against the space program came from the sociologist Etizioni, in his now nearly impossible to find 1964 book, *The Moon-Doggle: Domestic and International Implications of the Space Race. (...)

Etzioni attacked the manned space program by pointing out that many scientists opposed both the mission and the "cash-and-crash approach to science" it represented. (...)

“Of every three dollars spent on research and development in the United States in 1963, one went for defense, one for space, and the remaining one for all other research purposes, including private industry and medical research.”

He keeps piling up the evidence that scientists opposed or at best, tepidly supported, the space program. (...)

"Above all, the space race is used as an escape, by focusing on the moon we delay facing ourselves, as Americans and as citizens of the earth." (...)

Americans might not have supported the space program in real life, but they loved the one they saw on TV.

Full article

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Tags: #space #space exploration #moon landing #apollo program #sputnik #space program #space station #shuttle #science #poverty #priorities #etzioni #moondoggle #research #research program
 
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