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Government plants spies among evicted families
Mon 20 June 2005

      HARARE - The Zimbabwe government, wary about swelling anger against
its controversial urban clean-up campaign, has planted secret service agents
among thousands of homeless families dumped at a farm outside Harare to spy
on the families.

      A ZimOnline news crew touring Caledonia Farm, converted into a holding
camp for thousands of families evicted from their shanty homes in and around
Harare, met several agents of the state's dreaded spy Central Intelligence
Organisation (CIO).

      They said they were at the camp to "monitor the mood" of the families
and also to keep a record on who visits them especially non-governmental
organizations or members of the main opposition Movement for Democratic
Change party, adding that this was being done only as a security precaution.

      "Do not blow my cover. We are here on assignment. We want to hear what
these people say and who visits them," said one CIO agent, who is well known
to ZimOnline reporters.

      Intelligence Minister Didymus Mutasa would not take questions on the
matter saying he did not discuss security-related issues with the Press.
"What makes you confident that a minister would talk about security matters
to an irresponsible journalist," Mutasa said, before switching off his
mobile phone.

      Several thousand families are being held at the Caledonia farm after
their makeshift homes and informal trading stores were burnt down by police
in a campaign condemned by the United Nations, European Union, United
States, Zimbabwean church and human rights groups as insensitive and a gross
violation of poor people's human rights.

      There are no toilets or clean water and the majority of the families
including children and elderly people sleep in the open at the camp, which
the government says is only a temporary holding centre before the families
are taken back to their rural homes.

      Mentally impaired people, blind beggars and street children rounded up
from the streets of Harare are also being dumped at the farm, where health
experts have warned of an imminent outbreak of diseases such as cholera
unless clean water and sanitary facilities are put in place.

      According to the CIO agent, the state spies take turns to stay at the
farm camp masquerading as homeless people and informal traders caught up in
the clean-up exercise.

      More than 22 000 people have been arrested nationwide for selling
goods without licence and close to a million people were left without
shelter after their makeshift homes were razed down in a campaign the
government says is meant to restore law and order in cities and towns.

      But the government, which is now widening the clean-up operation to
former white farms to evict people who illegally settled themselves there,
has not provided alternative accommodation for the homeless families.

      Although the clean-up campaign is highly unpopular and could be used
to galvanise Zimbabweans against President Robert Mugabe and his government,
a two-day mass work boycott to protest the evictions called by the MDC and
civic groups flopped two weeks ago.

      Political analysts however warn that the clean-up operation coupled
with worsening economic hardships remains fertile ground upon which to
mobilise Zimbabweans against Mugabe and his ruling ZANU PF party. -

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Zim Online

Police destroy 25 000 copies of in-house magazine
Mon 20 June 2005
  HARARE - Zimbabwean Police Commissioner, Augustine Chihuri last week
ordered the police to destroy 25 000 copies of an in-house magazine after it
erroneously carried a wrong picture of Mozambican President Armando Guebuza.
      Sources within the police said Chihuri ordered copies of the police's
The Outpost magazine May issue to be destroyed after carrying a wrong
picture of Guebuza who opened the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in
Bulawayo last April.

      "This is rather absurd of the Commissioner who seems not to care about
the implications. Most of us think this is an irresponsible decision by the
first police officer as the magazine could still have made an apology in its
next publication," said an officer who refused to be named for fear of

      Chihuri, an openly pro-ruling ZANU PF party supporter, ordered members
of the Press and Public Relations department to write reports explaining the

      Disgruntled police officers say the reprinting of the magazine was a
complete waste as the magazine was solely funded by members' contributions.
An official from printing company Natprint, which prints the magazine put
the printing cost at Z$150 million.

      Asked for comment yesterday, police spokesman Assistant Commissioner
Wayne Bvudzijena said: "You people are always a problem. You have been
misquoting us all the time. I will not say anything because you have a
system of manipulating our comments to suit what you want to portray about
the ZRP," he said before switching off his mobile phone. - ZimOnline

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The Age, Australia

Zimbabwe's homeless forced to 'book toilet time'
June 20, 2005

Herded into a holding camp, dozens of Zimbabwe's new homeless people are
having to make a booking with police to use the only available toilet.
At least 30 families have been moved to Caledonia Farm on the outskirts of
Tafara suburb, east of Harare, after their shacks were destroyed in
Operation Restore Order, the Zimbabwe Independent newspaper says.

They are having to book a place on the sole toilet with police officers in
charge of the farm, the report says.

"You have to register first with the police officers if you want to use the
toilet," one recently evicted man said.

Fears of cholera are running high as some people resort to going to the
toilet in the open, the paper says.

Harare police launched Operation Restore Order a month ago in what they said
was a bid to restore order to Zimbabwe's cities, destroying shacks and homes
built without planning permission.

Some estimates put the figure of the new homeless at up to one million.

The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change says the operation is a
bid to punish urban supporters of the party and force them to move to rural

Meanwhile, the Government has announced it is sending "building brigades" to
help build more than 4400 new houses.

They will be only for those who have their names on city council waiting
lists and an administrative fee of $Z500,000 ($A73) has to be paid before
construction work can begin, according to the state-run Herald newspaper.

New World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz, on a trip to Africa, warned at the
weekend that Zimbabwe was in bad shape and getting worse.

- DPA, Reuters
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Shebeens selling cough syrup
19/06/2005 13:04  - (SA)

Harare - Desperate for beer, Zimbabweans are turning to cough medicine as a
substitute for alcohol, the state-run Sunday Mail reported.

A local cough medicine that is readily available in Harare's pharmacies is
being used in shebeens and nightclubs in the capital, the paper reported.

It said the medicine is often drunk diluted in soft drinks.

Beer has joined a growing list of goods now in short supply in Zimbabwe.
Manufacturers blame the shortage of foreign currency for their inability to
import essential ingredients.

The newspaper said that most shebeen owners were now selling the cough
mixture which is proving to be popular with many.

But a medical expert warned of the danger of addiction and tooth decay.

Along with beer, sugar, maize meal, cooking oil, bread, milk and fuel are
all in short supply. Many Zimbabweans spend hours queuing for scarce
commodities where they are available.

The government of President Robert Mugabe says widespread corruption is
partly to blame for the foreign currency shortages. - Sapa-dpa
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The Sunday Mail, Zimbabwe

Of double standards and flawed ethics

By a Correspondent
The article in The Standard's edition of last Sunday entitled "State
brutality causes untold suffering", purported to have been contributed by
one Sister Patricia Walsh, must have surely excited those who are frothing
at the mouth and bitter over the Government's drive to rid the country of
illegal settlements and clean up the nation.

As it was coming from a person from the hierarchy of religious government, a
Catholic sister, the handlers of the publication must have thought their
anti-clean-up drive had been given a deified face, legitimising their stance
against the campaign.

However, unbeknown to the readers and fellow journalists was how ethically
flawed the process of getting the "article" was, revelations of which may
truly send shivers down the spine and send people into corners of a lack of
safety knowing they are not safe from the media.

It is one that appears to have taken an intrusive and terrorist style of
gathering news at the selfish gain of their publications without regard to
common basic human rights.

As the article was read by the nation as they made an insight into the mind
of what seemed a politically active person of the cloth joining the ranks of
failed politicians masquerading as men of the cloth like Pius Ncube of
Bulawayo, Sister Patricia Walsh was in mental agony. On the day she was
preparing a letter to write to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of
Information, Cde George Charamba, and the Editor of the publication in

Her worrying allegations are set to get the heart skipping a beat. Much as
she admits she indeed penned the story, Sister Patricia reveals that she did
so only for the benefit of her family and personal friends to whom the
letter was copied on electronic mail (e-mail).

So how did The Standard land its hands on the personal private documents?
Where did they get the right to publish private sentiments giving the
impression that the author contributed the piece willingly for their
consideration? Where were journalistic ethics on copyright and the right to
privacy when they decided to copy and paste this here piece?

The right to privacy, a basic human right which the paper and all else in
the "independent bloc" purport to subscribe to?

At best, the newspaper could have connived with a recipient of the piece to
have it published without the consent of the writer; and at worst, a serious
possibility of cyber terrorism, in which the paper intercepted mail on the
web is possible.

Either way, a serious infringement of copyright law is in place. According
to the internationally recognised law on copyright, "no person may reproduce
any original work or any substantial part of it, without the consent of the
owner of the copyright". Letters and personal memoirs as that of Sister
Walsh fall into this category.

In the letter of discontent, Sister Walsh wrote: "I take exception to this
article appearing under my name as if I had written the article for your
paper. You did not say where you sourced this information, which was
incidentally from personal e-mail to my family and friends and not addressed
to you or any other paper."

Reacting to the abuse of and disregard of journalistic privilege and ethics,
the acting permanent secretary of information, Mr Ivanhoe Gurira, bemoaned
the skewed conduct by the editorial staff at the newspaper.

"It is evident that one's privacy was infringed upon and the question is:
are we safe using the Internet? One would expect the media practitioners to
adhere to ethics when gathering information for publication, but printing
people's personal pieces of mail by far misses the mark. All that to
discredit the Government's noble plan to give Zimbabwe an orderly image by
way of a noble clean-up campaign," he asked.

True to her worry, Sister Walsh questioned the credibility of a paper after
such a dirty patch of cyber or copyright terrorism.

"This type of journalism discredits both your paper and journalistic ethics
in general. I find this totally unacceptable and ask to have this false
impression corrected in your paper," Sister Walsh demanded.

The case no doubt is one for the Media and Information Commission to ponder,
and leaves a dent in the efforts by the new powers at the helm of the
Ministry of Information, Dr Tichaona Jokonya and Cde Bright Matonga, to
harmonise relations between the ministry and a polarised media fraternity.
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'Scorched earth policy in Zim'
19/06/2005 19:38  - (SA)

Johannesburg - President Thabo Mbeki should condemn the Zimbabwean
government's clampdown on street traders and shack dwellers to ensure
Africa's credibility at next month's G8 Summit, the Democratic Alliance said
on Sunday.

"The African peer review mechanism will never be taken seriously by world
leaders unless President Mbeki and his fellow African leaders are seen to be
taking action against acts of despotism of this sort," the DA's Joe Seremane

"Unless urgent and focused action is taken by President Mbeki on Zimbabwe,
there is every chance that a humanitarian crisis of unimaginable proportions
will be allowed to develop - to the cost all who live in the region," he

Seremane was referring to the Zimbabwe government's Operation Murambatsvina,
or Drive Out Trash, in which police have destroyed shacks and arrested
street vendors.

The operation has seen the Zanu-PF government "unleash a 'scorched earth
policy', in an unprecedented act of political retribution," Seremane said.

"Imagine calling hundreds of thousands of people trash. These are the
incipient seeds of genocide."

Seremane said South Africa had not spoken out against the Zimbabwean
government's "systematic and brutal campaign against its own people that has
caused untold human suffering".

"The operation bears all the hallmarks of apartheid-era forced removals, yet
at a scale that even the apartheid government could not have dreamed of.

"In the face of such unprecedented suffering, President Mbeki has chosen to
remain silent," he said.

Seremane said Mbeki's stance had prompted Movement for Democratic Change
leader Morgan Tsvangirai to criticise the South African president for
failing to provide the necessary leadership.

"President Mbeki has always defended his 'quiet diplomacy' on Zimbabwe by
arguing that he is intent on ensuring stability in Zimbabwe.

"In light of this massive and destabilising clampdown, it appears that even
this excuse for failing to speak out has now worn thin," Seremane said.

Leaders of the Group of Eight industrialised countries will meet in Scotland
in July to discuss poverty reduction in Africa.
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New Zimbabwe


      Let us not agonise but organise

      Last updated: 06/20/2005 03:42:41
      THERE are hard and difficult times for all of us as Zimbabweans both
at home and abroad. Never have we as a nation faced such a serious crisis of
purpose and confidence about our collective future prospects as a people.

      The level of uncertainty, doubt, and despondency has never been felt
so deeper among the majority of our people. For others, it has even turned
for worse with the alarm bells of hopelessness ringing louder than ever
before. The death knell seems to tolling for our country more than ever
before. Indeed never before have we gone through such a time hard times as a
people for such an indefinite and protracted period. It is as if we are
cursed as a nation!

      Whichever way one may choose to look at things at Zimbabwe today, it
is hard to derive any positive inspiration form the current dire state of
affairs. If truth may be told, our once beautiful country is a terrible
mess. Big time!

      Forget about 'murambatsvina', the so-called clean up exercise that the
unpopular regime has unleashed on our poor majorities. There is an even
bigger mess that needs a lot of urgent national attention. The biggest
stench we have as a country is mainly oozing from the executive arm of
state. In particular, the sour smell of abuse of power oudourating from the
president's office.

      Indeed, it may be hard to find a few people who are not feeling
disgusted by the level of moral decadence that has engulfed the country as a
result of an evil and repressive regime. Many are of the opinion that the
biggest clean up operation exercise should target the State House. There is
a lot stinking stuff and illegal structures there that have really
overstayed their welcome.

      Indeed is not time that we as Zimbabwean s gathered our courage and
launched our own 'murambatsvina' operation that will leave our State House

      Is it not time that we stopped agonizing about the odorous stench of
abuse of power emanating from the presidency and decided to clean up the
evil mess once and for all?

      My message this week is simple and straight forward. My message to all
Zimbabweans both at home and abroad is as follows; 'let us not agonize but
let us organize and mobilize!'

      Indeed the time has come for all of us to stop the blame shifting
processes. The time has come for us to stop passing the buck to others. The
time has come to take responsibility about our future. Let us make it both a
national and personal obligation to rise up and clean up the mess of this
regime that has festered for over 25 years without an end.

      To that end I call for Zimbabweans to start looking for ways to renew
the pro-democracy agenda. I call upon all Zimbabweans both at home to start
to renew attempts to share ideas and strategies. We all need to start to
build networks and alliances that will help to bring a lasting solution to
the crisis in Zimbabwe.

      I for one have taken the step forward by agreeing to be a key part of
the newly created Zimbabwe CSOs Forum. The forum is a strong coalition of
over twenty civic organizations that work on Zimbabwean related issues in
South Africa. The forum plans to build a viable and sustainable national
platform for all Zimbabwean activists based in South Africa.

      However the forum is also looking beyond South Africa. There are plans
to help set up similar forums all over the world. The process will start
with the neighbouring countries all over southern Africa before evolving to
Europe, America, Australasia and the rest of the world.

      The idea is to challenge all Zimbabwean activists and organizations in
the Diaspora to join hands and forge a common national agenda in their
respective countries.

      The forum also has plans to host the first ever 'international
Diaspora conference' that will focus on developing both short term and long
term strategies over the future of Zimbabwe. In particular, the conference
will focus on the role of the Diaspora in the nation building process. Plans
have already been put in motion for Johannesburg to host the conference in
the not so distant future.

      I therefore urge all Zimbabwean activists who are interested in being
part of this new initiative to make every effort to contact the forum in
South Africa. Please, do not wait for others to respond but be the first to
respond to the clarion call for a new agenda of hope for our nation. The
forum's contact email address is ''

      As I have already said, the time for moaning and mourning is over. Now
is the time to rise and determine our future as a people in a very positive
manner. Let us not agonise anymore. Let us arise, organize and mobilize
ourselves into a formidable pro-democracy force that will ultimately make a
difference for the good of our country and its long suffering majorities.
Now is the time!
      Daniel Molokela is the National Co-ordinator of the Peace and
Democracy Project
      Johannesburg, South Africa. His column appears here every Monday

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New Zimbabwe


      Another commission to clean after Mugabe
      Last updated: 06/20/2005 03:44:28
      SOON after independence, Robert Mugabe looked East to the Korean
Peninsular for assistance with the establishment and commissioning of a gang
of armed killers dubbed the Gukurahundi. With nefarious determination, the
North Koreans came and within a record time, they had assembled, trained and
passed out ruthless slayers of civilians on behalf of their principal
customer, Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

      Speaking after reviewing the pass-out parade for the Fifth Brigade,
Mugabe should have had planned a big killing day for them already. No sooner
had they finished training were they unleashed to cause mayhem in
Matabeleland and parts of midlands provinces. The background of all this is
that Mugabe was personally in charge of the Ministry of Defence.

      There is no other way to describe the ruthlessness of the Fifth
Brigade without being boringly repetitive. Literally, they came, they shot
and they assumed they had conquered! Several areas in Matabeleland, namely
Tsholotsho and Bhalagwe in Kezi became the Auschwitz of Zimbabwe in its war
against its Jewish equivalent. The goons from the Fifth Brigade were so
stupid that they would shoot their victims dead and ask the corpses a few
questions later.

      There were other areas where people were just shot, killed and buried
in insulting shallow graves. Even to this day, their whereabouts remain
unknown. I recall the shallow graves in Figtree! Three men who worked at the
telephone exchange in Figtree were gunned down over petty work related
issues. It is said that they were shot as they dug shallow pits, not
knowingly that they were digging their own graves! The men had been sold out
by their colleague. This aggrieved co-worker obviously had intimate
political and ethnic connection with the perpetrators of the on-going

      When a lot had been said about the ruthless operation, Mugabe took to
his devious nature again. He profusely professed ignorance on the nature of
operations his god-sons were engaged in. In an assumed angelic fashion, he
commissioned Justice Chihambakwe to look into the operations by the Fifth
Brigade in parts of Midlands and Matabeleland Provinces. From the outside,
this may seem noble for a statesman to do. From inside Zimbabwean politics,
however, this was just a devilish move by Mugabe to absolve himself from the
massacres he had personally sanctioned.

      The known facts about Gukurahundi massacres still point an accusing
finger at Robert Gabriel Mugabe's wicked ambition and his declared rivalry
and fear of Joshua Nkomo. He had to do everything humanly possible to
cripple Joshua Nkomo's support base. His failure to use humane methods to
unseat Nkomo meant that he had to resort to the barbarism and callousness of
the Fifth Brigade. It is an openly established fact that Mugabe was given
regular up-dates by his commanders, including the dirty Mnangagwa and the
Doctor Sydney 'Josef Mengele' Sekeramayi. It further remains proven that the
head of the Gukurahundi at that time still remains one of Mugabe's trusted

      The apparent natural death of the term 'Gukurahundi' in the Shona
language is an open pointer to the known shame the Fifth Brigade brought to
the people.

      Another known fact is that the state controlled media did its best in
encouraging the slaughter of more people. It is in this regard that even
people like Geof Nyarota, the Editor of the Chronicle newspaper then, wrote
an editorial commentary suggesting that the Gukurahundi (not the army) be
sent again to Matabeleland. Mugabe would not have been so stupid as not to
know that the men he had sent to commit heinous acts against unarmed
civilians were carrying out his orders to the book!

      So, when the Chihambakwe Commission tabled its report, Mugabe was
surprised to see that they had unearth most of what he thought was privy to
him and his trusted lieutenants. He was so embarrassed that he could not
bring the report to be published. To further protect his bloody image from
further scrutiny, the Chihambabwe Report mysteriously disappeared from the
State Archives. (It remains an open secret that Mnangagwa was the keeper of
those archives for a long time).

      Of late, there is a dirty operation that is going on in Zimbabwe. When
it was begun, the herald newspaper actually tried to justify it by
publishing a story about the removal of Gypsies in the United Kingdom. When
the world started voicing its concerns on the unplanned destruction of
people's homes, Mugabe quickly seized the opportunity to absolve himself
from any blame once more. In his usual satanic manner, he told the world
that he did not know that his people were unleashing so much terror upon the
people. In his typical fashion, he summoned one of his vice-presidents for
clarification. Again, we are probably going to be gifted with another
commission of enquiry to enquire on the manner people's homes were
destroyed. We are sure never to know the out-come of this enquiry though!

      Somehow the ignorance Mugabe displays in such grave issues leaves us
with so many questions on his mental state and capability to lead. It also
makes us ask if he is the real power in Zimbabwe or there is some person or
group of persons pulling the strings in a puppet show fashion. How can he
order operations, see the devastation with his own eyes and later
disassociate himself from his own creation?
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Canada sets universal human rights model
Offers training for activists from corrupt, war-torn countries

      Shelley Page
      The Ottawa Citizen

June 19, 2005

Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Que. * They have come by the dozen from many of the
world's most authoritarian and corrupt countries to be trained in human
rights advocacy, Canadian style -- though what they learn in this
picturesque Quebec village could put some of them in jeopardy back home.

Described by their hosts as among the "most courageous people in the world,"
the participants in this training workshop have travelled from Afghanistan,
Iraq, Yemen, Bahrain, Zambia, Indonesia and 60 other countries. Many have
escaped fresh conflicts to spend three weeks here, where they are discussing
normally taboo subjects of religion and politics and absorbing the
fundamentals of human rights.

It is risky. Some participants were reluctant to speak to the Citizen for
fear of reprisals when they return home.

The program offers a respite from violence and fear, but it is impossible to
escape the troubles completely. One Iraqi learned this week that her uncle
and cousin had been kidnapped for ransom.

Still others couldn't even get to Canada. About two dozen, primarily from
Africa, were refused visas for fear they might not return home, said Ian
Hamilton, executive director of the Canadian Human Rights Foundation, which
is hosting the program.

Mr. Hamilton said that by teaching human rights, Canada becomes a "powerful
moral force in society." When the participants go home, equipped with new
skills and knowledge, they bring what could be considered one of Canada's
proudest exports.

He does acknowledge that there is tension between the idea of universal
human rights and cultural relativism, which contends that human values
aren't necessarily transcendent and can vary according to one's cultural

"Educating people in human rights is not received well in my country," says
23-year-old Tafadzwa Mugabe, a lawyer from Zimbabwe. "Human rights ideology
is perceived as foreign and western and raised concerns about
recolonization, just when we're struggling to overcome the long-term effects
of colonization."

Mr. Mugabe has been fighting against his government's aggressive urban
cleanup campaign that has left thousands destitute and homeless and has led
to the arrest of about 22,000 people in Harare. He recently went to court on
behalf of 2,000 families to fight the eviction, but the legal challenge was

The young lawyer, who graduated just last year, said he wants to promote
human rights from within Zimbabwe's culture and customs. He wants to make
sure his people's cultural diversity and integrity are respected and not

Mr. Mugabe has questioned whether human rights are universal, but says he
has come to Canada with an open mind.

Earlier this week he sat with his colleagues in a circle at John Abbott
College, where the training is being conducted, trying to find a common
ground to begin the program. The group included people from Kosovo,
Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, Cameroon, Thailand and Nicaragua. "We all
agreed that we value life, human dignity, freedom, equality, but through our
different cultures and customs we express it in different ways," he said.

So far, 2,500 activists and educators have attended the program, many flying
here with the support of the Canadian International Development Agency
(CIDA). They leave with an action plan for their own country. Mr. Hamilton
says that nearly 70 per cent find a way to implement what they learned in

Fatima Al-Shiraida, an Iraqi university professor, says it's a treat to
wander without fear along a Canadian street or stroll down to Lake St.
Louis. In Baghdad, she carries a pistol in her purse -- in her classroom,
while shopping, even in her own home.

Yet she also carries optimism for the new Iraq. For example, after 10 long
years of asking for a divorce from her husband -- "just an awful man" -- she
was granted one last year.

She is also engaged in an unprecedented experiment. Every afternoon, four
days a week, she brings together 40 teenage girls and 40 teenage boys to
teach them how to respect each other. Boys and girls don't mix in the Iraqi
school system, and therefore don't relate well as adults. The program
started nine months ago and already the students are like "brothers and

Ms. Al-Shiraida wants to take her training in Canada and pass it on to her
students. "I want to help them become leaders."

One of the co-facilitators is Sawsan Al Refai, a doctor from Yemen who runs
an organization to improve literacy among Yemeni girls. This year she's a
trainer, but last year she was a student, part of the largest group from the
Middle East. Those delegates have since established, with the support of the
Canadian Human Rights Foundation, a network to promote human rights
education in Arabic-speaking countries.

Their experience in Canada has helped them to organize workshops in the
Middle East that address democratization, civil liberties, terrorism and
anti-terrorism, and the role of Islam as a force of social and political

If the principal human rights issue in the Middle East is political reform,
in Africa it could be HIV and AIDS. In Zambia, as elsewhere in the
continent, there is a stigma attached to HIV, said Paul Sichalwe, 27, who
belongs to a non-governmental organization involved in HIV/AIDS human rights
advocacy called the Zambia AIDS Law Research and Advocacy Network.

In his country, there are about 1.1 million people known to have HIV or
AIDS. Of these, about 140,000 are in need of anti-retroviral treatment, and
only 22,000 are getting the medicines.

Mr. Sichalwe said his organization is fighting for legislation that will
protect the rights of those with HIV/AIDS, however, "this process moves very

Two members of his organization have already trained with the Canadian
Centre for Human Rights. In turn, they have trained people with HIV/AIDS in
human rights and have organized daylong educational sessions for 30 judges
in Zambia, including the country's chief justice, along with members of the
police force and prison officials. "That is pretty significant and it is
something we're really proud of," he said.

© The Ottawa Citizen 2005
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Hi there

Please read the attached and lobby your MP. Why cant Britain, in fact the
whole of the G8, do to Mbeki just what was done to the Apartheid regime
regarding ridding Rhodesia of Ian Smith? June 2 is the ideal opportunity.
Please also pass this on to everyone you know in the UK who has an interest
in this Country, and request them to also lobby their respective MP.

The Hitler youth, dressed in riot police uniforms and using arms of war
supplied by China, are busy carrying out the most brutal attacks on the
poor, totally smashing their homes and businesses, and stealing anything
they fancy. The people are either being dispersed to G-d knows where or very
often being carted off to overcrowded concentration camps; we are told, to
be "re-educated"!!

Can you just imagine the pressure this has put on the SPCA? We now have NO
petrol in this Country. Any fuel required for emergencies has to be stolen,
begged for or borrowed; to be paid back once we have a legal Government
here. Who knows when?

Our kennels are bulging at the seams with dogs, cats, chickens, geese,
ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs and goats!!!!!!! These are the ones we have
managed to save, wandering around aimlessly amongst the rubble and debris
that once was their owners homes. Some of us still have to stay here if only
to help deal with the suffering being metered out.

These evil creatures have even smashed down orphanages leaving orphans from
young babies to teenagers huddled together for warmth with no roof over
their heads. It is now mid winter here and the night temperatures reach
freezing point and below.

After World War II, the World said "We will never let this happen again"

Is the World turning a blind eye to what is going on here simply because we
have nothing to offer them? (Oil, perhaps?)



None but the brave
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20th June 2005

It is the expressed and unequivocal purpose and policy of the Zimbabwe
Conservation Task Force to work without financial or material gain and to be
completely independent of political predilection towards the holistic
preservation of Zimbabwe's wildlife, associated environments and natural
resources for the absolute benefit of the country and as an incontrovertible
legacy to future generations of Zimbabweans.

It is stated without reservation, that the allegations made against myself
of  exaggeration and misguided attempts to raise funds for personal gain,
are falsely made by the  uninformed, and in many cases the culpable

Abundant evidence exists amongst the vast majority of local, regional and
international supporters of wildlife and natural resources stakeholders.

Since the inception of the ZCTF in 2001, numerous  attempts have been made
to bring to the attention of all stakeholders and various authorities, the
intolerable and unsustainable magnitude of the following :

i.                    Extensive wildlife destruction through poaching within
and without proclaimed wildlife areas using inhumane means

ii.                 Organised illegal hunting by known individuals and
organisations within and without  proclaimed hunting areas and with a total
disregard for the balance of species and the sustainability of offtake.

iii.               The decimation of aquatic natural resources by careless
netting and illegal fishing practices including poisoning.

iv.               The decimation of vast tracts of pristine, natural
woodland areas through injudicious deforestation

v.                  The destruction of natural watercourses, rivers and dams
through alluvial gold mining and panning and the subsequent embankment and
surrounding natural environment destruction.

vi.               The illegal dealing in  and exporting and smuggling of
wild animals and wildlife by-products

Given the reluctance of role players and authorities to hear and heed the
evidence of the ZCTF, coupled with their unwillingness to cooperate on
extensive malpractice information, or to launch their own initiatives and as
a result of which, the concerns as outlined have been related to the media
by the ZCTF based on the best possible information and evidence. In so doing
without  fabrication or any malicious intent whatsoever, the ZCTF has
endeavoured to portray the true picture pertaining to environmental and
wildlife issues in Zimbabwe.

The extensive data collated since 2001 by ZCTF, has been provided by private
individuals, by employees of various authorities and by attentive
organisations, each with direct access to bear witness, and all of whom
share equal anxiety for the current and future preservation of Zimbabwe's
wildlife. For obvious reasons, the individual identities within this witness
sector cannot be made public under the current dispensation.

It is imperative that it be widely known, that the current rate of
devastation across Zimbabwe through thoughtless and irresponsible
malpractice, regardless of culpability, is directly and rapidly serving to
irretrievably harm :

i.                    Covenants of best practice for natural resource

ii.                 Species diversity availability and permanence

iii.               Sensitive species breeding stocks and natural
regeneration thereof

iv.               Water courses, rivers, dams and wetland environments

v.                  Fishing and related aquatic based enterprises

vi.               Tourism and foreign exchange capital ventures

vii.             Hunting and foreign exchange capital ventures

viii.          Forest and pristine woodland stability and sustainable
harvesting thereof

ix.                Large-scale  commercial and communal agriculture

x.                  Ethnic cultures and natural ancestral heritage sites and

Seed capital in the form of residual wildlife stocks required for recovery
of wildlife and the natural environment is currently perilously positioned.
Recovery to normalcy is now estimated to be up to and beyond fifteen years.

Given this precarious situation, ALL STAKEHOLDERS are encouraged to seek
early dialogue with one another and the ZCTF to firstly, resolve and
reconcile any differences. Secondly, to share pertinent information and
concerns with a view to implementing strategic options in the best interests
of preserving Zimbabwe's wildlife resources.

Open dialogue is the cornerstone to securing resolutions in the challenges
that lie ahead. The ZCTF subscribes to this principle and mindful of such
extends an open invitation to ALL STAKEHOLDERS, to meet in a transparent and
frank manner for the purpose of allaying all issues.

Thank you,

Johnny Rodrigues


Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force
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Church group attacks Mugabe for crackdown

June 19, 2005, 20:00

Zimbabwe's government crackdown on informal settlements and traders, which
has left thousands of people homeless, showed a "callous indifference" to
the lives of the poor, a church group said today.

Thousands have seen their informal business premises razed to the ground and
their goods confiscated in the cleanup campaign, which has also left an
estimated 200 000 homeless after their shacks were demolished over the last
two weeks.

The southern city of Bulawayo's section of the Catholic Commission for
Justice and Peace (CCJP) said the campaign had worsened the plight of
Zimbabweans already grappling with food shortages it said were "approaching
a famine situation".

"At such a time...the launching of the (crackdown) is in our view
particularly insensitive and inappropriate. Indeed the whole operation
smacks of a callous indifference to the plight of the poor," the group said.

Pius Ncube, Bulawayo's Catholic Archbishop, has been vocally critical of
Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president, as the country battles an economic
crisis widely blamed on his government's mismanagement.

Mugabe's goverment says the clean-up campaign, dubbed "Operation Restore
Order," is meant to get rid of illegal structures that have sprouted around
urban centres in the last few years and are seen as a haven for illegal
traders in foreign currency and scarce food items.

But critics say the exercise, which has hit thousands of unregistered
informal traders, has merely piled on pressure on Zimbabweans faced with
unemployment of over 70% and chronic shortages of foreign currency, fuel and

The government largely blames drought for the food crunch, but critics point
to disruptions to the key agriculture sectory linked to Mugabe's
controversial forcible redistribution of white-owned commercial farms among

Mugabe, in power since independence from Britain in 1980, says opponents of
the land reforms - which he says are meant to correct land ownership
imbalances created by colonialism over a century ago - have deliberately
sabotaged Zimbabwe's economy. - Reuters
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Mbeki must speak out on Zimbabwe before G8 summit: DA

June 19, 2005, 14:00

President Thabo Mbeki should condemn the Zimbabwean government's clampdown
on street traders and shack dwellers to ensure Africa's credibility at next
month's G8 Summit, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said today.

"The African Peer Review Mechanism will never be taken seriously by world
leaders unless President Mbeki and his fellow African leaders are seen to be
taking action against acts of despotism of this sort," the DA's Joe Seremane
said in a statement.

"Unless urgent and focused action is taken by President Mbeki on Zimbabwe,
there is every chance that a humanitarian crisis of unimaginable proportions
will be allowed to develop - to the cost all who live in the region," he
said. Seremane was referring to the Zimbabwe government's Operation
Murambatsvina, or Drive Out Trash, in which police have destroyed shacks and
arrested street vendors.

The operation has seen the Zanu(PF) government "unleash a 'scorched earth
policy', in an unprecedented act of political retribution," Seremane said.
"Imagine calling hundreds of thousands of people trash. These are the
incipient seeds of genocide."

Seremane said South Africa had not spoken out against the Zimbabwean
government's "systematic and brutal campaign against its own people that has
caused untold human suffering".

Hallmarks of apartheid-era removals
"The operation bears all the hallmarks of apartheid-era forced removals, yet
at a scale that even the apartheid government could not have dreamed of. "In
the face of such unprecedented suffering, President Mbeki has chosen to
remain silent," he said.

Seremane said Mbeki's stance had prompted Morgan Tsvangirai, the Movement
for Democratic Change leader, to criticise Mbeki for failing to provide the
necessary leadership.

Leaders of the Group of Eight industrialised countries will meet in Scotland
in July to discuss poverty reduction in Africa. - Sapa
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Mugabe blocks aid to victims of crackdown    Basildon Peta
          June 19 2005 at 09:57AM

      The plight of hundreds of thousands of poor families whose shacks and
stalls have been demolished around Zimbabwe has worsened rapidly as the
regime of President Robert Mugabe has blocked humanitarian agencies from
extending any form of help to these victims.

      Aid agency workers said the plight of children is particularly dire
with tens of thousands reportedly forced out of school as families moved to
rural areas in search of new accommodation.

      Thousands of informal traders and vendors whose stalls have been
demolished and banned from operating no longer have the means to earn a

      To make matters worse, unusual heavy winter rains fell around Zimbabwe
on Friday night, drenching thousands sleeping in the open. Representatives
of churches and other aid agencies said they had been branded "enemies of
the state" for trying to help victims of Mugabe's "Operation Restore Order".

      "I have witnessed the situation in Zimbabwe deteriorate rapidly over
the past five years, but I had never contemplated seeing what I am seeing
now. It's all sadistic," said an aid agency programme director.

      "We wanted to set up a centre to erect tents for women and children
sleeping in the open cold but the police told us these would immediately be
pulled down as they still constitute informal structures," added the aid
agency director, who asked to have her name and that of her agency withheld
for fear of victimisation.

      She said representatives of various aid agencies had met officials
from the ministries of labour, public service and social welfare with
proposals to help victims but had had no success.

      "In fact, they [officials] said the best help we can give is to
provide bus fare for these victims to go to their rural homes, but not
everyone has a rural home. We also hear the crackdown is being spread to
some of these rural areas," said a church official who also did not want to
be named.

      Even some non-governmental organisations who don't normally criticise
the government publicly, such as the Zimbabwe Doctors for Human Rights
(ZDHR) and the Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta), have been forced to
speak out because of the magnitude of the crisis.

      ZDHR said between 1 million and 2 million people had been rendered

      Zimta said many teachers, who live in backyard shacks because they
can't afford houses, had been left homeless and were unable to report for
work. The United Nations has also condemned the crackdown. Now in its fourth
week, the UN estimated that the crackdown had left more than 200 000
homeless in its first week alone.

      International televisions viewers were shocked this week after
stations in different countries ran an on-the-ground clip by the
London-based Independent Television Network's Neil Connery showing
bulldozers ramming into houses and families being given as little as five
minutes to move out all their belongings.

      Although the government says it is targeting informal houses to "clean
up the city", many non-informal home-owners have also lost their properties.

      Many had formed co-operatives and the government had in fact allocated
them land to build proper houses, mainly on peri-urban farms seized from
white farmers ostensibly for peri-urban expansion.

      When bulldozers turned up at one co-operative area in Chitungwiza,
prominent war veteran and musician Chinx Chingaira stood his ground and told
the police he would not allow them to destroy his tiled eight-roomed

      He argued that he had fought in the liberation war and this was not
the sort of treatment he had risked his life for. Chingaira then climbed to
the roof of his house, telling them that they would have to bulldoze him as
well if they proceeded with their plan.

      Undeterred by his actions, the bulldozers rammed through the property
while he was on the roof and he sustained serious injuries. He is now
recuperating in hospital.

      "The government wants to depopulate urban areas ahead of the 2008
elections and recreate a rural peasantry in which voters are brought under
the control of local chiefs and Mugabe's militias," Sydney Masamvu, a
Zimbabwean analyst from the International Crisis Group think tank, said.

      Opposition parties say this is Mugabe's campaign of retribution
against mainly urban voters and targeted rural areas that have persistently
rejected his party in elections.

          a.. This article was originally published on page 3 of Sunday
Independent on June 19, 2005

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neverdock blog

Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Zimbabwe - Mugabe's Genocide
Where is the outcry from the Left over this.

  It is a wasteland. Street after street razed in a scene that looks like a
natural disaster. The hundreds of thousands who have been left homeless are
calling it Zimbabwe's tsunami. But man, not nature, is to blame for the
destruction enveloping this country.

  The full force of Robert Mugabe's state is destroying homes and lives in
what it calls Operation Restore Order. But all that can be seen is chaos and
trauma. There is no compassion, only carefully executed brutality.

    At Hatcliffe orphanage, run by Dominican sisters, the nuns, workers and
180 orphans were given a day to get out before the bulldozers arrived.
  Many of the children had lost their parents to Aids. Now, thanks to what
the regime justifies as a crackdown on illegal settlements and traders, they
have lost the roof over their heads and have nowhere to go.

Why doesn't Geldof take his protest march to Zimbabwe's embassy and protest
against Mugabe?

What is the Left's patron saint, the UN, doing?

The Left are too busy calling US troops Nazis and Gitmo a Soviet Gulag, to
be bothered by a little real torture and genocide.
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      Ruling party wins by-election in Zimbabwe 2005-06-20 04:03:48

          HARARE, June 19 (Xinhuanet) -- Voting to choose the new Member of
Parliament for Mudzi East constituency in Zimbabwe ended on Sunday with a
victory for the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front

          Joseph Musa of ZANU-PF secured a massive 15,811 votes against
Bvunzayi Gozi's 2,382 votes of the opposition Movement for Democratic

          There were 18,643 votes cast and 450 spoilt ballot papers. People
voted in 90 polling stations with a total of 42,072 registered voters.

          The constituency fell vacant when President Robert Mugabe
appointed Ray Kaukonde, who had been elected Member of Parliament for the
constituency in March, governor of Mashonaland East Province. Enditem

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Sunday Mirror, Zimbabwe

Mutasa warns foreigners
Chief Writer

CHINESE, Indian and Nigerian nationals who continue to keep huge amounts of
foreign currency in their homes at a time the country is facing acute
shortages of foreign currency, face arrest, according to the Minister of
State Security, Didymus Mutasa.

Mutasa told the Sunday Mirror that his ministry was carrying out
investigations alongside those by the Ministry of Anti-corruption and
Anti-monopolies, to flush out all Chinese and Indian nationals who continue
to stash the much-needed forex.

In the process, Mutasa removed the sacrosanct status perceived to have been
enjoyed by Chinese nationals following government's "Look East" policy, in
which China has emerged as one of Zimbabwe's main trade partners.

While Mutasa accepted that it was not a crime to keep foreign currency, he
hastened to add that the circumstances that the country is currently facing
warranted investigations by government into people who stashed huge amounts
of forex in their homes.

"What they are doing is economic sabotage. They are adding onto the problem,
and we don't take such behaviour kindly. Everyone who continues to hold on
to such huge amounts of forex is an economic saboteur, and we can't have
that in Zimbabwe," said Mutasa.

Mutasa also criticised black entrepreneurs who also stashed forex in their

"Why should that money lie idle? Why not put it into the system so that the
country can benefit from its usage? All those black Zimbabweans who are
keeping such large sums of forex at their homes will also be targeted. They
are now behaving like black Rhodesians who want to sabotage Zimbabwe," said

Mutasa's comments come two weeks after a Chinese national, Guixun Ma, was
robbed of more than US$81 000 and $20 million in cash stashed in his
Greendale residence.

In addition, a Chinese family was robbed of an undisclosed amount of forex
and $150 million in cash last month.

This year, state security agents and the police carried out raids in
Belvedere, where a large portion of the Indian community lives.

Mutasa told this paper that his ministry and the police had held a meeting
following the raids in which the Indian nationals found with large amounts
of foreign currency were admonished.

"They promised us that they would not do it again. We also warned them that
if ever we find them with huge amounts of forex again, we will not return
that money, but instead, the state will confiscate it," added Mutasa.

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena could neither
confirm nor deny whether Ma would be prosecuted for keeping large amounts of
forex at his house.

"We are still investigating. It is not for us to say whether the Chinese
national is guilty or not; it is for the courts to decide. Right now as the
police, we are just looking into the circumstances of the case," said

The Chinese, Indian and Nigerian communities have all been accused of
fuelling the parallel market through illegal forex deals.

Last month, Zanu PF Women's League spokesperson, Nyasha Chikwinya called on
government to arrest foreign nationals implicated in forex scams, as an
extension of the clean-up operation, which police claim, has eliminated
illegal forex dealings within flea markets.

Chikwinya called for the clean-up operation to extend to the Chinese,
Nigerian and Indian communities.

"The move you have taken (clean-up exercise) is very bold. However as women,
we feel the police should also target the Chinese community because they are
engaging in illegal foreign currency deals. If they were to be given
positions, the Chinese would be number one, Nigerians, number two and
Indians number three," Chikwinya is reported to have said.

People of Indian origin have largely been viewed as shrewd business people
who do not bank their money; while some Nigerian businessmen have been
generally regarded as corrupt individuals worldwide.
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Sunday Mirror, Zimbabwe

      Clean-up bungled?
      Staff Writer

      GOVERNMENT's appointment of six sub-committees to assess and monitor
Operation Murambatsvina/Restore Order, could be an admission that something
went wrong, while it has also come to light that President Robert Mugabe, a
staunch critic of the breakdown of law and order in any form, was not amused
with the poor planning of the operation.

      One highly-placed source claimed that President Mugabe had already
asked Vice-President Joice Mujuru to look into the matter and take
corrective action.

      "The President was not happy at all with the manner in which the
clean-up operation was carried out. A report on the clean-up operation is
currently before Vice-President Mujuru," said one of the sources.

      The source claims that the visible negative socio-economic
ramifications caused by the poor planning of the clean-up operation had
angered President Mugabe. As a result, high-powered meetings are said to
have taken place in the last week to look into ways of providing viable
social amelioration programmes, including a sane resettlement programme for
the displaced.

      The six committees include the identification committee that will
identify illegal development; the allocation committee responsible for
re-allocating space for legitimate use; and the development and funding
committee to source funds for financing legitimate land use.

      The social services committee will provide social protection to cover
vulnerability induced by the operation; the co-operatives committee will
assist in re-organising displaced people into units for orderly development;
while the remaining committee will look at promoting small and medium

      Six ministries are involved in the sub-committees that will work with
local authorities in re-organising local authorities.

      The ministries are: Local Government and National Development, Health
and Child Welfare, Public Service and Social Welfare, Youth Development and
Employment Creation, Lands and Agriculture, and Small and Medium Enterprises

      The appointment of the ministerial committees, coupled with plans
announced by the Ministry of Finance to launch a $1 trillion facility to
mitigate the effects of the clean-up, were cited by the source as some of
the stop-gap measures being taken by government.

      Apparently, some modalities have forced the postponement of the launch
of the $1 trillion facility - a scenario that gives weight to allegations
that the clean-up operation was poorly planned.

      At the time of going to press it was still not clear who would have
benefited from the intended facility or what requirements would have been
necessary for one to access funding.

      More than 22 000 people were arrested, while estimates put the number
of people left homeless at around 200 000.

      It is further alleged that President Mugabe had found himself in a
tricky situation where he could not overlook the fact that the clean-up
operation, noble in its intention, had gone awry, affecting almost everyone
in the country negatively.

      "At the same time, as Head of State, he could not distance himself
from the decision to authorize the clean up," said the source, referring to
President Mugabe's recent commendation of the clean-up operation.

      Efforts to get a comment from the minister of Local Government, Public
works and National Housing, Ignatius Chombo were fruitless, as he was said
to be out of town.

      His deputy, Morris Sakabuya, however, refuted allegations that
government had resorted to fire-fighting antics, saying he was unaware of
President Mugabe's displeasure with the negative effects of the clean-up

      "I am not aware of reports that President Mugabe was not happy with
the clean-up exercise, nor am I aware of any report made to Mai Mujuru on
the clean-up operation," said Sakabuya.

      Sakabuya said that government was following plans made before the
exercise, with his ministry currently working with local authorities and
identifying land for resettling displaced people.

      "Soon, the displaced people will be allocated new land in new areas
being identified by government. The exercise will be over in a couple of
days, probably at the end of this coming week," said Sakabuya.

      The clean-up operation has affected almost every Zimbabwean in the
country in one way or another.

      Over the years there has been a rural-to-urban migration that saw
people moving to towns in search of jobs. One social commentator observed
that there was a discernible disparity in the manner the authorities had
resorted to justifying the operations suggesting that, despite statements to
the contrary, the clean-up had indeed gone awry.

      "It appears that the right hand did not know what the left hand was
doing. And all this talk about restoring the Sunshine City status of Harare,
while commendable in principle, has a hollow ring to it. Does it imply a
return to Salisbury? If so then it is important to bear in mind that
Salisbury was clean at the expense of the African people who were,
ironically, alienated from it, yet they provided the services to make the
city clean. Can we really re-create such virtually sterile standards of
cleanliness without punishing the people?" The commentator further observed
that most of the structures that were being cleaned up were, in fact, a
reflection of a grim reality for the majority who had been marginalized from
partaking of the national cake.

      "Things like tuckshops were a reflection of real life as people
struggled to eke out a living in a shrinking economy.

      Removing them is like trying to create a surreal existence, without
really going to the bottom of the matter and as such an almost unnatural
social and political order is being restored. Let's face it, a significant
part of the urban malaise arose as a result of the negative aspects of the
land reform programme, for that programme ought to have included urban areas
as part of the reform exercise . There was a lot of rural-to-urban migration
as a result of displacements from farms and now some of those unfortunate
people are being displace all over again," added the commentator.

      The clean-up operation has reversed urban-rural trend and people are
now being forced to go back to the rural areas - a situation likely to
result in congestion, which government tried to eliminate through the
accelerated land redistribution programme that commenced in 2000. But one
Hararean, Reuben Moyo, feels that this is a welcome development.

      "What this whole exercise does is to send a message out there that:
kuHarare hakungouiwa. Many of these people were simply buying and selling
without engaging in any form of production.

      And there were a lot of criminal elements. The Jo'burg Lines in Mbare
were a virtual maze where criminals could disappear with impunity. This
development augurs well for the cities," he enthused.

      However, calls have been made for a new masterplan for urban
development - as opposed to one left by the Smith regime - that takes into
account housing difficulties faced by the people and to create industrial
parks for informal traders in the city centre where business is usually

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