Malvern, Pennsylvania (USA), March 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rajant Corporation, the pioneer of Kinetic Mesh wireless networks, collaborated with Sandvik on digital mining tests to ensure that wireless communication can be used with tele–remote and autonomous vehicles destined for the De Beers Venetia diamond mine.

Venetia is South Africa's largest diamond mine. It has been mined as an open–pit since 1992, with a Rajant Kinetic Mesh network providing resilient connectivity for surface vehicles. The Venetia Underground Project is a ~$2 billion investment that will rely upon autonomous and remotely operated vehicles to mine the diamond–bearing rock efficiently and safely, adopting new techniques for precise sub–level caving extraction. Given this investment, the mine life extends into 2045.

"Our collaboration with Rajant demonstrates real cooperation in adopting best–in–class technology to enable our customers to mine safer and more efficiently. Allied with Sandvik's world–leading mining machines, the Rajant Kinetic Mesh wireless connectivity allows full utilization of our advanced systems," says Elen Toodu, Director of Global Automation Product Line & Projects, Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions.

"Testing and validating with Sandvik demonstrated the ability to maintain the network connections required, not only to ensure safe operations but to be able to stream live video from the machines as they operate autonomously," says Jouni Koppanen, Product Line Manager, Underground Automation, Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions.

The Sandvik intelligent loaders and trucks feature smart solutions that rely on ubiquitous network connectivity within the challenging underground environment. Rajant's network nodes, called BreadCrumbs are mounted in fixed points within the mine and on every vehicle to directly connect to the vehicle's cameras and control safety systems. This ensures that the controlling systems have 100% connection to the onboard systems.

"All Rajant BreadCrumbs communicate with all other radios, creating a unique, high–capacity, dense mesh network of connected assets, operating the advanced software systems at the heart of modern mining," shares Chris Mason, Rajant VP of Sales, EMEA. "Rajant continuously develops its network offerings by working closely with machine and system manufacturers and the end–customer, enhancing the hardware and software systems that deliver mission–critical connectivity. Working with Sandvik on this task was a true illustration of collaboration across organizations and continents."

Adds Mr. Mason, "Rajant's extensive mining heritage in over 270 mines globally has led to the development of the latest Peregrine BreadCrumbs used for validation. This not only proved the resilience of connectivity and ruggedization to survive in the mining environments but provided extremely high throughput and ultra–low latency required for multiple application use."

Rajant technology is deployed across many mines globally, offering future–proof wireless connectivity. Each time Rajant launches a new BreadCrumb with added functionality, such as increased throughput, additional radio frequencies, or advanced management and control software, each new version is backward compatible with earlier models. This offers a clear path to continual improvement and network upgrade "" critical when operations extend well into the future, like Venetia.


About Rajant Corporation

Rajant Corporation is the broadband communications technology company that invented Kinetic Mesh networking, BreadCrumb wireless nodes, and InstaMesh networking software. With Rajant, customers can rapidly deploy a highly adaptable and scalable network that leverages the power of real–time data to deliver on–demand, mission–critical business intelligence. A low–latency, high–throughput, and secure solution for a variety of data, voice, video, and autonomous applications, Rajant's Kinetic Mesh networks provide industrial customers with full mobility, allowing them to take their private network applications and data anywhere. With successful deployments in more than 80 countries for customers in military, mining, ports, rail, oil & gas, petrochemical plants, municipalities, and agriculture. Rajant is headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, with additional facilities and offices in Arizona and Kentucky. For more information, visit Rajant.com or follow Rajant on LinkedIn and Twitter.


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Interwoven Global Crises Can Best be Solved Together

Mangroves in Tai O, Hong Kong. Coastal wetland protection and restoration is an example of the kind of multifunctional solution that is needed to address multiple global crises together. Credit: Chunyip Wong / iStock

By Paula Harrison, Pamela McElwee and David Obura
BONN, Mar 2 2023 – When global crises are interlinked, they overlap and compound each other. In such cases, the most effective solutions are those that work at the nexus of all these challenges.

In September, almost every Government on Earth will gather at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York to take stock at the halfway mark of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of what has been achieved and what remains to be done.

Despite some progress, global development efforts have been hamstrung by unprecedented environmental, social and economic crises, in particular biodiversity loss and climate change, compounded of course by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tackling these interlinked challenges separately risks creating situations even more damaging to people and communities around the world, and exacerbates the already high risk of not meeting the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This is especially true because the myriad drivers of risk and damage affect many different sectors at once, across scales from local to global, and can result in negative impacts being compounded. For example, when demands for food and timber combine with the effects of pollution and climate change, they can decimate already degraded ecosystems, driving species to extinction and severely reducing nature’s contributions to people.

The global food system offers another example of this negative spiral of interlocking crises – where food that is produced unsustainably leads to water overconsumption and waste, pollution, increased health risks and loss of biodiversity. It also leads to excessive greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change.

Yet policies often treat each of these global threats in isolation, resulting in separate, uncoordinated actions that typically address only one of the root causes and fail to take advantage of the many potential solution synergies. In the worst cases, actions taken on one challenge directly undermine those needed to tackle another because they fail to account for trade-offs, resulting in unintended consequences, or the impacts being externalised, as someone else’s problem.

This is why almost 140 Governments turned to the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) – requesting IPBES to undertake a major multiyear assessment of the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food and health in the context of the rapidly-changing climate. This ‘Nexus Assessment’ is among the most complex and important expert assessments ever undertaken – crossing key biophysical domains of climate and biodiversity and elements central to human wellbeing like food, water and health. It will also address how interactions are affected by energy, pollution, conflict and other socio-political challenges.

To fully address this ‘nexus’, the assessment is considering interactions across scales, geographic regions and ecosystems. It also covers past, present and future trends in these interlinkages. And, most importantly, it will offer concrete options for responses to the crises that address the interactions of risk and damage jointly and equitably – providing a vital set of possible solutions for the more sustainable future we want for people and our planet.

One example of the mutifunctional solutions that will be explored is nature-based solutions – such as coastal wetland protection and restoration. When coastal wetland ecosystems are healthy – whether conserved or where necessary, restored – they are a refuge and habitat for biodiversity, improving fish stocks for greater food security and contributing to improve human health and wellbeing. They can also sequester carbon, helping to mitigate climate change, and protect adjacent communities and settlements from flooding and sea level rise.

To develop and implement these kinds of multi-functional solutions, responses for dealing with the major global crises need to be better coordinated, integrated, and made more synergistic across sectors, both public and private. Decision-makers at all levels need better evidence and knowledge to implement such solutions.

Work on the nexus assessment began in 2021 – with the final report expected to be considered and adopted by IPBES member States in 2024. A majority of the 170 expert authors and review editors from around the world are meeting in March in the Kruger National Park in South Africa to further strengthen the draft report, responding to the many thousands of comments received during a first external review period.

The assessment will also include evidence and expertise contributed by indigenous peoples and local communities – whose rich and varied direct experiences and knowledge systems that consider humans and nature as an interconnected whole have embodied a nexus approach for generations.

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the recently-agreed Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework provide the roadmaps for tackling the climate and biodiversity crises. The IPBES nexus assessment will offer policymakers a practical guide to bridge the vital interlinkages across the two challenges, to other relevant frameworks, and link to the sustainable development agenda.

For more information about IPBES or about the ongoing progress on the nexus assessment, go to www.ipbes.net or follow @ipbes on social media.

Prof. Paula Harrison is a Principal Natural Capital Scientist and Professor of Land and Water Modelling at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, United Kingdom.

Prof. Pamela McElwee is a Professor in the Department of Human Ecology in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA.

Dr. David Obura is a Founding Director of CORDIO (Coastal Oceans Research and Development – Indian Ocean) East Africa, Kenya.

IPS UN Bureau


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Research Uncovers Cheaper Diagnostic Tools For Chronic Hepatitis B in Africa

Patients in Africa often cannot access treatment as per the WHO hepatitis B guidelines. Now researchers have found a way to improve the diagnosis and care of people living with hepatitis B. Credit: Charles Mpaka/IPS

Patients in Africa often cannot access treatment as per the WHO hepatitis B guidelines. Now researchers have found a way to improve the diagnosis and care of people living with hepatitis B. Credit: Charles Mpaka/IPS

By Charles Mpaka
BLANTYRE, Mar 2 2023 – Researchers have found that cheaper and more accessible blood testing methods can improve the care of patients with chronic hepatitis B in Africa.

In a study published in Nature Communications, the researchers recommend revising the current World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on managing the condition.

“Our data are important for informing clinical practice in [Sub-Saharan Africa] and should be considered in the next revision of the WHO hepatitis B guidelines,” say the researchers who make up the Hepatitis B in Africa Collaborative Network (HEPSANET).

Lead author of the study, Asgeir Johannessen, tells IPS that clinicians working in Africa have “repeatedly reported that very few patients in Africa” are eligible for treatment using the current WHO guidelines published in 2015.

“The lack of data from Africa is a major challenge, and we wanted to use African data from African patients to inform African treatment guidelines,” says Johannessen, a specialist in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo in Norway.

According to the study, Africa represents one of the high-burden regions for chronic hepatitis B virus. Of the estimated 316 million people that live with chronic hepatitis B virus infection worldwide, 82 million are in Africa.

The research further says that antiviral therapy effectively reduces the risk of complications resulting from hepatitis B virus infection.

But with current WHO-recommended guidelines, early diagnosis and treatment are impacted because often only picked up when there is advanced liver damage.

The challenge in clinical practice in Africa has been to identify patients at risk of progressive liver disease who should start antiviral therapy in good time.

“In resource-limited settings, however, these fibrosis assessment tools are rarely available, and antiviral treatment is therefore often delayed until the patients have developed symptoms of advanced chronic liver disease,” the research paper says.

So, the researchers set out to deal with this question: “Can we diagnose advanced liver fibrosis in the Africa region, using routinely available and low-cost blood tests for patients with hepatitis B?” says Alexander Stockdale, a member of the team and senior clinical lecturer at the University of Liverpool and Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Programme.

In the study, the 23 researchers reviewed data for 3,548 chronic hepatitis B patients living in eight sub-Saharan African countries, namely Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Zambia.

They evaluated the existing WHO treatment guidelines and a simple liver damage biomarker developed in West Africa.

They established that the conventional hepatitis B care standards are unsuitable for patient management in Africa. They found that the diagnosis level as set by the WHO “is inappropriately high in sub-Saharan Africa,” which is often constrained by a lack of resources.

The problem, the researchers say, is that the existing WHO guidelines are not adapted for the African population.

The study that informed these guidelines was performed among active chronic hepatitis C patients in the USA, much older than Africa’s hepatitis B virus population and on a very different patient population compared to African chronic hepatitis B patients.

“Our data are important for informing clinical practice in SSA [Sub-Saharan Africa] and should be considered in the next revision of the WHO hepatitis B guidelines,” says Johannessen.

He says they have shared their findings with the WHO and the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in Africa.

“We believe our findings will inspire the first ever African hepatitis B treatment guidelines, and even the WHO is now changing their guidelines because of our work,” he tells IPS.

“Africa is now the epicenter of the hepatitis B epidemic. In fact, 2 of 3 new infections occur on the African continent. To combat the hepatitis B pandemic in Africa, we need African data to inform practice,” Johannessen says.

Initially, the researchers thought their main challenge would be to get people to share data.

“But in fact, everyone we reached out to were eager to participate. It is obvious that this is a topic that feels like a priority to colleagues working throughout Africa,” he says.

The study is the largest, most comprehensive, and geographically representative analysis ever conducted in Africa.

“We, therefore, believe our results are generalizable,” the researchers conclude.

However, they admit some limitations of their study. For example, the method used to assess liver damage has been associated with technical limitations, including unsuccessful measurements reported in patients with certain health conditions such as obesity. The researchers did not ascertain the rates of failure of these tests.

“This may affect the overall applicability of our findings to the entire population with HBV,” they say.

But Adamson Muula, Professor and Head of Community and Environmental Health at the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHES) in Malawi, says in terms of the methodology used in this study, the systematic review of data was relevant in answering the question at hand.

“In the hierarchy of evidence, systematic reviews and meta-analyses are high up with respect to the rigor of the findings,” says Muula, who was not part of the research.

He noted, however, that there are downsides to this approach, including the fact that in the interpretation of the findings, there is an implicit sense that Africa is one place. Muula argues that African health systems can be different even within the same country.

Within a country, you can find a health system comparable with developed countries; others are more closely aligned to developing countries. The studies applied more to those with less sophisticated health systems.

Regardless, the study is vital, he acknowledges.

Hepatitis B diagnosis on the continent has been a luxury. In Malawi, for example, where 5 percent of the adults are estimated to be infected, virtually no screening or diagnostic system exists.

Individual patients may interact with the health system, but more so when things are already out of hand when irreversible liver damage has already happened.

“Efforts to reduce the time at which diagnosis can happen are therefore commendable. This study adds guidance as to when such earlier diagnosis may be attained.

“However, research is one thing, health systems strengthening another. Studies like this one add to the impetus and arm the policymakers to make the right decisions,” he says.

But he urges communities to take charge of these findings instead of leaving action in the hands of “sometimes incapacitated policymakers’ hands.”

“The question should be, what is the community saying about findings such as these? If we wait for policymakers to decide when they are going to invest in hepatitis B interventions, we will wait for the rest of our lifetimes.

“Time has come for community groups to work with the duty-bearers to the extent that hepatitis B is not a neglected tropical disease anymore,” he says.

The WHO’s goal is to have hepatitis eliminated by 2030.

IPS UN Bureau Report


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Israel Today and A Possible Israel Tomorrow

Israel’s separation barrier as seen from Al Ram.. Credit: Jillian Kestler-D’Amours/IPS

By Joseph Chamie
PORTLAND, USA, Mar 2 2023 – Israel of today as a Jewish and democratic state is a contradiction of terms and as such may possibly become transformed into a genuinely democratic Israel tomorrow with justice and equality for all.

In Israel today, citizens who are not Jewish are treated differently than those who are Jewish, who benefit from certain rights and privileges. In a national opinion poll, most Jewish Israelis, about 80 percent, say Jews should get preferential treatment in Israel. Also, nearly half of Jewish Israelis say that Arab Israelis should be expelled or transferred from Israel.

In Israel today, citizens who are not Jewish are treated differently than those who are Jewish, who benefit from certain rights and privileges. In a national opinion poll, most Jewish Israelis, about 80 percent, say Jews should get preferential treatment in Israel. Also, nearly half of Jewish Israelis say that Arab Israelis should be expelled or transferred from Israel

In addition, several years ago Israel passed the “nation-state law”, which among other things, states that the right to exercise national self-determination in Israel is unique to the Jewish people and also established Jewish settlement as a national value. While embraced by many Jewish Israelis, the nation-state law was considered apartheid by the country’s non-Jewish population, ostensibly making them second-class citizens.

In a democratic Israel, in contrast, all Israelis irrespective of their religious affiliation would have the same rights and privileges. In such a state, justice and equality would prevail across the entire country’s population, not just for a single dominant religious group.

A democratic Israel would be similar in many respects to Western liberal democracies such as the United States. In that democracy, all religious groups, including Jewish Americans, have the same rights, privileges and equality under the law.

Most Jewish Israelis, some 75 percent across the religious spectrum, continue to believe that Israel can be a Jewish state and a democracy. In contrast, non-Jewish Israelis, including the majorities of Muslims, Christians and Druze, generally do not believe Israel can be a Jewish state and a democracy at the same time; it’s simply viewed as inconsistent.

Further complicating political, legal and human rights matters for Israelis as well as Palestinians are the new government’s recent proposals for judicial reform, which would impact the independence of the Israeli Supreme Court.

Many Israelis have gone to the streets to protest the proposed reform. Objections to the reforms are being raised by former government officials, military officers, business investors and others. Foreign allies, especially officials, Jewish leaders and journalists in America, have also expressed concerns over the proposals. In addition, the majority of Israelis, about two-thirds, oppose the proposed judicial reform.

Turning to demographics, Israel’s population stood at 9.656 million at the end of 2022. The composition of the population was 74 percent Jewish, 21 percent Arab (largely Christian and Muslims) and 5 percent others (Figure 1).


Source: Israel, Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).


In 1948 when Israel was established, the country’s proportion Jewish was 82 percent of its population of 806 thousand. By the 1960s the proportion Jewish reached a record high of nearly 90 percent. Since that high, the proportion Jewish in Israel has been steadily declining to its current level of 74 percent.

In addition to Israel’s changing demographics, the Jewish Israeli population has not been confined to its 1948 borders. Large numbers have expanded to settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Israel’s Jewish settler population in the West Bank, for example, is now estimated at more than half a million. Many of the estimated 700 thousand Jewish Israelis now living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are motivated by their religious mission to restore historic Israel to the Jewish people.

The Jewish settler population is continuing to increase rapidly in the West Bank, which is a top priority of ultranationalist parties who oppose Palestinian statehood.

The Israeli government has also pledged to legalize wildcat outposts and increase the approval and construction of settler homes in the West Bank.

In contrast, the United Nations Security Council and much of the international community of nations, including the United States, the European Union and the United Nations, continue to support the idea of an independent Palestinian state. However, the changing demographics in the West Bank have virtually eliminated the possibility of the two-state solution.

Without the two-state solution, Jewish Israelis face a major challenge affecting their majority status, namely the possibility of the one-state solution.

The one-state solution would involve the entire Israeli and Palestinian populations now living between the Mediterranean Sea and Jordan River. In such a population numbering approximately 15 million inhabitants, the Jewish population would become a ruling minority of approximately 47 percent, a fundamental change from the sizable Jewish majority of 74 percent in Israel today (Figure 2).


Source: Times of Israel.


Even today the Israeli government is confronting human rights issues with its expansion throughout the occupied Palestinian territories. International, Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations as well as independent observers have found Israeli authorities practicing apartheid and persecution in the occupied Palestinian territories.

According to those human rights organizations, Israeli government policy is to maintain the domination by Jewish Israelis over Palestinians as well as the abuses and discriminatory policies against Palestinians living in the occupied territories.

Israel rejects those accusations, saying it is a democracy and committed to international law and open to scrutiny. The government cites security concerns and protecting the lives of Israelis for its imposition of travel and related restrictions on Palestinians, whose violence in the past included suicide bombings of Israeli cities and deadly attacks against Israelis.

Many have come to the conclusion that given the policies of the current Israeli government, a political path for Israel and an independent Palestinian state to coexist peacefully is simply wishful thinking. For some the two-state solution is effectively dead and it is simply waiting for its formal funeral.

In addition, the human cost of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been high and is rising. So far in 2023, the conflict has resulted in the deaths of an estimated 63 Palestinians and 13 Israelis.

From 2008 to 2020 the numbers of killed and injured from the conflict among Israelis and Palestinian documented by the UN were 251 and 5,590 deaths, respectively, and 5,600 and 115,000 injuries, respectively. In brief, over that time period approximately 95 percent of those killed and injured due to the conflict were Palestinians (Figure 3).


Source: UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).


It is evident that the Israeli government and many Israelis would like to continue the Jewish settler expansion in the West Bank. That expansion clearly has serious consequences for the resident Palestinian population and the Israelis as well as the prospects of an independent Palestinian state.

The demise of the two-state solution and the possible one-state solution also creates a major foreign and domestic dilemma for the United States, Israel’s major political, military and economic supporter and biggest ally.

Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. foreign assistance, estimated at more than 3 billion dollars annually and more than 150 dollars cumulatively. Also, America has vetoed scores of United Nations Security Council resolutions critical of Israel, including at least 53 since 1973.

Given America’s commitment to democratic values, freedom of religious beliefs and equality of citizenship, the White House, U.S. Senators, Congressional Representatives as well as the nation’s citizens will be faced with how to respond to the absence of a possible Palestinian state and Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

In the absence of the two-state solution, it will become increasingly difficult for the United States to continue its unwavering commitment and unequivocal support in light of Israeli policies and treatment of the Palestinians. Perhaps, consistent with its values and laws, America will decide to support the one-state solution with equality of all inhabitants, regardless of religious identities.

More importantly, in the absence of a truly independent Palestinian state, Israel may slowly come to embrace the one-state solution. Eventually then, especially given the unavoidable demographic realities strikingly visible on the ground, Israel may possibly come to realize that it’s time to transform the Israel of today into a truly democratic Israel of tomorrow with justice and equality for all.


Joseph Chamie is a consulting demographer, a former director of the United Nations Population Division and author of numerous publications on population issues, including his recent book, “Population Levels, Trends, and Differentials”.


A Geoeconomic Tsunami

The world economy is currently going through a lot of turmoil. The re-organization is in full swing. To survive, not only companies but entire nations need to adapt their development models.

By Marc Saxer
BERLIN, Mar 2 2023 – When tectonic plates shift, the earth shakes. Tsunamis race around the globe in the form of shock waves. The global economy has experienced three such earthquakes in recent years. The Covid-19 pandemic has made us aware of the vulnerability of a globally integrated economy.

When important components are stuck in quarantine in China, production lines in Germany come to a halt. Thus, in the organization of global supply chains – which for decades have been trimmed down for efficiency (‘just in time’) – resilience (‘just in case’) will play a more important role in the future.

After the end of the unipolar moment, larger and smaller powers are vying for the best positions in the new world order. In the hegemonic conflict between China and the United States, the government under Joe Biden has verbally disarmed, but its export controls in the high-tech sector have all the more bite.

This politicizes the framework conditions for investment decisions. Market access, infrastructure projects, trade agreements, energy supplies and technology transfers are more and more being evaluated from a geopolitical point of view.

Companies are increasingly faced with the decision of choosing one IT infrastructure, one market and one currency system over the other. The major economies may not decouple from each other across the board, but diversification (‘not all eggs in one basket’) is gaining momentum, especially in the high-tech sector. As this develops, we cannot rule out the possibility that economic blocs will form.

Marc Saxer

The experience with the ‘human uncertainty factor’ in the pandemic is also resulting in the acceleration of digital automation. Robots and algorithms make it easier to protect against geopolitical risks.

In order to bring these vulnerabilities under control, the old industrialized countries are reorganizing their supply chains. It remains to be seen whether this is purely for economic or logistical reasons (re-shoring or near-shoring), or whether geopolitical motives also play a role (friend-shoring).

Bloc formations

China must respond to these challenges. The fate of the People’s Republic will depend on whether it succeeds in charging to the head of the pack in worldwide technology, even without foreign technology and know-how. Anyone who believes that Beijing has no countermeasures up its sleeve will soon be proven wrong.

In order to compensate for the closure of the developed export markets, the Silk Road Initiative has been opening up new sales markets and raw material suppliers for years. At the last party congress, the Chinese Communist Party officially approved a reversal of its development strategy.

From now on, the gigantic home market will be the engine of the ‘dual circular economy’. Export earnings are still desired, but strategically they are being relegated to a supportive role.

One impetus behind China’s massive build-up of gold reserves serves is the goal of having its own (digital) currency take the place of the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Because China benefits more than anyone else from open world markets, it is continuing to rely on a globally networked world economy for the time being. Alternatively, Beijing could also be tempted to create its own economic bloc.

The foundations for this have already been put into place, with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the BRICS Development Bank (NDB), the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the Silk Road Initiative (BRI) and bilateral cooperation in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

The difficulties that Western companies face in the Chinese market should provide just a sample of what is looming if China makes market entry into such a bloc contingent on good political will.

But it is not just China. Generally, for all of Asia as the new center of the world economy, these geoeconomic disruptions are tantamount to a tsunami. And the disruptions could hit developing countries particularly hard.

Whether they are being cut from global supply chains for the sake of resilience or due to geopolitical factors, this brings equally devastating results. Of course, some economies are hoping to benefit from the diversification strategies of developed countries (i.e. the ‘China plus one’ strategy).

But digital automation neutralizes what is often their only comparative advantage – cheap labor costs. Why should a European medium-sized company have to deal with corruption and power cuts, quality problems and sea routes lasting weeks, when the robots at home produce better and cheaper?

Algorithms and artificial intelligence are also likely to replace millions of service providers in outsourced back offices and call centers. How are developing countries supposed to feed their (sometimes explosively) growing populations if, in the future, simple jobs are to be performed by machines in industrialized countries? And what do these geoeconomic disruptions mean for the social and political stability of these countries?

As with Europe, most Asian states depend on China’s dynamism for their economic development – and on the guarantees of the US for their security. Therefore, to varying degrees, they resist pressure to choose sides.

Whether it will be possible to escape the pull of geoeconomic bi-polarization over the long term, however, is still an open question. If the splitting of IT infrastructures continues, it could be too costly to play in both technological worlds.

American regulations prevent products with certain Chinese components from entering the market; but those who want to play on the Chinese market will not be able to avoid a steadily increasing share of Chinese components.

Reducing economic vulnerabilities through diversification

This type of global economy would also pose an existential challenge to export nations such as Germany. Even the short-term cutting off of Russian energy is a Herculean task. Decoupling from China at the same time seems difficult to imagine. But burying one’s head in the sand will not be enough.

Neither nations nor businesses will be able to escape the pressure from Washington and Beijing. In the future, important economic, technological, and infrastructural decisions will increasingly be subject to geopolitical considerations. Therefore, reducing one-sided vulnerabilities through diversification is the right thing to do.

On the other hand, some of the lessons drawn from the over-reliance on Russian energy before the war seem short-sighted. For decades, the German economy has integrated itself more deeply into the world economy than many other countries, with the goal of avoiding violent conflicts through interdependence.

It cannot break out of these interdependencies from one day to the next. Reducing economic vulnerabilities through diversification is therefore the right move, while decoupling for ideological reasons is the wrong one. Germany should therefore beware of sacrificing its economic future to an overly ambitious value-based foreign policy.

This is because losses of prosperity translate into fears of the future and social decline at home – a fertile breeding ground for right-wing populists and conspiracy theorists.

The geopolitical race, digital automation and the reorganization of supply chains according to resilience criteria are mutually reinforcing processes. It is not only companies that have to rethink their business models – entire national economies need to adapt their development models in order to be able to survive in a rapidly changing global economy.

The particular difficulty lies in having to make investment decisions today without being able to foresee exactly what the world of tomorrow will look like. Looking into the crystal ball, some think they can see an age of de-globalization. And in fact, in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the peak of globalization, as measured by the volume of world trade and capital exports has already passed.

However, de-globalization is not synonymous with a relapse into autarkic national economies. A stronger regionalization of the more networked global economy is more likely. In view of the political, social and cultural upheavals of turbo-globalization, this need not be the worst of possible outcomes.

One thing is certain: A geoeconomic tsunami will roll around the globe, crushing old structures in its path. The hope is that out of the ‘creative destruction’ that Joseph Schumpeter spoke of, there will emerge a more resilient, sustainable and diversified global economy.

However, without political shaping of the new world economic order, the opposite could also occur. Politically, this means adapting the rule-based world order so that it remains a stable framework for an open world economy because even the organization of a regionalised world economy needs global rules of the game that everyone adheres to.

Therefore, with few exceptions, nearly all nations have a great interest in the functioning of rules-based multilateralism. However, in the Global South, there is already a great deal of distrust towards the existing world order.

In reality, according to some, this amounts to the creation of the old and new colonial powers, whose supposedly universal norms do not apply to everyone but are instead violated at will by the permanent members of the UN Security Council.

In order to break through current blockages, such as those of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the emerging powers must be granted representation and a voice in the multilateral institutions that would be commensurate with their newfound importance.

Europe will have to accept a relative loss of influence because, as a rule-based supranational entity, its survival and prosperity depend on an open, rule-based world (economic) order.

Instead of morally elevating itself above others, Europe must concentrate all its energies on maintaining the conditions for the success of its economic and social model. In order to prevent the regionalization of the world economy from turning into the formation of competing blocs with high prosperity losses for everyone, there is a need for new partnerships on an equal footing beyond the currently popular comparisons of democracies and autocracies.

In order for new trust to develop, the global challenges (climate change, pandemics, hunger, migration) that particularly affect the Global South must finally be tackled with determination.

Marc Saxer coordinates the regional work of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in the Asia Pacific. Previously, he led the FES offices in India and Thailand and headed the FES Asia Pacific department

Source: International Politics and Society (IPS)-Journal published by the International Political Analysis Unit of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Hiroshimastrasse 28, D-10785 Berlin

IPS UN Bureau


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Johannesburg, March 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

  • Partnership offers growth opportunity in Africa, building on MultiChoice's footprint across 50 markets, its excellent execution track record on the continent and the successful Showmax brand.
  • MultiChoice to relaunch Showmax, powered by NBCUniversal's Peacock technology platform, along with world–class content from NBCUniversal and Sky, offering audiences the best experience with local and global entertainment, as well as live matches of the English Premier League (EPL) football.

Thursday March 2, 2023: MultiChoice Group (MultiChoice) (JSE: MCG) and Comcast's (NASDAQ: CMCSA) NBCUniversal and Sky today announced a new partnership that will bring some of the world's best content and technology to streaming customers across MultiChoice's 50–market footprint in sub–Saharan Africa, at a time when Africa is approaching an inflection point in terms of broadband connectivity and affordability. The new Showmax group will be 70% owned by MultiChoice and 30% by NBCUniversal. (*See Note). It will build on Showmax's success to date and aim to create the leading streaming service in Africa.

Powered by Peacock's leading, globally–scaled technology, Showmax subscribers will have access to an extensive premium content portfolio, bringing African audiences the best of local and international programming. The service will combine MultiChoice's accelerating investment in local content with a unique pipeline of award–winning and critically acclaimed international content licensed from NBCUniversal and Sky, third party content from HBO, Warner Brothers International, Sony and others, as well as live English Premier League (EPL) football. The partnership will also provide access to all the best African content such as Showmax Originals and local content from MultiChoice's proprietary channels including Mzansi Magic, Africa Magic and Maisha Magic.

Using a significant portfolio of global media assets and Peacock's streaming platform, which finished 2022 with over 20 million paid subscribers in the US, NBCUniversal and Sky will provide ongoing support through the licensing of both technology and content.

"We launched Showmax as the first African streaming service in 2015 and are extremely proud of its success to date. This agreement represents a great opportunity for our Showmax team to scale even greater heights by working with a leading global player in Comcast and its subsidiaries," said Calvo Mawela, Chief Executive Officer of MultiChoice. "The new business venture deepens an already strong relationship and builds on the Sky Glass technology partnership that we announced in September last year. We believe we are extremely well positioned to create a winning platform going forward."

Dana Strong, Group Chief Executive Officer, Sky, commented, "This new collaboration in streaming and content with MultiChoice, NBCUniversal, and Sky takes our partnership to the next level in one of the world's most vibrant, fastest growing markets. Last year, we announced MultiChoice as a customer of the Sky Glass platform and now we are excited to help innovate its Showmax streaming service."

Matt Strauss, Chairman, Direct–to–Consumer & International, NBCUniversal, added, "This partnership is an incredible opportunity to further scale the global presence of Peacock's world–class streaming technology, as well as to introduce millions of new customers to extensive premium content from NBCUniversal and Sky's stellar entertainment brands."

Further details about the new Showmax service, including launch date, content and pricing will be announced at a later date.

[*NB: In Nigeria, NBCUniversal will hold an indirect 23.7% stake in the local subsidiary]


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Henley & Partners : Investissez dans le secteur de l’immobilier en Namibie et obtenez vos droits de résidence

LONDRES, 02 mars 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Le leader mondial de la planification de la rsidence et de la citoyennet, Henley & Partners, lance le programme de rsidence par investissement en Namibie, qui constitue la toute dernire option de migration des investissements au monde et la deuxime en Afrique.

Le gouvernement namibien recherche activement des investissements trangers dans l'optique de stimuler la croissance conomique du pays et de diversifier son conomie. Ce programme offre de nombreuses possibilits "" incitations fiscales, financements et service de guichet unique pour les entreprises internationales "" aux investisseurs internationaux dsireux de s'implanter et de dvelopper leurs activits sur le continent africain. Pour un investissement immobilier minimum de 316 000 USD dans le nouveau domaine luxueux et cologique avec parcours de golf de President's Links Estate, situ Walvis Bay, les investisseurs retenus se verront attribuer un permis de travail renouvelable de cinq ans leur octroyant le droit de vivre, de faire affaires et d'tudier en Namibie.

Le responsable du groupe charg des clients privs chez Henley & Partners, Dominic Volek, dclare : Nous sommes ravis d'annoncer cette nouvelle offre innovante de rsidence par investissement en Afrique. De par ses magnifiques paysages, son systme fiscal attractif et son climat des affaires favorable, la Namibie reprsente une destination idale pour les entrepreneurs internationaux, les particuliers fortuns ou les retraits. Ce domaine ctier d'exception, pour lequel des droits de rsidence sont offerts, compte moins de 600 units immobilires ; les investisseurs doivent donc se hter s'ils veulent profiter de cette occasion limite d'obtenir des droits de rsidence dans l'un des pays les plus riches au monde en espces fauniques ou floristiques.

L'un des marchs du patrimoine priv la croissance la plus rapide d'Afrique

Selon le rapport Africa Wealth Report, publi par Henley & Partners en partenariat avec New World Wealth, le patrimoine priv total actuellement dtenu sur le continent africain s'lve 2 100 milliards USD et devrait connaitre une augmentation de 38 % au cours des dix prochaines annes. La Namibie est appele devenir l'un des marchs africains la croissance la plus rapide, avec des prvisions de croissance de plus de 60 % du nombre de particuliers fortuns (ceux qui possdent une fortune d'un million USD ou plus) au cours des dix prochaines annes (jusqu'en 2032). Selon les statistiques de New World Wealth datant de dcembre 2022, la Namibie dtient un patrimoine total investissable d'une valeur de 26 milliards USD. La richesse moyenne d'un rsident namibien (richesse par habitant) se chiffre 10 050 USD, ce qui constitue la troisime la plus leve en Afrique aprs celles de l'le Maurice et de l'Afrique du Sud. La Namibie compte environ 2 100 particuliers fortuns et trois centi–millionnaires (dont la fortune est gale ou suprieure 100 millions USD).

En vue d'attirer des investissements trangers, le gouvernement a nettement amlior le systme fiscal au cours de ces dernires annes. La Namibie applique un systme d'imposition fond sur la source, les rsidents trangers n'tant gnralement imposs que sur les revenus qu'ils gnrent dans le pays. Qui plus est, les taux d'imposition appliqus sont relativement comptitifs par rapport ceux de nombreux autres marchs mergents et notamment par rapport ceux des pays voisins, tels que l'Afrique du Sud. Le taux d'imposition sur le revenu le plus lev appliqu en Namibie est un modique pourcentage de 37 %, mais l'lment le plus remarquable est probablement que le pays n'impose pas les plus–values, la succession, le don, l'hritage, la fortune ou la valeur nette.

Un intrt sans prcdent pour la diversification des domiciles

Le President's Links Estate constitue pour l'heure le seul moyen d'investissement du programme de rsidence par investissement en Namibie. Le responsable du groupe charg de l'immobilier chez Henley & Partners, Thomas Scott, affirme que l'immobilier international est depuis toujours considr comme une catgorie d'actifs fiable par les investisseurs mondiaux, en raison de son pouvoir de rsistance long terme. Les programmes de migration lis l'investissement immobilier, tels que celui propos en Namibie, prsentent l'avantage supplmentaire d'amliorer votre mobilit travers le monde et d'largir vos droits d'accs personnels en tant que rsident ou citoyen d'autres pays, ce qui vous donne la latitude de choisir o vous et les membres de votre famille pouvez vivre, travailler, tudier, prendre votre retraite et investir. La valeur des actifs cls, les rendements locatifs et l'accs plusieurs pays dans le monde en tant que couverture absolue contre la volatilit rgionale et mondiale sont autant de gains potentiels que vous pouvez tirer pendant la dure de vie de cet investissement.

Volek souligne que la demande d'options de rsidence et de citoyennet par investissement a connu une croissance significative et continue au cours de ces dernires annes. L'attrait des programmes de migration par investissement auprs des familles aises est une ralit vritablement universelle en raison des nombreux avantages y affrents, allant de la multiplication des domiciles l'amlioration de la mobilit travers le monde, en passant par l'accs une ducation et des soins de sant de classe mondiale, sans perdre de vue la possibilit de disposer d'une solution alternative en priode de turbulences. Quel que soit votre lieu de naissance ou votre lieu de rsidence actuel, en tant qu'investisseur fortun, vous, ainsi que les membres de votre famille, pouvez dsormais parer toute ventualit grce aux options de migration des investissements telles que le nouveau programme de rsidence par investissement en Namibie.

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Henley & Partners: Invista em Imóveis na Namíbia e Garanta Direitos de Residência

LONDRES, March 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A mais recente opo de migrao de investimentos do mundo "" e a segunda da frica "" o Programa de Residncia por Investimento da Nambia foi lanado pela Henley & Partners, lder global em planejamento de residncia e cidadania.

O governo da Nambia est buscando ativamente investimentos estrangeiros para impulsionar o crescimento econmico do pas e diversificar a economia. O programa oferece inmeras oportunidades para investidores internacionais que buscam uma posio e crescimento no continente africano, incluindo incentivos fiscais, financiamento e um servio de atendimento completo para empresas internacionais. Ao fazer um investimento imobilirio mnimo de US$ 316.000 no condomnio ecolgico President's Links Estate com campo de golfe, em Walvis Bay, os investidores bem–sucedidos recebero uma permisso de trabalho renovvel de cinco anos, que lhes d o direito de morar, fazer negcios e estudar na Nambia.

O Chefe do Grupo de Clientes Privados da Henley & Partners, Dominic Volek, disse: “Estamos muito satisfeitos em anunciar esta nova residncia inovadora por oferta de investimento na frica. A paisagem deslumbrante da Nambia, o sistema fiscal atraente e o ambiente favorvel aos negcios fazem dela uma opo ideal para empreendedores internacionais, indivduos com alto patrimnio lquido ou aposentados. H menos de 600 unidades imobilirias disponveis nesta propriedade costeira exclusiva que se qualifica para residncia, e por isso, os investidores precisam ser rpidos se quiserem aproveitar essa oportunidade limitada para garantir direitos de residncia em um dos pases mais ricos em natureza e vida selvagem do mundo."

Um dos mercados de riqueza privada de mais rpido crescimento da frica

A riqueza privada total atualmente mantida pelo continente africano de US$ 2,1 trilhes, e dever aumentar 38% nos prximos 10 anos, de acordo com o Africa Wealth Report, publicado pela Henley & Partners em parceria com a New World Wealth. Espera–se que a Nambia seja um dos mercados de crescimento mais rpidos da frica no futuro, com um aumento de indivduos com alto patrimnio lquido (aqueles com riqueza de US$ 1 milho ou mais) de mais de 60% previsto para a prxima dcada (at 2032). De acordo com as estatsticas de dezembro de 2022 da New World Wealth, a Nambia detm US$ 26 bilhes em riqueza total investvel. A riqueza mdia de um residente da Nambia (riqueza per capita) de US$ 10.050, classificada como a terceira maior na frica, depois da Repblica das Ilhas Maurcias e da frica do Sul. A nao o lar de cerca de 2.100 indivduos com alto patrimnio lquido, e trs multimilionrios (com riqueza igual ou superior a US$ 100 milhes).

Para atrair investimentos internos, o governo fez grandes melhorias em seu sistema tributrio nos ltimos anos. A Nambia opera um sistema baseado na tributao na origem, no qual os residentes estrangeiros so geralmente tributados apenas sobre a renda que geram no pas. Alm disso, as alquotas tributrias so relativamente competitivas em comparao com muitos outros mercados emergentes e particularmente com pases vizinhos, como a frica do Sul. A taxa mxima de imposto de renda na Nambia de modestos 37%, mas talvez o mais notvel seja que no h ganhos de capital, propriedade, presente, herana ou impostos sobre a riqueza lquida/valor.

Interesse sem precedentes na diversificao domiciliar

Atualmente, o President's Links Estate a nica rota de investimento para o Programa de Residncia por Investimento da Nambia. Thomas Scott, Chefe do Grupo Imobilirio da Henley & Partners, diz que o setor imobilirio internacional sempre foi uma classe de ativos confivel para investidores globais devido ao seu poder de permanncia em longo prazo. “Os programas de migrao com base em investimentos vinculados a imveis, como a oferta na Nambia, tm as vantagens adicionais de melhorar sua mobilidade global e expandir seus direitos de acesso pessoal como residente ou cidado de jurisdies adicionais, criando opcionalidade em termos de onde voc e sua famlia podem morar, trabalhar, estudar, se aposentar e investir. Os ganhos potenciais ao longo da vida til deste investimento incluem o valor do ativo, os rendimentos de aluguel e o acesso global como uma proteo definitiva contra a volatilidade a nvel regional e global.”

Volek ressalta que houve um crescimento significativo e contnuo na demanda por residncia e cidadania por opes de investimento nos ltimos anos. "O apelo da migrao de investimentos para famlias ricas verdadeiramente universal devido aos seus muitos benefcios, que vo desde a diversificao do domiclio at o aprimoramento da mobilidade global, passando pelo acesso educao e aos cuidados de sade de classe mundial, at ter um plano B em tempos de turbulncia. No importa onde voc nasceu ou onde voc reside atualmente, os investidores ricos podem salvaguardar seu futuro e o de suas famlias para o que quer que possa estar frente, atravs de opes de migrao de investimentos, como o novo Programa de Residncia por Investimento da Nambia.”

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Henley & Partner: Investition in namibische Immobilien und Sicherung von Aufenthaltsrechten

LONDON, March 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Die weltweit neueste Mglichkeit der Investitionsmigration "" und die zweite in Afrika "", das Namibia Residence by Investment–Programm, ist von Henley & Partners, den weltweit fhrenden Anbietern von Aufenthalts– und Staatsbrgerschaftsplanung, ins Leben gerufen worden.

Die namibische Regierung bemht sich aktiv um auslndische Investitionen, um das Wirtschaftswachstum des Landes anzukurbeln und die Wirtschaft zu diversifizieren. Das Programm bietet internationalen Investoren, die auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent Fu fassen und wachsen wollen, zahlreiche Mglichkeiten, darunter Steueranreize, Finanzierungen und einen zentralen Broservice fr internationale Unternehmen. Fr eine Immobilieninvestition von mindestens 316.000 USD in das neue luxurise Golf– und umweltfreundliche President's Links Estate in Walvis Bay erhalten erfolgreiche Investoren eine fnfjhrige, verlngerbare Arbeitserlaubnis, die ihnen das Recht gibt, in Namibia zu leben, geschftlich ttig zu sein und zu studieren.

Dominic Volek, Group Head of Private Clients bei Henley & Partners, dazu: "Wir freuen uns, dieses innovative neue Angebot fr Wohnimmobilien in Afrika bekanntzugeben. Die atemberaubende Landschaft, das attraktive Steuersystem und das unternehmensfreundliche Umfeld machen Namibia zu einer idealen Option fr internationale Unternehmer, vermgende Privatpersonen oder Rentner. Es gibt weniger als 600 Immobilieneinheiten in diesem exklusiven Kstengebiet, die als Wohnsitz in Frage kommen. Investoren mssen also schnell handeln, wenn sie diese begrenzte Gelegenheit nutzen wollen, sich ein Wohnrecht in einem der natur– und tierreichsten Lnder der Welt zu sichern."

Einer der am schnellsten wachsenden Mrkte fr Privatvermgen in Afrika

Das gesamte Privatvermgen, das derzeit auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent gehalten wird, betrgt 2,1 Billionen USD und wird in den nchsten 10 Jahren voraussichtlich um 38 % steigen, so der Africa Wealth Report, verffentlicht von Henley & Partners in Partnerschaft mit New World Wealth. Es wird erwartet, dass Namibia in Zukunft einer der am schnellsten wachsenden Mrkte Afrikas sein wird. Fr das nchste Jahrzehnt (bis 2032) wird fr vermgende Privatpersonen (mit einem Vermgen von 1 Million USD oder mehr) ein Wachstum von ber 60 % prognostiziert. Nach den Statistiken von New World Wealth vom Dezember 2022 verfgt Namibia ber ein investierbares Gesamtvermgen von 26 Milliarden USD. Das durchschnittliche Vermgen eines Einwohners von Namibia (Pro–Kopf–Vermgen) betrgt 10.050 USD und ist damit das dritthchste in Afrika nach Mauritius und Sdafrika. Das Land beherbergt rund 2.100 vermgende Privatpersonen und drei Centi–Millionre (mit einem Vermgen von 100 Millionen USD oder mehr).

Um auslndische Investitionen anzuziehen, hat die Regierung in den letzten Jahren ihr Steuersystem erheblich verbessert. Namibia betreibt ein quellenbasiertes Steuersystem, was bedeutet, dass auslndische Einwohner im Allgemeinen nur auf das Einkommen besteuert werden, das sie im Land erwirtschaften. Darber hinaus sind die Steuerstze im Vergleich zu vielen anderen Schwellenlndern und insbesondere zu Nachbarlndern wie Sdafrika ziemlich wettbewerbsfhig. Der Spitzensteuersatz der Einkommenssteuer in Namibia liegt bei bescheidenen 37 %, aber vielleicht noch wichtiger ist, dass es keine Steuern auf Kapitalertrge, Immobilien, Schenkungen, Erbschaften oder Nettovermgen gibt.

Nie dagewesenes Interesse an der Diversifizierung des Wohnsitzes

Derzeit ist das President's Links Estate die einzige Investitionsmglichkeit fr das Namibia Residence by Investment–Programm. Der Leiter der Immobilienabteilung von Henley & Partners, Thomas Scott, sagt, dass internationale Immobilien aufgrund ihrer langfristigen Bestndigkeit schon immer eine zuverlssige Anlageklasse fr globale Investoren waren. "Immobilienbezogene Investitionsmigrationsprogramme wie das Angebot in Namibia haben den zustzlichen Vorteil, dass sie Ihre globale Mobilitt erhhen und Ihre persnlichen Zugangsrechte als Einwohner oder Brger zustzlicher Rechtsordnungen erweitern. Dies schafft Wahlfreiheit in Bezug darauf, wo Sie und Ihre Familie leben, arbeiten, studieren, sich zur Ruhe setzen und investieren knnen. Zu den potenziellen Gewinnen ber die gesamte Lebensdauer dieser Investition gehren der Kernwert der Anlage, die Mietrenditen und der globale Zugang als ultimative Absicherung gegen regionale und globale Volatilitt."

Volek weist darauf hin, dass die Nachfrage nach Aufenthalt und Staatsbrgerschaft durch Investitionsmglichkeiten in den letzten Jahren erheblich und kontinuierlich gestiegen ist. "Die Attraktivitt der Investitionsmigration fr wohlhabende Familien ist wirklich universell, da sie viele Vorteile bietet, von der Diversifizierung des Wohnsitzes ber die Verbesserung der globalen Mobilitt, den Zugang zu erstklassiger Bildung und Gesundheitsversorgung bis hin zu einem Plan B in Zeiten von Turbulenzen. Unabhngig davon, wo sie geboren wurden oder wo sie sich derzeit aufhalten, knnen wohlhabende Investoren sich und ihre Familien durch Investitionsmigrationsoptionen wie das neue Namibia Residence by Investment Programm fr die Zukunft absichern.”


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