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Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  • Video: 'I killed for you, with these hands!' cries Israeli veteran with PTSD
    • joer, i agree. and i feel not an ounce of pity for the man.

    • here are several references to "clear as wine" operation december 20th 2007 (google translate)

      link to

      and here: link to

      The ceremony was attended by Commander of the Northern Command, Major General Gadi Eisenkot, the Golani Brigade commander, Col. Tamir, knowing, commander of the Gaza Division, Brigadier General Moshe (Chico) Tamir and other senior officials, were awarded 51 battalion fighters and officers citations personal operation activities "as clear as wine" in December 2007 in refugee camp in central Gaza Gregorian. Galant medal was also awarded the deputy Shimon Siso, commander of a battalion of point 51 of the medal awarded Gaza Division Commander Company Commander, Captain Yair wonders.

      Galant in his speech praised the activities of infantry and said that despite the entry of the division of current activity was accompanied by First difficulties, the division was able to develop skills in fighting in Gaza has reached a high level of interoperability. He said "51 battalion commander led his troops boldly do things that at first was thought could not be done at all."

  • 'Foreign Policy' says 'Israel lobby' donors are making 'pro-Israel the new circumcision'
  • Video: 'One Word' ad campaign banned by Boston Metro -- again
  • The pledge of allegiance
  • Transnational legal actions threaten to end Israeli impunity
    • thanks for the info sawah, i heard (from friends) you were there on sunday. glad to have you back. ;)

  • Protesters stage citizen's arrest of Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely at West Coast Ha'aretz conference
    • thanks jwalters, although i can't take too much credit. a contact w/the group sent me the video and press release this morning which made the process fairly streamlined. we'd done so much coverage on Hotovely in the past i just grabbed a few embeds for the post and off it went. the people who deserve all the credit here are the activists as well as whoever made and edited the video.

      and this is getting picked up by activists in the UK on twitter. it's very inspirational.

    • i see our henry standing up there! go henry ;)

      all the participating activists, fantastic! fantastic action. and i encourage people to use the hashtag >> (functioning link) >> #zionismv3 <<< when tweeting this story so it (hopefully) saturates the hashtag set up to promote the event and other haaretz "Zionism 3.0" conferences.

  • Kagan pushed regime change in Iraq, now says US must get over 'trauma' and do Syria
    • i loved that cocoa puff's line. nothing like the nyt trying to brand kagan as regular folks -- when they're so not.

    • aw, one might think trying to start a rumor like that might advertise the very real (and documented) occurrence of the cheering israelis on their van.

    • With that sort of record, you’d think Kagan ought to be boxing holiday orders at a fulfillment center or doing Santa duty at the mall.

      thank you phil.

  • Israel isn't worried about ISIS
  • Leading anthropologists group overwhelmingly passes BDS resolution at Denver conference
    • The resolution was foisted on the AAA by a handful of Pro-Palestinian AAA members.

      no, as a matter of fact it wasn't. the process went thru a rigorous procedure initiated at last years conference (like every major measure introduced at the association) of having a working group set up by the association to study the issue, results distributed. so it wasn't "foisted ... by a handful". the "12% cast votes" represented over 1,100 members (attendees) who were present and voted at the conference (which i think was attended by 16-1700 members (i have not verified that). the annual conference included, of course, association membership from the entire country. they all didn't just happen to attend for that one issue. the electronic vote people do not have to be present and i don't know if it's an anonymous vote or not. obviously it's common for annual conferences of this nature not to have all members present. but it was a lot more than a handful.

    • sooo predictable. by the same standards israel would be no more since they slaughter so many more palestinians. if all of the innocent martyrs were honored with land one would have to build out into the mediterranean.

    • what?

    • i know! i flipped out last night ;) it's fantastic!

      i'm so grateful for the tireless efforts extended by activists. this was a long long process.

      remember last year? link to

      December 9, 2014

      Our Liberation Will Not Be Complete Until Everyone’s Is’: A report from the American Anthropological Association boycott debate

      In Washington, DC on Friday, the American Anthropological Association’s annual business meeting was packed with more members than any other time in recent memory – over 700. The meeting room was so crowded that hotel staff had to take down a wall with the adjoining room to accommodate everyone.

      "Hands down the most well attended business meeting ever!" (Photo: Arlene Davila)

      On the agenda was a proposed resolution against boycotting Israeli academic institutions. This effort to shut down the boycott discussion backfired spectacularly: members present overwhelmingly voted down the measure, which mustered a mere 52 supporters.

      The atmosphere in the room was electric, as anthropologists from across the profession discussed the boycott and the ongoing violations of Palestinian academic freedom and human rights. Of the 24 members who spoke, three-quarters opposed the resolution, arguing that it was an attempt to shut down a crucial debate.

      In recent months, over 1,000 anthropologists have signed a boycott pledge to protest Israel’s ongoing, systematic, and widespread violations of Palestinian academic freedom and human rights. Anthropologists campaigning for the boycott elected not to pursue a resolution at this year’s AAA meeting in favor of building the broadest possible support among members over the coming months. They sponsored a series of panels at the conference to raise awareness about the boycott and about human rights violations in Palestine. Despite this, opponents of the boycott sought to short-circuit the debate by forcing the AAA to take an anti-boycott position now.

      After the resolution was presented, Lisa Rofel of UC Santa Cruz reminded members that the discussion about boycotting Israeli academic institutions within AAA has only just begun and should not be shut down.


      Rema Hammami from Bir Zeit University in Palestine announced that she was “thrilled to finally be at an academic conference where the problems faced by Palestinians have been centrally discussed.” Hammami reminded her American colleagues that the United States is “deeply implicated in enabling Israel’s actions” through military, diplomatic, and financial aid. -

    • a perfectly appropriate and newsworthy event.

      which is why you're here no doubt. and why >>> link to < << is covering it:

      “The phenomenon of academic boycotts has intensified and in recent years expanded beyond the marginal radical borders of academia and onto leading US campuses,” said Prof. Peretz Lavie, president of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and head of the chairman of the Association of University Heads in Israel following the vote.

      “This phenomenon is likely to cause heavy damage to research, reliant on international cooperation, which in turn will also affect industry, the economy, and the future resilience of the State of Israel,” he said.

    • my hunch is it will pass. of the 1,700 at the conference w/88% endorsing the boycott, that's a good sign.

  • Hillary Clinton equates ISIS and Hamas
    • both uphold Islamic ideologies, both use violence as a main approach and in particular terror as main tool, both have Western-style democratic countries as target (in addition to other Muslim enemies), neither is democratic and both enforce themselves on opponents brutally, both mainly operate in the Mid-East – that`s plenty enough to deal with them within the same analytical framework and response attitude.

      so let's compare israel and ISIS

      both uphold religious fundamentalist ideologies, both use violence as a main approach and in particular terror as main tool, both target Arab/Muslims (in addition to other Muslim enemies), neither is democratic and both enforce themselves on opponents brutally, both mainly operate in the Mid-East – that`s plenty enough to deal with them within the same analytical framework and response attitude.

    • Of course Clinton will support Israel.....You Americans just have to ask yourselves one question; Who has more support in the House and the Senate; Bibi or Barack ?


      As for ISIS – our friends in the House of Saud have done a good job. When Syria falls apart who do you think’s going to ciean up the mess ?

      who says anyone will clean up the mess?

    • lol! sorry! i just bristle when someone thinks women need to hear something men don't. clearly if she's elected, it won't be just because women voted for her.

      much better jwalter ;)

    • Until they recognize that foreign policy sets the limits of domestic policy...What does he mean by that?

      it means that 600 billion of our federal budget goes to military expenditures. that doesn't include veteran benefits and a whole slew of other things. it means if we spend our money on war - we strip funds from our domestic budget.

    • To all Hillary’s female fans

      do you realize how misogynistic this comment is jwalters.

    • harry, she's putting on a tough girl stunt.

    • We cannot view Iran and ISIS as separate challenges. Regional politics are too interwoven.

      ha! iran being at war w/isis is "interwoven", you don't say.

      raising the costs to Iran for bad behavior will contribute to a more effective fight against ISIS.

      And as we work out a broader regional approach, we should of course be closely consulting with Israel

      bad behavior? she sounds like a schoolmarm w/iran the bad kid in the playground. iran is fighting isis, not the US. we should be thanking them, not pretending like they are supposed to act for our approval. we are not the world boss ("closely consulting with Israel").

      what pandering.

  • 'NYT' only counts Jews when it pronounces Thursday 'deadliest day of violence'
    • ok, if you meant the former (if i'm understanding you correctly) then i ask before:

      because if that is what you mean it begs the question “what kind of extension”. do you posit those extensions are varied?

      and from this statement it appears there's not much flexibility/opting out

      A white supremacist social system, needs and employs white people therefore these people are made to be an extension of the system..... personal morality plays little role in dealing with racism. Its about dismantling the violent social order

      ok, i don't think we're quite on the same page. my renegade instincts think this is a tad boxed in. because (or if) a white supremacist social system needs and employs white people and these people are made to be an extension of the system, it does not therefore mean a white person will act as an extension of the system. and that non action (multiplied) could arguable dismantle the violent social order.

      It is a science because it is independent of subjective factors such as feeling and emotions of individuals and is something that can be replicated under a controlled manner through government and state policies, or even virtually simulated using computers and software.

      when you say " it is independent of subjective factors" do you mean it is independent of your point of view. if that's the case can you link to others referencing this science? i'm not arguing what you posit is not reality. my argument would be that it's possible to live outside that reality. and i do believe personal morality plays little role in dealing with racism.

      anyway, i appreciate the chat. not sure i'm in the mood for a long drawn out reveal.

    • Why does Israel let civilians perform military functions. Totally inappropriate. Supplying troops makes the individual a legal target

      the teen was here for a year of indoctrination. all those indoctrination trips, birthright or studying at a yeshiva for a year or whatever, they all include opportunity for military emersion and recruitment. israel doesn't "let" them, it encourages it.

    • So a white person, who is an extension a white supremacist dominant social order in the present Western hemisphere

      could you clarify this statement. do you mean a white person is an extension of a white supremacist dominant social order? or a white person, who is by extension a white supremacist? do you mean a white person, simply by virtue of being white, is an extension of a white supremacist dominant social order? because if that is what you mean it begs the question "what kind of extension". do you posit those extensions are varied?

      and when you say "pretty much a science" do you mean anthropology? a social science?

    • Yes, 90 Palestinians have been killed, and 16 Israelis. But no Jewish homes destroyed.

      phil, allison reported on nov 16:

      Israeli forces killed more than 110 Palestinians including alleged attackers and protesters in near-daily demonstrations that have spread across the West Bank under the banner of a “knife Intifada” or uprising.

      - See more at: link to

      i think your figures may be off. and of the "16 Israelis" killed, i know at least a few of them were by israelis -- "mistaken identity".

  • How rightwing settlers and a wealthy Aussie Zionist used Facebook to control Netanyahu gov't
    • so unless someone is pro wall it means the are pro judaization of jerusalem? is that your logic? ding dong ding dong ding dong.

  • Nerves/Gas at Rachel's Tomb
  • No justice for Tariq Abu Khdeir -- even US State Dep't faults Israeli 'accountability'
    • But it is no different from excessive police brutality in any state or nation anywhere.

      that's not true. The judge wrote in the verdict that she (i think it was a she) was not familiar with the state prosecution EVER presenting a case with similar circumstances that resulted in the defendant imprisoned. what does that tell you? there's a big difference between excessive police brutality occurring in other states -- and others NEVER imprisoning police for excessive force against an ethnic group continually targeted by the state. that certainly cannot be said for the U.S.

      Khadeir should not have any of those wounds- exaggerated or not.

      we agree on that, thank you.

    • DaBakr, it wasn't nakba denial it was various combinations of "your an idiot.. If you can’t tell what a wide angle-call it a CONVEX filter..."

      or "your an idiot.. if you don’t like fish-eye.."

      or "are you people cranky."

      or "If you can not tell when a fish-eye filter...then I cannot help you"

      on and on and on, multiple comments saying the same thing. find one of your elderofzion blogspots or camera, or pal watch or any number of sites alleging to bust 'pallywood' to write a blog post about it if you think you're so right. then link to it. if it's so "obvious" why hasn't anyone published that allegation and put their name behind that claim? but if you think we're obligated to let you spam this thread with nothing more than the same insulting allegations over and over, you'd be wrong.

      and we're not obligated to print downright lies like "Israel maintained near 100% Muslim safety" at holy sites (arguably a form of nakba denial in and of itself). not when people are detained, beat up and killed trying to get to it or around them. seriously. i'm disappearing this shortly, i just wanted you to know why those comments are not getting thru. spamming. you got to say it several (many) times so you've not being denied an opportunity to express what clueless lo-tec idiots you think we are.

    • stanley, i don't think it was a trial, i think it was a hearing. and as far as i know no one has been no indictments. they changed the laws to allow administrative detention w/no trial and allegedly are holding some people. i have not really heard much about it tho so that might not be accurate. if you've read more please link.

    • yes it was kathleen, see ckg's comment at the bottom of the thread

    • If you can not tell when.....bla bla bla

      so that would be a "no" you have no source. this is just your hunch because you know how to look at a grossly distorted and swollen face and determine it's not a regular selfie close up. uh huh.

      the kid was beaten up at the russian compound too. it seems very strange you're more concerned about covering up what happened to him that the fact a security officer beat the crap out if him.

      look on the bright side dabkr, the vast majority of kids who have the crap beat out of them by israel forces don't have american parents who raise enough of a stink to have them transferred to a hospital in a timely fashion or have cell phones to document their swollen faces before they are released MONTHS down the road -- when the swelling has gone down.

    • is that your hunch? about the fish eye lens? because this looks very similar, just taken a few more feet away >> link to

      Why would the person who took the image need to exaggerate an obvious black eye and swollen spilt lip with a special fx lens?

      show me your source before we ponder your hypothetical assertions.

    • my pleasure ritzl

    • ritzl, that was actually the very last sentence i added to the article. when it was waiting for publication our trustie awesome israeli contact ofer sent the ynet link. i informed him i had already written about it (wrote it yesterday mostly), that it would be published soon but none the less i opened his link (hebrew) and read it via google translate and what do you know there was that sentence. i was just floored!!!!

      gee, since we've yet to imprison a security officer for assaulting a palestinian why start now? lol, you can't make this stuff up.

    • yes, and the last tweet in the post (from Zak Abukhdair ) said he was a US citizen too (which i may have added on).

      we had many articles about this attack as story unfolded, over 10 i am fairly certain (beginning here: link to ). the next article was also published in july 4 , the same day but after the video came out:

      link to

      you can see it was updated. originally i drafted it as soon as IMEMC posted the video and then added EI's link.

      then on the 5th we published adam's follow up link to

      later allison wrote a more comprehensive article and alex interviewed him at his home in florida. phil mostly covered the msm response -- which there was a lot of over time.

    • ckg, on the night of july 3rd i intercepted tweets from his family, this was before i knew he was related to Mohammed or that he was american. i tacked them onto the base of an article we published on july 4th here link to

      the tweet time stamps "3 july 2014". i retweeted them at the time. this was before it was any kind of a big story. i went back to those original tweets. they were the first documentation of what had happened to him, before his mom was even able to see him. truly tragic. i grabbed the photo for this article right off the original tweet from Sophia Abu khdeir: link to

    • hops, did you open the embed to the judges statements? it's in hebrew but you can use google translate.

      she had never heard of a similar circumstance in israel where an officer spent time behind bars. that cannot be said for our justice system no matter how unjust it is. the 2 are not comparable.

      find me one incident, out of all the examples of palestinian children being tortured and abused by Israeli forces (there are some resources at this link that might be illuminating link to ), where any officer or israeli security agent was sentenced to prison and served that sentence.

  • Posters linking Muslim students and BDS activists to terrorism appear on college campuses in California and Washington, DC
    • i'm sure palestine legal link to is aware of these posters.

      if this horowitz group was a student/campus affiliate the school could be legally accountable if they made no effort to ban the group and punish them for such action. but i think horowitz works thru the student groups and they don't place these posters in the light of day w/people watching, it's a covert action. albeit, not so covert horowitz doesn't admit to it, but you won't see students admitting to placing them and for sure there are students who work in this capacity to facilitate these posters on their campus.

    • are any university administrations denouncing these posters?

  • To the next 'NYT' Jerusalem chief -- Here is your job description
    • We want on-the-spot reporting from Gaza that listens to Palestinian voices. We don’t mind the Israeli military being quoted; we know that’s how the mainstream works. But we want the Palestinian side reported in depth. We want to see B’Tselem and other human rights organizations in Israel consulted and quoted alongside the Israeli government officials who we also understand are part of the story.

      specifically, when reporting the "Palestinian side reported in depth" please actually QUOTE Palestinians. use Palestinian, Palestinian American and Palestinian Israeli analysts as often as Jewish American and Jewish Israeli analysts.

      When quoting U.S. officials or think tanks -- anonymously or non anonymously -- do not primarily rely jewish americans. throwing in quotes by other non jews or non pro israel supporters shouldn't damage the Times credibility. we already can anticipate what dennis ross, winep, martin indyk, josh block and lobby stooges are going to say. if you're going to quote these types .. like you did here:
      link to , keep it balanced.

      use the words "occupation" and "Palestine" once in awhile (both recognized internationally and by the U.N.) . and please use experts at Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority rights in Israel as a resource: link to

  • 'Allahu Akbar': A Muslim family in suburban New Jersey responds to the Paris attacks
  • Israeli troops detain and interrogate 6-year-old Palestinian boy in Bethlehem
    • Wow, that’s such an ambitious plan. Is every Palestinian tied to the great Weiss hivemind that tells them what to do and how to act?

      of course. palestinians lead such busy lives they can't remember to resist. so they share phil's posts (mine too!!) on social media to remind them they are oppressed. in the morning and late at night (especially before/after prayers). our site is primarily directed at palestinians to encourage them to rise up -- because without mondoweiss they'd hardly recognize the state of affairs over there or/and US complicity. phew!

    • discourages Palestinians from self reflection or trying a different approach.

      as far as i know most palestinians don't take their cues from phil. our traffic is high but not that high.

      says yes to every Palestinian grievance so they never have to feel the sting of valid criticism

      i think the msm provides multiple counter opportunities for palestinians to feel "sting". like this recent netanyahu initiative to conflate palestinian muslims w/isis. or do you think phil's voice is louder than netanyahu's? your post is silly. btw, i edited your spelling. if you'd like to conflate phil w/isis try another site.

  • ISIS as a fascist movement
    • or settlers is just so benign. what about hilltop youth! let's go play basketball kids.

    • And besides-people on MW as well as many Israelis have no problem identifying right-wing Israeli terror as “Jewish extremists”, Jewish Settler Terrorists and more.

      what about making a new label for judeo extremist philosophy (like conflating extreme islam w/islamist) say judeoist judeoist-extremism. and we could just call them judeoists for short. we could repeat the word ad nauseam and get a late night show host who was obsessed w/the judeoists and reference them all the time. new atheists could go on and on saying it wasn't anti semitic could obsess on the judeoists. i mean, instead of just calling them zionists or jewish (both having secular connotations). if the discussion around judeoists extremism -- the term itself -- more closely identified with judaism itself don't you think it might be more honest at least? since, as you said:

      there is no denying that a radical interpretation of judaism Islam is their core belief.

      so what do you say? are you in for the judeoists extremism label. or judeoists fundamentalism? and even if jews object to this labeling that won't matter because all the non jewish expert on judaism (which will become sort of an industry of sorts with official think tanks cropping up all over packed w/anti zionist political analysis who are also experts on judaism and judeoists). fun ... no?

      or what about just radical judaism?

      or maybe radical judaist-jihadist?

    • yonah, let's review:

      Is this really anti-Semitism? Israel claims to act on behalf of all Jews, deliberately conflating Jews and Zionist Israelis.

      Why assume that these men who stabbed the Jewish teacher are acting out of hatred of Jews as a racial, religious, or cultural group, rather than hatred of Zionist Israelis?

      this is a question, it is not "an excuse". It also provided an opportunity for other commenters to explain to kris why this act (which i have not reviewed) was anti semitic. please find another example to "precisely epitomizes the type of comments to which i was referring."

      better yet, just use the archives, go to the many threads covering the other paris attacks, and copy a comment matching the description.

  • In escalation against Palestinian citizens of Israel, government bans Islamic Movement of Northern Israel
  • Running for top UN job, UNESCO chief to appear at Zionist celebration on Capitol Hill
  • Dialogue's Demise: Why the American Anthropological Association should support the boycott of Israe​li​ academic institutions
    • resolution passed! super congrats! great work Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions!

      The American Anthropological Association vote on the resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions was 1,040 in favor and 136 against, and the vote on the resolution opposed to a boycott was 1,173 against and 196 in favor.

  • How do we mourn for the dead when empathy is a battleground
    • i feel very privileged to have a megaphone here at mondoweiss so my personal experience is somewhat different. i also don't use FB nor have ever used a filter on my twitter profile. that said, it is strange most of us express ourselves over the internet -- a drop in an endless sea of opinions.

      but we can make a difference here. when we speak many more people can hear our voices. when we speak in unison (like w/hashtags) or are all horrified about one thing at one time we can swoosh the mainstream media narrative right down the toilet.

      but the act of mourning, the grief we feel, is much more personal.

      you have not reached a place where the only thing you can do, the only impact you can have is to update your status. you're just frozen or stunned or something. there's more you can do. much more. you just have to do it. reach outward. and thanks for writing this.

  • 'I endorse the cultural boycott of Israel': Prominent artists support New York-based campaign for cultural boycott of Israel
    • True. Individuals who aid and abet Israeli crimes can be... subjected to BDS... individuals , not just institutions.

      but the comment of mine you agreed to ("True") included an institution (or 2). i'm sorry Sibiriak -- i didn't supply any context for my comment. i should have informed that institutions are made up of people (individuals). so if an individual is representing an israel institution (state sponsored) yes, they (their action/performance whatever)) are subject to boycott. let me know if i can provide further clarification if it's hard to get your head around. or write pacbi or the bds movement.

    • Look at what happened with Matisyahu, in Spain. Did the BDS movement say, hey, you’re trying to boycott an individual, not an institution?

      ha! are you nuts? when you headline fundraisers for Friends of the IDF (a group the supports state sponsored terror) and aipac you become very boycott-able. when your lyricist lives and works in illegal settlements -- same thing. and when you lend (or sell) your soundtrack for state sponsored promotional videos -- whoops!!!

    • BDS literature consciously excludes mention of the Holocaust from its history of the conflict

      i didn't even realize the bds movement published a "history of the conflict". do you know where i can read the history of the conflict by bds? link?

    • many, if not most, individuals act through institutions in the academic world and in the art world.

      what planet are you on? i can't speak for the academic world but i know a thing or two about the art world. here in the U.S. most artists are not funded by the feds to travel around the world promoting America. that's not the case for israel who spends a fortune promoting israeli artists internationally. american artists represented by foreign galleries in international cities didn't get there because the state funded them. as far as i know no one is boycotting individual israeli artists, not state sponsored, who show their art in galleries in berlin or paris -- just because they are israeli. that's different than boycotting a 'promote israel' tour by a state sponsored ballet company.

      the eight leading artists endorsing this boycott are not state sponsored. whereas, leading israeli artists and writers and filmmakers are very often state sponsored. israel could stop funding their artists to promote their work, that would be one way to avoid having them be boycotted.

      when an american independent filmmaker get's invited to the opening of their film at a film festival in toronto, generally washington dc doesn't pick up the tab and send money to the film festival to fund the artists travel expenses. do you see the difference?

      relatively speaking our government doesn't fund that much art.

  • To help prevent future Paris attacks, stop stigmatizing Muslim communities
    • in Israel the Arabs ..... don`t live in neglected neighborhoods but rather where they used to live all along – even before Israel was established

      lol. none of them ever lived in those 500 ethnically cleansed villages. and after the military rule for the first ten years or how ever long it was they let them all move right back into their old houses. sure ivri. please check the comment policy, nakba denial is not allowed.

    • oh fun zaid. let the denials begin!! i remember a poll from the ME a few years back asking all sorts of questions. and the one unifying feature in all the countries was the top issue for the people (not the govs) was what was happening in palestine.

      the question to ask is why wouldn't it motivate someone to go bonkers? it requires a lot of constant restraint not to get really angry about what's going on there decade after decade after decade after decade after decade after decade after decade.

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