Cuba and twisted logic, double standards

July 20, 2010

It is time for the United States to stop trading with China and ban Americans from travelling there. Why? Look at the U.S. Department of State’s most recent annual report on human rights around the world.

“The (Chinese) government’s human rights record remained poor and worsened in some areas,” the report notes. “Tens of thousands of political prisoners remained incarcerated (in 2009).”

U.S. relations with Egypt should also be frozen, because “the government’s respect for human rights remained poor, and serious abuses continued in many areas…Security forces used unwarranted lethal force and tortured and abused prisoners and detainees, in most cases with impunity.”

No American politician would consider sanctions on China, the U.S.’s second largest trade partner, or Egypt, one of its closest allies in the Arab world. They should, if they followed the logic that has underpinned five decades of a trade embargo on Cuba and a ban on travel to the island for most Americans.

Proponents of maintaining the sanctions routinely cite the State Department’s human rights reports on Cuba. The most recent, for 2009, lists 194 political prisoners and criticizes “harsh and life-threatening” prison conditions.

For decades, the U.S. case has been that the embargo must remain in place as long as Cuba doesn’t have democratically-elected leaders, holds political prisoners and violates human rights. By that token, a long list of countries in addition to China and Egypt should be subject to American sanctions. Cuba has long been treated as a special case.

U.S. policy on Cuba has become subject of debate again after the release of seven imprisoned dissidents in July under an agreement between Cuba’s Roman Catholic church and the communist government led by Raul Castro, who took over from his ailing brother Fidel in 2008. Another 45 dissidents are due to be freed over the next few months.

Will that ensure success for the latest attempt in the U.S. congress to normalize relations, a pending bill that would end the travel ban and ease the embargo? Don’t bet on it. Castro-hating Cuban exiles have a long track record of torpedoing moves towards change and President Barack Obama shows no sign of helping to push the proposed legislation.

As a presidential candidate, Obama frequently talked of a “new strategy” on Cuba and once in office, he lifted some restrictions on remittances and travel to the island by Cuban-Americans. Other than that, he and his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, have been serving the country “refried Bush-era policy,” as Larry Birns of the liberal Council on Hemispheric affairs put it.


The pending bill, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, is backed by agriculture exporters and business groups who think that the embargo is ineffective — and bad for business.

The loudest opposition has come from Robert Menendez, a Democratic senator from New Jersey, and to fully appreciate the tortured logic of Cuban policy hawks, a passionate speech he made on the floor of the Senate in mid-July merits attention.

After vowing to do everything in his power to block the legislation, he complained that “the big corporate interests behind this misguided attempt to weaken the travel ban could not care less whether the Cuban people are free. They care only about opening a new market and increasing the bottom line.”

What a concept! American corporations wanting to open new markets and make a profit! Capitalism gone berserk?

The position of Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants, is at odds with the rest of the Democratic party and, according to polls, with most Americans. Hard-liners like him tend to blank out a chapter of Cuban history that also featured a dictatorship and American businesses intent on increasing their bottom line.

In the 1950s, when Cuba was run by Fulgencio Batista with an iron right-wing fist and scant regard for human rights, U.S. companies were active in virtually every sector of the economy, close to 60 percent of Cuban exports went to the United States and imports from the U.S. accounted for more than 70 percent of the total.

The joined-at-the-hip relationship came to an end in 1959, when Fidel Castro and his bearded revolutionaries seized power. The expropriation of U.S. property, from banks to tobacco enterprises, soon followed. In 1962, Washington retaliated with the trade embargo in expectation that economic hardship would help topple the government and bring democracy to the island.

Instead, it gave Fidel Castro a convenient excuse to blame the many shortcomings of his government on the Americans.

“We have tried to isolate Cuba for more than 50 years and it has not worked,” said Collin Peterson, the Democratic congressman who introduced the bill to allow travel and relax the embargo. “As it has in other countries, perhaps increasing trade…will encourage democratic progress.”

Why not try?

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Double standards is the backbone of US foreign policy. No one takes seriously what comes out of the double speak.
We laugh and giggle, and that’s really all one can do, until the country starts engaging meaningfully with the world.

Posted by kerahdah | Report as abusive

There is no democracy in America. Only poor Americans think they have democracy.

American cannot force on others what it does not practice herself. Israel, America’s darling is not a democracy, Egypt is not, Saudi Arabia is not, Kuwait is not, and the list goes on. Yet, these countries are best friends of the United States, their government of course.

At least in Cuba, they have right to life with free health care and affordable housing. There are more homeless people in California than the entire population of Havana. While Cuba is building hospitals and sending free doctors to other countries, hospitals are being shut down in Los Angeles.

Is freedom the right to live poor, among the rich? The inequality in the US is getting wider. Rich people getting richer while many families are driven from their homes due to lack of job and criminal acts by perpetuated by financial institutions. In Cuba, people still care for each other. Yes, Cubans don’t material wealth, but they can get health care when they need it. That is true Wealth.

Posted by OCTheo | Report as abusive

While I do not always agree with you Bernd, this article is spot on.

The trade block on Cuba is a rediciulous anachronism that has no justification.

Posted by bossmeh19 | Report as abusive

and my spelling was impressive.

Posted by bossmeh19 | Report as abusive

Very fine article, Mr. Debussman. While we’re at it, when is Gitmo closing again?

Posted by Warburton | Report as abusive

Apology for the misspelling of your name… Say bossmeh, it must be contagious!

Posted by Warburton | Report as abusive

When the opportunity comes to justify Castrism, the usual mantra is to extol the fact that Cubans have a good and free health service for everyone. They are not free, but they can live longer to enjoy what some people call an imperfect democracy (and the say so quite seriously) Farmers also keep their livestock healthy: both heifers and Cubans do not complain.

Posted by hedagi | Report as abusive

As a Canadian, I believe I live it is I (and not my neighbours south of the 49th parallel) who truly live in the “Land of the Free”. My government places no travel restrictions on me and I have enjoyed many vacations in Cuba.

Posted by DrvandenBerg | Report as abusive

I do not think anybody is “trying to justify Castrism”,but just pointing out a clear and blatant lack of logical conduct (not to call it abusive or worse)of the American goverment when dealing with dictators,and,like is mentioned in this article,what about China,Egipt?…..and one can mention as well Saudi Arabia and many other countries to this list.
Good article,thank you!

Posted by Alwinder | Report as abusive

We all know that U.S. policy toward Cuba is driven by one thing and one thing only: The electoral votes in the politically significant state of Florida. The calculus is simple: If Cuban-Americans will deliver the votes, political candidates will take whatever position they want. Until that changes, U.S. policy will continue to be idiotic.

Posted by Francophile | Report as abusive

Collective punishment is the norm in US military and foreign affairs.

The whole Cuban population is punished because Castro and Che freed the Cuban people from the US colonialists who treated the Cuban people as slaves.

I am pretty sure those Cubans old enough to remember what it was like to be under the US jackboot prefer the current situation.

Posted by Sinbad1 | Report as abusive

Come on, Bernd, just a few more decades (a century more, tops), and the embargo will have worked.

Was there ever a dumber policy?

Posted by vinlander | Report as abusive

@vinlander: there probably was. Just can’t think of one.

Posted by BDebusmann | Report as abusive

OCTheo, you are correct. We do not have a democracy. We are an Oligarchy or quasi Fascist state. I believe more than just the poor believe we are free. I also think that the American People are more concerned with their personal finances than their individual rights that the People who forged the U.S. Constitution gave us so long ago.

Posted by coyotle | Report as abusive

The reason that people can post ill-reasoned comments on this page is proof that there is a thriving democracy in America with rights that are denied the “happy” Cubans. The travel ban may be bad policy, but let’s not use all the disproved propaganda about the “awesome” Cuban public health system. People in the US may not have insurance, but they have access to cutting-edge medical care, whereas poor Cubans “free” health care means dirty, under-supplied, under-staffed hospitals.

Posted by travm222 | Report as abusive

“the government’s respect for human rights remained poor, and serious abuses continued in many areas…Security forces used unwarranted lethal force and tortured and abused prisoners and detainees, in most cases with impunity.” Had to reread it as i thought he was talking about the US.

Posted by outsideopinion | Report as abusive

To be lectured by the US about human rights is like to be lectured by a prostitute about the virtue of chastity. As another reader already stated – the hypocrisy is the backbone of the US foreign policy. But the world doesn’t buy it anymore.

Posted by Saturn2000 | Report as abusive

All the left-wing political propaganda in these posts obscures and devalues legitimate economic arguments in favor of lifting the embargo and travel restrictions. I support a reform of these restrictions, but the moment the discussion turns to “refried Bush-era policy,” it becomes P.P.P.(partisan poliical propaganda) and pure B.S., and loses all its value as intelligent discussion. The same applies to all the arnting and raving about how bad the U.S. and its government are. Presumably you left-wingers all voted for the current administration, so if you don’t like it that much, take it up with your darlings in Washington, but don’t confuse this serious discussion with your off-the-subject whining.

Posted by WalterA | Report as abusive

All the left-wing political propaganda in these posts obscures and devalues legitimate economic arguments in favor of lifting the embargo and travel restrictions. I support a reform of these restrictions, but the moment the discussion turns to “refried Bush-era policy,” it becomes P.P.P.(partisan poliical propaganda) and pure B.S., and loses all its value as intelligent discussion. The same applies to all the ranting and raving about how bad the U.S. and its government are. Presumably you left-wingers all voted for the current administration, so if you don’t like it that much, take it up with your darlings in Washington, but don’t confuse this serious discussion with your off-the-subject whining.

Posted by WalterA | Report as abusive

I suppose that sanctions are not the best ways to settle such problems,communication is the last methed.

Posted by fansywen | Report as abusive


The US has become too materialistic and the pursuit of ‘things’ has caused us to get our priorities waaay out of line. Like buying big, expensive cars or clothes BEFORE making sure you have healthcare. It is common sense to me, but our society continues to enable people to be irresponsible and still try to provide them healthcare. I am sorry, but I have a problem with the govt taxing me more so we can cover people who wasted their own money. It punishes the responsible members of society.

You said Cubans get free healthcare and affordable housing. Please remember that nothing is ever free. The Cuban govt oppressively taxes it’s people to pay for their modest healthcare. Also, we have transiets in the US living in railway boxcars that have better housing than some of the people forced to live in the ‘afforable’ housing in Cuba.

Posted by mac21 | Report as abusive

The days when the U.S.A could tell other countries about human rights are over. When we detain people indifinitely without trial, when men and women of our forces rape their prisoners, when we spy on our citizens, when Gitmo still has detainees as young as 14, when such prison even exists, and when we invaded Iraq illegally killing 500k+ and displacing 8 millions people; When we created and helped the Taliban knowing their injustice toward their women and men, just to cite few transgressions. We have no right to tell others about human rights.

Posted by Zghouda | Report as abusive

It is incorrect to presume that US foreign policy is characterized by multiple standards. The use of concepts such as human rights, freedom, democracy, etc. are mere justifications for choices made by the administration before the people of the US, and cannot not be considered in any different way.

For, the US itself, violates human rights (e.g. CIA prisoners), promotes colonial regimes (e.g. Israel)and organizes coup d’etats against democratic regimes (e.g. Chile).

In the case of Cuba, the shady but powerful Cuban mafia operating in Florida is a factor no aspiring politician can ignore, and the likelihood of an all-out war against Cuba causes many a general, every executive in an arms corporation and Senator waiting for funding, salivate, totally uncontrollably.

That is why China can commit, according to the State Department ‘worse violations’ and get away with it. The administration cannot antagonize China. Hence, it does not need to brainwash the citizens of the US with hate and dislike of the Cubans and their government.

Posted by RBurton | Report as abusive

Excellent article, Mr Debusmann. Just wish more of your readers could be as intelligent and thoughtful in their reply as you were in your original commentary.

Yes, the double standard is ridiculous and the foreign policy towards Cuba is well overdue for serious change. However to imply that the rationale that keeps the US tied to such an untenable position is as simple as a powerful voting bloc or is emblematic of the US foreign policy as a whole is overly simplistic.

It was a complex situation that led to embargo in the first place. Unwinding a 50 year old policy isn’t going to be as simple as just writing a new law and hoping for the best. Meaningful engagement with the Cuban government prior to any significant change in policy would almost have to be a prior condition. If not, we at least need to think through the repercussions of simply normalizing travel and economic policy with Cuba.

If we don’t I’m sure these same readers will be on here within six months decrying the evil capitalistic invasion of Cuba and complaining about a flood of new immigrants into Florida which the government isn’t doing enough to control.

That said I’d be interested to see your thoughts on exactly what steps should be taken. Clearly your tongue in cheek suggestion that we close China and Egypt isn’t the right answer, but what steps do YOU think the State Department can take in the short term, and the US Congress can take in the long term to truly change the current status quo?

Posted by marknick | Report as abusive

I would like to second the comments from marknick. Thank you Mr Debusmann for stating so clearly the absurdity of the US’s current foreign policy towards Cuba. So we now know what not to do (with out much debate based on reader comments).

I would also be very eager to read your views on what actions should be taken by the US. Or if it better suits your goals/job requirements, perhaps just research and/or an assessment of the consequences associated with different possible courses of action?

The steps you have taken beyond just reporting the facts represent a valuable contribution to democratic debate. Will you contribute leadership to the consideration of possible actions and consequences? I am sure you could more than double the number of replies to your “Great Debate” series :-)

Whatever, thanks again for the clear statement of the problems (as in past postings, this post, and the post you made earlier today).

Posted by Rumphius | Report as abusive

Marknik: I think passing the Peterson bill would be a good start, and a first step towards a more rational discussion of the embargo on trade.

Posted by BDebusmann | Report as abusive

I admire Fidel’s leadership and goals to free humanity from the slaves of greedy money changers. That little country did the impossible and is still thriving.

Show me one former Cuban who did not like Fidel and I’ll show you a greedy person.

Posted by Butch_from_PA | Report as abusive

If one were to try to find consistency and integrity in our foreign policy, one would go crazy trying to make opposites unite. At the Obama Administration site the speech of Tom Shannon, Assistant Secr4etary of State says these words in a speech to the OAS:

“At the same time we will always defend the timeless principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law that animate our societies and serve as a beacon for those around the world who are oppressed, silenced and subjugated. The United States looks forward to the day when a democratic Cuba rejoins the Inter-American system. Until then we will seek new ways to engage Cuba that benefit the people of both nations and of the hemisphere. We will continue to advocate for democratic governance in Cuba and throughout the Americas and the people of this hemisphere look to the OAS to do the same.” s-speech-by-tom-shannon-us-draft.html

Apparently, Pres. Obama his secretary don’t know the history of the U.S. involvement in the affairs of our neighbors to the south. We have and still do foment terror on our neighbors in the form of coups of “democratic” governments, wars, the funding of paramilitary and death squads, falsely designated “war on drugs” militarization, and the pillaging of raw materials decade upon decade. Soon after elected, he gave another of his patented flowery speeches to our southern neighbors, the rhetoric of which seemed to mark a new mindset in how we deal with our southern friends, But soon after that, the coup in Honduras occurred, and I watched the Obama Administration’s tepid reaction even after all the nations of the OAS and many nations from around the world condemned the coup. Those who performed the coup were once students of our Benning, GA School of Amnericas (now renamed WHINSEC), the place where we have trained hundreds to help keep the great gap between the rich in poor in Central and South America wide and to keep the resources coming along with the profits for the multinationals and corporate elites whom our military industrial complex serve.

The embargo against Cuba is insane, and all one can do is look at the duplicity of our policies and scratch one’s head. Not because they make no sense, but because the vast majority of Americans have no clue about them due to their concern with issues that keep them distracted from what is really going on. We have no more a democracy here than Cuba does, so it is time to mature as Americans and stay out of the affairs of the Castros’, the Chavezs’ and the Morales’ and allow for self determination and quit interfering in their business and quit overthrowing their governments and installing dictators or puppets, the latter of which can now be found in Columbia, who we are using to destabilize Venezuela.

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Posted by Going Against The Grain | Report as abusive

Castro heads a completely racist, white-only ruling party where white European-heritaged party bosses block the majority darker-skinned Cubanos from any position of authority.

It’s the last vestige of government-sanctioned race-based slavery. You say what Castro wants you to say, you think what he wants you to think from the time you are in grade school, or else.

I wrote the author of the article off as a racist, as he actually claims the free “Banana Republic” had a worse human rights record than Castro’s government.

Perhaps human rights issues only come into play if the victim is white?

Posted by David_B | Report as abusive

Yes, Cuba is such a wonderful place. Free third rate health care. No freedom of speech or ideas. The government can make anyone who doesn’t agree just disappear. And million upon millions of Cubans risk life and limb to cross over into Florida. You want to blame their poverty on US sanctions… haha – America is just one country out of how many? I can buy Cuban cigars and rum in most countries of the world, even the US.

Ya, the sanctions use useless. Lets not pretend Cuba is anything positive though.

It’s all fun and mindless game to attack America for things it does which don’t even touch a candle to what many other major countries (China, Russia, most of the middle East, etc) do every day and don’t even think twice about it.

Posted by Seksor | Report as abusive

The U.S. Department of State’s talking about human rights around the world…the best joke of the century.
Ask yourself why the US is under constant threat…

Posted by Luis2010 | Report as abusive

It’s crazy! We embargo Cuba for years. Yet, China sent material and soldiers to fight us in Korea. They helped North Vietnam against us. They talk of how they would make California a nuclear wasteland if we interfer in Tawain. We are helping them become a superpower by buying the cheap products they produce and we cant lift the embargo on a country because of Castro. Give me a break! This country needs a major change of govt. It needs men/women with common sense to run it. These so called educated officials need to go on both sides of the party!
So You want a revolution!

Posted by bmw193 | Report as abusive

Well look at yourself US imprisons more people then China and India combined. India hosts 40-50% of the worlds hungry and are therefore many times worse then even North Korea (which imprisons about as many per capita as the US) as a part of the world and China hosts repressive politics yet those two countries manage to incarcerate fewer individuals then the US. You have to ask yourself why you would continue to support your own broken system before you attack others on dubious grounds.

Most sanctions should be deemed illegal as they constitutes a poor political tool for collective punishment.

Most countries aren’t democratic and for sure US in it’s expansionist recent history can be counted not to be that. Practically all countries have elections though, it’s just a matter of how free and fair they are. US have never had a truly transparent electoral system. And fairs worse then most countries US calls dictatorships in the making. And all in the world knows the US doesn’t support democracy. Who’s supporting the public beheading country Saudi Arabia, for sure it’s not Sweden. Regimes are fine as long as you can cooperate with them. Why else would you overthrow countries turning many of them into military or hardline dictatorships. US has supported so many atrocities and political persecution of demonstrators, people opposing tyranny and because they are suspected for some false bullshit.

But in regards to sanctions. Isolation only makes them turn away. Especially when it’s combined with hostility. Cubans have no animosity with Americans. They welcome any opening of trade. Without an enemy but with a partner they would be more interested and open to many ideas, and there’s lot of progressive people in the US. So they could then actually implement them. The seizure mentally would go away.

Posted by Petter | Report as abusive

Cut off all commie countrys. Cuba’s free healthcare is a joke, like waiting for hours to deal with a butcher. America needs some new laws in place like NO FOREIGN INVESTERS. Reopen the steel mills that china bought, buy back our ports, quit giving cash aid to eveyone, capture the Middle East, & for god sakes dont let the US fall into the hands of the immigrants. If your sending your paycheck out of the country you should leave. American companys outsourceing labor over seas needs to be put to a hault, deal with the cost and let the economy correct itself. Shut down immigration letting forigners move here for the sake of collecting taxes. And more mass deportations. This is the USA’s tipping point get a grip now before we cant salvage it.

Posted by adeath | Report as abusive

Americans, whether the rebutylhydrated Cuban type or the indigenous species, have for a number of years been accessing Cuba for fun or study in a number of nefarious and legitimate ways for quite a while now.

Some have even been involved in ‘breaking’ the ’embargo’ by supporting and even supplying medications etc to 3rd party operators who send such into Cuba through non-embargo partners.

If there is such an animal as ‘Castrism’ its the political result of malicious, but at the same time, relatively powerless persecution. It is highly unlikely that America would be any great market for Cuban products such as cigars, rum or sugar. And Cubans wouldn’t want to revisit the days when America used the island as a doss house and casino for organized crime. So, other than a flood of curious tourists, Cuba (and Castrism) have little to gain and much to lose associating too closely with Tio Sammy.

Posted by Popsiq | Report as abusive

I am quoting a book by Noah Chomsky’s ‘Failed States\'; where he sarcastically said that the term ‘Double Standard’ is misleading. It is more accurate to describe them as ‘single standard’ , clear and unmistakable, the standard that Adam Smith called the “vile maxim of the masters of mankind: ….”. All for ourselves, and nothing for other people”

Posted by Nuts | Report as abusive

My dear Mr. Debusmann –

America’s Cuba policy the dumbest in history? Surely you jest! Have you really forgotten Lenin’s agricultural policy (which cost the lives of over 1M Russians), China’s “Great Leap Forward” (which cost apprx 50M Chinese lives) or Stalin’s infatuation with Lysenko’s genetics theories?


Posted by medley | Report as abusive

Cuban Ex-Pats need to drink a cup of “Get The Hell Over It”. We could use some Cuban Physicians right about now.
Castro, while a ruthless dictator seized power from a worse regime.
194 Political Prisoners??
That’s a rich complaint from a country that imprisons more people, per capita, than ANY other country in the world.

Posted by WeNotMe | Report as abusive

Great article Mr. Debusmann…I’m with you adeath!!!! It’s time to hit the reset button!

Posted by Human905 | Report as abusive

Medley: that question and reply referred to U.S. foreign policy, not policy mistakes around the world.


Posted by BDebusmann | Report as abusive

The US should stop using sanctions as an instrument of foreign policy towards any country. Thus, all sanctions against Cuba, Iran and other countries should be removed. The US has to stop trying to enforce its ideas on other countries. Americans may choose not to trade with certain countries, but we should not limit what a third party may desire to do.

Posted by Logical123 | Report as abusive

The U.S. has a long, long way to go concerining diplomacy with other nations. As stated in nearly all posts, the U.S. has not dealt with the oppression, and disparity, and ruthless manner in which it treats our own citizen’s. America has not made repaired persons in this country for racism, dissinfranchisement from business opportunity, voting, education…The list goes on. Cuba is no doubt a great nation, despite the U.S.’s involvement in its past, and currents delima’s.

I really wish we could have world peace.

Posted by P42 | Report as abusive

And as a result of isolation they didn’t allow Cuba to hook up to the internet, forcing them to use expensive and slow satellite links, making it inaccessible for the larger public. How’s that for freedoms?

Posted by Petter | Report as abusive

Debusmann fumbles with the right premise, then falls flat with his conclusions: The point is that it IS time for the United States to reconsider it’s trade relations with China and with any other country whose system falls far short on democratic principles and human rights.

We should now look back at the capitalistic logic that passed “PNTR for China” in September of 2000: y/aa091900a.htm
Ten years later, what has that done for human rights and democracy in that country? And, more importantly, what did it do to the American worker, the American economy and our trade deficit with our “second largest trade partner!?” Yes, for corporate profit, our government failed the American worker.

Let’s hope American trade policy will begin to stand firm on demanding human rights and maybe even democracy, yes, even in China, and anywhere else, including our close neighbor, Cuba. America should again stand for something, and against governments that continue to exploit their workers and oppress their people.

When America succumbs to short-term corporate self interest it withers. When America champions it’s founding principles both at home and abroad it flourishes.

Posted by humanwrites | Report as abusive

My dear Mr. Debusmann –

Can you really be unaware of the Roosevelt administration’s policy of deterrance of Japan from a position of military inferiority in Asia? Or the Nixon administration’s policy of offering the Soviets more concessions when it was discovered they were violating the SALT I treaty? Both were significantly more foolish than the current policy toward Cuba.


Posted by medley | Report as abusive

Yes, this is a very antiquated policy. Reason Cuba is a small Caribbean mostly Afrolatino/ Spanish mulatto country that has little to offer the the eyes of the public. China on the other hand, we have sold ourselves to. They own a great deal of our debt due to the financial crisis we’ve put ourselves into years ago, which in turns allows them to flood our Country at will with often times cheap and inferior goods. Im of Cuban decent and I can assure you, most generations of Cubans, except the older ones 55yrs and up, think this Embargo is biased and a waste of time. Moreover, with natural resources, tourism, culture, and strategic geographic positioning there, a partnership with Cuba in the 21st Century makes good “Cents” for all parties.

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