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Iranian Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi on Nuclear Deal, Islamic State, Women's Rights

- We are broadcasting from The Hague, where we are speaking with the women Nobel Peace Prize laureates who have gathered to mark the 100th anniversary of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. -Amy Goodman, Democracy Now - 4/29/15

Iranian women's magazine shut down for reporting on 'White Marriage'

- Iran's Press Supervisory Board has shut down Zanan Emrooz (Today's Women) magazine and filed a complaint against it in court. The Tasnim website reports that the magazine has been shut down for "publishing material in violation of religious and national values". - 4/28/15

Princesses of Persia: Unveiling Iran's Female Ninja 'Assassins'

- Sputnik unravels the truth about Iran's all-female squad of martial artists three years after Western media published a story claiming Tehran was training ninjas to kill enemies of the Islamic Republic. - 4/18/15

Worsening Conditions for Women in Iran Begin to Draw Attention

- Almost two years after his 2013 election, President Hassan Rouhani and his Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, spoke up against discrimination against women this week, in the face of steadily deteriorating conditions for women in Iran. - 4/17/15

Rugby a surprise boost for Iran's underprivileged girls

- Rugby is a very rare sport in Iran, and it's even rarer for women and children. But a NGO working with girls from rough neighbourhoods has found that the sport is boosting their self-esteem in ways they hadn't predicted. -France24 - 4/17/15

Iran accepted on UN women's agency board despite US objection

- Despite opposition from the United States, Iran has been accepted as a member of the governing board of the UN Agency for Women. This is a three-year term, and Iran's membership will commence at the beginning of 2016. The state of women's rights in Iran has been repeatedly criticized by human rights groups. - 4/12/15

Prominent Iranian Activists Optimistic on End of Ban on Women at Sports Stadiums

- Two prominent Iranian human rights defenders have expressed optimism over the recent moves in Iran to amend the laws banning women from sports stadiums, but note that real and permanent changes will require time and sustained citizen support for its realization. - 4/11/15

Event at Stanford University: Women, Literature and Arts in the Middle East

- Attiya Ahmad (George Washington University), "Refracted Images: the Ordinariness of Middle Eastern Gendered Photography in Socio-Historical Context." - Dominic Brookshaw (Oxford University), "Telling Stories: The Female Voice in 19th and 20th Century Persian Poetry" - Nasrin Rahimieh (University of California, Irvine), "Women Writing Ordinary Lives" - 4/6/15

Iran To Ease Ban On Women Attending Sports Matches

- Iranian authorities say they will partially lift a ban on women attending men's sports matches. The official IRNA news agency quoted Deputy Sports Minister Abdolhamid Ahmadi as saying on April 4 that Iran's State Security Council had approved a plan by his ministry to allow women and families to attend some sports events. - 4/5/15

When singing is a revolutionary act: the women challenging Iran's fear of female creativity

- "How can we sing without the colour of the female voice?" This is the question at the heart of No Land's Song, a new documentary by the Iranian director Ayat Najafi. The film follows the director's sister, Sara Najafi, a singer and composer who is attempting to host a concert of female singers in Tehran. -Anna Leszkiewicz, New Statesman - 3/26/15

Challenging Iran's women's rights narrative

- Earlier this month, Shahindokht Molaverdi, Iran's Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, led an official delegation to the United Nations in New York to attend the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. -Faraz Sanei, CNN - 3/26/15

Iranian Children's Rights Activist Charged with "Acting against National Security"

- Civil and children's rights activist Atena Daemi has been formally charged, after six months of "temporary detention" in Evin Prison, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 3/22/15

An anthology of the final decade: exploring Iran's past through art

- A series of exhibitions from curator Vali Mahlouji examine the 'lost decades' of pre-revolutionary Iran. -Natasha Morris, Guardian - 3/22/15

Proposed Iranian Laws Are Setback for Women

- Proposed new laws in Iran would restrict women's access to birth control and jobs, according to human rights group Amnesty International. The group expressed alarm at two bills, moving through Iran's parliament, that aim to arrest the country's plunging birth rate and declining population, seen in Tehran as major threats to the Islamic Republic's future. -Henry Ridgwell, VOA - 3/14/15

The Next Einstein May Be A 27-Year-Old Iranian Woman

- She's called Zahra Haghani and you can read her paper, "Matter May Matter" online. What Sparrho has done is analyse her writing, and determined that she was one of several writers who were statistically most similar to Einstein. -Ian Morris, Forbes - 3/13/15

Iranian women directors make most popular movies of the year

- "The City of Mice 2", "Ceasefire 2", and "Track 143", three movies produced by Iranian women directors, were on top of the list of Iran's most popular films of the year. The list was announced during a ceremony held by the Cinema Organization of Iran at Tehran's Eivan-e Shams Hall on Monday to honor the directors of the movies. - 3/12/15

Iran fails in bid for Asian football championship

- Iran has lost its bid to host the 2019 Asian Football Cup. It was announced in Bahrain on Monday March 9 that the UAE will host the championship. In the preliminary stages, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Thailand were in the running along with Iran and the UAE, but after a number of withdrawals in the final stages, the choice remained between Iran and the UAE. - 3/10/15

We Won't Be Silenced: Iranian Women's Demands in Three Episodes

- What does March 8 mean for Iranian women? What is their share of the decades of struggle by women's rights activists for equality? What are the problems and demands of those who live in large and small cities, in villages and more closed communities? -Parvaneh Vahidmanesh - 3/9/15

Iranian American Women's Leadership Conference

- The Iranian American Women Foundation is set to host its next Women's Leadership Conference May 3rd in San Francisco! Once again, IAW Foundation is bringing women together to INSPIRE, EMPOWER and CONNECT - 3/9/15

Celebrating Iranian-American Women On International Women's Day

- Celebrated globally on March 8th, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of inspirational women while calling for greater equality. It is in this spirit that I would like to highlight the acts of courage and determination by these seven extraordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their communities. -Yasamin Beitollahi, Huffington Post - 3/8/15

Vigilante Violence: The Acid Attacks against Women in Iran and the State's Assault on Women's Rights

- The Iranian Parliament should immediately withdraw the pending Plan to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice, which explicitly calls for Basij militias to enforce strict hijab (female dress), the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. This plan not only violates the rights of all Iranian women, it also presents a clear and present danger to their continued safety. - 3/7/15

FIFA Head Urges Iran To Let Women Into Stadiums

- FIFA President Sepp Blatter says Iran's ban on women attending football matches is "intolerable" and should be lifted. Blatter wrote in FIFA's weekly magazine published on March 6 that he raised the issue with Iranian President Hassan Rohani more than one year ago but that "nothing has happened." Blatter said the ban "cannot continue." - 3/6/15

Iranian Activist Ends Hunger Strike after Judge Agrees to Transfer to Evin's Political War

- Atena Faraghdani has ended her hunger strike in hospital, where she has been since her February 26 collapse in Gharchak Prison, after learning that a Revolutionary Court Judge agreed to return her to Evin Prison's Women's Ward for political prisoners, her lawyer told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 3/5/15

How Iran's feminist genie escaped

- Iran's 1979 revolution may have put an ayatollah in charge - but for women it had plenty of positive side-effects... in education, in the workplace, and even in the home, discovers Amy Guttman during a ride on the Tehran underground. -BBC - 3/5/15

Iranian Prisoner of Conscience Released After Nine Months of "Temporary Detention" At Deplorable Facility

- Nine months after her arrest, the lawyer and prisoner of conscience Negar Haeri was released on bail of about US$580,000 on February 25, 2015. She spent her entire time in prison since her May 2014 arrest on "temporary detention orders. - 2/28/15

Activists Ask FIFA to Intervene to End Iran's Ban on Women in Stadiums

- In a letter addressed to the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the Swiss-based organization responsible for administering the World Cup soccer competitions, 190 Iranian activists have asked FIFA to suspend Iran's membership in FIFA, in response to the Iranian government's ban on the presence of Iranian women in soccer stadiums. - 2/26/15

Subversive Facebook page wins women's rights prize

- The Geneva Summit for Democracy and Human Rights announced on Monday that Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad, creator of the My Stealthy Freedom Facebook page, is the recipient of its Women's Rights Prize for 2015. - 2/25/15

Watch: 100 years of Iranian beauty - in one minute

- A mesmerizing video released Wednesday captures 100 years of Iranian beauty trends in one minute. Stylists transform model Sabrina Sarajy's hair and makeup to popular styles from each decade in a time-lapsed video produced by media company Cut.com. -USA Today - 2/21/15

Exhibition at Stanford: She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

- A major new exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center, She Who Tells a Story, presents the pioneering work of 12 leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world. The artists explore identity, narrative, representation, and war in daily life, inviting a broader understanding of the Middle East than what Westerners glean through media reports. - 2/20/15

Rohani's administration seems to back down on women's right to sing

- The Ministry of Culture appears to have caved in to pressure from Islamic Republic hardliners regarding women singing in public, as a recent report indicates that the female singer scheduled to perform in the opening of Fajr Music Festival did not perform. - 2/17/15

This is what the lives of Iranian women really look like

- Sari, a few hours north of Iran's capital, Tehran, is a small city with a population of 200,000. If you're young, privileged, and bored in Sari, Shoonesh is the place to be on a Friday night. Racing through the narrow streets, you need only a passing glance of consent from a neighboring driver to signal that they're down for a challenge. -Mahsa Alimardani, Quartz - 2/17/15

Iranian Vice President Shahindokht Molaverdi Meets Pope

- Iranian Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi met with Pope Francis on Thursday. In the meeting, the Pope stressed the need for inter-religion cooperation and said that freedom of expression does not justify insulting religious sanctities, referring to terrorist acts carried out in the name of religion. - 2/14/15

Female Singing At Center Of New Attacks Against Iran's Rohani

- A recently released album of traditional Iranian music is turning into a new headache for the administration of President Hassan Rohani, who's accused by his hard-line opponents of being too liberal in his cultural and social policies. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 2/9/15

Iranian-Swiss Woman Nominated For Oscar For Her Short Film "Parvaneh"

- Iranian-Swiss film director and screenwriter Talkhon Hamzavi has been nominated for an Oscar at the 87th Academy Awards in the Short Film (Live Action) category for her work "Parvaneh" along with the producer Stefan Eichenberger. - 1/20/15

The Trials and Tribulations of an Iranian Fashion Model

- Twenty-six-year-old Pegah Biglui has an unusual job for a woman in Iran: she is a fashion model. True, there are many dedicated models around the world. But what makes her story unusual is the fact she has chosen the profession in the Islamic Republic, a country that is obsessed with how women are perceived in the public space. -Shima Shahrabi, IranWire - 1/7/15

Iran's Women's Affairs Chief Feels Powerless To Act

- Shahindokht Molaverdi, the head of women's and family affairs, told the eighth meeting of women's affairs advisors and executives that she feels she is completely blocked from taking any action in her governmental capacity. - 1/5/15

Guardians Council Rejects Controversial New Iran Hijab Law

- An Iranian draft law giving more powers to police to enforce women's compulsory wearing of the hijab has been ruled unconstitutional. Iranian state media reported January 3 that the powerful Guardians Council, a 12-member group that examines legislation, rejected the draft law. - 1/3/15

Iranian Activist Jailed Without Charges Demands Her Freedom

- Mahdieh Golroo, the Iranian student and women's rights activist currently jailed in Evin Prison, has refused to accept any belongings from her family and demanded her release. - 1/3/15

IRIB chief names woman as deputy for radio affairs

- The head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) has picked a woman as his deputy for radio affairs. Mohammad Sarafraz on Saturday appointed Nasrin Abravani as his deputy to regulate radio affairs of Iran's broadcasting service. - 12/30/14

Iran: Female Prisoner of Conscience Transferred to Deplorable Gharchak Prison

- Female prisoner of conscience Hakimeh Shokri was abruptly transferred from Evin Prison to the Gharchak Prison in Varamin on December 15, 2014, Shokri's sister told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 12/26/14

Scheherazade to appear in musical at Tehran hall

- An Iranian troupe will stage a musical entitled "A Scheherazade Should Be" based on the story of Scheherazade, the legendary Persian queen and the storyteller of "One Thousand and One Nights". Only women are allowed to attend the performances, which will be staged by a cast of over 40 female performers. - 12/26/14

Pardis Sabeti and Team of Ebola Fighters Recognized by TIME as 2014 Person of the Year

- Iranian American and award-winning computational geneticist at Harvard University,Pardis Sabeti, along with other Ebola fighters, were named TIME magazine's 2014 Person of the Year. The Ebola fighters were chosen for their bravery and stepping-up during a time when many others were reluctant to do so. - 12/24/14

Women Continue Struggle for Rights Despite Barriers

- The focus of this presentation is on the struggles of members of the women's movement in Iran against human rights violations, particularly since the 1979 Islamic revolution, up to 2014. I will try to show how Iranian women have succeeded in taking a stand against human rights violations, even as problems continue. -Mansureh Shojayee - 12/18/14

Activist Iranian woman Mahdieh Golroo in jail for nearly two months without charges

- Golroo, a prominent women's rights activist, was arrested in 2009 and released after 30 months in jail. She was arrested again about two months ago after she took part in a protest in front of Parliament calling for action against acid-throwing attacks on women. - 12/17/14

Marzieh Rasouli Letter to Bahareh Hedayat

- Below are excerpts of a letter written by Journalist Marzieh Rasouli, to Bahareh Hedayat, imprisoned student and women's rights activist. Marzieh and Bahareh were in Evin prison together for a short while. Marzieh has been released since, but on December 30, 2014, Bahareh Hedayat will have served a full 5 years of her 10 year prison sentence. - 12/16/14

Iran: Suspended activist lawyer arrested on Human Rights Day

- Iranian human rights lawyer and activist Nasrin Sotoudeh was briefly arrested along with husband Reza Khandan on Wednesday December 10. Sotoudeh has been staging daily protests in front of the Iranian Bar Association since her licence was suspended, demanding the right to work and dissent. - 12/11/14

Vocalist Hengameh Akhavan To Give Concert In Tehran: Men Keep Out!

- Iranian vocalist Hengameh Akhavan will give a concert at Tehran's Vahdat Hall on December 26. Only women will be allowed to attend the concert, during which she is scheduled to perform classical Iranian songs. - 12/11/14

Reliance on Ethnocentric Solutions Equates to Deceiving Women

- Through the pretext of defending Islamic values, it has been claimed for the last thirty six years that relying on international provisions and documents will not correct the gender discriminations that exist against women in Iran's traditional society. -Mehrangis Kar - 12/5/14

Stabbing of Six Women Continue Series of Attacks Against Iranian Women

- In a continuing series of attacks against women in Iran, a suspect has been arrested for the stabbing of six women in the southern town of Jahrom in Fars Province over the past week. The stabbings follow the numerous acid attacks against women in Isfahan over the last few months, which were allegedly linked to vigilante justice that was aimed at punishing "improper" hijab and encouraged by the Iranian Parliament's proposed "Plan to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice." - 12/3/14

IRAN'S FEMALE SURF PIONEERS

- In 2010, Irish surfer Easkey Britton took time off from finishing a PhD in Marine Science to surf this moonscape of a coastline (Chabahar, Iran). It was a lark, a chance to see and surf someplace new, a serious adventure. It ended up being the beginning of a brand new surf culture: the women surfers of Iran. -Surfer - 12/2/14

New measures aimed at increasing safety of Iranian women

- The Iranian president's advisor on women's issues says the administration has proposed a bill "to provide women with security against violence." ISNA reported on Thursday November 27 that Shahindokht Mowlaverdi spoke at a ceremony at Mashhad University to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - 11/29/14

Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Vows to Continue Protest

- Well-known Iranian human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh says she's determined to continue protesting a decision to ban her from practicing law. Sotoudeh started picketing outside the offices of the Iranian Bar Association in Tehran a month ago, holding signs reading "right to work" and "rights of dissenters," after the association, reportedly under official pressure, banned her from working as a lawyer for three years. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/28/14

Remembering the Life and Work of Behjat Sadr, One of Iran's Foremost Modern Painters

- This 234-page illustrated book published by Zaman in France (in English and in French), Behjat Sadr, Traces, edited by Morad Montazami and Narmine Sadeq, presents the life and art of Behjat Sadr, Iran's first female painter of international renown (1924-2009). -Fariba Amini - 11/28/14

Iranian woman Sareh Javanmardi chosen best Paralympics athlete in 2014

- Iranian female Paralympics shooter, Sareh Javanmardi, was selected as the best woman athlete in 2014 by Asian Paralympics Committee (APC). The selection was made due to Javanmardi's performance during the Second Incheon Para-Asian Games which brought two gold medals for the country. - 11/26/14

No Justice for Survivors of Acid Attacks in Iran

- The offenders of the acid attacks in Isfahan, similar to other serial crimes in Islamic Republic of Iran, will not be brought to justice as the perpetuators of these crimes are being protected. The infuriating aspect of these injustices for Iranian people is that the perpetuators of these crimes are still at large and not facing any sentence while the people who are exercising their rights to protest these crimes and holding state accountable for putting an end to these acts of violence are being arrested and detained. -Elahe Amani - 11/25/14

Tehran art exhibit reflects "Three Views" of female artists

- Paintings reflecting different issues by three female artists are on display in an exhibit entitled "Three Views" at Tehran's Boom Gallery. Created by , the collection highlights war in Kobani, the rush of modern life, as well as images of Persian gardens, the gallery announced in a press release on Sunday. - 11/24/14

Jailed Iranian-British Woman Released On Bail

- The family of Ghoncheh Ghavami, a British-Iranian citizen jailed in Iran reportedly for trying to attend a volleyball match, said Ghavami has been released on bail. Ghavami was freed on November 23, pending a decision by the Court of Appeal on her sentence, her brother told the AFP news agency. - 11/24/14

Mother of accused Iranian woman sheds light on volleyball case

- After the Tehran Prosecutor accused Ghoncheh Qavami of links to opposition forces, claiming the charges against her have no bearing on her attempt to enter a Tehran volleyball stadium to watch a game, Qavami's mother announced that her daughter has no connection to opposition forces and all of her interrogations were focused on her presence at the stadium. - 11/20/14

Iran 'Vigilante' Law to Test Rouhani on Women's Rights

- Iran's parliament last week approved a bill that would allow paramilitary forces to return to public streets and verbally enforce strict Islamic dress codes. Meanwhile, hardliners are reportedly pushing legislation that would support and protect citizen vigilantes who also want to help enforce the hijab. This comes in the wake of a string of acid attacks on women in Isfahan for not dressing properly. -Cecily Hilleary, VOA - 11/17/14

Iranian university students protest handling of Isfahan acid attacks on women

- A group of students from the International University of Qazvin gathered to protest the recent acid throwing assualts on women in Isfahan and the authorities' failure to arrest the culprits. - 11/15/14

Iran books place in 2015 AFC U-19 Women's Championship

- Iran advanced to the 2015 AFC U-19 Women's Championship finals after finishing top of qualifying Group B. Iran, who had defeated host Sri Lanka 4-1 in its opening match, beat Palestine 6-0 at the City Football Complex in Colombo on Tuesday. - 11/15/14

Ziba Style: Curating The Most Unusual Locally Inspired Luxury Items From Around The World

- Introducing ZIBA Style, a curated online marketplace for locally inspired luxury goods from around the world-the most unique goods a traveler cannot find at home. Founder Yasmin Sanie-Hay, an M.I.T. graduate and Harvard Business School student, traversed 70 countries to source products for her new online venture that allows customers to buy directly from designers in faraway destinations such as Beirut, Bishkek, and Benin. - 11/14/14

Iranian Activist Woman Challenges President Rohani To Fulfill Promises On Citizen Rights

- Iranian activist Nargess Mohammadi has written to President Rohani protesting against the interrogation procedure she was subjected to in Evin Court. According to the Human Rights Defenders Centre website, Mohammadi has been under investigation by Islamic Republic authorities since last March for meeting with Catherine Ashton when the latter was visiting Iran as the EU foreign policy chief. - 11/14/14

Iran announces plan to accommodate female fans in sports facilities

- The Iranian Ministry of Sports has reacted to public pressure and announced it has plans to designate a section of stadiums to female spectators. The ministry's deputy for women's sports, Robab Shahrian, told ISNA that the ministry will implement a new plan designating specific areas in stadiums for women to attend all athletic events. - 11/13/14

Ghoncheh Ghavami's Lawyer Says New Charges Looming Against Her Are Illegal

- New charges may be brought against Ghoncheh Ghavami, the young woman who was arrested outside a sports stadium in Tehran in June 2014 for trying to attend a volleyball match and who remains in prison. - 11/13/14

Narges Mohammadi Summoned to Evin Prison Court on Unspecified Charges

- A video of her October 31 speech in remembrance of the second anniversary of Sattar Beheshti's murder quickly went viral among social networks. In her speech, Narges Mohammadi spoke about the police negligence that led to Beheshti's death under torture while being interrogated, and a bill currently under review at the Iranian Parliament that aims to implement the Islamic principle of "Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice" in Iran. - 11/12/14

Rohani Administration Reports No Progress In Probe Of Isfahan Acid Attacks

- The president's adviser on women's affairs announced today that there has been no progress in the investigations regarding acid assaults on women in Isfahan. Some have connected the attacks to the discussions around hijab enforcement by Basij volunteers. - 11/12/14

Iran Punished By The Volleyball Federation For Refusing To Allow Women In The Stadium

- Ari Grasa, the head of the World Federation of Volleyball, has written a letter to Mohammadreza Davarzani, the head of the Iranian Federation of Volleyball, expressing the global body's gratitude to Iran for its willingness to host the championships but informing Davarzani that Argentina has been chosen as the host. - 11/10/14

IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW: Equality for women means progress for all

- The fifty eighth session of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place in New York at the Headquarters of United Nations from 10-21 March 2014. -Elahe Amani - 11/9/14

Police official downplays acid attacks in Isfahan

- Ahmadreza Radan, the Chief of Police Strategic Studies, says the acid assaults on women in Isfahan have been "blown out of proportion [which allowed] the enemy to take advantage of it." President Rohani has implicitly linked the actions to overt government interference in the enforcement of hijab and Islamic dress codes in public. - 11/4/14

Mirzakhani honored by High Council for Iranian Expatriates Affairs

- High Council for Iranian Expatriates Affairs on Sunday granted a plaque of honor to Iranian Fields Medal-winning mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani. Ahmad Mirzakhani, the father of Professor Maryam Mirzakhani, who is an engineer and head of the board of directors of Raad Charity institution in Iran, received the plaque of honor on behalf of his daughter because she couldn't attend the ceremony. - 11/3/14

Iranian-American woman Azita Raji Nominated For Ambassador To Sweden

- The United States Embassy in Stockholm is set to get its first female ambassador after the White House announced it was nominating the Iranian-American ex-investment banker Azita Raji to take over from Mark Brzezinski. - 10/25/14

Iran's President Rouhani orders investigation into acid attacks in Isfahan

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has instructed three ministries to accelerate efforts to find culprits behind the recent acid attacks in Isfahan amid national outrage over the despicable acts. - 10/25/14

Acid attacks on Iranian women highlight political divisions

- Media coverage of protests against the throwing of acid and other violence against women in Isfahan and Tehran was met with resistance from government bodies, even as President Hassan Rohani called for swift action against those who throw acid. - 10/25/14

Iran Hangs Woman Accused of Killing Rapist

- Iran has hanged a woman who had been on death row for five years for killing her alleged rapist. The execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari was reported by the official IRNA news agency. The man she killed - Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi - was a former intelligence officer, whom she said tried to rape her. - 10/25/14
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