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The US escalates its war of aggression against the Syrian people

The US’s shooting down of a Syrian fighter is just one further act of aggression as the US wages its terrorist war against the Syrian people.

Afra'a Dagher

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The US is manipulating its people and global opinion by pretending that in Syria they are fighting ISIS (the so-called “Islamic state in Syria and Iraq”).  The facts on the ground however tell a different story.

This illegitimate coalition of the US and its allies operating illegally in Syrian territory and airspace has done nothing to fight ISIS.  On the contrary they provide ISIS with its air force, so that it can resupply unhindered its fighters, who are all foreign born militants.

It does so alongside the Israeli air force who also routinely attack strategic sites of the Syrian Arab Army.

The main war in Syria is now being fought in the east of Syria, as well as in the northeast and the southeast.  The US’s goals is to control the Syrian border with Iraq, thereby occupying the space which links together the Axis of Resistance of Syria, Hezbollah and Iran, across friendly Iraq.

That’s why the US led coalition has established its base in al-Tanaf in this border area with Iraq, where US trained foreign fighters operate under the false guise of ‘rebels’ or of the discredited and fictitious ‘Free Syrian army’.  In reality they are of course simply more foreign Takfiri fighters brought there by the US from Europe, Africa and other places.

Further north the same game is being played, this time with the so-called ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’, who are in reality simply Kurdish separatists,

ISIS is essentially a fraud.  It is a term used to justify a dirty game of creating militants, supplying them with advanced weapons, and then running a propaganda show about how they are being defeated by the gallant ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ or “Free Syrian Army’ or whichever other bunch of stooges the US nominates to ‘fight ISIS’ on any particular day.

Left to itself Syria would have defeated ISIS alone or with the help of its allies long ago.  Instead ISIS has been preserved so as to justify the US’s latest imperial project in Syria: the land grab along the Iraqi border, and Kurdish separatism in the north.

The US is now building substantial bases in Kurdish regions as part of its wider goal of conquering and dividing Syria.  Tabqah in Raqqa Governorate is becoming the main assembly point for joint US-Kurdish military operations.

Meanwhile the US is acting to protect its stooges and advance its goals.

Thus the advances of the Syrian Arab Army and its allies to the Syrian-Iraqi border have resulted in threats from the US led coalition, with ‘warnings’ to the Syrian Army Arab not to advance towards its base at al-Tanaf, even though this is a base the US has planted illegally on Syrian territory.

This is because the advance of the Syrian Arab Army threatens the US-Kurdish plan to control Syria’s eastern regions, separating them from the rest of the country.  That way the US hopes to block access for Iran’s land and air forces to Syria across Iraq, whilst gaining control of Syria’s oil and gas resources.

ISIS is the pretext for the presence of the US and its allies in Syria, not the cause.

For all the reports of the Kurdish separatists fighting ISIS, there has never been any real fighting between Kurdish forces and ISIS.

Instead the Kurdish led ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ have allowed ISIS fighters and vehicles to pour out of Raqqa – the city they are supposed to have under siege – and head for Deir ez-Zour, which ISIS is trying to storm.

If Deir ez-Zour is still holding out, and if the Syrian Arab Army is still advancing, it is because of the bravery of the heroic Syrian troops and the fact that the Russian Aerospace Forces are intensively attacking ISIS fighters as they leave Raqqa and head for Deir ez-Zour.

Now the US has crossed another line.  On 18th June 2017 the US led coalition shot down a Syrian fighter whilst it was targeting ISIS terrorists.

As it happens there have been many times recently when this same US led ‘anti ISIS’ coalition has bombed Syrian soldiers and their allies to prevent their advances against ISIS.  These attacks were justified with the pretext that the Syrian troops were ‘coming too close’ to the US base in al-Tanaf illegally planed by the US on Syrian soil.  Now the US is justifying its latest aggression against the Syrian people by claiming it has acted to protect its Kurdish proxies.

 The US is the most hypocritical country on earth when it comes to justifying wars against other nations.

It claims it is fighting with its Kurdish proxies to liberate Raqqa from ISIS.  At the same time it bombs the civilians of Raqqa – occupied and terrorised by ISIS – with white phosphorus.  Dozens of civilians have been killed and many more have been injured as a result of what in essence is a chemical attack.

White phosphorus does long term injury and its use against civilians is illegal under international law. However the US considers itself to be above all questions of law or morality, and above all criticism.   It is therefore happy to condemn others for using chemical weapons, when there is no evidence they have done so, whilst it uses them itself in the form of white phosphorus to attack civilians in densely populated areas of Raqqa and Mosul.  Meanwhile the actual fighting against ISIS in these places is being done by Syrian and Iraqi troops.

Whilst the US commits atrocities against civilians in Raqqa and Mosul, ISIS has just committed more atrocities of its own.

In Aqareb, a village in Hama Governate, ISIS has just slaughtered women and children after first torturing them with advanced weapons made in Europe.  They did so at the same time that the US backed ‘moderate rebels’ launched missiles at children playing in a playground in the Dara’a suburb of Al-Kashef.

ISIS and the so-called ‘rebels’ are in reality the same militants who have been supplied with advanced Western and Israeli weapons in order to inflict genocide on the Syrian people even as the United Nations looks on and does nothing.

However when the US want a pretext for another attack, a false flag is ready, and usually comes in the form of a faked chemical attack.

Thus we hear silence when the US launches white phosphorus against Syrians and Iraqis in Raqqa and Mosul, but when they need an excuse to bomb a Syrian airbase the accusation of a Syrian chemical attack is ready to hand.

To be clear: the US and those who serve its agenda are the only ones who have and use chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria, just as they are the only ones who so lack basic  principles of morality as to be prepared to use them against civilians.  That of course is what happened in April in Idleb, and that is what is happening in Raqqa and Mosul now.

The US’s aim is to destroy Syria, the one country which has resisted the aggression and expansionism of Israel.

The US seeks to break up this country for the benefit of its Kurdish proxies in the north and east, so that Syria can be isolated from Europe in the north, and from its allies in the east.  The US plans to bring Syria’s oil resources in Deir Al Zour and in the eastern desert under the control of its proxy militias, depriving Syria of its wealth, and isolating Syria from Iran.

However things are not going the US’s way.  Today the Syrian Arab Army captured the key town of Al Rassafa in Raqqa, cutting ISIS’s route from Raqqa to Deir ez-Zour.  May be that is the turn of the tide.  All Syrians hope so!

Meanwhile, as it plays its game in Syria, written in the blood of the Syrian people, the US is helping itself to the money of its ‘allies’ of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia was really just an excuse to appropriate more of their wealth.  Not coincidentally, shortly after the fight between Qatar and Saudi Arabia began. How ironic that both Saudi Arabia and Qatar were and are partners in the shedding of Syrian blood!  The silver lining for Syrians is that the Saudis have now started to expose the extent to which their ‘brothers’ in Qatar have been funding and sending Takfiri terrorists to Syria – the same  terrorists incidentally who the western media call ‘moderates’.

In truth the US has long since lost its feelings for humanity. Yemen suffers under the weight of Saudi crimes, including  cluster bombs, chemical weapons and an artificially created famine. People die there every day.  President Trump – who said he cared so much about Syrian children – has nothing to say as children in Yemen suffer bombing, starvation and cholera care of his Saudi friends.  He is far more interested in selling his Saudi friends expensive weapons.

For Syria these are tragic times. Since the beginning of the so called “Revolution”  in 2011 we have lost our peace and all sense of the true value of human life.  The things we have to put up with every day are horrible. The ‘rebels’ are no better than monsters, trained by the CIA, who use religion as a cover so that people in the West can be fooled into thinking that Syrians are killing each other over religion, when the truth is totally different.

At the same time the US pretends that it is here to protect Syrians and to prevent terrorists fleeing to the West.  In reality it is the US which is leading the terrorist onslaught which has destroyed our life and turned it into a horror. Yet the Western media not only conceals this but still likes to pretend that the monsters the US has unleashed on us are ‘moderates’.  They kill, kidnap, rape and bomb, but for the West they are still ‘moderates’.

The US should get out of our region.  We have a right – like all people do – to live in peace.

Every Syrian knows that these terrorists, whatever name they call themselves, be it Nusra Front, Free Syrian Army, ISIS, Jaish Al Islam etc, are nothing more than forces serving the interests of the US led coalition in Syria, and that they act under the guidance of foreign military officers from places as close to us as Turkey and as far from us as Britain and France.

This is an international conflict: Turkey is in the north, the US and its European allies are in the east and south, even Norway has now sent troops to Syria!  On the southern front everything is being done in coordination with Israel, and they use their most advanced technology to supply these terrorists not just with weapons but with accurate intelligence.

This today is the tragic reality of Syria.

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The social media ‘DEPLATFORM’ end game: Self-censorship (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 82.

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Alex Jones’ account was put in “read only” mode and will be blocked from posting on Twitter for seven days because of an offending tweet. Twitter declined to comment on the content that violated its policies.

A Twitter spokesperson told CNN the content which prompted the suspension was a video published Tuesday in which Jones linked to within his tweet saying, “now is time to act on the enemy before they do a false flag”.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey last week defended Twitter’s decision to not suspend Infowars and Alex Jones from the platform, claiming they had not violated Twitter policies.

Dorsey refused to take down Alex Jones and his popular Infowars account, even as his Silicon Valley buddies over at Apple, Facebook, YouTube and Spotify were colluding to remove any sign of Jones or Infowars from their platforms…

“We’re going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories,” Dorsey said in a tweet last week. He later added that it was critical that journalists “document, validate and refute” accounts like those of Mr. Jones, which “can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors.”

According to Zerohedge, still after a CNN report identifying numerous past tweets from Infowars and Jones that did violate Twitter’s rules, those posts were deleted. Tweets by Infowars and Jones deleted last week included posts attacking transgender and Muslim people; a claim that the 2012 shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax perpetrated by “crisis actors”; and a video calling David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland, Fla., high-school shooting, a Nazi.

Dorsey finally caved overnight, with a “temporary suspension”, which will likely become permanent upon Jones’ next violation.

Twitter’s crackdown came more than a week after technology companies, including Apple, YouTube and Facebook removed content from Jones and his site, Infowars. As the WSJ notes, the actions against Infowars intensified a growing debate over what role tech companies play in policing controversial content on their platforms while they simultaneously support the principle of free speech.

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou examine the aggressive purge of conservative right, libertarian, and progressive accounts from Silicon Valley social media platforms, and how Alex Jones’ was the first step towards driving so much fear into the population, that self censorship takes over and authoritarian rule over the Internet takes hold.

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In the latest media pit stop, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sat down with NBC News Lester Holt, where he defended the company’s decision to put Infowars’ Alex Jones under a seven-day timeout over an offensive tweet linking to a video in which Jones encourages his audience to “act on the enemy before they do a false flag,” and to get “battle rifles” ready.

Dorsey said that despite calls to ban Jones last week amid a seemingly coordinated multi-platform blacklisting, he resisted until now.

“We can’t build a service that is subjective just to the whims of what we personally believe,” Dorsey told Holt, while saying he believes a suspension can be an effect deterrent which can change user behaviors.

“I feel any suspension, whether it be a permanent or a temporary one, makes someone think about their actions and their behaviors,” Dorsey added – though he admitted he has no idea if Jones’ timeout will result in any changes in behavior.

Dorsey stated: “Whether it works within this case to change some of those behaviors and change some of those actions, I don’t know. But this is consistent with how we enforce.”

Jones was banned or restricted from using the services of at least 10 tech companies this month, including Facebook and YouTube. Twitter had been the most high-profile holdout, until it announced on Tuesday that Jones was suspended from posting for seven days.

Dorsey later clarified on Twitter that he was “speaking broadly about our range of enforcement actions” with regards to the company’s use of timeouts.

in a follow-up question on weighing the importance of Twitter’s rules versus its moral obligation, Dorsey said the company has “to put the safety of individuals first in every single thing that we do, and we need to enforce our rules and also evolve our rules around that.” –NBC News

Jack Dorsey said on Twitter.

“I don’t assume everyone will change their actions. Enforcement gets tougher with further reported violations.”

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The Discarded Wisdom of America’s Founders

The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.

Eric Zuesse

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A good example of the discarded wisdom of America’s Founders is George Washington’s Farewell Address to the nation, delivered by him not orally but instead solely in printed form, published in Philadelphia by David C. Claypoole’s American Daily Advertiser, on 19 September 1796, and distributed to the nation. The following extended excerpt from it is the most famous part of it, and is being blatantly raped by today’s U.S. Government, and therefore it might indicate the necessity for a second American Revolution, this one to disown and throw out not Britain’s Aristocracy, but America’s aristocracy. America’s Founders had done all they knew how to do to conquer Britain’s aristocracy, and they embodied in our Constitution all that they knew in order to prevent any aristocracy ever from arising in this nation; but the Founders clearly had failed in this their dearest hope, because a domestic U.S. aristocracy has arisen here and destroyed American democracy, as this nation’s Founders had feared, and as Washington in this document effectively affirms — and, by these words, proves — to have happened (they’ve taken over this country, in and by both of its Parties, and so we have here a profound and scathing, blistering, criticism of today’s American Government):

Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be, that good policy does not equally enjoin it? It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can doubt that, in the course of time and things, the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages which might be lost by a steady adherence to it ? Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue? The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature. Alas! is it rendered impossible by its vices?

In the execution of such a plan, nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. Antipathy in one nation against another disposes each more readily to offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and to be haughty and intractable, when accidental or trifling occasions of dispute occur. Hence, frequent collisions, obstinate, envenomed, and bloody contests. The nation, prompted by ill-will and resentment, sometimes impels to war the government, contrary to the best calculations of policy. The government sometimes participates in the national propensity, and adopts through passion what reason would reject; at other times it makes the animosity of the nation subservient to projects of hostility instigated by pride, ambition, and other sinister and pernicious motives. The peace often, sometimes perhaps the liberty, of nations, has been the victim.

So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.

As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public councils? Such an attachment of a small or weak towards a great and powerful nation dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter.

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.

The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop. Europe has a set of primary interests which to us have none; or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves by artificial ties in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.

Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course. If we remain one people under an efficient government, the period is not far off when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality we may at any time resolve upon to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel.

Why forego the advantages of so peculiar a situation? Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor or caprice?

It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world; so far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it; for let me not be understood as capable of patronizing infidelity to existing engagements. I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy. I repeat it, therefore, let those engagements be observed in their genuine sense. But, in my opinion, it is unnecessary and would be unwise to extend them.

Taking care always to keep ourselves by suitable establishments on a respectable defensive posture, we may safely trust to temporary alliances for extraordinary emergencies.

Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest. But even our commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand; neither seeking nor granting exclusive favors or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means the streams of commerce, but forcing nothing; establishing (with powers so disposed, in order to give trade a stable course, to define the rights of our merchants, and to enable the government to support them) conventional rules of intercourse, the best that present circumstances and mutual opinion will permit, but temporary, and liable to be from time to time abandoned or varied, as experience and circumstances shall dictate; constantly keeping in view that it is folly in one nation to look for disinterested favors from another; that it must pay with a portion of its independence for whatever it may accept under that character; that, by such acceptance, it may place itself in the condition of having given equivalents for nominal favors, and yet of being reproached with ingratitude for not giving more. There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion, which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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Bruce Ohr Texts, Emails Reveal Steele’s Deep Ties to Obama DOJ, FBI

There are indications that the FBI knew that Steele was in contact with the media before the bureau submitted the first FISA application.

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A trove of emails and handwritten notes from Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr exposes the continuous contact and communication between the DOJ attorney and anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele, according to notes and documents obtained by SaraACarter.com. The emails and notes were written between 2016 and 2017.

The notes and emails also reveal that Ohr was in communication with Glenn Simpson, the founder of the embattled research firm Fusion GPS, which was paid by the Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC to hire Steele.

In one of Ohr’s handwritten notes listed as “Law enforcement Sensitive” from May 10, 2017, he writes “Call with Chris,” referencing Steele. He notes that Steele is “very concerned about Comey’s firing, afraid they will be exposed.” This call occurred months after FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee and revealed for the first time that the FBI had an open counterintelligence investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign and alleged collusion with Russia.

Steele is also extremely concerned about a letter sent from the Senate Judiciary Committee asking Comey for information on his involvement with Steele. Grassley sent 12 questions to Comey regarding the bureau and Steele’s relationship and wanted all information on any agreements they had during the investigation into alleged Russia-Trump collusion. Grassley also wanted to know if the FBI ever verified any of the information in Steele’s reports.

In Ohr’s notes from May 10, 2017, he goes onto write that Steele is concerned about a letter from the Senate Intelligence Committee, writing:

“Asked them 3 questions:

  1. What info (information) did you give to the U.S. govt (government)?
  2. What was the scope of yr (your) investigation?
  3. Do you have any other info that would assist in our question?”

SaraACarter.com first reported this week text messages between Steele and Ohr, revealing that Steele was anxious about Comey’s testimony and was hoping that “important firewalls will hold” when Comey testified.

Those text messages in March 2017 were shared only two days before Comey testified to lawmakers.

The House Intelligence Committee revealed in their Russia report earlier this year that Steele–who was working for the FBI as a Confidential Human Source (CHS)–had shopped his dossier to numerous news outlets in the summer of 2016.  According to the report, the FBI terminated Steele after discovering that he was leaking to news outlets, breaking a cardinal rule by the bureau to not reveal ongoing investigations and information to the media.

However, there is growing concern that the FBI was well aware that Steele was in contact with media outlets about his dossier before the FBI applied to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for its first warrant in the fall of 2016 to conduct surveillance on former Trump campaign volunteer advisor, Carter Page.

There are indications that the FBI knew that Steele was in contact with the media before the bureau submitted the first FISA application…

“There are indications that the FBI knew that Steele was in contact with the media before the bureau submitted the first FISA application and that question needs to be resolved,” said a congressional official with knowledge of the investigation.

The documents from March 2017, reveal how concerned Steele is with Grassley’s committee and the letter from the senator’s office seeking answers from Steele on the dossier.

In June 2017, Steele tells Ohr,  “We are frustrated with how long this reengagement with the Bureau and Mueller is taking.  Anything you can do to accelerate the process would be much appreciated.  There are some new, perishable, operational opportunities which we do not want to miss out on.”

In October 2017, Steele notes that he is concerned about the stories in the media about the bureau delivering information to Congress “about my work and relationship with them.  Very concerned about this.  People’s lives may be endangered.”

And in November 2017, Steele, who is trying to engage with Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel, writes to Ohr saying, “we were wondering if there was any response to the questions I raised last week.”

Ohr responds by saying, “I have passed on the questions (apparently to the special counsel) but haven’t gotten an answer yet.”

Steele then says,  “I am presuming you’ve heard nothing back from your SC (special counsel) colleagues on the issues you kindly put to them from me.  We have heard nothing from them either.  To say this is disappointing would be an understatement!  Certain people have been willing to risk everything to engage with them in an effort to help them reach the truth.  Also, we remain in the dark as to what work has been briefed to Congress about us, our assets and previous work.”

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