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Boko’s Harem

Bring back, bring back,
Oh, bring back our girls to us…

Dozens of women and girls from two villages in Nigeria’s north-eastern Adamawa state have been abducted by suspected militants, residents say.

The abductions have not been confirmed by the authorities, but residents say they took place a day after the military announced it had agreed a ceasefire with the Boko Haram group.

The government hopes the Islamist group will free more than 200 girls seized in April as part of negotiations.

Boko Haram has not confirmed the truce.

I think they’ve confirmed the lack thereof.

Say, I just thought of something…

Did anyone try saying “please”? I bet even Islamic terrorists like to be asked nicely.

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Is This the Little Girl I Buried?

Despite my carefully crafted, jealously guarded, image as a Neanderthal, I don’t really dig snuff films.

But I love the scripts!

A video posted on the Internet shows the stoning of a woman accused of adultery in the Hama area in Syria. In the video, an official from the Islamic State is shown administering the proceedings, at the end of which, the woman is led to a hole in the ground, where she is stoned to death by her father and other men present.

ISIS Member: […] This punishment is the result of the actions you did of your free will. Nobody forced you to do this. Therefore, you should be satisfied with the ruling decreed by Allah, and submit to Allah. Islam means submission and obedience to Allah, okay? Are you pleased with the punishment decreed by Allah?

Woman nods her head

Good.

He turns to the father of the woman

Is there anything you would like to say to your daughter?

Father: No.

Woman: Ask him to forgive me.

Father: I won’t!

[…]

I am not your father anymore.

I’ll spare you the family melodrama and cut to the chase:

ISIS Member: Tie her up. Put the blanket on her head. Sheik, tie her up.

Say that there is no god but Allah. Say that there is no god but Allah. Say: There is no god but Allah, and I ask forgiveness from Allah. We now begin the implementation of the first stoning punishment for adultery in the rural area east of Hama.

The woman is pelted to death with large stones by her father and the men surrounding her

Don’t confuse this with Islam. Islam is a religion of peace. Not the same thing at all.

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“Islam is a World Religion That Teaches Tolerance, Justice and Honor and Promotes Patience, Modesty and Balance” Watch

Yesterday, we shared a piece with you by a woman who converted to Islam—two months after the Islam-inspired atrocities of 9/11. She assured us that she condemned those acts, indeed all acts, of terrorism, bigotry, intolerance, and dishonor committed by “a few” that besmirched her newly-adopted faith.

I said then, and repeat now, that a person’s faith is of no concern to me. Just don’t pi** on my head and tell me it’s holy water.

Today’s example:

The Lahore High Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence of Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy four years ago, as her lawyers vowed to appeal.

Bibi, a mother of five, has been on death row since November 2010 after she was found guilty of making derogatory remarks about Islam’s Prophet during an argument with a Muslim woman. “A two-judge bench of the Lahore High Court dismissed the appeal of Aasia Bibi but we will file an appeal in the Supreme Court of Pakistan,” said her lawyer Shakir Chaudhry.

Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue in Pakistan where 97 percent of the population is Muslim and unproven claims regularly lead to mob violence.

Two high-profile politicians—then Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer and minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti—were murdered in 2011 after calling for reforms to the blasphemy law and describing Bibi’s trial as flawed.

Blasphemy, injustice, mob violence, assassinations—are we to blame these acts of intolerance on the 3% who are not Muslim? They are certainly only “a few”.

But no:

Over a dozen religious clerics, including Qari Saleem who brought forward the initial complaint against Bibi, were present at the court Thursday. “We will soon distribute sweets among our Muslim brothers for today’s verdict, it’s a victory of Islam,” said Saleem from outside the courtroom as the clerics congratulated each other and chanted religious slogans.

It’s Halloween in Lahore! Candy for all in this “victory of Islam”!

In a last effort to understand, what was the original charge?

I, Asia Bibi, have been sentenced to death because I was thirsty. I’m a prisoner because I used the same cup as those Muslim women, because water served by a Christian woman was regarded as unclean by my stupid fellow fruit-pickers.

That day, June 14, 2009, is imprinted on my memory. I can still see every detail.

That morning I got up earlier than usual, to take part in the big falsa-berry harvest. I’d been told about it by Farah, our lovely local shopkeeper. “Why don’t you go falsa picking tomorrow in that field just outside the village? You know the one; it belongs to the Nadeems, the rich family who live in Lahore. The pay is 250 rupees.”

Because it was Sunday, my husband Ashiq wasn’t working in the brickworks. While I was getting ready to go to work he was still fast asleep in the big family bed with two of our daughters, who were also worn out after a long week at school. I looked at them with love before I left the room, and thanked God for giving me such a wonderful family.

When I got to the field, around 15 women were already at work, picking away, their backs hidden by the tall bushes. It was going to be a physically exhausting day in such heat, but I needed those 250 rupees.

Some of the women greeted me with a smile. I recognized my neighbor, Musarat, who was the seamstress in my village. I gave her a little wave, but she turned back to the bushes again at once. Musarat wasn’t really an agricultural worker and I didn’t often see her in the fields, so I realized times must be hard for her family. In the end, it was just our lot to be poor, all of us.

A hard-faced woman dressed in clothes that had been mended many times came over to me with an old yellow bowl.

“If you fill the bowl you get 250 rupees,” she said without really looking at me.

I looked at the huge bowl and thought I would never finish before sunset. Looking at the other women’s bowls, I also realized mine was much bigger. They were reminding me that I’m a Christian.

The sun was beating down, and by midday it was like working in an oven. I was dripping with sweat and I could hardly think or move for the suffocating heat. In my mind, I could see the river beside my village. If only I could have jumped into that cool water!

But since the river was nowhere near, I freed myself from my bushes and walked over to the nearby well. Already I could sense the coolness rising up from the depths.

I pull up a bucketful of water and dip in the old metal cup resting on the side of the well. The cool water is all I can think of. I gulp it down and I feel better; I pull myself together.

Then I start to hear muttering. I pay no attention and fill the cup again, this time holding it out to a woman next to me who looks like she’s in pain. She smiles and reaches out . . . At exactly the moment Musarat pokes her ferrety nose out from the bush, her eyes full of hate:

“Don’t drink that water, it’s haram!”

Musarat addresses all the pickers, who have suddenly stopped work at the sound of the word “haram,” the Islamic term for anything forbidden by God.

“Listen, all of you, this Christian has dirtied the water in the well by drinking from our cup and dipping it back several times. Now the water is unclean and we can’t drink it! Because of her!”

It’s so unfair that for once I decide to defend myself and stand up to the old witch.

“I think Jesus would see if differently from Mohammed.”

Musarat is furious. “How dare you think for the Prophet, you filthy animal!”

Three other women start shouting even louder.

“That’s right, you’re just a filthy Christian! You’ve contaminated our water and now you dare speak for the Prophet! Stupid bitch, your Jesus didn’t even have a proper father, he was a bastard, don’t you know that.”

Musarat comes over as though she’s going to hit me and yells: “You should convert to Islam to redeem yourself for your filthy religion.”

I feel a pain deep inside. We Christians have always stayed silent: We’ve been taught since we were babies never to say anything, to keep quiet because we’re a minority. But I’m stubborn too and now I want to react, I want to defend my faith. I take a deep breath and fill my lungs with courage.

“I’m not going to convert. I believe in my religion and in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for the sins of mankind. What did your Prophet Mohammed ever do to save mankind? And why should it be me that converts instead of you?”

Ohhh!! Why didn’t you say so? Now I understand. Tolerance and justice practically waft off the page. But to be serious for a moment, all it takes is the bigotry of “a few” for the “honor” of Islam to be sullied.

PS: I’ll keep tabs on this theme.

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Sultana of Swat

We love Malala, the latest winner (co-winner) of the Nobel Peace Prize. Who doesn’t?

Besides her countrymen, that is:

Take that, Islamic extremists, anti-Muslim bigots, Pashtun-bashers and misogynists! Malala Yousufzai has become the youngest person to win any Nobel prize and, fittingly, did not appear before the media to respond for several hours because it was a school day, and the girl’s got priorities.

In Pakistan, news of the Nobel prize has led to an outpouring of accolades from official figures, led by the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, who called her “the pride of Pakistan”.

Also among the praise-singers is the director general of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the public relations wing of the military. All this is as it should be. But officialdom has refrained from commenting on the fact that the pride of Pakistan is unable to return to Pakistan because the Taliban remain too great a threat.

One can only praise Malala to the skies. She’s a remarkable, singular young woman. But her campaign for women’s education in her native land has only come true for her in England’s Midlands. Where it was already guaranteed. Please don’t misunderstand: I also would have given her the award. In fact, I say we take away Obama’s and give her that one too.

But practically, her efforts, no matter how righteous, have been about as fruitful as his. Malala is a heroine. Pakistan is still a basket case. We feel better about ourselves, which is I guess what matters.

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Who Says Muslims Never Win Nobel Prizes?

I would have bet the house that an Israeli would win a Nobel over anyone from a Muslim country. Anyone want my rusty doublewide trailer?

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to India’s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai for their struggle against the suppression of young people’s and children’s right to education.

Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said, “Children must go to school, not be financially exploited.”

Yousafzai came to global attention after she was shot in the head by the Taliban — two years ago Thursday — for her efforts to promote education for girls. Since then, after recovering from surgery, she has taken her campaign to the world stage.

Through the teenager’s heroic struggle, she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education, said Jagland.

According to the Nobel committee, at 17 she’s the youngest ever peace prize winner. The youngest winner before her was 32 years old.

Meanwhile, Satyarthi, age 60, has shown great personal courage in heading peaceful demonstrations focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain, the committee said.

“The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism,” it said.

Heckuva job, Islam! Muslims the world over must be very proud.

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Whose Caliphate Is It, Anyway?

Or is it one at all?

A campaign to unite Australians against hatred, racism and bigotry and say “not in my name” has drawn bipartisan support, but the organiser warns that political rhetoric is part of the reason it’s needed in the first place.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied, president of the Youth Without Borders organisation, said the European “not in my name” campaign, in which Muslims publicly state their opposition to the actions of Islamic State (Isis), resonated with her “because it was about taking ownership a little bit.”

“People are doing things in the name of Islam and Islamic State, but it’s neither Islamic nor are they a state,” Abdel-Magied told Guardian Australia.

So you say.

This guy says differently:

A man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has appeared in a video, just a week after the Nigerian military reported that he had been killed.

The video that emerged yesterday shows a man purporting to be Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, surrounded by other Boko Haram soldiers mocking the Nigerian government and military.

In the video he says: “Here I am alive, you talk so much about your killing of me but that is not the point, we are still in our Islamic caliphate, reigning, we are doing the teachings of the Qu’ran.”

No, they don’t act in your name, Yassmin, they act in the name of Mohammed. And while they might not be a state, no state dares go where they are.

The Nigerian government and military continue to struggle to control Boko Haram, with attacks, killings and kidnappings becoming commonplace in the north of the country as the militant group work towards achieving their goal of creating their own Islamic caliphate.

The group whose name translates directly as “Western education is forbidden”, caused international outrage in April when they kidnapped 276 girls from a school in the northern town of Chibok.

Following the kidnapping, Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, promised that he would find the girls and “crush” Boko Haram.

Nevertheless, the majority of kidnapped girls are still missing and the ill-disciplined Nigerian army seem to be making little progress.

Within the last month, Boko Haram have stated that they now control of remote areas on the Nigerian border with Cameroon.

If having a fearsome military makes one a state, Boko Haram is a state, and most of Western Europe is not. As for being Islamic or not, I think a fearsome military decides that too.

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Boston Wrong

Aggie and I once brainstormed a Boston Terror Tour—a duckboat that bops around town visiting the sites of our myriad terrorists. We’d pass the house of the Times Square bomber (across the street from a middle school), the Cambridge high school where the Tsarnaev brothers learned to love America, Logan Airport (where two of the 9/11 flights originated), among other notorious locations.

Time to redraw the map, Aggie!

A 32-year-old computer whiz who was raised in Stoughton is suspected of using the high-tech skills he honed at Hub colleges to spread the bloodthirsty message of ISIS terrorists on social media, according to a Herald source and news reports.

Ahmad Abousamra — who was educated at Northeastern University and UMass Boston — had already been placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list last year with a $50,000 reward offered for information leading to his capture and return.

Abousamra graduated from Stoughton High School in 1999, but there’s no trace of him in the school’s 172-page yearbook, except for his name — without a photo — listed among the other seniors.

No photo? Hard to imagine why.

Abousamra, who was a co-defendant of convicted Sudbury terrorist Tarek Mehanna, still has federal charges pending in Boston of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, conspiring to murder American soldiers abroad and making false statements to authorities.

Mehanna, 31, a former pharmacist, is serving a 17-year sentence at the federal penitentiary in Marion, Ill.

Abousamra was named in a superseding indictment five years ago alleging he traveled to Pakistan in 2002 to receive military training at a terrorist camp “in order to fight and kill American nationals.” Prosecutors said he and Mehanna watched jihadi videos together for years “as a source of inspiration to personally engage in violent jihad and martyrdom.”

Abousamra, who authorities have long believed to be living in Syria, left the country on Feb. 1, 2004, to travel to Yemen, but not before he was stopped at Logan International Airport and questioned about his plans.

In 2009, federal prosecutors said Abousamra plotted with Mehanna to amass automatic weapons they planned to use to shoot up a local shopping mall.

“It’s starting in our own backyards,” said a source with knowledge of the case. “The longer it takes to get him the more vulnerable we’ll be. We need to get serious about it.”

Two words: road trip!

I confess I know less than nothing about Stoughton—though I’m guessing we can get a decent falafel if we stop there for lunch.

I note from Stoughton’s Wikipedia page that Stoughton was named after William Stoughton, the chief justice of the Salem Witch Trials. Don’t be so quick to judge. If we had waterboarded young Ahmad in high school, as they used to do the witches, we might have avoided some of this ISIS unhappiness. If he was traveling to Pakistan for terrorist training in 2002, you don’t think he was already day-dreaming of beheadings as a senior at Stoughton High in 1999?

Especially when you see what their mascot is?

Crusaders! Perfect!!!

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Meanwhile, ISIS Is Forcing Christians To Convert To Islam, And Then Beheading Them

Hey Europe! Where are the protests? Why aren’t you attacking people on the streets over this? And for that matter, where are the protests in the US? Where is our State Department or our Great Leader, President Obama?

If you’re following the news about ISIS, which now calls itself the Islamic State, you might think you’ve mistakenly clicked on a historical story about barbarians from millennia ago.

In a matter of months, the group seized territory in both Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic caliphate, celebrating its own shocking slaughter along the way.

“I don’t see any attention from the rest of the world,” a member of the Yazidi minority in Iraq told the New Yorker. “In one day, they killed more than two thousand Yazidi in Sinjar, and the whole world says, ‘Save Gaza, save Gaza.'”
In Syria, the group hoisted some of its victims severed heads on poles. One of the latest videos of the savagery shows a Christian man forced to his knees, surrounded by masked militants, identified in the video as members of ISIS. They force the man at gunpoint to “convert” to Islam. Then, the group beheads him.

ISIS has targeted members of numerous minority groups in the region, including Christian nuns, Turkmen and Shabaks, according to Human Rights Watch.

ISIS is apparently beheading children too. So, again, where is the Western world? Or don’t you care?

– Aggie

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What Do Americans Know That Their Leaders Don’t Know?

Plenty:

Fifty-nine percent (59%) believe there is a global conflict between the Muslim world and Western civilization. Seventeen percent (17%) disagree, but 24% are not sure. These findings are consistent with earlier surveying.

Count me, and any sentient being, among the 59%. If you asked that question in the Muslim world I’m certain the percentage who agreed would be even higher. In any continent not covered with an ice sheet there is a significant, often bloody, conflict between the Muslim world and Western civilization (dare I write just civilization).

Among our other insights:

Many hoped that the “Arab Spring” protests that began three years ago would lead to a new era of democracy in a number of Islamic countries, but U.S. voters now see that as increasingly unlikely and think the changes there have been bad for America.

[J]ust 27% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror. That’s down eight points from 35% in April and 47% a year ago.

[J]ust 44% now think the United States is too involved in the Middle East, down from 54% last October. Twenty-one percent (21%) say we are not involved enough in that region, an 11-point jump from 10% in the last survey.

Considering what counts for “involvement” with the Obama regime, I’m afraid I can’t agree with my countrymen. Butt out of Israeli affairs. Let them win.

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Ceasefire?

With these people?

Al-Aqsa TV, the Hamas TV channel, aired on Friday, July 25, 2014 a sermon from a Deir Al-Balah Mosque, in which an unnamed imam called for the extermination of the Jews.

“Our doctrine in fighting you (the Jews) is that we will totally exterminate you. We will not leave a single one of you alive, because you are alien usurpers of the land and eternal mercenaries. You are the mercenaries of all times. Research the history, my brothers. Wherever the Jews lived, they spread corruption. Oh Muslims, didn’t you notice that Allah said: ‘They spread in THE land…’ The definite article in ‘THE land’ means the entire land. ‘They spread in the land corruption, and Allah loves not the corrupters.'”

That was on Hamass TV, mind you.

Just some hothead blowing off steam? Then how about this guy?

Palestinian Media Watch reported on Thursday that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas had publicly declared the current conflict with Israel a religious “war for Allah.” On Friday, the independent Palestinian news service Ma’an printed an opinion piece that likewise interpreted the last lines of Abbas’ speech as a call to West Bank Palestinians to initiate violence:

“He gave the sign to let the [Palestinian] street in the West Bank loose. Isn’t the Quranic verse he quoted during his last speech, ‘Permission [to fight] has been given to those who are being fought, because they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is competent to give them victory’ [Surah 22:39, trans. Sahih International] a clear sign to loosen the reins of the street?”
[Op-ed by Muhannad Ubeid, Ma'an (independent Palestinian news agency),
July 25, 2014]

Violence began immediately following Abbas’ speech and peaked on Saturday, as reported in the Jerusalem Post: “Nine Palestinians were killed during clashes with the IDF and Border Police over the weekend, in one of the deadliest days in the West Bank in the last 10 years.” [July 27, 2014]

So, the bad Arabs (“Palestinian” being a mythical beast) call for the complete extermination of the Jews, while the so-called good Arabs enflame passions by calling this a holy war for the Big A. And Israel is supposed to submit to the demands—of the bad Arabs.

And that’s American policy?

This is a joke, right? Where’s the hidden camera?

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Let’s Compare The Palestinians To The Kurds

Very interesting perspective

I’m jumping to the middle here, but the beginning is worth reading too. The writer points out that the only thing Hamas could hope to gain is the death of Gazans and some sort of sympathy. There is no other reason to bombard Israel with rockets that accomplish nothing. But then it gets interesting:

The politics of the moment are fascinating and dreadful, but what really interests me currently is a counterfactual: What if, nine years ago, when Israel withdrew its soldiers and settlers from Gaza, the Palestinians had made a different choice. What if they chose to build the nucleus of a state, rather than a series of subterranean rocket factories?

This thought is prompted by something a pair of Iraqi Kurdish leaders once told me. Iraqi Kurdistan is today on the cusp of independence. Like the Palestinians, the Kurds deserve a state. Unlike most of the Palestinian leadership, the Kurds have played a long and clever game to bring them to freedom.

This is what Barham Salih, the former prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, told me years ago: “Compare us to other liberation movements around the world. We are very mature. We don’t engage in terror. We don’t condone extremist nationalist notions that can only burden our people. Please compare what we have achieved in the Kurdistan national-authority areas to the Palestinian national authority. … We have spent the last 10 years building a secular, democratic society, a civil society.” What, he asked, have the Palestinians built?

So too, Massoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, once told me this: “We had the opportunity to use terrorism against Baghdad. We chose not to.”

In 2005, the Palestinians of Gaza, free from their Israeli occupiers, could have taken a lesson from the Kurds — and from David Ben-Gurion, the principal Israeli state-builder — and created the necessary infrastructure for eventual freedom. Gaza is centrally located between two large economies, those of Israel and Egypt. Europe is just across the Mediterranean. Gaza could have easily attracted untold billions in economic aid.

The Israelis did not impose a blockade on Gaza right away. That came later, when it became clear that Palestinian groups were considering using their newly liberated territory as a launching pad for attacks. In the days after withdrawal, the Israelis encouraged Gaza’s development. A group of American Jewish donors paid $14 million for 3,000 greenhouses left behind by expelled Jewish settlers and donated them to the Palestinian Authority. The greenhouses were soon looted and destroyed, serving, until today, as a perfect metaphor for Gaza’s wasted opportunity.

If Gaza had, despite all the difficulties, despite all the handicaps imposed on it by Israel and Egypt, taken practical steps toward creating the nucleus of a state, I believe Israel would have soon moved to evacuate large sections of the West Bank as well. But what Hamas wants most is not a state in a part of Palestine. What it wants is the elimination of Israel. It will not achieve the latter, and it is actively thwarting the former.

Hamas is evil, to be sure. Yours Truly doesn’t care one whit what happens to them, but it is fascinating to try to understand their twisted thinking.

– Aggie

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If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Orobpa

I knew I should have taken that left turn at Alkinana:

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ISIS has formally declared the establishment of a caliphate, or Islamic state, in the vast stretches of the Middle East that have fallen under its control, and has outlined a vision to expand into Europe.

The announcement was described as the ‘most significant development in international jihadism since 9/11′.

Upon declaring a caliphate, the Sunni militants – whose brutality in attempting to establish control in Iraq and Syria has been branded too extreme even by Al Qaeda – demanded allegiance from Muslims around the world.

With brutal efficiency, ISIS has carved out a large chunk of territory that has effectively erased the border between Iraq and Syria and laid the foundations of its proto-state.

A spokesman for ISIS declared the group’s chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the leader of the new caliphate, or Islamic state, and called on Muslims everywhere, not just those in areas under the organization’s control, to swear loyalty to him.

‘The legality of all emirates, groups, states and organizations becomes null by the expansion of the caliph’s authority and the arrival of its troops to their areas,’ said Abu Mohammed al-Adnani.

‘Listen to your caliph and obey him. Support your state, which grows every day,’ he added in an audio statement posted online.

Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, said the announcement was likely the ‘most significant development in international jihadism since 9/11′.

I’m so proud.

PS: How come the Caliphate doesn’t extend into sub-Saharan Africa? What’s Islam got against black people?

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