Hassan Rouhani wins Iran presidential election

Reformist-backed cleric Hassan Rouhani has won Iran’s presidential election, securing just over 50% of the vote and so avoiding the need for a run-off.

Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf was well behind in second place.

Turnout was estimated at 72.2% among the 50 million Iranians who were eligible to vote to choose a successor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was ineligible to stand again.

Mr Rouhani has pledged greater engagement with Western powers.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is scheduled to ratify the vote on 3 August.

The new president will then take the oath in parliament.

Ayatollah Khamenei congratulated Mr Rouhani on his victory.


“California Dreaming” With A Young Indian Filmmaker, Chandresh Bhatt


bollywood-logo1  How did I meet an aspiring Indian filmmaker? Read my post “We Are Really Rock Stars. . .  Action TV Stars” for the details.  The students and I were invited to be tourists playing tourists in two episodes of a very popular Indian action TV  show called Shapath-Sabe Bado Talaaph. Chandresh Bhatt was the line producer for these episodes. He was in charge of the actors, extras, transportation, food, timing and just about all the details needed to run seamlessly for the shoot to be successful.551871_10151525706813838_724174552_n

Chandresh on the phone at the shoot.  The star is in the blue shirt. Shooting was  at Adalaj Ni Vav step well near Amedabad.

When I wrote my post on entrepreneurs in India, I thought it would be fun to add and independent Indian filmmaker. After all, Bollywood is now the world’s largest producers of film. In 2012, there were 155 Indian films released…

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Rurrenabaque, gateway to the Bolivian Amazon

Notes from Camelid Country

Arriving in Rurrenabaque from La Paz is like being transported to a different planet. Everything about this small and sleepy Amazonian town sitting on the banks of the Rio Beni screams different. It drips with tropical heat, is surrounded by lush, forested hills and, the final touch, parrots and parakeets fly screeching overhead. The only things that screech in La Paz are the infernal horns of the micros and taxis.

In part the shock of arriving in Rurrenabaque is down to the short, dramatic flight to get there. Leaving El Alto airport at an altitude of 3800m, you fly between the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Real feeling very small in an eighteen seater plane and, forty-five minutes later, you are deposited in the tropics outside Rurrenabaque’s tiny airport terminal, where the air temperature is thirty degrees hotter than in La Paz.

You can travel by bus to Rurrenabaque, a journey…

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Egypt: Ritualistic mutilation of female genitalia a tragedy


The mutilation, cutting and alteration of female genitalia is a tradition that is still upheld in certain areas of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. At least 140 million women and girls have fallen victim to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the World Health Organization reported in Feb. 2013.

The latest incident to make media headlines is the death of a 13-year-old in Egypt, which is not only a tragedy for the family, but a catastrophe for those working to eradicate FGM.
FGM is practiced in at least 28 countries. WHO estimates that up to 101 million females have experienced such barbaric treatment in Africa alone.

The young teen’s parents have said they hold the doctor, who also circumcised their eldest daughter, accountable. “I waited half an hour, hoping that my daughter would wake up, but unfortunately, unlike the rest of the girls, she did not,” Mohammad Ibrahim told an Egyptian…

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Euthanasia for children nears approval by Belgian Parliament; doctors to mass-euthanize children and Alzheimer’s patients

End Time Bible Prophecy


(NaturalNews) A proposed law on the verge of approval by the Belgium parliament would allow children to decide for themselves whether they should be euthanized (“killed”) by medical personnel. Currently, Belgian law limits euthanasia to persons 18 and older, but with the rise of autistic children thanks to biopesticides, GMOs and vaccines, nations are increasingly trying to figure out what to do with all these children who have been permanently damaged by the medical and biotech industries.

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