A Hot cinema night on Crete

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There is always something magical about going to a cinema in a foreign land.

Never did I feel that more than on a hot and balmy August night in the mid 1970’s when I first saw the film “Zorba the Greek”        Now, I am not in the habit of seeing a movie when on holiday but I couldn’t resist the little open air cinema in the town of Heraklion on the Greek Island of Crete.

Little did I realise it, but  that night  I had stumbled onto a minute bit of cinema and political history in the making. “Zorba the Greek” – released in 1964, was adapted from the book of the same name written by the Greek national literary hero Nikos Kazantzakis. Born in this small seaside hamlet, he now lies beneath a modest monument on a hill high above the town.

“Zorba” is one of those late sixties…

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TV Producer In Beverly Hills For Pre-Emmys Event Arrested For Being Tall, Bald And Black: LAist

Who is Charles Belk? He’s a college educated business man, who received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina, then an MBA from Indiana University. He was a consultant for the NAACP, he worked on the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, has worked at IBM and has been on the board of numerous film festivals. Here’s his IMDB. Among the long list of credentials he rattled off in his Facebook post, not one of them was “bank robber.”

What Belk says confuses him the most is why the footage from the bank was not reviewed until after multiple requests by Belk, six hours after he was detained and forced to sit on the curb. The footage showed that it was a different tall, bald, black man, and Belk was free to go.

“If it can happen to me,” Belk wrote, “it can happen to anyone. Time has come for a change in the way our law enforcement officers ‘serve and protect’ us. We all do not fit the description.”

via TV Producer In Beverly Hills For Pre-Emmys Event Arrested For Being Tall, Bald And Black: LAist.

Study shows TB spread to pre-Columbian South America by seals, sea lions | Vaccine News Daily

“Our results show unequivocal evidence of human infection caused by pinnipeds (sea lions and seals) in pre-Columbian South America,” Anne Stone, a professor at the Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change and a researcher on the project, said. “Within the past 2,500 years, the marine animals likely contracted the disease from an African host species and carried it across the ocean to coastal people in South America.”

via Study shows TB spread to pre-Columbian South America by seals, sea lions | Vaccine News Daily.

Right-wing Jews perform prayers in central West Bank village | Maan News Agency

Dozens of right-wing Israeli settlers raided the northern West Bank village of Kifl Haris in Salfit district in the central West Bank overnight escorted by Israeli troops and performed Jewish prayers.

Locals told Ma’an that the settlers arrived at the shrine of Muslim prophet Thul-Kifl which the Jews identify as the Biblical prophet Ezekiel.

They spent the night at the place, located in the center of Kifl Haris, performing Jewish prayers before leaving in the early morning hours.

via Right-wing Jews perform prayers in central West Bank village | Maan News Agency.

Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 34 ( Aug 18-24)

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Afghan Women’s Writing Project | My Father My Hero

For the daughter, her Dad is the first hero—

the man who never cheats her, the man who trusts her,

and gives everything without regret.

From the time I opened my eyes my Dad protected me

Even though having a girl was no less than a crime.

There is the gossip—

Your husband will marry another woman—

tears fell from my mother’s eyes

and she cried again when I arrived,

the fourth daughter.

But my father supported me,

fought to give me rights in this society

of men, where women are the second sex,

the forgotten other half.

When will my country count the other half?

The forgotten women, who are

more powerful than any creature,

more kind, more innocent.

I love my Dad for giving me this sense of self,

for sending me to the school he could barely afford

but worked all day to pay for, and to help make my future.

I will always be with you Dad, as you were beside me

protecting me from evil. I will always be with you.

When we are growing, we forget that you grow older too

May my lord keep you healthy, always.

Farahnaz R.

via Afghan Women’s Writing Project | My Father My Hero.