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IN... Tens of thousands of people have called on the British government to nominate Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education, for the Nobel Peace Prize. The 15-year-old is receiving treatment in Birmingham after gunmen shot her on October 9 for standing up against the Taliban and openly advocating education for women. Her shooting was the culmination of years of campaigning that had pitted the young girl against one of Pakistan's most ruthless Taliban commanders, Maulana Fazlullah. He and his men have taken over Yusufzai's native Swat Valley and have blown up girls' schools and publicly executed those they deem immoral. The attack has drawn widespread international condemnation and Yousufzai has become a powerful symbol of resistance to the Taliban's attempts to suppress women's rights.


The new book of a journalist, writer and humanitarian Goran Todorovic was written after almost five years of his voyage throughout some of the most exotic parts of Latin America and Asia. The 256-page book "Lost World" is a collection of the travel stories that tell us more about 14 extraordinary countries such as Peru, Burma, Nepal, Cuba, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Guyana, Honduras, Brazil, Haiti, Indonesia, Cambodia, Guatemala and East Timor. It is illustrated with beautiful photographs and reveals to its readers the mystical environments, cultures and people of whom we know so little...


OUT...Since the beginning of 2012 a total of 119 journalists were killed, according International Press Institute (IPI)- the highest number since this organization collects data. The majority of journalists lost their lives in target killings. Middle East is the deadliest region for journalists so far this year, with 36 deaths in Syria and the rest in Iaq, Palestine and Bahrain. Syria leading the way, confirming an alarming trend – that journalists are targeted in order to prevent the distribution of information that could jeopardize the propaganda efforts of the parties to the conflict. Africa is second on the list, with a total of 27 journalists killed, 16 in Somalia and the rest in Nigeria, Eritrea, Tanzania and Angola. In total 22 journalists were killed this year in Latin America, mainly in Mexico, Brazil, Honduras and Colombia. Finally, 26 journalists were killed in Asia, including Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India.




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The cradle of the Asian civilization, celestial apsara dancers, mythical Angkor War, the Red Khmers and death fields, the Mekong river, ancient customs... the magical Kam-pu-che-a !

The author experiencing a cultural shock in touch with the Asian way of life, exploring streets of irresistible capital of Phnom Penh and learning about the life along the riverfront of the powerful Mekong River – the “Mother of all Waters”, as it is called by local population. He discovers secrets of the Royal Palace in the city centre and he is shocked by the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regimeespecially after visiting horrifying prison of Tuol Sleng also known as the museum of genocide. Just for a few dollars he purchased an imitation of Rolex watch at the famous Russian market; afterwards he visits an abandoned royal city of Uodong where the fortune tellers reads his destiny – predicting how a beautiful girl will soon cross his path…

Avoiding mine fields, he travels into the rural areas revealing the country’s real face, poverty and beauty mixed at the same time. After attending a local wedding, he discovers devotion to spirituality and prays with the Buddhist monks. Goran wonders through a magnificent complex of Angkor Wat where thick jungle covers ancient temples and he is truly hypnotized with spectacular performance of the celestial apsara dancers -once used for epic storytelling ofhistoric events…






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Being happy...


I remember reading an article in "National Geographic"– about the existence of as many as 37 laughing clubs in Mumbai (Bombay) - and the interpretation of a certain Dr. Madan Kataria who clarified that laughter reduces stress and calms the person. "Laughing is my mission and I want to spread it all over the world," claimed this unusual man. I wish I know how successful he was in his noble mission. For, by traveling around the world in the past few years, I have noticed fewer and fewer people that are laughing. I am wondering if that is the fact or, perhaps, my eyes lost their sharpness and my power of observation is somehow weakened?

It appears that the whole thing related to above observation is more serious than I was thinking. Even the science stepped in and today one can found the number of published studies and analysis ranking the most (un) happiest states and nations on the Earth. Even the famous Global happiness index was introduced and it is carefully measured every year. Accordingly, toward the end of the last year "The New Economic Foundation" ranked some 151 countries in the world for their quality of life. According to the study’s results, it turns out that the happiest people are living in South and Central America, in countries such as Costa Rica, Colombia, Belize, El Salvador, etc. This findings woke up my natural curiosity and I cannot stop thinking whose genius mind has come up with formula, the precise measurement of happiness and attributed unit for laughing…

Some will say that times are tough - so that's why people are less happy. However, this argument is not valid if it is known that most of the above-listed countries have huge economic problems, facing violence and many other forms of social injustice. It is more likely that the secret for the happy life lies in the state of mind, an inner optimism and, of course, sunny climate that has a positive effect on people.

Technological advancement caused that we are living faster than ever, communication among people is more frequent and faster – but at the same time superficial and shallow. People have less and less time for others, for their surroundings ... As a result, we distanced from each other.

Thus, I am always pleased when I see a happy, smiling face. Like this friendly Buddhist monk captured by my camera, while traveling through Cambodia.

Let us hope that this year will bring to all of us more infectious laughter...

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