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Sesame Street Comes To Pakistan

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Sesame Street continues to be a universal learning tool for children as it will now be broadcast in Pakistan to help boost education.

The U.S. is donating $20 million to fund a local version of the show, which will have the traditional New York City setting swapped for a Pakistani village.

Don't expect to see Big Bird or Cookie Monster though, as the show will feature new characters including Rani, a six-year-old female puppet with pigtails and a blue-and-white school uniform and will speak in Urdu.

Writer for the Pakistani version, Imraan Peerzada says:

"She will represent what little girls have to go through in this gender-biased society.

We are not avoiding religion‚ but we don't want to label children…the basic learning tools of literacy‚ numeracy‚ hygiene‚ and healthy eating have to be in place first."

Good work, Sesame Street. What a fantastic idea.

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Millions Of Spiders Cover Pakistan Trees In Webs

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Pakistan Tree Spiders

Ewww!

We know every creature serves a purpose on this fantastic planet, but this imagery still gives us the shivers!

Due to excessive flooding in Pakistan in 2010 that submerged a fifth of the country, MILLIONS of spiders took to the trees to escape the rising flood waters.

Pictured above are the trees that they effectively cocooned in spider webs, while seeking shelter from the water.

Unfortunately, spiders weren't the only creature affected by the flooding and 20 million human lives were also disrupted as a result.

However, remember that thing about every creature serving a purpose?

In the areas where spiders took over the trees, there are significantly less malaria-spreading mosquitos that are expected to accompany stagnant water.

Hooray for spiders! Creepy, disgusting spiders. Seriously though…good job spiders.

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Pakistan Bans Movie About Islamabad Youth!

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Can't say we're surprised by this!

The new Hammad Khan-directed film, Slackistan - which focuses on a group of bored, rich teens living in Islamabad, Pakistan - has been banned by the country's Central Board of Film Censors.

According to reports, they've informed the film's distrubutor, Mara Pictures, that significant cuts would have to be made to the flick - including removing all dialogue that references the Taliban, Osama Bin Laden, Islamic beards and attire, swears, and the word 'lesbian' - if they want the ban removed, and even then, it would STILL be slapped with an 18+ rating.

Khan revealed:

"The censor board's verdict is oppressive, arbitrary and steeped in denial about life outside their government offices. Maybe the establishment's view is that young Pakistanis saying words like Taliban and lesbian represent a more potent threat than the bullets and bombs that are, day by day, finding increasing legitimacy in the country."

Ouch! But he's right!

Not sure that there's anything anyone can do about it, though!

Such a shame that these censorship issues are still so prevalent in countries all over the world.

The US may still have a long way to go, but at least there's always hope that we have the capacity to change and learn and adapt! Lots for which to be thankful!

Thoughts??

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Naomi Raises Money For Flood Victims In Pakistan

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Naomi Campbell is using her star power to raise money for the flood victims in Pakistan.

The supermodel is partnering with Dolce & Gabbana to throw a Fashion For Relief party on Tuesday night. Guests at the event will be able to purchase one of Naomi's 25th Anniversary t-shirts, with proceeds going to those in need.

We're sure Angelina Jolie applauds her efforts!

[Image via WENN.]

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Angelina Jolie Continuing To Inspire Us In Pakistan

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Check out the video (above) of Angelina Jolie speaking about her efforts to raise awareness about the devastation in Pakistan.

She's really making an effort to help those people who were devastated by floods in recent months, and she's doing everything she can to open the world's eyes to the situation.

We continue to be on your side, Angelina, and we wish you the absolute best of luck bb!

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