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Late Helen Thomas: She uttered the truth and died with great regret for this hypocritical USA she served a lifetime

Helen was young once. She died at age 95. The US newspapers commemorated her on the second year of her passing away.
She is from Lebanese descent. She represented the major medias to ask the first question to all the successive President in all the Presidential announcement in the White House lawn.
She accompanied Nixon first visit to China.
She lambasted Bush Jr. when he announced that he is invading Iraq for the “Cross and God” and said: “For the Devil is the case”
A year before her death, she dispatch a letter to all the newspapers who refused to publish it for the first time in her life.
Helen warned in that letter that USA, France and England are executing a plan to re-divide the Middle-East and redraw the borders as they did in 1916.
She claimed that the CIA in the USA is run by Israel and is the main culprit in creating terrorist factions and running them all over the world.
She said: “The Zionist Jews are running our main newspapers and media outlets” (It would be more accurate to say “The Christian Evangelical Zionist movement””
To please the Zionist lobby in the USA, Barack Obama forced her out of this privilege as she voiced her sincere opinion: “Jews from all over the world must return to their countries and let the Palestinians return Home” 
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Al-amir Chbaro to لبناني عطيق مهاجر Lebanon.O.S..23 hrs

المرآة التي فضحت الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية والكلام الممنوع من النشر حتى “ماتت “وتركت كلمة ” المنطقة العربية ستزول بالكامل.
المرأة التي فضحت أميركا، وعلاقتها بالإرهاب في الشرق الأوسط


في يوليو الماضي احتفل نادي الصحافة الأمريكي القومي بالذكرى الثانية لرحيل عميدة مراسلي البيت الأبيض، وأول امرأة تتولى منصب رئيس نادي الصحافة الأمريكي، والتي عاصرت أهم رؤساء أمريكا،

ورافقتهم وغطت أنشطتهم، وكانت مع نيكسون في أول رحلة تاريخية للصين، عام 1971، والتي رفضت أن ترافق جورج بوش الابن، وأعلنت رفضها لعبارته الشهيرة: ” إنه يحارب في العراق من أجل الله والصليب ” وقالت: ” بل إنها حرب الشيطان وليست حرب الله “.


هي هيلين توماس، التي ماتت في الخامسة والتسعين، وكانت كما قال تلاميذها في حفل تأبينها: ” أجرأ صحفية في تاريخ الولايات المتحدة الامريكية “.


توماس قبل رحيلها بعدة أيام، كتبت مقالة خطيرة للنشر في كبريات الصحف الأمريكية، وتم رفضها في حادثة لها للمرة الأولى، مما جعلها تصرخ في محاضرة بنادي الصحافة قائلة: ” اليهود يسيطرون على إعلامنا وصحافتنا ويسيطرون على البيت الابيض “.


وأضافت، أنا لن أغير ما حييت، مؤمنة به؛ الإسرائيليون يحتلون فلسطين، هذه ليست بلادهم. قولوا لهم ارجعوا لبلادكم واتركوا فلسطين لأهلها.
إنني أرى بوادر حرب عالمية ثالثة، طبخت في مطبخ تل أبيب ووكالة الاستخبارات الأمريكية، والشواهد عديدة، أول خطوة ظهور تنظيمات إرهابية ، بدعم أمريكي لا تصدقوا أن واشنطن تحارب الإرهابيين ، لأنهم دمية في أيدي السي آي إيه.


وأضافت، إنني أرى أن بريطانيا سوف تستحضر روح البريطاني ” مارك سايكس ” وفرنسا سوف تستحضر روح الفرنسي ” فرانسوا بيكو ” وواشنطن تمهد بأفكارهما الأرض لتقسيم الدول العربية بين الثلاثة،

وتأتي روسيا لتحصل على ما تبقى منه الثلاثة، صدقوني انهم يكذبون عليكم ويقولون: ” إنهم يحاربون الاٍرهاب نيابة عن العالم وهم صناع هذا الاٍرهاب والإعلام يسوق أكاذيبهم، لأن من يمتلكه هم يهود اسرائيل”.


هذه كلمات هيلين توماس منذ عامين وأعيد نشرها في ذكراها، يوليو الماضي، بالطبع قوبلت بعاصفة هجوم عاتية من اللوبي الصهيوني وطالب نتنياهو بمحاكمتها بتهمة معاداة السامية لكنها رحلت بعد أن قالت الصدق وتلقف كلماتها المخرج العالمي ” مايكل مور ” في فيلم تسجيلي.


ومور هو من فضح بوش الابن وعصابته من أصحاب شركات السلاح من اليمين الأمريكي مثل ” ديك تشيني ” و ” كوندليزا رايس ” وحصل فيلمه الشهير فهرنهايت 11/9 على أكثر من جائزة.


ما يهمنا وسط الأحداث الاخيرة، بداية من حادث سقوط الطائرة الروسية التي راح ضحيتها أكثر من مائتي مدني، ثم حادث بيروت الذي خلف عشرات القتلى والجرحى ثم حادث باريس، مرورا بحوادث في العريش، والعراق، وليبيا، وسوريا،

أنّ التنظيمات الإرهابية لا يمكن لها أن تقوم بكل هذا العنف البشع بمفردها، وأن هناك أجهزة استخبارات تدعمها، وتشيطنها لتشعل المنطقة وتدفعها لأتون جحيم لا ينطفئ، فتراهم على حافة الفناء.


والفناء هنا يعني تسليم المنطقة للقوى التي خططت، ودعمت، وأشعلت لإزالة القائم وزحزحة المستقر وإزالة المعترف به. وما يُؤكد هذا، كلام ” جيمس وولسي ” رئيس الاستخبارات الأمريكية السابق الذي قال بوضوح: ” المنطقة العربية لن تعود كما كانت، وسوف تزول دول وتتغير حدود دول موجودة “.


نفس المعنى تقريبا قاله ” مارك رجيف ” المتحدث باسم الحكومة الإسرائيلية: ” المنطقة على صفيح ساخن، ونحن لن نسكت، وننسق مع أجهزة الاستخبارات في الدول الكبرى للقضاء على الاٍرهاب، وسوف نتدخل معهم لمحاربة الاٍرهاب حتى لو اندلعت الحروب، لنضمن حماية دولتنا “.


إذن تتحقق نبوءة ” هيلين توماس ” تل أبيب وواشنطن خلقت أسطورة التنظيمات الإرهابية في المنطقة التي خرجت من معامل تل أبيب وواشنطن لتشعل المنطقة والعالم، وتحرك الأنظمة نحو هدف واحد، وإعادة الترسيم وتوزيع النفوذ والغنائم،

فماذا انتم فاعلون يا عرب ؟
أعيدوا قراءة مقالات ومحاضرات ” هيلين توماس ” التي اقتبس منها مقولة ” الغرب يعيش على غباء العالم الثالث والدول الفقيرة .


هل يصلح هذا الحل، في وقتنا مع كل المتغيرات الدراماتيكية؟

نعم فقط جربوا أن تتوحدوا وتكونوا على قلب رجل واحد. إنه حلم، لكنه ليس مستحيلا،

ومرة أخرى اقرأوا هذه السيدة التي هاجمها الصهاينة، وحاربوها، لكنهم لم يكسروا قلمها، إنها هيلين توماس”.

The world can be a source of hope, Not of needless military invasions

, May 19, 2016

There is little evidence of any enthusiasm for the way our society is run. Polling is persistently clear: 1.  most people believe that object to utilities such as rail and energy being run for profit rather than in public ownership;

2. Rich should pay higher tax rates for the rich; and

3. there is popular support for improving workers’ rights.

But what people want and what they think possible are often far apart. The status quo may be unpopular, but it is at least tangible: decades of “there is no alternative” drummed into our heads has left us resigned to the inevitability of injustice.

Take the recent Panama Papers revelations.

When, on social media, I suggested the story underlined how a rich elite stashed their fortunes away from the authorities while preaching the need for cuts, the response was a wave of cynicism.

The replies could be summed up as, ‘Well, duhhh, what do you expect?’ or “Is this really a surprise?”. Rich people avoiding tax on an industrial scale was priced in. A bigger surprise would have been if it didn’t happen.

Rather than rage, there was a world-weariness – one that is very successful at defusing popular support for tackling injustice.

Rather than take to the streets, more often people yell at the TV and then return to lives blighted by insecurity.

That’s why Michael Moore’s excellent new film is so important.

Where to Invade Next is based on a simple satirical concept. From Vietnam to Iraq, Moore points out, the postwar US has launched a series of military invasions whose main achievement has been a devastatingly high death toll.

What if, instead, Moore invaded countries in order to appropriate ideas and policies that help people, and then take them back to America?

Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next: exclusive UK trailer – video

The US is practically alone among industrialised nations for not having mandatory annual leave.

So off Moore goes to Italy with a bold question: have you ever wondered why Italians always look like they’ve just had sex? One reason, he suggests, is the number of paid days off that Italians can expect: when national holidays are included, 30 a year.

For those who might blame this healthier work-life balance on Italy’s economic woes, it’s worth noting that the economic powerhouse Germany offers 34 days for permanent workers.

Moore meets Claudio Domenicali, chief executive of the Italian motorcycling manufacturer Ducati, who says providing benefits for workers and recognising a strong union benefited the company.

Then there’s Finland. In Britain, we have a government determined to fragment our comprehensive state school system and introduce the philosophy of the market. If our government had a “what works” philosophy, then – like Moore – it would surely aspire to the Finnish model.

Finland’s educational results are among the highest in the world but it’s a country with barely any private schools and no academic selection, where children don’t even start school until after their seventh birthday, schooldays are shorter, play is emphasised, and there is practically no homework.

Top quality schools for all and an emphasis on the wellbeing of pupils produce results.

And unlike Britain – where morale in the education system is often poor – Finnish teachers are held in high esteem. Finland also has a more equal society than Britain: research has repeatedly underscored a link between deprivation and poor academic performance.

Another of Moore’s “victims” is Norway. Its justice system is like something lifted from a Daily Mail nightmare.

Far fewer people are locked up and the prison sentences are significantly shorter. On Bastoy prison island, for example, inmates have their own TVs, computers and showers, and are provided with a proper education.

Norway’s reoffending rate is among the lowest in the world: reportedly 20%, compared with a stunning 77% in the punitive US system.

When the fascist terrorist Anders Breivik detonated a bomb in Oslo and murdered dozens of young socialists on Utoya island, Norway’s prime minister declared: “Our response is more democracy, more openness, and more humanity.”

Norway did not allow terrorism to subvert its way of life; there were no clampdowns on civil liberty; support for the death penalty (a fringe position in Norway) did not surge. Rather than giving Breivik the special treatment he craved, the country played it by the book.

There are many other examples.

Countries such as Germany and Slovenia, where university education is treated as a social good and there are no tuition fees.

And Portugal, which has abandoned the calamitous “war on drugs” and no longer locks people up for the personal consumption of illicit substances.

I could go on. Nordic countries, where taxes are higher, which have more extensive welfare states but where living standards are better. Germany, where a state-led industrial strategy has created hundreds of thousands of jobs in renewable energy and is confronting the climate change crisis.

The most important contribution made by films such as Moore’s is to popularise the idea that the status quo is not, in fact, inevitable.

Those of us who believe in societies being run for the benefit of the majority – not as rackets for a tiny elite – all too often assume a defensive posture.

We can be easily defined by what we oppose, rather than what we support.

Our placards are adorned with slogans protesting against privatisation or cuts, rather than presenting an optimistic vision of what society could be.

No wonder that, to many, we appear as doomsayers, relentlessly conveying misery and gloom. Ronald Reagan is an unlikely example for the left to emulate – his disastrous legacy includes the stagnation of living standards for millions of Americans. But he wrapped his pro-rich policies in optimism, proclaiming “Morning in America”.

We should not stop opposing injustice. But surely we need to do far more to match our opposition with an inspiring, hope-filled vision.

As Moore illustrates vividly, there is no shortage of alternatives. We don’t talk about them enough, and it’s time we did.

Owen Jones will be in conversation with Michael Moore after the UK premiere of Where to Invade Next on Friday 10 June. The event will be broadcast live via satellite from Sheffield Doc/Fest to more than 120 cinemas nationwide. Find your nearest cinema at www.wheretoinvadenext.co.uk/screenings

A few of the clearest water spots to swim in?

Every one loves taking a dip in the clearest of waters on a beautiful hot summers day.

So if you are missing the summer already then check out our list of 35 of the most clearest waters in the world to swim in before you die.

1. Linapacan Island – Philippines

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Linapacan Island is a municipality in the province of Palawan and has some of the clearest waters in the world. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of just 14,180 people.

[SEE ALSO – Amazing Swimming Pools You Would Love To Dive Into]

2. The Maldives Islands

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The Maldive Islands, sit in the Indian Ocean and consist of 26 atolls. These atolls are spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers (35,000 sq mi), making the country one of the world’s most geographically dispersed.

Its population of 328,536 (2012) inhabits 192 of its 1,192 islands. The waters are crystal clear and full of reef wildlife which attracts tourists from all over the world.

3. Bodrum – Turkey

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Bodrum is a district and a port city in the southwestern Region of Turkey. The city was called Halicarnassus of Caria in ancient times and was famous for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Bodrum Castle, built by the Knights Hospitaller in the 15th century, overlooks the harbour and the marina. The castle grounds include a Museum of Underwater Archaeology and hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year. The city had a population of 136,317 in 2012.

4. Cayo Coco – Cuba

Cayo Coco, Cuba

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Cayo Coco is an island in central Cuba and well known for its all inclusive resorts. It lies within the Ciego de Ávila Province and is part of a chain of islands called Jardines del Rey (“the King’s Gardens”). The island was named after the white ibis, locally called Coco (coconut) birds.

Still largely wild with swamps and scrubland populated by wild cattle, the islands boast about a dozen large international hotels spread out. Beaches are very good and the massive coral reef off the north coast attracts divers from around the world.

5. Cala Macarelleta, Menorca – Spain

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The bay of Macarella and Macarelleta is on the south western side of Menorca and belongs to the Àrea Natural d’Especial Interès on Ciutadella’s southern coast.

Macarelleta is an idyllic cove with fine, white sand, where the sea is a calm pool of turquoise water. Sheltered by hills covered in pine trees and holm oaks, it is often warm enough to sunbathe, even in winter.

6. To Sua Ocean Trench – Samoa

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To Sua Ocean Trench is a clear water pool located in Lotofaga village. To Sua means ‘big hole’ and has been converted into a large swimming area. A ladder is installed on side for visitors to access this 30 meters deep pool.

7. Sabah – Malaysia

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Sabah is one of the 13 member states of Malaysia, and is its easternmost state. It is located on the northern portion of the island of Borneo. Beyond the coasts of Sabah lie a number of islands and coral reefs, including the largest island in Malaysia, Pulau Banggi which has become a huge diving attraction.

8. Jenny Lake – Wyoming

Jenny Lake, Wyoming

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Jenny Lake is located in Grand Teton National Park in the U.S. state of Wyoming.

The lake was formed approximately 12,000 years ago by glaciers pushing rock debris which carved Cascade Canyon during the last glacial maximum, forming a terminal moraine which now impounds the lake.

The lake is estimated to be 423 feet (129 m) deep and encompasses 1,191 acres (482 ha). Jenny Lake is considered to be a major focal point in Grand Teton National Park, with many hiking trails, scenic boat rides, and quick access to the major climbing routes onto the tallest peaks of the Teton Range.

9. Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul – Brazil

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Bonito is a municipality located in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

It is in the middle of a region which is being discovered as “Caribe do Centro-Oeste” (Caribbean of the Central-West) due to the unbelievable blue color of its waters.

Owing to the enormous quantity of limestone in the ground, the water of these rivers passes through a real natural filter where impurities are deposited at the bottom of the river bed, leaving the rivers to be some of the clearest and most transparent in the world.

A number of fish and plant species have adapted to this high calcium environment, so that all rivers teem with life and make for an amazing place to visit.

10. Calanque de Sormiou – France

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Calanque de Sormiou is a protected area which is frequented by hikers and climbers who come from all over France to experience and enjoy such exquisite surroundings. The beautiful sea is crystal clear and continually changes tones from turquoise to deep dark blue.

11. Panari Island, Okinawa – Japan

Panari Island, Okinawa, Japan

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Panari, also called Aragusuku, is one of the Yaeyama Islands. It is well known for being one of the world’s best diving destinations and has coral and marine life on a par with the Great Barrier Reef. (Over 400 types of corals, 5 types of sea turtles, manta rays, whale sharks and all kinds of tropical fish species all live around Okinawa.)

12. Puerto Ayora – Galapagos

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Puerto Ayora is a town in central Galápagos, Ecuador and is located on the southern shore of Santa Cruz Island. It is the most populous town in the Galápagos Islands, with more than 12,000 inhabitants.

Home to both the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galápagos National Park, Puerto Ayora is the center of the Galápagos conservation efforts.

Tortuga Bay is a short walk from center of Puerto Ayora where you can view marine iguanas, birds, galapagos crabs and a natural mangrove where you can spot white tip reef sharks and the gigantic galápagos tortoise.

13. Lake Tahoe – Nevada

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Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada of the United States. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America and has a depth of 1,645 ft (501 m), making it the second-deepest in the United States. Additionally, Lake Tahoe is listed as the 27th largest lake by volume in the world.

The lake was formed about 2 million years ago and is a part of the Lake Tahoe Basin with the modern lake being shaped during the ice ages. It is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides.

Lake Tahoe is a major tourist attraction in both Nevada and California. It is home to a number of ski resorts, summer outdoor recreation, and tourist attractions.

14. Cayos Cochinos – Honduras

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The Cayos Cochinos or Cochinos Cays are a group of two small islands and 13 more small coral cays situated 30 kilometers northeast of La Ceiba on the northern shores of Honduras.

The islands are a Marine Protected Area and is part of the world’s second largest coral reef system known as the Meso-American Barrier Reef. It is off-limits to commercial divers and fishermen, which has helped make the waters the most healthiest and fullest of marine life in the Bay Islands.

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15. Primosten – Croatia

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Primošten is a town in Croatia, and a part of the Šibenik-Knin County. It is situated in the south, between the cities of Šibenik and Trogir, on the Adriatic coast.

The largest beach in Primošten is called Raduča, and its smaller part, Mala Raduča, is voted one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Croatia.

16. St. George – Bermuda

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St George is located at the eastern end of Bermuda and is a UNESCO world heritage site. The town is steeped with history and was the first permanent English settlement on the islands of Bermuda and is often described as the third successful English settlement in the Americas.

17. Hanauma Bay, Oahu – Hawaii

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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve on Hawaii’s island of Oahu is a beginning snorkeler’s paradise. This well-protected bay boasts hundreds of tropical fish species, calm, clear waters and shallow depths allowing for great viewing.

So many people have come here for so long that the fish in this bay do not feel threatened by visitors, allowing for close up encounters. The bay was deemed a marine life conservation area in 1967 and has become more heavily managed each year since in an effort to protect the fish, corals, beach, and the bay itself.

18. Rio Azul – Argentina

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The Blue River is a short river located in the region of Patagonia in the Republic Argentina. It is one of the colder rivers in the region because it is glacial fed, rather than lake fed which tends to increase the temperature of other rivers in the valley.

Because the Azul River has no lake at its source it is also prone to wild fluctuations in water level and is often the quickest river to respond to changes in precipitation. When the Azul is running it offers whitewater paddlers some of the best play features and scenery in the valley.

19. Corfu – Greece

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Corfu is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea and is bound with the history of Greece from the beginning of Greek mythology. Its Greek name, Kerkyra or Korkyra, is related to two powerful water symbols: Poseidon, god of the sea, and Asopos, an important Greek mainland river.

The island’s history is laden with battles and conquests. The legacy of these struggles is visible in the form of castles punctuating strategic locations across the island. Two of these castles enclose its capital, which is the only city in Greece to be surrounded in such a way. As a result, Corfu’s capital has been officially declared a Kastropolis (“castle city”) by the Greek government.

Corfiotes have a long history of hospitality to foreign residents and visitors. The North East coast has largely been developed by a few British holiday companies, with large expensive holiday villas, while package holiday resorts exist on the north and east coasts.

At the other end of the island, the southern resort of Kavos also provides tourist facilities.

20. Aitutaki – Cook Islands

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Aitutaki is one of 15 islands that make up the Cook Islands. It has a population of approximately 2,000. and is the second most visited island of the Cook Islands.

21. Koh Phi Phi Don – Thailand

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Ko Phi Phi Don is the largest of the Phi Phi Islands, in Thailand and is the only island in the group with permanent inhabitants. Like the other islands in the group, Ko Phi Phi Don is a non-volcanic island largely made of limestone.

Ko Phi Phi Don is now squarely on the tourist map, and tourists from all over the world flock to the island. Accessible from Phuket and mainland Krabi province, all tourists must arrive by Ferry and this has essentially turned the island into a rush of day trippers who overpopulate the island from 11AM-3PM.

The island still holds much charm that can be enjoyed in the hours that the flocks from Phuket are not there. While in former times, Ko Phi Phi Don was a serene paradise, parts of it has been exploited for tourism.

22. Playa Blanca – Colombia

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Playa Blanca (the white beach) is actually located on the island of Baru about 1 hour or so by boat from the main port of Cartagena. It is a beautiful, clean beach that fits the picture of the Caribbean paradise perfectly. The water here is calm and warm making it a great place to snorkel and swim.

23. Arnensee – Switzerland

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Arnensee is a lake in Canton of Berne, Switzerland and is used as a reservoir by Romande Energie. This blissfully secluded spot offers an idyllic getaway for a refreshing swim, a spot of angling or a hike taking in a picnic lunch at one of the barbecue sites.

24. Tioman Island – Malaysia

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Tioman Island is a small island located 32 km off the east coast of Malaysia in the state of Pahang. It has eight main villages, the largest and most populous being Kampung Tekek in the north. The densely forested island is sparsely inhabited, and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a popular scuba diving spot. There are also a lot of resorts and chalets around the island which has duty free status.

The marine area around Tioman Island and eight other nearby islands have been declared as marine parks and marine reserves.

25. Belo Sur Mer – Madagascar

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Belo sur Mer is a pleasant Vezo fishermen village located some 80 km south of Morondava. Visitors that come here are greeted by a wonderful kilometer long beach of bright white sands and an amazing transparent sea of emerald waters. But as everywhere on the Western coast of Madagascar bathing can be certainly risky due to the strong tides…

26. Dog Island, San Blas – Panama

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The San Blas Islands, located off Panama’s southeastern coast, is the best kind of Caribbean island: postcard perfect white-sand beaches, extremely friendly locals, a chance to experience indigenous life with the Kuna Yala tribe, and just enough infrastructure (electricity is provided via generators) to provide simple comforts while keeping the tourist machine at bay.

27. Culebra Island – Puerto Rico

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Culebra is a popular weekend tourist destination for Mainland Puerto Ricans, Americans and residents of Vieques. Because of the “arid” nature of the island there is no run-off from rivers or streams resulting in very clear waters.

Culebra has many beautiful beaches including Flamenco Beach (Playa Flamenco), the beach extends for a mile of white coral sand and is framed beautifully by arid tree-covered hills. The beach is also protected by the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources as a Marine Wildlife Reserve.

28. Bora Bora

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Bora Bora is an island located about 230 kilometres (143 miles) northwest of Papeete and is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the centre of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks.

Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination, famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts. Over the last few years several resorts have been built on motu (small islands, from Tahitian) surrounding the lagoon.

Snorkeling and scuba diving in and around the lagoon of Bora Bora are popular activities. Many species of sharks and rays inhabit the surrounding body of water. There are a few dive operators on the island offering manta ray dives and also shark-feeding dives.

29. Exuma – Bahamas

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With sapphire-blue water everywhere, The Exumas are an exotic collection of dream destinations. Footprint-free beaches and ultraexclusive resorts and islands fit for celebrities make this tropical paradise an absolute gem. Here, nature outnumbers man, coastlines remain flawless and private homes play host to some of the world’s most famous stars. The Exumas truly are the ultimate escape.

30. Torch Lake, Antrim County Michigan – USA

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Torch Lake stretches 19 miles (31 km) and is Michigan’s longest inland lake. Several villages and hamlets lie along its shore, including Alden, Eastport, Clam River, and Torch Lake.

The lake is known for nature activities including hiking, canoeing, fishing and diving. Due to the low amount of boat activity, it is a nature-lovers paradise. Torch Lake is much quieter than most Michigan lakes and is not friendly to “partying.” on the North side of the lake. However, the Sand Bar hosts boat parties every weekend during the Summer.

Noted for its exceptional beauty; its waters are unusually clear and exhibit a bright turquoise hue, often resembling Caribbean waters. This quality has made the lake a popular spot for the development of resorts and second homes with notables including Kid Rock and Michael Moore owning vacation homes on the lake.

31. Comino Island – Malta

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Comino is an island between the islands of Malta and Gozo in the Mediterranean Sea. Named after the cumin seed that once flourished in the Maltese islands, Comino is noted for its tranquility and isolation. It has a permanent population of only four residents and is currently a bird sanctuary and nature reserve.

Comino is home to transparent, cyan waters of the Blue Lagoon which frequented by large numbers of tourists and tour boats daily. The Blue Lagoon is a picturesque bay with a white sandy base and rich marine life. It is popular with divers, snorkelers and swimmers.

It is a popular location for filmmakers and has appeared in the movies Troy, The Count Of Monte Cristo and Swept Away.

32. San Andres Island – Colombia

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San Andres has a charm as powerful as its beaches are attractive. The landscape is not only dotted with palm trees, but also with mangroves, ceibas, and a number of species of colorful wildflowers. And the corals in the sea offer an impression on the eye that will never fade with time.

This dream-like landscape is home to blue and black crabs, turtles, iguanas, chameleon-like and green lizards, dozens of species of birds, and amazing numbers of fish.

Dive into this seven-colored sea, and discover that in reality there are more than a thousand colors under the surface; lilac and yellow corals, silvery, red and blue fish, green algae, and countless tiny colored animals. The coral formations of the Archipelago are the second largest in the Americas, and the voluptuous form they take the driver’s breath away.

33. Sardinia – Italy

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Sardinia is situated off the western coast of Italy and is a beautiful Mediterranean island with stunning beaches and panoramic views of the mountains and sea. Its southern tip faces Africa, while its north shore lies just a few miles from Corsica. Sardinia, despite becoming an exclusive, luxurious holiday destination in recent years, remains unspoilt by tourism. With its turquoise seas, granite rock formations and lush vegetation, the island is a jewel in the Mediterranean.

34. Bahia de las Aguilas – Dominican Republic

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Bahia de las Aguilas (Eagles Bay) is an 8 km long beach along the southwestern coast of the Dominican Republic near the southernmost part of the border with Haiti. The bay is part of the Jaragua National Park, and it is considered by many Dominicans ( and visitors as well) as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

The bay is a protected area as is the surrounding park, hence there is an abundance of seal life just feet off the beach within its waters.

The thing that visitors like the most about this beach, is that it is totally isolated. 323 km from Santo Domingo and approximately 25 km from Pedernales (the nearest town) this beach is a true oasis in the middle of the deserted steppe of the park.

35. Mystery spot

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Number 5 is our mystery spot that would be perfect for a swim. Anyone know where it is?

35 Clearest Waters In The World To Swim In Before You Die Update:

Due to the success of this article and the hundreds of comments we have received from our readers we have created a part 2 to our list. We have selected 35 clearest waters based on the suggestions from our readers.

US Reporters’ Dean: Helene Thomas

Helene Thomas (Antonios) is now 89 years old and she resigned her post as reporters’ Dean last week.

She was the ultimate reporter since she was selected in 1961 to report on the Whit House during John F. Kennedy who started dealing seriously with “black civil rights” and ended her tenure with Barack Obama, the first black president to the USA.

Helene Thomas remained in that position for 50 years.  Helene Thomas had many privileges: She was to ask the first question to the President and she had a special room in the White House. She was nicknamed “sitting Buddha” for her long tenure as Dean of reporters.

The parents of Helene Thomas are originally from Tripoli (Lebanon); George Antonios and Miriana Elias Arwadi immigrated to Winchester (Kentucky)  in 1903; they had 9 children.

Helene Thomas graduated from Wayne University (Detroit) in 1942 and then joined United Press International.  She said to one of the Lebanese freshman journalists: “Mind this fact; good news are disseminated from the White House; bad news from the Foreign office.”

Bush Junior refused Thomas to ask him questions for 3 years. As the first opportunity came, Thomas asked Bush Junior: “I want Mr. President to ask you a question related to the invasion of Iraq that resulted in the killing of thousands of US citizens and Iraqis and maiming for life thousands others.  So far, all reasons offered to the public on that invasion turned out to be erroneous. What were your real reasons for going to war?  You stated that it was not for oil or for Israel interests.  Then what are your fundamental reasons?”

During Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in July 2006 Thomas said in the White House: “The US is perfectly able to stop this senseless war and we have huge leverage on Israel.  We decided to exact collective punishments on the Lebanese and Palestinians

On May 27, after the Israeli fiasco on the international “peace boats” convoy to relieving the population of Gaza and killing 20 civilians on the boats and injuring dozens on International sea, Helene Thomas could no longer retain her just sentiments of the apartheid State of Israel and said:

The Palestinian people are occupied and the land is theirs. It is bound of the Jews in Israel to return to their homelands in Poland, the USA, Germany, and France.” Thomas meant that Israel must stop welcoming new Jewish immigrants and given them the Israeli citizenship as they land at the Ben Gurion airport and encouraging them to colonize Palestinian lands in the West Bank.

President Obama sang “Happy birthday” for Thomas 89 years which coincided with Obama’s birthday too.  Thomas campaigned for Obama because she liked his national health plan to cover all US citizens.  The first question Thomas asked Obama in the White House was: “Do you know one State in the Middle East that own nuclear weapons?”  Obviously, Obama knew that Israel was the sole nuclear military State in that region and Obama tried hard to avoid answering. Obama reprimanded Thomas for that difficult question and Thomas laughed saying: “I wanted to test your courage

Helene Thomas wrote her autobiography in 5 books and she participated in Michael Moore movie “Fahrenheit 9-11” and the movie “Dave“.

We expect the Lebanese government and the Palestinian authority to honor Helene Thomas, while still alive, for her courage of working toward human rights of all the occupied people and expressing her opinions that mankind agree with.

Note: Helene Thomas died this July 20, 2013 at age of 93. Would be great to celebrate the day of Thomas passing away as “Freedom of Expression Day”


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