Editor's Picks 13 May 2013

Collection with 11 media items created by Editor's Picks

13 May 2013 08:00

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The Jewish community in Livorno (8 of...
Livorno, Italy
By Nili Bassan
15 Apr 2013

Livorno, Italy, Rabbi Yair Didi, praying at the new synagogue.

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Nepal Bullfight (2 of 6)
Nuwakot, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
14 Jan 2013

Photo taken on January 14 shows hundreds of Nepalese coming to Taruka Nuwakot 80 km north of the capital Kathmandu to see the bullfight competition. The bullfight competition is organized every year at Maghe Sankranti.

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Herbal High (6 of 18)
Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
11 Mar 2013

For one bunch of the best quality khat is $40 which is often shared between two people. Although for a bag of just the leaves, it can be as cheap as $1 a bag. Local khat vendors come to Eastleigh to sell the stimulant as Somalis are their biggest customers. “I live outside, not here. Khat is more of a Somali thing, but I have to chew to show people it is not a bad thing,” says a local Kenyan trader.
Khat is also distributed within Nairobi. It is farmed in Meru and arrives in Eastleigh at 2pm everyday. It is preordered and bundled with the customers name written on their sack. Local vendors then collect their parcels and sell to local chewers. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) in the UK reports that more than 2,500 tonnes, worth about £13.8m, was imported by the UK in 2011/12, bringing in £2.8m of tax revenues. Khat is still legal in the UK, even though it has been banned by the US and other European countries. Khat is shipped to the UK four days a week from Kenya.

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Colombia’s Internally Displaced Perso...
Bogota, Colombia
By Natalia Margarita
17 Mar 2013

With over 4 million of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Colombia is among the top three countries of the world with the highest rates of internal displacement. Afro-descendants have been one of the communities most affected by Colombia’s inner armed conflict. Seeking for security, shelter and a way to make a living, over 7.000 afro-Colombians have arrived in Bogota’s neighborhood El Oasis. Through music and dancing they have found a way to deal with their problems and heal the wounds from violence.

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Pakistan's General Elections 2013 ( 1...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
10 May 2013

A Pakistani woman shows her ink-stained thumb after casting her ballot at a polling station in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Defying the danger of militant attacks, Pakistanis streamed to the polls Saturday for a historic vote pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister and an unpopular incumbent

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day ...
Jerusalem
By Carlos van as
08 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces .

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1965.

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Madam Lubna Laal - Transgender Electi...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
30 Apr 2013

Madam Lubna Laal
Transgender Election Candidate
Jhelum, Pakistan
People of Jhelum know me as Madam Lubna Laal.
Because my profession is dancing, visiting homes, dancing in functions and to get paid for this.
I am contesting elections from PP 26 and I’m hopeful that I‘ll be successful.
I was so happy on acceptance of my nomination papers. Everyone around was congratulating including media and lawyers, it made me so happy.
We did not have our Identity cards and society had a very narrow vision about us.
I am campaigning since last 15-20 days.
Response from people has been very good. Poor people like me, youth likes me, women like me and they are appreciating me that I’m taking part in elections.

Rubina Shahid
Housewife
Jhelum, Pakistan
They also should get a chance to take part in elections.
Like everybody else who contests in the election, transgender also have a right to do so.

Lubna:
We also will let people know that we are also human beings.
As you know before this, how people treated us in the society.
That image will be changed because of better educated transgenders.
20-30 years ago, the mentality of people was totally different.
The old perception of people is now changed because of educated people and because of educated candidates.

Mushtaq Ahmad
Shopkeeper, Pakistan
We know Madam Lubna very well she is our neighbor.
We are very happy that she is contesting in elections.
She is better than the people who were contesting before.
We are hopeful that if she succeeds, she’ll be good for us and she will work for us.
She is far much better than previous people.”

Lubna:
The main problem of Pakistan is electricity; this is the main issue we are facing.
We are in favor of eradicating corruption and non-payment of tax.
We are in favor of punishing tax offenders, stop corruption.
That’s how country`s economy will be on right way and our country will flourish.
Otherwise if this system continues by of taking turns of 5 years each. They have already taken four chances and people have lost confidence in them.

Muhammad Razzaq
Shopkeeper
Jhelum, Pakistam
“This is a good sign, everyone has his opinion, If she has taken decision to contest elections then its good. Everybody has the right to contest in elections. This is not a problem, This is a very good sign that they have felt this thing and they are contesting in elections we should support her.”

Lubna:
We have added everything in manifesto regarding transgenders, women, fuel shortage and also have talked about the poor infrastructure.
Also we have planned about the businessmen and we have pledged that justice will be at doorsteps of poor.
I appeal to people to make us successful and give us chance to your represent you in assemblies.

Transcription:

00:00:04:03 – 00:00:07:020
People of Jhelum know me as Madam Lubna Laal.

00:00:08:09 – 00:00:16:01
Because my profession is dancing, visiting homes, dancing in functions and to get paid for this.

00:00:16:13 – 00:00:24:06
I am contesting elections from PP 26 and I’m hopeful that I‘ll be successful.

00:00:24:17 – 00:00:35:22
I was so happy on acceptance of my nomination papers. Everyone around was congratulating including media and lawyers, it made me so happy.

00:00:36:06 – 00:00:40:10
We did not have our Identity cards and society had a very narrow vision about us.

00:00:40:18 – 00:00:43:29
I am campaigning since last 15-20 days.

00:00:44:06 – 00:00:55:24
Response from people has been very good. Poor people like me, youth likes me, women like me and they are appreciating me that I’m taking part in elections.

Rubina Shahid
Housewife
Jhelum, Pakistan

00:00:56:18 – 00:00:59:22
They also should get a chance to take part in elections.

00:00:59:22 – 00:01:02:17
Like everybody else who contests in the election, transgender also have a right to do so.

Lubna

00:01:03:14 – 00:01:09:03
We also will let people know that we are also human beings.

00:01:09:16 – 00:01:13:05
As you know before this, how people treated us in the society.

00:01:13:07 – 00:01:17:03
That image will be changed because of better educated transgenders.

00:01:17:10 – 00:01:28:03
20-30 years ago, the mentality of people was totally different. Now people in general and candidates think its goo that we are contesting.

Mushtaq Ahmad
Shopkeeper, Pakistan

00:01:29:15 – 00:01:32:09
We know Madam Lubna very well she is our neighbor.

00:01:32:10 – 00:01:35:21
We are very happy that she is contesting in elections.

00:01:36:05 – 00:01:39:17
We think she is better than the people who were contesting before.

00:01:39:19 – 00:01:47:17
We are hopeful that if she succeeds, she’ll listen to us, be good for us and she will work for us. She is far much better than previous people.”

Lubna:

00:01:48:03 – 00:01:54:07
The main problem of Pakistan is electricity; this is the main issue we are facing.

00:01:54:55 – 00:01:59:21
We are in favor of eradicating corruption and non-payment of tax.

00:02:02:10 – 00:02:07:14
We are in favor of punishing tax offenders, stop corruption.

00:02:08:01 – 00:02:08:12
Corruption should be eradicated. That’s how country`s economy will be on right way and our country will flourish.

00:02:08:14 – 00:02:29:23
Otherwise if this system continues by of taking turns of 5 years each. They have already taken four chances and people have lost confidence in them.

Muhammad Razzaq
Shopkeeper
Jhelum, Pakistam

00:02:30:03 – 00:02:35:09
“This is a good sign, everyone has his opinion, If she has taken decision to contest elections then its good.

00:02:35:11 – 00:02:44:23
Everybody has the right to contest in elections. This is not a problem, This is a very good sign that they have felt this thing and they are contesting in elections we should support her.”

Lubna:
00:02:44:18 – 00:02:54:24
We have added everything in manifesto regarding transgenders, women, fuel shortage and also have talked about the poor infrastructure.

00:02:55:02 – 00:03:05:06
Also we have planned about the businessmen and we have pledged that justice will be at doorsteps of poor.

00:03:05:14 – 00:03:12:15
I appeal to people to make us successful and give us chance to your represent you in assemblies.

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MUSLIMAH Q
New York City, United States of America
By joannacyprys
09 Dec 2010

A young Muslim woman recounts her experience converting to Islam and coming out of the closet.

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Uprising Preview
Cairo, Egypt
By f.stanton
16 Apr 2012

In January 2011, millions of Egyptians took to the streets in a spontaneous eruption against thirty years of oppression under the regime of Hosni Mubarak. Communicating via Facebook and Twitter, the largely peaceful protesters braved tear gas, beatings, and live bullets in the hope of facing down security forces and overthrowing the government. Over eight hundred lost their lives, and several thousand were arrested and tortured by security forces.
“Uprising” tells the story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of those who participated, their struggle for freedom against tremendous odds, their sacrifice, and the courage and ingenuity that allowed them to succeed. Using footage of the revolution as well as interviews with key organizers and participants, “Uprising” provides a behind-the scenes view of one of the most dramatic events of our generation. Many of those profiled were arrested, some were tortured, several were shot. All of them describe it as the most meaningful and rewarding event of their lives. The film explores the frustrations that had built for decades, the role of social media in unleashing the revolution, the youth and courage that changed a nation, and the implications for the future. Their success in forcing the downfall of the regime, one of the most significant foreign policy developments since the fall of the Berlin Wall, has changed the face of the Middle East and provided hope for millions of oppressed people across the world. The Egyptian revolution was unique, in its use of technology, in its youth, and in its scale, and it happened at the heart of a region that is especially important and fragile. Above all, it is a story of profound hope, of courage rewarded, of a people who in a spontaneous, peaceful eruption beat back a police state and threw off the shackles of decades of degradation and oppression.