Editor's Picks 14 May 2013

Collection with 12 media items created by Editor's Picks

12 May 2013 08:00

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Children On Death Row In Yemen (3 of 8)
Sana'a, Yemen
By dustweare
06 Feb 2013

Mohammed Al-Awadai, the manager of juvenile administration in Yemen’s prison authority, stands in one of two communal cells in the juvenile wing of Sanaa's Central Prison

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New York's Poorest Ignored by Politic...
Bronx, New York, US
By mcseaniew
11 Jan 2013

The community of Highbridge in the South Bronx has never been an affluent part of the United States, much of which was created in the 1940's to accommodate a huge incline in immigration to the city. Today it is home to over 35,000 people, the majority of whom are first- or second-generation immigrants from Dominica, Puerto Rico or Africa. The buildings that were created to house thousands who couldn't afford townhouses and brownstones, are now crumbling. Crime and drug abuse are sky-high. Income disparity in the US is at an all-time high. New York City is home to the most millionaires in the country. But it's also facing a food crisis. Nowhere is this starker than the South Bronx, America's poorest district, where over a quarter of a million people live below the poverty line. No wonder more folks than ever are relying on the Highbridge Community Church food pantry, run by local nonprofit the Muslim Women's Institute for Research and Development (MWIRD). But the pantry faces a closure that would plunge over 2,500 locals into an even-deeper plight.

Welfare is dwindling, and those who need it most find the labyrinthine processes almost impossible to navigate. Many don't speak English as their first language, making the system impenetrable. People who lost their jobs in the recession are struggling to make ends meet. Organisations like the Muslim Women's Institute are many folks' first - and last - resort if they want to eat well. But with the economy the way it is private funds are slipping away, and the pantry the MWI provides could go out of business at any moment. America's philosophies have always made it difficult to allot public funds to society's poorest. But now they face a crisis like never before.

Ibrahim Ramey is a long-time human rights advocate. A Washington DC resident, he has been involved in educating Muslims and Americans about political action in countries as far-flung as Tanzania and Afghanistan. Ibrahim is on the board of the Muslim Women's Institute, the Temple of Understanding (which aims to promote religious coexistence) and the Climate Crisis Coalition. He is also vice president of the Steering Committees of the Religious NGO Community at the UN. Ibrahim is increasingly worried about the lack of political dialogue concerning New York's poor, and the plight of those maligned by the current economic meltdown.

The extreme poor's lifelines are being pulled from them, creating a forgotten underclass no-one is addressing. This 4-6min video reveals the vital role the pantry plays in its neighbourhood, the Bronxites who are being marginalized and the stoic folks who run the pantry, despite the specter of closure remaining ever-present.

Additional footage:

  • Interview with local mother. Discusses how the local govt does nothing, but that the way the pantry is run (because they have no cash) makes her feel as if she is begging.

  • Interview with an older lady about the state of New York City now, compared to decades gone. She complains that 'we don't help others' in this country, mentioning how people have struggled through times like this for years.

  • Interview with a Spanish-speaking middle-aged man, about New York and how difficult it is for people to navigate welfare.

  • Much additional b-roll and OTF footage of the pantry, people cooking fresh food and queuing to get supplies.

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Little Jerusalem in Italy (1 of 19)
Pitigliano, Italy
By Nili Bassan
17 Apr 2013

Pitigliano, Italy. Pitigliano is known as "Little Jerusalem." During the 19th Century 10 per cent of the Pitigliano population was Jewish. Today there are only three remaining Jewish residents.

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

A bullfight competition organized in Taruka, Nuwakot 80 km north of the capital Kathmandu. The bullfight competition is organized every year at Maghe Sankranti.

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"Punk Muslim"
Jakarta, Indonesia
By Anne DELAISTRE
03 Oct 2012

Young Indonesians living a punk lifestyle are being persecuted by the "Sharia police" of the country. Many punks have recently been arrested in Banda Aceh, Indonesia's most devoutly Muslim province, purportedly to be re-educated. While human rights groups are concerned about the situation, the police say its only goal is to protect the punks from themselves and prevent them from bringing shame on their families.

PICTURED: In Jakarta, punks are reciting the Qur'an. Welcome among the Muslim punks.

A Jakarta, d'anciens punks font réciter le Coran à ceux qui, sous le voile, portent la crête. Bienvenue chez les punks musulmans.

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Suez Canal Development Conference in ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
14 May 2013

Story: Suez Canal Development Conference in Cairo

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 13, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 13, 2013
Length: 00:02:23
Video Size: 117 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Pan left shot of the banner of the conference
  2. Various shots of the conference held at Cairo International Conference Centre
  3. Various shots of attendees at the inauguration of the conference
  4. Medium shot a display showing details about the project
  5. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt’s PM Dr. Hesham Qandil:
    “This project took into account all the criteria of the national security and all the demands and the remarks of the armed forces. I would like to affirm that the security of this country and the safety of its territories take precedence over any other issue and of course this position include the government, opposition and the Egyptian people as well. We all agree upon this issue (Egypt’s security) and there is no difference among us about that.”
  6. Various shots of attendees during the conference
  7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – head of International Business & Investment Association (IBIA), Ahmad Galal El-Deen:
    “This conference is not an ordinary event. We are currently in the process of historic event and we hope it would be the development engine in Egypt. We are in the process of international project that will contribute in transferring Egypt to the ranks of the major countries and it will represent a focal point in the international trade.”
  8. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Housing Minister Tarek Wafiq:
    “The law of the project is now in the process of developing some amendments and then sending it from the office of the prime minister to the Shura Council to discuss it.”
  9. Various shots of attendees during the conference

STORYLINE:

International Business & Investment Association (IBIA) in cooperation with the technical secretariat of the Suez Canal axis development project organized on Monday, May 13, the first international conference on the development of the Suez Canal.

The conference held under the auspices of Egyptian Prime Minister Dr. Hisham Qandil. He said the draft law of the Suez Canal development took into account all the criteria of the national security and the armed forces.

The Premier also witnessed the signing of a number of contracts of new projects.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt’s PM Dr. Hesham Qandil:
“This project took into account all the criteria of the national security and all the demands and the remarks of the armed forces. I would like to affirm that the security of this country and the safety of its territories take precedence over any other issue and of course this position include the government, opposition and the Egyptian people as well. We all agree upon this issue (Egypt’s security) and there is no difference among us about that.”

The conference was attended by a number of army leaders, Chairman of Suez Canal authority, experts, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Minister of Housing and Urban Communities and a large number of Egyptian businessmen and Arab investors.

For his part, Housing Minister Tarek Wafiq confirmed that Suez Canal development authority had stressed in its establishment draft law that neither Egyptian nor foreign investors will have the right of possession in Suez Canal Development Corridor projects, noting that this will happen through usufruct right only.

He added that the Suez Canal axis project is the dreaming of Egypt and all Egyptians, it is the future project for new Egypt thus it won’t be accounted by other party or it won’t be monopolized by any opinion.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – head of International Business & Investment Association (IBIA), Ahmad Galal El-Deen:
“This conference is not an ordinary event. We are currently in the process of historic event and we hope it would be the development engine in Egypt. We are in the process of international project that will contribute in transferring Egypt to the ranks of the major countries and it will represent a focal point in the international trade.”

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Housing Minister Tarek Wafiq:
“The law of the project is now in the process of developing some amendments and then sending it from the office of the prime minister to the Shura Council to discuss it.”

The Minister added that Suez Canal region is a part of the sustainable development strategy that will make Egypt an international trade point.

Moreover, the Minster has asserted that the draft law which has finalized is currently exist by Cabinet, it will be sent to Shura Council, many various ministries and sovereign authorities and a number of experts law have participated in the project.

President Mohamed Morsi has called for expediting the implementation steps for the Suez Canal Corridor project in view of its positive effect in supporting the Egyptian economy, luring foreign investments, providing thousands of job opportunities for Egyptians in general and Sinai citizens and the Canal region in particular.

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Mother's Day Rally for Missing Persons
Mexico City, Mexico
By @LatAmSight
10 May 2013

A Mothers Day rally was held in Mexico to demand from the authorities what they have done and are doing with regards to finding missing persons within the last 7 years since the government started its drug war.
Mexico’s war against drug trafficking has led to hundreds of people missing, suspected as kidnap victims by rival cartels. Mothers and relatives of those missing took to the streets of center of the capital voicing their concerns and requesting that the government acts to curb the phenomenon.
According to a government provisional list, more than 26,000 people have been abducted. This is the case with Jose Leonardo, who was kidnapped four years ago at his home by two unknown assailants. To this day, his relatives are unaware of his whereabouts and whether he is alive or dead.
Teresa Estela Franklin, mother of Jose Leonardo: "My son has been missing since 2009 and since then we have not found any answers. There is not even a tip, a lead, nothing. "
Or Moni, 21, a woman missing since 2005. She belongs to a family dedicated to the circus.
Testimony 2 - Silvia Alvarado Valdes Moni’s aunt: "My niece was kidnapped eight years ago. She disappeared on the road on her way to school "
Relatives of the missing persons marched by the ‘Paseo de la Reforma’, from the ‘Monument’ to the ‘Mother of the Angel of Independence’. They said that quite often themselves who have to do the research and the authorities still doing anything. They demand from the authorities a greater effort to find their beloved ones.
Testimony 3 - Juan Lopez, adviser to ‘Fuerzas Unidas por Nuestros Desaparecidos en Mexico’ FUNDEM (“United Forces for Our Disappeared in Mexico”):
"There is no forensic investigation with regards to the missing persons phenomena, forget about the specific research." The missing people figures soared since 2006, when former President Felipe Calderon, regardless of respect for human rights, launched an offensive against drug trafficking, which involve the army
Although many of these disappearances are attributed to drug cartels, in other cases, security state forces, have been found involved to allow or participate in felonies with organized crime.

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Spanish Conqueror's Remains Found in ...
Mexico City, Mexico
By @LatAmSight
13 May 2013

Spaniard conqueror Hernán Cortez Tomb
by: Pablo Perez
Jesus' Hospital, located in downtown Mexico City, a few blocks from the Zocalo, was founded by Spaniard conqueror Hernán Cortéz in 1520, in the place where there had been his first encounter with Mexican Cacique Moctezuma, to take care of the marginal people.
This It is the oldest operating hospital in America and the third largest worldwide. The hospital keeps dedicated to social assistance and is managed by a board that was headed until 1932 by descendants of Cortéz, who held the noble title of Marquis of the Oaxaca Valley.
Cortez's remains rest in a church next to the Jesus' hospital, which for a long time depended of a patronage given trough a bull awarded by Pope Clement VII. These remains went through several churches in Spain and Mexico before its current location, where were hidden for more than 100 years, for fear that their desecration. Both, the the Cortez tomb as the foundation of the hospital are unknown for most of the Mexico City inhabitants.

La Tumba de Hernán Cortéz

El Hospital de Jesús, situado en el centro de la Ciudad de México a unas cuadras del Zócalo, fue fundado por Hernán Cortéz en 1520 para la atención de la población marginada en el lugar donde había tenido lugar su primer encuentro personal con Moctezuma. Es el hospital en funcionamiento más antiguo de América y el tercero del mundo. Se sigue dedicando a la asistencia social y está gestionado por un patronato que estuvo encabezado hasta 1932 por los descendientes de Cortés, que ostentaban el título nobiliario de marqueses del Valle de Oaxaca.
En una iglesia anexa al hospital, que durante mucho tiempo y gracias a una bula papal de Clemente VII dependió del patronato, se encuentran los restos de Hernán Cortés. Estos restos pasaron por varias iglesias en España y México antes de su lugar actual y estuvieron escondidos en ese mismo templo durante más de 100 años por temor a que fueran profanados. Tanto la presencia de la tumba como la fundación del hospital por Cortés son desconocidos entre la mayor parte de los vecinos de la ciudad de México.

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Holocaust Survivor's Experiences Conn...
Israel
By upheavalproductions
20 Apr 2011

Dr. Hajo Meyer is a Holocaust survivor and anti-Zionist activist. He has been conducting a speaking tour titled "Never Again For Anyone," sharing his experiences of surviving Auschwitz and his perceptions of Zionism and the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.

This video is a selection of clips from an interview with Dr. Meyer on February 19, 2011 and discusses his views of the antagonistic relationship between Zionism and Judaism.

Produced by Upheaval Productions.

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Music Therapy for Autistic Children i...
kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
01 Apr 2013

There is still no official data regarding the numbers of autistic people in Nepal. Unfortunately, it is estimated that the number of autistic children is increasing daily.

Of Nepal’s population of 30 million, a rough estimate shows that 300 thousand people are living with autism, and around 60 to 90 thousand of them are within the spectrum of severe autism.

Autistic children need therapy to improve their understanding and responses. Various treatments such as art therapy, music therapy and occupational therapy have been shown to improve the lives of autistic children.

In this video, Kedar Ghandari, a music therapist, discusses his use of music therapy to help autistic children in Nepal.

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Letters to my (Former) Enemy
USA
By benoit.faiveley
11 Oct 2011

Letters to My (Former) Enemy is a documentary film directed by Benoit Faiveley and is currently in production. Contact [email protected] for more information

The characters in the Documentary:
Mary is the mom of a soldier who went to Iraq twice. He is now recovering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Mary is also the woman who inspired the idea for this documentary.

Chanan, Seth and Jeremiah are veterans. Chanan is now hanging out with anti-war people. He is studiying to be a nurse. Seth has a very American hobby: firearms. He also works at the Coffee Strong café, a place he opened near a military base. Jeremiah is a Republican who used to think “Bush was too much of a lefty.” He is studying to be an actor.

These Americans will interact with four Iraqis : Baqir, Ahmed, All’a and Mohy. Baqir is a doctor. He requested political asylum in Sweden when four of his brothers were arrested by the American troops. Ahmed fought in the Mahdi Army while his brother was an interpreter for the American forces. The two “brothers at war” now live in Stockholm. All’a is a Baathist and is nostalgic for the Saddam Hussein Era... even though he’s a Shiite. Mohy has always been against : against the Baath party, against Saddam, against the U.S. He is a former communist. In contrast, Haider keeps supporting the American intervention, even if Baghdad remains in a mess today...