Editor's Picks 14 June 2013

Collection with 9 media items created by Editor's Picks

14 Jun 2013 08:00

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Kafranbel, the choice of democracy (1...
Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
13 Apr 2013

About one hundred Kafr Nabel inhabitants are participating to the Friday demonstration. They hold slogans written in arabic and english as well as caricatures. Kafranbel has become famous in Syria thanks for its mobilization and creativity. Shared on Facebook, caricatures and slogans are followed by Syrians who live inside the country as outside.

Une centaine d'habitants de Kafranbel, participent à la manifestation du vendredi. Ils brandissent des slogans en arabe et en anglais ainsi que des caricatures. Kafer Nabel est devenu célèbre en Syrie pour sa mobilisation et sa créativité. Partagés sur Facebook, les caricatures et les slogans sont très suivis par les syriens de l'intérieur comme de l'extérieur.

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Azerbaijan: An Illusion (4 of 12)
Baku, Azerbaijan
By Andreas bro
21 May 2012

The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was held in Azerbaijan. The land of fire, as it is called, put on a massive and spectacular show but the festivities was tainted by the countries poor human rights record and its harsh crack down on peaceful protests. The country’s own opposition tried to draw attention to the fact that the country is not a fair democracy even though the government try to present themselves as such.
A protester is getting taken away and shut up at a peaceful rally at the lavish boulevard along Baku’s harbour front. The secret police would walk around the protesters and single them out. The minute they started shouting slogans they would be shut up dragged of into a police car that would speed of or they would be put in a bus and taken to a police station. Often this would be done very quickly and violently.

According to Amnesty International it is not a rare sight to see protesters getting arrested, registered and then left somewhere. If you are a part of arranging the protest you could look at jail time. Normally the regime charges people with hooliganism if they need someone to disappear for a few years. That or send them to do military service.
Unfortunately there are reports of alleged torture of people that are incarcerated.

Independent journalists work under tough conditions with no protection from the government and are subject of targeting. In that regard there have been two murders on journalists that the authorities have lacked investigating.
The independent journalist Khadija Ismayilova experienced the wrath of the elite. She was investigating corruption within the government when she was threatened to stop. She kept going forward with the investigations when she was filmed with a hidden camera having sex with her boyfriend. The footage was then leaked in order to defame her. There have also been accounts of people being falsely charged with possession of drugs to discredit them. According to NGO’s this is a normal procedure used by the government to crack down on any critical voices.

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The Rise Of The Anonymous (5 of 13)
Tehran, Iran
By Hanif
09 Feb 2013

1 January 2013 – A homeless poses playing flute for a photograph.

The main causes of these people homelessing are their mental illnesses, addiction,family weakness in livelihoods and suffering from Infectious Diseases. Some of these families have no news of the fate of their children whereas most of these missing people can't remember their past because of their mental illnesses.

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Bamako, Mali
By bindra
22 Sep 2012

Aïcha Maiga, 12, sprawls out in the living room where she sleeps with 28 other family members that have fled from Gao.

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Stories from Taksim
Istanbul, Turkey
By Georgi Kozhuharov
03 Jun 2013

This is a short video about the protests on Taksim square. 04-06-2013/ 06-06-2013 Istanbul Turkey

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Letters to my (Former) Enemy
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...

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War on the Border: Economic Veteran B...
By upheavalproductions
15 Aug 2011

Charles Bowden is an author and journalist whose work has largely focused on the US/Mexico Border region. His writing has especially centered on the Mexican Drug War and Ciudad Juárez, the border city known as the epicenter of Mexican drug violence.

On June 30, 2011 Bowden sat down with David Zlutnick for a video interview while in San Francisco for a speaking engagement. In his responses he argues the extreme violence seen in Mexico is a sign of a deeper societal disintegration resulting from governmental corruption, failed economic policies, and the War on Drugs.