Editor's Picks 10 April 2013

Collection with 10 media items created by Editor's Picks

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Ritual Exhumation -Ifugao, Philippine...
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
19 Mar 2013

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon and Hungduan exhume their death as form of love and respect to their departed family members and relatives. They feast, celebrate and offer prayers to the dead for three days…

Despite Christianity had penetrated the sacred mountains of Ifugao and most Ifugaonons are converted to this dominating religion in the Philippines, they still practice this taboo and bizarre ritual and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during the “Bogwa”.

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao, Philippines where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon, and Hungduan exhume their death as a form of love and respect to their departed relatives. They feast, celebrate, and offer prayers to the dead for three days.

Although most Ifuagonos have converted to Christianity, they still practice this ritual taboo and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during “Bogwa”.

On the first day of "Bogwa", a Mumbaki (priest) will offer a prayer and a ritual asking the spirits to allow them to open the tomb of the dead.

After opening the tomb, a group of men are now ready to exhume the dead body and clean its 246 bones tediously . The men remove the garments and decaying flesh of the dead with their bare hands.

After cleaning the bones, they bury the decaying flesh near the tomb and sundry the cleaned bones. Next they wrap the skeleton's bones with white cloth and place native Ifugao garments over the white cloth.They will lay the wrapped bones in the favorite area of their beloved where they will pray and sing Christian songs for 3 days.

All people who wish to join the celebration are welcome. The family who is celebrating this unusual day are required to butcher pigs every day to feed all the visitors and on the last day they must also butcher a carabao.

A new coffin is made for the wrapped bones.

Before returning the dead to his tomb, a closing prayer and ritual is done and family members are asked to throw stones inside the tomb and make wishes to the spirits of their departed loved ones.

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Women Who Have Lost in Armenia
Tavush, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
08 Mar 2013

Although the ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan was signed in 1994, peace didn't come with it. Ceasefire violations along the border are nearly an everyday reality in Armenia.

Unemployment and poverty, which affects more than one third of Armenia's male population in border cities and villages, has forced them to still risk their lives serving in the military as contractors after they fulfilled their mandatory service.

This multimedia piece features women who have lost their husbands and sons during ceasefire violations. These widows are now forced continue living their daily lives andtake care of their families alone.

On June 18, 2008, two residents of the Armenian village of Chinari (Tavoush) were killed by an Azerbaijani sniper. Twenty year-old Levon Petrosyan died from his wounds. When fifty year-old Rafik Saghoyan went to help Levon, he too was struck down.

On April 27, 2012 three Armenian soldiers were killed during clashes with an Azerbaijani military unit that had infiltrated the border of Tavoush Province. The soldiers who died defending the border were Arshak Nersisyan, Davit Abgaryan and Aram Yesayan.

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Funeral of the mother of the former P...
Warsaw, Poland
By jasza
23 Jan 2013

The funeral of mother of ex Polish President Lech Kaczynski - Maria Kaczynska.

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Living in the Ruins of Gaddafi's Comp...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
05 Apr 2013

Mohamed Adbeeb Mohamed

‘When I was in the army, the army gave me house but they took it away when I left in 1988. After that, I rented a place. After the revolution I couldn’t afford rent anymore and I came here in November 2011. I live with my three sons, their wives, and children. There’s 16 of us in total. Bab Al Azizia's population is around 400 people.'

‘All of the people who live in the ruins of Bab Al-Azizia are good people. Many have seen a lot of suffering in their life but still persevere.’

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Egypt's Revolutionary Artist's Union
Cairo, Egypt
By Kevin McAfee
01 Jul 2011

A short produced video about a group of artists who occupy Tahrir Square to promote peaceful artwork about the Egyptian revolution.

Matching article with photo illustration can be found at: www.kevin-mcafee.com

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"We Resist" _ TRAILER
Buenos Aires, Argentina
By @LatAmSight
21 Apr 2012

Directors: Philippe Bernard § Nicolas Mu
Trailer Editor DF: Mariano Melega
Creative Producer: Rebecca Martin

Brief synopsis

Hip-hop: whatever the language, whatever the country, these two words conjure up negative images. Many people see hip-hop only as a musical genre and consider it indelibly linked to violence, drugs and delinquency. Yet the overriding aim of hip-hop as a culture is to unite, educate and spread peace. It does this through four distinct forms of expression: words (rap), music, dance and graffiti. Our documentary examines the rise of hip-hop in a country whose recurrent economic and social crises have left it, too, on the margins. The result is a unique look behind the clichés of Argentina, known abroad largely for football, tango and Evita. We see Buenos Aires, and hip-hop, with new eyes.
Argentina’s turbulent contemporary history, including periods of openness and others of isolation from the outside world, have forced hip-hop musicians and artists to merge influences from abroad with elements of their own national culture. Hip-hop still occupies a niche in Argentina, but it is extremely dynamic and has forged its own identity, rather than simply copying its American or French cousins.
Graffiti artists from France, Brazil or the United States who were unable to give free rein to their artistic expression because of police repression at home, found incredible freedom and acres of white walls in Argentina. They taught their techniques to Argentine graffiti artists who imbued them with their own particular hallmarks: Jaz is one of the precursors of the “grafiteado” style, a mix between graffiti and the home-grown “fileteado” whose flourishes and curlicues are an Argentine tradition, still adorning city buses and signs today. The rapper Mustafa Yoda drew his influence from “payadores” or gaucho minstrels famous for their improvisation, for his freestyle battles. Argentina’s convulsed political, social and economic history continues to inspire the combative lyrics of groups such as Bas Crew or Actitud María Marta. El Guapo appears as the symbol of this successful quest for identity : he unites the past and the future, tango, folk, rock and hip-hop. With his inimitable style, this great collector of tango records plunges us into the Argentina of Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzola.
This documentary peels back the skin of Argentina. The creativity, dedication and determination of these hip-hop artists are a reflection of a country which continues to advance, despite its political, social and economic difficulties.

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Jabal Khan neighborhood - fierce figh...
Aleppo, Syria
By LeeHarper
21 Mar 2013

A Free Syrian fighter runs across the street for cover as he tries to dodge Assad snipers in the Jabal Al Khan district of Aleppo. There has been fierce fighting in the area, which is barely recognizable due to the levels of destruction.

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Pacification (2 of 23)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
By Rafael Fabres
11 Feb 2012

UPP Soldiers Annunciacçâo, Mario Silva and Vidal while on patrol in the shantytown of Sao Carlos, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 07, 2012.

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LP Street Gangs in Citee du Soleil, H...
Cite Soleil, Haiti
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
06 Feb 2013

The Haitian LP Street gang is one of many gangs controlling the various slumps found through out the capital Port-au-Prince in Haiti. Some gangs are more violent then others. The most hardcore ones control their turf using intimidation and violence with guns smuggled to Haiti via the US or South America. Murders are a common site in the Haitian capital where most of the 2.5 million souls live in poverty. Certain parts of Port-au-Prince, like Citee du Soleil are as dangerous as the famous favelas of Rio.
Basha, the leader of the LP Street gang is not just a gang leader, but also a community organizer. As the Haitian government has mostly failed its people after the earthquake of 2010, Basha and his 16 strong groups of soldiers have taken upon themselves to help the people living within his zone of influence. His second hand man, Sam, helps him with all tasks that might be needed to assure the gang’s survival. From acquiring weapons to drugs, or taking cuts on the profit from the local whorehouse, the LP street gang, in that sense resembles many of the other gangs involved in crime in Port-au-Prince. However Basha and his main soldier, Sam, who grew up in Florida, have decided to also help locals but forcing politicians to listen to them.
Basha will spend time organizing meetings with ministers to open their eyes on the current situation people are living in. To this date, tenth of thousands of Haitians still living in tent cities spread out around the capital, adding to the already deep fracture of Haitian society. LP gang members go around the various camps in their zone of influence breaking up fights, easing tensions, or trying to have bathrooms and electricity built in the camps. With some success, the LP street gang has managed to assert its authority on the people.
Other gangs in the capital also control various parts of the capital, with Citee du Soleil, being the most dangerous of all the slums in Port-au-Prince. Citee du Soleil, known for its violence, and gun battles, is also a meeting ground for gangs if discussions are needed. In 2010, right after the earthquake UN troops battled their way inside the area to flush out gang soldiers, killing dozens in the process. Today, the gangs have taken control of the Citee du Soleil slums once more. The LP street gang have, overtime, establish strong connections with the though gangs controlling the area. Deals are made, information is passed long, making sure, and everyone gets a cut of the action.
The LP street gang lead by Basha and his man Sam, are hopeful that Haiti’s future will be bright, but as tensions are rising once more within the small nation, the gangs are ready at all times to make their mark with the use of weapons and extortions. The LPs are no exceptions.

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Interrogation of a Policeman by FSA R...
Latakia, Syria
By Idleb Press
08 Apr 2013

A police officer belonging to the Alawite sect that is employed the regime was arrested and apparently tortured by FSA rebels operating in the "kurdish mountains" (Jebel Akrad). The alleged crime he committed was murder in areas that supported the revolutionary factions. The officer confessed to these allegations, as indicated in the video. He mentioned that they were paid 10,000 Syrian Liras for every person that they killed. He said that the initial reason for being mobilized was to quell the civilian demonstrations. In the video he confesses to killing at least 17 people in different regions, saying that this was authorized by Captain Ahmad Abdel Malek.


00 :00-00 :04 S : To oppress demonstrators
00 :05-00 :06 I2 : Come speak now
00 :06-00 :11 We got an order from Ahmad Abdul Malki to oppress the demonstartors
00 :11-00 :13 I1 : And, Where ?
00 :13-00 :16 S : In Menbej in the Arabian Arena
00 :16 – 00 :17 I1 : Why ?
00 :17-00 :19 S : Inorder to opress demonstrators and kill them
00 :20-00 :22 « Inaudible »
00 :22 I2 : How many were you ?
00 : 23 S : Five to six
00 :24-00 :26 : How much did you get paid ?
00 :26-00 :27 : S : We were not paid
00 :27 : I1 : Liar
00 :27-00 :28 : S : We were paid ten
00 :28-00 :29 : I 1 : Ten What ?
00 :29-00 :30 : S : Ten Thousand
00 :30-00 :31 : I 1 : On each one
00 :31 -00 :32 : S :Yes, on every one ten
00 :32-00 :36 : I2 : The day that the demonstration against « inaudible » you went with it you and your fellow soldiers
00 :39-00 :42 : « inaudible »
00 :42-00 :50 : S : There was a demonstration against the citizens (Lijan) Then we went to another demonstration
00 :50 : I1 : Where ?
00 :51-00 :52 : S : Near Al Kabeer mosque
00 :53 : I1 : Where ?
00 :54 : S : Al Kabeer mosque
00 :55 : I1 : Al Kabeer mosque
00 :55-00 :57 : I2 : How many did you kill ?
00 :58 : S : Three I killed alone
00 :59 : I1 : Liar
1 :00 : S : Three
1 :06-1 :10- S : Yes three were killed infront of me the army forces killed as well
1 :10-1 :17 : « Inaudible »
1 :19-1 :22 : I1 : How did Bashar Al Asad benefit you ? How did Bashar Al Asad benefit you ?
1 :22- 1 :24 : S : He didn’t benefit me in any way
1 :24 : I1 : So what ?
1 :24-1 :28 : « inaudible »
1 :30-1 :36 : S : At Al Akeed mosque, there was also approximately six hundred people, I also killed five of them
1 :38-1 :42 : I2 : How many did they become ? Thirteen..
1 :45 : I2 : Other than that
1 :45-1 :50 : « inaudible »
1 :50-1 :53 : S : There is a street named Al Rabita street
1 :53-1 :55 : I1 : Alrabita, Where is this Al Rabita Street ?
1 :56- 1 :57 : S : Minbej
1 :59-2 :00 : I1 : How many did you kill ?
2 :01-2 :03 : S : I killed 4 as well
2 :03-2 :07 : « Inaudible »
2 :08-2 :18: I2 : How many did they become ? They became seventeen. Other than that give us names. Names of security members that came with you. What is the name of your captain ?
2 :19-2 :22 : S : They were three officers
2 :22-2 :25 : « inaudible »
2 :25-2 :31 : S : Abdulwahab Khalaf he was in charge of « inaudible » the center against the opposition. Lieutenant Ali Ahmad he was from Hama, and Sergeant Ahmad El Malki he was the one that ordered us to fire on people