Editor's Picks 22 April 2013

Collection with 9 media items created by Editor's Picks

22 Apr 2013 08:00

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Dervishes of Prizren (10 of 23)
Prizren, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
22 Mar 2013

The shejk pierces another Sufi's cheeks during an annual gathering in honor to celebrate Imam Ali's birthday and marks the new year. After dancing into a religious state of trance the Sufi pierce themselves in an act of religious devotion. They don't feel pain and are closer to God.

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Children On Death Row In Yemen (1 of 8)
Sana'a, Yemen
By dustweare
06 Feb 2013

A multi-media essay (with photos, video and text) about child prisoners that are awaiting execution in Yemen. Only five countries - Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen - continue the execution of minors in violation of international law, which “prohibits, without exception, the execution of individuals for crimes committed before they turn eighteen.” The United States was included on that list until 2005 when the Supreme Court finally outlawed the death penalty for minors under eighteen. There are currently 77 juvenile inmates in Sanaa's Central Prison. 35 of them are at high risk of being executed.

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Lost In The Jungle (5 of 31)
Etaeto, Democratic Republic of Congo
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
10 Sep 2012

Kalibo Mandigo - Etaeto - Democratic Republic of Congo - September 10th, 2012

The hunt for precious coltan is killing Africa's dwindling Pygmy population. The village of Kalibo Mandigo, located in the Ituri rain forest in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, lies in the heart of an obscure war zone that few in the West know about. The densely forested expanse along a stretch of border between the nation once known as Zaire and Uganda, furnishes some 80 percent of planet's Columbite Tantalite, or "coltan," an ore that is an essential ingredient in the creation of the miniature Tantalum capacitors present in virtually all electronic devices, including laptops, cell phones and pagers. Coltan is panned for by hand in much the same way as gold during the California gold rush of the 19th century. The demand by major companies such as Nokia and Sony for coltan (Australia is the other major source) has made the Congo into a battleground for rogue miners, who enter the country, through Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. The number of Pygmies is in constant decline as a result of the border fighting. On the move constantly, the pygmies, who are considered inferior, face the wrath of Congolese troops and Rwandan raiders who cross the border seeking the coltan. They were victims of rape, murder and cannibalism. According to Minority Rights Group International there is extensive evidence of mass killing, cannibalism and rape of Pygmies and they have urged the International Criminal Court to investigate a campaign of extermination against pygmies. Although they have been targeted by virtually all the armed groups, much of the violence against Pygmies is attributed to the rebel group, Movement for the Liberation of Congo.

The picture shows a pygmi hunter, with his bow and arrows, before starting the hunting.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
By giorgos33
01 Apr 2013

Members of the "I Don't Pay" movement wait for a demonstration to begin in Korinthos, Greece

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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Strengthening Strategic Relations (1 ...
Jerusalem, Israel
By NirAlon
22 Apr 2013

Israeli President Shimon Peres holds a diplomatic working meeting with Azerbaijan FM Elmar Mammadyarov on strengthening the strategic relations between Azerbaijan and Israel. This is a historical first visit by an Azerbaijan FM in Israel. Jerusalem, Israel. 22-April-2013.

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Transition (Part 2 of 2)
Moscow, Russia
By Marina Fonda
03 Jan 2010

Wissam is a Journalism student in Moscow and former Syrian Army officer. After being forbidden by his advisor teacher of writing his final paper on the farce of Russian coverage of the conflicts on Syria, he decides to head back to his homeland to make a film and show Russians what's really going on in his country. But they seem to have already been persuaded by state TVs' official propaganda pro Bashar Al Assad.
This teaser refers to a full HD 50 min. documentary film.