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Lebanese Town Fights to Stop Foreign ...
Baabda
By Rachel K
18 Feb 2015

Yarzeh, Lebanon February 13, 2015 An influential resident of the town of Yarzeh, which overlooks Beirut, and the Emirati Embassy in Lebanon are digging water wells, in violation of a municipal decree. Digging wells was banned because it threatens water supplies in the neighbouring town of Baabda. Concerned residents and the head of the municipal council in Yarzeh have petitioned the Lebanese authorities to stop the drilling. However, there are suspicions that the authorities are under pressure “from outside Lebanon” that prevents them from stopping the drilling.

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Lebanese Town Fights to Stop Foreign...
Yarzeh
By Rachel K
11 Feb 2015

Yarzeh, Lebanon
February 13, 2015

An influential resident of the town of Yarzeh, which overlooks Beirut, and the Emirati Embassy in Lebanon are digging water wells, in violation of a municipal decree.
Digging wells was banned because it threatens water supplies in the neighbouring town of Baabda.
Concerned residents and the head of the municipal council in Yarzeh have petitioned the Lebanese authorities to stop the drilling. However, there are suspicions that the authorities are under pressure “from outside Lebanon” that prevents them from stopping the drilling.

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SOUNDBITE (Man, Arabic) Bassam al-Qintar, Environmental Expert
00:07- 00: 22
“There are hundreds of thousands of wells that cover Lebanon’s surface from the north to the south. There is not been anyone in Lebanon who has not drilled a well. This is leading to the loss of Lebanon’s strategic water reserves.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Henry al-Helou, Head of Baabda and Yarzeh Municipal Council
00:27 – 01:24

“All the wells in Yarzeh need to be closed. When wells were dug in Yarzeh, there was a water shortage in Baabda. Previous municipal councils raised complaints to the concerned ministries. This is why there was a decision to ban well digging in Yarzeh. You are saying that there are wells being drilled; we have fulfilled our duties. You mentioned that Emirati Embassy and Mia Ayyoub [are digging wells]. The land where the Emirati Embassy [is being built] belongs to a foreign country and follows special regulations. As a municipality, we do not have the right to interfere with them. We have to refer to the concerned authorities about that. We cannot address this issue at the municipality. Concerning Mia Khoury – Mia Ayyoub Khoury – the well she is digging is adjacent to the main well Baabda. This is not allowed.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Recorded phone conversation
01:29 – 01:58

  • Hello
  • Who is this?
  • Are you Mr. Noel?
  • No. Who wants to talk to him?
  • We are from Transterra Media. We talked to him on Friday about an interview concerning the well being dug in his garden.
  • There is nothing, there is nothing…
  • We spoke to him on Friday, and he said that he will get back to us but he did not. I would like to know if they would like to talk in front of the camera.
  • I will tell him, OK.
  • I need to know because we want to film today. [Speaker hangs up].

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman) Claude Serhal, Resident of Yarezeh
01:59 – 02:32

“If you ask around in Baabda, you will be told that it is not allowed to dig any wells because they are worried about the water supplies. Each house in Yarzeh cannot have an individual well. There are problems. People need to abide by the law.” Some people say: ‘We are in Lebanon, where anything can be done.’ You seek someone’s help and they will let have whatever you want. On the other hand, what is happening to our environment? It is being sabotaged.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman) Jumana Ossaily, Director of the Yarzeh Development Association
02:34 – 02:54

“It is not allowed for each citizen to obtain a license to dig a well. If a well is dug at an embassy, for example, what could the rest of the Yarzeh’s residents do? Does each one of us has the right to dig a well in his garden?”

SOUNDBITE (English) – Reporter speaks to construction workers
02:55 – 03:16

  • Can we take pictures of the embassy?
  • No, no. It is not allowed.
  • What is this here?
  • I don’t know. Talk to [staff] members. I am a guard.
  • When did they start the work?
  • I don’t know, about a week ago.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman) Jumana Ossaily, Director of the Yarzeh Development Association
03:17 – 03:25

“I think the problem is that there is large pressure from outside Lebanon. The head of the Municipal Council cannot stop this and neither can we.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Henry al-Helou, Head of Baabda and Yarzeh Municipal Council
03:25 – 03:38

“We have followed the necessary procedures. We petitioned to the Beirut and Mount Lebanon Water Company, and we demanded that the well digging be stopped. That was on February 4, 2015.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman) Jumana Ossaily, Director of the Yarzeh Development Association
03:39 – 03:56

“We sent a petition to the governor of Mount Lebanon. We sent a letter to the Ministry of Interior. We sent a letter to the Emirati Embassy and we tried to have an appointment with the Ambassador to address this issue, but we did not receive any reply.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman) Claude Serhal, A Resident of Yarezeh
03:57 – 04:14

“This is a message to anyone in Yarzeh who is not applying the law. We cannot make exceptions for each person, whether this person is Lebanese or not.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman) Jumana Ossaily, Director of the Yarzeh Development Association
04:14 – 04:41

“‘I hear some Yarzeh residents say when they see that other people are digging wells, ‘Why can we not dig wells, too?’ If I went to the Emirates and decided to dig a well – even if I represented an embassy – I know that I would need a permit. What should I do then? Should I break the law? What would they do to me if I broke the law?”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman) Claude Serhal, Resident of Yarezeh
04:42 – 04:49

“In the future, what will happen to Lebanon – not only Yarzeh – if everyone did whatever they wanted?”

SOUNDBITE (Man, Arabic) Bassam al-Qintar, Environmental Expert
04:49 – 05:17

“Each year, we are extracting water from wells at a pace that is depleting underground water. We have a very long summer and short winter and precipitation is scarce. If we carry on extracting underground water at the same rate, we will have a very severe drought and water resources will became salinized. A large number of these wells have already dried up.”

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US Teacher Stabbed to Death in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi
By WL
04 Dec 2014

December 4, 2014
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

An American teacher was stabbed to death in a woman's toilet at a shopping mall in Abu Dhabi. The murder was apparently carried out by a woman dressed head to toe in a traditional black abaya with black gloves and face cover, worn by may women in the Gulf. Investigations are still on going as to the suspects gender and identity. The victim of the attack has been identified as kindergarten teacher Ibolya Ryan, a Romanian born mother of 11 year old twins. She had previously taught school in Colorado.

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Arab Water Ministers Meeting in Cairo
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
07 Jun 2013

The fifth meeting of the Arab Water Ministers Council held on Thursday, June 6, at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo to discuss various issue mainly water security headed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The UAE Minister of Environment and Water Dr. Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad who chaired the meeting, pointed out that the geographical, economical, social and political conditions to the Arab countries have contributed to the diversity of the pressures and challenges faced by the water resources in the Arab countries.

Bin Fahad stressed the importance to enhance joint Arab action in the field of water because of its strategic importance to the countries of the region.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - UAE Minister of Environment and Water Dr. Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad:
“We are today in the process of putting the structure of the strategic plan of water security in the Arab region. The council further has played an active and effective role in highlighting the water issues in the Arab region in the 6th World Water Forum - Marseille in France. I hope the council would continue its effective role in calling for coordination and good preparation for the next World Water Forum that will be held in Korea, 2015.”

The Arab League Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs Dr. Mohammad bin Ibrahim Al Tuwaijri said that the Arab League’s Technical Committee would discuss a variety of topics, including the follow up of the implementation of the resolutions of the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit, pertaining the strategy of water security in the Arab region to address the challenges and the future requirements for sustainable development.

For his part, the Arab League Chief Nabil al-Arabi, in his speech, said that the major dangers on the Arab water security in particular and the Arab national security in general are the Israeli ambitions in the Arab waters.

He further added that the problem of water in the region has political, legal, and economic and security dimensions that cannot be separated from the nature of the Arab-Israeli conflict which is not over yet.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Arab League Chief Nabil al-Arabi:
“The challenges that the water sector is facing in the Arab countries are numerous and multifarious particularly in the light of the climate changes and the phenomenon of drought which gripping some areas in the world include the Arab region.”

They also discussed during the meeting the strategy of water security in the Arab region and the preparation for an international conference on Arab water in the Arab occupied territories.

The issue of water is now in the limelight at the regional level due to a decision by Ethiopia to build a dam on the River Nile, promoting Egypt to react alarmingly toward the plan due to concern over volume of water reaching Egypt.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: June 6, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: June 6, 2013
Length: 00:02:17
Video Size: 113 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Tilt down shot of the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
2. Medium shot of the logo of the Arab League
3. Various shots of the meeting
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - UAE Minister of Environment and Water Dr. Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad:
“We are today in the process of putting the structure of the strategic plan of water security in the Arab region. The council further has played an active and effective role in highlighting the water issues in the Arab region in the 6th World Water Forum - Marseille in France. I hope the council would continue its effective role in calling for coordination and good preparation for the next World Water Forum that will be held in Korea, 2015.” 5. Various shots of the meeting
6. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Arab League Chief Nabil al-Arabi:
“The challenges that the water sector is facing in the Arab countries are numerous and multifarious particularly in the light of the climate changes and the phenomenon of drought which gripping some areas in the world include the Arab region.” 7. Various shots of the meeting
8. Medium shot of the logo of the Arab League
9. Wide shot of the Arab league headquarters with flags of the participant states

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Morsi's First Weeks In Office
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
02 Aug 2012

Since taking office on June 30, 2012, Morsi has met with officials from several nations including defense secretaries, foreign ministers, and presidents, discussing Egypt's post-revolution diplomatic relationships and current developments in the Middle East. This is a collection of videos from many of his meetings.

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By U.S. Editor
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi met on Wednesday, August 01, with Chairman of the Department of Information in Dubai, Ahmed Abdullah Al Sheikh, at the Presidential Palace in Cairo.
Al Sheikh handed Morsi a written message from UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Al Maktoum sent his congratulations to Morsi for winning the presidency as well as congratulations on the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Ahmed Abdullah Al Sheikh stressed that Egypt’s security is part of the Gulf States’s security, which is a red line that must not be crossed.
Morsi reaffirmed the strong bilateral relations between the two countries.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: August 1, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: August 1, 2012
Length: 0:00:56
Video Size: 46.5 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Pan left, Egyptian Presidency headquarters in Cairo
2. Medium shot, flag of Egypt at the Presidency headquarters
3. Various shots of the meeting of President Mohamed Morsi meeting with Chairman of the Department of Information in Dubai, Ahmed Abdullah Al Sheikh
4. Various shots of the delegation along with Ahmed Abdullah Al Sheikh
5. Close up shot, the logo of the Presidency headquarters
6. Wide shot of the Presidency headquarters in Cairo

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By Osie Greenway
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Aid and  food supplies for the displaced Syrian Refugees given by the UAE at the Red Crescent Hospital in Amman, Jordan July, 2012.