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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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Iranian Ambassador to Yemen Escapes H...
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
03 Dec 2014

December 3, 2014
Sanaa, Yemen

An explosive-laden vehicle targeted the home of Iranian ambassador to Yemen in the capital Sanaa.

Officials at the site say this was a one of a kind explosion which rocked the entire capital. However, the car bomb failed to harm its intended target, the Iranian Ambassador, who was not in the compound at the time of the attack.

The Yemeni government is expected to form a committee to investigate the assassination attempt however it is mostly likely that the attack was carried out by Al-Qaida in Yemen.

Footage shows houses wrecked due to the heavy impact of the explosion and shattered windows in nearby residential houses and vehicles within the vicinity.

Shot list:

00:00
A close-up shot on the Iranian flag/ zoom out shows damaged Iranian embassy compound from outside.

00:18
Several wide shots show people in plain clothes and military outfits standing outside the Iranian embassy compound.

00:35
A close-up shot on the Iranian flag/ zoom out shows damaged Iranian embassy compound from outside.

00:48
A wide shot shows a car with broken windshield.

00:53
A wide shot shows people walking past the Iranian embassy compound.

01:03
A wide shot shows three men inspecting the damage caused by the explosion.

01:11
Two wide shots show broken windows in the Iranian embassy compound.

01:20
A tilt down movement/ a wide shot shows broken windows in a supermarket near the Iranian embassy compound.

01:34
Interview with private security guard outside supermarket near the embassy (Man, Arabic)

“The explosion took place at 9:05 [AM] at the opening time. I thought it was inside [this building] but it was 300 meters away. It was in the direction of the north. This shrapnel landed here. The glass and decoration in this shopping center were also broken.”

02:03
Interview with government official (Man, Arabic)

“All the concerned authorities and the local council will carry out their duties. His Excellency the President of the Republic has given his orders to authorities to be present at the explosion site
people who were affected by the incident will be paid indemnities.”

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Heroes for the Strays (4 0f 30)
Alor Star, Malaysia
By syahrin
13 Apr 2013

-Villagers donate food to Pakmie. A close friend gives fish heads to feed the stray animals.

For the past 20 years Pak Mie and his wife have been tending to the needs of stray animals suffering from diseases such as mange or cataracts.

The couple established the Pak Mie shelter on a vacant area near a river in Tanjung Bendshara. Although Pak Mie and Mak Intan have put in a lot of their own money and time into caring for these stray animals they have drawn the attention of malicious gossip.

They have been accused as running the center as a cover to hold donation money and accused of mistreating the animals. Pak Mie and Mak Intan strongly deny all these allegations. The center was only recently running on public donations. Prior to this the family ran the center with their own money.

The married couple volunteers at the shelter and its supporters are not only giving aid to these animals but are attempting to overturn Malaysians perception that animals, such as dogs, should be disregarded. Much of this public view stems from some of the Muslim population of Malaysia being taught that touching or having a dog is forbidden.

Contrary to the couple's efforts,the shelter is currently under investigation from the local authorities and they may have to relocate under the pressure of landowners.

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Heroes for the Strays (9 0f 30)
Alor star, Malaysia
By syahrin
12 Apr 2013

-One of Pak Mie dogs in the shelter who previously suffered from mange.

For the past 20 years Pak Mie and his wife Mak Intan, have been tending to the needs of stray animals suffering from diseases such as mange or cataracts.

The couple established the Pak Mie shelter on a vacant area near a river in Tanjung Bendshara. Although Pak Mie and Mak Intan have put in a lot of their own money and time into caring for these stray animals they have drawn the attention of malicious gossip.

They have been accused as running the center as a cover to hold donation money and accused of mistreating the animals. Pak Mie and Mak Intan strongly deny all these allegations. The center was only recently running on public donations. Prior to this the family ran the center with their own money.

The married couple volunteers at the shelter and its supporters are not only giving aid to these animals but are attempting to overturn Malaysians perception that animals, such as dogs, should be disregarded. Much of this public view stems from some of the Muslim population of Malaysia being taught that touching or having a dog is forbidden.

Contrary to the couple's efforts,the shelter is currently under investigation from the local authorities and they may have to relocate under the pressure of landowners.

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Heroes for the Strays (3 of 30)
Alor Star, Malaysia
By syahrin
13 Mar 2013

Pak Mie plays with his stray dogs from the shelter.

For the past 20 years Pak Mie and his wife Mak Intan have been tending to the needs of stray animals suffering from diseases such as mange or cataracts.

The couple established the Pak Mie shelter on a vacant area near a river in Tanjung Bendshara. Although Pak Mie and Mak Intan have put in a lot of their own money and time into caring for these stray animals they have drawn the attention of malicious gossip.

They have been accused as running the center as a cover to hold donation money and accused of mistreating the animals. Pak Mie and Mak Intan strongly deny all these allegations. The center was only recently running on public donations. Prior to this the family ran the center with their own money.

The married couple volunteers at the shelter and its supporters are not only giving aid to these animals but are attempting to overturn Malaysians perception that animals, such as dogs, should be disregarded. Much of this public view stems from some of the Muslim population of Malaysia being taught that touching or having a dog is forbidden.

Contrary to the couple's efforts,the shelter is currently under investigation from the local authorities and they may have to relocate under the pressure of landowners.

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Heroes for the Strays (2 of 30)
Alor Star, Malaysia
By syahrin
13 Mar 2013

-Pak Mie playing with his dog Rani.

For the past 20 years Pak Mie and his wife Mak Intan have been tending to the needs of stray animals suffering from diseases such as mange or cataracts.

The couple established the Pak Mie shelter on a vacant area near a river in Tanjung Bendshara. Although Pak Mie and Mak Intan have put in a lot of their own money and time into caring for these stray animals they have drawn the attention of malicious gossip.

They have been accused as running the center as a cover to hold donation money and accused of mistreating the animals. Pak Mie and Mak Intan strongly deny all these allegations. The center was only recently running on public donations. Prior to this the family ran the center with their own money.

The married couple volunteers at the shelter and its supporters are not only giving aid to these animals but are attempting to overturn Malaysians perception that animals, such as dogs, should be disregarded. Much of this public view stems from some of the Muslim population of Malaysia being taught that touching or having a dog is forbidden.

Contrary to the couple's efforts,the shelter is currently under investigation from the local authorities and they may have to relocate under the pressure of landowners.

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Heroes for the Strays (5 0f 30)
Alor star, Malaysia
By syahrin
13 Mar 2013

-Pak Mie teasing his dog at the shelter.

For the past 20 years Pak Mie and his wife Mak Intan have been tending to the needs of stray animals suffering from diseases such as mange or cataracts.

The couple established the Pak Mie shelter on a vacant area near a river in Tanjung Bendshara. Although Pak Mie and Mak Intan have put in a lot of their own money and time into caring for these stray animals they have drawn the attention of malicious gossip.

They have been accused as running the center as a cover to hold donation money and accused of mistreating the animals. Pak Mie and Mak Intan strongly deny all these allegations. The center was only recently running on public donations. Prior to this the family ran the center with their own money.

The married couple volunteers at the shelter and its supporters are not only giving aid to these animals but are attempting to overturn Malaysians perception that animals, such as dogs, should be disregarded. Much of this public view stems from some of the Muslim population of Malaysia being taught that touching or having a dog is forbidden.

Contrary to the couple's efforts,the shelter is currently under investigation from the local authorities and they may have to relocate under the pressure of landowners.

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Heroes for the Strays (6 0f 30)
Alor Star, Malaysia
By syahrin
12 Mar 2013

Mak Intan shows the spot where one of the dogs bit while she was tending to them.

For the past 20 years Pak Mie and his wife Mak Intan, have been tending to the needs of stray animals suffering from diseases such as mange or cataracts.

The couple established the Pak Mie shelter on a vacant area near a river in Tanjung Bendshara. Although Pak Mie and Mak Intan have put in a lot of their own money and time into caring for these stray animals they have drawn the attention of malicious gossip.

They have been accused as running the center as a cover to hold donation money and accused of mistreating the animals. Pak Mie and Mak Intan strongly deny all these allegations. The center was only recently running on public donations. Prior to this the family ran the center with their own money.

The married couple volunteers at the shelter and its supporters are not only giving aid to these animals but are attempting to overturn Malaysians perception that animals, such as dogs, should be disregarded. Much of this public view stems from some of the Muslim population of Malaysia being taught that touching or having a dog is forbidden.

Contrary to the couple's efforts,the shelter is currently under investigation from the local authorities and they may have to relocate under the pressure of landowners.

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Heroes for the Strays (11 0f 30)
Alor Star, Malaysia
By syahrin
12 Mar 2013

-Pak Mie prepares food for the stray dogs at the shelter.

For the past 20 years Pak Mie and his wife Mak Intan, have been tending to the needs of stray animals suffering from diseases such as mange or cataracts.

The couple established the Pak Mie shelter on a vacant area near a river in Tanjung Bendshara. Although Pak Mie and Mak Intan have put in a lot of their own money and time into caring for these stray animals they have drawn the attention of malicious gossip.

They have been accused as running the center as a cover to hold donation money and accused of mistreating the animals. Pak Mie and Mak Intan strongly deny all these allegations. The center was only recently running on public donations. Prior to this the family ran the center with their own money.

The married couple volunteers at the shelter and its supporters are not only giving aid to these animals but are attempting to overturn Malaysians perception that animals, such as dogs, should be disregarded. Much of this public view stems from some of the Muslim population of Malaysia being taught that touching or having a dog is forbidden.

Contrary to the couple's efforts,the shelter is currently under investigation from the local authorities and they may have to relocate under the pressure by landowner

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Heroes for the Strays (7 0f 30)
Alor Star,Malaysia
By syahrin
12 Mar 2013

-Mak Intan resting after feeding the stray dogs at the shelter.

For the past 20 years Pak Mie and his wife Mak Intan have been tending to the needs of stray animals suffering from diseases such as mange or cataracts.

The couple established the Pak Mie shelter on a vacant area near a river in Tanjung Bendshara. Although Pak Mie and Mak Intan have put in a lot of their own money and time into caring for these stray animals they have drawn the attention of malicious gossip.

They have been accused as running the center as a cover to hold donation money and accused of mistreating the animals. Pak Mie and Mak Intan strongly deny all these allegations. The center was only recently running on public donations. Prior to this the family ran the center with their own money.

The married couple volunteers at the shelter and its supporters are not only giving aid to these animals but are attempting to overturn Malaysians perception that animals, such as dogs, should be disregarded. Much of this public view stems from some of the Muslim population of Malaysia being taught that touching or having a dog is forbidden.

Contrary to the couple's efforts,the shelter is currently under investigation from the local authorities and they may have to relocate under the pressure of landowners.

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Heroes for the Strays (10 0f 30)
Alor star,Malaysia
By syahrin
12 Mar 2013

-One of the stray dogs in Pak Mie shelter barking as people try to approach him

For the past 20 years Pak Mie and his wife Mak Intan have been tending to the needs of stray animals suffering from diseases such as mange or cataracts.

The couple established the Pak Mie shelter on a vacant area near a river in Tanjung Bendshara. Although Pak Mie and Mak Intan have put in a lot of their own money and time into caring for these stray animals they have drawn the attention of malicious gossip.

They have been accused as running the center as a cover to hold donation money and accused of mistreating the animals. Pak Mie and Mak Intan strongly deny all these allegations. The center was only recently running on public donations. Prior to this the family ran the center with their own money.

The married couple volunteers at the shelter and its supporters are not only giving aid to these animals but are attempting to overturn Malaysians perception that animals, such as dogs, should be disregarded. Much of this public view stems from some of the Muslim population of Malaysia being taught that touching or having a dog is forbidden.

Contrary to the couple's efforts,the shelter is currently under investigation from the local authorities and they may have to relocate under the pressure of landowners.

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Heroes for the Strays (12 of 30)
Alor star, Malaysia
By syahrin
12 Mar 2013

-Mak Intan preparing the food for the strays dogs.

For the past 20 years Pak Mie and his wife Mak Intan have been tending to the needs of stray animals suffering from diseases such as mange or cataracts.

The couple established the Pak Mie shelter on a vacant area near a river in Tanjung Bendshara. Although Pak Mie and Mak Intan have put in a lot of their own money and time into caring for these stray animals they have drawn the attention of malicious gossip.

They have been accused as running the center as a cover to hold donation money and accused of mistreating the animals. Pak Mie and Mak Intan strongly deny all these allegations. The center was only recently running on public donations. Prior to this the family ran the center with their own money.

The married couple volunteers at the shelter and its supporters are not only giving aid to these animals but are attempting to overturn Malaysians perception that animals, such as dogs, should be disregarded. Much of this public view stems from some of the Muslim population of Malaysia being taught that touching or having a dog is forbidden.

Contrary to the couple's efforts,the shelter is currently under investigation from the local authorities and they may have to relocate under the pressure of landowners.

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Heroes for the Strays (8 0f 30)
Alor star, Malaysia
By syahrin
11 Mar 2013

-One of the stray dogs who was saved by Pak Mie from the streets plays with his daughter.

For the past 20 years Pak Mie and his wife Mak Intan have been tending to the needs of stray animals suffering from diseases such as mange or cataracts.

The couple established the Pak Mie shelter on a vacant area near a river in Tanjung Bendshara. Although Pak Mie and Mak Intan have put in a lot of their own money and time into caring for these stray animals they have drawn the attention of malicious gossip.

They have been accused as running the center as a cover to hold donation money and accused of mistreating the animals. Pak Mie and Mak Intan strongly deny all these allegations. The center was only recently running on public donations. Prior to this the family ran the center with their own money.

The married couple volunteers at the shelter and its supporters are not only giving aid to these animals but are attempting to overturn Malaysians perception that animals, such as dogs, should be disregarded. Much of this public view stems from some of the Muslim population of Malaysia being taught that touching or having a dog is forbidden.

Contrary to the couple's efforts,the shelter is currently under investigation from the local authorities and they may have to relocate under the pressure of landowners.

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Heroes for the Strays (1 of 30)
Alor star, Malaysia
By syahrin
11 Mar 2013

-Pak Mie prepares food for his dogs.

For the past 20 years Pak Mie and his wife Mak Intan have been tending to the needs of stray animals suffering from diseases such as mange or cataracts.

The couple established the Pak Mie shelter on a vacant area near a river in Tanjung Bendshara. Although Pak Mie and Mak Intan have put in a lot of their own money and time into caring for these stray animals they have drawn the attention of malicious gossip.

They have been accused as running the center as a cover to hold donation money and accused of mistreating the animals. Pak Mie and Mak Intan strongly deny all these allegations. The center was only recently running on public donations. Prior to this the family ran the center with their own money.

The married couple volunteers at the shelter and its supporters are not only giving aid to these animals but are attempting to overturn Malaysians perception that animals, such as dogs, should be disregarded. Much of this public view stems from some of the Muslim population of Malaysia being taught that touching or having a dog is forbidden.

Contrary to the couple's efforts,the shelter is currently under investigation from the local authorities and they may have to relocate under the pressure by landowners.

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Egyptian Man's Trial For Posting Vide...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
17 Oct 2012

On Wednesday, October 17, Cairo courts adjourned the trial of Alvert Saber, an Egyptian Copt accused of blasphemy for posting clips of the anti-Islam video on the Internet, to the session of November 14.

Saber, who denied he posted such clips, is not only accused of insulting Islam, but Christianity too.

Saber’s mother said that the police broke into their apartment illegally while she wasn’t here.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hamdy al-Asiouty, member of Saber’s defense staff
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Kariman, Alber Saber’s mother

The defense staff of the young man said that their client said he was persecuted in custody by one of the prisoners under orders of a police officer.

The prosecution investigations revealed that the defendant used Islam and Christianity to promote his extreme thoughts on the Internet, mocking God and his prophets and calling for atheism.

A number of human rights activists and supporters call for the release of Saber as he has been practicing his freedom of expression.

Story: Trial of Egyptian Copt for Posting Anti-Islam Video Adjourned to Nov 14
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 17, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: October 17, 2012
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Medium external shot of the court in Cairo
2. Various shots of Kariman, Alber Saber’s mother, outside the court
3. Pan left, Saber’s mother entering the court
4. Various shots of crowds of people and reporters at the corridor inside the court, waiting to see Saber while being taken out of the courtroom
5. Pan left, Saber being moved from the courtroom to another room amid tight security and throngs of people and reporters
6. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hamdy al-Asiouty, member of Saber’s defense staff
7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Kariman, Alber Saber’s mother
8. Medium shot, crowds of reporters and cameramen in a corridor at the court
9. Long shot, crowds of people, reporters and cameramen and Saber’s mother trying to enter the room he was taken to
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11. Various shots of Saber’s mother coming out of the court, speaking on the cell phone
12. Wide external shot of the court

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Egyptians To Be Executed For Killing ...
Ismailia Criminal Court, Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
24 Sep 2012

On Thursday, October 11, Ismailia Criminal Court sentenced and referred the papers of 19 convicts to Egypt’s Mufti to get his opinion on their execution for killing a young man inside a mosque while he was praying during Ramadan in 2010.
Two the convicts were present inside the dock while the other 17 were sentenced in absentia.
The execution verdict will finally be pronounced on November 10 after the Mufti’s approval.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) Judge Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Sabeely:
“The court decided with consensus of its members to refer the convicts’ papers to the Mufti of Egypt to provide the Islamic legal opinion on the case and set the session of November 10 to review the case. The session is adjourned.”

The first convict explained that they did it in revenge for his brother who had been killed by the victim’s cousin.
The investigations confirmed that the victim, a 24-year-old young man, was repeatedly stabbed in the head, the back and the stomach, and the convicts professed committing the crime and reenacted it before the prosecution.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: September 24, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: September 24, 2012
Length: 0:01:21
Video Size: 66.9 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot of Ismailia Criminal Court
2. Various shots of the court session
3. Various shots of the convicts inside the dock during the court session
4. Various shots of the judges and attendees
5. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) Judge Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Sabeely:
“The court decided with consensus of its members to refer the convicts’ papers to the Mufti of Egypt to provide the Islamic legal opinion on the case and set the session of November 10 to review the case. The session is adjourned.”
6. Various shots of the convicts reenacting the crime before the prosecution inside the mosque

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Bahrain Darkness Gangs
Manama, Bahrain
By Media Made by Bahraini People
30 Jul 2012

Mr. Hadi Al-Mousawi

Bahraini opposition continues to uncover facts about the raids in the "Khafafish al Zalam" campaign saying that the number of raids continues to increase significantly and that the Interior Ministry continues investigating the ongoing violations. Sayed Hadi al Mousawi, head of Al Wefaq's Department of Human Rights and Civil Liberties, said at a press conference last Thursday, July 26, that there is a rise in the number of homes being raided, increasing from 270 in June to 311 in a short period.

Mr. Al Mousawi invited the Interior Minister to open an investigation into the abuses in response to citizen outrage. He said investigations should be directed at an assault incident in Cakhurh, west of the capital, where circumstances were still uncertain despite reports and video footage of brutal torture, beatings, and people held captive on rooftops.

For its part, the Interior Ministry issued a statement published by state news saying that in light of allegations of excess security, it is in the interest of the ministry to remain transparent and accountable in dealing with human rights abuses and to take all allegations seriously in order to maintain the reputation of the institution and the sincere efforts made by public security.

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Bahrain Darkness Gangs 2
Manama, Bahrain
By Media Made by Bahraini People
30 Jul 2012

Bahraini opposition continues to uncover facts about the raids in the "Khafafish al Zalam" campaign saying that the number of raids continues to increase significantly and that the Interior Ministry continues investigating the ongoing violations. Sayed Hadi al Mousawi, head of Al Wefaq's Department of Human Rights and Civil Liberties, said at a press conference last Thursday, July 26, that there is a rise in the number of homes being raided, increasing from 270 in June to 311 in a short period.

Mr. Al Mousawi invited the Interior Minister to open an investigation into the abuses in response to citizen outrage. He said investigations should be directed at an assault incident in Cakhurh, west of the capital, where circumstances were still uncertain despite reports and video footage of brutal torture, beatings, and people held captive on rooftops.

For its part, the Interior Ministry issued a statement published by state news saying that in light of allegations of excess security, it is in the interest of the ministry to remain transparent and accountable in dealing with human rights abuses and to take all allegations seriously in order to maintain the reputation of the institution and the sincere efforts made by public security.

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Bahrain Darkness Gangs 3
Manama, Bahrain
By Media Made by Bahraini People
30 Jul 2012

Bahraini opposition continues to uncover facts about the raids in the "Khafafish al Zalam" campaign saying that the number of raids continues to increase significantly and that the Interior Ministry continues investigating the ongoing violations. Sayed Hadi al Mousawi, head of Al Wefaq's Department of Human Rights and Civil Liberties, said at a press conference last Thursday, July 26, that there is a rise in the number of homes being raided, increasing from 270 in June to 311 in a short period.

Mr. Al Mousawi invited the Interior Minister to open an investigation into the abuses in response to citizen outrage. He said investigations should be directed at an assault incident in Cakhurh, west of the capital, where circumstances were still uncertain despite reports and video footage of brutal torture, beatings, and people held captive on rooftops.

For its part, the Interior Ministry issued a statement published by state news saying that in light of allegations of excess security, it is in the interest of the ministry to remain transparent and accountable in dealing with human rights abuses and to take all allegations seriously in order to maintain the reputation of the institution and the sincere efforts made by public security.

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Bahrain Darkness Gangs 4
Manama, Bahrain
By Media Made by Bahraini People
30 Jul 2012

Bahraini opposition continues to uncover facts about the raids in the "Khafafish al Zalam" campaign saying that the number of raids continues to increase significantly and that the Interior Ministry continues investigating the ongoing violations. Sayed Hadi al Mousawi, head of Al Wefaq's Department of Human Rights and Civil Liberties, said at a press conference last Thursday, July 26, that there is a rise in the number of homes being raided, increasing from 270 in June to 311 in a short period.

Mr. Al Mousawi invited the Interior Minister to open an investigation into the abuses in response to citizen outrage. He said investigations should be directed at an assault incident in Cakhurh, west of the capital, where circumstances were still uncertain despite reports and video footage of brutal torture, beatings, and people held captive on rooftops.

For its part, the Interior Ministry issued a statement published by state news saying that in light of allegations of excess security, it is in the interest of the ministry to remain transparent and accountable in dealing with human rights abuses and to take all allegations seriously in order to maintain the reputation of the institution and the sincere efforts made by public security.

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Umm Mohammed - Darkness Gangs
Manama, Bahrain
By Media Made by Bahraini People
30 Jul 2012

Umm Mohammed

Bahraini opposition continues to uncover facts about the raids in the "Khafafish al Zalam" campaign saying that the number of raids continues to increase significantly and that the Interior Ministry continues investigating the ongoing violations. Sayed Hadi al Mousawi, head of Al Wefaq's Department of Human Rights and Civil Liberties, said at a press conference last Thursday, July 26, that there is a rise in the number of homes being raided, increasing from 270 in June to 311 in a short period.

Mr. Al Mousawi invited the Interior Minister to open an investigation into the abuses in response to citizen outrage. He said investigations should be directed at an assault incident in Cakhurh, west of the capital, where circumstances were still uncertain despite reports and video footage of brutal torture, beatings, and people held captive on rooftops.

For its part, the Interior Ministry issued a statement published by state news saying that in light of allegations of excess security, it is in the interest of the ministry to remain transparent and accountable in dealing with human rights abuses and to take all allegations seriously in order to maintain the reputation of the institution and the sincere efforts made by public security.

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Al Wefaq Council 1
Manama, Bahrain
By Media Made by Bahraini People
26 Jul 2012

Al Wefaq Council

Bahraini opposition continues to uncover facts about the raids in the "Khafafish al Zalam" campaign saying that the number of raids continues to increase significantly and that the Interior Ministry continues investigating the ongoing violations. Sayed Hadi al Mousawi, head of Al Wefaq's Department of Human Rights and Civil Liberties, said at a press conference last Thursday, July 26, that there is a rise in the number of homes being raided, increasing from 270 in June to 311 in a short period.

Mr. Al Mousawi invited the Interior Minister to open an investigation into the abuses in response to citizen outrage. He said investigations should be directed at an assault incident in Cakhurh, west of the capital, where circumstances were still uncertain despite reports and video footage of brutal torture, beatings, and people held captive on rooftops.

For its part, the Interior Ministry issued a statement published by state news saying that in light of allegations of excess security, it is in the interest of the ministry to remain transparent and accountable in dealing with human rights abuses and to take all allegations seriously in order to maintain the reputation of the institution and the sincere efforts made by public security.

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By Mark_Esplin
11 Jul 2012

The rate of ocean acidification is expected to accelerate in the near future. Since the industrial revolution, ocean acidification has increased by 30%. Scientists believe that this rate is faster than anything previously experienced over the last 55 million years.

The problem is that even a mild change in PH levels has significant impact on animals with calcium carbonate shells or skeletons. They literally dissolve. Affected animals include krill and plankton as well as coral. This means that the bottom of the food web could potentially become extinct, and in turn so could fish, according to Zoologist Kent Carpenter: "If corals themselves are at risk of extinction and do in fact go extinct, that will most probably lead to a cascade effect where we will lose thousands and thousands of other species that depend on coral reefs.”

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By Mark_Esplin
10 Jul 2012

A fisherman wades through the shallows carrying a handful of possessions after a mornings fishing trip.

Attempts to educate fishermen have been made by the environmental community, and attitudes are slowly changing. The Coral Triangle Initiative announced that it saw a decrease in the use of destructive fishing methods in 2012. Although, they stated that other threats such as Population increase, pollution and sedimentation have increased considerably.

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By Mark_Esplin
10 Jul 2012

A fisherman on Palawan Island in the Philippines prepares for a fishing voyage out to sea.

Scientists have predicted that by 2100, global temperature rise could result in the extinction of coral in the Coral Triangle. This would lead to an 80% reduction in regional food production.

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

Fishers tend to target bigger fish, which act as predators in the food web. Biologists have observed a change in the Philippines' species composition, and an increase of fishing for small oceanic fish – anchovies, etc. This is a good indication of overfishing, and of gradual stock collapse, as fishers can no longer catch larger fish to support themselves.

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

The Philippines Government admits that all targeted species in the Philippines are showing signs of overfishing. Officials also recognise that the current approach to fishing is unsustainable. “Overall, the harvest rate of Philippine fisheries is approximately 30 percent higher than the maximum sustainable yield, which will likely trigger stock collapses in the absence of increased management.” (Department of Environment and Natural Resources)

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

The majority of people within the Coral Triangle are living in poverty. This increases the social and economic importance of reefs, and reduces their ability to adapt to depleting fish supplies.

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

The threats to the Coral Triangle are numerous, and often vary from site to site. As such there is not a single answer to the problems faced by these ecosystems. Nevertheless, wide ranges of solutions are being adopted in an attempt to curb this degradation. These include: Marine Protected areas (MPA), gear restrictions, and catch regulations.

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

A decline in reef biodiversity does not only affect local communities and subsistence fishermen’s food security, though they are likely the hardest hit. According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), natural capital contributes significantly to manufacturing and service economies, that in-turn helps stabilise a nations food security. In their report ‘TEEB – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for National and International Policy Makers’ the UNEP suggest one systemic cause for a lack of local will power to preserve natural resources. “Benefits depend on local stewardship, local knowledge and, in some cases, foregoing opportunities for economic development – yet people on the ground often receive little or no payment for the services they help to generate. This can make it more economically attractive to exploit the resource rather than preserve assets of global worth.”

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

Government figures state that 67% of animal protein in the Philippines is comprised of fish and fish products. This makes fish the nations most important food source, next to rice.

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

A fisherman prepares his line in a small wooden shack as his daughter plays behind. Surrounded by sublime tropical waters, the 7,000+ island shorelines of the Philippines are home to 40 million people - 45% of its population.

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

Hook and line fishing techniques are seen as a solution compared to large scale commercial methods like trawler nets, that are considered dramatically unsustainable. Commercial fishing is having a drastic impact on fish stocks around the globe. Populations of targeted species such as Bluefin Tuna and Cod have reduced 90% since the 1960s, according to professors at the University of British Columbia.

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

Hook and line fishing techniques are seen as a solution compared to large scale commercial methods like trawler nets, that are considered dramatically unsustainable. Commercial fishing is having a drastic impact on fish stocks around the globe. Populations of targeted species such as Bluefin Tuna and Cod have reduced 90% since the 1960s, according to professors at the University of British Columbia.

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

It is not only coral reefs that are affected by global warming. Other important environments, such as mangrove forests and sea grass beds, which provide habitats for hundreds of thousands of fish species and other organisms, are also threatened. Further destruction and loss to these domains will have profound effects on the productivity of costal regions and the lives of people reliant on them.

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By Mark_Esplin
07 Jul 2012

According to the WWF, “The decreased productivity of coastal ecosystems will reduce the food resources and income available to coastal communities in the Coral Triangle. By 2050, coastal ecosystems will only be able to provide 50% of the fish protein that they do today, leading to increasing pressure on coastal agriculture and aquaculture.”

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By Mark_Esplin
05 Jul 2012

The coral triangle is located in South East Asia and supports 120 million people, across 6 countries, over an area of 1.6 billion acres. Overfishing, pollution, overpopulation and climate change are putting this essential ecosystem in danger.

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By Mark_Esplin
05 Jul 2012

The coral triangle is located in South East Asia and supports 120 million people, across 6 countries, over an area of 1.6 billion acres. Overfishing, pollution, overpopulation and climate change are putting this essential ecosystem in danger.

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By Mark_Esplin
05 Jul 2012

Tourist diving boats float above a reef in the North-East Philippines. Such tours can have a devastating impact on the health of reefs as participants inevitably kick or displace coral formations. The excess pollution caused by nearby hotels and resorts are an often unseen yet leading factor to the decline of a reefs health.

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By Mark_Esplin
05 Jul 2012

The coral triangle is located in South East Asia and supports 120 million people, across 6 countries, over an area of 1.6 billion acres. Overfishing, pollution, overpopulation and climate change are putting this essential ecosystem in danger.