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The Syrian Living Condition During Ra...
Syria
By yaceen saeb
04 Aug 2013

Syria: the living conditions of citizens and the poor economic situation during the days of Ramadan

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Protestors battle with riot police in...
Abu Saiba, Bahrain
By AlFardan
21 Jul 2013

Clashes occurred between riot police and protestors as a government crackdown on the anti-regime demonstrations was put into effect in several villages throughout the country, including Abu-Saibah. Riot police fired tear gas and according to a human rights group in Bahrain, more than 100 people have been injured so far. The Bahraini uprising began in mid-February 2011. This comes in front of the planned countrywide anti-regime protest on August 14, organized by Bahrain's "Tamorrod" movement. Abu Saiba, Bahrain, July 21, 2013.

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Egyptian Police Clash with Morsi Supp...
Cairo, Egypt
By Jihan Hafiz
15 Jul 2013

TEXT (00-00 - 00:10) Pro-Morsi supporters continue to take to the streets throughout Egypt. On the evening of July 15th, they blocked a major road and main bridge heading out of downtown Cairo.

Scuffles between Pro-Morsi supporters and residents escalated and the police moved in, shooting tear gas, buckshot and rubber bullets. At the same time protesters cut off the bridge, many were praying.

SOT, Morsi supporter (00:12 - 00:19) "I want to say that this is the second time the Egyptian army and the interior ministry attack us during prayer."

SOT, Morsi supporter (00:19 - 00:22) "It's always during prayer! every time it's during prayer!:

TEXT: (00:22 - 00:26) Protesters expressed anger over the 'Made in USA' tear gas canister shot at them

SOT - (00:27 - 00:34) "This isn't the message from the US people it's from their regime"

TEXT: (00:42 - 00:51) - "Pro Morsi marchers cut off the October 6th bridge and a major square to on coming traffic where clashes ensued for hours"

TEXT: (00:55 - 01:22) Protesters began breaking up the concrete to make rocks. The square also came under attack by local residents and what many claim were government thugs. Down one of the streets leading into Ramses square, fire work clashes raged as rocks, glass and metal pipes where thrown back and forth

TEXT: (01:23 - 01:30) Although many of those who cut off the main road and bridge were Morsi supporters, anti-Morsi and anti-military protesters joined in when clashes began.

SOT, (01:31 - 01:39) protester, ANTI MORSI/ANTI-MILITARY "I fought in Mohammed Mahmoud, Magles el Wazara (2011) Tahrir, all of it, many battles the Brotherhood never showed up for. I came here to see the tear gas"

SOT, (01:39 - 01:57) Jimmy ANTI-MORSI/ANTI-military "The police and thugs are on top of the bridge firing on the Brotherhood below. They are also fighting them down these two streets with buckshot and tear gas. It's not a good situation at all. Even if they are Brotherhood and I'm against Morsi's regime, they can't keep doing this"

TEXT (00:57 - 2:07) TRNN film crew also witnessed Morsi supporters fired handmade guns into the streets. The brotherhood has called on their supporters to stay on the streets until Morsi is reinstated as President. It's been less than two weeks since his ouster on July 3rd.

TEXT (02:07 - END) Clashes also raged throughout the night in Ramses, the Ghrama district and Giza district. The latest violent deepened fears of prolonged unrest during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The health ministry reports over 250 people were wounded and 7 killed in the deadly street battles.

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Shark finning: A Cruel Dish is Disapp...
Hong Kong
By maltekol
30 Jun 2013

The trade in Shark Fins has declined in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is the world's shark fin capital, where about half of all fins are traded. But according to figures from the Hong Kong government imports last year of Shark fins dropped by a third.

For most Chinese, eating shark's fin still remains a status symbol. But as Malte Kollenberg reports young people are starting to view it differently.

This is how Shark fins are ‘harvested….
The fins are cut off a living shark and then the torso is thrown back into the ocean. Most of these fins from countries like Indonesia end up in Hong Kong.In 2008 around 10.000 tons of fins passed the city’s ports according to environmental organization Oceana.

INTV (English): Stanley Shea, Activist with French founded Bloom Association
“In Hong Kong in the old times they provided banquets which is all settled by the restaurant and the fin is always included in the banquet. So it leaves the customer, they actually have no choice to remove the dishes from the banquet set.”

But things started to change three years ago.
Under pressure from Environmental groups Governments in Hong Kong and Mainland China have stopped serving shark fins at official banquets. And big corporations as well as hotel chains are announcing they will take shark fin soup off their menus.

INTV (English): Stanley Shea, Activist with French founded Bloom Association
“We have been talking to corporate and also hotels and restaurants. And we found in Hong Kong now awareness has been increased and many hotels and restaurants now offer something alternative in the banquet menus so people can choose not to have it.”

According to the World Wildlife Fund, appetite for the fins and other shark-related products has led to some shark species falling in numbers by 60-70%.
But in March this year five more species of Shark were added to the Washington Convention, ensuring endangered species are not threatened by overfishing and trade.This means tradingof eightshark speciesis not possible without official documentation anymore.
Here is the Sheung Wan District …. Shark Fins are still openly being sold.

But small shops merchants say business lately is slow and they are reluctant to talk about shark fins on camera…it has become a sensitive topic.But not far away at restaurant Lin Heung Kui staff will still proudly tell you that shark fin soup is on the menu.

INTV(Cantonese): Unidentified employee in Restaurant
“We prepare and serve the fins in lots of ways - with a clear soup or with shredded chicken. It is definitely more popular at night. We offer an especially cheap deal at $88 at the moment, but sometimes people come to get more expensive dishes.”

Shark fin soup has been the food of the rich and wealthy for hundreds of years in China. Consumption of the fins is said to increase health.

But anthropologist Veronica Mak says generational change is taking place.

INTV (English): Veronica Mak, Anthropologist at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
“Not consuming shark fins becomes a signifier to show you are a social responsible person. In the past people made shark fins a signifier in a banquet, but nowadays this signifier changes.”

Activists believe that awareness and education is the key to change consumer behavior. And less demand for shark fins here will result in fewer sharks left for dead in the world’s oceans.

Video footage of fishermen "harvesting" fins is courtesy of Greenpeace. The footage was licensed from Greenpeace to be included into the video report.

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Teaser: Behind the Tamorrod campaign ...
Cairo, Egypt
By andrewbossone
28 Jun 2013

The story follows Ahmed Abu Ghalaza, an Egyptian activist from the Tamorrod, or Rebel, campaign that collected 20 million signatures in the last three months calling for early elections. His friend and mentor who organized the local Tamarrod sit-in in his neighborhood starting June 28, was shot and killed weeks earlier. And after the largest day of protests, June 30, members of the Muslim Brotherhood attacked the sit-in, killing a young girl and leading to armed clashes. Despite the conflict in his neighborhood and in the country, Ahmed believes the Egyptian people support the ouster of President Morsi, and remains hopeful that the next elections will better reflect their will.

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Anti-Gay Marriage Demonstration
Paris, France
By tipilakota
26 May 2013

Tens of thousands of people protested against France's new gay marriage law in central Paris on Sunday.
The law came into force over a week ago, but organizers decided to go ahead with the long-planned demonstration to show their continued opposition as well as their frustration with President Francois Hollande, who had made legalizing gay marriage one of his keynote campaign pledges in last year's election.
Marchers set off from three separate points across Paris, and by early evening they filled the Invalides esplanade just across the Seine River from the Champs Elysees.

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Hatay Conflict
Hatay, Turkey
By Ibrahim Karci
24 May 2013

00:00-00:15
Reyhanlı, a small town in Hatay on the Syrian border where the biggest terrorist bomb attack, of Turkey's history, was executed on 11th of May caused 51 people killed and this is how the government trying to control the raising rage of the people protesting against government policy adressing Alawit people which might cause a secterian conflict in the region .
00:15-00:21
Mustafa 25 years old university student, who works in a local sisha shop to finance his studies, was taken into custody beacuse of the pacisfist pancarte that he was carrying in the protest.
00:22-00:41
-I lost my cousin and 2 of my classmates in the bomb attack. When I was carrying that pancarte I was just remembering their dead bodies, their eyes. I just wanted to protest the policy of the government. Everybody would do the same thing.

00:42-00:55
Hatay is very diverse city and people from all kind different backgrounds have been living there without any problem for centuries. Reyhanlı is having dozens of visitors everyday from all around Turkey, that they all have same motivation.

00:56-01:16
-We are here as mothers, we are coming from all around Turkey but now we are all from Reyhanlı. We are all sisters and brothers, this is a big project, we are all aware of the game and we are aware who is the responsible. We will never let it happen.

01:17-01:22
The recent policy of the government reaised the fear of secterian conflict .

The spokesperson representing more than 20
NGO's in Hatay province.

01:23-01:49
- The government is disregarding the sensitive situation of Hatay. We have the impression that the statements given by the government is targeting Alawite people here, and this might cause a secterian conflict here, it is not only Alawite who are anxious but also Sunnis and Christians.

01:52-01:55
Ferit Hannoud working as an accoutant, an activist who is the member of Christian community.

01:59-02:20
-We already had the fear of the probable spread of the confliction in Syria to Hatay. And after the bomb attack the journalist taken to custody and the pressure by government makes us feel really uncomfortable.

02:22-02:30
This is one of the protests that are being held almost everyday organized by different activisit groups and opposition party.
Opposition Party Parliamenter "Hasan Akgöl" representing Hatay

02:32-02:52
-We've been warning the goverment since the Syrian confliction started. We've said them many times that they are in the wrong way and should keep the relation steady with the Syria with which we have a lof of cultural and ethnic connection but they've never listened. Alawite community Leader "Ali Yeral"

03:00-03:24
-Government always accused us of being Essad or Baas supporter when we said we are against the war between brothers. But we've never accused them for supporting Nato,Usa,El Kaide,Taliban,El Nusra,Imperialism, Sionism. Because our moral and belief wouldn't let us to say so. Emre Student-Activist

03:26-03:45
-The Rulers in Turkey should get their power from the public instead of going to USA and getting Obama's advice and permission.While we're having huge pain here the Prime Minister is visiting USA to have a meeting with Obama. Armenian Community Leader "Cem Çapar"

03:51-04:20
-As the people of Hatay we've been living in Peace as Armenian,Turkish,Sunni,Alawit and we always defend our right together regardless of our background and we will not let this spark to start a fire.

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Egyptian troops ready to free kidnapp...
Sinai, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
22 May 2013

Story: Egyptian troops ready to free kidnapped soldiers

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 21, 2013
Shooting Location: Sinai, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 21, 2013
Length: 00:01:44
Video Size: 85.4 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of army vehicle movement in Sinai
  2. Various shots of army vehicles
  3. Wide shot of armored vehicle deployed in Sinai, Rafah Crossing border area
  4. Wide shot of the gate of the Rafah Crossing Border closed in protest against the kidnap of the soldiers
  5. Various shots of armored vehicles deployed outside the border
  6. Medium shot of the gate of the border while police closed it and hanging banners at the gate reading (the sit-in will continue until the release of the soldiers)
  7. Various shots of Rafah Crossing Border area
  8. Medium shot of a banner reading (This is a sit-in and not a protest or a vigil)
  9. Various shots of the Rafah Crossing Border while being closed with banners demanding the release of the kidnapped soldiers

STORYLINE:

Egypt’s Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said that the Egyptian security forces are fully ready to implement a plan to release the seven kidnapped soldiers in Sinai.

The minister said in a statement to the Independent Egyptian newspaper al-Watan that they already have sent 30 armored vehicles, 90 battle groups, special police units tasked with special duties (to free the hostages), noting that the armed forces won’t take part in the operation and its role is limited to the siege of the region.

The entrances to the governorate of Sinai also witnessed a heavy security presence.

Security forces managed to identify the area where the kidnapped have been detained, according to the statement.

On the other hand, the Egyptian army intensified its presence in Sinai by sending more troops, getting ready for a possible military operation to release the seven kidnapped soldiers.

A military source in Sinai said troops are ready for launching the military operation for freeing the seven abducted soldiers and that troops were waiting for the zero hour.

The source added that a military operation to free the soldiers is ready, but they are still waiting for the orders of the president.

The special operations troops which have arrived in Sinai earlier are characterized by a high level of training as they contain members of the contingent 777 which is specialized in combating terrorism and the implementation of these operations.

First Undersecretary of Health Ministry in North Sinai Dr. Tareq Khater said the state of emergency was announced in all the governorate hospitals.

The Egyptian presidency said earlier that all options were open in dealing with the kidnappers of the Sinai soldiers and securing their release.

Police stations in North Sinai have announced a strike in support of the Rafah and Ouga crossings and in protest against the continuation of the crisis of the abducted soldiers.

The Rafah crossing with Gaza still closed for a fifth consecutive day on Tuesday. The police said they would not reopen Rafah crossing until their kidnapped colleagues were released.

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Suez Canal Development Conference in ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
14 May 2013

Story: Suez Canal Development Conference in Cairo

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 13, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 13, 2013
Length: 00:02:23
Video Size: 117 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Pan left shot of the banner of the conference
  2. Various shots of the conference held at Cairo International Conference Centre
  3. Various shots of attendees at the inauguration of the conference
  4. Medium shot a display showing details about the project
  5. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt’s PM Dr. Hesham Qandil:
    “This project took into account all the criteria of the national security and all the demands and the remarks of the armed forces. I would like to affirm that the security of this country and the safety of its territories take precedence over any other issue and of course this position include the government, opposition and the Egyptian people as well. We all agree upon this issue (Egypt’s security) and there is no difference among us about that.”
  6. Various shots of attendees during the conference
  7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – head of International Business & Investment Association (IBIA), Ahmad Galal El-Deen:
    “This conference is not an ordinary event. We are currently in the process of historic event and we hope it would be the development engine in Egypt. We are in the process of international project that will contribute in transferring Egypt to the ranks of the major countries and it will represent a focal point in the international trade.”
  8. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Housing Minister Tarek Wafiq:
    “The law of the project is now in the process of developing some amendments and then sending it from the office of the prime minister to the Shura Council to discuss it.”
  9. Various shots of attendees during the conference

STORYLINE:

International Business & Investment Association (IBIA) in cooperation with the technical secretariat of the Suez Canal axis development project organized on Monday, May 13, the first international conference on the development of the Suez Canal.

The conference held under the auspices of Egyptian Prime Minister Dr. Hisham Qandil. He said the draft law of the Suez Canal development took into account all the criteria of the national security and the armed forces.

The Premier also witnessed the signing of a number of contracts of new projects.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt’s PM Dr. Hesham Qandil:
“This project took into account all the criteria of the national security and all the demands and the remarks of the armed forces. I would like to affirm that the security of this country and the safety of its territories take precedence over any other issue and of course this position include the government, opposition and the Egyptian people as well. We all agree upon this issue (Egypt’s security) and there is no difference among us about that.”

The conference was attended by a number of army leaders, Chairman of Suez Canal authority, experts, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Minister of Housing and Urban Communities and a large number of Egyptian businessmen and Arab investors.

For his part, Housing Minister Tarek Wafiq confirmed that Suez Canal development authority had stressed in its establishment draft law that neither Egyptian nor foreign investors will have the right of possession in Suez Canal Development Corridor projects, noting that this will happen through usufruct right only.

He added that the Suez Canal axis project is the dreaming of Egypt and all Egyptians, it is the future project for new Egypt thus it won’t be accounted by other party or it won’t be monopolized by any opinion.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – head of International Business & Investment Association (IBIA), Ahmad Galal El-Deen:
“This conference is not an ordinary event. We are currently in the process of historic event and we hope it would be the development engine in Egypt. We are in the process of international project that will contribute in transferring Egypt to the ranks of the major countries and it will represent a focal point in the international trade.”

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Housing Minister Tarek Wafiq:
“The law of the project is now in the process of developing some amendments and then sending it from the office of the prime minister to the Shura Council to discuss it.”

The Minister added that Suez Canal region is a part of the sustainable development strategy that will make Egypt an international trade point.

Moreover, the Minster has asserted that the draft law which has finalized is currently exist by Cabinet, it will be sent to Shura Council, many various ministries and sovereign authorities and a number of experts law have participated in the project.

President Mohamed Morsi has called for expediting the implementation steps for the Suez Canal Corridor project in view of its positive effect in supporting the Egyptian economy, luring foreign investments, providing thousands of job opportunities for Egyptians in general and Sinai citizens and the Canal region in particular.

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Spanish Conqueror's Remains Found in ...
Mexico City, Mexico
By @LatAmSight
13 May 2013

Spaniard conqueror Hernán Cortez Tomb
by: Pablo Perez
Jesus' Hospital, located in downtown Mexico City, a few blocks from the Zocalo, was founded by Spaniard conqueror Hernán Cortéz in 1520, in the place where there had been his first encounter with Mexican Cacique Moctezuma, to take care of the marginal people.
This It is the oldest operating hospital in America and the third largest worldwide. The hospital keeps dedicated to social assistance and is managed by a board that was headed until 1932 by descendants of Cortéz, who held the noble title of Marquis of the Oaxaca Valley.
Cortez's remains rest in a church next to the Jesus' hospital, which for a long time depended of a patronage given trough a bull awarded by Pope Clement VII. These remains went through several churches in Spain and Mexico before its current location, where were hidden for more than 100 years, for fear that their desecration. Both, the the Cortez tomb as the foundation of the hospital are unknown for most of the Mexico City inhabitants.

La Tumba de Hernán Cortéz

El Hospital de Jesús, situado en el centro de la Ciudad de México a unas cuadras del Zócalo, fue fundado por Hernán Cortéz en 1520 para la atención de la población marginada en el lugar donde había tenido lugar su primer encuentro personal con Moctezuma. Es el hospital en funcionamiento más antiguo de América y el tercero del mundo. Se sigue dedicando a la asistencia social y está gestionado por un patronato que estuvo encabezado hasta 1932 por los descendientes de Cortés, que ostentaban el título nobiliario de marqueses del Valle de Oaxaca.
En una iglesia anexa al hospital, que durante mucho tiempo y gracias a una bula papal de Clemente VII dependió del patronato, se encuentran los restos de Hernán Cortés. Estos restos pasaron por varias iglesias en España y México antes de su lugar actual y estuvieron escondidos en ese mismo templo durante más de 100 años por temor a que fueran profanados. Tanto la presencia de la tumba como la fundación del hospital por Cortés son desconocidos entre la mayor parte de los vecinos de la ciudad de México.

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First Disabled Man To Climb St. Cathe...
Cairo, Egypt
By zeer news
11 May 2013

Mazen, the first disabled person to climb St Catherine mountain in Sinai, promoting rights for disabled in Egypt

Background:

Mazen is the first disabled person to climb Mount Saint Catherine in Sinai, to promote rights for the handicapped in Egypt. Mazen contracted polio when he was 3 years old, while he was escaping Iraq with his family during the First Gulf War.

According to World Health Organization’s statistics, 10% of Egypt’s total population suffers from physical or mental disabilities. The 1975 Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons law didn't bring progress to the living conditions of the disabled. During the two years that followed the revolution, with 18 months of military rule followed by the Muslim Brotherhood’s government, Egypt’s handicapped population, estimated at over 8 million, continue to face more of the same problems. The precarious and difficult situation in a city like Cairo, one of the most chaotic in the world due to a substantial lack of infrastructure, is unfortunately only one of the many problems handicapped people face in Egypt. A lack of rights, health care and increased social marginalization inspired Mazen, who has been handicapped since the age of 3, to get involved in political activism, prompting him to join the 6th of April movement in 2010.

In November 2012, during the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes, Mazen lost his close friend and companion of the 6th of April movement, Gika. Since then, he decided to change his methods of protest, and to start a more responsible and peaceful activism campaign through symbolic actions.

Three months ago, he completed the first of several actions, climbing the Keops pyramid in Giza. On the 6th of April 2013, for the anniversary of the movement, he decided to climb the 1586 m and 750 stairs of mount Saint Catherine in Sinai.

Shots:
00:00 - 00: 44 sec intro VO

Mazen is the first disabled person to climb mount Sinai, promoting rights for handicapped people in Egypt.

According to World Health Organization, 10% of Egypt’s population, over 8 million people suffer from a disability. The Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons law of 1975 didn't improve their living conditions. In Egypt little attention is paid to the difficulties of the handicapped, especially in Cairo, one of the most chaotic cities in the world, there is a shortage of infrastructure to the assist their mobility. This is compounded by the lack of rights, poor health care and social marginalization. Mazen, handicapped since the age of 3, was inspired to get involved in political activism, before the revolution.

00:44 – 01:39 interview : presentation and problems of handicapped people in Egypt

“I am Mazen Hamza, I am 26 years old. I was born in 1987 in Iraq. I came in Egypt during the First Gulf War. I contracted the polio when I was three years old because of the vaccination. ”

“The problems that handicapped people suffer here in Egypt have been the reason why I decided to enter political activism, in order to send a message to the entire world, that handicapped people have to be integrated into society. We have problems in all aspects, in transportation, in education, in work, in housing, in airplanes, and mostly in the treatment we received by the government. I mean the government does not know how to treat handicapped people.”

01:40 – 02:03 political activism VO 6th of April / sit-in of 6th of April in front of the Ministry of Interior

Mazen became a political activist in February 2011 when he joined the 6th of April movement, the most active civil rights movements in Egypt. He first participated in debates, demonstrations and sit-ins.

In November 2012, during the clash with Security Forces and the Military Government, Mazen lost his close friend Gika, a fellow activist. This inspired him to begin a campaign of peaceful activism through symbolic demonstrations.

02:04- 02:47 Interview talk about gika / inside Gika's family house

“The death of Gika influenced us a lot. He was a boy that put a beautiful energy within us. Climbing the Cheope Pyramid has been only the beginning of many activities in urban, historical and religious places. We started by climbing the pyramid and it has had a lot of success, we heard good feedback from the people. I am not speaking about the public’s opinion, but from the other activists.”

02:48- 03:18 VO actions: Saint Catherine

Three months ago, Mazen completed the first of his demonstrations, climbing the Haram Cheope, the great pyramid of Giza. Then, on April 6, for the seventh anniversary of the movement, he climbed the 1586 m of Mount Sinai including the 750 “stairs of penitence”. In the Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions, Mount Sinai is where Moses received the Ten Commandments. Overcoming his physical limitations, Mazen reached the summit in order to raise awareness for the disabled population and to remember those who died for human rights in Egypt.

03:18- 05:12 climbing St Cathrine, reaching the summit

05:12- 05: 27 interview St. Cathrine

“I would like the world to be aware of what’s going on in Egypt. For this reason I climbed St Catherine mountain, where Moses spoke with his God, to bring his speech all around the world, and I am doing the same thing to make people care about the handicapped women, children, and society and in general human rights.”

05: 28 Mazen Screaming the name of “Gika”.

Other text (Arabic translation):

“When I found out that there were young people ready for revolution, I joined them for months to take down the regime, and change the system. After two years I feel that nothing has changed. We have a new president, but the same system, so I tried to be different.

I started to work with the movement by participating in demonstrations and other activities. When I found out about the 6th of April movement, I joined it immediately. I joined the movement on the anniversary of the clashes of Mohammed Mahmud. In the Moquattam group, I was just an activist, but after I became responsible for social policies. I joined many events, especially for handicapped people’s rights.”

I attend a lot of conference to spread their voices everywhere, and to raise awareness of the problems of disabled people.
I tried to see the system separately from religious or historic dogma. I would like the world to be aware of what’s going on in Egypt. For this reason I climbed St Catherine mountain, where Moses spoke with his God, to bring his speech all around the world. And I am doing the same thing to make people care about the handicapped, women, children, and society and in general human rights,

We have a problem with the system. Politicians don’t listen to our demands, but we will make them listen and change their policies to how young people want them.

I am a citizen who sees that people will soon organize themselves to bring a real change. Tomorrow will be better, but now we still need to spend a lot of energy, even if we already spent a lot. That’s why we are climbing St. Catherine mountain, we already climbed 2350 meters and we only have to climb 750 stairs. That is the fight with myself against the system and the entire world, and I will do more, or my efforts will be vane.

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Mother's Day Rally for Missing Persons
Mexico City, Mexico
By @LatAmSight
10 May 2013

A Mothers Day rally was held in Mexico to demand from the authorities what they have done and are doing with regards to finding missing persons within the last 7 years since the government started its drug war.
Mexico’s war against drug trafficking has led to hundreds of people missing, suspected as kidnap victims by rival cartels. Mothers and relatives of those missing took to the streets of center of the capital voicing their concerns and requesting that the government acts to curb the phenomenon.
According to a government provisional list, more than 26,000 people have been abducted. This is the case with Jose Leonardo, who was kidnapped four years ago at his home by two unknown assailants. To this day, his relatives are unaware of his whereabouts and whether he is alive or dead.
Teresa Estela Franklin, mother of Jose Leonardo: "My son has been missing since 2009 and since then we have not found any answers. There is not even a tip, a lead, nothing. "
Or Moni, 21, a woman missing since 2005. She belongs to a family dedicated to the circus.
Testimony 2 - Silvia Alvarado Valdes Moni’s aunt: "My niece was kidnapped eight years ago. She disappeared on the road on her way to school "
Relatives of the missing persons marched by the ‘Paseo de la Reforma’, from the ‘Monument’ to the ‘Mother of the Angel of Independence’. They said that quite often themselves who have to do the research and the authorities still doing anything. They demand from the authorities a greater effort to find their beloved ones.
Testimony 3 - Juan Lopez, adviser to ‘Fuerzas Unidas por Nuestros Desaparecidos en Mexico’ FUNDEM (“United Forces for Our Disappeared in Mexico”):
"There is no forensic investigation with regards to the missing persons phenomena, forget about the specific research." The missing people figures soared since 2006, when former President Felipe Calderon, regardless of respect for human rights, launched an offensive against drug trafficking, which involve the army
Although many of these disappearances are attributed to drug cartels, in other cases, security state forces, have been found involved to allow or participate in felonies with organized crime.

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Moscow May 6th Prisoners Rally
Moscow, Russia
By Marina Fonda
07 May 2013

Thousands gathered in Moscow in in support of opposition activists who were arrested at last year's May 6 rally on Bolotnaya Square in a rally during Putin's entrance into office.

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Moscow May 6th Prisoners Rally
Moscow, Russia
By Marina Fonda
07 May 2013

Thousands gathered in Moscow in in support of opposition activists who were arrested at last year's May 6 rally on Bolotnaya Square in a rally during Putin's entrance into office.

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FSA Brigade in Salamiya Fights for a ...
Salamiyah, Syria
By Fady
06 May 2013

While the Syrian revolution has become increasingly sectarian and the fighting has often been dominated by Islamists, one brigade of the Free Syrian Army in Salamiya fights for a united and diverse Syria, and within the brigade multiple sects fight side by side.

The “Phalange Brigade of the Free Syrian Army” claims to fight for a democratic, civic state that unites and protects all Syrians under one slogan: "The Syrian People are One." This brigade, which is the dominant revolutionary force in Salamiya, is comprised of intellectual youth who believe that education and culture are revolutionary weapons. They envision a civic state, built on concepts of constructive criticism and spreading understanding between all of the Syrian sects. Even though Al Salamiya is the Middle Eastern cultural capitol of the Ismaili sect of Islam, the brigade prides itself on being non-sectarian and is comprised of Sunnis, Alawites, Ismailis, and others.

Like many in the Syrian revolution, the Phalange Brigade
 of the Free Syrian Army claims that they began their uprising using peaceful means. However, after the oppression and injustice that their city witnessed, they say that they have been forced to carry guns and join the armed resistance to Bashar Al-Assad’s regime. The men now wait for the regime’s bombing and shelling of their homes to end so they can resume their lives normally, and work on building a democratic Syria.

بعد ان اجتاح الفكر الطائفي الثورة السورية، ظهرت الكتائب الإسلامية لتكون الطاغية على الصفة الثورية في معظم المدن السورية. في مدينة السلمية التي تقع على بعد ثلاثين كيلومتراً إلى الشرق من مدينة حماه و التي تعتبر عاصمة الطائفة الاسماعيلية في سورية و الشرق الأوسط والتي شهدت حراكاً ثورياً كثيفاً على امتداد الثورة، تشكلت كتيبة للجيش الحر تطالب بدولة مدنية ديمقراطية تحمي الجميع تحت شعار الشعب السوري واحد. هي كتيبة مؤلفة من مجموعة من الشباب المثقفين من كافة الطوائف( سنة، علويين، و اسماعيليين)، يعتبرون الفكر و الثقافة سلاح، و لكن نتيجة القمع و الظلم الذي تعرضت له مدينتهم اضطروا لحمل السلاح لإيمانهم بأن الحل الوحيد لاسقاط النظام هو القتال المسلح. هؤلاء الشباب ينتظرون سقوط النظام ليعودوا إلى حياتهم الطبيعية، و ليعملوا على بناء سورية الديمقراطية، التعددية، المدنية عن طريق الفكر البناء و نشر التوعية بين جميع السوريين بكافة طوائفهم.

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00:04 The movements in Salamiyah started peacefully

00:09 Like all syrian cities, it rebelled against oppression.

00:13 We started peacefully, until we started helping refugees who came from stricken areas.

00:20 security pressures increased on the activists, so they carried guns

00:33 Since the beginning of the Syrian revolution, the regime accused protesters of sectarianism.

00:41 Al Salamiya replied to that accusation saying, one one one Syrian People are one. This was the case because, in Al Salamiya, people went out to the streets from all sects.

and the first sign that was raised in Salamiya was saying Sunnis+ Alawis+ Ismailis= National unity

01:03 This atmosphere of brotherhood has been transferred to this brigade in which there are soldiers from different sects. Tt's not a sectarian brigade, it's not Sunni, Alawi, or Ismaili.

01:25 we're suffering from the lack of support on all levels. On the military level, we don't have enough weapons and bullets, and also on the living level.

01:36 We're lacking support on all levels, but thank God we remain patient until we get rid of Bashar Al Assad.

01:48 Al Salamiya’ weapon, as it's knows through history, is Education and Knowledge.

01:55 But, because of the harsh oppression that it suffered from, the men had to carry guns.

02:00 They saw that this is only way to overthrow the regime.

02:12 But after the regime falls, God willing, we will drop our weapons and get back to the real weapon and the most important weapon which is the Knowledge and education in order to build a democratic Syria, a diverse Syria, a Syria for all people, a Syria for all sects, a country that competes with all other countries all over the world.

02:37 for sure, we're working in a direction where we're trying to take a step forward and cut roads to help other groups in the neighboring areas and our goal is to liberate Salamiya.

02:55 Hey guys, keep quiet.

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"Unification Brigade"
Aleppo, Syria
By mittome
05 May 2013

After the use of heavy weaponry by regime forces in Syria, the rebels have decided to unify several militant factions under the "Thowar Al Khanadeq" banner - the rebels of the trenches.

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Fracking Up Fares
Fares, Aswan
By zeer news
01 May 2013

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

In 2009, the company DANA GAS (UAE) started shale gas explorations near Fares, a small agricultural village on the West Bank of the Nile, 75 km North of Aswan.
The company employed a controversial technique known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking", which uses a mixture of pressurized water and chemicals to release natural gas trapped in the shale rock. 
The village was soon flooded with groundwater and in January 2013 orchards, crops and houses were destroyed. 
Residents do not have results from the water tests that the government was supposed to carry out.  In addition to ecological concerns, property owners whose land was affected have received very little compensation from the gas extraction company (Dana Gas) or from the Egyptian government. The clean up efforts promised by the government have come to a halt and it is not known if and when they will resume. 

The case of Fares, however, differs from other documented cases of damages caused by fracking. 

The flooding is believed to be the result of seismic testings, a straightforward operation conducted prior to the extraction to determine the size of the shale. 

Therefore, this case shows:

  • how monitoring of the fracking operations --known to be possibly harmful for water reserves -- was poor or non-existent in an area close to the Nile

  • media usually focuses on fracking's direct effects. In Fares, however, damage was caused by a subsidiary effect of fracking

  •  land grabbing - although not through acquisition, but through destruction - occurred without compensation for the villagers and the denial of any responsibility on part of the company

  • the Egyptian government - under Mubarak, the SCAF, and the Muslim Brotherhood - failed to stand up against the company and protect its citizens

  • environmental concerns not only for the village's proximity to the Nile, but also for the destruction of many mature and rare trees

SHOT DESCRIPTION

00:00 - 00:17
Images of Upper Egypt, Map of Fares

VO: "75 km north of Aswan lies Fares, a village of 30,000 inhabitants, on the west bank of the Nile. Renowned as one of the principle producers of mangoes and dates in Egypt, the majority of Fares' residents are employed in the agricultural sector, making fields and crops the crux of the village's economy."

00:18 - 00:35 Images of the flooded fields, Sheikh Ahmed Abdel Hamid

VO: "However, in January 2013, flooding of groundwater devastated fields and orchards, and destroyed houses and local buildings in the village. The flooding has been attributed to the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations by the company Dana Gas, whose extraction site, is only 10 km north of Fares.

00:36 - 00:47 Animated info-graphic on fracking

VO: "Fracking is a controversial technique used to extract natural gas from shale rock. This is done by creating fissures in the shale with a perforating gun, and then injecting a pressurized mixture of water and chemicals to release the trapped gas and bring it to the surface."

00:48 - 01:19 Interview with the Sheikh Ahmed Abdel Hamid (community leader), images of the fields

"It has started since 2009-- first they found that the soil became wet. Gradually, the water began to come on the surface, higher and higher, until it reached the level of one metre. This water has submerged about 2,000 feddans of land (840 hectares)."

01:20 - 01:26 Images of fields, uprooted palm tree

VO: Although the company is not fracking in Fares directly, the flooding is believed to be a result of Dana Gas's seismic testing using 'shot-holes'.

01:26 - 01:52 Animated info-graphic on seismic testing

VO: "Seismic testing uses 30 foot pipes that are inserted into the ground, and an explosion is detonated. The vibrations from the explosion bounce off the subsurface rock and travel back to the surface, where a grid of geophone sensors pick up the wavelengths, thus determining the expanse of the shale below. Ordinarily in the industry, the pipes are plugged in order to prevent flooding. But, these pipes were left open in the fields-- creating a pathway for flowing groundwater to stream upwards."

01:53 - 02:09 Images of fields, springs

VO: "The flooding reached a climax in January, but damage to the fields remains. Stagnant puddles of water exceeding 3 inches, cover entire fields. Groundwater continues to spring spontaneously, creating essentially a swamp out of homes and a formerly prosperous crop."

02:10 - 02:24 Interview with Mohamed Abdouh (farmer and teacher)

"Approximately about 150 families have to move, because of this problem. A lot of these families can't afford to build new houses."

02:25 - 02:36 Interview with Mohamed Abdouh, images of the local graveyard
"The most bitter thing for the villagers is that the graveyard of the village has completely submerged. "

02:37 - 03:06 Interview with Sheikh Ahmed Abdel Hamid in front of a house destroyed

"Approximately 2,000 feddans were flooded by the groundwater. it is more than 2,000 feddans. In these areas there were trees: palms, lemon, mango, berries and that now there is water (that are now flooded). It has more than a hundreds of thousands of doom, palms, mangoes, lemons, and all citrus and this is all the income for the village. These fields are the only income for the village "

03:07 - 03:20 Images of residents

VO: Residents state that there was virtually no consultation with the village prior to shale extraction. In 2009, they were told there may be gas reserves in their village, but the seismic testing carried out directly on their land, was not explained to them.

03:21 - 03:44

"They just came and drilled. When the farmers asked them they told (them) they were looking for oil. So the farmers were happy. If they found gas or oil on your land, you will have a good compensation. Good money as a compensation."

03:45 - 03:52 Images of a street seller, men sitting on the ground, kid riding a donkey

VO: "The governor of Aswan stated that the company would create 450 jobs for local residents, yet no one has been employed to date."

03:53 - 04:06 Images of children, the local school, man picking up bricks

VO: "Moreover, compensation remains a large concern for the residents' livelihood. Beyond the municipal government offering to help rebuild the hospital and school, very little money has actually met the hands of the land and home owners whose properties were damaged."

04:07 - 04:34 Interview with Mohamed Abdouh

"When the villagers went to make a sit-in in the company-- in the site there- -the responsibles came and told us they have given the clerks in the municipal council a big number-- a lot of money. When we returned to the municipal council, they denied that. So we are... we don't know how. We are now bewildered between them…"

04:35 - 04:49 Images of the cleanup operation site.

VO: "The government began cleanup efforts six months ago by draining the fields with pipes that would empty to a drainage canal and then run back into the Nile. The pipes though, were too small, and so the clean up project had come to a halt. When they will resume is unknown."

04:50 - 04:59 Images of Sheikh Ahmed Abdel Hamid, puddle of stagnant water, the Nile river from Fares' shore.

VO: "Residents still have not heard back from the municipal council abt the water test results, but maintain that the water is harmful, which is also a cause for concern due to its proximity to the Nile."

05:00 - 05:16 Images of Sheikh Ahmed Abdel Hamid, images of resident walking next to trees, man on the train.

VO:
In addition to the ecological concerns, it's significant that Fares' principal fields and orchards were destroyed, including many mature trees that had reached peak production. Thus not only costing the agricultural-centered village lost profits this year, but also for the years to come.

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Hoang Sa Flotilla, a journey to Ly So...
Ly Son Island, Vietnam
By robtof
29 Apr 2013

Historical aspects of Ly Son Island (Paracel Archipelago). It’s from the shores of Ly Son island, situated thirty kilometres from the port of Sa Ky, on the coast of the central province of Quang Ngai, that the Vietnamese fishermen depart for their journey to the Parcel (Hoang Sa) archipelago. A group of islands situated in the South China Sea and disputed among China, Taiwan and Vietnam.

The volcanic island was already used in the seventh century by the Champa kingdom as ship basement for their maritime trade routes. Ten centuries later Nguyen Lords came. The rulers of Dai Viet–the great Viet–settled on the island, transforming it into the operational area of the company Hoang Sa, exclusively for the development of the Paracel Islands. Every year the Nguyen Lords used to recruit seventy sailors from the villages of An and An Vinh Hai. Passed into the annals as the Hoang Sa Flotilla, the brave seamen sailed before the South wind between late February and early March of the lunar calendar.

Facts and missions that for Vietnam and its present authorities represent the historical proof of their sovereignty over the two archipelagos claimed also by Brunei, China, Malaysia, Philippines and Taiwan.

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Leishmania spreads in Syria
Idleb, Syria
By Idleb Press
28 Apr 2013

Leishmania spreads in Syria.
A video report about this disease from the village of Maar Shourin which is located in the countryside of Idleb.

Due to the lack of basic amenities and health care in Syria, Leishmaniasis, a complex disease, has been affecting a large number of the population in Idleb, northern Syria. The disease is transmitted through the a bite of a sandfly, affecting different parts of the body, resulting in sores on the skin and welts. The sores, sometimes, get infected.

Since the basic conditions of the Syrian people is very poor, the disease is most likely to be fatal. Also, regarding the fact that wartime conditions compromise the immune system, this disease is bound to spread quickly.

The medicine required for treatment is scarce in Syria, but the people of Idlib are attempting to assist every infected person without a fee.

It is difficult, at the moment, to assess the number of Leishmaniasis cases in Syria, but the poor conditions showed that the disease will continue transmitting from one person to another.

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Syrian Opposition Group Attacks a Car...
Idleb, Syria
By Idleb Press
25 Mar 2013

A Cargo plane transporting supplies for the Syrian regime was attacked by opposition anti aircraft weaponry which led to the crash of the plane. The weaponry is owned by the North Free Brigade a faction of the Free Syrian Army, the action took place in the battle of "Qminas Free" which was located near the Qarmeed camp in the countryside of Idleb.

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Syrians Struggle in Jordan
Za'atari Camp and Mafraq, Jordan
By Amy Hybels
25 Mar 2013

During US President Barack Obama's visit to Jordan, King Abdullah II vowed to keep the Kingdom's borders open after announcing that more than 460,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Jordan since the conflict began. The influx is projected to cost the Kingdom $550 million dollars a year, however the number of refugees are expected to double by the end of the year.
Video journalist Amy Hybels traveled to Mafraq and the Za'atari refugee camp to see how the Syrian refugees living both inside and outside of the largest camp are coping.

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problems at the polling stations
Nairobi, Kenya
By fahruq
04 Mar 2013

ODM Chairman of Langata, Ochieng Odera, talks about problems at polling stations. The interview took place at the Old Kibera Primary Polling Station where he was acting as an election observer for his party. ODM is part of the CORD coalition which is supporting Raila Odinga as its presidential candidate.

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Tens of thousands of children studyin...
Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK)
By objectivereporter
03 Mar 2013

Around 2, 800 schools were decimated by an earthquake that hit a large part of northern Pakistan in 2005. The government failed to reconstruct those schools even after 8 years, risking the lives of thousands of children who are forced to take lessons under the open sky in harsh winter and scorching summer. The government claims that it faces a paucity of funds to rebuild decimated schools while on the other hand, critics of government say most funds provided by the international community for rehabilitation have been directed to other projects. Officials say around 200,000 children in areas located above 5000 feet high altitude are compelled to continue study either in wall-less, roofless shelters or worn-out tents. Government claims that 1,100 schools out of total 2, 800 have so far been built while construction work 900 schools has been suspended due to want of funds. The construction work on 700 schools yet to be started. Due to non-availability of funds number of drop out of children have been increased as parents are reluctant to send their children to such schools due to health hazards.
The October 8, 2005 earthquake, which originated in the Himalayan mountains of Pakistan was the worst disaster in the history of the country; it left more than 70,000 dead, injured twice that number, left up to 1 million homeless and 1 million in immediate need of assistance.
The Government of Pakistan estimated that 17,000 children died, 23,000 children suffered disabilities and long-term injuries while more than 39,000 children lost one parent and 1,700 lost both parents. Thousands more were left homeless and vulnerable. Most of children died when they were in schools when earthquake struck the area razing sub-standard constructed schools buildings to ground and burying thousands of children alive

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ODM supporters in Nairobi
Nairobi, Kenya
By fahruq
25 Feb 2013

A group of ODM supporters campaining in Langata Village, Nairobi. Feb 2013

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Black Bloc members jump fence to help...
Cairo, Egypt
By spisch
26 Jan 2013

Around 9pm on the second anniversary of the Egyptian uprising, a group of men used flamethrowers, knives, and clubs to protect a group of women, including prominent public figure Gameela Ismail, from a mob assault on the edge of Tahrir Square. The men also rescued at least four other women from the mob, one of whom had been stripped naked. The women rescued from the mob were part of the Egyptian Women for Change group and had just led a march into the square.

Among the men protecting the women were members of the Dostour Party and the 'Black Bloc,' who jumped the fence with knives and clubs to come to the women's aid.

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ILLUSTRATING OPERATION STREAMLINE - E...
Tuscon, Arizona
By Editor's Picks
20 Jan 2013

Operation Streamline is the U.S. Federal court system response to mass increases in immigration enforcement. Everyday in border cities like Tucson, Arizona, hundreds of migrants apprehended throughout the U.S. are sentenced en masse with scant legal procedures. Criticized as unconstitutional, Streamline sends people to jail or deportation daily.

Off-limits to cameras, journalists ST McNeil and Josh Morgan brought graphic artist Lawrence Gipe to the courtroom to witness and record the "assembly-line." His sketches are the first images ever detailing an opaque border enforcement system.

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New York's Poorest Ignored by Politic...
Bronx, New York, US
By mcseaniew
11 Jan 2013

The community of Highbridge in the South Bronx has never been an affluent part of the United States, much of which was created in the 1940's to accommodate a huge incline in immigration to the city. Today it is home to over 35,000 people, the majority of whom are first- or second-generation immigrants from Dominica, Puerto Rico or Africa. The buildings that were created to house thousands who couldn't afford townhouses and brownstones, are now crumbling. Crime and drug abuse are sky-high. Income disparity in the US is at an all-time high. New York City is home to the most millionaires in the country. But it's also facing a food crisis. Nowhere is this starker than the South Bronx, America's poorest district, where over a quarter of a million people live below the poverty line. No wonder more folks than ever are relying on the Highbridge Community Church food pantry, run by local nonprofit the Muslim Women's Institute for Research and Development (MWIRD). But the pantry faces a closure that would plunge over 2,500 locals into an even-deeper plight.

Welfare is dwindling, and those who need it most find the labyrinthine processes almost impossible to navigate. Many don't speak English as their first language, making the system impenetrable. People who lost their jobs in the recession are struggling to make ends meet. Organisations like the Muslim Women's Institute are many folks' first - and last - resort if they want to eat well. But with the economy the way it is private funds are slipping away, and the pantry the MWI provides could go out of business at any moment. America's philosophies have always made it difficult to allot public funds to society's poorest. But now they face a crisis like never before.

Ibrahim Ramey is a long-time human rights advocate. A Washington DC resident, he has been involved in educating Muslims and Americans about political action in countries as far-flung as Tanzania and Afghanistan. Ibrahim is on the board of the Muslim Women's Institute, the Temple of Understanding (which aims to promote religious coexistence) and the Climate Crisis Coalition. He is also vice president of the Steering Committees of the Religious NGO Community at the UN. Ibrahim is increasingly worried about the lack of political dialogue concerning New York's poor, and the plight of those maligned by the current economic meltdown.

The extreme poor's lifelines are being pulled from them, creating a forgotten underclass no-one is addressing. This 4-6min video reveals the vital role the pantry plays in its neighbourhood, the Bronxites who are being marginalized and the stoic folks who run the pantry, despite the specter of closure remaining ever-present.

Additional footage:

  • Interview with local mother. Discusses how the local govt does nothing, but that the way the pantry is run (because they have no cash) makes her feel as if she is begging.

  • Interview with an older lady about the state of New York City now, compared to decades gone. She complains that 'we don't help others' in this country, mentioning how people have struggled through times like this for years.

  • Interview with a Spanish-speaking middle-aged man, about New York and how difficult it is for people to navigate welfare.

  • Much additional b-roll and OTF footage of the pantry, people cooking fresh food and queuing to get supplies.

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Protest on the 11th anniversary of th...
New Delhi , India
By newspoint
15 Dec 2012

On the 11th anniversary of the Parliament attack, Bajrang Dal held a protest in Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.


“11 years have passed since the attack but the perpetrators have not been punished yet. The government has set up a fast track court for the speedy completion of the case. But despite the court decision, justice has been delayed because of the misinterpretion of Article 72 of the Constitution."

-Byte in Hindi- Volunteer of Bajrang Dal

“The dreaded terrorist Afzal Guru, who has been sentenced to capital punishment by the Supreme Court, is still alive because of our cowardly government surrendered, before the appeasement policy and the vote."

  • Byte in Hindi- Volunteer of Bajrang Dal

Local News Agency: News Point TV 
Shooting Dateline: December 14th, 2012
Shooting Location: New Delhi, (INDIA) 
Publishing Time: December 14th, 2012
Length: 0:4:02
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Clashes break out at presidential pa...
Cairo, Egypt
By Transterra Egypt
06 Dec 2012

the clashes between protesters against Morsi and Muslim Brothers

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Friday speech of Sheikh Isa Qassim, B...
Diraz, Bahrain
By Media Made by Bahraini People
30 Nov 2012

Friday speech of Sheikh Isa Qassim, Bahrain 30 Nov, 2012.
General scenes for the prayers, chanting during the Sheikh speech.
Some translated points from the speech:
·The crisis in Bahrain is political, caused by the oppression. ·Political figures in the opposition denounce violence while the authorities are still using it with the protesters . · Inhuman violations are happening now in Mehazza after Al-Eker against peaceful people. ·Once again the authorities brutally arrest a girl from her house late at night. ·The authorities ban protests again in violation to the BICI and the international community recommendations. · After the opposition's non-violence document there should be a similar document from the authorities.

*Full speech and translation are upon request.

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African Wood Company Seeks to Refores...
Yatta, Kitui - Kenya
By Ruud Elmendorp
14 Nov 2012

The Africa Wood Grow company is trying a new angle on replanting, and combatting deforestation. They hope to make their endeavor lucrative, and attractive to business owners who need lumber, and other wood products.

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WAITING OUT THE AIRSTRIKES - Editor's...
Maarat al Numan, Syria
By Editor's Picks
12 Nov 2012

The people of Maarat al Numan comprise a city of 150,000 located strategically on Syria's main highway. Each dawn they leave the city to avoid airstrikes. Some do not escape the danger in time and hardworking neighbors try fervently to dig their bodies out of the rubble during the nighttime when the airstrikes pause.

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Waiting Out The Airstrikes
Maarat al Numan, Syria
By David Enders
07 Nov 2012

The people of Maarat al Numan comprise a city of 150,000 located strategically on Syria's main highway. Each dawn they leave the city to avoid airstrikes. Some do not escape the danger in time and hardworking neighbors try fervently to dig their bodies out of the rubble during the nighttime when the airstrikes pause.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in Rae B...
Rae Barreli Utter Pradesh , India
By newspoint
06 Nov 2012

UPA Chairperson and Congress President Sonia Gandhi inaugurated a modern coach manufacturing factory in her Lok Sabha constituency Rae Barreli tomorrow.

The inauguration of the Rs 1,685 crore coach factory was delayed for more than a year due to the vexed issue of compensation to farmers whose land was used for the factory.

Beside the inauguration, Sonia also handed over appointment letters to farmers whose land was used for the project. The country's largest public transporter had acquired 541 hectares of land for the coach manufacturing factory, out of which 283 hectares belonged to private land owners.

The Rae Bareli coach factory is expected to cater to railways' increasing demand for coaches by annually rolling out about 1,000 coaches. Currently, the factory is engaged only in assembling coaches.

Byte-Sonia Gandhi, UPA Chairperson

“The coach manufacturing unit here will provide job opportunities to the local residents and farmers who have given their land for this project and add to the development of the area”

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Concern for Za'atari Camp Refugees Gr...
Za'atari Refugee Camp, Jordan
By Amy Hybels
18 Oct 2012

October 25, 2012 - Za’atari - As Syrians continue to flee their borders, Jordan is hosting more of their neighbors from the north than any other country in the region.

 More than 210,000 Syrians have fled to Jordan since March of last year and according to the UHNCR there are 105,000 either registered or awaiting registration.

However funding requests have not kept pace with the demand for services in the Za'atari refugee camp which as of last week was hosting more than 37,000 Syrians. 

More than 50% of those in the camp are under the age of 18 according to the UNHCR. 

As Amy Hybels reports, concern for the welfare of the refugees continues as winter approaches.

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OCCUPY OAKLAND'S BIRTHDAY; TRANSGENDE...
Oakland, California - Beirut, Lebanon - Caracas, Venezuela - Seremban, Malaysia
By Editor's Picks
11 Oct 2012

Occupy Oakland celebrates its first birthday with cake, music and community.

Malaysian court rejects transgender people's appeal to allow cross-dressing, based on Sharia' law.

Chavez wins Venezuela election.

Hezbollah's Nasrallah claims responsibility for the Iranian-built drone that was shot down over Israel.

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Bahraini Politician Accuses Aluminum ...
Bahrain
By Media Made by Bahraini People
11 Oct 2012

Abd al-Jalil, head of the independent political bloc Al-Wefaq, announced his suspicion toward a confidential settlement which was announced by the aluminum company, Alba. In a case of known corruption, certain Bahraini officials were involved a settlement with another company, Al-Qawa, and the news was hidden by the Bahrain government.
He added that the settlement is a waste of public money.

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Bahraini Politician Accuses Aluminum ...
Bahrain
By Media Made by Bahraini People
11 Oct 2012

Abd al-Jalil, head of the independent political bloc Al-Wefaq, announced his suspicion toward a confidential settlement which was announced by the aluminum company, Alba. In a case of known corruption, certain Bahraini officials were involved a settlement with another company, Al-Qawa, and the news was hidden by the Bahrain government.
He added that the settlement is a waste of public money.

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Bahraini Politician Accuses Aluminum ...
Bahrain
By Media Made by Bahraini People
11 Oct 2012

Abd al-Jalil, head of the independent political bloc Al-Wefaq, announced his suspicion toward a confidential settlement which was announced by the aluminum company, Alba. In a case of known corruption, certain Bahraini officials were involved a settlement with another company, Al-Qawa, and the news was hidden by the Bahrain government.
He added that the settlement is a waste of public money.