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Blue Collar Syrians Relocate to the S...
Damascus, Syria
By TTM Contributor 4
14 Aug 2013

People who have lost their shops have relocated what is left of their business to the sidewalks of Damascus, trying to make the most of it.

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Life Goes on in Damascus
Damascus, Syria
By TTM Contributor 4
14 Aug 2013

Regardless of the bombing, the people of Damascus choose to live their daily lives without fear and remain in business.

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Economic Crisis in Damascus
Syria
By TTM Contributor 4
14 Aug 2013

Due to the displacement of the roads and the large scale economic crisis in the country, the prices of goods and services has increased drastically, resulting in a decrease in consumerism and trade.

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Cyprus Bank Affects Helios Airways Or...
Paralimni, Cyprus
By Vasia Markides
13 Aug 2013

This piece tells the story of the Koutsofta family who suffered the loss of their son, daughter in law and granddaughter in the 2005 Helios Airlines crash. With the recent economic crisis in Cyprus, a second tragedy has struck that particularly affects the life of their grandson, the only surviving member of their son's family.

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Aging with Regrets
Nairobi, Kenya
By Sam Charo
08 Aug 2013

An old woman worries about her aging without insurance and benefits. For a long time the Kenyan government had an elitist retirement scheme. One woman tells her journey on finding her daily bread and shares her fears for not having a sound insurance mechanism to shield her on her sunset years.

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Palestinians commemorate the Annivers...
Syria
By TTM Contributor 4
07 Aug 2013

On the anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, hundreds of Palestinians returned to the Yarmook Refugee Camp to commemorate the day.

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Kazakh Dissident's Family Deportation...
Almaty, Kargaly district, Kazakhstan
By BILO
02 Aug 2013

Interview with Alma Shalabayeva

Almaty (Kazakhstan), 2 august 2013.

“I am free like in a cage”, whispers Alma Shalabayeva from her stylish two-floor house in Almaty, the ancient Kazakh capital where she is obliged by the authorities to reside.
She lives in Kargaly, the VIP district of Almaty, where there are fabulous houses designed by Italian architects and protected by checkpoints with vigilantes armed with Kalashnikov. Alma lives in a red bricks villa, together with a housemaid, the mother and the father, who suffers from Alzheimer. The nephew with a couple of unarmed men plays the role of bodyguard.

For the first time since her shameful expulsion, together with her 6 years old daughter Alua, from Italy on may 31, Lady Ablyazov opens the door to an Italian journalist. After walking a narrow and dusty road we arrive in front of the main entrance of the house. Suddenly a black SUV with darkened windows arrives, slamming on the brakes and two youngsters start questioning me and my interpreter, who begins to stammer. He is afraid they could be members of the notorious KNB, the Kazakh security service. Suddenly the door of the house opens and Alma comes out. We realise that the two suspicious fellows are part of the “security” ring around Mrs. Shalabayeva. A very thin one, since most of the family’s friends have abandoned Ablyazov family, fearing reprisals from the authorities. “I understand them” explains Alma. “I am spied and observed constantly. From that hill they recorded me inside the house. And I am sure that they have put microphones inside the house as well. Since I came back here I am afraid to go out of the house”. As we enter the house and sit down Alua, the 6 year-old daughter comes in. She was with the mother in Italy and they were together expelled. She speaks good English and, to demonstrate her skills, she sits to the piano and start playing. Than, to show what she has learned in Italy, she starts singing an Italian famous child-song that runs “era una casa, molto piccina….”. Than she grabs me into the garden to introduce Sasha, her loved little rabbit. Alma come after us and, when she is sitting on the grass, she murmurs with the voice broken by emotion her main message for us “I thank the Italian government for having cancelled my illegal expulsion, but please, let me come back to Italy. I have four children living in Europe and I want to see again my husband. If he will be handed over to Kazakh authorities he will risk his life. The accusations against him are politically motivated”. Than she shows us some pictures of dead men laying at the edge of a road, with the hands tied on their backs, who is, supposedly, a former Kazakh minister with his bodyguards. A former minister, like Ablyazov. In the two months that Alma Shalabayeva spent in Kazakhstan after her expulsion she was questioned twice by the prosecutor. In one occasion she was visited by men from the Kazakh secret services, and they asked her on the whereabouts of her husband and how she communicated with him while they were living in Italy. She replied that she never saw Ablyazov again since he left Rome two or three days before the police raid when she was arrested.

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Losing Karpas
Karpas, Cyprus
By Vasia Markides
27 Jul 2013

A piece about the Biologists Association and their work preserving the Karpas peninsula in the north of Cyprus.

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Alp & Anna
Nicosia, Cyprus
By Vasia Markides
26 Jul 2013

'Alp and Anna' This short film features two inspiring 18-year-olds - Alparslan Balci, a Turkish Cypriot and Anna Leonidou, a Greek Cypriot. Living on the divided island of Cyprus, these two young people are active members of Youth Activism - a UNDP-ACT project that aims to encourage and inspire the youth of Cyprus to actively participate in the efforts for a peaceful solution of the Cyprus problem. Alp and Anna are friends, who have worked on joint activities implemented by the project in order to engage young people in peace building, to empower and support them to play an active role in the reconciliation process and to build support structures for them to continue in youth activism. Here, they talk about their work together, and their view on the situation in Cyprus.

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Cyprus Bank Affects Helios Airways Or...
Paralimni, Cyprus
By Vasia Markides
01 Jul 2013

This piece tells the story of the Koutsofta family who suffered the loss of their son, daughter in law and granddaughter in the 2005 Helios Airlines crash. With the recent economic crisis in Cyprus, a second tragedy has struck that particularly affects the life of their grandson, the only surviving member of their son's family.

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Chronicles of Africa's Largest Slum
Nairobi, Kenya
By Sam Charo
01 Jul 2013

This is Dandora, Africa's largest slum, the African Slum Journal follows people who eke out a living by scavenging through the junkyard.
Its not only a convergence of humanity with filth, grime and dirt but also a haven of risks of diseases.
The scavengers feed on leftovers, for ages men and women in neighboring communities have been working here to find a source of income, food and find sustainable livelihood.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Egypt’s HCC rules against Shura Counc...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
03 Jun 2013

Egypt’s High Constitutional Court ruled on Sunday, June 2, that the upper house of parliament ‘Shura Council’ and a panel that drafted the new constitution are invalid.

The Court ruled that the law governing the election of independent members of the Islamist-dominated Shura Council, currently holding legislative powers, was illegal.

As a result of the ruling, the Shura Council will be dissolved but the ruling also said that it would not be dissolved until a new House of Representatives, lower house of parliament, is elected.

Both the upper and lower houses were elected under the same electoral law, which the HCC last year deemed invalid, prompting the dissolution of parliament.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Wael Hamdy Al-Saeed, lawyer, filed complaint against the Shura Council:
“The two articles 2 and 8 that governed the election of the Shura Council of law 120, for 1980 and its amendments were the same two articles regulated the elections of the lower house of the parliament which the Constitutional Court ruled on 2012 their unconstitutionality, hence, since this time the Shura Council also was illegal.”

The court also ruled the unconstitutionality of a Law, popularly known as the emergency law. While the law is currently not in effect, the two complaints against it claimed it could be used at any time by authorities to impose a state of emergency.

For his part, Essam El-Erian, vice-chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), said that the Shura Council is currently the only legislative authority and it would continue its duty until the elections of a new parliament.

Muslim Brotherhood lawyer said that the decision to postpone the dissolution was based upon article 230 of the new constitution.

Other Freedom and Justice Party figure said that the Shura Council should approve a new law governs the election of independent MPs to Shura Council before holding a new House of Representatives.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Mahmoud Abou Elenin, Muslim Brotherhood lawyer:
“The fourth item of the verdict postponed the dissolution of the Shura Council until the elections of a new House of Representatives and it is based upon article 230 of the new constitution. The Constitutional Court didn’t base on its decision to postpone the implementation of the verdict on the law of the Constitutional Court but based on the constitution, hence it admits that this constitution is existed.”

The court also ruled the law governing the composition of the Constituent Assembly, the body tasked with drafting Egypt's new constitution, is unconstitutional.

It was not immediately clear whether the ruling on the 100-member constitutional panel would cancel the charter it drafted. The constitution was adopted in a nationwide vote in December. President Mohamed Morsi declared the Constituent Assembly immune from dissolution in a controversial constitutional declaration last November.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: June 2, 2013 + (Archive footage)
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: June 2, 2013
Length: 00:02:12
Video Size: 108 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of the Egypt’s High Constitutional Court
  2. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Wael Hamdy Al-Saeed, lawyer, filed complaint against the Shura Council:
    “The two articles 2 and 8 that governed the election of the Shura Council of law 120, for 1980 and its amendments were the same two articles regulated the elections of the lower house of the parliament which the Constitutional Court ruled on 2012 their unconstitutionality, hence, since this time the Shura Council also was illegal.”
  3. Various external shots of the Shura Council
  4. Various shots of one of the sessions of the Shura Council
  5. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Mahmoud Abou Elenin, Muslim Brotherhood lawyer:
    “The fourth item of the verdict postponed the dissolution of the Shura Council until the elections of a new House of Representatives and it is based upon article 230 of the new constitution. The Constitutional Court didn’t base on its decision to postpone the implementation of the verdict on the law of the Constitutional Court but based on the constitution, hence it admits that this constitution is existed.”
  6. Various shots of the ceremony where President Mohamed Morsi received the new constitution from head of the Constituent Assembly
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Egyptian Court adjourns Al-Khosous tr...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
02 Jun 2013

On Saturday June 1st, Egyptian courts adjourned on the trial of 33 defendants for their involvement in the violence that took place in the town of Al-Khosous, north of Cairo, last April. The violence claimed the lives of seven people, and later sparked further sectarian violence. The trial will resume July 6, 2013.

The case was postponed to hear witnesses for the prosecution and the judge refused the defense’s request to release the defendants on bail.

The public prosecution has accused the defendants of murder, illegal possession of weapons, damage to public and private property, inciting panic and possessing Molotov cocktails.

Though the case is being tried by the Banha Criminal Court, the trial was moved to New Cairo Criminal Court in an attempt to ensure the safety of the accused.

The sectarian violence in Al-Khosous broke out between two families, who happen to be Muslim and Christian in Al-Khosous, north of Cairo after Christian children allegedly painted offensive drawings on the wall of an Islamic institute.

The defense lawyers and relatives of the defendants argue that they are innocent, demanding the formation of a new fact-finding committee.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed Ghareeb, defense lawyer of number of the defendants:
“We would like to say that the state security apparatus still has the same policies like the former regime and they still arrested people from their homes. The defendants were arrested after four or five days of the incident. They do not have any relations with the clashes and they found nothing with them. We ask God to reveal the truth. God willing, they will be announced innocent soon.”

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Brother of one of the defendants:
“We hope that the authorities form a new fact-finding committee to discover the truth and I accept that my brother being tried if they proved that he is not innocent. There must be a transparency in the investigations.”

The clashes resulted in the killing of a Christian by a Muslim, prompting some Muslim residents to seek retribution. The violence resulted in the deaths of six Christians and one Muslim.

The funeral for four of the Christians was held at St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral two days after the violence in Al-Khosous broke out. Following the funeral, unidentified men attacked mourners outside the cathedral, which prompted rock throwing. Some eyewitnesses reported gunshots.

On the other hand, earlier on Thursday north Cairo court ordered the release of seven people who had been arrested for suspected involvement in clashes outside St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo.

The suspects have been released from police custody with bail set at LE 2000 each. Prosecutors, meanwhile, have appealed the release order.

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John Kerry says aid to Egypt depends ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
27 May 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday again urged Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to make concrete progress on economic reforms and human rights, to secure a $4.8 billion International Monetary Fund loan, saying the measures are needed to receive further aid from the U.S. Congress, an American official said.

Kerry met Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi for about an hour on the sidelines of an African Union summit on Saturday, discussing Syria's civil war, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, human rights in Egypt and the country's faltering economy, U.S official said.

Egypt's Islamist-led government has been resistant to introduce the austerity measures needed to win the IMF funding, including raising taxes and cutting fuel subsidies, fearing such painful reforms could provoke social unrest.

However, an IMF deal could help shore up investor and donor concerns after two years of political instability since the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak in early 2011. The instability has depressed tourism, a crucial industry for Egypt.

Last year the IMF reached a deal in principle to provide a $4.8 billion loan to help finance the Egyptian government while it undertakes reforms.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Kerry pointed out that the reforms were necessary to convince American lawmakers to move forward in providing more economic support for the country, which borders US ally Israel.

The official added that Kerry urged Egypt to work and to take actions in order to achieve the reforms now to move towards the requirements to get the IMF package.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: (Archive footage)
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 26, 2013
Length: 00:01:43
Video Size: 85.0 MB
Language: Arabic
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Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of President Morsi meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Cairo (Archive)
  2. Various shots of the press conference of Egypt’s PM Hesham Kandil and IMF chief Christine Lagarde in Cairo (Archive)
  3. Various shots of protests in Cairo (Archive)
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Strike over kidnapped soldiers in Sinai
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
21 May 2013

Egyptian security forces continue to block the Rafah Crossing border, which leads to the Gaza Strip, for the fourth day in protest at the recent incident of kidnap.

Seven Egyptian soldiers were kidnapped in the Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, including a member of the armed forces, four port security officers and two state security officers.

The Egyptian police angered by the kidnapping of seven of their colleagues stressed that they won’t open the crossing until the kidnapped soldiers are freed. Security forces at El-Ouga crossing, bordering Israel, began a strike also on Sunday.

The scope of the protests expanded in northern Sinai on Monday after Central Security Forces conscripts at five police stations have gone on strike to demand the release of the Egyptian soldiers kidnapped in the region.

North Sinai Traffic Department workers join the strike against the kidnap.

Egypt's army sent dozens of armored vehicles and personnel carriers across the Suez Canal into North Sinai early on Monday.

Major-General Ahmed Wasfy, commander of Egypt's Second Army (a regional sub-division of the country's armed forces) later arrived in Al-Arish city in northern Sinai with a delegation of military leaders.

The move comes as speculation grows that force could be used to rescue seven Egyptian soldiers kidnapped last week.

President Mohamed Morsi's office released a statement late on Sunday vowing to secure the release of the soldiers swiftly and safely and in a manner that would maintain the state's prestige.

The statement was released after President Morsi met with the Minister of Defense, Minister of Interior, Head of the General Intelligence, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Chief of Operations of the Armed Forces and other army officials.

A security source said the kidnappers have demanded the release of Islamist militants detained for almost two years.

The militants, who allegedly belong to Tawhid wal-Jihad, were convicted of killing five security officers and one civilian during attacks in June/July 2011 on an Al-Arish city police station and a North Sinai branch of the Bank of Alexandria.

Early on Monday, unidentified gunmen stormed an Egyptian security base in the Sinai Peninsula and exchanged gunfire with forces inside the base. The attack did not result in any casualties.

President Morsi said that "all options" remained open to secure the release of the kidnapped soldiers, stressing that Egypt would "not be blackmailed" by the captors.
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 20, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 20, 2013
Length: 00:02:17
Video Size: 113 MB
Language: Arabic
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Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of Arish's first police station, North Sinai
  2. Various shots of Central Security Forces conscripts join the strike as a sign of protest against the kidnap
  3. Various shots of Central Security Forces and police vehicles outside the Arish's first police station
  4. Various shots of the North Sinai Traffic Department workers who join the strike against the kidnap
  5. Various shots of President Mohamed Morsi meeting with Minister of Defense, Minister of Interior, Head of the General Intelligence, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Chief of Operations of the Armed Forces and other army officials
  6. Various shots of North of Sinai
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Zip-line And Rappelling At Eiffel Tow...
Norzagaray, Bulacan
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 May 2013

It was in early 2000 when the Guballa family visited the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The elegance and beauty of the famous tower struck them and vouch to built their own Eiffel Tower in their hometown in Norzagaray, Bulacan.

It was in 2012 when they inaugurated their 110 feet version of Eiffel tower with rapelling and zipline features...

Rappelling at Eiffel Tower which is a multi-purpose high angle rappelling tower has 40ft anchoring point in height with 10ft. by 16 ft. in width. Jumping point height is 36 ft., and 22 ft ; designed for maximum of 7 jumpers or rappellers. Another attraction at the Eiffel tower is the Adventure Resort Zipline Challenge which height of the anchoring entry point of zipline is 40ft. and the stopping/endpoint is 12 feet with stairs base line of 6 ft in height by 4 feet, in width by 8ft.

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Anti-Morsi Demonstration in Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
17 May 2013

Hundreds of anti-Morsi protestors marched on Friday, May 17, from Mostafa Mahmoud Square to iconic Tahrir Square, in a million-man- march dubbed "Going Back to the Square" in solidarity with the recently-launched 'Rebel' campaign.

'Rebel' is a grassroots movement aimed at registering opposition to President Mohamed Morsi and forcing him to call early presidential elections by collecting as many as 15 million signatures by 30 June. The group says they have already collected 2 million names. The group officially launched on 1 May.

Major demands of the anti-government demonstration include early presidential elections, the release of detained political activists, and a new constitution.

Protestors voice their rejection to Morsi’s economic policies, including the new tax system and the government’s attempts to secure a $4.8bn loan from the International Monetary Fund.

A handful of political parties and movements announced plans to partake in the planned rallies. These include the Constitution Party, the Free Front for Peaceful Change the Free Egyptians Party, April Six Youth Movement and ‘Rebel' campaigners.

Egypt's opposition has grown increasingly discontent with President Mohamed Morsi's attempts to monopolize state institutions and smother dissent. The opposition accuses Morsi of governing only in the interests of his Muslim Brotherhood, while he insists he is the president of all Egyptians.

Since Morsi was elected last June, Egypt has continued to suffer from a serious political and economic crisis, and there have often been frequent clashes, sometimes deadly, between his opponents and supporters.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 17, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 17, 2013
Length: 00:02:18
Video Size: 113 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots for the demonstration
2. Shot for one of the demonstrators while cheering
3. Various shots for the demonstrators holding banners and flags
4. Shot for women cheering from balcony
5. Various shots for the demonstration
6. Various shots for people who distributes ‘Rebel’ applications
7. Shot for a demonstrator holding ‘Rebel’ banner
8. Various shots for citizens signing ‘Rebel’ application
9. Shot a fully-veiled woman cheering against Morsi
10. Various shots for demonstrators
11. Various shots for the demonstration
12. Shot for a banner condemns Morsi’s regime and the Ministry of Interior.
13. Various shots for the demonstration
14. Shot for a woman standing on a stage cheering against Morsi
15. Shot for a banner calling for the removal of Morsi’s regime

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US to provide Lebanon with more than ...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
15 May 2013

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman met on Tuesday, May 14, with Philip Gordon, a special assistant to United States President Barack Obama for Middle East issues.

Gordon announced that the US will be providing the Lebanese government with USD 10 million to be added to the USD 36 million offered as part of a financial assistance package to help the Syrian refugees.

Suleiman and Gordon discussed the relationship between Lebanon and the U.S., regional issues, developments in Syria and the increasing number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, according to the statement.

Gordon, a coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region, praised Suleiman’s role in preserving stability in Lebanon and stressed the importance of holding parliamentary elections scheduled for June, according to a statement issued by Suleiman’ office.

Gordon also condemned Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria, fighting on behalf of the Assad regime, which risks drawing Lebanon into the conflict and is counter to the Lebanese government’s policies,” the statement said.

According to a U.S. Embassy statement, Gordon expressed his country’s grave concern about the situation in Syria and condemned continued shelling of Lebanese territory from Syria.

He called on all parties in the region to avoid any actions that would exacerbate the crisis in Syria, increase the propensity for spillover violence, and negatively affect civilian populations,” the Embassy statement noted.

Gordon said his country urged all international donors to help Lebanon meet their obligations to the refugees.

The Embassy added that Gordon praised Beirut and the generosity of the Lebanese people for hosting and supporting thousands of refugees in Lebanon.

He reiterated Washington’s support for the so-called “Baabda Declaration” and Lebanon’s disassociation policy.

For his part, President Suleiman thanked the United States for its constant support to Lebanon in all the fields.

Gordon also held separate talks with House Speaker Nabih Berri in the presence of U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly.

Gordon said the U.S. would maintain its support for the Lebanese Army in order to enhance the military’s capabilities along the border and inside Lebanon.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 14, 2013
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: May 14, 2013
Length: 00:01:23
Video Size: 42.3 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of the Presidential Palace where the meeting was held
  2. Various shots of meeting of Lebanese President Michel Suleiman with Philip Gordon, a special assistant to United States President Barack Obama for Middle East issues in the presence of US Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly
  3. Various shots of Philip Gordon meeting with House Speaker Nabih Berri
  4. Various shots of people downtown Beirut
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CITIZENS OF A DEAD CITY
Cairo, Egypt
By serengeti1 serengeti1
15 May 2013

The world understands the value of the pyramids, the sphynx. Cairo today is a bustling world city at the receiving end of the so called Arab Spring - a collective cry from the people of Egypt for a better future. But where are the voices of the people living on the fringes of Egytian society, people like the half a million "citizens" of The City of the Dead -- a massive cemetary in the heart of Cairo.
At a time when journalists were banned from el Arafa, this video crew slipped into the cemetary and managed to get a snapshot of lives being lived among the dead of Cairo.

For understandable reasons no one in this piece can be identified. I promised to respect their wishes. Clients are welcome to use nom-de plumes wherever they wish.

BACKGROUND TO THE PIECE
(NOTE: CLIENT SHOULD SUPPLY LATEST TAHRIR SQUARE CIVIL UNREST FOOTAGE) At a time of ongoing political unrest and turmoil, when thousands Egyptians fill Tahrir Square in search of political stability and economic freedom, there is a dark side to Cairo’s social order. It’s a side of Cairo life seldom exposed to the outside world. Few people in Cairo speak of it. It’s a subject never brought up in polite conversation, or over dinner tables. It’s part of Cairo’s national buried conscience, a collective embarrassment, if you will.
It’ s the City of the Dead, el Arafa, also called Qarafa by the Cairenes – the people of Cairo. This four mile (6.4k,) long necropolis (cemetery)with its dense tomb and mausoleum structures, below the Mokattam hills in south eastern Cairo is home to over 500 000 people who live and work among the dead. Some are refugees from other parts of Egypt, from the earth quake of 1992, or from city demolitions and urban renewal programs. Some want to be near their loved ones, recent or ancient relatives. The poorest live in the City of the Dead slum, locally known as Manshiyat naser, also known as Garbage City. During the time of Mubarrak, foreign journalists were expelled if they reported on el Arafa. They were warned to pay no attention to the City of the Dead if they ever wanted to return to Egypt.
But today, many of those marching for a better future on Tahrir Square come from Qarafa. Here, among the tombs and the sarcophagi and mausoleums, children are born, people cry, laugh, and live their extraordinary invisible lives. High rent and rampant unemployment in Cairo have forced people into the cemetery. The majority of these citizens of el Arafa are Muslims, but there are a few scattered Christian families as well.
Many of the tombs are house-like: a tradition that stems from ancient Egypt. What cuts these people off from the rest of Cairo – and also adds to the mystique of the place - are massive walls that surrounds the “city” on all four sides. Some tombs are very old but people are still buried there ever day. There are two separate rooms for men and women in most of the tombs; before the funeral , people are interred in an opening in the ground in the basement of the tomb and covered by a stone slab. During the funeral the stone slab is removed and the body is placed on a shelf...which concludes the internment process.
Access to the City of the Dead is not easy. The “citizens” generally don’t like tourists or cameras and are as a rule not very welcoming to strangers. This crew managed to get special permission from the locals to film in the City of the Dead only for four hours one night. We also had to hide from Mubarrak’s police, since it was officially forbidden for foreign journalist to report from the City of the Dead.
Now for the first time, with Mabarrak gone, these images can be shown.

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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
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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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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.

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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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THE FIGHT AGAINST MALARIA: DR ALBERT ...
Lambarene, Gabon
By serengeti1 serengeti1
10 May 2013

100 years ago te Albert Schweitzer Hospital was established on the banks of the Ogooue River, in Lambarene, Gabon. Today its Medical Research Unit leads the charge to discover an antidote against a scourge that kills hundreds of thousands of people - many of them children - in Africa each year. That scourge is called malaria, carried by Anopheles mosquitos.

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Seminar on “Development and Democracy...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
10 May 2013

An international seminar on the development of democracy in the Arab world held on May 9, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo.

The event titled “Development and Democracy and Developing the System of Arab Region”.

The seminar was attended by Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby, a number of prominent figures, headed by former Secretary-General of the United Nations Boutros-Ghali, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Arab parliament chairman Ahmed al-Garwan.

They discussed a number of issues including implementation of good governance in the Arab region and the transition to democracy.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arab League Chief, Nabil al-Araby:
“The political and partisan pluralism became not only one of the most important features of societal change in recent years but it also has become political and social necessity. Due to the Arab League desire to be at the forefront of the democratic scene, it worked to take advantage of their expertise from its contribution on the monitoring of electoral processes in many countries. The Arab League is monitoring electoral processes not only in Arab countries but also at Europe and Latin America.”

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab parliament chairman Ahmed al-Garwan:
“There is no development without democracy and there is no democracy without the real activation of the real development. The main system of the Arab parliament which was adopted by the Arab summit in its 23th meeting in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on March 26, 2012, emphasized the importance of developing the common system of Arab action, strengthening its components and enhancing its mechanisms.”

The seminar organized by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Institutions (ANHRI) led by Qatar’s NHRC in collaboration with Arab League, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Arab Organization for Human Rights.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – former Secretary-General of the United Nations Boutros-Ghali:
“The civil society is now playing a significant role which sometimes is considered more important that the role of the state, hence we have to enhance the role of the civil society whether scientific associations, universities and political parties.” Several Arab issues including, task of transferring into democracy and its connection with good governance, methods of development, and how to achieve social justice were discussed in the seminar.

Nationalism and development are basic factors for social justice, empowerment of women in Arab region and upgrading them in the Arab League was also in the list of discussion.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 9, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 9, 2013
Length: 00:02:47
Video Size: 137 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Medium shot of the logo of the Arab League
  2. Medium shot of flags of participant states at the meeting
  3. Various shots of attendees during the seminar
  4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arab League Chief, Nabil al-Araby:
    “The political and partisan pluralism became not only one of the most important features of societal change in recent years but it also has become political and social necessity. Due to the Arab League desire to be at the forefront of the democratic scene, it worked to take advantage of their expertise from its contribution on the monitoring of electoral processes in many countries. The Arab League is monitoring electoral processes not only in Arab countries but also at Europe and Latin America.”
  5. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab parliament chairman Ahmed al-Garwan:
    “There is no development without democracy and there is no democracy without the real activation of the real development. The main system of the Arab parliament which was adopted by the Arab summit in its 23th meeting in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on March 26, 2012, emphasized the importance of developing the common system of Arab action, strengthening its components and enhancing its mechanisms.”
  6. Various shots of attendees during the seminar
  7. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – former Secretary-General of the United Nations Boutros-Ghali:
    “The civil society is now playing a significant role which sometimes is considered more important that the role of the state, hence we have to enhance the role of the civil society whether scientific associations, universities and political parties.”
  8. Various shots of attendees during the seminar
  9. Various shots of attendees leaving after the seminar
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Attack on Egyptian Prime Minister's C...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
07 May 2013

Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Qandil survived an attack on his convoy by a group of armed men late Sunday evening, in an incident that led to one death.

A vehicle intervened in the prime minister's convoy and when the security guards tried to push it away, one of its passengers opened fire on the security vehicle.

While running away, the vehicle hit a policeman and a citizen but the police managed to bust the vehicle and arrest the five attackers after a pursuit.

Taha Hassan, a street vendor who was passing near the site of the incident, was hit by the vehicle during the incident, and transferred to 6 October Hospital in Dokki where he died.

The interior ministry statement revealed that the armed men were on their way for a fight with some people in another area.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian cabinet said that the armed attack was not politically motivated but this was a criminal incident.

The prosecution decided to detain the defendants for four days pending investigations.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 5, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 6, 2013
Length: 00:03:25
Video Size: 169 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of the defendants at the security office after being arrested
  2. Various shots of the armaments used in the incident
  3. Various shots of security official while investigating with the defendants
  4. Various shots of the vehicle which attacked the PM convoy
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Egyptian Rights Center: 1,462 Protest...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
03 May 2013

In a report titled “Democracy Indicator,” an Egyptian rights center stated Egypt had one of the highest rates of protest, having witnessed 1,462 protests in the month of April.

This sets the month of April at a record number compared to 1,354 protests in March and 864 in February.

Economic and social justice demands were the predominant drivers of 62.4 percent of the demonstrations.

Some of the demands of Egyptian protestors included releasing detainees, criticism to the government's regime, as well as demonstrations to support Coptic religious beliefs.

According to a report issued by the International Development Center, Egypt has never seen such a high rate of protest before, not even at the peak of the revolution.

In March, Egypt had 1.8 protests every hour, 7.2 protests every four hours, 44 protests a day, amounting to approximately 306 protests a week.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: Archive (protests during April)
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 3, 2013
Length: 00:01:59
Video Size: 98.1 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of the demonstration to support the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar
  2. Various shots of from the demonstration against the clashes happened north of Cairo between Muslim and Christians
  3. Various shots of the demonstration of the Muslim Brotherhood outside the High Court to demand purge of the judiciary
  4. Various shots of the demonstration of the Egyptian workers marking the Labour Day
  5. Various shots of April Six Youth Movement protest to demand the release of their detained colleagues
  6. Various shots of the protest of Ahrar movement outside the High Court downtown Cairo
  7. Various shots of the protest by the state Radio and Television Building against Egyptian Minister of Information
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Egypt's unemployment rate jumped to 1...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
03 May 2013

Egypt's unemployment rate increased to 12.7% in 2012, up from 12% in 2011, and 9% in 2010, according to a report released by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

This brings the total number of unemployed to 3.4 million, up from 3.1 million in 2011, an increase of 242,000 people.

Particularly, the unemployment rate was 42.7 percent among young people between 20 and 24 years old and was 23 percent among those between 25 and 29 in that year.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Ahmed Bahaa El-Din Shaaban, member of both the ‎National Association for Change reform movement and ‎Egypt's Socialist Party:

The number of those employed in 2012 was 23.6 million workers; also there were only about 4.7 million working women in Egypt in 2012, according to the figures.

CAPMAS attributed the increase to the circumstances in Egypt following the 25 January Revolution and the ensuing events “that resulted in a slowdown in economic activities during this period.

These data show the need to embark on an economic reform program that prevents the government from relying on foreign aid, loans and deposits in order to provide the resources.

SOUNDBIDTE 2 (Arabic) – Haytham Mohamadeen, member of the political bureau of the revolutionary socialists:

On the other hand, hundreds of workers marked the Labour Day with marches and protests to voice their discontent with the unfulfilled longstanding demands of workers even after the revolution.

Among these demands are the implementation of minimum wage, independent and representative syndicates for workers, and putting an end to legislation that harms the labour movement.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: Archive except the soundbites
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 2, 2013
Length: 00:02:11
Video Size: 107 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
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Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of youth at the universities (Archive)
  2. Various shots of people seating in cafes downtown Cairo (Archive)
  3. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Ahmed Bahaa El-Din Shaaban, member of both the ‎National Association for Change reform
  4. Various shots of workers preparing materials and working women inside the factories (Archive)
  5. SOUNDBIDTE 2 (Arabic) – Haytham Mohamadeen, member of the political bureau of the revolutionary socialists:
  6. Various shots of protestors raising banners and poster of former president Gamal Abdel Nasser during a protest marking the Labour Day, downtown Cairo (Archive May: 1)
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Protest outside Egypt’s High Court
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
29 Mar 2013

Hundreds of protestors gathered on Friday, March 29, outside Egypt’s High Court headquarters downtown Cairo, to participate in a protest under the motto "We are not threatened."

Protestors shouted statements against President Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood group, the general prosecutor and the supreme guide of the Brotherhood.

Protestors chained the gates of the High Court in a symbolic move and held signs demanding the “arrest and summons of the prosecutor-general.”

Protestors denounce the ‘Brotherhoodization’ of the judiciary and the summons of five opposition activists earlier this week.

The call to protest follows a decision by general prosecutor Talaat Abdullah to issue arrest warrants against four prominent “activists,” including Alaa Abdel-Fattah and Hazem Abdel-Azim. Both men have been charged with inciting violence against the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Cairo’s Moqattam district.

The protest was called for by the country’s main opposition bloc National Salvation Front (NSF) to show solidarity with political activists charged by the prosecutor-general with inciting violence during last week's clashes near the Muslim Brotherhood’s Cairo headquarters.

Some political figures and groups accuse Abdullah of having sympathies with the Muslim Brotherhood and ignoring complaints against Brotherhood officials who were accused of inciting violence during last December’s clashes outside the presidential palace in Cairo.

They are demanding the immediate dismissal of prosecutor general Talaat Abdullah, Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky and Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.

Earlier this week, Cairo's Appeal Court overturned the appointment of Abdullah by President Mohamed Morsi in a highly controversial decree last November. It remains unclear whether the presidency will comply with the court order. Protestors called for the implementation of the court rule.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 29, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 29, 2013
Length: 00:01:46
Video Size: 87.4 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of protestors raising banners outside Egypt’s High Court building downtown Cairo
  2. Medium shot of a protestor raising a banner bearing words against President Morsi
  3. Medium shot of a protestor raising the holy Quran and the Cross in sign of unity
  4. Various shots of protestors shouting statements outside the High Court Building downtown Cairo
  5. Medium shot of a banner raised by the protestors bearing words against the extradition of former Libyan figure Ahmed Qaddaf Al-Damm to Libya
  6. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arafa Khater, retired army officer:
  7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Mahmoud al-Attar, worker:
  8. Medium shot of protestors shouting during the protest
  9. Medium shot of a banner reading “The people demand the “arrest and summons of the prosecutor-general”
  10. Various shots of protestors shouting against the Muslim Brotherhood outside the High Court building downtown Cairo
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Ritual Exhumation -Ifugao, Philippine...
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
19 Mar 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

A new coffin is made for the wrapped bones.

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

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Ultras Ahlawy protest arrest of its m...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
16 Mar 2013

Hundreds of fans of Ahly football club, known as the Ultras Ahlawy, are staging a protest outside the office of general prosecutor Talaat Ibrahim at the High Court building in central Cairo on Saturday, March 16, calling for the release of members of the group who were detained in the Delta governorate of Menoufiya.

The large group chanted against the interior ministry and lit fire-works. In addition, Ultras members are staging a protest in front of the deportation prison in Menoufiya, calling for the same demands.

Thirty-eight members of the Ultras Ahlawy were arrested in Menoufiya, Wednesday for attempting to storm the Shibin al-Kom courthouse to free a colleague remanded into custody for 15 days.

The group had gathered at the court to protest against the detention of one of their members, who was arrested in front of the governorate's security directorate the previous week on charges of rioting and attempting to storm the directorate.

However, clashes broke out with the security forces as the Ultras threw rocks and fire-works at the court and the police responded by firing tear-gas to disperse the crowds.

The group announced on their official Facebook page on Friday that they would be marching to the prosecutor-general's office at the High Court building in Cairo to demand the releasing of the 38 Ultras.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 16, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 16, 2013
Length: 00:01:16
Video Size: 63.1 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Tilt down shot of protestors of Ultras Ahlawy outside the High Court building in central Cairo
2. Various shots of Ultras Ahlawy members shouting statements against the Interior Ministry and the public prosecutor Talaat Ibrahim
3. Pan left shot of people around the High Court building downtown Cairo
4. Medium shot of a banner raised by members of Ultras Ahlawy reading “We will Never forget 47” in reference to the members of Ultras Ahlawy killed in Port Said
5. Various shots of Ultras Ahlawy shouting statements and lit fire-works
6. Various shots of Ultras Ahlawy shouting statements against the Interior Ministry
7. Various shots of the protest downtown Cairo

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Egyptian protesters support armed for...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
16 Mar 2013

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated Friday, March 15, in Nasr City in Cairo to support the armed forces against the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), to which President Mohamed Morsi is affiliated.

The protest was dubbed the “Last Chance” against President Morsi and his administration.

The protesters chanted slogans backing the army, and carried banners saying "Down, down with rule by the guide," which referred to the MB's leader Mohamed Badie.

Controversial TV presenter Tawfiq Okasha took part in the protest.

Traffic was blocked in lanes leading to Nasr City. Protesters set up a stage next to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and raised photographs of public figures including Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and late President Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat.

More than 30 political parties and groups had called for today’s protest, which demands military intervention against the “brotherhoodization” of the state and to stop what they allege are “Islamist militias” that intimidate the people.

Military veterans, members of the Independence Coalition, the Maspero Youth Union, the Silent Majority movement and the Egypt Above All coalition were in attendance.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 15, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 15, 2013
Length: 00:01:07
Video Size: 55.1 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Pan left shot of protestors waving with Egyptian flags
2. Medium shot of speakers on the stage addressing protestors
3. Various shots of protestors waving with Egyptian flags and shouting “Leave” “Leave” in reference to President Morsi
4. Pan left shot of protestors waving with Egyptian flags and shouting “The people and the army are one hand”
5. Various shots of protestors waving with Egyptian flags and shouting statements backing the army
6. Medium shot of a protestor raising a banner backing the Egyptian army
7. Various shots of protestors waving with Egypt flags and shouting against the Muslim Brotherhood
8. Medium shot of a veiled woman raising a banner against the Muslim Brotherhood
9. Wide shot of protestors raising a large Egyptian flag

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One Killed, 13 injured in Clashes at ...
Ain el Hilweh, Sidon, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
13 Mar 2013

One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded in renewed clashes between armed factions in Lebanon‘s largest Palestinian refugee camp Ain el-Hilweh on Tuesday, March 12, near the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, according to Lebanese security officials.
The clashes between Fatah members and rivals from the Fatah al-Islam radical group began earlier on Monday night after a member of the extremist Fatah al-Islam group was shot in what appeared to be a personal dispute. The shots killed a passer-by and injured five others.
The officials said heavy clashes with machine guns and rocket propelled grenades resumed Tuesday.
Although not involved in the clashes, a rocket-propelled grenade hit an office belonging to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Two hours into the fighting, some of Ain al-Hilweh’s residents roamed the camp’s streets, calling on people through loudspeakers to take part in a demonstration to condemn the clashes.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Palestinian resident at Ain al-Helweh camp:
“I lost all my properties and my home as well. I call on the Popular Committees at Ain al-Helweh camp to bring for me my right. I wait for the committees to bring my right for me after the ending of these clashes. I hope they can help us because we are suffering a lot.” Ain al-Hilweh’s residents ask for an end to the infighting.
The Lebanese army deployed reinforcements to the edges of the camp following the clashes, but troops did not enter the premises under an agreement between the army and Palestinian groups that prevent them from entering Palestinian refugee camps across Lebanon.
Ain el-Hilweh is considered the largest and most populated Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon.

STORY: One Killed, 13 injured in Clashes at Palestinian Refugee Camp Southern Lebanon
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCSS
Shooting Dateline: March 12, 2013
Shooting Location: Palestinian refugee camp Ain el-Hilweh, near the southern Lebanese city of Sidon
Publishing Time: March 12, 2013
Length: 0:01:39
Video Size: 50.5 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of fighters are seen shooting in the Ain al-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp, south Lebanon.
2. Wide shot of fighter shooting and running
3. Various shots of militants shooting and then disappearing
4. Various shots of damages resulted from the clashes
5. Wide shot of one of the shops affected by the clashes in the Ain al-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp, south Lebanon
6. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Palestinian resident at Ain al-Helweh camp:
“I lost all my properties and my home as well. I call on the Popular Committees at Ain al-Helweh camp to bring for me my right. I wait for the committees to bring my right for me after the ending of these clashes. I hope they can help us because we are suffering a lot.” 7. Various shots of Ain al-Hilweh’s residents roamed the camp’s streets to denounce violence and to ask for an end to the infighting.

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Maha Shivaratri Part (Part 1 of 4)
Kathmandu, Nepal
By PIKTO VIDEO
10 Mar 2013

Some footage in Pashupatinath (Nepal) during Maha Shivaratri. A lot of footage available, interviews of saddhus (with translation),...also in 1080i uncompressed.

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Egypt’s National Association For Chan...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
06 Mar 2013

Story: Egypt’s National Association for Change will boycott elections

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 5, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 5, 2013
Length: 00:01:24
Video Size: 69.7 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Pan left shot of the banner of the National Association for Change
2. Medium shot of all attendees standing a minute of silence for the souls of the martyrs in the beginning of the press conference
3. Various shots of speakers and attendees during the press conference
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed Khamis, a coordinator of the National Association for Change:
“The National Association for Change announces that it will boycott the upcoming comic parliamentary elections. The blood of our sons is more precious than running behind acrobatic seats in the new parliament.” 5. Medium shot of attendees during the press conference along with cameramen filming during the conference
6. Medium shot of Hamada el-Kashef, spokesman of the Revolutionary Youth Union speaking during the conference
7. Close up shot of one of the attendees taking notes during the conference
8. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Hamada el-Kashef, spokesman of the Revolutionary Youth Union:
“The Revolutionary Youth Union officially announces that it will boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections with the consensus among all its members and its executive offices in Egypt’s different governorates. This decision is made to correct the track of the revolution. Actually, the regime of the Muslim Brotherhood lost its legitimacy after killing protestors and ignoring all the revolutionary demands in the political scene.” 9. Various shots of speakers and attendees during the conference

STORYLINE:

Egypt’s National Association for Change (NAC) announced on Tuesday, March 5, that it will boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to be held on April 22.

The NAC calls for a widespread boycott of the upcoming parliamentary elections in order to fight for the rights of those killed and injured by government forces during recent clashes.

The NAC described the electoral process of being comic during which the competing will be for "acrobatics" seats, pointing out that participation in the elections will be continuation of the series of deception practiced by the Muslim Brotherhood under the banner of fake democracy.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed Khamis, a coordinator of the National Association for Change:
“The National Association for Change announces that it will boycott the upcoming comic parliamentary elections. The blood of our sons is more precious than running behind acrobatic seats in the new parliament.”

The NAC accused the elections also of being a trap that would pave the way for the establishment of a religious fascist state.

Earlier on Friday, the NAC declared that Morsi lost legitimacy after he violated the independence of the judiciary with his 22 November Constitutional Declaration, and further lost his credibility after his administration was involved with the abduction, torture and killing of protesters.

Spokesman of the Revolutionary Youth Union, Hamada el-Kashef attended the conference and declared that the union won’t participate at the parliamentary elections. They hold President Mohamed Morsi and his group the responsibility of violence used by security forces against protestors.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Hamada el-Kashef, spokesman of the Revolutionary Youth Union:
“The Revolutionary Youth Union officially announces that it will boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections with the consensus among all its members and its executive offices in Egypt’s different governorates. This decision is made to correct the track of the revolution. Actually, the regime of the Muslim Brotherhood lost its legitimacy after killing protestors and ignoring all the revolutionary demands in the political scene.”

The NAC decision to boycott came after the president refused to respond to the Nour Party’s initiative to reconcile with opposition political forces, or the National Salvation Front’s demands to dismiss the Cabinet, form a neutral body to monitor the elections, dismiss the prosecutor general and dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood, the statement continued.

The upcoming parliamentary elections will take place over four phases, starting on April 22.

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Thousands attend funeral of Egyptians...
Port Said, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
04 Mar 2013

Thousands of residents of the Suez Canal city of Port Said in eastern Egypt rallied Monday, March 4, in a funeral procession for two men killed during clashes with security forces the day before.
Mourners gathered outside a city mosque and performed prayers for the dead Monday. They then began processions carrying the coffins one after another to the cemetery, chanting, "The martyr is the beloved of God".
Mourners chanted against the interior ministry as well as the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which President Mohamed Morsi hails.
Port Said was revisited by violence on Saturday but the clashes in the city between protesters and police turned deadly on Sunday after 39 defendants in the Port Said Trial were transferred out of Port Said on Sunday morning.
Police fired intense rounds of teargas throughout the day at demonstrators who opposed an interior ministry decision to transfer 39 prisoners from Port Said to Wadi Natroun prison in Beheira governorate, on the other side of the Nile Delta.
Keeping the defendants in Port Said is a popular demand among the city’s residents.
The prisoners are detained on charges related to the violence at Port Said stadium in February 2012, when over 70 Ahly football club fans were killed.
Sunday's clashes also led to the death of another civilian and two police conscripts, according to the health ministry. Over 400 were injured, according to ministry sources.
This comes ahead of the expected second phase of the Port Said trial scheduled for 9 March, where the 52 remaining defendants out of the total 73 will be issued verdicts. Twenty-one defendants were issued with death sentences in the first set of verdicts.
Thousands of Port Said residents have been conducting a campaign of civil disobedience during the past two weeks to protest marginalization policies at the hands of the central government and to demand justice for those killed in recent clashes.
Several media outlets gave conflicting reports of police and army soldiers exchanging fire at the end of the tense day. Egyptian armed forces official Spokesperson Colonel Ahmed Ali denied the reports on social networks.
Military police deployed to secure the gathering. Many people have responded to a popular campaign to collect signatures to delegate the army with managing the affairs of the state.

STORY: Thousands attend funeral of Egyptians killed in Port Said clashes

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 4, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 4, 2013
Length: 0:01:41
Video Size: 83.4 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Zoom out shot of mourners of Port Said victims shouting against the Interior Ministry
  2. Pan left shot of mourners carrying coffin of one of Egyptians killed in clashes with security forces at Port Said yesterday and shouting "the martyr is the beloved of God"
  3. Various shots of mourners chanting, "the martyr is the beloved of God" and other statements against Morsi
  4. Various shots of mourners during the funeral of civilians killed in clashes
  5. Close up shot of a woman wearing black clothes and standing in the funeral of the victims
  6. Various shots of women participating in the funeral of the victims and saying statements against President Morsi
  7. Medium shot of a veiled woman saying to President Morsi “If you know how to read, so you have to read the history of Port Said, the city of resistance.
  8. Various shots of mourners walking in the funeral of the victims including army officials with Quran is hearing in the background
  9. Various shots of mourners in the funeral along with army vehicles walking in the funeral
  10. Tilt down shot of the paper distributed to people in Port Said by a popular campaign to collect signatures to delegate the army with managing the affairs of Port Said
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Kenyan Elections: The voting process
Nairobi, kenya
By fahruq
04 Mar 2013

Voting at Uhuru Gardens Polling Station on the morning of the Kenyan Elections 4th March 2013

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Egypt’s Salafist Nour Party to run in...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
26 Feb 2013

The Salafist Nour Party decided on Monday, February 25, to participate in the parliamentary elections of Egypt’s House of Representatives in April amid calls for boycott, but added that the government must ensure that the elections are free and fair.

The party calls on all Egypt’s political forces to participate in the elections.

In a press conference, Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa said that there is a need for "clear and sufficient guarantees for the integrity and transparency of the election”, saying this requires certain ministries administrative bodies and crews assisting judges to be neutral.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa:
“Nour Party will participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections in order to complete the building of all the country’s political institutions as well as to solve the entire disasters that we are facing now. The Nour Party calls on all other political forces and coalitions to participate in the elections.”

Zarqa added that Nour Party will only form alliances with parties that have the same Islamic frame of reference.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa:
“Nour Party will form an electoral alliance only with parties with an Islamic reference. We all have to cooperate and unite to push our dear country Egypt to move forward. We all have to cooperate in the reconstruction of Egypt.”

On the other hand, several figures of the opposition have voiced their intention to boycott the parliamentary elections, including founder of the Constitution Party Mohamed ElBaradei who described the coming parliamentary poll as an act of "deception."

Egypt's parliamentary elections, previously scheduled to begin on 27 April, have been brought forward to start on 22 April, after Coptic Christians said that the original dates conflicted with Christian holidays, including Easter.

The first round of voting will be held on 22 and 23 April and will take place in Cairo, Beheira, El-Minya, Port Said and North Sinai. If runoffs are necessary, they will take place on 29 and 30 April. The house is expected to hold its first session on 2 July.

The Nour Party, established after the January 25 revolution, won the second most seats in parliamentary elections held at the end of 2011 after the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: February 25, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: February 25, 2013
Length: 00:02:00
Video Size: 98.6 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Close up shot of the banner of Egypt’s Salafist Nour Party
2. Wide shot of the press conference held by the party to announce participation in the upcoming parliamentary elections
3. Zoom in shot of Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa speaking during the press conference while Galal El-Morra, secretary-general of Nour Party standing beside him
4. Various shots of the press conference
5. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa:
“Nour Party will participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections in order to complete the building of all the country’s political institutions as well as to solve the entire disasters that we are facing now. The Nour Party calls on all other political forces and coalitions to participate in the elections.” 6. Various shots of speaker and attendees during the press conference
7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa:
“Nour Party will form an electoral alliance only with parties with an Islamic reference. We all have to cooperate and unite to push our dear country Egypt to move forward. We all have to cooperate in the reconstruction of Egypt.” 8. Various shots of speaker and attendees during the press conference
9. Medium shot of the banner of the Salafist Nour Party

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Authority for the Promotion of Virtue
Aleppo, Syria
By salem_rizk
26 Feb 2013

At times appearing beneath a banner with the name "The Islamic Front for the Liberation of Syria," a man referred to as Abu Sulayman introduces "The Committee for the Protection of Virtue and Defense of the Oppressed." The name of this committee is similar to that of the police that enforce Sharia Law in Saudi Arabia, called, "The Committee for the Protection of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice." In his statement, Mr. Sulayman describes the provision of aid and the provision of security and policing as two core aspects of the committee's mission. Following his statement are a series of brief interviews, including people seeking assistance from the committee as well as a member of the committee apparently interacting with one of their detainees in a temporary holding cell.

Partial transcription below. Full transcription, including time code, is available on request.

[Transcript from the video statement]: We are members of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Defense of the Oppressed. We work primarily on security and policing. Our security arm operates throughout all of the liberated areas. As everyone knows, many violations and crimes have occurred and are occurring at the hands of both civilians and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

God willing, we will now be able to provide security by utilizing our committee's Islamic civilian police force so that we might stand against all criminals and violators who would damage public or private property. As far as our security and policing operations in the liberated areas, we go on patrols, set up checkpoints and send committee forces to provide the security and curb theft and other transgressions.

We always seek peaceful solutions, especially when it involves any armed groups (FSA members), by sending respected religious authorities to resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner. If this approach does not succeed, then we use force to arrest the offending party, whether it is an individual or a group. The offender is then brought to our Sharia Law Committee.

As mentioned, our work in this committee is multi-faceted, and includes providing assistance to those in need. The aid side is a very important aspect of our work.

[Excerpts from the interviews]:


[A civilian woman]: I have come here because my children are hungry and I am hungry, and we have been for the past 3 months; and for 3 months they have been promising assistance, and I haven't seen anything. My cousin came here asking for a house and they haven't provided her with one.

[Mr. Sulayman, speaking to one of the religious authorities, apparently also on the committee]: "To avoid the temptation that a woman living alone can introduce in the community, we need to provide this woman with a home."

[Mr. Sulayman, speaking to the same woman, who has approached the committee for housing assistance]: "Take care of your home (don't break sharia law), be a good muslim, keep your children with you, and we will provide you with a house."

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Saving the Egyptian economy conferenc...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
24 Feb 2013

Story: Saving the Egyptian economy conference in Cairo

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: February 23, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: February 23, 2013
Length: 0:01:45
Video Size: 86.8 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Pan left shot of the banner of the conference of saving the Egyptian economy
  2. Medium of the speakers heading to start the conference
  3. Wide shot of the conference
  4. Medium shot of head of Egypt’s Ghad Al-Thawra Party, Ayman Nour
  5. Medium shot of Hassan Rateb, Egyptian businessman speaking during the conference `
  6. Medium shot of attendees during the conference
  7. Medium shot of Ex-presidential Adviser Salafi Dr. Khaled Alam El-Din speaking during the conference
  8. Medium shot of attendees during the conference
  9. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Ex-presidential Adviser Salafi Dr. Khaled Alam El-Din:
    “All our people hold us a great responsibility that requires from us to unite, cooperate and leave all our political disputes in order to save the Egyptian economy which we all recognize its deteriorating state.”
  10. Various shots of the conference
  11. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - head of Egypt’s Ghad Al-Thawra Party, Ayman Nour:
    “We have to think in the interests of Egypt away from all political disputes. We have to think in how to save Egypt and its revolution which some people believe that it is the reason behind their deteriorating state. Egypt still has wise and honorable people who are able to direct their efforts to save the Egyptian economy.”
  12. Various shots of the conference

STORYLINE:

Egypt’s liberal opposition Ghad Al-Thawra Party in cooperation with Salafist Nour Party and Faculty of Commerce held a meeting on Saturday, February 23 dubbed “Saving the Egyptian economy”.

Ex-presidential Adviser Salafi Dr. Khaled Alam El-Din said during his opening speech that the Egyptian economy crisis affects every child, woman, family breadwinner and even unemployed youth, adding that the deteriorating state of the economy is obvious to everyone.

Alam El-Din added that Nour Party seeks to bring future economic vision based on the green economy and investment in the fields of waste recycling, the creation of biofuels, protectorates protection projects, and the use of wastewater in agriculture forest wood.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Ex-presidential Adviser Salafi Dr. Khaled Alam El-Din:
“All our people hold us a great responsibility that requires from us to unite, cooperate and leave all our political disputes in order to save the Egyptian economy which we all recognize its deteriorating state.”

They also aim to offer a forward looking strategy towards securing a better future for the Egyptian economy.

He stressed that all Egypt’s political forces should unite, collaborate and leave the political disputes in order to save the Egyptian economy, which is on a danger state.

For his part, head of Egypt’s Ghad Al-Thawra Party, Ayman Nour said that burning the party's headquarters yesterday evening is a clear message that there are people who do not want such a conference to be held, because it discusses the challenges and prospects for the future of the Egyptian economy.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - head of Egypt’s Ghad Al-Thawra Party, Ayman Nour:
“We have to think in the interests of Egypt away from all political disputes. We have to think in how to save Egypt and its revolution which some people believe that it is the reason behind their deteriorating state. Egypt still has wise and honorable people who are able to direct their efforts to save the Egyptian economy.”

Earlier on Friday, headquarters of Ghad Al-Thawra Party was torched by masked men, shortly after party founder Ayman Nour had said he wouldn't mind taking up a leadership position if invited by Egypt President Mohamed Morsi.

Egypt’s former PM Dr. Ali Lutfi, stressed the importance of solidarity among all people and government to save the Egyptian economy, proposing a voluntary initiative that rich people and businessmen in Egypt to donate 1600 LE, through a fund called "Recovery of support" to be established by the Ministry of Finance.
The conference was held at Ain Shames University in Cairo with the participation of at least 15 political parties.

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Egypt’s Economy grew only 2.2% in 2nd...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
22 Feb 2013

Story: Egypt’s Economy grew only 2.2% in 2nd quarter of 2012/13

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: February 21, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: February 21, 2013
Length: 0:02:03
Video Size: 101 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of attendees during the press conference of Egypt’s Planning Minister and International Cooperation held at the headquarters of the ministry
2- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“We are targeting at the end of the current fiscal year 2012/13 an economical growth of no less than 3 percent. We need to meet this target to achieve economic growth rate that exceeds 3 percent in the second half of the year.” 3- Various shots of attendees during the conference
4- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“Actually, the current economic situation is much more difficult even than it was after the revolution hence, we need to put all our political disputes aside. We need to reach a political consensus to overcome this difficult phase that the Egyptian economy is facing and to move forward.” 5- Various shots of the press conference
6- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“God willing, we expect to invite the IMF technical delegation within days and we will show you in details of the axes which the national program include that we will present to the IMF.” 7- Various shots of the press conference

STORYLINE:

Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby said on Thursday, February 21, in a press conference that the Egyptian economy grew only 2.2 percent in 2nd quarter of 2012/13, representing a 15.3 percent decrease on the previous quarter.

Al-Araby said that the first half of fiscal year 2012/13 (July-December) saw economic growth of 2.4 percent, which had been 0.1 percent lower than expected.

He said that the government is targeting economic growth of no less than 3 percent in the current fiscal year.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“We are targeting at the end of the current fiscal year 2012/13 an economical growth of no less than 3 percent. We need to meet this target to achieve economic growth rate that exceeds 3 percent in the second half of the year.”

He said that foreign investment in Egypt was almost non-existent in the six months to the end of December, illustrating the depth of the economic crisis that Egypt is facing.

He added that the country needed strong investment to reach the 7 percent annual economic growth rate commonly cited by economists as the level needed to lower unemployment and soak up new entrants to the labour market.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“Actually, the current economic situation is much more difficult even than it was after the revolution hence, we need to put all our political disputes aside. We need to reach a political consensus to overcome this difficult phase that the Egyptian economy is facing and to move forward.”

The Egyptian government plans within one week to invite an International Monetary Fund mission for talks, al-Araby said on Thursday.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“God willing, we expect to invite the IMF technical delegation within days and we will show you in details of the axes which the national program include that we will present to the IMF.”

Egypt reached an initial agreement with the IMF on the loan agreement in November but postponed final ratification in December because of political unrest at the time.

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