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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
19 Feb 2014

Since the lobby of the hotel was occupied, employees sign each day for the start and end of shifts.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
17 Feb 2014

The hotel has hosted many famous "international" personalities which descended on Sarajevo with the intention of rebuilding the country. After the international engagement in Bosnia ended the fortunes of the hotel started to change.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
16 Feb 2014

Designed by the famous Bosnian architect, Ivan Straus, and built in 1982-1983, the Holiday Inn remains aesthetically and historically the most interesting building in Sarajevo. The building’s exterior became a source of controversy because its yellow-ocher and brown color contrasted markedly with the rest of the surrounding architecture.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
16 Feb 2014

Employees remain every day of the occupation to guard areas of the hotel lobby.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
16 Feb 2014

Expecting news that seems to never arrive in the Hotel Lobby. The restaurant and bar are temporarily out of management and the only active rooms are the service rooms.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
16 Feb 2014

The kitchens of the hotel are blocked, but supplies of food are still present in refrigerators, ready for a recovery. The accounts and bills of the last orders are still being processed now, put on hold by the protests.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
16 Feb 2014

Administrative part of the kitchen at the Holiday Inn. The accounts and bills of the last orders are stopped to the protest of the employees.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
15 Feb 2014

Snjezana Bojovic, a graduate in medicine works at the Holiday Inn as head of the bar. She, like many other workers in the hotel, has little hope in an optimal resolution of the privatization problem.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
15 Feb 2014

Privatization and the failure to pay salaries has triggered a protest by all employees who once numbered 280, and are now only 140.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
15 Feb 2014

Sajma Gugula, Mevlida Bekto and Sefka Topalov are waitresses. All three have worked at the Holiday Inn for about thirty years, and are currently without pay for four months.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
15 Feb 2014

Aziz Cosovic, born in 1973, has been employed at the Holiday Inn for about ten years and has gone without pay for four months.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
15 Feb 2014

Since the lobby of the hotel was occupied, employees sign each day for the start and end of shifts.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
15 Feb 2014

The iconic hotel was built for the Olympic Games, and has had a front row seat to the tumultuous events that have characterized Bosnia for the last 30 years. Here, the areas of the dining room are seen empty.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
14 Feb 2014

The Holiday Inn Cafe was sold to a third party after the privatization process and therefore does not participate in the protests of the employees, thus remaining open to the public.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
14 Feb 2014

Mario, receptionis of the hotel, shows a photograph made in wartime.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
13 Feb 2014

Some areas of the hotel have been bought by third parties. A casino has taken the place of the hotel's dining room.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
13 Feb 2014

One of the 144 employees at Holiday deceives the time. Waiting for a response from the government.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
12 Feb 2014

Throughout the siege, the hotel has never stopped working to preserve a semblance of normality. "It was hard to be professional in such dangerous circumstances. We did what we could to maintain a decent level of service," says Mario, receptionist at the Hotel.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
12 Feb 2014

In 2003 the property was sold by the Austrian Government to a company 'Alpha Baumanagement' for 22.8 million euro. Through privatization of the Hotel the state has also sold the legal actions of employees (54%), who are awaiting trial at the court of the Canton of Sarajevo for a compensation of about 25 thousand Bosnian marks.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
11 Feb 2014

Mario Franjevic lost invested shares during the privatization process with the Austrian company and has been taking part in the protests inside the lobby of the hotel. He does not believe in a resolution to the problem.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
11 Feb 2014

With the end of a war, the entire international engagement in Bosnia was reduced to superficial changes such as privatization, which took place for the Holiday Inn in 2000 as it did for many other companies. This trend destabilized the country and intensified the impact of the global economic crisis that today is crippling the system.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
11 Feb 2014

After occupying the lobby of the hotel stopping service, except for allowing the last remaining customers to complete their stay, the employees demand their past-due wages.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
11 Feb 2014

Of its 10 floors, the hotel now counts only 8 active. The others were sold to third parties after privatization.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
11 Feb 2014

In 2013 the hotel lost the license of international chain and became only "Holiday." Despite the name change, for the majority of the citizens of Sarajevo and those who are familiar with the landmarks of the city, it is simply The Holiday Inn.

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Holiday Inn Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
11 Feb 2014

Mario Franjevic, 54, was born in Sarajevo has worked at the Holiday Inn for thirty years as a waiter and then as a receptionist. He has not received government grants for three years, and has not received the monthly salary for four months. He is situated on a side of the famous "Sniper Alley," which was stormed during the war years.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
10 Feb 2014

A source of pride for the Sarajeviti, it played an active role in the events related to the war that spread throughout the country between 1992 and 1995 . The difficult bureaucratic apparatus of the Canton of Sarajevo and the privatization of the Hotel led to a protest by employees.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
10 Feb 2014

In the hotel are not executed maintenance work. the skeleton of this hotel counts all the signs of aging.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
10 Feb 2014

“The hotel has a real story and this is what sets us apart from our competitors,” says Mario, the hotel receptionist.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
09 Feb 2014

Since 2013, the Hotel has lost the license of the international chain 'Holiday Inn,' changing its name to only 'Holiday,' and finds itself now faced with an uncertain future in an increasingly competitive market

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Talib...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2013

Sijban village is located deep in the Swat Valley, which was ruled by the Taliban before a military operation by Pakistani army restored peace in the area.

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Thousands protest nationwide against...
Cairo, Egypt
By Transterra Egypt
01 Dec 2012

Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets in various governorates Friday to denounce the constitutional declaration issued on 22 November, as well as the final draft of the constitution approved by the Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly.

Protesters say President Mohamed Morsy’s decrees grant him unprecedented powers and make him a new dictator. They say the constitution was approved hastily and without the consensus of different political and social powers.

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Egypt’s Constitutional Court Rejects ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
16 Oct 2012

The head of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) Judge Maher al-Beheiry held a press conference on Tuesday, October 16, where he announced that the court rejects all constitutional draft articles concerning its powers.

Al-Beheiry described the position appointed to the court by the constituent assembly, which is drafting Egypt’s new constitution, as a setback and clear intervention in the court's affairs.

He added that the draft constitution represents an attempt to interfere in the affairs of the Constitutional Court, which is independent and above interference.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Judge Maher al-Beheiry, Head of Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC):
“The Supreme Constitutional Court was surprised that its regulating articles in the draft constitution were contrary to what the SCC recommended, which leads to its lack of independency required for it to do its duty and takes away major specializations of the SCC that are indispensable.”

Al-Beheiry said that the SCC general assembly would be in permanent session until the articles, which he described as threatening to the independence of the court, are amended.

For her part, SCC vice-chief Tahany al-Gebaly, Egypt’s first and only female judge, stressed the necessity of guarantees for the independence of the constitutional judiciary in the new constitution.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Judge Tahany al-Gebaly, SCC vice-chairman:
“In order to treat the first draft of the constitution through the Constituent Assembly, if it remains, the SCC due to its historical responsibilities gives its opinion before all Egyptians and those concerned with the future of Egypt regarding guarantees of the independence of constitutional judiciary and its ability to perform its role.”

According to Article 184 in the draft constitution, the court can examine proposed bills, regulating presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections, but it also stipulates that bills are immune from any judicial scrutiny once approved by the parliament.

On Wednesday, Egypt's constituent assembly released its first official draft constitution.

Earlier in June, the SCC withdrew its representatives from the constituent assembly to maintain a neutral stance.

The SCC ruled in June that the law that regulated last year's parliamentary elections was unconstitutional which led to the dissolution of the People's Assembly (the lower house of Egypt's parliament), which had appointed the Constituent Assembly's 100 members.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 16, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: October 16, 2012
Length: 0:01:44
Video Size: 85.7 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Pan left/tilt down external shot of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court headquarters
2. Various shots of the press conference, attendees
3. Various shots of Head of Egypt’s Constitutional Court judge Maher al-Beheiry speaking during the press conference
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Judge Maher al-Beheiry, Head of Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC):
“The Supreme Constitutional Court was surprised that its regulating articles in the draft constitution were contrary to what the SCC recommended, which leads to its lack of independency required for it to do its duty and takes away major specializations of the SCC that are indispensable.”
5. Various shots of the press conference
6. Medium shot of Judge Tahany al-Gebaly, SCC vice-chairman during the press conference
7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Judge Tahany al-Gebaly, SCC vice-chairman:
“In order to treat the first draft constitution through the Constituent Assembly, if it remains, the SCC due to its historical responsibilities gives its opinion before all Egyptians and those concerned with the future of Egypt regarding guarantees of the independency of constitutional judiciary and its ability to perform its role.” 8. Various shots of the press conference
9. Various external shots of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

Head teacher Gul Khandana prays with her students in a girl primary school.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

Gul Khandana, a head teacher at Sijban girls primary school in Swat Valley attends morning assembly with her students.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

Head teacher Gul Khandana inspects morning assembly at her girls primary school. Th village of Sijban and surrounding areas were under Taliban rule for a short period before Pakistani army operations began.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

A girl prays during a morning school assembly at her primary school in the village Sijban, Swat Valley, Afghanistan.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

Gul Khandana, the school's headmistress, with her students. Khanadana helped save the school from destruction at hands of Taliban during their short rule.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

Gul Khandana along with her husband resisted pressure from Taliban to stop teaching at the girls school during their rule. She refused to give in to the threats and continued her work.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

Gul Khandana in her office in girls primary school in village Sijban, Swat. Gul Khandana resisted the effort by local Taliban to burn down the girls school.