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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

“Selling Your Country For Personal Gain” President Ma is accused of taking a short-termist approach that benefits only him and various mega-rich cronies at expense of the integrity of the nation and the freedom of the people. The last Chinese character also contains a joke about deer antlers. Ma Ying-Jeou recently became a laughing stock for apparently suggesting that antlers are the hair that grows out from a deer’s ears.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

"(Even if you) 1. Blacken our names in the media. 2. Threaten us with gangsters. 3. Block our communication. 4. Cut off our electricity — We will let the whole world know you suck" The sign highlights the ruling KMT's attempts to label the student protestors as an irresponsible mob and the Kuomintang's previous infamy for using hired things against the people. He vows that even if they tried to silence the protestors by cutting communications they will let the whole world know what they are up to.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

The vast majority of those voicing the initial dissent over the government's handling of the Cross Strait Service Trade Agreement were young, educated and very peaceful people.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

“Against the Under the Table Agreement” – “Protect Taiwan”. Many are worried that Taiwan's national security will come under threat if their economy becomes flooded with communist government backed Chinese investment.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

"Save Democracy" - "God Bless Taiwan" Democracy was hard won in Taiwan; protestors fear being slowly absorbed into China and their democratic rights being stripped away.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

“Courses can be flunked, but democracy must not die” Student protestors answer calls from KMT officials for the students occupying the Legislative Yuan to 'go back home and get on with their studies'. Their point is that they are fighting for something far more important for their lives and futures than even their education; they are fighting for their democracy and freedom of speech.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

“I’m a Taiwanese person, I’m against the under-the-table deal” Previously, many people in Taiwan considered themselves both Taiwanese and Chinese (though, not communist Chinese). Now, the majority of people, especially the young, identify themselves as only Taiwanese.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

"If We Don't Rise Up Today, We Won't Be Able To Rise Up Tomorrow" This young protestor echoes the fears of many in his country. The Kuomintang may have brutalised Taiwan's people during the period of martial law 1949-1987, but they are now the elected government of a democratic country - a fact which some jibe President Ma has forgotten - life in Taiwan now in general is very peaceful, people have the freedom to speak out about politics and can express themselves. It is the prospect of a future under the jurisdiction of the Chinese communists that really frightens people here. At this point in time, peaceful protests such as the Sunflower Movement are tolerated in Taiwan; the President has to face public chastisement for ordering riot police to thuggishly remove young protesters from sit-in demonstrations; and eventually, his party will also have to seek re-election. No such recourse exists within China's regime however, and with the horrors of the Tiananmen Square crackdown still fresh in peoples minds, many demonstrators fear this could be their last chance to stand up for their freedom.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

This young man in Kaohsiung's sign reads “Down With The Black Box Deal”, black box meaning an under-the-table or backroom agreement. President Ma was criticised for ramming through the CSSTA Taiwan-China trade bill without bipartisan discussion; hence, it has been labelled a secretive and suspect agreement.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

“F**k the Under the Table Agreement" Young protestors in Taiwan are angry at President Ma's handling of the controversial Cross Strait Service Trade Agreement.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

Sunflower Movement protestors have occupied the Legislative Yuan for over two weeks now. Others, mainly students and some older citizens have joined in, camping out in areas surrounding the parliament. This young protestor urges stamina. Don't sleep, don't stop the civil disobedience until we get justice.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

This young protestor with striking colourful contact lenses is vows to let the world know what the sunflower movement means.

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Kurdish YPG Rebels in Syria
Syria
By Mais Istanbuli
15 Jul 2013

In northern Syria near the city of Ras al-Ayn, young Kurds have been prepared for battle at the Kurdish People’s Defense Forces (YPG) training camp. Here, teenagers and young adults are trained to conduct guerilla warfare against any threatening enemy. They have also been educated and inspired by the philosophies of Abdullah Ocalan, who is one of the founding members of militant organization the Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK). Unlike the typical Syrian opposition fighter, these trainees are fighting for a democratic society based on Marxist-Leninist philosophies. Most YPG soldiers believe that after President Bashar al-Assad falls, an all-out war against every faction involved is imminent.

One young female, Ahsi, said on her first day of training for the Kurdish Women Defense Forces, "'We train to defend ourselves. We never attack. We do not want FSA/Nusra forces here. We also don't want Assad's forces. We just want to be free."

Training of these young rebels came in before recent fighting in the city where the Islamist fighters were pushed out of Ras al-Ayn by Kurdish forces on July 17.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupation
Athens, Greece
By Mais Istanbuli
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster ERT occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. Thousands of citizens showed their solidarity guarding the headquarters from police intervention.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster ERT occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. ERT has been broadcasting for more than 75 years and was not silenced even during WW2 or the Greek Junta.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster ERT occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. As a reply to the government, unions went on a 24hour general strike in solidarity with ERT employees.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster ERT occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. As a reply to the government, unions went on a 24hour general strike in solidarity with ERT employees.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster, ERT, occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. Thousands of citizens showed their solidarity guarding the headquarters from police intervention. There is no signal broadcasted from the antennas on ERT's headquarters.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster, ERT, occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. Thousands of citizens showed their solidarity securing the headquarters from police intervention as for them, ERT's closure is a matter of democracy.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster, ERT, occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. ERT's logo seen through a banner.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster, ERT, occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. Thousands of citizens showed their solidarity guarding the headquarters from police intervention.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster, ERT, occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. Thousands of citizens showed their solidarity guarding the headquarters from police intervention.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster, ERT, occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. Thousands of citizens showed their solidarity guarding the headquarters from police intervention. Protesters waved flags and shouted slogans accusing the govenment of a fascist act.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster, ERT, occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. Thousands of citizens showed their solidarity guarding the headquarters from police intervention. Pictured a microphone, during speeches about ERT's future.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster, ERT, occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. Thousands of citizens showed their solidarity guarding the headquarters from police intervention.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster, ERT, occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. Thousands of citizens showed their solidarity guarding the headquarters from police intervention. Pictured, ERT's main entrance.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster, ERT, occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. Thousands of citizens showed their solidarity guarding the headquarters from police intervention.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster, ERT, occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. Thousands of citizens showed their solidarity guarding the headquarters from police intervention.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster ERT occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. Thousands of citizens showed their solidarity guarding the headquarters from police intervention. A placard on ERT's fence reading, "fire PM Samaras, instead of ERT's employees".

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster ERT occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. Thousands of citizens showed their solidarity guarding the headquarters from police intervention. An employee is seen watching the crowds gathered to show their solidarity.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster ERT occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. Thousands of citizens showed their solidarity guarding the headquarters from police intervention. People shouted slogans requesting the restoring of ERT's signal.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster ERT occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. Thousands of citizens showed their solidarity guarding the headquarters from police intervention.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster ERT occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. Thousands of citizens showed their solidarity guarding the headquarters from police intervention. Pictured, the control room of one of ERT's studios.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster, ERT, occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. Thousands of citizens showed their solidarity guarding the headquarters from police intervention. Pictured, a man walking in a corridor in ERT's headquarters.

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With Pigs And Blood (7 of 8)
Nairobi, Kenya
By marukophoto
14 May 2013

Armed Kenyan police officers stand at the Kenya’s Parliament entrance.

Kenyan protesters march in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on May 14, 2013, as they protested a scheme by Kenya's new Members of Parliament to increase their salaries from US$ 6,333 to US$ 10,119. Kenyan demonstrators released dozens of piglets at the gates of parliament and poured blood on the entrance today to protest demands by newly elected lawmakers for a wage hike. Police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters and beat others. PHOTO/TOM MARUKO

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Pakistan's General Elections 2013 ( 2...
Lahore,Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
10 May 2013

Pakistani soldiers keep watch at the state-run Printing Corporation of Pakistan before being transported to polling stations for the upcoming parliamentary elections. Pakistan will elect its new government for the next five years on May 11.

The election of the national and four provincial assemblies will mark the first time a civilian government has completed a full term in a country that was once ruled by the military.

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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.

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  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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Pakistan's General Elections 2013
Lahore, Pakistan
By U.S. Editor
09 May 2013

Pakistan's parliamentary elections are due to be held on May 11, 2013. Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehrik- e- Insaf (PTI) and Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League (PMLN) have been campaigning intensely the past several weeks before the election polls open.

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Protests in Malaysia against alleged ...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By FirstName LastName
09 May 2013

Malaysian protestors defy police ban to rally against election results

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Protests in Malaysia against alleged ...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By FirstName LastName
09 May 2013

Umbrellas in the rain at opposition rally

Malaysian protestors defy police ban to rally against election results
Thousands of protestors risked arrest to attend a rally to protest against what opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, has called “the worst electoral fraud” in Malaysia’s history.