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The Palestinian National Security Force
Jericho
By Ibrahim Husseini
02 May 2015

May 2, 2015
Palestine, West Bank

The Palestinian National Security Force put on a display of its tactical abilities at a public event in Jericho on May 2, 2015.

The contributor of this video provided the following description of the event:

“The Palestinian Authority is very interested in conveying a positive image to the Palestinian public about its security forces. This is to counter an ever increasing negative perception among ordinary Palestinians towards the PA for coordinating on security matters with the Israelis.

The PA wanted to show us through experience what it is like to be a member of the NSF.They wanted us to know full well, and to tell the world, that their men and women are well disciplined, conditioned and motivated to carry orders when given.

However what struck me the most is the moral of the men and women and their motivation. They see themselves as a nucleus of a regular Palestinian army and not just a mere special force to carry on an arrest. One member of the NSF alluded to the second Intifada and at the time when the Israeli army stormed the center of Ramallah and laid seige on the Presidential compound where Arafat was taking residence. It was as if he was saying this won't happen again. There was also a feeling of bitterness and resentment over the Israeli army incursions into Palestinian towns and cities.
Members of the NSF speak of themselves as if they were a border force in charge of defending borders of Palestine. Of course we cannot help but ask ourselves where do these borders lie.

I asked the Colonel in charge of media affairs about challenges. His reply was the "Israeli occupation" as the most direct challenge and obstacle to advance this force. He cited restrictions on procuring technology and equipment. To make a point about the various restrictions the Colonel talked about donors' refusal to fund a canine unit and how this unit was founded despite lack of funding.”

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100 Dogs 16
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
By Antonio Franco
15 Mar 2015

One of Edina Ferreira Prado's many dogs clamors for attention. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 03-16-2015.

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Valparaíso Fire Emergency Animal Shel...
Chile, Valparaíso
By Transterra Editor
13 Apr 2014

A dog with the name "Laura" written in green marker on a piece of athletic tape across her forehead is fed by an emergency vet.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (6 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

A guard dog, of the breed "Caucasian Shepherd", named Basar. The dog smells the scent of saboteurs approaching the post and immediately starts barking, alarming the soldiers in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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Tea Estates in Mozambique (6 of 13)
Mozambique
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
14 Jun 2013

Lowme village people working and living among the tea fields.

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Heroes For The Strays (29 of 30)
Alor Star, Malaysia
By syahrin
15 Mar 2013

Mak Intan is checking on one of the dogs who have save her from drowning at the near by river

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Heroes For The Strays (13 of 30)
Alor Star, Malaysia
By syahrin
14 Mar 2013

Pak Mie is resting after whole day of working at the Shelter

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Heroes For The Strays (28 of 30)
Alor Star, Malaysia
By syahrin
14 Mar 2013

stray dogs at the animal shelter is eating the foods

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (13 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

A stray dog scavenges in the garbage in the slum.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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Middle-distance Sled Dog Race 12
Russia, Petrozavodsk
By Yury Goldenshtein
19 Jan 2013

Sled dog sits in the driver's seat of a car during the International Middle-distance Sled Dog Race 'On the land of Sampo' in Praja village.

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Middle-distance Sled Dog Race 10
Russia, Petrozavodsk
By Yury Goldenshtein
18 Jan 2013

Sled dog resting during the The international Middle-distance Sled Dog Race (the world cup) "On the land of Sampo" in Praja village.

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Middle-distance Sled Dog Race 8
Russia, Petrozavodsk
By Yury Goldenshtein
18 Jan 2013

Sled dogs having rest during the The international Middle-distance Sled Dog Race (the world cup) "On the land of Sampo" in Praja village.

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early morning
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
23 Nov 2012

A side street in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.

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NuJiang (9 of 25)
FuGong, Yunnan, China
By Teo Butturini
09 Aug 2012

A street view of the town of FuGong, as seen from a mini-bus. Fugong, at the center of the NuJiang Valley, is one of the main inhabited areas. Above this town the road gets dicey, especially with bad weather, because of the frequent landslides.

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A protest dog during Mayday protests
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
01 May 2012

A protest dog, often seen during demonstrations, carries a placard with ironic messages. Although media have often presented Greeks as lazy people, this has been disproved by many official European reports. In fact, wages go down and working hours increase, as many big companies refuse to pay for overtime and social security.

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Kurdish Nomads (22 of 27)
Idil, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
11 May 2011

A shepherd dog and donkey are among the animals belonging to the a nomadic Kurdish family that migrates around Southeastern Turkey during the spring, summer and fall seasons in order to graze sheep and goats. PHOTO BY JODI HILTON

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Lebanon – From North to South (11 of 20)
Lebanon
By Matias & Jorgo
04 Apr 2010

From Walk of Causes – the web series where we walked across Lebanon. Previously published on the blog 2famous.TV

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What a Trip! Cycling from Germany to ...
Germany, Tschech Republik, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore
By Maximilian Semsch
02 May 2008

In 2008 Maximilian Semsch at the age of 24 cycled from Munich to Singapore to find out more about himself and to go on a real adventure, as life must be more than just working. He did the journey all by himself, without the help of a professional camera team. As there was no one to talk to, his camera became his best friend during the trip. His journey started in May 2008 in his hometown Munich. His route took him through Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine into Russia and further on to Kazakhstan. Semsch then did hit rock bottom, as he was refused a visa and couldn't enter China. After days of consideration he did decide to skip China and flew to Thailand. His route through south-east Asia took him from Thailand to Cambodia back into Thailand and via Malaysia he finally reached Singapore, after 211 days and 13.500km on his bike. Semsch recorded everything on his trip. The nice and helpful people he bumped into, drinking vodka in Russia with complete strangers and its aftermath of a hangover the next day but he also tells about his fight against loneliness, heat and extreme headwind. He always does it in a very personal way that gives the audience the feeling of sitting on the back of his bike.