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Fighting for Human Rights in Lebanon
Beirut
By Cherine Yazbeck
10 Dec 2014

Beirut, Lebanon
December 9, 2014

The world will celebrate the International Day for Human Rights on December 10 this year while human rights in Lebanon are notoriously bad. Lebanon prides itself that Lebanese philosopher Charles Malik was the official rapporteur for the United Nation’s Commission on Human Rights in 1948, which drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
According to Lebanese psychoanalyst and human rights activist Reina Milad Sarkis, the government should create a ministry for human rights to put an end to abuses against women and other human rights violations.
Nisrine Rouhana, a Lebanese mother of two, was the victim of a gruesome murder.
Her husband is accused of abducting her and taking her to a remote area where he killed her and dumped her body in a forest.
According to Nisrine’s family, her husband had beaten her for 15 years and killed her when she took legal action against him.
Nisrine’s case fuelled a heated debate in Lebanon about the need for stricter laws to limit violence against women. In the past two years, Lebanese media shed the light on several similar cases in which married women are believed to be killed by their husbands following a history of domestic abuse.
Female migrant domestic workers in Lebanon are also widely abused and suffer circumstances that are akin to slavery.
Sarkis believes that there is need for a radical solution to end violence against women in Lebanon; the government should act on legal and cultural levels to change women’s dim reality and provide citizens and residents of Lebanon with basic rights.

Shot List

1 Wide of Reina Milad Sarkis entering room.
2 Close up of Reina Milad Sarkis’s face.
3 Various of Reina Milad Sarkis.

4 SOUNDBITE (French) Reina Milad Sarkis, psychoanalyst and human rights activist (Woman)

“Lebanon adheres to human rights values and the International Human Rights Charter -- Lebanon has participated in drafting and signing it. Lebanon would like to present itself to the region [Middle East] as a country that holds the values of tolerance and freedom; all the values that are included in the Human Rights Charter. “Human rights are about dignity of citizens and all residents in a given country – the right of movement, the freedom of belief, etc. “Being in a region like the Middle East, I believe that Lebanon is – in theory – a country that would like to carry certain values. “Unfortunately, since the 1950s – precisely in 1948 – circumstances did not allow reconciliation between what Lebanon pretends to be and what it really is. “Women are beaten every day. There are scandals in the news that are beyond imagination. Women are beaten by abusive husbands. There are women who die and their husbands, literally, [gets] away with murder. “Women are not protected as they should be. There are also scandals about foreign [domestic] workers], accusations of slavery. This cannot be tolerated. “Things are going from bad to worst, the situation is becoming worst. These values are disintegrating and there is a real change, which is very dangerous. “I think that the Lebanese government, which is notoriously absent from this issue, should fill its role and create a symbolic and efficient space to take care of human rights in this country – hence comes the idea of creating a human rights ministry. “We have victims and even with the presence of NGOs the situation [has not changed]. The biggest absent is the government. The situation is deteriorating and there is a really terrifying wave of violence, horror, and atrocity. “We are at a point where we should choose – either we give up and say there is nothing we could do and we let go any of hope, or we try –perhaps as a last attempt – to do something; there might me something that we could save. Human rights are not a luxury… it is not secondary. It is something extremely basic. It means having the right to eat when you are hungry; it is the right to go to school; and to receive treatment. “The government should give these basic things to its citizens so that they would be able to worry about other things. “When we reach the point where there is an extremism that presents itself as religious – a moralizing extremism that is very oppressive; when this phenomenon becomes the norm; when we are shocked when someone tries to do something for human rights, I think there is a real problem.

“There is a distortion of conception (…).There is a degeneration, an erosion that is taking place with time. There is a lack of a state of law. There are peculiar mentalities. “It is true that individual rights are complicated by religion and tradition, but it is not at all a question of Shiite –Sunni [divide]. “Nisrine is a woman who was abused during 20 years of married life, beaten every day, and ended up being killed by her husband. We still do not know if her husband will receive the punishment he deserves – probably not. It will not of the same proportion as of the crimes’. This woman was not protected; she could not resort to a law that could protect her. She is a Christian woman, married to a Christian, her kids are Christian and her family is Christian. “I think there is a real problem when it comes to laws. They need to be [reformed], more honest, a little less hypocrite, and a little more realistic. “I do not think that these problems are because of ISIS. There is an urgent need for reforms. “On the other hand, Lebanon has many good laws; laws that are humane but not applied because of mentalities that are changing for the worse. NGOs were able to push things a little, but they do not have any authority. They cannot draft and issue laws.”

5 Wide of women in the street.
6 SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sally Rizk, Social worker from Caritas (Woman)
“What I notice the most is that wages [of foreign domestic workers] are not paid. Other cases include beating , physical harm and rape.” 7 SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Unnamed foreign domestic worker (Woman)
“I came to Lebanon two years ago. My boss was not good to me (…) she did not pay me or give me food. Whenever I asked for money to send it to Bangladesh, she used to beat me up and say that my work was not good, even though I worked hard. “They would let me to sleep only at 11 pm or midnight and then wake me up at 5 am or 4:30 am. They didn't give me anything. They didn't allow me to talk with another girl. They did not allow me to leave home.”

8 SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sally Rizk, Social worker from Caritas (Woman)

“We receive girls [foreign domestic workers], calm them down and talk to them. We fill in a social file and then refer them to the legal department. We cooperate with General Security and courts if necessary. “As you saw, that girl was not paid. The General Security conducts an investigation with the sponsor. In some cases [the worker] gets her rights through the General Security or in other cases we have to resort to a lawyer to file a lawsuit.”

9 Wide of Syrian refugees in Lebanon protesting their treatment.
10 Wide of people playing sports in Beirut.
11 Wide of Ashura procession.
12 Wide of mosque in Beirut.

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'Consumer Protection' in the Islamic ...
Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
08 Nov 2014

November 9, 2014
Raqqa, 2014

The Islamic State "Control and Inspection Office" is one of the most active governing ministries in Raqqa. This footage shows members of the ministry searching for expired or spoiled products and products subject to poor storage in the stores and warehouses of Raqqa. The products are then confiscated and destroyed in public.

Other active Islamic State public offices in Raqqa include the Traffic Police Office and the Islamic Services Office.

Shot List:

-Ministry employee finishing his work in the office

-Ministry workers parading in the streets of Raqqa

-Ministry officers fining shop owners for having poor or expired products in their stores.

-One of the shop owners (interviewed) talks about the fining process: either they sign a commitment (pledge paper) or their shop will be sealed with red wax for several days.

-Products are taken to a public square in Raqqa, where Hisbah [Islamic State enforcers] men destroy a small amount of these products in front of the citizens, and the larger amount is taken to the dumpsite.

Speakers:

(00:08) Abu Al Bara’, worker at the Control and Inspection Office: The office was established in the city of Raqqa, and it is divided into two departments: the first is the most important department, the “Health Control Office”. Its main task is to monitor the markets and control the goods in the shops. This division fines shop owners and the case is referred to the court in order to take the right decision. The second division is the “Meat Department”. It is responsible for monitoring all kinds of meat in the State. This department punishes those who slaughter [their animals] outside a slaughterhouse (00:45).

(01:33) Abu Ahmad, a shop owner: Al hamdulillah [Thank god], the Islamic State established the Control and Inspection Office, and it has played a good role. He who defrauds is not one of us من غش فليس منا [Islamic Saying]. However sometimes, the shop owner unwittingly forgets some products on the shelves, and other times, other shoppers do it on purpose, but God punishes them. They usually warn the owners the first time, and then they destroy their products if they repeat.

(02:27) Abu Qahtan, one of the Hisbah men: Bismillah ir-Rahmanir-Rahim [In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate], this is the Control and Inspection Office of the Islamic State. We seized large amounts of spoiled or expired products and products that were subject to poor storage. [This includes] food to beauty products. These products were seized in the shops of the Raqqa market, [and are valued at] approximately 2,000,000 SYP (11979.66 USD). We will destroy them now in front of everyone in this public square (03:12).

This footage was shot by a contributor who had clearance from the Islamic State to film in Raqqa. The footage was reviewed and approved by the Islamic State before being released.

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Protest at Interior Ministry Circle i...
Amman, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
14 Nov 2012

A pro-government demonstrator holds Jordan's flag in front of a photo of King Abdullah II in the Interior Ministry Circle in Amman on November 14 in the early morning. Hours before, protestors tried to tear down this photo before being blocked by riot police. Hundreds of police numbered among the thousands of protestors that called for freedom, democracy, and even chanted for the fall of the regime.

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Protest at Interior Ministry Circle i...
Amman, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
14 Nov 2012

On November 14 in the early morning, protestors who were spurred to gather by the rise of fuel prices in Jordan, stood in front of riot police in the Interior Ministry Circle in Amman. Hundreds of police numbered among the thousands of protestors that called for freedom, democracy, and even chanted for the fall of the regime as they waved flags, signs and burned paper bags.

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Protest at Interior Ministry Circle i...
Amman, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
14 Nov 2012

On November 14 in the early morning, protestors gathered at the Interior Ministry Circle in Amman, Jordan, spurred by the rise of fuel prices country-wide. Hundreds of riot police surrounded the demonstrators, even from bridges above, who called for, among other things, the fall of the regime.

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PROTEST AT THE INTERIOR MINISTRY- AMMAN
Amman, Jordan
By Mais Istanbuli
14 Nov 2012

On November 14 in the early morning, protestors who were spurred to gather by the rise of fuel prices in Jordan, move to face off against riot police in the Interior Ministry Circle in Amman. Two hours before, demonstrators had attempted to tear down this photo of King Abdullah before they were blocked. Hundreds of police numbered among the thousands of protestors that called for freedom, democracy, and even chanted for the fall of the regime.

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Protest at Interior Ministry Circle i...
Amman, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
14 Nov 2012

On November 14 in the early morning, thousands of protestors gathered to protest the rise of fuel prices in Jordan at the Interior Ministry Circle in Amman. People pulled down tree branches to start fires in the surrounding area outside the circle to ward off the cold.

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Protest at Interior Ministry Circle i...
Amman, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
14 Nov 2012

On November 14 in the early morning, thousands of protestors, including some families, gathered at Interior Ministry Circle in Amman to protest the rise in fuel prices. Dozens of fires were started to ward off the cold, and despite the unrest, there was a festive air at the demonstration.

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Protest at Interior Ministry Circle i...
Amman, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
14 Nov 2012

On November 14 in the early morning, thousands of protestors, including some families, gathered at Interior Ministry Circle in Amman, Jordan to protest the rise in fuel prices. Dozens of fires were started to ward off the cold, and despite the unrest, there was a festive air at the demonstration. These men were singing and dancing as the protestors chanted nearby.

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Protest at Interior Ministry Circle i...
Amman, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
13 Nov 2012

On November 14 in the early morning, protestors who were spurred to gather by the rise of fuel prices in Jordan, stood in front of riot police in the Interior Ministry Circle in Amman. Hundreds of police numbered among the thousands of protestors that called for freedom, democracy, and even chanted for the fall of the regime.

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Protest at Interior Ministry Circle i...
Amman, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
13 Nov 2012

On November 14 in the early morning, protestors who were spurred to gather by the rise of fuel prices in Jordan, move to face off against riot police in the Interior Ministry Circle in Amman. Two hours before, demonstrators had attempted to tear down this photo of King Abdullah before they were blocked. Hundreds of police numbered among the thousands of protestors that called for freedom, democracy, and even chanted for the fall of the regime.

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Georgian Dream rally in Tbilisi
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
27 May 2012

In the spring 2012, before the Parliamentary elections, political coalition Georgian Dream led by Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili launched its election campaign with a rally in the center of Georgian capital - Tbilisi

Political leaders, activists and supporters of the coalition started gathering at three separate locations of Tbilisi. They began marching towards the Freedom Square where a stage was installed for the rally. While waiting for their leader Bidzina Ivanishvili, several political leaders of coalition addressed the rally.

After the victory of the political coalition Georgian Dream in the Parliamentary elections Bidzina Ivanishvili became the Prime Minister of Georgia. Many participants of that rally became the members of the Cabinet. Irakli Alasania became the Minister of Defense of Georgia, Maia Panjikidze – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tinatin Khidasheli and David Saganelidze became members of Georgian Parliament.

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Georgian Dream rally in Tbilisi (8 of...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
27 May 2012

In the spring 2012, before the Parliamentary elections, political coalition Georgian Dream led by Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili launched its election campaign with a rally in the center of Georgian capital - Tbilisi

Political leaders, activists and supporters of the coalition started gathering at three separate locations of Tbilisi. They began marching towards the Freedom Square where a stage was installed for the rally. While waiting for their leader Bidzina Ivanishvili, several political leaders of coalition addressed the rally.

After the victory of the political coalition Georgian Dream in the Parliamentary elections Bidzina Ivanishvili became the Prime Minister of Georgia. Many participants of that rally became the members of the Cabinet. Irakli Alasania became the Minister of Defense of Georgia, Maia Panjikidze – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tinatin Khidasheli and David Saganelidze became members of Georgian Parliament.

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Georgian Dream rally in Tbilisi (7 of...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
27 May 2012

In the spring 2012, before the Parliamentary elections, political coalition Georgian Dream led by Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili launched its election campaign with a rally in the center of Georgian capital - Tbilisi

Political leaders, activists and supporters of the coalition started gathering at three separate locations of Tbilisi. They began marching towards the Freedom Square where a stage was installed for the rally. While waiting for their leader Bidzina Ivanishvili, several political leaders of coalition addressed the rally.

After the victory of the political coalition Georgian Dream in the Parliamentary elections Bidzina Ivanishvili became the Prime Minister of Georgia. Many participants of that rally became the members of the Cabinet. Irakli Alasania became the Minister of Defense of Georgia, Maia Panjikidze – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tinatin Khidasheli and David Saganelidze became members of Georgian Parliament.

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Georgian Dream rally in Tbilisi (6 of...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
27 May 2012

In the spring 2012, before the Parliamentary elections, political coalition Georgian Dream led by Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili launched its election campaign with a rally in the center of Georgian capital - Tbilisi

Political leaders, activists and supporters of the coalition started gathering at three separate locations of Tbilisi. They began marching towards the Freedom Square where a stage was installed for the rally. While waiting for their leader Bidzina Ivanishvili, several political leaders of coalition addressed the rally.

After the victory of the political coalition Georgian Dream in the Parliamentary elections Bidzina Ivanishvili became the Prime Minister of Georgia. Many participants of that rally became the members of the Cabinet. Irakli Alasania became the Minister of Defense of Georgia, Maia Panjikidze – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tinatin Khidasheli and David Saganelidze became members of Georgian Parliament.

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Georgian Dream rally in Tbilisi (5 of...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
27 May 2012

In the spring 2012, before the Parliamentary elections, political coalition Georgian Dream led by Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili launched its election campaign with a rally in the center of Georgian capital - Tbilisi

Political leaders, activists and supporters of the coalition started gathering at three separate locations of Tbilisi. They began marching towards the Freedom Square where a stage was installed for the rally. While waiting for their leader Bidzina Ivanishvili, several political leaders of coalition addressed the rally.

After the victory of the political coalition Georgian Dream in the Parliamentary elections Bidzina Ivanishvili became the Prime Minister of Georgia. Many participants of that rally became the members of the Cabinet. Irakli Alasania became the Minister of Defense of Georgia, Maia Panjikidze – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tinatin Khidasheli and David Saganelidze became members of Georgian Parliament.

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Georgian Dream rally in Tbilisi (1 of...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
27 May 2012

In the spring 2012, before the Parliamentary elections, political coalition Georgian Dream led by Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili launched its election campaign with a rally in the center of Georgian capital - Tbilisi

Political leaders, activists and supporters of the coalition started gathering at three separate locations of Tbilisi. They began marching towards the Freedom Square where a stage was installed for the rally. While waiting for their leader Bidzina Ivanishvili, several political leaders of coalition addressed the rally.

After the victory of the political coalition Georgian Dream in the Parliamentary elections Bidzina Ivanishvili became the Prime Minister of Georgia. Many participants of that rally became the members of the Cabinet. Irakli Alasania became the Minister of Defense of Georgia, Maia Panjikidze – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tinatin Khidasheli and David Saganelidze became members of Georgian Parliament.

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WHO Regional Office in Cairo Celebrat...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
06 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 5, 2012

The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) in Cairo commemorated World Health Day 2012 on Thursday, April 5, with a conference on "Aging and Health", which is the theme of this year's event, Aging and Health is the theme of this year's event, which has adopting the slogan "Good health adds life to years".

The celebratory event, attended by WHO Regional Director Ala Alwan and Egypt's Minister of Health Fouad Nawawy, aimed at spreading awareness that a person can lead a healthy and productive life even while aging.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Dr. Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director:
"The average lifespan increased by over twenty years, which is a great blessing for which we praise Allah. However, we must observe the requirements of years and prepare with scientific study to respond to aging so that we can achieve the goal of providing life, livelihood and activeness to our years."

During the event, Alwan presented prizes to those people in the media whose submissions in the World Health Day competition showed the best portrayal of aging and health.

For his part, Egypt's Health Minister commended the role played by the WHO in the field of health and its keenness on spreading healthcare awareness among the region's countries.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt's Minister of Health Fouad Nawawy:
"Today's celebration is entitled 'Aging and Health'. We appreciate the role played by WHO, which it will continue to play with the region's countries in the field of health. We also share WHO its interest in aging and health."

The WHO stressed significant social messages on this day, including the principle that aging people are valuable actors in society, that others should make them feel so and take good care of them and that a healthy life at young age leads to a better life at old age.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 5, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 5, 2012
Length: 0:02:23
Video Size: 118 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Various external shots of the headquarters of World Health Organization (WHO) regional office in Cairo
2. Medium shot, banner of the celebration inside the conference hall reading, "The regional celebration of World Health Day 2012 – Ageing and Health"
3. Various shots of the conference , the speakers and the attendees
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Dr. Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director:
"The average lifespan increased by over twenty years, which is a great blessing for which we praise Allah. However, we must observe the requirements of years and prepare with scientific study to respond to aging so that we can achieve the goal of providing life, livelihood and activeness to our years." 5. Close up, a shot from the monitor reading in Arabic, "World Health Organization regional office"
6. Various shots of the attendees
7. Various shots of colorful paintings about aging displayed on the screen
8. Various shots of the conference
9. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt's Minister of Health Fouad Nawawy:
"Today's celebration is entitled 'Ageing and Health'. We appreciate the role played by WHO, which it will continue to play with the region's countries in the field of health. We also share WHO its interest in ageing and health." 10. Various shots of the conference and the attendees
11. Close up, a banner reading in Arabic, "World Health Organization regional office"
12. Medium external shot of the building and a sign reading in Arabic, "Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office"

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Lebanese Social Affairs Minister Says...
Tripoli, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
05 Apr 2012

Beirut, Tripoli, Lebanon | April 4 and 5, 2012

Lebanese Minister of Social Affairs Wael Abu Faour announced Wednesday, April 4, that there are 15,500 Syrian refugees in Lebanon according to the registered numbers at Lebanon's Supreme Commission for Relief and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

Abu Faour stated that the number changes on weekly bases depends on security conditions in Syria, stressing that the issue of Syrian refugees in Lebanon is only a humanitarian issue, not political.

He has earlier requested the Cabinet approval of financial support to the Social Affairs Ministry to develop its centers at some areas of the Syrian refugees.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Minister of Social Affairs Wael Abu Faour:
"The Ministry of Social Affairs does the greatest part of the effort because the Supreme Commission for Relief has neither employees nor centers. The commission has only the fund and the security, but the main effort is done by the Ministry of Social Affairs. All we requested is to enhance the social affairs centers at the areas of Akkar and the northern bordering areas with some capabilities for both the employees and the centers, especially that some centers has recently been subjected to damages and attacks."

On the other hand, Lebanon's charitable institutions, particularly the Zakat (Charity) House which initiated a project for the relief of Syrian refugees, compete with time to improve the deteriorating conditions of the Syrian displaced families in Lebanon.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Employee at the Syrian Refugees Relief Project, Lebanon Zakat House:
"Today, with the instructions of the Zakat House Chairman, we provide a number of material aids to the refugee brothers and sisters who are registered with us. They exceed 700 families."

The Syrians fleeing from the turmoil in their country through their borders with Lebanon is gradually increasing since the uprising started mid-March 2011.

There are about 6,000 Syrian refugees at Al-Biqaa area eastern Lebanon, 1,000 in Beirut and 8,500 at the northern area.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 4 & 5, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut and Tripoli, Lebanon
Publishing Time: April 5, 2012
Length: 0:02:21
Video Size: 116 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of the meeting of Lebanese Minister of Interior, Minister of Social Affairs, Home Security General Director and other Lebanese officials
2- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Minister of Social Affairs Wael Abu Faour:
"The Ministry of Social Affairs does the greatest part of the effort because the Supreme Commission for Relief has neither employees nor centers. The commission has only the fund and the security, but the main effort is done by the Ministry of Social Affairs. All we requested is to enhance the social affairs centers at the areas of Akkar and the northern bordering areas with some capabilities for both the employees and the centers, especially that some centers has recently been subjected to damages and attacks." 3- Various shots of Zakat (Charity) House in Lebanon, the project of relieving Syrian refugees
4- Various shots of women at the Zakat House with bags of clothes to be provided for Syrian refugees
5- Close up, a man carrying a little child
6- Various shots of Syrian women at the counter receiving bags of clothes
7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Employee at the Syrian Refugees Relief Project, Lebanon Zakat House:
"Today, with the instructions of the Zakat House Chairman, we provide a number of material aids to the refugee brothers and sisters who are registered with us. They exceed 700 families." 8- Medium shot, a banner on the wall reading " Zakat House, Lebanon, Syrian Refugees Relief Project
9- Various shots of folded clothes prepared to be provided for Syrian refugees
10- Various shots of Syrian refugees at Lebanese northern borders with Syria
11- Various shots of Syrian refugee families including men, women and children living at impoverished places at the borders
12- Various shots of a Syrian family in Lebanon at their place provided to them by charitable institutions
13- Various shots inside one of the homes provided for a Syrian family and a poor kitchen can be seen
14- Various wide shots of the Lebanese – Syrian borders
15- Wide shot, a truck full of refugees crossing the borders
16- Various shots of tents and temporary places of Syrian refugees in Lebanon at the borders
17- Wide shot, a tank and some soldiers at the Lebanese side of the borders

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Al-Ahly Ultras Sit-in Continues for 9...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
02 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 2, 2012

Hundreds of fans of Al-Ahly football team continued their sit-in for the ninth day on Monday, April 2, at one of the streets leading to the parliament headquarters in Cairo, demanding retaliation for the victims of the recent soccer riots in Port Said that killed at least 74 and wounded hundreds.

Protestors set up dozens of tents in the street, stressing that their sit-in is going on until they get the rights of Al-Ahly fans who were killed in Port Said.

The ultras of Al-Ahly hold the Interior Ministry responsible for the violence, warning officials, whom they believe to be ignoring their demands, of escalation of the issue.

The sit-in started March 25 after a massive march of Al-Ahly fans demanding retaliation for the victims.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 2, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 2, 2012
Length: 0:01:16
Video Size: 63.3 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of passersby at a street with dozens of tens of Al-Ahly ultras sit-in
2- Various shots of the protestors around their tents
3- Long shot, a large cloth board in the street with faces of soccer riot victims drawn on it
4- Various shots of posters of soccer riot victims on the walls of the street with protesters' tents in the background
5- Various shots of some of Al-Ahly ultras eating inside their tents
6- Various shots of protestors cleaning the place around their tents
7- Close shots of "Entry" and "Exit" signs made by the protestors
8- Various shots inside the tents
9- Various shots of the tents in the street

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Egypt Interior Minister Honors Police...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
25 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 25, 2012

Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim handed medals and appreciation certificates to 85 families of 2011 police who have died in a ceremony held on Sunday, March 25, in Cairo.

The Interior Minister commended the national role of the deceased police officers and security men who sacrificed their lives for the security of their nation.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim:
"The state honors the police martyrs by granting them medals, which is considered an appreciation for them and indication of the state's care for them and understanding of their positive national role in confronting the elements of evil that are still spreading corruption. However, we're still persistent on confronting them all until we achieve stability, Allah willing."

On the other hand, Ibrahim reaffirmed complete rejection of the calls for "police purification", represented in demands of dismissals of police leaderships, particularly those believed to be too old or too connected to the former regime.

Ibrahim yet assured that the ministry is undergoing a process of police restructure to enhance the authority's efficiency.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim:
"Police purification is rejected by the leadership, officers and security men of the Ministry of Interior. We're working on the police restructure. We cannot dismiss leadership over night from an authority representing the state's sovereignty and backbone. We said that the officers doing jobs that can be done by civilians could be replaced with civilian and use the officers in security tasks. However, civilians should work under police leadership due to the relevance of their work to security, such as the Passport Authority."

The Interior Minister also talked about the controversial issue of soccer violence in Port Said that killed at least 74 early February and said that Egypt's Football Association (EFA) imposed the slightest sanctions on Port Said's Al-Masry, causing more anger and dissatisfaction of Al-Ahly Ultras, particularly the family members of victims.

He reaffirmed that the police authority is restoring its role and is persistent on maintaining the country's stability.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 25, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 25, 2012
Length: 0:02:50
Video Size: 140 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Medium shot, flag of Egypt and flag with logo of Interior Ministry
2. Medium shot, logo of Interior Ministry
3. Close up, a board with photos of police who have died, reading on top "Police Martyrs 2011"
4. Various shots of Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim handing over medals and certificates of appreciations to family members of police martyrs
5. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim:
"The state honors the police martyrs by granting them medals, which is considered an appreciation for them and indication of the state's care for them and understanding of their positive national role in confronting the elements of evil that are still spreading corruption. However, we're still persistent on confronting them all until we achieve stability, Allah willing."
6. Various shots of the attendees
7. Tilt up, a woman holding a photo of her martyred son
8. Various shots of the attendees
9. Medium shot, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim handing over medals and certificates of appreciations to family members of police martyrs
10. Pan right of the attendees
11. Medium shot, a board with photos of police martyrs
12. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim:
"Police purification is rejected by the leadership, officers and security men of the Ministry of Interior. We're working on the police restructure. We cannot dismiss leadership over night from an authority representing the state's sovereignty and backbone. We said that the officers doing jobs that can be done by civilians could be replaced with civilian and use the officers in security tasks. However, civilians should work under police leadership due to the relevance of their work to security, such as the Passport Authority."
13. Various shots of a press conference held by Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim
14. Various shots of Interior Minister leaving after the press conference

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New Fuel Crisis Hits Egypt's Traffic ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
23 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 23, 2012

Egypt is facing a fuel crisis for the second time since last January as petrol supplies dry up and long queues of cars snaked outside gas stations on the hope of leaving with a full tank amid fears of price hikes.
The queues have brought more traffic to Cairo’s notoriously busy streets, sparking incidents of road rage, according to press reports.
All types of petrol – 80, 90, 92 and the more expensive 95 – are reportedly in short supply. Some petrol stations have resorted to setting a 20-litre limit on all fuel purchases.
The reasons behind the shortage are not clear. Some people see that the government is not clear concerning the issue.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Zein El-Abdeen Abdel-Wahab, owner of gas station:
"There is a gas crisis. The government doesn't tell the truth. One representative needs to stand up and say, there is a problem and it will finish in a day or a week or a month or whatever time. But, the people don't trust the government anymore.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – worker at gas station:
The congestion in the gas stations is what causing the problem. But there are a few stations that don't have gas and that's causing a problem.
The government blames any shortfall on profiteers reselling subsidized fuel on the black market.
Many Egyptians, however, accuse the authorities of trying to cover up what they say is the government's mismanagement of dealing with the crisis.
SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – A man at a gas station:
I see that all the gas stations are stopped. There is no solar no gas all the cars wait from the night until the morning and they don't get gas. This is going to paralyze the whole country. They are paralyzing the country".

SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – A man at a gas station:
"I can't determine the main reason of the crisis. The presence of this many cars show that there is a problem. I don't have the solution. Officials have the solution". Egypt's Minister of Oil Abdallah Ghorab addressed Egypt's parliament lately and denied that there was a problem at the source, saying current shortages were being caused by distributors and lack of confidence by consumers, insisting that gas stocks are sufficient.
Ghorab also noted that the government pumps about 36,000 tons of diesel and 9,000 tons of petrol 80 per day which is enough to meet demands of people.
Minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abul Naga sought to calm fears, telling reporters at a press conference on Wednesday that the government has no intention of raising fuel prices.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 23, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 23, 2012
Length: 0:01:18
Video Size: 64.4 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of traffic in Cairo streets
2- Various shots of cars lined up outside gas stations to get gas
3- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Zein El-Abdeen Abdel-Wahab, owner of gas station:
"There is a gas crisis. The government doesn't tell the truth. One representative needs to stand up and say, there is a problem and it will finish in a day or a week or a month or whatever time. But, the people don't trust the government anymore.
4- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – worker at gas station:
The congestion in the gas stations is what causing the problem. But there are a few stations that don't have gas and that's causing a problem.
5- Pan left shot of people lined up at gas station
6- Medium shot of woman holding jerry cans at gas station
7- Wide shot of cars at gas stations
8- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – A man at a gas station:
I see that all the gas stations are stopped. There is no solar no gas all the cars wait from the night until the morning and they don't get gas. This is going to paralyze the whole country. They are paralyzing the country".
SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – A man at a gas station:
"I can't determine the main reason of the crisis. The presence of this many cars show that there is a problem. I don't have the solution. Officials have the solution". Various shots of signs at the gas station written on it "there are no 90 or 80, "types of petrol" 9- Various shots of cars at gas stations

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Lebanese Authorities Continue Raids o...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
15 Mar 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | March 14, 2012

The Lebanese authorities continue raids on food warehouses over the recent scandal of spoiled food, some of which having more than a year back expiration dates.
Five men are currently facing charges of attempted murder for knowingly processing and distributing spoiled food to the public.
President Michel Suleiman held a meeting Wednesday, March 14, with his ministers including PM Najib Mikati to discuss what he described as a "catastrophic" issue.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Lebanese Information Minister Walid Daouk:
"His Excellency Mr. President opened the meeting session, stressing the horribleness of the issue of spoiled food, with regard to the types and quantities of seized spoiled food, considering the issue catastrophic for threatening the food security of the Lebanese citizens and negatively affecting the reputation of Lebanon."
Suleiman called for merciless penalties for the importers, distributors and dealers of spoiled food.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 14, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: March 14, 2012
Length: 0:01:36
Video Size: 72.5 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
Various shots of Lebanese State Security men raiding meat warehouses
Close up, a red waxed bag of spoiled food with a tag written on it "prohibited for expiration date passage"
Various shots of meet at raided warehouses
Various shots of different kinds of processed meat displayed for sale at one stores
Medium shot, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman heading to a meeting with the cabinet
Various shots of the meeting
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Lebanese Information Minister Walid Daouk:
"His Excellency Mr. President opened the meeting session, stressing the horribleness of the issue of spoiled food, with regard to the types and quantities of seized spoiled food, considering the issue catastrophic for threatening the food security of the Lebanese citizens and negatively affecting the reputation of Lebanon."
Various shots of the press conference after the meeting