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Viome, a self-management factory in T...
thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

Before the beginning of the international crisis, Viome were a factory in Thessaloniki with around 80 workers. The factory produced chemical products for the construction sector, owned by Philippou family. The main company of the Philippou's group, Philkeram-Johnson S.A, were in bankrupt in 2011 and the consequences for Viome were immediately adverse. After institutional meetings without a clear solution, the workers decide to re-take the factory and the production. In September 2012, after a 48hours strike, the workers start to discuss the idea of self-management, and the 97% of workers vote for it.

After the occupation of the factory, on 12 February 2013, the workers started the self-management production, selling cleaning products. A huge solidarity movement support the workers, with national and international inititatives to promote and diffuse the "Viome way", where now workers control the factory, without any owner.

Around 40 people work in Viome, with a basic wage for everyone and 8 hours working time 5 days a week. The general assembly decide the main question and a weekly meeting discuss he more operative aspects. "At the beginning was difficult, but we are sure that our situation is gonna be better, even better than before the crisis", said a worker of Viome. Economic crisis and bad decision from the Viome's leadership, contribute to the difficult situation of the factory, with with the probable dismissal of around 80 workers.

Since the workers have retake the factory, they've started a new production of cleaning products, looking for a sustainable and ethical production, including workers rights and a big challenge: spread the idea that workers create everything, and the have to take bake what they onw, in any cities and countries around the world.

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Viome 16
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

Workers inside Viome attending the visit of Naomi Klein.

The workers of Vio.Me., a building materials factory in Thessaloniki, Greece, which was abandoned by its owners, have been unpaid since May 2011. By decision of their general assembly they have decided to occupy the factory and operate it under direct democratic workers’ control. After a year-long struggle that has attracted attention and solidarity in Greece and worldwide, they are kick-starting production on February 12, 2013, after 3 days of intense mobilization.

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Viome 9
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

"It's all about workers. The workers create everything, they have to take back what the own", said a Viome's worker.

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President Morsi and Iranian Foreign M...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
18 Sep 2012

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi held talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Tuesday, September 18, in Cairo, where they addressed Egyptian-Iranian bilateral relations as well as various regional issues including the Syrian crisis.

The meeting was attended by Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel.

Iran is part of the four-member “contact group” initiative to solve the Syrian issue; the initiative was called for by President Morsi and it includes Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, though Saudi representatives missed Monday’s meeting in Cairo.

Iran is a strong supporter of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, while Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia demand that the Syrian regime step down.

Story: President Morsi and Iranian FM Discuss Bilateral Relations and Syrian Crisis
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: September 18, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: September 18, 2012
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of the meeting of President Mohamed Morsi with Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, attended by Egyptian FM Mohamed Kamel Amr
2. Wide shot, Egyptian Presidency headquarters in Cairo

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SPEAKING OF SYRIA - Editor's Picks 1...
Syria
By Editor's Picks
17 Sep 2012

In meetings and press conferences, everyone is talking about Syria and discussing possible solutions to the ongoing crisis. Egyptian President Morsi, along with Foreign Minister Kamel Amr, held talks with the Iranian, Turkish and French Foreign Ministers, touching on the increasing number of refugees, the fate of Bashar Al Assad and the "contact group," consisting of Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia who have both influence and interest in the outcome of the crisis in Syria. Talks also gravitated toward the recent film on youtube that insulted the Prophet Mohammed and sparked massive protests among enraged Muslim communities.

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Foreign Ministers from Egypt, Turkey ...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
17 Sep 2012

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi met in Cairo on Monday evening, September 17, over the Syrian crisis.

The meeting was part of the “contact group” initiative called for by Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi and composed of Egypt, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

The three Foreign Ministers agreed to continue their talks in New York on the sidelines of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly that will open on September 18 until September 28.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr:
“Today, we discussed a group of ideas and principles generally that are supposed to contribute to reaching a solution for the tragic situation in Syria and putting an end to the bloodshed. We agreed to continue our consultations and we decided to hold our next meeting in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings.”

SOUNDBITE 2 (English) – Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu:
“We have decided to come together to consult and to try to develop a common perspective for the future of our region as well as for the future of Syria, of course as this is the issue. What we observed today is that there are certain principles we agree on, but there are certain differences in opinions as you may expect. And we also have an ultimate objective to have a strong Syria.”

Egypt’s Foreign Minister said that Saudi Arabia, which attended the preliminary activities, missed the meeting due to other commitments, while analysts believe that Saudi Arabia might have refrained due to disagreement with Iran that supports the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi:
“The common principles are more than the disagreements. Everyone stressed the necessity to find a peaceful solution, especially the influential countries in the region, Egypt, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia. They have a big role and they could come up with a recommendation that we hope in the end will give a satisfactory result to all.”

Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia call the Syrian regime to step down while Iran is Al-Assad’s main ally and it accuses certain courtiers such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey of attempting to assist those who want to topple the Syrian regime.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: September 17, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: September 17, 2012
Length: 0:02:53
Video Size: 142 MB
Language: Arabic and English
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SHOTLIST:
1. Wide overview shot, Cairo and the River Nile at night
2. Various shots of the meeting of Egypt, Turkey, Iran FMs at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo
3. Pan right, the three FMs heading to the press conference after the meeting
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr:
“Today, we discussed a group of ideas and principles generally that are supposed to contribute to reaching a solution for the tragic situation in Syria and putting an end to the bloodshed. We agreed to continue our consultations and we decided to hold our next meeting in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings.” 5. SOUNDBITE 2 (English) – Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu:
“We have decided to come together to consult and to try to develop a common perspective for the future of our region as well as for the future of Syria, of course as this is the issue. What we observed today is that there are certain principles we agree on, but there are also differences in opinion as you may expect. And we also have an ultimate objective to have a strong Syria.”
6. Various shots of the three FMs speaking during the press conference
7. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi:
“The common principles are more than the disagreements. Everyone stressed the necessity to find a peaceful solution, especially the influential countries in the region, Egypt, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia. They have a big role and they could come up with a recommendation that we hope in the end that will give a satisfactory result to all.”
8. Various shots of the three FMs leaving after the press conference

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Swiss FM Meets with Lebanese Official...
Baabda Presidential Palace, Baabda, Lebanon
By U.S. Editor
27 Jul 2012

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman met on Friday, July 27, with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter at the Baabda Presidential Palace where they held talks over bilateral relations between the two countries and the latest developments regarding the situation in the Middle East.

Burkhalter voiced his country’s support for Lebanon and Suleiman’s efforts to maintain stability and prevent regional events, especially Syrian ones, from negatively affecting Lebanon.

Both Suleiman and Burkhalter said it was important for democratic change to be achieved away from violence.

On the other hand, Swiss FM Didier Burkhalter met with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri where the Syrian issue was the focus of their meeting.

Burkhalter stressed his country’s support for the political solution in Syria as the only way to end the ongoing massacre.

SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter:
“The situation in Syria, Switzerland has always said that only a political solution is important to find a way without a lot of suffering. A lot of suffering has existed in the last month and two days and one more day with suffering. We want to say very clearly that a peaceful political solution must be inclusive.” Burkhalter hailed Suleiman’s call for dialogue among the Lebanese leadership and different political groups.

Furthermore Burkhalter met with his Lebanese counterpart Adnan Mansour where they discussed common issues between the two countries.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: July 27, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: July 27, 2012
Length: 0:01:58
Video Size: 116 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of Lebanese President Michel Suleiman meeting with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter
2. Various shots of the meeting and the attendees
3. Various shots of Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri meeting with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter
4. Various shots of the meeting
5. Various shots of Burkhalter speaking during a press conference after meeting with Lebanese senior officials
6. SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter:
“The situation in Syria, Switzerland has always said that only a political solution is important to find a way without a lot of suffering. A lot of suffering had been existed in the last month and two days and one more day with suffering. We want to say very clearly that a peace political solution must be inclusive.” 7. Various shots of Burkhalter meeting with Lebanese FM Adnan Mansour
8. Various shots of the meeting

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Egyptian Activists Meet Russian Ambas...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
20 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 19, 2012

Russia's Ambassador to Egypt Serge Kerbetchenko met on Monday, March 19, with members of the Egyptian initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution comprising political figures, party leaders and and parliamentarians and they held talks over the Russian position on the Syrian crisis.

The initiative members demanded Russian pressure on the Syrian regime to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

Russia's Ambassador Kerbetchenko said his country is keen on putting an end to the Syrian crisis and it works with the UN and the Arab League for a political solution for the issue.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Ibrahim Nawar, Democratic Front Party leader:
"Members of the Egyptian initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution demanded that the Russian government practice pressures on the regime of Bashar al-Assad to stop the bloodshed and protect the civilians in Syria. In fact, the reply that the Egyptian delegation got from the Russian Ambassador reaffirmed Russia's keenness on putting an end to the bloodshed in Syria."

Kerbetchenko affirmed that Russia supports Kofi Annan's mission at Syria, criticizing the Arab countries for withdrawing the monitoring mission and seeking military interference in Syria.

He revealed that Russia has previously pressured the Syrian government to sign the Arab League protocol to allow the monitoring mission and has recently encouraged the Syrian government to cooperate with Annan to end the ongoing violence.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Ibrahim Nawar, Democratic Front Party leader:
"The reply Annan got from the Syrian regime in the beginning was disappointing. The Russian Ambassador said that Moscow practiced pressures on the Syrian regime to change this response. Ambassador Kerbetchenko said that the Syrian regime's modified reply has already been sent to Mr. Kofi Annan and he's currently studying it."

UN and Arab League special envoy to Syria, former UN Chief Kofi Annan, started his mission in Syria on Saturday, March 8, and he described the initial response of the Syrian regime as "disappointing".

Russian Ambassador to Egypt said Russian pressure was why Annan received a more encouraging reply from Al-Assad's regime later on.

Annan sent a team of five UN experts to Syria on Monday, March 18, to work on the Syrian crisis.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 19, 2012 [and archive]
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 19, 2012
Length: 0:02:43
Video Size: 134 MB
Language: Arabic
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1- Wide external shot of the Russian Embassy in Cairo
2- Medium shot, the Russian flag at the the Russian Embassy in Cairo
3- Close up, a sign at the Russian Embassy in Cairo reading "Embassy of the Russian Federation"
4- Various shots of the meeting of members of the Egyptian Initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution and Russian Ambassador to Cairo Serge Kerbetchenko
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Ibrahim Nawar, Democratic Front Party leader:
"Members of the Egyptian initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution demanded that the Russian government practice pressures on the regime of Bashar al-Assad to stop the bloodshed and protect the civilians in Syria. In fact, the reply that the Egyptian delegation got from the Russian Ambassador reaffirmed Russia's keenness on putting an end to the bloodshed in Syria." 6- Various shots of the meeting
7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Ibrahim Nawar, Democratic Front Party leader:
"The reply Annan got from the Syrian regime in the beginning was disappointing. The Russian Ambassador said that Moscow practiced pressures on the Syrian regime to change this response. Ambassador Kerbetchenko said that the Syrian regime's modified reply has already been sent to Mr. Kofi Annan and he's currently studying it." 8- Pan right, Former UN Chief and UN-AL Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan entering the Arab League headquarters in Cairo (Archive, March 8)
9- Various shots of the meeting of Annan with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby (Archive, March 8)
10- Long shot, Annan and Al-Araby heading to a joint press conference after the meeting (Archive, March 8)
11- Medium shot, reporters at the press conference (Archive, March 8)
12- Medium shot, Annan speaking during the press conference (Archive, March 8)
13- Wide external shot (low angle), the Arab League headquarters in Cairo