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Arab Water Ministers Meeting in Cairo
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
07 Jun 2013

The fifth meeting of the Arab Water Ministers Council held on Thursday, June 6, at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo to discuss various issue mainly water security headed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The UAE Minister of Environment and Water Dr. Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad who chaired the meeting, pointed out that the geographical, economical, social and political conditions to the Arab countries have contributed to the diversity of the pressures and challenges faced by the water resources in the Arab countries.

Bin Fahad stressed the importance to enhance joint Arab action in the field of water because of its strategic importance to the countries of the region.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - UAE Minister of Environment and Water Dr. Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad:
“We are today in the process of putting the structure of the strategic plan of water security in the Arab region. The council further has played an active and effective role in highlighting the water issues in the Arab region in the 6th World Water Forum - Marseille in France. I hope the council would continue its effective role in calling for coordination and good preparation for the next World Water Forum that will be held in Korea, 2015.”

The Arab League Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs Dr. Mohammad bin Ibrahim Al Tuwaijri said that the Arab League’s Technical Committee would discuss a variety of topics, including the follow up of the implementation of the resolutions of the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit, pertaining the strategy of water security in the Arab region to address the challenges and the future requirements for sustainable development.

For his part, the Arab League Chief Nabil al-Arabi, in his speech, said that the major dangers on the Arab water security in particular and the Arab national security in general are the Israeli ambitions in the Arab waters.

He further added that the problem of water in the region has political, legal, and economic and security dimensions that cannot be separated from the nature of the Arab-Israeli conflict which is not over yet.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Arab League Chief Nabil al-Arabi:
“The challenges that the water sector is facing in the Arab countries are numerous and multifarious particularly in the light of the climate changes and the phenomenon of drought which gripping some areas in the world include the Arab region.”

They also discussed during the meeting the strategy of water security in the Arab region and the preparation for an international conference on Arab water in the Arab occupied territories.

The issue of water is now in the limelight at the regional level due to a decision by Ethiopia to build a dam on the River Nile, promoting Egypt to react alarmingly toward the plan due to concern over volume of water reaching Egypt.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: June 6, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: June 6, 2013
Length: 00:02:17
Video Size: 113 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Tilt down shot of the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
2. Medium shot of the logo of the Arab League
3. Various shots of the meeting
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - UAE Minister of Environment and Water Dr. Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad:
“We are today in the process of putting the structure of the strategic plan of water security in the Arab region. The council further has played an active and effective role in highlighting the water issues in the Arab region in the 6th World Water Forum - Marseille in France. I hope the council would continue its effective role in calling for coordination and good preparation for the next World Water Forum that will be held in Korea, 2015.” 5. Various shots of the meeting
6. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Arab League Chief Nabil al-Arabi:
“The challenges that the water sector is facing in the Arab countries are numerous and multifarious particularly in the light of the climate changes and the phenomenon of drought which gripping some areas in the world include the Arab region.” 7. Various shots of the meeting
8. Medium shot of the logo of the Arab League
9. Wide shot of the Arab league headquarters with flags of the participant states

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Egypt’s HCC rules against Shura Counc...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
03 Jun 2013

Egypt’s High Constitutional Court ruled on Sunday, June 2, that the upper house of parliament ‘Shura Council’ and a panel that drafted the new constitution are invalid.

The Court ruled that the law governing the election of independent members of the Islamist-dominated Shura Council, currently holding legislative powers, was illegal.

As a result of the ruling, the Shura Council will be dissolved but the ruling also said that it would not be dissolved until a new House of Representatives, lower house of parliament, is elected.

Both the upper and lower houses were elected under the same electoral law, which the HCC last year deemed invalid, prompting the dissolution of parliament.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Wael Hamdy Al-Saeed, lawyer, filed complaint against the Shura Council:
“The two articles 2 and 8 that governed the election of the Shura Council of law 120, for 1980 and its amendments were the same two articles regulated the elections of the lower house of the parliament which the Constitutional Court ruled on 2012 their unconstitutionality, hence, since this time the Shura Council also was illegal.”

The court also ruled the unconstitutionality of a Law, popularly known as the emergency law. While the law is currently not in effect, the two complaints against it claimed it could be used at any time by authorities to impose a state of emergency.

For his part, Essam El-Erian, vice-chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), said that the Shura Council is currently the only legislative authority and it would continue its duty until the elections of a new parliament.

Muslim Brotherhood lawyer said that the decision to postpone the dissolution was based upon article 230 of the new constitution.

Other Freedom and Justice Party figure said that the Shura Council should approve a new law governs the election of independent MPs to Shura Council before holding a new House of Representatives.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Mahmoud Abou Elenin, Muslim Brotherhood lawyer:
“The fourth item of the verdict postponed the dissolution of the Shura Council until the elections of a new House of Representatives and it is based upon article 230 of the new constitution. The Constitutional Court didn’t base on its decision to postpone the implementation of the verdict on the law of the Constitutional Court but based on the constitution, hence it admits that this constitution is existed.”

The court also ruled the law governing the composition of the Constituent Assembly, the body tasked with drafting Egypt's new constitution, is unconstitutional.

It was not immediately clear whether the ruling on the 100-member constitutional panel would cancel the charter it drafted. The constitution was adopted in a nationwide vote in December. President Mohamed Morsi declared the Constituent Assembly immune from dissolution in a controversial constitutional declaration last November.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: June 2, 2013 + (Archive footage)
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: June 2, 2013
Length: 00:02:12
Video Size: 108 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of the Egypt’s High Constitutional Court
  2. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Wael Hamdy Al-Saeed, lawyer, filed complaint against the Shura Council:
    “The two articles 2 and 8 that governed the election of the Shura Council of law 120, for 1980 and its amendments were the same two articles regulated the elections of the lower house of the parliament which the Constitutional Court ruled on 2012 their unconstitutionality, hence, since this time the Shura Council also was illegal.”
  3. Various external shots of the Shura Council
  4. Various shots of one of the sessions of the Shura Council
  5. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Mahmoud Abou Elenin, Muslim Brotherhood lawyer:
    “The fourth item of the verdict postponed the dissolution of the Shura Council until the elections of a new House of Representatives and it is based upon article 230 of the new constitution. The Constitutional Court didn’t base on its decision to postpone the implementation of the verdict on the law of the Constitutional Court but based on the constitution, hence it admits that this constitution is existed.”
  6. Various shots of the ceremony where President Mohamed Morsi received the new constitution from head of the Constituent Assembly
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Egyptian Court adjourns Al-Khosous tr...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
02 Jun 2013

On Saturday June 1st, Egyptian courts adjourned on the trial of 33 defendants for their involvement in the violence that took place in the town of Al-Khosous, north of Cairo, last April. The violence claimed the lives of seven people, and later sparked further sectarian violence. The trial will resume July 6, 2013.

The case was postponed to hear witnesses for the prosecution and the judge refused the defense’s request to release the defendants on bail.

The public prosecution has accused the defendants of murder, illegal possession of weapons, damage to public and private property, inciting panic and possessing Molotov cocktails.

Though the case is being tried by the Banha Criminal Court, the trial was moved to New Cairo Criminal Court in an attempt to ensure the safety of the accused.

The sectarian violence in Al-Khosous broke out between two families, who happen to be Muslim and Christian in Al-Khosous, north of Cairo after Christian children allegedly painted offensive drawings on the wall of an Islamic institute.

The defense lawyers and relatives of the defendants argue that they are innocent, demanding the formation of a new fact-finding committee.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed Ghareeb, defense lawyer of number of the defendants:
“We would like to say that the state security apparatus still has the same policies like the former regime and they still arrested people from their homes. The defendants were arrested after four or five days of the incident. They do not have any relations with the clashes and they found nothing with them. We ask God to reveal the truth. God willing, they will be announced innocent soon.”

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Brother of one of the defendants:
“We hope that the authorities form a new fact-finding committee to discover the truth and I accept that my brother being tried if they proved that he is not innocent. There must be a transparency in the investigations.”

The clashes resulted in the killing of a Christian by a Muslim, prompting some Muslim residents to seek retribution. The violence resulted in the deaths of six Christians and one Muslim.

The funeral for four of the Christians was held at St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral two days after the violence in Al-Khosous broke out. Following the funeral, unidentified men attacked mourners outside the cathedral, which prompted rock throwing. Some eyewitnesses reported gunshots.

On the other hand, earlier on Thursday north Cairo court ordered the release of seven people who had been arrested for suspected involvement in clashes outside St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo.

The suspects have been released from police custody with bail set at LE 2000 each. Prosecutors, meanwhile, have appealed the release order.

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John Kerry says aid to Egypt depends ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
27 May 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday again urged Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to make concrete progress on economic reforms and human rights, to secure a $4.8 billion International Monetary Fund loan, saying the measures are needed to receive further aid from the U.S. Congress, an American official said.

Kerry met Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi for about an hour on the sidelines of an African Union summit on Saturday, discussing Syria's civil war, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, human rights in Egypt and the country's faltering economy, U.S official said.

Egypt's Islamist-led government has been resistant to introduce the austerity measures needed to win the IMF funding, including raising taxes and cutting fuel subsidies, fearing such painful reforms could provoke social unrest.

However, an IMF deal could help shore up investor and donor concerns after two years of political instability since the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak in early 2011. The instability has depressed tourism, a crucial industry for Egypt.

Last year the IMF reached a deal in principle to provide a $4.8 billion loan to help finance the Egyptian government while it undertakes reforms.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Kerry pointed out that the reforms were necessary to convince American lawmakers to move forward in providing more economic support for the country, which borders US ally Israel.

The official added that Kerry urged Egypt to work and to take actions in order to achieve the reforms now to move towards the requirements to get the IMF package.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: (Archive footage)
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 26, 2013
Length: 00:01:43
Video Size: 85.0 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of President Morsi meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Cairo (Archive)
  2. Various shots of the press conference of Egypt’s PM Hesham Kandil and IMF chief Christine Lagarde in Cairo (Archive)
  3. Various shots of protests in Cairo (Archive)
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Egyptian troops ready to free kidnapp...
Sinai, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
22 May 2013

Story: Egyptian troops ready to free kidnapped soldiers

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 21, 2013
Shooting Location: Sinai, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 21, 2013
Length: 00:01:44
Video Size: 85.4 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of army vehicle movement in Sinai
  2. Various shots of army vehicles
  3. Wide shot of armored vehicle deployed in Sinai, Rafah Crossing border area
  4. Wide shot of the gate of the Rafah Crossing Border closed in protest against the kidnap of the soldiers
  5. Various shots of armored vehicles deployed outside the border
  6. Medium shot of the gate of the border while police closed it and hanging banners at the gate reading (the sit-in will continue until the release of the soldiers)
  7. Various shots of Rafah Crossing Border area
  8. Medium shot of a banner reading (This is a sit-in and not a protest or a vigil)
  9. Various shots of the Rafah Crossing Border while being closed with banners demanding the release of the kidnapped soldiers

STORYLINE:

Egypt’s Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said that the Egyptian security forces are fully ready to implement a plan to release the seven kidnapped soldiers in Sinai.

The minister said in a statement to the Independent Egyptian newspaper al-Watan that they already have sent 30 armored vehicles, 90 battle groups, special police units tasked with special duties (to free the hostages), noting that the armed forces won’t take part in the operation and its role is limited to the siege of the region.

The entrances to the governorate of Sinai also witnessed a heavy security presence.

Security forces managed to identify the area where the kidnapped have been detained, according to the statement.

On the other hand, the Egyptian army intensified its presence in Sinai by sending more troops, getting ready for a possible military operation to release the seven kidnapped soldiers.

A military source in Sinai said troops are ready for launching the military operation for freeing the seven abducted soldiers and that troops were waiting for the zero hour.

The source added that a military operation to free the soldiers is ready, but they are still waiting for the orders of the president.

The special operations troops which have arrived in Sinai earlier are characterized by a high level of training as they contain members of the contingent 777 which is specialized in combating terrorism and the implementation of these operations.

First Undersecretary of Health Ministry in North Sinai Dr. Tareq Khater said the state of emergency was announced in all the governorate hospitals.

The Egyptian presidency said earlier that all options were open in dealing with the kidnappers of the Sinai soldiers and securing their release.

Police stations in North Sinai have announced a strike in support of the Rafah and Ouga crossings and in protest against the continuation of the crisis of the abducted soldiers.

The Rafah crossing with Gaza still closed for a fifth consecutive day on Tuesday. The police said they would not reopen Rafah crossing until their kidnapped colleagues were released.

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Strike over kidnapped soldiers in Sinai
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
21 May 2013

Egyptian security forces continue to block the Rafah Crossing border, which leads to the Gaza Strip, for the fourth day in protest at the recent incident of kidnap.

Seven Egyptian soldiers were kidnapped in the Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, including a member of the armed forces, four port security officers and two state security officers.

The Egyptian police angered by the kidnapping of seven of their colleagues stressed that they won’t open the crossing until the kidnapped soldiers are freed. Security forces at El-Ouga crossing, bordering Israel, began a strike also on Sunday.

The scope of the protests expanded in northern Sinai on Monday after Central Security Forces conscripts at five police stations have gone on strike to demand the release of the Egyptian soldiers kidnapped in the region.

North Sinai Traffic Department workers join the strike against the kidnap.

Egypt's army sent dozens of armored vehicles and personnel carriers across the Suez Canal into North Sinai early on Monday.

Major-General Ahmed Wasfy, commander of Egypt's Second Army (a regional sub-division of the country's armed forces) later arrived in Al-Arish city in northern Sinai with a delegation of military leaders.

The move comes as speculation grows that force could be used to rescue seven Egyptian soldiers kidnapped last week.

President Mohamed Morsi's office released a statement late on Sunday vowing to secure the release of the soldiers swiftly and safely and in a manner that would maintain the state's prestige.

The statement was released after President Morsi met with the Minister of Defense, Minister of Interior, Head of the General Intelligence, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Chief of Operations of the Armed Forces and other army officials.

A security source said the kidnappers have demanded the release of Islamist militants detained for almost two years.

The militants, who allegedly belong to Tawhid wal-Jihad, were convicted of killing five security officers and one civilian during attacks in June/July 2011 on an Al-Arish city police station and a North Sinai branch of the Bank of Alexandria.

Early on Monday, unidentified gunmen stormed an Egyptian security base in the Sinai Peninsula and exchanged gunfire with forces inside the base. The attack did not result in any casualties.

President Morsi said that "all options" remained open to secure the release of the kidnapped soldiers, stressing that Egypt would "not be blackmailed" by the captors.
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 20, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 20, 2013
Length: 00:02:17
Video Size: 113 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of Arish's first police station, North Sinai
  2. Various shots of Central Security Forces conscripts join the strike as a sign of protest against the kidnap
  3. Various shots of Central Security Forces and police vehicles outside the Arish's first police station
  4. Various shots of the North Sinai Traffic Department workers who join the strike against the kidnap
  5. Various shots of President Mohamed Morsi meeting with Minister of Defense, Minister of Interior, Head of the General Intelligence, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Chief of Operations of the Armed Forces and other army officials
  6. Various shots of North of Sinai
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Anti-Morsi Demonstration in Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
17 May 2013

Hundreds of anti-Morsi protestors marched on Friday, May 17, from Mostafa Mahmoud Square to iconic Tahrir Square, in a million-man- march dubbed "Going Back to the Square" in solidarity with the recently-launched 'Rebel' campaign.

'Rebel' is a grassroots movement aimed at registering opposition to President Mohamed Morsi and forcing him to call early presidential elections by collecting as many as 15 million signatures by 30 June. The group says they have already collected 2 million names. The group officially launched on 1 May.

Major demands of the anti-government demonstration include early presidential elections, the release of detained political activists, and a new constitution.

Protestors voice their rejection to Morsi’s economic policies, including the new tax system and the government’s attempts to secure a $4.8bn loan from the International Monetary Fund.

A handful of political parties and movements announced plans to partake in the planned rallies. These include the Constitution Party, the Free Front for Peaceful Change the Free Egyptians Party, April Six Youth Movement and ‘Rebel' campaigners.

Egypt's opposition has grown increasingly discontent with President Mohamed Morsi's attempts to monopolize state institutions and smother dissent. The opposition accuses Morsi of governing only in the interests of his Muslim Brotherhood, while he insists he is the president of all Egyptians.

Since Morsi was elected last June, Egypt has continued to suffer from a serious political and economic crisis, and there have often been frequent clashes, sometimes deadly, between his opponents and supporters.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 17, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 17, 2013
Length: 00:02:18
Video Size: 113 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots for the demonstration
2. Shot for one of the demonstrators while cheering
3. Various shots for the demonstrators holding banners and flags
4. Shot for women cheering from balcony
5. Various shots for the demonstration
6. Various shots for people who distributes ‘Rebel’ applications
7. Shot for a demonstrator holding ‘Rebel’ banner
8. Various shots for citizens signing ‘Rebel’ application
9. Shot a fully-veiled woman cheering against Morsi
10. Various shots for demonstrators
11. Various shots for the demonstration
12. Shot for a banner condemns Morsi’s regime and the Ministry of Interior.
13. Various shots for the demonstration
14. Shot for a woman standing on a stage cheering against Morsi
15. Shot for a banner calling for the removal of Morsi’s regime

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US to provide Lebanon with more than ...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
15 May 2013

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman met on Tuesday, May 14, with Philip Gordon, a special assistant to United States President Barack Obama for Middle East issues.

Gordon announced that the US will be providing the Lebanese government with USD 10 million to be added to the USD 36 million offered as part of a financial assistance package to help the Syrian refugees.

Suleiman and Gordon discussed the relationship between Lebanon and the U.S., regional issues, developments in Syria and the increasing number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, according to the statement.

Gordon, a coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region, praised Suleiman’s role in preserving stability in Lebanon and stressed the importance of holding parliamentary elections scheduled for June, according to a statement issued by Suleiman’ office.

Gordon also condemned Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria, fighting on behalf of the Assad regime, which risks drawing Lebanon into the conflict and is counter to the Lebanese government’s policies,” the statement said.

According to a U.S. Embassy statement, Gordon expressed his country’s grave concern about the situation in Syria and condemned continued shelling of Lebanese territory from Syria.

He called on all parties in the region to avoid any actions that would exacerbate the crisis in Syria, increase the propensity for spillover violence, and negatively affect civilian populations,” the Embassy statement noted.

Gordon said his country urged all international donors to help Lebanon meet their obligations to the refugees.

The Embassy added that Gordon praised Beirut and the generosity of the Lebanese people for hosting and supporting thousands of refugees in Lebanon.

He reiterated Washington’s support for the so-called “Baabda Declaration” and Lebanon’s disassociation policy.

For his part, President Suleiman thanked the United States for its constant support to Lebanon in all the fields.

Gordon also held separate talks with House Speaker Nabih Berri in the presence of U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly.

Gordon said the U.S. would maintain its support for the Lebanese Army in order to enhance the military’s capabilities along the border and inside Lebanon.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 14, 2013
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: May 14, 2013
Length: 00:01:23
Video Size: 42.3 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of the Presidential Palace where the meeting was held
  2. Various shots of meeting of Lebanese President Michel Suleiman with Philip Gordon, a special assistant to United States President Barack Obama for Middle East issues in the presence of US Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly
  3. Various shots of Philip Gordon meeting with House Speaker Nabih Berri
  4. Various shots of people downtown Beirut
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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.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 9, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 9, 2013
Length: 00:02:47
Video Size: 137 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

  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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Attack on Egyptian Prime Minister's C...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
07 May 2013

Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Qandil survived an attack on his convoy by a group of armed men late Sunday evening, in an incident that led to one death.

A vehicle intervened in the prime minister's convoy and when the security guards tried to push it away, one of its passengers opened fire on the security vehicle.

While running away, the vehicle hit a policeman and a citizen but the police managed to bust the vehicle and arrest the five attackers after a pursuit.

Taha Hassan, a street vendor who was passing near the site of the incident, was hit by the vehicle during the incident, and transferred to 6 October Hospital in Dokki where he died.

The interior ministry statement revealed that the armed men were on their way for a fight with some people in another area.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian cabinet said that the armed attack was not politically motivated but this was a criminal incident.

The prosecution decided to detain the defendants for four days pending investigations.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 5, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 6, 2013
Length: 00:03:25
Video Size: 169 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of the defendants at the security office after being arrested
  2. Various shots of the armaments used in the incident
  3. Various shots of security official while investigating with the defendants
  4. Various shots of the vehicle which attacked the PM convoy
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Egypt's unemployment rate jumped to 1...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
03 May 2013

Egypt's unemployment rate increased to 12.7% in 2012, up from 12% in 2011, and 9% in 2010, according to a report released by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

This brings the total number of unemployed to 3.4 million, up from 3.1 million in 2011, an increase of 242,000 people.

Particularly, the unemployment rate was 42.7 percent among young people between 20 and 24 years old and was 23 percent among those between 25 and 29 in that year.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Ahmed Bahaa El-Din Shaaban, member of both the ‎National Association for Change reform movement and ‎Egypt's Socialist Party:

The number of those employed in 2012 was 23.6 million workers; also there were only about 4.7 million working women in Egypt in 2012, according to the figures.

CAPMAS attributed the increase to the circumstances in Egypt following the 25 January Revolution and the ensuing events “that resulted in a slowdown in economic activities during this period.

These data show the need to embark on an economic reform program that prevents the government from relying on foreign aid, loans and deposits in order to provide the resources.

SOUNDBIDTE 2 (Arabic) – Haytham Mohamadeen, member of the political bureau of the revolutionary socialists:

On the other hand, hundreds of workers marked the Labour Day with marches and protests to voice their discontent with the unfulfilled longstanding demands of workers even after the revolution.

Among these demands are the implementation of minimum wage, independent and representative syndicates for workers, and putting an end to legislation that harms the labour movement.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: Archive except the soundbites
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 2, 2013
Length: 00:02:11
Video Size: 107 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of youth at the universities (Archive)
  2. Various shots of people seating in cafes downtown Cairo (Archive)
  3. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Ahmed Bahaa El-Din Shaaban, member of both the ‎National Association for Change reform
  4. Various shots of workers preparing materials and working women inside the factories (Archive)
  5. SOUNDBIDTE 2 (Arabic) – Haytham Mohamadeen, member of the political bureau of the revolutionary socialists:
  6. Various shots of protestors raising banners and poster of former president Gamal Abdel Nasser during a protest marking the Labour Day, downtown Cairo (Archive May: 1)
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Protest outside Egypt’s High Court
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
29 Mar 2013

Hundreds of protestors gathered on Friday, March 29, outside Egypt’s High Court headquarters downtown Cairo, to participate in a protest under the motto "We are not threatened."

Protestors shouted statements against President Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood group, the general prosecutor and the supreme guide of the Brotherhood.

Protestors chained the gates of the High Court in a symbolic move and held signs demanding the “arrest and summons of the prosecutor-general.”

Protestors denounce the ‘Brotherhoodization’ of the judiciary and the summons of five opposition activists earlier this week.

The call to protest follows a decision by general prosecutor Talaat Abdullah to issue arrest warrants against four prominent “activists,” including Alaa Abdel-Fattah and Hazem Abdel-Azim. Both men have been charged with inciting violence against the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Cairo’s Moqattam district.

The protest was called for by the country’s main opposition bloc National Salvation Front (NSF) to show solidarity with political activists charged by the prosecutor-general with inciting violence during last week's clashes near the Muslim Brotherhood’s Cairo headquarters.

Some political figures and groups accuse Abdullah of having sympathies with the Muslim Brotherhood and ignoring complaints against Brotherhood officials who were accused of inciting violence during last December’s clashes outside the presidential palace in Cairo.

They are demanding the immediate dismissal of prosecutor general Talaat Abdullah, Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky and Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.

Earlier this week, Cairo's Appeal Court overturned the appointment of Abdullah by President Mohamed Morsi in a highly controversial decree last November. It remains unclear whether the presidency will comply with the court order. Protestors called for the implementation of the court rule.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 29, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 29, 2013
Length: 00:01:46
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  1. Various shots of protestors raising banners outside Egypt’s High Court building downtown Cairo
  2. Medium shot of a protestor raising a banner bearing words against President Morsi
  3. Medium shot of a protestor raising the holy Quran and the Cross in sign of unity
  4. Various shots of protestors shouting statements outside the High Court Building downtown Cairo
  5. Medium shot of a banner raised by the protestors bearing words against the extradition of former Libyan figure Ahmed Qaddaf Al-Damm to Libya
  6. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arafa Khater, retired army officer:
  7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Mahmoud al-Attar, worker:
  8. Medium shot of protestors shouting during the protest
  9. Medium shot of a banner reading “The people demand the “arrest and summons of the prosecutor-general”
  10. Various shots of protestors shouting against the Muslim Brotherhood outside the High Court building downtown Cairo
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Ultras Ahlawy protest arrest of its m...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
16 Mar 2013

Hundreds of fans of Ahly football club, known as the Ultras Ahlawy, are staging a protest outside the office of general prosecutor Talaat Ibrahim at the High Court building in central Cairo on Saturday, March 16, calling for the release of members of the group who were detained in the Delta governorate of Menoufiya.

The large group chanted against the interior ministry and lit fire-works. In addition, Ultras members are staging a protest in front of the deportation prison in Menoufiya, calling for the same demands.

Thirty-eight members of the Ultras Ahlawy were arrested in Menoufiya, Wednesday for attempting to storm the Shibin al-Kom courthouse to free a colleague remanded into custody for 15 days.

The group had gathered at the court to protest against the detention of one of their members, who was arrested in front of the governorate's security directorate the previous week on charges of rioting and attempting to storm the directorate.

However, clashes broke out with the security forces as the Ultras threw rocks and fire-works at the court and the police responded by firing tear-gas to disperse the crowds.

The group announced on their official Facebook page on Friday that they would be marching to the prosecutor-general's office at the High Court building in Cairo to demand the releasing of the 38 Ultras.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 16, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 16, 2013
Length: 00:01:16
Video Size: 63.1 MB
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SHOTLIST:
1. Tilt down shot of protestors of Ultras Ahlawy outside the High Court building in central Cairo
2. Various shots of Ultras Ahlawy members shouting statements against the Interior Ministry and the public prosecutor Talaat Ibrahim
3. Pan left shot of people around the High Court building downtown Cairo
4. Medium shot of a banner raised by members of Ultras Ahlawy reading “We will Never forget 47” in reference to the members of Ultras Ahlawy killed in Port Said
5. Various shots of Ultras Ahlawy shouting statements and lit fire-works
6. Various shots of Ultras Ahlawy shouting statements against the Interior Ministry
7. Various shots of the protest downtown Cairo

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Egyptian protesters support armed for...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
16 Mar 2013

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated Friday, March 15, in Nasr City in Cairo to support the armed forces against the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), to which President Mohamed Morsi is affiliated.

The protest was dubbed the “Last Chance” against President Morsi and his administration.

The protesters chanted slogans backing the army, and carried banners saying "Down, down with rule by the guide," which referred to the MB's leader Mohamed Badie.

Controversial TV presenter Tawfiq Okasha took part in the protest.

Traffic was blocked in lanes leading to Nasr City. Protesters set up a stage next to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and raised photographs of public figures including Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and late President Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat.

More than 30 political parties and groups had called for today’s protest, which demands military intervention against the “brotherhoodization” of the state and to stop what they allege are “Islamist militias” that intimidate the people.

Military veterans, members of the Independence Coalition, the Maspero Youth Union, the Silent Majority movement and the Egypt Above All coalition were in attendance.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 15, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 15, 2013
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SHOTLIST:
1. Pan left shot of protestors waving with Egyptian flags
2. Medium shot of speakers on the stage addressing protestors
3. Various shots of protestors waving with Egyptian flags and shouting “Leave” “Leave” in reference to President Morsi
4. Pan left shot of protestors waving with Egyptian flags and shouting “The people and the army are one hand”
5. Various shots of protestors waving with Egyptian flags and shouting statements backing the army
6. Medium shot of a protestor raising a banner backing the Egyptian army
7. Various shots of protestors waving with Egypt flags and shouting against the Muslim Brotherhood
8. Medium shot of a veiled woman raising a banner against the Muslim Brotherhood
9. Wide shot of protestors raising a large Egyptian flag

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One Killed, 13 injured in Clashes at ...
Ain el Hilweh, Sidon, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
13 Mar 2013

One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded in renewed clashes between armed factions in Lebanon‘s largest Palestinian refugee camp Ain el-Hilweh on Tuesday, March 12, near the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, according to Lebanese security officials.
The clashes between Fatah members and rivals from the Fatah al-Islam radical group began earlier on Monday night after a member of the extremist Fatah al-Islam group was shot in what appeared to be a personal dispute. The shots killed a passer-by and injured five others.
The officials said heavy clashes with machine guns and rocket propelled grenades resumed Tuesday.
Although not involved in the clashes, a rocket-propelled grenade hit an office belonging to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Two hours into the fighting, some of Ain al-Hilweh’s residents roamed the camp’s streets, calling on people through loudspeakers to take part in a demonstration to condemn the clashes.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Palestinian resident at Ain al-Helweh camp:
“I lost all my properties and my home as well. I call on the Popular Committees at Ain al-Helweh camp to bring for me my right. I wait for the committees to bring my right for me after the ending of these clashes. I hope they can help us because we are suffering a lot.” Ain al-Hilweh’s residents ask for an end to the infighting.
The Lebanese army deployed reinforcements to the edges of the camp following the clashes, but troops did not enter the premises under an agreement between the army and Palestinian groups that prevent them from entering Palestinian refugee camps across Lebanon.
Ain el-Hilweh is considered the largest and most populated Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon.

STORY: One Killed, 13 injured in Clashes at Palestinian Refugee Camp Southern Lebanon
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCSS
Shooting Dateline: March 12, 2013
Shooting Location: Palestinian refugee camp Ain el-Hilweh, near the southern Lebanese city of Sidon
Publishing Time: March 12, 2013
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1. Various shots of fighters are seen shooting in the Ain al-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp, south Lebanon.
2. Wide shot of fighter shooting and running
3. Various shots of militants shooting and then disappearing
4. Various shots of damages resulted from the clashes
5. Wide shot of one of the shops affected by the clashes in the Ain al-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp, south Lebanon
6. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Palestinian resident at Ain al-Helweh camp:
“I lost all my properties and my home as well. I call on the Popular Committees at Ain al-Helweh camp to bring for me my right. I wait for the committees to bring my right for me after the ending of these clashes. I hope they can help us because we are suffering a lot.” 7. Various shots of Ain al-Hilweh’s residents roamed the camp’s streets to denounce violence and to ask for an end to the infighting.

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Egypt’s National Association For Chan...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
06 Mar 2013

Story: Egypt’s National Association for Change will boycott elections

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 5, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 5, 2013
Length: 00:01:24
Video Size: 69.7 MB
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SHOTLIST:
1. Pan left shot of the banner of the National Association for Change
2. Medium shot of all attendees standing a minute of silence for the souls of the martyrs in the beginning of the press conference
3. Various shots of speakers and attendees during the press conference
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed Khamis, a coordinator of the National Association for Change:
“The National Association for Change announces that it will boycott the upcoming comic parliamentary elections. The blood of our sons is more precious than running behind acrobatic seats in the new parliament.” 5. Medium shot of attendees during the press conference along with cameramen filming during the conference
6. Medium shot of Hamada el-Kashef, spokesman of the Revolutionary Youth Union speaking during the conference
7. Close up shot of one of the attendees taking notes during the conference
8. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Hamada el-Kashef, spokesman of the Revolutionary Youth Union:
“The Revolutionary Youth Union officially announces that it will boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections with the consensus among all its members and its executive offices in Egypt’s different governorates. This decision is made to correct the track of the revolution. Actually, the regime of the Muslim Brotherhood lost its legitimacy after killing protestors and ignoring all the revolutionary demands in the political scene.” 9. Various shots of speakers and attendees during the conference

STORYLINE:

Egypt’s National Association for Change (NAC) announced on Tuesday, March 5, that it will boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to be held on April 22.

The NAC calls for a widespread boycott of the upcoming parliamentary elections in order to fight for the rights of those killed and injured by government forces during recent clashes.

The NAC described the electoral process of being comic during which the competing will be for "acrobatics" seats, pointing out that participation in the elections will be continuation of the series of deception practiced by the Muslim Brotherhood under the banner of fake democracy.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed Khamis, a coordinator of the National Association for Change:
“The National Association for Change announces that it will boycott the upcoming comic parliamentary elections. The blood of our sons is more precious than running behind acrobatic seats in the new parliament.”

The NAC accused the elections also of being a trap that would pave the way for the establishment of a religious fascist state.

Earlier on Friday, the NAC declared that Morsi lost legitimacy after he violated the independence of the judiciary with his 22 November Constitutional Declaration, and further lost his credibility after his administration was involved with the abduction, torture and killing of protesters.

Spokesman of the Revolutionary Youth Union, Hamada el-Kashef attended the conference and declared that the union won’t participate at the parliamentary elections. They hold President Mohamed Morsi and his group the responsibility of violence used by security forces against protestors.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Hamada el-Kashef, spokesman of the Revolutionary Youth Union:
“The Revolutionary Youth Union officially announces that it will boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections with the consensus among all its members and its executive offices in Egypt’s different governorates. This decision is made to correct the track of the revolution. Actually, the regime of the Muslim Brotherhood lost its legitimacy after killing protestors and ignoring all the revolutionary demands in the political scene.”

The NAC decision to boycott came after the president refused to respond to the Nour Party’s initiative to reconcile with opposition political forces, or the National Salvation Front’s demands to dismiss the Cabinet, form a neutral body to monitor the elections, dismiss the prosecutor general and dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood, the statement continued.

The upcoming parliamentary elections will take place over four phases, starting on April 22.

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Thousands attend funeral of Egyptians...
Port Said, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
04 Mar 2013

Thousands of residents of the Suez Canal city of Port Said in eastern Egypt rallied Monday, March 4, in a funeral procession for two men killed during clashes with security forces the day before.
Mourners gathered outside a city mosque and performed prayers for the dead Monday. They then began processions carrying the coffins one after another to the cemetery, chanting, "The martyr is the beloved of God".
Mourners chanted against the interior ministry as well as the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which President Mohamed Morsi hails.
Port Said was revisited by violence on Saturday but the clashes in the city between protesters and police turned deadly on Sunday after 39 defendants in the Port Said Trial were transferred out of Port Said on Sunday morning.
Police fired intense rounds of teargas throughout the day at demonstrators who opposed an interior ministry decision to transfer 39 prisoners from Port Said to Wadi Natroun prison in Beheira governorate, on the other side of the Nile Delta.
Keeping the defendants in Port Said is a popular demand among the city’s residents.
The prisoners are detained on charges related to the violence at Port Said stadium in February 2012, when over 70 Ahly football club fans were killed.
Sunday's clashes also led to the death of another civilian and two police conscripts, according to the health ministry. Over 400 were injured, according to ministry sources.
This comes ahead of the expected second phase of the Port Said trial scheduled for 9 March, where the 52 remaining defendants out of the total 73 will be issued verdicts. Twenty-one defendants were issued with death sentences in the first set of verdicts.
Thousands of Port Said residents have been conducting a campaign of civil disobedience during the past two weeks to protest marginalization policies at the hands of the central government and to demand justice for those killed in recent clashes.
Several media outlets gave conflicting reports of police and army soldiers exchanging fire at the end of the tense day. Egyptian armed forces official Spokesperson Colonel Ahmed Ali denied the reports on social networks.
Military police deployed to secure the gathering. Many people have responded to a popular campaign to collect signatures to delegate the army with managing the affairs of the state.

STORY: Thousands attend funeral of Egyptians killed in Port Said clashes

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 4, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 4, 2013
Length: 0:01:41
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Zoom out shot of mourners of Port Said victims shouting against the Interior Ministry
  2. Pan left shot of mourners carrying coffin of one of Egyptians killed in clashes with security forces at Port Said yesterday and shouting "the martyr is the beloved of God"
  3. Various shots of mourners chanting, "the martyr is the beloved of God" and other statements against Morsi
  4. Various shots of mourners during the funeral of civilians killed in clashes
  5. Close up shot of a woman wearing black clothes and standing in the funeral of the victims
  6. Various shots of women participating in the funeral of the victims and saying statements against President Morsi
  7. Medium shot of a veiled woman saying to President Morsi “If you know how to read, so you have to read the history of Port Said, the city of resistance.
  8. Various shots of mourners walking in the funeral of the victims including army officials with Quran is hearing in the background
  9. Various shots of mourners in the funeral along with army vehicles walking in the funeral
  10. Tilt down shot of the paper distributed to people in Port Said by a popular campaign to collect signatures to delegate the army with managing the affairs of Port Said
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Egypt’s Salafist Nour Party to run in...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
26 Feb 2013

The Salafist Nour Party decided on Monday, February 25, to participate in the parliamentary elections of Egypt’s House of Representatives in April amid calls for boycott, but added that the government must ensure that the elections are free and fair.

The party calls on all Egypt’s political forces to participate in the elections.

In a press conference, Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa said that there is a need for "clear and sufficient guarantees for the integrity and transparency of the election”, saying this requires certain ministries administrative bodies and crews assisting judges to be neutral.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa:
“Nour Party will participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections in order to complete the building of all the country’s political institutions as well as to solve the entire disasters that we are facing now. The Nour Party calls on all other political forces and coalitions to participate in the elections.”

Zarqa added that Nour Party will only form alliances with parties that have the same Islamic frame of reference.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa:
“Nour Party will form an electoral alliance only with parties with an Islamic reference. We all have to cooperate and unite to push our dear country Egypt to move forward. We all have to cooperate in the reconstruction of Egypt.”

On the other hand, several figures of the opposition have voiced their intention to boycott the parliamentary elections, including founder of the Constitution Party Mohamed ElBaradei who described the coming parliamentary poll as an act of "deception."

Egypt's parliamentary elections, previously scheduled to begin on 27 April, have been brought forward to start on 22 April, after Coptic Christians said that the original dates conflicted with Christian holidays, including Easter.

The first round of voting will be held on 22 and 23 April and will take place in Cairo, Beheira, El-Minya, Port Said and North Sinai. If runoffs are necessary, they will take place on 29 and 30 April. The house is expected to hold its first session on 2 July.

The Nour Party, established after the January 25 revolution, won the second most seats in parliamentary elections held at the end of 2011 after the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: February 25, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: February 25, 2013
Length: 00:02:00
Video Size: 98.6 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Close up shot of the banner of Egypt’s Salafist Nour Party
2. Wide shot of the press conference held by the party to announce participation in the upcoming parliamentary elections
3. Zoom in shot of Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa speaking during the press conference while Galal El-Morra, secretary-general of Nour Party standing beside him
4. Various shots of the press conference
5. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa:
“Nour Party will participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections in order to complete the building of all the country’s political institutions as well as to solve the entire disasters that we are facing now. The Nour Party calls on all other political forces and coalitions to participate in the elections.” 6. Various shots of speaker and attendees during the press conference
7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa:
“Nour Party will form an electoral alliance only with parties with an Islamic reference. We all have to cooperate and unite to push our dear country Egypt to move forward. We all have to cooperate in the reconstruction of Egypt.” 8. Various shots of speaker and attendees during the press conference
9. Medium shot of the banner of the Salafist Nour Party

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Saving the Egyptian economy conferenc...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
24 Feb 2013

Story: Saving the Egyptian economy conference in Cairo

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: February 23, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: February 23, 2013
Length: 0:01:45
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Pan left shot of the banner of the conference of saving the Egyptian economy
  2. Medium of the speakers heading to start the conference
  3. Wide shot of the conference
  4. Medium shot of head of Egypt’s Ghad Al-Thawra Party, Ayman Nour
  5. Medium shot of Hassan Rateb, Egyptian businessman speaking during the conference `
  6. Medium shot of attendees during the conference
  7. Medium shot of Ex-presidential Adviser Salafi Dr. Khaled Alam El-Din speaking during the conference
  8. Medium shot of attendees during the conference
  9. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Ex-presidential Adviser Salafi Dr. Khaled Alam El-Din:
    “All our people hold us a great responsibility that requires from us to unite, cooperate and leave all our political disputes in order to save the Egyptian economy which we all recognize its deteriorating state.”
  10. Various shots of the conference
  11. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - head of Egypt’s Ghad Al-Thawra Party, Ayman Nour:
    “We have to think in the interests of Egypt away from all political disputes. We have to think in how to save Egypt and its revolution which some people believe that it is the reason behind their deteriorating state. Egypt still has wise and honorable people who are able to direct their efforts to save the Egyptian economy.”
  12. Various shots of the conference

STORYLINE:

Egypt’s liberal opposition Ghad Al-Thawra Party in cooperation with Salafist Nour Party and Faculty of Commerce held a meeting on Saturday, February 23 dubbed “Saving the Egyptian economy”.

Ex-presidential Adviser Salafi Dr. Khaled Alam El-Din said during his opening speech that the Egyptian economy crisis affects every child, woman, family breadwinner and even unemployed youth, adding that the deteriorating state of the economy is obvious to everyone.

Alam El-Din added that Nour Party seeks to bring future economic vision based on the green economy and investment in the fields of waste recycling, the creation of biofuels, protectorates protection projects, and the use of wastewater in agriculture forest wood.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Ex-presidential Adviser Salafi Dr. Khaled Alam El-Din:
“All our people hold us a great responsibility that requires from us to unite, cooperate and leave all our political disputes in order to save the Egyptian economy which we all recognize its deteriorating state.”

They also aim to offer a forward looking strategy towards securing a better future for the Egyptian economy.

He stressed that all Egypt’s political forces should unite, collaborate and leave the political disputes in order to save the Egyptian economy, which is on a danger state.

For his part, head of Egypt’s Ghad Al-Thawra Party, Ayman Nour said that burning the party's headquarters yesterday evening is a clear message that there are people who do not want such a conference to be held, because it discusses the challenges and prospects for the future of the Egyptian economy.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - head of Egypt’s Ghad Al-Thawra Party, Ayman Nour:
“We have to think in the interests of Egypt away from all political disputes. We have to think in how to save Egypt and its revolution which some people believe that it is the reason behind their deteriorating state. Egypt still has wise and honorable people who are able to direct their efforts to save the Egyptian economy.”

Earlier on Friday, headquarters of Ghad Al-Thawra Party was torched by masked men, shortly after party founder Ayman Nour had said he wouldn't mind taking up a leadership position if invited by Egypt President Mohamed Morsi.

Egypt’s former PM Dr. Ali Lutfi, stressed the importance of solidarity among all people and government to save the Egyptian economy, proposing a voluntary initiative that rich people and businessmen in Egypt to donate 1600 LE, through a fund called "Recovery of support" to be established by the Ministry of Finance.
The conference was held at Ain Shames University in Cairo with the participation of at least 15 political parties.

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Egypt’s Economy grew only 2.2% in 2nd...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
22 Feb 2013

Story: Egypt’s Economy grew only 2.2% in 2nd quarter of 2012/13

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: February 21, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: February 21, 2013
Length: 0:02:03
Video Size: 101 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of attendees during the press conference of Egypt’s Planning Minister and International Cooperation held at the headquarters of the ministry
2- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“We are targeting at the end of the current fiscal year 2012/13 an economical growth of no less than 3 percent. We need to meet this target to achieve economic growth rate that exceeds 3 percent in the second half of the year.” 3- Various shots of attendees during the conference
4- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“Actually, the current economic situation is much more difficult even than it was after the revolution hence, we need to put all our political disputes aside. We need to reach a political consensus to overcome this difficult phase that the Egyptian economy is facing and to move forward.” 5- Various shots of the press conference
6- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“God willing, we expect to invite the IMF technical delegation within days and we will show you in details of the axes which the national program include that we will present to the IMF.” 7- Various shots of the press conference

STORYLINE:

Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby said on Thursday, February 21, in a press conference that the Egyptian economy grew only 2.2 percent in 2nd quarter of 2012/13, representing a 15.3 percent decrease on the previous quarter.

Al-Araby said that the first half of fiscal year 2012/13 (July-December) saw economic growth of 2.4 percent, which had been 0.1 percent lower than expected.

He said that the government is targeting economic growth of no less than 3 percent in the current fiscal year.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“We are targeting at the end of the current fiscal year 2012/13 an economical growth of no less than 3 percent. We need to meet this target to achieve economic growth rate that exceeds 3 percent in the second half of the year.”

He said that foreign investment in Egypt was almost non-existent in the six months to the end of December, illustrating the depth of the economic crisis that Egypt is facing.

He added that the country needed strong investment to reach the 7 percent annual economic growth rate commonly cited by economists as the level needed to lower unemployment and soak up new entrants to the labour market.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“Actually, the current economic situation is much more difficult even than it was after the revolution hence, we need to put all our political disputes aside. We need to reach a political consensus to overcome this difficult phase that the Egyptian economy is facing and to move forward.”

The Egyptian government plans within one week to invite an International Monetary Fund mission for talks, al-Araby said on Thursday.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“God willing, we expect to invite the IMF technical delegation within days and we will show you in details of the axes which the national program include that we will present to the IMF.”

Egypt reached an initial agreement with the IMF on the loan agreement in November but postponed final ratification in December because of political unrest at the time.

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Egyptians Rally against Morsi in anni...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
12 Feb 2013

STORY: Egyptians Rally against Morsi in anniversary of Mubarak ouster
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: February 11, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: February 11, 2013
Length: 00:01:17
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  1. Various shots from demonstrations.
  2. Medium shot of a protestor holding papers with anti-Morsi words on them.
  3. Various shots from demonstrations by the Presidential Palace.
  4. Wide shot of demonstrators with water cannons being used on them.
  5. Wide shot of demonstrators escaping teargas from canisters fired by the police.

Storyline:

Hundreds of Egyptians marched on Monday, February 11, to the Presidential Palace in Heliopolis, protesting against President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, the group which he hails from.

The demonstrators chanted statements against Morsi and his group with calls for him to step down.

Protestors demand the downfall of the regime, justice for martyrs and social justice.

Protesters on Monday have been planning to voice their rejection of perceived repressive measures adopted by Egypt's Islamist-led government and what the opposition sees as persistent attempts to crush the revolution.

Thirteen Egyptian political parties and movements have announced plans to stage mass anti-government rallies on Monday to mark the second anniversary of former president Hosni Mubarak's ouster.

The opposition released on Monday a statement that says "two years after the first victory of the revolution (Mubarak's ouster), Egypt's first democratically elected president has set a record for lying and broken promises. Blood was shed yet again and martyrs fell under Brotherhood rule, which has perfected the arts of repression, brutality and abduction."

On the other hand, the masked Black Bloc of Egypt said on social networks that February 11 will witness the “storming of the palace,” asking Morsi to choose between departure or chaos.

Black Bloc also announced plans to block the Mogamma building in Tahrir Square on Monday, the country's largest administrative building, in the run-up to a civil disobedience campaign called for by some revolutionary groups on social networks.

Security forces beefed up their presence outside the presidential palace in anticipation of marches descending on the area on the second anniversary of Hosni Mubarak’s departure.

In the evening security forces used water cannons on protestors and also teargas canisters.

Violence erupted and demonstrators answered by throwing rocks at the palace.

Later in the evening a video was posted on the internet of security soldiers dragging a civilian on the ground by the palace, which angered all viewers. The unharmed soldiers retreated to their armored vehicle after a Molotov bottle was thrown at them and the civilian escaped with his leg on fire.

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Egypt’s Independent Newspapers Go on ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
04 Dec 2012

Several independent Egyptian newspapers went on strike for one day on Tuesday, December 4, in protest against the constitutional declaration and the draft constitution. Twelve newspapers suspended publication and five TV channels announced that they will go off-air on Wednesday.

Egypt Independent, Al-Masry Al-Youm's English news website, has completely halted work and covered its main page with a statement reading "You are reading this message because Egypt Independent objects to continued restrictions on media liberties, especially after hundreds of Egyptians gave their lives for freedom and dignity."

The newly drafted constitution, which was passed on November 30 by the Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly and is set to be voted on in a referendum on December 15, does not include articles against the imprisonment of journalists in cases related to freedom of expression as demanded by journalists.

The newspapers that went on strike on Tuesday include: Al-Masry Al-Youm, Al-Watan, Al-Tahrir, Al-Wafd, Al-Youm 7, Al-Dostour, Al-Shorouk, Al-Sabah, Al-Ahaly, Al-Ahrar, Al-Fagr and Osbooa. Among the TV channels that are expected to go strike on Wednesday, with blank screens broadcasting in place of content: ONTV channels, CBC and Modern channels, and Dream TV channels.

The Journalists Syndicate's executive council withdrew its representatives from the constituent assembly in mid-November after its recommendations and suggestions were ignored by the assembly.

Story: Egypt’s Independent Newspapers Go on Strike for Freedom of Expression
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: December 4, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: December 4, 2012
Length: 0:01:20
Video Size: 66.5 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various overview shots of Egypt’s Nile River
2. Various shots of standards of newspapers around the streets for sale
3. Various shots of newspapers shops and customers
4. Medium shot of Masrawy website
5. Wide shot of Al-Youm 7 website
6. Close up shot of the logo of the Al-Youm 7
7. Tilt down shot of Al-Youm 7 newspaper
8. Various shots of Al-Youm 7 newspaper
9. Various external shots of the Journalists Syndicate

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Arab League Marks International Day o...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
29 Nov 2012

The Arab League marked the annual anniversary of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Thursday, November 29.

A number of foreign envoys participated in the event.

Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby said that it's time for the Palestinians to gain their freedom and independence to live like other peoples freely in their independent homeland.

He called on the international community to work to achieve this goal.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby:
“The world has to realize that the Palestinian cause is the real key for implementing peace and security in the region, not in the region only, but all over the world. And the continued failure of the international community in finding an equitable and comprehensive solution for this decades-long conflict leads to continued instability in this region.”

The Arab League stressed the need for intensive efforts by the international community for the realization of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

For his part, Richard Falk, the UN special Rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories warned that without implementation of the full agreement between Israel and Palestinians, ceasefire will evaporate in a cloud of smoke.

SOUNDBITE 2 (English) - Richard Falk, the UN special Reporter on human rights in the Palestinian territories:
“It is a tense historical moment of heavy consequences for the Palestinian people and for the peoples and governments of the region. I along with many others throughout the world share Nelson Mandela's view that the denial of Palestinian rights remains the greatest moral issue of our time"

The United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed on November 29 each year to give the widest support and publicity to Palestinian cause. Solidarity Day provides an opportunity for the international community to focus its attention on the fact that the Palestinian cause is still unresolved.

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas has chosen this day to formally ask the United Nations General Assembly to recognize Palestine as a “non-member state.”

Story: Arab League Marks International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 29, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: November 29, 2012
Length: 0:02:17
Video Size: 112 MB
Language: Arabic –English
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  1. Medium shot of the flags of the participant countries at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
  2. Close up shot of the logo of the Arab league headquarters
  3. Wide shot of the Arab League headquarters
  4. Medium shot of a banner of Palestine
  5. Various shots of the meeting at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
  6. Medium shot of Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby speaking during the meeting
  7. Medium shot of a representative from Al-Azhar speaking during the meeting
  8. Wide shot of the meeting
  9. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby:
    “The world has to realize that Palestinian cause is the real key for implementing peace and security in the region, not in the region only, but all over the world. And the continues failure of the international community in finding an equitable and comprehensive solution for this decades-long conflict leads to continued instability in this region”
  10. Various shots of the meeting, attendees and speakers
  11. SOUNDBITE 2 (English) - Richard Falk, the UN special Reporter on human rights in the Palestinian territories:
    “It is a tense historical moment of heavy consequences for the Palestinian people and for the peoples and governments of the region. I along with many others throughout the world share Nelson Mandela's view that the denial of Palestinian rights remain the the greatest moral issue of our time"
  12. Close up shot of the logo of the Arab League headquarters
  13. Various shots of the meeting, attendees and speakers
  14. Medium shot of the flags of the participant countries at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
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Egypt's Top Courts Suspend Work In Pr...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
28 Nov 2012

Egypt's Cassation and Appeal courts suspended their work nationwide on Wednesday, November 28, in protest against the constitutional declaration issued recently by President Mohamed Morsi. The decree, issued last Thursday, gave President Morsi powers to take any measures to protect the revolution, and stated that no court could overturn his decisions.

The decrees also protect the Constituent Assembly and Egypt's upper house of the parliament, known as the "Shura Council" from dissolution. The assembly and the council are mainly dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Cassation Judge:
‘‘Suspending all settings includes settings of cassation court of Cairo. Except sittings of remanded in custody, or lawsuits of killed demonstrators that already have scheduled sittings, until the constitutional declaration been canceled”

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Saleh El-derbashy, Lawyer:
"All lawyers are backing the fair judicial institution of Egypt. We are supporting the decision issued by general assemblies of cassation and appeals courts today, which suspending all their work until the constitutional declaration been cancelled".

Earlier on Saturday, Egypt's judge's Club announced suspension of work, condemning the recent decrees issued by Morsi that expand his powers. Morsi's backers say that the decree was needed to protect the gains of the revolution against a judiciary with deep ties to the ousted regime of Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) will look into twelve lawsuits filed against President Morsi's recent constitutional declaration on December 4.

Story: Egypt's Top Courts Suspend Work in Protest against Constitutional Declaration
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 23, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: November 23, 2012
Length: 0:01:23
Video Size: 86.6 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Wide shot of people gathering outside the Court of Appeal
  2. Close up shot of the logo of the Court of Appeal
  3. Various shots of people outside the court of Appeal
  4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Cassation Judge:
  5. ‘‘Suspending all settings includes settings of cassation court of Cairo. Except sittings of remanded in custody, or lawsuits of killed demonstrators that already have scheduled sittings, until the constitutional declaration been canceled”
  6. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Saleh El-derbashy, Lawyer:
    "All lawyers are backing the fair judicial institution of Egypt. We are supporting the decision issued by general assemblies of cassation and appeals courts today, which suspending all their work until the constitutional declaration been cancelled".
  7. Various shots of people outside the Court of Appeal
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Arab League Chief: Aggression on Gaza...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
22 Nov 2012

Story: Arab League Chief: Aggression on Gaza “Shame on Humanity”

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 7, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: November 7, 2012
Length: 0:02:07
Video Size: 105 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot of the Arab League (AL) headquarters in Cairo
2. Medium shot of the flag of the Arab League at the headquarters
3. Wide shot of Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby arriving at the press conference
4. Various shots of the attendees, al-Araby speaking during the press conference
5. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby;
6. “ In my opinion: What’s happening at Gaza particulary after this visist
7. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby;
“In my opinion and after my visit to Gaza, what’s happening in Gaza is certainly shame on humanity. I repeat that it is shame on humanity. Undoubtedly, the blockade and the aggression against civilians are up to the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to the international humanitarian law and all international related covenants and agreements.” 8. Various shots of the attendees, al-Araby speaking during the press
9. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby;
“No peace or stability in the region as long as there are still occupation, settlement activities and denial of Israel to the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, the first of which is their legitimate right to have an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital city.”
10. Various shots of the attendees during the press conference
11. Zoom out shot of al-Araby concluding his speech and heading to leave after the press conference

STORYLINE:
Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby said that the Israeli aggression on the people of Gaza Strip is “shame on humanity”, he told reporters in a press conference on Wednesday, November 21, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo.

Al-Araby said that his visit to the Gaza Strip aimed to show solidarity of all Arab states to Gaza and the Palestinian people.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby;
“In my opinion and after my visit to Gaza, what’s happening in Gaza is certainly shame on humanity. I repeat that it is shame on humanity. Undoubtedly, the blockade and the aggression against civilians are up to the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to the international humanitarian law and all international related covenants and agreements.”

He said that the Arab League called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take an immediate action to end the Israeli attacks on the Palestinian strip.

He added that Iraq has called for holding a meeting of the Arab states' chiefs of staff over the ongoing violence in Gaza. Al-Araby said that the invitation to the meeting has been sent to all Arab countries and that the Arab League was waiting for their reply.

He also stressed that there would be neither peace nor stability in the Middle East unless the Palestinians got their legitimate right of an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital city.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby;
“No peace or stability in the region as long as there are still occupation, settlement activities and denial of Israel to the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, the first of which is their legitimate right to have an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital city.”

The Arab League Chief announced that three of Arab foreign ministers who accompanied him during his recent visit to Gaza told him that their countries supported the convening of emergency Arab summit as requested by the Palestinian Authority at a recent Arab League meeting. Al-Araby noted that three countries weren’t enough to hold an Arab summit as it requires approval of 11 other countries.

Earlier on Tuesday, a delegation of Arab ministers led by the Arab League Secretary-General paid a visit to Gaza to express solidarity with the Palestinians.

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New Syrian Opposition Leader Holds Ta...
Cairo, Egypt
By CJSwansen
19 Nov 2012

The new leader of Syrian opposition coalition Moaz al-Khatib held talks on Monday, November 19, with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr in Cairo, where they discussed the latest development of the Syrian crisis.

Al-Khatib told reporters that the newly formed coalition gained Syrian public recognition and support.

He also renewed his announced position of not visiting Russia and Iran for a solution.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 19, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: November 19, 2012
Length: 0:00:55
Video Size: 45.7 MB
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Pan left, Egyptian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo
  2. Medium shot, a crowd reporters and cameramen
  3. Various shots of the meeting between Egypt’s FM Mohamed Kamel Amr and chief of newly formed Syrian opposition coalition Moaz al-Khatib
  4. Pan right/low angle, Egyptian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo
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Thousands Protest Around Interior Min...
Cairo, Egypt
By CJSwansen
19 Nov 2012

Thousands of protestors including Cairo University students headed on Monday evening, November 19, to Mohamed Mahmoud Street near Tahrir Square and Interior Ministry headquarters to commemorate the victims of last year's clashes between protestors and security men at the same place.

The protestors raised signs and shouted statements against the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohamed Morsi, demanding him to step down. They also showed symbolic coffins of revolution victims enshrouded in Egypt flags, and raised posters of them.

The protestors came close to the Interior Ministry building which made security think they were going to break into the complex, prompting police to cut electricity in the area, while protestors continued in the dark.

The protestors went on shouting the famous slogan of the anti-Mubarak uprising, but this time changing the name from Mubarak to Morsi, repeating “The people want the fall of regime!” and “Leave, Leave, Morsi!”

Stone throwing was reported between security and protestors, injuring 36 according to Egypt’s Health Ministry.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 19, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: November 19, 2012
Length: 0:02:01
Video Size: 99.5 MB
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of protestors raising banners and heading to Mohamed Mahmoud Street
  2. Medium shot, A large sign at the entrance of Mohamed Mahmoud Street reading “Muslim Brotherhood Not Allowed to Enter”
  3. Various shots of thousands of protestors at Mohamed Mahmoud Street
  4. Various shots of the graffiti portraits at Mohamed Mahmoud Street walls
  5. Various shots of symbolic coffins of martyrs covered with flag of Egypt, and a large black sign reading in white “Retaliation”
  6. Various shots of protestors shouting anti Muslim Brotherhood statements and shouting “Leave, Leave, Morsi!” and “The people want the fall of the regime”
  7. Various shots of protestors at dark Mohamed Mahmoud Street after Interior Ministry cut electricity at the area to disperse protestors
  8. Various shots of thousands of protestors in the dark
  9. Various shots of protestors putting fire on some wood sticks to get light
  10. Various shots of protestors raising a dozen of white banners with photos of victims
  11. Medium shot, a protestor showing a poster of last year’s army crackdown on protestors and a statement reading “Tantawi, we will not forget!”
  12. Various shots of protestors shouting “The people want the fall of the regime”
  13. Wide shot, an ambulance driving amid the protestors
  14. Various shots of the protest
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Egyptians Rally in Support of Gaza, P...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
15 Nov 2012

Hundreds of Egyptians marched on Thursday, November 15, from Omar Makram Mosque near Tahrir Square to the Arab League headquarters in Cairo to stage a demonstration against the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza Strip.

Protestors called on the Egyptian government to cut all diplomatic and economic ties with Israel, and to shut down the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

On Wednesday night, President Mohamed Morsi recalled Egypt’s ambassador to Israel following the Israeli attack on Gaza that killed at least 15 Palestinians, including Hamas leading figure Ahmed Al-Jaabari and two young children.

Protestors shouted statements against the attacks on Gaza, raising Egyptian, Palestinian flags and other flags bearing the words “There is no God but Allah, Mohamed is the messenger of Allah.”

They also chanted statements like “Gaza is Symbol of Dignity”, “O Arab Rulers, Open Door for Jihad”.

Protesters also demanded the opening of the Rafah border crossing to allow more Palestinians into Egypt, the provision of political and logistical support to Gaza, and the cancelation of Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood called on Egyptians to hold a million-man march in Cairo on Friday to denounce recent Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and to express solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza.

Hamas responded to the attacks by launching rockets into Israel, killing at least three Israelis.

STORY: Egyptians March to Arab League in Cairo against Israeli Attacks on Gaza
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 15, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: November 15, 2012
Length: 0:01:39
Video Size: 81.5 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot of protestors outside the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
2. Various shots of protestors raising large banners reading “Save Gaza” and raising Egyptian and Palestinian flags
3. Pan right shot of protestors outside the Arab league headquarters in Cairo
4. Various shots of protestors raising pictures showing injured Palestinians
5. Medium shot of one of the protestors raising the Egyptian flags with the words “ There is no God but Allah, Mohamed is the messenger of Allah”
6. Pan left shot of protestors outside the Arab League headquarters
7. Various shots of protestors
8. Various shots of protestors shouting statements announcing solidarity with Gaza and other statements like “Gaza is the symbol of dignity.
9. Medium shot of a banner reading “Gaza won’t die, the loss to Israel”
10. Various shots of protestors raising banners reading “Gaza won’t die”
11. Wide shot of protestors outside the Arab League headquarters

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Parents of US Journalist Missing in S...
Beirut Lebanon
By U.S. Editor
12 Nov 2012

The parents of Austin Tice, the 31-year-old freelance journalist missing in Syria, spoke to reporters in a press conference on Monday, November 12, in the Lebanese capital city of Beirut, pleading for his release before Christmas.

Debra and Mark Tice asked that whoever was holding their son treat him well. They stated that their presence in Lebanon was to contact officials for help locating, and bringing their son home.

Debra and Mark said they were ready to cooperate and meet with any person or authority that could lead to information about their son.

SOUNDBITE 1 (English) – Mark, Austin’s father:
“We’re the parents of Austin Tice, a journalist working in Syria, and with whom we’ve had no contact since August 13th. We’re here today to appeal for information about Austin. Is he well? How can we contact him? And how can we return him to our family? If anyone who hears this has any information about Austin, and especially what we can do to bring him home, please contact us. We have a website where you can send us an email. It’s www.austinticefamily.com.”

The parents reaffirmed that they had direct and indirect contact with officials in the Syrian government who said they did not know Tice's whereabouts.

Debra sent a touching message to her missing son during the press conference.

SOUNDBITE 2 (English) – Debra Tice, Austin’s mother:
“My precious Austin, I love you dearly. I hold you tenderly in my heart, and I pray for you constantly. Your brothers and sisters love you, and think of you every minute. Be assured we’ll do all we can to bring you safely home.”

Tice was a US Marine before heading to Syria as a freelance journalist.

Tice has been missing since mid-August, and a US State Department spokesman said they believed he was in custody of the Syrian government.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 12, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: November 12, 2012
Length: 0:01:50
Video Size: 90.4 MB
Language: English
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SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot of the press conference that was held in Beirut Austin Tice’s parents
2. Various shots of video cameras shooting the conference, and photographers taking snapshots during the conference
3. Various, large shots of reporters and journalists attending the conference and taking notes
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (English) – Mark, Austin’s father:
“We’re the parents of Austin Tice, a journalist who was last working in Syria, and with whom we’ve had not contact since August 13th. We’re here today to appeal of information about Austin, is he well?! How can we contact him?! And how can we return him to our family?! If anyone who hears this; has any information about Austin; and especially what we can do to bring him home, please contact us. We’ve a website where you can send us an email. It’s www.austinticefamily.com.” 5. Close shot of Austin’s mother, Debra while she was talking during the conference
6. SOUNDBITE 2 (English) – Debra Tice, Austin’s mother:
“My precious Austin, I love you dearly. I hold you tenderly in my heart, and I pray for you constantly. Your brothers and sisters love you, and think of you every minute. Be assured we’ll do all we can to bring you safely home.” 7. Wide shot of the press conference, while the presenter is thanking the attendees for coming

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Two Killed in Clashes between Hezboll...
Sidon, Lebanon
By Editor's Picks
11 Nov 2012

Two people were killed and seven injured on Sunday, November 11, in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon in sectarian fighting between Shiite supporters of Hezbollah militants, and Sunni supporters of Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir.

Lebanese army forces were deployed immediately to the area to contain the situation, though gunfire could be heard throughout the day.

The clashes erupted when Sheikh Al-Assir and his supporters, opponents of Hezbollah and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, demanded the removal of Hezbollah banners from Sidon by Sunday. In defiance, Hezbollah Shiite supporters continued preparing the banners for massive rituals to be held late November.

The sectarian clashes add tension to the situation in Lebanon folloeing the assassination of a senior intelligence official in October.

Story: Two Killed in Clashes between Hezbollah Shiite Supporters and Sunnis
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 11, 2012
Shooting Location: Sidon, Lebanon
Publishing Time: November 11, 2012
Length: 0:01:17
Video Size: 63.4 MB
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of army tanks and soldiers in the fighting area
2- Various shots of blood stains and traces on the sidewalk
3- Various shots of ambulance moving and the army tank, soldiers and people in the background
4- Various shots of blood stains and traces on the sidewalks
5- Various shots of the medical assistants and doctors examining a large spot of blood stain on the ground
6- Various shots of several army soldiers in the street where the fight took place, with the medical assistants in the background
7- Various shots of damaged cars, more blood stains in the ground, soldiers in the background

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Egypt's Head Prosecutor Bans Internet...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
10 Nov 2012

STORYLINE:

Most Egyptians approved of the recent decision of Egypt’s General Prosecutor Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud to order government authorities to block any "corrupt or corrupting" pornographic images or scenes inconsistent with the values and traditions of the Egyptian people, and the higher interests of the state.

An official in the prosecutor's office said the order followed a protest by Salafists, who have launched a campaign called "Pure Net" with the goal of prohibiting pornographic websites.

The campaign is backed by several prominent Salafist preachers as it calls for the prohibition of adult websites in Egypt on grounds that such sites violate Egyptian customs and values.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Coordinator of “Pure Net Campaign, Cairo University”, Mohamed Hossam:
“The Campaign of pure Net is a youth plan to ban the porn sites. It seeks to ban all porn sites to preserve Egyptian behavior as east community which rejects the presence of this phenomenon inside the community.”

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Software Engineer for Web Applications, Ahmed Abu-Baker:
“The banning of porn sites is available for any country, and any government can do that as well by blocking the actual host of the websites or even by blocking the website itself within the IP.”

Mahmoud sent official letters to the Communications and Information Technology Minister, the Interior Minister and the head of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority on Wednesday, November 7, ordering them to block pornographic websites.

He wrote that such websites show images that are contrary to the values and traditions of Egyptian society and the national interest according to the statements of his spokesperson Adel al-Saeed.

Most Egyptians support the decision to ban porn sites, highlighting the fact that Egyptian society is conservative by nature and the decision will serve to preserve Egypt's social norms and values.

SOUDNBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen, Khaled:
“I think that the decision of the General-Prosecutor to block the porn sites is very good decision because a big category of the Egyptian society use the internet so it is illogical to let all the sites available for all the people particularly the porn sites.”

SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) - Egyptian citizen, Mohamed Ibrahim:
“Actually it is a very good decision because it is illogical that I have internet at my home and my young child enters on it and goes to such porn sites to see inconsistent scenes so I see it is a very good decision.”

Meanwhile on the part of liberal critics, the decision was met by uproar and concern about the possible impact such legislation might have on the freedom of expression.

They believe that the general ban may pave the way for more Internet regulations to come.

In May 2009, Egypt's High Administrative Court declared a ban on pornographic websites. The move was based on a lawsuit filed by Islamist lawyer Nezar Ghourab.

The court said such websites help spread vice, which destroys traditions, beliefs and morals, and therefore the country’s interests as well as social and national security.

Story: Most Egyptians Approve of Prosecutor’s Order to Ban Porn Websites
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 9, 2012 and Archive
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: November 10, 2012
Length: 0:02:07
Video Size: 104 MB
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various external shots of Egypt’s Supreme Courthouse
2- Medium shot of the Egyptian flag on the top of the headquarters of the Supreme Courthouse
3- Medium shot of Prosecutor-General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud speaking during a meeting (Archive October 14 )
4- Medium shot, the attendees during the meeting (Archive October 14 )
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Coordinator of “Pure Net Campaign, Cairo University”, Mohamed Hossam:
“The Campaign of pure Net is a youth plan to ban the porn sites. It seeks to ban all the porn sites to preserve the Egyptian behavior as east community which rejects the presence of this phenomenon inside the community” 6- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Software Engineer for Web Applications, Ahmed Abu-Baker:
“The banning of porn sites is available for any country and any government can do that as well by blocking the actual host of the websites or even by blocking the website itself within the IP.” Various shots of Egyptians searching the internet
7- Wide shot of Traffic movement at one of Cairo streets
8- SOUDNBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen, Khaled:
“I think that the decision of the General-Prosecutor to block the porn sites is very good decision because a big category of the Egyptian society use the internet so it is illogical to let all the sites available for all the people particularly the porn sites.” 9- SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) - Egyptian citizen, Mohamed Ibrahim:
“Actually it is a very good decision because it is illogical that I have internet at my home and my young child enters on it and goes to such porn sites to see inconsistent scenes so I see it is a very good decision.” 10- Various shots of Egyptians searching on the internet
11- wide shot of traffic movement at one of Cairo streets
12- Wide shot of youth sitting on the internet at internet café
13- Wide overview shot of the Nile River in Cairo

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Egyptian Doctors Strike, Hold Symboli...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
08 Nov 2012

Hundreds of Egyptian doctors marched on Thursday, November 8, from Omar Makram Mosque in Tahrir Square to the Egyptian State TV Building (Maspero), holding a symbolic funeral for the Ministry of Health as part of their ongoing strike calling for healthcare reforms.
On the 39th day of their strike the protesting doctors wore black clothes, holding in their hands white coats to represent coffins.
They shouted slogans and raised banners demanding social justice and better hospital security.
Their major demands include an increase of healthcare share in the general budget to 15%, better health services, increased security at health facilities and higher pay.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed Abdel-Sattar, a striking doctor:
“We decided today to hold a symbolic march entitled ‘the funeral of Egyptian healthcare’ due to the Health Ministry’s disregard of the strike’s three legitimate demands: to increase the healthcare budget, to increase security at hospitals and to implement the cadre of doctors within three years, not now. We want to live a decent life like everyone.”

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Amr Shura, media coordinator of the doctors’ strike committee:
“Today is the 39th day of the doctors’ strike. We tried everything. We held marches, protests, marches, etc. We’re not required to provide solutions but we did. However, there was no response. Today, we tell the health minister that he’s failed.”

A number of political forces voiced support for the mock funeral procession of the striking doctors, protesting against alleged deteriorating healthcare and negligent government.
The doctors threatened to escalate the situation if their demands are not met.
The April 6 Youth Movement, Revolutionary Socialists, National Front for Justice and Democracy and Youth for Freedom and Justice are among the forces taking part in the march.
The doctors’ partial strike started on October 1 after being approved on September 21 at a Doctors Syndicate emergency general assembly meeting.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 8, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: November 8, 2012
Length: 0:02:17
Video Size: 113 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Wide shot of protesting doctors marching from Omar Makram Mosque near Tahrir square to the State TV Building “Maspero”, raising banners
  2. Wide shot of protesting doctors wearing black clothes and holding their coats representing symbolic coffins
  3. Various shots of protesting doctors marching, raising banners
  4. Various shots of protestors shouting marching, shouting statements against the
  5. Close up shot of one of the protestors raising a banner against the Health Ministry
  6. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed Abdel-Sattar, a striking doctor:
    “We decided today to hold a symbolic march entitled ‘the funeral of the Egyptian healthcare’ due to the Health Ministry’s disregard of the strike’s three legitimate demands: to increase the healthcare budget, to increase security at hospitals and to implement the cadre of doctors within three years, not now. We want to live a decent life like everyone.”
  7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Amr Shura, media coordinator of the doctors’ strike committee:
    “Today is the 39th day of the doctors’ strike. We tried everything. We held marches, protests, marches, etc. We’re not required to provide solutions but we did. However, there was no response. Today, we bring tell the health minister that he’s failed.”
  8. Various shots of protesting doctors shouting statements calling for increase in the budget of the Health Ministry
  9. Wide shot of the symbolic coffin of the Health Ministry on the ground while protestors standing wearing black clothes and raising banners
  10. Various shots of protestors shouting statements against the Health Ministry
  11. Various shots of protestors raising banners condemning the system of the Ministry of Health
  12. Wide shot of the symbolic coffin of the Health Ministry
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Egypt's FM Meets Lebanon President an...
Cabinet Headquarters, Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
07 Nov 2012

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati recieved on Wednesday, November 7, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr at the Cabinet headquarters in Beirut, where they held talks over the bilateral relations between the two countries and other issues of common interest.

Mikati and Amr reaffirmed the depth of the relations between Lebanon and Egypt.

In a press conference following the meeting, Amr stressed Egypt’s keenness to cooperate with all Lebanese parties and its support for the resumption of the national dialogue among all Lebanese political forces.

Amr described his meeting with Mikati as "fruitful.”

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt’s FM Mohamed Kamel Amr:
“The meeting was fruitful. He (Mikati) asked me to convey his greeting to President Mohamed Morsi and the Egyptian people. We agreed upon maintaining regular contact in the upcoming period in order to have continuous consultation between the two countries regarding different issues of mutual concern whether on the bilateral or the regional level.”

On the other hand, Amr met with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman where they discussed bilateral relations and the recent regional developments.

Amr praised the exerted efforts by Suleiman to maintain national dialogue and stability in Lebanon.

Egypt’s FM arrived in Lebanon on Tuesday for a two-day visit to meet with senior Lebanese officials.

He also met with his Lebanese counterpart FM Adnan Mansour and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

Story: Egypt FM Meets Lebanese President and PM, Reaffirms Deep Bilateral Ties
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 23, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: October 23, 2012
Length: 0:01:34
Video Size: 77.4 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Wide external shot of the Lebanese Cabinet headquarters in Beirut
  2. Various shots of the meeting of PM Najib Mikati with Egyptian FM Mohamed Kamel Amr
  3. Various shots of the meeting
  4. Pan right shot of Egyptian FM heading to give speech at a press conference after the meeting
  5. Wide shot of Amr starting his speech at the press conference
  6. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt’s FM Mohamed Kamel Amr:
    “The meeting was fruitful. He (Mikati) asked me to convey his greeting to President Mohamed Morsi and the Egyptian people. We agreed upon maintaining regular contact in the upcoming period in order to have continuous consultation between the two countries regarding different issues of mutual concern whether on the bilateral or the regional level.”
  7. Various shots of Egyptian FM Mohamed Kamel Amr meeting with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman at the Presidential Palace headquarters
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High Level AU Meeting in Cairo Urges ...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
05 Nov 2012

The African Union 2012 High Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators was held on Monday, November 5, in Cairo, shedding light on the challenges facing Africa and urging peace and security on the continent.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the first female AU Chief, said that the two-day conference would help find ways to achieve the purposes of a peaceful and conflict-free Africa.

SOUNDBITE 1 (English) – AU Chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma:
“As we also prepare for the golden jubilee of the OAU next year, the retreat must help us to find ways to move more speedily towards the objectives of a prosperous, peaceful, democratic and conflict-free Africa.”

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr said that Egypt supported the AU in activating all its peacemaking efforts on the continent.

For his part, Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby said the high level meeting was a real chance for exchanging views and visions regarding the challenges facing Africa and the solutions for the ongoing crises.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
“This meeting has really become a gathering for exchanging views, visions and experiences on the best ways of putting an end to different crises, preventing their renewal and spreading peace, security and stability in our African continent.”

The theme of the conference is “Transforming the African peace and security context in the next decade: appraisal and opportunity.”

The conference included dignitaries and diplomats from different African states.

It is the third consecutive annual African Union retreat of this kind to take place in Egypt.

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi also invited a number of participants from the retreat to meet him at the presidential palace.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 5, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: November 5, 2012
Language: English and Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Long shot, the banner of the conference reading “African Union 2012 High Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators”
  2. Close shot, a banner with the AU logo reading “Make Peace Happen”
  3. Wide shot, the conference hall, speakers and attendees
  4. Medium shot, AU Chief Dlamini-Zuma, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr sitting as keynote speakers during the conference
  5. Various shots of the attendees
  6. Various shots of Zuma speaking during the conference
  7. Wide shot, the attendees applauding
  8. SOUNDBITE 1 (English) – AU Chief Dlamini-Zuma:
    “As we also prepare for the golden jubilee of the OAU next year, the retreat must help us to find ways to move more speedily towards the objectives of a prosperous, peaceful, democratic and conflict-free Africa.”
  9. Various shots of the attendees
  10. Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr speaking during the conference
  11. Wide shot of the conference
  12. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
    “This meeting has really become a gathering for exchanging views, visions and experiences on the best ways of putting an end to different crises, preventing their renewal and spreading peace, security and stability in our African continent.”
  13. Various shots of the attendees
  14. Various shots of Zuma speaking during the conference
  15. Various shots of Al-Araby speaking during the conference
  16. Various shots of Amr speaking during the conference
  17. Wide shot of the conference
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Protest outside French Embassy in Leb...
French Embassy, Beirut, Lebanon
By U.S. Editor
04 Nov 2012

During the visit of French President Francois Hollande to Lebanon on Sunday, November 4, dozens of Lebanese gathered outside the French Embassy in Beirut demanding the release of Lebanese activist Georges Abdullah who has been jailed in France since 1984 over alleged involvement in the killing of a US security official and an Israeli diplomat.

The protestors raised signs and posters of Abdullah and shouted statements demanding his release.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Simon Abdullah, Georges’ brother:
“Today, the French President is coming to Lebanon to teach us democracy and tell us about human rights and freedom. At the same time, his jails imprison a young man for 28 years in violation of the French law. We hope that the Lebanese authorities remind France’s President that there is a prisoner in the French jails and that if he talks about democracy let him release Georges Abdullah.”

Abdullah used to be a communist activist and he was sentenced to a maximum of 18 years in prison but he remained in custody in France for the past 28 years.

His brother Joseph claims that George’s detention is due to American and Israeli pressure and because Lebanon has not demanded his release from the French authorities.

Abdullah always says in courtrooms that he would return to his struggle to liberate Palestine from the Israelis once he is released.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 4, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: November 4, 2012
Length: 0:01:42
Video Size: 84.1 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot, dozens of protestors outside the French Embassy in Beirut
2. Medium shot, a group of security men outside the French Embassy
3. Medium shot, sign at the French Embassy in Beirut reading “AMBASSADE DE FRANCE”
4. Various shots of protestors raising signs and posters of Georges Abdullah and shouting statements demanding his release
5. Various shots of protestors holding posters of Georges Abdullah reading “I am Georges Abdullah”
6. Tilt down, a protestor raising a sign with Abdullah’s picture reading “Enough 29 years of oppression… Freedom to Georges Abdullah”
7. Various shots of today’s meeting of French President François Hollande with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman
8. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Simon Abdullah, Georges’ brother:
“Today, the French President is coming to Lebanon to teach us democracy and tell us about human rights and freedom. At the same time, his jails imprison a young man for 28 years in violation of the French law. We hope that the Lebanese authorities remind France’s President that there is a prisoner in the French jails and that if he talks about democracy let him release Georges Abdullah.” 9. Various shots of protestors raising signs and posters of Georges Abdullah and shouting statements demanding his release
10. Wide shot, dozens of protestors lined up and holding a large sign reading “Freedom to struggler Georges Abdullah”

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Trial of defendants in NGO foreign fu...
Cairo Criminal Court, Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
04 Nov 2012

Cairo criminal court adjourned on Saturday, November 3, the trial of 43 foreign and Egyptian NGO workers to the session of December 2.

The defendants are accused of illegally receiving foreign funds and operating in Egypt without permission from the authorities.

Among the accused are 19 American citizens, 14 Egyptians and 10 other non-Egyptian nationals.

The delay is decided to allow the lawyers of the defendants to give their arguments before the court.

The court today heard the prosecution's representative who accused the defendants of defrauding the Egyptian people. He concluded his remarks by imploring the court to apply the harshest punishment on the accused.

Some Egyptian officials have linked the funding of civil society initiatives to a U.S. plot to undermine Egypt’s sovereignty while the United States and the civil society workers deny the accusations.

The defendants, including the son of the U.S. transportation secretary, are accused of receiving illegal funds from abroad and carrying out political activities unrelated to their civil society work.

The trial began earlier in February and resulted in an unusual confrontation between Cairo and Washington due to the involvement of a number of US organizations in the case.

Although the case is still going on, the American defendants departed Egypt on March 1, when the Supreme Council of the Armed Force (SCAF) was ruling the country.

Story: Trial of defendants in NGO foreign funding case adjourned to December 2

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 3, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: November 3, 2012
Length: 0:01:24
Video Size: 69.7 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST
1- Various external shot of Cairo Criminal Court headquarters in New Cairo
2- Zoom out shot of the judges at the court room
3- Zoom out shot of defendants inside the dock
4- Various shots of the court session
5- Pan right shot of the judges concluding the session and leaving
6- SOUNDBITE 1
7- SOUNDBITE 2
8- Wide shot of people leaving after the trial session
9- Various external shot of Cairo Criminal Court headquarters in New Cairo

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Hundreds Of Protesters In Tahrir Squa...
Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
03 Nov 2012

Hundreds of Islamist supporters gathered on Friday, November 2, at Iconic Tahrir Square, for a preliminary demonstration calling for the implementation of Sharia (Islamic law) in Egypt’s new constitution.
Protestors chanted statements calling for the implementation of the Islamic law like “No democracy, no liberalism, only Sharia.”
Protesters said "We are here to tell the Constituent Assembly which is tasked with drafting Egypt’s new constitution that Egypt is an Islamic country."
They are also calling for Sharia to become the only source of legislation.
A stage was set in the square with speakers calling for the application of Islamic Sharia in an attempt to mount the pressure on the Constituent Assembly.
A mass rally is scheduled for 9 November by a group of Islamist forces to reinforce their demand.
Several Islamist political groups, including Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya, the Freedom and Justice Party and Al-Dawa Al-Salafiya have announced that they will form a coalition of political parties and Islamic forces to ensure that Egypt's new constitution is shaped in accordance with Islamic Sharia law, as they said they will organize a protest on November 2 to press for their cause.
However, the Islamist coalition agreed to postpone Friday's planned protests, which had been planned under the slogan "Demanding the application of Sharia in the constitution," until they are able to rally more people for their cause.

Story: Hundreds of protesters in Tahrir demand implementation of Islamic Sharia Law
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 2, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: November 2, 2012
Length: 0:01:44
Video Size: 85.9 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of hundreds of protestors at Tahrir Square standing around stage set on the square and listening to one of the speakers one of the protestors waving with a flag
  2. Medium shot of a speaker on the stage addressing the protestors
  3. Various shots of protestors raising flags and listening to the speaker at Tahrir Square
  4. Close up shot of one of Spokesman for the Salafi Group Dr. Hesham Kamal addressing the protestors at Tahrir square
  5. Medium shot of protestors at Tahrir Square
  6. SOUDNBITE 1
  7. SOUNDBITE 2
  8. Pan right shot of protestors at Tahrir square, Islamic songs heard in the background
  9. Medium shot of protestor raising a banner calling for the implementation of the Islamic sharia law
  10. Various shots of protestors raising banners and waving with flags, Islamic songs playing in the background
  11. Medium shot of a man raising a banner calling for the resignation of the general prosecutor
  12. Wide shot of protestors at Tahrir square
  13. Zoom in shot of protestors marching at Tahrior square and shouting for the implementation of the Islamic sharia law
  14. Various shots of protestors at Tahrir square
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Egyptians Address Morsi during Eid - ...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
27 Oct 2012

During the first Sacrifice Feast (Eid al-Adha) under the rule of President Mohamed Morsi, Egyptians send their president messages with various demands and issues that they wished would have been settled by the Eid.

The lack of security was the number one demand of Egyptians and the first wish they wanted Morsi to hear on this holy Muslim occasion.

Egyptians also address their new President to focus on the youth and work on providing them with housing and job opportunities, as unemployment in the country has exceeded 12%.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Beesa Talaat, Egyptian woman:
“Our demand from President Morsi is security, safety, stability and to live in a clean country, those are mainly the things that he already promised us. Adding to that, we want him to provide us with proper means of public transportation, and also we want the police to return back to normal.” SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Ahmed Abdel-Aaty, Egyptian young man:
“One of the main problems we face is traffic, those few days before Eid; the traffic was unbearable, and one of the main problems also is cleanliness, which they still didn’t find solutions for, so hopefully step by step; we will make some achievement if people would cooperate with the government.”

A clean environment is also among the top demands of Egyptians.

President Morsi launched a two-day “Clean Homeland” campaign late July, during which workers, bulldozers, machines and officials could be seen everywhere nationwide. However, piles of garbage gradually returned to fill Egyptian streets.

Some Egyptians also demand retrial of those who killed peaceful protestors during the January 25 Revolution last year, complaining that most of the perpetrators have been acquitted.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Ahmed Mansour, Egyptian man, Engineer at General Motors:
“I was hoping to see more achievements from President Mosri, to feel that he came after a real successful revolution and that he came to achieve the goals that were set by that revolution, for me this is the main issue…I don’t feel that President Mosri achieved anything out of the revolution goals.”

President Morsi promised that his first 100-day plan would put an end to five main problems in Egypt: lack of security, garbage in the streets, traffic jams and shortages of bread and fuel. However, monitoring activists say that Morsi achieved only 9.37% of the promises of his first 100 days.

In a previous speech, Morsi gave greater indication of the progress he made in the five major issues than what a lot of Egyptians actually feel.
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 27, 2012 (and archive)
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: October 27, 2012
Language: Arabic
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Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot of the main street in Tahrir Square
2. Long shot of some little boys hanging out in Tahrir Sq.
3. Wide, pan right shot of streets around Tahrir Sq.
4. Long shot of some boys walking around in the square
5. Wide shot of the Egyptian Presidency headquarters in Cairo
6. Medium shot of President Morsi during a press conference at the Presidential Palace (archive)
7. Close shot of a reporter taking notes during President Morsi’s speech (archive)
8. Medium shot of President Mosri continuing his speech (archive)
9. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Beesa Talaat, Egyptian woman:
“Our demand from President Morsi is security, safety, stability and to live in a clean country, those are mainly the things that he already promised us. Adding to that, we want him to provide us with proper means of public transportation, and also we want the police to return back to normal.” 10. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Ahmed Abdel-Aaty, Egyptian young man:
“One of the main problems we face is traffic, those few days before Eid; the traffic was unbearable, and one of the main problems also is cleanliness, which they still didn’t find solutions for, so hopefully step by step; we will make some achievement if people would cooperate with the government.” 11. Various, long shots of streets of Cairo
12. Wide shot of President Morsi heading to deliver a speech at the UN during the UN United Nations General Assembly meeting (archive)
13. Medium shot of President Morsi while giving the speech (archive)
14. Medium shot of the attendees during Morsi’s speech (archive)
15. Medium shot of President Mosri continuing his speech (archive)
16. Wide shot of Talaat Harb Square in downtown Cairo
17. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Ahmed Mansour, Egyptian man, Engineer at General Motors:
“I was hoping to see more achievements from President Mosri, to feel that he came after a real successful revolution and that he came to achieve the goals that were set by that revolution, for me this is the main issue…I don’t feel that President Mosri achieved anything out of the revolution goals.” 18. Wide shot of a main street in down town Cairo
19. Long shot of little boys hanging out in Tahrir Sq.
20. Various shots of the streets of Cairo
21. Medium shot of President Morsi during a speech to the nation, that was given in Cairo University (archive)
22. Long, pan right shot of President Morsi greeting the attendees of the meeting in Cairo University, after he finished his speech, and leaving the podium (archive)

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Skyrocketing Food Prices Ahead Of Mus...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
25 Oct 2012

Skyrocketing prices hit Egyptians ahead of the big Muslim holiday, the Feast of Sacrifice (Eid Al-Adha), particularly the prices of meat, vegetables and fruits, which Egyptians buy in exceptionally large quantities on this occasion.

Muslims in Egypt and worldwide buy sacrificial animals, whether a cow, ram, goat, etc, to slaughter on the first day of the Feast, known by Muslims as Eid, but those who cannot afford it just buy meat to cook and share with family members.

The kilogram of meat used to vary from 35 to 40 Egyptian pounds, but on these days it has exceeded 70 pounds, which is not affordable by a lot of Egyptians, 40% of which live under poverty line. [1 USD = 6.1 EGP]

Egyptian butchers complain that the difficult financial conditions of the people reflected in their selling.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Ali Abdel-Tawwab, butcher, store owner:
“Selling is very weak and things are very quiet. The difficult financial conditions affect everything, the people and the market.”

Rising prices didn’t stop at meat, but the prices of vegetables and fruits also recorded notable increase.

Some vegetable and fruit sellers say that the Eid eve used to be a prime selling season before the revolution, and that this year the selling on this day is just like other days.

Egyptian customers now reduce the quantities of food they used to buy for such an occasion, whether it is meat, fruits or vegetables.

Some see that food prices are incredibly higher this year while others see that they are reasonable.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Fatima, woman, customer at the marketplace:
“Whether it is on Eid days or ordinary days, Food prices have become very expensive. It’s rather too expensive.”

A few hours before the big Muslim holiday kicks off, Egyptians, 90% of whom are Muslims, hope that the new president and his government fulfill their promises regarding improving people’s standard of living and financial conditions, boosting economy and reducing poverty.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 25, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: October 25, 2012
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot, a bridge and traffic in Cairo
2. Various shots at a butcher’s, butchers chopping and slicing meat, a customer waiting
3. Various shots of cows at a stockyard
4. Pan right, a man dragging a cow
5. Various shots of sheep at a stockyard in the street
6. Various shots of customers at a butcher’s
7. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Ali Abdel-Tawwab, butcher, store owner:
“Selling is very weak and things are very quiet. The difficult financial conditions affect everything, the people and the market.” 8. Various shots of a marketplace of vegetables and fruits
9. Various shots of fruits displayed for sale on stands in the marketplace, including peaches, pineapples, mangoes, etc
10. Various shots of a fruit seller
11. Various shots of tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes and other vegetables displayed for sale in the marketplace
12. Various shots of the vegetable seller
13. Long shot, people walking around at the marketplace
14. Various shots of a marketplace of vegetables and fruits displayed for sale
15. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Fatima, woman, customer at the marketplace:
“Whether it is on Eid days or ordinary days, Food prices have become very expensive. It’s rather too expensive.” 16. Pan right, an old man buying something at the marketplace
17. Long shot, people walking around at the marketplace

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Father of Palestinian Man Killed by L...
Beirut, Lebanon
By U.S. Editor
23 Oct 2012

Hundreds of mourners attended on Tuesday, October 23, the funeral procession a young Palestinian man who was killed on Monday by Lebanese army troops in Beirut’s Qasqas area.

Mourners chanted slogans and fired in the air during the funeral procession.

The young man, Ahmad Qouwayder, was buried in the Sabra refugee camp near Qasqas neighborhood.

The father of the late young man demands retaliation for his son, calling on the Lebanese President to get him the right of his son from those who killed him.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Father of the young Palestinian man killed by the Lebanese Army:
“I want retaliation for the blood of my son from the army, and I am a follower of the law not above the law. I say to the President and the whole world that I want to avenge the blood of my son. I want retaliation no matter how; whether through the law or without the law, I want it.”

According to a statement released by the military, an army soldier killed a young Palestinian man after the man and his brother opened fire on an army patrol near Beirut’s Qasqas area.

The incident comes amid heightened tension in Lebanon following the assassination of Lebanese intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan who was killed on Friday in a massive car explosion that rocked the Beirut area of Ashrafyeh, leaving seven others dead and over a hundred wounded.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 23, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: October 23, 2012
Length: 0:0:57
Video Size: 47.0 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

1- Various shots of the dead body during the process of washing and shrouding
2- Tilt up shot of the father of the young man killed by the Lebanese Army troops
3- Various shots of mourners waiting for the funeral
4- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Father of the young Palestinian man killed by the Lebanese Army:
“I want retaliation for the blood of my son from the army, and I am a follower of the law not above the law. I say to the President and the whole world that I want to avenge the blood of my son. I want retaliation no matter how; whether through the law or without the law, I want it.” 5- Various shots of mourners carrying the coffin of the man during the funeral, shouting “There is no God but Allah”
6- Various shots of mourners during the funeral, shouting “Allah is the greatest” while gunfire is heard in the background
7- Wide shot of men shooing fire during the funeral