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Egyptian Activists Establish “Egyptia...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
03 Oct 2012

Egyptian political activists, legal experts, NGO members and human rights activists held a press conference on Wednesday, October 3, to announce the formation of the “Egyptian Constitutional Front”, which they consider as a new constitution-writing panel to draw a new representative constitution.

They expressed rejection to the current Islamist-dominated constitution-writing panel, which they expect will not fully tackle human rights issues, aiming to place the goals of the revolution in the new constitution.

According to founding members, the Egyptian Constitutional Front aims to draft a democratic constitution based on the principles of citizenship and respect of human rights.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hafez Abou Seada, Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR):
“Constitutions are established through agreement even if there is a minority of 10%. They should feel that they are partners of making the new constitution. The big mistake and catastrophe was that the constitution-writing panel was subjected to the majority. The majority is changeable and the constitution governs all Egyptians. Therefore, I believe that the wise people inside the Islamic trend have to return once again to Egyptian national unity.”

They also highlighted the importance of entrenching certain rights into Egypt’s new constitution, including freedom of the press, the right to peaceful protest, and a wide range of economic and social rights.

The attendees expressed rejection of giving the authority to form the constitution panel to the President again in case of the dissolution of the current panel.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – George Ishaaq, political activist and founder of Kefaya Movement:
“We should be careful when we offer the new draft constitution and discuss it with the people. It is Egypt’s post-revolution constitution, so it has to be completely different than that of pre-revolution Egypt.” The current panel was elected by the members of the People's Assembly (the lower house of the parliament) and the Shura Council (the upper house of the parliament) before the dissolution of the People's Assembly.

The panel still faces the risk of dissolution by court order on the grounds that it was drawn up by the dissolved lower house of parliament.

Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the panel on October 9.

Founders of the Egyptian Constitutional Front include former MP Amr Hamzawy, editor in chief of Al Alam Al Youm Newspaper Saad Hagras, board member of Al Wafd Political Party Essam Sheha, and member of the journalist Syndicate Gamal Fahmy.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 3, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: October 3, 2012
Length: 0:02:07
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Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Wide shot of the press conference, the attendees at the conference hall
2- Various shots of the conference, speakers and the attendees
3- Medium shot of one of the attendees speaking during the conference
4- Medium shot of cameramen filming during the conference
5- Medium shot of Hafez Abou Seada, Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) speaking during the conference
6- Wide shot of the attendees at the conference hall
7- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hafez Abou Seada, Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR):
“Constitutions are established through agreement even if there is a minority of 10%. They should feel that they are partners of making the new constitution. The big mistake and catastrophe was that the constitution-writing panel was subjected to the majority. The majority is changeable and the constitution governs all Egyptians. Therefore, I believe that the wise people inside the Islamic trend have to return nonce again to Egyptian, national unity.” 8- Various shot of the conference, speakers and the attendees
9- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – George Ishaaq, political activist and founder of Kefaya Movement:
“We should be careful when we offer the new draft constitution and discuss it with the people. It is Egypt’s post-revolution constitution, so it has to be completely different than that of pre-revolution Egypt.”
10- Various shot of the conference, speakers and the attendees

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"Catalonia, New State Of Europa"
Parliament of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
27 Sep 2012

Barcelona, Spain. About 400 people from the National Assembly of Catalonia (ACN), gathered at the gates of Parliament to demand the independence of Catalonia on Thursday, September 27, 2012. Parliament members inside gathered for the second day of the annual Debate on General Policy, where only 21 members objected to a referendum for an independent state, to be voted on in the next election. Behind a banner with the slogan, "Catalonia, new state of Europa," demonstrators chanted for independence and waved Catalonian flags.

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Demonstration in front of the Parliam...
Parliament of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
27 Sep 2012

Barcelona, Spain. About 400 people from the National Assembly of Catalonia (ACN), gathered at the gates of Parliament to demand the independence of Catalonia on Thursday, September 27, 2012. Parliament members inside gathered for the second day of the annual Debate on General Policy, where only 21 members objected to a referendum for an independent state, to be voted on in the next election. Behind a banner with the slogan, "Catalonia, new state of Europa," demonstrators chanted for independence and waved Catalonian flags.

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Welcome To Catalonia
Parliament of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
27 Sep 2012

Barcelona, Spain. About 400 people from the National Assembly of Catalonia (ACN), gathered at the gates of Parliament to demand the independence of Catalonia on Thursday, September 27, 2012. Parliament members inside gathered for the second day of the annual Debate on General Policy, where only 21 members objected to a referendum for an independent state, to be voted on in the next election. Behind a banner with the slogan, "Catalonia, new state of Europa," demonstrators chanted for independence and waved Catalonian flags.

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Demonstration in front of the Parliam...
Parliament of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
27 Sep 2012

Barcelona, Spain. About 400 people from the National Assembly of Catalonia (ACN), gathered at the gates of Parliament to demand the independence of Catalonia on Thursday, September 27, 2012. Parliament members inside gathered for the second day of the annual Debate on General Policy, where only 21 members objected to a referendum for an independent state, to be voted on in the next election. Behind a banner with the slogan, "Catalonia, new state of Europa," demonstrators chanted for independence and waved Catalonian flags.

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Commissioners Delay Reviewing Court D...
Egypt, Cairo
By Marta Bogdanska
03 Sep 2012

The Commissioners assigned to review the Supreme Constitutional Court decision of parliament dissolution adjourned on Sunday, September 2, reviewing the decision to October 12.
The Constitutional Court ruled mid June the unconstitutionality of Egypt’s first post-revolution parliament, and the ruling Military Council then carried out the court ruling.
Two lawyers filed lawsuits against the court order and demanded return of the dissolved parliament, arguing that the Constitutional Court does not have the right to dissolve the parliament and that it is only assigned with ruling the constitutionality of laws and referring any other cases to the concerned courts.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed al-Omda, lawyer, member of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee of the dissolved parliament:
“The Constitutional Court bypassed its duties when it ruled the parliament dissolution, although the parliament wasn’t represented in the lawsuit. So, the court made many violations, which are all stated and the lawsuit was adjourned to be reviewed, as it is an urgent lawsuit and related to the country’s legislative authority.”

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Mahmoud Abdo Ammar, lawyer, representing claimant against Shura Council dissolution:
“The Constitutional Court overrode its authorities, because since it was established, it never issued a ruling and carried it out at the same time. It is only assigned to judge whether a law wording is constitutional or not, and refer relevant lawsuits to concerned courts.”

President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree on July 8 ordering reinstatement of the dissolved parliament, but two days later the Constitutional Court issued a ruling suspending Morsi’s decree.
The dissolved parliament was Egypt’s first post-revolution parliament and it was dominated by Islamists, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood group.
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: September 2, 2012 (and archive)
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: September 2, 2012
Length: 0:01:49
Video Size: 89.6 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Wide overview of Cairo and the River Nile
2- Wide shot, traffic at a street in Cairo
3- Various external shots of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court headquarters in Cairo
4- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed al-Omda, lawyer, member of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee of the dissolved parliament:
“The Constitutional Court bypassed its duties when it ruled the parliament dissolution, although the parliament wasn’t represented in the lawsuit. So, the court made many violations, which are all stated and the lawsuit was adjourned to be reviewed, as it is an urgent lawsuit and related to the country’s legislative authority.” 5- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Mahmoud Abdo Ammar, lawyer, representing claimant against Shura Council dissolution:
“The Constitutional Court overrode its authorities, because since it was established, it never issued a ruling and carried it out at the same time. It is only assigned to judge whether a law wording is constitutional or not, and refer relevant lawsuits to concerned courts.” 6- Wide external shot of the lower house of parliament (the People’s Assembly) headquarters in Cairo
7- Various shots of a parliament session (archive)
8- Various external shots of the upper house of parliament (the Shura Council) headquarters in Cairo
9- Various shots of a Shura Council session (archive)

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Liberals and Leftists Form 'Third Cur...
Cairo, Egypt
By Daniel Crossman
29 Jun 2012

Egyptian legal experts, politicians, party leaders, political activists and human rights activists held a press conference on Thursday, June 28, to announce the formation of the "Third Current" bloc, to unite liberals and leftists against what they call Islamist and military domination of power.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Constitutional expert Mohamed Nour Farahat:
"It is a strong political and social current to unite the political forces that were divided following the revolution. It offers an alternative to the Islamist state and the military state, highlighting the political arena with the issues of society, development and justice, which have been completely ignored amid the conflicts and competition over power."

The participant parties include the Free Egyptians Party, Al-Tagammu Party, Al-Karama Party, the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, the Equality and Development Party and Al-Dostour Party.

Speakers said that ‘the Third Current bloc represents the real majority of Egyptians who support the civil identity of the country,’ rejecting what's called ‘the marriage between religion and power and the militarization of the country.’

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Former MP Alaa Abdel-Moneim:
"The bloc’s slogan is: No to the marriage of religion and power, and no to militarizing the country. We seek the establishment of a civil state governed only by the constitution and the law. We do not accept using religion to achieve political purposes. We also reject military tyranny. We derive our rules and main strength from the public."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian actress Tayseer Fahmy, Head of Equality and Development Party:
"When all civil forces unite, they will have the same opinion. Even after four years, when there will be presidential elections, all these forces and those believing in their principles will support a certain president. The same applies to parliamentary elections. So, it will create a kind of balance between powers so that neither party would dominate."

The participants reminded the newly elected president of "The Pledge Document,” which includes basic principles and demands for the new President of Egypt to be committed to, and stresses that Egypt is a civil democratic state whose official religion is Islam, and that the principles of the Islamic Law (Sharia) are the basic source of legislation.

The document also guarantees that the Islamists’ rise to power will not limit personal and public freedoms.

The Third Current bloc is intended to guarantee the principles of freedom, equality and social justice under Egypt's new administration and face what liberals and leftists refer to as Islamist and military fascism.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: June 28, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: June 28, 2012
Length: 0:02:42
Video Size: 133 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Wide shot, the attendees at the conference hall
2- Long shot, the speakers and the attendees upon the start of the press conference
3- Pan left, the speakers including constitutional expert Mohamed Nour Farahat, Mohamed Aboul-Ghar, head of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, former liberal MP Amr Hamzawi, and others
4- Various shots of speakers during the press conference, including Aboul-Ghar and Hamzawi
5- Wide shot, the attendees at the conference hall
6- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Constitutional expert Mohamed Nour Farahat:
"It is a strong political and social current to unite the political forces that were divided following the revolution. It offers an alternative to the Islamist state and the military state, highlighting the political arena with the issues of society, development and justice, which have been completely ignored amid the conflicts and competition over power."
7- Wide shot, Hamzawi speaking during the press conference
8- Medium shot, Abdel-Ghaffar Shukr, Socialist Popular Alliance Party (SPA) member, speaking during the press conference
9- Wide shot, the press conference and the attendees
10- Medium shot, political activist George Ishaaq speaking during the press conference
11- Wide shot, the attendees at the conference hall
12- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Former MP Alaa Abdel-Moneim:
"The bloc’s slogan is: No to the marriage of religion and power, and no to militarizing the country. We seek the establishment of a civil state governed only by the constitution and the law. We do not accept using religion to achieve political purposes. We also reject military tyranny. We derive our rules and main strength from the public." 13- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian actress Tayseer Fahmy, Head of Equality and Development Party:
"When all civil forces unite, they will have the same opinion. Even after four years, when there will be presidential elections, all these forces and those believing in their principles will support a certain president. The same applies to parliamentary elections. So, it will create a kind of balance between powers so that neither party would dominate." 14- Various shots of the conference, speakers and attendees

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Massive Tahrir Protest is Led by the ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Daniel Crossman
20 Jun 2012

A massive protest led by the Muslim Brotherhood has shaken Tahrir Square on Tuesday, June 19, to express rejection of the Complementary Constitutional Declaration, recently issued by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).
The protesters also reject the SCAF’s recent dissolution of the parliament, which was based on a ruling by Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Protestor at Tahrir:
"We are here to reject the constitutional declaration that creates a state inside the state, makes the Field Marshall, (Tantawi,) the president of Egypt, and makes the new president, elected by over 13 million Egyptians, a puppet moved by the SCAF. It makes the new president valueless. We also reject the dissolution of the parliament that was elected by 30 million Egyptians, and dismantled by the SCAF who were appointed by Hosni Mubarak."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – A preacher of Al-Azhar protesting at Tahrir:
"The SCAF cannot make a constitutional declaration. The legitimacy belongs to the people. The people are the owners of legitimacy and sovereignty. The SCAF held the responsibility at a hard time, but it lied in its promise to the people, betrayed them, and destroyed them through its acts of corruption."

The protest comes as the Muslim Brotherhood approaches power for the first time in Egypt's history, according to the initial results confirmed by their presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi's campaign officials.
The SCAF said in a press conference on Monday that its legislative authority stated in the declaration was limited and temporary, and that the new president would have complete authority.
The SCAF also reaffirmed that it would transfer power by the end of June as scheduled.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: June 19, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: June 19, 2012
Length: 0:01:44
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Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Day shots

  1. Wide overview shot of Tahrir Square with a massive number of protesters holding a large flag of Egypt with anti-SCAF written on it

  2. Various shots of protesters waving flags of Egypt and shouting anti-SCAF statements

  3. Various shots of protesters raising posters of the Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi

  4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Protestor at Tahrir:
    "We are here to reject the constitutional declaration that creates a state inside the state, makes the Field Marshall, (Tantawi,) the president of Egypt, and makes the new president, elected by over 13 million Egyptians, a puppet moved by the SCAF. It makes the new president valueless. We also reject the dissolution of the parliament that was elected by 30 million Egyptians, and dismantled by the SCAF who were appointed by Hosni Mubarak."

  5. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – A preacher of Al-Azhar protesting at Tahrir:
    "The SCAF cannot make a constitutional declaration. The legitimacy belongs to the people. The people are the owners of legitimacy and sovereignty. The SCAF held the responsibility at a hard time, but it lied in its promise to the people, betrayed them, and destroyed them through its acts of corruption."

  6. Evening and night shots

  7. Long shot, protesters holding a sign reading, "Youth reject legitimacy denial and parliament dissolution"

  8. Various shots of protesters waving flags of Egypt and shouting anti-SCAF statements

  9. Close up, a protester raising a sign reading, "No to complementary constitutional declaration"

  10. Pan left, protesters waving flags of Egypt and shouting anti-SCAF statements

  11. Wide over view shot of massive number of protester at Tahrir shouting "Morsi! Morsi!"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Georgian Dream rally in Tbilisi (3 of...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
27 May 2012

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

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

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

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A Member of Parliament at the "Save t...
Egypt
By Sohip Saad
29 Apr 2012

Hatem Abdel Azim, member of the People's Assembly, or "lower house" of Egypt's Parliament, addresses protesters during "Save the Revolution" Friday (April 27, 2012).

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Westminster bridge in London
London
By Martin Jay
26 Apr 2012

Footage that shows the Westminster bridge and the houses of parliament by the River Thames.

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Westminster Houses of Parliament in L...
London
By Martin Jay
26 Apr 2012

Footage that shows the Westminster houses of parliament by the River Thames.

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Houses of Parliament in London
London
By Martin Jay
24 Apr 2012

Footage that shows London's Houses of Parliament.

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New Edict Threatens Progress for Afgh...
Afghanistan
By sarakeawal
19 Apr 2012

Storyline: One of the most significant achievements of the new era in Afghanistan, after the fall of the Taliban, is in new freedoms for Afghan women. They are allowed to work in public, go to school, and participate in the political sphere-- something they were not allowed to do under the Taliban. However, the Afghan Religious Council, composed of hard-line religious leaders, has recently issued a new edict that calls women second-class citizens and prohibits them from traveling without the escort of a Mahram [male family member]. The edict was endorsed by the president, and has the potential of becoming law. Many people believe the Afghan government aims to woo the Taliban into peace talks by crafting and endorsing such a controversial mandate. The law has faced widespread resentment by Afghan women activists and Afghanistan’s civil society, putting pressure on the religious council and Ulema to revoke their edict.

Yalda Samih is young girl, her family lives in Kandahar province but Yalda lives in Kabul because she studies at the American University of Afghanistan.
Soundbite-1 Translation: Yalda Samih Student living in dorm: "it's very difficult for a girl to refrain from traveling unless she has a male chaperon, because not everyone has many brothers, or a father to accompany her everywhere. if it happens (the edict becomes a law), then we will face a lot of difficulties."
According to women activists in Kabul this is an unrealistic and unenforceable law for the citizens of Afghanistan.

Arezo Omid is a young woman activist who works with Young Women for Change, an organization of young women activists who advocate for women's rights. She says the law is unrealistic, and cannot be imposed on women in Afghanistan.
Soundbite-2 Translation: Arezo Omid (1:00-1:17): "I was very disappointed about this edict of Ulema council, because we are not rich people to have a male company accompany us during our trips outside the country. it's very difficult for those people who don't have a Mahram."

Soundbite-3 Translation: Yalda Samih (1:17-1:32): "if this edict becomes a law, I have to leave university. because I don't have anyone to come with me and live in the dorm. my father is responsible for the rest of the family, and I have a younger brother, who is studying school in Kandahar. So I would have to leave university.

Enayatullah Baligh a member of Islamic Ulema Council rejects Yalda's claim about the edict.
Soundbite-4 Translation: Enayatullah Baligh Member of Islamic Ulema councils: "Find a husband. find yourself a Mahram (male chaperon), these are all childish words."

Sounbite-5 Translation: Yalda samih (1:42-1:55): "I think it is impossible, because around 1.5 million widows live in Afghanistan. this edict also questions women's freedom. those who want to study can't get married and study. it is impossible."

Sounbite-6 Translation: Arezo Omid (1:56-2:05): "I personally think the government wants to get Taliban closer. If the Taliban come back to power, we will do the same thing we did last time and leave the country for the Taliban and immigrate to other countries"

Soundbite-7 Translation: Enayatullah Baligh (2:07-2:14): "When they say, 'we got closer to the Taliban because we are scared of the Taliban,' it's totally wrong. We are not scared of the Taliban, it is the issue of religion."

Sounbite-8 Translation: Arezo Omid (2:15-2:21): "the problem is that high ranking government officials support these edicts."

Sounbite-9 Translation: Enayatullah Baligh (2:23-2:44): "This edict does not need to be passed, it's a matter of religion. It is higher than the Constitution of Afghanistan, because the Afghanistan constitution states that no law is above the Islamic law. They must not ignore our edict, if they do, the Ulema Council will take action".

Soundbite-10 Translation: Soraya Kabul resident: "As an Afghan girl, I do not accept this edict, because Afghan men and women had, and must have, equal rights. And women make half of the society."

Soundbite-11 Translation: Sana Kabul resident: "I do not accept this edict, because it states that every woman should be accompanied by a man, and I would like to say that President Karzai's wife is a doctor and Mr. president can't be with his wife everywhere. So I don't accept this edict and will not obey it."

Soundbite-12 Translation: Enayatullah Baligh (3:43-4:23): Afghan women are Muslims, so they can never oppose this edict. If they oppose this edict that means they have rejected the religion. If a minister is traveling he takes a body guard with him, so why can't our sisters take someone like their brother, uncle or nephew with them? These women do not understand. It's for their good. If there are widows, the government is responsible to pay for their food, and the government is responsible to pay for the person to travel with her as well. It's all for the good of the women. I don't understand how it is NOT observing women's rights.

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Lebanese PM: Stability and Disassocia...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
18 Apr 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | April 17, 2012

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati held a general discussion with members of the parliament on Tuesday, April 17, at parliament headquarters in Beirut, where he stressed that stability and a self-disassociation policy from the Syrian conflict were his government's key priorities to protect Lebanon.
Mikati explained that Lebanon cannot affect the Syrian issue but can be affected by it, which is why, he added, that his government decided to adopt the policy of disassociation with regards to the situation in Syria.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"There are three factors for stability. The first is the South. We have done all that is necessary to maintain stability in Southern Lebanon, in cooperation with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). My first visit when the government gained confidence was to Southern Lebanon, which is a sign of our support for the UNIFIL and for stability in the South." Mikati elaborated that cooperation with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is one of the major factors for Lebanon's internal stability, noting that his government provided the required funds to the STL.
The Lebanese Prime Minister concluded that activating proper administrations and employing efficient diplomats, jurists and governors were also among his government's priorities.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"The second factor, as you all know, is the issue of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). There have been a lot of debates about this issue. We have provided the required funds to the STL and as you know things are going towards more stability regarding this issue."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"Disassociation policy is maybe referred to by some as evading responsibility. However, I say that it's the core of responsibility because it protects Lebanon from inside. We cannot affect anything in Syria, but we can be affected by what's going on there according to the decisions we make. For this reason, our decision was to disassociate ourselves and avoid intervening in the internal affairs of Syria." Mikati pointed out that stability was based on three factors, the first of which is the stability of South Lebanon, where he paid his first visit after his government gained the parliament confidence.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 17, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: April 17, 2012
Length: 0:01:30
Video Size: 74.8 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot of parliamentarians inside the Lebanese parliament
2. Medium shot, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri speaking to one of the parliamentarians
3. Wide shot, parliamentarians inside the Lebanese parliament
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"There are three factors for stability. The first is the South. We have done all what's necessary to maintain stability Southern Lebanon in cooperation with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). My first visit when the government gained confidence was to Southern Lebanon, which is a sign of our support for the UNIFIL and for stability in the South." 5. Various shots of parliamentarians listening to Mikati's speech
6. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"The second factor, as you all know, is the issue of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). There have been a lot of debates about this issue. We have provided the required funds to the STL and as you know things are going towards more stability regarding this issue." 7. Medium shot, parliamentarians inside the Lebanese parliament listening to Mikati's speech
8. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"Since the events started in Syria, the government's policy has been self-disassociation. We talked about this policy here in the parliament. A disassociation policy may be referred to by some as evading responsibility. However, I say that it's the core of responsibility because it protects Lebanon from inside. We cannot affect anything in Syria, but we can be affected by what's going on there according to the decisions we make. For this reason, our decision was to disassociate ourselves and avoid intervening in the internal affairs of Syria." 9. Medium shot, parliamentarians applauding
10. Tilt down external shot of the Lebanese parliament headquarters in Beirut

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Lebanese President Meets with Iranian...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
31 Mar 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | March 31, 2012

President Michel Suleiman and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri met on Friday, March 30 with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hussein Amir Abdollahian where Iranian senior official reiterated Iran’s support for the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine until all Arab territories have been liberated from Israeli occupation.
Abdollahian discussed with Suleiman the developments in the region. He also handed Suleiman a letter from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad confirming Iran’s permanent support for Lebanon in various fields and at all levels.
Abdollahian said that he had discussed with Lebanese officials means of cooperation between the two countries and renewed Iran’s offer to help improve electricity supply in Lebanon.
It was also reported that Abdollahian met with Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah and held talks with him also over the developments of the events in Lebanon and the Arab region according to a statement released by Hezbollah’s media office.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 30, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: March 31, 2012
Length: 0:00:54
Video Size: 41.3 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Medium shot of the Lebanese flag
2. Wide shot of the presidential palace
3. Wide shot of the meeting of the Lebanese President Michel Suleiman with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hussein Amir Abdollahian
4. Medium shots of Lebanese President reading the message that Iranian officials delivering for him from the Iranian President
5. Medium shot of Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hussein Amir Abdollahian
6. Various shots of the meeting
7. Various shots of traffic downtown Beirut

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Egypt Constitution Panel Holds First ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
28 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 28, 2012

The constitution panel held its first session on Wednesday, March 28, despite the withdrawal of more than twenty of its liberal and secular members accusing Islamists of dominating the panel tasked with drafting Egypt’s new constitution.

Members of the controversial panel elected parliament speaker and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Saad al-Kattani as chairman of the constitutional panel.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Parliament speaker and panel chairman Mohamed Saad al-Katatni:
"I believe that this critical and historical stage which Egypt is going through is not about the Muslim Brotherhood, the SCAF, the government or anything. They all are supposed to be keen that this transitional stage ends by general agreement in favor of Egypt."

Al-Kattani tried to assuage concerns about the constitution-drafting process, told members of the panel that writing the constitution requires wisdom and political responsibility, away from any partisan gains.

He stressed that there must be a consensus among all national forces over the visions of Egypt’s future with regard to the new constitution.

Members of the constitution panel suggested holding discussions with those parliamentarians who withdrew from the panel to deal with their concerns, clarifying that there are 40 elected substitute members from whom a replacement can be taken when necessary.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Parliament and panel member Salah Abdel Mawgoud, MB's Freedom and Justice Party:
"I refer to them until now as the absent members not the withdrawing members. They haven’t officially withdrawn so they are considered absent. There will be communication and discussions with those absent members to hear their views. If they insist on absence and officially withdraw, they will be replaced by other members elected as substitutes."
SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Parliament and panel member Sobhy Saleh, MB's Freedom and Justice Party:
"I believe that we're ahead of a great work and that it's a very important step. Do not forget that this is the completion of the state establishment. The constitution committee will draft the constitution that will be presented for public referendum. Then, we'll start post-revolution Egypt with all its institutions, its constitution and its new president and we'll take our path to establish ourselves among the world countries."

Meanwhile, a protest was held outside the parliament against the legitimacy of the newly elected panel.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 28, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 28, 2012
Length: 0:03:32
Video Size: 175 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1- Wide external shot of the parliament headquarters in Cairo
2- Various shots of the first session of the constitution panel
3- Medium shot of parliament speaker and head of the panel Saad al-Kattani speaking during the session
4- Various shots of the attendees
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Parliament speaker and panel chairman Mohamed Saad al-Katatni:
"I believe that this critical and historical stage which Egypt is going through is not about the Muslim Brotherhood, the SCAF, the government or anything. They all are supposed to be keen that this transitional stage ends by general agreement in favor of Egypt."
6- Medium shot of parliament speaker and head of the panel Saad al-Kattani speaking during the session
7- Various shots of the attendees
8- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Parliament and panel member Salah Abdel Mawgoud, MB's Freedom and Justice Party:
"I refer to them until now as the absent members not the withdrawing members. They haven’t officially withdrawn so they are considered absent. There will be communication and discussions with those absent members to hear their views. If they insist on absence and officially withdraw, they will be replaced by other members elected as substitutes."
9- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Parliament and panel member Sobhy Saleh, MB's Freedom and Justice Party:
"I believe that we're ahead of a great work and that it's a very important step. Do not forget that this is the completion of the state establishment. The constitution committee will draft the constitution that will be presented for public referendum. Then, we'll start post-revolution Egypt with all its institutions, its constitution and its new president and we'll take our path to establish ourselves among the world countries."
10- Various shots of protestors outside the parliament, protesting against the legitimacy of the panel
11- Wide shot of protestor raising banner, reading “ The Revolution continues”
12- Various shots of protestors raising the Egyptian flags , shouting against the Muslim Brotherhood
13- Various external shots of the parliament headquarters
14- Various shots outside the parliament area

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Egypt Court Adjourned Ruling on Legit...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
28 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 27, 2012

Cairo Administrative Court adjourned on Tuesday, March 27, the verdict on the case against the legitimacy of the newly elected 100-member constitution-writing panel to April 10, after lawsuits were filed by several legal experts, political activists and public figures.

The claimants argue that domination of Islamists of the constituent panel that will draft Egypt’s new constitution will result in a religious state rather than a civil one, rejecting the criteria on which the panel formation was based.

The session was closed to the media. Meanwhile, hundreds of liberal and secularist protestors gathered outside the court raising signs and shouting statements against Islamists' representation by 50 parliamentarians in the constitution-writing committee.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Kahled Ali, presidential candidate:
"Today, we're going to draft a constitution identifying all the country's authorities including the executive authority. Is it permissible that the executive authority get 50 members inside the committee that will specify its authorities? Who would guarantee that this authority would not overpower all other authorities?"

The protesters outside the court, including liberal, secular, leftist activists and lawyers, called for a constitution panel of non-parliamentarians that represents all factions of society.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Protestor (man):
"My message and the message of everyone keen on the best interest of this country to the Egyptian people is that they should not let anyone control them. The former ruling National Democratic Party showed us 30 years of oppression and corruption. The Islamic current is following the same way just like a train. We hope that Egyptians do not give up their votes to anyone. Those whom they elected in the parliament unfortunately left their duties, which are legislation and supervision, and now they want to write the constitution to dominate and control the country."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Protestor (woman):
"I am here today to say that the constitution of Egypt should only express the Egyptian revolution. It is inappropriate that a certain faction will dominate writing and tailoring the constitution to suit their own size."

Islamists have ascended the political centre stage in Egypt since the popular uprising toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak last year, dominating the upper and lower houses of parliament.

The first meeting of the newly formed panel will be held on Wednesday, March 28, at the Parliament headquarters in Cairo.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 27, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 27, 2012
Length: 0:02:52
Video Size: 142 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of the State Council in Cairo, where the Administrative Court session is held
2- Various shots of hundreds of protestors raising signs reading "Yes for a constitution expressing all Egyptians", etc
3- Various shots of the protestors
4- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Kahled Ali, presidential candidate:
"Today, we're going to draft a constitution identifying all the country's authorities including the executive authority. Is it permissible that the executive authority get 50 members inside the committee that will specify its authorities? Who would guarantee that this authority would not overpower all other authorities?" 5- Various shots of the protest outside the State Council headquarters with men and women raising signs and shouting statements against Islamists' domination of the constitution-writing panel
6- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Protestor (man):
"My message and the message of everyone keen on the best interest of this country to the Egyptian people is that they should not let anyone control them. The former ruling National Democratic Party showed us 30 years of oppression and corruption. The Islamic current is following the same way just like a train. We hope that Egyptians do not give up their votes to anyone. Those whom they elected in the parliament unfortunately left their duties, which are legislation and supervision, and now they want to write the constitution to dominate and control the country." 7- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Protestor (woman):
"I am here today to say that the constitution of Egypt should only express the Egyptian revolution. It is inappropriate that a certain faction will dominate writing and tailoring the constitution to suit their own size." 8- Various shots of the protestors
9- Zoom out, hundreds of protestors outside the State Council headquarters in Cairo

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Egyptian Liberals and Secularists Wit...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
27 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 27, 2012

Egyptian liberal, secularist and leftist political parties and figures announced on Tuesday, March 27, their withdrawal from the constitution panel that will draft Egypt’s new constitution during a press conference held at the Journalist syndicate, rejecting Islamists' domination of the panel.

The Free Egyptians Party, the largest liberal one, pulled out from the constitution panel, joining several other liberals and secularists who rejected the way of the formation of the panel complaining the panel is dominated by Islamists and doesn’t offer fair representation of all Egyptians.

The participants issued a joint statement formally announcing withdrawal from the panel.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Emad Gad, parliamentarian and researcher at Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies:
"The panel members signing this statement announce withdrawal from its membership as expression of their rejection of the panel formation and of the method through which the opinion of the parliament parties of majority seats was imposed without consultations or attempts to achieve the least agreement."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Amr Hamzawi, liberal parliamentarian, founding member of Egypt Freedom party:
"I don’t want to be a member of a constituent committee where civil society organizations are not really represented. I don’t want to be a member of a constituent committee free from human rights advocates. I don’t want to be a member of a constituent committee where women representation is 6%. I don’t want to be a member of a constituent committee where youth representation is very limited, which is less than 6% or 5%."

Liberals see that such a high proportion of lawmakers gave Islamists, who already control nearly most of the parliament seats, too much control of drafting the constitution, stressing that the constitution must represent all the Egyptians and not only a majority group of people.

They also see that having 50 members of the 100-member panel from outside parliament is not a guarantee that they are not Islamists, stressing that Islamists' domination of the panel endangers freedoms and the rights of women and minorities.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Mohamed Nour Farahat, liberal parliamentarian, law professor and constitutional expert:
"There are three things in real danger. The first is the civil nature of Egypt. The second is the status of women and minorities in Egypt's coming constitution. The third is the status of general rights and freedoms in the new constitution.

Some of the participants said that the constitution-writing panel is illegitimate as they believe that the current parliament is illegitimate in the first place.

SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Mamdouh Ramzy, Assistant Chairman of Reform Party:
"We finally resort to the law, which will have the last say about this constituent committee and about the parliament also, because this parliament is illegitimate and so the constituent committee was formed by an illegitimate parliament."

Among the members of the constitutional panel who declared withdrawal are liberal lawmaker and researcher Amr Hamzawi, political science professor and Social Democratic Party leader Mona Makram Ebeid, head of Lawyers’ Syndicate Sameh Ashour and activist Ahmed Harara.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 27, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 27, 2012
Length: 0:02:54
Video Size: 144 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1- Wide shot of the press conference at the Press Syndicate in Cairo
2- Medium shot, banner of the conference reading "Constitution for All Egyptians"
3- Various shots of the press conference, speakers and attendees
4- Medium shot, political researcher Emad Gad reading the agreed-upon statement announcing withdrawal from the constituent panel
5- Wide shot, liberal MP Amr Hamzawi coming to the stage to deliver his statement
6- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Emad Gad, parliamentarian and researcher at Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies:
"The panel members signing this statement announce withdrawal from its membership as expression of their rejection of the panel formation and of the method through which the opinion of the parliament parties of majority seats was imposed without consultations or attempts to achieve the least agreement." 7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Amr Hamzawi, liberal parliamentarian, founding member of Egypt Freedom party:
"I don’t want to be a member of a constituent committee where civil society organizations are not really represented. I don’t want to be a member of a constituent committee free from human rights advocates. I don’t want to be a member of a constituent committee where women representation is 6%. I don’t want to be a member of a constituent committee where youth representation is very limited, which is less than 6% or 5%." 8- Various shots of the conference
9- Medium shot, Amr Hamzawi, liberal parliamentarian, speaking during the press conference
10- Pan right of the press conference
11- Medium shot, constitutional expert Mohamed Nour Farahat speaking during the press conference
12- Wide shot, the attendees at the press conference
13- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Mohamed Nour Farahat, liberal parliamentarian, law professor and constitutional expert:
"There are three things in real danger. The first is the civil nature of Egypt. The second is the status of women and minorities in Egypt's coming constitution. The third is the status of general rights and freedoms in the new constitution. 14- Various shots of liberals, secularists and leftists, including Emad Gad and Amr Hamzawi, chatting together after the press conference
15- SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Mamdouh Ramzy, Assistant Chairman of Reform Party:
"We finally resort to the law, which will have the last say about this constituent committee and about the parliament also, because this parliament is illegitimate and so the constituent committee was formed by an illegitimate parliament."
16- Close up, sign at the building of the press syndicate headquarters reading, "Syndicate of Journalists"
17- Wide shot, the press syndicate headquarters in Cairo

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Egypt MPs Elect Constitution-Writing ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
24 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 24, 2012

A debatable session was held between Egypt’s two houses of parliament, the People's Assembly and the Shura Council on Saturday, March 24, for electing the 100 members of the committee that will be responsible for writing the country's new constitution.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people, mostly liberals and Copts, gathered outside Cairo International Conference Center, where the poll was held, amid intense security presence to protest against the legitimacy of the formation of the constitution-writing panel with 50% parliamentarians, voicing concern about Islamist domination of the new constitution.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed Khattab, founding member of Union of Independents for Egypt:
"The constitution is for the next generations. So, all generations and ideologies should be represented. A single faction should not dominate writing the constitution. 50% of the panel cannot be parliamentarians, because they will also select the other 50% and of course they will not select someone against their vision."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian Copt:
"Everyone tries to protect themselves. The Islamists protect themselves through writing the constitution at our expense. This is not good at all. They should consider the rights of others. We elected them and supported them because they were oppressed and persecuted by the former regime, etc. So, they shouldn't ruin us once they get to power."

A number of MPs, political activists and revolutionary movements criticized the criteria on which the panel formation is based, fearing the country is heading towards a religious direction with Islamists having the upper hand in the parliament.

The protestors raised signs against domination of Egypt's constitution by a certain group, referring to Islamists, calling for a civil state and a constitutional panel representing all categories of the society.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Protestor:
"The constitution is the dream of the Egyptian people. I wish it wouldn’t have privileges for a certain group of the people such as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis. It shouldn’t also have any guarantees for the SCAF through constitutional articles protecting them against punishment or trial for the mistakes of the transitional period. There shouldn't be a central power for anyone writing the constitution."

Parliament Speaker Mohamed Saad al-Katatni announced last week that the 100-member committee will be composed of 50 parliamentarians and 50 figures from outside the parliament.

The liberal Egyptian Bloc, which includes three parties, withdrew from due to what they described as lack of proper criteria for the panel formation.

The protestors said the constitution-writing panel is the beginning of the end of January 25 Revolution.
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 24, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 24, 2012
Length: 0:02:54
Video Size: 143 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

1- Medium external shot, large sign of Cairo International Conference Center
2- Various shots of protestors outside the Conference Center raising signs and shouting statements against the panel formation
3- Various shots of liberal parliamentarians, including famous liberal Amr Hamzawi, talking at a corridor outside the conference hall
4- Various shots of the voting process inside the conference hall
5- Medium shot, Parliament Speaker Mohamed Saad al-Katatni
6- Medium shot, a young man with a painted mask sitting on the ground and holding a sign expressing rejection
7- Various shots of the protest
8- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed Khattab, founding member of Union of Independents for Egypt:
"The constitution is for the next generations. So, all generations and ideologies should be represented. A single faction should not dominate writing the constitution. 50% of the panel cannot be parliamentarians, because they will also select the other 50% and of course they will not select someone against their vision." 9- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian Copt:
"Everyone tries to protect themselves. The Islamists protect themselves through writing the constitution at our expense. This is not good at all. They should consider the rights of others. We elected them and supported them because they were oppressed and persecuted by the former regime, etc. So, they shouldn't ruin us once they get to power." 10- Various shots of MPs at the conference hall
11- Various shots of liberal and Islamist MPs leaving and walking at the corridor
12- Various shots of the protest amid intense security presence
13- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Protestor:
14- "The constitution is the dream of the Egyptian people. I wish it wouldn’t have privileges for a certain group of the people such as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis. It shouldn’t also have any guarantees for the SCAF through constitutional articles protecting them against punishment or trial for the mistakes of the transitional period. There shouldn't be a central power for anyone writing the constitution."
15- Various shots of protestors outside the Conference Center raising signs and shouting statements against the panel formation

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Thousands March in Naser City to be R...
Naser City, Egypt
By a.fatah85
24 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 24th, 2012

As Parliamentarians in Egypt appoint a 100-member panel that will draft the country's new constitution, demonstrations rallied for their voice and rights to be fairly represented. There is growing concern over the polarization between liberals and Islamists in the constitution process.

00:00 – 00:12
Chanting :
Our young people made a revolution as a volcano, and the military aligned with the Brotherhood.

00:47 -01:00
Chanting:
Free rebels we are going on, they want to steel our revolution - over our dead body.

01:10 -01:21
Chanting :
The constitution is for Egyptians not for Muslim Brotherhood or Salafi.

02:14- 02:59
Niveen Mousaad/Demonstrator
I’m Niveen Mousaad, an independent woman, I wish to see my country better. On January 28, 2011 we think that we are going to have good country, country for my daughter, but everything is worthless because of the Military Council. Its the authority which is destroying us now. They are the reason for everything that is happening now in this country. Muslim Brotherhood should not write the constitution even if they are the majority. How can they write something that’s suppose to be monitoring them? All Egyptian people should be represented in the constitution. Me as a house wife and mother I would like to be represented. As an Egyptian and a woman.

03:09 -03:18
Down military rule.

05:00 – 005:23
We have been here for 3 hours. We want a constitution. They totally refused article 28, why did they just refuse it?! What do they exactly demand? We just don’t get what they want. Usually the Muslim Brotherhood or their Chairman reveals their opinion. We are not expecting anything more from them except them just saying “Thank You”.

05:29- 06:30
Hussein Abd-Elmoaty/Demonstrator
Hussein Abd-Elmoaty. I do not agree to participate in the farce of the Constitution. We must prevent the farce as best we can, especialy for 50% and 50%. People do not notice that we are on the verge of disaster. They are trying to go back the old constitution of 1970. People do not want to speak about that. They would rather speak about the fuel crisis. Today, protesters came from Abbasiya, Al-Nour Mosque. The number will grow.

07:24
The sign says: “down the head of muslim brotherhood”

06:27 – 08:26
There is a big problem in Egypt. It was there before and is still here.

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Syrian Crisis the Focus of Arab Parli...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
21 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 21, 2012

Arab Parliament decided on its opening session of the first round held on Wednesday, March 21, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo to support the international and regional efforts to end the ongoing violence in Syria.
Arab Parliament Speaker Ali Salem al-Diqbasi condemned the ongoing massacre of the Syrian regime against the civilians, stressing the importance of the Arab countries to deal more seriously and strictly with the Syrian crisis, noting that Arab countries must cut off any diplomatic ties with Syria.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Ali Salem al-Diqbasi, Arab Parliament Speaker:
"We support all relative international and regional efforts to provide all requirements of a political solution through opening a national dialogue that achieves to the Syrian people their right of change, democracy and a desirable regime. Third, we condemn the excessive bloody violence against Syrian cities and towns, rejecting bombing cities and endangering the lives of civilians. Fourth, we call for the protection of the Syrian people and maintaining their right of self-defense in the face of the killing and destruction machine, in a way preserving the sovereignty, independence and unity of the Syrian people." Al-Diqbasi demanded the Arab countries to reconsider its relations with Russia over its support for the Syrian regime and called for a national dialogue in favor of the Syrian people.
Representative of the Egyptian Parliament, dominated by Islamists, noted a change in the positions of both Russia and China concerning the Syrian issue, calling for an Arab- Iranian dialogue in an attempt to change the Iranian position as well.
For his part, Jordanian MP Mustafa Shneikat criticized the United States and the Arab countries calling for military interference in Syria and for arming the Syrian opposition.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Essam al-Erian, Deputy Arab Parliament Speaker, Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader:
"There is change in the Russian and the Chinese positions. If we approve the resolution of the parliament's political affairs and national security committee demanding Arab-Iranian dialogue, we hope we change the Iranian position too in favor of the Syrian people. We now hear from Russian and Chinese sources that they do not support anyone and that they support the right of the Syrian people."
SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Mustafa Shneikat, Jordanian MP:
"We support both parties in Syria: the Syrian land and the Syrian people. However, what has been going on lately is a threat to the Syrian people. US Secretary of State urges the opposition not to drop weapons. Moreover, there are Arab countries calling for arming the Syrian opposition. How come we provide weapons to the Syrian opposition? It means more killing of Syrians." Egyptian Islamist MP Essam al-Erian replaced Egypt's former deputy foreign minister Mustafa al-Fiki as Deputy Arab Parliament Speaker, winning one of the two deputy seats with 48 out of 63 votes.
The decision was announced during today’s session of the first round of this year's Arab Parliament meetings.
The Arab parliament is an advisory committee of the Arab League composed of representatives of all the League member states.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 21, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 21, 2012
Length: 0:02:59
Video Size: 148 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Wide external shot of the Arab League
2- Tilt down shot of flags of the Arab countries
3- Various shots of the first session of the meeting of the Arab Parliament
4- Various shots of the Arab parliamentarians during the meeting
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Ali Salem al-Diqbasi, Arab Parliament Speaker:
"We support all relative international and regional efforts to provide all requirements of a political solution through opening a national dialogue that achieves to the Syrian people their right of change, democracy and a desirable regime. Third, we condemn the excessive bloody violence against Syrian cities and towns, rejecting bombing cities and endangering the lives of civilians. Fourth, we call for the protection of the Syrian people and maintaining their right of self-defense in the face of the killing and destruction machine, in a way preserving the sovereignty, independence and unity of the Syrian people." 6- Various shots of Arab parliamentarians during the meeting
7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Essam al-Erian, Deputy Arab Parliament Speaker, Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader:
"There is change in the Russian and the Chinese positions. If we approve the resolution of the parliament's political affairs and national security committee demanding Arab-Iranian dialogue, we hope we change the Iranian position too in favor of the Syrian people. We now hear from Russian and Chinese sources that they do not support anyone and that they support the right of the Syrian people."
8- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Mustafa Shneikat, Jordanian MP:
"We support both parties in Syria: the Syrian land and the Syrian people. However, what has been going on lately is a threat to the Syrian people. US Secretary of State urges the opposition not to drop weapons. Moreover, there are Arab countries calling for arming the Syrian opposition. How come we provide weapons to the Syrian opposition? It means more killing of Syrians." 9- Various shots of the meeting
10- Wide external shot of the Arab League headquarters

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New Year's Eve Celebrations in Tahrir SQ
Cairo, Egypt
By a.fatah85
02 Jan 2012

January 1, 2012 , Cairo Egyptian protesters celebrating New Year Eve with singers, poets , candidates for parliament (Gamila Esmail) and presidential candidates (Bothina Kamel) speaking on stage.

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Egyptian Parliamentarians organize a ...
Cairo, Egypt
By a.fatah85
20 Dec 2011

A group of new Egyptian Parliamentarians and activists organized a protest outside the office of the Attorney General in Cairo and The Press Association to demand an end to violence perpetrated by the police and army against demonstrators. Their demands also included the Military Council hand over power to civilians in January, while some suggested the Speaker of Parliament shall hold power until presidential elections are complete.

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Detained woman released after beating
Cairo, Egypt
By troymikecarter
17 Dec 2011

On November 16 a group of activists in Cairo were detained near the parliament in the early morning. Around noon the same day they emerged with bruised faces, some said they had been threatened with rape by Army officers. This woman had been beaten so badly she could not walk.

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Attempts to resuscitate a child fail ...
Cairo, Egypt
By a.fatah85
17 Dec 2011

Cairo: A 13 year old is shot by the army in clashes between troops and demonstrators near Parliament. He died during attempts to resuscitate him outside the field hospital near Tahrir Square.

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Thugs Climb Egyptian Parliament Build...
Cairo, Egypt
By Ayman.Shabrawy
17 Dec 2011

Thugs backed by the ruling military regime climb the Egyptian parliament building

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#OccupyCabinet sit in break up by army
Parliament Building Cairo, Egypt
By Ayman.Shabrawy
16 Dec 2011

Dec 16, 2011 - cairo
Clashes between protestors and military police - cooperating with thugs
Throwing rocks and Molotov from a rooftop of the people parliament building.
After breaking up the sit in #OccupyCabinet
Army officers supervising on thugs in civilian cloth throwing rocks and Molotov on protestors.

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#OccupyCabinet sit in break up by army
Cairo, Egypt
By Ayman.Shabrawy
16 Dec 2011

Dec 16, 2011 - cairo
Clashes between protestors and military police - cooperating with thugs
Throwing rocks and Molotov from a rooftop of the people parliament building.
After breaking up the sit in #OccupyCabinet
Army officers supervising on thugs in civilian cloth throwing rocks and Molotov on protestors.

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Interview with Malalai Joya, Former A...
San Fransisco, USA
By upheavalproductions
10 Apr 2011

Malalai Joya is an Afghan activist, author, and former politician. She served as an elected parliamentary member of the National Assembly of Afghanistan, until she was expelled for denouncing other members as warlords and war criminals. She has been a vocal critic of both the US/NATO occupation and the Karzai government, as well as the Taliban and Islamic fundamentalists.

In this interview with David Zlutnick, recorded in San Francisco on April 9, 2011, Joya speaks about the US occupation, the inspiration of the Arab uprisings, and the Afghan social movements.

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Canadian Member of Parliament Stands ...
Montreal, Canada
By ahmed_samih
02 Feb 2011

Paul Dewar, a member of parliament for the Ottowa Center reads a statement of support for the democratic aspirations of the Egyptian people.

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Egyptian Opposition Protest
Cairo, Egypt
By lillie
15 Dec 2010

Cairo, Egypt:
Opposition political parties join together in a rare joint protest after the Egyptian parliamentary elections.

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Egypt's Parliamentary Elections
Cairo, Egypt
By David
03 Dec 2010

A poster of independent candidate Gamila Ismael has been ripped apart outside of a polling station in central Cairo.

The Egyptian parliamentary elections kicked off Sunday morning as voters went to polls nationwide to select a new People's Assembly. The ruling NDP party is expected to sweep the results, with many of the opposition parties reporting abuse and fraud throughout the country. Poling stations in Shubra Al-Kheima and Garden City were mostly peaceful with police and security forces in and around the polling centers.

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Egypt's Parliamentary Elections
Cairo, Egypt
By David
03 Dec 2010

A Muslim Brotherhood Supporter hands out fliers for Gamal Shahata in the northern Cairo suburb of Shubra.

The Egyptian parliamentary elections kicked off Sunday morning as voters went to polls nationwide to select a new People's Assembly. The ruling National Democratic Party is expected to sweep the results with many of the opposition parties reporting abuse and fraud throughout the country. Polling stations in Shubra Al-Kheima and Garden City were mostly peaceful, with police and security forces in and around the polling centers.

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Egyptian Parliamentary Elections
Cairo, Egypt
By David
03 Dec 2010

Supporters of the National Democratic Party candidates in Garden City were riled into chanting when the opposition candidate Gamila Ismael arrived to check on the polling station procedures. She reported that her number was misprinted on the ballots and that her supporters were told to sign beside their vote instead of marking the box, which would invalidate their vote.

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MONITORING THE ELECTIONS
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
By The Journalist Connection
27 Oct 2010

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, MEXICO: While in the midst of studying for my university exams, I got home one day and found a letter that said that I had been selected to monitor the July 2009 parliamentary elections.

In Mexico, election monitors are selected randomly from groups of people born in the same month, and in the same year.

At first I was not sure if I would do it or not, but then I thought to myself that somebody had to do it and that it was my duty to volunteer my time.

There were several stages to the process. I had to attend an orientation session in which they told me that my polling location would have a president, a secretary, a first and second monitor, and two backups, in case any of the above failed to show up on election day.

Then in June I received the notice that I would be the second monitor. I was supposed to undergo a one-on-one training session, but the person responsible for me never showed up. In the end, I only got some booklets explaining how the elections worked (you can see them pictured above).

On July 5th, the day of the election, I got up at 7:00 a.m. and walked to my assigned polling station, which was a block away from my house. There were four booths and I was assigned to the first one, where people whose last name started with letters from A to D would vote.

We were late in setting up the booth because the secretary was not there. When we figured out that he was not going to come I was promoted to first monitor and one of the backups became the second monitor. The people were already in line, eager to vote, and some became verbally abusive because of the delay.

My job was to apply indelible ink on the fingers of voters. It was not hard, but many people got angry because they wanted to get as little ink as possible on their fingers.

There were also people who, despite living in the neighborhood, were not supposed to vote in the polling station where I was working and they got quite angry when they found out that their names were not on our list.

Once the voting was over, I had to read the votes out loud. In my booth the results were: Partido Accion Nacional (PAN) 70, Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) 52, null votes 29, and other parties collecting the remainder.

Null votes are an interesting phenomenon. People often deliberately forfeit their vote by scribbling messages on the ballot paper. It’s a form of protest. One person wrote: “In my house one burglary, one kidnapping, and two assaults, and you want my vote?” Another message said: “I don’t vote for rats.”

I got out of the polling station at 7:30 p.m., and even though my head hurt and I was tired, I was happy that I had participated.

The next day the results showed that the PAN had won in Ciudad Juárez but had lost to the PRI in most of the country. I think this shows that people are unhappy with the current state of affairs. Ciudad Juárez had a PRI mayor, and the state (Chihuahua) had a PRI governor, so people voted for the PAN. In the parts of the country where the PAN was already in power, though, people voted for the PRI. It seems to me that the Mexican people did not vote for their preferred party or candidate—they voted against the parties and candidates in power.