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Heartbreak and Hope: a collection of sample images of children living the Arab Spring. Full photo essays available. For an example, see: http://transterramedia.com/collections/635
4-minute video feature by Joan Planas and Ana Salvá: Whang Od, the 92 year old Kalinga tattoo maker, lives in the hidden village of Buscalan in the Kalinga province in the Philippines. This tattoo practice was used as a form of skin natural language passed on from generation to generation.
Whang Od has become popular not only because she appeared on National Geographic but also because the day she dies, a big part of her tribe’s culture dies away as well. Even though some kids from the village tried learning from her, Whang Od says that the “future artist must be from her family.”
“Within the tribal culture, the tattoo symbolized feminine beauty and male courage”, and was drawn only after war and victory. It was a culture of exchange that did not require money. Now, however, people have to pay for their tattoos as they are required to start using money for things like electricity, buying pigs and hens, and rice.
Lost tourists who pass by Buscalan are offered lodging and food at Whang Od’s modest, two-story house before they are given the chance to pay 500 pesos for a tattoo chosen by Whang Od herself. Clients can only decide where they want their tattoo, unless they choose one of the drawings on Whang Od’s hands.
From a urine-powered generator invented by a 14 year-old in Nigeria to Fashion Week in Ghana, and from Pygmy communities to a business built on flipflop recycling, this collection of produced and raw footage offers a unique glimpse of Sub-Saharan Africa's rich and diverse human stories.
Michele Lapini, Thessaloniki, Greece: Selected portraits from Viome, a chemical products factory in the north of Greece, where workers have taken over operations and management. For more images, see the collection here: http://transterramedia.com/collections/1460
Natkadaw mediums dance amongst villagers and visitors in a ritual where they accept alcohol, cigarettes and money as offerings during a performance at this year's Nat festival. Thousands of worshippers come to celebrate and worship beings from the spirtual world known as "nats." It is widely believed that by participating in the festival, you can rid yourself of bad karma. The event took place in Taung Byone, north of Mandalay.
STORY OVERVIEW: Kenyan civil society organizations staged a protest on Monday to decry the move by MPs to increase their pay perks and allowances. The anti-greed protest was dramatically staged, with a drove of piglets herded to the door steps of Parliament to draw attention to their concerns over what they see as greed underlying the unsustainable, unaffordable increase in MP salaries. CLICK ON VIDEO THUMBNAIL BELOW FOR SHOT LIST & TRANSCRIPTION.
In the city of Kafar Takhareem, the first liberated city in Syria since the beginning of the revolution, residents are experiencing severe water shortages, in addition to shortages in gasoline, electricity and oil. If the neighbors have the resources to run a generator, they fill a cistern for water storage. The community needs around 100 to 150 cisterns of water each day and after a month of using a well to fill it, they fear it will run dry.
In Ethiopia living with leprosy has enormous social implications. Though it is not contagious, contracting the disease forces most people to a solitary life, or at best, into a leper community such as are found throughout the country. Medicinal and educational advances see understanding of the disease growing in Ethiopia, not least apparent at The Alert hospital, a charitable hospital funded primarily through European aid that provides inexpensive or free treatment to many victims of leprosy.
The Alert hospital is situated in a slum, where a small group of women gather to fight their condition; they've created a small business in which they knit, sew and sell traditional garments and bedding, earning a small salary that contributes to the well being of their families. Life continues to be difficult, but several women are able to provide schooling, food, and a home for their children and ease some of the distress of living with leprosy.
NORTHWEST FRONTIER PROVINCE, Pakistan —
High in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province in a barely accessible area, live the Kalash People, Pakistan’s last remaining non-Muslim tribe. The Kalasha live in small villages built into the sides of idyllic valleys with gurgling streams, wheat and cornfields and fruit trees. Wooden houses stacked one on top of another, climb up the sides of steep cliffs. Children play freely and attend co-ed schools, while parents harvest crops and till the land.
Though they once numbered in the tens of thousands, the Kalasha have seen their numbers dwindle over the past century. Most experts put the current Kalasha population between 3,000 and 4,000.
The polytheistic Kalasha — whose women wear vibrant-colored embroidered dresses and beaded headdresses called “susutr" — are viewed with both admiration and suspicion by the Islamic majority.
After tens of thousands of Kalasha people, also called Nuristanis, were forcibly converted to Islam during the last century, only a few thousand retain their ancestral religion and traditions.
Wynn Maggi, anthropologist and author of "Our Women Are Free," says they were "brutally and forcibly converted to Islam, horribly persecuted, put in jail ... the Kalasha suffered a lot in their history.” Kalasha women were sometimes abducted and forced to marry Muslim men. Stories circulated of Kalasha men being forcibly circumcised.
With their light coloring — some even have blue eyes — the Kalasha are rumored to be the descendants of Alexander the Great’s army, which conquered the Hindu Kush along with “the known world” in the 4th century B.C. In Kalasha oral history, the people are the children of "Salaxi," their name for Alexander.
Most scientists and anthropologists dispute the legend: No genetic ties between Kalasha and Greeks have been discovered, and scientists believe the Kalasha are Indo-Aryans whose religion has some commonalities with pre-Zorastrian Iranians.
But regardless, the legend once lured busloads of Greek tourists to the valleys, seeking a link to their ancestral past.
“The tourists would always bring Greek coins and small perfume bottles with a portrait of Alexander the Great. Greek filmmakers have come to film the Kalasha. Some Greeks even brought Kalashas back to Greece to dance,” Maggi explained. Hellenic Aid has funded several projects in the Kalash Valleys, including the construction of two magnificent, wood-hewn Kalasha schools and several bashalis, women’s menstrual homes. "Their culture is a treasure belonging not only to Pakistan but to the whole world," said Athanasios Lerounis, a Greek teacher and activist who in 2009 was kidnapped and kept hostage for eight months—presumably by Islamic militants who disapproved of his work. There are just a few thousand Kalasha living “among a sea of Muslims,” he said — more than half of the remaining Kalasha have converted to Islam.
"We are here to support these cultural islands." Kalasha culture is threatened over pressure to convert to Islam.
The pressure to convert to Islam comes in various forms. Some Kalasha convert for love or in hopes of bettering themselves, while others bow to peer pressure in the government-run schools, where students mix with Islamic students, and curriculum includes Koranic study. Recently, Kalasha girls began covering their hand-beaded headdresses with gauzy veils.
Since Kalasha has religion is its center, “Kalasha people see [Islam as a] threat — once you convert you are not 'Kalasha' and you can never be again," Maggi explained.
In the center of the Bumburet Valley, home to the largest Kalasha community, a mosque serves the area's Muslims, and the call to prayer permeates the village five times a day.
On the surface, it appears that Muslims and Kalasha coexist peacefully. Many are related — some converted, some not.
But incidents of ethnic hatred occasionally bubble to the surface. A wooden alter had it’s horse motif’s “decapitated” explained Akram Hussain, a Kalasha teacher at the Kaladasur School.
"This altar ... is sacred and historic," Nearby, a madrassa was built next to the Kalasha's sacred dancing ground. "Why couldn't they have put it any other place?" asked Hussain. Disrespect toward Kalasha religion is not new. Maggi said that a decade ago, “Kalasha gravestones were constantly being desecrated. Punjabi kids would pose and take photographs with the bones of Kalasha ancestors.”
Kalasha leaders can’t help but think that local Muslims damaged their sacred altar, despite protests by the town’s only imam.
“I worry because the tide is turning in Northern Pakistan due to the rise of fundamentalism. If fundamentalism spreads, the Kalasha will be easily targeted and could be wiped out or weakened," Maggi said. “The ironic and sad element is that the situation is destabilizing and escalating," said scholar Saima Saiddiqui. "If the situation remains the same, Kalasha will also suffer and what will be the outcome for the people already few in number?”
Mohammad Azmi, a 55-year-old former contractor, has dedicated his life to rescuing stray dogs and cats, despite living in a country where especially dogs are considered taboo, filthy and un-Islamic. The Muslims who care for dogs are usually frowned upon, let alone those who touch and feed them.
However for Mohammad Azmi, who is fondly known as Pak Mie, loves the animals unconditionally and he, with the help of his wife, splurge their savings on stray animals by providing a shelter, food and medication on daily basis, also using donations from concerned citizens. To date, he has rescued more than 600 stray animals, a figure that no other licensed shelters in Malaysia have ever accommodated.
This also means that they have to lead a simple life; so simple that they sleep in the car parked outside the shelter that they built just to make sure that no one harms the animals during the night.
Pak Mie’s activity however, has attracted the attention from the local council, which usually resorts to killing strays instead of putting them in animal shelters.
Although Pak Mie knows that he will never get anything in return by sacrificing his normal life, he is hopeful that he will continue to do so until his last breath.
Fierce fighting between two rival clans has forced hundreds of families to flee their villages on the southern Filipino island of Mindanao.
The people of Maguindanao have seen increasing disruption in their lives as the rival clans clash with increasing frequency near their homes. The local population is particularly vulnerable due to their geographical isolation from the Philippines’s center, and is living in increasing poverty, aggravated by the constant uprooting of their livelihoods.
While the Montawal clan currently holds the mayorship of the town, the Bigcog clan has begun to launch offensives against Montawal supporters. The rival clans have a long standing history of violence on the autonomous Muslim island of Mindanao. Clashes between the warring factions have long been characterized by tribal violence and payments of blood money.
The deteriorating situation for Mindanao and its residents stems from decades of government support for corrupt ruling families, who dominated impoverished populations through bribery and division.
The problems caused by Philippine’s feudal past are felt much more severely in the Maguindanao area than in other areas of the Philippines. As the wealthy rival clans live comfortably under the protection of their private armies, locals are increasingly under strain as gunfire marks their streets.
Tensions reached their peak in 2009 when armed gunmen attacked a group of civilians, whom they mistook for supporters of a rival candidate. Fifty-seven people, including 32 journalists, were killed in the attack, and their bodies dumped. Little legal action has been taken since the massacre, as government officials struggle to control the tribe members.
On January 18th, gunfights broke out after members of the Bigcog clan launched an attack against Montawal clan supporters in the town of Maguindanao. The long-standing feud between the clans has become increasingly polarized with upcoming midterm elections in the region.
Every year, hundreds of Tibetans make their way to the Tibetan Refugee Reception Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal, seeking to escape religious and cultural repression by the Chinese government.
Crossing the border to reach Nepal can be a very costly endeavor – with guides being paid between 12 000 CNY (€1400) and 50 000 CNY (€8500) per person – if it is to be secure. But with the help of their family members, many Tibetans are at least able to attempt it.
But the challenge is not only found in meeting these expenses – it is also found in reconciling with leaving family members behind and the uncertainty of the future; oftentimes, it is also found in crossing the physical barriers which divide these two nations; yet, for others, the journey simply consists of a single bus or plane ride.
Whatever the reality of the journey is for these Tibetans who have fled their homes – be it dramatic or uneventful - they are all tales of refuge.
(Where indicated (*), names have been changed to protect the subject’s identity and that of any friends and family still living in Tibet).
Operation Streamline is the U.S. Federal court system response to mass increases in immigration enforcement. Everyday in border cities like Tucson, Arizona, hundreds of migrants apprehended throughout the U.S. are sentenced en masse with scant legal procedures. Criticized as unconstitutional, Streamline sends people to jail or deportation daily.
Off-limits to cameras, journalists ST McNeil and Josh Morgan brought graphic artist Lawrence Gipe to the courtroom to witness and record the "assembly-line." His sketches are the first images ever detailing an opaque border enforcement system.
Demonstrators flood the streets of Cairo ahead of the trial that will decide the fate of 75 defendants charged with responsibility of the rampage that killed at least 47 Al Ahly fans nearly a year ago in Port Said during a Football match between the Ultras Ahlawy and Al Masry Football Clubs. The verdict is expected to be delivered on January 26th.
Ten Palestinian Bedouin communities living in the West Bank E1 corridor connecting Ma'ale Adumim and Jerusalem are facing displacement as Israeli authorities recently approved the construction of thousands of new housing units. The community's traditional way of life is threatened by Israel's plans to build more settlement units.
The E1 project has sparked a major diplomatic backlash. Experts say it could jeopardize the possibility of a contiguous and viable Palestinian state. Most of the Bedouins living in this area are refugees whose families were forced out of Israel’s Negev in 1948.
Refugees stand in line in the freezing weather and dusty wind, to get aid from the Red Crescent and other Arab countries. Interview and B Roll footage illustrate the difficulties regularly faced by these Syrian refugees in Jordan.
Azaz camp, along the Turkish border inside Syria, is home to about 7,000 internally displaced people. Refugees fleeing Aleppo and surrounding areas, attempting to cross into Turkey, found the border closed and now survive with very little in the cold and wet of winter, depending on foreign aid for basic necessities.
Syrian Refugees in Qah, and other small settlements across the border regions of Syria face dismal living conditions, made worse by the onset of winter. With torrential rain, and temperatures that regularly drop below freezing, the refugees suffer from a lack of adequate provisions to feed their families and protect them from the elements.
Health issues are on the rise due to overcrowding and the absence of proper sanitation and clean drinking water, causing widespread outbreaks of Hepatitis A and dysentery.
On December 13, 1937, the Japanese Imperial Army invaded China, occupying Nanjing, China's former capital city. Over the course of six weeks, the Japanese murdered over 300,ooo Chinese citizens, and were accused of raping more than 20,000 women. The museum in Nanjing holds thousands of mementos and films of the victims of the atrocity. To this day, Japan has not issued an apology for the crimes of the Imperial Army.
Found on the Arabian Peninsula, the qat plant is commonly chewed for its stimulant effects and was determined by the World Health Organization to be a drug of abuse for causing moderate psychological dependency. Widely used in Yemen, children are increasingly starting to chew qat at a young age, threatening their education and the health and economic vitality of the country.
The plant is accused of "Destroying the future of Yemen," in particular when children begin chewing it at an early age. Children as young as 8 years old become addicted to the stimulant, often with the consent of parents or guardians. It's a common belief, advocated by fathers, that chewing qat is a sign of adulthood and wisdom, and thus it's practiced at weddings at funerals.
The economic crisis in Yemen has pushed children to work, and some choose to plant qat or sell it, often resulting in a discontinuation of their formal education.
In Yemen, Qat addictions have grown to epidemic proportions among children and young adults. The drug induces a similar high as that of caffeine, and can be highly addictive. The problem is such that many children stop going to school, instead choosing to stay home to chew the bitter plant with friends, or addicted family members. Officials are concerned about the growing problem, an fear that the plant is creating a generation of illiterate children.
Mickael Harroch, a young Israeli man, discusses the implications for Netanyahu's decision to approve 3,000 new building permits for settlements in the West Bank. The following is B Roll footage of Kiryat Arba settlement,the separation barrier, Jerusalem and the Western Wall.
As a fragile Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire sets in, many are beginning to take stock of the current situation in the region. Most notable is Benjamin Netanyahu's move to begin the process of building 3,000 new structures in the contested area of the West Bank. The issuance of the building permits in the area has angered Palestinians, and prompted mixed reactions among Israelis.
Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi's recent decree barring judiciary review of any presidential decisions has ignited tensions between Islamists, and secularists in recent days. Shots were heard on Wednesday, and multiple deaths have been reported, with scores of injured protesters.
Clashes continued Wednesday in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli, between residents in the Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods who are loyal to opposing sides in Syria's civil war. In response, Prime Minister Mikati called on the Lebanese people to disassociate themselves from Syria's conflict and refrain from resorting to violence. Meanwhile, in Aleppo the conflict rages on; neighborhoods are reduced to rubble and children play in the remnants of a bombed-out school yard.
Hundreds were killed and thousands evacuated as super typhoon Bopha raged in the Southern Philippines, leaving homeless survivors to seek shelter and deal with the aftermath
On the morning of December 2nd in Aleppo, a leader of the Syrian regime's forces was killed by FSA fighters. The FSA fighters found the soldier's diaries in their office and took photos of some pages.
Residents of the Alansari Alsharqi neighborhood band together to search for and rescue survivors among the ruins of their homes in the aftermath of shelling by government forces on the morning of November 29, 2012.
A few short blocks from Dar al Shifaa hospital, destroyed just last week, an Aleppo school was also targeted by government forces, reducing the area to rubble in the early dawn.
Zachariah, a volunteer at the hospital told the photographer last October, "Even in the middle of death, happiness can still rise," in reference to his upcoming wedding with Bushra. The two had been married for about two weeks when she was killed. Now he spends his days alone in the ruins of the hospital, mourning his wife.
Fleeing ongoing violence, the sheer numbers of Syrian refugees have prompted Lebanon to request help from the UN to care for the displaced people.
Over the past year the world has watched as the fractured political situation in Syria has dissolved into civil war, with over 40,000 deaths as Bashar al-Assad's military forces pound the Free Syrian Army and rebel strongholds, while thousands of refugees stream into Lebanon and Turkey. The shear numbers of escaping Syrians have prompted Lebanon to request help from the UN to care for the displaced people.
Meanwhile, Egyptians overthrew Mubarrak's entrenched regime, and then democratically elected a new government headed by the controversial Muslim Brotherhood party's Muhammad Morsi, whose presidency has been met with mass opposition.
Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi's decision last week to stifle the Judiciary committee's ability to review presidential decisions caused mass protests in the streets of Cairo, and elsewhere.
Many Egyptians have become increasingly aggravated by Morsi, and the Muslim Brotherhood's moves to exert ever greater control of the direction of the government, seeing it as an affront to democracy and the efforts of a people who strove mightily late last year to overthrow former dictator Hosni Mubarak.
Morsi however, maintains that the decision was for the good of the Egyptian government and will not be permanent. Still, the decree feels to many like a power grab that could shift Egypt into a new and dangerous direction.
A convoy of 600 Egyptian activists travelled to Gaza late Sunday night to show support, witness events and determine effective procedures to get humanitarian and medical aid into Gaza via the Rafah border. The convoy visited wounded civilians, including children, in Shifa hospital but were ordered by Hamas to return to the border due to security concerns.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday morning, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza while protests continue in parts of the Arab world.
As the crisis in Syria rages on, the rest of the world watches, hoping for an end to the fighting. Many Syrian men fight while their families struggle to avoid the violence, seeking refuge wherever they can. Meanwhile much of the world watches and supports the Syrian opposition.
The conflict in Gaza has inflicted heavy casualties, as Israel targets Hamas leaders with airstrikes.
An Israeli airstrike killed 11 members of the same family on 18.11.12 in an attack aimed at Hamas official Jamal Al Dalou. The casualties included four children.
On Saturday, November 17, a Lebanese Human Rights organization gathered families for a march from Beirut National Museum to Downtown Beirut in memory of the approximately 17,000 disappeared persons missing since the Lebanese civil war 30 years ago. Women sadly displayed photos of their disappeared loved ones, wishing to know whether their loved ones are still alive, or if not, if their remains can be returned for a family burial
While hundreds of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square to protest Israeli actions in Gaza, President Morsi met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and the Emir of Qater, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, to discuss ways to support the people of Gaza and reach a solution to the crisis in Syria.
The Free Syrian Army, and civilians caught in the fighting between the FSA and pro Assad forces face danger and incredible violence every day.
Protesters in Egypt rallied in support of Gaza, calling for the government to cut all diplomatic ties with Israel. The Lebanese Communist Party and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine also demonstrated against Israeli aggression in Gaza on Thursday, in front of the ESCWA building in Beirut.
Rola Dasthi, MP of Kuwaiti Parliament and Haila Al-Mekaimi, Professor of Political Science at Kuwait University, talk about the state of political rights for women in Kuwait, discussing major changes that have occurred in the country over the last 50 years and the process that led to the election of four women to the Kuwaiti parliament.
Syrian refugees, faced with the possibility of an extended stay in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, settle in. One couple, despite the uncertainties ahead, decided to marry. Mothers and children resourcefully find places to build shelves, store supplies and do their best to keep the dust down. After long use of outdoor kitchens, women in the camp are relieved to finally have a real kitchen, recently finished, in which to cook and connect with each other, restoring a small sense of normalcy to their lives.
A crowd of about 2,000 gathered in front of Amman's Interior Ministry Circle in response to rising fuel prices in Jordan. Also calling publicly for the fall of the regime, protesters burned tires, vandalized photos of the king and blocked roads. One protester, when asked why he was protesting said, "I want to eat and I want democracy."
Near Aleppo, members of the Free Syrian Army teach Chinese artist Chen Weiming how to say, "Allahu akbar," God is the greatest
The people of Maarat al Numan comprise a city of 150,000 located strategically on Syria's main highway. Each dawn they leave the city to avoid airstrikes. Some do not escape the danger in time and hardworking neighbors try fervently to dig their bodies out of the rubble during the nighttime when the airstrikes pause.
Yemeni soldiers guard checkpoints on the streets of Sana'a looking for motorcycles without registration plates after Yemeni authorities announced unprecedented measures to limit the use of unregistered motorcycles after motorcyclists were linked to the assassination of political, military and security leaders on November 7. Motorcycles are being used by Al-Qaeda members as a means of transportation that security services have difficulty pursuing. Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula had called on its members to use motorcycles, and avoid using vehicles after US drone strikes increased against them.
Sexual Harassment is on the rise in Egypt and has been a growing issue since several young women were assaulted and stripped of their clothing by a mob in downtown Cairo in 2006.
According to a survey issued by the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights in 2008, 83% of Egyptian women and 98% of foreign women have experienced sexual harassment at least once.
Shirin Badr, a marketing manager at a design company, is working on a campaign called "Be a Man," which she started after documenting incidences of harassment on the metro with her mobile phone and posting them on the internet. The campaign works to educate the Egyptian public and support women's rights.
Protesters on both sides of the US/Mexico border honored Day of the Dead by marching to the port of entry demanding justice for 16 year old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez who was allegedly killed by the US Border Patrol on October 10th.
Araceli Rodriguez leads the protest along the US/Mexico border demanding justice for the alleged brutal murder of her son by American security personnel
For the past 70 years the Tepeth, a small ethnic group in Northeastern Uganda, have practiced female genital circumcision, despite the fact it was banned by the government two years ago. Now, with the promise of new sources of income, women are starting to give up their knives while organizations and community leaders lead educational programs to support women and families in abandoning the practice.
The Alebrijes exhibition, organized by the Mexican Folk Art Museum, is an annual public exposition and parade put on by local artisans in Mexico City. Alebrijes represent fantastical creatures comprised of real and mythical animals.
A look into the meaning and steps of traditional Ghanian dance performed for all occasions with rhythm and grace.
Young Indonesians living a punk lifestyle are being persecuted by the "Sharia Police" of the country. Many "punks" have recently been arrested in Banda Aceh, Indonesia's most devoutly Muslim province, purportedly to be re-educated. While human rights groups are concerned about the situation, the police say the goal is to protect the young ones from themselves and prevent them from bringing shame on their families.
Cononaco Bameno-Ecuador(South America) October 27th-2012-EXCLUSIVE FEATURE STORY.
The Huaorani, also known as the Waos, are native Amerindians from the Amazonian Region of Ecuador (Napo, Orellana and Pastaza Provinces) who have marked differences from other ethnic groups from Ecuador. They comprise almost 4,000 inhabitants and speak the Huaorani language, a linguistic isolate that is not known to be related to any other language. Their ancestral lands are located between the Curaray and Napo rivers, about 50 miles (80 km) south of El Coca. These homelands – approximately 120 miles (190 km) wide and 75 to 100 miles (120 to 160 km) from north to south – are threatened by oil exploration. In 1993, the Huaorani, and Quichua indigenous people, filed a lawsuit against Texaco oil company for the environmental damages caused by oil extraction activities in the Lago Agrio oil field. After handing control of the oil fields to an Ecuadorian oil company, Texaco did not properly dispose of its hazardous waste, causing great damages to the ecosystem and crippling communities. And recently, an US oil giant, has been fined $8.6 billion, for causing devastating pollution in large parts of the Ecuadorian Amazon basin, where Huaorani tribe lives. The oil firm Texaco, wich merged with Chevron in 2001, had been accused of dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste into unlined pits in the Amazon’s rainforest and rivers. Tribes indigenous to the area, like the Huaorani, have campaigned for almost two decades against the firm’s actions, saying that the poisonous waste has increased cancer rates, killed wildlife and contaminated water.In the past, Huaorani were able to protect their culture and lands from both indigenous enemies and settlers but the fighting against the multinational oil company, still goes on.
Lebanese Mufti Encourages National Unity During Friday Prayers
High Spirits As Egyptians Celebrate Eid
Though Eid is a time for celebration, many Muslims are facing the challenges of economic struggles and war, dampening the holiday spirit. In Syria, families hope for a respite from the violence, while in Egypt storekeepers are hoping for business.
Two rare interviews with Malala Yousafzai years before she was shot.
"I want to say to the world that you must keep education because its very important, and the second thing is that if the new generation is not given pens they will be given guns by a terrorist."
Many Georgian civilians were deported or fled their homes during the past century's conflicts and found refuge in other parts of the country or neighboring Central Asian countries. While some managed to start a new life, the majority of internally displaced people still struggle with housing and unemployment issues. In Tbilisi and other regions of Georgia, thousands of displaced families are claiming ownership rights to buildings they have occupied since the conflicts. In other cases families are returning to villages from where their parents were deported decades ago and face integrating into new communities.
Roma are one of the most stigmatized minorities of Georgia, associated with street vendors, beggars and in many cases thought of as thieves and swindlers.
Villagers cut meat for the Eid al Adha festival near the mosque in Talaveri village, populated mostly by ethnic Azerbaijanis.
Volunteers for Democrats Abroad share their efforts to encourage Americans living overseas to vote, especially hopeful to sway democrats from battleground states to mail in their absentee ballots. Shannon, a registered Florida voter and dual Australian-American citizen takes to the phones to remind her fellow Democrats to request their ballots and vote for Obama. Other Americans gather at a local Sydney bar to watch the debates and discuss their opinions on the incumbent.
Following months of routine shelling, the “liberated” Syrian town of Al Bab bands together in an attempt to grasp a bit of normalcy for their children. Since August, six schools have been shelled in Assad’s escalated aerial bombardment, and class has been moved to underground bunkers and basements, adapting to the times. Many parents fear sending their children to school, but now community members are volunteering their time in order to safely get the kids out of the house... and back to school.
Masked Militants Block Roads In Lebanon While Protests Continue At The Cabinet Building
A grand ceremony was held on Sunday, October 21, in Beirut for the burial of Lebanese intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan, who was killed in a car bomb explosion in Beirut’s Ashrafiyeh neighborhood last week. Angry civilians protested at the event, carrying posters and banners of Hezbollah's Nasrallah and Prime Minister Najib Mikati, who many hold responsible for the assassination. Though calm was restored to downtown Beirut, many protesters were injured as security forces used tear gas and barbed wire to control the masses.
Protesters burned tires and set up roadblocks around Lebanon Saturday, October 20, in an angry response to the massive car bomb that killed senior intelligence official Wissam al Hassan, who was allegedly leading an investigation into a Lebanese politician accused of working with two Syrian officials to plan a string of attacks inside Lebanon. The blast killed at least eight people and wounded over 100. Saturday was declared a day of mourning in the country, though protesters set up roadblocks in Beirut, Sidon, Tripoli and the Bekaa Valley. Many Lebanese worry that the explosion is evidence of an escalation of Syria's war spilling over the borders and fear a return to the wave of political assassinations that rattled Lebanon between 2005 and 2008.
Mohamed Saad al-Katatny, former secretary-general of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), won the presidency of the party on Friday, October 19, on the electoral slogan, "A strong party to build Egypt." Al Katatny said that consensus among all Egyptian political parties is crucial for enhancing cooperation.
Meanwhile, Egyptians took to Tahrir Square again, protesting the Muslim Brotherhood's overwhelming influence in the post-revolution government along with its party affiliation, The Freedom and Justice Party. Many Egyptians, including liberals, leftists and revolutionaries ride on a similar slogan, "Egypt For All Egyptians." Protesters' demands include redrafting a new constitution that protects and represents all Egyptians, establishing minimum and maximum wages, and retrials for those that were acquitted of of killings and crimes during the revolution.
Tensions Rise as Egyptian Courts to Rule on Defaming Christianity and Islam in Two Separate Cases
In the aftermath of massive protests and violent reactions to the anti-Islam video "The Innocence of Muslims," an undercurrent of tension boils just below the surface as issues of religious defamation rise to the forefront, as seen in two recent court cases in Egypt.
One case involves a young Egyptian Coptic Christian, Alvert Saber, who is being accused of blasphemy and advocating atheism for posting clips of the infamous video online. Saber, who denies posting the clips, is not only accused of insulting Islam, but Christianity as well. Human Rights activists call for his release and advocate for his right to freedom of expression. His trial is set for November 14th.
Abou Islam, head of Umma Islamic channel and chairman of Islamic Enlightenment Center, is accused of publicly and scornfully insulting Christianity after allegedly tearing-up and burning a Bible on Sep 11 outside the US Embassy in Cairo, which he did in response to the film. Islam stated that the book was not a Bible, but a book of Terry Jones, a controversial US evangelical preacher who oversaw the burning of a copy of the Quran in a small Florida church.
Included is video footage of the protests, where violent backlash broke out along with some peaceful demonstrations in several locations including Egypt, Lebanon, Malaysia and Tunisia.
The UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi held meetings with top Lebanese officials on Wednesday, October 17, in Beirut over the Syrian issue.
Mourners gather to honor the late king Norodom Sihanouk who died of a heart attack Monday, at the age of 89. His body was returned from China, where he had been receiving medical treatment.
On Wednesday, October 17, Cairo courts postponed the trial of Alvert Saber, a young Egyptian accused of blasphemy for posting clips of the anti-Islam video, "Innocence of Muslims" on the Internet. The trial will be held November 14th.
Massive demonstrations took place all weekend in Barcelona, Spain, with national sentiment taking the stage in a protest against the independence of Catalonia, followed by a noisy rally as demonstrators rode the #Globalnoise wave of rallies worldwide.
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Clashes erupt between supporters and opponents of Morsi and the Brotherhood
Occupy Oakland celebrates its first birthday with cake, music and community.
Malaysian court rejects transgender people's appeal to allow cross-dressing, based on Sharia' law.
Chavez wins Venezuela election.
Hezbollah's Nasrallah claims responsibility for the Iranian-built drone that was shot down over Israel.
Egypt’s Constituent Assembly, the panel responsible for writing the country’s post-revolution constitution, released the first draft of the new constitution for debate and feedback by the public on Wednesday, October 10.
Hundreds of Lebanese teachers protested on Wednesday, October 10, outside the cabinet headquarters in Beirut, demanding that the government to implement a long-awaited salary increase.
On the first anniversary of the Maspero massacre, the relatives of the victims who were either shot or crushed to death by Armored Personnel Carriers, are still waiting for justice after a year of legal proceedings stemming from two cases, one of which witnessed the victims’ lawyers withdraw from the case and the other which saw protesters being put on trial.
Egyptians demonstrated in front of the state TV and radio building in Maspero, central Cairo Tuesday, October 9, to commemorate the first anniversary of the military's aggressive attempt to clear a predominantly christian protest that resulted in several deaths, including Egyptian revolutionary Mina Daniel.
Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil attended the Euromoney Conference Egypt 2012, Tuesday, October 9, where he discussed economic strategy and Egypt's financial goal to reach $28 billion in foreign investments.
At least 21 of Egypt's security forces killed and several more injured in a truck accident in Eastern Sinai on October 8, 2012.
Uganda's main opposition leader under house arrest to prevent disruptions of independence celebrations.
Footage of Tal Abyad crossing from the destroyed immigration building at the Syria-Turkey border
The Indian Air force is set to color the skies once again this year on Indian Air Force Day, which falls on October 8th every year.
Kashmir Valley celebrates tourism week with the mesmerizing Shikara festival held at the world famous Lake Dal. Hundreds of boaters took part by giving tours on the lake where the tourism department gave live performances of traditional Kashmiri songs.
Based in the Chitrkoot district of Utter Pradesh, one of the most underdeveloped places in India, a creative small-town tribal woman named Meera launched a local paper "Khabar Laheriya" (Wave News) which began as a way for women to address sexual violence, gender issues and education.
Voodoo Doll: An interpretive dance piece performed at Contemporary Dance Night in Egypt.
Thousands of Jordanians gathered in front of Al Husseini Mosque in downtown Amman to call for electoral reform after Friday prayer on October 5, 2012.
Egyptian President Morsi received a letter from Amnesty International Tuesday, October 2, along with reports highlighting the alleged human rights violations committed by Egypt's military and police against protesters over the last months of the revolution. The letter urged Morsi to end the legacy of repression, torture and violence that former President Mubarak left behind.
Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal attended the anniversary celebration of Saladin's capture of Jerusalem on Wednesday evening, October 3, at Saladin Castle in Cairo where he made a statement urging leaders in the Arab world to liberate Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque from the Israelis.
Thousands of Bahraini people participated in the funeral of the young man Mohammed Ali Mushaima (23 years old) in Aldaih village, west of the capital Manama on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. Mushaima passed away in detention after his deteriorated medical condition was neglected by prison administration.
Henrique Capriles, Venezuela’s Opposition Presidential candidate, gathered almost a million supporters this past Sunday in Caracas, just four days before the end of his campaign and a week until the Election Day against President Hugo Chávez who has been in the government since 1999 and aspires for a third term. Chavez supporters marched on Saturday, September 22, 2012 in Caracas, to show their support for Chavez in an election that could give him another six-year term.
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," intended to be a new constitution-writing panel to draw a new representative constitution.
Rising concern over Syria's historic world heritage sites prompts scientific, archaeological and religious organizations to call for increased local and international pressure on Syria to stop the destruction of their cultural heritage.
Municipal workers from Barcelona Municipal Services (BSM) called a 24 hour strike today, Monday, October 1, 2012, with over 400 workers demonstrating in the streets of Barcelona in protest against budget cuts, including Christmas bonuses, being implemented in accordance with austerity laws approved by the Spanish government. The workers want to negotiate a solution with Municipal Services that would allow them to recover an economic loss that represents a 14% cut in their wages.
The 30th annual Pharaohs International Rally kicked off on Monday, October 1, 2012 near the Giza pyramids, to the enthusiasm of an international crowd waiting to see which top international competitor will come out ahead. Top contenders for the race include Emirati driver Khalifa al-Mutaiwei and French driver Jean-Louis Schlesser.
Barcelona, Spain. Municipal workers from Barcelona Municipal Services (BSM) called a 24 hour strike today, Monday, October 1, 2012, with over 400 workers demonstrating in the streets of Barcelona in protest against budget cuts, including Christmas bonuses, being implemented in accordance with a decree approved by the Spanish government. The workers want to negotiate a solution with Municipal Services that would allow them to recover an economic loss that represents a 14% cut in their wages.
Barcelona, Spain. Jornada de huelga de los trabajadores municipales de Barcelona.
Los sindicatos cifran en más del 90% el seguimiento de la huelga de 24 horas convocada para hoy por los trabajadores de la empresa Barcelona Serveis Municipals (BSM). Más de 400 trabajadores se han manifestado por las calles de Barcelona. Protestan contra el recorte de la paga de Navidad que se les quiere aplicar en cumplimiento del decreto-ley aprobado por el Gobierno español. Quieren negociar con la empresa vías de solución que les permita recuperar la pérdida económica que ya les supone un recorte superior al 14% de sus salarios.
On Wednesday, September 26, 2012, for the first time in decades that a sitting Egyptian head of state spoke at a UN General Assembly meeting, President Morsi stressed that the bloodshed in Syria must stop, that foreign intervention is not the right solution and he would not rest until the war is ended. He also spoke in support of the Palestinian right to establish an independent state.
There are nearly 73,000 Syrian refugees registered or waiting to be registered by UNHCR in Lebanon, of which 18,000 are on a waiting list and 51% of those are children. Through Save the Children and other programs, funds are being raised to support the thousands of refugee children seeking an education.
Public school teachers in Barcelona protested increasing austerity measures in Spain on Wednesday, September 26, 2012.
As Syrian refugee parents wait to register their children for school in Lebanon, the children play in the special play room. The Sawa registration Center is situated in Baalbek, and was set up in collaboration with UNHCR and Save the Children. There are 48,925 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR in Lebanon, with more than 18,000 on a waiting list. 51% of them are children. Save the Children provided a Summer Accelerated Learning Program & Scholarship Program, that encompassed 1,208 children until now. Another 1,292 are supposed to join at the beginning of school year.
Public school teachers in Barcelona protest against austerity measures following the mobilization of public school teachers in Catalonia. Today, September 26, 2012, was the first day of the two-day strike called for by teachers in Catalonia. The protest, held in front of the Palace of the Generalitat, the seat of the regional government of Catalonia, had a festive tone. They protested against layoffs of more than 3000 teachers, budget cuts in public schools, increased student-teacher ratio, rising prices and taxes and for the decrease in grants and financial assistance to families.
On Monday, September 24, Ismailia Criminal Court sentenced 14 members of a militant group with the death penalty for attacking a police station in the city of Al-Arish, North Sinai, last year and killing several army and police officers.
With Egyptian President Morsi's visit to New York for UN General Assembly meetings, the family of the blind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman appealed to him to seek the release of the Sheikh, who is imprisoned in the US having been convicted of seditious conspiracy in the World Trade Center Bombing in 1993.
With massive destruction in the city of Aleppo apparent on this street behind Dar Al Shifa hospital, along with a lack of employees due to the ongoing crisis, garbage accumulates threatening the spread of contagious diseases.
The American University of Cairo raised tuition prices by 7%, increasing the cost of education to nearly $25,000 and leading students to stage an ongoing strike that forced the administration to suspend all classes until further notice.
Hundreds of Lebanese gathered in downtown Beirut Friday, September 21, 2012 to protest the recent insults on the Prophet Mohammed seen in the infamous trailer posted on Youtube, as well as the cartoons in the French publication Charlie Hebdo.
Rebels shoot down government planes, but not quickly enough to stem the flow of refugees to the Turkish border.
Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court ordered the dissolution of Egypt's lower house of parliament based on a prior verdict ruled last June that the elections law that allowed voting-in of parliament members was unconstitutional.
Pro-reform protesters calling for the release of political activists march from King Hussein Mosque in Amman, Jordan, after Friday Prayer.
With volatile reactions to the inflammatory Islam-insulting film spanning throughout many Muslim communities, the subject of defaming religion is at the forefront. The issue was addressed by Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby at a press conference on Wednesday, September 19, joined by other members of the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the African and European Unions, who are reportedly all working to reaching an agreement against religious defamation.
Meanwhile, young members of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party encouraged ongoing protests to the insulting film, however they stressed that keeping protests peaceful is essential to getting the message across.
In meetings and press conferences, everyone is talking about Syria and discussing possible solutions to the ongoing crisis. Egyptian President Morsi, along with Foreign Minister Kamel Amr, held talks with the Iranian, Turkish and French Foreign Ministers, touching on the increasing number of refugees, the fate of Bashar Al Assad and the "contact group," consisting of Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia who have both influence and interest in the outcome of the crisis in Syria. Talks also gravitated toward the recent film on youtube that insulted the Prophet Mohammed and sparked massive protests among enraged Muslim communities.
Nasrallah appears in public to encourage protests against the controversial film insulting Islam that sparked protests throughout Muslim communities worldwide.
New UN Arab League Envoy returns from Syria and meets with the Arab League Chief in Cairo.
Busses and rails provided only the minimal services as employees went on strike in protest against wage cuts and budget reforms.
Lake Katwe salt mine is a source of livelihood to over three thousand people who earn about five dollars a day, laboring in the hyper-saline environment that leaches moisture from their bodies, exposing them to toxic chemicals and creating severe health complications.
Footage from in front of the US Embassay in Yemen where protesters rallied against the film by burning flags, breaking windows and setting fire in the embassy, until security forces pushed them back with gunfire and water trucks.
Cairo Calms Down After Violent Protests
Gunmen Open Fire At Arish Police Department, North Sinai
Morsi & Bashir Discuss Regional Developments Between Egypt And Sudan
Crowds Gathered In Jordan, Shaking Their Shoes At America
Friday Night Unrest At US Embassy In Jordan
Azaz, Syria's northernmost border with Turkey, has seen its share of fighting and now lives with the remnants. Bombed out schools, tanks and factories are whats left for the villagers whose children enjoy playing on the tanks.
Warm Welcome For Pope Benedict XVI In Lebanon
US Embassy In Tunis On Fire; One Killed During Protest In Tripoli, Lebanon
Security Clears Areas Around US Embassy & Tahrir Square, Makes Arrests
Demonstrations continue in front of the US Embassy in Cairo, with clashes breaking out between police and protesters including a constant volley of smoking tear gas canisters. Bahraini religious figures protest as well, though keeping their demonstration non-violent. About a hundred Tunisians protested on Wednesday, September 12, in front of the US Embassy, shouting anti-American slogans and burning American flags.
Protesters inside the embassy compound demonstrating last night, before the attack.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Cairo Tuesday, September 11, 2012, shouting anti-American and anti-Israeli slogans along with "there is no God but Allah," and scaling the US Embassy's walls to pull down the American flag. The protests come in response to an inflammatory trailer to a film called "The Innocence of Islam," posted on youtube, which reportedly depicts the prophet Mohammed as a homosexual pedophile. While people's anger in Egypt propelled them to protest at the US embassy in Cairo, in Libya, enraged mobs attacked the US consulate in Benghazi. The US Ambassador to Libya and three staff members were killed during the attack. In this exclusive video, interviews with local Egyptians and protesters illustrate their religious sentiment, for a full transcription click here.
8:15: "I am Sabir Shartout from Giza, and when I heard about the protest I was one of the first people to confirm my attendance-- it's the least one can do. It is a protest to express the people's anger. This situation is in need of investigation. To those who insulted the prophet: he is the greatest symbol of Islam and he is the root of existence for all Muslims, for all Muslims are alive to love their God and their Prophet. It is really hard and painful for our people and people like us to have to go through those situations. Do we, as people, really deserve this insult? As Muslim, do we really deserve this humiliation? Someone has insulted a symbol, a great symbol that gives meaning to my whole life, and that is the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH). Why are they doing this?"
After the Tunisian Minister of Education Abdul Latif Obaid deducted 100 dinars (63$) from the wages of junior high school teachers who protested in May, the General Union of Tunisian Workers organized a demonstration with many of the teachers and trade unionists from different parts of the Republic.
Massive Demonstration For Independence of Catalonia
Angelina Jolie Meets With PM Mikati & Visits Syrian Refugees In Lebanon
Kandil: Egypt's Budget Deficit Higher Than Anticipated
Arab League Chief Meets With Britain's Hague
& Arab League Chief and Envoy Meet With Qatari PM
After the Tunisian Minister of Education Abdul Latif Obaid deducted 100 dinars (63$) from the wages of junior high school teachers who protested in May, the General Union of Tunisian Workers organized a demonstration with many of the teachers and trade unionists from different parts of the Republic.
Tense, protests and confrontation with police in JERRISA, northwest of Tunisia after the funeral of ABDERAOUF AL KHAMASSI.
Abderaouf is a 30 years old youth. He was arrested on august 28th 2012 in Tunis in a larceny affair.
4 policemen charged by doing the investigation still beating him and torturing him till he lost the conscience.
So he was taken to the Hospital Charles Nicolas in Tunis where he died.
Abdreaouf Khammasi is not the only victims of police repression after the revolution: last week
The human rights activist Radhia Nasraoui announced in an interview that a lady was arrested and then violated by 3 policemen while they were working; the ministry of interior confirms this fact and promises to try the perpetrators in a court of law.
51 villagers from Madhya Pradesh in India protesting in neck-deep water for the 17th day, against their local government, asking for a compensation for their land that got submerged after the height of two dams - Indira Sagar and Omkareshwar Dam - was raised. The Madhya Pradesh government finally blinked to their demands seeking to reduce the water level to 189 metres.
The 520 MW Omkareshwar project is one of the several big dams on the Narmada river, built by the Narmada Hydroelectric Development Corporation, a joint venture between NHPC Ltd and the government of Madhya Pradesh. The protesters say increasing the water level in the dam would submerge their lands spread across several villages.
Life had been tough every passing day for the protesters who spent on an average around 20 hours in water. While the 51villagers of Khandwa finally heaved a sigh of relief, calling off their Jal Satyagraha, in another part of Madhya Pradesh another group of villagers continue their protest against the Govt's decision to raise the water level.
Massive demonstration for independence of catalonia, in Barcelona city center
According to the Mossos d'Esquadra (Catalan police), a million and a half people from all corners of Catalonia gathered in the streets of Barcelona Tuesday, September 11, 2012, to demand independence of Catalonia and create a new sovereign state in Europe.
Thousands of wounded Syrians escape to Lebanon for medical treatment amid an increasingly bloody conflict in their homeland, living in overcrowded conditions, suffering psychological distress and unable to afford medical care.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi held talks with British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Tuesday, September 11, in Cairo, where they discussed a number of regional issues, particularly the Syrian crisis.
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and US Deputy Secretary of Treasury Neal Wolin met on Tuesday, September 11 to discuss measures taken by Lebanese banks to safeguard the financial sector from the negative impacts of the Syrian crisis.
New UN Arab League Envoy To Syria;
Spain Foreign Minister Discusses Economic Projects with Morsi;
Candid Shots of the Ambrosetti Forum;
Bikpela Bagarap: Big Damage: Logging Papua New Guinea
e-Wasteland: Documentary of unregulated electronic waste in Ghana
Photos and video taken at the annual European House Ambrosetti Forum at Villa D'Este, Cernobbio, Italy, over the weekend of September 7-9, 2012. The forum is an annual economic conference where heads of state, ministers, Nobel laureates and businessmen gather to discuss current and future economic challenges, scientific, technological and geo-political developments that impact business and society.
Among the attendees were Joaquim Alumnia, EU Commissioner for free-market policies, the President of Israel Shimon Perez, Romano Prodi, former Italian Prime Minister and former President of the European Commission, Giulio Tremonti and Renato Brunetta of the Italian Parliament, economics professor at Stern Business School and Chairman of Roubini Global Economics Nouriel Roubini, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council and Mario Monti, Italian Prime Minister, among politicians, businessmen, and economics experts worldwide.
Photos of Syrian refugees in Jordan
Egypt Air aircrew suspended their strike, which started early on Friday, September 7, in a bid to have better working conditions including better insurance and an increase in staff numbers; the strike forced the company to suspend international flights for more than 12 hours.
Although a smoking ban in all closed public spaces went into force in Lebanon under new legislation that promises hefty fines for lawbreakers, some people still sit in cafes, smoking water pipes and cigarettes.
Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi met on Thursday, September 6, with Qatar Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim at the Presidential Palace headquarters in Cairo, where they held talks over the bilateral relations between the two countries and methods of increasing Qatari investments in Egypt.
A number of assailants attacked the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) on Wednesday, September 5, storming it with flammables and stones, causing damage to the building and terrifying its employees.
Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi met on Thursday, September 6, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, where they discussed the latest regional developments as well as various Palestinian issues.
Morsi calls for Assad to step down
Morsi meets with Norwegian Foreign Minister
Attack on Uthman Pasha School
Eviction & Destruction of homes in Cambodia, making way for development.
Destruction of an Uthman Pasha School, tombs and artifacts in Tripoli, Libya.
Protests in Bahrain
Center for Disabled in Myanmar
Attacks in Aleppo, Syria
Sheikh Issa Ahmad Kasem Friday speech on August 31st about Bahraini people rights and the government’s attempts to silence the opposition.
In his speech, the shia sheikh denounced the violation by the government of basic human rights such as freedom of opinion and freedom of thoughts.
He ended his speech saying that the crisis that the country is now facing will only be solved when the government will recognize the importance of the people and the need for real reforms.
Protest Against Repression of Journalistic Freedom
Dozens of writers, journalists and intellectuals gathered at Talaat Harb Square in central Cairo Thursday evening, August 23, to protest what they consider the "Repression of the press and freedom of expression." The participants chanted slogans indicating their hostile stance toward the Muslim Brotherhood and condemning the imprisonment of journalists as against the basic tenets of freedom of the press.
Trial Of Al Dustour Editor in Chief
Giza Criminal Court adjourned on Thursday, August 23, postponing the trial of the editor-in-chief of Al-Dustour independent newspaper Islam Afifi to September 16. He faces charges of spreading false information and insulting President Mohamed Morsi.
Tension In Tripoli
The port city of Tripoli, the second largest city in Lebanon, remains tense, with armed men driving through the city and shooting rounds of live fire into the air.
Clashes between the rival neighborhoods of the anti-Assad Sunni stronghold of Bab al-Tabbaneh and the Alawite-dominated and pro-Assad Jabal Mohsen erupted on Monday over a personal dispute.
Early Childhood Education In Kenya
A touching photo essay produced in Nairobi, Kenya, showing the difficult and rudimentary conditions of an elementary school and the will of young children to learn and get an education.
Silent victims: Landmine survivors in Cambodia
Cambodia reported 96 landmine casualties in the first five months of 2012, according to a report of the Cambodian Mine and Explosive Remnants of War Victim Information System, and they quoted sadly young children account for about half of all landmine victims
The streets leading to Shalom High Places Pre-School (a private school) are unpaved and lined with poorly constructed buildings in the Eastlands section of Nairobi, Kenya. The pre-school is housed on the ground floor of a three-story apartment building. It has no lights and consists of three small classrooms: a baby class (2-3 year olds), nursery (4 year olds) and pre-unit (5-6 year olds).
Every morning 70 students attend classes where they are taught, according to teacher Nancy Vivian Obanda, 30, the national curriculum (the same syllabus as government schools). However, she’s quick to add that “as a private early childhood development school our quality of education is superior to the government schools.” Consequently, she explains, “we need to expand the school because of parental demand. Many parents don’t believe the government can provide the same level of attention we give their children.”
The students at Shalom High Places are like children most anywhere: enthusiastic, eager to learn and playful. Their high pitched and melodic voices are incorporated into the learning experience as they regularly cheer one another after answering a question: “Well done, well done, try again another day, keep up a very good girl (boy).” As this is sung the child being cheered will place a hand on their hip and rock both head and hips to the chorus. “It helps make learning fun for them. They’re very young so you can’t teach them like the bigger kids. Singing helps them to stay interested in the syllabus,” said Obanda. Shalom High Places is an informal school that offers tremendous potential in the way of education, giving the children a solid foundation to move on to secondary school.
In Kenya, school enrollment levels drop dramatically after the primary level (eighth grade). Since 2003 primary level education has been free and compulsory in Kenya (at government schools). This has greatly increased school enrollment and raised the literacy rate with it. Though stricken with poverty and hardships the people of Kenya are generally literate. Sadly many families can’t afford secondary school because tuitions must be paid. At Shalom High Places parents pay 450 shillings (approximately $5.40 US) per month for tuition.
Although primary school education is compulsory there are few public schools in Nairobi’s overflowing slums. Consequently thousands of children are squeezed out of the formal education system. Non-formal schools have sprung up to fill the gap. Unfortunately many of these are underfunded and understaffed. At Shalom High Places their concerns center around the need for computers, books and play materials, according to teacher Obanda.
Just before nap-time the nursery class is given small amounts of play dough to occupy themselves as their teacher, Cecilia Muringi, test students three at a time. “I can’t test the entire class at once because they would just play with and tear or stain the paperwork.” The youngsters are quick to take advantage of their teacher’s preoccupation with testing. However she’s up to the multitasking challenge, issuing warnings and an occasional slap on the wrist. She has a firm yet playful manner with the students.
Despite the occasional problems that arise during the school day the atmosphere at the pre-school is supportive, energetic and stimulating. The children eagerly participate and crave the opportunity to step to the front of the class to be cheered by their classmates: “Well done, well done...”
Egypt’s PM Hesham Kandil held a joint press conference on Wednesday, August 22, with head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde where he said that the loan which is set to be received from the IMF, would be USD 4.8 billion, with a five year term at 1.1% interest and a grace period of 39 months.
Security officials, senior figures and Islamic personalities of the northern city of Tripoli announced on Tuesday that an agreement was reached between the residents of Bab al-Tabbaneh to implement an immediate ceasefire after the clashes that had been raging within the Jabal Mohsen neighborhood since Monday.
Waiting For Rain: Beijing's Water Crisis
A multimedia documentary about the water problems facing Beijing. The Chinese capital is presently confronted with dropping water levels, limited precipitation and a steadily growing population.
This video examines the causes of the water problem, their resultant effects and some of the solutions which are being implemented to combat the looming crisis.
A look at Eid Al Fitr celebrations in Egypt, including the release of 638 prisoners from Egyptian prisons, as directed by presidential decree.
After the death of a 16 year old boy in Bahrain, local people and the boy's loved ones take to the streets in protest of human rights abuses and harsh treatment by Bahraini security forces.
A sample from a black & white photo essay of survivors of land mine detonations in Cambodia; despite a disproportionately large number of the population affected by land lines, many receive prostheses and a chance at life.
17 August 2012
Despite the escalation of violence from security forces, Bahrainis gathered in the streets to celebrate International Jerusalem Day, emphasizing the importance of supporting the Palestinian cause.
Protesters raised Bahraini and Palestinian flags and photos of Palestinian resistance fighters, chanting slogans like, "Bahrain and Palestine are one wound," " From Ramallah to Bahrain, one population not two," and "Resistance, resistance, no compromise Jerusalem."
Sheikh Isa Qassim delivered a sermon for friday prayer at the Mosque of Imam al-Sadiq in the village of Duraz, Bahrain, during which he touched on the power struggles in the country, human, religious, and civil rights, and the sacrifices of the people to attain these rights, many of whom are being treated inhumanely in Bahraini prisons.
Collection of brave women participating in revolutionary activities.
Some family members of the 11 abducted Lebanese protested in Riad al Soloh square in Beirut, Lebanon on 9 August 2012.
The large Lebanese Maqdad family then kidnapped 26 Syrians, demanding the return of Hassan Al Maqdad.
Guerrilla PKK fighters in the Qandil Mountains during the Kurdish New Year festivities called Newroz. More than 15,000 civilians from Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria join the PKK to show their support.
Since the attacks, clashes, and ongoing raids in search of suspected gunmen in the Sinai, Egypt closed off the smuggling tunnels and opened up the Rafah border to Gaza on Tuesday, August 14. Many Palestinians from Gaza cross into Egypt seeking medical attention, while pilgrims returning from Mecca are headed home. At the same time, the Egyptian military continues with their campaign to secure the North Sinai region, unearthing "suspected terrorists."
A separate incident near the Al Arish airport occurred when an oil truck exploded, killing the driver and injuring two others.
Upon signing a $200 million USD loan from the World Bank to Egypt, Prime Minister Kandil also revealed that World Bank representatives will arrive the following week to discuss further loans in the amount of $3.2 billion USD. The loans will be directed at economic recovery in Egypt, creating jobs and infrastructure.
Meanwhile, President Morsi is seeing mixed reactions to the dissolution of the Complementary Constitutional Declaration as well as his unexpected decision to replace Tantawi as head of Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Several who support the decision remain skeptical to the long-term impact while some fear the decisions could be a step toward handing the Muslim Brotherhood more power.
Thousands join a Kurdish rally in the city of Qamishlo, where recent clashes occurred between Kurdish fighters and Assad's forces, for a Kurdish autonomy region inside the Syrian borders.
More than 1.000 Kurdish protesters waving Kurdish flags and demanding human rights, staged a rally against the Assad regime in the northeastern city of Girke Lege in Syria. They waved flags in the Kurdish colors demanding basic rights for the Kurdish people in Syria.
The people of the Kurdish village Bestastos in Northeast Syria attend a ceremony for the opening of a Kurdish cultural center. Under the rule of Assad teaching Kurdish culture and language was forbidden and teachers faced up to 10 years in prison. With the liberation of their cities from Assad, the Kurdish civil movement built up new language schools. But now in many Kurdish dominated parts in Syria the Regime forces where driven out by non violent actions.
Kurdish fighters, both female and male, from the Kurdish YPG self defense army, took control of the outskirts of Derik, a Kurdish dominated city in Northeast Syria. Battle broke out in the city center, where around 80 Syrian Army soldiers would not surrender. One YPG fighter got killed, several Syrian Army soldiers wounded.
This small city of 40.000 people in the north of Syria was one of the first to join the uprising against Bashar All Assad. Since March last year their lives have turned upside down, they have been victims of brutal atrocities and until now, every single day they are targeted by the forces of the current regime or suffer by the confrontations of the army and the rebel free Syrian Army.
Videos follow citizens through the rubble of the village of Saraqeb, Syria, showing destroyed homes where families still live. Also included is footage of interviews with members of the Free Syrian Army, during which shelling outside can be heard close by.
Includes video footage of the aftermath of the military retaliation on suspected attackers in Sinai, archive footage of goods being moved through Gaza/Rafah tunnels, the new Defense Minister & Vice President taking oaths in front of Morsi, and the public's reaction in Tahrir Square to Tantawi leaving.
Collection of videos from ongoing events in the Sinai, Egypt. Starting with coverage about the 16 border guards killed, reactions of the Egyptian military, President Morsi, people of the region, and Gaza, as well as events that followed.
Video Footage from the Sinai showing tunnels and the Egyptian military heading to seal them off.
Photo collection from the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, showing refugee families from Syria.
Syrian refugees in Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Thousands of Syrians have been crossing into the Bekaa Valley situated along the border with Syria. We managed to reach some families in hiding in villages of Saad Neyil and Arsel.
Accused 93 Year Old Australian Child Abuser Caught In Burma
Karl Joseph Kraus, 93, was apprehended in Myanmar's Karen state on Tuesday, July 24 and transported back to the Thai border to be handed over to Thailand police. Krause had skipped bail in December 2011 for charges of raping 4 underage girls in Thailand's northern city of Chiang Mai. The four sisters ranged in age from 5 - 12 at the time of the alleged offenses. Kraus reportedly lured the young Thai sisters to his house, promising them chocolates and English lessons. Kraus was born in Berlin and migrated to Australia, working as a railway worker, until his retirement.
Lebanon Declines Iran's Invitation to Conference On Syrian Crisis
After meeting with the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Saeed Jalili, on Monday, August 6 in Beirut, Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour told reporters that Lebanon declined an invitation to attend a conference in Iran addressing the crisis in Syria. During the meeting, talks focused on the Syrian crisis with Jalili asserting that cooperation is in the best interest of Muslim nations and countries in the region. After consulting, President Suleiman, PM Mikati and Speaker Berri declined due to Lebanon's policy of not associating with other countries' internal affairs.
Mourning 16 Soldiers Killed At Rafah Border
Egypt’s Presidency announced Monday, August 6, a three-day mourning nationwide honoring the 16 soldiers killed by unknown gunmen at the bordering town of Rafah in Sinai Sunday evening. Eyewitnesses among the residents of Rafah said the gunmen launched a fierce attack on the border guard soldiers and seized two armored vehicles, taking one of them and heading to the Israeli territories. The residents call on President Mohamed Morsi and Defense Minister Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi to intensify security at the bordering areas in Sinai.
Interviews With Family Of Soldier Killed By RPG
Interviews with family, forensic report, and death certificate of Egyptian soldier, Mahmoud Sabry Mohammed Abdallah, killed on May 2, 2012 by a rocket propelled grenade in the Sinai.
Military Funeral Of Rafah Border Victims
Two days after attacks at the Rafah border that killed 16 border guards in what is considered the bloodiest conflict in the area since Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, clashes erupted between gunmen and security forces at several checkpoints in the Sinai Region. In response, the Egyptian military launched air strikes, reportedly killing over 20 militants. The estimated 1,200 tunnels between Egypt and Gaza are also of concern, with both Egyptian and Gaza security reportedly working to seal off all access points. Meanwhile, PM Kandil responds to popular demand, vowing to increase security and focus on development in the region.
Members of the Free Syrian Army retreat to the mountains in North Western Syria toward the Turkish border after being defeated in a confrontation with Bashar Al Assad's forces. Many of the FSA find refuge in remote villages near the Turkish border which, while difficult to access by a conventional army, are effectively surrounded by Assad's forces.
Many Syrian families, including children, flee for the Turkish border with the help of local fighters. Although the rebels still have a hold on the mountainous areas around some villages such as Al Shatouria, Assad's troops surround them, trying to cut off the rebellion. Many civilians who cannot return to their villages go to Turkey where they try to find shelter in camps organized by authorities.
Syrian families from the area of Homs have escaped to Lebanon where many live in old schools. The Syrian army has placed mines in the area and positioned snipers who fire on villagers from high positions, killing many civilians since the start of the rebellion in March 2011. Often the Free Syrian Army will facilitate passage for Syrians to escape to Lebanon or Turkey.
Soldiers carry the caskets of the victims at the funeral of the 16 Egyptian security officers who were killed by unknown gunmen Sunday afternoon.
The military funeral began Tuesday after noon prayers. A large number of people raised their shoes in Prime Minister Hesham Kandil's face, his car was vandalized, and they chanted against him. The car was damaged, and the minister’s guards were forced to take a different street to avoid further assaults.
President Mohamed Morsi was scheduled to attend the funeral but did not appear.
Several other figures attended, including Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, as well as former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi, Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, and Amr Moussa. The Salafi Nour Party and the Salafi Dawah were also represented at the funeral.
The funeral prayers were performed at Aal Rashdan Mosque in Nasr City.
Morsi was also scheduled to visit the seven guards who were injured in the attack afterward.
Ambulances transported coffins of soldiers to the Unknown Soldier Memorial for the military funeral.
The Festa do Viño Albariño took place in Cambados, Spain during which time the townspeople inaugurated the opening of the stands which offer tasting of the wine Viño Albariño. During the festival there were protests of inauguration of the tribute statue to Mr. Manuel Fraga Iribarne, who was minister during the dictatorship of Franco and later President of the Galicia Autonomous government.
From our contributor, currently on the ground in Syria, these photos depict Libyan youth throughout the revolution and the aftermath of violence in Syria. Our contributor is able to get HD footage for feature stories, video packages, or documentary features as well as high quality photos from the front lines.
The delta in Egypt used to be a perfect location for fishing before it became the main destination for the country's sewage. The polluted waters threaten both the fisherman's wallet and his health.
Black and white photo collection of Syrian refugee women and children taken in a provisional camp created at a school in Wadi Khaled, Lebanon.
Collection of videos and photos depicting Ramadan experiences in different locations.
Since taking office on June 30, 2012, Morsi has met with officials from several nations including defense secretaries, foreign ministers, and presidents, discussing Egypt's post-revolution diplomatic relationships and current developments in the Middle East. This is a collection of videos from many of his meetings.
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
Video Size: 63.4 MB
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