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VOLUNTEERS HELP VICTIMS OF TORNADO-ST...
Moore, Oklahoma
By Daniela Gallardo
22 May 2013

On May 20 a powerful tornado struck the city of Moore, a suburb just south of Oklahoma City, with a population of 55,000. The tragic event took away the life of 24, including 9 children, and left around 300 injured. The twister was one of the largest and strongest that has ever hit the area, leaving thousands of residents without homes and without their most precious belongings. In the interview below, a victim talks about how he is getting through this difficult experience and how he feels after the total loss of his home and goods which he worked so hard to obtain. Also, you can find three interviews with young volunteers (one local and two from out of state) to help victims recover their valuables and provide them with all type of help and support.

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Volunteers Help Victims Of Oklahoma T...
Moore, Oklahoma
By U.S. Editor
22 May 2013

On May 20th a powerful tornado struck the city of Moore, a suburb just south of Oklahoma City with a population of 55,000. The tragic event left 24 dead, among them 9 children, and around 300 injured. The twister was one of the largest and strongest that has ever hit the area, leaving thousands of residents homeless. In the interview below, a victim discusses how he feels after the total loss of his home and belongings which he worked so hard to obtain. There are also interviews with three young volunteers (one local and two from out of state) who are helping victims recover their valuables.

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Four Floors In Bielany
Warsaw, Poland
By Kirk Ellingham
21 May 2013

Chechen Refugees in Warsaw

Kirk Ellingham

http://kellingham.viewbook.com/portfolio/four_floors_in_bielany

Every day dozens of Chechens try to escape the Putin-proclaimed happy paradise in Chechnya by entering the European Union illegally via the border with Ukraine or Belarus. Despite the news of general peace and prosperity widely circulated by the news media in the Chechen Republic, more and more people dream of leaving the allegedly problem-free Chechnya.

Each time I returned to the rundown refugee centre on the edge of Warsaw that house nearly 300 mainly Chechen refugees to Poland, I found it harder and harder to get a grip both ethically and photographically on their situation.
Some of the residents had moved out into Warsaw apartments, some had been repatriated home; others had just disappeared into the E.U, especially if their asylum claims had been rejected. Some may have even returned to Chechnya voluntary, even perhaps to fight in the insurgence. Often if they had been refused status to stay in Poland or elsewhere the militant young felt they were left with little choice, but to return back to Chechnya to face violent reprisals or join the Islamic insurgence in the Caucasus Mountains.
It became a confusing place but with so many kind and courageous people letting me into their lives to photograph them I felt I needed to continue document the transient and desperate nature of their existence on the four floors of Bielany, the reasons they fled their homeland, in an original way at least.
So how could I transpose these notes and photographs into a viable project? The stories they told me ranged from horrific tales of torture to ones of simply trying to rejoin family members who had left Chechnya years before, during the two wars.
So I began to present the images with my written notes, thoughts and also the pictures the children made for me whilst wandering the cold corridors waiting to interview and photograph their parents.
I often felt like a useless recorder of tragedy and after one visit I felt despair at being only able being able to record these courageous peoples images and voices with a view to just using the work for my MA and not to implement any real change for their situation in Poland. I destroyed my first notebook in a Warsaw youth hostel in anger one night but later I fished its torn remains back from the kitchen bin.
A Bielany resident who I had spoken to about my frustrations had told me the next day even though it may sound clichéd that “It didn’t matter, at least you are listening to us, at least you are here trying to understand us, to document us” this helped waive my doubts about continuing the project, but I still feel that a photojournalist without empathy or ethics is only taking, often not helping; I hope I can give something back even if its only a testament to the fact that the Chechen people were here, in a small part of Warsaw waiting in a bureaucratic limbo as to whether they could continue there journey or travel back to a bleeding homeland.

I plan to make this project into a multimedia piece including all the notebooks, text and audio as well as a finished book and exhibition

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Tamarod - The "Rebellion" against Morsi
Cairo, Egypt
By zeer news
17 May 2013

Tamarod (Rebellion), is an Egyptian campaign launched by a coalition of groups and movements of the civil society to demand the resignation of President Morsi.
Whenever confronted with critics, waves of protests and clashes, the Muslim Brotherhood constantly repeats that Morsi was democratically elected by more than 13 million people. Thus, Tamarod aims to collect by the end of June, 15 million signatures of people who are asking for Morsi's resignations and early elections.
The initiative - highly symbolic since it has no legal basis in the Egyptian constitution - is gaining ground thanks to the volunteers who are copying and distributing the forms everywhere in the country.

The video is 2 minutes and 18 seconds long and it features interviews and images of people signing the petition.

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1- woman stopping taxis to give them the form, telling them "It's against Morsi"
2- interview in english with a volunteer. "The goal of Tamarod... we want to explain that we refuse the Muslim Brotherhood regime and Morsi as well"
3- woman distributing the form. Two women walk past saying "We don't want him (Morsi)"
4- interview with second female volunteer. "We are collecting 15 millions petitions... 15 Million petitions, to tell the public opinion in Europe and in Egypt that Morsi has to resign".
5- Three shots of the second volunteer collecting signatures and showing the papers.
6- close shot of woman holding the "Tamarod" petition. In the background we can hear demonstrators saying "we want the fall of the regime"
7- Eight shots of people signing forms. One guy waiting for a man to take a picture of him holding the Tamarod petition. Background interview in English with the first volunteer saying "Their excuse is that Morsi received 15 million votes, so we are trying to show them that more than this number refuses the Muslim Brotherhood. This is not just from Cairo, but also a lot of states (governorates) like Alexandria, Suez as well, Port Said and some cities in Upper Egypt"
8- volunteer talking to a man at intersection, while another man on a motorcycle reads the Tamarod papers
9- Interview in arabic with young volunteer from Alexandria. "The next 30 of June we will have collected 15 million requests or more...."
10- Young volunteers stopping cars to distribute the petition in Mohamed Mahmoud Street. The interview continues in the background "The government of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the one of Morsi, the present government of the Muslim Brotherhood, did not break with the past, with Mubarak. The government of Morsi and that of Mubarak are the same". "For this reason the Egyptian people are returning again to the streets, to the square (Tahrir), to let Morsi and his group know "we don't want you!"
11- shots of women chanting in Tahrir square. "A new revolution in the square" and "down with Morsi"
12- interview in arabic with second volunteer "we don't want Mubarak or Morsi. We want young people, people from here, from Tahrir"
13- Woman with three children holding the "Tamarod signs" and singing "Erhal (Leave)"

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First Disabled Man To Climb St. Cathe...
Cairo, Egypt
By zeer news
11 May 2013

Mazen, the first disabled person to climb St Catherine mountain in Sinai, promoting rights for disabled in Egypt

Background:

Mazen is the first disabled person to climb Mount Saint Catherine in Sinai, to promote rights for the handicapped in Egypt. Mazen contracted polio when he was 3 years old, while he was escaping Iraq with his family during the First Gulf War.

According to World Health Organization’s statistics, 10% of Egypt’s total population suffers from physical or mental disabilities. The 1975 Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons law didn't bring progress to the living conditions of the disabled. During the two years that followed the revolution, with 18 months of military rule followed by the Muslim Brotherhood’s government, Egypt’s handicapped population, estimated at over 8 million, continue to face more of the same problems. The precarious and difficult situation in a city like Cairo, one of the most chaotic in the world due to a substantial lack of infrastructure, is unfortunately only one of the many problems handicapped people face in Egypt. A lack of rights, health care and increased social marginalization inspired Mazen, who has been handicapped since the age of 3, to get involved in political activism, prompting him to join the 6th of April movement in 2010.

In November 2012, during the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes, Mazen lost his close friend and companion of the 6th of April movement, Gika. Since then, he decided to change his methods of protest, and to start a more responsible and peaceful activism campaign through symbolic actions.

Three months ago, he completed the first of several actions, climbing the Keops pyramid in Giza. On the 6th of April 2013, for the anniversary of the movement, he decided to climb the 1586 m and 750 stairs of mount Saint Catherine in Sinai.

Shots:
00:00 - 00: 44 sec intro VO

Mazen is the first disabled person to climb mount Sinai, promoting rights for handicapped people in Egypt.

According to World Health Organization, 10% of Egypt’s population, over 8 million people suffer from a disability. The Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons law of 1975 didn't improve their living conditions. In Egypt little attention is paid to the difficulties of the handicapped, especially in Cairo, one of the most chaotic cities in the world, there is a shortage of infrastructure to the assist their mobility. This is compounded by the lack of rights, poor health care and social marginalization. Mazen, handicapped since the age of 3, was inspired to get involved in political activism, before the revolution.

00:44 – 01:39 interview : presentation and problems of handicapped people in Egypt

“I am Mazen Hamza, I am 26 years old. I was born in 1987 in Iraq. I came in Egypt during the First Gulf War. I contracted the polio when I was three years old because of the vaccination. ”

“The problems that handicapped people suffer here in Egypt have been the reason why I decided to enter political activism, in order to send a message to the entire world, that handicapped people have to be integrated into society. We have problems in all aspects, in transportation, in education, in work, in housing, in airplanes, and mostly in the treatment we received by the government. I mean the government does not know how to treat handicapped people.”

01:40 – 02:03 political activism VO 6th of April / sit-in of 6th of April in front of the Ministry of Interior

Mazen became a political activist in February 2011 when he joined the 6th of April movement, the most active civil rights movements in Egypt. He first participated in debates, demonstrations and sit-ins.

In November 2012, during the clash with Security Forces and the Military Government, Mazen lost his close friend Gika, a fellow activist. This inspired him to begin a campaign of peaceful activism through symbolic demonstrations.

02:04- 02:47 Interview talk about gika / inside Gika's family house

“The death of Gika influenced us a lot. He was a boy that put a beautiful energy within us. Climbing the Cheope Pyramid has been only the beginning of many activities in urban, historical and religious places. We started by climbing the pyramid and it has had a lot of success, we heard good feedback from the people. I am not speaking about the public’s opinion, but from the other activists.”

02:48- 03:18 VO actions: Saint Catherine

Three months ago, Mazen completed the first of his demonstrations, climbing the Haram Cheope, the great pyramid of Giza. Then, on April 6, for the seventh anniversary of the movement, he climbed the 1586 m of Mount Sinai including the 750 “stairs of penitence”. In the Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions, Mount Sinai is where Moses received the Ten Commandments. Overcoming his physical limitations, Mazen reached the summit in order to raise awareness for the disabled population and to remember those who died for human rights in Egypt.

03:18- 05:12 climbing St Cathrine, reaching the summit

05:12- 05: 27 interview St. Cathrine

“I would like the world to be aware of what’s going on in Egypt. For this reason I climbed St Catherine mountain, where Moses spoke with his God, to bring his speech all around the world, and I am doing the same thing to make people care about the handicapped women, children, and society and in general human rights.”

05: 28 Mazen Screaming the name of “Gika”.

Other text (Arabic translation):

“When I found out that there were young people ready for revolution, I joined them for months to take down the regime, and change the system. After two years I feel that nothing has changed. We have a new president, but the same system, so I tried to be different.

I started to work with the movement by participating in demonstrations and other activities. When I found out about the 6th of April movement, I joined it immediately. I joined the movement on the anniversary of the clashes of Mohammed Mahmud. In the Moquattam group, I was just an activist, but after I became responsible for social policies. I joined many events, especially for handicapped people’s rights.”

I attend a lot of conference to spread their voices everywhere, and to raise awareness of the problems of disabled people.
I tried to see the system separately from religious or historic dogma. I would like the world to be aware of what’s going on in Egypt. For this reason I climbed St Catherine mountain, where Moses spoke with his God, to bring his speech all around the world. And I am doing the same thing to make people care about the handicapped, women, children, and society and in general human rights,

We have a problem with the system. Politicians don’t listen to our demands, but we will make them listen and change their policies to how young people want them.

I am a citizen who sees that people will soon organize themselves to bring a real change. Tomorrow will be better, but now we still need to spend a lot of energy, even if we already spent a lot. That’s why we are climbing St. Catherine mountain, we already climbed 2350 meters and we only have to climb 750 stairs. That is the fight with myself against the system and the entire world, and I will do more, or my efforts will be vane.

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Imran Khan's Final Election Rally in ...
Islamabad, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 May 2013

22 year old Amir talks about threats of terrorism to political parties and his thoughts on upcoming elections in Pakistan. Amir was in Islamabad to attend the election rally by Imran Khan's PTI.

The life and property of every Pakistani is in danger, but we have to worry about that, we have to change our Pakistan. We have to keep our next generation in mind.

I am supporting Imran Khan because of policies. If you listen to him he only talks about changing Pakistan’s system, nothing else.

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Imran Khan's Final Election Rally in ...
Islamabad, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 May 2013

Muneza Ahmed from Islamabad attended the PTI election rally in Islamabad on Thursday. She talks about reasons why she supports PTI.

"I think educated people and those who understand politics already know it’s not the same PPP, they have automatically been joining PTI. And God willing PTI will win because of this.

Imran Khan himself and PTI policies are very popular for women, until now. God willing if this continues he will be equally popular among men also.

God willing PTI will form a majority government…God willing."

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Imran Khan's Final Election Rally in ...
Islamabad, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 May 2013

Ahmed Umair is an Islamabad resident and a PTI supporter. He answered questions regarding security threats to political parties during election campaign in Pakistan.

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"I think Imran Khan is popular enough in all departments so I think there won’t be any attacks on his rallies.

"He is equally and uniformly popular in people from all walks of life and all areas of Pakistan."

"Yes I think Imran Khan has already increased the voter turnout and by the time elections are in progress, he will further increase it."

"Not two years, he will make a difference in two days, it’s only two days before elections. If PTI wins, I’m very hopeful that we’ll see a very different Pakistan."

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Imran Khan's Final Election Rally in ...
Islamabad, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 May 2013

Sumair Raza explains why he thinks Imran Khan can take Pakistan on the right track. He also talked about security threats on political parties in Pakistan recently.

"I don’t think there is a security threat and even if there is one, I think, being a PTI supporter, we love Imran Khan and we support Imran Khan for a new Pakistan. I’ll just say this, we have given our hearts to you and we will give our blood to you also my beloved motherland. Imran Khan get well soon, and come to build a new Pakistan. Long live Pakistan, long live Imran Khan."

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Imran Khan's Final Election Rally in ...
Islamabad, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 May 2013

Zahid Hussain talks about a recent accident in which Imran Khan, the chairman of PTI was injured and its impact on election campaign.

"One thing should be very clear, security threats or not, we’ve come out to save our country and we have to save this country of ours. Since the creation of our country, it has been destroyed between dictatorships and democracy.
PPP and Nawaz Sharif have taken their turns in the past, neither of them delivered. Now we have to give a chance to Imran Khan, it should be very clear.

Imran Khan is our captain, he has the capability to lead our country and we hope that he will fulfill his promise.

The recent accident was not intentional at all and it was from God. It was a lifter accident which was overloaded. It was the responsibility of government to make sure there was an ambulance present at the venue.

He is a true leader and true patriot, not some layman so he should have been provided a secure lifter to avoid the accident. He does 4-5 rallies every day he must have been exhausted.

If Imran Khan is given a chance and he becomes a prime minister, you will see Pakistan standing next to USA in next 5 years."

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Imran Khan's Final Election Rally In ...
Islamabad, Pakistan
By U.S. Editor
08 May 2013

Interviews sharing the opinions of PTI party supporters and proponents of Imran Khan for the next Prime Minister of Pakistan.

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Red Carpet interview with Ibinabo Fib...
Yenagoa, Nigeria
By Preditor Push
08 May 2013

Ibinabo Fiberesima is one of the popular actresses that rocked the Nigerian movie industry in the 90s. She was also a beauty queen. The soft-spoken actress was elected the first female president of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria last year and has since committed much efforts in transforming the guild.

H264 Media interviewed her on the Red Carpet of the African Movie Academy Awards

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Screen shot interview with Tony Abulu
Abuja, Nigeria
By Preditor Push
07 May 2013

Tony Abulu is the president of Filmmakers Association of Nigeria, U.S.A. and also the writer, producer, director of Back To Africa and Dr Bello-A Hollywood-Nollywood collaboration

For over 20 years, Tony Abulu has been the C.E.O. of Black Ivory Communications, a multi-faceted media firm based in New York. Black Ivory Communications serves as consultants to African governments on tourism, as well as American companies doing business in Africa.

Abulu has produced numerous cultural presentations in America, including the spectacular Nigerian National Troupe and the Africa Music festival in New York.

I caught up with Mr Abulu in Abuja nigeria and he gave us a candid interview on the state of Nollywood

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Moscow May 6th Prisoners Rally (16 of...
Moscow, Russia
By Marina Fonda
06 May 2013

Thousands gathered in Moscow in in support of opposition activists who were arrested at last year's May 6 rally on Bolotnaya Square in a rally during Putin's entrance into office. Former deputy Guennady Gudkov.

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Madam Lubna Laal - Transgender Electi...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
30 Apr 2013

Madam Lubna Laal
Transgender Election Candidate
Jhelum, Pakistan
People of Jhelum know me as Madam Lubna Laal.
Because my profession is dancing, visiting homes, dancing in functions and to get paid for this.
I am contesting elections from PP 26 and I’m hopeful that I‘ll be successful.
I was so happy on acceptance of my nomination papers. Everyone around was congratulating including media and lawyers, it made me so happy.
We did not have our Identity cards and society had a very narrow vision about us.
I am campaigning since last 15-20 days.
Response from people has been very good. Poor people like me, youth likes me, women like me and they are appreciating me that I’m taking part in elections.

Rubina Shahid
Housewife
Jhelum, Pakistan
They also should get a chance to take part in elections.
Like everybody else who contests in the election, transgender also have a right to do so.

Lubna:
We also will let people know that we are also human beings.
As you know before this, how people treated us in the society.
That image will be changed because of better educated transgenders.
20-30 years ago, the mentality of people was totally different.
The old perception of people is now changed because of educated people and because of educated candidates.

Mushtaq Ahmad
Shopkeeper, Pakistan
We know Madam Lubna very well she is our neighbor.
We are very happy that she is contesting in elections.
She is better than the people who were contesting before.
We are hopeful that if she succeeds, she’ll be good for us and she will work for us.
She is far much better than previous people.”

Lubna:
The main problem of Pakistan is electricity; this is the main issue we are facing.
We are in favor of eradicating corruption and non-payment of tax.
We are in favor of punishing tax offenders, stop corruption.
That’s how country`s economy will be on right way and our country will flourish.
Otherwise if this system continues by of taking turns of 5 years each. They have already taken four chances and people have lost confidence in them.

Muhammad Razzaq
Shopkeeper
Jhelum, Pakistam
“This is a good sign, everyone has his opinion, If she has taken decision to contest elections then its good. Everybody has the right to contest in elections. This is not a problem, This is a very good sign that they have felt this thing and they are contesting in elections we should support her.”

Lubna:
We have added everything in manifesto regarding transgenders, women, fuel shortage and also have talked about the poor infrastructure.
Also we have planned about the businessmen and we have pledged that justice will be at doorsteps of poor.
I appeal to people to make us successful and give us chance to your represent you in assemblies.

Transcription:

00:00:04:03 – 00:00:07:020
People of Jhelum know me as Madam Lubna Laal.

00:00:08:09 – 00:00:16:01
Because my profession is dancing, visiting homes, dancing in functions and to get paid for this.

00:00:16:13 – 00:00:24:06
I am contesting elections from PP 26 and I’m hopeful that I‘ll be successful.

00:00:24:17 – 00:00:35:22
I was so happy on acceptance of my nomination papers. Everyone around was congratulating including media and lawyers, it made me so happy.

00:00:36:06 – 00:00:40:10
We did not have our Identity cards and society had a very narrow vision about us.

00:00:40:18 – 00:00:43:29
I am campaigning since last 15-20 days.

00:00:44:06 – 00:00:55:24
Response from people has been very good. Poor people like me, youth likes me, women like me and they are appreciating me that I’m taking part in elections.

Rubina Shahid
Housewife
Jhelum, Pakistan

00:00:56:18 – 00:00:59:22
They also should get a chance to take part in elections.

00:00:59:22 – 00:01:02:17
Like everybody else who contests in the election, transgender also have a right to do so.

Lubna

00:01:03:14 – 00:01:09:03
We also will let people know that we are also human beings.

00:01:09:16 – 00:01:13:05
As you know before this, how people treated us in the society.

00:01:13:07 – 00:01:17:03
That image will be changed because of better educated transgenders.

00:01:17:10 – 00:01:28:03
20-30 years ago, the mentality of people was totally different. Now people in general and candidates think its goo that we are contesting.

Mushtaq Ahmad
Shopkeeper, Pakistan

00:01:29:15 – 00:01:32:09
We know Madam Lubna very well she is our neighbor.

00:01:32:10 – 00:01:35:21
We are very happy that she is contesting in elections.

00:01:36:05 – 00:01:39:17
We think she is better than the people who were contesting before.

00:01:39:19 – 00:01:47:17
We are hopeful that if she succeeds, she’ll listen to us, be good for us and she will work for us. She is far much better than previous people.”

Lubna:

00:01:48:03 – 00:01:54:07
The main problem of Pakistan is electricity; this is the main issue we are facing.

00:01:54:55 – 00:01:59:21
We are in favor of eradicating corruption and non-payment of tax.

00:02:02:10 – 00:02:07:14
We are in favor of punishing tax offenders, stop corruption.

00:02:08:01 – 00:02:08:12
Corruption should be eradicated. That’s how country`s economy will be on right way and our country will flourish.

00:02:08:14 – 00:02:29:23
Otherwise if this system continues by of taking turns of 5 years each. They have already taken four chances and people have lost confidence in them.

Muhammad Razzaq
Shopkeeper
Jhelum, Pakistam

00:02:30:03 – 00:02:35:09
“This is a good sign, everyone has his opinion, If she has taken decision to contest elections then its good.

00:02:35:11 – 00:02:44:23
Everybody has the right to contest in elections. This is not a problem, This is a very good sign that they have felt this thing and they are contesting in elections we should support her.”

Lubna:
00:02:44:18 – 00:02:54:24
We have added everything in manifesto regarding transgenders, women, fuel shortage and also have talked about the poor infrastructure.

00:02:55:02 – 00:03:05:06
Also we have planned about the businessmen and we have pledged that justice will be at doorsteps of poor.

00:03:05:14 – 00:03:12:15
I appeal to people to make us successful and give us chance to your represent you in assemblies.

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The Unfortunate Displacement of Refug...
Salamiyah, Syria
By Fady
06 Apr 2013

Since the start of the Syrian clashes, a large number of Syrians have migrated to the city of Al Salmiya, which is located 30 kilometers to the west of the city of Hama. The city of Al Salmiya is considered the capital of the Ismaili sect and therefore is of large importance to Syria and the region.

In the wake of the explosion that targeted the headquarters of the People’s Committee at the end of January and the initial wave of refugees coming from both Hama and Homs, the security in Al Salmiya was tightened. This resulted in further unrest, including the abuse of the refugee population and the destruction of their housing.

Transcription:

00 :02 If we want to discuss the process of displacement to Salameyah, we have to dissect it into two different segments. The first is prior to the bombing that occurred two months ago in the city. The other segment discusses what happened post bombing.

00 :17 The city is hosting approximately 50,000 to 60,000 refugees. As a result, from the influx of refugees, the economy has flourished. The shopkeepers have benefited in a noticeable manner, trade volume has increased, and stores that are in key markets witnessed better work.

00 :35 The first major influx of refugees arrived in Al Salamiyah from Hama. Entire families moved to the area, most of them being women and children. The offensive on Homs brought another wave of refugees to Al Salamiyah larger than that, that came from Hama. After which, the bombing of the People's Committee occurred.

00 :51 The People’s Committee increased it security measures after the bomb detonation. Al Salamiya locals started going to the houses of the refugees, especially to tenants, and beat up some of the masses. They tortured the men and threatened their women and children. They claimed they want to beat and kill them. Furthermore, they shredded their rent contracts so that they no longer have alibis to stay, resulting in the refugees leaving the city of Al Salameyah due to fear and intimidation.

01 :17 The site of the bombings are these residential buildings and the headquarters of the people’s committee that was bombed. Also, this is the house of the head of the area.

01 :36 and this is the sign of the party again (inaudible)

01 :42 It was obvious that the refugees were kicked out due to, both, a security and military decision from the government. The tool to execute it was by the use of the thugs i.e the people’s committee. How ? By pressuring them, by attacking their homes and harassing them on the streets. They would take someones identification card and ask him, "you are from Homs. Whats brings you here?"

02 :00 My siblings were in Al Salamiya, so I moved to the area.

02 :06 I left Homs at the time that the big strike happened

02 : 12 In regards to the bombing that happened here in Al Salamiya, it instilled fear in people. We started hearing people say that they are going to kick us out and to be careful. As a result of that, we did not dare to go out even if we were short on bread. We were afraid to go out and buy bread.

02 :31 These are my kids, and there are my brother's children and the children of my other brother. We guided them to start working. My son who is in sixth grade is working for 100 Syrian pounds in order to finance himself.

02 :46 The refugees have nothing to do with this. We are sheltering women and children, they believed that we are sheltering the women and children of the men that are fighting outside.

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Stuck Between A War & The Turkish Border
Azaz, Syria
By U.S. Editor
03 Apr 2013

In Azaz, Syria, hundreds live in UN tents sprawled across a makeshift transition camp. Though the refugees encamped here fled intense shelling in and around Aleppo, the health hazards in their new homes provide a whole new set of dangers.

Asad Hoammed, who previously worked in a weapons manufacturing facility for the Syrian government, and whose sons now fight with the opposition, is waiting in hopes that his wife may receive medical attention. She needs heart surgery, an operation only possible if they are able to cross into Turkey. Unless they are able to make the crossing soon, she will likely die within days.

Dr. Al-Nasr, who works for a group called “Medical Relief for Syria,” acknowledged that the spread of disease and lack of medical care have created a dire situation. “It’s a problem with sanitation, how to dispose of the bathing water and used toilet water,” he said. “There are lakes of waste in some areas.”

Most of the camp’s water and insect-linked health issues, such as diarrhea and scabies, are treatable. But when addressing complex civilian health emergencies, there’s simply no good option in northern Syria.

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AL Chief Al-Araby meets with Lakhdar ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
19 Mar 2013

Story: AL Chief Al-Araby meets with Lakhdar Brahimi over Syrian crisis
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 18, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 18, 2013
Length: 0:01:58
Video Size: 97.5 MB
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Camera: VCS

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  1. Pan left shot of UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi heading to his meeting with Arab League Chief at the AL headquarters
  2. Various shorts of UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi meeting with AL Chief Nabil al-Araby
  3. Zoom in shot of Nabil al-Araby and Lakhdar Brahimi heading to a press conference after the meeting
  4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby:
    “Generally since 1945 when fighting is increasing in any country, the Security Council has to interfere to end the fighting then search for a political settlement and not vice versa. The Security Council is hesitant over the Syrian crisis and can’t be stabilized on opinion and this is the major problem.”
  5. Various shots of Lakhdar Brahimi speaking during the press conference
  6. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi:
    “We see that the only solution to the Syrian crisis is the political solution. The ongoing fighting will only lead to more fighting and won’t solve the crisis of the Syrian people.”
  7. Medium shot of Lakhdar Brahimi concluding his speech at the press conference and leaving

STORYLINE:
Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby met with UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi on Monday, March 18, where they held talks over the latest developments of the Syrian crisis and ways to put an end to the ongoing unrest in the country.
According to a press release issued by the League, the meeting tackled the latest developments in the Syrian crisis in light of the consultations conducted by Brahimi with a number of senior international officials during his recent trip, which included a number of countries.
In a press conference after the meeting, Arab League Chief held the UN Security Council responsibility for the ongoing bloodshed in Syria.
He added that the Arab League asked the Security Council last year in April formally to work to stop the fighting in Syria, and then search for a political settlement and not vice versa, stressing that these steps are followed in such matters of conflicts since 1945.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby:
“Generally since 1945 when fighting is increasing in any country, the Security Council has to interfere to end the fighting then search for a political settlement and not vice versa. The Security Council is hesitant over the Syrian crisis and can’t be stabilized on opinion and this is the major problem.” He added that "the current international system based on that when there is a threat to international peace and security, the Security Council has to do its responsibilities to maintain international peace and security but it does not do that.
For his part, Brahimi stressed that the only solution to the crisis in Syria is the political solution and that the bloodshed in Syria will lead only to more bloodshed and instability.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi:
“We see that the only solution to the Syrian crisis is the political solution. The ongoing fighting will only lead to more fighting and won’t solve the crisis of the Syrian people.” The Cairo meeting coincides with the meeting of the Syrian Opposition Coalition members and Syrian National Coalition members in Istanbul to form an interim government.
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One Killed, 13 injured in Clashes at ...
Ain el Hilweh, Sidon, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
13 Mar 2013

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

STORY: One Killed, 13 injured in Clashes at Palestinian Refugee Camp Southern Lebanon
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCSS
Shooting Dateline: March 12, 2013
Shooting Location: Palestinian refugee camp Ain el-Hilweh, near the southern Lebanese city of Sidon
Publishing Time: March 12, 2013
Length: 0:01:39
Video Size: 50.5 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of fighters are seen shooting in the Ain al-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp, south Lebanon.
2. Wide shot of fighter shooting and running
3. Various shots of militants shooting and then disappearing
4. Various shots of damages resulted from the clashes
5. Wide shot of one of the shops affected by the clashes in the Ain al-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp, south Lebanon
6. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Palestinian resident at Ain al-Helweh camp:
“I lost all my properties and my home as well. I call on the Popular Committees at Ain al-Helweh camp to bring for me my right. I wait for the committees to bring my right for me after the ending of these clashes. I hope they can help us because we are suffering a lot.” 7. Various shots of Ain al-Hilweh’s residents roamed the camp’s streets to denounce violence and to ask for an end to the infighting.

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Maha Shivaratri (Part 2 of 4)
Kathmandu, Nepal
By PIKTO VIDEO
10 Mar 2013

Some footage in Pashupatinath (Nepal) during Maha Shivaratri. A lot of footage available, interviews of saddhus (with translation),...also in 1080i uncompressed.

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Women Who Have Lost in Armenia
Tavush, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
08 Mar 2013

Although the ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan was signed in 1994, peace didn't come with it. Ceasefire violations along the border are nearly an everyday reality in Armenia.

Unemployment and poverty, which affects more than one third of Armenia's male population in border cities and villages, has forced them to still risk their lives serving in the military as contractors after they fulfilled their mandatory service.

This multimedia piece features women who have lost their husbands and sons during ceasefire violations. These widows are now forced continue living their daily lives andtake care of their families alone.

On June 18, 2008, two residents of the Armenian village of Chinari (Tavoush) were killed by an Azerbaijani sniper. Twenty year-old Levon Petrosyan died from his wounds. When fifty year-old Rafik Saghoyan went to help Levon, he too was struck down.

On April 27, 2012 three Armenian soldiers were killed during clashes with an Azerbaijani military unit that had infiltrated the border of Tavoush Province. The soldiers who died defending the border were Arshak Nersisyan, Davit Abgaryan and Aram Yesayan.

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Osman on arrival at the polling station
Nairobi, Kenya
By fahruq
04 Mar 2013

On election day at Uhuru Gardens Polling Station, Osman gives his first impressions.

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KENYA ELECTIONS 2013
Nairobi, Kenya
By U.S. Editor
04 Mar 2013

Voters line up at polling stations and cast their votes to elect Kenya's upcoming president in general elections on the morning of March 4, 2013.

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Rula Quawas
Amman, Jordan
By U.S. Editor
04 Mar 2013

Professor Rula Quawas speaks in one of her lectures on March 4, 2013

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Hilda talks about voting
Nairobi, Kenya
By fahruq
04 Mar 2013

Election day at Uhuru Gardens Polling station, langata, Nairobi, Hilda talks about her excitement about voting.

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Hopes of a first time voter
Nairobi, Kenya
By fahruq
04 Mar 2013

A first time voter talks about his hopes for Kenya on election day 2013 at Uhuru Gardens Polling Station, Langata, Nairobi.

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Voter exit interview
Nairobi, Kenya
By fahruq
04 Mar 2013

voter talks about his experience after voting at Uhuru Gardens Polling Station Langata, Nairobi.

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Tens of thousands of children studyin...
Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK)
By objectivereporter
03 Mar 2013

Around 2, 800 schools were decimated by an earthquake that hit a large part of northern Pakistan in 2005. The government failed to reconstruct those schools even after 8 years, risking the lives of thousands of children who are forced to take lessons under the open sky in harsh winter and scorching summer. The government claims that it faces a paucity of funds to rebuild decimated schools while on the other hand, critics of government say most funds provided by the international community for rehabilitation have been directed to other projects. Officials say around 200,000 children in areas located above 5000 feet high altitude are compelled to continue study either in wall-less, roofless shelters or worn-out tents. Government claims that 1,100 schools out of total 2, 800 have so far been built while construction work 900 schools has been suspended due to want of funds. The construction work on 700 schools yet to be started. Due to non-availability of funds number of drop out of children have been increased as parents are reluctant to send their children to such schools due to health hazards.
The October 8, 2005 earthquake, which originated in the Himalayan mountains of Pakistan was the worst disaster in the history of the country; it left more than 70,000 dead, injured twice that number, left up to 1 million homeless and 1 million in immediate need of assistance.
The Government of Pakistan estimated that 17,000 children died, 23,000 children suffered disabilities and long-term injuries while more than 39,000 children lost one parent and 1,700 lost both parents. Thousands more were left homeless and vulnerable. Most of children died when they were in schools when earthquake struck the area razing sub-standard constructed schools buildings to ground and burying thousands of children alive

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Authority for the Promotion of Virtue
Aleppo, Syria
By salem_rizk
26 Feb 2013

At times appearing beneath a banner with the name "The Islamic Front for the Liberation of Syria," a man referred to as Abu Sulayman introduces "The Committee for the Protection of Virtue and Defense of the Oppressed." The name of this committee is similar to that of the police that enforce Sharia Law in Saudi Arabia, called, "The Committee for the Protection of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice." In his statement, Mr. Sulayman describes the provision of aid and the provision of security and policing as two core aspects of the committee's mission. Following his statement are a series of brief interviews, including people seeking assistance from the committee as well as a member of the committee apparently interacting with one of their detainees in a temporary holding cell.

Partial transcription below. Full transcription, including time code, is available on request.

[Transcript from the video statement]: We are members of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Defense of the Oppressed. We work primarily on security and policing. Our security arm operates throughout all of the liberated areas. As everyone knows, many violations and crimes have occurred and are occurring at the hands of both civilians and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

God willing, we will now be able to provide security by utilizing our committee's Islamic civilian police force so that we might stand against all criminals and violators who would damage public or private property. As far as our security and policing operations in the liberated areas, we go on patrols, set up checkpoints and send committee forces to provide the security and curb theft and other transgressions.

We always seek peaceful solutions, especially when it involves any armed groups (FSA members), by sending respected religious authorities to resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner. If this approach does not succeed, then we use force to arrest the offending party, whether it is an individual or a group. The offender is then brought to our Sharia Law Committee.

As mentioned, our work in this committee is multi-faceted, and includes providing assistance to those in need. The aid side is a very important aspect of our work.

[Excerpts from the interviews]:


[A civilian woman]: I have come here because my children are hungry and I am hungry, and we have been for the past 3 months; and for 3 months they have been promising assistance, and I haven't seen anything. My cousin came here asking for a house and they haven't provided her with one.

[Mr. Sulayman, speaking to one of the religious authorities, apparently also on the committee]: "To avoid the temptation that a woman living alone can introduce in the community, we need to provide this woman with a home."

[Mr. Sulayman, speaking to the same woman, who has approached the committee for housing assistance]: "Take care of your home (don't break sharia law), be a good muslim, keep your children with you, and we will provide you with a house."

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Underground Car Races in Adana Preview
Adana, Turkey
By Ibrahim Karci
15 Feb 2013

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Adana! Mostly known as the city of Kebab.

00.07-00.12
People of Adana have reputation of their crazy and chilled lifestyle.

00:12-0018
Spacious areas, good spicey food, cool booze and..

00:18-00-20
..FAST CARS!

00:38 - 00:37
-I can't attend every race because I can't afford it. I can't use LPG during the race and the oil quiet expensive. And each race there is some part broken that has to be fixed or changed. It costs a lot.

01:00-01:25
This is an opening of another new garage where the racers mostly meet to show off.
And since it is in the middle of the city resident of the neighbourhood is not so happy with the situation.

01:29-01:34
-It is vandalism. This is not a race track, this is neighbourhood. It is sunday and peple are resting. They don't have right to disturb people.

01:36-01:37
-Cop is Coming!

01:45-01:58
And soon after officers arrives upon the complaint of the neighbourhood, as always.

01:58-02:01
-Take these cars immediately! -Ok sir!

02:11-02:14
-They said if it occurs again they will punish us so bad.

02:16-02:21
-Should we go to the highway all together or to the hill ? -To the hill. The highway is also problematic now.

02:25-02:35
But nothing seems like to be avoid them from racing or gathering up, Because they always have an alternative secret place to gather up and start racing.

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New Cut Real Democracy
Palestine
By Andy Beale
08 Feb 2013

Real Democracy is a vote donation program, organized by Israeli and Palestinian activists, and enacted through Facebook. The campaign allowed disenfranchised Palestinians to vote in the most recent Israeli Knesset elections through Israeli citizens who donated their ballot. Interviews were conducted with activists on both sides who organized the project, as well as Israeli Citizens, East Jerusalem Residents, and West Bank Residents who had heard about the initiative. The campaign signals the development of a new strategy in anti-occupation organizing in the region.

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During the recent Israeli elections, a group known as Real Democracy used social media to reach across the green line, connecting anti-occupation activists in Palestine with supporters in Israel. Since Palestinians living outside the borders given Israel in 1948 live under Israeli military occupation but are not allowed to vote in Israel, Real Democracy organizers decided to use Facebook to give them a voice in the elections.

Quote: Shimri Zmeret
“So an Israeli goes on the Facebook page and posts a video or statement saying ‘I want to give my vote.' And a Palestinian goes on the same page and says ‘I will use your vote.’”

PTC
From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street, social media has played an increasingly important role in protest movements. Although Real Democracy organizers believe the campaign could have succeeded without Facebook, they say the social-media platform played a critical role in forging connections between activists who otherwise would have been unable to meet each other due to travel restrictions enforced by Israel.

Quote: Ameer Suleibi
“As Palestinians who live in the West Bank, they cannot enter Israeli area, because we don’t have permission, we don’t have declaration. My age is around 23, and I have never visited Jerusalem. So the best way in order to communicate with Israeli people or Arab people who live in Israel: by the Facebook or by Emails or by, ya3ni, by the internet.”

Quote: Shimri
“So, I can connect with a Palestinian through Facebook much more easily than I can go there because I can’t go to Ramallah and a Palestinian from Ramallah can’t come here.”

PTC
Activists argue that because the occupation has such a profound effect on Palestinian lives, they should be given the right to participate in the voting process.

Quote: Mousa
“The Israeli government, they have a plan to build an apartheid wall in our land, and to take much land from our side, and we are not allowed later to work in that land because it will be inside the wall.”

PTC
As the Israeli magazine +972 reported, one out of three people living under Israeli military control, including the residents here in the West Bank and Gaza, are not allowed to vote.

Quote: Haytham Tofukji
“But as I'm saying, here in Jerusalem, we are not allowed. I mean we are not allowed to be part of the elections, the Israeli elections, as we are residents. According to Israeli law, we are residents of Jerusalem.”

Quote: Shimri
“There's two reasons Israelis should give their votes to Palestinians. One is that Israel is undemocratic, and the second is that the UN is undemocratic. In the UN, the Israelis have the kind of ultimate power, if you want, the veto power, on their side but the Palestinians don't even have a vote in the General Assembly.”

PTC
Real Democracy organizers say several thousand people used the program. With a voter turnout of around 3.6 million this election, it's unlikely that this was enough to influence the elections, though activists say changing the outcome was never the point.

Quote: Haytham
“Maybe this project, if it continues—I'm not saying, because it's the first step—if it continues maybe it will reach a level with the goals of the idea.”

Quote: Mousa
“I believe, the small number, they will not do something. But, in fact, you know, we make a noise.”

PTC
Besides voting for a Knesset member, the Facebook page offered Palestinians the option of asking Israelis to boycott the election. Many Palestinian citizens of Israel who have voting rights boycott Israeli elections on principle.

Quote: Haytham
“For us as Palestinians, we don't consider the State of Israel. We consider Israel as occupation. So here is the point where you boycott them.”

Quote: Lamia Qaddoumi
“Like, any government to come after Benjamin Netanyahu, would be as racist and as dangerous as—as bad as the one before. So why care?”

PTC
Despite the ongoing occupation, many Israelis reject the idea that Palestinians living outside the green line should be allowed to participate in Israel's election process.

Quote: Eitan Bendor
“Because right now, they are the enemy. I mean, it's a big problem. Until you can get to a settlement that both sides can live up to it, then nothing can work. I mean, why should I give if you don't do anything in return?”

Quote: Mani Ben Yisrael
“Why should they donate their votes for Arabs? They don't need a state! You know, they are not a nation, whatever. They should go to Jordan, wherever they came from.”

PTC
Despite some negative feedback, members of Real Democracy say the response they received was overwhelmingly positive. They plan to continue using Facebook to build connections between activists and pursue a democratic solution to the region's problems.

Quote: Mousa
“My message now is to international governments, and that is the most important. My message to them is to make real action for our situation here, and to stop supporting Israeli occupation here.”

Final PTC: Wrap-Up

0:00 – 0:09 – establishing
0:10 – 0:32 – PTC B-Roll Facebook group for donating votes
0:33 – 0:45 – Interview with Co-founder of Real Democracy, Mousa Abu Marya
0:46 – 1:07 - Interview with Co-founder of Real Democracy, Shimri Zameret with B-Roll
1:08 – 1:27 – B-Roll, PTC, Narration
1:28 – 1:50 – Interview West Bank Resident, Ameer Suleibi with B-Roll
1:51 – 2:00 – Sound bite from Co-founder of Real Democracy, Shimri Zameret with B-Roll
2:01 – 2:10 – PTC
2:11 – 2:25 - Interview with Co-founder of Real Democracy, Mousa Abu Marya with B-Roll
2:26 – 2:37 – PTC with B-Roll
2:38 – 2:49 – Interview with Student, Haytham Tofukji, Al Quds University, resident of Jerusalem but not permitted to vote.
2:50 – 3:05 - Interview with Co-founder of Real Democracy, Shimri Zameret with B-Roll
3:06 – 3:19 – PTC with B-Roll
3:20 – 3:30 - Interview with Student, Haytham Tofukji, Al Quds University
3:31 – 3:37 - Interview with Co-founder of Real Democracy, Mousa Abu Marya with B-Roll
3:38 – 3:50 – PTC
3:51 – 3:58 - Interview with Student, Haytham Tofukji, Al Quds University with B-Roll
3:59 – 4:10 – Interview with Student, Lamia Qaddoumi, Al Quds University boycotting election with B-Roll
4:11 – 4:20 – PTC
4:21 – 4:35 – Israeli Citizen, Eitan Bendor, against Palestinians voting
4:36 – 4:47 - Israeli Citizen, Mani Ben Yisrael, against Palestinians voting with B-Roll
4:48 – 5:00 – PTC
5:01 – 5:18 - Interview with Co-founder of Real Democracy, Shimri Zameret with B-Roll
5:19 – 5:34 - Interview with Co-founder of Real Democracy, Mousa Abu Marya with B-Roll
5:35 – 5:40 - PTC

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Real Democracy
West Bank, Palestine
By Andy Beale
26 Jan 2013

Real Democracy is a vote donation program, organized by Israeli and Palestinian activists, and enacted through Facebook. The campaign allowed disenfranchised Palestinians to vote in the most recent Israeli Knesset elections through Israeli citizens who donated their ballot. Interviews were conducted with activists on both sides who organized the project, as well as Israeli Citizens, East Jerusalem Residents, and West Bank Residents who had heard about the initiative. The campaign signals the development of a new strategy in anti-occupation organizing in the region.

0:00 – 0:09 – establishing
0:10 – 0:32 – PTC B-Roll Facebook group for donating votes
0:33 – 0:45 – Interview with Co-founder of Real Democracy, Mousa Abu Marya
0:46 – 1:07 - Interview with Co-founder of Real Democracy, Shimri Zameret with B-Roll
1:08 – 1:27 – B-Roll, PTC, Narration
1:28 – 1:50 – Interview West Bank Resident, Ameer Suleibi with B-Roll
1:51 – 2:00 – Sound bite from Co-founder of Real Democracy, Shimri Zameret with B-Roll
2:01 – 2:10 – PTC
2:11 – 2:25 - Interview with Co-founder of Real Democracy, Mousa Abu Marya with B-Roll
2:26 – 2:37 – PTC with B-Roll
2:38 – 2:49 – Interview with Student, Haytham Tofukji, Al Quds University, resident of Jerusalem but not permitted to vote.
2:50 – 3:05 - Interview with Co-founder of Real Democracy, Shimri Zameret with B-Roll
3:06 – 3:19 – PTC with B-Roll
3:20 – 3:30 - Interview with Student, Haytham Tofukji, Al Quds University
3:31 – 3:37 - Interview with Co-founder of Real Democracy, Mousa Abu Marya with B-Roll
3:38 – 3:50 – PTC
3:51 – 3:58 - Interview with Student, Haytham Tofukji, Al Quds University with B-Roll
3:59 – 4:10 – Interview with Student, Lamia Qaddoumi, Al Quds University boycotting election with B-Roll
4:11 – 4:20 – PTC
4:21 – 4:35 – Israeli Citizen, Eitan Bendor, against Palestinians voting
4:36 – 4:47 - Israeli Citizen, Mani Ben Yisrael, against Palestinians voting with B-Roll
4:48 – 5:00 – PTC
5:01 – 5:18 - Interview with Co-founder of Real Democracy, Shimri Zameret with B-Roll
5:19 – 5:34 - Interview with Co-founder of Real Democracy, Mousa Abu Marya with B-Roll
5:35 – 5:40 - PTC

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Syrian refugees in Jordan
Mafraq, Jordan
By Marina Fonda
25 Jan 2013

Syrian refugees in the Zaatari refugee camp, Mafraq, Northern Jordan, speak about their stories and perspectives. Full transcript and translation available on request.

00,57الجيش السوري هو من آذاني وهو المسؤول عن تحطيم جسدي والتسبب بعدة كسور فيه ، لقد كسر لي أضلاعي الاربعة اضافة لكسر في الجمجمة وانقراص في العمود الفقري ، خرجت من الاعتقال وفي كل سنتيميتر من جسدي كسر.
الكسور هذه هل هي بفعل الجيش النظامي؟ نعم من الجيش هل تم اعتقالك من الطريق العام؟ لا . لقد تم اعتقالي على أحد حواجز الجيش.

1,25 سقوط البراميل المتفجرة على منزلنا جعلت طفلي بسبب الخوف بفقد النطق .
هل فقد السمع والنطق؟ بالنسبة للسمع فقد خف لديه كثيراً فهو يسمع لكن بشكل خفيف ، أما النطق فقد فقده تماماً

1,44 حالات الاغتصاب كثيرة فهي جرت في عدة قرى وليس فقط في قرية "صيده" ، عندنا في خلال عمليات الاقتحام كانوت يحضرون النساء والاطفال "الجيش النظامي" , احدى المرات جرى اشتباك بيننا على جسر "صيده" فوضعوا امامنا سبعة أطفال أمام الدبابة بعمر طفلي..هل وضعوهم كدروع بشرية ؟ نعم .
وقبل هذه الحادثة جرى بيننا اشتباك على طريق داعل فوضعوا أمامنا فتاتين عاريتين ، فأدرنا ظهورنا وانسحبنا للخلف، لقد انسحبنا.

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New York's Poorest Ignored by Politic...
Bronx, New York, US
By mcseaniew
11 Jan 2013

The community of Highbridge in the South Bronx has never been an affluent part of the United States, much of which was created in the 1940's to accommodate a huge incline in immigration to the city. Today it is home to over 35,000 people, the majority of whom are first- or second-generation immigrants from Dominica, Puerto Rico or Africa. The buildings that were created to house thousands who couldn't afford townhouses and brownstones, are now crumbling. Crime and drug abuse are sky-high. Income disparity in the US is at an all-time high. New York City is home to the most millionaires in the country. But it's also facing a food crisis. Nowhere is this starker than the South Bronx, America's poorest district, where over a quarter of a million people live below the poverty line. No wonder more folks than ever are relying on the Highbridge Community Church food pantry, run by local nonprofit the Muslim Women's Institute for Research and Development (MWIRD). But the pantry faces a closure that would plunge over 2,500 locals into an even-deeper plight.

Welfare is dwindling, and those who need it most find the labyrinthine processes almost impossible to navigate. Many don't speak English as their first language, making the system impenetrable. People who lost their jobs in the recession are struggling to make ends meet. Organisations like the Muslim Women's Institute are many folks' first - and last - resort if they want to eat well. But with the economy the way it is private funds are slipping away, and the pantry the MWI provides could go out of business at any moment. America's philosophies have always made it difficult to allot public funds to society's poorest. But now they face a crisis like never before.

Ibrahim Ramey is a long-time human rights advocate. A Washington DC resident, he has been involved in educating Muslims and Americans about political action in countries as far-flung as Tanzania and Afghanistan. Ibrahim is on the board of the Muslim Women's Institute, the Temple of Understanding (which aims to promote religious coexistence) and the Climate Crisis Coalition. He is also vice president of the Steering Committees of the Religious NGO Community at the UN. Ibrahim is increasingly worried about the lack of political dialogue concerning New York's poor, and the plight of those maligned by the current economic meltdown.

The extreme poor's lifelines are being pulled from them, creating a forgotten underclass no-one is addressing. This 4-6min video reveals the vital role the pantry plays in its neighbourhood, the Bronxites who are being marginalized and the stoic folks who run the pantry, despite the specter of closure remaining ever-present.

Additional footage:

  • Interview with local mother. Discusses how the local govt does nothing, but that the way the pantry is run (because they have no cash) makes her feel as if she is begging.

  • Interview with an older lady about the state of New York City now, compared to decades gone. She complains that 'we don't help others' in this country, mentioning how people have struggled through times like this for years.

  • Interview with a Spanish-speaking middle-aged man, about New York and how difficult it is for people to navigate welfare.

  • Much additional b-roll and OTF footage of the pantry, people cooking fresh food and queuing to get supplies.

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REFUGEES STRUGGLE AS WINTER SETS IN -...
Syria
By Editor's Picks
17 Dec 2012

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.

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ARE SETTLEMENTS ON THE RISE? - Editor...
Kiryat Arba & Jerusalem, West Bank, Palestine
By Editor's Picks
07 Dec 2012

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.

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Settlement Interview Part 5
Jerusalem, Israel
By Andrew Beale
07 Dec 2012

Part two of interview with Australian-Israeli Menashe Dovid concerning the 3,000 new settlements approved to be built.

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Settlement Interview Part 6
Jerusalem, Israel
By Andrew Beale
07 Dec 2012

Part 1 of interview with Palestinian Burhan Kashour concerning the 3,000 new settlements approved for construction in the West Bank.

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Settlement Interview Part 4
Jerusalem, Israel
By Andrew Beale
07 Dec 2012

Interview with Menashe Dovid, a British-Israeli commenting on Netanyahu's decision to approve 3,000 new building permits for West Bank settlement construction.