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OCCUPY OAKLAND'S BIRTHDAY; TRANSGENDE...
Oakland, California - Beirut, Lebanon - Caracas, Venezuela - Seremban, Malaysia
By Editor's Picks
11 Oct 2012

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.

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First anniversary of the massacre of ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Transterra Egypt
10 Oct 2012

On the first anniversary of the Maspero massacre, the relatives of the dead, who were either shot or crushed to death by army Armored Personnel Carriers, are still waiting for justice after a year of legal proceedings stemming from two cases, one of which witnessed victims’ lawyers withdraw from the case and the other which saw protesters being put on trial.

Not one soldier has been charged over the killing of the 12 protesters shot during the violence. Several civilians, including protestors, bystanders and one activist, were charged with the killings. The trial was widely regarded as a farce, and all were eventually exonerated.

Gunfire was audible as soon as the march reached the Maspero building. Even as protesters were fleeing batons, bullets and marauding army APCs that crushed 15 people to death, the media was reporting that “Coptic protesters” were attacking Egypt’s armed forces and had killed soldiers.
Gangs of civilians took to the streets surrounding Maspero and detained anyone they suspected of being Christian.

A total of 33 people were arrested on the night of 9 October and the early hours of 10 October. Of these, two were Muslim: a young person with mental disabilities and a man in his 60s.

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EGYPT PRESENTS DRAFT OF CONSTITUTION;...
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
10 Oct 2012

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.

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Egypt Targets Foreign Investment To R...
The Fairmont Towers Hotel, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
09 Oct 2012

Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil said on Tuesday, October 9, at the Euromoney Conference Egypt 2012, held in Cairo, that the government set a strategy targeting more involvement of the private sector to reach a goal of USD 28 billion of foreign investments.
Kandil added in the conference, attended by Euromoney Regional Director Richard Banks, that the government economic reform plan also targets a growth rate of 4.3% in FY 2012/2013 in order to provide about 700,000 job opportunities, noting that the government focuses on small and medium enterprises to achieve a growth rate of more than 7% in the coming five years.
SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - Egypt' PM Hesham Kandil:
“The Egyptian government is committed to economic reform and to a free market economy; an economy that is committed to all its contracts and agreements with local and foreign investors and acknowledges the importance of private sector economic growth. The private sector investments within the last seven years average around 60% to 65% of our investments. This year, we target total investment of 276 billion Egyptian pounds with the private sector expected to play another major role worth 170 billion Egyptian pounds, which is equivalent to 28 billion US dollars.” The two-day conference comes under the title "The Return of the Investments to Egypt and the Distribution of the Fruits of Economic Growth".
The huge annual economic event, attended by Egypt’s ministers of finance, investment and communications, urged foreign investors to overcome concerns regarding Egypt’s stability and to invest in the fast-growing fields of banking and software industry.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic)- Egypt’s Minister of communications and IT Minister Eng Hani Mahmoud:
“We have a large number of graduates who are qualified to work in the software industry. We also have more than one opportunity for companies to establish centers for software development in Egypt. At the same time, we are also offering to investors the new Technology Park in Maadi.”

SOUNBDITE 3 (Arabic) – Tarek Amer, Chairman of Egypt’s National Bank:
“We, the National Bank, pumped loans worth 22 billion over the past year and a half since the revolution. We continued our work regularly; we weren’t afraid of the circumstances. Yes, of course we had more bank allocations because some customers had problems. However, we still made profits worth much more than these allocations. If you are bold with a good understanding of the market, you can still work and make profit. If we all were afraid, we wouldn’t achieve anything. I can see that our government and the country’s leadership are bold, and the decisions are there to prove it. In the past, we used to lack boldness and decision making. I can see that this has changed today, and that’s why we will move forward.”

For his part, Finance Minister Momtaz Al-Saeed emphasized that investment is the only solution to restore growth and that there is a need to restore investors' confidence in Egypt.
Other officials noted that the country has been trying to attract foreign investors after many left throughout the past year and a half of unrest.
The Euro money conference is the first major economic, financial and business event that takes place in Egypt after the January 25 Revolution.
Euro money is a global financial media company specializing in encouraging, covering and analyzing cross-border flows of investment capital.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCSS
Shooting Dateline: October 9, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: October 9, 2012
Length: 0:03:00
Video Size: 148 MB Language: English and Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Pan right shot of the Euromoney conference in Cairo
  2. Medium shot of the Director of the Euromoney conference, Richard Banks speaking during the conference
  3. Wide shot of the attendees during the conference
  4. Medium shot of Egypt’s PM Hesham Kandil speaking during the conference
  5. Various shots of the conference, attendees
  6. SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - Egypt' PM Hesham Kandil:
    “The Egyptian government is committed to economic reform and to a free market economy; an economy that is committed to all its contracts and agreements with local and foreign investors and acknowledges the importance of private sector economic growth. The private sector investments within the last seven years average around 60% to 65% of our investments. This year, we target total investment of 276 billion Egyptian pounds with the private sector expected to play another major role worth 170 billion Egyptian pounds, which is equivalent to 28 billion US dollars.”
  7. Various shots of the conference, attendees
  8. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic)- Egypt’s Minister of communications and IT Minister Eng Hani Mahmoud:
    “We have a large number of graduates who are qualified to work in the software industry. We also have more than one opportunity for companies to establish centers for software development in Egypt. At the same time, we are also offering to investors the new Technology Park in Maadi.”
  9. SOUNBDITE 3 (Arabic) – Tarek Amer, Chairman of Egypt’s National Bank:
    “We, the National Bank, pumped loans worth 22 billion over the past year and a half since the revolution. We continued our work regularly; we weren’t afraid of the circumstances. Yes, of course we had more bank allocations because some customers had problems. However, we still made profits worth much more than these allocations. If you are bold with a good understanding of the market, you can still work and make profit. If we all were afraid, we wouldn’t achieve anything. I can see that our government and the country’s leadership are bold, and the decisions are there to prove it. In the past, we used to lack boldness and decision making. I can see that this has changed today, and that’s why we will move forward.”
  10. Various shots of the conference, attendees and speakers
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Thousands of Copts outside Egyptian S...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
09 Oct 2012

Thousands of Egyptian Copts marched from the district of Shubra near downtown Cairo to the state radio and television building, on Tuesday evening, October 9, marking the first anniversary of the Maspero clashes between protesting Copts and army soldiers that resulted in 27 deaths.
The protestors were chanting national songs with music playing in the background, shouting statements against former the Field Marshall who was the head of Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) at that time.
Not only Copts who participated in the march, but a lot of Muslims marched with them to show solidarity with their fellow Egyptians, all calling for retaliation for the victims of Maspero clashes.
During the march, some shouted statements like “The people want execution of the Field Marshall," while others carried banners of Tantawi and his deputy Sami Anan execution ropes around their necks.
They demanded justice for those killed when military and security forces violently dispersed a Coptic sit-in outside the state TV building against assaults on Coptic churches at the time.
The Maspero Youth Union, which was formed in March 2011 to defend the rights of Egypt’s Coptic minority, organized the march while many other movements participated in the march like the April 6 Youth Movement, the Democratic Revolutionary Alliance, Hamdeen Sabbahi’s new Popular Current Part and other coalitions and parties.
The deadly incident occurred when a peaceful march against the destruction of a church in Aswan and the authorities' subsequent inaction was confronted by the military near the building in Maspero, central Cairo, on October 9, 2011, killing at least 27.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 9, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: October 9, 2012
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Long shot of Coptic protestors holding a big poster of Mina Daniel marching from Shoubra district to the Egyptian State Television building marking the first anniversary of clashes with Army last year
2. Wide shot of the protestors in the march, and some are holding crucifixes while a loud music is playing
3. Long shot of some protestors holding a man from Al-Azhar while he’s chanting “Retaliation is the solution”
4. Various shots of the protestors in the march shouting “Retaliation”, while loud music is playing
5. Wide shot of the march while the music is still playing
6. Long shot of Egyptian women in pharaonic outfits raising posters of victims of maspero clashes back in 2011
7. Wide shot of some of the protestors holding a large black banner with large red cross on the middle of it
8. Medium shot of a protestor holding the Bible and the Holy Quran
9. Wide shot of the march and the women in the pharaonic outfits are walking in the forefront
10. Long shot of girls wearing black t-shirts with large red crosses on it, and holding large circles of flowers
11. Medium shot of Head of The Egyptian Social Democratic Party, Mohamed Abu Alghar walking with some priests in the march
12. Various long shots of the protestors in front of the Egyptian State Television building chanting
13. Medium shot of some protestors kicking and burning a stuffed figure in army uniform representing former Head of Military Police Hamdy Badeen
14. Close, pan left shot of the protestors raising their hands with victory signs, while loud music is playing
15. Wide shot of the protestors in front of the Egyptian State Television building chanting
16. Archived various shots of militaries armored vehicles attacking the protestors who respond with hurling stones and trying to block their way with cars

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COMMEMORATING MASPERO; EGYPT'S FINANC...
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
09 Oct 2012

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.

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FEATURING INDIA; CONTEMPORARY EGYPTIA...
Asia
By Editor's Picks
05 Oct 2012

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.

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Egyptians To Be Executed For Killing ...
Ismailia Criminal Court, Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
24 Sep 2012

On Thursday, October 11, Ismailia Criminal Court sentenced and referred the papers of 19 convicts to Egypt’s Mufti to get his opinion on their execution for killing a young man inside a mosque while he was praying during Ramadan in 2010.
Two the convicts were present inside the dock while the other 17 were sentenced in absentia.
The execution verdict will finally be pronounced on November 10 after the Mufti’s approval.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) Judge Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Sabeely:
“The court decided with consensus of its members to refer the convicts’ papers to the Mufti of Egypt to provide the Islamic legal opinion on the case and set the session of November 10 to review the case. The session is adjourned.”

The first convict explained that they did it in revenge for his brother who had been killed by the victim’s cousin.
The investigations confirmed that the victim, a 24-year-old young man, was repeatedly stabbed in the head, the back and the stomach, and the convicts professed committing the crime and reenacted it before the prosecution.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: September 24, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: September 24, 2012
Length: 0:01:21
Video Size: 66.9 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot of Ismailia Criminal Court
2. Various shots of the court session
3. Various shots of the convicts inside the dock during the court session
4. Various shots of the judges and attendees
5. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) Judge Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Sabeely:
“The court decided with consensus of its members to refer the convicts’ papers to the Mufti of Egypt to provide the Islamic legal opinion on the case and set the session of November 10 to review the case. The session is adjourned.”
6. Various shots of the convicts reenacting the crime before the prosecution inside the mosque

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Editor's Picks 13 September 2012
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
12 Sep 2012

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.

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Stateless (Part 2)
Geneva, Chicago, Kampala, New York
By DocuProf
01 Sep 2012

Refugees from Rwanda have been waiting for a change in their country since the Genocide of 1994.
Many more have arrived over the intervening years fleeing persecution and a progressively falling standard of living in the countryside.
The Rwandan government and the UNHCR have been pressuring governments in 12 countries to push the refugees back home.
In many instances, the Rwandan government uses spies and bribes are paid to disrupt and confuse the refugees, making it hard for them to organize.

Stateless gives the overview of the failure of the UNHCR and Rwanda to give a lasting and safe home for the refugees. It also points out failures of the UNHCR in the institution of it's own mandates regarding article 51 on refugees and the "Cessation Clause".
Because of a small group of refugees and dedicated Human Rights defenders, Rwanda and the UNHCR were thwarted in instituting the forced return of refugees in all but 3 of the 12 countries that have been pressured to accept the terms of the UN clause on refugees.
Featuring Paul Rusesabagina of Hotel Rwanda fame, Theogene Rudesingwa, former Rwandan Ambassador to the US (now in exile)
Much of the film was shot by the refugees themselves.

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Stateless (Part 1)
Chicago, Kampala, New York, Brussels, Lusaka
By DocuProf
01 Aug 2012

Refugees from Rwanda have been waiting for a change in their country since the Genocide of 1994.
Many more have arrived over the intervening years fleeing persecution and a progressively falling standard of living in the countryside.
The Rwandan government and the UNHCR have been pressuring governments in 12 countries to push the refugees back home.
In many instances, the Rwandan government uses spies and bribes are paid to disrupt and confuse the refugees, making it hard for them to organize.

Stateless gives the overview of the failure of the UNHCR and Rwanda to give a lasting and safe home for the refugees. It also points out failures of the UNHCR in the institution of it's own mandates regarding article 51 on refugees and the "Cessation Clause".
Because of a small group of refugees and dedicated Human Rights defenders, Rwanda and the UNHCR were thwarted in instituting the forced return of refugees in all but 3 of the 12 countries that have been pressured to accept the terms of the UN clause on refugees.
Featuring Paul Rusesabagina (of Hotel Rwanda fame) and Theogene Rudesingwa, former Rwandan Ambassador to the United States (now in exile).
Much of the film was shot by the refugees themselves.