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Protest Against War on Gaza in Johann...
Johannesburg
By Frank
21 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Johannesburg, South Africa

Residents of Johannesburg protest against the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, demanding their government freeze relations with Israel, expel the Israeli ambassador from South Africa and recall the South African ambassador from Tel Aviv.

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Russia's Annexation of Crimea
Sevastopol, Crimea
By Sergey Ponomarev
28 Feb 2014

In March 2014, Russia annexed most of the Crimean Peninsula, internationally recognized as part of Ukraine, into the Russian Federation amid political turmoil following the Ukrainian uprising and violence between Pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces.

Starting on March 21, 2014, Russia effectively administers Crimea as two federal subjects—the Republic of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol.

The annexation of Crimea by Russia sparked months of political tension between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Western leaders. The east of Ukraine continues to be devastated by fighting between separatist groups and the Ukrainian armed forces.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
04 May 2012

On his second day of an official visit to Lebanon, Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi, leading an Iranian delegation, met on Thursday, May 3, with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati during the meeting of the Iran-Lebanon High Joint Cooperation Commission.

Following the meeting, Mikati praised the Iranian supportive position to Lebanon's stability, independence, and stance against Israeli threats.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Prime Minister Najib Mikati:
"It was an occasion where I thanked the Islamic Republic of Iran for the support it has provided, and is providing to Lebanon, and for the willingness it shows to assist Lebanon in all areas. I recall the positions of the Iranian officials supporting the sovereignty and independence of Lebanon, and the security of its territories, and supporting Lebanon's struggle to liberate its land from the Israeli occupation."

Rahimi and Mikati expressed their hopes of seeing an end to the Syrian crisis, and the ongoing violence and bloodshed that has ravaged the country for over a year.

Rahimi stressed his rejection of any foreign interference in Syria's domestic affairs, recalling the support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the resistance of Gaza Strip, and Lebanon against Israel.

For his part, Mikati reaffirmed his commitment to Lebanon's disassociation policy from Syria's internal affairs, at the same time conveying the message of the dire need to quell the fighting that threatens to tear the country apart, and destabilize the region.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Prime Minister Najib Mikati:
"With regards to the events taking place in a number of dear Arab countries, particularly Syria, Lebanon takes a careful position not to interfere in the domestic affairs of these countries. Yet, Lebanon hopes for a solution that meets the wishes and aspirations of the peoples of these nations without violence, fighting and bloodshed."

The Iranian Vice President also held talks with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman in the presidential palace in Beirut, where he handed Suleiman a hand-written letter from Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inviting him to attend the conference of Non-Aligned Movement member states that will be in Tehran late September.

Suleiman welcomed the Iranian guest and his delegation, commending the good relations and constant cooperation between the two countries.

Rahimi arrived in Lebanon Wednesday, and has since held talks with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah as well as a number of Lebanese officials including Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

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Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
03 May 2012

Cairo, Egypt | May 3, 2012

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US Senator John Kerry, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, held a press conference in Cairo, Thursday, May 3, where he reported that he was encouraged to hear of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces’ (SCAF) determination to hold the presidential elections as scheduled.

SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - US Senator John Kerry:
"It is going to take time for the economy to rebound. A new constitution is going to have to be drafted, but what I was most encouraged to hear from the SCAF, as well as some others is that this election will take place on the 23rd of May, and if necessary the runoffs in June on the 16th. There is a determination to make certain that this election happens."

Kerry told reporters that Egypt's deteriorating economy will be a major challenge for the new president and his government, adding that it is imperative that they contend with this issue in a way that meets the demands and aspirations of the Egyptian people. He warned that if the people's demands are not met, it is possible that citizens could revolt again in the face of another impotent government.

SOUNDBITE 2 (English) - US Senator John Kerry:
"If the demands and needs of the people of Egypt are not met, in terms of economy and job opportunity and education and ability to talk to people and meet with people and express their views and live their lives – even in a religious context, you can do that. But if that is not allowed, then you may see people revisiting Tahrir Square."

Kerry arrived in Cairo on Tuesday evening and has since held talks with SCAF leaders, the Prime Minister, the Arab League Chief, Muslim Brotherhood leaders and a number of presidential candidates.

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Shooting Dateline: May 3, 2012
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1- Various shots of Kerry's press conference in Cairo
2- SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - US Senator John Kerry:
"It is going to take time for the economy to rebound. A new constitution is going to have to be drafted. But what I was most encouraged to hear from the SCAF as well as some others is that this election will take place on the 23rd of May and if necessary the runoffs in June on the 16th. There is a determination to make certain that this election happens."
3- Various shots of Kerry speaking during the press conference
4- Wide shot, a reporter asking Kerry during the press conference
5- SOUNDBITE 2 (English) - US Senator John Kerry:
"If the demands and needs of the people of Egypt are not met, in terms of economy and job opportunity and education and ability to talk to people and meet with people and express their views and live their lives – even in a religious context you can do that. But if that is not allowed, then you may see people revisiting Tahrir Square." 6- Wide shot, Kerry speaking during the press conference
7- Zoom out, Kerry concluding the press conference and leaving

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U.S. Dignitary Feltman and Lebanese P...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
03 May 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | May 2 and 3, 2012

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, concluded his visit to Lebanon on Thursday, May 3, with a sit-down between he and Lebanese President Michel Suleiman in Beirut, where they discussed solutions to enhance bilateral relations. Also on the docket were pressing regional issues, notably, the crisis in Syria.

Some analysts see Feltman's visit as controversial, due to the fact that it coincides with the visit of Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi to Beirut, and a number of Hezbollah’s top members stated their beliefs that Feltman's visit is merely aimed at sowing strife in the country.

Feltman arrived in Beirut from London on Tuesday evening and during his visit to Lebanon he met with Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and other Lebanese political leaders.

During his talks with Berri, the U.S dignitary stressed his country’s support for democratic plural governments that protect the rights of all citizens, including ethnic and religious minorities. He also renewed U.S. commitment to a stable, sovereign and independent Lebanon.

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Shooting Dateline: May 3, 2012 (and May 2 evening)
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: May 3, 2012
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  1. Various shots of the meeting of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman
  2. Various shots of Feltman accompanied by US Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly heading to meet with Lebanese Parliament speaker Nabih Berri
  3. Various shots of the meeting of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman with Lebanese Parliament speaker Nabih Berri
  4. Various shots of Feltman and Ambassador Connelly leaving after the meeting with Berri
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Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
03 May 2012

Cairo, Egypt | May 1 and 2, 2012

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr held talks on Thursday, May 3, with a Japanese delegation led by Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba.

The talks focused on the bilateral relations between Egypt and Japan, Egypt's transformation to democracy and other issues. They also talked about the regional developments in the region as well as the situation in Syria.

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Shooting Dateline: May 2, 2012 (and May 1 evening)
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
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  1. Various external shots of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo
  2. Various shots of the meeting of Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr with a Japanese delegation led by Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba
  3. Tilt down, external shot of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo
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US Top Senator Meets Lebanese Preside...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
03 May 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | May 2, 2012 (and May 1 evening)

Top U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman held talks with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman on Wednesday, May 2, in Lebanon, where they addressed various issues including the Syrian crisis.

Lieberman also met with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati where they talked about Lebanon's disassociation policy from the Syrian internal affairs.

Lieberman told reporters after the meeting that the US Senate is concerned about the ongoing conflict in Syria and the lack of regional and international efforts to support the Syrian opposition against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

He also praised the Lebanese praised the government for its support to Syrian refugees.

SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman:
"I and a number of my colleagues in the US Senate are really concerned about the conflict in Syria and about the atrocities that are being carried out by the government forces against the people of Syria including a lot of innocent women and children and men. And I am focused on what we can do first to assist in the humanitarian crisis of within the country and in the neighboring countries like here in Lebanon with refugees coming in. But I am also concerned that people in the region and throughout the world have not done enough to be supportive of the opposition in Syria to Assad."

On Tuesday evening, Lieberman paid a visit to Progressive Socialist Party leader and Druze leader Walid Jumblatt where they discussed a number of issues including the US-Lebanese relations and the situation in Syria.

Earlier Wednesday, Lieberman visited the northern Lebanese bordering region of Wadi Khaled which hosts an estimated 24,000 Syrian refugees.

Lieberman's visit to Lebanon concludes a regional tour that included Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

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Shooting Dateline: May 2, 2012 (and May 1 evening)
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: May 2, 2012
Length: 0:01:51
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  1. Various shots of the meeting of U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman
  2. Various shots of the meeting of U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati
  3. Wide shot, Lieberman heading to a press conference after his meeting with Mikati
  4. SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman:
    "I and a number of my colleagues in the US Senate are really concerned about the conflict in Syria and about the atrocities that are being carried out by the government forces against the people of Syria including a lot of innocent women and children and men. And I am focused on what we can do first to assist in the humanitarian crisis of within the country and in the neighboring countries like here in Lebanon with refugees coming in. But I am also concerned that people in the region and throughout the world have not done enough to be supportive of the opposition in Syria to Assad."
  5. Various shots of Lieberman's arrival and reception by Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt
  6. Various shots of the meeting of Lieberman with Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt
  7. Wide shot, Lieberman and Jumblatt shaking hands
  8. Wide shot of the meeting attending by US Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly
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Austrian President Visits Lebanon for...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
26 Apr 2012

Austrian President Heinz Fischer arrived in Beirut on Thursday, April 26, for a two-day visit at the invitation of his Lebanese counterpart Michel Suleiman, who held a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace for Fischer's arrival.

The visit began with a private discussion between the two presidents, and later included talks with senior Lebanese officials.

President Fischer’s visit marks the first time an Austrian head of state has paid an official visit to Lebanon.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 26, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: April 26, 2012
Length: 0:01:03
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Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of the arrival of Austria’s President Heinz Fischer and his reception by Lebanese President Michel Suleiman
2. Various shots of the welcome ceremony held at the presidential palace for Fischer
3. Various shots of a meeting between Fischer and Suleiman
4. Zoom out, an Austrian plane moving

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Egypt's Foreign Minister Meets with S...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
23 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 23, 2012

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr met on Monday, April 23, with head of the Syrian National Council (SNC) Burhan Ghalioun in Cairo, where they held talks over the latest developments of the Syrian crisis.
Amr stressed that the Syrian opposition must unify under one group with one vision presented to the world about the future of Syria, which will send a reassuring message to all regional and international parties about the possibility of starting a dialogue with the opposition.
The meeting is a continuation of the minister's meetings with Syrian opposition forces urging for their unity to be able to engage in dialogue that will resolve the crisis and end the bloodshed in Syria.

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Shooting Dateline: April 23, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 23, 2012
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1- Tilt down external shot of the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo
2- Various shots of the Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr meeting with the head of the Syrian National Council Burhan Ghalioun and other Syrian opposition figures
3- Wide shot of the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo

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Lebanese PM and UK Official Discuss S...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
22 Apr 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | April 20, 2012

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati and British Undersecretary of State for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt held talks on Friday, April 20, at the Lebanese Cabinet headquarters in Beirut, where they discussed some regional issues including the Syrian crisis, the conditions of Syrian and Palestinian refugees as well as the bilateral relations between the two countries.
Burt told reporters after the meeting that the United Kingdom understands the nature of relationship between Lebanon and Syria, praising the Lebanese efforts in receiving and providing shelter for neighboring refugees.
Burt described the bilateral relations between Lebanon and the UK as “strong”.
SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - British Under Secretary of State for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt:
“We had the opportunity to discuss the strong bilateral relationship between the United Kingdom and Lebanon, which is displayed by his own visit to the Unite Kingdom some months ago the Prime Minister recently to see our Foreign Secretary. The commercial relationship is very strong between the two countries and is growing. We had the opportunity of course to discuss regional issues, not least the problems in Syria and concerns were expressed about that. And we acknowledge Lebanon’s part in receiving refugees from Syria and the part of the Lebanese people in taking Syrian refugees to their own houses and woods to look after them. And the United Kingdom will continue to make a contribution to the costs of supporting the refugees here.” Other issues, including the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games that will take place in London were also brought up during the meeting. “I managed to meet last night with promising Lebanese athletes who will take part in the Olympics and Paralympics,” Burt said.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 20, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: April 20, 2012
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1- Various shots of the meeting of Lebanese PM Najib Mikati and British Undersecretary of State for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt
2- Medium shot, Burt heading to a press conference at the Lebanese Cabinet headquarters
3- Various shots of Burt during a press conference at the Lebanese Cabinet headquarters
4- SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - British Under Secretary of State for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt:
“We had the opportunity to discuss the strong bilateral relationship between the United Kingdom and Lebanon, which is displayed by his own visit to the Unite Kingdom some months ago the Prime Minister recently to see our Foreign Secretary. The commercial relationship is very strong between the two countries and is growing. We had the opportunity of course to discuss regional issues, not least the problems in Syria and concerns were expressed about that. And we acknowledge Lebanon’s part in receiving refugees from Syria and the part of the Lebanese people in taking Syrian refugees to their own houses and woods to look after them. And the United Kingdom will continue to make a contribution to the costs of supporting the refugees here.” 5- Pan left, Burt leaving after the press conference
6- Various external shots of the Lebanese Cabinet headquarters in Beirut

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

Beirut, Lebanon | April 17, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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Syrian Dissidents Meet Arab League Ch...
cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
11 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 11, 2012

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby met on Wednesday, April 10, with prominent Syrian opposition leaders including Fayez Sara, Michel Kilo and Samir Aita at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, where they held talks on the latest developments in the Syrian crisis. The Syrian opposition figures expressed optimism over the support of China, Russia and Iran to the joint UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria Kofi Annan’s initiative to end the ongoing violence in the country.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Samir Aita, one of Syrian opposition figures:
"I have some kind of confidence in Mr. Kofi Annan because from the very beginning he clearly got prior approval from Russia, China and Iran – he is in Iran today – to support his initiative." They discussed the ongoing critical situation in Syria, stressing the importance to end violence and to force the Syrian regime to respond to Annan's peace initiative.
The Syrian opposition figures reaffirmed their support to the Arab League’s efforts and the mission of Annan to end the violence in Syria, illustrating their rejection of arming the Syrian rebels.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Samir Aita, one of Syrian opposition figures:
"There are mechanisms in the plan provided by Mr. Annan including the presence of both civilian monitors and others with weapons, etc, from powers and states among them some Security Council member states, in order to establish ceasefire even in the difficult areas in the coming period." The Syrian opposition figures stressed the need for a real international pressure from all sides, the United States, Russia and all the permanent members of the Security Council to achieve ceasefire and then to try to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis.
They said that they didn’t want Syria to be a theatre for international conflicts and underscored the need for a united position from all the international sides to reach a solution regarding the Syrian crisis.

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Shooting Dateline: April 11, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 11, 2012
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1. Wide external shot of the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
2. Various shots of AL Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby meeting with Syrian opposition figures
3. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Samir Aita, one of Syrian opposition figures:
"I have some kind of confidence in Mr. Kofi Annan because from the very beginning he clearly got prior approval from Russia, China and Iran – he is in Iran today – to support his initiative." 4. Various shots of the meeting
5. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Samir Aita, one of Syrian opposition figures:
"There are mechanisms in the plan provided by Mr. Annan including the presence of both civilian monitors and others with weapons, etc, from powers and states among them some Security Council member states, in order to establish ceasefire even in the difficult areas in the coming period." 6. Pan right shot of UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria Kofi Annan heading to the AL headquarters (Archive, March:8)
7. Various shots of Annan meeting with al-Araby (Archive, March:8)
8. Various shots of the joint press conference of Annan and al-Araby after their meeting (Archive, March:8)
9. Pan right shot of Annan and al-Araby leaving after the press conference (Archive, March:8)

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Italian PM and Arab League Chief Hold...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
10 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 10, 2012

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti held talks with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby on Tuesday, April 10, at the League headquarters in Cairo, where they discussed the obstacles of the Middle East peace process and the deteriorating situation in Syria.

Monti told reporters in a joint press conference after the meeting that his visit to Cairo concludes a tour in the region including Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories, stressing that Italy supports the two-state solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Italian) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti:
"In all these visits I conveyed the Italian vision which is based on a strong belief in the necessity of finding a solution for the Palestinian issue and that the way for that is the two-state solution for the two peoples."

In addition to the Palestinian issue, the talks of Monti and Al-Araby focused on the situation in Syria where they shared views and concerns over the ongoing violence in the country, urging immediate ceasefire.

Monti also voiced his country's support for the mission of the UN-Arab League recent envoy to Syria Kofi Annan.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
"We started with talking about Palestine and what is going on there. HE Prime Minister talked about his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah two days ago. We then moved to talk about the situation in Syria. We exchanged views on what's going on in Syria and that human conscience does not accept the violence and the killing taking place in Syria for more than a year. This must stop."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Italian) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti:
"Syria was the focus of our lengthy talk. There is complete agreement between our view and that of the Arab League. In addition, we express our full support of the mission of the special UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan."

The talks also dealt with the situations in Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Egypt, as well as the Iranian nuclear program.

Monti reaffirmed Italy's keenness on cementing the friendly ties with the Arab League, noting that the League's influence in the region grew remarkably in the wake of the Arab Spring events.

Monti arrived in Cairo Monday on a two-day visit and held talks with SCAF Leader Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi and Egypt's Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri.

It is the first time an Italian Prime Minister visits the Arab League in Cairo, Al-Araby told reporters.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 10, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 10, 2012
Length: 0:02:28
Video Size: 122 MB
Language: Italian and Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Wide external shot, the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
2- Close up, logo of the Arab League
3- Various shots of the meeting of Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti
4- Long shot, a joint press conference of Al-Araby and Monti
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Italian) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti:
"In all these visits I conveyed the Italian vision which is based on a strong belief in the necessity of finding a solution for the Palestinian issue and that the way for that is the two-state solution for the two peoples." 6- Various shots of the press conference
7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
"We started with talking about Palestine and what is going on there. HE Prime Minister talked about his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah two days ago. We then moved to talk about the situation in Syria. We exchanged views on what's going on in Syria and that human conscience does not accept the violence and the killing taking place in Syria for more than a year. This must stop."
8- SOUNDBITE 3 (Italian) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti:
9- "Syria was the focus of our lengthy talk. There is complete agreement between our view and that of the Arab League. In addition, we express our full support of the mission of the special UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan."
10- Medium shot, two attending reporters during the press conference
11- Zoom out, Al-Araby and Monti leaving after the press conference
12- Medium shot, flags of Arab states at the the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
13- Wide external shot, the Arab League headquarters in Cairo

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Omar Suleiman's Profile
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
09 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 7-8, 2012

STORY: Omar Suleiman's Profile

STORYLINE:

Omar Suleiman, 75, has served as Egypt's Vice-President for 14-days after the resignation of Hosni Mubarak, and 18 years as Intelligence Chief during Mubarak's presidency.
He is also a last-minute candidate in the first post-Mubarak presidential elections.
Suleiman recently announced he would not run for president, but said he went back on his decision in response to popular demands and rallies urging him to join the presidential competition.
Many Egyptians were not familiar with Suleiman and many claim they have never heard his voice except when all Egypt and the world listened as he announced Mubarak's historical resignation on February 11, 2011.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Omar Suleiman as Vice-President announcing Mubarak's resignation on February 11, 2011 (archive):
“In these difficult circumstances that the country is going through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to give up his post as president of the republic and authorized the Supreme Military Council to run the state affairs.”

During the time of Mubarak, Suleiman was assigned with brokering the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation and the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

He paid a visit to Tel Aviv in 2010 to meet with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak to "promote negotiations" between the Israeli and Palestinian sides.

He is seen by some Egyptians as charismatic and powerful, although silent most of the time.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"Suleiman surely has a very strong expertise in politics. We all understand what he did during the time of Mubarak. He was the intelligence chief and he was fully aware of politics. He has political shrewdness."

Islamist presidential candidates consider Suleiman's candidacy "an insult" to the revolution and its victims.

Suleiman was appointed as Intelligence Chief in 1993 and was appointed as vice-president from January 29 to February 11, 2011.

He is married with three children.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 7 & 8, 2012 [and archive]
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 8, 2012
Length: 0:02:31
Video Size: 125 MB
Language: Arabic
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Various shots of the rally of Omar Suleiman's supporters urging him to run for president, raising his posters
Various shots of Suleiman getting off the car and heading to enter the commission headquarters amid crowds of security men and supporters
Various shots of Suleiman getting in the car amid crowds of security men and supporters
Various shots of massive number of protestors on January 25, 2011 (archive)
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Omar Suleiman as Vice-President announcing Mubarak's resignation on February 11, 2011 (archive):
“In these difficult circumstances that the country is going through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to give up his post as president of the republic and authorized the Supreme Military Council to run the state affairs.” Various shots of Suleiman with former Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul-Gheit (archive)
Pan right, Suleiman attending a meeting of US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta with former president Hosni Mubarak, attended by former US Ambassador to Egypt Margaret Scobey (archive)
Suleiman meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak (archive)
Various shots of Suleiman (archive)
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"Suleiman surely has a very strong expertise in politics. We all understand what he did during the time of Mubarak. He was the intelligence chief and he was fully aware of politics. He has political shrewdness." Various shots of Fatah-Hamas meeting in Cairo attended by Suleiman (archive)
Various shots of Suleiman's meeting with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani (archive)
Pan left, Suleiman walking side by side with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (archive)

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Monti Praises Lebanon Dissociation Po...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
08 Apr 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | April 7, 2012

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman met on Saturday, April 7 with the Italian PM Mario Monti where they discussed the bilateral relations between the two countries.
Suleiman expressed his appreciation for Italy’s continuous support to Lebanon.
Following talks with Suleiman, Monti met with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati where Monti praised Lebanon’s policy of disassociation regarding events in Syria and affirmed his country’s commitment to the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL), saying there was no decision to reduce the number of Italian peacekeepers.
Mikati thanked the Italian official for his country’s historic and vital contribution to UNIFIL, praising the role of Italian peacekeepers in the local development and progress in south Lebanon.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"We thank Mr. Italian PM for historical and vital contribution of the United Nations Interim Forces in Southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) and their role as today for the second time, Italia holds the command of these forces at the south with their great aid to southern residents for the local development and progress in the south". Regarding the Syrian crisis, Monti affirmed that Rome fully backed a six-point plan put forward by international mediator Kofi Annan to find a peaceful solution in Syria that stipulates halting violence and starting a political process between the Syrian government and the opposition.
For his part, Mikati also said that Lebanon also supported the mission of Annan, the joint UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, to resolve the Syrian crisis.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 7, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: April 7, 2012
Length: 0:01:50
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1- Pan left shot of the Lebanese President Michel Suleiman with the Italian PM Mario Monti heading to their meeting at the presidential palace
2- Various shots of the meeting
3- Various shots of Italian PM meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Najib Mikati
4- Wide shot of a joint press conference of Lebanese PM and Italian PM after their meeting
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"We thank Mr. Italian PM for historical and vital contribution of the United Nations Interim Forces in Southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) and their role as today for the second time, Italia holds the command of these forces at the south with their great aid to southern residents for the local development and progress in the south". 6- Close up shot of the Lebanese flag
7- Medium shot of the Italian PM speaking during the press conference
8- Medium shot of a man shooting during the conference
9- Pan right shot of Lebanese PM and his Italian counterpart finishing the conference and leaving
10- Wide shot of Italian PM arriving to the south of Lebanon '

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Two Anti-Zionist Jewish Rabbis Visit ...
Sidon, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
02 Apr 2012

Sidon, Lebanon | April 2, 2012

Two anti-Zionist Jewish rabbis visited the Lebanese southern city of Sidon on Monday, April 2, and met with former parliamentarian Usama Saad, stressing that they are "Jews, not Zionist" and that they have come with a message of peace and human rights.

The two rabbis are American members of Neturei Karta, a group of anti-Zionist Jews who do not believe in the state of Israel, wore badges on their chests with a Palestinian flag under which is a small Israeli flag crossed out with "X" sign.

SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss:
"With help of the Almighty I pray that He bestow upon me His Wisdom that I maybe worthy of conveying His Truth to sanctify His Name and bring peace to the world. We have come here to have the privilege and honor of meeting with Dr. Usama Saad. First of all, the history is a rich history of people standing up for what people call human rights and godliness. We could say the godly rights, the requirement of God."

The people of the Lebanese southern city of Sidon were surprised to see two rabbis touring their city and visiting Jewish sites in the city's old alley named "Gaza Alley" which used to be called "the Jews Alley".

They also visited an impoverished house of a Palestinian refugee family in Sidon, wishing for them peace and safe return to their land.

The two rabbis joined the south Lebanon march dubbed "Global March to Jerusalem" against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, marking the annual Earth Day at the Lebanese-Israeli borders.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 2, 2012
Shooting Location: Sidon, Lebanon
Publishing Time: April 2, 2012
Length: 0:01:17
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1- Various shots of the two anti-Zionist rabbis meeting with former parliamentarian Usama Saad, son of famous martyred politician Maroof Saad
2- SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss:
"With help of the Almighty I pray that He bestow upon me His Wisdom that I maybe worthy of conveying His Truth to sanctify His Name and bring peace to the world. We have come here to have the privilege and honor of meeting with Dr. Usama Saad. First of all, the history is a rich history of people standing up for what people call human rights and godliness. We could say the godly rights, the requirement of God."
3- Various shots of the two anti-Zionist rabbis visiting the old Jewish sites in Sidon at the Gaza Alley that used to be called in the past Jews Alley
4- Various shots of the two rabbis visiting an impoverished house of a family of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

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Palestinian President Abbas Lays Foun...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
02 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 2, 2012

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas laid the founding stone for the new headquarters of the Palestinian embassy in New Cairo on Monday, April 2, in the presence of senior Egyptian and Palestinian officials.
Abbas said that the embassy would be as the Palestinian home in Egypt as it will include the home of the Palestinian ambassador, the home of the clerks of the embassy and the culture center which would be built under the supervision of Egypt’s Culture Ministry.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:
"Paletine for Egypt is its strategic depth. Hence, this relation is based on love between us and our brothers in Egypt. We express this today by laying the founding stone for a Palestinian home, not only an embassy, because it will include the embassy, the ambassador's house, the employees' housing, a cultural center and others."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Palestinian Ambassador to Egypt Barakt al-Farra:
"Today, our President lays the founding stone for our embassy on the land of Egypt. Soon, Egypt will lay the founding stone for its embassy on the liberated land of Palestine."

Abbas praised the Palestinian-Egyptian relations and stressed the joint history between the two peoples, especially the Egyptian efforts and struggle to support the Palestinian case.
Egyptian officials, including Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr and Culture Minister Shaker Abdel-Hamid stressed the deep-rooted relations between Egypt and Palestine and the historical connection between the two peoples.
SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr:
"This is a new brick for a longtime history of our relation and our mixed blood on the land of the most honorable fights. Allah willing, this will be the embassy of the state of Palestine that will be established on the rest of the occupied lands, with the honorable Quds (Jerusalem) as its capital city."

SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) - Egyptian Culture Minister Shaker Abdel-Hameed:
"We will do our best to establish a Palestinian cultural center that suits the status of Palestine and its embassy in Egypt. This is just a symbolic expression of our love, cordiality and permanent appreciation of Palestine. Palestinians are not just brothers for us and Palestine is not only Egypt's strategic depth, but it is part of Egypt's history, not only the past history but also the present and the future too."

Abbas, who arrived in Cairo Sunday on three-day official visit to Egypt, met with head of Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, where they discussed endeavors underway to end the inter-Palestinian division, in addition to the Middle East peace process and the bilateral relations between the two sides.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 2, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 2, 2012
Length: 0:03:24
Video Size: 168 MB
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arriving to the location of the intended new headquarters of the Palestinian embassy
2. Various shots of the location of the new headquarters of the Palestinian embassy
3. Medium shot of Palestinian president and Egyptian officials while laying the foundation stone of the new embassy headquarters
4. Medium shot of the Palestinian flag
5. wide shot of the Palestinian president and the attendees
6. Close up shot of a banner, reading “The Palestinian president laid the foundation stone of the Palestinian embassy in Cairo at April 2”
7. Various shots of the attendees standing, the national anthem playing in the background
8. Medium shot of the Palestinian president speaking during the ceremony
9. Various shots of the attendees at the ceremony
10. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:
"Paletine for Egypt is its strategic depth. Hence, this relation is based on love between us and our brothers in Egypt. We express this today by laying the founding stone for a Palestinian home, not only an embassy, because it will include the embassy, the ambassador's house, the employees' housing, a cultural center and others." 11. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Palestinian Ambassador to Egypt Barakt al-Farra:
"Today, our President lays the founding stone for our embassy on the land of Egypt. Soon, Egypt will lay the founding stone for its embassy on the liberated land of Palestine." 12. Various shots of the ceremony
13. Medium shot of Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr speaking during the ceremony
14. Various shots of the ceremony
15. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr:
"This is a new brick for a longtime history of our relation and our mixed blood on the land of the most honorable fights. Allah willing, this will be the embassy of the state of Palestine that will be established on the rest of the occupied lands, with the honorable Quds (Jerusalem) as its capital city."
16. SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) - Egyptian Culture Minister Shaker Abdel-Hameed:
"We will do our best to establish a Palestinian cultural center that suits the status of Palestine and its embassy in Egypt. This is just a symbolic expression of our love, cordiality and permanent appreciation of Palestine. Palestinians are not just brothers for us and Palestine is not only Egypt's strategic depth, but it is part of Egypt's history, not only the past history but also the present and the future too."
17. Medium shot of the Egyptian flag and the Palestinian flag
18. Various shots of the Palestinian president leaving the location of the new headquarters of the Palestinian embassy

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

Beirut, Lebanon | March 31, 2012

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

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

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Nasrallah Says Syrian Regime Won’t Fa...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
31 Mar 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | March 30, 2012

Hezbollah's Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah urged on a televised speech on Friday, March 30, Lebanese political forces which bet on the topple of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime to reconsider their calculations as the Syrian regime won't fall.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah:
"Betting on military intervention to topple the regime is a losing bet and has large burdens. It will lead to more bloodshed, more victims and more human and material losses". Nasrallah also warned against arming the opposition, noting that only three or four countries support such an option. He added that only the political solution could resolve the crisis in Syria.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah:
"There is only one solution which is the political solution through dialogue and reform. There is no other way out of it".

During his speech in the occasion of the inauguration of As-Sayyeda Zaynab Hall, Nasrallah also addressed the developments at Bahrain, saying that there is a real tragedy. The opposition has not resorted to violence and it is being killed on a daily basis by the security forces and that civilized countries do not resort to such means.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 30, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: March 30, 2012
Length: 0:01:52
Video Size: 92.7 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of the audience and one introducing the appearance of Nasrallah
2- Wide shot, Nasrallah starts appearing on a screen and the audience standing and cheering "We're at your service Nasrallah!"
3- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah:
"Betting on military intervention to topple the regime is a losing bet and has large burdens. It will lead to the more bloodshed, more victims and more human and material loses". 4- Various shots of the audience listening to Nasrallah’s televised speech
5- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah:
6- "There is only one solution which is the political solution through dialogue and reform. There is no way out other it".
7- Various shots of the audience listening to Nasrallah’s televised speech
8- Medium shot of Nasrallah concluding his speech
9- Wide shot of the attendees leaving the place

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Sudan Army Reaffirms Full Control of ...
Heglig, Sudan
By Video Cairo Sat
29 Mar 2012

Heglig, Sudan | March 29, 2012

Sudanese army reaffirmed Thursday, March 29, its full control of the disputed bordering area of Heglig and the retreat of Southern Sudanese troops after recent clashes between the two sides.
Sudan army leaders inspected the area, where damaged and burning vehicles and tanks, besides dead bodies of some soldiers of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLA) of South Sudan could be seen.
Sudanese officials asserted that things have returned back to normal in the area.
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council announced that the leader of Sudan and South Sudan would meet soon in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for negotiations over their outstanding issues.
The Security Council called on both sides for more self-control to pave the way for successful negotiations.
Clashes between Sudan and South Sudan erupted in bordering areas on Monday, March 26, and extended to the oil-rich border area of Heglig on Tuesday, although a meeting between Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and his Southern counterpart Salva Kiir was scheduled for April 3.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 29, 2012
Shooting Location: Heglig, Sudan
Publishing Time: March 29, 2012
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1. Various shots of the arrival of Sudanese army leaders in Heglig in a plane
2. Various shots of damaged and burning vehicles, tanks in Heglig
3. Various shots of Sudanese troops in the area
4. Various shots of the Sudanese troops raising weapons and saying "Allah is the Greatest" as a sign of victory
5. Various shots of a dead body of one of the South Sudan army
6. Various shots of oil factory in Heglig and the workers and employees there and in the control room

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Sudan Parliament Holds Emergency Hear...
Khartoum, Sudan
By Video Cairo Sat
28 Mar 2012

Khartoum, Sudan | March 28, 2012

Sudan's National Assembly held an emergency hearing session on Wednesday, March 28, on the relations with South Sudan in light of the recent border conflict, particularly at the area of Heglig.
Interior Minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamed reaffirmed that Sudan was keen on maintaining good relations with South Sudan due to their shared history and more than 2,000-kilometer borders, adding that Sudan would not be silent to the threats to its security.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Sudanese Interior Minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamed:
"There can't be good neighboring and relations without security between the two countries. We hope that South Sudan return to their right mind because this is for their own good. Now there is famine in the South. There is a civil war in the South. They shut off their oil resources. I believe they have no way out except by having good relations with the North."

Sudanese officials expressed condemn of the recent aggressions of South Sudan army at the borders and their alleged support of the rebels in Southern Kordofan and the Blue Nile.
Sudanese Deputy Parliament Speaker Mohamed Hassan al-Amin said there would be no peace with South Sudan unless the latter halted aggression.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Sudanese Deputy Parliament Speaker Mohamed Hassan al-Amin:
"We consider stopping aggressions a basic thing. We cannot accept the support of the government of South Sudan for the rebels in Southern Kordofan and the Blue Nile. We don’t accept the presence of South Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) troops in the lands of Sudan. We consider this as daring interference in the Sudanese affairs. Therefore, there will not be permanent peace unless these acts are stopped."

Clashes broke out Monday between the armed forces of Sudan and South Sudan in disputed border regions, raising doubts about the anticipated meeting between the leaders of the two countries, Omar Hassan al-Bashir and Salva Kiir, scheduled for April 3.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 28, 2012
Shooting Location: Khartoum, Sudan
Publishing Time: March 28, 2012
Length: 0:02:37
Video Size: 130 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Wide external shot of the Sudanese National Assembly headquarters in Khartoum
2. Close up, sign reading "the National Assembly" at the Sudanese National Assembly headquarters in Khartoum
3. Medium shot, banner of the session reading "The National Assembly, Foreign Affairs Committee, Hearing on the Relation with the South Sudan"
4. Various shots of the National Assembly emergency session on the relation with South Sudan amid recent border conflict
5. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Sudanese Interior Minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamed:
"There can't be good neighboring and relations without security between the two countries. We hope that South Sudan return to their right mind because this is for their own good. Now there is famine in the South. There is a civil war in the South. They shut off their oil resources. I believe they have no way out except by 0having good relations with the North."
6. Various shots of the hearing session and the attendees
7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Sudanese Deputy Parliament Speaker Mohamed Hassan al-Amin:
"We consider stopping aggressions a basic thing. We cannot accept the support of the government of South Sudan for the rebels in Southern Kordofan and the Blue Nile. We don’t accept the presence of South Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) troops in the lands of Sudan. We consider this as daring interference in the Sudanese affairs. Therefore, there will not be permanent peace unless these acts are stopped." 8. Zoom in, Sudanese Interior Minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamed and Sudanese Deputy Parliament Speaker Mohamed Hassan al-Amin outside the hall after the session is over
9. Various shots of attendees leaving

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Egyptian Activists Meet Chinese Ambas...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
26 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 26, 2012

A delegation of the Egyptian Initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution, comprising political activists and party leaders, held talks on Monday, March 26, with China's Ambassador to Egypt Song Aiguo on China's official position on the Syrian crisis.

The media was prevented from covering the meeting, but the initiative members told reporters after the meeting that the Chinese Ambassador reaffirmed China's keenness on ending the ongoing violence in Syria, support for the mission of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, encouragement of dialogue and political solution for the Syrian crisis and rejection of foreign interference in the Syrian issue.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Basel Adel, liberal parliamentarian, Free Egyptians Party:
"We told the Chinese Ambassador that we as Egyptians are against the violence in Syria and against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. We support any initiative at the moment but at the same time we demand pressure on the regime of Bashar al-Assad to stop the violence. It is unreasonable that the whole world is talking about initiatives while violence and bloodshed are continuing and inhabited towns are being hit by mortar shells."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Essam Shiha, Attorney, member of Al-Wafd Party:
"It's been a specific meeting that aims to push the Chinese government to exercise pressure on the Syrian government to stop the bloodshed in Syria, to provide assistance, to cooperate with the UN and to not use the Veto. We understand the Chinese position the rejects foreign interference in Syria because China is concerned that such interference leads to a sectarian fight inside Syria."

Members of the Egyptian Initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution held a similar meeting on Monday, March 19, with Russia's Ambassador to Egypt Serge Kerbetchenko over the Russian position on the Syrian crisis.

They said after the meeting that Russia also expressed support for a peaceful political solution in Syria and that Russia exercised pressure on the Syrian regime to cooperate with Annan.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 26, 2012 [and archive]
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 26, 2012
Length: 0:01:53
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1- Long shot, members of the Egyptian Initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution coming out of China's Embassy headquarters in Cairo after the meeting
2- Wide shot, initiative members outside China's Embassy after the meeting
3- Close up, sign of China's Embassy in Cairo
4- Various shots of the initiative members outside China's Embassy headquarters in Cairo after the meeting
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Basel Adel, liberal parliamentarian, Free Egyptians Party:
"We told the Chinese Ambassador that we as Egyptians are against the violence in Syria and against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. We support any initiative at the moment but at the same time we demand pressure on the regime of Bashar al-Assad to stop the violence. It is unreasonable that the whole world is talking about initiatives while violence and bloodshed are continuing and inhabited towns are being hit by mortar shells." 6- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Essam Shiha, Attorney, member of Al-Wafd Party:
"It's been a specific meeting that aims to push the Chinese government to exercise pressure on the Syrian government to stop the bloodshed in Syria, to provide assistance, to cooperate with the UN and to not use the Veto. We understand the Chinese position the rejects foreign interference in Syria because China is concerned that such interference leads to a sectarian fight inside Syria." 7- Wide external shot of the Russian Embassy in Cairo
8- Medium shot, the Russian flag at the the Russian Embassy in Cairo
9- Close up, a sign at the Russian Embassy in Cairo reading "Embassy of the Russian Federation"
10- Various shots of the meeting of members of the Egyptian Initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution and Russian Ambassador to Cairo Serge Kerbetchenko

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Iranian, Chinese and Other Diplomats ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
25 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 24, 2012

Iranian diplomats along with ambassadors of other six states celebrated the Nowruz Festival on Saturday evening, March 24, for the first time in Egypt.

Ambassadors and diplomats of Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan jointly held the celebration in a big hotel in Cairo.

Ties between the mainly Sunni Muslim Egypt and predominantly Shiite Iran were severed in 1979 following Iran's Islamic Revolution and Egypt's peace treaty with and recognition of Israel. The relations improved since January 25 Revolution toppled Egypt's former regime in Feb 2011.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mojtaba Amani, Head of Iran's Interests Office in Cairo, Egypt:
"The relations are already existent. We're ambassadors of seven states sharing the Nowruz, besides some other countries. We are looking forward to more cooperation due to our shared cultures. None of these countries or those neighboring countries in the Arab region would want anything wrong for the other countries."

Other diplomats of other states also attended the celebration, including China's Ambassador to Egypt Song Aiguo who hoped that this happy feast brings nations together for more cooperation and enhanced relations.

SOUNDBITE 2 (English) - China's Ambassador to Egypt Song Aiguo:
"This is the first time for me to attend such a celebration of the Spring Festival, the celebration of Nowruz, in Egypt. I think it is a happy occasion to bring all those nations together. Now we're in the spring, in such a wonderful season. I think the spring will bring a lot of good things for the people of China, Egypt and those people celebrating this great event." In May, 2010, the United Nations announced March 21 as the International Nowruz Day.

The day is celebrated by more than 300 million people worldwide, marking the beginning of spring.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 24, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 24, 2012
Length: 0:02:24
Video Size: 119 MB
Language: Arabic and English
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1. Various shots of the ambassadors of participant countries receiving the guests
2. Tilt down, banner of the festival with flags of participant countries at the entrance of the celebration hall
3. Wide shot, guests at the celebration hall
4. Medium shot, Mojtaba Amani, Head of Iran's Interests Office in Cairo speaking during the celebrations
5. Various shots of guests talking and eating during the celebration
6. Various shots of a dance performance during the celebration
7. Medium shot, the open banquet at the celebration hall
8. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mojtaba Amani, Head of Iran's Interests Office in Cairo, Egypt:
"The relations are already existent. We're ambassadors of seven states sharing the Nowruz, besides some other countries. We are looking forward to more cooperation due to our shared cultures. None of these countries or those neighboring countries in the Arab region would want anything wrong for the other countries." 9. Medium shot, a dance performance during the celebration
10. Various shots of diplomats speaking during the celebration
11. Medium shot of guests
12. SOUNDBITE 2 (English) - China's Ambassador to Egypt Song Aiguo:
"This is the first time for me to attend such a celebration of the Spring Festival, the celebration of Nowruz, in Egypt. I think it is a happy occasion to bring all those nations together. Now we're in the spring, in such a wonderful season. I think the spring will bring a lot of good things for the people of China, Egypt and those people celebrating this great event."
13. Medium shot, ambassadors of participant states standing side by side
14. Close up, the cake
15. Medium shot, ambassadors holding the knife and cut the cake together and clapping

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

Cairo, Egypt | March 21, 2012

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

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

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Egyptian Activists Meet Russian Ambas...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
20 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 19, 2012

Russia's Ambassador to Egypt Serge Kerbetchenko met on Monday, March 19, with members of the Egyptian initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution comprising political figures, party leaders and and parliamentarians and they held talks over the Russian position on the Syrian crisis.

The initiative members demanded Russian pressure on the Syrian regime to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

Russia's Ambassador Kerbetchenko said his country is keen on putting an end to the Syrian crisis and it works with the UN and the Arab League for a political solution for the issue.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Ibrahim Nawar, Democratic Front Party leader:
"Members of the Egyptian initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution demanded that the Russian government practice pressures on the regime of Bashar al-Assad to stop the bloodshed and protect the civilians in Syria. In fact, the reply that the Egyptian delegation got from the Russian Ambassador reaffirmed Russia's keenness on putting an end to the bloodshed in Syria."

Kerbetchenko affirmed that Russia supports Kofi Annan's mission at Syria, criticizing the Arab countries for withdrawing the monitoring mission and seeking military interference in Syria.

He revealed that Russia has previously pressured the Syrian government to sign the Arab League protocol to allow the monitoring mission and has recently encouraged the Syrian government to cooperate with Annan to end the ongoing violence.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Ibrahim Nawar, Democratic Front Party leader:
"The reply Annan got from the Syrian regime in the beginning was disappointing. The Russian Ambassador said that Moscow practiced pressures on the Syrian regime to change this response. Ambassador Kerbetchenko said that the Syrian regime's modified reply has already been sent to Mr. Kofi Annan and he's currently studying it."

UN and Arab League special envoy to Syria, former UN Chief Kofi Annan, started his mission in Syria on Saturday, March 8, and he described the initial response of the Syrian regime as "disappointing".

Russian Ambassador to Egypt said Russian pressure was why Annan received a more encouraging reply from Al-Assad's regime later on.

Annan sent a team of five UN experts to Syria on Monday, March 18, to work on the Syrian crisis.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 19, 2012 [and archive]
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 19, 2012
Length: 0:02:43
Video Size: 134 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

1- Wide external shot of the Russian Embassy in Cairo
2- Medium shot, the Russian flag at the the Russian Embassy in Cairo
3- Close up, a sign at the Russian Embassy in Cairo reading "Embassy of the Russian Federation"
4- Various shots of the meeting of members of the Egyptian Initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution and Russian Ambassador to Cairo Serge Kerbetchenko
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Ibrahim Nawar, Democratic Front Party leader:
"Members of the Egyptian initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution demanded that the Russian government practice pressures on the regime of Bashar al-Assad to stop the bloodshed and protect the civilians in Syria. In fact, the reply that the Egyptian delegation got from the Russian Ambassador reaffirmed Russia's keenness on putting an end to the bloodshed in Syria." 6- Various shots of the meeting
7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Ibrahim Nawar, Democratic Front Party leader:
"The reply Annan got from the Syrian regime in the beginning was disappointing. The Russian Ambassador said that Moscow practiced pressures on the Syrian regime to change this response. Ambassador Kerbetchenko said that the Syrian regime's modified reply has already been sent to Mr. Kofi Annan and he's currently studying it." 8- Pan right, Former UN Chief and UN-AL Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan entering the Arab League headquarters in Cairo (Archive, March 8)
9- Various shots of the meeting of Annan with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby (Archive, March 8)
10- Long shot, Annan and Al-Araby heading to a joint press conference after the meeting (Archive, March 8)
11- Medium shot, reporters at the press conference (Archive, March 8)
12- Medium shot, Annan speaking during the press conference (Archive, March 8)
13- Wide external shot (low angle), the Arab League headquarters in Cairo

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US Congresswoman Pelosi Visits Egypt'...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
16 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 15, 2012

Former speaker of the US House of Representatives and US congressional minority leader Nancy Pelosi paid a visit on Thursday, March 15, to Egypt's parliament and held talks with Parliament Speaker and MB leader Mohamed Saad al-Katatni and other parliamentarians.
The two sides discussed Egypt's transitional stage and transformation to democracy and the writing of Egypt new constitution, amid tensions over the recent issue of American NGO workers who allegedly received foreign funds to shake Egypt's stability.
Pelosi commended the meeting as productive and stressed the significance of Egypt to the United States, the region and whole world.
SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - US congressional minority leader Nancy Pelosi:
"We thank them for sharing their views with us on subjects of mutual concern to the national security of both of our countries, the economic growth of Egypt which is important to this region and to the world, and for making progress on behalf of each and every person in Egypt, honoring the hopes that they placed in the revolution and giving them safety and opportunity for the future."

Egyptian parliamentarians who attended the meeting said that they made clear that Egypt does not accept any interference in its domestic affairs.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Eng. Saad al-Husseini, parliamentarian and Muslim Brotherhood leader:
"All parliamentarians said clearly that we're for the freedom and strength of NGO's and for giving them a great opportunity for reestablishment. We're preparing a legislation to ensure their strength and flexibility. However, we do not accept foreign politicized funds, which really happened as a means of intervening in our political affairs. I think that they do not accept that in their countries too."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Essam al-Erian, parliamentarian and Muslim Brotherhood leader:
"We finally agreed that out joint consultations should continue with exchanging visits to discuss details in depth as we both represent two freely elected authorities and we could accomplish a lot of things as representatives of the two peoples."

The meeting came after the US delegation met with head of Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.
Observers see that the recurrent US visits to Egypt as attempts to bridge the gap and remove the tension created by the recent NGO issue.

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide external shot of Egypt's parliament headquarters in Cairo
2. Various shots of US congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and her delegation meeting with Egypt's Parliament Speaker and MB leader Mohamed Saad al-Katatni and other parliamentarians
3. Medium shot, Pelosi getting out of the meeting room to make a statement
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - US congressional minority leader Nancy Pelosi:
"We thank them for sharing their views with us on subjects of mutual concern to the national security of both of our countries, the economic growth of Egypt which is important to this region and to the world, and for making progress on behalf of each and every person in Egypt, honoring the hopes that they placed in the revolution and giving them safety and opportunity for the future." 5. Various shots of US congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and her delegation meeting with Egypt's Parliament Speaker and MB leader Mohamed Saad al-Katatni and other parliamentarians
6. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Eng. Saad al-Husseini, parliamentarian and Muslim Brotherhood leader:
"All parliamentarians said clearly that we're for the freedom and strength of NGO's and for giving them a great opportunity for reestablishment. We're preparing a legislation to ensure their strength and flexibility. However, we do not accept foreign politicized funds, which really happened as a means of intervening in our political affairs. I think that they do not accept that in their countries too." 7. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Essam al-Erian, parliamentarian and Muslim Brotherhood leader:
"We finally agreed that out joint consultations should continue with exchanging visits to discuss details in depth as we both represent two freely elected authorities and we could accomplish a lot of things as representatives of the two peoples." 8. Various shots of Pelosi and her delegation leaving after the meeting
9. Medium external shot of Egypt's parliament

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Pelosi: US-Egypt Ties Strong Despite ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
16 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 15, 2012

US Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday, March 15, in a press conference in Cairo, that the relations between the United States and Egypt would remain strong despite the controversial NGO issue which she described as "a bump in the road" of the strong ties between the two countries.
SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - US congressional minority leader Nancy Pelosi:
"Whatever the NGO issue was, it should not be a barrier to the future possibilities between our two countries. The Egyptian people, if they want to have cooperation from the United States in their interest and we want to help them in our interest, let us proceed with the greatest respect and not let bump on the road, which you have with many countries, be an obstacle to that."

Pelosi commended Egypt’s recent elections of the two houses of the parliament as the first step towards democracy, reaffirming that the stability of Egypt serves the US interests in the region.
She also lowered the tone of Washington's threat to cut off financial aid to Egypt, saying that the United States would be there for Egypt provided the Egyptians were aware of the friendship between the two countries.
SOUNDBITE 2 (English) - US congressional minority leader Nancy Pelosi:
"The United States is well served by a strong and stable Egypt, to the extent that that assistance is in further ends of that stability, we'll certainly be there. However, we want to be there in a way that is directly beneficial to the Egyptian people and that they are aware of our friendship."

SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of the press conference of US congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and her delegation in Cairo
2. Various shots of reporters asking questions and Pelosi speaking in reply
3. Medium shot, Pelosi speaking during the press conference
4. Long shot, a reporter asking and Pelosi listening
5. SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - US congressional minority leader Nancy Pelosi:
"Whatever the NGO issue was, it should not be a barrier to the future possibilities between our two countries. The Egyptian people, if they want to have cooperation from the United States in their interest and we want to help them in our interest, let us proceed with the greatest respect and not let bump on the road, which you have with many countries, be an obstacle to that." 6. Various shots of the press conference
7. SOUNDBITE 2 (English) - US congressional minority leader Nancy Pelosi:
"The United States is well served by a strong and stable Egypt, to the extent that that assistance is in further ends of that stability, we'll certainly be there. However, we want to be there in a way that is directly beneficial to the Egyptian people and that they are aware of our friendship." 8. Various shots of the press conference
9. Zoom out/pan right, Pelosi concluding the press conference and all leaving

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Debate in Egypt Over Parliament's Dem...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
14 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 14, 2012 [and archive]

Egypt’s Parliament demanded the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt and withdrawal of the Egyptian Ambassador from Israel over the Israeli attacks on Gaza strip, urging the government to cut off diplomatic ties with Israel during an evening session on Monday, March 12.
The Egyptian parliament made a list of demands including halting export of natural gas to Israel, and reexamining the 1979 peace treaty with Israel.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed al-Said Edrees, Head of Parliament Arab Affairs Committee:
"We demand expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt and withdrawal of the Egyptian Ambassador from Tel Aviv and halting export of natural gas to this entity (i.e. Israel)." The parliamentary recommendations also included extending humanitarian aids to the Palestinians, adopting all forms of resistance against Israel, and urging the Arab League to oppose the Israel's attempts to turn Jerusalem to a Jewish city.
Egyptians have different opinions with regard to the demand of expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt. Some supports the demand wholeheartedly, some see it unrealistic, and some consider it very hazardous.
SOUNDBITES 2 – Egyptian Citizen:
“I support the demand of the Parliament Arab Affairs Committee to kick out the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt due to many issues. For example, our brothers have been recently killed at the Egyptian borders by Israelis and they just apologized as if the Egyptians are worthless.” SOUNDBITE 3 – Egyptian Citizen:
“We don’t have to make irresponsible hasty decisions such as expelling the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt and withdrawing our Egyptian Ambassador form Israel. Of course this is not the solution. The people must think well. We have to think of our country’s ongoing conditions, our economy and the conditions of Egyptian citizens.”

SOUNDBITES 4 – Egyptian Citizen:
“Of course I agree with the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt and the withdrawal of the Egyptian Ambassador from Israel, as Arabs are like members of the same body; if anything wrong happens to any member, the others are badly affected. We have to unite! Arabs and Muslims are brothers.”

The parliament also called on the government to reconsider the country’s nuclear policy if Israel continues to refuse international inspection of its nuclear facilities.
The suggestion of the lower house of the parliament is mostly symbolic because only the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) that took over ousted president Hosni Mubarak can make such decisions.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Publishing Time: March 14, 2012
Length: 0:03:04
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SHOTLIST:
1- Wide external shot, the Egyptian Parliament
2- Various shots of members of the parliament entering
3- Various shots of members of the parliament, mostly breaded Islamists, at the parliament entrance and yard
4- Wide external shot, the Egyptian Parliament
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed al-Said Edrees, Head of Parliament Arab Affairs Committee:
"We demand expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt and withdrawal of the Egyptian Ambassador from Tel Aviv and halting export of natural gas to this entity (i.e. Israel)." 6- Medium shot, the parliament gate with Egypt's flag
7- Various shots of members of the parliament, mostly breaded Islamists, at the parliament entrance and yard
8- Various shots of army security men
9- Wide shot, over view of Cairo and the River Nile
10- Various shots of people in the street
11- SOUNDBITES 2 – Egyptian Citizen:
“I support the demand of the Parliament Arab Affairs Committee to kick out the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt due to many issues. For example, our brothers have been recently killed at the Egyptian borders by Israelis and they just apologized as if the Egyptians are worthless.” 12- SOUNDBITE 3 – Egyptian Citizen:
“We don’t have to make irresponsible hasty decisions such as expelling the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt and withdrawing our Egyptian Ambassador form Israel. Of course this is not the solution. The people must think well. We have to think of our country’s ongoing conditions, our economy and the conditions of Egyptian citizens.” 13- SOUNDBITES 4 – Egyptian Citizen:
“Of course I agree with the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt and the withdrawal of the Egyptian Ambassador from Israel, as Arabs are like members of the same body; if anything wrong happens to any member, the others are badly affected. We have to untie! Arabs and Muslims are brothers.” 14- Wide shot (low angel) the building of the Israeli Embassy at Giza with Israeli flag hanging on the window [archive]
15- Various shots of a protest outside the Israeli Embassy with protestors raising Palestinian flag [archive]
16- Medium shot, protestors setting fire on a flag of Israel and treading on it with their shoes [archive]
17- Various shots of the construction of a wall outside the Israeli Embassy to protect it [archive]
18- Various shots of protestors pulling down the wall outside the embassy [archive]
19- Wide shot, Israeli symbolic star drawn on the ground of a street and cars driving on it

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Italy Against Military Intervention i...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
14 Mar 2012

Beirut, Lebanon| March 13, 2012

Italian Foreign Ministry's envoy for the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Maurizio Massari, expressed his country's rejection of any military intervention in Syria, he said on Tuesday, March 13, after his meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Mansour Adnan in Beirut.
He added that the meeting was an occasion to renew Italy's cooperation with Lebanon, particularly through its participation with troops in the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
Massari pointed out that Italy is concerned with the situation in Syria, stressing that the humanitarian conditions in Syria were completely unacceptable and rejection of the violence of the regime against women and children.
He affirmed that ceasefire and halting of violence were among Italy's top priorities.
According to recent UN estimates, about 8,500 Syrians have been killed since the uprising started mid-March 2011.

Story: Italian Envoy to the Middle East Says Italy against Military Intervention in Syria
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Publishing Time: March 13, 2012
Length: 0:01:01
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of downtown Beirut, Lebanon
2. Various shots of the meeting of Italian Foreign Ministry's envoy for the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Maurizio Massari, with his Lebanese counterpart Mansour Adnan
3. Various shots of troops at the Lebanese – Syrian borders

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Arab Leaders and Russian FM Meet in C...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
11 Mar 2012

Arab Foreign Ministers met in Cairo on Saturday, March 10, in presence of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the Syrian crisis, amid Arab and Western efforts to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime to end the violence going on for almost a year now.

The Arab League talks come as former UN chief Kofi Annan, who has been newly appointed as the UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, headed to Damascus for urgent talks with Assad.

While Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani criticized Russia and China for vetoing a UN resolution against Syrian regime and called for Arab - foreign troops in Syria, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby called on the Syrian regime to respond to the Arab and international calls to put an end to the crisis.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani:
"It's time to act according to the recommendation calling for sending Arab-international troops to Syria. We have to deliver a message to the Syrian regime that we and the world have run out of patience, and the time of silence to its (the regime's) practices is over."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
"We call the Syrian leadership to listen to the voice of uprising people, respond to their fair demands and take the steps necessitated by the developments of the situation. We also hope that the Syrian government and all forms of opposition will comply with the efforts of the Arab League and the United Nations to make the mission of the mission of the joint UN-AL envoy Kofi Annan successful."

For his part, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov stressed that his country does not protect a certain regime, but it protects the international law that prevents foreign interference in any country's domestic affairs, showing agreement that the immediate joint goal is to end the ongoing violence in Syria.

SOUNDBITE 3 (English) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov:
"(We have been) sticking to the international law, the charter of the United Nations and the principles of respect to the sovereignty territorial integrity and non-interference in domestic affairs of states, not to mention military interference. We're not protecting any regimes. We protect international law. And I believe that we all agree when we talk on Syria that the immediate task now is to end violence."

UN estimates that nearly 8,500 Syrians were killed since the anti-regime uprising erupted mid-March, 2011.

Arab League efforts have failed so far to resolve the issue through urging political reform and dialogue between the Syrian regime and opposition.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 10, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 10, 2012
Length: 0:02:17
Video Size: 113 MB
Language: Arabic and English
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1- Wide external shot (low angle), the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
2- Long shot, the entrance of the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
3- Close up, logo of the Arab League at the conference hall
4- Various shots of the Arab Foreign Ministers and the meeting
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani:
"It's time to act according to the recommendation calling for sending Arab-international troops to Syria. We have to deliver a message to the Syrian regime that we and the world have run out of patience, and the time of silence to its (the regime's) practices is over." 6- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
"We call the Syrian leadership to listen to the voice of uprising people, respond to their fair demands and take the steps necessitated by the developments of the situation. We also hope that the Syrian government and all forms of opposition will comply with the efforts of the Arab League and the United Nations to make the mission of the mission of the joint UN-AL envoy Kofi Annan successful." 7- Wide shot, the meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers, Lavrov speaking during the meeting
8- Pan left, the speakers during the meeting
9- Various shots of Lavrov speaking during the meeting
10- SOUNDBITE 3 (English) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov:
"(We have been) sticking to the international law, the charter of the United Nations and the principles of respect to the sovereignty territorial integrity and non-interference in domestic affairs of states, not to mention military interference. We're not protecting any regimes. We protect international law. And I believe that we all agree when we talk on Syria that the immediate task now is to end violence." 11- Medium shot, flags of Arab states at the conference hall
12- Wide shot of the meeting
13- Close up, logo of the Arab League at the gate
14- Pan right, flags of Arab states at the entrance of Arab League headquarters