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Editor's Picks 17 September 2012
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
16 Sep 2012

Nasrallah appears in public to encourage protests against the controversial film insulting Islam that sparked protests throughout Muslim communities worldwide.

New UN Arab League Envoy returns from Syria and meets with the Arab League Chief in Cairo.

Busses and rails provided only the minimal services as employees went on strike in protest against wage cuts and budget reforms.

Lake Katwe salt mine is a source of livelihood to over three thousand people who earn about five dollars a day, laboring in the hyper-saline environment that leaches moisture from their bodies, exposing them to toxic chemicals and creating severe health complications.

Footage from in front of the US Embassay in Yemen where protesters rallied against the film by burning flags, breaking windows and setting fire in the embassy, until security forces pushed them back with gunfire and water trucks.

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Minimum services, transport strike da...
Barcelona
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
16 Sep 2012

Sign indicating minimal services during the transportation strike in Barcelona, Spain

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Barcelona railway workers protest
Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
14 Sep 2012

Railway workers protest at Sants station, Barcelona, Spain.
The rail unions in Barcelona are under the spotlight, with the upcoming strike of all rail services planned for Monday, September 17, 2012. During a protest at Sants Station in Barcelona, union representatives called for public understanding that the strike is against not only employee salary reduction, but also liberalization of the railway section, which many believe will adversely affect the quality of service received by users.

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Railway workers concentration
Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
14 Sep 2012

Workers gather at the railways in the hall of Sants station.
The rail unions in Barcelona are under the spotlight, with the upcoming strike of all rail services planned for Monday, September 17, 2012. During a protest at Sants Station in Barcelona, union representatives called for public understanding that the strike is against not only employee salary reduction, but also liberalization of the railway section, which many believe will adversely affect the quality of service received by users.

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Railway workers protest
Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
14 Sep 2012

Railway workers protest at Sants station in Barcelona.
The rail unions in Barcelona are under the spotlight, with the upcoming strike of all rail services planned for Monday, September 17, 2012. During a protest at Sants Station in Barcelona, union representatives called for public understanding that the strike is against not only employee salary reduction, but also liberalization of the railway section, which many believe will adversely affect the quality of service received by users.

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Editor's Picks for 8 September 2012
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
07 Sep 2012

Egypt Air aircrew suspended their strike, which started early on Friday, September 7, in a bid to have better working conditions including better insurance and an increase in staff numbers; the strike forced the company to suspend international flights for more than 12 hours.

Although a smoking ban in all closed public spaces went into force in Lebanon under new legislation that promises hefty fines for lawbreakers, some people still sit in cafes, smoking water pipes and cigarettes.

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi met on Thursday, September 6, with Qatar Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim at the Presidential Palace headquarters in Cairo, where they held talks over the bilateral relations between the two countries and methods of increasing Qatari investments in Egypt.

A number of assailants attacked the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) on Wednesday, September 5, storming it with flammables and stones, causing damage to the building and terrifying its employees.

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi met on Thursday, September 6, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, where they discussed the latest regional developments as well as various Palestinian issues.

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Spanish miners conflict
Langreo, Spain
By EA1CRK
05 Jul 2012

Soton Coal Mine, Spain. Anti riot police agents of the National Police Corp disperse striking miners shooting rubber bullets and tear gas.

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Spanish miners conflict, police vehic...
Langreo, Spain
By EA1CRK
05 Jul 2012

Soton Coal Mine, Spain: Police vehicle damaged by rockets. Anti riot police agents of the National Police Corp disperse striking miners.

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Soton Coal Mine - Anti riot police ag...
Langreo, Spain
By EA1CRK
05 Jul 2012

Soton Coal Mine, Spain : Anti riot police agents of the Police National Corp filming miners.

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Spanish Police vehicle damaged by hom...
Langreo, Spain
By EA1CRK
05 Jul 2012

Soton Coal Mine, Spain - Antiriot police vehicle damaged by rockets disperse striking miners around of Soton Coal mine.

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In Observance of Labor Day Workers Pr...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
01 May 2012

Cairo, Egypt | May 1, 2012

On Labor Day, May 1st, Egyptian workers headed to Tahrir Square not only to celebrate, but also to declare that they will not continue to allow their rights, which were usurped during the Mubarak presidency, to be tossed aside any longer. Workers and their supporters gathered in Tahrir Square to demand social justice, higher wages, improvement of their conditions, freedom of establishing labor unions and the termination of a 2011 law against strikes and protests.

The workers stated that their conditions deteriorated greatly under the former regime, and have worsened since the January 25 revolution. Many of the workers claimed that the recent strikes and protests are legitimate and necessary in light of the decline of their income and skyrocketing prices. The protestors also demanded fair representation of workers in Egypt's coming constitution, stressing that it must represent all Egyptians, and not only a certain faction or party. Among other concerns of the protestors, was the ousting of corrupt former regime officials from government institutions.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Hesham Ragab, Syndicate of Fine Art Workers, Ministry of Culture:
"We have come today to celebrate this beautiful day, but of course we have demands including freedom and justice. We also demand the application of minimum wages that haven’t been applied yet. We also want to purify the institutions from the former regime officials because anything good for the workers or employees are not applied because of the former regime officials in these sectors."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Nasser Abdel-Hady, worker:
"I am 35 and I have been working for the government for eleven years. I am oppressed, and I don’t get enough wages. In the beginning of the revolution we demanded living necessity, freedom, dignity and social justice. We have seen nothing of them at all. We have only seen theft, looting and fighting over power to run the country."

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 1, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 1, 2012
Length: 0:01:49
Video Size: 90 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Zoom in, dozens of Egyptian workers marching in Tahrir Square raising flags of Egypt and shouting statements of labor revolution
2. Close up, a worker raising a sign reading "We want monthly wages that meet one month expenses"
3. Various shots of protesting workers in Tahrir Square
4. Close up, a sign demanding freedom of labor union
5. Medium shot, protestors raising red flags reading "Cairo University
6. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Hesham Ragab, Syndicate of Fine Art Workers, Ministry of Culture:
"We have come today to celebrate this beautiful day but of course we have demands including freedom and justice. We also demand the application of minimum wages that haven’t been applied yet. We also want to purify the institutions from the former regime officials because anything good for the workers or employees are not applied because of the former regime officials in these sectors." 7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Nasser Abdel-Hady, worker:
"I am 35 and I have been working for the government for eleven years. I am oppressed and I don’t get enough wages. In the beginning of the revolution we demanded living necessity, freedom, dignity and social justice. We have seen nothing of them at all. We have only seen theft, looting and fighting over power to run the country." 8. Medium shot, protestors doing a jumping dance while chanting demands of workers' rights with drumbeats
9. Various shots of protesters raising signs demanding labor rights
10. Close up, a worker raising a sign reading "We demand minimum wages of EGP 1,500 per month"
11. Various shots of protesters raising signs demanding workers' rights
12. Tilt down, the protestors in Tahrir

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Policemen Protest Outside Interior Mi...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
30 Apr 2012

Hundreds of Egyptian policemen and lower ranking informers demonstrated on Monday, April 30, in front of the Ministry of Interior for the third day in a row, demanding higher wages and improvement of their living conditions.
Cairo, Egypt | April 30, 2012

They also demand dismissal of the Interior Minister who allegedly lied to them about referring their demands, particularly the job promotion law, to the parliament for discussion and approval.

According to the protesting policemen, they want a civilian Interior Minister to replace the current one, and the establishment of social justice among policemen of different ranks.

They say that their conditions must be improved in order to be able to restore the country's security, which is already deteriorating.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Protesting policeman Ahmed Abdel-Salam:
"The wages need to be well modified. Everyone knows that security is costly merchandise. So, a security man has to be financially and morally well in order to achieve security properly."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Protesting policeman Mohsen Abdel-Fattah:
"Since there is no credibility on the part of the Interior Minister, we demand his dismissal. A minister who gives wrong information to his men and lies to them is not worthy of being a minister."

The police sit-in started Saturday in Cairo and elsewhere across Egypt, with several clashes taking place between the Interior Ministry security, and protesting policemen.

The protestors threaten escalation by blocking main thoroughfares if their demands are not met.

SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of security cordon outside the Interior Ministry headquarters in Cairo
2- Various shots of hundreds of protesting policemen outside the ministry
3- Medium shot, protesting policemen holding a sign reading statements against the Interior Minister
4- Various shots of security men and police officers outside the ministry
5- Various shots of hundreds of protesting policemen outside the ministry
6- Various shots of security men and police officers outside the ministry
7- Various shots of hundreds of protesting policemen outside the ministry
8- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Protesting policeman Ahmed Abdel-Salam:
"The wages need to be well modified. Everyone knows that security is costly merchandise. So, a security man has to be financially and morally well in order to achieve security properly." 9- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Protesting policeman Mohsen Abdel-Fattah:
"Since there is no credibility on the part of the Interior Minister, we demand his dismissal. A minister who gives wrong information to his men and lies to them is not worthy of being a minister." 10- Various shots of security men and police officers outside the ministry
11- Various shots of hundreds of protesting policemen outside the ministry
12- Medium shot, some protesting policemen trying to break into the security cordon outside the Interior Ministry
13- Various shots of policemen shouting statements against the Interior Minister
14- Various shots of security men and police officers outside the ministry

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Lebanese Public Transport Workers and...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
26 Apr 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | April 26, 2012

The Lebanese public transportation sector and taxi drivers held a strike on Thursday, April 26, protesting against the rising prices of gas and government "negligence" of their demands.

Protestors demanded the government limit the price of gasoline and increase family compensation allowances for the workers of the public transport sector.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Lebanese taxi driver:
"After each 20 customers, we have to fill the gas tank. There is also a lack of guarantees. Besides, there are taxis with forged plates and there are private cars working as taxis. The government is absent. I would say that this government is the biggest aggression against the Lebanese people. I hope they fear Allah because we're starving and unable to feed our children."

As a result of such a strike, many areas of the country saw traffic jams as taxi and bus drivers participated in the strike, preventing students and citizens from reaching their destinations.

The transportation sector warned that it would resort to an open-ended strike if its demands were not met.

The sector postponed their planned strike last week after positive talks with Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

Mikati earlier noted that the rise in fuel prices was related to worldwide rising prices, and that the country's treasury was incapable of containing it.

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot of protestors holding large banner including their demands
2. Medium shot of the large banner including the protestors demands
3. Medium shot of protestors shouting against the high price of fuel
4. Close up shot of a banner reading “Strike”
5. Various shots of traffic
6. Close up shot of a sign of a taxi
7. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Lebanese taxi driver:
"After each 20 customers, we have to fill the gas tank. There is also lack of guarantees. Besides, there are taxis with forged plates and there are private cars working as taxis. The government is absent. I would say that this government is the biggest aggression against the Lebanese people. I hope they fear Allah because we're starving and unable to feed our children." 8. Various shots of protestors during the strike
9. Close up shot of the Lebanese flag
10. Wide shot of protestors gathering outside the headquarters of the Prime Ministry headquarters
11. Close up shot of protestor holding a piece of bread and the Lebanese flag
12. Various shots of protestors during the strike