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Young boy helps to pick rocks to be t...
Cairo, Egypt
By adrehsler
12 Oct 2012

On October 12, 2012 critics of President Mohamed Morsi held a demonstration criticizing his first 100 days while supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood held a rally only feet away from the secular opponents to rally against the courts that acquitted two dozen allies of ex-president Hosni Mubarak. Not long after violent clashes broke out where Molotov cocktails and rocks were thrown. At least 11o people were injured.

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Egypt’s President Morsi Marks the 39t...
Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
06 Oct 2012

President Mohamed Morsi gave a speech on Saturday, October 6, at Cairo’s International Stadium, marking the 39th anniversary of Egypt's military victory against Israel during the 1973 war, commonly known as the 6 October or Yom Kippur War.
Morsi said that the 1973 war was a historic victory that restored the dignity of all the Egyptians.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi:
“The 1973 war was a decisive battle. This battle, by the grace of God, was the more distinguished one among all the battles throughout the history. This battle restored for all the Egyptians not only the occupied land but also restored the dignity of all Egyptians. It restored for all of us our dignity.” He added that the January 25 Revolution was the second victory when the people and the army united.
Morsi said that he was optimistic over Egypt’s future and that he has confidence in all Egyptians.
Tens of thousands of people who gathered at Cairo stadium to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the 1973 Yom Kippur war that ended the Israeli occupation of the Sinai Peninsula, shouted statements like “The People, the police and the Army are one hand” and “We love Morsi”.
Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Chief-of-Staff Sedki Sobhi, PM Hesham Kandil and a number of military commanders attended the ceremony.
On 6 October 1973, the Egyptian army defeated its Israeli counterpart to liberate the Sinai ‎Peninsula, which had been occupied by Israel six years earlier. Every year since, Egyptians have ‎commemorated the historic victory.

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Shooting Dateline: October 6, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi arriving at Cairo’s International Stadium to mark the 39th anniversary of Egypt’s military victory against Israel during the 1973 war while national song is heard in the background
2- Various shots of President Morsi waving to the crowd gathered in a stadium upon his arrival for a speech on the 6th of October anniversary
3- Various shots of crowds of people shouting “Morsi” and “Allah is the greatest”
4- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi:
“The 1973 war was a decisive battle. This battle was, by the grace of God, the more distinguished one among all the battles throughout the history. This battle restored for all the Egyptians not only the occupied land but also restored the dignity of all Egyptians. It restored for all of us our dignity.” 5- Various shots of crowds of Egyptians gathering at Cairo international Stadium, shouting “The police and the Army are one hand”
6- Various shots of crowds of Egyptian army soldiers participating at the celebration while national songs are heard in the background

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Amnesty International Urges Morsi to ...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
04 Oct 2012

Amnesty International sent a letter Tuesday, October 2, to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi urging him to put an end to the “bloody” legacy of repression, torture and violence that have been used against protestors since the popular uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak’s regime.

Amnesty International highlighted the alleged violations of Egypt’s military and police against protestors over the past 20 months in two lengthy reports.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Nagad al-Bora’y, lawyer and human rights activist:
“I take this report as a claim that has to be seriously investigated. If it is proven that any of the military leaders has been directly involved, he must be tried. They are just like ordinary people who must be tried if they are convicted. They even have to be tried before civil courts, because these were violations against civilians in the streets.”

Amnesty International said that Egypt's new leader had to make reforms to ensure accountability and transparency of the army and the police.
The human rights group’s first reports sheds light on “Brutality Unpunished and Unchecked: Egypt’s Military Kills and Tortures Protesters with Impunity,” and the second deals with the "total impunity" of country's police forces against protestors.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Mohamed Zari’, lawyer, human rights activist, head of Arab Organization for Criminal Justice:
“Besides asking President Morsi to punish the criminals for their crimes against the Egyptian people, the two reports also stress the necessity of reforming the judiciary system and presenting the real criminals for trial, whether they are from the police or the military.”

Amnesty International said that since the January 25 Revolution last year, as well as the violence used against demonstrators by Mubarak’s police, repression hasn’t disappeared in post-revolution Egypt, whether from the army or the police.

President Morsi had previously vowed to set up a fact-finding committee to investigate the killings and abuses that took place under military rule, yet the committee has been given little time to gather findings, get information and summon witnesses, Amnesty International said.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 4, 2012 (and archive)
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: October 4, 2012
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Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Wide shot, Egyptian Presidency headquarters in Cairo
2- Various shots of President Morsi during a press conference at the Presidential Palace (archive)
3- Various shots of security men and armored vehicles on a nearby bridge (archive, May 2)
4- Medium shot, two armored vehicles with army soldiers in Abbasiya (archive, May 2)
5- Wide shot of protestors marching, shouting "where are the thugs! "We are the revolutionaries" and waving with flags (archive, May 4)
6- Wide shot of massive number of protestors (archive, May 4)
7- Various shots of clashes between protestors and army soldiers, threw stones on each other (archive, May 4)
8- Various shots of army soldiers firing water cannons to disperse protestors (archive, May 4)
9- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Nagad al-Bora’y, lawyer and human rights activist:
“I take this report as a claim that has to be seriously investigated. If it is proven that any of the military leaders has been directly involved, he must be tried. They are just like ordinary people who must be tried if they are convicted. They even have to be tried before civil courts, because these were violations against civilians in the streets.” 10- Various shots of protestors trying to destroy the barbed-wire fence made by the military in an attempt to reach the ministry of defense (archive, May 4)
11- Various shots of clashes (archive, May 4)
12- Pan right shot of protestors carrying an injured man to the ambulance (archive, May 4)
13- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Mohamed Zari’, lawyer, human rights activist, head of Arab Organization for Criminal Justice:
“Besides asking President Morsi to punish the criminals for their crimes against the Egyptian people, the two reports also stress the necessity of reforming the judiciary system and present the real criminals for trial, whether they are from the police or the military.”
14- Various external shots of Egypt’s Interior Ministry
15- Various shots of January 25 Revolution, security men using violence and tear gas to disperse protestors (archive: Jan 25, Jan 28, 2011)

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A CALL TO LIBERATE JERUSALEM; EGYPT'S...
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
04 Oct 2012

Egyptian President Morsi received a letter from Amnesty International Tuesday, October 2, along with reports highlighting the alleged human rights violations committed by Egypt's military and police against protesters over the last months of the revolution. The letter urged Morsi to end the legacy of repression, torture and violence that former President Mubarak left behind.

Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal attended the anniversary celebration of Saladin's capture of Jerusalem on Wednesday evening, October 3, at Saladin Castle in Cairo where he made a statement urging leaders in the Arab world to liberate Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque from the Israelis.

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Egyptian Activists Establish “Egyptia...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
03 Oct 2012

Egyptian political activists, legal experts, NGO members and human rights activists held a press conference on Wednesday, October 3, to announce the formation of the “Egyptian Constitutional Front”, which they consider as a new constitution-writing panel to draw a new representative constitution.

They expressed rejection to the current Islamist-dominated constitution-writing panel, which they expect will not fully tackle human rights issues, aiming to place the goals of the revolution in the new constitution.

According to founding members, the Egyptian Constitutional Front aims to draft a democratic constitution based on the principles of citizenship and respect of human rights.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hafez Abou Seada, Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR):
“Constitutions are established through agreement even if there is a minority of 10%. They should feel that they are partners of making the new constitution. The big mistake and catastrophe was that the constitution-writing panel was subjected to the majority. The majority is changeable and the constitution governs all Egyptians. Therefore, I believe that the wise people inside the Islamic trend have to return once again to Egyptian national unity.”

They also highlighted the importance of entrenching certain rights into Egypt’s new constitution, including freedom of the press, the right to peaceful protest, and a wide range of economic and social rights.

The attendees expressed rejection of giving the authority to form the constitution panel to the President again in case of the dissolution of the current panel.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – George Ishaaq, political activist and founder of Kefaya Movement:
“We should be careful when we offer the new draft constitution and discuss it with the people. It is Egypt’s post-revolution constitution, so it has to be completely different than that of pre-revolution Egypt.” The current panel was elected by the members of the People's Assembly (the lower house of the parliament) and the Shura Council (the upper house of the parliament) before the dissolution of the People's Assembly.

The panel still faces the risk of dissolution by court order on the grounds that it was drawn up by the dissolved lower house of parliament.

Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the panel on October 9.

Founders of the Egyptian Constitutional Front include former MP Amr Hamzawy, editor in chief of Al Alam Al Youm Newspaper Saad Hagras, board member of Al Wafd Political Party Essam Sheha, and member of the journalist Syndicate Gamal Fahmy.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 3, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: October 3, 2012
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SHOTLIST:
1- Wide shot of the press conference, the attendees at the conference hall
2- Various shots of the conference, speakers and the attendees
3- Medium shot of one of the attendees speaking during the conference
4- Medium shot of cameramen filming during the conference
5- Medium shot of Hafez Abou Seada, Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) speaking during the conference
6- Wide shot of the attendees at the conference hall
7- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hafez Abou Seada, Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR):
“Constitutions are established through agreement even if there is a minority of 10%. They should feel that they are partners of making the new constitution. The big mistake and catastrophe was that the constitution-writing panel was subjected to the majority. The majority is changeable and the constitution governs all Egyptians. Therefore, I believe that the wise people inside the Islamic trend have to return nonce again to Egyptian, national unity.” 8- Various shot of the conference, speakers and the attendees
9- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – George Ishaaq, political activist and founder of Kefaya Movement:
“We should be careful when we offer the new draft constitution and discuss it with the people. It is Egypt’s post-revolution constitution, so it has to be completely different than that of pre-revolution Egypt.”
10- Various shot of the conference, speakers and the attendees

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BLOODSHED IN SYRIA MUST END ; SYRIAN ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
26 Sep 2012

On Wednesday, September 26, 2012, for the first time in decades that a sitting Egyptian head of state spoke at a UN General Assembly meeting, President Morsi stressed that the bloodshed in Syria must stop, that foreign intervention is not the right solution and he would not rest until the war is ended. He also spoke in support of the Palestinian right to establish an independent state.

There are nearly 73,000 Syrian refugees registered or waiting to be registered by UNHCR in Lebanon, of which 18,000 are on a waiting list and 51% of those are children. Through Save the Children and other programs, funds are being raised to support the thousands of refugee children seeking an education.

Public school teachers in Barcelona protested increasing austerity measures in Spain on Wednesday, September 26, 2012.

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THE BLIND SHEIKH; 14 SENTENCED IN SIN...
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
24 Sep 2012

On Monday, September 24, Ismailia Criminal Court sentenced 14 members of a militant group with the death penalty for attacking a police station in the city of Al-Arish, North Sinai, last year and killing several army and police officers.

With Egyptian President Morsi's visit to New York for UN General Assembly meetings, the family of the blind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman appealed to him to seek the release of the Sheikh, who is imprisoned in the US having been convicted of seditious conspiracy in the World Trade Center Bombing in 1993.

With massive destruction in the city of Aleppo apparent on this street behind Dar Al Shifa hospital, along with a lack of employees due to the ongoing crisis, garbage accumulates threatening the spread of contagious diseases.

The American University of Cairo raised tuition prices by 7%, increasing the cost of education to nearly $25,000 and leading students to stage an ongoing strike that forced the administration to suspend all classes until further notice.

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The New Graffiti In Mohamed Mahmoud
Cairo,Egypt
By Transterra Egypt
22 Sep 2012

The New Graffiti In Mohamed Mahmoud after the government cleared it .

Six Interviews with people on the street.

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President Morsi and Iranian Foreign M...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
18 Sep 2012

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi held talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Tuesday, September 18, in Cairo, where they addressed Egyptian-Iranian bilateral relations as well as various regional issues including the Syrian crisis.

The meeting was attended by Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel.

Iran is part of the four-member “contact group” initiative to solve the Syrian issue; the initiative was called for by President Morsi and it includes Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, though Saudi representatives missed Monday’s meeting in Cairo.

Iran is a strong supporter of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, while Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia demand that the Syrian regime step down.

Story: President Morsi and Iranian FM Discuss Bilateral Relations and Syrian Crisis
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: September 18, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: September 18, 2012
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of the meeting of President Mohamed Morsi with Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, attended by Egyptian FM Mohamed Kamel Amr
2. Wide shot, Egyptian Presidency headquarters in Cairo

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

Cairo Calms Down After Violent Protests

Gunmen Open Fire At Arish Police Department, North Sinai

Morsi & Bashir Discuss Regional Developments Between Egypt And Sudan

Crowds Gathered In Jordan, Shaking Their Shoes At America
Friday Night Unrest At US Embassy In Jordan

Azaz, Syria's northernmost border with Turkey, has seen its share of fighting and now lives with the remnants. Bombed out schools, tanks and factories are whats left for the villagers whose children enjoy playing on the tanks.

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Editor's Picks 11 September 2012
Barcelona, Spain
By Editor's Picks
10 Sep 2012

According to the Mossos d'Esquadra (Catalan police), a million and a half people from all corners of Catalonia gathered in the streets of Barcelona Tuesday, September 11, 2012, to demand independence of Catalonia and create a new sovereign state in Europe.

Thousands of wounded Syrians escape to Lebanon for medical treatment amid an increasingly bloody conflict in their homeland, living in overcrowded conditions, suffering psychological distress and unable to afford medical care.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi held talks with British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Tuesday, September 11, in Cairo, where they discussed a number of regional issues, particularly the Syrian crisis.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and US Deputy Secretary of Treasury Neal Wolin met on Tuesday, September 11 to discuss measures taken by Lebanese banks to safeguard the financial sector from the negative impacts of the Syrian crisis.

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Editor's Picks 10 September 2012
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
09 Sep 2012

New UN Arab League Envoy To Syria;
Spain Foreign Minister Discusses Economic Projects with Morsi;
Candid Shots of the Ambrosetti Forum;
Bikpela Bagarap: Big Damage: Logging Papua New Guinea
e-Wasteland: Documentary of unregulated electronic waste in Ghana

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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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Editor's Picks 5 September 2012
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
04 Sep 2012

Morsi calls for Assad to step down
Morsi meets with Norwegian Foreign Minister
Attack on Uthman Pasha School
Eviction & Destruction of homes in Cambodia, making way for development.

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Egypt Court Adjourns Trial of TV Pres...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
31 Aug 2012

Cairo Criminal Court adjourned on Saturday, September 1, the trial of TV presenter and the owner of Al-Faraeen satellite channel, Tawfik Okasha to October 3, on charges of attempting to incite the killing of President Mohamed Morsi.

The public prosecutor referred Okasha to Cairo Criminal Court early in August. The prosecution accused Okasha of libel, defamation and inciting people to murder Morsi.

Lawyer of Okasha said that the Muslim Brotherhood wants to silence all dissent and reproduce the former regime before the revolution.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Lawyer of Tawfik Okasha, Mohamed Talatt:
“The total of the charges that he accused of reflect the same policy of the defunct National Democratic Party (NDP). The Muslim Brotherhood uses the policy of the (NDP) in the suppression of its opponents as they want to silence all its dissents. Tawfik Okasha isn’t the only aim but they want to suppress all the opposition figures in Egypt.”

It was reported that Okasha said that he was in the dock for "revealing the Brotherhood's involvement in attacks on police stations, courts and prisons during the revolution".

Massive number of supporters of Okasha gathered at the court, chanting slogans against Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood and calling for the freedom of Okasha.

Egyptian authorities accused Okasha of calling for the violent overthrow of Morsi, following complaints against him from a number of lawyers and revolutionary figures.

Authorities suspended the Al-Faraeen satellite channel for a month and threatened to revoke the channel’s license if it doesn’t make changes in its programming.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: September 1, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: September 1, 2012
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2- Tilt down external shot of Cairo Criminal Court
3- Various shots of hundreds of supporters of TV Presenter and the owner of Al-Faraeen satellite channel Tawfik Okasha gathered inside the court where the trial is held
4- Various shots of supporters of Okasha shouting inside the court
5- Medium shot of a woman supporter of Okasha, raising a banner against the closing of Al-Faraeen satellite channel
6- Wide shot of crowds of women shouting inside the court “Okasha”
7- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Lawyer of Tawfik Okasha, Mohamed Talatt:
“The total of the charges that he accused of reflect the same policy of the defunct National Democratic Party (NDP). The Muslim Brotherhood uses the policy of the (NDP) in the suppression of its opponents as they want to silence all its dissents. Tawfik Okasha isn’t the only aim but they want to suppress all the opposition figures in Egypt.”

8- Wide shot of Okasha while presenting hid took show at Al-Faraeen satellite channel
9- Various shots of supporters of Okasha, calling for his freedom, raising the Egyptian flags
10- Various shots of supporters shouting “God is the greatest”
11- Various shots of security men inside the court where the trail is held
12- Close up external shot of Cairo Criminal Court

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Egypt Puts Former Presidential Candid...
Cairo, Egypt
By PaulGadalla
30 Aug 2012

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: Archive
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: August 30, 2012
Length: 0:01:18
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Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Wide overview shot of the Nile River, Cairo
2- Various shots of former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq heading to cast his vote at Egypt’s first freely presidential elections after January 25 Revolution
3- Medium shot of Shafiq casting his vote
4- Various shots of Shafiq amid crowds of reporters and security, leaving after casting vote
5- Zoom out shot of Shafiq speaking during a recent press conference
6- Various shots of Shafiq speaking during a press conference that was held at his campaign headquarters in the presence of large number of his supporters
7- Various shots of Shafiq speaking in recent press conferences during his presidential campaign

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Morsi Announces Solidarity With Syria...
Tehran, Iran
By PaulGadalla
30 Aug 2012

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: August 30, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: August 30, 2012
Length: 0:02:12
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Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Pan right shot of flag of the participant states of the Non- Aligned Movement Summit which is held in Tehran
2- Wide shot of Iranian President Iranian Mahmoud Ahmadinejad along with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei heading to the hall of the Summit and other Iranian officials
3- Wide shot of Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi arriving to the hall of the conference
4- Wide shot of Morsi and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr holding talks with Ahmadinejad and other attendees
5- Medium shot of Ahmadinejad, Khamenei and other Iranian officials standing where the Iranian national anthem playing in the background at the conference hall
6- Pan right shot of the attendees at the conference hall
7- Medium shot of Ahmadinejad shaking hands with Morsi
8- Wide shot of the conference and the attendees
9- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi:
“Our solidarity with the struggle of the Syrian people against an oppressive regime that has lost its legitimacy is an ethical duty as it is a political and strategic necessity." 10- Zoom out shot of cameramen filming during the conference
11- Close up shot of Qatar's ruling Emir, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani
12- Various shots of the conference and the attendees
13- Medium shot of Morsi speaking during the conference
14- Wide shot of the attendees
15- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi:
“We all have to announce our full solidarity with the struggle of those seeking freedom and justice in Syria, and translate this sympathy into a clear political vision that supports a peaceful transition to a democratic system of rule that reflects the demands of the Syrian people for freedom, justice and equality." 16- Medium shot of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon
17- Various shots of the attendees leaving after the conference
18- Various shots of flag of the participant states of the Non- Aligned Movement Summit

Storyline:

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi attended the ongoing 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on Thursday, August 30, in Tehran, where he slammed the Syrian regime as “oppressive" and urged backing the Syrian people to topple President Bashar al-Assad.
Morsi said it is a moral duty to support the Syrian people against the oppressive regime of al-Assad.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi: “Our solidarity with the struggle of the Syrian people against an oppressive regime that has lost its legitimacy is an ethical duty as it is a political and strategic necessity." Morsi’s stressed that Egypt is ready to cooperate with all parties to stop the bloodshed in Syria, urging all parties to take initiatives to help reach a solution for the Syrian crisis.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi:
“We all have to announce our full solidarity with the struggle of those seeking freedom and justice in Syria, and translate this sympathy into a clear political vision that supports a peaceful transition to a democratic system of rule that reflects the demands of the Syrian people for freedom, justice and equality." Egypt’s President Morsi handed over the three-year presidency of the NAM to Iran.
Morsi's visit to Iran was the first by an Egyptian leader to the Islamic Republic of Iran in three decades.
The Non-Aligned Movement includes 118 member states representing the interests and priorities of developing nations.
NAM was established in 1961 by countries that wanted to counterbalance the dominance of the US and Soviet Union during the Cold War.

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Editor's Picks 24 August 2012
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
23 Aug 2012

Protest Against Repression of Journalistic Freedom
Dozens of writers, journalists and intellectuals gathered at Talaat Harb Square in central Cairo Thursday evening, August 23, to protest what they consider the "Repression of the press and freedom of expression." The participants chanted slogans indicating their hostile stance toward the Muslim Brotherhood and condemning the imprisonment of journalists as against the basic tenets of freedom of the press.

Trial Of Al Dustour Editor in Chief
Giza Criminal Court adjourned on Thursday, August 23, postponing the trial of the editor-in-chief of Al-Dustour independent newspaper Islam Afifi to September 16. He faces charges of spreading false information and insulting President Mohamed Morsi.

Tension In Tripoli
The port city of Tripoli, the second largest city in Lebanon, remains tense, with armed men driving through the city and shooting rounds of live fire into the air.
Clashes between the rival neighborhoods of the anti-Assad Sunni stronghold of Bab al-Tabbaneh and the Alawite-dominated and pro-Assad Jabal Mohsen erupted on Monday over a personal dispute.

Early Childhood Education In Kenya
A touching photo essay produced in Nairobi, Kenya, showing the difficult and rudimentary conditions of an elementary school and the will of young children to learn and get an education.

Silent victims: Landmine survivors in Cambodia
Cambodia reported 96 landmine casualties in the first five months of 2012, according to a report of the Cambodian Mine and Explosive Remnants of War Victim Information System, and they quoted sadly young children account for about half of all landmine victims

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Egypt Court Postpones Trial of Newspa...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
22 Aug 2012

Giza Criminal Court adjourned on Thursday, August 23, postponing the trial of the editor-in-chief of Al-Dustour independent newspaper Islam Afifi to September 16. He faces charges of spreading false information and insulting President Mohamed Morsi.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mourad Mouawad, lawyer of Al-Dostour newspaper:
“The trial is strange as it comes at the beginning of a new era that is supposed to be democratic. We were surprised by groundless accusations presented by people who are not concerned, claiming that Islam Afifi and Al-Dustour Newspaper insulted the President and spread false news to cause chaos and disorder in the country.”

The Court postponed the trial of Afifi and put him on remand to give his defense lawyers time to prepare their defense, but President Morsi has just issued a legislation preventing temporary detentions in publishing cases.

Afifi earlier received a travel ban after several lawyers filed legal complaints claiming that Al-Dustour Newspaper had insulted the President.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Sayed Abu-Zeid, Lawyera and Advisor at the Journalists Syndicate:
“The Journalists’ Syndicate wasn’t formally informed that the defendant would be subjected to interrogation, which is a basic legal step that must be done. This leads to the invalidity of the order of referring the case and the invalidity of the trial itself.”

Al-Dustour Newspaper published an article in early August claiming that the Muslim Brotherhood was trying to establish an "Islamic state" in Egypt.

President Morsi publicly warned media against spreading rumors that would destabilize the country.

The action against Al-Dustour and other journalists raises fears about press freedom in Egypt as Morsi pledged that freedom of the press would not be affected, affirming during his presidential campaign that no opinion will be supressed.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: August 23, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
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1- Tilt down external shot of Giza Criminal Court
2- Zoom in on editor-in-chief of Al-Dostour private newspaper Islam Afifi heading to the court
3- Zoom out shot of the signboard of the court
4- Zoom out shot of a signboard on inside the court of a verse from holy Quran , demanding people to achieve justice
5- Various shots of crowds of people inside the court
6- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mourad Mouawad, lawyer of Al-Dostour newspaper:
7- “The trial is strange as it comes at the beginning of a new era that is supposed to be democratic. We were surprised by groundless accusations presented by people who are not concerned, claiming that Islam Afifi and Al-Dustour Newspaper insulted the President and spread false news to cause chaos and disorder in the country.”
8- Medium shot of supporters of Afifi shouting statements inside the court to support him
9- Medium shot of Afifi speaking to one of the reporters inside the court
10- Medium shot of a man shouting inside the court
11- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Sayed Abu-Zeid, Lawyera and Advisor at the Journalists Syndicate:
“The Journalists’ Syndicate wasn’t formally informed that the defendant would be subjected to interrogation, which is a basic legal step that must have been done. This leads to the invalidity of the order of referring the case and the invalidity of the trial itself.” 12- Pan left shot of crowds of people and lawyers inside the court
13- Medium shot of Afifi speaking to a reporter inside the court
14- Close up shot of a reporter taking noted during the court
15- Wide external shot of the Giza Criminal Court headquarters

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Editor's Picks 21 August 2012
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
20 Aug 2012

A look at Eid Al Fitr celebrations in Egypt, including the release of 638 prisoners from Egyptian prisons, as directed by presidential decree.

After the death of a 16 year old boy in Bahrain, local people and the boy's loved ones take to the streets in protest of human rights abuses and harsh treatment by Bahraini security forces.

A sample from a black & white photo essay of survivors of land mine detonations in Cambodia; despite a disproportionately large number of the population affected by land lines, many receive prostheses and a chance at life.

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Editor's Picks 15 Aug 2012
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
14 Aug 2012

Since the attacks, clashes, and ongoing raids in search of suspected gunmen in the Sinai, Egypt closed off the smuggling tunnels and opened up the Rafah border to Gaza on Tuesday, August 14. Many Palestinians from Gaza cross into Egypt seeking medical attention, while pilgrims returning from Mecca are headed home. At the same time, the Egyptian military continues with their campaign to secure the North Sinai region, unearthing "suspected terrorists."

A separate incident near the Al Arish airport occurred when an oil truck exploded, killing the driver and injuring two others.

Upon signing a $200 million USD loan from the World Bank to Egypt, Prime Minister Kandil also revealed that World Bank representatives will arrive the following week to discuss further loans in the amount of $3.2 billion USD. The loans will be directed at economic recovery in Egypt, creating jobs and infrastructure.

Meanwhile, President Morsi is seeing mixed reactions to the dissolution of the Complementary Constitutional Declaration as well as his unexpected decision to replace Tantawi as head of Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Several who support the decision remain skeptical to the long-term impact while some fear the decisions could be a step toward handing the Muslim Brotherhood more power.

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Egyptians Differ on Morsi’s Decision ...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
13 Aug 2012

The recent controversial decisions of Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi to retire and replace former head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and former Major-General Sami Anan created a debate among Egyptians.

Several revolutionary figures hailed Morsi's Sunday decisions, yet remained skeptical to their potential impact.

The debate also involved military experts and political analysts; especially because Morsi cancelled the SCAF Complementary Constitutional Declaration that used to limit his powers as President.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Talaat Mesallam, retired military general, strategic expert:
“I see that these decisions represent a constitutional coup which cancels the constitutional declaration according to which the president had been elected. The more that he has given to himself unprecedented authority without limits as he will issue the new constitutional declaration.” SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Ahmed Sayyed Ahmed, political analyst, Al-Ahram state-run newspaper:
“These decisions were a chance to finalize the conflict between the military authority and the civil authority for the sake of one authority which is the elected one, to run the country as well as to allow the SCAF to return back to its normal role as protector of the country’s national security. Therefore the decisions were welcomed and widely accepted by several different sectors of the Egyptian society as well as revolutionary forces.”

Morsi appointed Field Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as SCAF Chief and Defense Minister to replace Tantawi and Judge Mahmoud Mekki as his Vice-President.

Some Egyptians see that Morsi’s decisions were a step on the right track to restore his full powers as the legitimate elected civilian president.

Others believe that Morsi’s decisions are against the constitution and represent a step in the Muslim Brotherhood’s attempts to control the country.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Sayyed Ibrahim, employee:
“As for the decision made by President Mohamed Morsi, I see that it is a bit late too late but it is 100% right because authority cannot be divided between two institutions, the President and the SCAF, so he practiced his legitimate and natural authorities which are recognized in all countries.”

SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) - Mohsen Mohamed, lawyer:
“Yesterday he violated the constitution and cancelled the complementary constitutional declaration which is a contrary to his powers. It is not within the authority of the President to cancel the constitutional declaration.”

Morsi said in a speech on Sunday evening that the decisions he made were in the best interest of Egypt and that they were not intended embarrass certain individuals or institutions.

The decisions seem to be broadly welcomed by Islamist, non-Islamist and revolutionary parties.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: August 14, 2012 (and archive)
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: August 14, 2012
Length: 0:02:57
Video Size: 145 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS and Egyptian State TV

SHOTLIST:

1- Pan right, Egyptian Presidency headquarters in Cairo
2- Medium shot, President Mohamed Morsi in a press conference (archive)
3- Medium shot, Presidency logo
4- Medium shot, Morsi speaking in a press conference (archive)
5- Various shots of former SCAF Hussein Tantawi and former Chief of Staff Sami Anan shaking hands and watching a military parade (archive)
6- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Talaat Mesallam, retired military general, strategic expert:
“I see that these decisions represent a constitutional coup which cancels the constitutional declaration according to which the president had been elected. The more that he has given to himself unprecedented authorities without limits as he will issue the new constitutional declaration.” 7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Ahmed Sayyed Ahmed, political analyst, Al-Ahram state-run newspaper:
“These decisions were a chance to finalize the conflict between the military authority and the civil authority for the sake of one authority which is the elected one to run the country as well as to allow the SCAF to return back to its normal role to protect the country’s national security. Therefore the decisions had been welcomed and accepted by popularity and a lot of different sectors of the Egyptian society as well as revolutionary forces.” 8- Various shots of newly appointed Vice-President Mahmoud Mekki taking oath of office before Morsi (archive)
9- Various shots of newly appointed SCAF Chief and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi taking oath of office before Morsi (archive)
10- Various shots of Egyptians in the streets
11- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Sayyed Ibrahim, employee:
“As for the decision made by President Mohamed Morsi, I see that it is a bit late too late but it is right 100% because authority cannot be divided between two institutions the President and the SCAF so, he practiced his legitimate and natural authorities which are recognized in all countries.” SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) - Mohsen Mohamed, lawyer:
“Yesterday he violated the constitution and cancelled the complementary constitutional declaration which is a contrary to his powers. It is not from the authorities of the President to cancel the constitutional declaration.” 12- Wide shot, the attendees at Al-Azhar University conference hall applauding for Morsi (archive)
13- Pan left, Morsi heading to the podium to deliver his speech (archive)
14- Various shots of Morsi during his speech (archive)
15- Wide overview shot, Cairo and the River Nile

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Sinai Collection August 2012
Rafah, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
12 Aug 2012

Collection of videos from ongoing events in the Sinai, Egypt. Starting with coverage about the 16 border guards killed, reactions of the Egyptian military, President Morsi, people of the region, and Gaza, as well as events that followed.

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Editor's Picks for 13 Aug 2012: Sinai...
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
12 Aug 2012

Includes video footage of the aftermath of the military retaliation on suspected attackers in Sinai, archive footage of goods being moved through Gaza/Rafah tunnels, the new Defense Minister & Vice President taking oaths in front of Morsi, and the public's reaction in Tahrir Square to Tantawi leaving.

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Egypt’s President and Qatar Emir Meet...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
10 Aug 2012

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi met on Saturday, August 11, with Qatar's ruling Emir, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in Cairo, where they discussed the bilateral relations besides other Arab and regional issues.
Qatar’s Emir stated earlier that the intent of the visit was mainly to congratulate President Morsi on winning elections and assuming office.
Egypt’s Presidency Spokesman Yasser Ali said that the meeting touched upon the Qatari support for the Egyptian economy and the attraction of Arab and Qatari investments in Egypt, besides increasing the number of Egyptian laborers in Qatar, Egypt’s official state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: August 11, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: August 11, 2012
Length: 0:00:46
Video Size: 37.9 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Tilt down, Egyptian Presidency headquarters in Cairo
2. Various shots of the meeting of President Mohamed Morsi with Qatar's ruling Emir, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani
3. Various shots of the Egyptian and Qatari delegations attending the meeting
4. Medium shot, Egypt’s PM Hesham Kandil during the meeting
5. Medium shot, Qatari PM and and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hamad bin Jassim
6. Wide shot of the meeting
7. Wide shot of the Presidency headquarters in Cairo

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Military funeral of the Rafah border ...
Nasr City, Egypt
By Transterra Egypt
07 Aug 2012

Soldiers carry the body of one of the victims at
the funeral of the 16 Egyptian security officers who were killed by unknown gunmen Sunday afternoon.
The military funeral began today after noon prayers. A large number of people raised their shoes in Prime Minister Hesham Kandil's face, his car was vandalized, and they chanted against him. The car was damaged, and the minister’s guards were forced to take a different street to avoid further assaults.
President Mohamed Morsi was scheduled to attend the funeral but did not appear.

Several other figures attended, including Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, as well as former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi, Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, and Amr Moussa. The Salafi Nour Party and the Salafi Dawah were also represented at the funeral.

The funeral prayers were performed at Aal Rashdan Mosque in Nasr City.

Morsi was also scheduled to visit the seven guards who were injured in the attack afterward.

Ambulances transported coffins of soldiers to the Unknown Soldier Memorial for the military funeral.
Ambulances transported the coffins of soldiers to the Unknown Soldier Memorial for the military funeral.

00:47

A civilian holds a chart written on it "Egypt bids farewell to its martyrs of treason and
betrayal."

01:01

Families of victims and civilians ask for Morsi to leave.

01:39

Military funeral begins

01:46

A civilian tries to throw flowers on the coffins and military soldiers forbid him.

02:01

A mother of one of the martyrs mourns her son

02:24

Military officers salutes the coffins of the martyrs

02:35

Military officers forbid journalists from taking shots so as not to stand in the way of the funeral.
2:50

Coffins of the martyrs reach the Unknown Soldier Memorial.

3:43

One of the martyr's families close to a coffin of one of the martyrs getting ready to move the body to his hometown.
04:37

Fights between supporters of Morsi and supporters of SCAF about who is responsible for the massacre.

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Editor's Picks for 7 Aug 2012
Asia
By Editor's Picks
05 Aug 2012

Accused 93 Year Old Australian Child Abuser Caught In Burma
Karl Joseph Kraus, 93, was apprehended in Myanmar's Karen state on Tuesday, July 24 and transported back to the Thai border to be handed over to Thailand police. Krause had skipped bail in December 2011 for charges of raping 4 underage girls in Thailand's northern city of Chiang Mai. The four sisters ranged in age from 5 - 12 at the time of the alleged offenses. Kraus reportedly lured the young Thai sisters to his house, promising them chocolates and English lessons. Kraus was born in Berlin and migrated to Australia, working as a railway worker, until his retirement.

Lebanon Declines Iran's Invitation to Conference On Syrian Crisis
After meeting with the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Saeed Jalili, on Monday, August 6 in Beirut, Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour told reporters that Lebanon declined an invitation to attend a conference in Iran addressing the crisis in Syria. During the meeting, talks focused on the Syrian crisis with Jalili asserting that cooperation is in the best interest of Muslim nations and countries in the region. After consulting, President Suleiman, PM Mikati and Speaker Berri declined due to Lebanon's policy of not associating with other countries' internal affairs.

Mourning 16 Soldiers Killed At Rafah Border
Egypt’s Presidency announced Monday, August 6, a three-day mourning nationwide honoring the 16 soldiers killed by unknown gunmen at the bordering town of Rafah in Sinai Sunday evening. Eyewitnesses among the residents of Rafah said the gunmen launched a fierce attack on the border guard soldiers and seized two armored vehicles, taking one of them and heading to the Israeli territories. The residents call on President Mohamed Morsi and Defense Minister Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi to intensify security at the bordering areas in Sinai.

Interviews With Family Of Soldier Killed By RPG
Interviews with family, forensic report, and death certificate of Egyptian soldier, Mahmoud Sabry Mohammed Abdallah, killed on May 2, 2012 by a rocket propelled grenade in the Sinai.

Military Funeral Of Rafah Border Victims

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Morsi's First Weeks In Office
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
02 Aug 2012

Since taking office on June 30, 2012, Morsi has met with officials from several nations including defense secretaries, foreign ministers, and presidents, discussing Egypt's post-revolution diplomatic relationships and current developments in the Middle East. This is a collection of videos from many of his meetings.

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Morsi Meets UAE Senior Official, Reaf...
Presidential Palace, Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
31 Jul 2012

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi met on Wednesday, August 01, with Chairman of the Department of Information in Dubai, Ahmed Abdullah Al Sheikh, at the Presidential Palace in Cairo.
Al Sheikh handed Morsi a written message from UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Al Maktoum sent his congratulations to Morsi for winning the presidency as well as congratulations on the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Ahmed Abdullah Al Sheikh stressed that Egypt’s security is part of the Gulf States’s security, which is a red line that must not be crossed.
Morsi reaffirmed the strong bilateral relations between the two countries.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: August 1, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: August 1, 2012
Length: 0:00:56
Video Size: 46.5 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Pan left, Egyptian Presidency headquarters in Cairo
2. Medium shot, flag of Egypt at the Presidency headquarters
3. Various shots of the meeting of President Mohamed Morsi meeting with Chairman of the Department of Information in Dubai, Ahmed Abdullah Al Sheikh
4. Various shots of the delegation along with Ahmed Abdullah Al Sheikh
5. Close up shot, the logo of the Presidency headquarters
6. Wide shot of the Presidency headquarters in Cairo

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President Morsi Meets with FMs of Oma...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
29 Jul 2012

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi held talks on Sunday, July 29, with Omani Foreign Minister Youssef Ben Allawi in Cairo, where they discussed restoring relations between Egypt and Oman.

During the meeting, which was attended by Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr, Ben Allawi conveyed a message from Sultan Qaboos Ben Saeed of Oman congratulating him on coming to office.

Ben Allawi told reporters after the meeting that the two countries intended huge investment projects and strong bilateral ties.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Omani Foreign Minister Youssef Ben Allawi:
“Mr. President talked about some of the new aspects of the projects intended by Egypt to resolve some issues, including leading projects with strategic dimension and huge economic and investment dimensions.”

On the other hand, Morsi held met with the Foreign Ministers of Tunisia and Libya, Ashour Ben Khayal and Rafiq Abdul Salam, where they discussed common issues related to post-revolution Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.

The meeting aimed at coordinating situations between the three countries in various issues and enhancing economic cooperation between them.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr:
“We have of course common concerns and issues, including border control, the security situation at the coast and desert areas between our countries, which is an unusual situation, in addition to the economic cooperation and integration and the financial aids intended by Western countries to the countries of the region, particularly those that have gone through revolutions.”

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafiq Abdul Salam:
“The Foreign Ministers of the three countries, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, met together. Our conditions are similar and interrelated. There are geographic, cultural, historical and linguistic connections between us; they are deep-rooted connections. Based on these strong connections, we want to establish strong ties also, to exchange interests between our people in a way that serves the interests of the three countries as well as the interests of our Arab nations.”

They also discussed cancelling entry visas among the three countries and extend the experience, if successful, to include all Arab states.

For his part, Libyan Foreign Minister Ashour Ben Khayal said that the meeting gathered leaders representing countries after the three Arab revolutions, wishing that Syria would join the three countries.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: July 29, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: July 29, 2012
Length: 0:03:03
Video Size: 150 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Pan left, Egyptian Presidency headquarters in Cairo
2. Various shots of the meeting of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Omani Foreign Minister Youssef Ben Allawi, attended by Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr
3. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Omani Foreign Minister Youssef Ben Allawi:
“Mr. President talked about some of the new aspects of the projects intended by Egypt to resolve some issues, including very leading projects with strategic dimension and huge economic and investment dimensions.”
4. Various shots of the meeting of President Morsi and the Foreign Ministers of Tunisia and Libya
5. Pan left, FMs of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya heading to a press conference
6. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr:
“We have of course common concerns and issues, including the border control, the security situation at the coast and desert areas between our countries, which is an unusual situation, in addition to the economic cooperation and integration and the financial aids intended by Western countries to the countries of the region, particularly those that have gone through revolutions.” 7. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafiq Abdul Salam:
“The Foreign Ministers of the three countries, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, met together. Our conditions are similar and interrelated. There are geographic, cultural, historical and lingual connections between us; they are deep-rooted connections. Based on these strong connections, we want to establish strong ties also, to exchange interests between our peoples in a way that serves the interests three countries as well as the interests of our Arab nation.”
8. Zoom in, Libyan FM Ashour Ben Khayal speaking during the press conference
9. Various shots of the press conference
10. Pan right, the FMs leaving after the press conference
11. Wide shot, Egyptian Presidency headquarters in Cairo

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President Morsi Assigns New PM Hesham...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
24 Jul 2012

Cairo, Egypt | 24 July 2012

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi decided on Tuesday, July 24, to appoint Irrigation Minister Hesham Kandil as Egypt’s new PM, assigning him with forming the new post-revolution government.
Kandil is an Islamist but he is not a member of any party or group.
Kandil said in a press conference after his meeting with Morsi that efficiency will be the basic principle in selecting the ministers of the new government.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - New PM Hesham Kandil:
“We affirm that efficiency is the basic criteria in selecting the new ministers. The government formation will be done in complete coordination with the President. After this press conference, we will start right away in holding discussions and consultations in order to form the government as soon as possible, in the next few days, if Almighty Allah wills.” The newly-appointed PM added that President Morsi’s 100-day plan to improve energy, traffic and security will be the focus of the new government that will be formed in a few days to come.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - New PM Hesham Kandil:
“As for the focus of the government in the upcoming period, as you know, there is the 100-day plan of Mr. President, focusing on improving the energy, the traffic, the cleanliness, the bread and the security. According to my background, I can add the improvement of water too. We’ll focus on improving services to make the Egyptian citizens feel this improvement in the near future. That will be our main focus.” The announcement comes nearly a month after Morsi was sworn in as Egypt's first freely elected civilian president since 1952.
Some liberals criticized Morsi's appointment of Kandil because he had pledged before to appoint a non-Islamist Prime Minister, but others say that Morsi only promised to pick someone from outside the Muslim Brotherhood group to lead the government.
Kandil 49, is considered the youngest PM in the history of the government in Egypt.
He earned his Master Degree and doctorate at the University of North Carolina and he later worked at the African Development Bank, focusing on Nile Basin countries.
He was also part of an observer mission for Egypt in talks with Sudan on Nile water issues.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: July 24, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: July 24, 2012
Length: 0:02:06
Video Size: 103 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: Egyptian state TV and VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Pan left, Egyptian Presidency headquarters in Cairo
2. Various shots of the meeting of President Mohamed Morsi and new PM Hesham Kandil
3. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - New PM Hesham Kandil:
“We affirm that efficiency is the basic criteria in selecting the new ministers. The government formation will be done in complete coordination with the President. After this press conference, we will start right away in holding discussions and consultations in order to form the government as soon as possible, in the next few days, if Almighty Allah wills.” 4. Various shots of Kandil speaking and reporters listening and taking notes during the press conference
5. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - New PM Hesham Kandil:
“As for the focus of the government in the upcoming period, as you know, there is the 100-day plan of Mr. President, focusing on improving the energy, the traffic, the cleanliness, the bread and the security. According to my background, I can add the improvement of water too. We’ll focus on improving services to make the Egyptian citizen feel this improvement in the near future. That will be our main focus.”
6. Medium shot, reporters listening and taking notes during the press conference
7. Close up, the logo of Egyptian Presidency
8. Wide shot, Egyptian Presidency headquarters in Cairo

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Thousands of Egyptians attend Militar...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
21 Jul 2012

Thousands of Egyptians attended the “brief” military funeral of Egypt’s former vice president Omar Suleiman and longtime spy chief of former ousted regime on Saturday, July 21. In attendance were the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi, PM Kamal al-Ganzouri, as well as representatives of President Mohamed Morsi’s office.

Weeping and screaming were loudly heard at Al-Rashdan Mosque in Nasr City in Cairo while the coffin was brought to the mosque.

The military funeral procession outside the mosque took less than five minutes.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Dr. Hussein Abaza, University professor, relative of Omar Suleiman:
“He was such a patriotic person who loved Egypt and would sacrifice himself for Egypt. He always served the country and was ready to serve it in any situation. He has always been an efficient member of the military institution. Egypt for him was the dearest to his heart.”

Funeral prayers held at the mosque and were attended by several thousand mourners in addition to Egypt's Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa and a delegation from Al-Azhar.

The mosque was heavily secured by military troops.

Supporters of Suleiman gathered outside the mosque, shouting statements against the Muslim Brotherhood as they accused the MB of conspiracy with the United States to murder Suleiman.

On the other hand, supporters of ousted president Hosni Mubarak demanded on their “Pro-Mubarak” Facebook page a quick investigation into the mysterious death of Suleiman and a public announcement of the results.

Suleiman died on Thursday, July 19, at the age of 76 at a hospital in the United States while undergoing medical tests as he suffered from lung disease as well as cardiac problems according to the Egyptian state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA).

It was Suleiman, who announced Mubarak's decision to step down from power in February 2011.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: July 21, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: July 21, 2012
Length: 0:02:33
Video Size: 125 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIS:

1- Medium shot of mourners gathering outside at Al-Rashdan mosque in Cairo where the funeral prayers of Omar Suleiman was held.
2- Medium shot of a woman holding a poster of Omar Suleiman.
3- Various shots of mourners carrying the coffin and heading to the funeral prayers.
4- Medium shot of a large poster of Omar Suleiman held by some supporters.
5- Medium shot of a woman crying and shouting.
6- Medium shot of a woman crying and another one holding a poster of Omar Suleiman.
7- Wide shot of people gathering outside Al-Rashdan mosque.
8- Various shots of the military funeral ceremony and procession held at Nasr City district in Cairo
9- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Dr. Hussein Abaza, University professor, relative of Omar Suleiman:
“He was such a patriotic person who loved Egypt and would sacrifice himself for Egypt. He always served the country and was ready to serve it in any situation. He has always been an efficient member of the military institution. Egypt for him was the dearest to his heart.” 10-
11- Various shots of mourners inside Al-Rashdan mosque.
12- Medium shot of military soldiers standing outside the mosque where the funeral prayers were held.
13- Medium shot of military soldiers and body guards standing around the coffin inside the Al-Rashdan mosque.
14- Long shot of The Egyptian Grand Mofti Ali Gomaa sitting in the mosque.
15- Medium shot of mourners gathering outside the mosque clapping and shouting statements against the Muslim Brotherhood.
16- Large shot of a poster of Omar Suleiman held by one of the supporters.
17- Medium shot of mourners gathering outside the mosque and shouting statements against the Muslim Brotherhood.
18- Medium, tilt up shot of the coffin, the Grand Mofti and the mourners during the funeral prayers.
19- Various shots of military soldiers and mourners carrying the coffin inside the mosque while shouting “There is no god but Allah.”
20- Medium shot of a man holding a picture of Omar Suleiman written on it “Who murdered Egypt’s intelligent Chief?” and another man kissing the picture.
21- Wide shot of two supporters of Suleiman carrying a large poster of him.

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Morsi and Abbas Meet in Cairo, Discus...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
18 Jul 2012

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi received on Wednesday, July 18, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo in their first meeting since Morsi became President.
“We started our talks with His Excellency by congratulating him for being elected as President of Egypt, wishing him all success,” Abbas told reporters in a press conference after the meeting. The two leaders held talks on various Palestinian issues including the Middle East peace process and the developments of the political process between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:
“We affirmed to him that now all doors are closed with regards to the political process (with Israel) and that we have only side communications, but the general relations and the like are still there between us and the Israeli side; we don’t want to cut them off or change them.” They also discussed the issue of inter-Palestinian reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, which is sponsored by Egypt.
Abbas told reporters that there was delay from Hamas side with regards to holding the agreed-upon elections.
Hamas officials point fingers back at Fatah and say that they suspended preparing for the elections due to the recent arrest of Hamas figures by Fatah in the West Bank.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:
“We affirmed to His Excellency President that reconciliation for us means holding the elections. Until now, we don’t know the reasons that made Hamas delay registering the voters in the Gaza Strip, whose number is 300,000.” Abbas said that he did not ask Morsi to pressure Hamas to go on implementing the reconciliation agreement reached in Cairo.
The talks between Morsi and Abbas dealt with the financial crisis the Palestinian Authority is going through; Abbas said that Saudi Arabia provided the biggest assistance in this regard.
“Lifting the siege on the Gaza Strip is a national demand and we all have to work on achieving it,” Abbas said.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: July 18, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: July 18, 2012
Length: 0:02:08
Video Size: 105 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1- Pan left, external shot of the Presidency headquarters in Cairo
2- Various shots of the meeting of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
3- Medium shot, cameramen preparing their cameras to shoot
4- Zoom in, Abbas entering to start the press conference
5- Medium shot, reporters taking notes during the press conference
6- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:
“We affirmed to him that now all doors are closed with regards to the political process (with Israel) and that we have only side communications, but the general relations and the like are still there between us and the Israeli side; we don’t want to cut them off or change them.” 7- Various shots of Abbas speaking in the press conference
8- Close up, logo of Egyptian Presidency
9- Wide shot, Abbas listening to the question of one of the reporters
10- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:
“We affirmed to His Excellency President that reconciliation for us means holding the elections. Until now, we don’t know the reasons that made Hamas delay registering the voters in the Gaza Strip, whose number is 300,000.” 11- Medium shot, cameraman shooting
12- Various shots of Abbas speaking in the press conference
13- Zoom out/pan right, Abbas concluding the press conference and leaving
14- Wide shot, the conference hall and attendees leaving

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Egypt’s Constitution Writing Panel Af...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
16 Jul 2012

Members of Egypt’s Constitutional Writing Panel tasked with drafting Egypt’s new constitution held a press conference on Monday, July 16, at the Shura Council headquarters where they stressed that the panel respect the rulings of the judiciary and the rule of law as the court is set to rule on appeals challenging the legitimacy of the panel on July 17.
The panel spokesman Dr Wahid Abdel Meged affirmed that the panel has a neutral position from all the country’s institutions.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – The Constitution panel spokesman Dr. Wahid Abdel Meged:
“We agreed during this meeting to wait the court session tomorrow. The Constitution Writing Panel stands at the same distance from all the institutions of the country. We respect the judiciary and we don’t want to anticipate the procedures of the court that it will take tomorrow and its decisions whether it will issue a rule or delay it.”

They highlighted that the panel is not a part in the conflict between the state authorities and is very keen to respect the court rulings.
Members of the assembly affirmed earlier that the constitution panel would continue its mission by drafting a constitution and submitting it to the Egyptian people, because it is a national duty.
On the other hand, all the members of the Shura Council (Egypt’s upper house of the parliament) on the constitution panel resigned from the panel on Sunday, the Middle East News Agency reported.
The MPs said the reason for their resignation was to invalidate the argument of the administrative judiciary on the unconstitutionality of the panel and abort all appeals against it.
Earlier on Sunday, the Presidential office said that President Mohamed Morsi ratified a Law passed on June, 11 by the now-dissolved People's Assembly (Egypt’s lower house of the parliament) to regulate the process of electing members of the constitution writing panel, a law which had been ignored by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).
Morsi's ratification of a law setting the criteria for electing members of the Constitution panel has granted it legal immunity.
The court is expected to give its final word over the legality of the panel on Tuesday, July 17.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: July 16, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: July 16, 2012
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SHOTLIST:
1- Medium shot of the logo of the Shura Council (Egypt’s Upper house of the parliament)
2- Medium shot of members of the Constitution Writing Panel
3- Close up shot of head of Ghad al-Thawra Party and member of the Constitution Writing Panel, Ayman Nour speaking during the conference
4- Various shots of the conference
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – The Constitution panel spokesman Dr. Wahid Abdel Meged:
“We agreed during this meeting to wait the court session tomorrow. The Constitution Writing Panel stands at the same distance from all the institutions of the country. We respect the judiciary and we don’t want to anticipate the procedures of the court that it will take tomorrow and its decisions whether it will issue a rule or delay it.” 6- Various shots of the conference and the attendees
7- Various shots of the members of the panel speaking during the conference

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Morsi Meter
Cairo, Egypt
By Transterra Egypt
05 Jul 2012

it is an attempt to monitor the performance of the recently elected president Mohamed Morsi by documenting what have been achieved as opposed to his promises.

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The Handicapped Population After the ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Transterra Egypt
05 Jul 2012

Ramez Abbas, a handicapped blogger, sends a message through YouTube to Egypt's new
president Mohamed Morsy to ask for better conditions and more services for handicapped people in
Egypt.

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I'm Ramez Abbas, blogger and executive manager of Sokhna electronic channel for the handicapped
and director of photography El Mosakaf El Youm electronic channel. Eight days ago, I have
filmed a message to Mohamed Morsy, Egyptian elected president, and uploaded it on
YouTube in which I was stating my astonishment towards his neglect for the deaf because
he could either provide Arabic subtitles for his speeches or an interpretation in sign
language. I am an Egyptian citizen and I have the right to understand my president's
speeches. The old regime neglected normal citizens; the new government, however, should
care about the deaf and disabled since they were meeting with them during their election
campaigns. In Egypt, there are 5 million deaf people, so how are they government going to
deal with them? The absence of subtitles or sign language interpretation on the state TV is a
proof of their neglect to 5 million deaf citizens in Egypt. In my video message, subtitles come
on the top of my demands to tell us what Dr Morsy is saying, and to whom he's speaking,
who is he thanking and what he is planning to do. Also I have asked for sign language
interpretation because there are the deaf, who are illiterate and would not be able to read
subtitles; that is due to problems in the educational system because they do not prepare
them to deal with the community and they communicate with them in sign language. How
could we exist not understand you? There is no communication for us in the community
we're living in. Morsy's election campaign did not care about providing subtitles for the deaf.
Some of Ikhwan (Muslim brotherhood party) leaders, who are not supposed to speak for the
president since he is no longer in the Muslim brotherhood party, and they said they would
help me get in touch with the main office of the campaign and they indeed sent the video
message but a day later they said they couldn't do anything about it because Morsy quit the
Brotherhood party and is no longer part of it. I'm not optimistic because he was part of such
a powerful organization like the MB party and then he quits only for being told so, it is not
comprehensible. The 5 million deaf citizen need to feel that the coming president has a
place for them in his agenda. We have very simple demands and dreams, we want to be able
to communicate so we can know what to say and we need jobs that qualify with our
abilities. Later on we would have more dreams but first we need these two demands
because they are the basic of our rights. Dr Morsy could respond to our wish to meet up
with him as a deaf community but unless he includes a clear image and plan of how he is
willing to handle our problem and show respect to handicap then state institutions would
follow his lead and ignore us like what happened during Mubarak's regime when Mubarak
neglected the people, all the state institutions did the same. If Morsy neglects us, we will be
totally neglected by his government as well and no minister would think about helping us
because he is the role model. In my video, I told him he was the role model in terms of politics and if he a strong political will, people will follow his lead. According to the last
report of World Health Organization, handicap in Egypt are 11 millions persons and some
reports say they are more than that. Egypt's coming president must respect the 11 million
citizens and their families who are a large voting bloc and respect the values of citizenship;
and people should understand the meaning of the values of citizenship and know that a
citizen has duties to make once he is given his rights. People with special needs in Egypt
have many problems and one of these problems is the transportation and challenges he
faces walking in the street; transportations should be equipped with what is necessary to
suitable for people with special needs. Pavements are a big obstacle for most of handicaps
who usually move alone; if a disable person is on a wheel chair, he cannot move easily because he
needs 4 persons to carry the chair to the pavement and they usually don't exist to help.
There is no consciousness to know how to deal with them. We have problems in
transportation, communication, work and medical insurance. Medical insurance is very
important and it doesn't exist; take me for an example, I don't have medical insurance and if
I get sick, I will not be able to go to a hospital, I will stay at home until I die. There must be a
full medical insurance plan and they say that it is provided to those who work for the
government. Jobs are not provided by the government and it is their problem to resolve this. The main problem is the right of citizenship because being a citizen should provide me with all
my rights. Fears of handicap in Egypt are like fears of the rest of Egyptians because we all
suffer from the same problems. The future is foggy. We need a strong parliament with
political will so it can produce a conscious population. The main problem for handicap is the
lack of respect of law; there are laws regarding citizenship, when an Egyptian woman
marries a foreigner and she gives birth to a handicapped child, he is not given citizenship because unlike normal people he would be a burden on the community and the state. Other laws
consider deaf people as incomplete or lacking cure so when they go to the civil registration
office he needs a court sentence that takes up to 3 months to be issued in order to enable
him to make an authorization to someone. We have made an authorization to one of our
colleagues Dr. Hanan and I did not have to get a court sentence because although I am deaf,
I can speak so I did not have a problem unlike others. We try to fix any problem when we
face one. I hope that in the future, all NGOs and countries who promote human rights to
help people with special needs in Egypt to have equality and citizenship and have a healthy
and conscious population.

"Are you optimistic?" We are all optimistic.

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Egyptians Celebrate Mohamed Morsi Win
Cairo, Egypt
By adrehsler
24 Jun 2012

Egyptians at Tahrir Square waiting for the announcement that Mohamed Morsi is the newly elected president of Egypt.

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Women celebrating Morsi's victory
Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
By Eleonora Gatto
24 Jun 2012

There were many women in niqab in Midan Tahrir to celebrate his victory

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Minutes before the announcement of th...
Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
By Eleonora Gatto
24 Jun 2012

The tension was very high a few minutes before the announcement of Morsi's victory.