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Protests Outside Defense Ministry Con...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
30 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 30, 2012

The sit-in near the Ministry of Defense continued on Monday, April 30, for the fourth consecutive day, with protestors continuing to demand the end of military rule and the dismantling of the presidential election body which they claim is corrupt.

The sit-in was initiated by supporters of disqualified Salafi presidential candidate Hazem Salah abu-Ismail, yet the demonstrators say they protest in support of several principles, and not for a certain individual.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Protestor #1:
"The core of the problem is the SCAF. So, we're here to oust the SCAF in the first place. We reject drafting the resolution under military rule. We completely reject yesterday's SCAF meeting with political parties. We demand termination of Article 28 of the constitutional declaration. We demand dismantling the Supreme Presidential Election Commission (SPEC) which is nothing but fraudulent. We are not here for a certain person but for some principles."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Protestor #2:
"We want the SCAF to step down and hand over power to a transitional government, and the parliament. The two will be the executive and legislative authorities. They will also monitor the presidential elections and rid us of the disorder going on in the country."

Protestors claimed that a number of assailants attacked them last night, and again this morning trying to disrupt the sit-in. The residents of the nearby neighborhood of Abbasiya managed to detain six armed "thugs," and handed them over to the military police.

Although the protestors believe in the significance of their sit-in, many Egyptians condemn the protest for blocking their own interests and movements.

The protestors are adamant that they will not give up their sit-in until their demands are met.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 30, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of crowds of people around a main street close to the Ministry of Defense
2. Various shots of tents of camping protestors
3. Various shots of people and passersby around the street near the Ministry of Defense
4. Various shots of protestors praying in congregation during the sit-in
5. Various shots of protestors in a made-up checkpoint checking the identities of passersby
6. Various shots of injured protestors in recent clashes between them and alleged thugs
7. Various shots of people and passersby around the street near the Ministry of Defense
8. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – One of the protestors:
"The core of the problem is the SCAF. So, we're here to oust the SCAF in the first place. We reject drafting the resolution under military rule. We completely reject yesterday's SCAF meeting with political parties. We demand termination of Article 28 of the constitutional declaration. We demand dismantling the Supreme Presidential Election Commission (SPEC) which is nothing but fraudulent. We are not here for a certain person but for some principles." 9. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – One of the protestors:
"We want the SCAF to step down and hand over power to a transitional government and the parliament. The two will be the executive and legislative authorities. They will also monitor the presidential elections and rid us of the disorder going on in the country." 10. Various shots of the street near the Ministry of Defense crowded with people

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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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Anti-SCAF Sit-in Outside Defense Mini...
cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
29 Apr 2012

The sit-in of the supporters of disqualified Salafi presidential candidate Hazem Salah abu-Ismail in Abbasiya, near the Ministry of Defense, continued on Sunday, April 29, for the second consecutive day after bloody clashes occurred Saturday night between Abbasiya residents and protestors, resulting in the death of one person, and injuring 119 others, according to the Ministry of Health.

Protestors claim that “thugs” provoked the clashes, and that they were responsible for killing four and injuring at least 200.

The demonstrators demand the immediate end of the rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), accusing it of conspiring with the election commission to disqualify Salafi candidate Abu Ismail.

The protestors seemed to lack public support for their cause, as many Egyptians oppose the protests, instead seeking stability in the midst of the country's deteriorating conditions.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"We elected the members of the parliament, and they are the ones who should demand and speak for us. When we protest, we block the country's interests. Why are these protests? I believe that there are good protestors but there are also intruding vandals among them who want the country to be ruined and never to move forward."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"Last night clashes were completely unnecessary because the sit-in is unnecessary in the first place. These clashes must have been provoked by intruders who want to prove that the country lacks security, which is true because there is no security at all now." Those who reject the protests call on Abu Ismail supporters to work and produce something for the country instead of blocking the country's interests and ask them to respect the law that disqualified their candidate.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"I am against the sit-in at Abbasiya of course. This situation is improper at this stage. We need work and production. The sit-in will not solve the country's problems. We want the people to work instead."

The protestors continued marching in the streets around the Defense Ministry, shouting statements against the SCAF, demanding its immediate dissolution, and that power be turned over to a civilian governing body.
Seven individuals who were said to have participated in the clashes on Saturday have reportedly been detained and interrogated by protestors who recorded their confessions, contending that they were paid for their actions, and that they have participated in recent clashes at similar protests.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 29, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 29, 2012
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of protestors blocking the way at one of the streets near the Ministry of Defense
2. Various shots of the protestors around a street close to the Ministry of Defense, spreading a huge flag of Egypt on the ground
3. Medium shot, protestors praying in congregation during the sit-in
4. Various shots of tents of camping protestors
5. Close up, a protestor holding a painting of a hand representing the election commission beating a man representing the Egyptian people
6. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"We elected the members of the parliament and they are the ones who should demand and speak for us. When we protest, we block the country's interests. Why are these protests? I believe that there are good protestors but there are also intruding vandals among them who want the country to be ruined and never to move forward." 7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"Last night clashes were completely unnecessary because the sit-in is unnecessary in the first place. These clashes must have been provoked by intruders who want to prove that the country lacks security, which is true because there is no security at all now." 8. Various shots of a rally joining the sit-in with protestor holding a large sign reading "Down with Military Rule" shouting anti-SCAF statements
9. Various shots of a poster gathering pictures of former president Hosni Mubarak, former vice-president Omar Suleiman and SCAF Leader Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi, with words reading "Under Their Rule, We Cried for Gas"
10. Medium shot of the protestors
11. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"I am against the sit-in at Abbasiya of course. This situation is improper at this stage. We need work and production. The sit-in will not solve the country's problems. We want the people to work instead.” Medium shot, two protestors raising a scarf of a man stained with blood, claiming it belonged to one of the clash victims 12. Various shots of the protestors shouting anti-SCAF statements
13. Zoom out, the protesters shouting anti-SCAF statements

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Hamas Leader and Arab League Chief Ag...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
29 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 29, 2012

The issue of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails was the focus of the meeting of Hamas delegation led by Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal and the Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Araby on Sunday, April 29, in Cairo.

Mashaal told reporters that he agreed with the Arab League Chief, as he did with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, to internationalize the issue of the Palestinian detainees in Israel and the "inhumane" violations practiced against them.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal:
“Last Thursday, I called brother Abu Mazen (President Mahmoud Abbas) and we agreed to unite Palestinian efforts for the issue of prisoners and that the Palestinian Authority would internationalize the issue of prisoners to double pressure on the Israelis. Hence, the unity of the Palestinian position, along with Arab, Islamic and international efforts, will be in favor of the Palestinian prisoners, God willing.”

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Araby:
“We also talked about reconciliation, but the urgent issue that I hope the international media focuses on is the prisoners. What is going on in the Israeli prisons is inhumane and it represents grave violations of human rights.”

Mashaal said that the Palestinian prisoners in Israel have gone on a hunger strike since April 17 to protest the brutal treatment of the Israeli authorities against them, according to Mashaal.

Hamas Politburo Chief stressed that there are no objections from Hamas about Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' leadership of the coming joint government as reaffirmed in the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation meetings in Cairo.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 29, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 29, 2012
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SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot/low angle, the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
2. Various shots of the meeting of Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Araby with Hamas delegation led by politburo Khaled Mashaal
3. Various shots of Mashaal and Al-Araby heading to a press conference
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal:
“Last Thursday, I called brother Abu Mazen (President Mahmoud Abbas) and we agreed to unite Palestinian efforts for the issue of prisoners and that the Palestinian Authority would internationalize the issue of prisoners to double pressure on the Israelis. Hence, the unity of the Palestinian position, along with Arab, Islamic and international efforts, will be in favor of the Palestinian prisoners, God willing.” 5. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Araby:
“We also talked about the reconciliation, but the urgent issue that I hope the international media focus on is the prisoners. What is going on in the Israeli prisons is inhuman and it represents grave violations of human rights.” 6. Medium shot, Mashaal concluding the press conference and leaving
7. Long shot, entrance of the Arab League headquarters in Cairo

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Lebanese Army Detains Ship Carrying W...
Tripoli, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
28 Apr 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | April 28, 2012

The Lebanese army intercepted a vessel sailing in the Mediterranean, carrying three shipping containers filled with weapons meant to supply Syrian rebels, according to Lebanese security sources.

They reported that the ship "Lutfallah II" was on its way to Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli when it was intercepted and taken to Selaata port, north of Beirut where its captain and crew were handed over to military intelligence officers for further questioning.

Security sources said that an overnight search discovered the weapons, which included rocket-propelled grenades, and rifles.

A Lebanese Military Prosecutor requested that the military police questioned the ship’s crew to find out where the arms were loaded, and to whom they were to be delivered.

Syrian authorities have repeatedly claimed that weapons are being smuggled from neighboring countries, including Lebanon to support Syrian rebels fighting against President Bashar al-Assad.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 28, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut
Publishing Time: April 28, 2012
Length: 0:01:03
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of Beirut port where the ship " Lutfallah II" where discovered by the Lebanese army
2. Wide long shot of the containers of the ship filled with weapons
3. Wide shot of Lebanese army vehicles walking around at the Beirut port area
4. Various shots of the port area, army vehicles walking around
5. Wide shot of the arrested Lutfallah II ship
6. wide shot of trucks holding the three containers of the arrested ship
7. Various shots of the Beirut port where the ship and its containers existed

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Protesters Start Anti-SCAF Sit-in Out...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
28 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 28, 2012

Supporters of disqualified Salafist presidential candidate Hazem Salah abu-Ismail joined by other political forces started a sit-in on Saturday, April 28, outside the Defense Ministry headquarters in Cairo, calling on the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to step down immediately and to hand over power to civilians.
They chanted against Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi and called for ending military rule and dissolving the Supreme Presidential Elections commission.
Protesters raised slogans that read, "No to military rule." Other posters are calling for "redeeming the rights of martyrs".
Among political forces participating at the sit-in were the Youth for Justice and Freedom, the Coalition of Revolutionary Forces and the Free Front for Peaceful Change, announcing their solidarity with the sit-in's objective, namely the abdication of the SCAF.
As the numbers of protesters increased in front of the ministry, military police heightened security measures and hundreds of soldiers were positioned around the ministry.
At one stage, a military police officer spoke to protesters, warning them of the "consequences" of moving nearer to the security cordon.
Military police forces also blocked the main street leading to the ministry.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 28, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 28, 2012
Length: 0:01:35
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SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot of a large Egyptian flag on the earth amid the presence of protesters
2. Various shots of protesters, two army vehicles
3. Wide shot of a large banner demanding end of the military rule
4. Various shots of protesters
5. Medium shot of large banner for Ain Shams University
6. Pan left shot of a large poster of the former regime figures
7. Various shots of protesters amid the presence of army soldiers
8. Various shots of protesters doing the Muslim prayers
9. Wide shot of a large banner condemning the ruling SCAF
10. Various shots of protesters amid high presence of armed soldiers and army vehicles
11. Various shots of protesters shouting

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Filippo Grandi: Palestinian Families ...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
27 Apr 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | April 27, 2012

Filippo Grandi, the Commissioner General of the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees, UNRWA, held a press conference Friday, April 27, at the headquarters of UNRWA at Bir Hassan, in the presence of the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, Salvatore Lombardo.

Grandi held talks concerning the conditions of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Syria, and Gaza, and the current situation of the UNRWA organization.

Grandi noted that they will start the process of bringing families back to Nahr al-Bared refugee camp at the beginning of the next month, pointing out that they are facing numerous complications and difficulties throughout the process.

SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - Filippo Grandi:
"There is progress in many areas which previously were complicated and suffered some difficulties and still remains a very complicated operation. As of next month, we will start bringing back families belonging to what we call package two. The second set in that operation will continue toward the summer, and by the end of the operation almost 4,000 people will have returned to Nahr al-Bard.”

Grandi said that there are still about 5,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria, praising the neutral role of Palestinians in dealing with the Syrian crisis and adding that "their participation" in the conflict will not be in their interest or the interest of Syria.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 27, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut
Publishing Time: April 27, 2012
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SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot of The Commissioner General of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA, Filippo Grandi heading to start the press conference
2. Medium shot of the press conference
3. Medium shot of the sign of the UNRWA
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - Filippo Grandi:
"There is progress in many areas which previously were complicated and suffered some difficulties and still remains a very complicated operation. As of next month, we will start bringing back families belonging to what we call package two. The second set in that operation will continue toward the summer, and by the end of the operation almost 4,000 people will have returned to Nahr al-Bard." 5. Medium shot of cameraman shooting during the conference
6. Various shots of the press conference

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Egyptians Rally in Tahrir Square Agai...
Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
27 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 27, 2012

Hundreds of Egyptians gathered under the banner 'Save the Revolution' in Tahrir Square on Friday, April 27, for a demonstration against the ruling military council. The protest was organized by Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, the Salafists and al-Jamaa al-Islamiya.

Demonstrators are calling for the cancellation of Article 28 of the presidential election law, which states that the Presidential Elections Commission’s decisions cannot be challenged in a court, and the dismissal of the Supreme Presidential Elections Commission.

Protestors believe that senior officials from the deposed Mubarak regime must be banned from eligibility for a presidential bid.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Protestor #1:
"The demands of the revolution are summed up in several points, firstly to prevent former regime figures from running for presidency, [particularly] Ahmed Shafik and Amr Moussa. The Egyptian people prevented Omar Suleiman before from running for president. God willing they will also prevent Ahmed Shafik and Amr Moussa from running for president.”

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Protestor #2:
"We are demanding the disbandment of the controversial Supreme Presidential Elections Commission and the cancellation of Article 28 of the presidential election law. We are here now protesting against the ruling council because they are responsible for killing our brother at Port Said and Suez. The military council must go back to its barracks".

Protestors are also calling for the release of political detainees.

Traffic in Tahrir Square moved without incident, and the security checkpoints that are normally placed during protests were not erected for the demonstration.

The elections commission announced the final list of 13 candidates for president on Thursday after disqualifying 10 candidates, including the top two Islamists. However, the commission reinstated Ahmed Shafik, Mubarak's PM during last year's uprising, and Mubarak's longtime foreign minister and former Arab League chief Amr Moussa.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 27, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 27, 2012
Length: 0:01:30
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SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot of a large banner against returning to export gas to Israel
2. Pan right shot of protestors chanting and marching at Tahrir Square
3. Wide shot of a man addressing the protestors through a stage
4. Wide shot of protestors at Tahrir square amid the presence of vendors
5. Medium shot of protestors raising banners reading "God is the greatest"
6. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Protestor #1:
"The demands of the revolution are summed up in several points, firstly to prevent former regime figures from running for presidency and first of them Ahmed Shafik and Amr Moussa. The Egyptian people prevented Omar Suleiman before from running for president, God willing they will also prevent Ahmed Shafik and Amr Moussa from running for president."
7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Protestor #2:
"We are demanding the disbandment of the controversial Supreme Presidential Elections Commission and the cancellation of Article 28 of the presidential election law. We are here now protesting against the ruling council, as they are responsible for killing our brother at Port Said and Suez. The military council must go back to its barracks."
8. Close up shot of a large banner reading "We are all against the remnants of the former regime".
9. Various shots of protestors at Tahrir square
10. Wide shot of protestors shouting "Islamic"
11. Wide shot of a large banner reading "The final date for the SCAF to hand over power is June 30".

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Austrian President Visits Lebanon for...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
26 Apr 2012

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

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

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

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

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Egypt's Election Commission Announces...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
26 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 26, 2012
Egypt's Supreme Presidential Elections Commission (SPEC) held a press conference on Thursday, April 26, to announce the final list of thirteen approved presidential candidates eligible to run in Egypt's first post-revolution elections to be held on May 23 and 24.

The commission said that the list includes Ahmed Shafik, the last prime minister appointed by former president Hosni Mubarak, after he was barred from the presidential race due to the recently passed Political Isolation Law No. 17 for 2012.

Judge Farouk Sultan, SPEC Chairman and head of the Constitutional Court, said that the commission decided to include Shafik after hearing his appeal which refuted the constitutionality of the new Political Isolation Law.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Judge Farouk Sultan, SPEC Chairman and head of the Constitutional Court:
"After hearing his (Shafik's) appeal and defense, and his argument of the non-constitutionality of the said law, the commission has decided to halt the decision of barring him from the presidential race and to include him in the final list of candidates, while the law is to be referred to the Supreme Constitutional Court to give the final say about its constitutionality."

Besides Shafik, the 13-candidate list includes Mubarak's longtime foreign minister and former Arab League chief Amr Moussa, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi, and the Muslim Brotherhood dissident Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh.

Campaigning for the presidential elections will formally begin April 30, and voting will be held May 23-24. If necessary, run-offs will be held June 16-17.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 26, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 26, 2012
Length: 0:01:24
Video Size: 70.1 MB
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SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot of large banners of reading “Egypt's Supreme Presidential Elections Commission (SPEC)”
2. Medium shot of the judges of the commission
3. Various shots of the press conference
4. Wide shot of a statement on a monitor in the conference room, reading "Final List of Presidential Candidates, Egypt’s Presidential Elections"
5. Various shots of the attendees during the press conference
6. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Judge Farouk Sultan, SPEC Chairman and head of the Constitutional Court:
"After hearing his (Shafik's) appeal and defense, and his argument of the non-constitutionality of the said law, the commission has decided to halt the decision of barring him from the presidential race and to include him in the final list of candidates, while the law is to be referred to the Supreme Constitutional Court to give the final say about its constitutionality." 7. Various shots of the press conference
8. Various shots of the attendees leaving

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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

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Debate in Egypt Over SCAF's Approval ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
25 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 25, 2012

STORYLINE:
Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) approval of the political isolation law recently passed by parliament has raised controversy among Egyptians, particularly after excluding Egypt's former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik from running in the first post-revolution presidential elections.

A large number of Egyptians believe the approval is a positive step toward a fair election process, though for many it is a development too late in arriving.

Others see the move as a SCAF attempt to regain public confidence by assuming a neutral position toward all presidential candidates and refuting charges of SCAF favoritism for former regime figures.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Ahmed Sayed Ahmed, journalist and political analyst, state-run Al-Ahram Newspaper:
"This approval represents a blow to one of the main factors of which the presidential elections map was formed, which is that the presidential candidates belonging to the former or the old regime, formerly represented in former vice-president Omar Suleiman before his disqualification, then former PM Ahmed Shafik and in some way or another ex-foreign minister Amr Moussa."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"As for the SCAF, it is trying to return things back to normal and show solidarity with the people again. It tries to offer them good gestures and get closer to them. However, we do not want a slow or partial pace. We want the SCAF and the Egyptian army in particular to stand by us all the time."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"It was the right decision of the SCAF to politically isolate the former regime figures. We don’t want the presidential elections to be delayed. We want them to be done as soon as possible, because the people got tired and the thugs increased and we feel that the Interior Ministry is doing nothing."

After Shafik's exclusion from the presidential race, following former vice-president and ex-intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, the competition is now almost limited to popular Muslim Brotherhood dissident candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh, and former Arab League Chief and ex-foreign minister Amr Moussa.

The political isolation law targets all former regime figures, including top officials, and leaders of the now-disbanded National Democratic Party (NDP) who served under former president Hosni Mubarak, by banning them from exercising their political rights for the next ten years.

Although the SCAF approval was largely met with public support, some Egyptians suspect there is a motive behind the move.

SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"It is ambiguous. There should be clarification from the SCAF, telling the people that it doesn’t have a favorable presidential candidate, and accordingly it has approved the political isolation law."

The election body has also recently disqualified two main Islamist candidates representing the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis, namely MB leader Khairat al-Shater, and Salafi lawyer Hazem Salah abu-Ismail, for other legal issues. Foreseeing the possible legal complications, the Muslim Brotherhood fielded substitute presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi to step in for al-Shater in the event that he was barred from running.

Egypt’s Election Commission is expected to announce the final list of presidential candidates on Thursday, April 26, whereas the two-day presidential elections will kick off May 23.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 25, 2012 [and archive]
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 25, 2012
Length: 0:02:52
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SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot, Cairo and the River Nile
2. Wide external shot, the SCAF Military Media Center in Cairo
3. Close up, a sign in the conference room reading " Military Media Center"
4. Various shots of a previous press conference held by SCAF members (archive)
5. Various shots of SCAF Leader, Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, in a televised speech (archive)
6. Medi8um external shot of the headquarters of Supreme Presidential Election Comission (SPEC) in Cairo with the flag of Egypt on top of the building
7. Various shots of Ahmed Shafik, last Prime Minister of Mubarak, officially registers for presidential race (archive)
8. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Ahmed Sayed Ahmed, journalist and political analyst, state-run Al-Ahram Newspaper:
"This approval represents a blow to one of the main factors of which the presidential elections map was formed, which is the presidential candidates belonging to the former or the old regime, formerly represented in former vice-president Omar Suleiman before his disqualification, then former PM Ahmed Shafik and in some way or another ex-foreign minister Amr Moussa." 9. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"As for the SCAF, it is trying to return things back to normal and show solidarity with the people again. It tries to offer them good things and get closer to them. However, we do not want a slow or partial pace. We want the SCAF and the Egyptian army in particular to stand by us all the time." 10. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"It was a right decision of the SCAF to politically isolate the former regime figures. We don’t want the presidential elections to be delayed. We want them to be done as soon as possible, because the people got tired and the thugs increased and we feel that the Interior Ministry is doing nothing." 11. Various shots of former vice-president Omar Suleiman getting off the car and heading to the SPEC amid crowds of security men and supporters (archive)
12. Various shots of presidential hopeful Amr Moussa during a recent meeting and press conference of presidential candidates (archive)
13. Various shots of supporters of presidential hopeful Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh raising his posters (archive)
14. Various shots of Aboul-Fotouh speaking to reporters amid presence of his supporters (archive)
15. SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"It is ambiguous. There should be clarification from the SCAF, telling the people that it doesn’t have favorable presidential candidate and accordingly it has approved the political isolation law." 16. Wide shot, a large poster of Muslim Brotherhood disqualified presidential candidate Kahirat al-Shater at the sidewalk (archive)
17. Medium shot of Al-Shater trying to enter the commission headquarters amid throngs of supporters (archive)
18. Various shots of a rally in support of Salafi presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abu Ismail (archive)
19. Medium shot, Abu Ismail speaking during a press conference (archive)
20. Medium external shot of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo (archive)
21. Various shots of Mohamed Morsi, head of MB's Freedom and Justice Party, during a press conference (archive)
22. Wide external shot of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo (archive)

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April 6 Movement Rejects Presidential...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
25 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 24, 2012
The April 6 Youth Movement held a press conference on Wednesday, April 25, at the Lawyers Syndicate headquarters in Cairo, where they launched an initiative aimed at ceasing Egypt’s current political discord.

They formally announced their rejection of the drafting of Egypt’s new constitution, and holding presidential elections under the rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Force (SCAF). The group submitted their proposal of a project that focuses on multiple shortfalls that they believe are not being addressed by the SCAF, including the achievement of the original goals of the revolution, and "correcting the course" of the current transitional period.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Tarek al-Khouly, media spokesman for April 6 Youth Movement:
"The project aims to achieve several objectives: 1) No constitution to be drafted during military rule of the country. 2) No presidential elections during the military rule of the country. 3) No president without real authorities. 4) Drafting a complete project for the Egyptian revolution. So, the project is based on outlining a complete vision of how to run the transitional stage in a real way that aims to establish the revolution goals, and then working on achieving them."

The project of the April 6 Youth Movement requires the SCAF to hand over power by the end of June to a temporary civilian president for two years during which an agreed upon permanent constitution representing all Egyptians is to be written.

The movement members said they will hold a meeting with political figures and SCAF representatives Thursday, April 26, to present their project.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Tarek al-Khouly, media spokesman for April 6 Youth Movement:
"In order to reach an agreement regarding the ongoing problems, resolving the crisis is represented in handing over power to a temporary civilian president for two years, within which a constitution fulfilling all the conditions and criteria representing all sections of the society will be written. The vision of the form of the state institutions will also be set to achieve the country's best interest."

April 6 members also stressed that the parameters of authority of Egypt’s next president must be determined before the presidential elections.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 24, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 24, 2012
Length: 0:01:45
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1- Tilt down external shot of the lawyers syndicate headquarters
2- Wide shot of a large banner showing demands of the freedoms committee
3- Pan right shot of the press conference held by the April 6 Youth Movement
4- Various shots of the press conference
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Tarek al-Khouly, media spokesman for April 6 Youth Movement:
"The project aims to achieve several objectives: 1) No constitution to be drafted during the military rule of the country. 2) No presidential elections during the military rule of the country. 3) No president without real authorities. 4) Drafting a complete project for the Egyptian revolution. So, the project is based on outlining a complete vision of how to run the transitional stage in a real way that aims to establish the revolution goals, and working on achieving them." 6- Various shots of the press conference
7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Tarek al-Khouly, media spokesman for April 6 Youth Movement:
"In order to reach an agreement regarding the ongoing problems, resolving the crisis is represented in handing over power to a temporary civilian president for two years, within which a constitution fulfilling all the conditions and criteria representing all sections of the society will be written. The vision of the form of the state institutions will also be set to achieve the country's best interest." 8- Various shots of the press conference
9- Wide overview shot of Cairo and the River Nile

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Syrian Opposition Leader in Cairo: Sy...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
25 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 24, 2012

Burhan Ghalioun, leader of the opposition group Syrian National Council (SNC), held a press conference Tuesday, April 24, at the Journalists' Syndicate in Cairo. Ghalioun stated that the Syrian people face death every day, yet still, the international community is silent about it.

Ghalioun also reported that the Syrian people are disappointed in the international community, the Arab League, and the opposition, as none of them have met their aspirations.

The opposition head also said that the SNC does not harbor illusive hopes about what the Arab League, and UN can do to help and support the people of Syria.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – SNC leader Burhan Ghalioun:
"We don’t rely on the hope that we'll necessarily reach a solution through Kofi Annan's initiative. However, we believe that activating international efforts and rallying international support side by side with the Syrian revolution will help the Syrians to advance better. We do not have illusions about what the Arab League or the Security Council can do for us. But we believe that the efforts of the Syrian people must be supported in gaining international assistance."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – SNC leader Burhan Ghalioun:
"If there are any Syrian armed rebels, they are carrying arms in reaction; not an option at all urged by the SNC or the opposition. The youth have been shot on a daily basis and tens of them have been killed and they have begun to realize that they must arm themselves with the weapons of dissident army officers and soldiers in order to protect themselves."

SHOTLIST:
1- Various external shots of journalists at the press conference
2- Various shots of SNC leader Burhan Ghalioun entering
3- Various shots of Ghalioun speaking during the press conference
4- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – SNC leader Burhan Ghalioun:
"We don’t rely on the hope that we'll necessarily reach a solution through Kofi Annan's initiative. However, we believe that activating international efforts and rallying international support side by side with the Syrian revolution will help the Syrians to advance better. We do not have illusions about what the Arab League or the Security Council can do for us. But we believe that the efforts of the Syrian people must be supported in gaining international assistance." 5- Various shots of Ghalioun speaking during the press conference
6- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – SNC leader Burhan Ghalioun:
"If there are any Syrian armed rebels, they are carrying arms in reaction; not an option at all urged by the SNC or the opposition. The youth have been shot on a daily basis and tens of them have been killed and they have begun to realize that they must arm themselves with the weapons of dissident army officers and soldiers in order to protect themselves." 7- Various shots of Ghalioun speaking during the press conference
8- Zoom out/pan right, the attendees standing for a minute, morning the victims of the Syrian revolution and the Arab Spring, reciting verses from the Quran

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Syria Crisis Negatively Affects Leban...
Bekaa, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
25 Apr 2012

Bekaa bordering area, Lebanon | April 24, 2012 and archives

The Syrian crisis that started with the popular uprising in mid-March 2011 has negatively impacted Lebanese trade and exports, as the border crossings between Syria and Lebanon are considered the main outlet for Lebanese exports to the Arab world.

An unstable political situation and economic sanctions in Syria, has led the Lebanese economy into a precarious situation, with a trade volume of trade between Syria and Lebanon equates to roughly USD 500 million on average. However, the volume of Lebanese exports via the Syrian border crossings to all Arab countries exceeds 40% of the total Lebanese exports, while the Lebanese land imports through the crossings are worth about USD 6 billion.

The sanctions imposed on Syria have also affected the Lebanese land transport and transits, due to the fact that Syria is the only land passage for Lebanon to neighboring countries such as Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Jordan and the Gulf states.

Lebanese economists say the negative consequences of the sanctions affected Lebanon even before they were felt in Syria. This has been illustrated in the retreat of the Lebanese local economic index because of the deadlock of Lebanese exports to Syrian companies, and to other Arab countries requiring transit through Syria as well.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 24, 2012 and archive
Shooting Location: Bekaa bordering area, Lebanon
Publishing Time: April 24, 2012
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1- Various external shots of the Lebanese Customs Authority at the Lebanese-Syrian borders
2- Various shots of trucks and containers at the Lebanese Customs
3- Various shots of drivers of containers and trucks speaking to a Lebanese customs employee at the borders
4- Various shots of a container entering Lebanon borders carrying Saudi power generators from a Saudi popular campaign to assist the Lebanese people
5- Various shots of Lebanese customs employee checking the containers
6- Close up, the vehicle plate showing the container is from Saudi Arabia
7- Various shots of trucks and containers entering the bordering area of Bekaa
8- Various shots of private cars and buses heading towards the Customs Authority gate at the borders and others coming out of the gate
9- Various shots of traffic outside the Customs Authority at the borders

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Egyptian Banking and Police Officials...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
24 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 24, 2012

The National Bank of Egypt in cooperation with the anti-counterfeiting office of Egypt’s Interior Ministry held on Tuesday, April 24, a symposium dubbed “Methods of Combating Credit Card Fraud.” The meeting was scheduled in light of the recent increase in credit card crimes in Egypt due to a lack of adequate security.

For his part, Egypt's National Bank Deputy Chairman Hesham Okasha recommended to require a pass code for using a credit card, a method which is not applied in Egypt, stressing that it would greatly limit the credit card fraud in the country.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hesham Okasha:
"In Europe, they require the client to enter their code number. This is still not applied in Egypt. As banks, we should propose to the Egyptian Banking Union, that credit card use must be verified through a code number. The code number or the password is the client's responsibility. His ID card and its number and details could be stolen, but his password is difficult to steal."

Police officials of the Anti-Counterfeiting Office reported that they recently arrested associates of two unrelated credit card scam rings based out of Africa and Egypt.

Colonel Assem al-Dahish, Director of the Anti-Counterfeiting Office pointed out that the amount of money and purchases that have been stolen by the Egyptian gang reached about EGP 1.5 million.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Colonel Assem al-Dahish:
"In fact, it is the biggest gang arrest involving credit card forgery. What is of note, is that the gang is formed of Egyptians. Previously, we saw forged credit cards coming from abroad with some foreigners.” “We had prior information about the gang and its members. We have done a very good job in the investigation process, to the point that we photographed them and knew exactly where they were operating from."

Al-Dahish added that the gang had about 167 fake credit cards to use for their crimes.
Banking crimes have recently spread in post-revolution Egypt due to the lack of security and current political turmoil.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 24, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 24, 2012
Length: 0:02:39
Video Size: 131 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Wide shot of traffic at one of Cairo street
2- Wide external shot of the gate of the National Bank of Egypt headquarters where the symposium held
3- Close up shot of the sign of National Bank of Egypt “special symposium over credit card fraud and methods of combating”
4- Pan left shot of the title of the conference “special symposium over credit card fraud and methods of combating”
5- Various shots of the symposium
6- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hesham Okasha:
"In Europe, they require the client to enter their code number. This is still not applied in Egypt. As banks, we should propose to the Egyptian Banking Union, that credit card use must be verified through a code number. The code number or the password is the client's responsibility. His ID card and its number and details could be stolen, but his password is difficult to steal." 7- Various shots of the symposium
8- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Colonel Assem al-Dahish:
"In fact, it is the biggest gang arrest involving credit card forgery. What is of note, is that the gang is formed of Egyptians. Previously, we saw forged credit cards coming from abroad with some foreigners. We had prior information about the gang and its members. We have done a very good job in the investigation process, to the point that we photographed them and knew exactly where they were operating from." 9- Various shots of people using ATM
10- Pan left shot of news paper title “lack of security revives credit card fraud”
11- Close up shot of news paper title “ National Bank detects the biggest African gang”
12- Various shots of clerks at the bank counting money
13- Medium shot, a money-counting machine counting US dollar bills

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Egypt Terminates Natural Gas Deal Wit...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
23 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 23, 2012

On Sunday, The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) notified the Israeli East Mediterranean Gas Company (EMG) of the cancellation of their 2005 natural gas contract, while Egyptian and Israeli officials say it is merely a business issue that has nothing to do with diplomatic ties between the two countries.

The deal was signed in 2005, under Egypt's longtime president Hosni Mubarak who was seen by many Egyptians as a loyal ally of the United States and Israel.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 23, 2012 and archive
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 23, 2012
Length: 0:03:27
Video Size: 170 MB
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various external shots of Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co.
2- Long shot, the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum headquarters in Cairo
3- Close up, the title of the ministry
4- Medium shot of former Oil Minister Sameh Fahmy (archive: July 2010)
5- Long shot, Fahmy signing a gas deal with British Petroleum
6- Various shots of a meeting between former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu (archive)
7- Long shot, Egyptians in a street in Cairo
8- Medium shot, Egyptians in a street in Cairo
9- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"We praise Allah that this decision has been made although it's a little bit late. We praise Allah for the decision anyway. We'll be able to restore part of our usurped rights and purify some of the longtime corruption." 10- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"The Egyptian company's decision of not exporting natural gas to Israel, although late, is such a right decision. However, it's very late."
11- Long shot, the State Council
12- Medium shot, former diplomat Ibrahim Yousri, a prominent activist who opposes the gas deal and waged several lawsuits against the government for terminate it
13- Various shots of a court session on the gas deal
14- Long, pan-left shot of thousands of protestors in Tahrir
15- Tilt down shot, the slogan of “No to the gas Naksa” campaign
16- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Ibrahim Zahran, an oil expert and coordinator of “No to Gas Defeat!” campaign:
“Israel’s Energy Minister says Israel earns 10 USD billion out of the gas deal with Egypt. How come Egypt makes just USD 4-6 billion out of all of the gas deal while Israel earns USD 10 billion? So, we lose USD 10 billion to Israel plus other commissions. So, we have to stop all sorts of gas exports to Israel for the interest of Egypt, its people and the future of its development.” 17- Wide overview shot of traffic-jammed Cairo and the River Nile
18- Various shots of Egyptian streets and squares crowded with people
19- SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"Israel's security still has to do with the good relation with Egypt. It is illogical that they would launch military attack against each others for any minor problems." 20- SOUNDBITE 5 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"I hope that the decision made by the Egyptian authorities to halt gas exports to Israel is serious and not just words in the media and papers."
21- Various shots of natural gas pipelines in Egypt
22- Wide shot, fire flames rising from exploding pipeline in El Arish, in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula, which supplies gas to Israel
23- Various shots of natural gas pipelines
24- Wide shot, fire flames rising from exploding pipeline in El Arish

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Four Killed and 27 Injured in Blaze i...
Tanta, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
23 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 23, 2012

Four people were killed and 27 others were injured in a massive fire that broke out in a crowded commercial district in Egypt's Nile Delta city of Tanta on Sunday night, April 22, Health Ministry reported on Monday.
The fire ruined thirteen stores and completely destroyed a five-story department store of Almasnoat Almisryia Company (Egyptian Products Co.) and the nearby shops.
Ambulances and firefighting vehicles rushed to the area before the fire extended to other stores.
Tanta officials announced that the government will pay EGP 20,000 in compensation to the family members of each victim and EGP 6,000 to each injured person.
[1 USD = 6.04 EGP] Loses are estimated at millions of Egyptian pounds while the source of the fire has not been determined yet.
Tanta is the fifth largest city in Egypt with an estimated population of 492,000.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 23, 2012
Shooting Location: Tanta, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 23, 2012
Length: 0:01:35
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SHOTLIST:
1. Zoom out shot of the destroyed building of Almasnoat Almisryia Company, people gathering in the outside
2. Various shots of the fire, firemen
3. Pan right shot of the fire vehicles
4. Various shots of people holding victims to the ambulance
5. Various shots of people gathering outside the damaged building
6. Wide shot of the fire vehicles
7. Wide shot of the police vehicles
8. Various shots of people gathering outside the damaged building
9. Wide shot of destroyed building of Almasnoat Almisryia Company

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

Cairo, Egypt | April 23, 2012

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

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 23, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 23, 2012
Length: 0:00:45
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1- Tilt down external shot of the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo
2- Various shots of the Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr meeting with the head of the Syrian National Council Burhan Ghalioun and other Syrian opposition figures
3- Wide shot of the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo

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Blast Rocks Restaurant in Southern Le...
Tyre, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
23 Apr 2012

Tyre, Lebanon | April 22, 2012

A bomb exploded in a lift at Nocean Restaurant in the coastal town of Tyre, South Lebanon, shortly after Sunday midnight, April 22, luckily leaving no casualties.

Although reports quote security men as saying the number of injured people were five or seven, the restaurant owner said there were only damages but neither deaths nor injuries.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Sayed Ahmed, Nocean Restaurant owner:
"We were closing the restaurant and there were four workers upstairs in the restaurant. While they were going upstairs, the blast took place. There are no injuries, but there are a lot of material damages. There are no injured people at all."

The restaurant is located on the third floor of a commercial building in Tyre, whose restaurants and liquor stores have been subjected to a series of similar blasts as part of an alcohol prohibition campaign allegedly launched by conservative Shiites, the majority inhabitants of the South.

Many liquor stores have closed due to the prohibition campaign in the country's south although alcohol is widely available in Lebanon, the most liberal Arab country.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 22, 2012
Shooting Location: Tyre, Southern Lebanon
Publishing Time: April 23, 2012
Length: 0:01:32
Video Size: 76.3 MB
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various external shots of the damages outside the targeted restaurant amid a crowd of security men
2. Various external shots of Nocean Restaurant next to McDonald's Restaurant
3. Various shots of security men at the bombing scene
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Sayed Ahmed, Nocean Restaurant owner:
"We were closing the restaurant and there were four workers upstairs in the restaurant. While they were going upstairs, the blast took place. There are no injuries, but there are a lot of material damages. There are no injured people at all." 5. Various shots of damages scattered around the place

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

Beirut, Lebanon | April 20, 2012

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

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 20, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: April 20, 2012
Length: 0:01:23
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of the meeting of Lebanese PM Najib Mikati and British Undersecretary of State for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt
2- Medium shot, Burt heading to a press conference at the Lebanese Cabinet headquarters
3- Various shots of Burt during a press conference at the Lebanese Cabinet headquarters
4- SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - British Under Secretary of State for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt:
“We had the opportunity to discuss the strong bilateral relationship between the United Kingdom and Lebanon, which is displayed by his own visit to the Unite Kingdom some months ago the Prime Minister recently to see our Foreign Secretary. The commercial relationship is very strong between the two countries and is growing. We had the opportunity of course to discuss regional issues, not least the problems in Syria and concerns were expressed about that. And we acknowledge Lebanon’s part in receiving refugees from Syria and the part of the Lebanese people in taking Syrian refugees to their own houses and woods to look after them. And the United Kingdom will continue to make a contribution to the costs of supporting the refugees here.” 5- Pan left, Burt leaving after the press conference
6- Various external shots of the Lebanese Cabinet headquarters in Beirut

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Tahrir Sit-in of Abu Ismail Supporter...
Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
22 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 22, 2012

Hundreds of supporters of Salafi disqualified presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail camping continued on Sunday, April 22, their open-ended sit-in in Tahrir Square for the third consecutive day, protesting against the recent disqualification decision of Abu Ismail over claims that his mother has dual citizenship, Egyptian and American.

The sit-in demands end of the military rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and dissolution of the Supreme Presidential Election Comission (SPEC) as both are formed of untrustworthy ex-regime figures according to the protestors.

The protestors, most of whom are Islamists, also condemned Article 28 of the constitutional declaration that makes the decisions of the election commission unquestionable.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Protestor:
"This is an open-ended sit-in to complete the demands of the revolution. The revolution demands haven’t been met, including honorable life, freedom and dignity. We also demand termination of Article 28 because it's based on oppression and corruption. How come a disqualified presidential candidate cannot revoke the decision?"

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Protestor:
"There is today Article 28 that immunes any president recommended by the election commission or the SCAF against appeals or claims of fraud or anything. This article was drafted by the ousted president to transfer power to his son Gamal without objections."

The protestors assured their sit-in was peaceful and that they were against violent escalation even if their demands were not met.

Yet, they reaffirmed that they would not leave Tahrir Square until all the demands were fulfilled.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Protestor:
"The SACF is playing games with us and it doesn’t really want to transfer power, because its goal is to remain in the political scene, about which the SCAF understands nothing."

SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Protestor:
"I am here to oust the SCAF in the first place, which doesn’t work for the country's good but for serving its own interests. Second, I am here to support anyone who has been oppressed in this country, not only Sheikh Hazem Abu Ismail. I must support anyone who has been oppressed in this country, as this is my duty as a Muslim brother. Sheikh Abu Ismail, MB's Khairat al-Shater and many of those disqualified candidates have been oppressed."

The election commission has recently barred ten presidential candidates from the presidential race including the Muslim Brotherhood’s Khairat al-Shater and Salafist Abu Ismail, the major Islamist presidential candidates.

However, Islamist candidates were not the only disqualified ones, as former vice-president Omar Suleiman and liberal politician Ayman Nour were also among the ten.

Salafi protestors, however, insist that they will not leave the Square until Abu Ismail rejoins the presidential race.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 22, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 22, 2012
Length: 0:03:14
Video Size: 160 MB
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of several hundreds of protestors in Tahrir Square shouting statements against Egypt's ruling SCAF
2. Various shots of supporters of disqualified Salafi candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail camping in Tahrir Square in tents with his posters
3. Various shots of a march of protestors
4. Medium shot, a large sign reading "Down with Military Rule"
5. Various shots of the sit-in tents in the middle of the Square
6. Various shots of the protestors shouting statements against the SCAF
7. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Protestor:
"This is an open-ended sit-in to complete the demands of the revolution. The revolution demands haven’t been met, including honorable life, freedom and dignity. We also demand termination of Article 28 because it's based on oppression and corruption. How come a disqualified presidential candidate cannot revoke the decision?" 8. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Protestor:
"There is today Article 28 that immunes any president recommended by the election commission or the SCAF against appeals or claims of fraud or anything. This article was drafted by the ousted president to transfer power to his son Gamal without objections." 9. Various shots of the protestors shouting statements against the SCAF
10. Medium shot, one of the protestors raising a shoe, a sign of disrespect for the SCAF
11. Various shots of the protestors marching and shouting anti-SCAF statements
12. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Protestor:
"The SACF is playing games with us and it doesn’t really want to transfer power, because its goal is to remain in the political scene, about which the SCAF understands nothing." 13. SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Protestor:
"I am here to oust the SCAF in the first place, which doesn’t work for the country's good but for serving its own interests. Second, I am here to support anyone who has been oppressed in this country, not only Sheikh Hazem Abu Ismail. I must support anyone who has been oppressed in this country, as this is my duty as a Muslim brother. Sheikh Abu Ismail, MB's Khairat al-Shater and many of those disqualified candidates have been oppressed." 14. Medium shot, the protestors marching and shouting anti-SCAF statements
15. Close up, a protestor showing a picture of head of ruling SCAF, Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi, carrying a baby with the face of former president Hosni Mubarak
16. Close up, a T-shirt of one of the protestors written on it "We will not surrender. Hazem Abu Ismail is Egypt's President"
17. Various shots of supporters of Abu Ismail camping in Tahrir Square in tents with his posters
18. Medium shot, protestors standing side by side in line shouting statements against SCAF
19. Wide shot of protestors shouting anti-SCAF statements

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Syrian Opposition Says Monitoring Mis...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
22 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 22, 2012

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby held talks on Sunday, April 22, with a delegation from the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) in Cairo where they discussed the recently-passed United Nations Security Council resolution of sending 300 monitors to Syria.
The delegation expressed intention to support and cooperate with the monitors and welcomed the plan of Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, to end the ongoing violence in the country.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – SNC Spokeswoman Basma Kodmani:
"We have come for a consolatory meeting with the Arab League Secretary-General and his advisers particularly regarding the UN resolution made yesterday about sending monitoring mission to Syria. We agree with the Arab League in welcoming and supporting this resolution. We expressed readiness for complete cooperation with the monitoring mission."
The UN approval of sending 300 observers to monitor ceasefire in Syria has been welcomed by Annan.
Over 7,500 people were killed since the uprising started in Syria mid-March 2011 according to UN estimates.
SNC Chairman Burhan Ghalioun is expected to meet with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr Monday, April 23.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 22, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 22, 2012
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
2- Various shots of the meeting of the delegation of the Syrian National Council (SNC) with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Al-Araby
3- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – SNC Spokeswoman Basma Kodmani:
"We have come for a consolatory meeting with the Arab League Secretary-General and his advisers particularly regarding the UN resolution made yesterday about sending a monitoring mission to Syria. We agree with the Arab League in welcoming and supporting this resolution. We expressed readiness for complete cooperation with the monitoring mission."
4- Various shots of the meeting of the SNC delegation with Al-Araby
5- Wide overview shot, the Arab League headquarters in Cairo

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Muslim Brotherhood's Presidential Can...
Behira, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
22 Apr 2012

Behira, Egypt | April 21, 2012

The Muslim Brotherhood held a public conference on Saturday evening, April 21, at Al-Behira Governorate to rally support for the group's substitute presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi, leader of the MB Freedom and Justice Party.
The conference was attended by MB leaders including the group's recently disqualified candidate Khairat al-Shater.
During the conference, Morsi said that former regime figures and their businessmen who own "corrupt media channels" are conspiring to defame the Islamists and delay the presidential elections.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Muslim Brotherhood Presidential Candidate Mohamed Morsi:
"They (the ex regime figures) are well-known, their files are well-known and their corruption is well-known. They are present now and concerned about their ill-gotten money, concerned about themselves and concerned about their criminal heritage most of which they smuggled abroad, leaving some inside. They are looking forward for the return of corruption and they are working on its return."

For his part, Al-Shater said that it was not enough for the Muslim Brotherhood to be a majority in the parliament and that the group tried to be present in the government but it was unable to.
He added that failed they changed their last year decision and fielded a presidential candidate to maintain the revolution demands through having an executive authority not only a legislative one.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Muslim Brotherhood's disqualified presidential candidate Khaiart al-Shater:
"We tried to be in the government but when we were unable to do that we changed our decision and fielded a presidential candidate. The reason is that we cannot be restricted to the legislative authority. The parliament will not feed the people or solve their problems. The parliament is important because it legislates and monitors. But along with that, we must have executive authority."

Morsi was fielded by the Muslim Brotherhood as a substitute presidential candidate as the group was aware of Al-Shater's controversial legal situation due to former regime charges.
Al-Shater has recently been disqualified by the election body for the presidential race and the group now is working hard to rally support for Morsi.
Egypt's presidential elections are scheduled to be held May 23 and 24.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 21, 2012
Shooting Location: Behira, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 22, 2012
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SHOTLIST:
1. Close up, the banner of the conference reading, "Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's President 2012"
2. Various shots of the Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate and leader of the group's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Mohamed Morsi speaking during the conference
3. Various shots of disqualified Muslim Brotherhood candidate and leader Khairat al-Shater speaking during the conference
4. Close up, poster of Morsi
5. Various shots of the attendees
6. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Muslim Brotherhood Presidential Candidate Mohamed Morsi:
"They (the ex regime figures) are well-known, their files are well-known and their corruption is well-known. They are present now and concerned about their ill-gotten money, concerned about themselves and concerned about their criminal heritage most of which they smuggled abroad, leaving some inside. They are looking forward for the return of corruption and they are working on its return."
7. Various shots of the attendees cheering and applauding
8. Various shots of al-Shater speaking during the conference
9. Medium shot, veiled girls sitting and listening during the conference
10. Medium shot, MB supporters holding a large sign reading "Egypt… Freedom and Justice Party… Victories Revolution and Rising People"
11. Medium shot, boys raising small flags of Egypt reading "Mohamed Morsi… I Love Egypt"
12. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Muslim Brotherhood's disqualified presidential candidate Khaiart al-Shater:
"We tried to be in the government but when we were unable to do that we changed our decision and fielded a presidential candidate. The reason is that we cannot be restricted to the legislative authority. The parliament will not feed the people or solve their problems. The parliament is important because it legislates and monitors. But along with that, we must have executive authority." 13. Various shots of the conference and the attendees

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Tahrir Protests Against Military Rule...
Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
20 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 20, 2012

STOYRLINE:
Tens of thousands of Egyptians marched through Cairo to the iconic Tahrir Square on Friday, April 20, in a protest referred to as the "Friday of Self-Determination.” The rally centered on the opposition of military rule, and the entrance of former regime figures into the presidential election race.

Earlier this week, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Khairat al-Shater and Salafist Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, major Islamist presidential candidates, were disqualified from the presidential race. Both men requested an appeal to the decision, however, the Supreme Presidential Election Commission (SPEC) revoked their request. The decision enraged many of their supporters, and sparked the rally in Tahrir today.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Protester in Tahrir:
“The decision to disqualify presidential candidates was political to begin with. It has many objectives, as the government and SCAF see that Islamists are the suitable mainstream for this stage, and that they were the ones who shouldered the revolution."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Protester in Tahrir:
“We want freedom and we want termination of article 28 of the constitutional declaration. We reject the former regime figures, and we don’t want election fraud, because if it happens there will be another revolution and it will be bigger and we will not leave anyone.”

Although secularists view the Islamists negatively due to an alleged deal between the Muslim Brotherhood and the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Force (SCAF), Islamists and secularists reunited today in Tahrir in the massive march, voicing similar demands.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Rami Essam, singer and liberal activist:
“Today is special because many calls for protests that happened before failed. Today’s calls succeeded because the Muslim Brotherhood’s actions became clearer, and their alliance with SCAF was revealed.”

SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Muslim Brotherhood supporter:
“If there were mistakes made by Islamists, they could have happened by any faction. It is normal, but what is not normal is to argue and mistrust each other. We are united like one hand. The Egyptian people are one hand regardless of their political affiliation."

The protest seems to have unified both Islamists and secularists against SCAF, yet there were several soapboxes in the Square representing the popular political forces, including Islamists and revolutionary groups like the April 6 Youth Movement, and the National Association for Change.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 20, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 20, 2012
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SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot of massive numbers of protestors at Tahrir square
2. Various shots of protestors chanting and marching
3. Medium shot of a Muslim Brotherhood banner
4. Medium shot of banner against former regime figures
5. Various shots of protestors raising banners and flags
6. Medium shots of banners
7. Various shots of protestors doing different activities
8. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – One of the protesters in Tahrir:
“The decision to disqualify presidential candidates was political in the first place. It has many objectives, as the government and SCAF see that Islamists are the suitable mainstream for this stage and that they were the ones who shouldered the revolution." 9. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – One of the protesters in Tahrir:
“We want freedom and we want to termination of article 28 of the constitutional declaration. We reject the former regime figures, and we don’t want election fraud because if it happens there will another revolution, and it will be bigger and we will not leave anyone.” 10. Various shots of massive numbers of people at Tahrir Square
11. Medium shots of protestors chanting
12. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Rami Essam, singer and liberal activist:
“Today is special because many calls for protests that happened before failed. Today’s calls succeeded because the Muslim Brotherhood’s actions became clearer and their alliance with SCAF was revealed.” 13. SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – One of the Muslim Brotherhood supporters:
“If there were mistakes made by Islamists, they could have happened by any faction. It is normal, but what is not normal is to argue and mistrust each other. We are united like one hand. The Egyptian people are one hand regardless of their political affiliation." 14. Various medium shots of the protest
15. Various shots of protestors buying umbrellas in the form of Egypt flag
16. Wide pan left, Tahrir Square full of protestors

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Egypt's PM Announces Transfer of USD ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
20 Apr 2012

Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri said that the government transferred USD 6.14 billion from special funds of former regime offices to the state budget, in a press conference at the headquarters of the General Authority for Investment in Cairo, Thursday, April 19. Ex-regime offices once kept public monies in special private funds that were not incorporated into the state budget, and as such were not subject to oversight by any budget committee.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri:
"The issue of special funds has been going on for more than twenty years. Former regime government offices established these special funds from the public money resource to use for employment, salaries, rewards, etc. We traced these funds strictly, and like I said all these funds are now present at the Central Bank in the General Budget Account."

Al-Ganzouri stated that the government's costs have been gradually reduced saving USD 4.14 billion. He also shed light on the efforts done to relief Egypt's foreign debt.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt's Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri:
"We have been keen on minimizing the foreign debts. They were USD 5.83 billion, seven months ago. In March 2012, they were reduced to USD 5.54 billion."

The Egyptian Prime Minister told reporters that even though the country's revenues declined to USD 12.8 billion over the past few months, the government successfully achieved relative and notable economic stability.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 19, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 19, 2012
Length: 0:02:08
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SHOTLIST:
1- External shot of the headquarters of Egypt’s General Authority for Investment in Cairo
2- Pan left shot, Egypt's Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri heading to the press conference at the headquarters of Egypt’s General Authority for Investment in Cairo
3- Various shots of the press conference
4- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Egypt's Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri:
"The issue of special funds has been going on for more than twenty years. Former regime government offices established these special funds from the public money resource to use for employment, salaries, rewards, etc. We traced these funds strictly, and like I said all these funds are now present at the Central Bank in the General Budget Account." 5- Various shots of the press conference
6- Long shot of a reporter asking Ganzouri
7- Various shots of Al-Ganzouri speaking during the press conference
8- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt's Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri:
"We have been keen on minimizing the foreign debts. They were USD 5.83 billion seven months ago. In March 2012, they have been reduced to USD 5.54 billion." 9- Various shots of the press conference
10- Various shots of Egypt’s PM Al-Ganzouri concluding the press conference and leaving

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Egypt's Al-Azhar Rejects Mufti's Visi...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
19 Apr 2012

Al-Azhar officially confirmed on Thursday, April 19, that it opposes Egypt's Mufti Ali Gomaa’s visit to Jerusalem. The statement was issued after an emergency meeting of Al-Azhar's Islamic Research Academy, chaired by Al-Azhar Grand Imam, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyib.

The Islamic Research Academy held a conference after the meeting where Sheikh Ali Abdel-Baqi, the Academy Secretary-General, explained that the opposition was due to the fact that Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque are still under the Israeli occupation.

Gomaa's visit to Jerusalem was made Wednesday, April 18, under sponsorship of Jordanian authorities. The Mufti reported that both Christians and Muslims in Jerusalem welcomed him, and that there were no Israelis inside Al-Aqsa Mosque during his visit. He concluded with the statement that the Palestinians of Jerusalem are under "detestable Israeli occupation," and called on all Muslims to resist the ongoing Judaization attempts of the city.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Sheikh Ali Abdel-Baqi, Secretary-General of Al Azhar's Islamic Research Academy:
"Al-Azhar reaffirms its opposing position on the visit [of Mufti Ali Gomaa’s] to Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque while they are under Israeli occupation. The Islamic Research Academy has listened to the clarifications of the Mufti and the circumstances of his visit. The Mufti mentioned that his visit was personal, not official and that he did not get a visa for the visit from Israeli authorities."

For his part, Gomaa stated that his visit was purely personal and that it did not represent any of Egypt's official Islamic institutions, adding that the visit was for academic purposes, and was not done for any normalization purposes, or under Israeli sponsorship.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt's Mufti Ali Gomaa:
"The visit was not done under the principle of normalization, or the flag of Israel. Allah has granted me the honor of visiting this place, which is part of us all. This visit was not official, but it was a personal visit. It represents neither the Islamic Research Academy, Al-Azhar, or the House of Fatwa."

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 19, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 19, 2012
Length: 0:02:34
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various external shots of Al-Azhar administrative office in Cairo
2- Medium shots of the sign at the building reading, "Azhar Administrative Office"
3- Various shots of the emergency meeting of Al Azhar's Islamic Research Academy, chaired by Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayyib, on the visit of Egypt's Mufti Ali Gomaa to Jerusalem
4- Wide shot of the press conference of Sheikh Ali Abdel-Baqi, Secretary-General of Al Azhar's Islamic Research Academy
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Sheikh Ali Abdel-Baqi, Secretary-General of Al Azhar's Islamic Research Academy:
"Al-Azhar reaffirms its rejecting position on visiting Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque while they are under the Israel occupation. The Islamic Research Academy has listened to the clarifications of the Mufti and the circumstances of the visit. The Mufti mentioned that his visit was personal, not official and that he didn’t get a visa for the visit from the authorities of the Israeli occupation." 6- Various shots of the press conference of Egypt's Mufti Ali Gomaa
7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt's Mufti Ali Gomaa:
"The visit was not done under the principle of normalization or the flag of Israel. Allah has granted me the honor of visiting this place, which is part of us all. This visit was not official, but it was a personal visit. It represents neither the Islamic Research Academy, Al-Azhar, or the House of Fatwa." 8- Various shots of the Mufti speaking to reporters
9- Various shots of the Mufti concluding the press conference and leaving
10- Wide shot, Al-Azhar administrative office in Cairo

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Salafi Abu Ismail Accuses Election Bo...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
18 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 17 and 18, 2012

Disqualified Salafi presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail accused the Supreme Presidential Election Commission (SPEC) and the Salafi Sheikhs invited by the commission as witnesses, of treason and conspiracy against him, in a statement to his supporters Tuesday evening outside the commission headquarters in Cairo.
Abu Ismail was recently disqualified as a presidential candidate by the commission, due to allegations that his mother had dual Egyptian and American citizenships, which is against Egyptian law for presidential candidacy eligibility.
The commission brought figures of the Salafi current, to which Abu Ismail belongs, to view the documents for themselves; a move considered by Abu Ismail as an attempt to cause division among Salafis.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Salafi disqualified presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail:
"I stayed at home waiting for the decision after the procedures were over. However, after this game they are playing to divide and provoke the nation I will not leave this place, Allah willing." Abu Ismail said he visited the commission headquarters after he received a call from a Salafi figure at the commission who reported that he and others were shown the documents by the commission.
Abu Ismail said he was not permitted to enter the commission to verify that the documents the men were shown were in fact the same papers he had seen.
The issue has caused discord between Abu Ismail and fellow Salafis present inside the commission, as they seemed to believe the commission allegations, according to Abu Ismail.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Salafi disqualified presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail:
"All the discussion taking place inside the commission was about me while I was standing at the gate. Why didn’t they let me in? The Sheikh who phoned me didn’t listen to me. So, I told him that it was my last word: either they would let me in and listen to me or they would go on and listen to the commission without me, in which case I told him I would be against them and they would be against me." Abu Ismail supporters held a “sit-in” outside commission headquarters from Tuesday morning to Wednesday.
Some protesters have not left yet, while others moved to Tahrir Square to protest what they referred to as fraud.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Abu Ismail supporter:
"The concerned Department of Immigration and Passports issued a certificate for Sheikh Hazem Abu Ismail that his mother doesn’t have dual nationality. Yet, the commission wants to give itself this authority. Who has given the commission this right?" SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – One of Abu Ismail supporters:
"We don’t want to say that this sit-in is the last peaceful step we have. We don’t want to escalate the issue to a greater level. We're waiting here, and if it doesn’t work here we will go to Tahrir Square. We will not allow humiliation to January 25 Revolution and we will not return to the control of military." Abu Ismail supporters threaten to escalate the issue and promise a massive million-man protest next Friday, April 20, against what they believe to be fraud and military attempts to exclude Abu Ismail, as well as Islamist candidates from the presidential race.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 17 and 18, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 18, 2012
Length: 0:03:19
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SHOTLIST:
1. Day shots (April 17 and 18):
2. Pan left, security men standing side by side outside the Supreme Presidential Election Commission (SPEC) headquarters in Cairo
3. Various shots of supporters of Salafi disqualified presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail outside the commission headquarters, raising his posters and shouting Islamic statements in his support
4. Various shots of Abu Ismail walking to the gate of the commission amid supporters
5. Medium shot, Abu Ismail at the gate of the commission surrounded by army soldiers and barbed wires
6. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Salafi disqualified presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail:
"I stayed at home waiting for the decision after the procedures were over. However, after this game they are playing to divide and provoke the nation I will not leave this place, Allah willing." 7. Night shots (April 17 night):
8. Various night shots of Abu Ismail supporters cheering in reaction to his statements outside the commission
9. Various night shots of Abu Ismail supporters shouting, "Where is the press? Here is the president!"
10. Long shot, Abu Ismail walking amid supporters
11. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Salafi disqualified presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail:
"All the discussion taking place inside the commission was about me while I was standing at the gate. Why didn’t they let me in? The Sheikh who phoned me didn’t listen to me. So, I told him that it was my last word: either they would let me in and listen to me or they would go on and listen to the commission without me, in which case I told him I would be against them and they would be against me." 12. Day shots (April 17 and 18):
13. Medium shot, a large poster of Abu Ismail at a sidewalk outside the commission
14. Various shots of supporters of Abu Ismail outside the commission headquarters, raising posters and shouting Islamic statements in support of him
15. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – One of Abu Ismail supporters:
"The concerned Department of Immigration and Passports issued a certificate for Sheikh Hazem Abu Ismail that his mother doesn’t have dual nationality. Yet, the commission wants to give itself this authority. Who has given the commission this right?" 16. SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – One of Abu Ismail supporters:
"We don’t want to say that this sit-in is the last peaceful step we have. We don’t want to escalate the issue to a greater level. We're waiting here, and if it doesn’t work here we will go to Tahrir Square. We will not allow humiliation to January 25 Revolution and we will not return to the control of military." 17. Various shots of supporters of Abu Ismail outside the commission headquarters, raising his posters and shouting statements in his support

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Disqualified Muslim Brotherhood Candi...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
18 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 18, 2012

The Muslim Brotherhood's disqualified presidential candidate, Khairat al-Shater accused Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) of not being earnest about handing over control to a democratically elected civilian president, in a press conference Wednesday, April 18, in Cairo.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Muslim Brotherhood's disqualified presidential candidate Khaiart al-Shater:
"The SCAF does not have the earnest and real intention to the process of real transfer of power. Maybe they want a president on their side who will later on, along with the SCAF, bring a government who belongs to them. Hence, we're not going through the real change which the revolution desires and which the people revolted for." Al-Shater claimed that Judge Farouk Sultan, head of the Supreme Presidential Election Commission (SPEC), was "still loyal to the ousted president Hosni Mubarak" as Mubarak intervened in Sultan's employment at the Constitutional Court according to Al-Shater.
Al-Shater added that the SCAF wanted to have a president and government that supports their agenda as a means of recreating the former regime of Hosni Mubarak.
That is the reason, Al-Shater noted, that the Muslim Brotherhood fielded substitute presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi, head of the MB's Freedom and Justice Party.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Khairat al-Shater:
"We were careful about this and that's why we fielded more than one presidential candidate, because we know that the groups of interest seekers and many parts of Mubarak's regime are still present and running the affairs of the country and the people, trying day and night to reproduce Mubarak's regime even if in a modified form." Aware of Al-Shater's legal controversy over criminal charges handed down by the Mubarak regime, the MB fielded Morsi in case Al-Shater was barred from the presidential race.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 18, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 18, 2012
Length: 0:01:47
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SHOTLIST:
1. 1- Wide shot, Al-Shater and reporters upon the beginning of the press conference
2. 2- Various shots of Al-Shater during the press conference
3. 3- Various shots of Al-Shater speaking during the press conference
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Muslim Brotherhood's disqualified presidential candidate Khaiart al-Shater:
"The SCAF does not have the earnest and real intention to the process of real transfer of power. Maybe they want a president on their side who will later on, along with the SCAF, bring a government who belong to them. Hence, we're not going through the real change which the revolution desires and which the people revolted for." 5. Various shots of Al-Shater speaking during the press conference
6. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Muslim Brotherhood's disqualified presidential candidate Khairat al-Shater:
"We were careful about this and that's why we fielded more than one presidential candidate, because we know that the groups of interest seekers and a lot of parts of Mubarak's regime are still present and effective in running the affairs of the country and the people, trying day and night to reproduce Mubarak's regime even if in a modified form." 7. Various external shots of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo
8. Various shots of Mohamed Morsi during a press conference
9. Wide external shot of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo

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

Beirut, Lebanon | April 17, 2012

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

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

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

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

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 17, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: April 17, 2012
Length: 0:01:30
Video Size: 74.8 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot of parliamentarians inside the Lebanese parliament
2. Medium shot, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri speaking to one of the parliamentarians
3. Wide shot, parliamentarians inside the Lebanese parliament
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"There are three factors for stability. The first is the South. We have done all what's necessary to maintain stability Southern Lebanon in cooperation with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). My first visit when the government gained confidence was to Southern Lebanon, which is a sign of our support for the UNIFIL and for stability in the South." 5. Various shots of parliamentarians listening to Mikati's speech
6. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"The second factor, as you all know, is the issue of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). There have been a lot of debates about this issue. We have provided the required funds to the STL and as you know things are going towards more stability regarding this issue." 7. Medium shot, parliamentarians inside the Lebanese parliament listening to Mikati's speech
8. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"Since the events started in Syria, the government's policy has been self-disassociation. We talked about this policy here in the parliament. A disassociation policy may be referred to by some as evading responsibility. However, I say that it's the core of responsibility because it protects Lebanon from inside. We cannot affect anything in Syria, but we can be affected by what's going on there according to the decisions we make. For this reason, our decision was to disassociate ourselves and avoid intervening in the internal affairs of Syria." 9. Medium shot, parliamentarians applauding
10. Tilt down external shot of the Lebanese parliament headquarters in Beirut

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Trial of Dozens Accused in Port Said ...
Port Said, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
17 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 17, 2012

Amid tight security measures and crowds of protestors, and family members of victims, Port Said Criminal Court, held at the Police Academy in Cairo, adjourned the trial of some 70 men accused in connection with the killing of at least 74 Al-Ahly fans in Port Said was adjourned until May 5 when the court will hear the testimonies of witnesses.

The trial will resume for five consecutive days until May 9, during which time witnesses will give their testimonies, beginning with forensic physicians on day one.

Hundreds of Al-Ahly fans protested outside the court with dances and drumbeats, raising Al-Ahly flags and posters of victims, and demanding retaliation for the riot victims.

Lawyers as well as the family members of the victims seemed relatively satisfied with the course of the trial.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Saleh Farag, father of a victim of the Port Said soccer riot violence:
"The case is going well, praise be to Allah. The course of the case will be very well and we're satisfied with all that happened in the session. The defendants' lawyers of course wanted to prove them not guilty, demanded their release and demanded the trial to be moved to Port Said. They demanded many things. The judge didn’t listen to all of that and decided the trial to be adjourned to May 5." Among the defendants are nine police officers and several officials of Port Said Stadium.
Some of Al-Ahly ultras believe the tragedy was a conspiracy by the police and the ruling military for political reasons while others believe it was all by Port Said fans.
The bloody riots took place on February 1, after a soccer game between Cairo's Al-Ahly and Port Said's Al-Masry in the coastal city of Port Said, where thousands of allegedly riotous fans stormed into the field after the game causing chaos and bloody confrontations, leaving 74 dead and hundreds wounded.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 25, 2012 [and archive]
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 25, 2012
Length: 0:02:24
Video Size: 119 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of crowds of people outside the Police Academy, where the court session is held
2- Various shots of security men outside the court
3- Various shots of a large number of security men outside the court sitting in front of four army armored vehicles
4- Medium shot, a man sitting on the ground with a small wooden model of a grave with a flag of Egypt and flowers, written on "the grave of martyrs"
5- Wide shot outside the court with crowds of people and ambulances
6- Various shots of Al-Ahly fans protesting with a jumping dance and drum beats shouting "new revolution", "rights of martyrs" etc, rising flags of Al-Ahly and other soccer clubs
7- Various shots outside the court
8- Various shots of the gate of the Police Academy, where the court session is held, with security men outside
9- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Saleh Farag, father of one of the victims of Port Said soccer riot violence:
"The case is going well, praise be to Allah. The course of the case will be very well and we're satisfied with all that happened in the session. The defendants' lawyers of course wanted to prove them not guilty, demanded their release and demanded the trial to be moved to Port Said. They demanded many things. The judge didn’t listen to all of that and decided the trial to be adjourned to May 5." 10- Various shots of police and security men outside the court
11- Medium shot, two army armored vehicles with two a soldier and a flag of Egypt on top of each
12- Various shots of the soccer riot tragedy at Port Said Stadium (archive, Feb 1)
13- Tilt down, the main gate of Al-Masry Stadium at Port Said, where the riots took place, with crowds outside the stadium (archive)
14- Various shots of the aftermath of the riots at the stadium seats with blood spots on the seats and the ground (archive)
15- Various shots of many pairs of shoes at stadium exit where the tragedy took place (archive)

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Disqualified Presidential Candidates ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
16 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 16, 2012

On the last day to appeal the disqualification decision of Egypt's Supreme Presidential Election Commission (SPEC), three of the ten disqualified candidates and their representatives paid a visit to the commission on Monday, April 16, to appeal the decision with hopes to rejoin the presidential race.
Liberal candidate Ayman Nour, the main opponent of former president Hosni Mubarak in the 2005 elections, said the SPEC decision to disqualify him, which was based on fraud charges handed down during the rule of the former regime, was "incorrect,” and that he submitted a memo to be discussed with the commission Tuesday.
Nour was banned from politics in 2005 after being imprisoned for charges of fraud by the Mubarak regime. Egyptian law bans candidates with criminal records from running for political office.
However, the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Force (SCAF) gave Nour an official pardon late March. Due to his full pardon, Nour believes he is legally eligible to compete as a viable presidential candidate.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Ayman Nour, disqualified liberal presidential candidate and Al-Ghad Party leader:
"It's not important who will be president and who will be vice president. The most important thing is that Egypt passes through this difficult moment. We appeal but we will not block the path of democratic process. We appeal and say that this is our right, as we have been oppressed seven years ago (in 2005 elections) and we're being oppressed until this moment. But this is OK for the sake of Egypt." Former vice-president Omar Suleiman's presidential campaign and office manager said little to reporters about Suleiman's chances to rejoin the race.
On the other hand, the attorney for the Muslim Brotherhood reaffirmed its certainty about the sound legal grounds of the group's candidate Khairat al-Shater, who was also disqualified due to a criminal record during Mubarak's presidency.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Colonel Hussein Sherif, Omar Suleiman's presidential campaign and office manager:
"I have no reply. The answer is with the commission.”

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud, Muslim Brotherhood attorney:
"There has been a pardon for the original punishment and the subsequent penalties, including all criminal affects based on that ruling. Accordingly, the pardon terminates all legal hindrances preventing Eng. Khairat al-Shater from practicing his political rights." It is the last day for the ten candidates to appeal the disqualification decision announced Saturday.
Analysts say Suleiman's chances to rejoin the race after completing some papers are high, while Al-Shater, Nour and Salafi sheikh Hazem Salah Abu Ismail are not likely to rejoin.
Egypt's historical presidential elections will be held May 23 and 24.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 16, 2012 [and archive]
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 16, 2012
Length: 0:02:08
Video Size: 106 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST: (Archive)
1- Various external shots of the headquarters of Supreme Presidential Election Commission (SPEC) in Cairo
2- Various shots of security and army men guarding the headquarters of Supreme Presidential Election Commission (SPEC) in Cairo
3- Medium shot, disqualified liberal presidential candidate Ayman Nour, who was Mubarak's main opponent in 2005 elections, speaking to reporters outside the SPEC headquarters
4- Various shots of police and army presence outside the commission headquarters
5- Various shots of Nour entering the SPEC headquarters to appeal and speaking to reporters afterwards
6- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Ayman Nour, disqualified liberal presidential candidate and Al-Ghad Party leader:
"It's not important who will be president and who will be vice president. The most important thing is that Egypt passes through this difficult moment. We appeal but we will not block the path of democratic process. We appeal and say that this is our right, as we have been oppressed seven years ago (in 2005 elections) and we're being oppressed until this moment. But this is OK for the sake of Egypt." 7- Various shots of police and army presence outside the commission headquarters [archive, April 2012]
8- Various shots of Omar Suleiman, former vice president and former intelligence chief, getting out of a car and heading to enter the commission headquarters amid crowds of security men and supporters [archive, April 2012]
9- Various shots of Suleiman getting into a car amid crowds of security men and supporters [archive, April 2012]
10- Wide shot, a large poster of Muslim Brotherhood's Khairat Al-Shater at the sidewalk [archive, April 2012]
11- Medium shot of Al-Shater trying to enter the commission headquarters amid throngs of supporters [archive, April 2012]
12- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Colonel Hussein Sherif, Omar Suleiman's presidential campaign and office manager:
"I have no reply. The answer is with the commission. 13- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud, Muslim Brotherhood attorney:
"There has been a pardon for the original punishment and the subsequent penalties, including all criminal effects based on that ruling. Accordingly, the pardon terminates all legal hindrances preventing Eng. Khairat al-Shater from practicing his political rights." 14- Various shots of army soldiers with an armored vehicle and shields guarding the SPEC headquarters
15- Wide external shot of the SPEC headquarters and security cordon outside

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Egyptians Have Different Reactions to...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
15 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 15, 2012

Security has been tightened around Egypt's Supreme Presidential Election Commission (SPEC) on Sunday, April 15, after the commission's decision of disqualifying ten presidential candidates including former vice president and former intelligent chief Omar Suleiman, the Muslim Brotherhood's Khairat al-Shater, Salafi sheikh Hazem Salah Abu Ismail and the liberal candidate Ayman Nour who was Mubarak's opponent in 2005 elections.

Representatives and attorneys of some of the disqualified candidates appeared at the SPEC headquarters to appeal the decision within the scheduled 48 hours.

While Suleiman's presidential campaign and office manager refused to speak to reporters, the Muslim Brotherhood's attorney said that he was certain of the right legal situation of the group's candidate Khairat al-Shater, hoping that he would rejoin the presidential race after the appeal.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Colonel Hussein Sherif, Omar Suleiman's presidential campaign and office manager:
"I have nothing to say at all! No comment!"

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud, Muslim Brotherhood attorney:
"We are completely convinced and 100% sure of the right legal situation of Eng. Khairat al-Shater. Hence, everything contrary to the constitutional principles and the judiciary settled basics I believe will vanish." Egyptians have different reactions to the disqualification decision according to their tendencies and desirable candidates.

Some believe the decision is a conspiracy to exclude Salafi sheikh Abu Ismail, others believe it was made to avoid fierce division over some candidates and some others see the decision is wrong and that it will deprive the presidential race of strong candidates with efficient programs.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"I see that this is a conspiracy against Sheikh Hazem Salah Abu Ismail. Everyone knows that it's a planned international conspiracy. God willing, we would live honorably under Sheikh Hazem Salah Abu Ismail."

SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"This is a right decision that will make the political street smoother and quieter. In addition, there will be no conflict among presidential candidates. That is better … because the country is going through a critical stage."

SOUNDBITE 5 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"Among the 10 candidates who were rejected there were some with good qualifications and provided good programs. Even if they had to disqualify them, it is necessary to point out the reasons for disqualification." The decision of disqualifying the ten candidates was made announced Saturday evening, and the commission gave two days for disqualified candidates to appeal.

Observers believe the exclusion decision is expected to add turmoil to Egypt's already chaotic political scene, bearing in mind that Suleiman, Al-Shater and Abu Ismail have a strong base of supporters.

Egypt's presidential elections are scheduled for May 23 and 24.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 15, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 15, 2012
Length: 0:02:41
Video Size: 133 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST: (Archive)
1- Medium shot, flag of Egypt on top of the headquarters of Supreme Presidential Election Comission (SPEC) in Cairo
2- Various external of the headquarters of Supreme Presidential Election Comission (SPEC) in Cairo
3- Various shots of Various shots of supporters of Salafi disqualified presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail holding his posters
4- Various shots of security men and army men guarding the the headquarters of Supreme Presidential Election Comission (SPEC) in Cairo
5- Medium shot, Colonel Hussein Sherif, Omar Suleiman's presidential campaign and office manager, outside the SPEC headquarters
6- Wide shot, military policemen standing side by side outside the SPEC headquarters
7- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Colonel Hussein Sherif, Omar Suleiman's presidential campaign and office manager:
"I have nothing to say at all! No comment!" 8- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud, Muslim Brotherhood attorney:
"We are completely convinced and 100% sure of the right legal situation of Eng. Khairat al-Shater. Hence, everything contrary to the constitutional principles and the judiciary settled basics I believe will vanish." 9- Wide over view of Cairo and the River Nile
10- Various shots of Egyptian streets and people
11- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"I see that this is a conspiracy against Sheikh Hazem Salah Abu Ismail. Everyone knows that it's a planned international conspiracy. God willing, we would live honorably under Sheikh Hazem Salah Abu Ismail." 12- SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"This is a right decision that will make the political street smoother and quieter. In addition, there will be no conflict among presidential candidates. That is better … because the country is going through a critical stage." 13- SOUNDBITE 5 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
"Among the 10 candidates who were rejected there were some with good qualifications and provided good programs. Even if they had to disqualify them, it is necessary to point out the reasons for disqualification." 14- Various external of the headquarters of Supreme Presidential Election Comission (SPEC) in Cairo
15- Various shots of security men and army men guarding the the headquarters of Supreme Presidential Election Comission (SPEC) in Cairo
16- Various shots of Various shots of supporters of Salafi disqualified presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail holding his posters
17- Various external of the SPEC headquarters and security cordon outside it

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Suez Security Official Says Oil Compa...
Suez, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
15 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 15, 2012

Suez Security Chief, General Adel Refaat, said Sunday, April 15, that firefighters managed to completely extinguish the blaze at Nasr Petroleum Company (NPC) in Suez, Egypt, state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.

The blaze started Saturday evening at one of the oil tanks and extended to reach other tanks, leaving at least one worker dead and several injured.

Company officials said the blaze would not affect local fuel supplies as the fuel stored in tanks was for export.

The reason for the fire, which took several hours from evening to morning to put out, is still unknown.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 15, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 15, 2012
Length: 0:00:48
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SHOTLIST:
1- Medium shot, statue of a soldier holding Egypt's flag at a square in Suez
2- Pan right, Suez canal
3- Wide shot, traffic in the street leading to the oil factory with clouds of smoke in the sky
4- Medium shot, the gate of Nasr Petroleum Company (NPC) in Suez
5- Wide external shot of the company with traffic outside
6- Various shots inside the company and firefighters extinguishing the oil tanks
7- Pan right shot by a moving car, the vast factory from inside with large clouds of smoke rising in the sky
8- Medium shot, firefighters using water hoses putting out the blaze of the oil tanks
9- Wide shot, the street of the factory while large clouds of smoke rising in the sky can be seen
10- Medium shot, smoke coming out of the tanks
11- Wide shot, the highway leading to the factory which is seen in a distance with smoke rising in the sky

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Egypt's Election Body Rejects 10 Pres...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
15 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | Archives

Egypt's Supreme Presidential Election Commission (SPEC) disqualified on Saturday, April 14, ten presidential candidates including former vice president and former intelligent chief Omar Suleiman, the Muslim Brotherhood's Khairat al-Shater, Salafi sheikh Hazem Salah Abu Ismail and the liberal candidate Ayman Nour for not meeting one or more of the candidacy legal requirements.

The SPEC said in a statement Saturday evening that the decision is made after it reviewed all the submitted papers and that the candidates had 48 hours to appeal, state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA) reporter.

The decision is expected to add turmoil to Egypt's already chaotic political scene.

The Muslim Brotherhood has already fielded a substitute presidential candidate, namely Mohamed Morsi, leader of the MB's Freedom and Justice Party, being aware that Al-Shater's legal situation is controversial.

Among the most prominent legally qualified candidates are former Arab League chief Amr Moussa, Muslim Brotherhood dissident candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh and Mubarak's last Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik.

A lot of Egyptians strongly reject the candidacy of former regime men, particularly Suleiman, Shafik and Moussa.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: Presidential candidates archive
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 14, 2012
Length: 0:02:39
Video Size: 131 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST: (Archive)
1-Various external of the headquarters of Supreme Presidential Election Comission (SPEC) in Cairo
2-Various shots of Suleiman getting off the car and heading to enter the commission headquarters amid crowds of security men and supporters
3-Various shots of Suleiman getting in the car amid crowds of security men and supporters
4-Medium shot, Omar Suleiman's supporters outside SPEC headquarters raising his posters
5-Wide shot, a large poster of Al-Shater at the sidewalk
6-Medium shot of Al-Shater trying to enter the commission headquarters amid throngs of supporters
7-Medium shot, a large monitor in the conference room with a large poster of Al-Shater
8-Pan left shot of presidential candidate Khairat al-Shater heading to the press conference
9-Various shots of Al-Shater speaking during the press conference
10-Various shots of a rally in support of Salafi presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abu Ismail
11-Various shots of Abu Ismail hardly passing through throngs of supporters
12-Medium shot, Abu Ismail speaking during a press conference
13-Medium shot, a rally in support of Abu Ismail
14-Banner of Al-Ghad Party
15-Close up, banner of Al-Ghad Party
16-Various shots Ayman Nour during a press conference after SCAF pardon
17-Various external shots of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo
18-Various shots of Mohamed Morsi, head of MB's Freedom and Justice Party, during a press conference
19-Various shots of presidential hopeful Amr Moussa during a recent meeting and press conference of presidential candidates
20-Wide shot of the headquarters of Supreme Presidential Election Comission (SPEC) in Cairo
21-Various shots of supporters of presidential hopeful Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh raising his posters
22-Various shots of Aboul-Fotouh speaking to reporters amid presence of his supporters
23-Various shots of Ahmed Shafik, last Prime Minister of Mubarak, officially registers for presidential race
24-Pan left, external shot of the headquarters of Supreme Presidential Election Comission (SPEC) in Cairo

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Suleiman Visits Coptic Church, Church...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
15 Apr 2012

Presidential candidate Omar Suleiman, Egypt's 14-day vice-president and 18-year intelligence chief, paid a visit on Saturday, April 14, to Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church and met with the Church interim leader Bishop Bakhomious to wish Copts a happy Easter Holiday.

Suleiman's move is seen by observers as an attempt to rally Coptic support for his presidential race, yet Bishop Bakhomious told reporters after the meeting that the Church adopts a neutral position on all presidential candidates.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Bishop Bakhomious, Coptic Orthodox Church interim leader:
"We do not support anyone. We give the liberty to our people that each should elect the one appealing to their conscience. We receive all presidential candidates. Whoever of them wants to visit us, they are welcomed." Suleiman, the only vice president appointed by Mubarak in the beginning of the revolution, is facing a big campaign against his candidacy for serving for the former regime for about eighteen years.

A massive protest was held at the infamous Tahrir Square on Friday, April 13, demanding withdrawal of Suleiman from the presidential race, along with other candidates who server under Mubarak, particularly Ahmed Shafik, last Prime Minister of Mubarak, and Amr Moussa, former Arab League chief and former foreign minister.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Protestor at Tahrir Sqaure:
"We're here basically to prevent former regime men from presidential race, as they ruined the political life and humiliated the Egyptian people over the past thirty years."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Protestor at Tahrir Sqaure:
"We will continue the revolution and it will not stop unless we oust (former PM) Ahmed Shafik, (former vice president) Omar Suleiman, (former Arab League chief) Amr Moussa and all symbols of corruption."

SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Protestor at Tahrir Sqaure:
"I demand today the exclusion of all symbols of corruption of the former regime. They should withdraw on their own or else they will be forced to." Although Suleiman has many supporters, Tahrir Square showed that a lot of Egyptians consider the man part of the corrupt ousted regime and some accuse him of being an agent for the United States and Israel.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 14, 2012 [and Friday protest archive April 13]
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 14, 2012
Length: 0:02:53
Video Size: 128 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1-Wide external shot, St. Mark's Cathedral in Abbasiya, Cairo
2-Various shots of the meeting of presidential candidate Omar Suleiman with Coptic Orthodox Church interim leader Bishop Bakhomious
3-Various shots of Bakhomious' press conference after the meeting
4-SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Bishop Bakhomious, Coptic Orthodox Church interim leader:
"We do not support anyone. We give the liberty to our people that each should elect the one appealing to their conscience. We receive all presidential candidates. Whoever of them wants to visit us, they are welcomed." 5-Various shots of massive Friday Muslim Prayer performed in congregation in Tahrir Square (Friday, April 13)
6-Various shots of large posters of Omar Suleiman with a big X on his face calling for his exclusion from the presidential race (Friday, April 13)
7-Medium shot, a poster of Omar Suleiman with Israel's Star next to his face, implying he's an agent for Israel, and written on it "No for ousted vice-president! No for Omar Suleiman!" (Friday, April 13)
8-Various shots of Tahrir massive protest against former regime's presidential candidates (Friday, April 13)
9-SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Protestor at Tahrir Sqaure:
"We're here basically to prevent former regime men from presidential race, as they ruined the political life and humiliated the Egyptian people over the past thirty years." 10-SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Protestor at Tahrir Sqaure:
"We will continue the revolution and it will not stop unless we oust (former PM) Ahmed Shafik, (former vice president) Omar Suleiman, (former Arab League chief) Amr Moussa and all symbols of corruption." 11-SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Protestor at Tahrir Sqaure:
"I demand today the exclusion of all symbols of corruption of the former regime. They should withdraw on their own or else they will be forced to." 12-Wide zoom in, protestors marching with a large sign reading "No for the return of ousted regime!" (Friday, April 13)
13-Wide shot, protestors with a large poster of Salafi presidential candidate Hazem Abu Ismail (Friday, April 13)
14-Various shots of Tahrir massive protest against former regime's presidential candidates (Friday, April 13)

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Egyptian Court Rules Mother of Presid...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
12 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 12, 2012

Egyptian court ruled that the late mother of a popular Salafist presidential candidate viewed as one of the strongest contenders for president is not a US citizen but only Egyptian citizen , clearing the way for him to run in Egypt's first presidential elections on a late session Wednesday, April 11.
The decision was met with cheers by thousands of Hazem Abu Ismail's supporters who had camped outside the court house in Cairo for hours from the beginning of the day, waiting for the decision.
Egyptian nationality” State TV reported that “Hazem Abu-Ismail has become a candidate again.”
Supporters of Abu-Ismail rallied around Abu-Ismail inside the courthouse, chanted "God is the greatest" "The people want Hazem Abu-Ismail" after hearing the court ruling that his late mother holds only the Egyptian citizenship.
Outside the courthouse in central Cairo, thousands of supporters carrying Abu Ismail posters and waving Egyptian flags chanted 'Allahu Akbar' (God is the Greatest). Here is the president.
Some people see that the ruling is Abu Ismail's first victory in the presidential race.
Abu Ismail's candidacy was in doubt last week when the electoral commission said that his mother, Nawal Abdel Aziz Nour, had obtained US citizenship in October 2006, which Abu Ismail repeatedly denied.
Under Egypt's electoral law, all candidates for the presidency, their parents and their wives must have only Egyptian citizenship.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 12, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 12, 2012
Length: 0:01:44
Video Size: 85.9 MB
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SHOTLIST:
1. Wide external shot outside the State Council in Cairo, where the Court session is held
2. Various shots of supporters of Egyptian presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail camped outside the State Council, raising posters, banners and the Egyptian flags, supporting him and waiting for the court ruling
3. Various shots of veiled women raising posters of Abu-Ismail waiting for the court ruling
4. Various shots of supporters of Abu-Ismail shouting statements in support of him waiting for the verdict
5. Wide shot of a large poster of Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail
6. Various shots of massive numbers of supporters of Abu-Ismail inside the courthouse, shouting "God is the greatest" waving with the Egyptian flags after the court ruling
7. Various shots of supports of Abu-Ismail around him, chanting " Here is the president" "The people want Hazem Abu-Ismail"
8. Various shots of massive numbers of supporters of Abu-Ismail gathered outside the court celebrating after the verdict, setting fireworks , shouting "His mother is Egyptian"
9. Various shots of massive numbers of supporters of Abu-Ismail shouting "God is the greatest" "The people want Hazem Abu-Ismail"

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Egyptian Parliament Discusses Politic...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
12 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 12, 2012

Egypt's lower house of the parliament held an emergency session on Thursday, April 12, to discuss the proposed political exclusion draft law which bans the remnants of Hosni Mubarak’s regime from taking part in the upcoming presidential election .

Lawmaker Essam Sultan from Al-Wasat Party presented a political exclusion draft law; barring officials of the former regime from practicing politics after former intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman registered his candidacy for the presidential race.

Egyptian lawmakers have accused Omar Suleiman of corruption, saying he must be banned from entering Egypt's presidential race.

Some parliamentarians see that figures from Mubarak regime included president, vice-president and PM must be banned from any state positions including presidency for ten years.

SOUNDBIE 1 (Arabic) - Amr Hamzawi, liberal parliamentarian, founding member of Egypt Freedom party:
"We need to return a few years back to the countries that had revolutions against autocratic regimes and managed a democratic transformation; these countries had issued a set of rules which provides temporary exclusion of practicing political rights for those made tyranny and corruption before the revolutions".

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Ziad El Alimy, liberal parliamentarian:
"We didn't wish to issue a law which prohibiting some Egyptians from practicing their political rights but unfortunately the regime of Mubarak still governs the country and still wants to go unlike the direction of the revolution hence now, we have to do that to protect the revolution and its gains".

While on the other hand, some parliamentarians refused the idea of drafting such a law, urging that it is unconstitutional.

Analysts see that the candidacy of officials from Mubarak-era for the presidential race will increase tensions between the political forces and the country's ruling military council which many believe is backing Omar Suleiman’s candidacy in an attempt to consolidate their grip on power.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 12, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 12, 2012
Length: 0:02:18
Video Size: 113 MB
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various external shots of the lower house of the parliament headquarters in Cairo
2. Various shots of the parliament session
3. Various shots of parliamentarians speaking during the session
4. SOUNDBIE 1 (Arabic) - Amr Hamzawi, liberal parliamentarian, founding member of Egypt Freedom party:
"We need to return a few years back to the countries that had revolutions against autocratic regimes and managed a democratic transformation; these countries had issued a set of rules which provides temporary exclusion of practicing political rights for those made tyranny and corruption before the revolutions". 5. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Ziad El Alimy, liberal parliamentarian:
"We didn't wish to issue a law which prohibiting some Egyptians from practicing their political rights but unfortunately the regime of Mubarak still governs the country and still wants to go unlike the direction of the revolution hence now, we have to do that to protect the revolution and its gains". 6. Various shots of the session
7. Various external shots outside the parliament area

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First President of Independent Algeri...
Algiers, Algeria
By Video Cairo Sat
11 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | Archives

Former Algerian President Ahmed Ben Bella, Algeria's first president after the country became independent from France in 1962, died on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at the age of 96, according to Algeria's state-run Algerie Presse Service.

Ben Bella passed away at the home of his family in Algiers, the capital city, after he was taken to a military hospital twice more than a month ago.

Ben Bella was a man of pan-Arabist ideology. He was president of Algeria until 1965, when he was overthrown in a military coup by the head of his army Houari Boumediene.

The late president remained under house arrest until 1980, and after his release he went to France and then moved to Switzerland in self-exile. He returned home in 1990.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: Archive
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 11, 2012
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of late Algerian president Ahmed Ben Bella at the Arab League in Cairo (December 26, 2004)
2. Various shots of Ben Bella and former Arab League chief Amr Moussa after the Arab League conference (December 26, 2004)
3. Various shots of Ben Bella speaking to reporters at the Arab League (December 26, 2004)
4. Various shots of Ben Bella in Libya participating in honoring Egypt's late Pope Shenouda III and handing him Gaddafi's Prize for Human Rights (October 2003)

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

Cairo, Egypt | April 11, 2012

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

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

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

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