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Al-Ahly Fans Protest 'Poor' Sanctions...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
25 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 25, 2012

A massive rally of the ultras of Cairo's top soccer club Al-Ahly marched on Sunday, March 25, from the headquarters of Egypt's Football Association (EFA) to the parliament building in Cairo demanding retaliation for the recent soccer riot violence that killed at least 74 and injured hundreds early February.

The protestors harshly criticized what they described as the "poor" sanctions recently imposed by the EFA against Port Said's Al-Masry Club, represented in activity suspension for two seasons and suspension of the Port Said Stadium for three.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Sister of one of the soccer riot victims:
"I am sister of Mohamed [sigh] who was killed at Port Said massacre. The sanctions imposed on the Port Said club are not penalties. They are more like reconciliation after a fight. I demand that everyone gets their rights and that those who killed must be killed sooner or later."

EFA decided on Saturday, March 10, to halt the Premier League competitions that have been suspended since the bloody soccer riots and to hold instead a no-fan "Martyr Cup" competition on honor of the victims.

Al-Ahly fans and family members of riot victims are not satisfied with the decisions or the sanctions.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Brother of one of the soccer riot victims:
"I demand fair and real trial for the perpetrators. We need real system in this country because we don’t see any change. I want the right of my brother and the rights of the 74 people who were wrongfully killed. I want also those of Port Said to shut up so that we can get our rights."

The tragedy started on February 1st, after a soccer game between Al-Ahly and Al-Masry in Port Said city, where thousands of allegedly riotous fans stormed into the field after the game causing chaos and bloody confrontations, leaving 74 dead and hundreds wounded.

SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of a massive rally outside the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) headquarters in Cairo
2- Various shots of the rally with a very large sign reading "Our blood is not cheap! O Association of favoritism"
3- Various shots of the protestors marching while chanting statements against Port Said's Al-Masry club
4- Zoom out, thousands of protestors in the rally
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Sister of one of the soccer riot victims:
"I am sister of Mohamed [sigh] who was killed at Port Said massacre. The sanctions imposed on the Port Said club are not penalties. They are more like reconciliation after a fight. I demand that everyone gets their rights and that those who killed must be killed sooner or later." 6- Various shots of the massive rally marching towards Egypt's parliament
7- Various shots of protestors written on the back of their shirts "I am one of Al-Ahly fans and I am proud of it"
8- Various shots of protestors outside the parliament
9- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Brother of one of the soccer riot victims:
"I demand fair and real trial for the perpetrators. We need real system in this country because we don’t see any change. I want the right of my brother and the rights of the 74 people who were wrongfully killed. I want also those of Port Said to shut up so that we can get our rights." 10- Various shots of the soccer riot tragedy at Port Said Stadium (archive, Feb 1)
11- Tilt down, the main gate of Al-Masry Stadium at Port Said, where the riots took place, with crowds outside the stadium (archive)
12- Various shots of the aftermath of the riots at the stadium seats with blood spots on the seats and the ground (archive)
13- Various shots of many pairs of shoes at stadium exit where the tragedy took place (archive)

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

Cairo, Egypt | March 24, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 24, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 24, 2012
Length: 0:02:24
Video Size: 119 MB
Language: Arabic and English
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

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

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Egypt MPs Elect Constitution-Writing ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
24 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 24, 2012

A debatable session was held between Egypt’s two houses of parliament, the People's Assembly and the Shura Council on Saturday, March 24, for electing the 100 members of the committee that will be responsible for writing the country's new constitution.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people, mostly liberals and Copts, gathered outside Cairo International Conference Center, where the poll was held, amid intense security presence to protest against the legitimacy of the formation of the constitution-writing panel with 50% parliamentarians, voicing concern about Islamist domination of the new constitution.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed Khattab, founding member of Union of Independents for Egypt:
"The constitution is for the next generations. So, all generations and ideologies should be represented. A single faction should not dominate writing the constitution. 50% of the panel cannot be parliamentarians, because they will also select the other 50% and of course they will not select someone against their vision."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian Copt:
"Everyone tries to protect themselves. The Islamists protect themselves through writing the constitution at our expense. This is not good at all. They should consider the rights of others. We elected them and supported them because they were oppressed and persecuted by the former regime, etc. So, they shouldn't ruin us once they get to power."

A number of MPs, political activists and revolutionary movements criticized the criteria on which the panel formation is based, fearing the country is heading towards a religious direction with Islamists having the upper hand in the parliament.

The protestors raised signs against domination of Egypt's constitution by a certain group, referring to Islamists, calling for a civil state and a constitutional panel representing all categories of the society.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Protestor:
"The constitution is the dream of the Egyptian people. I wish it wouldn’t have privileges for a certain group of the people such as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis. It shouldn’t also have any guarantees for the SCAF through constitutional articles protecting them against punishment or trial for the mistakes of the transitional period. There shouldn't be a central power for anyone writing the constitution."

Parliament Speaker Mohamed Saad al-Katatni announced last week that the 100-member committee will be composed of 50 parliamentarians and 50 figures from outside the parliament.

The liberal Egyptian Bloc, which includes three parties, withdrew from due to what they described as lack of proper criteria for the panel formation.

The protestors said the constitution-writing panel is the beginning of the end of January 25 Revolution.
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 24, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 24, 2012
Length: 0:02:54
Video Size: 143 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

1- Medium external shot, large sign of Cairo International Conference Center
2- Various shots of protestors outside the Conference Center raising signs and shouting statements against the panel formation
3- Various shots of liberal parliamentarians, including famous liberal Amr Hamzawi, talking at a corridor outside the conference hall
4- Various shots of the voting process inside the conference hall
5- Medium shot, Parliament Speaker Mohamed Saad al-Katatni
6- Medium shot, a young man with a painted mask sitting on the ground and holding a sign expressing rejection
7- Various shots of the protest
8- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed Khattab, founding member of Union of Independents for Egypt:
"The constitution is for the next generations. So, all generations and ideologies should be represented. A single faction should not dominate writing the constitution. 50% of the panel cannot be parliamentarians, because they will also select the other 50% and of course they will not select someone against their vision." 9- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian Copt:
"Everyone tries to protect themselves. The Islamists protect themselves through writing the constitution at our expense. This is not good at all. They should consider the rights of others. We elected them and supported them because they were oppressed and persecuted by the former regime, etc. So, they shouldn't ruin us once they get to power." 10- Various shots of MPs at the conference hall
11- Various shots of liberal and Islamist MPs leaving and walking at the corridor
12- Various shots of the protest amid intense security presence
13- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Protestor:
14- "The constitution is the dream of the Egyptian people. I wish it wouldn’t have privileges for a certain group of the people such as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis. It shouldn’t also have any guarantees for the SCAF through constitutional articles protecting them against punishment or trial for the mistakes of the transitional period. There shouldn't be a central power for anyone writing the constitution."
15- Various shots of protestors outside the Conference Center raising signs and shouting statements against the panel formation

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New Fuel Crisis Hits Egypt's Traffic ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
23 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 23, 2012

Egypt is facing a fuel crisis for the second time since last January as petrol supplies dry up and long queues of cars snaked outside gas stations on the hope of leaving with a full tank amid fears of price hikes.
The queues have brought more traffic to Cairo’s notoriously busy streets, sparking incidents of road rage, according to press reports.
All types of petrol – 80, 90, 92 and the more expensive 95 – are reportedly in short supply. Some petrol stations have resorted to setting a 20-litre limit on all fuel purchases.
The reasons behind the shortage are not clear. Some people see that the government is not clear concerning the issue.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Zein El-Abdeen Abdel-Wahab, owner of gas station:
"There is a gas crisis. The government doesn't tell the truth. One representative needs to stand up and say, there is a problem and it will finish in a day or a week or a month or whatever time. But, the people don't trust the government anymore.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – worker at gas station:
The congestion in the gas stations is what causing the problem. But there are a few stations that don't have gas and that's causing a problem.
The government blames any shortfall on profiteers reselling subsidized fuel on the black market.
Many Egyptians, however, accuse the authorities of trying to cover up what they say is the government's mismanagement of dealing with the crisis.
SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – A man at a gas station:
I see that all the gas stations are stopped. There is no solar no gas all the cars wait from the night until the morning and they don't get gas. This is going to paralyze the whole country. They are paralyzing the country".

SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – A man at a gas station:
"I can't determine the main reason of the crisis. The presence of this many cars show that there is a problem. I don't have the solution. Officials have the solution". Egypt's Minister of Oil Abdallah Ghorab addressed Egypt's parliament lately and denied that there was a problem at the source, saying current shortages were being caused by distributors and lack of confidence by consumers, insisting that gas stocks are sufficient.
Ghorab also noted that the government pumps about 36,000 tons of diesel and 9,000 tons of petrol 80 per day which is enough to meet demands of people.
Minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abul Naga sought to calm fears, telling reporters at a press conference on Wednesday that the government has no intention of raising fuel prices.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 23, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 23, 2012
Length: 0:01:18
Video Size: 64.4 MB
Language: Arabic
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Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of traffic in Cairo streets
2- Various shots of cars lined up outside gas stations to get gas
3- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Zein El-Abdeen Abdel-Wahab, owner of gas station:
"There is a gas crisis. The government doesn't tell the truth. One representative needs to stand up and say, there is a problem and it will finish in a day or a week or a month or whatever time. But, the people don't trust the government anymore.
4- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – worker at gas station:
The congestion in the gas stations is what causing the problem. But there are a few stations that don't have gas and that's causing a problem.
5- Pan left shot of people lined up at gas station
6- Medium shot of woman holding jerry cans at gas station
7- Wide shot of cars at gas stations
8- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – A man at a gas station:
I see that all the gas stations are stopped. There is no solar no gas all the cars wait from the night until the morning and they don't get gas. This is going to paralyze the whole country. They are paralyzing the country".
SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – A man at a gas station:
"I can't determine the main reason of the crisis. The presence of this many cars show that there is a problem. I don't have the solution. Officials have the solution". Various shots of signs at the gas station written on it "there are no 90 or 80, "types of petrol" 9- Various shots of cars at gas stations

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Egypt's Agriculture Ministry: 6,000 L...
Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
23 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 22, 2012

Egypt's Ministry of Agriculture said in its daily report on Thursday, March 22, that the outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) left at least 6,000 Livestock dead and 46,000 infected so far.
On the other hand, the FMD that spread throughout 25 governorates in Egypt threatens to prevail in North Africa and the Middle East causing a regional food security issue according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Investors and livestock farm owners, as well as veterinarians, believe that the government is to blame because of neither practicing strict preventive measures at the early stage of the FMD appearance nor providing a vaccine for the disease.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Kamel Girgis, investor at the European Countryside farming project in Egypt:
"FMD is spreading and we resort to preventive means. We do not be negligent in raising the animals. We perform something like quarantine and we raise the animal quality at the same time. We also add Sodium bicarbonates to the water to prevent infection, cleaning the floors well. However, the effective vaccine hasn’t been provided by the state yet."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Mustafa Fahmy, veterinarian specialized in animal medicine and surgery:
"There should have been preventive measures, preventing transpiration among governorates and shutting off marketplaces. That should’ve been done two months ago! The government make decisions now when it's too late, which is useless. On the other hand, where is the role of vet quarantine authorities?"

However, medical sources said the country has recently started to produce local vaccine to contain the issue.
Some Egyptians are reluctant to eat meat due to the FMD issue, resorting to chicken and fish as alternatives, while others think the FMD outbreak is a rumor and they continue buying meat, particularly that supervised by the army vet units.
SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian butcher:
"The customers were afraid that the meat might be infected of the disease. They feared to buy it. Praise be to Allah, they started to buy from us because they trust us. The meat is very good and there is nothing wrong with it."

SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Egyptian woman outside the butchery:
"The meat is good but they made us afraid because of the FMD issue. Afterwards, the prices of chicken and fish rose."

SOUNDBITE 5 (Arabic) – Egyptian man outside the butchery:
"For me, I have no problem because I know that 75% of the livestock were slaughtered before the FMD appeared. On the other hand, the meat supervised by the army is trustworthy because the army has a vet unit that tests the meat and any food and they care for the good of the people and the country. They cannot harm the citizens." Unexpectedly, poultry and fish sellers complain lower sales although they are the safe alternative for concerned Egyptians. This is because merchants raised their prices as a consequence of the FMD.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 22, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 22, 2012
Length: 0:03:18
Video Size: 163 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1- Various external shots of Egypt's Ministry of Agriculture in Cairo
2- Various shots of a livestock farm at the Cairo-Alexandria desert road
3- Various shots of livestock at the farm
4- Various shots of dead animals thrown in a vast area outside the farm
5- Long shot outside the farm
6- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Kamel Girgis, investor at the European Countryside farming project in Egypt:
"FMD is spreading and we resort to preventive means. We do not be negligent in raising the animals. We perform something like quarantine and we raise the animal quality at the same time. We also add Sodium bicarbonates to the water to prevent infection, cleaning the floors well. However, the effective vaccine hasn’t been provided by the state yet." 7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Mustafa Fahmy, veterinarian specialized in animal medicine and surgery:
"There should have been preventive measures, preventing transpiration among governorates and shutting off marketplaces. That should’ve been done two months ago! The government make decisions now when it's too late, which is useless. On the other hand, where is the role of vet quarantine authorities?"
8- Various shots of livestock at the farm
9- Pan right, a marketplace in Cairo
10- Various shots of a butchery
11- Various shots of animal meat displayed at the butchery
12- Various shots of a butcher chopping the meat
13- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian butcher:
"The customers were afraid that the meat might be infected of the disease. They feared to buy it. Praise be to Allah, they started to buy from us because they trust us. The meat is very good and there is nothing wrong with it." 14- SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Egyptian woman outside the butchery:
"The meat is good but they made us afraid because of the FMD issue. Afterwards, the prices of chicken and fish rose." 15- SOUNDBITE 5 (Arabic) – Egyptian man outside the butchery:
"For me, I have no problem because I know that 75% of the livestock were slaughtered before the FMD appeared. On the other hand, the meat supervised by the army is trustworthy because the army has a vet unit that tests the meat and any food and they care for the good of the people and the country. They cannot harm the citizens." 16- Various shots of the marketplace
17- Various shots of chicken displayed for sale at the marketplace
18- Various shots of women buying chicken
19- Medium shot of the marketplace

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Representatives of Arab States Meet a...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
22 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 22, 2012

Arab states' permanent representatives to the Arab League started their meetings in Cairo on Thursday, March 22, in preparation for the upcoming Arab Summit in Baghdad, Iraq, end of this month.
Iraq's representative and meeting chairman Qais al-Azzawi praised the Arab states that ousted their longtime rulers and expressed full support to the Syrian people in their struggle for change and democracy.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Qais al-Azzawi, Iraq's representative and meeting chairman:
"We highly praise the Arab states that accomplished the mission of change and headed towards democracy through elections, enhancing the chances of building a new state and establishing the principles of law and social justice. We reaffirm our full support to the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people to freedom, rejection of the policy of one man rule, condemnation of acts of violence and killing and rejection of foreign interference to preserve the unity of Syria and the safety of its people."
Among the issues discussed in the preparatory meeting was the Arab-Israeli conflict, on which the meeting chairman reaffirmed support for the Palestinian people, noting that comprehensive peace will not be achieved unless Israel withdraw from all Palestinian occupied territories.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Qais al-Azzawi, Iraq's representative and meeting chairman:
"We also express out support to our Palestinian people in the city of Al-Quds (Jerusalem), which is subjected to violations and identity obliteration, particularly the blessed Aqsa Mosque. We announce our support to the results of Al-Quds conference held at Doha on February 26 and 27. We stress the necessity of reaching a fair solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict based on international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative." Arab cooperation with regional and international blocs and the current situation of the Arab world were among the points discussed during the meeting.
The meeting discussed the agenda of the upcoming Arab Summit that will be held in Baghdad on March 29, preparing a report to be discussed by the Arab League council on the ministerial level in a preparatory meeting in Baghdad one day before the Arab Summit.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 22, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 22, 2012
Length: 0:02:59
Video Size: 148 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1- Tilt down, external shot of the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
2- Various shots of the meeting of representatives of Arab states meet at Arab league in Cairo to prepare for Arab summit in Baghdad
3- Medium shots of the representatives of United Arab Emirates, Palestine, Iraq and Qatar
4- Medium shot, Iraq's representative and meeting chairman Qais al-Azzawi
5- Medium shot, representative of Kuwait
6- Medium shot of some representatives
7- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Qais al-Azzawi, Iraq's representative and meeting chairman:
"We highly praise the Arab states that accomplished the mission of change and headed towards democracy through elections, enhancing the chances of building a new state and establishing the principles of law and social justice. We reaffirm our full support to the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people to freedom, rejection of the policy of one man rule, condemnation of acts of violence and killing and rejection of foreign interference to preserve the unity of Syria and the safety of its people."
8- Various shots of the meeting and the chairman speaking
9- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Qais al-Azzawi, Iraq's representative and meeting chairman:
"We also express out support to our Palestinian people in the city of Al-Quds (Jerusalem), which is subjected to violations and identity obliteration, particularly the blessed Aqsa Mosque. We announce our support to the results of Al-Quds conference held at Doha on February 26 and 27. We stress the necessity of reaching a fair solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict based on international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative." 10- Medium shot of some representatives during the meeting
11- Medium shot, Libya's representative
12- Wide shot of the meeting

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Egypt Celebrates Mother's Day
Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
22 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 21, 2012

Egyptians are celebrating Mother’s Day on Wednesday, March 21, in the beginning of the spring season, to honor their mothers and express appreciation for them.
Egyptians frequented gift stores and florists' to buy gifts for their mothers to express love for them, show gratitude for all their love and support and make them feel special on such a special day.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egyptian little girl at a florist:
"Happy Mother's Day mom! You're the best woman in the world. You're the one who raised me and endeavored until I grew up." Egyptian kids wanted to show their mothers how much they loved them through simple flower bouquets and throw simple words they dedicated to their mothers on this occasion.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian little girl at a florist:
"Happy Mother's Day mom! You made me grew up, you brought me up and you suffered for me. Happy Mother's Day!" However, the picture was not that flowery on this day, as dozens of mothers of revolution martyrs gathered at a tent in the infamous Tahrir Square to lament the loss of their children and who would say to them on this day, "Happy Mother's Day mom".
Some fathers of young men martyred during January 25 Revolution went to Tahrir Square to express their grief for the great loss.
SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – A mother of one of the revolution martyrs:
"It's a big difference this year. But I want to tell you that we patiently say 'Praise be to Allah'. We can do nothing about it. What we could do is just to regard our son a trustee with the Lord. That's all." SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – A father looking at a poster of his martyred son and lamenting him:
"I wish the one who killed you shot you somewhere other than your heart, O my son! I would treat your injury but at least you would still be with me my son Ahmed! I don't say Ahmed anymore! Who else would say to me 'I love you dad'? Allah is sufficient for me and He is the Best Guardian. Allah is sufficient for me and He is the Best Guardian. Allah is sufficient for me and He is the Best Guardian… [Weeping]"
The idea of the Mother’s Day was introduced to Egypt by journalist Mustafa Amen in his book "Smiling America" 1943, yet it was first celebrated in Egypt in 1956.
Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, yet most countries celebrate Mother’s Day on second Sunday of May.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 21, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 21, 2012
Length: 0:02:39
Video Size: 131 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1- Wide overview shot of Cairo and the River Nile
2- Various shots of flowers at a florist's
3- Various shots of school kids buying bouquets of flowers
4- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egyptian little girl at a florist:
"Happy Mother's Day mom! You're the best woman in the world. You're the one who raised me and endeavored until I grew up." Various shots at a florist's 5- Medium shot, a very little boy standing holding a rose in his hand
6- Close up, a punch of flowers
7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian little girl at a florist:
"Happy Mother's Day mom! You made me grew up, you brought me up and you suffered for me. Happy Mother's Day!" 8- Various shots of dozens of mothers of revolution martyrs gathered at a tent in the infamous Tahrir Square
9- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – A mother of one of the revolution martyrs:
"It's a big difference this year. But I want to tell you that we patiently say 'Praise be to Allah'. We can do nothing about it. What we could do is just to regard our son a trustee with the Lord. That's all." 10- SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – A father looking at a poster of his martyred son and lamenting him:
"I wish the one who killed you shot you somewhere other than your heart, O my son! I would treat your injury but at least you would still be with me my son Ahmed! I don't say Ahmed anymore! Who else would say to me 'I love you dad'? Allah is sufficient for me and He is the Best Guardian. Allah is sufficient for me and He is the Best Guardian. Allah is sufficient for me and He is the Best Guardian… [Weeping]" 11- Various shots of Tahrir Square

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

Cairo, Egypt | March 21, 2012

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

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

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Egyptian Pope Shenouda III Buried at ...
Wadi Al-Nitron, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
20 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 20, 2012

Pope Shenouda III, late head of Egypt's Orthodox Church, has been taken on Tuesday, March 20, to St. Bishoy Monastery at Wady al-Natron on Cairo-Alexandria desert road for burial.

His tomb was prepared and a massive number of Copts and priests were waiting for the arrival of his body to be buried at the monastery according to his will.

Thousands of Christians endured to make a trip to the monastery at the desert to bid the last farewell to the late pope.

They raised his posters and chanted statements like "Do not say the pope has died! He has just been taken to Heaven!" and words in Coptic language meaning "O God! Have mercy on him!"

Crowds of Copts tried to break into the monastery yard and some skirmishes rose up but the situation was contained by the massive numbers of army soldiers of Military Police who spread everywhere to secure the burial.
When the coffin arrived in an ambulance, the security men, as well as Copts and priests hurried to carry it to place the pope's body in the grave, amid sighs and tears of the attendees.

Egyptian Christians make up approximately 10% of the country’s 84.5-million population.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 20, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 20, 2012
Length: 0:03:29
Video Size: 173 MB
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SHOTLIST:
1- Medium shot, a sign on the road with an arrow pointing to the way to St. Bishoy Monastery
2- Various external shots of St. Bishoy Monastery
3- Various shots inside the grave prepared for the late pope
4- Pan left, Coptic drawings on the dome-like ceiling of the grave
5- Zoom out, an old black-and-white portrait of Pope Shenouda at the entrance of the monastery grave
6- Various overview shots of crowds of Copts at the monastery
7- Various shots of skirmishes contained by the military police
8- Various shots of Copts raising posters of the late pope, chanting prayers for him
9- Various shots of the ambulance carrying the pope's coffin surrounded by a large number of army soldiers, Copts and priests
10- Various shots of the coffin taken to the tomb
11- Various shots of women and men shedding tears while the pope is being buried
12- Wide shot of crowds outside the the grave where the pope was buried

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Tens of Thousands Gather at Church fo...
Wadi el-Nitrun, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
20 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 20, 2012

Tens of thousands of mourners of Copts gathered at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo on Tuesday, March 20, for the funeral of the Coptic Orthodox Church’s leader Pope Shenouda III.

Security was tight, with dozens of police and armored vehicles positioned outside the Cathedral.

Pope Shenouda, who died on Saturday at the age of 88, promoted religious harmony, winning respect of the Muslim majority although the past few years witnessed a growth in sectarian tensions that he exerted a lot of efforts to contain them.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Archbishop Antonius Zarif:
"The most important principles left by the pope were love and tolerance. Even at times of crises related to national unity, he dealt with them with wisdom, love and tolerance. If love and tolerance preached by Pope Shenouda III prevail worldwide, I believe the whole world will live in peace."

Religious figures from several countries including a delegation of senior Catholics from the Vatican massed at the Orthodox Cathedral and priests prayed over Shenouda’s body which was lying in an open coffin with a golden miter upon his head.

Egypt’s Copts expressed their appreciation for the participation of the Muslims and their sympathy with Christians over the death of Pope Shenouda.

The man was considered a symbol for love, wisdom and tolerance.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Copt man at the Cathedral:
"Pope Shenouda was as dear as our eyes. We have come from furthest Upper Egypt to the Cathedral because of the death of Pope Shenouda. May he rest in peace! He was such a great saint. He was a blessing."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Copt young man at the Cathedral:
"If we talked about the Pope all our life we wouldn’t give him his due. He was really our leader, guidance, godfather, and everything in our life."

SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Copt young man at the Cathedral:
"We appreciate the participation of our Muslim brothers. We are Egyptians. We're compassionate and kind people and we love one another. The issue of sectarian strife and suchlike things are baseless and they have no room in our hearts as Egyptians."

The prayers were led by Bishop Bakhomious, head of the Church of Bahaira, a district at the Nile Delta northern Cairo, who will temporally replace Shenouda for two months until a new leader is elected.

A delegation also from the ruling military council and several candidates for Egypt’s upcoming presidential elections attended the funeral.

Head of Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) Mohamed Hussein Tantawi declared Tuesday, March 20, as a national day of mourning over the death of Pope Shenouda III.

Following the funeral, the burial will take place at Wadi El-Natrun monastery in the desert northwest of Cairo according to the will of the late Pope.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 20, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 20, 2012
Length: 0:03:46
Video Size: 186 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Wide external shot, Saint Mark Cathedral in Cairo where the funeral is held
2- Wide shot, massive numbers of people and security men outside the Cathedral
3- Medium shot, army soldiers outside the Cathedral
4- Wide shot, an armored vehicle moving in the street amid crowds outside the Cathedral
5- Medium shot, a Copt enter the Cathedral showing the cross in his hand to guards to be admitted
6- Medium shot, a Copt holding a large poster of Pope
7- Various shots of Christians standing in front of a large monitor in the church yard watching preparation of the coffin of Pope Shenouda and the prayer service
8- Medium shot, a Copt walking in the Church yard holding a poster of the late pope
9- Wide shot, tens of thousands of Copts outside the Cathedral for the pope funeral
10- Various shots of crowds of people carrying the coffin of the pope to the ambulance
11- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Archbishop Antonius Zarif:
"The most important principles left by the pope were love and tolerance. Even at times of crises related to national unity, he dealt with them with wisdom, love and tolerance. If love and tolerance preached by Pope Shenouda III prevail worldwide, I believe the whole world will live in peace."
12- Long shot, a lady enter the Cathedral showing the cross in her hand to be admitted
13- Various shots of Copts raising posters of the pope
14- Various shots of Christians standing in front of a large monitor in the church yard watching preparation of the coffin of Pope Shenouda and the prayer service
15- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Copt man at the Cathedral:
"Pope Shenouda was as dear as our eyes. We have come from furthest Upper Egypt to the Cathedral because of the death of Pope Shenouda. May he rest in peace! He was such a great saint. He was a blessing." 16- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Copt young man at the Cathedral:
"If we talked about the Pope all our life we wouldn’t give him his due. He was really our leader, guidance, godfather, and everything in our life." 17- SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Copt young man at the Cathedral:
"We appreciate the participation of our Muslim brothers. We are Egyptians. We're compassionate and kind people and we love one another. The issue of sectarian strife and suchlike things are baseless and they have no room in our hearts as Egyptians."
18- Wide shot, massive number of security men in black uniform amid crowds of people outside the Cathedral
19- Wide shot, crowds outside the Cathedral
20- Various shots of Copts raising posters of the pope
21- Various shots of Christians standing in front of a large monitor in the church yard watching preparation of the coffin of Pope Shenouda and the prayer service
22- Wide shot, massive crowds outside the Cathedral
23- Wide external shot, a sad man waving farewell to the pope with the Cathedral minarets in the background

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Egypt Muslims Commiserate With Copts ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
20 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 19, 2012

Muslims in Egypt commiserate with Copts over the death of Pope Shenouda III, head of Egypt's Orthodox Church and the Spiritual leader of Copts in the country, offering them condolences and sharing them grief over the man considered by both as a great symbol of the country.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hashem Mohamed, Muslim preacher:
"We would like to say that we're brothers. The Muslims and the Copts are brothers for better or worse. This is what we are urged by Islam Prophet Mohamed, peace and blessings be upon him, as he married Mariah who was Copt."

Pope Shenouda III is the 117th Patriarch of Egypt's Coptic Church and he died Saturday, March 17, at the age of 88 or almost 89.
Christians expressed appreciation of the condolences of Muslims and stressed keenness on maintaining love, mutual respect and national unity as the teachings of both religions.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Archbishop Silwan al-Zekri:
"Although there were few tensions and strives during his life, we have seen today love shown by Copts, Muslims, leaders and ordinary people. All currents of society agreed on one thing: that Pope Shenouda was a great person. So, this will surely reflect on the peace of Egypt in the future."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Copt man:
"The Muslims brothers are as sad as the Christians. All Muslim leaders expressed sadness. The Muslims offer condolences to us on phone, in the streets, at the Church, etc. There are Muslims who are present at the Church just like Copts."

All top institutions offered condolence to the Copts of Egypt who represent 10% of the country's 80-million population while Muslims represent 90%.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 19, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 19, 2012
Length: 0:01:49
Video Size: 90.3 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

1- Various shots of Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo
2- Medium shot, worshippers coming out of Al-Azhar Mosque after performing Muslim prayers
3- Various shots of Al-Azhar administrative headquarters in Cairo
4- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hashem Mohamed, Muslim preacher:
"We would like to say that we're brothers. The Muslims and the Copts are brothers for better or worse. This is what we are urged by Islam Prophet Mohamed, peace and blessings be upon him, as he married Mariah who was Copt." 5- Zoom out, the Cathedral in Cairo with Copts outside waiting to bid the last farewell to the body of the Pope
6- Various shots of Pope Shenouda III seated upright on a chair inside a room in the Church with a golden crown and formal attire, and prayers are held around him
7- Pan left, Saint Mark Cathedral in Cairo
8- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Archbishop Silwan al-Zekri:
"Although there were few tensions and strives during his life, we have seen today love shown by Copts, Muslims, leaders and ordinary people. All currents of society agreed on one thing: that Pope Shenouda was a great person. So, this will surely reflect on the peace of Egypt in the future." 9- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Copt man:
"The Muslims brothers are as sad as the Christians. All Muslim leaders expressed sadness. The Muslims offer condolences to us on phone, in the streets, at the Church, etc. There are Muslims who are present at the Church just like Copts." 10- Pan right, Saint Mark Cathedral in Cairo
11- Tilt down, a mosque in Cairo

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

Cairo, Egypt | March 19, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pope Shenouda III, Head of Egypt Orth...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
18 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 17, 2012

Pope Shenouda III, Head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, died on Saturday, March 17, at the age of 88, after a long battle against illness.

The Coptic patriarch Pope Shenouda’s health has been deteriorating recently as he suffered from back and kidney problems for years and repeatedly travelled to the US for medical treatment. He was unable last Wednesday to give his weekly sermon at church.

The sound of weeping and prayers overwhelmed the Cathedral atmosphere where thousands of Copts gathered to lament the soul of the man whom they regard as a symbol for wisdom and sincerity.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egyptian Copt at the Cathedral:
"There are no words that can make up for the value of this man. There are no words that can be said for losing such a big symbol. He was the cover sheltering all the Egyptian people, not only the Christians."

Shenouda was widely accepted by Christians and Muslims for his regular efforts to contain sectarian tensions following any incidents. He was also known for his support for the Palestinian rights in the long Middle East conflict and he was often described as an Arab nationalist by many observers.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Pope Shenouda III [archive]:
“We want to solve the problems. We do not want to make things more dangerous and difficult. We will celebrate the birth of the Christ (on January 7) regardless of any circumstances or issues.”

In 2001, he famously stated he would never visit Jerusalem unless he entered the country with a Palestinian visa along with Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, the late Grand Imam of Egypt’s foremost religious authority, Al-Azhar.

He was born on August 3, 1923, in Asiut, Upper Egypt, and he has been the Pope of Alexandria since November 1971, when assassinated President Anwar Sadat was in power.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 17, 2012 [and archive]
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 17, 2012
Length: 0:02:20
Video Size: 115 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

1- Various shots of thousands of Copts lamenting the death of Pope Shenouda III at the Cathedral headquarters in Cairo
2- Various close shots of men and women weeping for the death of Pope Shenouda III
3- Medium shot, a young woman trying to calm down another weeping so hard
4- Various shots of the thousands of Copts lamenting the death of Pope Shenouda III
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egyptian Copt at the Cathedral:
"There are no words that can make up for the value of this man. There are no words that can be said for losing such a big symbol. He was the cover sheltering all the Egyptian people, not only the Christians." 6- Various shots of thousands of Copts lamenting the death of Pope Shenouda III at the Cathedral in Cairo
7- Various medium shots of men and women weeping for the death of Pope Shenouda III
8- Medium shot, a man sitting on the floor covering his face in his lap and weeping
9- Various shots of the people at the Cathedral
10- Various shots of Pope Shenouda III on different occasions [archive]
11- Various shots of a press conference inside the church, including Pope Shenouda, late Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, the Mufti of Egypt and Minister of Islamic Endowments [archive]
12- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Pope Shenouda III [archive]:
“We want to solve the problems. We do not want to make things more dangerous and difficult. We will celebrate the birth of the Christ (on January 7) regardless of any circumstances or issues.” 13- Various external shots of Egypt's Coptic Church in Cairo

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Tens of Thousands of Egyptians Bid Fa...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
18 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 18, 2012

Tens of thousands of Egyptian Copts gathered outside the Cathedral in Cairo on Sunday, March 18, to mourn the death of their spiritual leader Pope Shenouda III, who died Saturday at the age of 88, causing deep grief to the Copts of Egypt who represent 10% of the country's 80-million population.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egyptian Copt man at the Cathedral:
"We undoubtedly lost a great figure like Pope Shenouda, and I am certain that all Egyptians are sad for losing him because he had a great effect on our thoughts, lives and traditions. We all know that he – may he rest in peace – was the engineer of national unity."

They also gathered to bid the last farewell to the late Pope whose body was seated upright on a chair inside the Cathedral dressed in golden crown and formal attire in a mass held to pray over his soul.

All Egyptian top institution formally offered condolences to all Copts for the great loss, including the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the Cabinet, Al-Azhar and others, besides presidential candidates and political parties including the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian Copt woman at the Cathedral:
"Egypt has lost one of its symbols. In my opinion, God has just taken the greatest man on earth. I don’t consider him an ordinary man. I consider him a saint on earth."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian Copt man at the Cathedral:
"May the Lord comfort the people of Egypt and the whole world for the loss of Pope Shenouda. We really have lost his blessings."

Pope Shenouda's body will remain in the same position on the chair for more two days and then he will be taken for burial in a desert northern west of Cairo according to his will.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 18, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 18, 2012
Length: 0:02:45
Video Size: 135 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

1- Tilt down, Cathedral in Cairo with security men and people outside
2- Various shots of tens of thousands of Copts outside the Cathedral mourning the death of Pope Shenouda III
3- Long shot, groups of Copts on top of a building at the Cathedral while others on the floor
4- Medium shot, two women weeping over the death of Pope Shenouda III
5- Various shots of massive number of Copts outside the Cathedral mourning the death of Pope Shenouda III
6- Wide external shot, the Cathedral in Cairo
7- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egyptian Copt man at the Cathedral:
"We undoubtedly lost a great figure like Pope Shenouda, and I am certain that all Egyptians are sad for losing him because he had a great effect on our thoughts, lives and traditions. We all know that he – may he rest in peace – was the engineer of national unity." 8- Various shots of the body of Pope Shenouda III seated on a chair inside the Cathedral dressed in golden crown and formal attire
9- Medium shot, women outside the Church lamenting the death of Pope Shenouda III
10- Medium shot, three army soldiers inside an armored vehicle
11- Various shots of Copts outside the Cathedral and some on top of an attached building
12- Various shots of Copts chanting prayers for Pope Shenouda III
13- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian Copt woman at the Cathedral:
"Egypt has lost one of its symbols. In my opinion, God has just taken the greatest man on earth. I don’t consider him an ordinary man. I consider him a saint on earth." 14- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian Copt man at the Cathedral:
"May the Lord comfort the people of Egypt and the whole world for the loss of Pope Shenouda. We really have lost his blessings." 15- Various shots of thousands of Copts lamenting the death of Pope Shenouda III at the Cathedral in Cairo

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Egypt's Parliament Decides 100-Member...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
17 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 17, 2012

Egypt's Parliament Speaker Mohmed Saad al-Katatni announced on Saturday, March 17, that the 100-member committee that will be responsible for writing the country's new constitution will be composed of 50 parliamentarians and 50 figures from outside the parliament.

The announcement came in the second joint meeting of Egypt’s two houses of parliament, the People's Assembly and the Shura Council, after vote counting on the parliament representation in the constitution panel.

Some members recommended all panel members should be MPs, others recommended the opposite and some recommended a joint panel of MPs and other figures.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt Parliament Speaker Mohamed Saad al-Katatni:
"The recommendation with majority of votes is the one necessitating the formation of the constitution-writing committee to include 50% from the parliament and 50% from outside the parliament including all institutions, authorities, civil society organizations and public figures."

Islamists represented in the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and the Salafi Al-Nour Party voted for a joint panel of parliamentarians and non-parliamentarians, while most liberals recommended that most panel members should be from outside the parliament to avoid Islamic influence on Egypt’s new constitution.

Others see that honesty and sincerity are more important than being from inside or outside the parliament.

Egypt's current constitution was passed in 1971 and was amended twice ever since, with controversial articles that led to dictatorship and one-man rule according to analysts.

The 100-member panel will be assigned with writing a new constitution that copes with the aspirations of January 25 Revolution.

SHOTLIST:

1- Various shots of the second joint meeting of Egypt’s two houses of parliament, the People's Assembly and the Shura Council
2- Various shots of Parliament Speaker Mohmed Saad al-Katatni speaking during the meeting
3- Various shots of the attendees
4- Clouse up, a sign reading "Voting Supervision Committee"
5- Various shots of the voting process inside the conference hall
6- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt Parliament Speaker Mohamed Saad al-Katatni:
"The recommendation with majority of votes is the one necessitating the formation of the constitution-writing committee to include 50% from the parliament and 50% from outside the parliament including all institutions, authorities, civil society organizations and public figures." 7- Various shots of the meeting and the attendees
8- Various shots of ballot boxes on tables during the meeting
9- Medium shot of the attendees
10- Various external shots of the People's Assembly
11- Various external shots of the Shura Council

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Syrian Community in Egypt Commemorate...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
16 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 16, 2012

Members of the Syrian community in Egypt along with Syrian activists including some Egyptian activists gathered at the Syrian tent in Tahrir Square on Friday, March 16, commemorating the first anniversary of the ongoing revolt against the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
Protestors condemned al-Assad's regime and its ongoing violent crackdown on civilians and protestors, chanting statements against al-Assad, demanding his execution and reaffirming that the Syrian revolution will win at the end.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) Syrian protestor:
"We are here to commemorate the anniversary of passing one year of the Syrian revolution to show all the world that the Syrian people spent a year on the violence crackdown of al-Assad' regime gang which controls the regime from all sides of the country."
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Syrian protestor:
"We just want to say to Bashar al-Assad that the Syrian Free Army is being armed. The free army will destroy you! Bashar. There won't be anything called Bashar, they will destroy your future very soon. Soon you will face a terrible death as well as everyone who participated in killing the protestors." Protestors are urging the international community to come together to take military action to end al-Assad' regime massacre against the Syrian people and to save the Syrian people.
Protestors held the commemoration ceremony of the Syrian revolution at the Syrian revolution tent, which established by Syrian activists in Cairo outside the headquarters of the Arab League to highlight the massacre of the Syrian regime of Bashar against the Syrian protestors and to serve as a reminder to the organization of the Syrians' tragedy and to do more to stop the necessity the killing machine operated by President Bashar Al Assad against the Syrians.
The Syrian uprising is close to becoming the Arab Spring’s bloodiest and longest revolt, as the death toll has reached more than 8,000 dead, according to the United Nations.

SHOTLIST:
1- Wide external shot of the large Syrian tent outside the headquarters of the AL downtown Tahrir Square
2- Wide shot of Syrians inside the tent shouting statements against Bashar al-Assad
3- Medium shot of boxes written on it " Freedom Campaign to support the Syrian revolution and with posters of victims of the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad
4- Various shots of Syrians protesting inside the tent, shouting statements against al-Assad
5- Wide shot of Syrians shouting the Syrians want " al-Assad' execution"
6- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) Syrian protestor:
"We are here to commemorate the anniversary of passing one year of the Syrian revolution to show all the world that the Syrian people spent a year on the violence crackdown of al-Assad' regime gang which controls the regime from all sides of the country."
7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic)- Syrian protestor:
"We just want to say to Bashar al-Assad that the Syrian Free Army is being armed. The free army will destroy you! Bashar. There won't be anything called Bashar, they will destroy your future very soon. Soon you will face a terrible death and any other one participated in killing the protestors." 8- Pan left shot of posters of protestors and posters condemning Bashar al-Assad
9- Medium shot of poster of Syrian protestor, holding murdered child, victim of the Syrian regime , written on it " Be patient free Syrians"
10- Various shots of Syrian protestors and young Syrian boys shouting statements against Bashar al-Assad
11- Various shots of protestors inside the tent, chanting against Bashar al-Assad

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

Cairo, Egypt | March 15, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cairo, Egypt | March 15, 2012

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

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

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

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Nasrallah Urges Political Solution fo...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
16 Mar 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | March 15, 2012

Hezbollah's Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah urged on a televised speech on Thursday, March 15, for a political solution in Syria, reaffirming support for the Syrian regime and President Bashar al-Assad.
Nasrallah expressed concern about division and civil war in Syria and the region in case of military interference or continuous armed clashes.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah:
"We are concerned about any division of Syria and the region, we're concerned about a civil war, we're concerned about chaos, and we're concerned about weakening Syria as a representative of a national position in the Arab-Israeli conflict and real support of the resistant movements in the region. Therefore, from day one, we called for avoiding armed confrontations, not carrying arms, resorting to political solution and its mechanisms."
Nasrallah called on all Syrian parties to disarm and engage in dialogue rather than armed clashes, expressing confidence in the strength of the Syrian regime against "those who want to destroy Syria".
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah:
"For Syria, there is nothing but a political solution. Go ahead and find a political solution. Frankly speaking, it means dropping weapons simultaneously within an agreed mechanism for a clear and systematic political solution. Otherwise, there would be more bloodshed, more suffering and more exhaustion. Those who want to destroy Syria or topple the regime at any price will not be able to do that."
During his speech in the annual graduation ceremony of illiteracy elimination students, Nasrallah said his group would continue possession of arms against regional threats, referring to Israel, describing the recent Israeli attack on Gaza as "painful but was met by the firm will and resolution of the resistance."

SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of the audience and one introducing the appearance of Nasrallah
2- Wide shot, Nasrallah starts appearing on a screen and the audience standing and cheering "We're at your service Nasrallah!"
3- Various shots of the audience listening to Nasrallah’s televised speech
4- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah:
"We are concerned about any division of Syria and the region, we're concerned about a civil war, we're concerned about chaos, and we're concerned about weakening Syria as a representative of a national position in the Arab-Israeli conflict and real support of the resistant movements in the region. Therefore, from day one, we called for avoiding armed confrontations, not carrying arms, resorting to political solution and its mechanisms."
5- Wide shot of the audience listening to Nasrallah’s televised speech
6- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah:
"For Syria, there is nothing but a political solution. God ahead and find a political solution. Frankly speaking, it means dropping weapons simultaneously within an agreed mechanism for a clear and systematic political solution. Otherwise, there would be more bloodshed, more suffering and more exhaustion. Those who want to destroy Syria or topple the regime at any price will not be able to do that."
7- Various shots of the graduation ceremony of illiteracy elimination students

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Massive March of Al-Ahly Fans Demandi...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
16 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 15, 2012

STORYLINE:
Thousands of Egyptian activists and football fans marched from the headquarters of Al-Ahly club towards the General-Prosecutor office at the Supreme Courthouse headquarters downtown Cairo on Thursday, March 15, protesting the slow pace of procedures taken by the government to find those responsible for the recent football violence at the Egyptian city of Port-Said that killed at least 74 and injured several hundreds.
Protestors chanted statements against the Interior Ministry and the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) which they hold responsibility for bloody riots, raising posters of victims of "the massacre" that erupted following a football match between Cairo’s top club Al-Ahly and Port Siad's team Al-Masry.
Investigations are going on in the country’s worst football riots that took place on February 1st.
Egypt’s General- Prosecutor accused 75 people of murder charges in connection with the deadly soccer riots, including nine police officers.
Fans of Al-Ahly as well as other participants believe that Port-Said massacre was a conspiracy plotted by the police and the ruling military for political reasons.

SHOTLIST:
1. Pan right shot of massive rally of thousands of protestors of fans of al-Ahly club and Egyptian activists heading to the office of the General-Prosecutor, demanding retaliation for the victims of Port Said soccer riots
2. Various shots of protestors raising posters of the victims of the recently soccer riots, demanding the rights of them, outside the office of the General-Prosecutor
3. Medium shot of posters of the victims
4. Various shots of protestors waving the Egyptian flags, chanting statements, demanding the rights of the victims
5. Various shots of protestors, shouting “ Martyrs, you are in the paradise”
6. Wide shot, a protestor among the massive rally holding a large flag with a drawing of police man written on it "police bastard"
7. Wide shot of protestors setting outside the office of the General-Prosecutor
8. Medium shot of two posters of two of the victims of the recent football riots
9. Medium shot of a poster for one of the victims
10. Zoom out shot of protestors outside the office of the General-Prosecutor

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Lebanese Authorities Continue Raids o...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
15 Mar 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | March 14, 2012

The Lebanese authorities continue raids on food warehouses over the recent scandal of spoiled food, some of which having more than a year back expiration dates.
Five men are currently facing charges of attempted murder for knowingly processing and distributing spoiled food to the public.
President Michel Suleiman held a meeting Wednesday, March 14, with his ministers including PM Najib Mikati to discuss what he described as a "catastrophic" issue.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Lebanese Information Minister Walid Daouk:
"His Excellency Mr. President opened the meeting session, stressing the horribleness of the issue of spoiled food, with regard to the types and quantities of seized spoiled food, considering the issue catastrophic for threatening the food security of the Lebanese citizens and negatively affecting the reputation of Lebanon."
Suleiman called for merciless penalties for the importers, distributors and dealers of spoiled food.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 14, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: March 14, 2012
Length: 0:01:36
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SHOTLIST:
Various shots of Lebanese State Security men raiding meat warehouses
Close up, a red waxed bag of spoiled food with a tag written on it "prohibited for expiration date passage"
Various shots of meet at raided warehouses
Various shots of different kinds of processed meat displayed for sale at one stores
Medium shot, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman heading to a meeting with the cabinet
Various shots of the meeting
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Lebanese Information Minister Walid Daouk:
"His Excellency Mr. President opened the meeting session, stressing the horribleness of the issue of spoiled food, with regard to the types and quantities of seized spoiled food, considering the issue catastrophic for threatening the food security of the Lebanese citizens and negatively affecting the reputation of Lebanon."
Various shots of the press conference after the meeting

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

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

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

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

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

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Publishing Time: March 14, 2012
Length: 0:03:04
Video Size: 152 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Wide external shot, the Egyptian Parliament
2- Various shots of members of the parliament entering
3- Various shots of members of the parliament, mostly breaded Islamists, at the parliament entrance and yard
4- Wide external shot, the Egyptian Parliament
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed al-Said Edrees, Head of Parliament Arab Affairs Committee:
"We demand expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt and withdrawal of the Egyptian Ambassador from Tel Aviv and halting export of natural gas to this entity (i.e. Israel)." 6- Medium shot, the parliament gate with Egypt's flag
7- Various shots of members of the parliament, mostly breaded Islamists, at the parliament entrance and yard
8- Various shots of army security men
9- Wide shot, over view of Cairo and the River Nile
10- Various shots of people in the street
11- SOUNDBITES 2 – Egyptian Citizen:
“I support the demand of the Parliament Arab Affairs Committee to kick out the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt due to many issues. For example, our brothers have been recently killed at the Egyptian borders by Israelis and they just apologized as if the Egyptians are worthless.” 12- SOUNDBITE 3 – Egyptian Citizen:
“We don’t have to make irresponsible hasty decisions such as expelling the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt and withdrawing our Egyptian Ambassador form Israel. Of course this is not the solution. The people must think well. We have to think of our country’s ongoing conditions, our economy and the conditions of Egyptian citizens.” 13- SOUNDBITES 4 – Egyptian Citizen:
“Of course I agree with the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt and the withdrawal of the Egyptian Ambassador from Israel, as Arabs are like members of the same body; if anything wrong happens to any member, the others are badly affected. We have to untie! Arabs and Muslims are brothers.” 14- Wide shot (low angel) the building of the Israeli Embassy at Giza with Israeli flag hanging on the window [archive]
15- Various shots of a protest outside the Israeli Embassy with protestors raising Palestinian flag [archive]
16- Medium shot, protestors setting fire on a flag of Israel and treading on it with their shoes [archive]
17- Various shots of the construction of a wall outside the Israeli Embassy to protect it [archive]
18- Various shots of protestors pulling down the wall outside the embassy [archive]
19- Wide shot, Israeli symbolic star drawn on the ground of a street and cars driving on it

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

Beirut, Lebanon| March 13, 2012

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

Story: Italian Envoy to the Middle East Says Italy against Military Intervention in Syria
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Publishing Time: March 13, 2012
Length: 0:01:01
Video Size: 50.4 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of downtown Beirut, Lebanon
2. Various shots of the meeting of Italian Foreign Ministry's envoy for the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Maurizio Massari, with his Lebanese counterpart Mansour Adnan
3. Various shots of troops at the Lebanese – Syrian borders

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Muslim Brotherhood Official Visits Eg...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
13 Mar 2012

For the first time, Muslim Brotherhood General- Guide Mohamed Badie paid a visit to the Anglican Church in Cairo on Tuesday, March 13, accompanied by a delegation of the MB top leaders, including former General Guide Mahdi Akef.
The meeting aims to establish a joint national group that serves the interests of the country in order to achieve stability and remove misconceptions about some controversial concepts on both sides.
The Muslim guests and the Coptic hosts, led by Anglican Church leader Safwat al-Bayad, discussed number of important Egyptian issues apart from the political side, stressing the common value of national unity.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Muslim Brotherhood General- Guide Mohamed Badie:
"The Ten Commandments in the Torah, the Gospel and the Quran are the same. They haven’t changed and they will never change. It's strange that we have the same commandments and that we carry this shared responsibility and some others attempt to break this unity. Therefore I say that we have no choice but to put our hands together and not allow any power, authority or human being to divide this gathering. Whatever is united by Almighty Allah cannot be disunited by people."
Badie affirmed that Egypt needs the efforts of all its sons whether Muslims or Christians, adding that Egypt was going through a critical transitional phase where dialogue would lead to more understanding and common values.
Badie praised the Anglican sect and its leaders as they were the ones who called for such a meeting to hold talks with the MB for the sake of the country’s interests.
They both stressed the importance to follow the religious principles and values, commending January 25 Revolution as a turning point that allowed such meetings.
Anglican Church leader Al-Bayad expressed his appreciation of the MB’s visit, calling for more national dialogues for the sake of Egypt, praising the MB as moderate and keen on the country's best interest.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 13, 2012
Shooting Location: Egypt
Publishing Time: March 13, 2012
Length: 0:01:57
Video Size: 96.8 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of Muslim Brotherhood General- Guide Mohamed Badie and his delegation entering the Anglican Church
2- Various shots Badie and his delegation being welcomed by Anglican Church leader Safwat al-Bayad and other church members
3- Various shots of the meeting of both sides
4- Various shots of Badie making a statement during the meeting
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Muslim Brotherhood General- Guide Mohamed Badie:
"The Ten Commandments in the Torah, the Gospel and the Quran are the same. They haven’t changed and they will never change. It's strange that we have the same commandments and that we carry this shared responsibility and some others attempt to break this unity. Therefore I say that we have no choice but to put our hands together and not allow any power, authority or human being to divide this gathering. Whatever is united by Almighty Allah cannot be disunited by people."
6- Various shots of the meeting
7- Various shots of Badie and his delegation leaving

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Egypt's Football Association Cancels ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
12 Mar 2012

March 11, 2012 - Cairo, Egypt

Egypt's Football Association (EFA) decided on Saturday, March 10, to halt the Premier League competitions that have been suspended since the bloody soccer riots after a football match in Port Said early February.

Egyptian sport expert expected the decision and some of them see it even late.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Gamal al-Zuhairy, sports critic, editor-in-chief of Sport News Newspaper:
"I believe this decision should’ve been made earlier to assure everyone that there's no premier league competition. It would be difficult or even impossible to resume the competition before clarification of things regarding the punishment of perpetrators of such a crime or massacre that happened after the match." The EFA decided to hold instead a no-fan "Martyr Cup" competition on honor of the souls of the victims of the riots that took place on February 1st, after a football match between Port Said's team Al-Masry and Cairo's top team Al-Ahly, which killed at least 74 and wounded hundreds.

Al-Masry will not participate in the Martyr Cup competition according to the EFA decision.

EFA said the financial loss of halting the premier league competitions would reach one billion Egyptian pounds. [1 USD = 6.03 EGP]

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian young man:
"There is no problem about holding 'the Martyr Cup' competition these days. It will raise the spirit of their families when they are considered among revolution martyrs. However, Port Said's team should participate normally like other teams. We don’t want to be hard to them because they have already seen enough."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian young man:
"I am against holding any competition at all. There is a feeling of big damage in all Egyptian sports. I don’t feel happy when I watch football these days." Al-Ahly fans, as well as many others who wanted to express condemn of the tragic riots, held massive rallies marching through Cairo central streets to the General-Prosecutor office at the Supreme Courthouse headquarters, demanding justice and retaliation for the victims.
SHOTLIST:
1- Various external shots of Egyptian Football Association (EFA) headquarters in Cairo
2- Various shots of a previous meeting of the recently resigned EFA board chaired by Smair Zaher
3- Medium shot, flag of Egypt next to flag of EFA
4- Medium shot, a sign reading "The Board"
5- Various shots of a previous meeting of the recently resigned EFA board chaired by Smair Zaher (archive)
6- Various shots of the soccer riot tragedy at Port Said Stadium (archive, Feb 1)
7- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Gamal al-Zuhairy, sports critic, editor-in-chief of Sport News Newspaper:
"I believe this decision should’ve been made earlier to assure everyone that there's no premier league competition. It would be difficult or even impossible to resume the competition before clarification of things regarding the punishment of perpetrators of such a crime or massacre that happened after the match." 8- Tilt down, the main gate of Al-Masry Stadium at Port Said, where the riots took place, with crowds outside the stadium (archive)
9- Various shots of the aftermath of the riots at the stadium seats with blood spots on the seats and the ground (archive)
10- Various shots of many pairs of shoes at stadium exit where the tragedy took place (archive)
11- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian young man:
"There is no problem about holding 'the Martyr Cup' competition these days. It will raise the spirit of their families when they are considered among revolution martyrs. However, Port Said's team should participate normally like other teams. We don’t want to be hard to them because they have already seen enough."
12- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian young man:
"I am against holding any competition at all. There is a feeling of big damage in all Egyptian sports. I don’t feel happy when I watch football these days." 13- Various shots of massive rallies of fans of al-Ahly club walking on one of Cairo’ bridges heading to the office of the General-Prosecutor, demanding retaliation for the victims of Port Said (archive)
14- Medium shot of protestors holding fireworks, demanding retaliation (archive)
15- Wide shot, protestors raising the Egyptians flags and posters for the victims of Port Said outside the headquarters of the Supreme Courthouse (archive)

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Suleiman Commends Lebanese Economy
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
12 Mar 2012

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman commended the country's economy as firm and stable in the face of financial crises over the past few years, he said on the ceremony held in Beirut on Monday, March 12, marking the 60th anniversary of the General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce.
He added that Lebanon managed to avoid the ongoing tensions and crises in the region, hinting at the Syrian crisis, hoping peaceful solutions for them "within an Arab environment" in a way that responds to the legitimate demands of peoples.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Lebanese President Michel Suleiman:
"Lebanon, as you know, managed to overcome many obstacles over the past few years, the last of which was the worldwide financial crisis. It was able to avoid the negative consequences to the tensions and crises that emerged in its geographic region. Lebanon hopes for solutions of these crises in a peaceful way agreed upon by all parties and within an Arab environment, meeting the legitimate demands of peoples and their needs for freedom, democracy, stability and development."
Suleiman urged Arab businessmen to work on improving the Arab job market to provide better opportunities for the youth, stressing that social growth and personal liberties are a guarantee to develop freedom and justice.
He also called for connection between Arab financial markets and establishment of investment banks where Arab funds would participate to implement development projects, noting that Lebanon's banking sector achieved considerable growth over the past few years.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 12, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: March 12, 2012
Length: 0:01:36
Video Size: 71.9 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of the ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce
2. Various shots of Lebanese President Michel Suleiman heading to the podium to make a statement
3. Various shots of the attendant Arab businessmen while Suleiman speaking
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Lebanese President Michel Suleiman:
"Lebanon, as you know, managed to overcome many obstacles over the past few years, the last of which was the worldwide financial crisis. It was able to avoid the negative consequences to the tensions and crises that emerged in its geographic region. Lebanon hopes for solutions of these crises in a peaceful way agreed upon by all parties and within an Arab environment, meeting the legitimate demands of peoples and their needs for freedom, democracy, stability and development."
5. Various shots of Suleiman receiving an honoring gift from the head of the General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce Adnan Kassar
6. Pan right, external shot of Adnan Kassar Edifice for Arab Economy, the headquarters of the General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Registration for Egypt's Presidential...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
10 Mar 2012

Registration for Egypt's presidential race opened on Saturday, March 10, at the Supreme Elections Commission headquarters in Cairo, where a number of presidential hopefuls were seen.

Among the presidential candidates seen today was Ahmed Shafik, the last prime minister appointed by ousted president Hosni Mubarak in the face of January 25 Revolution.

Egyptians hope for a qualified president who is able to run the ongoing critical transitional stage in Egypt's modern history.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
“Most important is that the president be democratically elected, and without fraud. At the same time, the president will serve for a limited term and will be replaced afterwards as the power will be transferred peacefully.”

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
“The president must be fair and this is the most important thing. We don’t want a president who is over 70 years. We need young leaders. Enough is enough. An 80 year old president cannot make a decision. We also want him to combat corruption.”

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
“Beside the homeland security and internal policy, the new president must keep Egypt secure from external threats.“

President hopefuls have to apply before April 8, after which candidates will begin campaigning for Egypt's historic presidential elections that will kick off on May 23 and 24.

The elections will be the first step towards real democracy and end of military rule, observers say.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 10, 2012 [and archive]
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 10, 2012
Length: 0:01:32
Video Size: 76.1 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1- Various external shots of Egypt's the Supreme Elections Commission headquarters in Cairo
2- Various shots of former PM Ahmed Shafik entering accompanied by supporters and advisers
3- Various shots of Shafik coming out after registration and surrounded by reporters
4- Wide shot, crowds outside the Supreme Elections Commission headquarters in Cairo
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
“Most important is that the president be democratically elected, and without fraud. At the same time, the president will serve for a limited term and will be replaced afterwards as the power will be transferred peacefully.” 6- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
“The president must be fair and this is the most important thing. We don’t want a president who is over 70 years. We need young leaders. Enough is enough. An 80 year old president cannot make a decision. We also want him to combat corruption.” 7- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen:
“Beside the homeland security and internal policy, the new president must keep Egypt secure from external threats.“ 8- Various archive shots of presidential candidates including former Arab League chief Amr Moussa, Salafi candidate Hazem Salah Abou Ismail, Al-Ghad Party leader Ayman Nour, Nasserite leader Hamdine Sabbahi and former judge Hesham al-Bastawisi
9- Wide overview of Cairo and the River Nile