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Spain led the recent property boom in Europe with prices increasing annually at an average of 13% from 2001 to 2007. With the global down-turn of 2008, Spain was hit hard, with many of its new constructions now empty. The government estimates that over 780 000 houses built since 2005 have not been sold. Cuidad Valdeluz is the starkest example of the Spanish property crash. The new town was supposed to house 30 thousand people, today barely 1000 have moved in.
October 28, 2012, New York, New York United States. As hurricane Sandy approaches New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this morning that all public transportation will be close by 7pm tonight. Mayor Bloomberg ordered mandatory evacuations of the City's low-lying zone, which includes over 340 thousand people.
Young Indonesians living a punk lifestyle are being persecuted by the "Sharia police" of the country. Many punks have recently been arrested in Banda Aceh, Indonesia's most devoutly Muslim province, purportedly to be re-educated. While human rights groups are concerned about the situation, the police say its only goal is to protect the punks from themselves and prevent them from bringing shame on their families.
Thousands of workers took to the streets in Barcelona, in the eighth general strike to protest against labor reform. The educational community protest against cuts and the rising ratio of students per classroom in schools and colleges.
Each day in Spain more than 500 families are evicted from their homes. 22 percent of Spanish households are living in poverty and nearly 600,000 have no income. It is expected that in the coming months this situation will worsen.
The CGT and CNT anarchist labor unions called a 24 hour strike. The day of action is in defense of public services and a protest against social cuts and unemployment. They also complain that salaries in Spain are the lowest in Europe while the unemployment rate is the highest: it is over the 25% of the population
Following months of routine shelling, the “liberated” Syrian town of Al Bab bands together in an attempt to grasp a bit of normalcy for their children. Since August, six schools have been shelled in Assad’s escalated aerial bombardment, and class has been moved to underground bunkers and basements, adapting to the times. Many parents fear sending their children to school, but now community members are volunteering their time in order to safely get the kids out of the house... and back to school.
A car bomb blast in the East Beirut neighborhood of Ashrafieh killed at least eight people and wounded fifty others, security sources said on Friday October 19, 2012. The explosion, which took place at the busy Sassine Square, where the office of the anti-Assad Christian Kataeb Party is located, struck around 3 p.m damaged buildings and shattered windows over a radius of several blocks.
The incident occurred at a time of heightened tension between Lebanese factions and political parties on opposite sides of the Syria conflict. It is the first bombing in the Lebanese capital since 2008.
The Pearl-Qatar, a mixed-use, man-made, island development in the Qatari capital Doha.
Protesters gather outside US Embassy in Doha, Qatar, to condemn the Anti-Islam movie
The Malaysian High Court dismissed an application today by four transgender individuals who are challenging the ban on Muslim men dressing and posing as women, which is found under Section 66 of the Syariah Criminal Enactment.
The four, who had been either arrested or penalized by the "Negeri Sembilan Islamic Religious Department" before, were applying for a judicial review to declare Section 66 unconstitutional.
Justice Siti Mariah Ahmad said in her judgment that the four applicants were indisputably Muslims and were biologically born as a man, so Section 66 applied to them. She also ruled that Part 2 of the Federal Constitution, which guarantees fundamental liberties to an individual, is overruled by Section 66.
Aston Paiva, the lawyer representing the four during the judicial review, said he would be advising his clients to appeal the decision.
The four applicants, Adam Shazrul Mohammad Yusoff, Mohammad Juzaili Mohammad Khamis, Shukur Jani and Wan Fairol Wan Ismail, argued that Section 66 violated the Federal Constitution's guarantee of freedom of expression. They also claimed that the "Syariah laws" should not apply to them as they had been diagnosed with "Gender Identity Disorder."
While several other Malaysians who were born male have sought to be legally declared women, this was the first legal challenge to the law that bans men from "cross-dressing" in Malaysia.
A U.S. air strike targeted a car carrying members of Al-Qaeda on Thursday, October 4th, in the Al-Saed region of Shabwa city, 500 kilometers south-east of the Yemeni capital Sanaa.
Three members of Al-Qaeda died, one of them an Egyptian national.
Eye-witnesses said that they saw a Toyota going to the mountains, and moments later they heard a loud aircraft flying over the area and bombing the vehicle, which was carrying four al-Qaeda members who were heading to a mountainous, fortified area.
Despite the cease-fire between Al-Qaeda and government forces late last June in southern Yemen, a long-term war has been waged by the Yemeni government forces with the help of the U.S.
Observers believe that Al-Qaeda has changed its strategy recently to hit-and-runs against the Yemeni authorities, who are still struggling to eliminate Al-Qaeda from the country.
A massive demonstration was held at "Freedom Square," west of the Bahraini capital Al-Manama, on the 4th of October.
It was held under the slogan, “National Competencies Behind Bars, " and it coincided with International Teacher Day, as the President of the Teachers Association, Mahdi Abudeeb, was also arrested on charges of demonstrating.
The demonstration was organized by the opposition's political associations.
Mr. Jaffer Kadhum, a leader in the Nationalist Democratic Assembly, and Jalilah Al-Salman, the Deputy General Secretary of the Bahraini Teachers Society, gave a speech talking about the professionally qualified people who are imprisoned, such as the superior student who got shot by the Bahraini security forces, and the latest story about doctors being arrested for treating protesters.
Chairman Grigol Gagnidze and President Giorgi Tevzadze from The International Observatory Organization of Georgian Layers and Barrister for the Protection of Human Rights and Social Security of Prisoners hold a press conference in relation to prisoner's rights and accountability of inhuman treatment and torture which has allegedly be taking place inside of the Georgian prison system.
Thousands of Bahraini people participated today in the funeral of the youth Mohammed Ali Mushaima (23 years old) at Aldaih village - west of the capital Manama. Mushaima passed away in custody after his deteriorated medical condition was neglected by the prison administration.
Mohammed was arrested from the hospital by the army last year while he was receiving his treatment of sickle cell disease. He was sentenced for 7 years. He complained from a sickle cell disease crisis a few day ago and the prison administration neglected his complaints. He was shifted to Salmaniya medical complex and died there Tuesday morning.
The thousands of mourners that attended the funeral, shouted angrily against the King Hamad and the royal family condemning them for the death of the detained protester.
This new crime is only 3 days after killing a child at Saddad village -western south of the capital Manama- by attacking him through shotgun from a very close distance. These human rights violations came only few days after the Geneva session where the Bahraini regime accepted the international community recommendations.
The Bahraini authorities arrested five doctors from their houses on Tuesday morning, October 2nd, on charges of treating wounded people during the demonstrations.
In a press conference for the Bahrain Human Rights Society, Dr. Safar, President of the Bahraini Association for Nursing, talked about Bahraini prisons, demanding justice.
Dr. Abdalnabi Alakari commented, "What the Bahraini regime is doing contradicts international conventions."
The lawyer, Jalila al-Sayed, participated in the conference, talking about the trial of civilians by military courts.
Parliamentary elections held yesterday in Tbilisi, Georgia. Many polling stations opened in cities and villages of the country. Members of the election commission wore special green uniforms. They were helping voters to go through the registration process and vote. Citizens came to the polling stations to vote for their favorite candidates and parties. At the polling stations there also were observers and representatives of accredited Georgian and international mass-media.
Antakya, Turkey: January 23, 2012
Al-Rihaniyya, a Syrian refugee camp located in the Turkish town of Antakya, near the Syrian border. The camp suffers from constant power cuts due to the snow, which also damages tent structures. About 1500 Syrian refugees live in the camp, while an estimated total of 15,000 Syrian refugees have been absorbed by Turkey since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in 2011.
Photos taken on January 23, 2012.
Al Ahli, Bahraini opposition, held a massive rally on Saturday evening, September 29, 2012, at the "Freedom Square" West of the capital Manama, under the slogan "Geneva again .. Condemnation of power”
The demonstrations were launched from the nearby villages and everybody gathered in the freedom square holding candles for Ali Hussein Neme, a 17-year-old from Al Sadad, West of Bahrain, who was killed by Bahraini forces on the 28th of September, dying later of shotgun wounds to his torso. Opposition figures gave spoke and emphasized that the martyrdom of Ali Husain Neme on Friday was a proof on the Bahraini authority’s brutality.
Ali Hussein Neme, a 17-year-old from Al Sadad village, West of Bahrain, was shot by Bahraini forces on the 28th of September due to his participation in a public protest, dying later of shotgun wounds to his torso.
Georgian students organized ongoing protests against torture in prisons of Georgia. They gather at the Tbilisi State University and go marching to the State Chancellery of Georgia.
A few days prior, Georgian TV stations released video footage of Georgian prisoners being abused. Since that day protests are being carried out across the country due to this event. After those protests two ministers of the Georgian government resigned.
A photo collection from Aleppo, illustrating the situation and details about the Free Syrian Army.
Soliders patrol and traverse the sections under the control of the FSA. A soldier removes a decomposing body from the streets.
This photo collection shows a few Syrian families who are waiting to register their children with the UNHCR and the organization, Save the Children, so they can attend school in Lebanon after crossing over from Syria.
The latest report from the UNHCR states that over 67,960 Syrian refugees are in Lebanon, with 49,653 registered and over 18,307 in contact with UNHCR. While most children will be able to attend school in Lebanon, there have been many issues with refugees being denied because they lack proper paperwork. Another issue that is increasingly become more of a problem is that of child trauma, as reports say almost every child has seen someone killed and there are no resources available to provide counseling for the children, many of which are suffering from PTSD.
Photos from Aleppo describe the ongoing situation in Aleppo
A mix of hundreds of protestors walk together from Hussein mosque through downtown Amman after Friday prayers, some calling for the release of detained activists who were arrested three weeks ago, while others rally for the government.
Thousands of Bahrainis gathered in the Bahraini capital Al Manama to demand the shift towards democracy and chanted, emphasizing the continuation of the popular struggle to demand freedom and dignity.
Bahrainis filled Karbabad Coast region adjacent to the capital on Saturday afternoon (September 22, 2012) during a festival held by the Bahraini opposition forces (Wifaq, Wa’ed, National Assembly, Assembly Unionist, The National Fraternity) under the slogan, "Democracy is our demand.”
Destruction in Aleppo and Idlib
Al Ahli’s delegation explained that the Bahraini authorities present a real dilemma to the public because of their lack of seriousness in fulfilling their obligations. This became clear through the intervention of major countries such as the United States and Britain, and the intervention of civil society organizations, which demanded that the government release detainees and allow public demonstrations while protecting the activists.
footage of the FSA in Aleppo with civilians
videos from across syria
Lake Katwe - Uganda - 2012-08-17- Formed about ten thousand years ago from a volcanic eruption, Lake Katwe lies in Queen Elisabeth National Park, in Kasese district, western Uganda, bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo through Lake Edward.
Lake Katwe salt mine is a source of livelihood to over three thousand people in the area and in good times hundreds of salt miners at Lake Katwe can make a reasonable living, even if in self-slavery. Due to the hyper saline water that sucks moisture from their bodies and infuses them with toxic chemicals, there are severe health complications. The smell of hydrogen sulphide is all over the place.
For the women, when the female reproductive organs get in contact with this salty water, more often they develop uterine complications. The men on the other hand are also affected. When the male organs come into contact with this salty water they itch, and excessive scratching can cause wounds.
Surviving for a meager five dollars a day is a poor income. Coarse salt is still mined the way it was done over centuries years ago. Men, women and children all work at the mines for their own survival, including a large number of refugees from the nearby Democratic Republic of Congo. Workers extract three main products from Lake Katwe: blocks of rock salt used in curing hides; high quality salt crystals that can be sold as table salt; and salty mud that is used as salt licks for cattle.
Theses pictures show salt miners working on a salt pans pile on the shores of Lake Katwe.
AGBOGBLOSHIE (Accra, Ghana) - a dumping ground for a significant amount of the world's electronic waste (e-waste)
Almost 50 million tonnes of e-waste are generated worldwide every year. A large volume of second-hand and condemned electronic goods arrive in developing countries from the “developed” world, with a significant quantity arriving as e-waste, exported illegally as second hand goods.
Set off by a anti Islamic film, protesters in Cairo gather in Tharir square and on the road leading to the US Embassy armed with rocks as clashes intesified with the police who used tear gas, flash bangs, shotguns and water guns.
Al Ahli human rights delegation’s activities started on Monday evening with the participation of human rights organizations.
Participants alleged that the Bahraini regime supporters tried to sabotage the meeting.
The organizers dragged an Al Arabia reporter out of the room, supposedly due to his nervous behavior.
A protest of about 150 demonstrators gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan near dusk on September 14, condemning the now infamous YouTube video that insulted the Prophet Mohammad, and chanting anti-American slogans.
On day two of the protests in reaction to the anti-Islam video posted on the internet, protesters storm the US Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen.
Azaz has seen brutal fighting in order to secure the northernmost crossing with Turkey. The remnants of fighting and the subsequent shelling, that saw 50 dead, are seen throughout the town, in burnt-out tanks and piles of rubble.
Protest in front the Offices of Caixa Penedes to demand the cancellation of Henry Gamboa's debt with this organization, Barcelona Spain.
People stealing furniture and laptops from the American school in Tunis, after the school was set on fire following the release of an American anti-Islam movie.
” Monrovia-Liberia-West Africa, January 27, 2011 After two wars over two decades in Liberia, the country is still trying to find a new pathway towards the wellbeing of its people. A small 141 bed hospital, known in West Africa for its pediatric surgery department and as “THE HEROES WITHOUT BORDERS HOSPITAL”, has become the main reference platform for the people suffering in Liberia including foreign refugees from Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone; the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Monrovia, established in 1963 by the Hospitaller Order of the Brothers of St. John of God. In synchronicity, and for almost a decade ”POR AFRICA”, a small Spanish NGO fully dedicated to the children’s’ welfare, is working in collaboration trying to provide the finest in healthcare. The very small team of Spanish doctors is known by the affectionate moniker of “HEROES WITHOUT BORDERS”. In the picture, a woman waiting interferon therapy, as victim of the HIV-Aids.
Hundreds of demonstrators scaled up the embassy's walls and pulled down the American flag. Clashes with security forces ensued. Although the film was privately produced by an Israeli filmmaker living in California, according to several major news organizations, the protesters demanded that relations with the United States be severed.
The embassy's website announced late Tuesday that visa services had been suspended due to the instability and that delays were expected in the delivery of passports.
Seven armored vehicles were stationed along Simon Bolivar Street leading to the embassy as well as behind the building, while 25 Central Security vehicles guarded the main gate Wednesday.
A small group of demonstrators remained overnight, saying they would stage a sit-in and wait for comment from the US State Department on the film. The protesters also said another demonstration is planned for Wednesday afternoon.
massive congregation for the Bahraini opposition in Sitra island, south of the capital under the title:
" Bahraini children in jail " In protest against the detention of 80 children by the Bahraini authorities while schools are about to start a new academic year.
clashes between Egyptians and the security forces in front of the American embassy
This is a sneak preview of a new documentary called "Musaggal Khatr," or "Registered and Dangerous." This is an Egyptian documentary about registered criminals and the criminal underground in Egypt, including their relationship and work for the former Egyptian regime. The documentary is currently in post-production and exclusive distribution rights are available.
Video by Kareem: A pro-democracy protester is asked whether he received money to protest. He denies it and then he and others around hims express their surprise and disgust that their president is working with thugs and gangs (referring to the orchestrated attacks on demonstrators carried out by what Egyptians believe are primarily hired thugs).
Video by Kareem: A protester responds to the accusation that the protesters were trained by foreign governments and receiving money to demonstrate in Tahrir (this accusation was broadcast on Egyptian state television). The protester says that this is not true, explaining that if the democracy protesters were truly being paid to protest, the Pro-Mubarak thugs who showed up days after the protests began would have been there with them, supporting democracy from the beginning.
Photo: Free Press
Photo: Free Press
Photo: H.F: Sign in background reads, "Go, Go, Go."
Photo: H.F. The Arabic on the flag reads, "Congratulations."
Photo: H. F.
A man with an HD camera walks through a citizen's checkpoint behind Tahrir Square in Cairo, and walks to an informal hospital with volunteer doctors and surgeons.
An interview with a volunteer doctor at a hospital that has been set up at a Mosque behind Tahrir square. The doctor explains that he is an emergency room surgeon who has been volunteering at this make-shift hospital for people who sustain injuries during the demonstrations. He gives a brief description of the organizers and other doctors in the hospital and how Egyptian citizens bring in supplies and medicine that they buy and donate to the cause. He says that he has personally confirmed three deaths during his two-day tenure at the hospital.
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M. A. Photo: The protesters' response after a white van ran over demonstrators.
M. A. Photo: After several cars ran protesters down on the streets, people attacked gas stations.
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M. A. Photo: A cartoonist holds up his most recent work. The woman between Mubarak and the Egyptian people is labeled "Egypt." The caption on the prison door through which Mubarak is trying to drag Egypt is marked, "The National Democratic Prison," which is, of course, a play on Mubarak's "National Democratic Party."
Demonstrators assembled at the Osman Towers in Maadi and walked north to Cairo after Friday Prayer around 2:00 PM. As demonstrators moved north along the Corniche their numbers grew and grew. What began as a peaceful and "civilized" demonstration turned violent as they approached Masr Qadema (Old Cairo) Police Station. The police attacked the demonstrators with tear gas and the demonstrators responded by attacking the police station. Eventually, the police station was taken over, the prisoners released (reportedly by their relatives) and the police station was set on fire.
Imbaba, Giza, January 5, 2012
Ahmed Shafiq's thugs trying to keep protesters away from Ahmed Shafiq.