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Syria - Arming The Opposition - 16' min 33'' sec [10 April 2012]

Top Syrian officers defect as rebel funding increases

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Haitham Al Maleh is Syria's father of human rights and top of the regime's hit list. With extraordinary access, this report captures the secret meetings in which he co-ordinates arming the opposition.
"I am number one in their killing bill", Haitham tells us. Even from his base in Cairo, he knows that the Assad regime may get to him. But for him his lifelong mission is worth the risk. "The regime stops at nothing. It's not deterred by religion, by ethics or by law. It is a regime that is out of control." So, Al Maleh has traveled the world fundraising for the Free Syria Army. Then, in secret meetings with insurgents, he's organising their funds and their weapons, even though he won't admit exactly where they come from. "I get weapons from everywhere. I have several sources." But even amid the plans to overthrow the regime there is a bigger picture that keeps resurfacing, the aftermath. Haitham talks of himself as president, but also of the city councils and national council that he and his rebel allies hope will form the governance of a new Syria.

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Israel/Palestine - Gaza Crime and Punishment - 33' min 00'' sec [10 April 2012]

Will April 17 talks go ahead?

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A rare view of the Gaza strip today. Life under the authoritarian rule of Hamas remains dominated by the organisations friction with Fatah and Hamas' strict policies on how the sexes interact.
Life under Hamas is a strange mix of overt security and no security. The streets are safe and prisons bursting at the seams but a man and a women cannot go to a restaurant together unless they are related or married. "You can be sitting in a restaurant when Hamas comes and starts asking boys and girls about their relationships". Since coming to power in 2006 Hamas has clamped down on sexual politics & crime. Drug dealers can be hung and women sent to prison for having a child out of wedlock. A drug epidemic is an unforeseen result of the tunnels under the border between Gaza and Egypt. And there is little political freedom. Hamas is accused of unfairly targeting Fatah supporters, who are kept strictly in line. "I will keep fighting them until the last seconds of my life", says one female activist.
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Hong Kong - Maid Wars - 12' min 59'' sec [10 April 2012]

Hong Kong court overturns landmark ruling on maids

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300,000 migrant workers keep Hong Kong's households moving. Now, amid claims they are treated as second class citizens, the city's maids are challenging laws that forbid them from getting permanent residency.
Invisible for most of the week, this army of domestic workers emerges on to the streets on Sunday afternoons, to socialise and meet with friends. They are a familiar sight, but are currently at the centre of a heated legal battle. The Mission for Migrant Workers vocally campaigns on their behalf, against authorities not afraid of dubious tactics, like stirring up public bias by claiming hundreds of thousands of them might settle on the already crowded island. "I think there is a racial element to this", claims a lawyer involved in the campaign. Mistreatment of the maids also remains a serious issue. Wahyuni's employer terminated her contract whilst she was receiving treatment for cancer. For her, "every day is painful".

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India - Girl Killers - 43' min 55'' sec [26 March 2012]

Indian women fighting against female infanticide

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An Indian proverb says raising a daughter is like watering your neighbour's garden and the burden of having girls means many are killed at birth. We follow the difficult lives of those who survive the practice.
Twenty seven percent of Indians live below the poverty line and as a women, this economic status brings a life of enmity. A bride's parents must provide a dowry which often bankrupts the family. As a result female infanticide is a widespread tradition: "We accept the first girl, the second should be killed, then the third will be a son." But now the women are fighting back by forming self-help groups which offer a range of programmes from skills training, to saving and loan schemes. It's all in the hope that through giving women a more constructive role in society more girls will be saved.

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Bosnia - Sarajevo Under Siege - 8' min 24'' sec [1 August 1992]

Bosnian war 20 year anniversary

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A remarkable report, filmed during the Sarajevo siege by Journeyman director, Mark Stucke, offers unique images of the Serbs bombing UN armour.
Travelling over the mountains to a besieged Sarajevo to film UN peacekeeping forces moving in, the film captured unusual footage of UN armour being bombarded, as the Serbs attempted to get them to leave the airport they were guarding. Starving families surviving on nettle soup and scurrying among the rubble of their homes tell the camera, "we can't wait forever like this". A powerful insight into the longest siege of a city in modern history.
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