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Egypt - The Muslim Brotherhood - 21' min 00'' sec [24 October 2005]

Brotherhood continue protests as death toll rises

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The Muslim Brotherhood has a long history of winning 'hearts and minds' in Egypt. This archive report offers a definitive insight into the roots of this influential party and its role in shaping the nation.
In 1954 Nasser banned the Brotherhood. Yet they remained on the scene, operating a shadow welfare system. Elections in 2005 saw the outlawed group secure a wave of popular support amid rampant social problems: "political Islam is the power of the streets", they insisted. "They won't disappear - they've been on the scene since 1928. It is only engagement that will moderate them and give democracy credibility."
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UK - England Swings - 24' min 20'' sec [25 June 2012]

Thousands of officials and athletes arrive for Games

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With the Olympics just around the corner, not every Londoner is accepting the runaway hyperbole surrounding the city's big sporting carnival. We take a look at both sides of the debate raging in the capital.

"No country is ever the same once it has staged the Games", says organiser and former Olympic medal winner, Lord Coe. He thinks it's all "fantastic", but close to the action, in the shadows of the venues, you'll find eyeballs rolling with contempt. "Everything has to be ploughed towards the elitist and the grassroots is neglected", says Johnnie Walker of the Hackney & Leyton League, who has lost 12 of his playing fields to Olympic parking. "All my familiar markers that I've known over 40 years have either disappeared or been enclosed in razor wire", says Hackney activist and writer, Iain Sinclair. Yet Olympian Yvonne Arnold argues the games will bring the community together and encourage a new generation of athletes. The new, world-class facilities will be around long after the Olympic torch has moved on. "Whenever I show people the gym I have a well of pride inside me". Love it or loathe it, it's going to be a hell of a show - but will London really be left in better shape when the games are over?
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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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Cambodia - Death in the Forest - 17' min 30'' sec [25 June 2012]

Death toll of environmental activists on the rise

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Chut Wutty was one of Asia's leading environmental activists until he was mysteriously gunned down in the Cardomom forest. Why was he killed? We investigate a story of corruption, conflict and cover up.
"It's like war. If you stand up against a Mafia organisation, you live dangerously", says Wutty's environmental campaigning partner, Marcus Hardtke. When he was shot Wutty had been taking photos with journalists in an area of Cambodia where illegal logging is rife. Many believe he uncovered something else though: industrial-scale international drug production, "taking place under armed guard in the recesses of the forest". The Cambodian authorities have repeatedly altered their story, leading Wutty's supporters to argue that "the investigators need investigating". Has Wutty's mysterious death thrown light on a dark practice deep inside the jungle?
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UK - To Set Before A Queen - 27' min 35'' sec [25 June 2012]

Black Caviar injured after record Ascot win

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Australia's Black Caviar took on Europe's best at Royal Ascot this weekend, resulting in her 22nd consecutive win. This report tells the fascinating inside story of the making of an unbeatable champion.
A story stretching back for generations, it's the horse's breeder, Rick Jamieson, who has ultimately cultivated a world champion thoroughbred. "This is the dream of every breeder who ever conjured together the bloodlines and produced a foal." But Black Caviar's success isn't simply down to genetics: it has involved a lot of money, a lot of expertise and years of dedication. "Black Caviar is one in a million". But how long can her winning streak continue?
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