CULTURE & HERITAGE

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I managed to capture the final moments of Lord's Hotel this afternoon. The gradual destruction of this 1950s landmark is almost complete. Luckily, I took...

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Preserving heritage is not usually a very acceptable activity in Beirut. Activists are routinely harassed for documenting it--sometimes assaulted just for taking pictures of...

ENVIRONMENT & PUBLIC SPACE

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I was on my way to drop off my recycling at Ziad's recycling plant near the port of Beirut when I noticed this nasty...

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When you can have a cafe instead...You can't even walk in the street because they have tables there too!Pedestrians can either get run over...

LAW & CRIME

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In the video below, an Al Jadeed TV crew says they were assaulted by at least three car loads of men with machine guns...

PUBLIC SERVICES

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 Today I spoke to the BBC World Service about the worsening refugee crisis in Lebanon and the government's controversial decision to begin strictly limiting...

MEDIA

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It's sad to see that the racist tradition of Blackface is still alive and well on Kuwait TV. The technique of white actors portraying...

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 The headline above was published this morning by The Washington Post at 11:05 AM as seen in the timeline.An hour later (7PM Beirut/12PM US...

IN DEPTH

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The word entrepreneur has become ubiquitous in talk about the future of Arab business. Some have even claimed a quiet economic revolution is at...

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This column was first published in the April issue of Bold MagazineA Thirst For Silence By Habib Battah  Conflict in Lebanon is often analyzed through the lens...

TRAVEL

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Yes, this blog is mainly about Beirut, but I've added a new travel section to share some of my trips and the experiences that...

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I don't usually do lists, but with all the awful news I have been covering lately about demolitions and people getting beaten up, I...

RECENT POSTS

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts09ATxuYGAIn the video above, LBC TV show host Joe Maalouf takes multiple shots a Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, one the world's richest men,...

FEATURED VIDEO

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The Daily Star/Hasan ShaabanA video has recently surfaced documenting police beating journalists this week. The reporters were covering the election of a new mufti...

MOST POPULAR

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Next week, Beirut's storied "Rose House", which sits on a rare green hill overlooking the Mediterranean, will be open to the public for the...