CULTURE & HERITAGE

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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...

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This old Ras Beirut hotel has been abandoned for a few years and now looks to be coming down for good. Notice the top...

ENVIRONMENT & PUBLIC SPACE

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jccghOcqIWcAs the video above states, a new initiative is finally allowing everyone to recycle in Lebanon. Beginning tomorrow,  you can sort all plastics and...

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Yesterday we set out for a fun day on the slopes.Thankfully, when we reached the peaks at Faraya, the lifts were running smoothly:And the...

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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Local broadcaster LBC chose to air a split-screen live shot today of the Charlie Hebdo rally in Paris (left) and a a man hugging...

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In Arabic "جو" (pronounced jao or jaaw) means atmosphere or mood. Somehow it doesn't convey the same 'mood' in English.

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...

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Walid Joumblatt, one of the most powerful politicians in Lebanon, recently dropped the bombshell that he supports the legalization of cannabis or marijuana in...

FEATURED VIDEO

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That's Riad Kobessi, an investigative journalist and one of three Al Jadeed TV crew members who were savagely beaten by Lebanese Customs security today. A...

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How hard is it to be a Lebanese cop? Can laws be enforced when law enforcement live in fear of losing their jobs? I...