Race Against Time: How luxury developers are wiping out ancient Beirut

A version of this story was published in Monocle Magazine, August 2018 By Habib Battah Just...

Grand Sofar Hotel: A case for preservation

At a time when so many historic sites are being demolished in Lebanon, it's refreshing to see that some in the country are also...

On the Making of ‘We Made Every Living Thing from Water’ 

‘We Made Every Living Thing from Water’  (وجعلنا من الماء كل شيء حي) will have its premiere at 6pm today (22 November) at Metropolis...

Painting Beirut’s slums

When we hear about real estate developers working in poor neighborhoods, it often means they are tearing them down to build towers and looking...

Amid constant blackouts, Energy minister awarded prize

If you live in Lebanon, you would probably fall out of your chair if I told you government ministers were being awarded for public...

Venice? No, it’s all in Lebanon!

Have you ever been to Lake Naccache? It's so romantic with restaurants right on the waterfront. But strangely, the people drive cars, not boats: ...which doesn't...

Can Lebanese political parties be investigated for blasphemy too?

The Lebanese state (which literally cannot keep the streetlights on at night where hundreds die in highway collisions every year) opened an...

The changing culture of election campaigns in Lebanon

Even if independent candidates don't win big on election day, they are already having an impact on Lebanese political culture. They have introduced new...

Not your average citizen: Rafik Hariri’s neoliberal Lebanon

With tensions between Lebanon and GCC countries rising everyday, it is essential to examine how Lebanon's economy has become dependent on oil-producing states and...

Hacking the Saudi narrative, Lebanese style

Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer. I'm not a fan of quoting cliches, but in these Machiavellian times, few phrases seem to...

The gutting of Beirut’s Roman racetrack

We often worry about extremists groups like ISIS destroying history in the Middle East. But in Beirut, private capital and well-connected developers are also...

Unpacking the Arab Tech Boom

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

In latest shooting, a very different reaction

It's been over ten days since the mass shooting at US military offices in Tennessee and here in Texas, flags are still at half...

Skiing with the IDF

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...

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