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 to kick old residents out. But in the south Beirut slum of Ouzai, a former developer claims he is actually doing …

The violent face of real estate development in Lebanon

An LBC camera crew has become the latest victim of violent Lebanese real estate companies seizing the country’s diminishing natural shores, destroying essential ecosystems for profit and assaulting anyone who tries to document their activities. The LBC crew was violently attacked on Wednesday while filming …

Join events this week to help save Beirut heritage sites

Beirut activists are fighting hard to preserve two of the city’s key heritage sites and you can support them by attending a series of events they have prepared this week. The events are actually FREE (another endangered thing in Beirut) so all you have to …

A Dam Is Built in ‘Paradise’

The following article originally appeared in Take Part, a US-based online publication that has recently ceased operation. I’m posting it here in case the Take Part website is taken down during the corporate restructuring period. (Photo: Habib Battah) TAKEPART #LONGFORM A Dam Is Built in ‘Paradise’ …

Cool new music video shot in endangered Dalieh

Something fun today in a mad world! Check out this new video by The Wanton Bishops recalling vintage Beirut action flicks and it is shot in Dalieh, the last natural coast of Beirut endangered by a real estate project. When you finish watching, check out The Civil …

Let’s investigate Lebanon!

With environmental disasters and public service dysfunction everywhere you look, there’s never been a better time to investigate Lebanon and a greater need for investigative reporting. Next week, I’ll be teaching a course on investigative journalism at AUB and I encourage all students who are …

Can Seal help ‘legalize’ public performance in Beirut?

A lot of you have probably seen the now viral cell phone video shot in the Beirut Souks mall earlier this summer. It’s a great pick-me-up, if you are losing hope in humanity (and in Lebanon and the Middle East in particular these days.) Spoiler …

Beirut’s stolen coast and the growing fight to get it back

Activists have put together this great new video looking at how Beirut’s natural rocky coastline has basically been stolen from the public, destroyed and turned into concrete marinas for private resorts. [fbvideo link=”https://www.facebook.com/LegalAgenda/videos/1433035660047531/?pnref=story” width=”500″ height=”400″ onlyvideo=”1″]   What’s particularly interesting about the video is that …