Open letter in defense of our heritage

Culture Minister Gaby Layoun Here’s an excerpt from my op-ed appearing in today’s Daily Star:Dear Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Culture Minister Gaby Layoun, Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud President Michel Sleiman and Kettaneh Group,If you don’t mind me asking, where were you yesterday when the home …

Tearing down Amin Maalouf’s house

Here are some photos of the current demolition happening at the former home of Amin Maalouf, one of Lebanon’s best-known authors. Apparently conservationists have just lost the battle to preserve the building.     These photos were taken this morning by Maalouf’s cousin Roya Kanaan, …

Amin Maalouf: a writer’s bedroom

There is no news about plans to demolish author Amin Maalouf’s former Badaro apartment, covered on this blog last week. A meeting with the developer, Kettaneh Group, did not take place on Friday as had been hoped, according to the prominent writer’s cousin Roya Kanaan. …

Maalouf: “We don’t have a home in Beirut anymore”

I just got off the phone with Ziad Maalouf, a son of Lebanese literary giant Amin Maalouf, who’s childhood home (pictured above) has recently been sold and is reportedly slated for demolition. After posting an article and some pictures on Facebook about this story, I …