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 …

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 …

How activists reclaimed Beirut’s coast and why it matters

As I have written previously, a new boldness appears to be gaining strength among Lebanese activists in the context of the garbage crisis and #youstink movement. In addition to facing off politicians in the typical form of large-scale protests and marches, we have also seen …

Exhibit proposing coastal alternatives draws crowds

Government officials like to complain that activists love making noise but never propose actual solutions. This is especially true in Lebanon where the mayor of Beirut has repeatedly mocked those that oppose the municipality projects as being long-haired rebel rousers (i.e. hippies) or simply “liars” …

Dalieh competition winners announced

The results of the Dalieh Ideas competition, which seeks to protect Beirut’s natural coast from private development, were announced today at the Environment Ministry conference room before an audience of government officials, journalists, design students and urban professionals. Three winning projects were read by architect Jad …

Last chance to support Dalieh crowdfunding campaign

Readers of this blog will be quite familiar with the campaign to save Beirut’s last undeveloped natural rocky shore from real estate development. The site, known as Dalieh of Raouche, offers a wealth of natural pools, caves, marine and plant life as well as archeological …

Police demolish fishermen homes: “The Israelis treated us better”

This kind of destruction is usually caused by a war or natural disaster. But this was Beirut this morning: no air strikes, no foreign army invasion, no earthquake. These homes were destroyed by the Lebanese government, the Lebanese police and billionaire families they work for. …

Job’s Wednesday: A Ras Beirut tradition

This week, Beirut residents celebrated Job’s Wednesday (Orba’at Ayoub) at Ramlet El Baida, a tradition that stretches back generations. Legend has it that Job, a biblical prophet also revered in Islam, was directed to swim in the Ramlet El Baida waters to help heal his …

Last week to enter Dalieh ideas competition

If you haven’t seen it, watch this old Egyptian movie clip about the future of Dalieh. Activists have made some creative modifications to draw attention to the campaign to save this last bit of rocky Beirut coastline. The #SaveDalieh campaign has organized an ideas competition …

Ministry announces decree to protect Dalieh coast

The ministry of environment has drafted a decree to name the rocky coast of Dalieh as a national protected area, a ministry official said today. The move may create a significant obstacle for real estate developers who plan build a major private project on the …