independent journalist … West Asia & North Africa

Beirut’s infamous Van No 4

12. May 2018 Allgemein

Van Number 4 became a socio-cultural phenomena in Beirut, cheap and fast transportation for students, doctors and shoeshiners. A city portrait along No 4’s route – through noisy hamra, busy basta al tahta, artificial bird sounds in downtown and real bird’s twittering in Horsh Beirut. Listen to the radio portrait here.

Neoliberal Beirut

20. March 2018 Radio, Reportage

Jackhammer and cement, cranes and concrete slabs: in Beirut, skyscrapers are rising, obstructing the Mediterranean view. Land ist privatized, laws attract profit-seeking investors; rents are rising, living becomes unaffordable. A fisherman, a professor, an activist and real estate developer about their fight for the right to the city – a fight for public spaces, affordable housing and access to the sea.

Storytelling in Beirut

18. March 2018 Radio, Reportage

Old men telling myths and stories in caf├ęs – that has been once upon a time: The tradition of the hakawati, storytellers, died out. In Lebanon it revives, with new topics, stories and female storytellers.

Baladi Dancer in Lebanon

18. March 2018 Portait, Print

Alexandre Paulikevitch dances naked or in cloth closely curving around his body. In Lebanon he dances Baladi, a dance which is seen as traditional female.

Soundartist Leila Hassan

18. March 2018 Portait, Radio

Leila Hassan’s life and sound is a collage. Her father is Egyptian, her mother German-Czech; her sound is a mixtape of Language and Tones. Julia Neumann met her underneath rustling leaves and the blowing wind in Berlin, where she lives.