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City planning in Beirut

20. August 2019 Feature, Print

How do companies sway over cities? An example from Beirut, in which a single company – owned by the Prime Minister’s family – has rebuilt the entire downtown area after the war. My newest in the daily taz.

Lebanon’s new Environment Minister

8. July 2019 Feature, Online, Print

For the first time, the new Minister of the Environment in Lebanon presents a master plan for waste management. Whether this solves the problem is controversial. As the first official act, Jreissati has changed the dried plant in the office. A sign that the Environment Ministry is finally taking care of the environment? My report was printed and published online by the German daily taz.

Radicalization

12. May 2019 Online, Print

Violence is in Fatima Bhutto’s family history. Her father was in exile after a military junta executed her grandfather, Pakistan’s first democratically elected head of state. Though the political influence of her family, she decided to turn her back on politics and to write. Her novel ‘The Runaways’ traces the path of three youngsters who end up in a jihadist camp in Mosul. I spoke with her about what the West does not understand about radicalisation and the solution toRead More

Habibi Funk

5. May 2019 Online, Print

The Berlin label owner and DJ Jannis Stürtz republished old Arabic radio music on his small record label Habibi Funk. A conversation about postcolonialism in Beirut, where he plays gigs regularly. The interview was published by the German Daily taz and can be read here in German.

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.