Between 1,000 and 3,000 tons of plastic are estimated to be floating in the Mediterranean Sea. While Lebanon only boasts a tiny fraction of Mediterranean coastline, the country makes a pretty significant contribution to its pollution. There have been recent efforts to clean up Beirut’s beaches, but do they symbolize a new era or are they just a government public relations campaign? An audio report from Lebanon’s beaches for DW – Deutsche Welle.
Between Amman’s beige walls I climbed on a crane with Miramar Muh’d and Suhaib Attar. Street artists give the city a colorful touch. How does the intervention in public space change people’s perception of their city? Follow me into the microcosm of Ammans Street Art: Walking the hills of Amman, painting in the hipster area of Weibdeh where art gentrifies the quarter and climb on cranes, 12 meters above the heart of the city. The German public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk published theRead More
In Cairo and Beirut, female comic artists are drawing characters far beyond bold stereotypes. Meet Deena, Farida and Rawand, who illustrate stories about depression, men in need of emotional support, women dancing on the moon and a superheroine who does not have to care about economy. The radio feature was aired in German on Deutschlandfunk Kultur.
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.
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.