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.
Rawand Issa draws thick lines and doesnʹt come from Mars. The 26-year-old Lebanese artist expresses what she feels through her comics. That works best with a black pen pressed firmly to the paper – Rawand often feels afraid, angry or not understood, almost as if she came from another planet. The article is published in English, German and Arabic on DW’s Online Magazine Qantara. Illustration: Rawand Issa
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
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.
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.