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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.

Cairo Comics

24. March 2019 Feature, Radio

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.

Fight for public places

1. July 2018 Feature, Online

Property speculation in Beirut is forcing tenants out of their homes and displacing fishermen from the port. Therefore, activists are fighting for their right to the city, access to beaches and parcs.

Beirut’s infamous Van No 4

12. May 2018 Allgemein, Radio

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.