Lebanon has different faces. Not only those of the Maronite Christians of the Mount Lebanon towns, the Sunnis of Old Tripoli, or the Shia communities of the Southern coastal harbours. There is not only a cultural or religious multiple spectrum of identities in the country of cedars. There is also...
Slave labour? Death rate doubles for migrant domestic workers in Lebanon
A woman with a pink cloth wrapped around her head climbs out of a window on the fourth floor of a residential building. She peers at the ground far below, clutching onto the window ledge as voices in the background yell at her to come inside. Instead, she jumps, her scream lingering for four seconds before she hits the ground.
An interloper in both bathrooms
It is impossible to talk about gender these days without using specific terminology designed to liberate those of us that have been marginalised by a normative binary gender regime. As much as I benefit from the space of liberation that has been created, this new language is itself a kind of new regime under whose nouns all narratives rally for legitimacy, and inevitably succumb to its tropes. Mashallah News
Be a Man
Lebanese journalist Sami Halabi traces the construction of his gender identity. Growing up as a boy in Lebanon means being socialized into a hyper-masculine gender model, that nurtures vertical male power structures and blocks social change. Becoming aware of this hidden mechanism is the first step to attempt alternative behaviours and initiate change. As many young men are starting to do, thanks also to the wealth of information provided through the web. Frame
Mixed feelings on “race” and Lebanon
Lebanon, a Country at the crossroads of cultural and intellectual traits, has long been characterised by migration. But in spite of this cross-cultural element – what many would say is an intrinsic part of Lebanese society – there is xenophobia. A photographic project realized by the Nigerian-Libanese Nisreen Kaj analyzed this phenomena. (Ebticar/Marshallah News)
Work with dignity
In Beirut, near the refugees’ camp of Shatila where hundreds of Syrians live together with more than 9.000 Palestinians, a laboratory of embroidery helps women escaped from war to find themselves. A female community, created by young exiled syrians, to encourage creativity and solidarity. (Ebticar/Mashallah news)
Bringing electricity to the Beqaa
Lea Najjar found the images in Souk al Ahad, Beirut’s Sunday Market, which despite its name, opens every Saturdays and Sundays: “These pictures were lost under a pile of various postcards and old family pictures, all for sale. Bits and pieces of people’s lives mixed with other people’s lives sold decades later.”
Beirut’s Revolution’s Spaces
The Arab and global audience witnessed in recent months massive pitched battles in the central squares of the region’s capital cities. Capturing and defending urban space has emerged as the most effective way to unseat a despot; each revolution and protest movement has become nearly synonymous with the urban space it has occupied and spread from.
First conference on cultural policies in the Arab region, Beirut
Culture Resource and the European Cultural Foundation are to hold the first conference on cultural policies in the Arab world in cooperation with the Doen Foundation and the British Council. The conference will take place in Beirut on Monday the 7th and Tuesday the 8th of June.
Bipod: When the body enters politics
Bipod: neither iPod nor biped, this name sounds like the one of a robot from Star Wars, and yet! The so called event is exactly the opposite of all automatism: Bipod is a contemporary dance festival born in Beirut in 2007; a revolution for the world of arts in the Middle East.
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