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The multiple faces of Lebanon and the ice cream lesson
Gianluca Solera   

The multiple faces of Lebanon and the ice cream lesson | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanLebanon 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...

 
An interloper in both bathrooms
Raphaël Khouri   

An interloper in both bathrooms  | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanIt 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

 
Mixed feelings on “race” and Lebanon
Stephanie Watt / Ellie Swingewood   

Mixed feelings on “race” and Lebanon | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanMixed feelings on “race” and Lebanon | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanLebanon, 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)

 
Archaeology: Italian project for Beirut museum vaults
ANSAmed   

Archaeology: Italian project for Beirut museum vaults | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanExhibition space closed during civil war to reopen, 40 years later.

 
Virtual Palestinians: From Sabra and Chatila to Arab Spring
Youssef Rakha   
Virtual Palestinians: From Sabra and Chatila to Arab Spring | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanOn the 30th anniversary of the Sabra and Chatila massacre, it is worth rereading Jean Genet’s song to the beauty of revolutionaries.
 
Slave labour? Death rate doubles for migrant domestic workers in Lebanon
Alice Su   

Slave labour? Death rate doubles for migrant domestic workers in Lebanon | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanA 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.

 
Be a Man
Sami Halabi   

Be a Man | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanLebanese 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

 
Work with dignity
Ella Wind   

Work with dignity | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanWork with dignity | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanIn 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   

Bringing electricity to the Beqaa | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanLea 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.”

 
Linguistic Mélange bi Lubnan
Jenny Gustafson   

Linguistic Mélange bi Lubnan  | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanThere is a trio of widely used languages in Lebanon: Arabic, French and English. Many use them: simultaneously and interchangeably, switching mid-sentence. Mashallah News spoke to LAU professor Rula Diab about one of her specialities: the Lebanese language mix.

 

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