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Alif: Aynama-Rtama

[Courtesy of Alif]

Alif, a band of five musicians at the forefront of the Arab underground music scene, is launching its debut album Aynama-Rtama (Wherever It Falls) on the 4 September 2015. Conceived in 2012 and taking its name from the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, Alif features Khyam Allami (Oud), Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (Vocals/Buzuq), Bashar Farran (Bass), Maurice Louca (Keys/Electronics), and Khaled Yassine (Drums/Percussion). Recorded in Beirut and Cairo in 2014, the album reflects a long process of experimentation that underwent different stages over the past three years. It uses contemporary Arab poetry by late Iraqi poet Sargon Boulus (1944–2007) and renowned late ...

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Planning Beirut during the French Mandate: The Construction of a Modern City and its Legacy

Marlène Ghorayeb, Beyrouth sous mandat français, construction d’une ville moderne. Paris: Karthala, 2014.   This is a wonderful addition to our knowledge of Beirut’s early days of modern planning, during the transition from Late Ottoman to French Mandate, and later. In the lineage of Jens Hanssen’s Fin de Siècle Beirut, Eric Verdeil’s Beyrouth et ses urbanistes, Carla Eddé’s Naissance d’une capitale, and Robert Saliba’s Beyrouth architectures: Aux sources de la modernité, the book is a must-read for those interested in the key spatial transformations of Beirut during the first part of the twentieth century. It nicely complements and enriches earlier texts by ...

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Sweeping Waste Under the Oriental Rug

[Toxic Waste. Image by drp]

 "Just between you and me shouldn't the World Bank be encouraging more migration of the dirty industries to the Least Developed Countries? […] I think the economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that […] I’ve always thought that countries in Africa are vastly under polluted; their air quality is probably vastly inefficiently low compared to Los Angeles."  Lawrence Summers, leaked World Bank memo, 1991. The Trade in Toxic Waste Throughout the 1980s, the cost of hazardous waste disposal within developed countries rose dramatically. Luckily for waste-intensive ...

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Revisiting Dalieh: Beirut-Based Events, 31 May - 12 June 2015

The following are a list of events we invite the public to attend and participate in as part of our broader campaign around saving the Dalieh. Sunday May 31, 2015: Join us at Dalieh Campaign Kiosk, 10:00am - 11:00pm Ahla Fawda ''Tout Tout a Beirut " Hamra Street Festival Monday June 1, 2015: Revisiting Dalieh Competition Open Ideas Competition, 11:00am Press Conference Announcing Projects Selected by Jury Ministry of Environment, Lazarieh Center, Green Room  Thursday June 4, 2015: Revisiting Dalieh Open Ideas Competition - Opening Evening, 7:00pm Display of Selected Projects by Jury (displaying throught Friday June 12, 2015) ALT CITY, Hamra ...

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Studio Visit: Lebanese Artist and Musician Raed Yassin

In this video, we visit Lebanese artist and musician Raed Yassin in his studio in Beirut. He tells us about his ongoing interest in Egyptian cinema and how he uses it as a reference for many of his art projects be they video, photography, sound, installation or his well known neon signs. Yassin has been interested in Egyptian cinema because of its wide appeal in the Arab region. He borrowed a line from the famous Lembi film series to name the artist collective he formed with artists Vartan Avakian and Hatem Imam (Atfal Ahdath), and he has been mixing story lines and characters from various films with his own personal history, creating fictional memories, ...

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Call for Papers: Fragments of Empire after the American Century (Beirut, 13-16 January 2016)

CASAR’s 6th International Conference: Fragments of Empire after the American Century January 13-16, 2016 Beirut, Lebanon  Abstracts are due on 30 April 2015 The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research is now accepting abstract submission for its 6th international conference, titled “Fragments of Empire after the American Century,” which will be held at AUB next January.  The conference will provide a forum to focus on and debate the consequences and residues of imperial (and neo-imperial) presences across the Middle East, as well as the legacies of empire in the so-called metropoles or in ...

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الفن الحيّ وفائدته السياسية: مقابلة للوضع بين تانيا الخوري و بسام حداد

تعالج هذه المقابلة مع تانيا الخوري فكرة الفن كسياسة وسيرورة صناعة أدائها المنفرد ومشاريع فنها الحي القائمة على التعاون المشترك تانيا الخوري تانيا الخوري فنانة تعمل في مجال العروض الحية بين مدينتي لندن وبيروت. أعمالها الفردية تعرض في مهرجانات عالمية عديدة وهي ترتكز على الشراكة والتفاعل مع الجمهور وعلى أفكار تتحدى تمركز السلطة  تانيا عضو مؤسس في مجموعة الدكتافون التي تقوم ببحوث عن المكان الفضاءمن أجل خلق عروض حيّة من شأنها أن تفتح نقاشاً في المدينة    

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Call for Designs--Revisiting Dalieh: Calling for Alternative Visions along Beirut’s Coast

Revisiting Dalieh: Calling for Alternative Visions along Beirut’s Coast In an effort to prevent the transformation of Dalieh – the last of the natural headlands overlooking Beirut’s emblematic Sakhret el-Raouche (Pigeon’s Rock)–to another private beach resort, the “Civil Campaign to Protect the Dalieh of Raouche” is launching this Ideas Competition to solicit visions for safeguarding Dalieh as a unique natural site and a shared open space. The Competition is an open call for architects, landscape architects, urbanists, planners, and other related environmental design disciplines. Participants are invited to articulate creative, sensitive, and ...

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الإنتاج الموسيقي المستقل والبديل في العالم العربي. محادثة ل"الوضع" بين هدى عصفور، خيام اللامي و كندة حسن

في هذه الفقرة الخاصة التي تقدمها هدى عصفور، تُطلع كندة حسن المستمعين على تجربتها في مؤسسة إي كي ٣. وتركز هدى وضيفاها على عدة فنانين من العالم العربي  وتستعلم من خيام اللامي عن  شركة نوى الناشئة لتسويق الأعمال الموسيقية. تتضمن المقابلة التالية جزأين، بحيث يمكنكم أن تنقروا عليهما بشكل منفصل. بوسعكم أن تقرأوا أيضاً النص العربي المدوّن المرافق. ويمكن العثور على الموسيقا من الفقرة تحت نص المقابلة. خيام اللامي ولد خيام اللامي في دمشق، سوريا، ١٩٨١ لوالدين عراقيين. بدأ العزف على الكمان في سن الثامنة، لكن بعد أن انتقلت أسرته إلى لندن في ١٩٩٠ انتقل اهتمامه إلى الطبول والغيتار الكهربائي وأسس عدداً من فرق الروك. لم يكتشف آلة العود حتى ٢٠٠٤ وبدأ ...

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The Right to Food Safety: Rights-Based Dialogue as a Springboard towards State-Building

The stances taken by Lebanon’s Public Health Minister Wael Abou Faour in November 2014 took the country by surprise. Departing completely from the norm, Abou Faour published lists of actual businesses that have persisted in producing or selling food unfit for consumption, or not conforming to health standards. Fellow Ministers and others from outside the cabinet criticized Abou Faour, accusing him of adopting a policy of defamation that could have a negative impact on Lebanon’s economy.[1] In response, Abou Faour argued that it was the state’s duty to warn citizens against looming threats, and therefore, to denounce those businesses even at the risk of ruining their ...

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Mental Health Programs for Syrian Refugees

Lebanon is host to the largest number of Syrians displaced by the current conflict. Most of these refugees, some one-and-a-half million, live in tragic and precarious conditions.[1] Intensive war and forced displacement are known risk factors for social and mental health problems. Mental health services have become an important component of humanitarian programs in the context of emergencies arising out of conflict. After briefly reviewing the history of mental health programs in acute emergencies and their main critiques, I will describe the way Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) services are organized for Syrians displaced in Lebanon. I will then draw ...

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Workshop: Carbon Democracy and Revolution: Perspectives from the Middle East and the Mediterranean

Social revolutions, civil war and crippling economic crises: What is going on in the Middle East and South Eastern Mediterranean? Are the revolutions and wars in Egypt, Syria or Libya connected to the economic crises in Greece, Italy or Cyprus? How do carbon resources and energy competition affect these tense social, economic and environmental inter-relations? What is the future of 'carbon democracy' and what are its geographic and political ramifications? Inspired by Timothy Mitchell's work Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil, this workshop will probe the relationship between energy, political power, history and ideology in the broad area of the Middle ...

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في العودة إلى تاريخ مؤسسات الدولة اللبنانية خلال السنوات الأولى بعد الانتداب: حوار مع زياد أبو الريش

[في المقابلة التالية مع المركز اللبناني للدراسات السياسية، يناقش محرر جدلية زياد أبو الريش تاريخ مؤسسات الدولة في بدايات الاستقلال في  لبنان وبعض الموروثات التي خلفتها. وقد أجرت المقابلة عبر البريد الإلكتروني ونشرت على موقع  المركز اللبناني للدراسات السياسية]                   ناقش المركز اللبناني للدراسات مع الدكتور زياد أبو الريش تاريخ مؤسسات الدولة في بدايات الاستقلال في لبنان وبعض الموروثات التي خلّفتها. الدكتور أبو الريش هو محاضر في مادة ...

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Salma Hayek and the Sexist Lebanese Citizenship Law

Last month, Salma Hayek visited Lebanon to promote the world premiere of The Prophet, the new animated film based on the poetry of Khalil Gibran. It was her first ever visit to the country.  The Lebanese greeted her with open arms as a long-lost daughter. The visit culminated with the rumor that Hayek had been offered Lebanese citizenship. The gesture is not surprising in and of itself. Lebanese citizenship is transmitted through paternal blood and Hayek’s paternal Grandfather was Lebanese. But ...

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The Politics of Gendered Violence in Lebanon

Ali al Zein murdered his wife Sara Al-Amin on 18 May 2015. Her murder was shocking in its brutality. It is only one link in a long chain of visible and invisible violence against women in contemporary Lebanon. Structural conditions give birth to this violence. These conditions enshrine the legal impunity and social acceptability of female vulnerability to violence. Amin’s murder is an instance of intimate partner violence, the latest in a spate of wife killing across Lebanon. In addition to ...

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Then and Now: LCPS Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Editor Ziad Abu-Rish on State Institutions in Lebanon

In the following interview with the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS), Jadaliyya Co-Editor Ziad Abu-Rish discusses the history of state institutions in early independence Lebanon, and some of the legacies they left behind. The interview was conducted over email, and first published on the LCPS website. Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS): There have been discussions over the last few years concerning the Lebanese state, or lack thereof, in terms of public policy, public ...

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National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Annual Conference Endorses Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

[The following press release was issued by The National Associate of Chicana and Chicano Studies on 19 April 2015] The National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Annual Conference took place in San Francisco from April 15-18, 2015. The business meeting, open to all members, took place on Saturday evening at the close of the conference. At the business meeting, the membership gave unanimous support to the Resolution to Support the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions. In ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (March 2015)

 [This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions, and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyyastrives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your ...

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Five Decades of Painting and Innovation: An Interview with Samia Halaby

Last month, Samia Halaby’s retrospective, Five Decades of Painting and Innovation, traveled to Lebanon. Organized by Ayyam Gallery, the retrospective was held at the Beirut Exhibition Center, where it was shown from 2 to 26 February. For the Beirut installment, Halaby added nearly two dozen rarely seen drawings and several more paintings, significantly expanding the original list of included works. Lebanon’s Agenda Culturel interviewed Halaby about her artistic practice shortly before the show opened. ...

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المفكرة" : قانون حق السكن بدلا من قانون تحرير الايجارات في لبنان"

منذ اقرار قانون الايجارات، سعت المفكرة الى الاحاطة بالاشكاليات الناشئة عنه، خصوصا على صعيد التوازن المناسب بين حقّي السكن والملكية. واذ هي تنوي مع شركاء آخرين انشاء فريق متعدّد الاختصاصات لبدء العمل على مسودة مشروع قانون حول حقّ السكن، يهمّها أن توضح المنطلقات التي توجّهها في هذا الصدد مخضعةً اياها للنقاش العام. وبالامكان اختزال موقفها في هذا المكان بنقاط خمس 1- حق السكن لا يعني المستأجرين القدامى وحدهم..    أن أهم ما أسفر عنه النقاش العام الحاصل تبعا لقانون الايجارات وخصوصا قرار ...

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Dismantling Iraqi Health Care and its Regional Impacts: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Omar Dewachi and Rania Masri

In this interview, anthropologist and physician, Omar Dewachi, discusses the building, dismantling, and outsourcing of the Iraqi health care system. In addition to examining the impact of migration on Iraqi patients and Lebanese healthcare today, Dewachi historicizes accusations of Iraq's "ungovernability" from the colonial until the present, and places the conversation within a larger context of the impacts of war on healthcare.  The interview below includes four parts that you can click ...

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Slurring Sectarianism: Sunni-Shi‘i Discourse in Lebanon

Lebanon has a history of inter-sectarian strife. Due to recent regional developments, namely the war in Syria, this strife now features new anti-Shi‘i and anti-Sunni slurs. Such slurs fan the flames of the Sunni- Shi‘i conflict that has emerged in the past decade, and are particularly effective when they employ tropes from Islamic collective memory. Anti-Shi‘i Discourse Lebanese Sunni resentment against Hizballah, especially among followers of Saad Hariri’s Future Movement and among the majority of ...

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Ras Beirut, Bliss Street, and “Abu Muhammad”

Hamra Street is possibly Ras Beirut’s most renowned street, its name so often interchanged with Ras Beirut to designate the neighborhood. However, a few blocks north, Bliss Street rivals Hamra as the defining east-west axis of Ras Beirut’s urban grid. Bliss Street perhaps best embodies the characteristics of Ras Beirut’s association with an educated multi-confessional middle class, while its name signifies its historic tie to the American University of Beirut (AUB). After the First World War, Beirut’s ...

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Zajal on Arak

I remember when electricity came to my village. I must have been about seven or eight.  The government installed a transformer in the village center. The thing was housed in a metal locker. The villagers called it ‘The Clock.’  At first, The Clock was a thing of contention. It was installed in the winter and was prone to overloading. Villagers would shout to each other from their warm perches, urging each other to flip the switch so they could enjoy the warm distractions of their new electric ...

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