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The Diaspora, Debt, and Dollarization: Unraveling Lebanon’s Resilience to a Sovereign Debt Crisis

[Data from Banque du Liban ( Graph by the author. The ratio of dollar to Lebanese lira deposits is taken as a confidence indicator in the Lebanese economy.]

There are no official statistics on the numbers of Lebanese who have emigrated and are working abroad, nor on the immense sums of money they transfer to their home country. According to World Bank estimates, remittances comprised between fifteen and twenty percent of Lebanon’s gross domestic product over the past five years. More than half these remittances are earned in the Arab Gulf countries, where an average emigrant annually sends eight thousand one hundred US dollars back to Lebanon, while those in Africa and Europe/the Americas remit nine thousand dollars and four thousand three hundred dollars, respectively. These remittances are deposited in Lebanese banks, many ...

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Dalieh’s Civil Campaign’s Open Competition: Three Winning Entries

Last June 2015, The Civil Campaign to Preserve the Dalieh of Beirut announced its open ideas competition results at the Lebanese Ministry of Environment. The jury selected three winning entries from twenty submissions. The selection was made on the basis on the projects’ sensitivity to the urban context, reaffirming the historical identity of Dalieh as a space for the public, functionality, flexibility, and economic feasibility, ecological and environmental sustainability, the institutional framework addressing property and managerial/administrative concerns, innovation and creativity, and clarity and completeness of the submission. Winning Entry: The Last Resort ...

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Revisiting Dalieh: Open Ideas Competition Results & Updates

In June 2015, The Civil Campaign to Preserve the Dalieh of Beirut announced its open ideas competition results at the Lebanese Ministry of Environment. The Civil Campaign is a coalition of individuals invested in safeguarding Beirut’s livability, advocating for the protection of the city’s seafront as a shared space and open access zone. The campaign had launched its open ideas competition on 24 March 2015, under the patronage of the Lebanese Ministry of Environment, the American University of Beirut’s Asfari Institute for Civil Society and the Nature Conservation Center. The competition called for participants “to articulate creative, sensitive, and environmentally ...

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Dalieh’s Civil Campaign’s Open Ideas Competition: Jury Report

[Image from Dalieh-n]

The jury held its official deliberation on Saturday 30 May 2015 at the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut. The jury members included Jad Chaaban (AUB); Habib Debs (URBI); Marwan Ghandour (Iowa State University); Hans Kienle (University of Stuttgart); Jala Makhzoumi (AUB); Nizar Saghieh (Legal Agenda); Jad Tabet (URBI, UNESCO); Andreja Tutundzic (IFLA); as well as deputy jurors Wafa Charafeddine (CDR) and Mona Harb (AUB). The jury unanimously elected Jad Tabet, an architect, urban planner and member of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, as chair. Deputy jury members were given the right to vote through a unanimous vote. The chair announced that ...

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LCPS Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Editor Ziad Abu-Rish on Electricity in Early Independence Lebanon

[Newspaper headline from 1946 reporting the strike of tramway workers and the government's response. At the time, the Beirut Electricity Company was also the owner and operator of the city's tramway system. Headline from al-Bayraq newspaper. Image by Ziad Abu-Rish]

In the following interview with the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS), Jadaliyya Co-Editor Ziad Abu-Rish discusses the history of electricty in Beirut during the early independence period, and some of the legacies and insights of the period. The interview was conducted over email, and first published on the LCPS website. It follows up on an earlier interview on the history of state instutituions in the early independence period. Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS): The electricity sector in Lebanon, as both a public utility and as an employer, has garnered quite a bit of attention in recent years. Much of what is ...

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The Arab Center for Architecture (ACA): Interview with George Arbid

The Arab Center for Architecture (ACA) was established in 2008 to raise awareness about contemporary architecture and urbanism within civil society. In an interview I held on 25 June 2015 at the offices of the ACA in Beirut, George Arbid, the co-founder and current director of the ACA, discussed the work of the ACA and modern architecture in the region. Arbid explained the activities and aims of the ACA, including the establishment of an archive, a library, educational programs and the formation of the DoCoMoMo Lebanon chapter. He outlined the important contributions of Arab architects to modernist architecture and the complexities of talking about “Arab architecture,” ...

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قصائد: عبير خليفة

[عمل بعنوان

              بلا تبعات حوافُ الحزن لا تُرى والفرح مُسْكرٌ فلا أميّزُ بين مهرّجٍ ومُبتسم. إنّها لسنواتٍ سبعٍ عجاف القحطُ لم يتكرّر ولم أبكِ خلالها كمَطر. التطاولُ عليكَ مباح لأنّكَ في البارحة تكملُ ما تفعلُه تقول: أحبكِ ثمّ تموت بينما يكفي أنْ تتراجعَ خطوةً بعد كلّ قبلة و يكفي أنْ تقول: بلا تبعات ثمّ نكملُ القهوةَ التي بردتْ ونُفسِحُ للحبِّ مساحةً لهدْأته. Keep Reading »

The Mayor of the One Percent

[Beirut Municipality, by Elie Plus via Wikimedia Commons]

Recently, Dr. Bilal Hamad, the head of the Municipality of Beirut, or mayor, made statements defending his record. His comments revealed a profound sense of frustration at the mayor’s subordinate position to that of the mohafez, or governor, who can veto and delay the municipality’s initiatives.  Having heard this explanation for the deplorable performance of the city’s municipality for over a decade, and being involved in researching and teaching the institutional mechanisms that sustain public urban and regional planning, we wish to highlight the deeply problematic conception of the job of mayor implicit in Hamad’s statements. As the mayor rightly complains, the ...

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You Have, We Have

[Graphic by Jana Trabousli. See slide show for translation and text for explanation]

For the past several weeks I have sat alone in front of two screens: that of my television following the news, and that of my computer reacting to the news. I have written and drawn my anger, and shared it with friends—both on line and in person. I have gone down to the streets, with thousands of others. Now, at this historical moment of the country’s movements and struggle, I am now part of an “us.” We take back our streets, sea, and forests, and we leave them the walls, the parking meters, and the gates and their locks. They divide the profits of their bids and illegally extend their government power. We have legitimacy and people power. These visuals, ...

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انتفاضة بيروت: ما العمل الآن؟

 [ كتبت ناديا بوعلي هذه المادة وتم تداولها في أكثر من موقع. اضغط/ي هنا للنسخة الإنجليزية]  ما نشهده خلال اليومين الماضيين في شوارع بيروت يُفرح ويُقلق في آن.إن الصراع الاجتماعي ضد رأس المال النيوليبرالي وسلطة الدولة المتمثلة بجهاز إيديولوجي مدعوم من قبل السلطة الأمنية والعسكرية هو صراع صعب وطريقة قاسية وشاقة. لا بد لنا من أن نؤكد على أحقية هذا التحرك الشعبي وأن نتضامن معه بكل الوسائل من أجل تحقيق أهدافه الثورية.الصعوبات الأساسية التي تواجه المتظاهرين اليوم تكمن في كيفية التخلص من صيغة المطالب الشعبوية المقرونة بوطنية لبنانية كَثُر تواجدها في الخطاب العام للتحرك، الاحتفاء بالنشيد الوطني اللبناني والدعوة لوحدة الطوائف وترابط الإسلام والمسيحية، يجب أن يُستبدل ...

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We Are, You Are

[Graphic by Jana Trabousli. See slide show for translation and text for explanation]

Graphic 1 City-centers are named as such because they gather people. They should not belong, be managed, or be controlled by a few. They should not be accessible only to a few. They are where all inhabitants walk, meet, stroll, buy, stop, and rejoin. City-centers are also where we protest. They are where we contest and subvert. They will always be as such. We are not the margins, but the centers. They have placed security officers, concrete blocks, and check points. They are the ones that have controlled and perverted our sidewalks, gardens, and public squares. They have built walls against us and around the spaces where we gather and unite. If in May 1968 the French ...

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A Perfect Metaphor? The Trash Crisis in Lebanon: An Interview With Ziad Abu-Rish

[Overflowing trash in the Hamra neighborhood of Beirut in late July 2015. Image by Ziad Abu-Rish]

On Tuesday, Lebanese security forces arrested and beat up protesters staging a sit-in at the office of the environmental ministry in Beirut. For the past two weeks, thousands of people have been protesting the government’s inability to provide basic services and demanding an end to the widespread corruption and sectarianism embedded in the country's sectarian political system. Garbage has become a perfect metaphor for the rot of the chronically dysfunctional political system that holds sway in Lebanon today. According to various reports, at one point, an estimated 8000 to 22,000 tonnes of rubbish piled up on the streets. The movement, called “You Stink,” has tapped ...

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الكهرباء في الحقبة الأولى للاستقلال في لبنان

[هذا الجزء الثاني من مقابلة أجراها المركز اللبناني للدراسات مع محرر جدلية والباحث زياد أبو الريش، وهي  تركّز على قطاع الكهرباء ومسائل تتعلق بمؤسسات الدولة في بداية عهد الجمهوريّة اللبنانيّة. وتجدر الإشارة إلى أنه تم إجراء هذه المقابلة قبل انطلاق الحراك الكبير في بيروت في شهر أيلول 2015. أما الجزء الأول فناقش خلاله تاريخ مؤسسات الدولة في بدايات الاستقلال في لبنان وبعض الموروثات التي خلفتها. يمكن قراءة الجزء الأول هنا] *** تحدث المركز اللبناني للدراسات مؤخّرًا مع الدكتور زياد أبو الريش لمناقشة ...

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Dalieh Civil Campaign’s Open Competition: Background Report

The Civil Campaign to Protect the Dalieh of Raoucheh authored a competition brief to guide all participants to the competition in elaborating and proposing their entries. It is available in English and Arabic on the Campaign’s website. In addition, the Civil Campaign authored a rich background report providing text, narratives, images, testimonies, analytical maps, and legal references about the site. It includes information about the Civil Campaign beginnings, progressive growth, and timeline of ...

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Dalieh’s Civil Campaign’s Open Competition: Results

When we started working on the ''Revisiting Dalieh'' competition about a year ago, our goal was to involve the largest number of people in shaping visions for the location of Dalieh of Raouche, as a starting point for a public debate about the common spaces in the city. We wanted to present alternative visions to the current practices along the Lebanese coast, serving as models or pilots for the design, management, and sustainability of similar spaces. We also wanted to raise public awareness about the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Robert Saliba, Urban Design in the Arab World: Reconceptualizing Boundaries

Robert Saliba, editor, Urban Design in the Arab World: Reconceptualizing Boundaries. London: Ashgate, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Robert Saliba (RS): The idea for this book was initiated in the wake of City Debates 2012, an international conference on contemporary urban issues that I organized in May at the American University of Beirut. The conference, entitled Reconceptualizing Boundaries: Urban Design in the Arab World, asked: “How are the changing paradigms of urban ...

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TandemWorks Launches its Rehabilitation Scheme of Beirut River

The founders of TandemWorks, Mayssa and Alia Badawi, are pleased to announce their inaugural project, Hammoud Badawi, in collaboration with theOtherDada (tOD) Integrated Architecture Lab, the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC), and UN-Habitat, as part of a scheme to rehabilitate the Beirut River. TandemWorks is a new, Beirut-based non-profit arts organisation which advocates social, cultural, and environmental change by means of multidisciplinary interventions in public places. Under the ...

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Table Ronde: Observer la ville dans le Monde Arabe (Vidéo)

Le 5 juin 2015, une table ronde intitulée Observer la ville dans le Monde Arabe s'est tenue dans le cadre des "Rendez-vous de l’histoire du monde arabe" de l'Institut du Monde Arabe de Paris. Organisée et animée par Vincent Lemire, historien spécialiste de Jérusalem, elle rassemblait Mercedes Volait, historienne de l’architecture, fondatrice de l’Observatoire urbain du Caire contemporain en 1985 au sein du CEDEJ, Eric Denis, géographe, qui en fut l’animateur entre 1993 et 2002, Eric ...

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كابوس دمشـق وســماواتها: يوميات سورية

العودة إلى الشام 14  آب/أغسطس 2011  وقفتُ في الدور قلقاً بعض الشيء. لطالما أثار فيَّ مطارُ دمشق، أنا الكردي العراقي بجنسيتين عراقية وأخرى أمريكية مع اسم عليّ أن أردده أكثر من مرة قبل ترجمته، خليطاً غريباً من مشاعر التوجس والقلق وصولاً إلى الخوف. تُعتبر المطارات واجهة مصغرة لمدنها وهي بمثابة بوابتها التي تمنحك نكهة روح المدينة. مثّلَ مطارُ دمشق بالنسبة لي بالوجوه العابسة لضباطه وشرطته غرفة تحقيق هائلة وظيفتها بث القلق والخضوع  استعداداً للدخول الى فضاء المدينة العام.    وقفتُ ...

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Call for Applicants: Assistant Professor of American Studies, The Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for American Studies and Research (The American University of Beirut)

The Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut is seeking to appoint an Americanist from any social science discipline or humanities discipline, starting September 1, 2016 at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are particularly interested in a scholar whose research and interests engage the fields of transnational American Studies and can contribute to the Center’s MA program in Transnational American Studies, in addition to an existing ...

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Call for Applicants: The Edward Said Chair of American Studies (The American University of Beirut)

The Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut is searching for the 2016-2017 Edward Said Chair of American Studies to begin September 1, 2016.  CASAR is an interdisciplinary research and academic center that offers an undergraduate minor and a new MA in Transnational American Studies. CASAR hosts visiting lecturers and organizes an international, bi-annual conference.  CASAR has a generous endowment from the Alwaleed Foundation and ...

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قمامة لبنان من الفساد إلى صفر- نفايات: مقابلة للوضع بين زياد أبي شاكر ورانية المصري

في الحوار التالي يناقش المهندس والمنظّم زياد أبي شاكرسياسات الإدارة الفاسدة والفاشلة لنفايات لبنان الصلبة المسببة للتلوث، بالإضافة إلى الخيارات العقلانية لصفر نفايات.تتضمن المقابلة التالية أربعة أجزاء، بحيث يمكنكم أن تنقروا.عليهما بشكل منفصل. بوسعكم أن تقرأوا أيضاً النص العربي المدوّن المرافق. زياد أبي شاكر مهندس متعدد الاختصاصات متخصص في بناء مصانع لتدوير النفايات البلدية على المناطق المختلفة ويعمل ضد اتجاه  مصنع إعادة تدوير مركزي ضخم. وحين كان يقوم بالأبحاث في جامعة روتجرز في نيو جيرسي، في ...

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Garbage Crisis Exposes Arrogance and Conflict Among the Political Elite of Lebanon

The government just does not seem to get it. Protests that kicked off in Lebanon a few weeks ago are no longer about the garbage crisis. They are fundamentally about the failure of successive Lebanese governments to provide basic services for citizens. They are about corruption associated with managing public resources, and the subsequently high prices that Lebanese are forced to pay for very poor services. Let us take power for instance: many Lebanese pay two bills—one to unreliable EDL (Electricité du ...

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Lebanon: What Do You Mean There Is No State?

[Introductory text by Ziad Abu-Rish. All graphics by Jana Traboulsi] This past week, thousands of Lebanese citizens took to the streets under the banner of “You Stink” to protest political and economic corruption in the country. They did so in the face of a brutal attempt to disperse the protests and silence those partaking in them. The mobilizations have their origins in the July 2015 garbage crisis, but also the broader dismal condition of public services as well as the profit-seeking networks and ...

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