Local Journalism in the Public Interest

Beirut’s sea wall at the height of Lebanon’s “Golden Age.” May 1, 1965. (Indiana University Archives, Charles Cushman Collection)

Beirut’s sea wall at the height of Lebanon’s “Golden Age.” May 1, 1965. (Indiana University Archives, Charles Cushman Collection)

Paradise Lost? The Myth of Lebanon’s Golden Era

Karim Merhej
Paradise Lost? The Myth of Lebanon’s Golden Era
The Lebanese Red Cross reports six people were killed and dozens injured in the hours-long street battles. One of the victims, Mariam Farhat, a mother of five children, was killed by a stray bullet to her head inside her home. Another victim, 32-year-old Ali Ibrahim, who worked at a local gym and fitness diner, was killed while delivering food to a customer nearby. He was described as “an innocent soul” whose “smile never hides.” Tayouneh, Lebanon. October 14, 2021. (Marwan Tahtah/The Public Source)

The Lebanese Red Cross reports six people were killed and dozens injured in the hours-long street battles. One of the victims, Mariam Farhat, a mother of five children, was killed by a stray bullet to her head inside her home. Another victim, 32-year-old Ali Ibrahim, who worked at a local gym and fitness diner, was killed while delivering food to a customer nearby. He was described as “an innocent soul” whose “smile never hides.” Tayouneh, Lebanon. October 14, 2021. (Marwan Tahtah/The Public Source)

Obstruction of Justice Turns Deadly

Marwan Tahtah
Obstruction of Justice Turns Deadly
Protesters engage in a discussion during the early days of the October uprising in "The Egg," an iconic abandoned opera house in central Beirut. October 24, 2019. (Gloria Tawk/Fawra)

Protesters engage in a discussion during the early days of the October uprising in "The Egg," an iconic abandoned opera house in central Beirut. October 24, 2019. (Gloria Tawk/Fawra)

Dispatches

Lebanon’s Global Conundrum: Which Strategy for Political Change?

Nadim El Kak
Lebanon’s Global Conundrum: Which Strategy for Political Change?
Composite of images taken at a protest organized by the Beirut Port Explosion Victims' Families and the Lebanese Union for People with Physical Disabilities to demand justice for people killed and injured by the blast. Sylvana Lakkis, president of the union, is the center of the image. Photos taken on July 4, 2021, by Hussein Baydoun. (The Public Source)

Composite of images taken at a protest organized by the Beirut Port Explosion Victims' Families and the Lebanese Union for People with Physical Disabilities to demand justice for people killed and injured by the blast. Sylvana Lakkis, president of the union, is the center of the image. Photos taken on July 4, 2021, by Hussein Baydoun. (The Public Source)

"And What Would You Like Me to Do About It?”: How the Lebanese Government Disabled Hundreds of People — and Then Left Them to Pay for Its Crime

Karim Merhej
Kareem Chehayeb
Christina Cavalcanti
"And What Would You Like Me to Do About It?”: How the Lebanese Government Disabled Hundreds of People — and Then Left Them to Pay for Its Crime
Composite of an elderly resident of  Mar Mikhael standing on her balcony, construction workers, and a sign that reads, "We are Staying." Beirut, Lebanon. Photos taken between August and October 2020 by Marwan Tahtah. (The Public Source)

Composite of an elderly resident of  Mar Mikhael standing on her balcony, construction workers, and a sign that reads, "We are Staying." Beirut, Lebanon. Photos taken between August and October 2020 by Marwan Tahtah. (The Public Source)

What Does Justice Look Like for the Affected Neighborhoods and Their Residents?

Public Works Studio
What Does Justice Look Like for the Affected Neighborhoods and Their Residents?
Members of the Palestinian Youth Movement paint a mural in San Francisco asserting their right of return ahead of Nakba Day. It reads "We Will Return" in English and Arabic. California, USA. May 17, 2021. (Source: Chris Gazaleh)

Members of the Palestinian Youth Movement paint a mural in San Francisco asserting their right of return ahead of Nakba Day. It reads "We Will Return" in English and Arabic. California, USA. May 17, 2021. (Source: Chris Gazaleh)

“Never Give Up”: On the Inevitability of a Free Palestine

Yazan Al-Saadi
“Never Give Up”: On the Inevitability of a Free Palestine
Kuffiyeh-clad women wave the Palestinian flag, raise their fists, and chant during a march from the Mar Elias refugee camp to downtown Beirut. Riad el-Solh Square, Lebanon. May 18, 2021 (Marwan Tahtah/The Public Source)

Kuffiyeh-clad women wave the Palestinian flag, raise their fists, and chant during a march from the Mar Elias refugee camp to downtown Beirut. Riad el-Solh Square, Lebanon. May 18, 2021 (Marwan Tahtah/The Public Source)

From the Refugee Camps to the Border: Rallies Held in Solidarity with Palestinians

Marwan Tahtah & Mohamad Cheblak
From the Refugee Camps to the Border: Rallies Held in Solidarity with Palestinians
Stencil on a wall by artist collective Bel Mersad. It reads, "Hasten to the dreams of workers. For a foreseeable future, happy life, job security, freedom of choice." Beirut, Lebanon. May 1, 2020. (Bel Mersad)

Stencil on a wall by artist collective Bel Mersad. It reads, "Hasten to the dreams of workers. For a foreseeable future, happy life, job security, freedom of choice." Beirut, Lebanon. May 1, 2020. (Bel Mersad)

On Today's Alternative Organizing to Reclaim and Politicize the Labor Struggle

Sintia Issa & Christina Cavalcanti
On Today's Alternative Organizing to Reclaim and Politicize the Labor Struggle
Two children cross into the playground near the Mar Elias camp through an opening in the iron fence. There are no public spaces in the camp, and even the playground, which used to be an outlet for the residents, has become distant since its enclosure with a fence. Mar Elias camp, Beirut. April 11, 2021. (Mohamad Cheblak/The Public Source)

Two children cross into the playground near the Mar Elias camp through an opening in the iron fence. There are no public spaces in the camp, and even the playground, which used to be an outlet for the residents, has become distant since its enclosure with a fence. Mar Elias camp, Beirut. April 11, 2021. (Mohamad Cheblak/The Public Source)

Palestinian Camps in Lebanon: Reflecting on Patterns of Marginalization, Isolation and Control

Rabie Mustapha
Palestinian Camps in Lebanon: Reflecting on Patterns of Marginalization, Isolation and Control
An illustration of blankets and cloth hanging from balconies with ABAAD’s hotline for domestic abuse written on them, in solidarity with women imprisoned in their homes during lockdown. Source: Noora’s Story in “Where to, Marie?” p. 33. Artist: Joan Baz.

An illustration of blankets and cloth hanging from balconies with ABAAD’s hotline for domestic abuse written on them, in solidarity with women imprisoned in their homes during lockdown. Source: Noora’s Story in “Where to, Marie?” p. 33. Artist: Joan Baz.

From the Archival to the Fictional: How "Where to, Marie?" Revives Local Feminist History

Yara El Murr & Christina Cavalcanti
From the Archival to the Fictional: How "Where to, Marie?" Revives Local Feminist History
Map of Nour Square, at approximately 9:50 p.m. on the evening of January 27, when security forces fired live ammunition at protesters, showing locations of officers, television crew, a live streamer, and where eyewitnesses believe Omar was shot.

Map of Nour Square, at approximately 9:50 p.m. on the evening of January 27, when security forces fired live ammunition at protesters, showing locations of officers, television crew, a live streamer, and where eyewitnesses believe Omar was shot.

The Killing of Omar Tayba: A Visual Investigation of a Protester’s Death in Tripoli

Kareem Chehayeb
The Killing of Omar Tayba: A Visual Investigation of a Protester’s Death in Tripoli
A migrant worker picks okra from the planters along the Burjawi staircase in Nasra, Achrafieh. Beirut, Lebanon. 2018. (Dana Mazraani/Beirut Urban Lab)

A migrant worker picks okra from the planters along the Burjawi staircase in Nasra, Achrafieh. Beirut, Lebanon. 2018. (Dana Mazraani/Beirut Urban Lab)

Why Socio-Spatial Practices Matter to Urban Recovery

Dana Mazraani, Luna Dayekh & Mona Harb
Why Socio-Spatial Practices Matter to Urban Recovery
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