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District S ruins finally revealed


Many readers of this blog will remember when I was physically assaulted by site staff at the excavation for the $300 million District S development in downtown Beirut last year.

Panel to challenge Boutros Road

The Civil Coalition Against the Boutros Highway is hosting a panel and discussion this Tuesday on the battle against the $75 municipality-led project that will cut through one Beirut's greenest neighborhoods. The speakers include architects, urban planners and activists leading the campaign to create a park instead of the 1.3km road that will destroy several historic homes, including one of the last remaining terraced farm in the city. 

Worst NY Times lead paragraph ever

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Update: New photos inside Saifi dig


Soon after posting about the ruins discovered at the Saifi Plaza excavation, an activist got in touch over a Facebook thread and shared a series of photos of the dig in the months before it was cleared. 

Ruins cleared at Saifi Plaza


There appears to be nothing left of a major downtown Beirut excavation that took place here a month ago. Compare the photo above to photos I took in June:

Male bellydancer woos audiences


The news has been a bit heavy lately, so I thought I'd let you know that joy still exists out here.

Guy in "ISIS photo" can't stand ISIS


In a story going viral on social media, John McCain is supposedly pictured with members of the extremist armed group ISIS, which everyone from Obama to Hezbollah is now calling the worst terrorists on earth. 

Municipal work? Start a fire


The municipality of a certain village was forced to call the fire department this week for a fire lit by its own staff. Luckily the firefighters were able to put it out before the blaze spread to the surrounding brush and caught half the mountainside on fire.

Lucky Rima


It's easy to get the depressed with all the violence in the news these days and the knee-jerk jingoism to accompany it. But it's nice to know love still finds a way in Beirut, somehow.